Walking the Ancient Paths of Israel
Hosted by Pastor Rance & Brandy Cook
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|Itinerary at a Glance|
Caesarea, Megiddo, &
Mount Carmel, Muhkraka,
Nazareth & Tiberias
Capernaum, Mount of
Beatitudes & Yardenit
|7||Beit She'an & Dead Sea|
Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran
|10||Old City of Jerusalem|
Ayalon Institute &
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Departs||Land Only (no flights); other gateways on request|
|Highlights||Jerusalem, Megiddo, Masada, the Dead Sea & Sea of Galilee|
Walking the ancient paths of Israel, is a dream of many people all over the world. Scripture tells us that the new city of Jerusalem will be our eternal home.
Come join us this November as we experience this amazing Land that God calls His own. (Leviticus 25:23) Imagine yourself praying on the exact paving stones that Jesus tread in the Old City of Jerusalem next to the Temple Mount. Worship the Lord on a fishing boat in the midst of the Sea of Galilee and meditate on the the hill where the Lord gave His "Sermon on the Mount". Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit at the waterfalls of En Gedi and gaze up at the caves where King David wrote many of the Psalms? The view from Masada overlooking the Dead Sea in memory of the Jewish defenders last stand against the Roman legions in 70 AD is both breathtaking and sobering. Imagine yourself being baptized in the Jordan River, walking the streets of ancient Tiberias, viewing Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives and taking communion at the Garden Tomb!
We have designed this tour with emphasis on the historical, Biblical, tragedies and victories of the only nation in the history of the world that has been resurrected in fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.
We personally invite you to join us for this and much more during our latest upcoming tour of the Land of the Bible in November 2012. Truly, this is a trip that will change your life, and heart, forever.
"Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you find rest for your souls." Jeremiah 6:16
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Day 2 - Saturday, Feb 23: Tel Aviv. Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. After passing through passport control and customs, transfer independently by taxi to our hotel to check-in. NOTE: Arrival transfer can be provided for an additional cost (please ask for details). This afternoon, if time permits, feel free to enjoy a stroll along the Mediterranean Sea. Dan Panorama Hotel Tel Aviv Dinner provided.
Day 3 - Sunday, Feb 24: Tel Aviv. A day at leisure to enjoy the ambiance of this thriving Mediterranean coastal city. Walk along the promenade and, perhaps, stop for a falafel sandwich at one of the many seaside kiosks. Your hosts will be happy to escort you on a walking tour of Jaffa (Joppa), the historic start of many pilgrimages, for a tour of this ancient seaport. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Tel Aviv. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 4 - Monday, Feb 25: Caesarea, Megiddo & Galilee. Depart the hotel this morning and drive to Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, where the new State of Israel was declared. We then continue north along the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, Roman capital of Judea. Here we view the beautifully restored theater, and the ruins of the ancient town, its harbor and aqueduct. We will also enjoy lunch on the promenade. After lunch, we continue north to Megiddo, one of Israel’s most important archeological sites from the time of the Bible & now a UNESCO world heritage site since 2005. Drive through Cana and then on to the Galilee. Dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Maagan Holiday Village. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 5 - Tuesday, Feb 26: Mount Carmel, Muhkraka, Nazareth & Tiberias. We start today with a visit to Mount Carmel at Muhraka which means “burned place” where Elijah faced off against the prophets of Baal. After lunch at a local “Druze” falafel stand this afternoon, we will visit Nazareth Village located on a pastoral patch of farmland in modern Nazareth which will provide us with an authentic experience of the land of the Bible. Later we will visit Tiberias for some free time to walk and shop along the promenade. We will end the day with an evening visit to Mount Arbel before sunset and return to Galilee. Dinner and overnight. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 6 - Wednesday, Feb 27: Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes & Yardenit. This morning we set sail on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum and visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Continue to Tabgha, site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the Mt. of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. This afternoon we'll see the first century "Jesus Boat", found by members of Kibbutz Nof Ginosar after a drought in 1985 caused the water level in the Sea of Galilee to fall lower than usual, exposing this ancient boat. Buried in a mud bank along the shore of the Sea of Galilee near the ancient town of Migdal for almost two millennia, it was the first (and so far, the only) ancient boat to be recovered from the Sea of Galilee. Later this afternoon, drive to Yardenit, a special site on the Jordan River, for a Baptism Service. Dinner and overnight. