SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

Depart From Miami or New York JFK on your Non Stop flight to Israel via El Al Airlines. Beverages and meals will be served on board.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2

Arrive in Tel Aviv and meet our guide. We will drive to the coast through Old Jaffa, seeing St. Peter’s Church, recalling Peter’s famous vision on the rooftop of Simon the Tanner. Check-in at the hotel to enjoy dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Dinner and Overnight: Dan Panorama – Tel Aviv


MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
INDEPENDENCE HALL / CAESAREA / MEGIDDO / NAZARETH

Visit Independence Hall, where Ben-Gurion declared independence in 1948. Drive by the US Embassy as we head along the coast to Caesarea, an excavated city built by Herod the Great 2,000 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. 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. See more of Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus.

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz Kinar – Sea of Galilee


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4
MALKIYA / CAESAREA PHILIPPI / MT BEATITUDES / CAPERNAUM / BOAT RIDE

We will start our day at Kibbutz Malkiya. Continue to the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus demanded to know of His disciples who people were saying He was. Next a visit to Mt. Beatitudes where Jesus gave his “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt.5). 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). At Tabgha we will remember the miracle of Multiplication of loaves and fishes (Mark 6) with which he fed thousands of people. Visit Ancient Magdala, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, was home to Mary Magdalene. Afterwards, to the Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar to view the “Jesus Boat,” a 2,000-year-old boat that has been preserved until today. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz Kinar – Sea of Galilee


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5
MT TABOR / BEIT SHEAN / JORDAN RIVER / BETHANY

After breakfast stop in Cana, the traditional site of Jesus's first miracle of turning water into wine. Stand at the top of Mt. Tabor where Peter, James and John saw Jesus transfigured and speaking to Moses and Elijah. Continue to Yardenit, the baptismal site located at the Jordan River on the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee. Beit Shean is an 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. Renew your baptism at Qasr el Yahud, located near Jericho and the Dead Sea on the Jordan River. As we make our way south to Jerusalem we pass and see the Mount of Temptation, the mountain on which Christ was tempted by the devil during his 40-day fast. 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.

Dinner and Overnight: Dan Hotel - Jerusalem


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6
FOUNTAIN OF TEARS / MASADA / QUMRAN / DEAD SEA / GENESIS LAND / CJCUC

We will depart early today after breakfast and firs stop in Arad to see the Fountain of Tears. An artistic representation of Jesus sharing in the sufferings of the holocaust victims. 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. 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. Afterwards, we will descend to the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea. Experience a taste of Abraham’s hospitality at Genesis Land and get a sense of life as it was in biblical times. Complete the occasion with a Camel trek from Genesis Land along the ridge above the spectacular riverbed of Wadi Kelt. Back at our hotel, visit with a scholar from the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation, founded on the proposition that each of our great faith communities, rooted in a shared Bible, which we both accept as the eternal word of G-d, must begin a theological dialogue.

Dinner and Overnight: Dan Hotel - Jerusalem


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
TEMPLE MOUNT / WESTERN WALL / JEWISH QUARTER / YAD VASHEM / ISRAEL MUSEUM

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. 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. 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. Stand at The Knesset Menorah, situated on the edge of the Rose Garden across from the Knesset building. The Menorah is molded of bronze and resembles the menorah of the Temple, which has come to be a Jewish symbol. The main theme of the work depicts the spiritual struggles of the Jewish people and it is engraved with the passage “Not by strength and not by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord who rules over all” (Zechariah 4, 6). Continue to the charming village of Ein Karem, situated on the western slopes of Jerusalem. Ein Karem has special significance as the home town of Zechariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist, and the place of the Visitation, where Mary the mother of Jesus visited her cousin Elizabeth before John’s birth. 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.

Dinner and Overnight: Dan Hotel - Jerusalem


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
MT OF OLIVES / ST PETER EN GALICANTU / MT ZION / BETHLEHEM

Begin the day with the glorious view of the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Start at the Chapel of the Ascension, this small round church contains a stone imprinted with the very footprints of Jesus. Visit Pater Noster, on top of the Mount of Olives, this church is built over a cave in which tradition says Jesus taught the disciples the prayer that begins, "Our Father who art in heaven". Visit the quiet garden chapel of Dominus Flavit, marking the site where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane at the Church of All Nations and see its ancient olive trees, remembering Jesus’ agony in prayer for us. The Tomb of Mary, the mother of Jesus, is marked by one of Jerusalem’s most venerable churches, the Church of the Assumption. Stop at the Golden Gate, in the eastern Temple Mount Wall, has been blocked for centuries, and is said to be awaiting a miraculous opening when the Messiah comes and the dead are resurrected. 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. From here we see the Akeldama, the field of blood. Continue to 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. At the top of Mount Zion, visit thw Church of the Dormition, commemorating the memory of Virgin Mary, in the traditional site of her death. Continue to Bethlehem.

Dinner and Overnight: Dan Hotel - Jerusalem


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
VIA DOLOROSA / CHURCH OF HOLY SEPULCHRE / DAVIDSON CENTER / GARDEN TOMB

First we visit the spot where Abraham offered Isaac in sacrifice on Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount. 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. 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. If time permits, we will visit the Church of St. Mark. 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. Walk through the Jewish Quarter and can visit the stores along the Cardo, a typical Roman street built in the 6th century. Continue to 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. We will then visit the Alliance Church Cemetery and see the Wall of Life. Proceed to Gordon’s Calvary and the Garden Tomb. Stop at the Elvis Inn. Farewell dinner at an Israeli restaurant before we head to the airport for our overnight flight home.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 10

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