9:15am Meet in the departure hall Charlottetown airport to check in for the Air Canada flight AC1543 to Toronto, departing 11:45am, arriving in Toronto at 1:15pm. Travelling from Toronto - 1:50pm Meet in the departure hall terminal 1 at Toronto’s Pearson airport, to check in for the Air Canada flight to Tel Aviv. Leave Toronto at 4:50pm on an AC non-stop, direct flight AC80 to Tel Aviv, meals served on board.
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Day 2 ~ Monday October 31
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport at 9:15am and meet your guide. Your introduction to the Land of Everlasting Promise starts with the famous Biblical Botanical Gardens at Naot Kedumim, which embodies the panorama and power of the land, the nature of which fashioned Judaism, early Christianity and Islam, enriched the Bible and provided rich vocabulary for conveying exceptional values. Drive north through the Plain of Sharon and along the Mediterranean coast, known in Jesus’ day as the Via Maris. 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 lifeline of the city – the aqueducts. Proceed to Megiddo to visit one of King Solomon’s fortified city kingdoms (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with some 25 levels of impressive ruins. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as you read about the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the fertile plains of the Jezreel.
4 nights: Lake House hotel ~ Tiberias Sea of Galilee (Dinner)
TO THE SEA OF GALILEE
Day 3 ~ Tuesday November 1
Start the day on the Mt. of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the famous “Sermon On The Mount” (Matt.5) where you begin a tour of Jesus’ Ministry around the Sea of Galilee. Weather permitting, walk down the picturesque hillside to Tabgha, to visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish. Continue along the Northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, as Jesus and the disciples did, to Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee and the site of many of his miracles (Mark 2:4; Matt.8:5-14; 9:1-7 & 18-22). See the remains of St Peter’s mother in-law’s house and the ancient synagogue, where Jesus taught and worshipped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). Stop at Magdala, the village of Mary Magdalene, tour the new archeological discovery and the very synagogue that Mary Magdalene would have worshipped in. Continue to Gennasereth to visit the ancient boat from the time of Jesus, discovered in the Sea of Galilee. End the day emulating the disciples with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. (Breakfast & dinner)
FINGER OF GALILEE
Day 4 ~ Wednesday November 2
Start the day driving north via the Hula valley to ancient Dan where Jeroboam set up an altar after leading the rebellion against King Rehoboam and the Kingdom of Judah (1 Kings 12:30), and where archaeologists discovered proof of the reign of King David. Continue to the foot of the Golan and the northern point of Jesus’ ministry to visit Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River, site of ancient “Caesarea Philippi” where Jesus asked, “Who do men say I am?” and Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt; 16:16). Proceed to Kalat Nimrod, to visit a fascinating fortress that for many hundreds of years guarded the route to Damascus. Travel onto the Golan Heights for Druise lunch (on your own). Stop in the Valley of Tears to learn about the heroic tank battle fought there in 1973 then continue south and return to the Sea of Galilee. Time permitting stop at Chorazin to visit the ancient synagogue, olive press and mikvah. (Breakfast & dinner)
Day 5 ~ Thursday November 3
Travel to Nazareth – if possible visit the excavations adjacent to and Church of Annunciation. Then stop at the Historical Nazareth Village to relive village life from the time of Jesus. Drive south through the lower Galilee to Ein Harod where one visits Gideon’s spring. In addition to the connection to the Biblical events of Goliath's death (1 Samuel 17) and Gideon's defeat of the Midianites (Judges 7), it has also been proposed as the location of Saul's defeat of the Philistines (1 Samuel 29); Continue to and visit Beit Shean, one the largest archaeological sites in Israel known in Jesus’ day as Scythopolis, capital of Decapolis. Travel north, stop to visit Beit Gabriel a splendid building, which serves as a regional culture center for the Jordan Valley, it is here that the peace treaty with Jordan was signed
(Breakfast & dinner)
FROM GALILEE INTO JORDAN
Day 6 ~ Friday November 4
Get an early start. Travel south in the Jordan valley, where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2), to the Allenby Bridge and cross into Jordan. Travel through the Moab Mountains to Madaba to study the unique, ancient, Byzantine mosaic map of the world. Emulating the children of Israel and Moses, stop on Mt. Nebo for a glimpse of the Promised Land. Continue south through the Moab Mountains, stop to view Mukawir where Herod Antipas beheaded John the Baptist, time permitting visit Little Petra.
