Day 1 – Tuesday November 17
4:30am Meet in the departure hall at Saskatoon airport, to check in for the West Jet flight #WS 506 to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport departing at 7am. Arrive in Toronto at 11:20am. Depart at 5:15pm on the direct, non-stop EL AL flight to Tel Aviv, meals served on board.
Day 2 – Wednesday November 18
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport at 12:50pm. Meet your tour 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). Continue to your hotel. Remainder of the day will be at leisure.
1 night: Ruth Daniel hotel ~ Tel Aviv [Dinner]
Day 3 – Thursday November 19
Drive north through the Plain of Sharon, along the Mediterranean shore to 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). View the Roman Theatre and the Hippodrome visit the Port and the Crusader City. Visit Muhraka, the burned place, on Mt. Carmel where the prophet Elijah challenged the 400 false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30) and proceed along the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s fortified city kingdoms (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with impressive ruins of 21 levels of civilization. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as you read about the final Battle of Armageddon. 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.
2 nights: Golan hotel ~ Tiberias or Sea of Galilee [breakfast & dinner]
Day 4 – Friday November 20
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE
Drive north along the foot of the Golan Heights to Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River, to visit site of ancient “Caesarea Philippi,” where Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt; 16:16). Continue onto and across the Golan Heights to Chorazin, a village from Jesus’ time with ruins of a First Century Synagogue, one of three villages Jesus prophesied over “Woe to thee….” Stop on the Mt. of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered “The Sermon On the Mount” (Matt.5). Drive down the mountain to visit the Church of the Primacy of Peter. Proceed to 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 taught and worshipped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). [breakfast & dinner]
Day 5 – Saturday November 21
ROAD TO JERUSALEM
Travel south to visit Beit Shean, where the bodies 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. Visit the impressive extensive Roman, Byzantine and Omayyad ruins. Drive down the Jordan Valley, where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). Stop at Qasr El Yahud, where John is said to have baptised Jesus. View Jericho, the oldest town in the world from a distance, then ascend through the Judean Desert to the Holy City – Jerusalem of Gold. Stop as the Galileans did on Mt Scopus to recite a Psalm of Ascent and enjoy the first view of the Holy City. Time permitting ~ End the day Visit Herodion – another remote desert fortress Herod the Great built to see the impact this amazing view point has between Jerusalem & Bethlehem.
5 nights: Royal hotel ~ Jerusalem [breakfast & dinner]
Day 6 – Sunday November 22
JERUSALEM – OLD CITY
Start the day on the Mount of Olives, with a wonderful, panoramic view of Jerusalem, old and new. Following in the footsteps of Jesus and the disciples, stroll down the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, with time for contemplation and prayer in the adjacent Olive grove. Continue across the Kidron Valley (the Valley of Jehoshaphat) and walk along the path of Palm Sunday to the Pools of Bethesda at St. Anne’s Church. Proceed along the Stations of the Cross through the “Suk,” the colourful bazaars, alleyways and market place to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue walking through the Old City to the Jewish Quarter. En route visit the Roman, Byzantine, Crusader Street called the “Cardo,” then walk down the “Upper Hill.” View the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque built on the Temple Mount. [breakfast & dinner]
Day 7 – Monday November 23
Start the day at Yad Vashem, national memorial and Museum of the Shoah (holocaust) to pay tribute to the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah in Europe, during the Second World War. Visit to include: the new Museum, the Children’s Memorial and walk along the Avenue of the Righteous Amongst the Nations, commemorating those who at great personal risk saved Jewish souls. 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 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, 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 and stand on the very same stairs that Jesus might have used entering/exiting the House of The Lord. Visit the Western Wall, an important place of prayer and pilgrimage for the Jewish people. Then walk back in time through the Western Wall Tunnels under the city. Continue 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. [breakfast & dinner]
Day 8 – Tuesday November 24
Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth (over 1300 feet below sea level). Continue south and stop to visit 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 looming desert fortress, later the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome (73 AD). Travel north along the Dead Sea shore, stop to float on the Dead Sea, the saltiest body of water in world – you cannot sink! Then ascend through the Judean to Jerusalem. End the day at the Garden Tomb with time for contemplation, prayer and for communion. [breakfast & dinner]
Day 9 – Wednesday November 25
Spend a day of leisure in this fascinating city. Re-visit places of interest, shop in the Old City bazaars or walk through the New City along Jaffa and Ben Yehuda Street. Visit one of the many Museums that Jerusalem has to offer (modest entrance fee required) or simply relax at the hotel. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel. [breakfast & dinner]
Day 10 – Thursday November 26
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your return flight to Canada. Leave Tel Aviv at 11am flying on a nonstop Air Canada flight to Toronto, arriving at 4:15pm. Meals served on board. Continue on the West Jet flight #WS 323 to Saskatoon at 8:15pm arriving at 10:45pm
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***HOTELS AS LISTED OR SIMILAR***