Join Father Wil & Amanda Keith with Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church on The Bible Land Exploration departing January 22, 2018!
- 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
- Live Audio Headsets
- Study Guide
- International Airfare
Day 1 Depart USA
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA
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 archeological 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 &
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. 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. Check into your Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Bethlehem
~This morning, walk to St. George's Cathedral for the early Morning Worship Service, Visit with people from the College here. 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). 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). This evening, you will have an opportunity to dine with a Palestinian Christian Family (This is an option ‐ additional cost ‐ $30).
Day 8 Jerusalem, Yad Vashem & Israel Museum
~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. 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. Stop and visit the St. John's Eye Clinic in the Muristan area of the Old City. At the Garden Tomb, share communion together and experience the reality of the Resurrection (John 20).
Day 10 Return to USA
~Return to USA
Enhance Your Journey
Cairo & the Route of the Exodus $948
~Jan. 31 Enjoy a Free Day in Jerusalem to explore on your own. Breakfast and Dinner are included at your hotel today.
Feb. 1 Follow the Ancient Caravan Route to Mount Sinai.
Feb. 2 Visit the Monastary of St. Catherine before continuing to Sharm el Sheik for dinner and overnight.
Feb. 3 Stop at Wadi Feran, Elim and Marah by the Red Sea on your way to Cairo. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Feb. 4 Visit Memphis & Saqqara. View the Step Pyramid, the Great Pyramids at Giza and the majestic Sphinx today. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Feb. 5 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.
Feb. 6 Return to USA.
Nile Cruise $1798
Jan. 31‐ Feb. 2 Same as Cairo & the Route of the Exodus.
Feb. 3 - Fly to Luxor and board your Nile cruise boat. You will visit Luxor and Karnak Temples late this afternoon.
Feb. 4 - 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.
Feb. 5 - 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.
Feb. 6 - Disembark your Nile Cruise boat in Aswan this morning. Visit the High Dam of Aswan and the Granite Quarry nearby to see the unfinshed obelisk. Explore the Temple of Philae before flying to Cairo for dinner and overnight.
Feb. 7 - See King Tut's Treasures and explore the Egyptian Museum. Visit Saqqara. View the Great Pyramids at Giza and the majestic Sphinx today. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Feb. 8 - Return to USA.
Jerusalem Extended Stay $298
Jan. 31 ‐ Feb. 3 - Extend your stay in the heart of Jerusalem. You are on‐your‐own to enjoy sightseeing, meditation, reflection and renewal. Hotel, buffet breakfasts & dinners are included.