You will deepen your understanding of the Bible and Jesus’ life and ministry on this 11-day journey through the Holy Land. Pilgrims will spend 3-nights in Bethlehem and visit Jacob’s Well, Samaria, Nablus, Mt Gerizim, Qumran and other sites not available on other EO itineraries. This journey also includes many sites in the Galilee and Jerusalem. Departing on May 19, 2020 with prices starting at $3,896* from Atlanta, GA.
*All prices reflect 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
- Learning Opportunities
- Live Audio Headsets
- Study Guide
- International Airfare
Day 1 Depart USA
Your journey begins as you depart the USA.
Day 2 Arrive in the Holy Land
Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Jericho and Qumran
Visit the baptismal site of Qasr el Yehud, where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Travel to Jericho (the oldest city in the world) and visit the ruins of the ancient city conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6:1, 2 & 20). In the distance, you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matt.4:1-11). Continue to Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery. End your day with the opportunity to take a dip in the mineral laden waters of the Dead Sea.
Day 4 Herodion and Bethlehem
Explore one of the most exciting archeological digs in Israel the Herodion, the palace-fortress and final resting place of Herod the Great. In Bethlehem, visit the cave where Jesus was born (Luke 2:1-7) and the Church of the Nativity. Gaze out over the Shepherds’ Field, where angels first proclaimed the Good News.
Day 5 Caesarea, Mount Carmel and Megiddo
Visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity and where Paul was imprisoned for two years (Acts 10). View Mount Carmel, site of Elijah’s victory over the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Travel the ancient caravan route through the Jezreel Valley to Tel Megiddo, an exciting archeological dig with its layers of twenty different cities built on top of each other.
Day 6 The Galilee
Enjoy a scenic drive to Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee (Matt.4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the text of the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus preached there (Matt. 5-7). Experience a special onboard worship service as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Church of the Fish and the Loaves in Tabgha, the traditional location of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17). As you pray in the Chapel of the Primacy, remember how Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ three times (John 21). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue.
Day 7 Cana, Nazareth, Samaria and Jacob’s Well
Begin your day with a visit to Cana, the site of Christ’s first miracle (John 2) before stopping in Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Continue past Tel Dothan, thought to be the place where Joseph found his brothers with their flocks (Genesis 37). Visit Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom and home to Ahab and Jezebel. See Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim where the Israelites recited the blessings and curses of the Law. In modern day Nablus (ancient Shechem), see where the Samaritan woman encountered Christ (John 4) at Jacob’s Well.
Day 8 First Day in Jerusalem
Stand on the Mount of Olives and enjoy a remarkable view of the Golden City of Jerusalem. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from this place (Acts 1:9-12). Walk to the Garden of Gethsemane and pray beneath the ancient olive trees (Matt.26:36-44). On Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room, revered as the site of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12) and St. Peter in Gallicantu, the home of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was held after His arrest (Matt. 26:57).
Day 9 Masada, Israel Museum
This morning journey to Masada. 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. Return to Jerusalem and gain a better understanding of Jerusalem at the time of Christ with a look at the First Century Model of the City of Jerusalem, now housed at the Israel Museum. The museum itself contains 10,000 years of archeological artifacts. Also visit the Shrine of the Book displaying the Book of Isaiah discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Day 10 Second Day in Jerusalem
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem along the Cardo, once the main street of the city. Explore the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations, including the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. Remember how Jesus healed on the Sabbath when you visit the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1-18). At Herod’s Antonia Fortress (Luke 23:1), see where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate. Walk the Via Dolorosa (“the Way of the Cross”) and remember the Lord’s sacrificial love at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Share communion together at the Garden Tomb in celebration of His Resurrection.
Day 11 Return to the USA
Return to the USA
May 19, 2020