For Christians Who Want to Walk Where Jesus Walked
"You are about to embark on a journey unlike any you have taken before. For centuries, people have come to Israel to witness the sites, sounds, and wonders that have inspired the Christian and Jewish faiths. Now it is your turn. From the Sea of Galilee to the Negev deserts, from the Mediterranean to Jerusalem, every stone you will see, touch or walk upon tells a story, beginning with the biblical patriarchs and leading up to today's thriving, vibrant, modern Israel."
Depart the USA for Israel
We arrive at Ben Gurion airport and depart northward to our hotel for one night in the coastal area near Tel Aviv to start off the journey of visiting the Holy Land. The remainder of the day is free to walk along the Mediterranean, relax and have dinner at the beautiful 5 star hotel, David Tower Hotel Netanya. (1 night)
After a full nights sleep and a great breakfast, we will travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where the Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheater and aqueduct, and then journey on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Next we will travel through the Jezreel Valley to the Armageddon Battlefield. We will drive through the area of Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. In Nazareth we will visit the Nazareth Village, a wonderful re-creation of Biblical times with costumed guides. Then we will travel on to The Church of the Annunciation, the traditional location of the angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next three nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee at the beautiful 4 star Sofia Sea of Galilee Hotel, Tiberias.(3 nights)
Mount of Beatitudes
Our morning travels will take us north to Dan where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship and Caesarea Philippi, which is also the site of Peter's confession. In Capernaum we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the home of Peter the apostle, then we will travel on to the site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and the Mount of the Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Mount of Beatitudes
This morning we will start the day with an inspirational boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. A brief scripture reading and devotion on board brings to life the experience of Jesus and the fishermen disciples. After viewing the ancient fisherman boat at an operational Kibbutz, we will visit the Jordan River Baptismal site where your group may hold a baptismal service for those wishing to be baptized in the river where Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. We will travel north to the Golan Heights and stop for lunch before viewing the area along the Israel and Syrian border.
The Dead Sea
Next we will travel southward to Beit-Shean/Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel. It is located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied throughout history. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Giboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit-Shean. During the inter testimonial period, the city was renamed the “Scythopolis”. Archaeologists have uncovered a large number of ruins of the “Scythopolis”. During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis – a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government. Following the fertile Jordan Valley southward, your guide will point out the agricultural restoration of the ”Land of Milk and Honey”, the Kibbutz system and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We will have lunch in the ancient city of Jericho, famed as the oldest city in the world. Then we will head west toward our lodging at the Dead Sea, known as the lowest place on earth, and a relaxing evening. Here you will have a chance to spend time in the special spa and enjoy a dip in the Dead Sea for a refreshing float before dinner. Our hotel is the beautiful 5 star Herod's Hotel Dead Sea Hotel. (1 night)
Our day will begin with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous Jewish zealot stand against the Romans. Next we will drive north toward Jerusalem and start our tour with a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem which will add new depth the visiting the Holy Land. This will help to prepare you for what you will experience in the following days. Next an interesting and educational time awaits us at the Israeli Museum. Walk through collections of centuries-old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will conclude the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, for a needed reminder of what the Jews have suffered as a people. Our lodging for the next three nights will be in Jerusalem at the 4 star Grand Court Hotel. (3 nights)
Mt. of Olives
Garden of Gethsemane
Today while visiting the Holy Land, we walk where Jesus walked beginning the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. Here we will walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus’; taking time for personal reflection is important here. Next, we will journey into the old city we will visit the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman streets where our Lord was led to judgment.
Next we will move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate and be reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. From here we will be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen’s Gate and St. Ann’s Church.
Today we will start the day at the Garden Tomb, where we will celebrate the resurrection and join together in a time of praise while visiting the Holy Land. We will then visit the Southern Wall Excavation. The southern side of the Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard, have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here, Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. Scholars believe that this is also the place where Peter stood and preached and thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost.
Next, we will visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was scourged. We will see a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned.
Depart for return trip to the USA after a remarkable and memorable tour of the Holy Land.
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VERY IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT VISITING THE HOLY LAND
Although the itinerary above obviously emphasizes the spiritual aspect of this marvelous country, our guides are also experts regarding modern day topics (military, politics, education, and other cultural aspects), which will be woven into the commentary in order to give you well-rounded information. Visiting the Holy Land will provide you with an increased knowledge of both the past and the present.
We want to assure you that it is safe to visit Israel. Our partners in Israel, our guides and drivers, and the Israeli government make every effort to ensure the safety of all tourists in their country.