14 Day Tour (November Tour + Petra Extension): November 6-19, 2019
Trip Options:Departure from Newark, NJ: Prices available early march 2019
Day 1: Depart U.S.
Our spiritual pilgrimage begins as we depart the USA on an overnight flight to Tel Aviv. Tomorrow we will be walking where Jesus walked! Meals served in flight.
Day 2: Arrive Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel
Welcome to Israel! After we de-plane and clear passport control, we will be welcomed to the Holy Land by a representative who will assist us with our luggage and introduce us to our guide. As we travel north, we will stop along the Mediterranean Sea to visit Caesarea, the capital of the Roman Province. We’ll see the Crusader’s Castle, Roman Theatre and the world famous aqueduct as well as view the harbour from where Paul was taken to Rome. Afterward we drive to Megiddo, one of Solomon’s chariot cities and place of the final battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16), and will be in awe of the view of the Valley of Armageddon. Then we continue on to Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18:20-38) where Elijah called down the pillar of fire which consumed the bullock upon the altar in front of Baal’s prophets. Next we will check into our hotel, which is located on the Sea of Galilee. Relax, walk along the boardwalk and behold the beauty of the lake where Jesus performed miracles. Later, we will enjoy our first Israeli dinner experience together. (D)
Day 3: Tree Planting, Cana, Nazareth Village
Begin this day, and each day, with a wonderful Israeli breakfast buffet. After breakfast and the breath-taking sunrise of the Sea of Galilee from our hotel balcony, we will board our bus and drive to the Lavi Forest in the north, where you will add to the beauty of the Israel landscape and plant a tree; then on our way to Cana, we will pass by the Mt. of Transfiguration. Jesus performed His first miracle in Cana and turned the water into wine at a wedding! (John 2:1-11) Married couples will have the opportunity to have their wedding vows renewed here. Next we will travel to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus (Matthew 2:23, Luke 4:16), and stop at Nazareth Village. Here we will step back in time and experience what life was like during the time of Jesus. We will end our day with a thrilling opportunity to experience baptism in the Jordan River, following the example of Jesus (Matthew 3:12-14). We will return to Tiberias and our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Boat Ride/Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Primacy of Peter
Today after breakfast we will experience a magnificent boat ride on the beautiful Sea of Galilee. Imagine Jesus walking on the water (John 6:18-20, Matthew 14:25-32) or talking with fishermen at the water’s edge (Matthew 4:18-20). The boat will drop us off at Nof Ginosar and we will see and learn about a first century boat which was found along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Afterward, enjoy the visit at Capernaum and see ruins of the ancient synagogue, perhaps one where Jesus himself taught (Mark 1:21). And see ruins of the first church of St. Peter. Our next stop is for lunch at a Kibbutz at Ein Gev where we can reflect on the morning’s activities and enjoy “St. Peter’s fish”. Then experience the serenity of the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus ministered and preached the famous Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6, 7, 8). We will end the day with a visit to the Primacy of Peter and walk along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee in the same area Jesus multiplied the fishes and loaves. We will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Beit She’an, Mt. of Olives, Jerusalem, Garden of Gethsemane
Following breakfast, we will board our bus and drive along the Jordan Valley to the largest archaeological site in Israel; the ancient ruins of Beit She ‘an, where Saul’s body was nailed to the city walls (1Samuel 31: 10-12). We will explore on foot many areas of this remarkable city. Then excitedly, we will board the bus, drive to Jerusalem and experience a triumphant entry into the Holy City! Before checking into our hotel we will make our way to stand atop the Mount of Olives (Mark 13:3, Luke 22:39, Acts 1:9-12) just as Jesus did, and enjoy the breath taking panoramic view of the old and new city of Jerusalem. We will walk past Dominus-Flevit on our Palm Sunday route to the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, where Jesus asked his disciples to watch with him one hour and pray (Matthew 26:35-37). Here at the Church of All Nations is the Rock of Agony (Luke 22:43-45). After checking into the hotel, we’ll enjoy our first dinner together in Jerusalem!
Day 6: Jerusalem, Mt Zion, Upper Room, Yad Vashem
Today after another bountiful Israeli breakfast, we will stop briefly at Mt. Scopus for a fun group photo. Then we will travel to Mt. Zion where we will enter the Upper Room, revered as the place where Jesus celebrated His Last Supper (Mark 14:13, Luke 22:10, Acts 1:13) and the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:13, Acts 2:1). Afterward we will enter Caiaphas’ house and reflect on Jesus’ last night on earth. In the afternoon we wil visit the Holocaust Museum at Yad Vashem. Overnight Jerusalem.
