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DAY 1. FRI. 15 MAY: Departure to Israel
Today, we depart from N. America on our flights to Tel Aviv. Group seating will be pre-assigned by the airline for our flight. Dinner and complimentary in-flight service will be provided this evening. (D)
DAY 2. SAT. 16 MAY: Israel, Tel Aviv
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, we are met by our Israeli Tour guide, who will assist us with luggage formalities. Boarding our luxury touring coach, we relax and enjoy the journey to the Judean desert and the Dead Sea.
Valley of Elah – This is the traditional site of the encounter between David & Goliath. The Brook of Elah still exists to this day. (I Samuel 17:1-58)
From here, we travel towards our hotel located on the shores of the Dead Sea. Tonight, we will have our ‘welcome dinner’ in anticipation of a memorable journey. (B, D)
DAY 3. SUN. 17 MAY: Masada, Dead Sea
After breakfast, we stay in the Judean wilderness and follow the shores of The Dead Sea to visit:
Masada – This UNESCO World Heritage site was once Herod’s mountain top palace and fortress. Here, we ascend to the site by cable car and learn about the last Jewish stand against the Romans and the mass suicide of the 960 Jewish defenders.
Ein Gedi – This national park and oasis hosts the caves of David’s Gorge where David hid from Saul and his army. (I Samuel 24, Song of Solomon 1:14; Ezekiel 47:10) .
The remainder of the afternoon will be left open for you to enjoy the unique properties of the Dead Sea.
Dead Sea – No visit to the Dead Sea would be complete without experiencing the unique buoyancy of these waters. Cover yourself in therapeutic black mud and float your aches and pains away!
THIS AFTERNOON WOULD BE THE FIRST OF OUR UNIQUE FELLOWSHIP EVENTS TOGETHER
Dinner will be at our hotel this evening. (B, D)
DAY 4. MON. 18 MAY: Dead Sea Scrolls, Beth She’an
This morning, we shall leave the Dead Sea and head northwards to the Sea of Galilee. En-route, we shall visit:
Qumran – Home to the ancient Essenes. It is here that they wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls almost two thousand years ago. Here, we will visit the excavated sites of Qumran and view the location where The Scrolls were found in 1947.
After Qumran, we head further north and pass Gilgal where Saul was proclaimed king. Gilgal became a sacred place because the tribes of Israel first encamped and celebrated Passover there after their miraculous crossing of the Jordan River and before their conquest of the Promised Land.
Jericho- We drive past Old Testament Jericho, home of Rahab the harlot and where the walls came tumbling down. In the New Testament Jericho is close to where Jesus healed Bartimaeus
Bet She’an – The largest of Israel’s archeological digs. This ancient city, although destroyed by an earthquake in the 8th Century, offers a fabulous insight into Roman life and times. After losing the battle to the Philistines, King Saul and his sons were hung from the city walls. (Judges 4:7-8)
TODAY’S UNIQUE FELLOWSHIP EVENT WILL BE IN THE THEATRE AT BET SHE’AN
After another fascinating day, we make our way to the Sea of Galilee. Our home for the next three nights! Located by the shores of the Sea of Galilee, Kibbutz Maagan is the perfect location to experience the Galilee. (B, D)
DAY 5: TUE. 19 MAY: Caesarea Philippi, Upper Galilee
After breakfast, we spend our day in the upper Galilee. Driving northward, our day includes the following:
Tel Dan – This national park and archeological site offer a blend of Israel’s natural beauty and Biblical history!
Caesarea Philippi – Built at one of the sources of the Jordan River, the City of Panias (named by the Greeks after the goat-footed god, Pan) was later renamed by the Romans as Caesarea Philippi. It was here that Jesus revealed to the Disciples His purpose, His Church, and where Peter identified Jesus as the Messiah. (Mark 8:27; Matthew 16:13-23)
TODAY, WE WILL HAVE OUR THIRD UNIQUE FELLLOWSHIP EVENT TOGETHER
Golan Heights – Today, we have the opportunity to view Israel from both Mt. Bental and the Golan Heights. This parcel of land plays a significant role in the security of those living in the Jordan Valley and Upper Galilee.
This afternoon, we return to the Sea of Galilee and head to the top of Mt. Arbel. From here, we can view the entire panorama of the Sea of Galilee. The heart of Jesus’ ministry!
