Jeff Scheich Tour
Pastor Jeff Scheich
May 1-11, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel
Day 1- Wednesday, May 01-Leave the USA
We board an international flight to Tel Aviv.
Day 2 – Thursday, May 02-TEL AVIV
Arrive in Tel Aviv and board a new, climate-controlled motor coach where our guide will greet us and give us an orientation of the land as we travel towards Jaffa. There we will consider the vision of Peter (Acts 10) and start following the sequence of events that lead to the opening of the gates of the early church to Gentiles. As we look at the very place where Jonah ran from the Lord, we will also reflect on our own walk with God. Check into our hotel on the coastal plains of the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner and overnight in Netanya.
Day 3- Friday, May 03-Caesarea Maritima – Megiddo –Sepphoris-Nazareth
After a buffet breakfast, we depart the hotel on route to Caesarea Maritima, where we will visit the magnificent city with Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader ruins. Here we will elaborate on the story of the baptism of Cornelius, the first gentile convert into Christianity (Acts 10), and on the travels of Paul — those events that led Caesarea Maritima to become the springboard of Christianity to the West. We then travel to Megiddo and explore the Tel that goes back in history to 4000 BC, looking at ruins from the times of King Solomon and King Ahab. We will then travel to Sepphoris with its beautiful mosaics, the capital of Galilee that Joseph and Jesus could have participated in rebuilding. We travel to Nazareth where we will begin our visit in Nazareth Village, a reconstruction of a village from the 1st Century. We will then visit the Church of the Annunciation, remembering the angel’s visit to Mary, and conclude our visit to Nazareth by climbing the Mount of Precipice, the brow of the hill on which the city was built (Luke 4). There, overlooking the Valley of Jezreel, we will reflect on the rejection of Jesus by his family and friends in Nazareth. We check into our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for the next three nights and enjoy another dinner together. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 4- Saturday, May 04 – Mt. of Beatitudes – Capernaum -Tabgha – Boat Ride-Sea of Galilee
After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes and discuss the Sermon on the Mount (private time will be allowed for reading Matthew 5-7 and meditation). We will then visit Tabgha to commemorate Jesus’ multiplication of the fish and loaves and visit Heptapegon where we’ll consider our Lord’s commissioning of St. Peter. During our lunch break you will have the opportunity to try St. Peter’s fish, commonly eaten by people in Jesus’ day. We will then visit Capernaum, Jesus’ Galilean ministry base. There we will see the house of Peter’s mother in law, in addition to other ruins of the village. We will stand in the ruins of the ancient synagogue where Jesus was confronted by the demoniac. As our day draws to a close, we’ll get to see a recently-discovered 2000-year old fishing boat, and then set sail on the Sea of Galilee on a replica of that boat. We return to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 5- Sunday, May 05 – Magdala – Beth She’an – Jericho – Jordan River – Mount of Temptation – Wadi Kelt – Mt. Scopus overlooking Jerusalem
After a buffet breakfast, we will visit Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene with its newly discovered synagogue where Jesus likely taught, in addition to other interesting remains of the city. We will then leave the area of Galilee, following the Jordan Valley Road to Beth She’an, the capital of the Decapolis. There we will see the ruins of the Roman and Byzantine cities. We will also discuss the demise of King Saul and his sons, whose bodies were hanged on the walls of Beth She’an. We will then continue traveling south to the actual location where John the Baptist was baptizing on the Jordan River. Jericho will be our next stop, where we will visit the Tel of Jericho with its ancient ruins, pointing out what possibly could be the foundations of the ramparts that Joshua and the Israelites brought down. As we make our turn towards Jerusalem, we’ll view the Mount of Temptation. At the Wadi Kelt we’ll view the old Roman road that people used to travel between Jerusalem and Jericho. We then ascend to Jerusalem and have a first glance of the Holy City from Mount Scopus. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 6- Monday, May 06, Bethlehem – Shepherds Fields – City of David – Hezekiah’s Tunnel – Pool of Siloam
After a buffet breakfast, we travel to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. We begin with a visit to the Shepherds fields where the angels appeared to the shepherds and announced the birth of Our Lord. These fields are also the setting of the Book of Ruth. We will then travel to the Church of the Nativity and view the actual place where our Lord was born. Time will then be given to shop for olive wood and other items. If we have time, we’ll visit Bethlehem Lutheran Church and learn about the Christian ministry there. After lunch in Bethlehem, we’ll return to Jerusalem and will visit the original location of the city of Jerusalem – the City of David – going back in history 3000 years. We will also visit Hezekiah’s tunnel, a 1749-foot-long tunnel that was dug by King Hezekiah as he prepared for the Assyrian King Sennacharib’s invasion in 701 BC. Those interested in walking the foot-deep water tunnel will have the chance to do so, ending at the Pool of Siloam. The Promenade to the Temple is currently being excavated – if it is open, we’ll end our day by walking, as Jesus would have done, from the Pool of Siloam to the Temple Mount. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7- Tuesday, May 07, Temple Mount – Rabbinical Tunnel – Western Wall – Israel Museum – Old City free time
