Schedule

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 | Day 1

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Scheduled bus pick up or make your way to the hotel
  • "Welcome to Israel, Shecheyanu Ceremony"

Dinner and overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv


...a land that the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. Deuteronomy 11:12

Elah valley- Jaffa- tel Aviv

Thursday, July 9, 2020  | Day 2

  • Visit Beit Immanuel, one of the first buildings outside the walls of ancient Jaffa. Throughout its colorful history, it hosted such people as Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife Augusta Victoria. The Church's Ministry Among the Jews (CMJ) has used Beit Immanuel as a school for girls, commandeered by the British Army and later the Israeli army and in the 1970's, it was the focal point of the emerging Israeli Messianic movement. Beit Immanuel Church has seen many Jewish people come to faith in Jesus (Yeshua) and Messiah.
  • Our Travels take us to the Elah Valley were David slew Goliath (1 Samuel 17).
  • Our day concludes with a short visit to the city of Jaffa, considered to be the world's oldest seaport and with both Old and New Testament significance including Jonah, Peter, Simon the Tanner.


Dinner and overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv

Caesarea- Muhraka- Nazereth- jesus boat

Friday, July 10, 2020 | Day 3
  • Worship on the Beach front- Mediterranean Sea
  • Checkout of hotel
  • Visit the ancient Mediterranean city of Caesarea Maritima, the capital of Judea under the Romans and northern home of Pontius Pilate. It was here that Cornelius, the first gentile convert to Christianity came to faith (Acts 10). See the impressive Roman Theater and aqueduct. 
  • Drive to Muhraka and visit Mt. Carmel where Elijah confronted the priests of Baal (1 Kings 18).
  • Lunch with the Druze (an Arabic-speaking minority who live throughout the Middle East). 
  • Continue to Nazareth, the city where Jesus spent his childhood. Visit the place of the archangel, Gabriel's, visitation to Mary and the underground 'Synagogue Church' where Jesus read from the prophecy of Isaiah (Matthew 13, Mark 6, Luke 4).
  • Drive the Sea of Galilee.
  • See the ancient "Jesus Boat" at Kibbutz Ginosar dating back to the 1st century CE.
  • Check into hotel.

Dinner and overnight: Kibbutz Maagan

Mt. of Beatitudes- Capernaum- Tabgha- Boat Ride

Saturday, July 11, 2020 | Day 4

  • Our day begins at Magdala, located on the western coastline of the Sea of Galilee. Magdala is a recently excavated unique site in the Holy Land. Here one can find a first century synagogue, a complete first century city, and the remains of a once prosperous fish processing industry. Complete with shops, marketplace, residential areas, and wharf, this is a city where Jesus himself visited and taught. 
  • Drive up to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee and reflect on the Sermon on the Mount, in the idyllic surroundings at Har HaOsher (Matthew 5).
  • Continue to Capernaum where Jesus had considerable ministry.
  • Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue and the house where Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law (Mark 1).
  • Proceed to Tabgha, where Jesus restored Peter after the resurrection (John 21), the site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor.
  • We conclude the day with a relaxing boat trip across the Sea of Galilee, "O Sabboth rest by Galilee, O calm of hills above, where Jesus knelt to share with thee the silence of eternity, interpreted by love!"


Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz Maagan

Banias- Tel Dan- Katzrin- Ancient olive groves

Sunday, July 12, 2020 | Day 5

  • Sunday morning worship on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
  • Visit Banias with its springs and waterfalls, the region of Caesarea-Philippi where Peter confessed the Lordship of Jesus (Matthew 16)
  • Journey to Tel Dan (time permitting), consider the importance of 'elders at the gate.'
  • Visit to the ancient Olive Press.
  • Gentle rafting on the Jordan river (optional)
  • Drive down the Golan and visit the ancienct city of Katzrin with its remains of the village life from 4th-8th century.
  • Enjoy St. Peter's fish dinner at Amnon Bay (cost included).


