Israel with Friends 2019


Tuesday, june 11

Depart the US 


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


wednesday, june 12

Arrival in Israel 


SHALOM AND WELCOME!
  • Arrival into Tel Aviv - You will be met and assisted through customs 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, june 13

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, June 14

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
  • Mount of Beatitudes - the traditional place where Christ delivered His message on the Beatitudes
  • Chorazin - the community Jesus rebuked for their lack of faith
  • Magdala - the home town of Mary Magdalene where one of the world's oldest synagogues has been excavated
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

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


saturday, june 15

Northern Israel 


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Ancient Dan - the northernmost city of Israel and the location of Jeroboam's golden calf
  • Banias Waterfall - a spectacular view of the headwaters of the Jordan River
  • 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, june 16

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 and the site near where the Philistines displayed the bodies of King Saul and his sons
  • Qasr el Yahud Baptismal Site - the traditional site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist
  • Dead Sea - a large salt lake in the wilderness and the lowest point on the face of the earth
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A unique opportunity to be baptized or re-dedicated in the Jordan River; then, an opportunity to experience the most floatable body of water in the world.  


monday, june 17

Up to Jerusalem


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
  • Qumran - the desert caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
  • 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

An optional hike across streams and rocks to the caves at Ein Gedi.


tuesday, june 18

Jerusalem, O Jerusalem


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Mount of Olives - a hill overlooking Jerusalem from the east where Jesus ascended to heaven
  • 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 
  • Saint Peter in Gallicantu - the traditional location of Caiaphas' House where Jesus was taken after His arrest
  • Upper Room - the traditional location of the Last Supper 
  • Jewish Quarter in the Old City - one of four neighborhoods inside the ancient walled city of Jerusalem
  • Hezekiah's City Wall - wall built by King Hezekiah to prepare for the Assyrian invasion
  • Roman Cardo - the ancient Roman main street through the Old City
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

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


wednesday, june 19

Ancient Treasures


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Temple Mount - where the second Jewish Temple once stood, now home of the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque
  • Pool of Bethesda & St. Anne's Church - the pool where Jesus healed an infirmed man
  • 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

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


thursday, june 20

Jerusalem in the time of Christ


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Rabbinical Tunnel - an underground excavation project which has exposed the full length of the Western Wall
  • Southern Temple Steps - part of extensive excavations that have unearthed steps from the time of Jesus leading up to the Temple Mount 
  • City of David Excavations - the original site of King David's capital of Israel, including the Pool of Siloam and Hezekiah's Tunnel
  • The Old City - free time to bargain with shopkeepers, return to a site that held special meaning, or sip Turkish coffee at a sidewalk café
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

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


friday, june 21

The Passion of the Christ


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Bethlehem & Church of Nativity - the city of Jesus' birth
  • Shepherds' Field - a serene hillside overlooking Bethlehem where shepherds tend their flock
  • Antonia Fortress - the traditional location where Jesus was beaten and 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, june 22

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.