Sunday, March 4

Depart from Chicago for Israel. Beverages and meals will be served on board.

 
Monday, March 5

Arrive in Tel Aviv and meet our guide. Transfer by deluxe motor coach to our hotel in Tel Aviv. Have dinner and a good night’s sleep. 

Dinner and Overnight: Herods, Tel Aviv

 
Tuesday, March 6

After breakfast  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. 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.  Next we will visit Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. Visit 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!  And the  surprise of the day!

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz Kinar, Galilee

 
Wednesday, March 7

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. Visit an Israeli Army Base. Next a visit to Mt. Beatitudes where Jesus gave his “Sermon on the Mount".  At Tabgha we will remember the miracle of Multiplication of loaves and fishes with which he fed thousands of people. Visit Capernaum – known as Jesus’ “own town” – “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 and healed a man possessed by an evil spirit. 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. Jesus also raised from the dead the daughter of this synagogue’s leader. Continue to ancient Magdala, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, home to Mary Magdalene. Then you will enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Plus a surprise!

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz Kinar, Galilee

 
Thursday, March 8

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. 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.  

Overnight: Leonardo Hotel, Jerusalem

 
Friday, March 9

This morning after breakfast, begin the day with a taste of Abraham's hospitality at Genesis Land and experience life as it was in Biblical times. Visit 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. Visit the Israel Museum, the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and one of the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. Return to the hotel for Shabbat dinner.

Dinner and Overnight: Leonardo Hotel, Jerusalem


Saturday, March 10

After breakfast, begin the day with the glorious view of the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Visit Gethsemane and see its ancient olive trees, remembering Jesus' agony in prayer for us. Then head to St. Peter en Galicantu Chruch built over the site of the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was imprisoned. Visit Mount Zion and the Upper Room, and remember the Last Supper and the outpour 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. Visit 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. Afterwards head into the Old City to walk Via Dolorosa. End the day at Gordon's Calvary and the Garden Tomb.  Plus enjoy a surprise!

 

Dinner and Overnight: Leonardo Hotel, Jerusalem

 
Sunday, March 11

After savoring breakfast, drive to Qumran and 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”, 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 to bathe in the healing waters of the Dead Sea.  More surprises for the day!

Dinner and Overnight: Leonardo Hotel, Jerusalem

 
Monday, March 12

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. Stand at the spot wehre Abraham offered Isaac in sacrifice on Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount. Visit the Davidson Center and imagine what it was like for a pilgrim to go to the Temple 2,000 years ago. You will walk among the excavations of the Ophel where Jesus and His disciples would have walked. Continue to 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. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter and visit the stores along the Cardo, a typical Roman street built in the 6th century. Continue to surprise activities.

Dinner and Overnight:  Leonardo Hotel, Jerusalem

 
Tuesday, March 13

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

Arrive to the USA from a “Life Changing Experience” that will stay with you for all your days.

 

 
  
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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Pastor and Spouse's Holy Land Familiarization Tour
March 4 to 13, 2018