Tours

Journey Through the Bible with John Hamilton | June 4, 2024

11 days
The Holy Land
Starting from $4196* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join John Hamilton on a Journey through the Bible, starting at $4,196* from St. Louis, departing on June 4, 2024. You will see Qasr el Yahud, Qumran, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, Shepherds’ Field, Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Tel Megiddo, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, the Sea of Galilee, the Church of the Loaves and Fish in Tabgha, Chapel of the Primacy, Magdala, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Cana, Nazareth, Samaria, and much more!

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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
  • Guided Tours
  • Hotel Gratuities
  • Live Audio Headsets
  • Overseas Airport Transfers
  • Study Guide
  • International Airfare
  • Administrative Fees

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

† If air purchased through EO.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 June 4- USA to the Holy Land

Your journey begins as you depart the USA.

Day 2 June 5 - Welcome to the Holy Land

Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 June 6 - Jericho and Qumran

Visit the baptismal site of Qasr el Yahud, 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 (Joshua 6:1, 2 & 20). In the distance, you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11). Continue to Qumran, the site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery. End your day with the opportunity to take a dip in the mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea.

Day 4 June 7 - Herodion and Bethlehem

Explore one of the most exciting archaeological 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 Shepherds’ Field, where angels first proclaimed the Good News.

Day 5 June 8 - 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, the 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 archaeological dig with its layers of twenty different cities built on top of each other. 

Day 6 June 9 - The Galilee

Enjoy a scenic drive to Capernaum, the 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 Loaves and Fish 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 June 10 - Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi and Golan Heights

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.

Day 8 June 11 - 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 at Jacob’s Well (John 4).

Day 9 June 12 - 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 Gallicantu, the home of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was held after His arrest (Matthew 26:57).

Day 10 June 13 - 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 11 June 14 - Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension

June 14 - Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension

Enhance Your Journey

Wonders of Petra & The Dead Sea Starting from $1098

June 14 - 18, 2024 • $1,098*

A minimum of 8 travelers are necessary to operate the extension

June 14 – 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 to check in for dinner and overnight.

June 15 – Madaba & Mount 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.

June 16 – Petra
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 cliffsides of rose-colored rock. Return to your hotel at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.

June 17 – Free Morning at the Dead Sea
Enjoy a free morning at your hotel. Cross the border back into Israel and enjoy dinner in Jerusalem. Afterward, you will travel to the airport in Tel Aviv to begin your journey home.

June 18 – Return to the USA

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions

Nile Cruise Extension Starting from $2898

June 14 - 23, 2024 • $2,898*

A minimum of 10 travelers are necessary to operate the extension

June 14 – Jerusalem to Egypt
Travel the Caravan Route from Jerusalem through the Sinai. Transfer to your hotel for overnight.

June 15 – St. Catherine’s Monastery
Visit Mount Sinai and St. Catherine’s Monastery. Stay in Sharm el Sheikh overnight.

June 16 – Free day in Sharm el Sheikh

June 17 – Luxor
Fly from Sharm el Sheikh to Luxor. See the Temple of Luxor, the Karnak Temple, and the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III. Board your Nile cruise ship and enjoy dinner.

June 18 – Valleys of the Kings & Queens & Esna
Visit the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Sail to Esna and see the Temple of Khnum. Dinner & overnight on board.

June 19 – Edfu
Visit the Edfu Temple. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Kom Ombo Temple nearby. Dinner & overnight on board.

June 20 – Aswan
See the Temples at Philae, including the Temple of Isis, The High Dam at Aswan, and the Unfinished Obelisk. After exploring Aswan, fly to Cairo to check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.

June 21 – Egyptian Museum, the Great Pyramids & the Sphinx
Depart Aswan by plane and head to Cairo. Visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Continue to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.

June 22 – Cairo
Tour the Old City, Citadel of Saladin. View the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali and visit the Abu Serga Church. Enjoy some time to rest as your prepare for your return flight home.

June 23 – Return to the USA

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions

Cairo & The Route of The Exodus Starting from $1298

June 14 - 19, 2024 • $1,298*

A minimum of 10 travelers are necessary to operate the extension

June 14 – Jerusalem to Mount Sinai
Travel the Caravan Route from Jerusalem through the Sinai. Transfer to your hotel for overnight.

June 15 – St. Catherine’s Monastery
View Mount Sinai and St. Catherine’s Monastery. Stay in Sharm el Sheikh overnight.

June 16 – Route of the Exodus
Trace the route of the Exodus along the eastern Sinai coast to Wadi Feiran, Elim & Marah by the Red Sea. Continue to Cairo for dinner and overnight.

June 17 – Memphis, Saqqara, the Great Pyramids & the Sphinx
Tour the rural region of traditional Egyptian farming. Travel as Abraham did to Memphis (Biblical Noph) and on to Saqqara, where you will see the Step Pyramid, the world’s oldest stone structure. See the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.

June 18 – Cairo
Explore the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and Pyramids of Giza. Tour the Old City and see the Citadel of Saladin. View the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali and visit the Abu Serga Church. Prepare for your return flight home.

June 19 – Return to the USA

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions

Departure Dates

*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.