Pastors Bobby Rogers and Shawn Porter Holy Land Tour
Pastors Bobby Rogers and Shawn Porter
December 27, 2018 to January 4, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel
FRIDAY – December 28 (Day 1): Arrival Tel Aviv – Jaffa – Herzeliya
Arrive in Tel Aviv Enjoy a scenic drive through Jaffa, the oldest port in the world. From here Jonah set sail for Tarshish, but he was swallowed by a whale. Jaffa was also the home of Tabitha who was raised from the dead by Peter. And, while lodging in the home of Simon the Tanner, Peter has his vision. One overnight in Herzeliya
SATURDAY – December 29 (Day 2): Caesarea – Mt. Carmel – Meggido – Nazareth – Cana – Tiberias
We begin where the baptism of Gentiles began: at Caesarea Maritima (included) (Focus on Acts10). We include the sunken harbor, the hippodrome, the theatre and the Roman aqueduct. Then we drive to Muhraka (“burnt offering”) on Mt. Carmel (included), with a panorama of the Plain of Jezreel (Esdraelon). (Focus on I Kings 18, the confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal.) Continue to Megiddo (included) for the background to Armageddon (Revelation 16). After surveying the Plain of Jezreel, we proceed to Nazareth, visiting part of the ancient village and enjoying a view of Mt. Tabor. We go on to Cana, commemorating Jesus’ transformation of water into wine. We end the day at the Arbel cliff, which affords a view over the Lake of Galilee and the main sites of Jesus’ ministry. We have dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee
SUNDAY – December 30 (Day 3): Mt. Beatitudes – Capernaum – Korazin – Bethsaida – Boat Ride – Beit Shean – Tel Jericho – Dead Sea
Drive up to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7) and drive the hill to the lake and go to Tabgha where Christians have long remembered the first feeding of the multitude (Mark 6) and nearby, the breakfast of John 21. Continue walking to nearby Capernaum (included) where Franciscan archaeologists believe they have uncovered the house of Peter (Mark1 and 2). Then drive the northern end of the Sea of Galilee heading east and passing by Beth Saida, which is the fishing village of the Gospels. This village was the home town of Peter, Andrew, and Philip (John 1:44). Here, as well as Capernaum and Korazin (included), Jesus performed most of his miracles, healed a blind man, and cursed all three towns for their failure to repent. In Luke’s account, the feeding of the 5000 occurred in the area of Beth Saida (included). Continue driving around the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee heading south to Ein Gev where you can stop for a St. Peter’s Fish lunch. After lunch take a boat ride (included) across the Sea of Galilee to the western shores. Regain you bus and drive south to the location where the Jordan River exits south from the Sea of Galilee and heads down the Jordan Valley. We can have a short stop for the renewal of our Baptismal vows before heading south through the Jordan Valley. We pass the strategic crossing point between the Jordan Valley and the Jezreel which is located in the city of Beth Shean (included) (aka Scythopolis) – the setting of Saul’s death (I Samuel 28 – II Samuel 1). We continue south through the Jordan Valley to Jericho. At Jericho (Tel Jericho included), we visit the Tel of this oldest city and view the traditional mountain of Jesus’ temptation. We head further south the Dead Sea and check in our hotel along the shores of the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.
MONDAY – December 31 (Day 4): Masada – Ein Gedi – Qumran – Jerusalem
“We are going up to Jerusalem.” (Matthew 20:18). This morning the first stop will be at Masada (entrance & cable car included). Take the cable-car to the top of Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the great revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the visitor’s center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations. Descend back to the base by cable car and drive, the Nature Reserve of Ein Gedi. Enter the reserve, rich in flora and fauna, and hike to a lovely waterfall. After this drive along the western shores of the Dead Sea north and stop at the ancient settlement of Qumran (included). Here you’ll have the opportunity to view the many caves where approximately 900 parchment documents of religious significance were discovered – the fabled Dead Sea Scrolls. We then connect with the Jerusalem/Jericho highway. Ascending the Roman road along Wadi Qilt, stop for a look at picturesque desert monastery of St. George’s built deep in the gorge of Wadi Qelt. Finally a top Mt. Scopus, we behold majestic Jerusalem and spend the next three nights.
TUESDAY – January 01 (Day 5): Mt. Olives – Gethsemane – Mt. Zion – Bethlehem – Jerusalem
Today we will start on the Mt. of Olives with the Old City tilted toward us. After an orientation, we descend the traditional Palm Sunday road to Dominus Flevit (“The Lord weeps”), remembering Jesus’ entry (Luke 19). We continue down to Gethsemane (Matthew 26) with a visit to the garden and the church where we will have some quiet time. We then drive to the church grounds called Peter in Galicantu, which affords the best view of early Jerusalem from the west. Here, the Assumptionist Fathers propose, was the house where the High Priest Caiaphas (included) interrogated Jesus. Driving south to the Bethlehem region passing Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem, we go to Shepherds’ Fields. We then visit Bethlehem, where we will walk through its alleys and markets to the Church of the Nativity. Later this afternoon we’ll hike through the Valley of Elah, where David encountered Goliath (I Samuel 17). Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
WEDNESDAY – January 02 (Day 6): Bethany – Israel Museum – Valley of Elah – Jerusalem
After breakfast, we will start the day with a visit to Bethany (included) where we visit Lazarus Tomb. Continue to visit the Israel Museum (included) where the Dead Sea Scrolls were kept, we will also visit the Model City of Jerusalem. Then we will continue to visit Valley of Elah before going back to our hotel in Jerusalem for the dinner and overnight.
THURSDAY – January 03 (Day 7): Temple Mount – St. Anne – Via Dolorosa – Upper Room – Garden Tomb
We transfer to Dung Gate where just inside, we take the time to examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex, which includes steps where we may be certain that Jesus taught and He and his disciples walked. We then walk up to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. We view the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site of Islam, located on the traditional site of the ancient Temple Mount. Just to the north we find the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church (included), which has remarkable acoustics and which has been perfectly preserved from the Crusader period. We then follow the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) back as far as the Holy Sepulcher. From there we walk through the Arab Souks, past the Armenian Quarter and exit the Old City through the Mt Zion Gate to visit the Upper Room and King David’s Tomb on the grounds of Mt. Zion. From there we take the bus to the Garden Tomb where we end our tour with a special visit and the possibility of having a private communion on its grounds. The balance of the day is free. This evening we’ll enjoy a Middle Eastern farewell dinner at our hotel in Jerusalem, before we drive to the airport for our late evening check in for our flight home.
FRIDAY – January 04 (Day 8): Departure
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!
Two Buffet Meals Daily (Breakfast and Dinner)
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.