Holy Land Tour 0219Rogers
Holy Land Tour 0219Rogers
Dates: Feb 5-13, 2019
Departing City: Asheville, NC
USA to Tel Aviv – Joppa
Caesarea Maritima – Mount Carmel – Megiddo – Nazareth – Sea of Galilee
Mt. of Beatitudes – Capernaum – Boat ride
Beth Shean – Jacob’s Well – Jericho – Dead Sea
Masada – Ein Gedi – Qumran – Jerusalem
Mt. of Olives – Southern wall excavations –Bethlehem
Western wall tunnels – Temple Mt. – St. Anne and pool of Bethesda – Antonia Fortress – Israel Museum
Hezekiah Tunnel – Caiaphas house –– Garden tomb – late Departure
Included in your Trip:
Roundtrip Non-Stop Flight- Wide-bodied tans-atlantic jets.
Porterage of Baggage – Your bags will be put on buses and taken up to your room for you.
Air-Conditioned Motor Coaches – Ride aboard a brand-new, private, air-conditioned motor coach.
Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee – Complete the experience with prayer, singing and dancing on a 2,000 year old boat replica.
Knowledgeable Guides- Informed of Historical and Biblical Context of Sites Visited
Customized Guidebook – Complete with study on where you have been and where you will go on your tour.
Superior First Class Hotels – We stay at only the best hotels the area has to offer.
Group Photos and More – Get a group photo and tons of photography opportunities!
Two Meals Daily
Comprehensive Sightseeing – With plenty of time and opportunity for pictures.
Limited Trip Size – We strive to make your trip special and unique, so this trip offers limited group size.
Entrance Fees to Places Visited – Walk right past the ticket booth with all your Entrance Fees paid in advance!
Special Rabbinical Tunnel Visit
Masada Visit Including Round-Trip Cable Car Ride to the Top
Wednesday (February 06) Day 1: USA to Tel Aviv – Joppa
Arrive in Tel Aviv and board a new, climate-controlled motor coach where our guide will greet us and give us an orientation of the land
Thursday (February 07) Day 2: Caesarea Maritima – Mount Carmel – Megiddo – Nazareth – Sea of Galilee
After breakfast we travel to Caesarea Maritima (Entrance Included), where we will visit the magnificent city with Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader ruins. Here we will elaborate on the story of the baptism of Cornelius, the first gentile converts into Christianity (Acts 10), and on the travels of Paul — those events that led Caesarea Maritima to become the springboard of Christianity to the West. We will then continue to Mount Carmel (Included) and consider the contest between the Prophet Elijah and the false prophets of Baal (I Kings 18), discussing the reasons why the Prophet chose that place for the contest, and the lessons we learn from the story. We then travel to Megiddo (Entrance Included) and explore the Tel that goes back in history to 4000 BC, looking at ruins from the times of King Solomon and King Ahab. Overlooking the Armageddon Valley, we will also discuss the reasons why we believe this will be the setting for the final battle between good and evil mentioned in Revelation 16:16. we travel to Nazareth where we will climb the Mount of Precipice, the brow of the hill on which the city was built (Luke 4). There we will reflect on the rejection of Jesus by his family and friends in Nazareth. In addition to discussing Jesus’ boyhood we will also consider the life and times of Deborah (Judges 4). We check into our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for the next three nights and enjoy another dinner together.
Friday (February 08) Day 3: Mt. of Beatitudes – Capernaum – Boat ride
After a buffet breakfast, after a buffet breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes and discuss the Sermon on the Mount. We will then visit Capernaum (Entrance Included), Jesus’ Galilean ministry base. There we will see the house of Peter’s mother in law, in addition to other ruins of the village. We will stand in the ruins of the ancient synagogue where Jesus was confronted by the demoniac.” During our break you will have the opportunity to try St. Peter’s fish, commonly eaten by people in Jesus’ day. We end our day with a visit to the ancient boat museum (Entrance Included), containing a recently-discovered 2000-year old fishing boat. We will then sail on the Sea of Galilee on a replica of that boat(Included). We return to our hotel. Dinner included
Saturday (February 09) Day 4: Beth Shean – Jacob’s Well – Jericho – Dead Sea
After a buffet breakfast, we leave the area of Galilee, following the Jordan Valley Road to Beth Shean, the capital of the Decapolis. There we will see the ruins of the Roman and Byzantine cities. We will also discuss the demise of King Saul and his sons, whose bodies were hanged on the walls of Beth Shean (Entrance Included). We will then go to Samaria and visit the Church of Jacob’s Well where Jesus met the Samaritan Woman. We will then continue traveling south to the actual location where John the Baptist was baptizing on the Jordan River. Jericho will be our next stop, where we will visit the Tel of Jericho (Entrance Included) with its ancient ruins, pointing out what possibly could be the foundations of the ramparts that Joshua and the Israelites brought down. we travel to Dead sea to check into our hotel for Dinner and overnight.