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 7 - Thursday, Feb 28: Beit She'an & Dead Sea. Today we will drive to Beit She'an, ancient city which has been extensively excavated and is considered the best preserved Roman-Byzantine city in Israel. Visit the colonnaded streets, bath houses, and magnificent mosaics. Continue to our resort hotel at the Dead Sea in time to enjoy some of the wonderful facilities. Dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Daniel Hotel or Royal Dead Sea Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 8 - Friday, Mar 1: Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran & Jerusalem. . After breakfast, we will start with a visit to the fortress of Masada, where Jewish defenders made their last stand against Rome (AD 73) then continue along the shore of the Dead Sea to Ein Gedi, David's waterfall and a wonderful nature center. Here, we will continue on our hike to the Upper Falls for praise and worship! On to Qumran for a brief visit to see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, then drive north to the Mt. Scopus overlook for our first glimpse of Jerusalem, highlight of our tour. Sabbath dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 9 - Saturday, Mar 2: Jerusalem. Today is the Sabbath and we will enjoy a full day tour of the Holy City. We’ll start our day with a walk along the ramparts circling the Old City of Jerusalem. Enter the Old City within the walls and walk the Via Dolorosa, the agonizing route Jesus walked with the cross on the way to Golgotha. Later, we’ll visit the Mount of Olives, Mount Scopus, Mount Zion, the site of the Upper Room, and the Kidron Valley. Time permitting, we’ll have an opportunity to visit the Golden Gate, facing the Mount of Olives. It is said that Jesus passed through this gate on Palm Sunday. There will be time to shop in the Old City “shuk” and explore many amazing facets of the world’s most desired and coveted city. Dinner and overnight. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 10 - Sunday, Mar 3: Old City of Jerusalem. Today will be an exciting day of touring in Jerusalem, exploring our Christian heritage and its Jewish roots. We'll begin our day with an early morning visit to the Rabbinic Tunnels under the Western Wall, followed by a visit to the Davidson Archaeological Center. We’ll visit the Temple Mount (based on availability), sacred to both Jews and Christians. Originally, it was the site of the great Temple of Jerusalem, the holiest place in Judaism. We'll also see the Burnt House of Kathros where we'll enjoy a tour and a fascinating film. This afternoon we will continue to the Southern Steps and the Temple Institute, followed by a visit to the City of David. Return to our hotel for Shabbat dinner and overnight. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 11 - Monday, Mar 4: Ayalon Institute & Israel Museum. This morning we will visit the Ayalon Institute, a secret underground ammunition factory set up by Jewish pioneers in the Resistance Movement, during the time of the British Mandate, and prior to the War of Independence. We will continue with a visit to the Israel Museum which is considered the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is also ranked among the world’s leading art & archaeology museums. During our visit of the museum, we will see the “Shrine of the Book” which is a landmark of twentieth-century museum architecture, and home to the Dead Sea Scrolls. We’ll also visit the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem, and the model of Jerusalem during Jesus’ time. Dinner and overnight. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 12 - Tuesday, Mar 5: Jerusalem. We will enjoy another full day tour including a walk of the Palm Sunday path to Dominus Flevit Chapel and visit the ancient olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane. We will continue with a visit to the Church of All Nations where we will see the brilliantly detailed floor-to-ceiling mosaics depicting events of Jesus praying alone as well as Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. This afternoon we will continue with visits to the Pool of Bethesda, the site of the miraculous healing of a paralyzed man by Jesus and is also listed as the site of the birth of Mary’s mother “Anne”. Within the grounds is St. Anne’s Church which was built by crusaders on a plot adjacent to that of the Byzantine church destroyed by “Hakim”. We will end our tour today with a visit to the Garden Tomb with communion. Tonight, enjoy your farewell dinner at the hotel, together with your fellow travelers. Transfer independently by taxi to Ben Gurion airport for late evening departure. Departure transfer can be provided for an additional cost (please ask for details). Breakfast & dinner provided.
NOTE: Hotel accomodations for this evening are not included in your cost. If your flight itinerary necessitates a hotel stay this evening, we will be happy to assist you with these arrangements (please ask for details).
Day 13 - Wednesday, Mar 6: Israel/USA. Arrival to USA
Pastor Rance or Brandy Cook
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