CUFI Israel United Churches Tour

April 1 – 10, 2019

CUFI Israel United Churches tour, April 1 – 10, 2019

Have your congregants join you in the Holy Land and share together with the other CUFI Pastor clergy who experienced that wonderful leadership trip to Israel!


Day 1 – Monday, April 1, 2019
USA / En Route
Depart the United States flying overnight to Israel.

Day 2 – Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Tel Aviv / Galilee
Arrive Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, directly on the Mediterranean Sea and Israel’s largest city. Meet, assist and begin the journey traveling up the Israeli coastline to Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea. View the beautiful restored Roman Theater, the ruins of the ancient town, harbor and aqueduct. Continue to the Galilee for overnight.
Overnight: Galilee (D)

Day 3 – Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Morning visit to Capernaum, residence of Jesus during his ministry in the Galilee and the location of several of his miracles. Next, join together for a special service on the waters of the Sea of Galilee. Disembark and stop for a visit to the ancient boat at Ginnosar. Drive and view Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. Continue across the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, one of Solomon’s chariot cities and the site of the coming battle of Armageddon. Conclude the day being Baptized in the Jordan River, at the beautiful site of Yardenit.
Overnight: Galilee (B,D)

Day 4 – Thursday, April 4, 2019
Begin the day at the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of the Sermon on the Mount. Next, meet with Elliot Chodoff, a political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorism, who will escort the group onto the Golan Heights for an overview for a Northern Israel strategic tour. Then, proceed to the border outpost to meet Israeli soldiers who keep Israel safe along her northern border with Lebanon. View the road to Damascus, passing Mount Hermon. Continue to Caesarea Philippi where Peter first professed Jesus as Christ and Tabgha, the traditional site of the miracle of loaves and fishes before returning to the Galilee.
Overnight: Galilee (B,D)

Day 5 – Friday, April 5, 2019
Galilee / Jerusalem
This morning begin the journey up to Jerusalem, driving around the ancient city of Jericho en route. Enjoy a welcome service atop Mount Scopus upon arrival. View the beautiful panorama from atop the Mount of Olives, continuing to the Garden of Gethsemane. As the sun sets, gather at the Western Wall (Kotel) for the traditional bringing in of the Sabbath. Special Shabbat dinner with host family this evening.
Overnight: Jerusalem (B,D)

Day 6 – Saturday, April 6, 2019
Morning visit to the Pool of Bethesda and St. Anne’s Church. Walk atop ancient pavement to the Ecce Homo Archway. Follow the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa), through narrow alleys and souks to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Ascend Mount Zion and continue to St. Peter in Gallicantu Church overlooking the Kidron Valley and Caiaphas’ House. View Zion Gate en route to the Upper Room of the Last Supper.
Overnight: Jerusalem (B,D)

Day 7 – Sunday, April 7, 2019
Experience Ir David, the City of David with an exciting journey both above and below ground through excavations, fortresses and passageways, walking through the Canaanite tunnel. This afternoon, pass Israel’s Parliament Knesset grounds en route to the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. Visit the Model of Ancient Jerusalem, a miniature of the city during the Second Temple period. Continue to the Jewish Quarter of the Old City that was reconstructed after the city was unified at the conclusion of the Six-Day War in 1967. A special point of interest in the restored Jewish Quarter is the “Cardo”, meaning the “heart” of this ancient Byzantine city. Conclude the day walking the Western Wall Tunnels, experiencing more than 2,000 years of history.
Overnight: Jerusalem (B,D)

Day 8 – Monday, April 8, 2019
Jerusalem / Judean Desert
Beginning the day with a tour of the Security Fence and IDF Check Points with Danny Tirza – Col. (Res.). Danny Tirza is in charge of planning the security fence between the West Bank and Israel, Israel’s largest infrastructure project. Next, depart Jerusalem with a drive into the Judean wilderness for a visit to Masada, the mountain top ruin of Herod’s Palace and the last fortress of the Jewish revolt against Rome. Onto Qumran, overlooking the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, followed by a swim in the Dead Sea. Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem (B,D)

Day 9 – Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Jerusalem / En Route
Begin your last morning in Israel with a special communion service at the Garden Tomb. Remainder of the day will be spent in the New City of Jerusalem. First, an unforgettable visit to the Memorial to the Holocaust at Yad Vashem. The touring program ends at the Friends of Zion Museum dedicated to the outstanding contribution of Christians to the State of Israel. Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner before transferring to the airport with assistance in departure for flight to the United States. (B,D)

Day 10 – Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Arrival in the United States.