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Bible Land Exploration 2022

10 days
The Holy Land
Starting from $3298* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join us on a 10 day Bible Land Exploration, starting at $3,298* with flights from New York, NY. Visit places such as Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee, Mount of Olives, Caesarea, Mount Carmel, and much more!

 

*Prices reflect 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
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Overseas Transfers
  • Study Guide

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

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

Day 2 Arrive in the Holy Land

Once you arrive, you will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Netanya to enjoy dinner and overnight.

Day 3 Caesarea by the Sea, Mount Carmel, Megiddo & Nazareth

Visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity (Acts 10) and where Paul was imprisoned for two years (Acts 23:33). View Mount Carmel and recall Elijah’s dramatic victory over the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Follow an ancient caravan route through the Jezreel Valley to Tel Megiddo, an exciting archaeological dig with layers of twenty different cities, all built on top of each other. Conclude your day in Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matt. 2:23).

Day 4 Sea of Galilee

Pass through the Valley of the Doves and see Mount Arbel (Isaiah 9:2) on your way towards the Sea of Galilee. This was a major pathway in the time of Christ. He and His disciples passed through this valley as they walked through the Galilee. In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:1-3), visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue. Enjoy lunch together before crossing the waters of the Sea of Galilee on a very special boat ride, complete with an onboard worship service. At Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, see the 2,000-year-old “Ancient Boat,” a rare example of the kind of boat in which Jesus might have sailed. Visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (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). Explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves at Tabgha, traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17).

Day 5 Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Bethsaida & Jordan River

At the ruins of Tel Dan, see the altar built by King Jeroboam I (I Kings 12:25-30) and learn about where the “House of David” fragment from the First Temple Period was discovered. Continue on to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter told the Lord, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!” (Matt. 16:16). A scenic drive along the Golan Heights will give you some beautiful views of Syria and Jordan, as well as Israel. Stop at Bethsaida where Jesus chose five of His disciples. Remember your baptism at the Yardenit Baptismal site, where the Jordan River exits the Sea of Galilee on its journey southward (Matt. 3).

Day 6 Jericho, Qumran, Masada & the Dead Sea

Head to Jericho to visit the ruins of the ancient city Joshua conquered
(Josh. 6:20). Off in the distance, you can see the traditional site of the
Temptation of Jesus (Matt. 4:1). Stop in Qumran, where the Dead Sea
Scrolls were discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd. Enjoy a visit to
Masada, the spectacular mountaintop fortress built by Herod that later
became the final tragic stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the
Romans. Ride the cable car to the top to explore the fortress and look
down upon the remains of the Roman camps and siege ramp below. On
the way to Jerusalem, stop at the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest
spot on earth, for an opportunity to take a quick dip in the mineral-laden
waters.

Day 7 Bethlehem, Yad Vashem & Israel Museum

In Bethlehem, gaze out over Shepherds’ Field and visit the cave revered
as Jesus’ birthplace (Luke 2:1-20). Visit the Church of the Nativity, built
above the cave and considered the world’s oldest functioning church
(Luke 2). In Jerusalem, visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial,
with its poignant exhibits honoring the lives lost during the Holocaust.
Explore the Israel Museum and its First Century Model of the City of
Jerusalem. Another highlight is the museum’s Shrine of the Book exhibit
showcasing the Dead Sea Scroll book of Isaiah.

Day 8 Jerusalem

Stand on the Mount of Olives for a remarkable view of Jerusalem (the
Golden City); Jesus stood here before ascending into heaven forty days
after His resurrection (Acts 1:9-12). In the Kidron Valley across from
the walls of Jerusalem, pray as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane
(Matt. 26:36). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest
Caiaphas, where Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal (Matt.
26:57). Recall the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional
location of the Upper Room (Mark 14:12-26). Spend time in prayer at the
Western Wall (the only remnant of the Second Temple of Jerusalem) and
sit on the Teaching Steps where Jesus taught.

Day 9 Jerusalem

Walk the Temple Mount (conditions permitting), once the site of the
Temple of Solomon (II Chronicles 3) and home to the Dome of the Rock.
See where Jesus healed on the Sabbath at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:
1-18). Walk the Via Dolorosa (“the Way of the Cross”) to the Church of the
Holy Sepulchre (John 19), built over the traditional sites of the crucifixion
and burial of Jesus. At the Garden Tomb, share communion together and
experience the reality of the Resurrection (John 20).

Day 10 Return to USA or Enjoy an Extension

Return to USA or Enjoy an Extension.

