Depart on May 31, 2021, for an amazing trip to the Holy Land with Pastor Keith and Diana Ringers. You will leave from New York for the price of $3,748* or leave from Pensacola for the price of $4,096*.
*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
- International Airfare
Day 1 May 31 – Depart USA
Your spiritual pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.
Day 2 June 1 – Arrive in the Holy Land
You will be welcomed to the Holy Land by our airport representative and transferred to your hotel on the coast.
Day 3 June 2 – Caesarea Maritima, Megiddo, Sepphoris, Mount Arbel
Begin the day at Caesarea Maritima, the Roman capital of Judea with its theater and Roman Aqueduct, where Cornelius became the first Gentile convert to the new covenant (Acts 10) and Paul was imprisoned before taken to Rome for trial. Travel the ancient caravan route to Tel Megiddo where over 20 cities lie superimposed upon each other and the site of many ancient battles. Visit Sepphoris, the capital of Galilee in Jesus’ youth, where Jesus and Joseph probably earned their living as construction workers. End the day’s travels on Mount Arbel with its stunning panoramic view of the Plain of Gennesaret and the Sea of Galilee where most of Jesus ministry took place, before going to our lodging in a kibbutz on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4 June 3 – Hazor, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights
Explore Hazor, one of the oldest archaeological sites in Israel. The 3000 year old city was the inspiration for The Source, James Michener’s epic historical novel about Israel. Here Joshua fought against Jabin (Joshua 11:1-11). At Tel Dan, see the mud brick arch constructed in Canaanite times and where the “House of David” inscription from the First Temple Period was found. VisitCaesarea Philippi, where Jesus traveled with his disciples and where nearby Peter made his great confession: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” (Matthew 16:16) After lunch in the vicinity of Mount Hermon, return through the strategic tableland known as the Golan Heights.
Day 5 June 4 – Valley of the Wind and Doves, Magdala, Mount of Beatitudes, Eremos Topos, Capernaum, Tabgha, Chorazim, the Ancient Boat, Sea of Galilee Boat Ride
Begin your day walking a portion of the Valley of the Wind and Doves. Continue with a visit to the excavations of Magdala, home of a first century synagogue and Mary Magdalene. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. Walk down the hill to Eremos Topos, identified by a 3rd Century pilgrim as “the lonely place” where Jesus retired to pray. Explore Capernaum, Jesus’ headquarters in Galilee; Tabgha, site of the feeding of the 5000; and Chorazim, the city Jesus cursed because they had seen his mighty acts, yet remained unrepentant. At Nof Ginosar, see the 1st century fishing boat found in the Sea of Galilee’s mud, a rare example of the kind of boat in which Jesus would have sailed those waters. End the day with a sunset boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and a worship service on board.
Day 6 June 5 – Nazareth, Jacob’s Well, Baptismal Site, Mount Scopus
You’ll visit Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus (Matthew 2:23) and the Mount of Precipice where Luke describes how Jesus was rejected by those in his hometown synagogue. Filled with anger they “led him to the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.” (Luke 4:29) See Sychar, home of Jacob’s Well, where Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman (John 4). Remember your baptism as you worship at the Baptismal Site on the River Jordan and contemplate the Baptism of Jesus. You’ll approach Jerusalem from Mount Scopus with its panoramic view of the Holy City as you make your way to your hotel.
Day 7 June 6 – Sunday Worship in Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Shepherds’ Field
Today we cross the border into Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Worship in the Christmas Lutheran Church to get a sense of the Christian community of the Holy Land. In the afternoon, visit the Church of the Nativity, the oldest continuously functioning church in the world. See the cave where tradition holds Jesus was born. Look out on the Shepherds’ Field, where angels announced his birth, as we close our day with worship.
Day 8 June 7 – Mount of Olives, Palm Sunday Walk, Garden of Gethsemane, Temple Mount, Southern Wall Excavations, Teaching Steps, Western Wall, Upper Room, Caiaphas’ Palace
Stand atop the Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy a remarkable view of the “Golden City” of Jerusalem. Walk the route of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry on Palm Sunday. Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. Visit the Temple Mount, site of Solomon’s Temple, and the Southern Wall Excavations, with its Teaching Steps. Visit the traditional site of the Last Supper on Mount Zion, and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, the site of the High Priest’s Palace, where Jesus stood before the Sanhedrin and was imprisoned overnight before the crucifixion, and where Peter denied that he knew Jesus.
Day 9 June 8 – Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Garden Tomb, Depart for Home
Begin the day at the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus performed a Sabbath miracle of healing. Walk the Via Dolorosa, the “Way of the Cross,” and stand in reverence at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, site of the crucifixion and tomb of Jesus. Our tour ends with a service of Holy Communion at the Garden Tomb. This evening, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the USA.
Day 10 June 9 – Return Home
Enjoy the flight back.