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Holy Land Journey 2020 with Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the North Alabama Annual Conference of the UMC

10 days
The Holy Land
Starting from $3346* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the North Alabama Annual Conference of the UMC on this 10 day Holy Land Journey starting on February 04, 2020. Prices starts at $3,346* from Atlanta,GA and $3,496* from Birmingham,AL.

*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 spiritual pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.

Day 2 Arrive in the Holy Land

Your spiritual pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight. You will be welcomed to the Holy Land by our airport representative and transferred to your hotel in the Galilee. Enjoy dinner before you rest.

Day 3 Capernaum, the Mt. of Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi

Start your day at the Yardenit Baptismal Site where you can remember your baptism at the Jordan River. Travel to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee. Visit the synagogue which stands on the site where Jesus taught. Recall his teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom (Matt. 4:13, 23). Travel to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached to the people (Matt. 5-7). Visit Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus traveled with His disciples and where nearby Peter made his great confession to Jesus, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16). See Mount Hermon, probably the site of the Lord’s Transfiguration (Matt. 17: 1-9).

Day 4 The Sea of Galilee and Beit Shean

At Tabgha, the traditional location for the calling of the disciples and the feeding of the 5000, you’ll visit the Church of the Fish and the Loaves (Luke 9:10-17). You’ll also visit the Chapel of the Primacy where three times Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). At Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar, you’ll learn about the “Ancient Boat”, a rare example of the kind of boat in which Jesus would have sailed. With Bible in hand, cross the waters of the Sea of Galilee. Along the way, participate in a special onboard worship service. Visit the ruins of Beit Shean which was continuously inhabited for 5000 years and was one of the Roman cities Jesus passed on his way from Galilee to Jerusalem.

Day 5 Nazareth, Megiddo and Caesarea

Visit Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matt. 2:23). Travel the ancient caravan route to Tel Megiddo where 20 different cities lie superimposed upon each other. Visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of the early Christians. Here, Cornelius became the first Gentile convert to the new religion (Acts 10) and Paul was imprisoned before being taken to Rome for Trial. Continue to Jerusalem for overnight.

Day 6 Jerusalem

In Bethlehem, you’ll visit the cave revered as the place where Jesus was born (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-7). The church, which was constructed on the site, is the world’s oldest functioning church. Nearby you’ll view Shepherds’ Field where the Good News was first heard. Stand atop the Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy a remarkable view of the “Golden City” of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, the Kidron Valley and the Valley of Gehenna. Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:9-12). Visit the Chapel of the Ascension. Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus prayed (Matt. 26:36-44).

Day 7 Jerusalem and the Old City

Visit the Southern Wall Excavations of the ancient Temple, including the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. Walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City. Once lined with shops it is now partially restored. View the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1-31) where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle, and sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23: 1-11). Walk the Via Dolorosa, “the Way of the Cross,” and stand in reverence at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Day 8 Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea & Ein Gedi

Even today, the road from Jerusalem to the Jordan Valley twists for miles as it descends below sea level to the lowest spot on the earth's surface. Jesus traveled the nearby Roman road, the setting of His parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-36). Visit Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery, to discuss the mysterious community of Essenes who once lived on the shores of the Dead Sea. The next stop is Masada, Herod’s mountaintop fortress which became the last stronghold of the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans. Ride the cable car to the top to explore. Peer down upon the remains of the Roman camps and siege ramp below. You’ll stop briefly at the shores of the Dead Sea for a quick dip in the salt and mineral laden waters. Journey to the oasis of Ein Gedi, where David and his men sought refuge from Saul (1 Samuel 23).

Day 9 Jerusalem

This morning, visit Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas where Jesus was imprisoned for a night (Matt. 26:57-65). Stand in the Upper Room, revered as the place of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26). View the site of King David’s Tomb. Visit the Haas Promenade for a last panoramic view of the Old City from the south of Jerusalem, the Old City walls and the hill called Mount Moriah where Abraham was commanded by God to offer Isaac as a burnt offering (Gen. 22:2, 4). Visit and worship at the Garden Tomb, possible site of the garden of Joseph of Arimathea and experience the reality of the Resurrection.

Day 10 Extension or Return back home

Depart on an exciting extension or return to USA.

Enhance Your Journey

Cairo & The Route Of The Exodus $948

Follow the Ancient Caravan Route to Mount Sinai.

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

Stop at Wadi Feran, Elim and Marah by the Red Sea on your way to Cairo. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.

 Visit Memphis & Saqqara. View the Step Pyramid, the Great Pyramids at Giza and the majestic Sphinx today. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.

See King Tut's Treasures and explore the Egyptian Museum. View the Citadel of Old Cairo and stop at the Coptic Church. This evening you will sail the Nile on an authentic Egyptian Felucca. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.

Return to USA.

Nile Cruise $1798

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

Wonders of Petra & Dead Sea $898

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.

 

Departure Dates

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