Depart from your O'Hare Airport with connections to
Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast are served on board.
Upon arrival at Tel Aviv airport, we transfer to our hotel in the
Galilee for dinner / overnight. We begin to feel the spirit of this land enchanting
us, as we will be visiting sites from the Bible sharing the experience of walking
in the footsteps of Jesus. (D)
We start our day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We visit
Ginnosar to view the fishermen's boat, found on the shores of the Sea Galilee,
which dates to Jesus' time. We continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the
Sermon on the Mount to reflect on the event that took place here. On to Tabgha,
site of the Miracle of the fishes and loaves, to see the chapel built over the rock
commemorating the primacy of Peter. We then visit Capernaum, the city of Jesus
and Peter. There we will see the house of Peter and see an ancient synagogue, here
Jesus preached and it is here he gathered his disciples. We then drive across the
Jordan River to the land of Gaderenes - visiting Kursi site of the miracle of Demons
and Swine. In the afternoon we drive north to Caesarea Phillipi, now called Banias,
here Peter made his confession of faith, and identified Jesus as the Messiah.
And Jesus said thou art Peter upon this rock I will build my church. Matt.16-17-18.
Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B)(D)
Today we drive via Cana of Galilee to Nazareth and visit the Church
of the Annunciation and Mary's Well. On to Muchraka, the location of Elijah's altar
during his confrontation with the false prophets of Baal. Continue via the Valley
of Armageddon to the excavation at Tel Megiddo. On to Caesarea, built by Herod
the Great in 22 B.C. Visit the Roman Theater, the Aqueduct and Herodian Port.
It was here that Cornielius was baptized by Peter. (Acts 10:24-28). It was here that
Paul was brought to trail (Acts 25) Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B) (D)
This morning we drive along the Sea of Galilee and arrive at Yardenit,
the Baptismal Site on the Jordan River. We continue to the old Roman city of Beit Shean
to visit the Roman Ruins. From here we drive down the Jordan Valley bypassing Jericho,
on our way to Bethlehem as an optional tour. We will have time for lunch, Visit the Church
of Nativity and Sheperds' Field. Proceed to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B) (D)
This morning we enter the Old City through St. Stephen's Gate
visiting the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation, and the Ecce Homo Arch.
Continue through the Bazaar to the last stations of the Cross Via Dolorosa, visit the
Church of the Holy Sepulcher and view the Gabbatha pavement. Continue to the Jewish
Quarter visiting the Cardo, the "Wide" wall built by King Hezekiah and the Herodian mansion
then proceed to the Temple area and Mt. Moriah and see the Dome of Rock, visit the Western Wall,
the Ophel Archaeological park and Museum. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B) (D)
Leave Jerusalem, drive via the Inn of the "Good Samaritan", and arrive at the
shores of the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth. We drive along the Dead Sea to Masada, the
fortress where the Jewish Zealots held off the armies of the Romans before choosing suicide
over surrender. Continue to Ein Gedi, where King David found shelter from the wrath of King
Saul. After lunch, we will have the opportunity to enjoy a short "float" in the Dead Sea. Continue
to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 in a cave and return to Jerusalem
for dinner overnight. (B) (D)
Full day of leisure to pursue personal interests, or to shop. (B) (D)
Drive by the Knesset to the Israel Museum, visiting the Shrine of the Book
where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and see the model of Jerusalem at the time of the Second
Temple. Drive to Mount Scopus to view the impressive home of the Hebrew University. Continue
our drive to the Mt. of Olives for an outstanding view of Jerusalem. Visit the Chapel of the Ascension,
Garden of Gethsemane, and Church of All Nations. Drive along the Kidron Valley and see the Tombs
of Absalom, Zechariah and James. We continue to Mount Zion to visit the Room of the Last Supper and
King David's Tomb. We end our day with a visit to the Garden Tomb where we have and orientation beside
Calvary and also where our Communion service will be held. (Mark 15:42-47). (B) (D)
Today our journey ends with good memories as we head home.
We arrive home the same day.
* Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.
Airline taxes and fuel surcharges are included in the package price and are subject to change until time of ticketing.
US citizens require a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates.
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