The Grand Footsteps of Our Lord Tour

From   Sep 2019
To   Sep 2019


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Summary

Sunday Arrival 11 Days / 10 Nights /8 touring days

 
Description

“THE GRAND FOOTSTEPS OF OUR LORD TOUR”  

 A weekly guaranteed tour of the Holy Land with extension to the Negev, the Red Sea and optional visit to Petra, Jordan

 Operated from Sunday to Wednesday


Day 1 - 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.


Day 2 – 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. Proceed to Muhraka, the site of the confrontation between Elijah and the Prophets of Baal. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley and the Lower Galilee. 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. Continue to Akko (Micah 1.10), capital of the Crusaders for more than a century. Visit the remarkable underground crusader city and crypt before continuing eastwards to Kibbutz Lavi, not far from the Sea of Galilee, for dinner and overnight in a kibbutz guesthouse.


Day 3 - Tuesday

Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Caesarea Philippi

After a short tour of the Kibbutz grounds take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (Matt.  4.13 13.54, 17.24, Luke 7, Mark 1.2, John 4.46-54).  Visit the remains of a 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.


Day 4 – Wednesday

Nazareth, Beit Shean

Begin the day with a drive to Nazareth (Luke 1.26, 4.16-29, Matthew 2.23) via Cana of Galilee (John 2.1-11). In Nazareth, visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. 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.


Day 5 - 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 Sepulchre (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.


Day 6 - 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, birthplace of John the Baptist (Luke 1.39-80) and visit the Spanish style church and the place where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth. Proceed to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherds' Field. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.


Day 7 - Saturday

Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea

Drive South through the Judean Desert to the ancient city of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where 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.


Day 8 - Sunday

Timna Valley, Eilat

Travel South through the Negev Desert. Visit the Timna Valley to see the copper mines dating back to the 10th century B.C., and the huge multi-colored rock formations known as King Solomon's Pillars. Continue to Eilat, the resort town at the southern tip of Israel, and visit the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest sea aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef. Dinner and overnight in Eilat.


Day 9 - Monday

Eilat, Petra Option (additional cost)

Spend the day at leisure in Eilat, or go on an optional day tour in Petra, Jordan. Assistance with border crossing, followed by a transfer to the astonishing ancient city of Petra. Have the chance to ride horseback inside the red rock formations before entering the mesmerizing city built more than 2000 years ago. Visit the treasury, royal tombs, court, and Roman theater among other monuments. After the tour, eat lunch in a nice restaurant before driving to the Jordanian city of Aqaba for a quick visit. Return to Eilat in the early evening for dinner and overnight.

 


Day 10 - Tuesday

Mitzpe Ramon, Sde Boker

Drive North to Mitzpe Ramon, the magnificent crater in the Negev Desert. Proceed to Sde Boker, home of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion. See Ben Gurion’s house and grave with a view of the stunning Zin valley. Stop at a Bedouin settlement for a camel ride and light lunch. Learn about the unique culture of this ethnic minority in Israel. Continue to the Hatzerim Air Force Base and to view the planes and equipment used in operations throughout Israel's history. Return to Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight.


Day 11 – Wednesday

Departure

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your departure flight.

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