1 Night Canyon hotel ~ Petra (Breakfast & dinner)
PETRA AND THE DEAD SEA
Day 7 ~ Saturday November 5
Get an early start. Take a short horse ride (700meters) then walk through the stunning gorge into Petra, to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, centre and capital of the ancient Nabateans. Witness the stunning magnificent hues of the colourful sandstone and the unique charm and marvels of this striking necropolis. Travel north and descend to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth (417 meters below sea level). Spend the remainder of the day at leisure with time to enjoy the facilities in the hotel and for a unique experience, “float” in the Dead Sea – you cannot sink!
1 night Holiday Inn spa hotel ~ Dead Sea (Breakfast & dinner)
JUDEAN DESERT TO JERUSALEM
Day 8 ~ Sunday November 6
Travel to the Allenby Bridge and cross into Israel at 9am. Continue south along the shore of the Dead Sea, view Qumran and Ein Gedi. Ascend by cable car to visit Masada – ruins of King Herod’s mountaintop fortress, later the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome in 73 C.E. Witness the last days of this fortress as you descend via the Roman siege ramp. Travel to Kfar Hanokdim, enjoy traditional Bedouin hospitality & camel rides. Then ascend through the Judean Desert and stop at the cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Continue North West to visit the famous excavations at Lachish, an important fortified city in the kingdom of Judeah. Continue to Ein Kerem – birthplace of the John the Baptist en route to the Holy City. Stop at Yad Vashem to pay your respect to the victims of the Shoah (Holocaust), including the Museum of the Shoah & the Children’s Memorial.
4 nights: Gloria hotel ~ Jerusalem (Breakfast & dinner)
Day ~ 9 Monday November 7
Before breakfast travel to Bethlehem, to visit the Church of the Nativity, birthplace of Jesus. Stop 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, at the Church of All Nations, with time for contemplation and prayer in an adjacent Olive grove. Continue across the Kidron Valley (the Valley of Jehoshaphat) to visit King David’s City: including; the G area, the Canaanite tunnel and the Pool of Siloam. View the recently uncovered road from Siloam to the Temple Mount. Continue to the Southern Wall Archaeological Park to visit 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. Time permitting stop at the Haas Promenade for a splendid view of the new and old city. End the day at the Western Wall an important Jewish prayer and pilgrimage area. (Breakfast & dinner)
Day 10 ~ Tuesday ~ November 8
Walk through the Lion’s Gate into the Old City. Stop at the Pools of Bethesda and enjoy the splendid acoustics in 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 through the alleyways of the Jewish quarter stopping at some archaeological windows into the cities layered passed. Exit the city at Zion gate to Mt Zion where you visit:- The Upper Room, room of the Last Super (Luke 22:7-38); the Church of the Dormition Abbey, and St Peter Gallicantu, a Church built on the site of the High priest Caiaphas’s home (Matthew 26:57-75, John 18:12-14). Then stop at the Israel Museum to visit the model of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus and the adjacent Shrine of the Book – home of the Dead Sea scrolls. (Breakfast & dinner)
Day 11 ~ Wednesday November 9
Spend the day at leisure with time to explore or shop in Jerusalem. OR Take an optional tour to SAMARIA - Travel north to Shiloh, where the holy Tabernacle stood for 369 years. Stop at the 3 Seas lookout to view Samaria’s Biblical mountains: Elon Moreh (Oak of Morah), where God first promised Abraham the land of Israel; Mt. Gerizim, the mountain of blessing; Mt. Ebal, the mountain of curses and the location of Joshua’s altar; the Med S of Galilee & D Sea. Visit the Samaritans and a Jewish community to soak up local color while talking to the residents. Estimated cost per person (minimum 12 participants) $284. Mark yes to the Optional Samaria tour on your Application please. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel.
(Breakfast & dinner)
RETURN TO CANADA
Day 12 ~ Thursday November 10
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your return flight to Canada. Leave Tel Aviv at 11:55am on the non-stop, direct Air Canada flight AC81 to Toronto, arriving at 5pm. Meals served on board. Continue on Air Canada flight AC 1544 to Charlottetown at 8:55pm, arriving just before midnight.
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