CAESAREA / MOUNT CARMEL / HAIFA / PLAIN OF ARMAGEDDON / TIBERIAS
Our journey starts at Caesarea by the sea and a visit to the Crusader's Castle, the Roman Amphitheater and water duct, and the port from which the Apostle Paul sailed to Rome. We will continue northward along the Mediterranean coast to Mount Carmel where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal by the Brook Kishon. After Haifa we'll visit Megiddo and the Plain of Armageddon, Jezreel and Esdraelon. Visit Bet Shearim (burial of Judah HaNasi). Traveling eastward, we will arrive in Tiberias for dinner and get our first glimpse of the beautiful Sea of Galilee.
Day 3 - March 7th
THE SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / MOUNT OF BEATITUDES / TABGHA
An exciting day in the Galilee area. Depart from the Roman hot springs resort city of Tiberias via a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (John 6:24) to visit the ancient ruins of this first century synagogue where Jesus preached (Matthew 4:13-17).
Then, on to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and then to Gadara (Kursi).
Day 4 - March 8th
SEPPHORIS / BETHSHEAN
Departure to Cana and then on to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, where we will visit the Biblical Village, the Church of the Annunciation (Luke 1:5-42) and Mary's Fountain (Luke 4:16-22). Then, on to the crossroads of two major ancient roads was the once great city of Sepphoris. Known as Zippori in Hebrew, it was the capital city of Galilee throughout many periods. For a time, Herod Antipas made it his capital after inheriting the territory at his father's (Herod the Great) death in 4 B.C. we will make a short visit to BethShean.
Day 5 - March 9th
CAESAREA PHIPPI/ TEL DAN/ GOLAN HEIGHTS/ TIBERIAS
A visit to the Baptisimal site “Yardenit” on the Jordan River, for a short Baptismal service. We will proceed to Upper Galilee and the site of Peter's Confession (Matthew 16:16) at Caesarea Philippi then to Tel Dan, and a view to Mt. Hermon (Psalm 89:12), the probable site of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8) and the present day Golan Heights where Israel, Lebanon and Syria come together.
Day6 - March 10th
TIBERIAS/ SHEIKH HUSSEIN/ JeRASH/ AMMAN
Welcome to Jordan! upon arrival at Sheik Hussein your guide will meet and assist you with all arrival formalities and to get your visa, then transfer to Jerash the best preserved example of Roman civilization, the city of Jerash; Jerash, part of the Decapolis (the ten big Roman cities of the East) has been called the Pompeii of the East for its unique state of preservation. The city features theaters, churches, temples (Zeus and Artemis), a Nymphaeum and colonnaded streets.
Day 7 - March 11th
A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Petra was an ancient Nabataean capital and was settled by these industrious . Petra still forms part of the domain of the Bedouin, and you will see them with their horses and camels as you begin your unforgettable trip into this cultural landmark. After passing tombs outside the city, you come to the “Siq”, an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone almost one half mile long. This winding fissure separates overhanging cliffs that appear to meet 300 feet overhead.
Free time on the site of Petra, after the visit walk back to the main gate of Petra
Day 8 - March 12th
PETRA/ MUKAWER/ MADABA/ NEBO/ ALLENBY/ DEAD SEA
Drive to Mt. Nebo the alleged burial site of Moses overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Here Franciscans have built a structure that protects a 4th and 6thCentury Byzantine church, a short drive will bring you to the mosaic city of Madaba and start the visit of the church. The original ancient mosaic map which talked about 150 biblical sites flourished during the Byzantine period in the whole region (West & East banks of River Jordan) the center of the map is the city of Jerusalem with all the biblical sites around the city of Jerusalem by the four directions (North, South, East & West) and it is a unique map dated back to the year 565 AD and it was a biblical & pilgrims map more than a geographical map. Drive to Allenby Bridge
Day 9 - March 13th
Way of Suffering/
A visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise. Visit the Southern Wall Excavations. This southern side of The Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard, have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people.
Day 12 - march 16th
JERUSALEM - free day
Free day to explore, visit the markets and do some last minute shopping.
Jerusalem provides unique shopping experiences in its many markets. From spices to ancient artifacts, handmade goods and some of the freshest produce, the markets in Jerusalem are certain not to disappoint. Take a break from all the sightseeing to purchase the perfect gift or souvenir from your travels, take a look at the list of the best markets in Jerusalem.
A cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Then we proceed to Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat," an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. Next, we visit Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We will take part in the Genesis Land/Dinner in Abraham's Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time: a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, camel ride and authentic food.
Day 10 - March 14th
JERUSALEM old city/
The Old City of Jerusalem. We will visit the Rabbinical Tunnel and the Southern Wall excavations by the Temple Mount. The City of David. It was during the time of Solomon that the city limits extended past this part of Jerusalem. We visit Gihon Springs, the original water source for Jerusalem, view new excavations including a typical Israelite four-room house, the lower city wall and the cistern where Jeremiah was imprisoned. A water walk through the incredible Hezekiah's Tunnel to the pool of Siloam, the place of Jesus' miracle in John 9. Ascending up to the Jewish Quarter we see the gold Menorah built for the next Temple, the Temple Institute, the Burnt House, a 1st Temple period model of Jerusalem, a wall built by King Hezekiah, and the Roman Cardo., and the Jerusalem shouk.
Day 13 - march 17th
Visit the Latrun and Latrun Museum, the site of many famous military battles. Here, Joshua commanded the sun to stand still and the Maccabees, Romans, Crusaders, Arabs and British marched through here on the way to Jerusalem.
Then we will visitOld Jaffa Visitors Center provides those exploring Jaffa, the ancient port out of modern Tel Aviv has developed, and one of the oldest port cities in the world, with a new way to experience the story of this 4,000 year old city. Built upon the ruins of a Jewish house which was destroyed during the Great Revolt against the Romans as well as the remains of a large, impressive Hellenistic structure, the Old Jaffa Visitors Center is itself part of history. We will spend some time in Jaffa enjoying the view of the sea, before we continue to the airport for our departure.
Day 16 - march 20th
A visit to Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives (Matt. 24:3) for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Pater Noster and the Dominus Flevit. Walk along Hosanna Road to the Gethsemane to visit the Church of All Nations which stands on the Rock of Agony where Jesus was betrayed by Judas (Matt. 26:36-57). Then, to the biblical City of David which was situated on the southern slope of Mt. Moriah outside today's Old City wall. Under King Solomon, the city was extended northward and included Mount Moriah.Visit Pool of Siloam. We then drive to Mt. Zion where we visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (on the site of Caiphas' House), the Room of the Last Supper (Luke 22:14-20) and the Tomb of King David.
Day 11 - March 15th
JERUSALEM the new city
Tour New Jerusalem: Hebrew University, the Shrine of the Book that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Model City of Jerusalem which depicts in miniature the Holy City as it appeared in the first century. See Yad Vashem - the immensely moving memorial to the six million martyrs of the Holocaust.
Day 14 - march 18th
arrive back in bend
After a fabulous trip we will arrive back in Bend with many stories to share.