Dinner will be at our hotel this evening. (B,D)
DAY 6: WED. 20 MAY: Nazareth, Sepphoris
Today, we leave the Galilee and head towards the Galilee capital, Nazareth:
Nazareth – Here is where Jesus spent his childhood with Mary and Joseph. Nazareth is also the site of The Annunciation and where the Nazarenes attempted to throw Jesus over the cliff.
Now a suburb of Nazareth, Cana is the site where Jesus performed his first miracle when he changed water into wine at a wedding. (Luke 1:26-38; John 1:46; Matthew 2:23)
Sepphoris – Tradition says that this is the birthplace of Mary and home to Joachim and Anna. It was once the capital of Galilee. This excavated city has some of the most magnificent mosaics in the country, including “The Mona Lisa of Israel”.
After another fascinating day, we return to the shores of the Sea of Galilee. (B, D)
DAY 7: THU. 21 MAY: Sea of Galilee
After another Israeli buffet breakfast, our full touring day involves visits to:
Magdala – Located within one kilometer from our kibbutz, we have one of the latest Biblical excavation digs. We have the chance to visit what has been unearthed so far for the ancient seaside town of Magdala. (Luke 8:1-3)
The Mount of Beatitudes – Sit on the hill where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Looking directly south at the Sea of Galilee, the flower filled gardens offer peace and tranquility. (Matthew 5:1-8). We will take the scenic walk down the mount to the shores of the Galilee and Capernaum.
Capernaum – The center of Jesus’ Galilee Ministry. Jesus lived here for a substantial period, healing the sick, preaching in the synagogue and performing miracles. The Greek Orthodox Church, Franciscan Monastery and Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter make for an interesting kaleidoscope of varying architecture. (Matthew 9:1; 4:13)
Church of the Primacy of Peter – It is here that Jesus appears to his disciples for the third time after his resurrection on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The night before, Peter and several other disciples had sailed out on the lake to fish but caught nothing. In the morning, a man appeared on the shore and called out to them to throw their net on the right side of the boat. Doing so, they caught so many fish they couldn't drag the net back into the boat. At this point, Peter recognizes Jesus and promptly jumps out of the boat to wade to shore to meet him.
Tabgha – Located at the foot of the Mt. of Beatitudes, this is the site of the Miracle of The Loaves and the Fishes. Here, we will enjoy private worship and intercession by the shores of the Galilee. (Mark 6:34-44; Matthew 14:14-21; 16:18-19; John 21:15-19)
Sea of Galilee Boat Ride – Today ends with boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
THIS AFTERNOON, WE ENJOY A WONDERFUL WORSHIP EVENT ON THE SEA OF GALILEE
Tonight, dinner will be at the kibbutz, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. (B, D)
DAY 8: FRI. 22 MAY: Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea
Today, we leave the Galilee and head towards Jerusalem but not before visiting:
Megiddo – Hebrew for Armageddon, Megiddo was strategically located on the main trading routes between Babylonia and Egypt. Here, King Solomon built a giant fortress and city. (Judges 1:27; 5:19; I Kings 4:12; 9:15; II Chronicles 35:22; Zechariah 12:12; Revelation 16:16)
Mount Carmel – Overlooking the city of Haifa with the Mediterranean Sea and Jezreel Valley on either side, we stand where the Prophet Elijah performed his miracle and called upon the fire of God to conquer the Prophets of Baal. (I Kings 18:18-45; Isaiah 33:9)
Caesarea – The ancient Roman seaport capital of Israel where Pontius Pilate made his base. Here, we will tour the Roman aqueduct, restored theater and crusader city.
After another fascinating day, we shall travel ‘up’ to Jerusalem. The final resting place in our journey! (B, D)
DAY 9: SAT. 23 MAY: Jerusalem
Today we stay in and around Jerusalem. A truly memorable one, as we visit:
Mount of Olives – We begin our day by viewing Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. Photo opportunities abound at this time with the Golden Dome of the Rock prominent.
From here, we shall walk down to The Garden of Gethsemane along the same path as that Jesus took when entering the city on Palm Sunday.
Dominus Flevit- The traditional site where Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem.
Garden of Gethsemane – The site where Jesus prayed at the Rock of Agony in the Garden. – “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
(Matthew 26:36-56; Mark 14:32-50; Luke 22:39-53; John 18:1-14)
HERE, WE COME TOGETHER AND FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER IN THIS UNIQE LOCATION
House of Caiaphas – Located under the current St. Peter of Gallicantu Church is the traditional site where Jesus was imprisoned.
