The object of this journey is to show you the opportunities that Israel has to offer Christian Communities! To be “right here” where Jesus walked and more specifically to introduce you to those sites relating to the life and ministry of Jesus while covering the geography and archaeology of the Holy Land. While this tour should be understood as a “Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus,” an opportunity to enrich your understanding of the Gospels through gaining a sense of place and history, it is also an opportunity to put a face on Israel. Ultimately the goal would be to enhance your appreciation for and understanding of the Gospels while gaining knowledge of Israel “Today”. Your ministry and more importantly your congregations will be blessed.
AND YOUR AND YOUR SPOUSE’S TRAVEL THEN WILL BE ENTIRELY FREE OF CHARGE!!
Day 1 – Wednesday January 15
7:30am Meet in the departure hall at Quebec City airport or at 10:30am in Montreal airport or at 2pm Terminal 1, Pearson International Airport Toronto to check in for the Air Canada flight. Depart from Toronto at 5pm on the non-stop Air Canada flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv, meals served on board.
FLYING FROM ~ MONTREAL ADD $59, QUEBEC CITY ADD $139
Day 2 – Thursday January 16
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Arrive in Tel Aviv at 10:15am meet your tour guide. Drive north through the Plain of Sharon, along the Mediterranean shore on the old coastal road known as the Via Maris, which linked Egypt and Babylon, en route to the Galilee. 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 Hippodrome and the reconstruction of Herod’s monumental arches. Visit Muhraka (the burned place) on Mt. Carmel where the prophet Elijah challenged the 400 false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30). Then continue to the hotel in Tiberias. 3 nights: Lake House hotel ~ Tiberias [Dinner]
Day 3 – Friday January 17
MOUNT CARMEL / GALILEE
Drive through the Jezreel Valley en route to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s fortified city kingdoms (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with 21 levels impressive ruins of civilization. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as you read about the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the fertile plains of the Jezreel Valley. Proceed to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus, visit Nazareth Village to relive life in the time of Jesus and view the Church of the Annunciation. Continue via Cana site of the first miracle, changing water into wine (John 2:1-11). Stop on Mt Arbel for a breathtaking view of the area of Jesus ministry and the sea of Galilee. End the day emulating the disciples with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Kibbutz Ginosar and visit the ancient boat from the time of Jesus. [breakfast & dinner]
Day 4 – Saturday January 18
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE
Drive north along the foot of the Golan Heights to visit Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River, site of ancient “Caesarea Philippi” where Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt; 16:16). Continue to Chorazin, a village from Jesus’ time with ruins of a First Century Synagogue one of three villages Jesus prophesied over “Woe to thee….” (Matt. 11:20-25) Continue to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered “The Sermon on The Mount” (Matt.5). Proceed to Capernaum centre of Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee and the 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 taught and worshipped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). Travel to Magdala a village from Jesus’ time with ruins of a First Century Synagogue. [breakfast & dinner]
Day 5 – Sunday January 19
ROAD TO JERUSALEM
Visit Yardenit baptism centre on the Jordan River. 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), later known as Scythopolis, capital of Decapolis. View the largest archaeological dig in the land of Israel. Drive through the Jordan Valley, where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). Then ascend through the Judean Desert to the Holy City. Continue to Jerusalem of Gold stopping on Mt Scopus as the Galileans did to recite a Psalm of Ascent and enjoy the first view of the Holy City. End the day in Bethlehem – visit the Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus and Shepherds Field. Check in is on Sabbath some rooms might only be available after sunset. 5 nights: Ramada hotel ~ Jerusalem [breakfast & dinner]
Day 6 – Monday January 20
Visit Yad Vashem, national memorial and Museum of the Shoah to pay tribute to the six million victims of the Holocaust in Europe during the Second World War. Including the new Museum, the Children’s Memorial and walk along the Avenue of the Righteous Amongst the Nations commemorating those who risked their own lives to save Jewish souls. Continue to the Israel Museum to visit the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest Bible manuscripts and the adjacent Model of ancient Jerusalem describing the city from the Second Temple Period, the time of Jesus. Visit King David’s City including: The G area, Warren’s shaft, the Canaanite tunnel and the Pool of Siloam. Continue to the Southern Wall Archaeological Park, to visit the impressive excavations along the South Western Wall of the Temple Mount. Continue to the Western Wall, then walk back in time through the Western Wall Tunnels under the city. Then stop at the Pools of Bethesda and enjoy the acoustics in St. Anne’s Church. [breakfast & dinner]
Day 7 – Tuesday January 21
JERUSALEM – OLD CITY
Drive to the top of Mount of Olives, for a panoramic view of Jerusalem old and new. Walk down the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane or the Church of All Nations. Continue across the Kidron Valley (the Valley of Jehoshaphat) and up 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 city through Zion Gate walk through the Old City to the Jewish Quarter visit the Roman / Byzantine / Crusader Street called the “Cardo,” then along the ancient alleyways through the colourful “Suk” (the market place). Stop to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue down the “Upper Hill” view the Temple Mount. [breakfast & dinner]
Day 8 – Wednesday January 22
Drive through the Judean desert to the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea (over 1300 feet below sea level). Stop at Qumran, home of the Cult of the Judean Desert, where a shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls (1947) in a nearby cave. Proceed to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the summit of King Herod the Great’s desert fortress, later the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in the revolt against Rome (73 A.C.E.) Travel north along the Dead Sea, stop to float on the Dead Sea the saltiest body of water in the world – you cannot sink! Stop at Genesis Land to ride camels to Abraham’s tent and experience Biblical hospitality. Then ascend through the Judean Desert Wilderness to Jerusalem. Stop at the Garden Tomb for communion. [breakfast & dinner]
Day 9 – Thursday January 23
Spend a day of leisure in this fascinating city. Re-visit sites of interest, the Old City, shop 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 or simply relax at the hotel. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel. [breakfast & dinner]
Day 10 – Friday January 24
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your flight to Canada. Depart from Tel Aviv at 11:55am on the non-stop Air Canada flight to Toronto arriving at 4:55pm, meals served on board. 8:30pm continue on the flight to Montreal arriving at 9:45pm. 10:10pm Continue on the flight to Quebec City arriving at midnight.
HOTELS AS LISTED OR SIMILAR
**THE ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MAY VARY IN THE ORDER YOU VISIT**
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