November 21 - 30, 2019
Thursday, November 21
Take an overnight flight from the USA to the Holy Land
Friday, November 22
Welcome to Israel! Transfer to the hotel in Jerusalem for a three night stay.
Saturday, November 23
We will visit Dominus Flevit, a Roman Catholic Church on the Mount of Olives, opposite the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. At the Church of Peter Noster on the Mount of Olives, Christians recall Christ's teaching of the Lord's Prayer to his disciples. From the Mount of Olives, take in memorable views over the city, then descend via the Palm Sunday Walk and visit the Garden Of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed on the night before his arrest. Visit the Church of All Nations, located next to the garden, then enter through St. Stephen's Gate and arrive at the Pool Of Bethesda. We will also visit St. Ann's Church. The Via Dolorosa is a processional route in the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. We will lastly visit the Garden Tomb, believed by many to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. Enjoy the scenery of the beautiful garden, a perfect place for personal reflection and worship with Communion.
Sunday, November 24
Today, head for the Southern Wall excavations. Continue with a stop at the Western Wall, the holiest place in Judaism today, including Temple Mount which was built during the reign of Herod the Great, and the Rabinical Tunnels. Stop at Mount Zion to visit the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu, King David's Tomb and the Cenacle - The Upper Room where Jesus and his disciples had the Last Supper. View the unearthed colonnade-style thoroughfare with its ancient marketplace.
Monday, November 25
We will visit the Knesset, the representative Jewish council first convened in Jerusalem by Ezra and Nehemiah in the 5th century BCE. The Israel Museum and Yad Vashem are sites with a unique Jewish perspective, emphasizing the experiences of the individual victims through original artifacts, survivor testimonies and personal possessions. We will then head to Bethlehem where we will visit Rachel's Tomb. Travel to the Dead Sea for overnight stay for one night.
Tuesday, November 26
Visit Masada and ride the cable car up to the magnificent rock fortress, on a clifftop above the Dead Sea. Or if you feel energetic today, you can hike up the mountainside. Travel to Qumran with an included visit to the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Located west of the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi is an oasis and a nature reserve we will see.
Beit Shean, mentioned in the Bible several times, remained a significant metropolis during the reign of King David and King Solomon. Overnight in Tiberias three nights.
Wednesday, November 27
Today, travel to Kibbutz Ginosar to see the ancient boat at the Jesus Boat Museum, followed by a Cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Next, visit Capernaum and travel north to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount (with communion). Continue to Tabgha to visit the Church of the Multiplication, the site where Jesus fed 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves.
Thursday, November 28
Visit to Har Bental, the site of one of the largest tank battles in history. On to Caesarea-Philippi (Banias), home to one of the springs of the Jordan River and a place where Jesus taught his disciples. We will also visit Tel Dan, a nature reserve and the source of the Dan and Jordan rivers. It is an impressive archaeological site with unique remains of the Canaanite and Israelite cities and a Biblical High Place. Corazim was first mentioned during the Second Temple period, when it was famous for the high-quality wheat grown by its residents. Corazim flourished druing the mishnaic and talmudic periods, 3rd-4th centuries A.D., most of it remains visible today date to this period.
Friday, November 29
Nazareth Village allows you to experience Nazareth as it was during the times of Jesus - to see its sights, hear its sounds, and even breathe in its aromas. While in Nazareth, we will visit the Mount of Precipice, where it was identified in the Christian tradition as the mountain from which the Nazareth people were trying to push Jesus after he infuriated themn with his sermon, declaring himself as the Messiah. Travel to the Archaeological Site of Megiddo, an age-old fortified town and site of the Battle of Armageddon in the End Times, according to the Bible. Next, visit Muhraqa on Mount Carmel, site of Elijah's contest of faith with the priests of Baal. Sightseeing continues at Caesarea, an ancient port turned stunning archaeological zone. Admire the restored 3,500-seat Roman Theater, the aqueduct, harbor, and the crumbled moat and towers from the 12th-century Crusader Fortress. Evening flight in the evening or continue on an optional Jordan tour.
Saturday, November 30
Transfer to the Tel Aviv airport or continue on the optional Jordan tour.