DAY 1 Travel from the US to Israel.
After arriving at the beautiful Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, we will load our luxurious motor coach and make our way to our first destination- Caesarea Martima. This special place is referred to several times in the New Testament and is extremely important to Gentile Christianity and the beginnings of world missions.
From Caesarea we will travel through a Druze village for a traditional Druze lunch and then stop at Mt. Carmel and see the place where Elijah called down fire from Heaven and defeated the Prophets of Baal.
We will make our way to Tel Megiddo where we will see the remnants of 26 layers of civilizations. We will also see a breathtaking view of the Jezreel Valley (the valley of Armageddon).
We will make our way across the Jezreel Valley and visit the boyhood home of Jesus in Nazareth. From the precipice of the city the community sought to throw Jesus off to His death but He escaped.
We will end our first full day of touring by arriving at our hotel at the Sea of Galilee for dinner and a good night’s rest.
We will take a boat ride across the Sea along with a stirring worship service, visit the Jesus Boat museum, and explore the villages and biblical sites around the Sea of Galilee.
We will tour the Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha, Magdala, and share in a fish lunch that specializes in St. Peter’s fish.
We will end the day at the baptismal site on the Jordan River (Baptism is optional but is an incredible once in a lifetime experience. Robes and towels are available through the Yardenit baptismal site).
We will head north to visit Tel Dan where Jeroboam built a pagan altar during Old Testament times.
We will walk through the beautiful nature reserve and see the origination point of the Jordan River from the base of snow-capped Mt. Hermon. We will also go to the ruins of Caesarea Philippi where Peter declared Jesus to be the Jewish Messiah.
After lunch we will visit the 1973 Yom Kippur War battlefield called the Valley of Tears.
If time allows we will visit the breathtaking view from Ben Tal, a former Israeli military lookout post.
We will make our way back to the Sea of Galilee and our hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest.
We will say goodbye to the Sea of Galilee area and head south making stops at the Spring of Harod and the story of Gideon.
We will travel from there to Beth Shan, the site of Saul and his son’s demise at the hands of the Philistines. Beth Shan features incredible Roman ruins with a theater, cardo, and shops. You will want your camera ready for this stop.
From Beth Shan we will travel to Jericho for a quick tour of the city.
If time allows we will also make a stop at the biblical site of Jesus baptism at Beth Abara.
After a great day of travel, we will make our climb up to Jerusalem and end the day at Mt. Scopus and the beautiful view of the Old City of Jerusalem.
From there we will check in to our Jerusalem hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest.
We will head to the Judean desert and see the fortress of Masada where the Jewish zealots made a final brave stand against the Romans.
We will have lunch at Qumran and visit the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls.
From Qumran we will visit the oasis of Ein Gedi where David cut off the robe of King Saul and where the enemy multitudes gathered to come against King Jehoshaphat of Judah.
On our way back to Jerusalem we will stop to float in the Dead Sea.
After our swim, we will return to our hotel in Jerusalem.
We will begin the day on the Mt. of Olives overlooking the Temple Mount and take a group picture.
We will descend the Mt. of Olives down the Palm Sunday path and enter the private Garden of Gethsemane for a time of worship and prayer.
From the garden, we will go the House of Caiaphas and see the dungeon where Jesus spent His final night before the cross.
From there we will enter the Mt. Zion gate and tour the cardo and the Jewish Quarter.
After lunch we will visit the Temple Institute where all the implements for the third temple are prepared and ready.
There will be plenty of time built in for jewelry, olive wood, and souvenir shopping.
This will be our second Jerusalem Day touring the Temple Mount, the place of the Scourging of Jesus, and walking the Villa del a Rosa.
We will also explore the Western Wall as well as the Temple Tunnels and visit the Southern Steps of the Temple and view its prophesied destruction.
If time allows we will visit the Valley of Elah where David slew Goliath and the Joseph Project Warehouse in Beth Shemesh.
We will visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial, as well as the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book.
We will end our day at Calvary and the Garden Tomb and share together in Communion.
We make our return to the United States with lots of souvenirs, new friends, new biblical understanding, and memories for a lifetime.