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Day 1 ~ March 1, Thursday – DEPART CANADA
2:45pm Meet in Toronto’s Pearson International airport at the EL AL check in counter terminal 3 for the 5:45pm nonstop overnight flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv (meals served en route).
Day 2 ~ March 2, Friday – ARRIVE IN ISRAEL
Arrive in Israel at noon and meet with your guide. Drive by 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 from where Jonah boarded a ship to run away from God (Jonah 1:1). Check into the Leonard hotel in Bat Yam and spend the remainder of the day at leisure to recoup from the flight or walk along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. 1 night Leonard hotel Bat Yam [Dinner]
Day 3 ~ March 3, Saturday – CARMEL / GALILEE
Drive north along the Mediterranean Coast to Caesarea, where Paul defended himself before Festus and King Agrippa (Acts 25:6-26:32) and Cornelius was baptized by Peter (Acts 10:1- 48). Continue north, view Mt Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:1-46). Travel along the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the fortress city of King Solomon (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with its impressive ruins of 21 levels of destruction. View the fertile plains of the Jezreel Valley, where the future Battle of Armageddon will take place. (Revelation 16:12-16). Travel to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus to view the Church of Annunciation where Gabriel told Mary she would give birth to Jesus (Luke 11:26-38). Visit Nazareth Village, which portrays village life 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 ~ March 4, Sunday – GALILEE
Begin the day sailing across the Sea of Galilee then stop to see the 2000-year-old “Jesus Boat” discovered in 1986 now in the Museum at Gennasereth. Drive to Magdala, the village of Mary Magdalene and see the archeological discovery of the very synagogue that Mary would have worshipped in. Stop to visit Chorazin one of the three villages Jesus condemned for not accepting Him and His teaching (Matthew 11:20-24) as well as the Primacy of Peter where Jesus served breakfast to His disciples after His Resurrection Drive to Capernaum, where Jesus chose to center His ministry and the 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 (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). End the day with baptism in the Jordan River [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 5 ~ March 5, Monday – GALILEE
Begin the day driving to the top of Mount Arbel to view the beauty of the Galilee from that height. From there, drive to Hazor, “head of all kingdoms” to visit this fascinating site with ancient layers that match Joshua’s destruction (Joshua 11: 10-11), a Solomonic gate and water works. Travel north to Dan to visit the ancient biblical site where Jeroboam set up his golden calves for Israel to worship (1 Kings 12:25-30) and the 4000-year-old mud brick gate that Abraham might have used to enter the city (Genesis 14:14). Continue north to visit Banias, one of the headwaters of the Jordan river, known in Jesus day as Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do men say I am?” (Matthew 16:13-20). [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 6 ~ March 6, Tuesday – GALILEE / JERUSALEM
Drive to the Spring of Gideon where Gideon selected the 300 men who would join him in fighting against the Midianites (Judges 7:1-7). From there, travel along the Jordan Valley to Beth Shan the largest archaeological excavation in Israel, where the Philistines placed 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 through the Judean Wilderness to Genesis Land, where we will ride on camels to visit Abraham, 4000 years later (Genesis 18:1-8) and enjoy his ancient hospitality in his tent overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Continue to Jerusalem, stopping on Mount Scopus for your first view of Jerusalem. 4 nights Caesar hotel Jerusalem [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 7 ~ March 7, Wednesday – JERUSALEM
Begin the day on the Mt of Olives (Acts 1:9-12) with a wonderful view of Jerusalem old and new. Following the route of Jesus’s Palm Sunday entrance into Jerusalem (Luke 19:28-40), walk down to Dominus Flevit, a church which commemorates the site where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44). 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 Hezekiah’s (2 Kings 20:20) or the Canaanite Tunnels to the Pool of Siloam (John 9:1-11). Enter the Old City, visit the Southern Wall Archaeological Park, stand on the very steps Jesus walked on going in and out of the temple, where He drove out the buyers and sellers. (Matthew 21:12-13). 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, 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). Then 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) and view the ancient stairs Jesus might have walked on. [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 8 ~ March 8, Thursday – JERUSALEM
Begin the day at Golgotha, where many scholars believe Jesus was crucified (Luke 23:26-49) in the Garden Tomb. With communion service where He was buried and from which He rose again (Luke 23:50-24:12). Continue to Yad Vashem, National Memorial and Museum of the Shoah (Holocaust). Stop at the Israel Museum. Visit the Model City of Jerusalem, to see what Jerusalem looked like at the time of Jesus and visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Travel through the Jerusalem mountains via the Elah Valley where David fought Goliath to Lachish. Visit this fascinating site where you can witness the extent of Sennacherib’s destruction. Continue to Maresha later known as Beit Guvrin walk through the unique manmade caves from the time of the Maccabees and time permitting stop to visit the impressive Roman amphitheater. [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 9 ~ March 9, Friday – DEAD SEA
Descend via the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth (1200 feet below sea level). En route stop at the Good Samaritan Inn, a national Park and Museum of Mosaics. The Inn may have served as a roadside caravanserai perhaps it is the “inn” in Jesus’ parable of the traveler who “fell among thieves” and was rescued by a compassionate passerby, the “Good Samaritan” (Luke 10). Visit Masada to tour the impressive ruins of King Herod the Great’s mountaintop fortress, later the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome (73 AD). Visit the oasis at Ein Gedi – where David hid from the wrath of King Saul (I Samuel 23:29). For the remainder of the day enjoy a unique experience; Float in the Dead Sea – you cannot sink! [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 10 ~ March 10, Saturday – JERUSALEM
Spend your final day at leisure in this fascinating city. An option is available to join Dr Ozirney in the Old City – walk through the colorful Suk, the market place in the Old City. View the Fortress of Antonia where Jesus was tried by Pontius Pilate (John 18:28-40) en route to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Check out of the hotel is at 11am. For those going back to Canada, optional late check out on March 11 is $108 per person. Mark yes on Application. Farewell dinner in the hotel then transfer to the airport for the return flight. [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 11 ~ March 11, Sunday – RETURN TO CANADA
Leave Tel Aviv for Toronto at 00:35am on the nonstop direct EL AL flight, meals served on board. Arrive in Toronto at 7:30am.
OPTIONAL EXTENSION IN JERUSALEM – mark this option on the Application please.
Rates per person $388 Single supplement $173 Based on: Minimum of 15 participants & 2 people sharing a room
Day 11 ~ March 11, Sunday / Day 12 ~ March 12, Monday
Enjoy an additional two days in Jerusalem. Roam and explore this fantastic city on your own or join Pastor Henry, visiting a variety of sites and locations in Jerusalem. Modest additional entry fees might apply. Some of these sites include Temple Institute where preparations for the Third Temple are now being made, the Burnt House Museum, Friends of Zion Museum, the Tower of David Museum and walking the Ramparts on the top of the wall surrounding Jerusalem. March 12 Is your final day at leisure. Check out of the hotel is at 11am you can leave your luggage with security. Optional late check out on March 12 is $108 per person – mark yes on Application. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant with good Mediterranean fare then transfer to the airport for the return flight. [Breakfast/dinner]
Day 13 March 13, Tuesday – RETURN TO CANADA
Leave Tel Aviv for Toronto at 00:35am on the direct nonstop EL AL flight, meals served on board. Arrive in Toronto at 7:30am.
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