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mondayPortland or Seattle, Los Angeles, Istanbul
Today we will meet at Los Angeles International airport for our connecting flights to Istanbul via wide-body aircraft arriving the next day. Meals served on board.
tuesdayIstanbul, Tel Aviv
Today we will arrive in Istanbul and transfer to our flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival in Tel Aviv we are met by our guide who will be with us for the time we are in the Holy Land. Board our bus and travel through Tel Aviv, the largest city in Israel. We proceed to the Mediterranean to our hotel where we will check in overnight.
wednesdayTel Aviv, Caesarea, Netanya
Our day begins with a visit to the ancient city of Joppa (Jaffa) with so many Bible associations from the Book of Jonah to the Book of Acts. We will see archaeological remains of the ancient Egyptian city, as well as stroll through the modern arts center. We then visit Tel Qasile to view the remains of Philistine temple complexes as well as restorations of ancient houses and demonstrations of ancient technology at the Museum of Eretz Israel. After lunch at a food court we go to Caesarea by the Sea, the capital of the Roman occupation of Palestine. At the Roman Theater, Dr. Allen will lecture on Peter and Cornelius and the spread of the Gospel to the Gentiles. Our visit to Caesarea will also include the story of the Crusaders as we visit the Crusader fortress. Then it is to our hotel in Netanya, with time for a walk on the beach, dinner and overnight.
thursdayNetanya, Sepphoris, Tiberias
We begin with a lecture on Baal worship and the Elijah story, then leave our hotel for our visit of Mount Carmel. Then we drive to the monumental Tel Megiddo, a site of more than 20 layers of habitation, and the source for the word “Armageddon.” We then drive along the Plain of Jezreel and visit Sepphoris, the major city nearby, likely the place where Jesus and his brothers made their livelihood. Then we arrive at Tiberias for our hotel and dinner.
fridaySea 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 to Capernaum, Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes. Our included lunch today is the famed, "St. Peter's Fish." In the afternoon 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.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.
saturdayHazor, Dan, Caesarea Philippi
"The Head of all those Kingdoms" (Joshua 11:10) The Sources of the Jordan. This morning our drive takes us through the Hula Valley past Hazor, 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 will stop at Chorazin and then on to Kursi, where Jesus healed two demon-possessed men, before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
sundayTiberias, Jericho, Masada, Dead Sea
This morning we will leave the Sea of Galilee and head south on the Jordan River Road 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. Continue on 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, 1300 ft. below sea level -- the lowest spot on earth -- we proceed to Ein Gedi. Here we have time to walk the nature path to see the waterfall in the desert. Our next stop will be at Qumran and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. End our day with a chance to swim in the Dead Sea before checking into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
mondayDead Sea, Beersheba, Elah, Ashkelon, Jerusalem
This morning we leave the Dead Sea and travel south to the Hebrew city of Beer Sheba, a location that reminds us of the story of Abraham and Sarah. Continue on to Tel Lachish which was the second largest city in Judah and the location of a major battle with the Assyrians led by Sennacherib (701 BC). We also visit the site of the (smaller) battle of David and Goliath, the Valley of Elah. Last, we visit a major new excavation, Khirbit Qeiyafa, a site that argues strongly for the history of the Davidic kingdom. Then on to Jerusalem, for the evening meal.
tuesdayJerusalem, New City, Bethlehem
Our first day in Jerusalem is for perspective, ancient and modern. We begin at the great Menorah for a picture stop. Then we go to the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, view the famous Dead Sea Scrolls and the Model of the City, a grand-scale amazingly detailed view of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus and the Second Temple period. We will also visit the Bible Lands Museum. After lunch we visit Yad Vashem, the memorial of the Holocaust and then head for Bethlehem, the town of Boaz and Ruth, childhood home of David and the birthplace of Jesus. The Basilica of the Nativity is the centerpiece of our visit. Then we go to the Three Arches olivewood shop for necessary shopping before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
wednesdayJerusalem, Old City
Today we celebrate the city of Jerusalem! We enter the Old City through the Dung Gate, visit briefly the Temple Mount to observe where the two Jewish Temples might have been. We then arrive in the newly rebuilt Jewish Quarter to visit the Wohl Archaeological Museum and its astonishing remains of the homes of priestly families from the Second Temple period. Then we go to the Western Wall (the Kotel, or "Wailing Wall"), and proceed through the "Rabbi's Tunnel" that follows the Western Wall its full length, and includes an important interpretive area. After lunch in the Old City Jewish Quarter the rest of the afternoon will be free for discovering the Old City or a return to our hotel for a nap.
This day begins with a visit to the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount where we see the Mikve pools and the steps that Jesus and others would have used to enter the Temple area. Then we will walk around the ancient City of David, viewing ancient water systems, including the newly recovered Pool of Siloam. The afternoon will be free for strolling in the Old City, perhaps including a Rampart Walk and time for shopping, including a visit to an antiquities dealer in the Old City. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
fridayJerusalem, Mount of Olives, Old City
Today we focus on the Passion of the Savior! Our day begins with a drive to the Mount of Olives for a group picture and then a stroll down into the Kidron Valley. We stop at Dominus Flevit ("the Lord Wept") and at the Church of All Nations in Gethsemane. In the Kidron itself we view some remarkable tombs, then we ascend to meet our bus and drive to Peter in Gallicantu ("where the cock crows"), walk steps from Jesus' time and view a holding cell in a cistern. This afternoon, we work our way to the beginning of the (Via Dolorosa) near St. Stephen's Gate. We visit the Church of St. Anne (for singing) and the Pools of Bethesda, the Sisters of Zion and the Lithostratos, ending in the Church of The Holy Sepulcher with view and explanations. Then we walk to the Garden Tomb for explanation and our communion service. What a way to end our tour in the Holy Land! Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
saturdayJerusalem, Tel Aviv, USA
We transfer to the airport for 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.