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Depart for Israel
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv
The tour guide will meet you at the airport and assist with baggage claim and direct you to ground transportation. We will transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem to enjoy dinner and a restful first evening in Israel.
Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea
These impressive structures were constructed by Herod the Great over 2,000 years ago. Caesarea became a center of early Christianity, and the Apostle Paul was imprisoned there for two years. View the ruins of Herod’s seaside palace and a large hippodrome where chariot races were conducted.
Drive up to the mountaintop where the prophet Elijah famously prayed down fire from Heaven and won the victory over the priests of Baal. From this vantage point, you can see across the valley to many of the locations we will visit later on the tour.
An incredible archeological dig with layers of 20 different cities built on top of each other. Walk among the ruins and learn how archeologists and historians have verified hundreds of Biblical places and events through archeological sites just like this.
Visit the small town that was the boyhood home of Jesus. This is where He spent most of His earthly life and learned the carpenter trade.
Mount of Beatitudes
See the traditional site where Jesus preached His most famous sermon: the Sermon on the Mount. The hillside forms a natural amphitheater with the Sea of Galilee in the background.
Church of the Fish and the Loaves
This is the traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 also located along the Sea of Galilee.
View the ruins of the town of Capernaum and the synagogue where Jesus preached on multiple occasions. Capernaum also contains the ruins of “Peter’s House,” a house that was later converted into one of the first Christian churches.
Boat Ride on Sea of Galilee
Enjoy a time of worship as we sail across the very sea where Jesus walked on water. This relatively small body of fresh water is only about 8 miles wide and 13 miles long and continues to be a busy fishing area just as it was in Jesus’ day. Along the boat ride, our guide will point out various places along the Sea that are mentioned in the Gospels.
Stop at the banks of the Jordan River just south of the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy a special baptismal service and have an opportunity to be baptized yourself in the waters of the Jordan River.
We will spend today touring sites in the northernmost region of Israel. On our drive up, we will view from a distance the peak of Mount Hermon, believed by many to be the site of the Lord’s Transfiguration. The rains that fall on Mount Hermon are an important source of water for the Jordan River.
Tour the ruins of this ancient city that dates back thousands of years. See the altar of Jeroboam and “Abraham’s Gate,” the place where the Patriarch Abraham would have entered the city roughly 4,000 years ago.
Hike through the tranquil nature preserve of Banias Falls located north of Galilee in the Golan Heights region of Israel.
From Banias Falls we stop to visit Caesarea Philippi which was once an ancient Roman city. Here, inside a large grotto, the Greeks built a shrine to the god, Pan. Jesus traveled through this place with His disciples, and this was where Peter made his famous confession to Jesus, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
The Israeli Army captured this region from the Syrians during the Six Day War. The Golan Heights are very important to the strategic defense of Israel. From our high vantage point, our guide will point out the country of Syria in the distance and give some insight into the country of Israel’s military defenses.
This is the small mountain stream where Gideon chose his army of 300 by observing how they drank from the springs.
Strategically located at the intersection of the Jezreel Valley and the Jordan River, Beit Shean has played an important role in history. The city contains many well-preserved ruins from different eras and empires including the Egyptians, Byzantines, Greeks, and Romans.
Shrine of the Book at Israeli Museum
View several priceless artifacts including the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Later in the tour, we will have the opportunity to visit Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered. Along the way, we will pass the Israeli Parliament (Knesset). Our guide will give some explanation of the Israeli government system.
Open-air Model of Jerusalem
A large outdoor model depicts the city of Jerusalem as it would have looked circa 70 A.D. Our guide will point out several sites mentioned in the Bible as well as several sites we will visit later in the tour.
Mount of Olives
Enjoy the view of the Temple Mount and Eastern Gate from this vantage point. This is the place where Jesus ascended into Heaven forty days after his resurrection.
Palm Sunday Road
Walk down from the Mount of Olives along the pathway that Jesus traveled into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
Garden of Gethsemane
Walk down from the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane. Here we will have a special service and spend some moments in reflection and prayer beneath the ancient olive trees where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion.
This is one of the most iconic landmarks in all of Israel. This is as close as Orthodox Jews will get to the Temple Mount until the new temple is built. Throughout the day and night, hundreds of Jews gather to pray at the Western Wall and leave handwritten prayers in the spaces between the stones.
This tunnel runs the length of the Western Wall underneath many buildings of the Old City. The open-air portion of the Western Wall where many gather to pray is actually only a small part of the entire wall. From within the tunnel we can see much of the well-preserved Temple wall including two stone blocks weighing 600 tons each!
The last Jewish Temple stood in this spot until the Romans destroyed it in 70 AD, and the Jewish people were scattered from their homeland. Today, a large Muslim mosque called the Dome of the Rock stands in its place. This site also has special religious significance for the Muslims. Due to the volatile relationship between Jewish and Muslim world, the Dome of the Rock and Temple Mount area have been the source of much controversy over the years. From the Temple Mount, view the Eastern Gate that faces the Mount of Olives. This is the gate where Jesus will make His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
City of David
Walk through some of the oldest areas of Jerusalem that date back to the time of King David.
Southern Wall Excavations
See the steps where Jesus and His disciples walked. Examine some of the most important archeological finds in Jerusalem. Discover the significance of these historical findings and how they help us understand life in Jerusalem thousands of years ago.
Valley of Elah
This is the site of the famous battle between David and Goliath. Stand on the hillside where King Saul and Israelites were encamped. From here you can see across the valley where Goliath and Philistines were encamped and the stream that runs through the valley where David drew 5 smooth stones.
Spend some time in the birthplace of Jesus and survey the shepherds’ fields just outside the town.
Ride a cable car to the top of the mountain fortress of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. This was the location of one of King Herod the Great’s palaces. It is most famous as the site where the Roman army laid siege to several hundred Jewish rebels. Ruins of the walls and massive Roman siege ramp are still visible today.
Hike the desert trail up to the beautiful waterfalls of Ein Gedi. This desolate area full of caves and ravines is where David and his men once hid from King Saul.
The ite where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found including the remarkably well-preserved Isaiah Scroll. Tour the museum and learn the incredible story of their discovery and their significance to the Bible’s preservation.
At approximately 1,400 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest spot in the world. The Dead Sea is almost 10 times saltier than the ocean and consequently there are no fish or visible life forms in the sea. This high concentration of salt also makes it impossible for a swimmer to sink in the water!
Pool of Bethesda
Jesus healed the lame man on the Sabbath day at this pool.
St. Anne’s Church
This perfectly preserved church with incredible acoustics dates back to the time of the Crusades.
St. Peter in Gallicantu
This church was built over the ruins of what is believed to be the High Priest Caiaphas’ house. Walk down the narrow steps into the prison where Jesus may have been held in the morning hours before his crucifixion.
Visit the traditional site of the Last Supper.
View where many believe Jesus was crucified. The word Golgotha means “Place of a Skull”. This hill stands just outside the walls at the intersection of two ancient roads. Many scholars believe this location most closely matches the New Testament description.
Just a short walk from Golgotha is the Garden Tomb. Enjoy a special service with some time of praise and thankfulness to God for the resurrection. Step inside the empty tomb and remember, “He is not here, for He is risen!”
Our wonderful journey through the Holy Land comes to a close. Transfer to the airport for our return flights.