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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26

Depart the US 


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


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27

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!


 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28

Caesarea by the Sea


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Caesarea - the Roman city where Paul first took the message of the Gospel to the Gentiles
  • Caesarea Aqueduct - the ruins of a Roman aqueduct built to supply the ancient city of Caesarea with fresh water
  • 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.


 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29

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
  • Capernaum - the town and synagogue where Jesus preached during his Galilean ministry
  • Tabgha - the traditional place where Christ multiplied the loaves and the fishes
  • Mount of Beatitudes - the traditional place where Christ delivered his famous speech on the Beatitudes
  • Magdala - the home town of Mary Magdalene where one of the world's oldest synagogues has been excavated
  • Ancient Galilee Boat - a fishing boat dating back to the 1st century, excavated on the shore of the Sea of Galilee
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

Crossing the Sea of Galilee in a replica of a boat from Jesus' time.


saturday, december 30

Northern Israel 


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Hazor - a powerful city where Joshua won a decisive battle during the conquest
  • 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."
  • 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.


 

sunday, december 31

Up to Jerusalem


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 Drive-by - the first Canaanite city the Israelites conquered in the Promised Land
  • Wadi Qilt - the wilderness where Jesus was tempted by Satan
  • Mount Scopus - a 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 Jordan River Valley and Judean Desert.


 

monday, january 1

Israel: Yesterday and Today 


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Mount of Olives - a hill overlooking Jerusalem from the east where Jesus wept for the city
  • 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
  • Friends of Zion Heritage Center - an interactive museum featuring Christians who have used their resources to support the Jewish people
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

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


Southern Temple Steps

 

tuesday, january 2

Ancient Treasures


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Nebi Samwil - the traditional (but highly disputed) location of ancient Ramah, Samuel's home and burial place
  • Tower of David Museum - a fortified citadel and museum which presents the fascinating story of Jerusalem's history
  • 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. 


 

wednesday, january 3

The Dead Sea


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

An opportunity to experience the most floatable body of water in the world.  


 

thursday, january 4

Jerusalem, O Jerusalem


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Temple Mount - where the second Jewish Temple once stood, now home of the Dome of the Rock
  • Pool of Bethesda & St. Anne's Church - the pool where Jesus healed an infirmed man
  • Lions' Gate - the traditional site of the stoning of St. Stephen
  • Upper Room - the traditional location of the Last Supper
  • Herodian Mansion - the excavated ruins of an elaborate palace from the time of Herod
  • Hezekiah's City Wall & the Roman Cardo - the ancient Roman main street through the Old City
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

Singing hymns in St. Anne's Church as you enjoy the building's spectacular acoustics.


 

friday, january 5

The Passion of the Christ 


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Shepherd's Field / Bethlehem Overlook - a serene hillside overlooking Bethlehem where shepherds tend their flock
  • 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
  • Rabbinical Tunnel - an underground excavation project which has exposed the full length of the Western Wall
  • Antonia's Fortress - the traditional location where Jesus was mocked with a crown of thorns
  • Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - the "way of the cross" leading to the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion 
  • 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.


saturday, january 6

Homeward Bound 


SHALOM AND FAREWELL 

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


*Itinerary is subject to change.  To best serve the group, the schedule may be altered or substitutions made at the discretion of your tour leader and guide.