June 7 -Welcome to Israel! Arrival Ben Gurion Airport with DL # 468 at 4:25 pm. Meet,
Tues assist and transfer to Tel Aviv, visiting ancient Jaffa (New Testament Joppa) with the
House of Simon the Tanner, before checking into the Metropolitan Hotel in Tel Aviv
for dinner and overnight.
June 8– Our first full day of touring begins with a visit to the ruins of ancient Caesarea
Wed and continues with a drive over the crest of Mount Carmel to see the site where
Elijah the Prophet overcame the Prophets of Baal in the name of the God of Israel.
Next is Megiddo, the Harmageddon of the Book of Revelation. Afternoon drive to
Nazareth where Jesus lived for most of the first 30 years of his life visiting the
Basilica of the Annunciation and Nazareth Village that reconstructs and re-enacts
village life in the Galilee at the time of Jesus. Then drive on to Cana in Galilee, the
scene of the wedding feast described in John chapter 2. Finally we arrive at the Sea
of Galilee and check into the Ron Beach hotel for dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
June 9-The Sea of Galilee is rich in memories of the 3 years of Jesus’ ministry around its
Thurs shores. We begin this day on Mt. Arbel from which there is a wonderful panoramic
view of all the surrounding areas including Mt. Hermon, and the pilgrim shrines on
the NW shores of the Sea of Galilee. We visit Magdala, the birthplace of Mary
Magdalene, and the 2000 year old fishing Boat known as “Jesus Boat”. Next is the
Mount of Beatitudes the scene of the Sermon on the Mount. Nearby is Chorazim
which is one of the cities where Jesus taught. Tabgha with the Church of the
Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and the Chapel of the Primacy. Capernaum,
where Jesus did many signs and wonders where we can visit the House of Peter and
the ancient synagogue. Next we visit Kibbutz Ein Gev where we can take a lunch of
St. Peters Fish and take a boat ride from there across the Sea of Galilee to Tiberias
where our bus awaits to take us back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
June 10 Today after breakfast we depart the Sea of Galilee and our first visit this day is
Fri to the Yardenit baptismal site where there is the opportunity to be baptized in
the waters of the River Jordan. Then we drive on through the Jordan Valley
passing the ancient site of Gilgal, located on the eastern border of Jericho, where
the Children of Israel, under Joshua, encamped after crossing the Jordan River.
In Jericho we see the Mount of Temptation and visit the Fountain of Elisha the
Prophet. We stop under a sycamore tree of the kind which Zachaeus, the tax
collector climbed in order to see Jesus. Next we drive to the Dead Sea and take a dip
in its mineral rich waters before driving up through the Judea Desert to
Jerusalem, the “city of God” and take a first glimpse of the Holy City from one
of the heights around the city. Finally this day we check into our hotel in Jerusalem
for dinner and overnight . Hotel Prima Kings.
June 11 – After breakfast this day we shall start our pilgrimage in Jerusalem with a drive to the
Sat. top of the Mt. of Olives, from which Jesus ascended to heaven after his
resurrection. From the top of the Mount there is a magnificent view over all of
ancient and modern Jerusalem, the center of the biblical world. We visit the holy
shrines on the Mount of Dominus Flevit (Jesus wept) enroute to the Garden of Gethsemane and the
Church of All Nations where Christ prayed on the night of his betrayal (Lk. 22:40-46).
Next we shall enter within the old walled city of Jerusalem and walk in the footsteps
of our Lord as he bore the burden of our sins to the Cross at Golgotha. We visit the
Pools of Bethesda and walk on along the Via Dolorosa, following the 14 Stations of
all to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In the afternoon we shall visit the last standing remnant of the ancient Temple at the
Western (Wailing) Wall. Next we shall visit the Mt. Zion with the Upper Room and
the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu which is built over the Palace of Caiaphas, the
High Priest, before whom Jesus was brought for trial and sentenced to death. Beside
the Church we shall see the “Roman Steps” which were probably used by Jesus and
his disciples on the day of his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. We return to our
hotel for dinner and overnight.
June 12- This day begins with a visit to the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book, where
Sun Dead Sea Scrolls are preserved, and the model of the 2nd Temple period Jerusalem.
Passing by the Knesset we drive to the Yad Vashem Museum of the Holocaust
which preserves the memory of the 6 million victims of the Shoah. After the visit we
drive on to a city of Juda which today is named Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the
Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus the Messiah. The Chapel of the Visitation recalls the
visit of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth and stands upon the location of the
House of Zechariah. We follows this visit in the afternoon with a drive to Bethlehem
the royal city of King David where Jesus was born. The Church of the Nativity is
reputed to be one of the oldest surviving Christian churches. Here we have the
opportunity to kneel at the place of Jesus’ birth in the Grotto of the Nativity.
Before leaving Bethlehem we shall stop at the Shepherd’s Field where some
shepherds watching their flocks were the first to whom the Angels announced
the birth of the Messiah, the Saviour of the world. Then we return to Jerusalem
and end the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb and Gordon’s Golgotha before
returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
June 13 After breakfast we shall visit the Temple Mount where so many of the events
Mon we read about in the Bible took place and where Jesus taught so often. Then
we shall visit the “City of David” the archaeological site of the city, which King David
captured from the Jebusites 3000 years ago, where we can go through Hezekiah’s
Tunnel and see the Pool of Siloam where Jesus restored the sight of the man born
blind. The rest of the day is free for last minute shopping and other private activities.
Dinner and overnight .
Evening: Presentation of “Jerusalem Pilgrim” certificates.
June 14 After breakfast we say farewell to Jerusalem, the city of God, and set off for the
Tues drive to Ben Gurion Airport and the homebound flight when we hope you will
relax and recount your life changing journey to the Holy Land.