11-Day Israel/Holy Land Tour

Ancient Alley In Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem
Sea Of Galilee

Voyage to the Holy Land

In Tel Aviv, we proceed through customs and security and meet our guide who assists us to our motor coach. We transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. 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 (Wailing) Wall of Herod’s temple to walk through the Rabbinical Tunnels. Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Samuel 24:18- 25). On this site now stands El-Aksa Mosque and the magnificent Dome of the Rock (the third holiest shrine in Islam). We then make our way to St. Stephen’s Gate to walk the Via Dolorosa, including St. Anne’s Crusader Church, Pools of Bethesda, the Pavement (where Jesus stood while being tried by Pilate), Ecce Homo Arch, and the ancient Cardo. We continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. A short walk takes us to stand on the original steps that Jesus walked on as he entered the Temple area. We will have dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. If time permits, we will visit Solomon’s Quarry or visit the Museum at the Notre Dame Jerusalem Center, which hosts the Shrouds Exhibition. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem. After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing as we drive to the Wilderness. The road from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea region is a descent of 4,000 feet in 13 miles. Our first stop will be at Masada, where we take a cable car up to the fortress built by King Herod. Next, we drive to Ein Gedi 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 follow the road south along the western shore of the Dead Sea (the lowest spot on earth) where we will stop for a short swim. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem. This morning, we visit 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 (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. If time permits, we will visit the newly excavated Pool of Siloam. 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.

See the Sea of Galilee

After breakfast, time permitting, we will visit Lazarus’ tomb. We then make a visit to Bethlehem, where we pass by Rachel’s tomb outskirts and visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field. Then, we stop in Jericho to visit Seeds of Hope, where we will have lunch at their restaurant (not included). Here, we survey the ruins of fortifications, waterworks, the synagogue, temples and palaces. Then, we drive to Herodium. This “palace-fortress” built by King Herod (Matt. 2) is located on the edge of the Judean Desert, where he would be eventually buried. Then, time permitting, we depart for the Elah Valley to see the brook where David slew Goliath (1 Samuel 17:40- 52). We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight at our hotel. This morning, we leave Jerusalem and drive north to Megiddo (Armageddon, Rev. 16:16). From Megiddo, we drive to Mt. Carmel where Elijah the Prophet challenged Ahab (1 Kings 18). For lunch, we have the option to try the famous Israeli “falafel” (not included). After lunch, we drive to Nazareth (Luke 1 & 2), and time permitting will see Mary’s well and Mt. Precipice, before visiting the Church of the Annunciation. Then, we walk through the market to the Synagogue (Luke 4:16-30). Afterwards, we drive via Cana to Tiberias for dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee.

Board the Jesus Boat

After breakfast, time permitting, we will visit Lazarus’ tomb. We then make a visit to Bethlehem, where we pass by Rachel’s tomb outskirts and visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field. Then, we stop in Jericho to visit Seeds of Hope, where we will have lunch at their restaurant (not included). Here, we survey the ruins of fortifications, waterworks, the synagogue, temples and palaces. Then, we drive to Herodium. This “palace-fortress” built by King Herod (Matt. 2) is located on the edge of the Judean Desert, where he would be eventually buried. Then, time permitting, we depart for the Elah Valley to see the brook where David slew Goliath (1 Samuel 17:40- 52). We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight at our hotel. This morning, we leave Jerusalem and drive north to Megiddo (Armageddon, Rev. 16:16). From Megiddo, we drive to Mt. Carmel where Elijah the Prophet challenged Ahab (1 Kings 18). For lunch, we have the option to try the famous Israeli “falafel” (not included). After lunch, we drive to Nazareth (Luke 1 & 2), and time permitting will see Mary’s well and Mt. Precipice, before visiting the Church of the Annunciation. Then, we walk through the market to the Synagogue (Luke 4:16-30). Afterwards, we drive via Cana to Tiberias for dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee.