8 DAY INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY THROUGH ISRAEL
Join us in Israel and explore a country that is rich in culture and historic sites, taking you on a journey to the Holy Land’s most sacred places. This trip is a personal, deeply spiritual experience. This tour will leave you with a sense of wonder as you explore the depths of sites like Megiddo, Capernaum, Nazareth, and the Mount of Beatitudes.
Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport where you will receive assistance and reception. Welcome to the Land of the Bible. Accommodation and orientation in Tel Aviv.
Our pilgrimage starts at JAFFA, the village where Peter saw the famous vision of the impure animals. Traveling north along the path of the ancient Via Maris on our way to ancient CAESAREA, we visit the restored Theatre and the Roman Aqueduct. Drive on to MOUNT CARMEL, site of the Prophet Elijah’s miracles where the modern city of Haifa stands today. Continue to Tel MEGGIDO and explore the archaeological site in the heart of the Armageddon Valley. Drive on through the Valley of Jezre’el towards Nazareth where Jesus spent his childhood and adolescence. This day concludes at the shores of the Sea of GALILEE, for dinner and overnight rest.
Starting with a boat ride across the lake of Galilee, we will arrive to the Valley of Magdala, and will continue on to ancient CAPERNAUM, where Peter’s house once stood and where Jesus stayed as a guest and worked many of his miracles. Continue to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of the Bread and Fish, we will enjoy prayer together at the very site of the Sermon of the Mount. In the afternoon we will drive on to the North of Galilee to visit BANIAS (CAESARIA FILIPPOS), one of the main sources of the River Jordan, and return to Tiberias for overnight rest.
Morning drive from Tiberias to the shores of the River Jordan for prayer and baptism. Today, at last, we begin our journey to Jerusalem. Driving south along the Jordan Valley, passing Jericho where we recall the conquest of the city by Joshua and where Jesus stayed on his way to Jerusalem. Starting our ascent to Jerusalem, we will follow the rout of the triumphant entry into the City with a special prayer time. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.” Overnight rest in our Jerusalem hotel.
We start with a visit to BETHLEHEM, south of Jerusalem and visit the Church of the Nativity, the traditional site where Jesus was born. Returning to Jerusalem we will ascend the MOUNT OF OLIVES recalling the Ascension of Jesus and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city for which Jesus wept. Arrival at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, we will have time for prayer and worship among the ancient olive trees of Kidron valley. Continue on to MOUNT ZION we will explore the CENACLE, the site of the Last Supper of Jesus and King David’s Tomb. To conclude this special day, we will visit the BIBLICAL GARDEN at the Evangelical Institute, and share a Passover Supper together.
Today we enter, for the first time, within the walls of Old Jerusalem through the Jewish Quarter and walk to the Western Wall and Temple Mount. This is biblical MOUNT MORIAH where Abraham offered up Isaac long ago. We continue to the Pretorius site, where Pontius Pilate condemned Jesus to the cross, and from there along the Via Dolorosa in the footsteps of Jesus towards Golgotha, site of the Crucifixion and of the Empty tomb. In the afternoon, we’ll continue on to explore the New Jerusalem with a visit to the model of the city during the Second Temple, the Holocaust Memorial and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display.
Driving south to the Judean desert we will visit the site of the Qumran Caves where the ancient Essene community lived, which bequeathed to us in their parchments the oldest copies of Biblical texts. Driving on to the Fortress of MASADA, we will visit this impressive stronghold built more than 2,000 years ago by King Herod, and scene of one of the most dramatic moments of Jewish history. Free time to dip in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, and return to Jerusalem for a farewell dinner.
Free Morning for personal activities. Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for departure. Personal assistance in embarking formalities to your International flight back home. Shalom and see you again soon.
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