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Holy Land 2020 with South Georgia Annual Conference of the UMC

10 days
The Holy Land
Starting from $3198* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join South Georgia Annual Conference of the UMC and Guest Speaker Bishop R. Lawson Bryan on this exciting 10-Day journey where you will visit all the major sites, such as the Sea of Galilee, Mt. of Beatitudes, the Jordan River, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and more. Enhance your journey by adding an optional extension. 

Prices starts at $3,198* from Atlanta, $3,298* from Jacksonville and Savannah. The tour departs on January 15, 2020.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

 

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Domestic Airfare
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Live Audio Headsets
  • Overseas Airport Transfers
  • Study Guide
  • Visas (U.S. Citizens)
  • International Airfare

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

† If air purchased through EO.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA

Day 2 Arrive in the Holy Land

You will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel to enjoy dinner before
retiring for the night.

Day 3 The Galilee

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 4:13, 23). 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 9:10‐17). See the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed his devotion three times to the risen Christ (John 21). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first‐century synagogue. Recall Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan River.

Day 4 Cana, Nazareth, Tel Megiddo & Caesarea

Visit the Franciscan Wedding Chapel in Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle, before continuing on to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Look out over Tel Megiddo (Armageddon) to view one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel. Today’s last stop is Caesarea, a center of the early Christians where an angel visited Cornelius, the first Gentile believer (Acts 10), and where Paul was imprisoned for two years before appealing to Caesar.

Day 5 Jericho, Qumran & Mount of Olives

As you stop in Jericho to view the ruins of the city conquered by Joshua (Joshua 6:1, 2, 20), in the distance you can also see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1‐11). Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. End your day with a group picture taken from the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9‐12).

Day 6 Jerusalem & Bethlehem

In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace and see the Church of the Nativity constructed over the site (Matthew 1:18 25). Gaze out over Shepherds’ Field before returning to Jerusalem. Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and envision the scenes of the night before Jesus’ crucifixion (Matthew 26:36 ‐ 44). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the HighPriest Caiaphas, where Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal (Matthew 26:57). Meditate onthe events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room (Mark 14:12‐26).

Day 7 Jerusalem & the Old City

Walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City. Explore ancient Jerusalem at the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle (John 5:1‐18). Sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne and experience its rich acoustics. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1), 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.

Day 8 Leisure Day (Masada/Dead Sea Option)

Today you have free time to explore on your own or you may choose to visit Masada and the Dead Sea (additional charge). Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod’s legendary mountaintop fortress which became the last desperate stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. You can still look down on the remains of the Roman camps and the siege ramp below. End your day with a dip in the salt and mineral‐laden waters of the Dead Sea.

Day 9 Jerusalem

Travel to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist and where Mary visited Elisabeth (Luke 1:26‐40). Explore the poignant exhibits of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial. Visit the Garden Tomb for a time of reflection and communion.

Day 10 Return to the USA

Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension.

Enhance Your Journey

Wonders of Petra & Dead Sea $848

Cross the Allenby Bridge into Jordan. Visit Jerash.

Overnight in Amman.

Visit Mt. Nebo & Madaba. Overnight in Petra or at  the Dead Sea.

Explore Petra. Travel to the Dead Sea area for a late dinner and overnight.

Free Morning at the Dead Sea. Cross border back into Israel. Dinner in Jerusalem.

Return to USA.

 

Nile Cruise $2298

Follow the Ancient Caravan Route to Mount Sinai.

Visit the Monastery of St. Catherine before continuing to Sharm el Sheik for dinner and overnight.

Fly to Luxor and board your Nile cruise boat. You will visit Luxor and Karnak Temples late this afternoon.

Visit the Necropolis of Thebes before exploring the Valleys of the Kings & Queens. See the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Sail to Esna and cross through the Nile locks, before sailing to Edfu.

Explore the Temple of Horus in Edfu this morning. Sail to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple there shared by the gods Sobok & Haroeris this afternoon. Sail to Aswan this evening.

Disembark your Nile Cruise boat in Aswan this morning. Visit the High Dam of Aswan and the Granite Quarry nearby to see the unfinished obelisk. Explore the Temple of Philae before flying to Cairo for dinner and overnight.

See King Tut's Treasures and explore the Egyptian Museum. View the Great Pyramids at Giza and the majestic Sphinx today. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.

Return to USA

Departure Dates

  1. January 15, 2020
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount