Holy Land Tour 0620Dates


Holy Land Tour 0620Dates


Duration: 10 Days
Dates: June 8, 2020 to June 17, 2020
Departure Cities: Chicago


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Day 1

USA - Tel Aviv

Day 2

Tel Aviv

Day 3

Caesarea Marittima - Mount Carmel - Megiddo - Nazareth Village - Tiberias

Day 4

Mt. of Beatitudes - Capernaum - Sea of Galilee - Caesarea Philippi - Jordan River

Day 5

Beat Shean - Jordan River - Jericho - Dead Sea

Day 6

Masada - Ein Gedi - Qumran - Abraham’s Tent - Jerusalem

Day 7

Mt. of Olives - Bethlehem - Shepherd Field

Day 8

Western Wall - Southern Wall Excavations - St. Ann and Pool of Bethesda - Israel Museum

Day 9

Hezekiah’s tunnel - Upper Room - Caiaphas House - Tower of David - Garden Tomb

Day 10

Return Home

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

Detailed Itinerary

MONDAY-Day 1 -June 8

Leave the USA on an international flight to Tel Aviv

TUESDAY- Day 2 June 9-: 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. (D)

WEDNESDAY-June 10 - Day 3: Caesarea Marittima – Mount Carmel – Megiddo – Nazareth Village – Tiberias

After a buffet breakfast, we depart the hotel on route to Caesarea Marittima (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 convert into Christianity (Acts 10), and on the travels of Paul — those events that led Caesarea Marittima to become the springboard of Christianity to the West. We will then continue to Mount Carmel (Entrance 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. After Lunch we 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. After a lunch break, we visit Nazareth Village to experience how the life looked like in the time of Jesus (Entrance included). We then 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 two nights and enjoy another dinner together. (B, D)

THURSDAY-June 11 - Day 4: – Mt. of Beatitudes –Capernaum – Sea of Galilee - Caesarea Philippi – Jordan River

You will be encouraged each morning to rise for a private, early morning walk and a time of prayer on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Most likely you will get to see modern fishermen using nets the way Jesus and His disciples did. Others may want to bring a special paper tribute to a loved one and bury it in the sands of the Sea of Galilee. After a buffet breakfast, the Mount of Beatitudes and discuss the Sermon on the Mount. 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 (“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 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 (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. 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 (Entrance included). You will be offered the opportunity to be baptized in the waters of the Jordan in an available location. return to our hotel. Dinner included. (B, D)

FRIDAY- June 12-Day 5: Beat Shean – Jordan River – Jericho - Dead Sea

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. 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 with its ancient ruins, pointing out what possibly could be the foundations of the ramparts that Joshua and the Israelites brought down (Entrance included). After lunch, we travel to our hotel spa on the Dead Sea where you will have the chance to enjoy the facilities in the hotel. You will also be able to experience floating in the Dead Sea. Before you spend a relaxing evening, dinner will be served at the resort. (B, D)
SATURDAY-June 13 - Day 6: Masada – Ein Gedi – Qumran – Abraham’s Tent - 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. After lunch, we visit Qumran (Entrance included) 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. On our way to Jerusalem we will stop at Abraham’s Tent, situated on the land where Patriarchs lived, to experience their hospitality and turn back time living in their times for a moment (Included). We then get ready to enter the Holy City of Jerusalem. Beginning with an orientation of the city and “a Genesis Welcome” from Mount Scopus, the overlook of the city. We then check into our hotel, where we will stay for the remainder of our time in Jerusalem. Dinner included. (B, D)

SUNDAY-June 14 - Day 7: Mt. of Olives– Bethlehem – Shepherd Field

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. After a 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 return to our hotel. Dinner included. (B, D)

MONDAY-June 15 - Day 8: Western wall –- Southern wall excavations - St. Ann & Pool of Bethesda –Israel Museum

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. We will then visit the Southern Wall (Entrance included) excavations 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 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. 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 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)

TUESDAY-June 16- Day 9: Hezekiah’s tunnel – upper room – Caiaphas House – Tower of David – Garden Tomb

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. After lunch, we visit the Tower of David, Museum of the history of Jerusalem, located in the medieval citadel (Entrance included). We end our day with a visit to the Garden Tomb, where we will worship together and celebrate Communion.

WEDNESDAY-June 17 - Day 10: Departure

Travel to the airport. Return home with unforgettable memories, amazing new friends and a life-changing understanding of the Bible.