Day 1: Tel Aviv
Arrival at Tel Aviv airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 2: Jaffa, Caesarea, Megiddo, Sea of Galilee
Start the day with a visit to Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world. Visit the House of Simon the Tanner. Travel to Caesarea, the fortified harbor city that was built 2000 years ago by King Herod the Great. Caesarea is the place St. Peter converted the centurion Cornelius. (Acts 10:1). Drive to Mt. Carmel. Visit Megiddo the fortress city of King Solomon. The books of Daniel & Revelation will come alive as we study the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the Plains of Jezreel. Overnight in Tiberias.
Day 3: Caesarea Phillipi, Sea of Galilee
The day starts with a drive to Mt. of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. Drive along the Hula Valley to Tel Dan & on to Caesarea Phillipi, where St. Peter made his confession of faith in Jesus (Matthew 16: 13-23). Ride through the Golan to the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. See the ruins of Capernaun, the town where Jesus made his home after leaving Nazareth (Mark 2:1). Visit the house of St. Peter (Matthew 8: 14-17). Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee & eat the traditional St. Peter fish. On to Tabgha where the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves & fishes took place (Matthew 14: 16-20). Overnight in Tiberias.
Day 4: Galilee
After breakfast, we’ll drive to the city of Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed his first miracle (John 2: 1-11). Continue to Nazareth & visit the Church of the Annunciation (Luke 1: 26). Drive through the Galilee hills to explore Tzippori (Sepphoris), Capital of Galilee in Herod’s time. Drive to Jezrael Valley visiting Mt. Tabor. Then, visit Yardenit, the Baptismal Center site on the Jordan River. Overnight in Megido.
Day 5: Bet She’an, Jericho, Jerusalem
After breakfast, leave Tiberias & drive to Bet She’an. Drive to Bet Alfa & see the ancient Synagogue. Continue to Jericho (political conditions permitting), the first city taken by Joshua when the Hebrews returned from Egypt & the site of the Mount of Temptation (Mark 1:13). Drive on to Jerusalem, via Wady Kelt. Stop for a look at the view of the valley of Armageddon from the top of St. George Monestary. Enter Jerusalem as a pilgrim & view the city from Mt. Scopus. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 6: Jerusalem, Bethlehem
Ascend the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit Dominos Flevit. Descend to the Garden of Gethsemane. Visit the church of All the Nations. Walk along the “Last Way” to Mt. Zion. Walk in the Kidron Valley & see the Tombs of Absalom, Zachary & James. Stand next to the Southen Wall & view the City of David. Visit the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where St. Peter denied his Lord 3 times (Matthew 26:31-34). Visit the Last Supper Room on Mt. Zion (Matthew 26: 17-25) & King David’s Tomb. In the afternoon, drive to the city of Bethlehem & visit the Church of Nativity. (Luke 2:2-7). Overnight on Jerusalem.
Day 7: Jerusalem
Day of leisure
Day 8: Qumran, Dead Sea, Massada
Depart Jerusalem & travel east to the shore of the Dead Sea. Visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Drive to Massada, then ascend by cable car. Return to Jerusalem. Pass the traditional site of the Inn if the Good Samaritan. Visit Bethany the city of Lazarus & Marta. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9: Jerusalem
After breakfast, drive to Mt. Moriah. Visit the Western Wall. Walk up to the Temple place & see the Dome of the Rock & the Al-Aqza Mousqe. Walk to the Pool of Bethseda & St. Anne Church, & along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre, then through the colorful Bazaar to Jaffa Gate. Proceed to the Holyland walk-around model of the city of Jerusalem as it was in the Second Temple period (the time of Jesus). Overnight on Jerusalem.
Day 10: Maresha
Leave Jerusalem & drive to Bet Guvrin & participate in an archeological dig in Tel Maresha. In the afternoon, go to the city of Bethlehem & visit the church of Nativity (Luke 2:2-7). Visit the Shepperd’s Fields. End your visit in Jersalem with a service at the Garden Tomb. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 11: Departure
Transfer from the hotel in Jerusalem to the Airport for departure.