Land of the Bible - 12 Days


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Airline & Flight # TBD
*Appointments not confirmed unless indicated. Tour Leader Notes will not be included in Itinerary provided for guests.

Day 1

Depart the US 


Our spiritual adventure begins as we depart from the U.S. for our long-awaited destination - Israel!


Israel

Tour Leader Notes: 

  • Overnight in Netanya

Day 2

Arrival in Israel 


SHALOM AND WELCOME!
  • Arrival into Tel Aviv - You will be met and assisted through customs, introduced to your driver and guide, and transferred to your hotel on the Mediterranean.
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

Dinner and fellowship at your hotel as you rest and prepare for the incredible journey awaiting you!


Caesarea

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Overnight at the Sea of Galilee

Day 3

Caesarea by the Sea


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Caesarea - the Roman city where Paul first took the message of the Gospel to the Gentiles
  • Mount Carmel - the mountain on which Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal
  • Megiddo - a strategic city overlooking the gathering place for the armies of Armageddon
  • Mount Arbel - a vista of the Galilee and sites of Jesus' public ministry
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A walk through the ancient water tunnel beneath Megiddo.


Capernaum

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Boat ride 8:00 AM
  • Lunch overlooking the
    Sea of Galilee
  • Overnight at the Sea of Galilee

Day 4

Around the Sea of Galilee 


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Sea of Galilee - a freshwater lake in northern Israel where Jesus spent three years ministering and performing miracles
  • Ancient Galilee Boat - a fishing boat dating back to the 1st century, excavated on the shore of the Sea of Galilee
  • Mount of Beatitudes - the traditional place where Christ delivered his famous speech on the Beatitudes
  • Chorazin - the community Jesus rebuked for their lack of faith
  • Capernaum - the town and synagogue where Jesus preached during his Galilean ministry
  • Primacy of Peter Church - the traditional place where Christ prepared a meal for His disciples and instructed them to take care of His sheep
  • Kursi Overlook - the traditional site where demons entered the swine after being cast out of the demoniac
  • Jordan River - the eastern border of Israel and the waters in which John baptized Jesus
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

Crossing the Sea of Galilee in a replica of a boat from Jesus' time; then, a unique opportunity to be baptized or re-dedicated in the Jordan River. 


Banias Waterfall

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Overnight at the Sea of Galilee

Day 5

Northern Israel 


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Ancient Dan - the northernmost city of Israel and the location of Jeroboam's golden calf
  • Caesarea Philippi - where Peter professed, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
  • Banias Waterfall - a spectacular headwaters of the Jordan River
  • Golan Heights - a view of Paul's route to Damascus and modern-day battlegrounds
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A view of Mount Hermon, Israel's tallest mountain, from atop Har Bental.


Dead Sea

Tour Leader Notes:

  • Lunch at Mt. of Temptations
  • Overnight at the Dead Sea

Day 6

Down to the Dead Sea 


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Spring of Harod - the traditional location where Gideon chose his 300 men for battle
  • Beth She'an - the ruins of a Roman city near where the Philistines displayed the bodies of King Saul and his sons
  • Jericho - the first Canaanite city the Israelites conquered in the Promised Land
  • Wadi Qilt - the wilderness where Jesus was tempted by Satan
  • Qumran - the desert caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
  • Dead Sea - a large salt lake in the wilderness and the lowest point on the face of the earth
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A scenic drive through the Jordan River Valley between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea; then, an opportunity to experience the most floatable body of water in the world.  


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Overnight at the Dead Sea

Day 7

The Judean Wilderness 


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Masada - the impenetrable fortress where Jewish zealots made a final stand against Rome
  • Oasis of Ein Gedi - the waterfall and desert caves where David encountered King Saul
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

An optional hike across streams and rocks to the caves at Ein Gedi; then, free time to enjoy the amenities of your resort-style hotel.


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 8

The Hill Country


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Arad - the ruins of a temple patterned after God's Temple in Jerusalem
  • Beersheba - the winter home of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the southernmost city of Biblical Israel
  • Beth Guvrin - unique caverns carved beneath the earth
  • Elah Valley - the famous battlefield of David and Goliath
  • Beth Shemesh - where the Philistines returned the Ark of the Covenant to the Israelites
  • Mount Scopusa panoramic overlook of Jerusalem with views of the Mount of Olives, the Temple Mount, and the walled city
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A scenic drive through the hills and valleys of the Judean Hill Country on your way up to Jerusalem.


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Gethsemane 10:00 AM
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 9

Israel: Yesterday and Today


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Mount of Olives - a hill overlooking Jerusalem from the east where Jesus wept over Jerusalem
  • Dominus Flevit on Palm Sunday Road - a church on the route Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
  • Garden of Gethsemane - the traditional location where Jesus prayed and was betrayed
  • Model of Jerusalem - a model of Herodian Jerusalem as it looked at the time of Christ
  • Israel Museum/Shrine of the Book - the home of Israel's greatest archaeological treasures and the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Yad Vashem - Israel's memorial to the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A walk in the footsteps of Jesus down Palm Sunday Road.


Tour Leader Notes:

  • City of David at 3:00 PM
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 10

Ancient Treasures


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Bethlehem & Church of Nativity - the city of Jesus' birth
  • Herodium - the fortress built by Herod the Great which later became his burial place
  • Western "Wailing" Wall - a section of the Temple Mount foundation dating back to the 2nd Temple Period and the most sacred Jewish site in Jerusalem
  • Southern Temple Steps - part of an extensive excavation program which has unearthed the main steps leading up to the Temple Mount complex
  • City of David Excavations - the original site of King David's capital of Israel, including the Pool of Siloam and Hezekiah's Tunnel
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A trek through the historic and amazing tunnel dug by Hezekiah to survive the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem. 


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Garden Tomb 3:30 PM
  • Farewell Dinner 6:30 PM
  • Late evening flight TBD

Day 11

The Passion of Christ


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Upper Room - the traditional location of the Last Supper
  • Hezekiah's City Wall - the ancient Roman main street through the Old City
  • Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - the "way of the cross" leading to the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion
  • Pool of Bethesda & St. Anne's Church - the pool where Jesus healed an infirmed man
  • Gordon's Calvary & the Garden Tomb - an ancient tomb similar to the one in which Christ was buried
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A memorable communion service at the Garden Tomb; then, rejoicing and reminiscing over the extraordinary days spent in the land of our Lord at our Farewell Dinner.


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Airline & Flight # TBD

Day 12

Homeward Bound 


SHALOM AND FAREWELL 

With heart-changing memories of our walk in the footsteps of history, we arrive back in the United States.