Bible Land Exploration with Saprina Lavoil-Stafford| March 11, 2024
Join Saprina Lavoil-Stafford on a Bible Land Exploration starting at $4,098* from New York, or $4,296* from Baltimore, M D/Washington, D.C. on September 9, 2024. You will see Caesarea by the Sea, Mount Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Bethsaida, Jericho, Qumran, Masada, Jerusalem, 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
- International Airfare from NY
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Study Guide
- Domestic Airfare
- Taxes and Hotel Gratuities
Day 1 Day 1 - Depart USA for the Holy Land
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.
Day 2 Day 2 - Welcome to the Holy Land
Once you arrive, you will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Netanya to enjoy dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Day 3- Caesarea by the Sea, Mount Carmel, Megiddo & Nazareth
Visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity (Acts 10) and where Paul was imprisoned for two years (Acts 23:33). View Mount Carmel and recall Elijah’s dramatic victory over the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Follow an ancient caravan route through the Jezreel Valley to Tel Megiddo, an exciting archaeological dig with layers of twenty different cities all built on top of each other. Conclude your day in Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matt. 2:23).
Day 4 Day 4 - Sea of Galilee
Pass through the Valley of the Doves and see Mount Arbel (Isaiah 9:2) on your way toward the Sea of Galilee. This was a major pathway in the time of Christ. He and His disciples passed through this valley as they walked through the Galilee. In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:1-3), visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue. Enjoy lunch together before crossing the waters of the Sea of Galilee on a very special boat ride, complete with an onboard worship service. At Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, see the 2,000-year-old “ancient boat,” a rare example of the kind of boat in which Jesus might have sailed. Visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (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). Explore the Church of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, the traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17).
Day 5 Day 5 - Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Bethsaida & Jordan River
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. Stop at Bethsaida, where Jesus chose five of His disciples. Remember your baptism at the Yardenit Baptismal site, where the Jordan River exits the Sea of Galilee on its journey southward (Matt. 3).
Day 6 Day 6 - Jericho, Qumran, Masada & the Dead Sea
Head to Jericho to visit the ruins of the ancient city Joshua conquered (Josh. 6:20). Off in the distance, you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matt. 4:1). Stop in Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd. Enjoy a visit to Masada, the spectacular mountaintop fortress built by Herod that later became the final tragic stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans. Ride the cable car to the top to explore the fortress and look down upon the remains of the Roman camps and siege ramp below. On the way to Jerusalem, stop at the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, for an opportunity to take a quick dip in the mineral-laden waters.
Day 7 Day 7 - Bethlehem, Yad Vashem & Israel Museum
In Bethlehem, gaze out over Shepherds’ Field and visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace (Luke 2:1-20). Visit the Church of the Nativity, built above the cave and considered the world’s oldest functioning church (Luke 2). In Jerusalem, visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, with its poignant exhibits honoring the lives lost during the Holocaust. Explore the Israel Museum and its First Century Model of the City of Jerusalem. Another highlight is the museum’s Shrine of the Book exhibit showcasing the Dead Sea Scroll book of Isaiah.
Day 8 Day 8 - Jerusalem
Stand on the Mount of Olives for a remarkable view of Jerusalem (the Golden City); Jesus stood here before ascending into heaven forty days after His resurrection (Acts 1:9-12). In the Kidron Valley across from the walls of Jerusalem, pray as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal (Matt. 26:57). Recall the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room (Mark 14:12-26). Spend time in prayer at the Western Wall (the only remnant of the Second Temple of Jerusalem) and sit on the Teaching Steps where Jesus taught.
Day 9 Day 9 -Jerusalem
Walk the Temple Mount (conditions permitting), once the site of the Temple of Solomon (II Chronicles 3) and home to the Dome of the Rock. See where Jesus healed on the Sabbath at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1-18). Walk the Via Dolorosa (“the Way of the Cross”) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (John 19), built over the traditional sites of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. At the Garden Tomb, share communion together and experience the reality of the Resurrection (John 20).
Day 10 Day 10 - Return to USA or Enjoy an Extension
Return to USA or Enjoy an Extension.
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DAY 10 – FREE DAY
Enjoy a day at leisure in Jerusalem. Explore the ancient city
on your own or rest at the hotel. Breakfast and dinner are
included in your hotel stay.
DAY 11 – 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.
DAY 12 – 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
the 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
Muhammed found refuge at the monastery, 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.
DAY 13 – 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.
DAY 14 – MEMPHIS, SAQQARA, THE GREAT PYRAMIDS & THE SPHINX
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.
DAY 15 – 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.
DAY 16 – RETURN TO THE USA
Monday, September 9, 2024From $4098