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2018 Israel Tour | Nov. 5 – 15

Tour Itinerary

Day 1   Monday, November 5, 2018

USA / ENROUTE
Depart the United States flying overnight to Israel.

Day 2   Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Caesarea / GALILEE
Afternoon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Travel north along the Israeli coastline to Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea. View the beautiful restored Roman Theater, and the ruins of the ancient town. Transfer to the hotel in Tiberias, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Tiberias (D)

Day 3   Wednesday, November 7, 2018

GALILEE
This morning, set sail on the Sea of Galilee with an inspirational time of reflection. Proceed to Ginossar to see the ancient boat from the time of Jesus. Next, visit the Mount of Beatitudes, continuing to Capernaum to see the ruins of the ancient synagogue. View Tabgha, the traditional site of the miracle of loaves and fishes and continue to Beitsaida, site of the healing of the blind man and birthplace of Peter, Andrew and Philip. Dinner and overnight. Tiberias (B, D)

Day 4   Thursday, November 8, 2018

GALILEE
Morning special meeting at hotel with Greek Orthodox Priest, Father Gabriel Nadaff. Drive on the Golan Heights seeing the former Syrian fortifications understanding the strategic importance of this area. View the road to Damascus, driving past Mt. Hermon to Mt. Bental, an excellent lookout point towards Syria in the east, the Hermon slopes in the north, and the northern Golan Heights. Visit to an IDF military base, with an opportunity to meet with IDF soldiers. Continue to the ancient site of Beit Shean for an inspirational teaching by Pastor Matthew Hagee. Enjoy dinner under the stars followed by Shean Lights, sound & light show (TBC). Tiberias (B, D)

Day 5   Friday, November 9, 2018

GALILEE / JERUSALEM
Gather at Yardenit, for an anointed Baptism service in the Jordan River led by Pastor Hagee. Visit Atlit Detainee Camp telling the story of the struggle of Jews fleeing Europe from Nazi persecution and death. Visit the 9/11 Living Memorial. Dedicated in November, 2009, this memorial to the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks is the first memorial outside of New York to list the names of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on that day, along with their countries of origin. Recite a Shehechiyanu blessing upon entering the city of Jerusalem. Welcome the Sabbath in the home of Rabbi Daniel Sperber in the Old City. Experience Shabbat at the Western Wall, Kotel. Participate in a traditional Shabbat dinner at an Israeli family’s home. Jerusalem (B, D)

 

Day 6   Saturday, November 10, 2018

JUDEAN DESERT / JERUSALEM
Morning meeting with Khaled Abu Toameh, journalist, lecturer and documentary filmmaker. Proceed by foot to St. Peter in Gallicantu on Mt. Zion and Caiaphas House. Continue with a tour of reunification of Jerusalem in the Old City (including a visit to the Jewish Quarter). Enter the walled Old City of Jerusalem through Lions Gate to St. Anne’s Church. Visit the Pool of Bethesda and walk the Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross, passing through the Ecce Homo Archway. Experience the Upper Room, site of the Last Supper. Following dinner is the Night Spectacular Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David Fortress. Jerusalem (B, D)

Day 7   Sunday, November 11, 2018

JERUSALEM
Spend the day in Jerusalem, visiting the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. Next, visit the archeology site unearthing Ir David, City of David, taking the tunnel to the Temple Mount, and touring the excavated base of the Western Wall (tunnels) on the Herodian street from the time of Jesus. Then, tour the Security Fence with IDF Colonel (res.) Danny Tirza, IDF Chief Architect for the Security Fence.  This afternoon, proceed to the Knesset, for a briefing by a Knesset Member. Jerusalem (B, D)

Day 8   Monday, November 12, 2018

JERUSALEM
Today’s full day begins 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. Pass by Qumran, overlooking the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, followed by floating in the unsinkable Dead Sea. Return to Jerusalem after the day’s adventure. Hear Pastor John Hagee teach at the Southern Wall Steps. Experience Machane Yehuda Market. Jerusalem (B, D)

Day 9   Tuesday, November 13, 2018

JERUSALEM
Morning briefing by Sgt. Benjamin Anthony. Visit the Memorial to the Holocaust at Yad Vashem, followed by a walk along the Path of Redemption to Mt Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery.  Onto the Friends of Zion Museum, dedicated to the outstanding contributions of Christians to the State of Israel.  Afternoon gathering at the Garden Tomb for an anointing Communion Service. Evening Farewell dinner, before transferring to the airport with assistance in departure. (B, D)

Day 10   Wednesday, November 14, 2018

USA
Arrival in the United States later today.

*Sites are subject to change and order of sites may vary

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