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


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: Dan Panorama – Tel Aviv


Begin our day with our savory Israeli style buffet breakfast. Visit Independence Hall, where Ben-Gurion declared independence in 1948. 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.

Dinner and Overnight: Dan – Jerusalem


Visit 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. 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. The Western Wall Tunnels are those that have been created by numerous arches side-by-side supporting staircases going from the city to the Temple Mount. In ancient times there was a shallow valley called the Tyropaean running along the Western side of the Temple Mount (now filled in due to constant demolition and rebuilding) that separated the rich Herodian quarter from the Temple, and it was the need to bridge this that cause the arches to be built. These pathways still hold up the streets today, and the tunnel goes directly underneath the Muslim quarter. As you walk through the tunnel along the ancient wall, you can pause opposite the Holies of Holies, see a pavement built by Herod Agrippa (Acts 12:21) and the foundations of the Praetorium (Matt. 27:27). See Warren’s Gate, the closest entrance to the Holies of Holies. We will walk through the Jewish Quarter and can visit the stores along the Cardo, a typical Roman street built in the 6th century.

Dinner and Overnight: Dan - Jerusalem


Visit the spot where Abraham offered Isaac in sacrifice on Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount. 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. Proceed to Gordon’s Calvary and the Garden Tomb. We will then stop at Mount Scopus to view what lies ahead, as it is one of the few places from which both the Dead Sea and the Dome of the Rock can be seen.

Dinner and Overnight: Dan - Jerusalem


We will depart early today after breakfast and start our drive 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. We will then visit the mountaintop fortress of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. Less than 40 years after Jesus was crucified, Jewish rebels took over Masada. In contrast to Jesus’ instruction to “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s” (Luke 20:25), the rebels believed in zero-tolerance for Roman rule. The rebels were surrounded by the Roman army, and took their own lives rather than become slaves. This act has made Masada a symbol of the human spirit’s yearning for freedom and gives a greater understanding of this era of conflict that was the backdrop to Jesus’ ministry. Afterwards, we will descend to the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea. Visit the oasis of Ein Gedi on the shore of the Dead Sea, this is where David took refuge from King Saul. Stop in Arad and see the Fountain of Tears. An artistic representation of Jesus sharing in the sufferings of the holocaust victims. End the day with a taste of Abraham’s hospitality at Genesis Land and experience life as it was in biblical times.

Dinner and Overnight: Dan - Jerusalem


After breakfast we will travel 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. 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. Visit kibbutz Malkiya and an IDF army base. Stop in ancient Magdala, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, was home to Mary Magdalene. End the day at the Jordan River and renew your baptism as a true pilgrim!

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz - Sea of Galilee


Spend the morning at Tel Dan, a beautiful nature reserve and one of the sources of the Jordan River, as well as an Israelite city, built to compete with Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem. You’ll see one of the oldest arches in the world, said to date back to the time when Abraham came to Dan the Israelite Gate and the High Place of Jeroboam. Continue 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. Next see Korazim, an archaeological site of the city condemned by Jesus (together with Bethsaida and Capernaum) for rejecting him. 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).

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz - Sea of Galilee


At the Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar we will view the “Jesus Boat,” a 2000-year-old boat that has been preserved until today. 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. 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. We will drive 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. Enjoy our farewell dinner at our hotel at the Meditterannean Sea.

Dinner and Overnight: Dan Panorama – Tel Aviv


Early morning transfer to the Ben Gurion airport for our return flight home.

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


"Come and See Israel!" Tour
November 2 to 11, 2018