Holy Land Tour 0220ShaferElliott

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Holy Land Tour 0220ShaferElliott

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Duration: 14 Days
Dates: February 28, 2020 to March 11, 2020
Departure City: San Francisco, CA

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Itinerary

Day 1

USA-Tel Aviv

Day 2

Arrive in Tel Aviv –Transfer to Tel Aviv

Day 3

Caesarea Maritima – Mount Carmel – Nazareth Village- Tiberias

Day 4

Bethsaida – Mt. Of Beatitudes – Bethsaida – Capernaum – Magdala-Sea of Galilee Tiberias

Day 5

Tel Dan – Tel Hazor – Caesarea Philippi – Road to Damascus – Tiberias

Day 6

Beit Shean – Jerusalem

Day 7

Masada – Ein Gedi – Qumran –Jerusalem

Day 8

Mt. of Olives – Bethlehem – Shepherd’s Field -Bethlehem Bible College- Jerusalem

Day 9

Temple Mount – St. Anne & Pools of Bethesda – Via Dolorosa – Israel Museum – Yad Vashem- Jerusalem

Day 10

Upper Room – Caiaphas house – Garden Tomb – Amman – Bethany beyond the Jordan

Day 11

Madaba – Mt. Nebo – Jerash – Dead Sea

Day 12

Petra – Dead Sea

Day 13

Return home.

Included in your Trip:

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Roundtrip Non-Stop Flight- Wide-bodied tans-atlantic jets.

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Porterage of Baggage – Your bags will be put on buses and taken up to your room for you.

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Air-Conditioned Motor Coaches – Ride aboard a brand-new, private, air-conditioned motor coach.

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Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee – Complete the experience with prayer, singing and dancing on a 2,000 year old boat replica.

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Knowledgeable Guides- Informed of Historical and Biblical Context of Sites Visited

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Customized Guidebook – Complete with study on where you have been and where you will go on your tour.

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Superior First Class Hotels – We stay at only the best hotels the area has to offer.

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Group Photos and More – Get a group photo and tons of photography opportunities!

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Two Meals Daily 

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Comprehensive Sightseeing – With plenty of time and opportunity for pictures.

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Limited Trip Size – We strive to make your trip special and unique, so this trip offers limited group size.

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Entrance Fees to Places Visited – Walk right past the ticket booth with all your Entrance Fees paid in advance!

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Special Rabbinical Tunnel Visit

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Masada Visit Including Round-Trip Cable Car Ride to the Top

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday (28 Feb 2020) Departure

We leave the USA on an international flight to Tel Aviv

Day 2: Sunday (01 March 2020) Arrive in Tel Aviv –Transfer to Tel Aviv

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. Check into our hotel on the coastal plains of the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner included. (D)

Day 3: Monday (02 March 2020) Caesarea Maritima – Mount Carmel – Nazareth Village- Tiberias

Drive towards Caesarea Maritima (Entrance Included), where we will have a brief visit to 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 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. After a lunch break, 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. We will then visit Nazareth Village (Entrance Included), a reconstruction of a village from the time of Jesus. We check into our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for the next three nights and enjoy another dinner together. (B, D)

Day 4: Tuesday (03 March 2020) Bethsaida – Mt. Of Beatitudes – Bethsaida – Capernaum – Magdala-Sea of Galilee Tiberias

After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day with Bethsaida (Entrance Included), the hometown of Peter, Andrew, and Philip; this is one of three cities that make up the Gospel Triangle and the location where Jesus spent two of His three years of public ministry. We then proceed to the Mount of Beatitudes and discuss the Sermon on the Mount. We will then visit Capernaum, 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. We will then visit Magdala (Entrance Included), the hometown of Mary Magdalene. We end our day with a visit to the ancient boat museum containing a recently-discovered 2000-year old fishing boat (Entrance Included). We will then sail on the Sea of Galilee on a replica of that boat (Included) we return to our hotel. Dinner included. (B, D)

Day 5: Wednesday (04 March 2020) Tel Dan – Tel Hazor – Caesarea Philippi – Road to Damascus – Tiberias

