11-Day Biblical Israel Tours
Upon arriving in Tel Aviv, we meet our guide who assists us through customs and security. We transfer to our comfortable motor coach for a drive to our hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee where we will spend the next four nights. Following breakfast, we visit Caesarea Maritima on the Mediterranean Sea where Peter baptized the first Gentile, a Roman Centurion. Then on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah prayed and God defeated 450 prophets of Baal with fire from heaven. The day concludes with a visit to Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding reception. Then we travel back to the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. As the sun rises over the Sea of Galilee, we begin our day of pilgrimage with a visit to the Church of the Transfiguration on Mt. Tabor. We’ll then head for Nazareth, a major center for Christian pilgrimage where we’ll experience what it was like to live in a first century community and enjoy a special meal (included) like those eaten in Bible times. Then on to the Church of the Annunciation, where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and the ancient Nazareth Synagogue to reflect on Jesus reading from the scroll of Isaiah before heading back to the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.
Visiting Jacob’s Well
We’ll begin our day at Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount! We’ll then proceed to Tabgha, where the multiplication of the fishes and loaves took place. Then on to the Primacy of Peter where the resurrected Christ invited Peter and the disciples for breakfast, and Capernaum which served as a headquarters for Jesus’ ministry. We’ll then embark on a sailing adventure on the Sea of Galilee and visit the Jesus Boat Museum. For lunch you will have the option of ordering St. Peter’s Fish (not included). Our day will end at Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene, from whom Jesus cast out seven demons. Then we return to our hotel for our last night in Galilee. Our day begins with traveling south through the Jordan Valley to Beit She’an, to visit one of the best-preserved archaeological sites ever discovered in Israel. Then we continue to Nablus to visit Jacob’s Well at St. Photini Church, where Jesus met the Samaritan woman. We then ascend to the majestic city of Jerusalem in time for dinner. The remaining nights will be spent in Jerusalem. Our day begins with a Panoramic view of the Mount of Olives followed by a time of reflection in the Gethsemane Garden where our Lord Jesus Christ prayed and sweat drops of blood before being betrayed by Judas. We then visit Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Field and Chapel of the Holy Innocents, believed to be the burial place of infants killed by King Herod in his attempt to eliminate the newborn “King of the Jews”. Then we return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Dead Sea Floating
Our first stop is a visit to the Jordan River where John baptized Jesus and Israel crossed the Jordan following the Ark of the Covenant. We then head to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and Masada, the fortress built by King Herod. Then on to a relaxing Spa on the Dead Sea that features an indoor heated salt pool where you can experience floating on Dead Sea water and enjoy lunch (included). Additional/optional spa services are available (not included). We then return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. Our day begins with a visit to the Western Wall and Temple Mount which once included the 35-acre area purchased by King David. On this site now stands the El-Aksa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. Then on to the Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church, the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) and the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the most visited historic site in all of Israel. Our day begins with a visit to Emmaus where the disciples’ hearts burned within them as they walked with Jesus and recognized him in the breaking of bread and we continue to Kiryat Ye’arim, where the Ark of the Covenant from the time of Samuel rested until David brought it to Jerusalem. Then on to the House of Caiaphas where Jesus spent the night in a dungeon before his crucifixion and the Shrine of the Book, home of the Great Isaiah Scroll. After enjoying some free time in the Old City of Jerusalem we’ll gather for our farewell dinner to celebrate and give thanks for what God has done in our lives during our pilgrimage.