Israel--March 10-19th, 2011
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
God has miraculously provided for me to go with my home church to Israel next Spring. I thought I would put in the details of the trip here.
The Gospel Space
Pastor Tim Moore
Worship Pastor Ademir Simoes
They are calling the tour Walk Worthy
10 day Israel Tour March 10-19th 2011
Includes Round trip airfare from Austin, Deluxe and/or first class hotels, double occupancy, deluxe motor coaches, guided sightseeing, daily breakfast & dinner, tips, luggage handling, airport transfers & taxes. Does NOT include: cancellation fees for travel protection (optional $100), single room additional $550, daily lunches, laundry, incidentals, airline fuel up charges (if any).
Day 1: Our journey starts today as we depart on our way to Israel--the Land of the Bible. Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight. Get some rest...tomorrow you will be walking where Jesus walked! Meals: On Board Overnight: On Board
Day 2: Friday March 11--Arrival in Israel
Today we arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met and assisted by our airport representative. Short transfer to Tel Aviv--Israel's largest and most modern city. Check in at our hotel and dinner. After dinner we will meet in the hotel conference room for orientation. Free time to rest, relax and enjoy the first evening in Israel. Our Tel Aviv hotel is conveniently located near the shor of the Mediterranean Sea and close to the city center and attractions. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner. Overnight: Tel Aviva, Tal Hotel
Day 3: Saturday March 12--From Tel Aviv to the Galilee
Tel Aviv/Coastal Plains/Caesarea/Mt. Carmel/Megiddo/Nazareth/Sea of Galilee/Tiberia
After an early breakfast we star our Holy Land journey heading north to the Sea of Galilee. We will have a relaxing drive along the beautiful coast of the Mediterranean Sea and stop at Caesarea Maritime (Acts 9:30, Acts 10:24-48), which was the center of the early Christians. Here Cornelius the Centurion and his household were saved and baptized (Acts 10), and it was also here where Paul made his defense before Festus and King Agrippa prior to his final journey to Rome (Acts 25 7 26). Next, we will stop at Mount Carmel (Muchraka), where Elijah issued his challenge to the False Prophets. Then on to Megiddo (1 Kings 4:28, 9, 15, 2 Kings 23, 29 & Revel. 16:16), and the Valley of Armageddon (Revel. 16), to see the remains from Soloman's days, and view the site where the Battle of Armageddon will be fought. We continue along the Jezerel valley to visit the town of Nazareth (Luke 1:26, 4:16-29, Matthew 2:23). We will take in an unforgettable view from the top of Mt. Precipice and drive via Cana of Galilee (John 2:1-11) and the Lower Galilee region to the beautiful Sea of Galilee and the town of Tiberia. Check in and dinner at our hotel, located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
Day 4: Sunday March 12--Discovering the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Sail on the Sea of Galilee/"Jesus Boat"/Golan Heighs/Upper Galilee/Caesarea Philippi/Yardenit
Today we will discover the tranquil Galilee region and the beautiful Golan Heights. After breakfast we will board a wooden boat and sail on the Sea of Galilee as the disciples did 2,000 years ago. We will dock at Kibbutz Nof Geonsar and visit the "Ancient Jesus Boat"--the remains of a 2,000 year old boat that was discovered in 1986. This boat was used at the time of Jesus and his disciples. Next we will drive up to the beautiful Golan Heights and learn about the ancient Jewish settlements in this region. Visit Banias--ancient Caesarea Philippi (Matt. 16:13 and Mark 8:27), where Jesus said "on this rock I will build my Church". We will drive through the Hula Valley and the Upper Galilee region back to the Sea of Galilee. We conclude this remarkable day with a visit to Yardenit--the baptismal site on the Jordan River. Return to our hotel for dinner. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner. Overnight: Sea of Galilee, Royal Plaza Hotel.
Day 5: Monday March 14--Jesus' Early Ministry along the Sea Of Galilee and the River Jordan Mount of Beatitudes / Tabgha / Capernaum / /Beth Shean / Dead Sea
Today we will experience the area of Jesus’ early ministry around the Sea of Galilee. After breakfast we will drive along the Sea of Galilee and enjoy the breathtaking view from the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5,6,7,8), where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Next, we will visit Tabgha - the site of the Feeding of the 5,000 and Primacy of Peter (Matt. 13, Mark .33-45, & John 21). Here we will visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue on to the 2,000 year old remains of Capernaum (Matt. 4.13 13.54, 17.24, Luke 7, Mark 1.2, John 4.46-54). Here we can stand in what is left of the syna-gogue in which Jesus ministered. It was from this city that Jesus did most of his Galilean ministry, where he performed many miracles, and where Peter's mother-in-law lived and was healed. From here we will drive south along the Beth Shean valley and the ancient city of Beth Shean (Mark 5.20, 7.31), for an overview of this remarkable archeological site. It was here that after defeating Saul and his sons on Mount Gilboa, the Philistines hung their bodies on the walls of Beth Shean, (1 Samuel 31). We will drive through the Jordanian Valley past the city of Jericho and arrive at the lowest place on earth - the Dead Sea. We will check in at our hotel, located on the shores of the Dead Sea. Before dinner we will enjoy relaxing free time. Take this opportunity to enjoy optional spa treatments and a massage, float in the salty water of the Dead Sea, or even take a dip in the beautiful pools of our hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Overnight: Dead Sea, Leonardo Plaza Hotel or Daniel Dead Sea Resort and Spa.
