Holy Land Tour 1219Bragg

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Holy Land Tour 1219Bragg

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Duration: 9 Days
Dates: December 30, 2019 to January 8, 2020
Departure City: Atlanta, Georgia

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Itinerary

Day 1

Depart Atlanta on an international flight to Tel Aviv

Day 2

Arrival Tel Aviv

Day 3

Caesarea – Mt. Carmel – Megiddo – Nazareth – Tiberias

Day 4

Peace Vista – Bethsaida – Mt. Beatitudes – Capernaum – Ancient Boat – Boat Ride

Day 5

Beit Shean – Jericho – Dead Sea

Day 6

Masada – Ein Gedi – Qumran – Dead Sea

Day 7

Mt. Olives – Shepherd’s Field – Bethlehem – House of Caiaphas – Garden Tomb.

Day 8

Temple Mount – St. Anne – Garden of Gethsemane – Davidson Centre – Ecce Homo – Wailing Wall

Day 9

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-December 30, Depart Atlanta on an international flight to Tel Aviv

TUESDAY – December 31, 2019 (Day 2): Arrival Tel Aviv

Arrival Tel Aviv, Israel. Check into our hotel on the coastal plains of the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner included. (New Year’s Eve in Tel Aviv, Israel on the Mediterranean.) (D)

WEDNESDAY – January 01, 2020 (Day 3): Caesarea – Mt. Carmel – Megiddo – Nazareth – Tiberias

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). At end of the day, we check into our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for the next two nights and enjoy another dinner together. (B, D)

THURSDAY – January 02, 2020 (Day 4): Peace Vista – Bethsaida – Mt. Beatitudes – Capernaum – Ancient Boat – Boat Ride

we begin our day with a breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee from the Peace Vista lookout, where we will be able to see the entire lake. From this view, we will consider why Jesus chose to begin delivering His message from there. We then travel to 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. 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. (B, D)

FRIDAY – January 03, 2020 (Day 5): Beit Shean – Jericho – Dead Sea

After a buffet breakfast, we leave the area of Galilee, following the Jordan Valley Road to Beth Shean (included), the capital of the Decapolis. End of the day will be a free time to enjoy the resorts facilities and the Dead Sea. Dinner included and overnight at the 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 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. (B, D)

SATURDAY – January 04, 2020 (Day 6): Masada – Ein Gedi – Qumran – Dead Sea

After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day visiting Masada (entrance & cable car 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 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. Back to our hotel in Dead sea.

SUNDAY – January 05, 2020 (Day 7): Mt. Olives – Shepherd’s Field – Bethlehem – House of Caiaphas – Garden Tomb.

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. Then group will depart to visit 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. Continue to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. We begin with a visit to the 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. Then we continue to visit the home of the High Priest, Caiaphas (included). We end our day with a visit to the Garden Tomb, where we will worship together and celebrate communion. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

MONDAY – January 06, 2020 (Day 8): Temple Mount – St. Anne – Garden of Gethsemane – Davidson Centre – Ecce Homo – Wailing Wall

After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day and 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 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 visit the Davidson Centre (included). We will then visit the judgement hall Ecce Homo (entrance Included). End of the day will be visiting the Wailing Wall. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

TUESDAY - January 07, 2020 (Day 9): Departure

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