TEL AVIV/JERUSALEM

(12 DAYS IN ISRAEL)

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1. DAY

AIR
Prior to departure you will meet our tour leader and the group for the land of Israel.

2. DAY

TEL AVIV
Arrive Tel Aviv and transfer to JERUSALEM – the holy city and a drive around the city walls. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner will be provided.

3. DAY

JERUSALEM
Visit the MT. OF OLIVES for an overview; then enjoy a 3,000 year trip back in time at the TIME ELEVATOR. Next we learn about Israel’s history at the ISRAEL MUSEUM visiting the MODEL OF SECOND JERUSALEM TEMPLE, the SHRINE OF THE BOOK, the museum of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL WING with findings that reveal Israel’s past. Our afternoon takes us to DAVID’s CITY to see the recently excavated remains of the palace, WARREN’S SHAFT and SPRING TOWER from the Jebusite & Canaanite periods, and to walk through HEZEKIAH’S WATER TUNNEL. We conclude our day visiting the new excavations at the POOL OF SILOAM in the KIDRON VALLEY. Overnight at the Dan Regency.

4. DAY

JERUSALEM
After breakfast we depart for the TEMPLE MOUNT, site of the Jewish Temple to walk on the ancient platform and visit the WESTERN WALL. Next we explore the TEMPLE MOUNT EXCAVATIONS and the WESTERN WALL TUNNEL which allow us to walk where Jesus walked on the original street beside the Temple Mount. We next visit the JEWISH QUARTER to see the TEMPLE INSTITUTE, where preparations are being made for a future Temple, the FIRST TEMPLE MODEL, the BROAD WALL and the BURNT HOUSE. Dinner and Overnight.

5. DAY

BETHLEHEM
We then climb the HERODIAN, the mountain-fortress of Herod the Great where the infamous kings tomb has been uncovered. After lunch, we next enter the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, the traditional birthplace of Jesus and site of Jerome’s translation of the Latin Vulgate. After time to shop at an OLIVE WOOD STORE we go on to Jerusalem and check in to the hotel with dinner.

6. DAY

GALILEE
Following the Mediterranean Sea we arrive at CAESAREA, the resort of Roman officials such as Pontius Pilate and prison of the Apostle Our next stop is MEGIDDO, the name synonymous with Armageddon to tour the ancient site. Next we go to the NAZARETH VILLAGE where we will experience a re-creation of daily life & customs in Jesus’ day! We climax our day high above the SEA OF GALILEE on MT.ARBEL for a panoramic view of the ancient sites associated with Jesus’ ministry and the 2,000 year-old city of TIBERIAS. Overnight at the hotel and an outdoor buffet beside the Sea of Galilee.

7. DAY

GALILEE
Begin today on the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Then descend by foot along the pilgrims path to TABGHA (Peter’s Primacy) where Jesus met the disciples after His resurrection. Then visit CAPERNAUM, the synagogue where Jesus preached, and see the JESUS BOAT, a 2,000 year old fishing boat and take our own BOAT RIDE across the Sea of Galilee to EIN GEV. In the afternoon we journey to the GOLAN HEIGHTS to see the archaeological site of TEL DAN with a gate from Abraham’s time and the high place of Jeroboam and CAESAREA PHILIPPI (palace of Herod Philip) and Temple of Pan. Return to the hotel.

8. DAY

JORDAN VALLEY/JUDEAN DESERT
Begin our day at a Baptismal service at YARDENIT. We then continue on to BETH-SHEAN, one of the largest archaeological sites in Israel with Egyptian, Philistine and Roman remains. We then drive to Jericho and then Qumran, site of the community that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls and of Dr. Price’s excavations on the southern plateau and then on to EIN BOQEK to check-in to the Hotel. Delicious evening buffet.

9. DAY

JUDEAN DESERT
Begin the day at MASADA site of the Jew’s final stand against the Romans in A.D. 73, ascending by cable cars to see the remains of Herod’s palatial fortress. Next we drive to EIN-GEDI where David hid from Saul and composed some of the psalms and a possible opportunity to swim in the desert spring. Then return to the Hotel. Leisure time to enjoy the amenities of the hotel spa (optional), the immense swimming pool or experience floating in the DEAD SEA at the hotel’s private beach.

10. DAY

JERUSALEM
We start the morning at the Temple Mount Sifting Project to experience some real archaeological work in sifting soil removed directly from under the Temple Mount. After lunch, we then walk down the disciple’s path from the MT of OLIVES to DOMINUS FLEVIT, the place where Christ wept over Jerusalem. We then have praise and worship at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE where Jesus prayed and was arrested, and then visit the HOUSE OF CAIAPHAS; the High Priest who presided over Jesus’ Jewish trial. We end the day contemplatively at YAD VASHEM. The Jewish Holocaust Memorial. Overnight at the hotel.

11. DAY

JERUSALEM
Today we follow in the footsteps of Jesus on the VIA DOLOROSA, Jesus’ path to the cross; entering at ST STEPHEN’S GATE and to visit SAINT ANNER’S Crusader Church and sees the POOL OF BETHESDA. Continuing on the Via Dolorosa we come to the CHURCH OF THE FLAGILLERIUM and the LITHOSTROTHOS ending at the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE as the traditional site of the crucifixion and tomb of Jesus. We then pass to Bible Times at EIN KEREM for a short tour and a Last Supper re-enactment lunch and tour of the BIBLICAL GARDENS. Our reflection on the sufferings of the Saviour climaxes at the GARDEN TOMB with a COMMUNION SERVICE under the olive trees. Enjoy a very special FAREWELL DINNER at the Hotel.

12. DAY

AIR
Fly back home.

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