Experience Israel & Petra 2019
December 2 to 12, 2019


Depart From St. Louis, MO for your flight to Israel. Beverages and meals will be served on board.


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

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). 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). End the day at the Jordan River and renew your baptism as a true pilgrim!

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz – Sea of Galilee


After breakfast take the road that leads to the top of Precipice Mountain; on the way you’ll see a church marking the site where Mary is said to have watched fearfully. At the top of the mountain, where the cliff plunges to the Jezreel Valley below, enjoy the magnificent panorama as you contemplate this dramatic story. Visit Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. We will stop at the Basilica of the Annunciation. Continue to Mount Carmel, Mukhraka, which means “burned place,” where Elijah faced off against the prophets of Baal and God sent down fire from Heaven. Explore Caesarea, an excavated city built by Herod the Great 2,000 years ago. 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. We will stop at 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. 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.

Dinner and Overnight: Royal Wing Hotel - Jerusalem


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, 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. Continue to Bethlehem* and The Basilica of the Nativity, the cave believed to be the place where Jesus was born. Proceed to Gordon’s Calvary and the Garden Tomb.

Dinner and Overnight: Royal Wing Hotel - 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 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: Royal Wing Hotel - Jerusalem


First we visit the spot where 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 2000 years ago. You will walk among the excavations of the Ophel where Jesus and His disciples would have walked. 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. City of David and explore a huge water cistern that evokes the story of Jeremiah’s imprisonment. The touring route descends via Warren’s Shaft and more recently discovered tunnels to the Gihon Spring where Solomon was crowned. The walk then continues to remnants of the actual Siloam Pool from Second Temple times, where the blind man healed by Jesus washed. The adventurous can then slosh through the amazing engineering feat: the 1,500-foot-long-tunnel created by King Hezekiah in 701 BCE to protect Jerusalem’s water source, Hezekiah’s Tunnel.

Dinner and Overnight: Royal Wing Hotel - Jerusalem


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 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. isit 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 Israel Museum, the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and one of the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. Transfer to Tel Aviv for flight to Eilat.

Dinner and Overnight: Isrotel Agamim - Eilat


Begin our day with an early breakfast before the arrival of our transportation to the Jordan border. After visa assistance at the Jordanian Border, drive straight to Petra through desert highways. Your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architectures, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the South of Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback ride, about 700m, until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 Km long (walking distance). There is also a possibility to rent a chariot to inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as The Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman Theater, Roman Street, Qassier Rl-Bint (Palace of Pharaoh's daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate visitors. After the visit, enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant, followed by a drive back to the border. En route, stop for a short visit in Aqaba, with possibility for a short walk in the town. Cross back to Eilat.

Dinner and Overnight: Isrotel Agamim - Eilat


Day at leisure. Transfer to Eilat airport for flight to Tel Aviv. Farewell dinner at an Israeli restaurant before we head to the airport for our overnight flight home.


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Should it be necessary due to local conditions.