Holy Land Study Tour with Pastor Rick Conrad
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mondaySan Francisco, Tel Aviv
Today we will meet at San Francisco International airport for our connecting flights to Tel Aviv via wide-body aircraft arriving the next day. Meals served on board.
tuesdayTel Aviv, Tiberias
Upon landing we will be met by our representative who will assist us in getting to our modern motor coach. Continue through the largest city in Israel. We proceed to the famous Sea of Galile where we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
wednesdayHazor, Dan, Caesarea Philippi
"The Head of all those Kingdoms" (Joshua 11:10) The Sources of the Jordan. This morning our drive takes us to the northern limits of Jesus' travel as we cross the River Hatzbani to Dan. Here we combine a nature walk beside the Upper Jordan with views of the ancient ruins, topped by the Israelite high place that supported a golden calf (I Kings 12). Then a short drive to Banias (Caesarea Philippi), dedicated to Pan the Greek god of pastures, flocks and shepherds; here Peter made his great profession of faith, recognition of Christ Jesus (Matthew 16). Driving along the foot of Mount Hermon, we ascend onto the Golan Plateau for a magnificent view of upper Israel. On our return we visit Chorazin, Bethsaida and Kursi where Jesus met the demon possessed man. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
thursdaySea of Galilee, Capernaum, Beit Shean
This morning we enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, returning to Nof Ginosar where we will see the New Testament boat found below the sea. Continue our morning tour with a visit Capernaum, Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes. We follow the Rift Valley running parallel to the Jordan, along the route Jesus most frequently traveled to Jerusalem, to Bet Shean at the foot of Mt. Gilboa, where King Saul was slain. Here we see the evidences of Egyptian, Roman, and Byzantine occupations, and view the ancient tel, Roman Theater and church mosaics. Our last stop today will be at the River Jordan where we will have the opportunity to be baptized, then transfer to the hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
fridayTiberias, Nazareth, Sephoris
This morning we begin our day atop Mt. Arbel with it's magical views across the Sea of Galilee and beyond. Next we stop at Magdala, one of the oldest synagogues dating back to the first century AD, home of Mary Magdalena and was the fishing center where Peter would have brought his catch to be sold or processed. Continue through Cana to Nazarath where we stop at the Church of Annunciation and Mary's Well and then on to Nazareth Village, a replica of the time of Jesus . Proceed to Sephoris where we see the ruins of the city we think Joseph and the young Jesus worked. Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
saturdayTiberias, Megiddo, Caesarea, Jerusalem
This morning we drive through the valley to the mound of Megiddo, Har Megiddo in Hebrew, which gave its name to Armageddon. We then ascend Mt. Carmel, site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal. From there we drive towards the Mediterranean coast traveling south along the coastal highway to Caesarea by the Sea. We enter Caesarea Maritima to explore this Roman bridgehead to the east, which became the Christian springboard to the west. After the visit to this ancient harbor, we board our bus and we head up the historic Beth Horon road (Joshua 10:10) to the Benjamin Plateau, passing ancient Gibeon and continuing on to Jerusalem. Finally, atop Mt. Scopus, we behold majestic Jerusalem. Check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
sundayMasada, Qumran, Dead Sea, Jericho
Today we drive to Masada and ascend by cable car to the magnificent ruins of the fortress where, from 70 to 73 AD, Jewish defenders made their last stand in the Judean revolt against Rome. We see the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a sixth-century Byzantine church. Continuing alongside the Dead Sea, 1,300 ft. below sea level -- the lowest spot on earth -- we proceed to Ein Gedi where time permitting we will walk the path to see the waterfall in the desert. This afternoon we continue to Qumran and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We will have a stop for lunch and time for those that want to swim in the Dead Sea. We travel to Jericho, the world’s oldest city. From the excavated tel atop the ruins of ancient Jericho we view the lush green Jordan Valley, Elisha’s spring and Qarantal, the Mount of Temptation. We will head up to Jerusalem and return to the hotel for dinner.
mondayJerusalem, Mt. of Olives, Neot Kedumim
If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace" (Luke 19:42) Our drive this morning takes us past the Chapel of Ascension and Paternoster to the Mt. of Olives for an orientation view of Jerusalem and the opportunity of a group photograph overlooking Jerusalem. We then walk the traditional Passion walk. We descend to the church known as Dominus Flevit ("Our Lord weeps"). After viewing the Golden Gate, we walk downhill to Gethsemane, where we take time to meditate on the Gospel text and view the Church of All Nations. Next we visit the Upper Room and the Tomb of King David, enter the Zion Gate and proceed to the Steps that entered the temple and the Southern Wall. It was here that Jesus would have taught the disciples. See a video that shows the temple as it was at Herod's (or Jesus') time. This afternoon we continue to Neot Kedumim, a Biblical Landscape Reserve. Here we tour this unique parl which is 625 acres of restored hills and valleys, just like the landscape that Jesus walked upon. See wide vistas of vineyards, olive trees and fields of wheat and barley, learning the true meaning of the land flowing with milk and honey. Return to the hotel for dinner.
tuesdayJerusalem, Dig , Rabbi Tunnel, City of David
This morning we will board our bus and go to the Mt of Olives to visit the Temple Mount Sifting Project. After instructions from archeologist we will experience hands on. the excitement of archaeological discovery in the ancient heart of Jerusalem. Continue to the famous Rabbi Tunnel. Here we will enter by the Western wall plaza and go down to the foundation of the Second Temple. We will see a model that will demonstrate where we are in location to the Temple in the time of Christ. Continue along the tunnel as we proceed to the Gateway of the Priests entry to the Holy of Holies. This afternoon we continue our exciting walking tour to the City of David excavations. See where King David, who had established the messianic throne, once had a palace looking out over the biblical stage to see the area where the beautiful Bathsheba had bathed by moon light. Descend by way of the mighty fortress encompassing the famous Warren's Shaft and stop at the Gihon spring that witnessed King Solomon's coronation, the only naturally flowing water source in Jerusalem, a gushing, karstic spring. Bring a flashlight to walk through the thigh high water gently flowing through Hezekiah's tunnel or walk an earlier dry ancient aqueduct and view the walls and tombs of the House of David, both leading to the Pool of Siloam where Jesus miraculously cured the blind man in John 9.
wednesdayOld City, Temple Mount, Via Dolorosa, Garden Tomb, USA
After breakfast we transfer to the Dung Gate, where we ascend to the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site of Islam, located on the traditional site of the ancient Temple Mount. It is believed that here is where the Temple once stood. Just to the north we find the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne's Church, the church is perfectly preserved from the Crusader period – with remarkable acoustics. We then follow the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) through the bazaars as far as the Holy Sepulcher. From there we walk through the Christian Quarter along the Arab Souks and past the Armenian Quarter. This afternoon exit the Old City at Mt Zion to the grounds of a church called Peter in Gallicantu, which affords the best view of early Jerusalem from the west. (Here, the Assumptions Fathers suggest, was the house where the High Priest Caiaphas interrogated Jesus.). From there we board our bus and transfer to the Garden Tomb where we will end our day with a special visit and the possibility of having a private communion on the grounds outside the city walls. Return to our hotel where we have our last in Israel and time to freshen up. Continue on to the airport for our flight to back to the U.S.
This morning we arrive back in the USA and transfer to our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always. Knowing we have walked in the footsteps of Jesus and the early Christians on such a memorable tour will bring new meaning to our Bible Reading.