Enhance Your Journey

Nile Cruise Extension Itinerary Starting from $2098

Day 10 – Free Day
Enjoy a day at leisure in Jerusalem. Explore the ancient city on your own or rest at the hotel. Breakfast and dinner are included
in your hotel stay.
Day 11 – Jerusalem to Egypt
Travel in the footsteps of the Holy Family as you travel along the ancient caravan route from Jerusalem to the Sinai desert. Cross the border and check in to your hotel for dinner and rest.
Day 12 – St. Catherine’s Monastery
Everyone will experience a visit to fortified St. Catherine’s Monastery, built in the 6th century, and one of the oldest working monasteries in the world with the world’s oldest continually operating library. Both the Codex Sinaiticus and Syriac Sinaiticus, important early Biblical manuscripts, were discovered here. Even Muhammad found refuge here, and the site is sacred to all three monotheistic religions. Remember the story of Moses and the burning bush which tradition places inside the monastery. Continue to Sharm el Sheikh for dinner and overnight at your hotel located on the shores of the Red Sea.
Day 13 – Luxor & Karnak
This morning fly from Sharm el Sheikh to Luxor (ancient Thebes), which served as the Egyptian capital during the New Kingdom and time of Moses. Visit the magnificent Temple of Luxor with its avenue of sphinx statues and mighty monumental columns. Continue to the Karnak Temple which was built over 2,000 years and is the largest religious building ever constructed. See the famed Hypostyle Hall, the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Thutmose III, the temple of Amon, the Granite Scarabeus and the Sacred Lake. Board your Nile cruise ship and enjoy dinner.
Day 14 – Valleys of the Kings & Queens & Esna
This morning enjoy sunrise over the Nile River before your visit to the Valley of the Kings. Tombs were constructed here for the kings and powerful nobles of Egypt for nearly 500 years. The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. See the Colossi of Memnon, made of sandstone brought from Gebel El Silsila. Each colossus, including the pedestal and the crown, is about 21m tall and represents King Amenhotep III. See the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of only a handful of female rulers in Ancient Egypt. Her reign was the longest of all the female pharaohs. Sail to Esna, enjoying afternoon tea before visiting the Temple of Khnum. Dinner & overnight on board.
Day 15 – Edfu & Kom Ombo
Visit the Edfu Temple on the west bank of the Nile. Dating to the Ptolemaic period, the temple was dedicated to the worship of the god Horus represented as a falcon. It is one of the most beautiful Egyptian temples, distinguished by its huge splendid structure blending Pharaonic and Greek architecture. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Kom Ombo Temple. Built on a hillside, this temple was constructed in the Ptolemaic Roman era for the worship of the gods Haroeris and Sobek. It is noted for the relief engravings on its walls which show ancient surgical tools, bone saws and dentistry tools. Nearby, view the three mummified crocodiles in Hathor’s chapel.
Day 16 – Aswan
Set sail on a smaller boat across the Nile to visit the temples at Philae including the Temple of Isis, one of the greatest temples in Egypt occupying a quarter of the island. Next, visit the High Dam, one of the most outstanding architectural achievements of the twentieth century. It was constructed to replace the old Aswan dam built in 1902. The 3600 meter long dam was constructed to protect Egypt from the floods as well as provide irrigation and electricity to its citizens. View the Unfinished Obelisk, made of red granites brought from the quarries of Aswan. After exploring Aswan, fly to Cairo to check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 17 - Cairo
This morning visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities to view the unique collection of Pharaonic art and the renowned treasures of King Tutankhamen. Afterwards, visit the Pyramids of Giza, constructed over 1,000 years before the birth of Moses. See the Great Sphinx and have the opportunity to ride a camel in the desert near the Pyramids. Tour the Old City and see the Citadel of Saladin, built in 1183 A.D., and view the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali. In Old Cairo, visit the Abu Serga Church built over the traditional site of the house where the Holy Family lived during their stay in Egypt. Prepare for your return flight home.
Day 18 - Return to USA

Only Offered on:
January 17, 24
March 21
May 9

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.

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

Jerusalem Extended Stay Starting from $498

Day 10-13 – Extend your stay in the heart of Jerusalem with extra nights at your hotel, bed & breakfast included! You are on your own to enjoy sightseeing, meditation, reflection & renewal.
Day 14 – Return to USA

Only Offered on:
January 17, 24
February 7, 14
March 7

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.

