DAY 8 – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30: GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, BETHESDA POOL, VIA DOLOROSA, HOLY SEPULCHRE CHURCH, WESTERN WALL
We begin our day at the Garden of Gethsemane, with its ancient olive grove. We make our way to St. Stephen's Gate to visit St. Anne's Crusader Church, the Pools of Bethesda, and the Sisters of Zion Convent (to see the Pavement where Jesus stood as he was being tried by Pilate). We begin the Via Dolorosa at the Ecce Homo Arch and end our “Way of Sorrows” at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. If time permits, we will include a visit to the Redeemer Lutheran Church and have the option of climbing the bell tower. We then visit the holiest site in the Jewish world, the Western (Wailing) Wall of Herod's temple mount. Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area bought by King David (2 Sam. 24). On this site today is the Dome of the Rock (the third holiest Islam shrine) and the El-Aqsa Mosque. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 9 – THURSDAY, JANUARY 31: THE SHRINE OF THE BOOK, ISRAEL MUSEUM, RABBINICAL TUNNEL, GARDEN TOMB
After breakfast we visit the model of Jerusalem (1:50 scale model of the city appeared in Jesus' time) adjacent to the Shrine of the Book Museum where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. We return to the Old City to take a remarkable tour of the Rabbinical Tunnel. It runs along the Western Wall at the level of the street in Jesus’ day. We have time in the afternoon to stroll or shop in the “Old City.” Our day concludes with a special visit to the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem.
DAY 10 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1: JERUSALEM & ANCIENT SHILOH
We begin today with a relaxing breakfast. Then we visit Ancient Tel Shiloh, known as the religious capital of Israel during the time of the Judges, and spans 4,000 years of continuous settlement starting from the 18th century BC (Middle Bronze II). We enjoy a special Farewell Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 11 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2: DEPART TEL AVIV FOR U.S.A.
We transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our return flight back to the U.S.A. At the close of an unforgettable tour, we bring with us lasting memories of the Old and New Testament, a renewal of our faith, and a greater understanding of the life and ministry of our Lord.
OPTIONAL JORDAN EXTENSION
$1099.00 per person
Price is based on minimum of 15+ travelers
(Includes: Visa & Border taxes of $92 & Gratuities of $55)
DAY 11 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2: ALLENBY BRIDGE, JORDAN: MADABA, MACHAERUS, PETRA
This morning we depart Israel for Jordan via the Allenby Bridge, where we meet our agent and are assisted through security and customs. We board our motor coach to Madaba, the Moabite town of the Bible to see the Ancient Holy Land Map. Next, we travel to Machaerus (Mukawir). Perched on a 700-meter-high hill southwest of Madaba are the ruins of the fortress of Herod the Great. Machaerus is where John the Baptist was beheaded by Herod Antipas. We continue south to Petra, “the Red Rose City.” Dinner and overnight are in Petra.
DAY 12 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3: PETRA, AMMAN
After breakfast, we visit Petra, a 2000-year-old Nabatean city. We’ll walk about a half-mile through the narrow passageway with cliffs on either side (called the “Siq”). At the end of the Siq appears Petra’s Treasury, a massive royal tomb carved out of the solid mountain rock. Time permitting, we will see Jabal Harun - the place where Aaron is buried. We then leave in the afternoon for Amman. Dinner and overnight are in Amman.
DAY 13 – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4: AMMAN, MT. NEBO, ALLENBY BRIDGE, ISRAEL: JAFFA, TEL AVIV AIRPORT
This morning we travel to Mt. Nebo to view the Holy Land from where Moses stood (Deuteronomy 34:1), a breathtaking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea to the Mt. of Olives and the roof tops of Jerusalem. We then return to the Allenby Bridge for our return to Israel. After our border formalities, we arrive back in Israel and continue with a visit to Jaffa. Then we have dinner and an evening transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our return flight back to the U.S.A.
DAY 14 – TUESDAY, FEBRAURY 5: ARRIVE IN U.S.A.
We arrive home in the U.S.A. At the close of an unforgettable tour, we take home wonderful memories of the Old and New Testament, a renewal of our faith, and a greater understanding of the life of our Lord.
*While we do our very best at making sure all items listed in your itinerary are included, there are times when conditions beyond our control affect your program/itinerary, including but not limited to air carrier changes, delays, weather, political climate, time constraints, or changes by your tour leader and tour guide.