Conversations in the Holy Land is a unique travel experience that will give you a more informed and well-rounded perspective on the conflicts in this important region of the world. Dialogue with Christians, Jews, and Muslims about their complicated lives and relationships. Learn about the history of the conflict and past efforts for peace and reconciliation. Hear from people trying to bring a new way of life to this area today. Visit Biblical sites where Jesus taught and implored all of us to love one another through his words and actions. Come home with new ways to think about peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land and in your own community.
Join Rev. Dr. Gary Mason for Conversations in the Holy Land, the Dialogue Series 2020! January 8-16, 2020 experience places such as the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and the City of David. This 9-day tour's starting price is $3098* including flights from the New York area.
*Pricing reflects a 4% cash discount
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Live Audio Headsets
- Overseas Transfers
- Study Guide
Day 1 Depart USA
Depart on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 Arrive in Israel / Transfer to Galilee Kibbutz / dinner and overnight – Welcome Gathering
Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to your accommodations at a kibbutz in the Galilee area. Enjoy a welcome meeting with local members of the Kibbutz - conversation on Kibbutz life and an Israeli perspective on the conflict.
Day 3 Northern Israel – Golan Heights / Mount Bental / Tel Dan / Metulla – Evening lecture on History and the Power of Memory
This morning you will pass through the Golan Heights and gain a better appreciation of their strategic importance. Look out from Mount Bental over the valley that leads to Damascus. Saul would have his life transforming vision on his way there (Acts 9). Continue northward to Tel Dan. Walk the ancient remains of Tel Dan and see where the altar built by King Jeroboam I once stood (I Kings 12). Pass through Metulla, home to the "Good Fence" and Nahal Ayyan Bridge. Bought by Baron de Rothschild in the late 1800's for Jewish immigration to return to Israel, it now sits on the border of Lebanon and Israel. Return to your kibbutz for dinner and an evening lecture on History and the Power of Memory.
Day 4 Galilee sites / Jordan Valley / Jericho – Evening lecture on "From Extremism to Inclusion." - Overnight in Jericho
Today you will spend around the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus invested the majority of his Ministry. Worship as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (Matthew 4). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7). Explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves at Tabgha, traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9). See the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed his devotion three times to the risen Christ (John 21). Recall Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan River (Mark 1). Then pass through the Jordan Valley on your way to your hotel in Jericho for dinner and a lecture on "From Extremism to Inclusion."
Day 5 Masada / Dead Sea / Bedouin Experience – Overnight in Bethlehem - Possible Dinner with local Arab Christian Families
Begin this morning in Jericho, to view the ruins of the city conquered by Joshua (Joshua 6), in the distance you can also see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4). Walk the ruins of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Continue south to visit Masada, the spectacular mountaintop fortress built by Herod that is famous for being the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans. From the top of Masada, the Roman camps and siege ramp can still be seen. Then pass though the Judean Wilderness and stop at a Bedouin Experience, before checking into your hotel in Bethlehem. The option to experience dinner with a local Arab Christian family will be available.
Day 6 Bethlehem sites / Interaction with Hope Secondary School, Christmas Lutheran (Mitzrah) and Bethlehem Bible College – Lecture on Palestinian Issues – Political, Socioeconomic, and Territory
Walk to the traditional birthplace of Jesus in the Church of the Nativity. Then visit the chambers of Saint Jerome, who first translated the Bible into Latin beneath what is now St. Catherine's Church. Stop for a tour and interaction with students at the Hope Secondary School. Visit the Christmas Lutheran Church and learn about their various projects to bring Christians and Muslims together through education and cooperation. Travel to the Arab American University and visit the Palestinian History Museum.
Day 7 Jewish Jerusalem sites – Wall, City of David, Yad Vashem - Q and A with Christian, Palestinian and Jewish local representatives
Begin your time in Jerusalem at the Western Wall, the last remnant of the Second Temple Period available for Jews to pray. Wander through the excavations of the City of David. Walk the steps to the Pool of Siloam, recently uncovered at the foot of the City. After lunch, travel to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, as a reminder of what the hatred of any people can become. Tonight will be a presentation of Christian, Palestinian Muslim and Jewish local representatives for a time of interaction and questions from you.
Day 8 Christian Jerusalem Sites – Mount of Olives, via Dolorosa, Garden Tomb / Free Evening
Stand atop the Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy a remarkable view of the "Golden City" of Jerusalem. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1). Walk the Palm Sunday Road, down the Mount of Olives. Stop en-route at Dominus Flevit Church, a great view of the city, built in commemoration of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem (Luke 19). Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26). View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle (John 5). Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23), and follow in Christ’s steps on the Via Dolorosa ("the Way of the Cross"). At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, take time to reflect on His sacrificial love. Prepare for your return flights.
Day 9 Return to USA
Return home with an understanding of the people and places of the Holy Land, and how their continuing struggles to live in peace and reconciliation merit our prayers, and can inspire us in our personal Christian walk.