In the Footsteps of Our Lord

From   Sep 2018
To   Sep 2018


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Summary

Sunday arrival / 7 nights / 6 touring days

 
Highlights

Archaeological Excavations at Megiddo

Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Workshop, and Mary’s Well

Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper

Yad Vashem

Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found in 1947

 
Description

“IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUR LORD”

A weekly guaranteed tour of the Holy Land

Operated from Sunday to Sunday

 

Sunday

Arrival

Welcome to Israel, the Holy Land! Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, you will be met by our staff and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight.

 

Monday

Caesarea, Megiddo, Haifa, Akko

Following a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast (which you will enjoy each morning before your day of touring), depart Tel Aviv. Drive north along the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea (Acts 9.30 Acts 10 24-48), capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of this ancient city including the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo (1 Kings 4.28, 9, 15, 2 Kings 23, 29 & Revel. 16.16), identified as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to the beautiful port city of Haifa for a panoramic view of the Bahai gardens and Haifa Bay. From Haifa, continue to Akko (Micah 1.10), capital of the Crusaders for more than a century. Visit the ancient city and harbor before continuing eastwards to Kibbutz Lavi, not far from the Sea of Galilee, for dinner and overnight in a kibbutz guesthouse.

 

Tuesday

Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Caesarea Philippi

After a short tour of the Kibbutz grounds continue to the Sea of Galilee for a boat tourVisit the Jesus Boat, an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century A.D. Continue to Capernaum (Matt.  4.13 13.54, 17.24, Luke 7, Mark 1.2, John 4.46-54) and visit the remains of the 2nd-century synagogue.  Proceed to Tabgha (Matt. 13, Mark .33-45, & John 21), the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th-century mosaic floor. Continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5,6,7,8), where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Caesarea Philippi Spring (Matt. 16.13 and Mark 8.27) where Jesus was recognized as The Messiah by his disciples.  Tour the Golan Heights, with its valleys, grazing land, and snow-capped mountains. Return to the Kibbutz guesthouse for dinner and overnight.

 

Wednesday

Nazareth, Beit Shean

Begin the day in Cana of Galilee (John 2.1-11) where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. Continue to Nazareth (Luke 1.26, 4.16-29, Matthew 2.23) and visit the Church of the AnnunciationSt. Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s Well.  Next on our program is the Jordan River and the baptismal site, Yardenit. Continue to Beit Shean, one of the ancient Decapolis cities (Mark 5.20, 7.31), and visit the Roman theatre. This is the city where Saul and his son Jonathan were nailed to the wall (1st Samuel 31.10, Judges 1.27). Continue south along the shores of the Jordan River, passing Jericho, and proceed westward to the Golden City of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.


Thursday

Jerusalem - Old City

Your day begins with a panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives overlooking the walls of the Old City and the ancient Jewish cemetery. Visit the Church of All Nations. Proceed to Mount Zion to see the Tomb of King David and the nearby Room of the Last Supper (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt 26 17-29, Acts 1.13 and Acts 2 the Pentecost). Enter the Old City and walk through the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. View the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried his cross. Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Matt. 27. 33-57, 28.10) and visit the Garden Tomb. No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a walk through the colorful Arab Bazaar (a chance to test your negotiating skills). Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Friday

Jerusalem – New City, Bethlehem

Start the morning by visiting a model of ancient Jerusalem. Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Enter the site by walking along the Street of the Righteous Gentiles, dedicated to the non-Jews that risked their lives to save their Jewish neighbors during World War II.  Continue to Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist (Luke 1.39-80) and visit the Spanish style church and the place where Mary met her cousin Elizabeth.  Proceed to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherds' Field. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

 

 Saturday

Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea

Drive South through the Judean Desert to the ancient city of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947 by a Bedouin boy. Travel along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D.  Ascend Masada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system, and Herod’s Palace. Time and weather permitting, enjoy a float on the hypersaline Dead Sea waters. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

 

Sunday

Departure

 

Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight back home.

 


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