Day 1 – Tuesday, January 4
Day 2 – Wednesday, January 5
Arrive in Israel | Caesarea Maritima | Mt. Carmel | Valley of Armageddon | Megiddo | Nazareth | arrive on the Sea of Galilee
You will be met by a representative to assist you through customs and provide transfer to your hotel! Ben Gurion airport is near the modern city of Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest city. It is also near the ancient seaport of Joppa where King Solomon’s ships sailed to far-away ports and where the prophet Jonah fled from the call of God. The day begins with a drive up the coast to the ancient port city of Caesarea Maritime where the ancient harbor, hippodrome and great theatre stand. The events of Acts 12 took place there. Close by you will see the aqueducts built by Herod the Great and then view the Valley of Armageddon from the heights of Mt. Carmel where Elijah slew the prophets of Baal. Descending from there you will visit Megiddo, Solomon’s ancient chariot city, view Ahab’s water tunnel, cross the entire Jezreel Valley and begin the climb through the lower Galilean Mountains to Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus. Finally, you arrive at your beautiful hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee where you will have dinner and spend the first of three nights.
Day 3 – Thursday, January 6
Sea of Galilee | Jesus Boat | Mount of Beatitudes | Tabgha | Capernaum | Lunch by the Sea | Baptism
You will wake to a breath-taking sunrise on the Sea of Galilee. After breakfast, enjoy a boat ride and time of worship on the Sea of Galilee as you sail to Nof Ginnosar in a replica of an ancient boat. The authentic 2,000-year-old boat of antiquity dates to the time of Christ. You will follow the steps of Jesus through the Galilee region as you visit the Mt. of Beatitudes and ancient Capernaum, Tabgha and the ancient fisherman’s landing called the “Primacy of Peter.” You will enjoy lunch by the Sea of Galilee where you will have an opportunity to eat “St. Peter’s fish,” tilapia, caught fresh out of the waters of the Galilee. The group will complete the day with the opportunity for baptism in the Jordan River. After this wonderful day, you can once again relax at your hotel on the Sea of Galilee. After dinner you may enjoy looking out over this beautiful lake to reflect on what you are already experiencing; walking where Jesus walked.
Day 4 – Friday, January 7
Tel Dan | Bental | Dan Nature Reserve | Caesarea Philippi | Northern Golan Heights
The beautiful northern mountains of Israel await you today. At Tel Dan, there is a city gate from the time of Abraham along with an altar from the days of Israel’s divided kingdom. You will get to walk through an incredible nature reserve at Dan where you will see the beginnings of the Dan River, which joins with other streams to form the Jordan River. The water is crystal-clear and pure. You will see a gorgeous waterfall as the headwaters of the Jordan River cascade into a beautiful mountain stream. Your next stop will be the site of the Apostle Peter’s confession of Christ at Caesarea Philippi. You will see the second source of the Jordan River at Banias. You will hear an explanation of Israel’s incredible history from 1948 until the present as you stand upon the heights of the extant volcano peak. You can see the Golan Heights spanning from the Northern border to the Sea of Galilee and learn about the strategic importance this region has played and will continue to play to the nation of Israel. After your day in the mountains, you will retire to your hotel.
Day 5 – Saturday, January 8
Gideon Springs | Bet She’an | Jerusalem – Mt. of Olives
This morning you leave the beautiful Sea of Galilee, following alongside the Gilboa mountain range. At Harrod’s springs you will see where Judge Gideon tested his men before the battle with the Midianites in the valley between Gilboa and Mt. Moreh. From there you will visit the last site before your journey down the Jordan Valley, Bet Shan. While not mentioned in the New Testament, it is an Old Testament city and the best preserved Roman city from that period in Israel today. You will have lunch, a break and then onward to Jerusalem. After passing by ancient Jericho the climb to Jerusalem begins while viewing scenery and traveling the same route the ancient pilgrims would have taken as they made their journey to Jerusalem for the great feasts of Israel. Today you finally arrive in the City of God, the City of David and the ancient and modern capital of Israel, Jerusalem. Your heart will leap with emotion as you stand on the overlooks of the Mount of Olives and see the breathtaking Mountain of Moriah. It was on this mountain where Abraham was to offer Isaac, Solomon built the first temple, and where Jesus walked-taught-died-rose again – and will one day return in great glory! This is only the beginning. You check into your hotel, have dinner and enjoy your first night in your lovely hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 6 – Sunday, January 9
Qumran | Masada | Ein Gedi | Dead Sea | and Wadi Qelt if time permits
You will spend an exciting morning descending to the Plains of Jericho, then on to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth. You will visit Qumran, the center of the Essenes, where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continuing south, you will see where the ibex roam at Ein Gedi, David’s hideout from Saul. A short drive away you will be at Masada, the mountain-top fortress where the last zealots against Rome defended their freedom, and at the end, took their own lives rather than be taken as slaves. It is a heroic story many do not know. Before returning to Jerusalem there will be a stop at the Dead Sea where you may float in the waters if you like, then you will once again follow that ancient pilgrim’s path to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Days 7 – 9 Monday – Wednesday, January 10, 11, 12
These final days are spent in and around the environs of the capital of ancient and modern day Israel – Jerusalem! Once you arrive in Jerusalem, before disembarking each afternoon you will hear the next day’s itinerary.
Shepherd’s Fields Gordon’s Calvary Robinson’s Arch Street Market Jaffa Gate
Garden of Gethsemane Damascus Gate St. Stephen’s Gate Arab Quarter Mt Scopus
Rabbinical Tunnel Tomb of Absalom Dome of the Rock Garden Tomb Knesset
Place of the Pavement Tomb of Zechariah Southern Steps Kidron Valley Mt. Zion
Holocaust Museum House of Caiaphas Western Wall Temple Mount Ancient Shiloh
Valley of Gehenna Palm Sunday Road Israel Museum Jewish Quarter City of David
Pools of Bethesda Mt. of Olives Roman Cardo Zion’s Gate
On day nine you spend the day touring, ending at Calvary and the Garden Tomb. You will have your final dinner at the hotel, then celebrate together with a Farewell Meeting and time of sharing before spending your final night in Jerusalem.
Day 10 – Thursday, January 13
This morning you check out early and head to the airport for a mid morning flight to the USA. Your memories will last a lifetime and hopefully, encourage you to bring others back with you to experience together the place God loves like no other, the land of Israel. Blessed traveling from all of us at TLC Holyland Tours. Thank you for the privilege of helping you make this life-changing journey.