Day 1 – Wednesday Nov 12: Depart
Sit back and relax as you depart for Israel and begin this exciting adventure of a lifetime! Depart From the Dallas-Ft. Worth Int’l Airport on Delta Airlines flight DL211 at 1:15pm. Arrive in Atlanta at 4:23pm and depart for New York’s JFK Int’l Airport at 5:15pm. Depart from New York on DL468 at 9:10pm. Dinner and overnight on board your international flight.
Day 2 – Thursday November 13: Arrive in Israel
Upon arrival in Israel at Ben Gurion Int’l Airport at 2:40pm, we will be met by representatives of Vered HaSharon Tours and transferred by deluxe motor coach to our hotel near the Mediterranean Sea for check-in, dinner, and an overnight stay.
Hotel Metropolitan, 11 Trumpeldor St., Tel Aviv, tel: +972-3-529-2727
Day 3 – Friday November 14: Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Sea of Galilee
Our tour begins with a visit to the Biblical port city of Joppa (Jaffa) where Jonah set sail to flee from the presence of the Lord (Jonah 1:3) and that Peter raised Tabitha (Dorcas) from the dead (Act 9:36-43). Continuing north along the Mediterranean Sea visit Caesarea, a city founded by Herod the Great in 22 B.C. Explore the city’s famous Roman theater, harbor, hippodrome, and palace. Then head north to Mount Carmel, where Elijah prayed and brought down the fire of the Lord defeating the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). Next visit the excavations of the city of Megiddo where there will be a future gathering of the nations at Armageddon. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight at our hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Ma’agan Holiday Village, Kibbutz Ma’agan, Sea of Galilee, tel: +972-4-665-4400
Day 4 – Saturday November 14: Mt. of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Boat Ride,
Today we will go to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered one of His most powerful messages, the Sermon on the Mount. Drive along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee to Tabgha where Jesus walked along the shore and the place of the loaves and fishes miracle. Visit Peter’s Primacy, where Christ met with His disciples prior to His ascension (John 21). Continue to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and view the ancient synagogue where Christ taught and the house where Peter lived. Cross the Sea of Galilee on a wooden fishing boat and then visit the “Jesus Boat,” dating to the time of Christ. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 5 – Sunday November 15: Caesarea Philippi, Dan, Jordan River Baptism
Your day begins traveling through the Golan Heights and stop for a view of Syria to the east. Then travel to the New Testament City of Caesarea Philippi, where Peter made his confession of Christ’s deity (Matthew 16:13-16). Visit the breathtaking Banias Waterfall and then drive north to the city of Dan, the northernmost city of Israel in the Old Testament. Abraham traveled from Hebron to Dan to rescue his nephew Lot from Kedorlaomer (Genesis 14:13-16)). Return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 6: Cana, Nazareth, Beth Shean, Jerusalem
Today’s first stop will be Cana, where Christ performed His first miracle (John 2). Then continue to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home and visit the Nazareth Village, a recreation of Nazareth as Jesus would have known it. Drive through the picturesque Gideon Springs and then continue south to Beth Shean to view the spectacular Roman and Byzantine ruins. Continue driving through the Jordan Valley and see the mountains of Moab and Mount Nebo (Deuteronomy 34) and pass by Jericho one of the oldest known inhabited cities in the world. Then stop at the Inn of the Good Samaritan on the way to Jerusalem. Ascend to Jerusalem and to the Mount Scopus overlook to survey the city. Check in to your hotel and share dinner together.
Dan Jerusalem, 32 Lehi Street, Jerusalem, tel: +972-2-533-1234
Day 7: Old City of Jerusalem, Israel Museum
Today starts at the top of the Mount of Olives where Jesus foretold the destruction of the temple (Matthew 24-25). Descending the Mount, we will stop at Dominus Flevit, the site commemorating the tears Jesus shed over Jerusalem before entering the city. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-45), where Jesus prayed the night before His crucifixion and then continue to the Lions’ Gate (St. Stephen’s Gate) and walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried the cross along the narrow streets. We’ll stop at St. Anne’s Church and the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the lame man (John 5: 1-9). We will walk through the market area taking in the sights, sounds and aromas of the shops that surround us. And then we’ll arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which commemorates one of the traditional sites of the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Christ’s burial. From here we will go to the Israel Museum to visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls collection is exhibited and a model of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus is on display. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8 – Wed. Nov. 19: Mt. Zion, Western Wall, Bethlehem
This morning we will visit Mount Zion where the Upper Room is located. We will sing praises in the Upper Room (Luke 22), view the traditional tomb of King David and then proceed to Caiphas the high priest’s house (John 18), where Jesus was imprisoned. We will continue touring sites within the Old City, Zion Gate, and the Jewish Quarter arriving at the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount. We will sit on the temple steps where we know Jesus actually walked. We will view the Dome of the Rock, the spot on which Israel’s Temple once stood. At the Western “Wailing” Wall, the Jews’ most sacred site, we will observe the lifestyles and traditions of the people within the Old City walls. From here we will depart for a short ride to Bethlehem to visit the site of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:1-19). Bethlehem is also the burial site of Rachel (Genesis 35: 16, 19). We will return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 9 – Thursday Nov. 20: Qumran, Dead Sea, Masada
Today you will travel to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth. Stop at Qumran, site of an ancient Essene community and of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Traveling high above the shores of the Dead Sea arrive at Massada, the spectacular mountaintop fortress built by Herod the Great. Masada is famous for being the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans. You will stop at the Dead Sea and feel the salty water or take a swim. Afterwards, return to Jerusalem for overnight stay.
Day 10 – Friday Nov. 21: Garden Tomb, Free Afternoon, Depart
We will begin our last day in Jerusalem with a visit to the Garden Tomb, where we will gain a sense of the agony of Christ’s crucifixion at Calvary (Luke 23) and experience the exhilaration and reality of His resurrection. Following the tour of the Garden Tomb, we will have a special private communion service. The rest of the afternoon is free to rest, explore on your own or shop. We will meet at our hotel for our farewell meal and a brief chance to freshen up before our flight. We will transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for our return flight home. Depart on Delta Air Lines flight DL469 at 12:40am.
Day 11 – Saturday Nov. 22: Arrival in USA
Arrive in New York at 5:39am. Depart to Atlanta on DL479 at 6:15am and from Atlanta on DL211 at 11:10am. Arrive at DFW at 12:35pm. Arrive at home with memories to last a lifetime.