TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7

Depart from New York JFK flight for Israel via Turkish Airlines. Beverages and meals will be served on board.


WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8

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

Dinner and Overnight: Jerusalem


THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9

Begin the day at 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. Conitinue to 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. Descend to the lowest point on Earth to bathe in the healing waters of the Dead Sea.

Dinner and Overnight: Ramada, Jerusalem


FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10

“Awestruck” is the way many describe their feeling at the Western Wall, destroyed 2,000 years ago by the Romans. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter and visit the stores along the Cardo, a typical Roman street built in the 6th century. Visit the city of Bethlehem.

Dinner and Overnight: Ramada, Jerusalem


SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11

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. 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. Here over the original pools St. Anne’s church was built. Follow the path Jesus went with the cross to Calvary, Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrows. Stroll through the Old City and see the Church of Holy Sepulchre. 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. Then head to St. Peter en Galicantu Church built over the site of the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was imprisoned. End the day at Gordon’s Calvary and the Garden Tomb.

Dinner and Overnight: Ramada, Jerusalem


SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12

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. 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 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. Complete the day at the baptismal site of Yardenit, at the place where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee and into the Dead Sea.

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz, Sea of Galilee


MONDAY FEBRUARY 13

We will start our day early today at Banias Springs. Visit the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus demanded to know of His disciples who people were saying He was. Visit with soldiers at Malkiya. Then you will enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. 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. Visit Mt. Beatitudes where Jesus gave his “Sermon on the Mount". Continue to the quiet cove of Tabgha on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, the scene of many Gospel stories, including the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes.

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz, Sea of Galilee


TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14

After breakfast visit the holy synagogue of Safed. Continue to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. 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. Drive south along the Mediterranean 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.

Dinner and Overnight: Tel Aviv


WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15

Visit Independence Hall, where Ben-Gurion declared independence in 1948. Proceed to the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot and be engaged in the story of the Jewish People across the world and throughout history as well as their ongoing story. Continue to the coast to Old Jaffa, see St. Peter’s Church, recalling Peter’s famous vision on the rooftop of Simon the Tanner. Wander through the lanes of ancient Jaffa and enjoy the galleries, and the picturesque fishing port. Farewell Dinner before heading to the airport for our return flight home.


THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16

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

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Pastors and Spouses Holy Land Familiarization Tour
February 7 to 16, 2023