Day 1 – Thursday
6am Meet in the departure hall at Vancouver Airport to check for the 8am Air Canada flight to Toronto. Arrive in Toronto at 3:28pm, then continue on the direct Air Canada flight to Tel Aviv at 4:50pm. Meals served on board.
Day 2 – Friday
Arrive in Tel Aviv at 10:15am. Meet your tour guide. Your introduction to the Land of Everlasting Promise starts on a coach tour through ancient Jaffa / Joppa of Jonah and the whale (Jonah 1) and Tabitha fame (Acts 9: 36 – 42) and view Andromeda’s rock in the ancient port. Continue through the relatively “new” colourful hip city that never sleeps, known today as Tel Aviv – the hill of spring and learn of its beginnings. Drive north along the Mediterranean shore through the Plain of Sharon on the old coastal road which linked Egypt and Babylon, known later as the Roman “Via Maris”, route along the Sea.
1 night: Dan Panorama hotel ~ Haifa (Dinner)
Day 3 – Saturday
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. View Muhraka, “the burned place” on the summit of Mt. Carmel, where the prophet Elijah challenged the 400 false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30). Drive along the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo to visit one of King Solomon’s fortified city kingdoms (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with impressive, layered ruins of 25 levels of civilization. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive, as you read about Armageddon ~ the final Battle. Continue to Nazareth, Jesus’ childhood home. Visit Nazareth Village to relive life from the time of Jesus and view the Church of the Annunciation.
3 nights: Nof Ginnosar Village hotel ~ Sea of Galilee (Breakfast & dinner)
Day 4 – Sunday
Stop on Mt. Arbel for a spectacular view of the area of Jesus Ministry, the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Visit Kfar Nahum (Capernaum), centre of Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee and site of many of his miracles (Mark 2:4; Matt.8:5; 14-17; 9:1-7; 17:18), including: the remains of St Peter’s house and the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught and worshipped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). Travel to the Mt. of Beatitudes. Continue to Chorazin, 1 of 3 villages mentioned in the Gospels that did not accept Jesus’ Ministry. Continue down through the valley where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount” (Matt.5). Stop to visit Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. Following in the tradition of Jesus and the disciples, sail on the Sea of Galilee to Kibbutz Ginnosar. Visit the ancient boat from the time of Jesus.
(Breakfast & dinner)
Day 5 – Monday
Drive north along the foot of the Golan Heights to “the finger of the Galilee”. Visit Dan, a fascinating lush Park and spring, the largest source of the Jordan River. Where the Bible comes to life - including the amazing mud brick gate that Abraham walked through (Genesis 14:14), an Iron Age gate complex and an impressive altar. Continue to Banias, another source of the Jordan River. See the waterfall, then visit ancient “Caesarea Philippi,” where Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt 16:16). View Kalat Nimrod, a fine example of a Crusader and Moslem fortress as you travel onto the Golan Heights. Journey across the Golan Heights, stopping to view Kunietra en route to Beth Saida, another one of three villages mentioned in the Gospels that did not accept Jesus’ Ministry. Stop at Gesher Arik to walk along the Jordan River.
(Breakfast & dinner)
Day 6 – Tuesday
Travel to Mt. Tabor to visit the site of the transfiguration of Jesus and enjoy a spectacular view of the surroundings. Continue to Beit Shean, where the body of King Saul and his sons were placed on the walls by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10), later known, in Jesus’ day, as Scythopolis, capital of Decapolis. Following the pilgrimage route that Jesus & the Galileans took drive down the Jordan Valley, through the homeland of Prophet Elisha, where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). Stop at Qasr El Yahud where tradition places John Baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River. Continue along 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 Jerusalem Stop on Mt. Scopus to recite a Psalm of Ascent with your first view of the Holy city.
5 nights: Lady Stern ~ Jerusalem (Breakfast & dinner)
Day 7 – Wednesday
Start this glorious day at the Garden Tomb, Gordon’s Calvary, site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Christ, with time for contemplation and communion. Continue to the Mt. of Olives, for a stunning panoramic view of Jerusalem Old and New, the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque built on the Temple Mount. Following in the footsteps of Jesus and the Galileans, stroll down the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane at the Church of All Nations. Drive along the Kidron Valley ~ the Valley of Jehoshaphat, past the Tombs of Absalom, Zechariah and Bnei Hazir en route to Mt. Zion. Visit the home of the high Priest Caiaphas, where Peter denied Jesus for the 3rd time. Continue across the city to the Israel Museum, to visit the model of Ancient Jerusalem, describing the city from the time of Jesus and the adjacent Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest Bible manuscripts. Then mingle will all Israel as you walk through the colourful Mahane Yehuda (open air) food Market.
(Breakfast & dinner)
Day 8 – Thursday
Start the day at Yad Vashem – national memorial and Museum of the Shoah (Holocaust), to pay tribute to the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah in Europe during the Second World War, including the New Museum and the Children’s Memorial. Get your hands dirty delving into the past at Emmek Zurrim an active archaeological sifting site. Visit David’s City including: a 3D presentation, a splendid view of the Kidron Valley (the Valley of Jehoshaphat) and the Mt of Olives, a walk through the Canaanite (dry) or Hezekiah’s (wet) tunnels and the pool of Siloam. Continue to the Western Wall, an important Jewish prayer area, then take a fascinating walk back in time under the city through the Western Wall tunnels. Proceed along the path of Palm Sunday to the Pools of Bethesda & the church of St Anne. Walk along the ancient alleyways of the colourful “Suk” (bazaar), through market place & along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
(Breakfast & dinner)
Day 9 – Friday
Before breakfast, drive to Bethlehem, to visit the Church of the Nativity, birthplace of Jesus. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Walk through the Jewish Quarter where you visit the many archaeological windows to this fascinating city’s layered past, including - the Broad Wall, mentioned in the book of Isaiah and the Roman, Byzantine, Crusader Main street called the “Cardo.” Continue along the Upper city and through the Herodian Mansions to get a glimpse of quality of life from the time of Jesus. Walk down the upper Hill to visit the Southern Wall Archaeological Park and the Davidson Centre, with impressive excavations along the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount, including the very stairs Jesus used to enter and exit the House of The Lord. Drive through Meah Shearim – the Jewish Ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood n the “new city.” Plan to be at the Western Wall to witness the greeting of the Sabbath bride.
(Breakfast & dinner)
DEAD SEA, MASADA
Day 10 – Saturday
Descend through the Judean desert and travel along the Dead Sea, (over 1300 feet below sea level) the lowest point on earth. Continue along the Dead Sea, view Ein Gedi. Stop to visit Masada. Ascend (descend) by cable car to the summit of King Herod the Great’s remote desert fortress, later the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in the revolt against Rome (73 ace). Travel north and stop at the lush desert oasis in Ein Gedi, where David fled the wrath of King Saul. Then stop at a public beach near the hotels to float on the Dead Sea the saltiest body of water in world – you cannot sink! Enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel
(Breakfast & dinner)
Day 11 – Sunday
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for the flight to Canada. Depart from Tel Aviv on AC#81 at noon flying non-stop to Toronto arriving at 5pm. At 7pm continue on the Air Canada flight to Vancouver, arriving at 9:10pm. Meals served on board.
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