Join Pastor Steve & Lois Wexler
Together in Israel
Land of Everlasting Promise
February 11 - 20, 2020

 

Day 1 February 11 ~ Tuesday
DESTINATION ISRAEL

6am Meet in the departure hall at Seattle Airport to check in for the Alaskan Air flight to Newark. Leave Seattle at 8:20am, arrive in Newark at 4:35pm. Continue to Tel Aviv at 8:50pm flying EL AL on a direct, nonstop flight. Meals served on board.

Day 2 February 12 ~ Wednesday
WELCOME TO ISRAEL

Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport 2:10pm. Clear passport control and customs and meet your tour guide. Drive north through the Plain of Sharon, along the Mediterranean shore. Stop at Caesarea the largest port in the Mediterranean, built by King Herod the Great. Here Pontius Pilate had his seat; Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10); Paul embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9:30) and Philip preached (Acts 8:40). Visit the Roman Theatre, the audiovisual presentation, the Hippodrome and the Crusader City. Continue to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. 1 night: Leonardo Plaza hotel ~ Haifa [dinner]

Day 3 February 13 ~ Thursday
GALILEE

View Muhraka “the burned place,” on the summit of Mt. Carmel, where the prophet Elijah challenged the 400 false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30). Travel along the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo to visit one of King Solomon’s fortified city kingdoms (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with impressive ruins of 25 layered levels of civilization. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as you read about the final Battle at Armageddon, while viewing the fertile plains of Jezreel. Proceed to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus. Visit Nazareth Village to relive life from the time of Jesus. View the Church of the Annunciation and travel to the Sea of Galilee. Time permitting visit Mt Arbel for a spectacular view of the area of Jesus’ ministry around the Sea of Galilee, the upper Galilee and the Golan Heights. Travel to the “other side.” 2 nights: Ramot Resort ~ Golan Heights [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 4 February 14 ~ Friday
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE

Emulating the disciples sail on the Sea of Galilee, then stop to visit the ancient boat from the time of Jesus. Continue to Magdala, the village of Mary Magdalene, where you visit the new archeological discovery and the very synagogue that Mary Magdalene would have worshipped in. Drive north along the Jordan Valley and stop to visit Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River, site of ancient “Caesarea Philippi” and the Northern extent of Jesus’ ministry, where Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt; 16:16). Continue onto the Golan Heights, stop in the Valley of Tears to recall the desperate, heroic battle fought there in 1973. Proceed to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered “The sermon on the Mount” (Matt.5). Travel to Kfar Nahum (Capernaum) centre of Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee and site of many of his miracles (Mark 2:4; Matt.8:5; 14-7; 9; 1-7; 17: 18). See the remains of St Peter’s house and the ancient synagogue where Jesus worshipped and taught. (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 5 February 15 ~ Saturday
GALILEE – JERUSALEM

Travel south to Beit Shean, where the body of King Saul and his sons were placed on the walls by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10), known in Jesus time as Scythopolis, capital of Decapolis. Visit the large impressive archaeological site. Drive through the Jordan Valley, where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). Stop at Kasr el Yahud where John Baptised Jesus. Continue around Jericho, the oldest town in the world (which you will see from a distance), then along the shores of the Dead Sea to Qumran, home of the Cult of the Judean Desert, where a shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls (1947) in a nearby cave. Then ascend through the Judean Desert Wilderness to the Holy City – golden Jerusalem. Stop to view the ancient aqueduct and monasteries in Wadi Kelt. After entering Jerusalem, stop on Mt Scopus as the Galileans did to recite a Psalm of Ascent and enjoy the first fantastic view of the Holy City. Due to the Sabbath some rooms might only be available 1 hour after sunset. 5 nights: Prima Kings hotel ~ Jerusalem [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 6 February 16 ~ Sunday
JERUSALEM

Start the day at Yad Vashem – national memorial and Museum of the Shoah (Holocaust), pay tribute to the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah (Holocaust) in Europe during the Second World War. Walk along the Avenue of the Righteous Amongst the Nations commemorating those who at great personal risk saved Jewish souls. Visit the Museum, Ohel Yizkor and the Children’s Memorial. Continue to the Israel Museum to visit the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest Bible manuscripts and the adjacent scale Model of ancient Jerusalem, describing the city from the time of Jesus. Proceed to King David’s City, your visit includes: a fascinating multimedia presentation, ruins of King David’s city, the Canaanite tunnel and the Pool of Siloam. Enter the Old city ~ view the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque built on the Temple Mount and stop at the Western Wall (Kotel) to visit the important Jewish prayer and pilgrimage site. Visit the South Western Wall of the Temple Mount and the Davidson Centre, including the very same steps that Jesus and the Galileans used to enter and exit the Holy Temple. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 7 February 17 ~ Monday
JERUSALEM

Drive to the top of Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Stroll down the Mountain to the Garden of Gethsemane at the Church of All Nations with time for contemplation and prayer in the adjacent Olive grove. Continue along the Kidron (the Valley of Jehoshaphat), past the Tombs of Absalom, Zechariah and James en route to Mt Zion. Visit the Upper Room, room of the Last Super, King David’s Tomb and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, built on the site of High Priest Caiaphas’ home. Enter the Old City at Zion Gate. Walk through the Armenian and the Jewish Quarter. Visit the ancient main street called the “Cardo,” stop at the Broad Wall and see the many “archaeological windows into the past.” Walk back in time through the Western Wall tunnels. Continue to Bethesda and St Anne’s Church, then walk through the “Suk,” the colourful bazaars, alleyways and market places to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. End the day at the Garden Tomb with time for reflection, prayer and communion. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 8 February 18 ~ Tuesday
MASADA / DEAD SEA

Drive through the Judean desert to the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea, over 1300 feet below sea level. Stop to visit Ein Gedi Oasis in the desert, where David fled the wrath of King Saul and take a short walk in David’s River. Continue south to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the summit of King Herod the Great’s imposing, remote desert fortress, later the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in the revolt against Rome (73 ACE). Travel north along the Dead Sea stop at a Dead Sea Beach to float on the Dead Sea– you cannot sink! End the day at Genesis land, where you ride camels to Abraham’s tent and enjoy biblical hospitality. Return to Jerusalem and enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 9 February 19 ~ Wednesday
JERUSALEM

Spend a day of leisure in this fascinating city. With time to re-visit the Old City for shopping in the bazaars, or walk through the new city along Jaffa Road and Ben Yehuda Street. Visit one of the many Museums that Jerusalem has to offer (a modest entrance fee is required) or simply relax at the hotel and prepare for your late evening departure. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel, then transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your EL AL flight to JFK. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 10 February 20 ~ Thursday
BACK TO THE USA

Depart Tel Aviv at 00:30am on the direct EL AL flight to JFK, arriving at 5:50am. Meals served on Board. Continue on your Alaskan Air flight to Seattle at 9:15am, arriving in Seattle at 12:20pm.

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