Holy Land Tour 0220Smith

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Holy Land Tour 0220Smith

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Duration: 9 Days
Dates: February 2, 2020 to February 10, 2020
Departure City: Jacksonville, FL

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Tel Aviv

Day 2

Caesarea –Mount Carmel – Meggido – Nazareth – Sea of Galilee

Day 3

Bethsaida - St. Peter’s Primacy - Mt. Beatitudes - Capernaum - Boat Ride & Jesus Boat Museum

Day 4

Jordan River - Jericho- Old Roman Road - Jerusalem (Mount of Olives)

Day 5

Bethlehem - Jerusalem (pool of Bethesda, Western Wall, Lazarus’ Tomb) - Hezekiah’s Tunnel - Free Time

Day 6

Ein Gedi - Dead Sea (Optional - stay in Jerusalem and Israel Museum)

Day 7

Gethsemane - Walk to Zion/ Old City of David - Upper Room (Communion) Caiaphas House - Via Dolorosa - Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Day 8

Departure

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

MONDAY – February 03 (Day 1): Arrival 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 as we travel towards Jaffa. There we will consider the vision of Peter (Acts 10) and start following the sequence of events that lead to the opening of the gates of the early church to Gentiles. As we look at the very place where Jonah ran from the Lord, we will also reflect on our own walk with God. Check into our hotel on the coastal plains of the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner included. 


TUESDAY – February 04 (Day 2): Caesarea – Mount Carmel – Meggido –Mount Tabor- Nazareth – Sea of Galilee


After a buffet breakfast, we depart the hotel on route to Caesarea Maritima (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 convert 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 (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. After a lunch break we travel to Mount Tabor where the Transfiguration took place and then 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 two nights. 



WEDNESDAY – February 05 (Day 3): Bethsaida –St. Peter ‘s Primacy, Mt. Beatitudes – Capernaum – Boat Ride & Jesus Boat Museum 


After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day with Bethsaida (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, finishing the theme that was started earlier that day. During our lunch break you will have the opportunity to try St. Peter’s fish, commonly eaten by people in Jesus’ day. We will then visit Capernaum (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. We will then St. Peter’s Primacy where The Lord appeared to the desciples the third time.  We end our day with a visit to the ancient boat museum (included), containing an recently-discovered 2000-year old fishing boat. We will then sail (included) on the Sea of Galilee on a replica of that boat. We return to our hotel. Dinner include



THURSDAY – February 06 (Day 4):–Jordan River- Jericho – Old Roman Road – Jerusalem (Mount of Olives) 


After a buffet breakfast, we leave the area of Galilee, following the Jordan Valley Jordan River where the actual location where John the Baptist was baptizing on the Jordan River is. Jericho will be our next stop, where we will visit the Tel of Jericho (included) with its ancient ruins, pointing out what possibly could be the foundations of the ramparts that Joshua and the Israelites brought down. After lunch, we travel to the Old Roman Road, where we will consider the setting for the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  From there we will go up to Jerusalem for a first view of the city from the Mount of Olives. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.



FRIDAY – February 07 (Day 5): Bethlehem – Jerusalem (pools of Bethesda, Western Wall, Lazarus’ Tomb) – Hezekiah’s Tunnel -- Free Time

After a buffet breakfast go to Bethlehem 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 Church of St. Anne’s (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 visit the Western Wall.  We end our day at Bethany where the tomb of Lazarus is located. We return to our hotel. Dinner included.



SATURDAY- February 08 (Day 6): Ein Gedi – Dead Sea (Optional – stay in Jerusalem and Israel Museum) 

After a buffet breakfast, we begin at En Gedi, 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. After lunch, we visit Qumran (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. We will end the day with some time to float in the Dead Sea.  Jerusalem. Dinner included.

SUNDAY – February 09 (Day 7): Gethsemane – Walk to Zion / Old City of David – Upper Room (Communion) – Caiaphas House – Via Dolorosa – Church of the Holy Sepulcher 


After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day at the Upper Room (communion). We will then spend some time at the Garden of Gethsemane (time will be given at the private section of the garden). We will then walk through the Kidron Valley past the Pool of Siloam (included). We will then continue to the home of the High Priest, Caiaphas (included). We will then visit the judgement hall Ecce Homo (included). After lunch, we will walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected. We return to our hotel for our last Dinner provided. 



MONDAY – February 10 (Day 8): Departure