Upper Room – The traditional site where Jesus instituted a new Passover celebration and the new Covenant in His blood. (Mark 14:15)
Yad Vashem - Israel’s national monument, memorial and museum, to the Holocaust.
Scale Model of Jerusalem – This fabulous reconstruction of the old city of Jerusalem gives us a chance to better understand the importance of the second temple and the city during Herodian times.
Dinner will be at our hotel this evening. (B, D)
DAY 10: SUN. 24 MAY: Jerusalem
Our last day is truly memorable as we stay in the old city and visit;
Temple Mount – Pending access to the site, we will see the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
Western Wall Tunnels – Also called The Wailing Wall. The holiest place of pilgrimage for the Jews! Here, we can observe the Orthodox Jews as they pray relentlessly along with many Christians. Some of us may wish to leave a hand written note placed in the crevices of the Western Wall.
Davidson Centre and Steps of Ascension – This new facility uses state-of the-art technology to bring the Temple Mount to life. This will give us a better understanding of the magnitude of Herod’s construction versus what we see today.
City of David – We will be guided through the site and new excavations of the city of David. You will have the opportunity to walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel and re-surface at the pool of Siloam.
Tonight, we shall dine together and enjoy the opportunity to share on what has been your highlight and most meaningful part of the journey. (B, D)
DAY 11: MON. 25 MAY: Bethlehem, Jerusalem
Our last day, is truly a memorable one as we visit the outskirts of Jerusalem and the town of Bethlehem.
Upon arrival at Bethlehem we shall visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field.
From here, we return to Jerusalem and finish our journey with visits to;
Via Dolorosa – The one mile long route through the Old City of Jerusalem from the point of condemnation by Pontius Pilate to Golgotha, Calvary Hill, ending up at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Garden Tomb – Preserved by The Garden Tomb Association, these beautiful gardens surround the traditional site of The Garden Tomb. Many believe that this was the actual garden of Joseph of Arimathea. (John 19:41)
TONIGHT, WE END OUR JOURNEY WITH A SPECIAL TIME OF FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER
Dinner will be at our hotel this evening. (B, D)
DAY 12: TUE. 26 MAY Israel to N. America
This morning, we depart for our flights back to N. America, arriving home in the mid afternoon. Breakfast and complimentary in-flight service will be provided onboard. (B, D)
Air travel: Round trip from Toronto or New York. (Other cities available)
Hotels: David Spa Hotel, Dead Sea Caesar Hotel, Tiberius Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals: Full breakfast and dinner, with tea and coffee (some hotels charge for beverages with dinner).
Transportation: Air conditioned luxury coach service, throughout the tour.
Sightseeing: Comprehensive program, as per itinerary, including all entrance fees.
Tour Guide: Government licensed Tour guide will accompany the group and work with the Leadership Teams to maximize the educational/spiritual benefits and enjoyment of the group.
SIX UNIQUE ‘EXPERIENCE ISRAEL’ EVENTS OF FELLOWSHIP
Porterage: One large suitcase per person. Each person is responsible for his/her other luggage.
Embarkation package: An informative package will be mailed one month prior to departure.
Air Transportation Taxes: Currently $710.
Lunches (unless mentioned in the itinerary)
Gratuities: Equivalent to USD$140.
Christian Journeys requires that you must have – “out of country” – emergency medical insurance equivalent to (or greater than) $50,000. We have many insurance policy options to offer which include cancellation and interruption coverage. Please contact our office for policy details and premiums.
Passport: Tour participants must be in possession of a valid passport not expiring before 26 November 2020. Canadian and USA passport holders do not currently require a visa for Israel.
Inoculation: Not a current requirement.
Reservations: Telephone and email reservation requests will be taken but only upon receipt of deposit and completed tour booking form will your place be confirmed.
Deposit and final payment: A non-refundable deposit of $400 is required along with the registration form. All cancellations charges are described on the registration form. Any cancellation prior to 15 March incurs a $150 cancellation fee.
Fuel surcharges: The air transportation costs include a ‘fuel surcharge’ component of $576. This amount is subject to change and will be reviewed at time of final billing 90 days prior to departure.
Currency surcharge: Christian Journeys reserves the right to introduce a currency surcharge. If applicable, this would be assessed 90 days prior to departure. An increase greater than 7% of the base journey cost would allow participants to cancel without a penalty.
General Health: All tour members should be in sufficient good health to enjoy the tour in its entirety. Christian Journeys reserves the right to refuse participation in certain instances.
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