You will deepen your understanding of the Bible and Jesus’ life and ministry on this 11-day journey through the Holy Land. Pilgrims will spend 3-nights in Bethlehem and visit Jacob’s Well, Samaria, Nablus, Mt Gerizim, Qumran and other sites not available on other EO itineraries. This journey also includes many sites in the Galilee and Jerusalem. Starting Price is $3,898* from Atlanta, GA. from April 28 - May 8, 2020.
*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
- Learning Opportunities
- Live Audio Headsets
- Study Guide
- International Airfare
- Fly from Atlanta, GA
Day 1 Depart the USA
Your journey begins as you depart the USA.
Day 2 Arrive in the Holy Land
Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Jericho and Masada
Visit the baptismal site of Qasr el Yehud 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). Drive by Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery on your way to explore Herod’s fortress at Masada. Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod’s legendary mountaintop fortress which became the last desperate stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. End your day with the opportunity to take a dip in the mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea.
Day 4 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 (Luke 2:1-7) and the Church of the Nativity. Gaze out over the Shepherds' Field, where angels first proclaimed the Good News.
Day 5 Caesarea, Mount Carmel and Tel Megiddo
Visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity and where Paul was imprisoned for two years (Acts 10). View Mount Carmel, site of Elijah’s victory over the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). 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.
Day 6 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 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.
Day 8 Day One in 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 (Matthew 26:36-44). On Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room, revered as the site of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26) and St. Peter in Galicantu, the home of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was held after His arrest (Matthew 26:57).
Day 9 Day Two in 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: 1-18). 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 Ein Karem, Nebi Samuel, Emmaus and Valley of Elah
Travel to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist and where Mary visited Elizabeth (Luke 1:26-40). Visit Nebi Samuel, thought to be the burial place of the prophet Samuel. In Emmaus recall how the resurrected Jesus appeared to two of His disciples (Luke 24:13-35). Journey through the Valley of Elah, where David defeated Goliath (I Samuel 17).
Day 11 Return to the USA or Enjoy and Extension
Return to the USA on your international flight or Enjoy and Extension.
Enhance Your Journey
Nile Cruise Extension $1898
Day 11 - Fly to Cairo and enjoy dinner and an overnight here.
Day 12 - Fly to Luxor and embark on your Nile Cruise before lunch; Visit the Temples of Luxor & Karnak.
Day 13 - Visit the Necropolis of Thebes, the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Sail to Esna and cross the Nile locks.
Day 14 - Visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu; Sail to Kom Ombo and see the Temple to Sobek & Haroeris before sailing to Aswan.
Day 15 - Disembark the cruise in Aswan; Visit the High Dam of Aswan and the Temple of Philae before flying to Cairo. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 16- Visit the Egyptian Museum, the Giza Pyramids & the Sphinx. Enjoy a tour of Old Cairo before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 17 - Fly from Cairo to Tel Aviv and prepare for your return journey to the USA.
Day 18 - Return to USA
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