Experience a Trip to Israel
In Tel Aviv, we proceed through customs and security and meet our guide who assists us to our motor coach. We have a short drive to our hotel in the Netanya area in time for dinner and overnight. This morning, we depart for the Galilee to visit Biblical sites at Caesarea Maritima, where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman Centurion. We also see Megiddo and Mt. Carmel, where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Time permitting, we’ll stop at the Druze Village for a short lunch break (not included). We continue to Nazareth to visit the “Nazareth Village” with detailed explanation of what life was like during the time of Jesus. While in Nazareth, we also visit the Mt. of Precipitation. We continue our trip to Israel as we Cana and we’ll arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. After breakfast, we travel north to the Golan Heights for a beautiful view of northern Israel’s landscape. Then we will head to Caesarea Philippi. We embark on a short hike to Tel Dan to see the altar of Jeroboam. Our lunch stop includes the option of the special St. Peter’s Fish for those interested (not included). Afterwards, our trip to Israel takes us to the Mt. of Beatitudes, with time for reflection and worship. From here we walk to Capernaum, like Jesus would have done, to the base for His early ministry. Next, we board a replica wooden “Jesus Boat” for our boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Afterwards, we see Gadara, followed by dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Please Note: This trip includes more strenuous walking and hiking, and you must be able to walk a minimum of five miles each day.
Walking Down Old Palm Sunday Road
We begin our sightseeing with a drive to Bethsaida, and then make our way to the Jordan River and have the opportunity to step into that special river before heading to Gideon Springs. Next, we visit Beit Shean, one of the best-preserved Decapolis Roman cities. Finally,we continue our trip to Israel as we ascend to the majestic city of Jerusalem in time for dinner and overnight. After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing as we drive to the Wilderness. Our first stop will be at Masada, where we take a cable car up to the fortress built by King Herod. Next, we hike to Ein Gedi, the oasis where David hid from King Saul. A short drive takes us to Qumran and the settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Afterwards, we continue our trip to Israel along the road south along the western shore of the Dead Sea where we will stop for a short swim. Time and conditions permitting, we’ll include a short visit to Jericho. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem. We begin the day with worship on the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage will proceed down the Old Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove and the Church of Agony, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed. We will walk to the holiest site in the whole Jewish world, the Western Wall of Herod’s temple. Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David. On this site now stands El-Aksa Mosque, and the magnificent Dome of the Rock. We take a walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, which runs along the wall at the street level of Jesus’s time. We then make our way to St. Stephen’s Gate, to walk the Via Dolorosa, including St. Anne’s Crusader Church, Pool of Bethesda, the Pavement, Ecce Homo Arch, and the ancient Cardo. We continue our trip to Israel to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, then a short walk takes us to stand on the original steps that Jesus climbed as he entered the Temple area. We will have dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. If time permits, we will visit Solomon’s Quarry.
Visiting the Pool of Siloam
This morning, we continue our trip to Israel to the Shrine of the Book Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and the fascinating 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem as it would have appeared in Jesus’ time. Next, we drive to the City of David, an incredible archaeological find. Afterwards, we take a short walk to Hezekiah’s Tunnel. If time permits, we will visit the newly excavated Pool of Siloam. From the Pool of Siloam, we take a walk through the tunnel that leads up to the Temple Mount. Next, we see the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. We end our day with worship and communion at Golgotha and the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem. We begin the day as our trip to Israel takes us to Bethlehem and a visit with Pastor Mitri Rabeb at Christmas Lutheran Church to learn about their ministry. We pass by Rachel’s tomb on the outskirts, and visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field. Then we depart late morning/early afternoon for the Elah Valley to see the brook where David slew Goliath. From here, we continue our drive to Jaffa for a special Farewell Dinner. We then transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our flight back to the U.S.A.