Day 6: Tuesday March 15–
Exploring the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert Dead Sea / Masada/ Ein Gedi / Qumran / Jerusalem
Today we will explore the Dead Sea and the Judean desert region and its biblical and historical sites. After breakfast we will drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to visit one of the most spectacular sites in Israel – the 1,500 feet mountaintop fortress of Masada. Built by King Herod, Masada is famous for being the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans. We will ascend to Masada by cable car and discover the 1st century Synagogue, Herod’s Bathhouse and many other sites. We will continue along the shores of the Dead Sea for a look out on the oasis of Ein Gedi, where David hid in a cave when running from Saul (1 Samuel 23). It was here that David composed several of his Psalms. Next, we will visit Qumran and walk through the ruins of this ancient Essene community. In this spot, an amazing cache of ancient biblical texts were discovered in 1947 - com-monly called the Dead Sea Scrolls. From here we will ascend to Jerusa-lem – the holy city of Zion. Upon arriving in Jerusalem, experience a breathtaking panoramic view of Jerusalem from Mt. Scopus and take per-sonal time for prayer as we enter God’s eternal city. Continue to our cen-trally located hotel for check in and dinner. Our hotel is conveniently located within walking distance from old city Jerusalem.
Free time to rest, relax and enjoy your first evening in Jerusalem. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7: Wednesday March 16 Touching the Stones of Your Heritage: Jerusalem Old City Mount of Olives / Kidron Val-ley/ / Garden of Gethsemane/ Western Wall Tunnels / Pool of Bethesda/ Church of the Holy Sepulcher/ Via Delarosa / Chris-tian Quarter/
Today we walk where Jesus walked. Following an early breakfast we will begin our first day of tour-ing Jerusalem and head to the top of the Mount of Olives to stand where the Lord ascended into heaven (Acts 1). From the Mount of Olives we take in a breathtaking view of the city across the Kidron Valley to the Eastern Gate where the Prince of Peace will enter (Ezekiel 44). We will pass by Pater Noster Church and visit Dominus Flevit where “the Lord wept” as he beheld the Holy City. We will take the Palm Sunday Road down to the Garden of Gethsemane where we will see 2,000 year old olive trees that date back to the time of Christ. We will enter the Old City; our first stop will be the Western Wall (“Wailing Wall”) – the holi-est site in Judaism and one of the original ancient walls that retained the Temple. We will be privileged to enter the most important excavations in Israel – the famous Western Wall Tunnels. The tunnels, running along the base of the Western Wall, will lead us through the Second Temple era and reveal the amazing construction of the Temple Mount: giant stones, water supply and a Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Continue to St. Anne Church and the Pool of Bethesda. We will start our walk along the Stations of the Cross – the Via Delarosa, to visit the Judg-ment Hall of Pilate all the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Matt. 27. 33-57, 28.10). In the afternoon we will enjoy free time to rest and shop at the colorful old city bazaars. As Jerusalem prepares for the beginning of the Shabbat we will join in prayer at the Western Wall. We return to our hotel for Shabbat dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Overnight: Jerusalem, Grand Court Hotel
Day 8: Thursday March 17 - City of Zion - Past, Present and Future: Jerusalem Old and New City Mt. Zion/ Upper Room/ Tomb of King David/ Jewish Quarter/ Knesset / Ein Karem / Bethlehem/ Church of the Nativ-ity/ Shepherd’s Field/ Garden Tomb
After breakfast we will drive to Mt. Zion and worship in the Upper Room (Luke 22) - the traditional site where Jesus instituted the Lord’s supper and where later Thomas cried, "My Lord and my God”. Visit the Tomb of King David and walk through the historic Jewish Quarter. We will drive through the new city of Jerusalem and pass by the Knesset - Israel’s parliament. Drive to Ein Karem - the birthplace of John the Baptist (Luke 1.39-80) and visit the Church of St. John the Baptist. Continue to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity (Luke 2: 1-7). We venture out to the Shepherd’s Field, referenced in Luke 2:8-20, where an angel appeared to announce the birth of Jesus. In the late afternoon we visit the Garden Tomb, where we will celebrate the resurrection with a time of prayer (Luke 23). We will end the day by driving back to our hotel for our great farewell dinner. We will share food with our new friends and be inspired by all the memories from our journey - memories that will last a lifetime.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Overnight: Jerusalem, Grand Court Hotel
Day 9: Friday March 18 – Saying Goodbye / Departure
Today we will take a transfer back to the Tel Aviv airport for our flight home. Or, enjoy a free day in Jerusalem and take an evening/night flight back home.
Day 10: Saturday March 19 – Arrival
Arrive this morning back in the U.S.A and start planning your next trip to the Holy Land........ Your transfer back from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv air-port is included in this tour. You are required to be at the Tel Aviv airport 3 hours before flight departure. Therefore, your transfer driver will wait for you at the lobby of the Jerusalem hotel 4 hours prior to your scheduled flight departure.
It is a 1 hour drive between Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv airport.