Join us this November for an amazing tour of Israel. We’ll see Old and New Testament sites as we learn about and experience the Holy Land. Space is limited so you’ll want to register early. Please for more information.
Day 1 ‐ Monday, Nov 19
Day 2 ‐ Tuesday, Nov 20
Arrive in Tel Aviv. Time permitting; visit the ruins of Old Joppa. Enjoy a refreshing walk in this biblically rich place and peer down from a 4,000 year old ruin‐mound to a strategic harbor.
Day 3 ‐ Wednesday, Nov 21
Morning Lecture in hotel – “Orientation to the Land.” Travel to Caesarea‐by‐the‐ Sea which was built as the imperial center for the Roman government. Its harbor, theater, and marbled streets signal the arrival of foreign occupation in the Heartland, and, not surprisingly, the beginning point for Christianity in the Gentile world. Visit Mt. Carmel where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal. Visit Mount Arbel and enjoy a magnificent view of the area in which Jesus ministered. Transfer to Tiberias hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 ‐ Thursday, Nov 22
Dawn comes early at Magdala, an industrial site on the edge of the Sea of Galilee. View impressive remains that illustrate the fishing industry from the time of Christ. From Magdala, travel to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry. Visit the synagogue that stands on the site where Jesus taught. Recall his teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom (Matt.4:13, 23). For many, the highlight of the day will be a stop at the peaceful Mount of Beatitudes, which overlooks the Sea of Galilee. On this hill, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Travel to Nazareth, visit Mary’s Well and walk through the Church of the Annunciation, a structure built over the traditional home of Jesus.
Day 5 ‐ Friday, Nov 23
Experience the beauty of the far north. Leave the Sea of Galilee behind and travel to the site of Tel Dan. Here an Israelite “high place,” gate complex, and fortification walls are visible. Continue to the birthplace of Jordan River at Panias, named after the goat‐god, Pan. Nearby is the site of Caesarea Philippi where Peter declared Jesus to be “the Christ.” Return to the east side of the see and visit Kursi, area where Jesus cast demons into swine (Mark 5). End the day by sailing across the waters of the Sea of Galilee.
Day 6 ‐ Saturday, Nov 24
Visit Beit Shean, one of the Decapolis Cities. Travel to Jericho where you will explore the ancient Tel es Sultan. Jericho is home to the world’s oldest stone structure. You’ll learn about the history of this oasis in the desert. As you make your way up this ancient mound, consider Rahab’s story. Travel to Kasr El Yehud for an Affirmation of Baptism Service at the Jordan River. Visit the site of Qumran and peek toward caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Upon arriving in Jerusalem visit the Mt. of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane.
Day 7 ‐ Sunday, Nov 25
Begin today at the Tower of David, a tower from King Herod’s first century palace. Visit Jerusalem’s Cardo on the way to the Western Wall. Contemplate how Jerusalem figures into the lives of contemporary Muslims and Jews. Walk Jerusalem’s streets to investigate excavations at the Davidson Center. Here, aspects of Temple architecture and activity from the NT period are visible. Step back still deeper in time while exploring the City of David Excavations. Go underground and witness Jerusalem’s earliest remains, including a Canaanite wall, the possible site of David’s palace, and a spectacular water system (conditions permitting) that terminates in the Pool of Siloam. Optional: Walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel.
Day 8 ‐ Monday, Nov 26
Enter the Old City of Jerusalem via St. Stephen’s Gate and walk the path of the Via Dolorosa. Along the way, you will visit the Pool of Bethesda, the Church of St Anne. Further on is the Sisters of Zion church is built next to the Ecce Homo arch and tradition says it is built over top the pavement of Pilate’s courtyard, where Jesus was condemned to death. Visit a site known as the most sacred in all Christianity: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus are celebrated. Walk to Mt. Zion and then to St. Peter in Gallicantu, House of Caiaphas, the High Priest (Mt. 26:57).
Day 9 ‐ Tuesday, Nov 27
Climb to the top of the Herodium, the man‐made mountain castle of Herod the Great. Travel a short distance to the Shepherds’ Field where the Good News was first heard. Finally, return to Bethlehem to the place where the Christian story begins: the Church of the Nativity.
Day 10 ‐ Wednesday, Nov 28
Begin this unique day at the Israel Museum. Here, an enormous model of NT Jerusalem. Linger in the Shrine of the Book and witness some of the most important manuscripts of the Bible.
Return to the hotel for dinner. After dinner, transfer to Tel‐Aviv Airport and Depart for USA
Day 11 ‐ Thursday, Nov 29
Arrive in USA