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Tour Leader Notes:

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

Tuesday, October 29

Depart the US 


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


Tour Leader Notes: 

  • Overnight at Ramada
    Hotel in Netanya

wednesday, October 30

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!


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Mt. Arbel last entry 3:00 PM
  • Overnight at Ramot Resort
    overlooking the Sea of Galilee

thursday, October 31

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.


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Depart hotel 7:45 AM
  • Boat Ride 8:00 AM
  • Katze Hanakhal Lunch 12:00 PM
  • Baptism last entry 3:00 PM
  • Overnight at Ramot Resort
    overlooking the Sea of Galilee

Friday, November 1

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
  • Magdala - the home town of Mary Magdalene where one of the world's oldest synagogues has been excavated
  • Jordan River - the eastern border of Israel and the waters in which John baptized Jesus
  • Kursi Overlook - the traditional site where demons entered the swine after being cast out of the demoniac
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. 


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Overnight at Ramot Resort
    overlooking the Sea of Galilee

Saturday, November 2

Northern Israel 


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Capernaum - the town and synagogue where Jesus preached during his Galilean ministry
  • 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 view of the 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.


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Overnight at Dan Panorama
    Hotel in Jerusalem

Sunday, November 3

Up to Jerusalem


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Nazareth Village - a reenacted first-century Galilean village
  • 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 where the Philistines displayed the bodies of King Saul and his sons
  • 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
YOUR DAY ALSO INCLUDES

A scenic drive through the Jordan River Valley between the Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem.


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Depart Hotel 7:00 AM
  • Yad Vashem 3:00 PM
  • Overnight at Dan Panorama
    Hotel in Jerusalem

Monday, November 4

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 infirm man
  • Antonia Fortress - the traditional location where Jesus was beaten and mocked with a crown of thorns
  • Bible Land Museum - an archaeological museum that explores the culture of the peoples mentioned in the Bible
  • 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

 


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Dead Sea Swim at Kalia Beach 
  • Overnight at Dan Panorama
    Hotel in Jerusalem

Tuesday, November 5

Down to the Dead Sea


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
  • 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.


Tour Leader Notes:

  • Rabbinical Tunnel 8:40 AM
  • City of David w/movie 3:00 PM
  • Warren's Shaft 3:50 PM
  • Overnight at Dan Panorama
    Hotel in Jerusalem

Wednesday, November 6

Israel: Yesterday and Today 


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • 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
  • Upper Room - the traditional location of the Last Supper 
  • Zion Gate - a bullet-riddled gate to the Old City which stands as a testament to the modern struggle of the Israeli people
  • Temple Institute - an institution focused on the history of temples and the implications for Israel's future
  • 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
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
    (Communion cups and
     elements provided for you)
  • Farewell Dinner 5:30 PM
  • Overnight at Dan Panorama
    Hotel in Jerusalem

Thursday, November 7

The Passion of the Christ 


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Bethlehem & Church of Nativity - the city of Jesus' birth
  • 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
  • Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - the "way of the cross" leading to the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion
  • Jewish Quarter in the Old City - one of four neighborhoods inside the ancient walled city of Jerusalem
  • 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

Friday, November 8

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.