MONDAY - NOVEMBER 19

Depart From Chicago O’Hare on your flight to Israel via Turkish Airlines. Beverages and meals will be served on board.


TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 20

Arrive in Tel Aviv and meet our guide. We will drive to the Mediterranean coast and check-in at the hotel to enjoy dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Dinner and Overnight: Tel Aviv


WEDNESDAY - NOVEMBER 21
CAESAREA / MEGIDDO / NAZARETH / JORDAN RIVER

Visit Independence Hall, where Ben-Gurion declared independence in 1948. Continue north along the coast to Caesarea, an excavated city built by Herod the Great 2000 years ago. It served as the administrative capital of Judea for over 600 years. Next we will visit Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. We will stop at the Basilica of the Annunciation. Feel like you’ve been transported back to biblical times and experience the Israel of Jesus, see its sights, hear its sounds, and even breathe in its aromas at Nazareth Village. End the day at the Jordan River and renew your baptism as a true pilgrim!

Dinner and Overnight: Sea of Galilee


THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 22
CAESAREA PHILIPPI / GOLAN HEIGHTS / MT BEATITUDES / CAPERNAUM

We will start our day with a visit to the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus demanded to know of His disciples who people were saying He was. Next we will climb up to the Golan Heights and remember the Road to Damascus, and enjoy the breathtaking view from the Peace Vista. Then you will enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Next a visit to Mt. Beatitudes where Jesus gave his “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt.5). At Tabgha we will remember the miracle of Multiplication of loaves and fishes (Mark 6) with which he fed thousands of people. Visit Capernaum – known as Jesus’ “own town” (Matt. 9:1) – “walking where Jesus walked” takes on thrilling new meaning. As you sit on the stone benches of Capernaum’s ancient synagogue, you’ll be reminded that right here, Jesus taught (Mark 1:21; John 6:59) and healed a man possessed by an evil spirit (Mark 1:23-27). It was the synagogue on this very spot, whose foundations you can still see, which Luke says was built by the centurion whose servant Jesus later healed (Luke 7:3-5). Jesus also raised from the dead the daughter of this synagogue’s leader (Luke 8:49-53). Ancient Magdala, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, was home to Mary Magdalene.

Dinner and Overnight: Sea of Galilee


FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 23
MEGIDDO / ARMY BASE / HAROD SPRING / BEIT SHEAN

After breakfast climb up Tel Megiddo, one of Solomon’s ancient chariot cities, for a view of the Jezreel Valley and future site of the battle of Armageddon. Visit and IDF army base and its soldiers. We will stop and visit the Harod Spring which bubbles in a cave on the slopes of Mount Gilboa and from here we can enjoy a fine view of the Jezreel Valley and lower Galilee. Continue to Beit Shean, historical gem that unfolds the fascinating story of a rich period full of changes, was the capital of the Decapolis cities, through which word of Jesus’ miracles and teachings spread (Matt. 4:25, Mark 5: 20). It has also been a scene of tragedy: more than a millennium earlier, the Philistines hung the body of Saul from its ramparts.

Dinner and Overnight: Sea of Galilee


SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 24
SAMARIA / JERICHO / QUMRAN

Jacob’s Well, where Jesus asked a Samaritan woman for a drink and offered her “living water”, lies in the crypt of Church of St Photina at Nablus in the West Bank. The Samaritan woman reminded Jesus that Jacob “gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it”. He told her he was the promised Messiah, and she and many residents of her village believed in him. (John 4:5-42) Continue to the Biblical city of Jericho has long been recognized as the oldest city in the world. As we approach the city we recall the Biblical tales of Jericho. We see the Zacheus Sycamore, the old sycamore tree that the short tax collector Zacheus climbed to see above the crowds and get a better look at Jesus as he approached the city. Continue to Qumran and we will stand among the 2,000 year-old ruins overlooking the Dead Sea on the edge of the Judean Wilderness, we will experience a dramatic view of the cave in which most of the Dead Sea Scrolls, containing the oldest Bible ever found, were discovered.

