Join us in the ultimate and wonderful experience of a lifetime: A Trip to Israel’s Holy Land! Travel dates are May 19-28, 2020! See for yourself where Jesus and the disciples ministered! Sail across the Sea of Galilee! Travel to Bethlehem and be baptized in the Jordan River! For more information, see the itinerary and booking information below.
(TU & WE) May 19 & 20 – USA to the Holy Land
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight. You will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel to enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.
(TH) May 21 – The Galilee
Worship as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (Matt.4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt. 5-7). Explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves at Tabgha, traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10). See the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed his devotion three times to the risen Christ (John 21). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue. Recall Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan River.
(FR) May 22 – Cana, Nazareth, Megiddo & Caesarea
Visit the Franciscan Wedding Chapel in Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle, before continuing on to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Look out over Tel Megiddo (Armageddon) to view one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel. Today’s last stop is Caesarea, a center of the early Christians where an angel visited Cornelius, the first Gentile believer (Acts 10), and where Paul was imprisoned for two years before appealing to Caesar.
(SA) May 23 – Jericho, Qumran & Mount of Olives
As you stop in Jericho to view the ruins of the city conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6: 1, 2, 20), in the distance you can also see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matt. 4:1-11). Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. End your day with a group picture taken from the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1: 9-12).
(SU) May 24 – Jerusalem & Bethlehem
In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace and see the Church of the Nativity constructed over the site (Matt. 1: 18-25). Gaze out over Shepherds Field before you returning to Jerusalem. Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and envision the scenes of the night before Jesus’ crucifixion (Matt. 26: 36 – 44). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal (Matt. 26: 57). Meditate on the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room (Mark 14: 12).
(MO) May 25 –Jerusalem & the Old City
Walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City. Explore ancient Jerusalem at the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. view the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle (John 5: 1-31). Sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne and experience its rich acoustics. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1) and follow in Christ’s steps on the Via Dolorosa (“the Way of the Cross”). At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, take time to reflect on His sacrificial love.
(TU) May 26 – Leisure Day (Masada/Dead Sea Optional Tour)
Today you have free time to explore on your own or you may choose to visit Masada and the Dead Sea ($75pp additional). Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod’s legendary mountaintop fortress which became the last desperate stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. You can still look down on the remains of the Roman camps and the siege ramp below. End your day with a dip in the salt and mineral laden waters of the Dead Sea.
(WE) May 27 – Jerusalem
Travel to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist and where Mary visited Elisabeth (Luke 1: 26-40). Explore the poignant exhibits of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial. Visit the Garden Tomb for a time of reflection and communion.
(TH) May 28 – Return to the USA
What’s included in the price:
Airfare from IAD
4 Star Hotels
3 Nights in Tiberius – Royal Plaza or Similar
4 Nights in Jerusalem – Olive Tree or Similar
Breakfast and Dinner Daily
All Entrance fees, site fees and admin fees
Tips to Local Porters and Restaurant Staff
Deluxe Motor coach transportation with WiFi
Local Guide & Driver
Final Documents / Sent 30 days prior to departure
What’s not included in the price:
Lunches (will be at local restaurants – approx. $15/day)
Tips for Guide (approx. $6pp/day) and Driver (approx. $3pp/day) Suggested amount
Insurance $399 per person or lower
The following cancellation penalties will apply:
$100 Cancellation Penalty from Day of Registration to 105 days prior to departure
104 – 90 days prior – $400
89 – 75 days prior = $600
74 – 60 days prior – 40% of total cost
59 days prior- 100% of total cost
*Plus any airline penalties at all ranges
Any airline penalties will be charged in addition to the penalties above.
Deposit: $300 per person
Final payment is due by: February 4, 2020.
Note: Single room supplement is an additional $698.
To book this trip, please contact Kimberly Hall at (240) 888-1845. Click here for a copy of the flyer and information.