Israel Tours 2020 - 'Walking in His Footsteps'
Mark & Heidi would love to host you on an unforgettable tour of the holy land, ‘Walking in His Footsteps’ – Israel Tour 2020.
**EXCITING NEWS JANUARY TOUR 2020**
10 DAY TOUR: JANUARY 21 – 30, 2020
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What’s included in the tour:
- 2 Deluxe Hotels
- 3 meals each day (excluding lunch on free day)
- Visits to major Biblical and Archeological Sites
- Comprehensive Tour with Entrance Fees to Sites
- Private Transfers to/from Airport in Tel Aviv
- Tips to Guides, Hotel Staff, and Drivers
- Private Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee
- Baptism in the Jordan River
- Professional English-Speaking Guides
- Land only packages do not include airfare or transfers
Tour Itinerary January, 2020
Day 1: Arrive Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Tiberias.
Welcome to Israel! After we de-plane and clear passport control, we will be welcomed to the Holy Land by a representative who will assist us with our luggage and introduce us to our guide. As we travel north on our way to our hotel in Tiberias, we will stop along the Mediterranean Sea to visit Caesarea, the capital of the Roman Province. We’ll see the Crusader’s Castle, Roman Theatre and the world famous aqueduct as well as view the harbour from where Paul was taken to Rome. Afterward we drive to Megiddo, one of Solomon’s chariot cities and place of the final battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16), and will be in awe of the view of the Valley of Armageddon. Then we continue on to Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18:20-38) where Elijah called down the pillar of fire which consumed the bullock upon the altar in front of Baal’s prophets. Next we will check into our hotel, which is located on the Sea of Galilee. Later, we will enjoy our first Israeli dinner together.
Day 2: Free Day.
Relax, walk along the boardwalk and behold the beauty of the lake where Jesus performed many miracles.
Day 3: Boat Ride/Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Primacy of Peter.
Begin this day, and each day, with a wonderful Israeli breakfast buffet. After breakfast we will experience a magnificent boat ride on the beautiful Sea of Galilee. Experience first-hand the same landscape that Jesus must have seen with his own eyes. Imagine Him walking on the water (John 6:18-20, Matthew 14:25-32) or talking with fishermen at the water’s edge (Matthew 4:18-20). Our boat will dock at Nof Ginosar and we will view a wooden boat which was recently discovered and dates back to the time of Jesus. Then, by motor coach, we will visit at Capernaum and see ruins of the ancient synagogue, perhaps one where Jesus himself taught (Mark 1:21). Here we will see ruins of the first church of St. Peter. Our next stop is for lunch at a Kibbutz at Ein Gev where we can reflect on the morning’s activities and enjoy “St. Peter’s fish”. After lunch we’ll experience the serenity of the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus ministered and preached the famous Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5,6,7,8) We will end the day with a visit to the Primacy of Peter, where we will walk along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee in the same area Jesus multiplied the fishes and loaves. We will return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Cana (renewal of vows), Gideon Springs (Sachne) Beit She’an, En Harod, Baptism at the Jordan River.
After breakfast and the breath-taking sun rise over the Sea of Galilee from our hotel balcony, we will pass the Mt of Transfiguration on our way to Cana. Jesus performed His first miracle in Cana and turned the water into wine at a wedding! (John 2:1-11) Married couples will have the opportunity to have their wedding vows renewed here. Next we will travel to Gideon Springs, (Ein Harod), This is the pool where Gideon chose his 300 warriors to battle the Midianites. The warriors were chosen based on how they drank water (Judges 7:1-8). Those who lapped the water like dogs were left behind in historical obscurity. The 300 warriors who drank with a cupped hand went on to immortality. Then we will drive along the Jordan Valley to the largest archaeological site in Israel; the ancient ruins of Beit She ‘an, where Saul’s body was nailed to the city walls (1Samuel 31: 10-12). We will explore on foot many areas of this remarkable city that was a busy metropolis during the reign of King David. Then, after lunch, we will end our day with a thrilling opportunity to experience baptism in the Jordan River, following the example of Jesus( Matthew 3:12-14). We will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Mt Tabor overview, City of Nazareth, Nazareth Village, entrance to Jerusalem, Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane.
