Tours

Holy Land Journey with the North Alabama United Methodist Conference and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett 2022

10 days
The Holy Land
Starting from $4096* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join the North Alabama United Methodist Conference with Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett on a 10 day Holy Land Journey, starting at $4,096* from Atlanta, GA or Nashville, TN, or $4,196* from Birmingham, AL departing on June 28, 2022. Visit places such as Capernaum, Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Mount of Olives, and much more!

 

*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount

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
  • Overseas Transfers
  • Study Guide
  • Visas (U.S. Citizens)
  • International Airfare

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 June 28 – USA to the Holy Land

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

Day 2 June 29 – Arrive in Tel Aviv

You will be welcomed to the Holy Land by our airport representative and transferred to your hotel in the Galilee. Enjoy dinner before you rest.

Day 3 June 30 – Jordan River, Capernaum, the Mt. of Beatitudes and Caesarea Philippi

Start your day at the Yardenit Baptismal Site, where you can remember your baptism at the Jordan River. Travel to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee. Visit the synagogue, which stands on the site where Jesus taught. Recall his teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom (Matt. 4:13, 23). Travel to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached to the people (Matt. 5-7). Visit Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus traveled with His disciples and where nearby Peter made his great confession to Jesus, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16). See Mount Hermon, probably the site of the Lord’s Transfiguration (Matt. 17: 1-9).

Day 4 July 1 – The Sea of Galilee and Beit Shean

At Tabgha, the traditional location for the calling of the disciples and the feeding of the 5000, you’ll visit the Church of the Loaves and Fish (Luke 9:10-17). You’ll also visit the Chapel of the Primacy, where three times Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). At Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar, you’ll learn about the “Ancient Boat”, a rare example of the kind of boat in which Jesus would have sailed. With Bible in hand, cross the waters of the Sea of Galilee. Along the way, participate in a special on board worship service. Visit the ruins of Beit Shean, which was continuously inhabited for 5,000 years and was one of the Roman cities Jesus passed on his way from Galilee to Jerusalem.

Day 5 July 2 – Nazareth, Megiddo and Caesarea

Visit Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matt. 2:23). Travel the ancient caravan route to Tel Megiddo where 20 different cities lie superimposed upon each other. Visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of the early Christians. Here, Cornelius became the first Gentile convert to the new religion (Acts 10) and Paul was imprisoned before being taken to Rome for Trial. Continue to Jerusalem for overnight.

Day 6 July 3 – Jerusalem

In Bethlehem, you’ll visit the cave revered as the place where Jesus was born (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-7). The church, which was constructed on the site, is the world’s oldest functioning church. Nearby you’ll view Shepherds’ Field, where the Good News was first heard. Stand atop the Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy a remarkable view of the “Golden City” of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, the Kidron Valley and the Valley of Gehenna. Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:9-12). Visit the Chapel of the Ascension. Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus prayed (Matt. 26:36-44).

Day 7 July 4 – Jerusalem and the Old City

Visit the Southern Wall Excavations of the ancient Temple, including the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. Walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City. Once lined with shops, it is now partially restored. View the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1-31), where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle, and sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23: 1-11). Walk the Via Dolorosa, “the Way of the Cross,” and stand in reverence at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Day 8 July 5 – Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea & Ein Gedi

Even today, the road from Jerusalem to the Jordan Valley twists for miles as it descends below sea level to the lowest spot on the earth’s surface. Jesus traveled the nearby Roman road, the setting of His parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-36). Visit Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery, to discuss the mysterious community of the Essenes who once lived on the shores of the Dead Sea. Visit Masada, Herod’s mountaintop fortress, which became the last stronghold of the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans. Ride the cable car to the top to explore. Peer down upon the remains of the Roman camps and siege ramp below. You’ll stop briefly at the shores of the Dead Sea for a quick dip in the salt and mineral-laden waters. Journey to the oasis of Ein Gedi, where David and his men sought refuge from Saul (1 Samuel 23).

Day 9 July 6 – Jerusalem (Oberammergau extension departs)

This morning, visit Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas where Jesus was imprisoned for a night (Matt. 26:57-65). Stand in the Upper Room, revered as the place of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26). View the site of King David’s Tomb. Visit the Haas Promenade for a last panoramic view of the Old City from the south of Jerusalem, the Old City walls and the hill called Mount Moriah, where Abraham was commanded by God to offer Isaac as a burnt offering (Gen. 22:2, 4). Visit and worship at the Garden Tomb, possible site of the garden of Joseph of Arimathea and experience the reality of the Resurrection.

Day 10 July 7 – Return to USA

Return to USA

Enhance Your Journey

Wonders of Petra & the Dead Sea Starting from $998

July 6-10, 2022

July 6 – 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.
July 7 – 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.
July 8 – 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.
July 9 – 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.

July 10 – Return to the USA

 

*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.

Oberammergau Passion Play Starting from $2298

July 6-11, 2022

July 6 – Depart TLV
You will be welcomed at the Munich airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel to enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.
July 7 – Castle and Churches Day
Today is a full day of photographic wonders. You will visit the beautiful Abbey of Ettal and the picture-perfect Church in the Meadow at Wies. You will tour the magnificent Castle of Linderhof, Mad King Ludwig’s main residence. This small royal residence is a delightful fantasy home for any crazy king or up-and-coming mogul.
July 8 – Salzburg
Enjoy a full day musical adventure as you explore the city of Mozart’s birth, Salzburg. You’ll visit the Cathedral and famous Horse Fountain. You’ll view Hellbrunn Castle, Mirabell Palace and, from across the river, see Leopoldskron Palace, which is famous as the film location for the “Sound of Music”.
July 9 – Passion Play
After the Black Plague that was rampant in Europe left their small village, the grateful people of Oberammergau promised God that they would show their gratitude by putting on a Passion Play. Over 380 years later you will get to enjoy this one-of-a-kind, six hour musical and dramatic performance. You will have reserved seats, a guided tour of the town and motorcoach transfers to and from the play’s theater. Dinner is included in Oberammergau tonight.
July 10 – Innsbruck
The capital of Austria’s Tyrol region, Innsbruck, is famous as the site of two winter Olympics. Follow your guide on your half-day, morning tour through the quaint medieval streets of Old Town to the sparkling Golden Roof. The glittering sloping roof has been an opulent landmark since the 15th century. You’ll view the Maria Theresa’s Imperial Palace, Triumphal Arch and visit the Hofkirche. Plus, you’ll have time to explore the medieval city on your own.
July 11 – Fly to the USA

Depart Munich and arrive in the USA.

 

*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.

Departure Dates

  1. Tuesday, June 28, 2022
    From $4096* Register Now!
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount