Meet in the departure hall at Toronto’s Pearson airport to check in for the EL AL flight to Tel Aviv. Leave Toronto at 7:15pm on your overnight, direct, nonstop EL AL flight destination Israel, meals served on board.
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport 12:50pm. Meet your tour guide. Visit Save a Child’s Heart at Wolfson Hospital to see the amazing lifesaving work the pediatric heart unit are volunteering to do. Stop to visit Jaffa, of Jonah and the “big fish” and Tabetha fame, then continue to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure in Tel Aviv. 1 night: Grand beach hotel ~ Tel Aviv [dinner]
Drive north through the Plain of Sharon, along the coastal road known in antiquity as the Via Maris, which linked Egypt and Babylon. Stop at 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). Visit the Roman Theatre, the Hippodrome, and the Aqueduct. View 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, to visit one of King Solomon’s fortified city kingdoms (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with impressive ruins of 20 levels of civilization. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as you read about the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the lush, fertile plains of the Jezreel Valley. Proceed to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus, visit Nazareth Village, where you relive village life from the time of Jesus. View the Church of the Annunciation and continue to the Sea of Galilee. 2 nights: Nof Ginosar Country Village hotel ~ Sea of Galilee [Breakfast & dinner]
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE
Emulating the disciples sail on the Sea of Galilee and visit the ancient boat from the time of Jesus. 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,” the Northern extent of Jesus’ ministry, where Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt; 16:16). Continue to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered “The Sermon On The Mount” (Matt.5). 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. (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). Time permitting visit Mt Arbel for a spectacular view of the area of Jesus’ ministry around the Sea of Galilee. [Breakfast & dinner]
GALILEE – JERUSALEM
Travel south to Beit Shean, where the body of King Saul and his sons were placed on the walls by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10), known in Jesus’ day as Scythopolis, capital of Decapolis. Visit the extensive, impressive archaeological park. Drive through the Jordan Valley, where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). Stop at Qasr el Yahud on the Jordan river (near Jericho) where John baptised Jesus. Continue south along the shores of the Dead Sea to Qumran, home of the Cult of the Judean Desert, where a shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls (1947) in a nearby cave. Then ascend through the Judean Desert Wilderness to the Holy City, Jerusalem of gold, as the Galileans did, stopping on Mt Scopus to recite a Psalm of Ascent and enjoy the first splendid view of the Holy City. Enter the city at the Lions gate, proceed to the pools of Bethsaida and enjoy the acoustics at St Anne’s church. Due to Sabbath late check in at the hotel. 5 nights Caesar hotel ~ Jerusalem [Breakfast & dinner]
Get an early start – travel to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity (6:25am), birthplace of Jesus and Shepherds Field. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Continue to Yad Vashem – national memorial and Museum of the Shoah (Holocaust), to pay tribute to the six million victims of the Shoah (Holocaust) in Europe during the Second World War. Visit the new Museum, the Children’s Memorial and walk along the Avenue of the Righteous Amongst the Nations commemorating those who risked their own lives to save 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 Model of ancient Jerusalem, describing the city from the time of Jesus. Visit King David’s City including: ruins of King David’s city, the Canaanite tunnel and the Pools of Siloam. Enter the Old city, view the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque built on the Temple Mount. Visit the South Western Wall of the Temple Mount and the Davidson Centre, including the very same steps that Jesus and the Galileans used to enter and exit the Holy Temple. [Breakfast & dinner]
Drive to the top of Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Stroll down the Mountain to the Garden of Gethsemane the Church of All Nations. Continue along the Kidron (the Valley of Jehoshaphat), past the Tombs of Absalom, Zechariah and James en route 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. Enter the Old City at the Zion Gate, walk through the Armenian and the Jewish Quarter. Visit the ancient “Cardo,” the Roman main street, continue through the “Suk,” the colourful bazaars, alleyways and market places to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Stop at the Western Wall (Kotel) An important Jewish pilgrimage and prayer site. Walk back in time under the city through the Western Wall tunnels to visit the imposing 2000 year old massive remnant of the Temple Jesus knew. End the day at the Garden Tomb with time for contemplation and communion. [Breakfast & dinner]
MASADA / DEAD SEA
Drive through the Judean desert towards Jericho, the oldest town in the world (which you will see from a distance), to the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea (over 1300 feet below sea level). Continue south, stop to visit Ein Gedi, an Oasis in the desert of David fleeing the wrath of King Saul fame, en route to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the summit of King Herod the Great’s imposing, remote desert fortress, later the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in the revolt against Rome (73 ace). Travel north along the Dead Sea en route to Jerusalem, stop at a Dead Sea Beach to float on the Dead Sea– you cannot sink! [Breakfast & dinner]
Spend a day of leisure in this fascinating city. With time to re-visit the Old City for shopping in the bazaars or walk through the new city for shopping along Jaffa Road and Ben Yehuda Street. Visit one of the many Museums that Jerusalem has to offer or simply relax at the hotel. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel. [Breakfast & dinner]
Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for the return flight. Leave Tel Aviv at 11am on your direct nonstop EL AL return flight to arriving at 4:15pm, meals served on board.
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