Sunday (February 10) Day 5: Masada – Ein Gedi – Qumran – Jerusalem
After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day visiting Masada (Entrance Included), the fortress built by King Herod the Great and made famous by the Zealots in 73/74 AD with the standoff against the Romans. We visit the fortress and see the ruins that are considered a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. We then continue to Ein Gedi (Entrance Included), the oasis in the desert where the meeting between David and King Saul took place (I Samuel 24) and where many of the psalms were written by David. we visit Qumran, the location where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found by a Bedouin boy back in 1947. There we will see the caves and other buildings that the Essenes, the group of Jews who wrote the scrolls, lived. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B.D)
Monday (February 11) Day 6: Mt. of Olives – Southern wall excavations –Bethlehem
After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day with an orientation over the holy city from the Mount of Olives, pointing out important locations within the Old City, connecting them with Biblical stories and prophecies about the return of Jesus. We will then walk down the Palm Sunday Procession road to the Garden of Gethsemane, where the passion of Jesus began. Each of us will be given some personal time in a private section of the Garden. We will then visit the Southern Wall excavations (Entrance Included) where ruins of the retaining walls of the Temple Mount are still visible. We will then gather at the teaching steps, the main entrance to the Temple where Rabbis met and taught their disciples. we then travel to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. We begin with a visit to the Shepherds fields where the angels appeared to the shepherds and announced the birth of Our Lord. These fields are also the setting of the Book of Ruth. We will then travel to the Church of the Nativity and view the actual place where Our Lord was born. Time will then be given to shop for olive wood and other items. We return to our hotel. Dinner included. (B.D)
Tuesday (February 12) Day 7: Western wall tunnels – Temple Mt. – St. Anne and pool of Bethesda – Antonia Fortress – Israel Museum
After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day entering the Old City and a visit to the Western Wall (Entrance Included), a section of the Western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, and Judaism’s holiest site. We will ascend the Temple Mount, discussing its connection to both the Old and New Testaments. We will also discuss why it is considered the third holiest site in Islam. Leaving the Temple Mount, we will visit the Church of St. Anne’s (Entrance Included), a perfectly intact Crusader church. It is a wonderful place to gather and sing a song (sometimes with fellow Christians from all over the world). There, we will also visit the pools of Bethesda where the healing at the pool took place (John 5). We will then walk the Via Dolorosa (The Way of Suffering), the actual path that Jesus walked from the Antonia Fortress to the crucifixion site. We will also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jesus’ tomb. we travel to the Israel Museum (Entrance Included) where we will visit the Second Temple Period Model of Jerusalem, a 1:50 scaled model of the city from the year 66 AD. We will also visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on exhibit, in addition to the archeological section where many artifacts are displayed we will play special attention to those items that relate to Bible history. We then return to our hotel. Dinner included. (B.D)
Wednesday (February 13) Day 08: Hezekiah Tunnel – Caiaphas house –– Garden tomb – late Departure
After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day with a visit to the original location of the city of Jerusalem, going back in history 3000 years. We will also visit Hezekiah’s tunnel (Entrance Included), a 1749-foot-long tunnel that was dug by King Hezekiah as he prepared for the Assyrian King Sennacharib’s invasion in 701 BC. Those interested in walking the foot-deep water tunnel will have the chance to do so. We will visit the Upper Room, the place of the Last Supper and also the home of the High Priest, Caiaphas (Entrance Included). We will then visit the Jewish Quarter. we visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum. We end our day with a visit to the Garden Tomb, drive to Tel Aviv for our flight back home (B)