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Israel Tour Pastor Michael Zechman March 8, 2021

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Day by Day

Orlando, Frankfurt

Today we will meet at Orlando International airport for our flights to Frankfurt via wide-body aircraft arriving the next day. Meals served on board.

Frankfurt, Tel Aviv, Tiberias

This morning we will arrive in Frankfurt 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. Continue through Tel Aviv, the largest city in Israel. We proceed up the new toll road in Israel to the famous Sea of Galilee where we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Tiberias, Upper Galilee

"The Head of all those Kingdoms" (Joshua 11:10) The Sources of the Jordan This morning we leave Tiberias and head north via Magdala to Chorazin, through the Hula Valley to Hazor, ruins of the powerful Canaanite city. We continue to the northern limits of Jesus' travel as we cross the River Hatzbani to Dan, where 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). A short drive to takes us 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. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Tiberias, Galilee

Today spend the day literally in His Footsteps. Begin our day with a relaxing sail across the Sea of Galilee, to Nof Ginosar where we see the “ Jesus Boat “ uncovered in 1986 from the mud on the seashore by a group of young boys. Visit the Church of St. Peter's Primacy and explore Capernaum with the new church built on St. Peter's house. After lunch we drive to the Mount of Beatitudes where Our Lord preached the Sermon on the Mount, and where we have Mass. Continue on to Tabgha and the Church of the Multiplication of Fishes and Loaves. Drive south a short distance through the Jordan Valley to Beth Shean aka Scythapolis. Here we climb the Tel and view thesetting for the death of King Saul (I Samuel 28 - II Samuel 1). We view the magnificent Roman and Byzantine ruins: theater, bathhouses, ancient rest rooms, market areas, and colonnaded streets. We drive back north to Yardenit the modern Baptismal site located at the exit of the Jordan River from the Sea of Galilee . Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Tiberias, Nazareth, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Jerusalem

Today we begin our day at Nazareth to see Mary's Well, where the Angel Gabriel told Mary she will give birth to Our Lord Jesus Christ. See St. Joseph's Church and have Mass at the Church of Annunciation. Continue to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, site of Jesus first miracle. There will be an opportunity for couples to renew their marriage vows. Continue on the third largest city in Israel, Haifa. Visit the Carmelite Monastery of “Stella Maris “. Here is Elijah's Grotto and home of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Enjoy the breathtaking view from atop Mt. Carmel. Continue down the coastline to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea, the Roman aqueduct and port, Crusader’s Moat, and famous Roman Theater. We proceed to by the way of the Aijalon Valley to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Jerusalem, Masada, Jericho

We begin our day celebrating mass and the 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 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.

Holy City, Bethlehem

"If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace" (Luke 19:42) We start the day with an orientation to Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. We then walk the traditional Palm Sunday route 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. Boarding our bus we drive to the Dung Gate. Just inside we walk to the Southern Wall excavations. We then examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex, including steps where we may be certain that Jesus and the disciples walked, then to the slopes of Mt. Zion there we will visit the Upper Room and King David's Tomb. This afternoon driving south, we visit Solomon's Pools, Jerusalem's main source of water for almost 2000 years. Passing the monastery of Hortus Conclusus ("the sealed garden") in Artas, we visit Bethlehem, Shepherd's Field and Grotto. See the Church of Nativity built over the birthplace of Our Lord and St. Catherine's over the tomb of St. Jerome. Here you celebrate Mass. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Jerusalem, Mt. of Olives, Old City

Today is a special day as we enter the Old City via Zion Gate, to see the Wailing Wall and the Temple Mount, see the Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne's Church (birthplace of Mary), the Chapel of Flagellation and Condemnation, the Prison, Ecce Homo Arch and onto the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross-to the Holy Sepulchre. Here you celebrate Mass. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Jerusalem, Rabbi Tunnel, Yad Vashem, Shrine of the Book

This morning we begin our day with Mass before continuing on for our exciting tour 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. We will continue to the Wohl Archaeological Museum, considered to be one of the most fascinating Jerusalem museums. Here we see the remains of six houses from the Herodian period, excavated in 1967. In Temple times, this part of the city was home to wealthy priestly families. This afternoon we will head to Yad Vashem and see the Museum of the Holocaust. Continue to Shrine of the book and the model city of Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Jerusalem, 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. 

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* $500 deposit per person
Departure Date May 10 - May 19, 2021
Price / Person $4,417.00
Tour Number: 210521 (From Orlando)
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