Experience the Scripture Come Alive
In Tel Aviv, we proceed through customs and security and meet our agent who assists us to our motor coach. We have a short drive to our hotel in Netanya in time for dinner and overnight. Time permitting, we will visit the Valley of Elah (I Samuel 17 & 18) and Beit Shemesh (I Samuel 6). After breakfast at our hotel, we check-out of the hotel and depart for the Galilee to visit Biblical sites at Caesarea Maritima (Acts 10-11, 22-26), where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman Centurion. We also visit Mt. Carmel, where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). Then, we continue to Nazareth (Jesus’ childhood home). We then arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight near the Sea of Galilee. After breakfast, we visit Mt. Arbel (John 6:1- 24) for an overlook of the Sea of Galilee and surrounding area. Then, we visit Magdala (Luke 8:1-4), before visiting the Church of the Primacy of Peter. We then continue to the Jordan River for a time of baptisms (Joshua 3; Mark 1:1-13). We return to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight at our hotel. We begin today with a visit to Capernaum, Jesus’ base for His early ministry, and then spend time reflecting and worshiping at the Mt. of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7). Afterwards, we visit the Tel Dan Nature Reserve (Genesis 12:1-9). Then, we have dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
Sail on the Sea of Galilee
Nothing compares to watching the sun rise over the Sea of Galilee! After breakfast, we attend a church service in Haifa with our ministry partners, followed by lunch (not included). Then, we board a replica wooden “Jesus Boat” to set sail on the Sea of Galilee (John 6:16-24), before making our way to Beit Shean (Matthew 4; Mark 7; 1 Samuel 28; 2 Samuel 1), one of the best-preserved Decapolis Roman cities. This is where King Saul and his sons’ bodies were hung from the city walls after being defeated by the Philistines. We make our way to Jerusalem to see the Mt. of Olives (Zechariah 14; Matthew 24; Mark 11; Acts 1:1-11). Dinner and overnight are at our hotel in Jerusalem. After breakfast at our hotel in Jerusalem, we begin our day with a visit to the Western Wall Tunnels Tour. Afterwards, we see Stephen’s Gate and on to the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-15). Then, we go on a walk to Hezekiah’s Tunnel (conditions permitting). Be sure to bring a flashlight and water shoes to walk through the tunnel. Anyone wanting to stay dry can walk through Hezekiah’s shaft, before visiting the newly excavated Pool of Siloam (2 Kings 18-20; 2 Chronicles 29-32). We will also visit the City of David (2 Samuel 5:6-10). Then, we visit the Davidson Center and the Temple Steps Arch Tour (Acts 2). Dinner and overnight are at our hotel in Jerusalem.
Visit the Upper Room
After breakfast, we drive to Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul (I Samuel 22-24). We then travel south along the western shore of the Dead Sea toward Masada, where we ascend by cable car up to King Herod’s astonishing fortress. Afterwards, we make a special stop at the Dead Sea for a short swim or float. Dinner and overnight are again in Jerusalem. Today, we follow the Passion Day (John 13- 21; Mark 14-15). We begin with a visit to the Upper Room, before making our way to Caiphas’ Home. Then, we visit Gethsemane in the Kidron Valley. We venture to Stephen’s Gate, where we begin down the Via Delarosa. We then have a time for worship at the Garden Tomb. We return to the Western Wall in the evening for a time of prayer. Dinner and overnight are at our hotel in Jerusalem. Today is at leisure to shop and have free time in Jerusalem. The group may visit sites that we did not have a chance to see prior. We end the day with a Farewell Dinner together at our hotel and overnight in Jerusalem.