Day 1 ~ February 20, Thursday
DEPART FROM CANADA
8:15am Meet at Winnipeg airport to check in for your West Jet flight to Toronto, departing at 10:45am, arriving in Toronto’s Pearson International airport at 2:15pm. Depart for Tel Aviv at 5:45pm on a direct EL AL nonstop, overnight flight, meals served on board. FLYING FROM EDMONTON OR ABBOTSFORD ADD $255 per person. ADD ON FARES WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR INVOICE. Mark the city you are flying from on your Application please
Day 2 ~ February 21, Friday
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport at noon, meet with your guide. Travel in a luxurious air-conditioned bus to Jaffa (Joppa), where Peter stayed with Simon the Tanner (Acts 9:43, 10:9-23). See the harbor on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, where Jonah boarded a ship to run away from God (Jonah 1:1). Check into the Leonardo hotel in Bat Yam and spend the remainder of the day at leisure, walking along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea or relaxing in the hotel. 1 night: Leonard Hotel, Bat Yam [Dinner]
Day 3 ~ February 22, Saturday
Drive north along the Mediterranean Coast to Caesarea, where Paul defended himself before Festus and King Agrippa (Acts 25:6-26:32) as well where Cornelius, was baptized by Peter (Acts 10:1-48). Continue north to Mt Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:1-46). Travel to Megiddo, the fortress city of King Solomon (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), view the fertile plains of the Jezreel Valley, where the future Battle of Armageddon will take place (Revelation 16:12-16). Continue to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. Stop on Mount Precipice, the cliff where Jesus was about to be thrown down by the hostile people of Nazareth (Luke 4:14-30). Then visit Nazareth Village, which portrays what village life was like in the time of Jesus. Continue to Tiberias, situated on the Sea of Galilee (John 6:22-24). 3 nights: Leonardo Hotel, Tiberias [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 4 ~ February 23, Sunday
Begin the day sailing across the Sea of Galilee. Then stop to see the 2000-year-old “Ancient Boat” discovered in 1986, now in the Museum at Kibbutz Gennesaret. Drive to Magdala, the village of Mary Magdalene and see the archeological discovery of the actual synagogue that Mary would have worshipped in (Luke 8:1-3). Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Stop to visit the site where Jesus served breakfast to His disciples after His Resurrection (John 21:1-23). Travel to Capernaum, where Jesus chose to center His ministry, site of many of His miracles (Luke 4:16-32). See the remains of St Peter’s house and the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught and worshipped. Visit Kursi, where Jesus cast out the demons from the Demoniac of Gadara and into the pigs. (Mark 5:1-20) [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 5 ~ February 24, Monday
Stop on Mount Arbel to view the beauty of Galilee. Continue north to visit Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do men say I am?” (Matthew 16:13-20). Proceed to Dan to visit the ancient biblical site where Jeroboam set up his altar (1 Kings 12:25-30). View the 4000-year-old mud brick gate that Abraham went through (Genesis 14:14). Stop at Hazor, “the head of all kingdoms” to visit this fascinating site, with ancient foundation stones that still show the effects of having been burned during Joshua’s destruction of the city. (Joshua 11: 10-11). End the day with baptism in the Jordan River [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 6 ~ February 25, Tuesday
Drive to Gideon’s Spring, where Gideon selected the 300 men who would join him in fighting against the Midianites (Judges 7:1-7). From there, travel to Beth Shan, the largest archaeological park in Israel, where the Philistines fastened the bodies of King Saul and his sons on the city walls (1 Samuel 31:10). Enjoy a scenic drive down the Jordan Valley through the desert, which now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). Visit Qumran, where a shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 in a nearby cave. Continue to Jerusalem stop on Mount Scopus for your first view of Jerusalem, the Holy city. 5 nights: Caesar Hotel, Jerusalem [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 7 ~ February 26, Wednesday
