Tours

Bible Land Exploration 2018 with Rev. Leslie Stephens, Jimmie Shahan & Trinity UMC

10 days
The Holy Land
Starting from $3746

On this 10-day exploration you will walk in the footsteps of Jesus from the northern parts of the Galilee – Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi – to the area around the Sea of Galilee to Bethlehem, Jericho and Jerusalem. Qumran, Masada and a visit to the Dead Sea are included in this unique itinerary. Your first night will be on the Mediterranean Sea in Netanya followed by nights in downtown Tiberias and in Jerusalem. Also included are visits to Yad Vashem (Holocaust History Museum) and the Israel Museum.

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Domestic Airfare
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • Live Audio Headsets
  • Study Guide
  • International Airfare

* 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 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 & 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. 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 Shepherd’s 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

Return to USA

Enhance Your Journey

Wonders of Petra & Dead Sea $898

March 14 - Enjoy a Free Day in Jerusalem to explore on your own.  Breakfast and Dinner are included at your hotel today.
March 15 - Cross the Allenby Bridge into Jordan. Visit Mt. Nebo & Madaba. Overnight in Petra or at the Dead Sea.
March 16 - Explore Petra. Travel to the Dead Sea area for a late dinner and overnight.
March 17 - Journey through Jerash, and then recross the border into Israel. Enjoy dinner before transferring to the airport for your return flight home.
March 18 - Return to USA.

Hiking in the Holy Land $998

March 14 - Enjoy a Free Day in Jerusalem to explore on your own. Breakfast and Dinner are included at your hotel today.
March 15 - Hike from Nazareth to Sepphoris (5 Miles). Travel to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.
March 16 - Hike from Kibbutz Lavi to Moshav Arbel (8‐10 miles). See the Horns of Hittim & Nebi Shweib (sacred Druze site).  Return to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.
March 17 - Hike from Mount Arbel to Capernaum (10 Miles). See stunning views of the Sea of Galilee, Wadi Hamam, Sapir, Tabgha, the Church of St. Peter's Primacy and Capernaum. Dip your feet in the Sea of Galilee and rest before returning to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.
March 18 - Enjoy a day of rest or join the optional Horseback Riding & Kayak trip ($100 additional). Dinner at Kibbutz Lavi.
March 19 - Return to USA.

Jerusalem Extended Stay $398

March 14‐16 - 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.

Departure Dates

  1. March 5, 2018
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