March 6, 2019 - March 18, 2019

Israel: In the Footsteps of Jesus

Optional extension to Jordan and Petra

Passport Required

3% Cash Discount

Early Booking Discount $150.00 per person

with paid deposit before January 1, 2018

$3899.00 ($4299.00 - Extension)

Double

$4499.00 ($4989.00 - Extension)

Single

$

Triple

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Tour Description

Your package includes deluxe transportation and accommodations, all listed tour fees, and 21 meals.

Are you ready to experience history like never before?  Are you ready to see and touch places thousands of years old?  Are you ready for the Bible to come to life in a whole new way as you walk in the footsteps of Jesus.  Are you ready to experience the Holy Land, the most important place in the world historically and spiritually?  Oh, and that’s not all!  If you just can’t get enough of this amazing experience, we are also offering an optional extension into Jordan to spend some time exploring Petra.  Petra is one of the seven wonders of the world, and nothing will prepare you for the spectacular scenery as it miraculously appears before you. The red rose colors and detailed architecture are combined into one massive structure that will take your breath away.  This will be the experience of a lifetime as we make this incredible pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Day One:


Pack your bags and bring your cameras because our adventure following the footsteps of Jesus and visiting Biblical sights begins today!  We depart on our transatlantic flight to Tel Aviv, Israel.

Day Two:


Meals: Dinner

After we arrive in Tel Aviv, we transfer to the hotel where we rest and have free time. This afternoon we travel to nearby Joppa/Jaffa. This is the ancient seaport mentioned in the Biblical narrative of Jonah and the Whale, and the story of Solomon’s import of the cedars of Lebanon. We walk in the old city and learn about the Miracle of the Resurrection of Tabitha by Peter.

Day Three:


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A full and memorable day awaits us! We enter Caesarea Maritima to explore this Roman bridgehead to the East, which became the Christian springboard to the West. It was here that the Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and Cornelius the Centurion and where Paul made his defense before Festus and King Agrippa prior to his final journey to Rome.  We tour the Roman theater, the hippodrome, and promenade to the renovated Crusader city and home of Philip the Evangelist. We next visit the top of Mt. Carmel, where Elijah prayed down fire from heaven and defeated the 450 prophets of Ba’al.  We tour the Basilica of the Annunciation and enjoy the reconstructed Nazareth Village Museum, a full-scale reconstruction of life in Nazareth during the time of Jesus. We drive through Cana, the village where Jesus performed the first miracle, turning water into wine. We overnight the first of two nights in Tiberias, located on the Sea of Galilee. We dine at our hotel in a Kibbutz community.

Day Four:


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, we take a Sea of Galilee boat ride to Kibbutz Ginosar to see the Yigal Allon Jesus Boat Museum.  Afterwards, we drive along the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, where we visit the synagogue and the place where early Christians remembered Peter’s house.  Ascending the Mount of Beatitudes, we listen to Jesus’ teachings and envision the Sermon on the Mount. Following an ancient trade route, we continue to Caesarea Philippi (Banias), where Peter answered Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” Our route then takes us over the Golan Heights, skirting Mt. Hermon, with a view toward Damascus before we make it back to our hotel for dinner.

Day Five:


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, we stop at Yardenit, the famous baptismal site, where we have the option of being baptized in the Jordan River. From there, we go to the Tel of Beit Shean, where the bodies of King Saul and his sons hung from the city gates.  After Beit Shean, we drive thru the Jordan Valley through the Judean desert to Masada. We take the cable car to the top, visiting Herod’s mountain palace/bunker and the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome (66-73 AD). Then, visit Qumran, we view Cave # 4, which contained the greatest quantity of Dead Sea Scrolls. We drive on to Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day Six:


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We start the day at the Mount of Olives, where we can view the Dome of the Rock, located on the traditional site of the ancient Temple Mount.  We then follow the traditional Palm Sunday route to the church known as Dominus Flevit (“the Lord weeps”). After viewing the Golden Gate, we walk downhill to Gethsemane and visit the Church of All Nations built atop the rock upon which Jesus prayed before his arrest. Then we drive to Mt. Zion to visit the Room of the Last Supper and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied Jesus.  After this experience, we return to our hotel for dinner.

Day Seven:


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Our journey together continues today as we start with the City of David. This archeological park tells the story of the establishment of Jerusalem, its wars and hardships, its prophets and kings, and the history of the Jews during Biblical times. Next, we return to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, revered as the last remnant of the Second Temple. The highlight is the Western Wall Tunnel, something most tourists seldom experience.  Next, we go to Bethlehem to visit the key sites. We begin at the Shepherd’s Fields, then drive to the Church of the Nativity, and Rachel’s Tomb. At the end of the day, we get to visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. We return to our hotel for dinner.

Day Eight:


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we will visit the Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book and the Jerusalem Model of the second temple period. Then, we enjoy a guided stroll in the Old City. We enter the city walls at St. Stephen’s Gate, also known as Lion’s Gate, and visit the Pool of Bethesda, site of the miraculous healing of a paralyzed man by Jesus. We tour the Church of St. Anne, where Christian groups love to sing hymns as they visit. We walk the Via Dolorosa, passing the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the ancient site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. We then visit Gordon’s Calvary, known as the Garden Tomb, a serene authentic first-century tomb that many believe was the site of the burial and resurrection.

Day Nine:


Meals: Breakfast, *Dinner

Today’s schedule depends on whether or not you will be taking part in our extended stay going into Jordan (Minimum required).  If not, then today, we say goodbye as some us will now be catching a flight home out of Tel Aviv.  If you will be coming along for our excursion into Jordan, then today we start with a drive to cross the border into Jordan en route to Petra. We stop on Mount Nebo (the alleged burial place of Moses) to enjoy the panoramic view of the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and the Jordan River.  We’ll then head on and see some more sites rich in the history of the region before we reach our overnight for the next two nights in the Petra area. *with extension

Day Ten:


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is a full day exploring Petra! We take time to walk to the gates of Petra, after which, we have to walk through a narrow canyon to the first great monument where the Treasury, the Roman Theater and Royal Tombs are revealed.  I honestly don’t know how to even describe the wonders here! You just have to experience them yourselves.

Day Eleven:


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, we drive to Wadi Rum and take a jeep ride in the desert to have tea with the Bedouins before we continue to Amman. This evening, we plan to attend a Jordanian church, where we meet the members of the church and participate in a Bible study.

Day Twelve:


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 This morning, we head to Jerash, where we see the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa just outside the modern city.  Later, we visit the Museum and Citadel with remains from the Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic periods. Here we have a panoramic view of the city. In downtown Amman, we see the Roman Theatre dating from the 2nd century, and take a stroll through the city.  This evening, we celebrate an end to our journey with dinner in Tawaheen Al Hawa restaurant.

Day Thirteen:


Early this morning, we’ll catch our plane and start on our way home.  While on the plane, take some time to reflect on the amazing memories you’ve made on this unforgettable journey, and we’d like to thank you all for coming with us and sharing in this experience together!