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

Cairo & the Route of the Exodus Extension Itinerary Starting from $1098

Day 10 – Free Day
Enjoy a day at leisure in Jerusalem. Explore the ancient city on your own or rest at the hotel. Breakfast and dinner are included in your hotel stay.
Day 11 – Jerusalem to Egypt
Travel in the footsteps of the Holy Family as you travel along the ancient caravan route from Jerusalem to the Sinai desert. Cross the border and check in to your hotel for dinner and rest.
Day 12 – St. Catherine’s Monastery
Everyone will experience a visit to fortified St. Catherine’s Monastery, built in the 6th century, and one of the oldest working monasteries in the world with the world’s oldest continually operating library. Both the Codex Sinaiticus and Syriac Sinaiticus, important early Biblical manuscripts were discovered here. Even Muhammad found refuge here, and the site is sacred to all three monotheistic religions. Remember the story of Moses and the burning bush which tradition places inside the monastery. Continue to Sharm el Sheikh for dinner and overnight at your hotel located on the shores of the Red Sea.
Day 13 – Route of the Exodus
Trace the route of the Exodus along the eastern Sinai coast to Wadi Feiran where the Children of Israel withstood the Amalekites. Travel to Elim where the Children of Israel camped by the oasis of 70 palm trees. Your final stop of the day will be Marah by the Red Sea where the “waters were bitter.” Continue to Cairo for dinner and a two night stay.
Day 14 – Memphis, Saqqara, the Great Pyramids & the Sphinx
Travel south to view Joseph’s River and Lake, created by Joseph during the period of the seven years of famine. Visit a grain silo of the kind established under Joseph’s rule to store grain during the seven years of famine. Tour the rural region of traditional Egyptian farming and stop at an old corn water mill. Travel as Abraham did to Memphis (Biblical Noph) and on to Saqqara where you will see the Step Pyramid, world’s oldest stone structure. See the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.
Day 15 – Cairo
This morning visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities to view the unique collection of Pharaonic art and the renowned treasures of King Tutankhamen. Tour the Old City and see the Citadel of Saladin, built in 1183 A.D., and view the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali. In Old Cairo, visit the Abu Serga Church built over the traditional site of the house where the Holy Family lived during their stay in Egypt. Prepare for your return flight home.
Day 16 – Return to USA

Only Offered on:
January 17, 24
March 21
May 9

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.

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

Wonders of Petra & the Dead Sea Extension Itinerary Starting from $998

Day 10 – Free Day
Enjoy a free day in Jerusalem to explore on your own, or just relax at your hotel.
Day 11 – Jerash
This morning you will journey across the Allenby Bridge on your way to 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. Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 12 – Petra
Begin your journey south towards Petra today. Explore the city of Petra. Its entrance passes through a long, narrow gorge known as the Siq and can only be accessed by carriage, horseback or on foot. Once inside the city, marvel at the intricate detail of a city that was cut into the cliff sides of rose-colored rock. Travel to your hotel at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.
Day 13 – Madaba & Mt. Nebo
Travel to Madaba, the City of Mosaics, to visit the Church of Saint George with its sixth-century, Byzantine, mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. Continue to Mount Nebo, where Moses caught a glimpse of the Promised Land (Deut. 34). On a clear day, you can see all the way across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, to the rooftops of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 14 – Free Morning at the Dead Sea
Enjoy a free morning at your hotel. Cross the border back into Israel and enjoy dinner in Jerusalem. Afterwards, you will travel to the airport in Tel Aviv to begin your journey home.
Day 15 – Return to USA

Only Offered on:
January 17, 24
February 7, 14
March 7, 21
May 9

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.

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

Hiking in the Holy Land Extension Itinerary Starting from $1198

Day 10 – Free Day
Enjoy a day at leisure in Jerusalem. Explore the ancient city on your own or rest at the hotel. Breakfast and dinner are included in your hotel stay.

Day 11 – Hike from Nazareth to Sepphoris (5 Miles)
Today explore the Old City of Nazareth and hike approximately 5 miles to Sepphoris. Visit Sepphoris, the cosmopolitan Roman capital of Galilee until Herod Antipas built Tiberias. It is heralded as the traditional birthplace of Mary and possibly where Joseph and a young Jesus labored. Travel to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.

Day 12 – Hike from Kibbutz Lavi to Moshav Arbel (8-10 miles)
After breakfast, depart Kibbutz Lavi and walk across the expansive fields to the Horns of Hattin, a double-peaked volcanic structure, where Saladin defeated the Crusader forces in a decisive battle in 1187. After enjoying the spectacular views, continue down the ancient volcano to Nebi Shu’eib, the Druze shrine to Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses. Explore the shrine before continuing through the former Arab village of Hittin, deserted during the Israel War of Independence in 1948. Admire the olive trees as you make your way to Moshav Arbel and the ancient 4th-century synagogue. After almost 10 miles of hiking, return to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.

Day 13 – Hike from Mount Arbel to Capernaum (10 Miles)
Begin your final day of hiking at the summit of Mt. Arbel where you will enjoy the stunning view of the Sea of Galilee and its many coastal towns and villages. Descend Mt. Arbel into Wadi Hamman, otherwise known as the Valley of the Doves, and certainly an area where Christ and the disciples would have walked on their way to Nazareth. Continue to Tabgha and Capernaum as you complete the final section of the Jesus Trail and almost 10 miles. Dip your feet in the Sea of Galilee and rest before returning to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.


Day 14 – Day of Rest
Enjoy a day of rest or join the optional Horseback Riding & Kayak trip (additional charge). Dinner at Kibbutz Lavi.


Day 15 - Return to USA

Only Offered on:
March 21
May 9

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.

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

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