Journey with Divine Faith Ministries to the Holy Land and Greece
Hosted by Bishop Donald and Pastor Gwen Battle
Together we will Walk in the Footseteps of Jesus in the Holy Land, Trace the Steps of the Apostle Paul in Athens and Corinth Greece and Cruise the Mediterranean Sea to the Island of Patmos where the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation.
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS:
$100 discount for all deposits received anytime before January 4th 2019.
If that date is missed a $50 is given for all deposits received anytime before April 30th 2019.
Day 1 Oct 17th 2019Atlanta
Depart from Atlanta International Airport for Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast are served on board.
Day 2 Oct 18th Tel Aviv/Netanya
Upon arrival at the Tel Aviv Airport, we are greeted by a Journeys Unlimited Tour Escort and transfer to our hotel in Netanya for dinner and overnight. Already we begin to feel the spirit of this land enchanting us, as we will be visiting sites from the Bible and share the experience of walking in the footsteps of Jesus. (D)
Day 3 Oct 19th Galilee
After breakfast we will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Ginnosar where we visit the fishermen’s boat found here that dates to Jesus’ time , continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. On to Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, then to the Church of Peter’s Primacy. We continue on to Capernaum, the center of the Lord’s early ministry. Drive along the lower Galilee Mountains to Cana, site of the Wedding Feast and visit the Church of Annunciation and Mary’s Well. We continue on to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 4 Oct 20th Jerusalem
This morning we drive along the Sea of Galilee and arrive at Yardenit, the Baptismal Center on the Jordan River. From here we drive to Mount Carmel to visit the Carmelite Monastery at Muhkraka, the location of Elijah’s altar. We continue via the Valley of Armageddon to the excavation of Tel Megiddo and drive along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman theater and aqueduct. We ascend the Judean Hills to arrive at the Holy City of Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 5 Oct 21st Jerusalem
Departing Jerusalem we drive past the Inn of the "Good Samaritan" and continue to the shores of the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth. We drive along the shore to Masada, the fortress where the Jewish Zealots held off the armies of the Roman Empire before choosing suicide over surrender. Continue to Ein Gedi, where King David found shelter from the wrath of King Saul. After lunch, we enjoy a short "float " on the Dead Sea. Continue to Qumran where in 1947 the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in cave. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight (B, D)
Day 6 Oct 22nd Jerusalem
We start the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb, Calvary. After our Prayer Service we travel to the Old City, through St. Stephen’s Gate to the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation, and the Ecce Homo Arch. View the Gabbatha pavement then proceed to the Temple area and Mt. Moriah to visit the Western Wall, the Ophel archaeological park, where we see the Pinnacle and visit the new visitors’ center dedicated to research of the Biblical Temple. Continue through the Bazaar to the last stations of the Via Dolorosa. In the afternoon drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, built over the stable where Our Savior was born, the Milk Grotto and the cave of St. Jerome. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 7 Oct 23rd Jerusalem/Tel-Aviv/Athens-Ferry
This morning we travel to the Tel Aviv Airport for our short flight to Athens. Upon arrival we are greeted by our local guide and time permitting we will have a panorama tour of Athens before dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner we drive to Piraeus Port to board our overnight ferry to Patmos. (B, D)
Day 8 Oct 24th Patmos
After breakfast we depart from the port of Scala in Patmos and enjoy a short drive to the village of Chora, where the Monastery of St. John is built within the walls of a strong fortification. As we walk towards the entrance of the monastery we marvel at this magnificent structure, which was built over 900 years ago. View the courtyard, the monks’ dining room and the old bakery before we visit the main church noted for its outstanding frescoes and interior decoration. Visit the small museum where priceless ecclesiastical Treasures, books, manuscripts, mosaics, icons, splendid medieval textiles, vestments and jewelry are housed. Continue to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse. Walk down the steps of the Grotto to see where the Apostle John slept and wrote the Book of Revelation. Here Bishop Battle will lead us in prayer and reflecting on John’s writings. Before we head to the seaport to board the overnight ferry to Athens (Piraeus) there will be time to relax, shop and have dinner at a restaurant. (B, D)
Day 9 Oct 25th Athens
This morning we arrive in Piraeus and are transferred to Athens where we will have breakfast before we have a sightseeing tour of Athens, one of the most ancient cities of the world and the Cradle of Western Civilization as we know it today. For centuries, the city has been dominated by the famous Acropolis. We will drive to the Acropolis to see the ruins of the Parthenon. Continue to Mars Hill where Paul spoke to the ancient Athenians about the one and only true God. The view is spectacular from here as we see the ancient agora; former center of the Athenian public life. We drive through the city to see the House of Parliament on Syntagma Square, the Presidential Palace, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the library, and the stadium where the first Olympics were held. Continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 10 Oct 26th Athens/Corinth/Athens
After breakfast we drive to Corinth, taking the coastal road for a brief stop at the Corinth Canal, which separates Peloponnese from the Greek mainland and connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea. After our picture taking we continue to the site of ancient Corinth, Paul’s beloved city and site of his most extensive ministry. Dominated by the Acro-Corinth rising 1700 feet above the ruins, the market place is laid out exactly as it stood in the days of the great Apostle. We see the bema (the judgment seat) where Paul stood before Galilo and preached (Acts 18). The museum contains a superb collection of artifacts portraying life in ancient Corinth. It is here that Paul wrote the Letter to the Corinthians. Return to Athens for some leisure time before we have our Farewell Dinner. (B, D)
Day 11 Oct 27th Athens/USA
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight home, taking with us many blessings and memories to last us a life time. Arrive home the same day. (B)
*(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner