Arrive in the Holy Land
Day 1: Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: /Jericho/Qumran
This morning we drive to visit the baptismal site of Qasr el Yehud, where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Continue to Jericho, the oldest city in the world to visit the ruins of the ancient city conquered by Joshua, and the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus. Next we travel to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. On our way back to Jerusalem we stop for a swim in the Dead Sea which has an unusually high concentration of salt. Enjoy time to float and relax in the soothing waters before returning to our hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 3: Herodian/ Bethlehem
Today begins with a visit to Herodian, the palace-fortress and final resting place of Herod the Great. In Bethlehem we visit the traditional birthplace of Jesus and the church of Nativity. Next we visit the Shepherd’s Fields, where the angels proclaimed the good news.
Day 4: Caesarea/Mt. Carmel/Tel Magido
Depart via the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, build by Herod the Great, a center of early Christianity and where Paul was jailed for two years. Visit the Roman theatre, aqueduct and Crusader fortress. View the traditional site of Elijah’s victory over the false prophets of Baal. End the day at your hotel in Tiberias.
Day 5: Galilee
Begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee with a special on-board worship service. Visit Capernaum where Jesus spent much of his ministry and chose his first disciples. Visit Tabgha, site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. As you pray the Chapel of Primacy, remember how Peter professed his devotion to risen Christ three times. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount, for a beautiful view of the entire Galilee. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Cana/ Nazareth/ Samaria/ Jacob’s Well
Depart to Cana, the site where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. Drive to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home. Continue past Tel Dothan, where it is thought to be the place where Joseph found his brothers with their flocks. We visit Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kindom and home to Ahab and Jezebel. View Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim where Israelites recited the blessing and curses of the Law. In ancient Shechem we visit Jacob’s Well where the Samaritan women encountered Christ. Overnight at your hotel in Jerusalem
Day 7: Jerusalem
Our day begins with a visit to the Mount of Olives where we enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Jerusalem. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and prey beneath the ancient olive trees. Next we continue to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room, revered as the site of the Last Supper, and St. Peter in Gallicantu, the home of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus held after his arrest.
Day 8: Old City of Jerusalem
Our day begins a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. We visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. Next we visit St. Anne, the Pool of Bethesda, Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of Flagellation and the Ecce Homo Arch. We walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) through the narrow alleys and souks to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to the Garden Tomb to share
Day 9: Ein Krem/ Nabi Samual/ Emmuas/ Valley of Ellah
Today begins with a visit to Ein Karem, home of John the Baptist and where Mary visited Elizabeth. We visit Nabi Samuel, thought to be the burial place of the prophet Samuel. In Emmaus, recall how the resurrected Jesus appeared to two of His disciples. Walk through the Valley of Elah, where David defeated Goliath. Return to your hotel in Jerusalem for overnight
Day 10: Return to the USA