Days 1 & 2 – Arrival
Depart US, arrive Tel Aviv

Following an overnight flight, we arrive in Tel Aviv where we enjoy our welcome dinner.  Overnight in Tel Aviv.

mount carmel

mount carmel

Day 3  Caesarea | Mt. Carmel

After our morning orientation, we set out along the coastal road to Caesarea where Peter shared the gospel with Cornelius and where Paul was imprisoned while awaiting his appearance before Felix and Festus.  We visit the Roman theater and harbor. From the coast we move inland to Mt. Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. We take in the magnificent site of the Jezreel Valley and the hills of Galilee. We arrive at our hotel on the Sea of Galilee. (B,D)

sea of galilee

sea of galilee

Day 4 –Sea of Galilee Mount of Beatitudes | Capernaum | Baptismal Site

We sail across the Sea of Galilee, anchoring in the lake to remember the One who stilled the wind and waves.  Back on shore we view the “Jesus boat” discovered at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee during a drought.  Continuing around the lake we visit the Church of the Beatitudes and listen anew at the words of Jesus.  After lunch we visit Tabgha where Jesus fed the 5,000, then on to the center of Jesus’ ministry, Capernaum, and the synagogue where he worship and prayed.    Ending the day we travel to the Jordan River to remember our baptisms.  Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

megiddo

megiddo

Day 5 – Nazareth  |  Cana  |  Megiddo

We are off to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, to visit the Church of St. Gabriel/Annunciation in Nazareth, then up to Mount Precipice. The site offers a panoramic view of the patchwork Jezreel Valley and Mount Tabor.  Then to Cana where Jesus blessed marriage and performed his first sign.  Setting off to Megiddo we have lunch and then take in the panoramic view of the valley of many armed conflicts.  After visiting the archeological site, we make our afternoon ascent to the Holy City of Jerusalem, taking in the view from Mt. Scopus. (B,D)

church of the nativity

church of the nativity

Day 6 –  Israel Museum | Jerusalem Model | Shrine of the Book | Bethlehem

Today we tour the Israel Museum, view a detailed, scaled model of ancient Jerusalem, and visit the Shrine of the Book. Here we view the Dead Sea Scrolls, many containing the oldest known surviving remnants of Scripture.   We then travel to the town of Bethlehem for a visit to the Shepherd's Fields, Church of the Nativity, and the grotto where Jesus was born. Return to Jerusalem. (B, D)

western wall

western wall

Day 7 – Temple Mount | Jerusalem Archaeological Park |  Western Wall | Jewish Quarter

Entering the Old City we tour the Temple Excavations of the Jerusalem Archaeological Park and stand on the stairs where Jesus taught during his final days. Afterwards we make our way to the Western/Wailing Wall and view the place of prayer as we offer our own prayers for the peace of Jerusalem. In the afternoon, we visit the Jewish Quarter and walk on the ancient Roman road.  (B, D)

masada

masada

Day 8 – Caves of Qumran | Masada | Ein Gedi | Dead Sea

Our first stop is Masada, the refuge of the Jews during the Roman invasion.  Then on to the oasis of Ein Gedi and recall the life of David and read from the Psalter.  We also take in Qumran and from a distance view the caves of the Dead Sea scrolls.  The day ends with a “swim” in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, before returning to Jerusalem for overnight. (B, D)

dome of the rock in jerusalem

dome of the rock in jerusalem

Day 9 – Mount of Olives | Gethsemane | Via Dolorosa | Holy Sepulchre | Garden Tomb

Jerusalem!  We begin our day with a panoramic view from the Mt. of Olives.  We then visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of the Agony, as we turn our attention to the passion of our Lord. From the Garden we enter the Lion’s Gate and walk the Via Dolorosa. We visit the Churches of the Flagellation and Condemnation, St. Anne’s Monastery, and the Pool of Bethesda, as well as the Stations of the Cross. After lunch, we visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. What better way to end our tour than a visit to the Garden Tomb as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This will be a day and a pilgrimage long remembered!  (B,D)

garden tomb

garden tomb

Day 10  Depart for States

Depart for Tel Aviv/Flight to USA