Day 1 March 16 ~ Monday
11:45am Meet in the departure hall at Sudbury airport to check in for the Air Canada flight to Toronto leaving at 2:10pm, arriving in Toronto at 3:25pm. Leave Toronto at 4:50pm on the overnight, direct, nonstop Air Canada flight, destination Israel. Meals served on board.
Day 2 March 17 ~ Tuesday
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport at 9:15am. Meet your guide. Drive north through the Plain of Sharon, along the Mediterranean shore, on the old coastal route which linked Egypt and Babylon. Stop at Caesarea, the Roman capital boasting 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 new exhibit in the Crusader City. Travel to the summit of Mount Carmel at Muhraka the “burning place,” where Elijah confronted the 450 prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30) for a breathtaking view of the Jezreel Valley. Continue to the Sea of Galilee. [Dinner] 3 nights: Gai Beach hotel ~ Sea of Galilee Tiberias
Day 3 March 18 ~ Wednesday
Visit sites central to Jesus’ Ministry – starting at the Mt. of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered “The Sermon on the Mount” (Matt.5). Continue to Chorazin, one of the three villages Jesus prophesied over for not accepting his teaching. Drive down to the Church of the Primacy of Peter and the church of the “feeding of the multitude” in Tabgha. Continue to Kfar Nahum, Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee and the site of many of his miracles (Mark 2:4; Matt.8:5-7 & 14-15). See the remains of St Peter’s house and the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught and worshipped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). Proceed to Mt. Arbel for a great view of the area of Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee. Stop to visit the famous ancient fishing vessel from the time of Jesus and learn about its discovery. End the day sailing on the Sea of Galilee, with time for meditation and prayer. [Breakfast & dinner]
Day 4 March 19 ~ Thursday
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 his confession of faith in Christ (Matt. 16:16). Drive south in the Jordan Valley to Hazor “the head of all kingdoms” to visit the site famous for Joshua (11:1) and Deborah’s conquest with an impressive Solomonic gate. Stop at Kursi to visit the Byzantine Monastery marking the site of the miracle of the swine. Time permitting, and for those up to it, take a walk to visit Hippos, one of the cities of the Decapolis. [Breakfast & dinner]
Day 5 March 20 ~ Friday
Travel south along the Jordan Valley to the Allenby Bridge and cross into Jordan. Stop in Madaba, to study the unique, ancient mosaic map of the world, from the Byzantine era. Emulating Moses and the children of Israel, stop on Mt. Nebo for a glimpse of the Promised Land. Continue south through the Moab Mountains, of Ruth and Naomi fame, to Mukawir to visit the desert fortress built by Herod the Great, where later Herod Antipas beheaded John the Baptist. Travel south to Petra. [Breakfast & dinner] 1 night: Petra Palace ~ Petra or upgrade to Guest House hotel, Cost $151 per person (2 people in 1 room), single person in a room/tent is; $300 per person. Mark yes to the upgrade on your application & if applicable circle the single room/tent.
Day 6 March 21 ~ Saturday
PETRA ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Get an early start, walking and riding into Petra “The Red Rock,“ centre of the ancient Nabatean people and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. See the stunning charm of the Necropolis and the many magnificent sandstone edifices. Midafternoon leave Petra travelling south on the Kings Way via Ras El Naqeb to Wadi Rum, of Lawrence of Arabia fame. Explore this fascinating unique sand and sand stone desert travelling by jeep through the heart of this magnificent stark terrain. Then take a camel convoy to your Bedouin tent camp where you will enjoy a sumptuous Bedouin feast. [Breakfast & dinner] 1 night: Sun City Tent Camp – Wadi Rum Wadi Rum Upgrade to a Martian Dome. Cost $85 per person (2 people in 1 room), single person in a room/tent is; $190. Mark yes to the upgrade on your application & if applicable circle the single room/tent.
Day 7 March 22 ~ Sunday
THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD
Leave Wadi Rum at 7:30am and travel south toward the biblical “Etzion Gaber.” Cross into Israel at the Arava terminal, then travel North through the Arava wilderness to the Dead Sea. Visit Masada – ruins of King Herod’s mountaintop fortress and last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome 73 A.C.E. (Ascend and descend by cable car). View Ein Gedi oasis, where David fled the wrath of King Saul. And a little farther north, view Qumran, where a Bedouin discovered the Dead Sea scrolls in a nearby cave. Enjoy a unique experience “float” in the Dead Sea – you cannot sink! Ascend through the Judean Desert and enter Jerusalem as Jesus did, via Mt. Scopus. Stop to recite a Psalm of ascent with your first view of the Holy City and the Temple Mt. [Breakfast & dinner]
4 nights: Tryp hotel ~ Jerusalem
Day 8 March 23 ~ Monday
WINDOWS INTO THE BIBLICAL PAST
Pay respect to the victims of the Holocaust at Yad Vashem, National Memorial and Museum of the Holocaust. Visit the Model of Jerusalem, learn about the city from the time of Jesus and the adjacent Shrine of the Book home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Explore King David’s City including, Warren’s shaft, the Canaanite tunnel and the pool of Siloam. Continue to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park (Southern Wall Excavations) including the very same ancient steps that Jesus and the Galilean pilgrims used to enter and exit the Holy Temple. Stop at the Western Wall (Kotel), an important Jewish prayer site, then walk back in time under the city, through Western Wall Tunnels (Excavations). [Breakfast & dinner]
Day 9 March 24 ~ Tuesday
JERUSALEM OLD & NEW
View the site of the Holy Temple from the Mt of Olives, then follow in the footsteps of Jesus and the Galileans, walking down the Mt. via Dominus Flevit to visit Gethsemane – the Church of All Nations. Enter the Old City and stop at the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralytic man. Continue through the Suk (market) along the Stations of the Cross and stop at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, then enjoy the ancient alleyways of the Old City on the way to the Zion Gate. Visit the Church of the Last Supper, site of the upper chamber and St Peter in Gallicantu, the site of Peter’s denial of the Lord Jesus. End the day at the Garden Tomb, remember the resurrection, with time for prayer and communion. [Breakfast & dinner]
Day 10 March 25 ~ Wednesday
Spend a day of leisure in this fascinating city. Revisit places of interest and do some shopping in the colourful Old City “Suk” (Market Place). Options to consider (on your own, modest fee required) – spend time doing archaeological sifting at Emmek Zurrim where you can see some recently discovered Herodian floor tiles that Jesus might have walked on in the Temple; Or visit the Citadel museum at the Jaffa Gate (modest entrance fee required); Or visit the bars and cafes in the colourful Mahane Yehuda market. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel. (Breakfast & dinner)
Day 11 March 26 ~ Thursday
RETURN TO CANADA
Transfer to the airport for your return flight. Depart Tel Aviv at 11:55am on your direct nonstop Air Canada flight arriving at Pearson International Airport in Toronto at 5pm. Continue on the Air Canada flight to Sudbury at 6:55pm arriving in Sudbury at 8:10pm.
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