Begin the day on the Mt of Olives (Acts 1:9-12) with a wonderful view of Jerusalem; follow the route Jesus took on Palm Sunday (Luke 19:28-40), walk down to Dominus Flevit, a church which commemorates the site where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44). Continue down the mountain to spend some time in an olive grove at Gethsemane, where Jesus spent the night in prayer and was betrayed by Judas. (Matthew 26:36-46). Explore the fascinating ongoing excavations in the City of David (2 Samuel 5:6-10). Walk through either Hezekiah’s Tunnel (wet) (2 Kings 20:20) or the Canaanite Tunnel (dry) to the Pool of Siloam (John 9:1-11). Enter the Old City, visit the Southern Wall Archaeological Park where you will stand on the very same steps on which Jesus walked when he went in and out of the Temple. Stop to pray at the Western Wall. Continue through the Old City to the Cardo (Main Street from 2000 years ago), see the Broad Wall built by Hezekiah (Isaiah 22:9-11, Nehemiah 3:8). Proceed to Mt Zion to visit King David’s Tomb (Acts 2:29) and the Upper Room where Jesus had His final Passover with His disciples (Luke 22:7-38); stop at the House of the High Priest Caiaphas at St. Peter in Gallicantu Church, where Jesus was tried by the Sanhedrin and imprisoned for a night (Matthew 26:57-75, John 18:12-14). [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 8 ~ February 27, Thursday
Travel through the western lowlands (Shephelah) to the Elah Valley, where David fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17). Continue to Lachish, where you can witness the extent of Sennacherib’s destruction in 701 BC (2 Kings 18:12-17). Visit Maresha (2 Chronicles 14:9-12, Micah 1:15) and walk through the unique manmade caves. Walk through history at Yad Vashem, the Museum of the Shoah (Holocaust). Stop at the Israel Museum to visit the Model of ancient Jerusalem, depicting Jerusalem at the first century and visit the adjacent Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 9 ~ February 28, Friday
Leave Jerusalem via the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth (1200 feet below sea level). Visit the oasis at Ein Gedi – where David hid from the wrath of King Saul (1 Samuel 23:29) and see the waterfalls there. Continue to Masada and tour the impressive ruins of King Herod the Great’s mountaintop fortress, later the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome (73 AD). For the remainder of the day enjoy the unique experience of floating in the Dead Sea – you cannot sink! [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 10 ~ February 29, Saturday
Begin the day visiting Golgotha, where many scholars believe Jesus was crucified (Luke 23:26-49) and the Garden Tomb, where He was buried and from which He rose again. Ponder the marvel of these events as we celebrate a communion service together (Luke 23:50-24:12). The rest of the day is then yours to spend at leisure. You can go off on your own or join Dr Ozirney to revisit some of the sites of the Old City. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel. [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 11 ~ March 1, Sunday
Transfer to the airport, leave Tel Aviv at 11am flying on the direct EL AL flight to Toronto, arriving at 4:15pm, meals served on board. Continue on the West Jet flight to Winnipeg at 6:20pm, arriving 8pm.
OR OPTION 1 ~ TAKE A 2-DAY JERUSALEM EXTENSION
Cost per person: $399 the Single supplement is $217. Based on: Minimum 15 participants & 2 people sharing a room. Mark yes to the Jerusalem option on your Application please.
Day 11 ~ March 1, Sunday & Day 12 ~ March 2 Monday
AT LEISURE IN JERUSALEM
Enjoy an additional two days in Jerusalem. You are free to roam and explore this fantastic city on your own or join Dr. Wieser, visiting a variety of sites in Jerusalem. Additional modest entry fees for some sites will apply. Some of the sites include: walking the Ramparts (the walls of the Old City); the Temple Mt Institute, where preparations for the Third Temple are now being made; the Burnt House Museum; the Western Wall Tunnels; the Tower of David Museum and with time for shopping in the Old City. [Breakfast/dinner]
OR OPTION 2 ~ TAKE A 2-DAY OPTIONAL JORDAN EXTENSION
Cost per person $959 the single supplement is $267. Based on: Minimum 14 participants & 2 people sharing a room. Not including: a) US$125 per person covering exit tax Israel and Jordan and Jordan visa fees. Paid at the border crossings b) US$30 Gratuity for guide, driver hotel staff & horseman. Mark yes to the optional Jordan tour on your Application please.
Day 11 ~ March 1, Sunday
Join Dr Henry Ozirney, travel to the Allenby Bridge and cross into Jordan. Stop to visit Madaba, the famous ancient Byzantine Mosaic map of the world. Continue to Mt Nebo, where emulating Moses view the Promised Land. Travel south and stop to visit the remote desert fortress at Mukawir (Machaerus), where Herod Antipas held and killed John the Baptist. Travel South along the Kingsway, to Petra. (1 night: Petra Palace hotel).
Day 12 – March 2 Monday
Get an early start to tour Petra, the fabulous red rock, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Mid-afternoon travel North to the Allenby Bridge, cross back into Israel and return to Jerusalem. 1 night: Caesar hotel ~ Jerusalem. [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 13 ~ March 3 Tuesday
Transfer to the airport for the return flight. Leave Tel Aviv at 11am flying on the direct EL AL flight to Toronto, arriving at 4:15pm, meals served on board. Continue on the West Jet flight to Winnipeg at 6:20pm, arriving 8pm.
HOTELS AS LISTED OR SIMILAR
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