YOUR JOURNEY FEATURES
Roundtrip air transportation from New York City (JFK Airport)
Delux hotel accomodations
Land transportation via delux private motor coach
Taxes and surcharge included ($685)
Breakfast and dinner daily
Entrance fees to all sites on Itinerary
Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and Masada included
Rabbinical Tunnel & Temple Institute included
Day 1: Tuesday (06/06/17)
NEW YORK CITY TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Tour members gather at the ticket counter at the airport (JFK) two hours prior to their departure to Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast are served in-flight.
DAY 2: Wednesday (06/07/17)
Upon arrival at the Tel Aviv airport, we drive to Caesarea, the Roman city of Herod where sights include Crusader fortification and the Roman aqueducts and amphitheater. Continue to our hotel in Caesarea - situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea for dinner and overnight. Weather permitting, we suggest a walk on the beach.
Day 3: Thursday (06/08/17)
TEL AVIV GALILEE
After breakfast. we drive through the Jezreel Valley to the fields of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16) and Megiddo. Continue northward along the Mediterrameam Sea to Haifa and Mt. Carmel - the biblical site of Elijah's contest with the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Traveling westward across Galilee we view Mt. Tablr (Psalm 89:12). Deboriya - the hometown of the prophetess Deborah - at the foothills of Mt. Tabor (Judges 4 & 5). Overnight at our hotel on the shores of the beautiful Sea of Galilee.
DAY 4: Friday (06/09/17)
TIBERIAS CAPERNAUM CAESAREA PHILIPPI MT. HERMON
THis will be an exciting day in the Galilee area after a delicious breakfast we will depart from the Roman hot springs resort city of Tiberias via a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (John 6:24) to visit the ancient ruins of the first century synagogue where Jesus preached (Matthew 4:13-17), Then on to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon On The Mount (Matthew 5-7) and to Tabgha, the chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:34-44). We then proceed to upper Galilee and the site of Peter's confession (Matthew 16:16) at Caesarea Philippi and to Mt. Hermon (Psalm 89:12), the probable sit of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8), and the present day Golan Heights where Israel, Lebanon and Syria come together. We follow the fresh mountain waters of Mt. Hermon to the Sea of Galilee and to the outlet passage at the southern tip of the Sea. We stop at the beautiful Pilgrim Park at the Jordan River. Time for an optional baptism if we wish. Return to our hotel for overnight.
DAY 5, Saturday (06/10/17)
NAZARETH JERICHO QUMRAN DEAD SEA
Early morning departure to Cana and then on to Nazareth, the howntown of JEsus, where we visit the Church of the Annunciation (Luke 1:5-42) and Mary's fountain (Luke 4:16-22). We continue past Bethshean and then south through the Jordan Valley to ancient Jericho where the walls came tumbling down (I Kings 17:1-6 and II Kings 2:19-22) and a commanding view of the Mt. of Temptation (Matthew 4:11) and Eisha's Fountain. Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered for a visit. See the remains of the Community Center of the Essenes and the caves of the Scrolls. Travel to the Dead Sea where we spend the night.
DAY 6, Sunday (06/11/17)
MASADA BETHLEHEM JERUSALEM
This morning we drive via the Judean Desert to Masada, a truly remarkable piece of History. We ascend Masada by cable car to visit the magnificient ruins of the fortress where, from70-73 A.D., the Jewish defenders made the last stand of the Judean Revolt against Rome and where the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a sixth centry Byzantine church are still on view. This afternoon we continue our tour of Bethlehem. We visit the church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus, and shepherds Field (Luke 2:1-20 then the Field of Boaz and Ruth (ruth 1:16-17 & 4:12). We return to Jerusalem passing Rachel's Tomb (If viewable). THen to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7: Monday (06/12/17)
After a night os rest and a hearty breakfast, this exciting day begins with a drive to Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives (Matthew 24:3) for a panoramic view of the Old City of JErusalem, visiting the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Peter Noste and the Dominus Flevit. Walk along Hosanna Road to the Gethsemane to visit the church of All Nations which stands on the Roack of Agony where Jesus was betrayed by Judas (Matthew 26:36-57). See the Pillar of Absalom, the Eastern (Golden) Gate and the Pinnacle of the Temple. Visit the Rabbinical Tunnel (appointment only). We then drive to Mt. Zion where we visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu on the site of Ciaphas" house, the Room of the Last Supper (Luke 22:14-20) and the Tomb of King David. Continue to tour New Jerusalem; Hebrew University, the Shrine of the Book that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, Yad Vashem - the immensley moving memorial to the six million martyrs of the Holocaust - and the Model City of JErusalem which depicts in minature the Holy City as it appeared in the first century. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 8: Tuesday (06/13/17)
JERUSALEM TEL AVIV AIRPORT
Today begins with a walking tour of the City of Jerusalem. Starting at the western (wailing) wall where the faithful Jews cry their petitions to God, we continue to the Temple Area of Mt. Moriah. Visit the Temple Institute. Then to the Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the rock that was built on the ancient site of Solomon’s Temple (Genesis 22:9-14) and over the Rock of Sacrifice where Abraham offered Issac (Genesis 22) and the ceremonial sacrifice of animals took place. After this we walk along the Via Dolorosa to Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of the Flageellation, the Ecce Homo Arch (John 19:13) where Jesus was tried before Pilate (Mark 15:6). Then continue through the Old City bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Garden tomb and Golgatha - Place of the Skull - for a worship service. Stop at the Jerusalem Prayer Center. We conclude our day with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Then we continue to the airport for our late evening flight to the United States.
DAY 9: Wednesday (06/14/17)
New York then HOME
After flying most of the night we arrive early in the morning in the United States and continue home – the end of a most enjoyable journey.