Join Bishop Swanson & Mississippi United Methodist Conference on the Holy Land Journey Departing February 5, 2018 for 12 days
- 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
- Guided Tours
- Learning Opportunities
- Live Audio Headsets
- International Airfare
Day 1 Depart USA
Day 2 Arrive and overnight in Netanya
Day 3 Caesarea by the Sea, Mount Carmel & Megiddo
Day 4 Sea of Galilee
Walk the streets of Chorazim, listed as a "city of woe" by Jesus (Matthew 11). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:1-3), visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue. Cross 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. Stop in Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus (Matthew 2:23). Visit Marys well and see the home of Mary in the Church of the Annunciation. Visit the Franciscan Wedding Chapel in Cana, site of Jesus first miracle.
Day 5 Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum & Bethsaida
Explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves at Tabgha, traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the text of the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus preached there (Matt. 5-7). 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). Not far away is Bethsaida where Jesus chose five of His disciples (Matt. 4:18-21; John 1:39-51).
Day 6 Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Mount Hermon & Gamla
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. Travel up to Mt. Hermon the highest peak in the region & possible site of the Transfiguration. Visit Gamla, known as the "Masada of the North," where Jews held out against the Roman armies in 67 AD, and where many perished when the Romans ultimately overran the almost impregnable fortress/city.
Day 7 Jericho, Qumran, & 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). Visit the baptismal site of Qasr el Yehud, where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. 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. Visit Bethany, the home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. Here Jesus visited on several occasions, and raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11) before travelling to Jerusalem.
Day 8 Herodion, Shepherds' Field, Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity & Hope Secondary School
Explore one of the most exciting archeological digs in Israel the Herodion, the palace-fortress and final resting place of Herod the Great. Visit an example of a Threshing Floor and remember the story of Ruth and Boaz (Ruth 3:6-15). In Bethlehem, gaze out over Shepherds Field and visit the cave revered as Jesus birthplace (Matt. 1:18-25). Visit the Church of the Nativity, built above the cave and considered the worlds oldest functioning church (Matt. 1:18-25). Spend time at Hope Secondary School, which provides spiritual, intellectual and physical growth for 140 Christian and Muslim students. Interact with the students and teachers of this remarkable institution.
Day 9 Ein Karem & Israel Museum
Day 10 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). 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 11 Jerusalem
Day 12 Return to USA or enjoy an exciting Extension
Enhance Your Journey
Cairo & the Route of the Exodus $848
Feb. 16 Ancient Caravan Route to Mount Sinai for dinner & overnight.
Feb. 17 Monastery of Saint Catherine; continue to Sharm el Sheik for overnight.
Feb. 18 Wadi Feiran, Elim, Marah by the Red Sea, dinner & overnight in Cairo.
Feb. 19 Memphis, Saqqara, Step Pyramid, Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, dinner & overnight in Cairo.
Feb. 20 King Tut's Treasure, Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Old Cairo, Coptic Church; sail on the Nile River aboard an authentic Egyptian Felucca; dinner & overnight in Cairo.
Feb. 21 Depart Egypt & arrive in the USA.
Nile Cruise $1698
Feb. 17 Same as Cairo & the Route of the Exodus.
Feb. 18 Fly to Luxor. Board your Nile Cruise boat. Visits to Luxor & Karnak temples.
Feb. 19 Visit the Necropolis of Thebes, Valley of the Kings & Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon. Sail to Esna & cross the locks. Continue to Edfu for overnight.
Feb. 20 Temple of Horus in Edfu. Sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Temple shared by the gods Sobek & Haroeris. Sail to Aswan & overnight.
Feb. 21 Disembark. Visit the High Dam of Aswan, Granite Quarry, Unfinished Obelisk, & Temple of Philae. Fly to Cairo for dinner & overnight.
Feb. 22 Egyptian Museum, Saqqara, Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx.
Feb. 23 Depart Egypt & arrive in the USA.
Wonders of Petra & Dead Sea $798
Feb. 16 Cross the Allenby Bridge into Jordan. Mount Nebo, Madaba. Overnight in Petra or Dead Sea.
Feb. 17 Petra. Travel to Dead Sea area for a late dinner & overnight.
Feb. 18 Jerash and recross border into Israel. Enjoy a final dinner before boarding your flight for the USA.
Feb. 19 Arrive in the USA.