Journey through the Bible with Pastor Dan & Kelsey Smith | May 14, 2024
Join Pastor Dan & Kelsey Smith on an 11-day journey through the Bible, starting at $4,196* from Detroit, MI, on May 14, 2024. Visit the baptismal site of Qasr el Yahud, Jericho, Caesarea, Qumran, dip in the mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea, Herodion, the palace-fortress and final resting place of Herod the Great, Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, Shepherds’ Field, Caesarea, Roman aqueduct, theatre, Mount Carmel, travel the ancient caravan route through the Jezreel Valley to Tel Megiddo, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Sermon on the Mount, sail across the Sea of Galilee, the Church of the Loaves and Fish in Tabgha, the Chapel of the Primacy, Magdala, the ruins of Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, scenic drive along the Golan Heights, and much more!
- All Inclusive Pricing
- First Class Hotels
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Live Audio Headsets
- Guided Tours
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Study Guide
- Domestic Airfare
- Taxes and Hotel Gratuities
Day 1 May 14 - USA TO THE HOLY LAND
Your journey begins as you depart the USA.
Day 2 May 15 - WELCOME TO THE HOLY LAND
Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 May 16 - JERICHO AND QUMRAN
Visit the baptismal site of Qasr el Yahud, where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Travel to Jericho (the oldest city in the world) and visit the ruins of the ancient city conquered by Joshua (Joshua 6:1, 2 & 20). In the distance, you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11). Continue to Qumran, the site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery. End your day with the opportunity to take a dip in the mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea.
Day 4 May 17 - HERODION AND BETHLEHEM
Explore one of the most exciting archaeological digs in Israel, the Herodion, the palace-fortress and final resting place of Herod the Great. In Bethlehem, visit the cave where Jesus was born (Luke 2:1-7) and the Church of the Nativity. Gaze out over Shepherds’ Field, where angels first proclaimed the Good News.
Day 5 May 18 - CAESAREA, MOUNT CARMEL AND TEL MEGIDDO
Visit the Roman aqueduct and theatre at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity and where Paul was imprisoned for two years (Acts 10). View Mount Carmel, the site of Elijah’s victory over the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Travel the ancient caravan route through the Jezreel Valley to Tel Megiddo, an exciting archaeological dig with its layers of twenty different cities built on top of each other.
Day 6 May 19 - THE GALILEE
Enjoy a scenic drive to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee (Matt. 4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the text of the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus preached there (Matt. 5-7). Experience a special onboard worship service as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Church of the Loaves and Fish in Tabgha, the traditional location of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17). As you pray in the Chapel of the Primacy, remember how Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ three times (John 21). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue.
Day 7 May 20 - TEL DAN, CAESAREA PHILIPPI AND GOLAN HEIGHTS
At the ruins of Tel Dan, see the altar built by King Jeroboam I (I Kings 12:25-30) and learn about where the “House of David” fragment from the First Temple Period was discovered. Continue on to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter told the Lord, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!” (Matt.16:16). A scenic drive along the Golan Heights will give you some beautiful views of Syria and Jordan as well as Israel.
Day 8 May 21 - CANA, NAZARETH, SAMARIA AND JACOB’S WELL
Begin your day with a visit to Cana, the site of Christ’s first miracle (John 2), before stopping in Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Continue past Tel Dothan, thought to be the place where Joseph found his brothers with their flocks (Genesis 37). Visit Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom and home to Ahab and Jezebel. See Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, where the Israelites recited the blessings and curses of the Law. In modern day Nablus (ancient Shechem), see where the Samaritan woman encountered Christ at Jacob’s Well (John 4).
Day 9 May 22 - JERUSALEM
Stand on the Mount of Olives and enjoy a remarkable view of the Golden City of Jerusalem. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from this place (Acts 1:9-12). Walk to the Garden of Gethsemane and pray beneath the ancient olive trees (Matthew 26:36-44). On Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room, revered as the site of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26) and St. Peter in Gallicantu, the home of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was held after His arrest (Matthew 26:57).
Day 10 FEBRUARY 29 - JERUSALEM
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem along the Cardo, once the main street of the city. Explore the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations, including the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. Remember how Jesus healed on the Sabbath when you visit the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1-18). At Herod’s Antonia Fortress (Luke 23:1), see where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate. Walk the Via Dolorosa (“the Way of the Cross”) and remember the Lord’s sacrificial love at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Share communion together at the Garden Tomb in celebration of His Resurrection.
Day 11 May 23 - RETURN TO THE USA OR ENJOY AN EXTENSION
RETURN TO THE USA OR ENJOY AN EXTENSION
Enhance Your Journey
Cairo & the Route of the Exodus
May 24 - 29 | Starting at $1,298
May 24 – Jerusalem to Egypt
Travel in the footsteps of the Holy Family as you travel
along the ancient caravan route from Jerusalem to the
Sinai desert. Cross the border and check into your hotel
for dinner and rest.
May 25 – St. Catherine’s Monastery
This morning, you can opt to climb Mount Sinai (conditions
permitting), where tradition says that Moses received the
Ten Commandments. Everyone will experience a visit
to fortified St. Catherine’s Monastery, built in the 6th
century and one of the oldest working monasteries in
the world with the world’s oldest continually operating
library. Both the Codex Sinaiticus and Syriac Sinaiticus,
important early Biblical manuscripts, were discovered
here. Even Mohammed found refuge here, and the site
is sacred to all three monotheistic religions. Remember
the story of Moses and the burning bush, which tradition
places inside the monastery. Continue to Sharm el
Sheikh for dinner and overnight at your hotel located
on the shores of the Red Sea.
May 26 – Route of the Exodus
Trace the route of the Exodus along the eastern Sinai
coast to Wadi Feiran, where the Children of Israel
withstood the Amalekites. Travel to Elim, where the
Children of Israel camped by the oasis of 70 palm trees.
Your final stop of the day will be Marah by the Red Sea,
where the “waters were bitter.” Continue to Cairo for
dinner and a two-night stay.
May 27 – Memphis, Saqqara, The Great Pyramids &
Tour the rural region of traditional Egyptian farming.
Travel as Abraham did to Memphis (Biblical Noph) and
on to Saqqara, where you will see the Step Pyramid, the
world’s oldest stone structure. See the Great Pyramids
of Giza and the Sphinx.
May 28 – Cairo
This morning, visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
to view the unique collection of Pharaonic art and the
renowned treasures of King Tutankhamun. Tour the Old
City and see the Citadel of Saladin, built in 1183 AD, and
view the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali. In Old
Cairo, visit the Abu Serga Church built over the traditional
site of the house where the Holy Family lived during their
stay in Egypt. Prepare for your return flight home.
May 29 – Return to the USA
A minimum of 10 travelers are necessary to operate the extension.
$138 for tips & taxes are charged separately (subject to change).
Tuesday, May 14, 2024From $4196