Following breakfast, we will board our bus and drive to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus (Matthew 2:23, Luke 4:16), and stop at Nazareth Village. Here we will step back in time and experience what life was like during the time of Jesus. Then, we will board the bus, drive to Jerusalem and experience a triumphant entry into the Holy City! Before checking into our hotel we will make our way to stand atop the Mount of Olives (Mark 13:3, Luke 22:39, Acts 1:9-12) just as Jesus did, and enjoy the breath taking panoramic view of the old and new city of Jerusalem. We will walk past Dominus-Flevit on our Palm Sunday route to the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, where Jesus asked his disciples to watch with him one hour and pray (Matthew 26:35-37). Here at the Church of All Nations is the Rock of Agony (Luke 22:43-45). After checking into the hotel, we’ll enjoy our first dinner together in Jerusalem!
Day 6: Masada, Qumran Caves, Dead Sea.
Today we visit Masada, the Dead Sea and the Qumran Caves. Following breakfast we head to Masada and will ascend by cable car to the mountain fortress built by Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. While here we will also see the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Then after lunch we visit the lowest place on earth; the Dead Sea, where we will have an opportunity to float in the unsinkable body of water.
Day 7: Caiaphas House (Church of St Peter), Mt Scopus, Upper Room, Bethlehem overview.
Today after another bountiful Israeli breakfast, we will enter the house of the High Priest Caiaphas and visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu and reflect on Jesus’ last night on earth. Afterwards we will stop briefly at Mt. Scopus for a fun group photo. Then we will travel to Mt. Zion where we will enter the Upper Room; revered as the location where Jesus celebrated His Last Supper (Mark 14:13, Luke 22:10, Acts 1:13) and the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:13, Acts 2:1). Before lunch we will stop at a strategic overlook of Bethlehem and view the birthplace of Christ.
Day 8: Western Wall, Western Wall Tunnels Tour, Old City, Pools of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa.
Following breakfast, we will take a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem beginning with a visit to the Western Wall and have a tour of the tunnels underneath the Western Wall. It will be a prayerful stop as we will have an opportunity to place a prayer note into a crack along the wall; a famous custom believing in its priority to be answered. We will then journey to the Pools of Bethesda (John 5: 2-13). Afterwards, we will walk down the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross), pausing to reflect at several Stations of the Cross along the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We will also walk through the Jewish Quarter and the Jewish Cardo before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Emek Tzurim, City of David Tour, Israel Jewish Museum, Garden Tomb, Golgotha.
After breakfast we will visit the Emek Tzurim where the ‘Temple Mount Sifting Project’ is underway. We will then visit the newly discovered City of David and walk “the Pilgrims Path” toward the Temple Mount Area, before visiting the Israel Jewish Museum Among the highlights of the Museum’s original campus is the Shrine of the Book, designed by Armand Bartos and Frederick Kiesler, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, as well as rare early medieval biblical manuscripts. Adjacent to the Shrine is the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period, which reconstructs the topography and architectural character of the city as it was prior to its destruction by the Romans in 66 CE, and provides historical context to the Shrine’s presentation of the Dead Sea Scrolls.It is here where we will have a beautiful last lunch together.
Finally, our tour ends as we visit the Garden Tomb and Golgotha. This will be an unforgettable experience as we see the tomb empty and celebrate Holy Communion together!
Day 10: Free Day
Today is a free day for us to explore Jerusalem on our own before heading home or continuing on your travel adventures! Shalom Israel! We know that you have had a blessed trip to the Holy Land and will return home with many memories that will last a lifetime.
In Israel the Bible literally comes to life and Jesus leaps off the pages and into your heart.
After our visit to Israel, we came back saying “Israel put the bricks and mortar around the framework of our theology.” Before going to Israel, we read our Bible regularly both devotionally and doctrinally for ministry purposes. But in Israel, we began to study the Bible as a history book — an extremely accurate one backed by archaeological finds. We read the Bible, not just for spiritual meaning, but tracing the stories on maps and visiting the archaeological remains of many of the cities. The Bible became so real that it literally stood up and took on a third dimension as an accurate, historical account from which we learn many spiritual lessons.
A testimonial from our recent tour to Israel, “God did something in my own heart in Israel, and it was such a pleasure to get to know everyone on our tour….’, ‘……thank you to you both for the wonderful pilgrimage you took us on. Now I look back at photos and relate to people all that I saw and did. It certainly opened up the bible for me as well as the history side of Israel.”
Come and walk where Jesus walked, where the Word of God unfolds in the landscape before you & where lifetime memories and special blessings will be yours to spiritually receive and personally encounter!
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