Dinner and Overnight: Dead Sea


SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 25
GENESIS LAND / BETHLEHEM / RACHEL’S TOMB / BETHANY

Begin the day with a taste of Abraham’s hospitality at Genesis Land and experience life as it was in biblical times. Continue to Bethlehem* and The Basilica of the Nativity, the cave believed to be the place where Jesus was born. Visit Rachel’s Tomb ¬– Rachel was another biblical mother-to-be on the road to Bethlehem. After she died giving birth to Benjamin, Jacob built her a monument here (Gen. 35:20). To this day, women come to Rachel’s tomb to pray for fertility and safe childbirth. In the biblical village of Bethany, located on the southeast slope of the Mount of Olives, lies the Tomb of Lazarus, this is the location where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, as recorded in the Gospel of John. Evening service at the Kings of Kings Church.

Dinner and Overnight: Jerusalem


MONDAY - NOVEMBER 26
MT OF OLIVES / GARDEN OF GETHSAMANE / UPPER ROOM
DAVID’S TOMB / ST. PETER EN GALICANTU / GARDEN TOMB

Begin the day at the City of David, the birthplace of the city of Jerusalem, the place where King David established his kingdom, and where the history of the People of Israel was written. See the strongest physical connection between the stories of the Bible and reality, the place where the Holy City started. Enjoy the glorious view of the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Visit the garden of Gethsemane and see its ancient olive trees, remembering Jesus’ agony in prayer for us. Visit Mt. Zion and the Upper Room, remembering the Last Supper and outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Below we can pray and pay homage to Israel’s famous king and ancestor of the Messiah at King David’s Tomb. Then we enter the compound at the St. Peter en Galicantu Church which is built over the site of the house of Caiaphas where Jesus was imprisoned. Proceed to Gordon’s Calvary and the Garden Tomb.

Dinner and Overnight: Jerusalem


TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 27
DAY AT LEISURE

Dinner and Overnight: Jerusalem


WEDNESDAY - NOVEMBER 28
TEMPLE MOUNT / WESTERN WALL / JEWISH QUARTER / YAD VASHEM / ISRAEL MUSEUM

First we visit the spot where Abraham offered Isaac in sacrifice on Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount. Prepare to be “Awestruck” at the Western Wall, the last remnant of the Jerusalem Temple Jesus knew, destroyed 2,000 years ago by the Romans. We will walk through the Jewish Quarter and can visit the stores along the Cardo, a typical Roman street built in the 6th century. Visit The Temple Institute with its model of the Holy Temple and reconstructed sacred vessels based on historical and archeological sources. The site tells the story of the Holy Temple throughout the ages. Next we will visit the Yad Vashem museum Israel’s Holocaust remembrance and education center which is an emotional and heartrending experience, but seeing the exhibits and remembering the Holocaust gives the more than one million individuals, world leaders and dignitaries who pass through its doors annually a meaningful way to commemorate the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. We will end our day with a visit to the Israel Museum, the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and one of the leading art and archaeology museums in the world.

Dinner and Overnight: Jerusalem


THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 29
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH / VIA DOLOROSA / CHURCH OF HOLY SEPULCHRE

After breakfast visit where the Knesset (the name of the parliament in Israel), enacts laws, makes political decisions, chooses the president and the government, and supervises the government’s activity. Continue to the Pool of Bethesda, the site of the miraculous healing of a paralyzed man by Jesus, as recounted solely in the gospel of John, and also the site of the birth of Mary's mother, "Anne". Here over the original pools the purest crusader church in the whole country was built: St. Anne's. We will walk along Via Dolorosa, the road Jesus walked from the place of Pontius Pilate’s sentencing to Golgotha. We will then visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most sacred ground in the Christian world; this ancient church stands over the Tomb of Jesus and the last of the Stations of the Cross. Enjoy a Farewell dinner at your hotel in Tel Aviv.

Dinner and Overnight: Tel Aviv


FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 30

Early morning transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your return flight home.
Arrive in the USA!

 
  
PLEASE NOTE!  We reserve the right to omit any site and/or change the itinerary
Should it be necessary due to local conditions.

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"In the Footsteps of Christ" Holy Land Journey to Israel
November 19 to 30, 2018