Overnight: Kibbutz Maagan

Gideon's Spring- Beit Shean- Shiloh- jerUSALEM

Monday, July 13, 2020 | Day 6

  • Check out of hotel.
  • Begin the day with a visit to Gideon's Spring at Ma'ayan Harod (Judges 6).
  • Continue to Beit Shean with its rently excavated amphitheater. Consider the Biblical account of the battle of the Israelites against the Philistines on Mount Gilboa with Saul and his three sons (1 Samuel 31).
  • Visit Sachne, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Israel. Located in the Lower Galilee (swim -time permitted).
  • Journey to the ancient city of Shiloh where the Tabernacle used to stand - possibly wine tasting. Consider the leadership of Samuel the Prophet (1 Samuel 3).
  • Make our accent to Jerusalem and look over the Holy City, reciting the Psalms, as you are welcomed to the City of the Great King (Psalm 48)

Dinner and overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Mt. of Olives- Christian Quarter- City of David

Tuesday July 14, 2020 | Day 7

  • Our day begins at the Mt. of Olives- Including Church of Dominus Flevit, retracing the steps of Jesus on Palm Sunday, Garden of Gethsemane with private garden prayers, Pater Noster- the Chruch of All Nations.
  • Enter the Christian Quarter of the Old City- walk the Via Dolorosa with a wooden cross, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher- the traditional site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
  • Visit the City of David and the Pool of Shiloah (John 9:2)
  • Optional walk through Hezekiah's tunnel (wet shoes required) carved beneath the City of David and the 2000 year old Pilgrims Way tunnel to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own (cost not included).

Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Dead Sea - Qumran - Massada

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | Day 8

  • We begin our day driving down towards the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth nearly 1,300 feet below sea level, as we drive through Jericho and visit the Sycamore tree of Zacchaeus (Luke 19).
  • Reaffirm our Christian faith (reciting the creed) at the Qasr Al- Yahud baptismal site.
  • Visit the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and take an optional swim in the salty waters of the Dead Sea.
  • Continue to Massada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, King Herod's palace, the synagogue, bathhouse and much more. 
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Dinner and overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Yad Vashem - Friends of Zion - Free Time

Thursday, July 16, 2020 | Day 9

  • Begin our day with a very moving visit to the Holocaust Museum Yad Vashem, followed by a visit to the Friends of Zion Museum where stories of love and heroism are made alive using ground-breaking technology found nowhere else in Israel. Meet the biblical figures, academics, businessmen, and military officals who, through their faith, have forged an everlasting bond between the Jewish and Christian peoples.
  • Free time for shopping in the new city.
  • Evening prayer walk around the city walls of Jerusalem (optional).

Dinner and Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Israel Museum - Jewish Quarter - Upper Room

Friday, July 17, 2020 | Day 10

  • Visit the Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book, model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period and cradle of Christianity exhibits.
  • Enter the Old City of Jerusalem and visit the Jewish Quarter including Western Wall and Southern Wall excavations and conclude our day in the Upper Room where Jesus washed his disciples' feet during the Last Supper (John 13).


Dinner and overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

The Sabbath - Bethlehem - Garden tomb

Saturday, July 18, 2020 | Day 11

  • Our day begins with a short journey to Bethlehem. Visit the Shepherd's Fields in Beit Sahour (Luke 2) where the shepherds who saw the Star of Nativity and followed it too Bethlehem. Visit Manger Square and Saint Aphrem's School - a Christian mission in the heart of Bethlehem.
  • Return to Jerusalem and visit the Garden Tomb, a site of Christian worship and witness located in the heart of historic Jerusalem, just outside the Old City walls, which many believe is the site of Jesus of Nazereth's burial and resurrection.
  • Final tour dinner at Piccolino Restaurant (cost included).


Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

The Lord's day - christ church - departure/petra extension

Sunday, July 19, 2020 | Day 12

  • Check out of hotel and worship at Christ Church Jerusalem, an Anglican Church located inside the Old City of Jerusalem. This is the oldest Protestant church building in the Middle East.
  • Travel to Ben Gurion airport for late night departure from Israel.


Petra Extension - Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Petra Extension (3 days)





Day 1 | Monday, July 20, 2020

Jordan - Madaba - Mt. Nebo

  • Check out of hotel, cross to Jordan from Allenby Bridge. Visit the "City of Mosaics" - Madaba, an ancienct city south of Amman. See the famous mosaic map before strolling in the streets and perusing offerings from artisan craftsman. Stand atop Mount Nebo to admire the inspirational view of the 'Promised Land' as seen by Moses (Numbers 27).
  • Drive down the Kings Highway to Petra

Dinner and Overnight : Petra


Day 2 | Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Petra

  • A full day visiting Petra. Petra is a famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert. Dating to around 300 B.C., it was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. Accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq, it contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, earnin its nickname, the "Rose City."

Return to Israel at the Arava Border and overnight in Eilat (the northern tip of the red Sea). 


Overnight: Eilat


Day 3 | Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Eilat

  • Free time in Eilat until departure for Ben Gurion airport


Participants MUST have visas to Jordan before arriving in Israel. Visas are not issued at the Allenby Border.