JUNE 16 - 26 2018
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Depart DFW 10:15 AM for Air Canada flight to Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Arrival 10 AM to Ben-Gurion airport at Meet tour guides Dr. and Mrs. Price and Kenny Garon and transfer by bus to tour Caesarea Maritima, site of the imprisonment and trial of the Apostle Paul.
Cool down at the end of the day with a swim in the Mediterranean Sea at our seafront hotel at Nahsholim. Dinner and overnight.
Begin today exploring the biblical site of Megiddo, site of the future gathering at Armageddon.
Next, we have an adventure at Nazareth Village, a first-century village rebuilt as a working farm to learn about Jesus’ parables in their original context and tour around Nazareth by a local.
We then hike up Mount Arbel for an overview of New Testament sites around the Sea of Galilee.
Check-into Kibbutz Nof Ginosar for dinner and overnight.
We begin today on a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee Day.
Next, we visit the Mount of Beatitudes followed by the site of Tabgha (Peter’s Primacy) and Capernaum.
In the afternoon we go to Kursi, where Jesus encountered the Gadrene demoniac and climb to Hippus, a Roman city with a Christian heritage.
We conclude our day with a opportunity for baptism in the Jordan River at Yardinet.
Return to Nof Ginosar for dinner and overnight.
Drive this morning to the Golan Heights to Mt. Bental for a look into Syria.
Then we tour the site of Peter’s confession at Caesarea Philippi (Banias) and afterward hike the nature trail and explore the biblical period ruins at Tel Dan.
A cool down afternoon will be spent kayaking on the rapids of the Jordan River.
Dinner and overnight at Nof Ginosar.
Start today at Bet-Shean, the site where David recovered the bodies of Saul and Jonathan and the largest developed Greco-Roman city in Israel.
Then we drive to Qumran for a tour of the ancient site Next, we enjoy a unique swim (float) in the Dead Sea swim at one of the private beaches, and then visit historic Masada.
Next, we hike at the En-Gedi nature preserve where King David hid from Saul and composed some of the psalms.
Our last adventure of the day will be to climb to caves (excavated by Dr. Price) in the Judean desert.
Arrive Jerusalem for dinner and overnight at the Eyal Hotel in the heart of Kikor Zion.
We begin our day at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial.
Then put on your Indiana Jones hats as YOU get to be an archaeologist at the Dig for a Day archeological program.
We end our day visiting the Bet Guvrin Caves.
Shabbat dinner and overnight at the Eyal Hotel, Jerusalem.
Begin this morning on the Mount of Olives for a dramatic overview of the ancient and modern city and take the Palm Sunday Walk stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus stopped to weep over Jerusalem.
Next, we join the worship service at the Jerusalem Assembly congregation.
Our afternoon takes us to see a scale model of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the archaeological wonders housed in the Israel Museum.
Dinner and overnight at the Eyal Hotel, Jerusalem.
Special after Shabbat night life in downtown Jerusalem
We start early this morning to ascend to the Temple Mount for a tour of the site of the ancient Jewish Temples.
Next, we visit the Western Wall and explore the Western Wall Tunnel in underground Jerusalem.
Lunch and short tour in the Jewish Quarter.
Our afternoon takes us to the City of David to descend into the beginnings of Israelite history, walk through Warren’s Shaft and Hezekiah’s Water Tunnel emerging to see the Pool of Siloam, and then ascending to the foot of the Temple Mount to tour the Excavations at the Southern Wall.
Dinner and overnight at the Eyal Jerusalem, Jerusalem.
We start our day at the Temple Mount Sifting Project to understand the evidence for the Temple in Jewish history – and possible make some of our own sifting through the remains from the actual site!
Next, we trace the last hours of Jesus earthly life as we go to the Garden of Gethsamane, where our Lord prayed, then to Caiaphas’ House, where Jesus was tried by the Sanhedrin then to the Via Dolorosa (way of sorrow) following the path Jesus took to the cross and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Jesus crucifixion.
Our afternoon takes us to the Old City to walk from Jaffa Gate through the market to Damascus Gate ending up at the Garden Tomb, the Protestant site for the burial and resurrection.
We conclude our day with a special Farewell dinner and return to our hotel for one last night in the Holy City.
Early morning transfer to Ben-Gurion airport for our flight at 11:50 AM to return home.