Departure from Toronto (Terminal 1) on Air Canada flying non-stop to Tel Aviv departing at 4:30pm
TEL AVIV / JAFFA
Arrive in Tel Aviv at 10:00am where our tour guide will meet you. We start by traveling to Jaffa, which affords us a breathtaking view of the city of Tel Aviv. At this picturesque port city of winding alleys, art galleries and crafts boutiques, King Solomon had the cedars of Lebanon rafted for the building of the First Temple in Jerusalem. You will view the spot of the House of Simon the Tanner (Acts 10:6). After this tour we go to our hotel for check-in and the balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy Tel Aviv.
Dinner and overnight at the Grand Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
CAESAREA / MT. CARMEL / ACCO
We drive north along the Plain of Sharon, the Mediterranean and the old coastal road- the Via Maris that linked Egypt and Babylon as we journey towards Galilee. We stop at Caesarea the incredible fortress city built by King Herod the Great. Here, Pontius Pilate had his base; where Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10); where Paul embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9:30) and where Philip preached (Acts 8:40). Visit the Roman Theatre, the Hippodrome, and the Crusader City. We then travel north towards Haifa and ascend Mt. Carmel the site where the prophet Elijah fought the 400 false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30). We will stop for an incredible panoramic view of Haifa. Continuing to drive north along the Mediterranean Sea to the World Heritage site of Acre (Acco) the once capital of the Crusaders in the 13th century. Walk through the amazing subterranean Crusader city. Dinner and overnight at the Leonardo Hotel, Tiberias
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE
After breakfast, we will depart with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. After debarkation we see an ancient fishing boat from the time of Jesus. Drive to Magdala the home of Mary Magdalene. You will visit part of a first century synagogue, one of only seven from the Second Temple Period known to exist and the synagogue which Jesus would have walked and taught. You will see an entire town from the time of Jesus. Continue to Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ Galilean ministry and the site of many of his miracles. We will see the remains of Peter’s house and the synagogue site where Jesus taught and worshipped. Drive to Tabgha and visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. Continue to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered what is perhaps the most famous sermon ever preached – “The Sermon On The Mount” (Matt.5). Continue to the Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River and the site of ancient “Caesarea Philipi”, where Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt; 16:16). Dinner and overnight at the Leonardo Hotel, Tiberias
ROAD TO JERUSALEM
We start the day with a visit to Yardenit, the Baptismal Centre on the Jordan River. We drive to Nazareth and visit Nazareth Village which offers an experience that will transport you to life in a Jewish village in the Galilee from the time of Jesus. We turn inland and proceed to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s walled fortified cities (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with ruins of 20 levels of civilization. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as we read about the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the Plains of Jezreel. We continue southward to Beit Shean, where we will walk through the incredible excavations of the largest ongoing archaeological dig in the land of Israel with its Roman theatre, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics and Roman bathhouses. It is also the city where the body of King Saul and his sons were nailed to the walls by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10). We then drive through the lush Jordan Valley, where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). Ascend up the Judean Wilderness to the Golden City of Jerusalem.
Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
We start the day at the Mount of Olives, for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. From here, we proceed by bus across the Kidron Valley, past the Tombs of Absalom, Zechariah and James and proceed to Mt Zion to visit the traditional site of the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper), King David’s Tomb and the Church of St. Peter’s in Gallicantu, built on top of the High Priest Caiphas’ house. We walk to the Zion Gate and enter the Old City of Jerusalem through this gate and walk through the Armenian Quarter to the Jewish Quarter to visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest spot. We continue our walk along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Pools of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church. Drive to Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in the world and birthplace of Jesus before returning to Jerusalem. Finish the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb or Gordon’s Calvary for a communion service before returning to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
QUMRAN / MASADA / DEAD SEA
After breakfast we drive to the lowest point on earth the Dead Sea that is over 1300 feet below sea level. We will stop at Qumran, where a young shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 in the cave that you will see. These scrolls are the oldest scriptures of the Bible ever found. You will see where the Essenes who wrote these scrolls lived and wrote these scrolls. Continue south to Masada. You will take a cable car to the summit of this magnificent fortress built by King Herod the Great and the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots. Visit the historic ruins and see the palaces, bathhouses, swimming pool, and the oldest synagogue in the world on this mountain in the middle of the desert. After descending this mountain by cable car we travel to the shores of the Dead Sea where you will have time to take a float in the saltiest body of water in the world. Return to Jerusalem. Dinner & overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
We start the day visiting the newly excavated City of David including the Pool of Siloam and Hezekiah Tunnel. Continue to the Davidson Centre and visit the archaeological park of the excavations along the Western and Southern walls of the Temple Mount of Jerusalem. Drive to the Israel Museum and visit the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest manuscripts of the Bible ever found. Visit the model of Jerusalem from the Second Temple Period as it looked from the time of Jesus. In the afternoon visit Genesis Land situated in the heart of the Judean desert, on the way to the Dead Sea, in the land where the Patriarchs lived. A magical place, it enables visitors to experience life as it was in biblical times. Visitors to Genesis Land are greeted by Eliezer, Abraham’s manservant, and by a train of camels which lead you down to Abraham’s tent, where you will experience his legendary hospitality. At Genesis Land, the stories of the Bible come to life in the very landscape in which they took place. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
JERUSALEM AT LEISURE
Today is a day of leisure to possibly visit Yad Vashem the Holocaust Museum and Memorial or do some shopping the Old City Bazaars or the modern day shopping mall. Visit the many museums that Jerusalem has to offer or just relax this day. Your tour guide will give you suggestions and instructions. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
TEL AVIV / TORONTO
Depart to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for your non-stop Air Canada flight to Toronto departing Tel Aviv at 11:45am arriving in Toronto at 4:25pm at terminal 1.
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