Day 1 – Sunday
Depart from Victoria at 11:45am on Air Canada flying non-stop to Toronto arriving at 7:22pm.
Overnight in Toronto at a hotel close to the airport.
Day 2 – Monday
While waiting for your flight take the express train from the airport to downtown Toronto for a visit before returning to the airport at departing at 4:35pm on Air Canada flying non-stop from Toronto to Tel Aviv from Terminal 1.
TEL AVIV / JAFFA
Day 3 – Tuesday
Arrive in Tel Aviv at 10:10am 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. It was from Jaffa that the Prophet Jonah embarked for his fateful encounter with a whale (Jonah 1:3). 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 Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv.
CAESAREA / MEGIDDO / NAZARETH
Day 4 – Wednesday
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 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. Drive to Nazareth and visit Nazareth Village, depicting a village from the time of Jesus. Continue to Mt. Precipice. The mountain rises 397 meters above sea level and received its informal name due to the belief it was the location of the rejection of Jesus, as described in the Gospel of Luke. Continue to Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee.
Dinner and overnight at Nof Ginossar Hotel on the Sea of Galilee.
GALILEE / GOLAN HEIGHTS
Day 5 – Thursday
We will drive north to Tel Dan National Park to see the ruins from Abraham’s time and the Dan Spring which is a source of the Jordan River. Continue to 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). Drive up the Golan Heights to The Nimrod Fortress. It is the biggest Crusader-era castle in all of Israel, a mountain-top stronghold spanning back to the 13th century with megalithic foundation stones hinting at more ancient origins. With views of much of the Golan, the Nimrod Fortress is situated on a peak neighboring Israel’s highest and only snow-capped mountain, Mount Hermon. Below the fortress are the lush Banias forests with the rivers and waterfalls. The ruins of Nimrod Fortress are beautiful and well-preserved, a truly visible snapshot of history.
Drive through the Golan Heights before returning to our hotel. Dinner & overnight at Nof Ginossar.
JESUS MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE
Day 6 – Friday
After breakfast, we will depart our day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Kibbutz Ginossar where we will see an ancient boat from the time of Jesus displayed at the Kibbutz Museum. 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. 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). Visit to Magdala the newly excavated site to see the 1st century synagogue where Jesus taught. Continue to Chorazim National Park preserves impressive remains of a Jewish village from the time of the Mishna and the Talmud, including remains of a magnificent synagogue. Dinner and overnight at Nof Ginossar on the Sea of Galilee.
GALILEE / JORDAN
Day 7 – Saturday
We start the day at Yardenit, the Baptismal Centre on the Jordan River. Drive 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 where nailed to the walls by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10). We cross the Israel/Jordanian Border at the Sheikh Hussein Bridge. You will meet your Jordanian guide and driver. Drive to Mt Nebo the sacred mountain in Jordan standing over 2,000 feet high. These brilliant views are believed to be those from which Moses gazed upon the Holy Land before his death. The landscape is home to stunning surroundings and one can look out at the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, and on a clear day, even Jerusalem. Continue our drive to Petra. Dinner and overnight at the Petra Moon Hotel, Petra Jordan
PETRA / WADI RUM
Day 8 – Sunday
Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that enchants visitors from all corners of the globe. Much of Petra's appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge. The site is accessed by walking through a kilometer-long chasm (or siq), the walls of which soar 200m upwards. Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the Siq. Used in the final sequence of the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." The towering façade of the Treasury is only one of the myriad archaeological wonders to be explored at Petra. Continue our drive south to Wadi Rum. On arrival we will have a 2-hour jeep tour in the landscape looking like the planet Mars. One of the most beautiful terrain anywhere in the world where so many movies have been filmed including Lawrence of Arabia. Dinner and overnight Mazayen Rum Camp, Wadi Rum
JORDAN / JERUSALEM
Day 9 – Monday
Drive after breakfast from Wadi Rum to the Jordanian/Israeli border at the Allenby Bridge. You will be met by our Israeli tour guide and driver once again. Drive to Jerusalem and the balance of the afternoon will be free in Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
MASADA / DEAD SEA / QUMRAN
Day 10 – Tuesday
Drive to the lowest point on earth to the Dead Sea. We stop at Qumran, where a shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 in a cave. 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. Ascend by cable car to the summit of this fortress built by King Herod the Great and the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots. You will visit the palaces, bathhouses, swimming pool, and the oldest synagogue in the world on this mount. Continue to the shores of the Dead Sea where you will have time to take a float in the saltiest body of water in world before returning to Jerusalem. We finish the day at the nature reserve and oasis of Ein Gedi the place where David hid from King Saul. View the waterfalls in the desert. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
Day 11 – Wednesday
We start the day at the City of David Excavations to see remains of Jerusalem from the time of King David. See the Hezekiah Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam. 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. Visit the Temple Mount to view the Dome of the Rock and “Shrine of the Testimony” as well as the Eastern Gate. Visit the Western Wall, Judaism Holiest site and tour the Jewish Quarter in the Old City. Continue to the Israel Museum to the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls and visit the Model of Jerusalem as it was from the time of Jesus.
Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 12 – Thursday
This morning we start the day at the Mount of Olives, for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Tracing the footsteps of Jesus, we will stroll down the Palm Sunday Route on the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane. Finish the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb or Gordon’s Calvary with a group communion in one of the gardens.
Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel.
TEL AVIV / VICTORIA
Day 13 – Friday
Depart this morning to Ben Gurion Airport for your non-stop flight from Tel Aviv to Toronto departing at 11:55am and arriving at 5:10pm. Overnight in Toronto airport vicinity.
Depart at 8:20am from Toronto and fly non-stop to Victoria arriving at 10:41am.
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