Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
On our first full day traveling with Core Church LA, we begin walking in the footsteps of Jesus with a visit to Caesarea Maritima, where we will have ample time to see this incredible excavated city, aqueducts, theatre and much more. From here we continue to Tel Megiddo and then onto Mt. Carmel for an incredible view of the Jezreel Valley. We continue to the Galilee. Time permitting, we’ll conclude our day with a visit to Mt. Arbel to view the Galilee region as Jesus would have viewed it. There is nothing quite like watching a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee from your hotel. We begin our day of walking in the footsteps of Jesus with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and then a special visit to the 2000-year-old Jesus Boat that dates back to the time of Christ. Afterwards we continue walking in the footsteps of Jesus as we visit Biblical sites along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, including Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes. In the afternoon, we depart to the following Biblical sites: Nazareth, and the Ancient Synagogue, then we visit the “Nazareth Village” with detailed explanation of what life was like during the time of Jesus. Time permitting, we will visit Sepphoris (Zippori). We then make our way back to the Sea of Galilee.
Exploring the Golan Heights
The next day of walking in the footsteps of Jesus begins as we travel north to the Golan area. Our first stop is Nimrod Castle, a massive fortress built in 1229 CE that guarded the road to Damascus. From here we go to see Mt. Hermon , and Hazor. We arrive at the Golan Heights to view Lebanon from a distance. Then we continue to Caesarea Philippi where we have an opportunity to continue walking in the footsteps of Jesus as we see the location where Jesus spoke to his disciples and asked them, “Who do you say that I am?” We take a short walk/hike to Tel Dan. In the afternoon, we participate in a service project with Israeli troops or at Kibbutz Golan Heights. The following day, we travel to the Southern Galilee and drive to Gideon Springs. We make our way to Tel Beit Shean, one of the best preserved archaeological sites ever discovered. We visit Jericho and Kasr-El-Yahud on the Jordan River, for an optional baptismal service.
Remember! Bring a flashlight and water shoes if you want to walk through Hezekiah's Tunnel.
We begin walking in the footsteps of Jesus with a drive to the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage proceeds to Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed. We will enter Jerusalem through the Dung Gate and, walking in the footsteps of Jesus, make our way to the holiest site in the whole Jewish world, the Western (Wailing) Wall of Herod’s temple. Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David. On this site now stands the Dome of the Rock (the third holiest shrine in Islam), the El-Aksa Mosque. From the temple area, we make our way to the Rabbinical Tunnel and afterwards we visit St. Anne’s Crusader Church, Pools of Bethesda, the Sister of Zion Convent (to see the Pavement where Jesus stood as he was being tried by Pilate), Ecce Homo Arch and then follow the Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Cardo. If time permits, we will have a visit to the Burnt House with a special audio/video presentation. We conclude our day with a visit to the Temple Institute, with a detailed explanation of the rebuilding of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem or instead to see the Church of Nativity and Shepherd’s Field.
Viewing the Dead Sea Scrolls
We begin the day of walking in the footsteps of Jesus with a special visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Then we continue to the Davidson Center and Southern Steps (the actual steps that Jesus would have walked up to the Temple Mount). Then we go to the recently excavated City of David and Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Afterwards we continue to the house of Caiaphas, and the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. We make our way to Mount Zion and visit the tomb of King David and the Upper Room. We end our day with a drive to the Valley of Elah, where we will have an opportunity to view the region and walk along the ravine and dried up river beds of where David defeated Goliath. The next morning of walking in the footsteps of Jesus, we drive to Qumran, where we have the opportunity to see the cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Afterwards, we visit Masada, where we ascend high upon the wilderness mountain by way of cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. Here we survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, the synagogue, temples and palaces. From here we continue to Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul, and we hike the rocky path to one of the most beautiful spots in the region. We enjoy a refreshing swim/float in the Dead Sea. We make a short stop at Bethany, and then head back up to Jerusalem, stopping for a short visit at the Good Samaritan Inn. We begin the next day with a special visit to the Bible Land Museum to explore the recently opened archaeological section dedicated to the Bible and an opportunity to view artifacts dating back to the time of Jesus and more. From here we make our way for a special visit to Calvary – The Garden Tomb for a special Communion and worship service. Afterwards we make our way to Jaffa, where we will have a short walking tour and then enjoy our Farewell Dinner and evening transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our late evening return flight back home.