Day 7: Jerusalem, Old City, City of David, Pools of Bethesda
Following breakfast, we will take a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem beginning at the newly discovered City of David and walking “the Pilgrims Path” toward the Temple Mount area. After a visit to the Pools of Bethesda (John 5: 2-13) we will walk down the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross), pausing to reflect at several Stations of the Cross along the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We will walk through the Jewish Quarter and the Jewish Cardo on our way to the holiest Jewish site in the world; the Western Wall. It will be a prayerful stop as we will have an opportunity to place a prayer note into a crack along the wall; a famous custom believing in its priority to be answered. We’ll return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. .
Day 8: Free Day
Today is a free day for us to explore Israel on our own or we can choose to purchase an optional tour to Masada, the Dead Sea and the Qumran Caves. This tour is $80, and is a must for first timers! If you choose the optional tour, you will ascend by cable car to the mountain fortress built by Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Then visit the lowest place on earth; the Dead Sea where we will have an opportunity to float in the unsinkable sea. On our way back to the hotel, we will see the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Whatever you choose today, we know you will be blessed!
Day 9: Western Wall Tunnels, Garden Tomb, Golgotha
After breakfast our first stop will be the Western Wall Tunnels, where we will have the unique opportunity to uncover the glorious past of the Temple Mount and enjoy some reflective time at the Western Wall and have some free time for last minute shopping in the old city Bazar. Finally, our tour ends as we visit the Garden Tomb and Golgotha. This will be an unforgettable experience as we see the tomb empty and celebrate Holy Communion together! Tonight we say goodbye to all the new friends you have made (who are not staying for the extended tour )at a special farewell dinner.
Day 10: Drive to Eilat, Free afternoon
Today we will wake with excitement as we depart on our journey to Eilat in the southern tip of Israel. Eilat is where Egypt, Jordan and Israel all meet at the Red Sea! The Red Sea is where God parted the water for a fleeing Moses and the Israelites, so a rejuvenating swim each morning or evening will be an experience you will never forget.
Day 11: Petra Tour
This morning we will rise early to discover a rose-red city half as old as time; the ancient world of Petra. Set in a deep canyon and only accessible through a narrow winding cleft (or siq) in the rock, Petra is carved from sandstone that takes on deep rusty hues interlaced with bands of grey and yellow. Marvel at the dramatic tombs, facades, theatres and stairway carvings. This experience is unforgettable. Have your walking shoes, cameras and passports ready for this adventure!
Day 12: Eilat, Free Day
Today is a free day in Eilat and with 365 days of sun a year the possibilities are endless. Relax and reflect or enjoy just about any water sport or sun activity you can imagine! Coral and marine life is bountiful in the Red Sea making it perfect for sailing, scuba diving or snorkeling. Consider a glass bottom boat ride or the Coral Beach Nature Reserve where protected reef and countless fish can be observed by all.
Day 13: Eilat, Free Day
Wake up to your last day in Israel and have breakfast and lunch with the new friends you have made. This afternoon we will check out of the hotel and board the bus to Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Airport for our international flight home which departs just after midnight. On the way to the airport we will stop at Timna Park which has an amazing history and geology. Timna Park covers 15,000 acres in a horseshoe-shaped valley surrounded by steep cliffs with Mount Timna, the world’s first copper mine in the center. This land has been actively mined since the 6th millennium BC! Then we will drive through the Negev Desert before a stop at Mitzpe Ramon for a breath-taking look at the Ramon Crater. This crater is the largest crater in the world containing geological formations unlike those you would see anywhere else in the world. Together with a magnificent panorama, it presents a fascinating story of geomorphologic evolution. Our last stop before the airport is in Abu Gosh for dinner and our final tasting of Israeli cuisine.
Day 14: Arrival U.S.
Here is what’s included:
- Round Trip Airfare from Newark, NJ
- Deluxe Hotels
- 3 meals each day (lunch not included on free day or on Extension)
- Visits to major Biblical and Archeological Sites
- Full day tour of Petra, Jordan
- Comprehensive Tour with Entrance Fees to Sites
- Private Transfers to/from Airport in Tel Aviv
- Tips to Guides, Hotel Staff, and Drivers
- Private Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee
- Professional English-Speaking Guides
- Prices based on double occupancy
- Airline baggage fee not included in package.