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Journey through the Bible 2020 with the Indiana UM North Central District and Rev. Chris Nunley, Conference Superintendent

11 days
The Holy Land
Starting from $3896* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join the Indiana UM North Central District and Rev. Chris Nunley, Conference Superintendent on the Journey through the Bible 2020! From October 13th through the 23rd, experience places such as the archeological dig in Herodion, the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, and Hezekiah's Tunnel in the City of David. Pricing for this 11-day tour starts at $3,896* including international airfare from Chicago or $3,946* from Indianapolis.

*Pricing reflects a 4% cash discount

What’s Included

  • 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
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Live Audio Headsets
  • Study Guide
  • International Airfare

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 October 13 – Depart USA

Your journey begins as you depart on your overnight flight.

Day 2 October 14 - USA to the Holy Land

Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 October 15 - Jericho, Qumran and Wadi Qelt

Visit the baptismal site of Qasr el Yahud, 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. Enjoy a walk through the Wadi Qelt, also known as the Valley of the Shadow.  End your day with the opportunity to take a dip in the mineral laden waters of the Dead Sea.

Day 4 October 16 - 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 (Matthew 1:18-25) and the Church of the Nativity. Gaze out over the Shepherds’ Field, where angels first proclaimed the Good News.  

Day 5 October 17 - Caesarea, Nazareth Village 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).  Experience what life was like in a First Century recreation at Nazareth Village.  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. Check in to your Galilee Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 October 18 - 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 October 19 - 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. Check in to your Jerusalem Hotel for dinner and overnight.   

Day 8 October 20 - 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 St. Peter in Gallicantu, the home of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was held after His arrest (Matt. 26:57). Learn more about First Century Jerusalem at the Model housed at the Museum.  Also see the Shrine of the Book here, home to some of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Day 9 October 21 - 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). 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 10 October 22 - Yad Hashmonah (Biblical Gardens), The City of David Excavations – Hezekiah’s Tunnel – Pool of Siloam, and /or the Citadel Museum and Excavations

Visit Yad Hashmona Biblical Garden where you will receive hands-on exposure to ancient mannerisms and customs of the Israelites.  Wander through the excavations of the City of David.  Those who wish can opt to walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel.  Walk the steps to the Pool of Siloam, recently uncovered at the foot of the City.  Visit the Citadel Museum that preserves portions of the city’s history from the First Temple period on, and the recent excavations there that are open to the public.

Day 11 October 23 - Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension

Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension  

Enhance Your Journey

Wonders of Petra & Dead Sea Starting from $1048

October 23 – Jordan – Bethany Beyond Jordan

This morning, you’ll cross from Israel to Jordan via the Allenby Bridge.  You’ll walk through Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the traditional place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.  Several baptismal pools dating back to Byzantine times can be seen here.  Check in to your Dead Sea Hotel for dinner and overnight.

October 24 – Petra

Wander and wonder at the rose red city of Petra, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the new Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  Journey back in time through the Siq to see the Treasury Building (made famous by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), amphitheatre, and other public facilities and private tombs carved directly into rock!   In the distance, the traditional site of Aaron’s tomb can be seen.  In the town of Wadi Musa, is the spring that tradition holds sprang up when Moses struck the rock (Numbers 20).  Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

October 25 – Mount Nebo, Jerash and Amman

 Look out over the Promised Land as Moses did from the top of Mt. Nebo (Deuteronomy 34), where on a clear day you can see a vast portion of Israel.  Then travel to explore Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the world. Stroll through the oval piazza and wander along colonnaded streets etched by the wheels of ancient chariots. Stand in the grand theatre where an onstage whisper can be heard in the top row.  Finish the day in Amman for dinner and prepare for your return flight.   

October 26 – Return to USA

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

 

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