After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day early today, entering the Old City with a visit to the Western Wall, a section of the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, and Judaism’s holiest site. We will ascend the Temple Mount, discussing its connection to both the Old and New Testaments. We will also discuss why it is considered the holiest site in Judaism, and the third holiest site in Islam. We will then enter the Rabbinical Tunnel and explore more ruins that relate to the retaining walls of the Temple Mount in addition to other periods of time. After a picnic lunch of shawarma near the Dung Gate, we travel to the Israel Museum where we will visit the Second Temple Period Model of Jerusalem, a 1:50 scaled model of the city from the year 66 AD. We will also visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on exhibit, in addition to the archeological section where many artifacts are displayed, paying special attention to those items that relate to Bible history. Depending on time, we’ll either walk through parts of the Old City and shop, or take the Old City Ramparts Walk from the Jaffa Gate to the Dung Gate. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Optional Addition for those who wish: 8:00 PM The Night Spectacular (at the Tower of David) – cost is about $20 including cab fare
Day 8–Wednesday, May 08, Masada – En Gedi – Qumran – Jerusalem – Dead Sea
After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day visiting Masada; the fortress built by King Herod the Great and made famous by the Zealots in 73/74 AD with the standoff against the Romans. We visit the fortress and see the ruins that are considered a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. We then continue to En Gedi, the oasis in the desert where the meeting between David and King Saul took place (I Samuel 24) and where many of the psalms were written by David. After lunch, we visit Qumran, the location where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin boy back in 1947. There we will see the caves and other buildings that the Essenes, the group of Jews who wrote the scrolls, lived. We then will go the Dead Sea where you will have a chance to float in this unique body of water. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 09- Thursday, May 09, Mt. of Olives – Palm Sunday – Gethsemane – Pools of Bethesda – Via Dolorosa – Church of the Holy Sepulcher
After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day with an orientation over the holy city from the Mount of Olives, pointing out important locations within the Old City, connecting them with Biblical stories and prophecies about the return of Jesus. We will then walk down the Palm Sunday Procession road to the Garden of Gethsemane, where the passion of Jesus began. Each of us will be given some personal time in a private section of the Garden, as well as have opportunity to see the Church of All Nations. We will then visit the Church of St. Anne’s, a perfectly intact Crusader church. It is a wonderful place to gather and sing a song (sometimes with fellow Christians from all over the world). There, we will also visit the pools of Bethesda where the healing at the pool took place (John 5). We will then walk the Via Dolorosa (The Way of Suffering), the actual path that Jesus walked from the Antonia Fortress to the crucifixion site. We will also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which contains both Golgotha and Jesus’ tomb (the tomb is empty, of course ☺). Lunch in the Old City. Walk through the Old City (Christian and Jewish Quarter) and exit through Zion Gate. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10- Friday, May 10, Southern Steps – The Herodium – St. Peter in Galicantu – Garden Tomb – Farwell Dinner – Return Flight
Today we will get to sleep in for a little bit. After a buffet breakfast, we will visit the Southern Wall, the main entrance to the Temple Mount with the Teaching Steps where Jesus would have taught. We will also see the ritual baths near the steps, and discover why it is that the Pentecost accounts in Acts 2 likely took place here. We then will travel to the Herodium, the fortress where Herod the Great was buried. After lunch we will returning to Jerusalem and visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where Jesus was taken after He was arrested at the Garden of Gethsemane. We end our day, and our pilgrimage, with a visit to the Garden Tomb, where we will worship together and celebrate communion. Farewell dinner will be served before transferring to the airport for our flight back home with unforgettable memories.
Roundtrip Non-Stop Flight – Wide-bodied trans-atlantic jets.
Porterage of Baggage – Your bags will be put on buses and taken up to your room for you.
Air-Conditioned Motor Coaches – Ride aboard a brand-new, private, air-conditioned motor coach.
Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee – Complete the experience with prayer, singing and dancing on a 2,000 year old boat replica.
Guides Knowledgable of Historical and Biblical Context of Sites Visited
Customized Guidebook – Complete with study on where you have been and where you will go on your tour.
Superior First Class Hotels – We stay at only the best hotels the area has to offer.
Group Photos and More – Get a group photo and tons of photography opportunities!
Three Meals Daily plus Drinks Included on the Bus
Comprehensive Sightseeing – With plenty of time and opportunity for pictures.
Limited Trip Size – We strive to make your trip special and unique, so this trip offers limited group size.
Entrance Fees to Places Visited – Walk right past the ticket booth with all your Entrance Fees paid in advance!
Special Rabbinical Tunnel Visit
Masada Visit Including Round-Trip Cable Car Ride to the Top
*Some accommodations may be changed on certain tours depending on the leader’s wishes. Please see your dedicated tour page for more information.