MONDAY, JUNE 3

Depart From Atlanta, GA for your flight to Israel via El Al Airlines. Beverages and meals will be served on board.


TUESDAY, JUNE 4

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: Kinar Hotel, Sea of Galilee


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
BOAT RIDE / MT BEATITUDES / CAPERNAUM / JORDAN RIVER

Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Afterwards, to the Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar to view the “Jesus Boat,” a 2000-year-old boat that has been preserved until today. 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: Kinar Hotel, Sea of Galilee


THURSDAY, JUNE 6
BEIT SHEAN / GOLAN HEIGHTS / CAESAREA PHILIPPI

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. Next we will climb up to the Golan Heights and remember the Road to Damascus. Enjoy lunch at a Druze village. Next see Korazim, an archaeological site of the city condemned by Jesus (together with Bethsaida and Capernaum) for rejecting him. At Tel Dan, see 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.

Dinner and Overnight: Kinar Hotel, Sea of Galilee


FRIDAY, JUNE 7
MAGDALA / HERODION / QUMRAN

Stop at Ancient Magdala, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, was home to Mary Magdalene. Visit Herodion, this monumental fortress and palace on the highest hill in the Judean desert, built by Herod the Great. Herod was buried in the site which bore his name. The site was later a rebel stronghold and hiding place during the great revolts against the Romans. 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. We will stop at the Western Wall and observe the dancing and chanting by all Israelis and Yeshiva students to welcome the Sabbath.

Dinner and Overnight: Leonardo Hotel, Jerusalem


SATURDAY, JUNE 8
MASSADA / EIN GEDI / DEAD SEA

We will depart early today after breakfast and start our drive 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” (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 the oasis of Ein Gedi on the shore of the Dead Sea combines a wild, natural setting, history and archaeology. This is where David took refuge from King Saul. Afterwards, we will descend to the lowest point on Earth and take advantage of the healing waters of the Dead Sea.

Dinner and Overnight: Leonardo Hotel, Jerusalem


SUNDAY, JUNE 9
MT OF OLIVES / UPPER ROOM / WESTERN WALL / CITY OF DAVID

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. 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. 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: Leonardo Hotel, Jerusalem


MONDAY, JUNE 10
VIA DOLOROSA / CHURCH OF HOLY SEPULCHRE / GARDEN TOMB

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. Proceed to Gordon’s Calvary and the Garden Tomb. Return to hotel to freshen up and change into comfortable clothes before the flight home. Farewell dinner at an Israeli restaurant before we head to the airport for our overnight flight home.


TUESDAY, JUNE 11

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

Israel 2019 with North
June 3 to 11, 2019