After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day with traveling to the northern boundary of Israel and begin with visiting Tel Dan (Entrance Included), the northern extremity of Biblical Israel. Our First stop will be Tel Hazor (Entrance Included), where we will view the ruins of the largest Canaanite city and the only place that Joshua burned. This is one of three cities mentioned in the Book of Kings as part of the building activities of King Solomon. We will visit the location of the altar where the golden calf was placed by King Jeroboam. There we will discuss the downfall and idolatry of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. We will move on to the Dan Stream, the largest tributary of the Jordan River and possibly the place where Psalm 42 was written (“As the deer pants for the water brook, so my soul pants for Thee…”). We will then continue to Caesarea Philippi (Entrance Included), where we will visit the ruins of the pagan altars and consider the confession of Peter in Matthew 16 “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” We will have our lunch break where you will have the option to try falafel, a typical Middle Easter meal. We will drive further north to the border with Syria where we will consider the dramatic conversion and life-transformation of Saul of Tarsus: The Apostle Paul. We then spend the evening in our hotel on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner included. (B, D)

Day 6: Thursday (05 March 2020) Beit Shean – Jerusalem

After a buffet breakfast, we leave the area of Galilee, following the Jordan Valley Road to Beth Shean (Entrance Included), 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. The rest of the day will be given to explore the city of Jerusalem at your leisure. We will drive up to Jerusalem to check into our hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

Day 7: Friday (06 March 2020) 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 En Gedi, the oasis in the desert where the meeting between David and King Saul took places (I Samuel 24) and where many of the psalms were written by David. After lunch, we visit Qumran (Entrance Included), the location where the Dead Sea Scrolls were 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)

Day 8: Saturday (07 March 2020) Mt. of Olives – Bethlehem – Shepherd’s Field -Bethlehem Bible College- Jerusalem

After a buffet breakfast, we will 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. 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. After lunch, 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 will then visit the Bethlehem Bible College to learn about this Christian college. We return to our hotel. Dinner included. (B, D)

Day 9: Sunday (08 March 2020) Temple Mount – St. Anne & Pools of Bethesda – Via Dolorosa – Israel Museum – Yad Vashem- Jerusalem

After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day entering the Old City and a visit to the Western Wall, 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 (Entrance Included), to the crucifixion site. We will also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jesus’ tomb. After lunch in the Old City, 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 archaeological section where many artifacts are displayed, we will play special attention to those items that relate to Bible history. We will then visit the Holocaust museum (Entrance Included). We then return to our hotel. Dinner included. (B, D)

Day 10: Monday (09 March 2020) Upper Room – Caiaphas house – Garden Tomb – Amman – Bethany beyond the Jordan

After a buffet breakfast, we will then visit the original location of the city of Jerusalem, going back in history 3000 years. We will visit the Upper Room, the place of the Last Supper and also the home of the High Priest, Caiaphas (Entrance Included). After lunch, we will visit the Garden Tomb, where we will worship together and celebrate communion. Drive to Allenby to cross into Jordan, we will make our way to Bethany (included) Beyond the Jordan. We will have an opportunity to be baptized here, the place where John the Baptist lived when he baptized Jesus. Dinner and Overnight at the Dead Sea (B, D)

Day 11: Tuesday (10 March 2020) Madaba – Mt. Nebo – Jerash – Dead Sea

After breakfast, we drive to Madaba (included) the sight of a mosaic map of Jerusalem from the Byzantine era and then on to Mt. Nebo (included), to stand where Moses stood to view the Promised Land. you will depart for Jerash (entrance included), nestled in a quiet valley among the mountains of Gilead. Outside of Italy, this ancient Roman city is one of the most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world. Currently, its paved and colonnaded streets are home to soaring hilltop temples, handsome theaters, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and towers. We will then drive to Amman to have a tour of the city. We return to our hotel at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 12: Wednesday (11 March 2020) Petra – Dead Sea

After breakfast, we begin a long day of driving through the Jordanian desert along the area called the Way of the Kings. On our way we will visit Petra (included). The “rose red city half as old as time,” This ancient Edomite and Nabatean capital is an amazing example of prophecy. We’ll see the spectacular “city of the dead,” with its famed gorge, ancient streets, temples, dwelling places and tombs, carved in the solid rock. Then we arrive at El-Ji Post, and continue the one-mile journey on horseback, or walk, passing through the famous Siq (the natural gorge) and arrive at the Treasury, we return to our hotel at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 13: Thursday (12 March 2020) Return home.

Today we leave Jordan on an international flight back home with unforgettable memories.