HERITAGE GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH 2018


Saturday, October 6

Depart the US 


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


Sunday, October 7

Arrival in Israel 


SHALOM AND WELCOME!
  • Arrival into Tel Aviv - Transfer 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!


Monday, October 8

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 Overlook - a vista of the Galilee and sites of Jesus' public ministry
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A walk through the ancient water tunnel beneath Megiddo.


Tuesday, October 9

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
  • Capernaum - the town and synagogue where Jesus preached during his Galilean ministry
  • Mount of Beatitudes - the traditional place where Christ delivered his famous speech on the Beatitudes
  • Chorazinthe community Jesus rebuked for their lack of faith
  • Magdala - the hometown of Mary Magdalene and a newly discovered archaeological site
  • Primacy of Peter Church - the traditional place where Christ prepared a meal for His disciples and instructed Peter to care for His sheep
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

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


Wednesday, October 10

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.


Thursday, October 11

Down to the Dead Sea


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Beth She'an - the ruins of a Roman city near where the Philistines displayed the bodies of King Saul and his sons
  • Spring of Harod - the traditional location where Gideon chose his 300 men for battle
  • Jericho - the first Canaanite city the Israelites conquered in the Promised Land
  • 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

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


Friday, october 12

The Judean Wilderness


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Masada - the impenetrable fortress where Jewish zealots made a final stand against Rome
  • Oasis of Ein Gedi Overlook - 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

Your ascension by bus through the Judean Wilderness up to Jerusalem.


Saturday, october 13

Jerusalem, O Jerusalem


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
  • Bethlehem Overlook - the serene hillside of Bethlehem where shepherds tend their flock.
  • Model of Jerusalem - a model of Herodian Jerusalem as it looked at the time of Christ
  • Shrine of the Book - a section of the Israel Museum housing the Dead Sea Scrolls
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

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


Sunday, october 14

Ancient Treasures


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
  • Hezekiah's City Wall & the Roman Cardo - the ancient Roman main street through the Old City
  • Upper Room - the traditional location of the Last Supper
  • City of David Excavations - the original site of King David's capital of Israel, including Hezekiah's Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

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


Monday, october 15

The Passion of the Christ


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Southern Temple Steps - part of an extensive excavation program which has unearthed the main steps leading up to the Temple Mount complex
  • 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 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.


Tuesday, october 16

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.