WEDNESDAY - JULY 12

Depart From Columbus, OH for your flights to Israel via Delta Air Lines. Beverages and meals will be served on board.


THURSDAY - JULY 13
Arrive in Tel Aviv and meet our guide. We will drive north along the Mediterranean coast stopping at the remains of the Roman Aqueduct for a brief Welcome to Israel, then proceed on to the Sea of Galilee and check-in at the hotel to enjoy dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz – Sea of Galilee


FRIDAY - JULY 14
CAESAREA / MEGIDDO / NAZARETH / JORDAN RIVER

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. We will then 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 where we will pray over this prophetic site where our coming Messiah will lead Israel to victory! Next we will visit Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. We will stop at the Basilica of the Annunciation, though modern and impressive, the excavation of the 1st century home next door gives a better picture of the lifestyle of Mary and Joseph and their children. End the day at the Jordan River and renew your baptism celebration as a true pilgrim!

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz – Sea of Galilee


SATURDAY - JULY 15
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 (Matt. 16:13-18). Next we will climb up to the Golan Heights and remember the miraculous encounter Paul had with Jesus on the Road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-9), and enjoy the breathtaking view from the Peace Vista (full view of the Sea and mountains). Then you will enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (remembering Peter’s walk on the water with Jesus). Next a visit to Mt. Beatitudes where Jesus gave his “Sermon on the Mount” (we will hear the full sermon together) (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).

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz – Sea of Galilee


SUNDAY - JULY 16
GALILEAN SUNDAY WORSHIP / BEIT SHEAN / HAROD SPRING / MOUNT SCOPUS

After breakfast and a short Worship (at the Kibbutz), 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. 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: - Jerusalem


MONDAY - JULY 17

MT OF OLIVES / GARDEN OF GETHSAMANE / UPPER ROOM / DAVID’S TOMB

ST. PETER EN GALICANTU / YAD VASHEM / ISRAEL MUSEUM

Begin the day with 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, receiving communion and 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. 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. Here we will have a moment of prayer for our friends and God’s chosen people, the descendants of Abraham.

Dinner and Overnight: - Jerusalem


TUESDAY - JULY 18
QUMRAN / MASSADA / DEAD SEA

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 and take advantage of the hot springs, mineral waters, and mud baths, and enjoy the desert climate, bathe in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, and breathe healthful bromide-filled air at the desert oasis, Ein Gedi.

Dinner and Overnight: - Jerusalem


WEDNESDAY - JULY 19
TEMPLE MOUNT / WESTERN WALL / TEMPLE INSTITUTE / GARDEN TOMB

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. A special walking tour through the Western Wall Tunnel – the original Western Wall of Herod’s Temple Mount over which Jerusalem of later eras was constructed, walking along 1,445 feet of the original, enormous 2,000-year-old Herodian stones, seeing the lofty Warren’s Gate, a street and other finds, and a fascinating interactive model. Then another special tour at the Temple Institute with a preview of the preparations in progress for the THIRD TEMPLE! We’ll also view a 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. We will walk through the Jewish Quarter and can visit the stores along the Cardo, a typical Roman street built in the 6th century. Proceed to Gordon’s Calvary (the place where Jesus was likely crucified (Mark 15:22; 27:33; Luke 23:33; John 19:17-18) and the Garden Tomb (both of which are located outside the ancient Jerusalem walls.)

Dinner and Overnight: - Jerusalem


THURSDAY - JULY 20
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH / VIA DOLOROSA / CHURCH OF HOLY SEPULCHRE

After breakfast we will begin the day with a visit 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 a crusader church 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 pass the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Catholic shrine as the proposed location of the tomb of Jesus and the last of the Stations of the Cross. We now mark our adventure with the Holy Land by planting a tree in Israel, in so planting a stake of hope and optimism in the future of Israel and leaving our blessing upon this land and praying for the PEACE OF JERUSALEM! Farewell dinner at an Israeli restaurant before we head to the airport for our overnight flight home.


FRIDAY - JULY 21

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.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

"In the Steps of Jesus" Israel Tour
July 12 to 21, 2017