BIBLE LAND EXPERIENCE

Day1 - TEL AVIV I GALILEE
Arrive at Tel Aviv airport and transfer to your hotel in the Galilee where you will meet your fellow travelers at a special welcome dinner. Overnight Tiberias. (D)
Day2 - GALILEE I BEIT ALLON I TABGHA I CAPERNAUMI GALILEE
This morning enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, followed by a visit to Beit Allon to view the ancient fishing boat dating back to the first century. Next, it’s on to Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, and visit the Church of the Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to Capernaum to see the second century synagogue where Jesus preached and where He gathered his disciples. Our next stop is Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. Then head to Caesarea Philippi also known as Banias where Peter made his confession of Faith and identified Jesus as the Messiah. Return to your hotel where we will savor an included dinner. Overnight Tiberias. (B,D)
Day3 - GALILEE I NAZARETHI CAESAREA I GALILEE
Today you will pass Cana of Galilee on the way to Nazareth where we will visit the Church of The Annunciation and Mary’s well. Head to Muchraka where Elijah’s Altar was situated when he confronted the false prophets of Baal. Continue to Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in 22 BC. Here you will see the Roman Theater, the Aqueduct, and the Herodian port. It was in Caesarea that Cornelius was baptized by Peter and where Paul was brought to trial. On return to your hotel, drive through the Valley of Armageddon and stop at the excavation of Tel Megiddo. Overnight Tiberias. (B,D)
Day 4 - GALILEE I YARDENIT I BEIT SHEAN I BETHLEHEM I JERUSALEM
Driving along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, arrive at Yardenit – the Baptismal site on the River Jordan. Then it’s on to the city of Beit Shean (Scythopolis) to see the impressive Roman ruins. Motor along the River Jordan Valley, bypassing Jericho to arrive at Bethlehem where you will visit the church of The Nativity, the Milk Grotto, Shepherds Field, and Manger Square. Proceed to your hotel in Jerusalem. Overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day5 - JERUSALEM I DEAD SEA I MASADA I JERUSALEM
Travel via the Inn of The Good Samaritan to the lowest point of earth – the Dead Sea. Driving along its shores arrive at Masada, then ascend by cable car to the top of the mountain and see Herod’s palace, the food storeroom, and the water irrigation system. Continue to Ein Gedi, where King David found shelter from the wrath of King Saul. Weather permitting you will have the opportunity to float in the hyper-saline Dead Sea. Next stop is Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Return to Jerusalem for dinner. Overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 6 - JERUSALEM - OLD CITY
The day’s exploration commences as you enter the walled old city of Jerusalem through St. Stephen’s Gate, visiting the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation, and Ecce Home Arch. Walking along the Via Dolorosa and last Stations of the Cross, arrive at the Church of The Holy Sepulchre and view the Gabbatha Pavement. Next, it’s on to the Jewish quarter visiting the Cardo, the wide wall built by King Hezekiah, and the Herodian Mansion. Proceed to the Temple area – Mount Moriah. See the Western Wall and visit the Ophel archaeological park and museum. Return to your hotel for dinner. Overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day7 - JERUSALEM
Full day at leisure. Optional "Voluntourism" activity. Overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 8 - TEL AVIV
Visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display, and the model of Jerusalem at the time of the 2nd Temple. Head on to the Mount of Scopus, then to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Next, visit the Chapel of Ascension, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church of All Nations. Driving along the Kidron Valley you will see the Tombs of Absalom, Zecharia, and James. Continue to Mount Zion to visit the Room of The Last Supper and King David’s Tomb. The tour ends at the Garden Tomb where we will share in Communion service. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner before heading to the airport for your flight home. (If your flight is the next morning, an additional night at the hotel is required. (B)