Day 1 – Wednesday, February 5
Departure from Ottawa to Toronto on Air Canada departing at 1:00pm and arriving in Toronto at 2:18pm. Connect in Toronto for your non-stop flight departing at 4:50pm.
Day 2 – Thursday, February 6
Arrive in Tel Aviv at 10:15am where we will be met by our tour guide to start our tour in Jaffa that affords us a breathtaking view of the city of Tel Aviv. At this picturesque port city of winding alleys, art galleries and crafts boutiques, King Solomon had the cedars of Lebanon rafted for the building of the First Temple in Jerusalem. You will view the spot of the House of Simon the Tanner. Transfer to our hotel in Tel Aviv. Balance of the day will be at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv at the Grand Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3 – Friday, February 7
TEL AVIV / JAFFA / CAESAREA / MT.CARMEL / MEGIDDO
Following our breakfast we drive north along the Plain of Sharon, the Mediterranean and the old coastal road- the Via Maris which linked Egypt and Babylon as we journey towards Galilee. We stop at Caesarea the incredible fortress city built by King Herod the Great. Here, Pontius Pilate had his base; where Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10); where Paul embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9:30) and where Philip preached (Acts 8:40). Visit the Roman Theatre, the Hippodrome, and the Crusader City. We then travel north towards Haifa and ascend Mt. Carmel the site where the prophet Elijah fought the 400 false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30) at Muhraqa. We turn inland and proceed to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s walled fortified cities (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with ruins of 20 levels of civilization. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as we read about the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the Plains of Jezreel. We will stop for an incredible panoramic view of Haifa.
Dinner and overnight at Kibbutz Ein Gev on the Sea of Galilee
Day 4 – Saturday, February 8
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE
After breakfast, we will depart our day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Kibbutz Ginossar where we view an ancient boat from the time of Jesus that was discovered in the Sea of Galilee. Continue to Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ Galilean ministry and the site of many of his miracles (Mark 2:4; Matt.8:5; 14-7; 9; 1-7; 17:18). We will see the remains of Peter’s house and the synagogue site where Jesus taught and worshipped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). Drive to Tabgha and visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. Visit the newly excavated ancient site of Magdala to see the first century synagogue where Jesus taught. Continue to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered what is perhaps the most famous sermon ever preached – “The Sermon On The Mount” (Matt.5). We will then proceed to the site of the city of Korazim where there are the remains of a First Century Synagogue where Jesus frequently ministered. We will drive north for a visit to Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River and the site of ancient “Caesarea Philipi”, where Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt; 16:16). Return to Tiberias via the east side of the Sea of Galilee stopping at Kursi to see the place where the demons entered the swine and entered the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight at Kibbutz Ein Gev on the Sea of Galilee
Day 5 – Sunday, February 9
ROAD TO JERUSALEM
We start the day with a visit to Yardenit, the Baptismal Centre on the Jordan River. Drive to Cana (site of Jesus’ first miracle; visit the Franciscan and Greek churches). We proceed to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus. We will visit Nazareth Village depicting a village from the time of Jesus. We continue southward viewing Mt. Tabor the site of the Transfiguration to Beit Shean, where we will walk through the incredible excavations of the largest ongoing archaeological dig in the land of Israel with its Roman theatre, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics and Roman bathhouses. It is also the city where the body of King Saul and his sons where nailed to the walls by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10). We then drive through the lush Jordan Valley, where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2) and view Jericho and the Mt. of Temptation. Ascend up the Judean Wilderness to the Golden City of Jerusalem.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6 – Monday, February 10
OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM
We will drive to the top of the Mount of Olives, for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Tracing the footsteps of Jesus, we will stroll down the Palm Sunday Route on the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. From here, we proceed by bus across the Kidron Valley, past the Tombs of Absalom, Zechariah and James and proceed to Mt Zion to visit the traditional site of the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper), King David’s Tomb and the Church of St. Peter’s in Gallicantu, built on top of the High Priest Caiphas’ house. We walk to the Zion Gate and enter the Old City of Jerusalem through this gate and walk through the Armenian Quarter to the Jewish Quarter. Walk along the Roman/Byzantine Street called the “Cardo” to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest spot. View the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque on top of the Temple Mount. We continue our walk along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Pools of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church. We pass through the colourful bazaars, alleyways to the Jaffa Gate to meet the bus.
Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7 – Tuesday, February 11
JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
This morning visit in the Old City the Davidson Centre and visit the archaeological park of the excavations along the Western and Southern Walls of the Temple Mount of Jerusalem. We continue to the City of David and see the new excavations and the Pool of Siloam and Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Drive to Yad Vashem, for a visit to Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust commemorating the six million Jews who perished. Visit and walk through the newly opened Museum, visit the Children’s Memorial, walk along the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles for those who risked their lives to save Jewish lives. Continue to the Israel Museum and visit the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest manuscripts of the Bible ever found. Visit the model of Jerusalem from the Second Temple Period as it looked from the time of Jesus. Return to your hotel. Drive to Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity the birthplace of Jesus. Finish the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb or Gordon’s Calvary for a communion service before returning to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8 – Wednesday, February 12
MASADA / DEAD SEA
Today is a fun day. After breakfast we drive to the lowest point on earth the Dead Sea that is over 1300 feet below sea level. Our route will take us back down the Judean Wilderness towards Jericho, the oldest town in the world that you will see from a distance. We will then turn south and drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. You will take a cable car to the summit of this magnificent fortress built by King Herod the Great and the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots. You will walk around these historic ruins you will see the palaces, bath houses, swimming pool, the oldest synagogue in the world on this mountain in the middle of the desert. After descending this mountain by cable car we travel to the shores of the Dead Sea where you will have time to take a float in the saltiest body of water in world. Finish the day with a visit to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered before returning back to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9 – Thursday, February 13
Today is a day of leisure to explore Jerusalem or last minute shopping in the Old City or the Jerusalem Mall or visit the many Museums that Jerusalem has to offer. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 10 – Friday, February 14
Depart Tel Aviv at 11:55am on Air Canada flying non-stop to Toronto. Arriving in Toronto at 5:00pm. Depart Toronto to Ottawa on Air Canada departing at 7:10pm and arriving in Ottawa at 8:14pm.
**PLEASE NOTE THE ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MAY VARY IN THE ORDER WE VISIT**