Day 1 – Arrival in Israel
Today we’ll arrive to Ben Gurion, in Tel Aviv. We’ll be taken to our hotel in Jerusalem.
At the end of our day we have dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Tel Aviv to Haifa
Following breakfast at the hotel and check out, we’ll ride to the Old Port City of Jaffa; south of Tel Aviv. Here we enjoy a panoramic view of Tel Aviv and view the ancient narrow streets.
We’ll then leave Tel Aviv and drive north along the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea and the ancient Roman theatre; built by Herod. Here Paul (Shaul) embarked on his journey to Tarus (Acts 9:30) and where Cornelius and his family lived.
We’ll then continue inland to Megiddo; one of King Solomon’s walled, fortified cities (1st Kings 9:15; 10:26). It contains ruins of 20 levels of civilization.
We then proceed to Mt. Carmel for a breathtaking, panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the Botanical Gardens.
We’ll ride to Tiberias in the evening.
At the end of our day we check into the Tiberias hotel for dinner and an overnight.
Day 3: Journey to the Galilee
Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head north along the coast and venture on to Akko (Acre), to see the ancient fortress. This ancient fortress holds underground passages and secret rooms.
We’ll continue to the northernmost point at Rosh Hanikra and descend by cable car into the limestone Grottos bellow.
Riding along the pastoral hills of the Galilee, we’ll ride towards our hotel in Tiberias.
At the end of our day we’ll have dinner and an overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Galilee - Golan Heights
Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll tour Banias Springs. It is considered to be the largest spring feeding from Mt. Hermon and leading into the Jordan River. It is also one of the sources of the Jordan River and the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi. Here Peter made his confession of faith in Christ (Matt 16:16).
We’ll continue to ride south towards the Sea of Galilee and enjoy lunch in Tiberias. Our lunch will be catered by St. Peter’s fish for a delicious experience.
After lunch we’ll cruise on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. This is the center of Jesus’ Galilean ministry. We’ll notice the remains of Peter’s house and the synagogue site where Jesus taught and worshiped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31).
We’ll proceed to Mount of Beatitudes. This is where Jesus delivered perhaps the most significant sermon ever preached – “The Sermon On The Mount” (Matt 5).
At the end of our day we’ll head back to Tiberias hotel for dinner and an overnight.
Day 5: Nazareth - Jericho
Following breakfast at the hotel and check out, we’ll retreat the Upper Galilee area and travel towards Nazareth.
On the way, we’ll focus on Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water into wine (John 2:1).
We’ll then explore the Church of the Annunciation, where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary announced her pregnancy.
We’ll continue riding south through the lush Jordan Valley, where we will witness the desert bloom with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). We will start to descend to the oldest city in the world “Ancient Jericho”.
At the end of our day we check into the Jericho hotel for dinner and an overnight.
Day 6: Jericho - Dead Sea - Jerusalem
Following breakfast at the hotel and check out, we’ll enjoy a view of Mount Temptation and admire the Sycamore tree. We’ll then drive to the saltiest and lowest sea on Earth: the Dead Sea.
At noon we will depart the Dead Sea and travel south to the legendary mountaintop plateau of Masada. We will ascend by cable car to the top of the mountain to explore the ancient plateau.
We’ll continue north passing Ein Gedi and stop at Qumran. This site is where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Shepherd and his herd.
We’ll proceed towards Jerusalem. As we arrive to Jerusalem, we will stop at Mt. Scopus for a beautiful panoramic view of the Old City.
At the end of our day we check into the Jerusalem hotel for dinner and an overnight.
Day 7: Old City of Jerusalem, Part 1
Following breakfast, we’ll tour the Garden Tomb. This is the site of Golgotha; where Jesus was crucified and where he resurrected. We’ll drive to the top of the Mount of Olives, for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. As we journey to the bottom of the mountain we pause at Garden of Gethsemane. This is where Jesus prayed on many occasions and where He was arrested.
From here, we’ll ride across the Kidron Valley, passing the tombs of Absalom, Zacharias, James and King Jehoshaphat to the House of Caiaphas – the night of His betrayal (Mark 14:53- 65).
We’ll venture the Old City through Herod’s Gate and walk a short distance to visit the Chapel of the Flagellation, Pilate’s Judgment Hall.
Focusing on the Ecce Homo Arch built by Hadrian in 135 AD, we’ll retrace the steps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa (the Stations of the Cross). We’ll pass through the bazaars, alleyways and marketplaces to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
At the end of our day we’ll head back to Jerusalem hotel for dinner and an overnight.
Day 8: Old City of Jerusalem, Part 2
Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll tour the Old City of Jerusalem and enter through the Dung Gate to visit the Southern Wall excavations. We’ll proceed through the broad stone stairway down to the holy Western Wall – the “Kotel”.
We’ll venture through the passageways descending the many layers of Jerusalem’s past at the time of the Temple through the Western Wall Tunnels.
As we exit, we’ll walk along the Christian Quarter, passing the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a lame man (John 5) and the Crusader church of Saint Anne.
We’ll continue our journey to Jewish Quarter to visit the Cardo.
After lunch, we’ll retreat from the Old City and proceed to the Israel Museum. We’ll view the scale model of Jerusalem in 66 CE., 2nd Temple Period. In the same complex, we’ll explore the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed.
At the end of our day we’ll enjoy dinner and an overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Jerusalem, Part 3 - Bethlehem
Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll visit Mt. Zion to explore the sites of David’s tomb and the Upper Room. This is where the Last Supper was held prior to Jesus’ capture.
Then we’ll begin our journey down south to Bethlehem. Upon arrival in Bethlehem, we will visit the Church of the Nativity. This is the site of Jesus’ birth. We’ll continue on to Saint Catherine Church and Saint Jerome’s Caves where the bible was translated.
We’ll then ride to the Tent Restaurant in Beit Sahour for a farewell dinner.
As dinner ends, we’ll travel back to Jerusalem for an overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 – Departure
Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll enjoy the morning at leisure.
We’ll continue our last day by checking out of the hotel and proceeding to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.
End of services.