Ray Young Holy Land Tour
December 3, 2019 to December 12, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel
Wednesday- December 04 (Day 1): Arrival to Tel Aviv – Transfer to Tiberias
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where we will be met by our local Israeli guide. Travel northward to Tiberias and check into our hotel for four nights. (D)
Thursday- December 05 (Day 2): Caesarea & Nazareth
After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea (entrance included), where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre and aqueduct, and Herod’s Judgement Hall, Palace, Chariot Arena, and Harbor. Journey on to Mt. Carmel(entrance included), where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. We drive through the area of Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we visit the Nazareth Village(entrance included), Visit the Church of the Cave of the Annunciation. (B, D)
Friday- December 06 (Day 3): Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, the Sea of Galilee, & Bethsaida
Following breakfast, our morning travels will take us to Nof Ginnosar to visit the ancient boat discovered in the lake that dates back to the time of Jesus and has been preserved in a museum(entrance included). We will return to the Sea of Galilee where we will enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Sea (included). We will travel on to the church of Tabgha and the site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and the Mount of the Beatitudes overlooking the sea. Later we will move to the city of Capernaum (entrance included), where we will see the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter’s adult home. We will also stop at Bethsaida (entrance included) where Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, and John, and after His resurrection appeared to the fishing disciples. (B, D)
Saturday- December 07 (Day 4): The sources of the Jordan
Travel to the spring of Caesarea Philippi (Banias)(entrance included), where Peter confessed his recognition of Jesus as Christ (Matthew 16). Here we can visit the stunning remains of a first-century AD palace belonging to Agrippa II. We drive around Mt. Hermon for a glimpse of Damascus, 45 miles away, then head back over the Golan Heights. See the springs where the Jews hid from the Romans. (B, D)
Sunday- December 08 (Day 5): Beit-Shean, Scythopolis, Jericho, & the Dead Sea Scrolls
We will begin our day with a visit to Beit-Shean/Scythopolis (entrance included), the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan Valleys. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Gilboa, the Philistines hung their bodies on the walls of Seit-Shean. During the intertestamental period, the city was renamed the “Scythopolis.” Travel to Jericho and visit this city (entrance to tel Jericho is included), which is famed as the oldest in the world. Stop at the Jordan River. Then it is on to the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered (entrance included). We will then continue on to Jerusalem. (B, D)
Monday- December 09 (Day 6): Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, & Bethlehem
Today we will walk where Jesus walked. Begin with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah, and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and then the Garden of Gethsemane. Visit the City of David and Palace of David excavations (entrance included). We will drive to Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was born, to visit the Church of Nativity and the Shepherds’ Fields, the fields where the angel appeared to the shepherds to lead them to where Jesus Christ was born. (B, D)
Tuesday- December 10 (Day 7): Jerusalem, Masada: Tour the Rabbinical Tunnels
In the morning visit the western wall tunnels(entrance included), Go down to the foundation of the Second Temple. Drive to West Jerusalem passing by the Knesset on the way to the Israel Museum (entrance included). Visit the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. View the model of Jerusalem, representing how the city looked on the eve of the Jewish revolt, 36 years after the Passion of Jesus. Continue south to Masada. We will take the cable car to the top (entrance to Masada and the cable car are included), visiting Herod’s mountain bunker and the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome (66-73 AD).
Wednesday- December 11 (Day 8): Old City: Transfer to Dung Gate and visit the Southern Wall excavations
Examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex, including steps(entrance included), where we are certain that Jesus and the disciples walked. Walk up to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. Ascend to the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site of Islam, located on the traditional site of the Temple. Just to the north we find the Pools of Bethesda (entrance included)(John 5) and St. Anne’s Church (entrance included), perfectly preserved from the Crusader period. Visit the House of Caiaphas (entrance included). Pass through the Jerusalem markets. Visit the Garden Tomb for a special visit and communion before having dinner and departing for Ben Gurion airport where we board our flight back home. (B, D)
Thursday- December 12: depart to the airport
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 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!
Two Meals Daily
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.
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