Holy Land Tour 1220McKnightLeaders

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Holy Land Tour 1220McKnightLeaders

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Duration: 9 Days
Dates: December 28, 2020 to January 05, 2021
Departure City: Charlotte, NC

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Itinerary

Day 1

Leave the USA to Tel Aviv

Day 2

Arrival Tel Aviv - Transfer to Jerusalem

Day 3

Mount of Olives - Southern Excavations - St. Anne’s Pool of Bethesda - Western Wall - Shepherds Field - Bethlehem

Day 4

Masada - Ein Gedi - Qumran - Jerusalem

Day 5

Temple Mount - Upper Room - Garden of Gethsemane - House of Caiaphas - Garden Tomb - Jerusalem

Day 6

Jericho - Baptismal Site - Beit Shean - Tiberias

Day 7

Peace Vista Outlook - Bethsaida - Mount of Beatitudes - Capernaum - Ancient Boat and Boat Ride - Sea of Galilee

Day 8

Caesarea - Muhraqa - Meggido - Nazareth

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

4 nights Jerusalem – 3 nights Tiberias


TUESDAY– December 29 (Day 1): Arrival Tel Aviv – Transfer to Jerusalem

After much prayer and preparation, we will depart arrive at Dulles airport at least three hours early for our international check-in and departure for Tel Aviv.  Transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem


WEDNESDAY – December 30 (Day 2): Mount of Olives – Southern Excavations – St. Anne’s Pool of Bethesda – Western Wall – Shepherds Field – 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. We will then visit the Southern Wall 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. We will then visit the Church of St. Anne’s (included) perfectly intact Crusader Church it’s a wonderful place to gather and sing a song we will also visit the pools. There (world sometimes with fellow Christian from all over the world) of Bethesda where the healing pool took place. We then we travel to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. We begin with a visit to the Shepherds Field where the angels appeared to the Shepherds and announced the birth of our Lord. These fields are also setting of the Book 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. 

THURSDAY– December 31 (Day 3): Masada – Ein Gedi – Qumran – Jerusalem  

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 stand- off 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 (parking 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 (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. 

FRIDAY – January 01 (Day 4): Temple Mount – Upper Room - Garden of Gethsemane – House of Caiaphas – Garden Tomb – Jerusalem 

After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day with a 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 continue to the Upper Room. 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 end our day with a visit to the Garden Tomb, where we will worship together and celebrate communion. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight


SATURDAY– January 02 (Day 5): Jericho – Baptismal Site – Beit Shean – Tiberias

Following breakfast, we will depart to visit Jericho 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. We will then continue traveling to the actual location where John the Baptist was baptizing on the Jordan River. Then we will visit Beth Shean (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. Check in at our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight


SUNDAY – January 03 (Day 6): Peace Vista Outlook – Bethsaida - Mount of Beatitudes - Capernaum – Ancient Boat & Boat Ride – Sea of Galilee 

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, 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 (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, was eaten by People in Jesus day we will then visit Capernaum (included). There we will see the House of Peter mother in law, in addition will stand in the ruins of the ancient Synagogue where Jesus was to other ruins of the village containing, we end our day with a visit to the ancient boat museum. Confronted by the demoniac year old fishing 2000 is covered recently boat. We will then sail on the Sea Of Galilee on a replica of that boat. We return to our hotel. Dinner included. 

MONDAY – January 04 (Day 7): Caesarea – Muhraqa – Meggido – Nazareth

After a buffet breakfast, we will start our day with a visit 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 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 Nazareth where we will climb the Mount of Precipice, the brow of the hill on which the city was built (Luke 4). Dinner and overnight in Tiberias 

TUESDAY – January 05 (Day 8): Departure 

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