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Tel Aviv | Caesarea | Tiberius | Jerusalem | Masada | Dead Sea

 Highlights:

  • Experience the Bible come to life while visiting holy sites throughout Israel including Jersualem’s Old City
  • Pray at the Garden Tomb
  • Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
  • Learn about life in ancient Jerusalem while touring the City of David

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DAY 1
Arrival in Tel Aviv

Upon arrival, meet and greet, then transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore the city.

DAY 2
Tel Aviv | Caesarea | Tiberius

Visit Jaffa, the ancient seaport from which the Prophet Jonah fled from God (Jonah 1:2) then continue along the Mediterranean shoreline to Caesarea. It was here that Cornelius the Centurion and his household were saved and baptized (Acts 10). After a visit to Mount Carmel (Kings 1, 18) where Elijah fought the profits of the Ba’al, proceed to visit Megiddo, site of Armageddon. (B,D)

DAY 3
Tiberius

Visit Magdala and see the recently discovered 1st-century synagogue where Jesus certainly taught. Continue to the holy site Capernaum (Luke 4:31- 37) and stand in what is left of the synagogue in which our Lord ministered and see Peter’s house. Then continue to the traditional site where Jesus preached His Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7). Visit Mount of Beatitudes, where the Sermon on the Mount took place. Hike down Mt Beatitude to the shore of Sea of Galilee (35 minutes very moderate hike). End your day with a stop in Yardenit on the Jordan River, to renew your Baptismal vows. (B,D)

DAY 4
Tiberius

Visit the Dan Nature Reserve, site of the ancient city of Dan. Proceed to Banias (Caesarea Philippi), where Peter confessed “You are the Christ” (Matt. 16:13-20). Drive along the ancient Road to Damascus to the Golan Heights area and view Mount Herman. Ascend to Mount Bental and touch on the geopolitics of the area. End the day with a pleasant boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. (B,D)

DAY 5
Tiberius

Visit Beit She’an, one of the ten Decapolis and see many ancient structures, like the Roman amphitheater where gladiators once fought and the Byzantine bathhouse. Later, visit Mount Precipice (or Mount Kedumim) a mountain just outside of Nazareth, where an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off the cliff (Lk 4:16-30). Proceed to Cana of Galilee where couples will have the opportunity to renew their wedding vows in the church where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. (B,D)

DAY 6
Tiberius | Jerusalem

Visit the valley of Tirza (Deut. 11:30) and see a view of biblical Shechem, the Tomb of Joseph and the remains of an altar built by Joshua on Mount Ebal. (Josh 8:30). Continue to Mount Gerizim, (Deut 11:29, 27:12, Josh 8:33), the mountain of the blessing. There is a community of Samaritans there and it is possible to visit their heritage museum. Then visit Shiloh, the first resting place of the Holy Ark after entering Israel (Josh 18 – 21, Judges 18:31). Visit the archeological site where the tabernacle believed to be housed and view a movie about biblical Shiloh. End the day in Beth El (Gen. 28), where Jacob fell asleep on a stone and dreamed of a ladder stretching between Heaven and Earth.(B,D)

DAY 7
Jerusalem

Begin the day with a special archeological sifting project. Visit Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of Jerusalem. Walk along the Palm Sunday trail to the ancient garden of Gethsemane and view olive trees from the times of Jesus. Visit the City of David and walk through tunnels used throughout the history of Jerusalem as a means to smuggle in and out of the city, especially during times of siege. (B,D)

DAY 8
Jerusalem

Begin your day at Yad Vashem (Holocaust Memorial Museum) and continue to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and the model of the 2nd temple. Continue to Mt. Herodion, a partly man-made mountain and see the remains of the splendid palace built by King Herod. Then head to Bethlehem and visit the Church of Nativity. (B,D)

DAY 9
Jerusalem | Masada | Dead Sea | Jerusalem

Drive along the Dead Sea shoreline to the fortress of Masada, the greatest castle in history, built by King Herod 2,000 years ago. Ride a cable car up the 1,200-foot high cliff, for an unforgettable tour of this impressive UNESCO World Heritage site with the most fascinating views of the Judean Desert. Enjoy a swim (or rather a float) in the mineral-rich Dead Sea waters. Visit the traditional site of Baptism in Qasr El Yahud, the area of the first baptism on Jordan River. Stop and see Jericho, the oldest known inhabited city in the world, it was destroyed by the power of God (Josh. 5-6). It was there that Jesus encountered Zacchaeus (Luke 19). (B,D)

DAY 10
Jerusalem

Visit Mount Zion on the south side of Jerusalem, King David’s city. Pray at the Western Wall and ascend Temple Mount (Herod’s temple). Walk up onto the original temple mount platform where King Herod’s temple stood and visit the Dome of the Rock. Walk through the Old City, visiting the Pool of Bethesda (Jn. 5), and view the shops and the unique lifestyle and customs that have not changed since ancient times. Experience the exhilaration and reality of the resurrection at the Garden Tomb. In the evening, a farewell dinner (B,D)

DAY 11
Jerusalem | Departure from Tel Aviv

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

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