Israel Tour and 3-Day Greek Island Cruise, March 2020
We invite you to share the experience of a lifetime—a trip to the land of the Bible. On this 15-day journey, we will actually study the Bible on-site, in the places where the patriarchs, our Savior, and His disciples lived! We will visit Jerusalem with its garden tomb; see the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane, and Caesarea by the Sea; visit Megiddo where the Battle of Armageddon will take place, float in the Dead Sea, view the Mt. of Beatitudes; get baptized in the Jordan River, take a Cable Car up to Masada, witness Ein Gedi where David fled from Saul; see the Qumran Caves, kayak in the Sea of Galilee, and visit the village of Nazareth where Jesus lived. Following our tour in Israel, we will fly to Athens, visit the Acropolis and Mars Hill where Paul preached. We will then take a 3-day Greek Island tour to see Ephesus, one of the the seven churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation, visit the Isle of Patmos and Santorini, then return to Athens and visit Corinth.
Below is our anticipated itinerary for the 2020 tour:
TUESDAY, MARCH 17 - LAX TO TEL AVIV
Our trip begins as we meet in the Los Angeles airport (LAX) for our departure to Israel. We must be at the airport three hours before the flight departs to check in and board our flight for the land where Yeshua walked as a Man. Shalom!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 - TEL AVIV
We land at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv around 1 pm. Upon arrival, we will be met, assisted through Visa and Passport Control and transferred to our Messianic guide who will take us to our first sight which is Independence Hall in Tel Aviv. This is where Israel’s 1948 Declaration of Independence was signed. We will stop at Jaffa, an ancient port city, where Jonah fled from the Lord. After this, we will go to our hotel to rest up and then dinner. Optional: after dinner we will take a stroll on the boardwalk at the beach for a look at the Mediterranean Sea and then overnight at the Hotel Gilgal.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19 - MASADA, EIN GEDI, QUMRAN, DEAD SEA
We will take a cable car up to the fortress of Masada. Here the defenders held out for three years against the Roman Army and then committed suicide rather than be taken into slavery. “Masada shall not fall again” is the oath taken by cadets who graduate from Israel’s military academy. After that, we will continue to the oasis of Ein Gedi and walk where David hid in caves from Saul. Then we will drive to the north shore of the Dead Sea for a dip in the water and float. Then visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We will end the day with a dinner at our hotel at the Dead Sea.
FRIDAY, MARCH 20 - JERUSALEM: CITY OF DAVID, HEZEKIAH’S TUNNEL, UPPER ROOM
Our breakfast will be enjoyed at the Dead Sea and then we will make our ascent to Jerusalem. We will begin the day at the City of David and walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel; see a new and very exciting dig in process (known as the Gavati excavation); visit the Temple Institute to see the vestments and artifacts being prepared for the future Third Temple. We will go to Mt. Zion and the Upper Room. We will shop in the Old City and then enjoy a Shabbat dinner at the Prima Kings Hotel and overnight.
Optional Evening Plans: Take a guided short walk to visit the famous King David Hotel and stroll through the lobby; walk through the luxurious Mamilla Mall; stop for photos and a breathtaking view of the city; then enter the Old City at the Jaffa Gate. Participate in Israeli Folk dancing at 9:15 pm (30 shekels) or do some shopping a few blocks away in the Ben Yehuda area. Visit the YMCA on King David Street and take the elevator to the top floor to the observation lookout for an amazing view of Jerusalem (12 shekels).
SATURDAY, MARCH 21 - JERUSALEM: MOUNT OF OLIVES. GARDEN OF GETHSEMENE, GARDEN TOMB
Then to the Mt. of Olives which overlooks the Kidron Valley and the Temple Mount. This is a walking afternoon where we literally walk where Yeshua walked through parts of the Old City. Down the Palm Sunday Path to the Tear Drop Church to Gethsemane, a private garden for worship, to the House of Caiaphas. We will visit the Garden Tomb and take communion. Return to the Prima Kings Hotel.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22 - JERUSALEM: YAD VASHEM, WESTERN WALL TUNNEL
After breakfast we will visit Yad Vashem (Israel’s Holocaust Museum), Hertzel Museum, Ein Karem and the Hadassah Hospital to view beautiful Marc Chagall murals. We will tour the Western Wall Tunnel and walk through the old tunnel underneath the Temple Mount. Here at a certain spot in the tunnel you will be as close as one can get to the Holy of Holies from the Temple in the day of Yeshua. We will return to our hotel and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel.
MONDAY, MARCH 23 - JERUSALEM TO CAESAREA, MEGIDDO, MT. CARMEL, NAZARETH, ZIPPORI, CANA, SEA OF GALILEE
After our last breakfast at the Prima Kings Hotel, we leave the Beautiful City and head for Caesarea, stopping at the Roman theater, the aqueduct, and wading in the Mediterranean. We will visit Megiddo and take pictures of the valley of Armageddon. We will continue to Mt. Carmel, Muhraka, the place of Elijah’s battle with the prophets of Ba’al on the way to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Yeshua. We’ll visit Nazareth Village which features houses, terraced fields, wine and olive presses all built to resemble those that would have been in a Galilee village in the 1st century. Guides dress in period costume and show visitors how farm, domestic, and craft work was performed two thousand years ago. Then we’re off to Zippori and Cana. In the afternoon, we will visit the Ancient Galilee Boat museum to see the Jesus Boat, an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century AD, discovered in 1986 on the north-west shore of the Sea of Galilee and then there will be a little time for shopping. We will spend the night at kibbutz Nof Ginosar in the Galilee.
TUESDAY, MARCH 24 - BOAT RIDE ON THE SEA OF GALILEE, TAGHBA, CAPERNAUM, MAGDALA, BIBLE BOAT, MUSEUM/ BEIT SHE’AN
We begin today with a Jesus Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Then we will visit the sites where Yeshua spent 75 percent of His early ministry beginning with the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus taught on the hillside. Then we will descend to Taghba (Peter’s Primacy), site of the miracle of the Loaves and Fish, and also where Jesus fed His disciples a meal on the beach of the Sea of Galilee after His resurrection. Then, on to Capernaum to see the house of Simon Peter and a synagogue where Jesus preached. We will visit the Ancient Galilee Boat museum to see the Jesus Boat, an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century AD, discovered in 1986 on the north-west shore of the Sea of Galilee. We’ll visit the Magdala archaeological site to see the remains of a first century synagogue. Next we’ll continue to Beit She’an, one of the largest archaeological sites in Israel with Egyptian, Philistine and Roman ruins. This is where the bodies of King Saul and Jonathan were hung after their defeat at Mount Gilboa. See this amazing archaeological discovery containing 18 levels of civilization. Return to your kibbutz for dinner and overnight at Nof Ginosar.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 - GOLAN HEIGHTS, BANIAS, CAESAREA PHILIPPI, MT. BENTAL, JORDAN RIVER
Today we will head north to the Golan Heights and begin the day with a short, easy white-water rafting ride down the Jordan River starting in Kfar Blum. Then we will visit Tel Dan to view the altar of Jeroboam and the Canaanite gate. On to Banias, Caesarea Philippi, where Yeshua told His disciples why He had come. Then, to Mt. Bental to see the bunkers and fortifications and stand just 60 miles from Damascus. Isaiah 17: Damascus will cease from being a city and shall become a ruinous heap. If we have time we will visit Nimrod’s Fortress. Lastly, we will have the option to be baptized in the Jordan River. Then return to our kibbutz for dinner and overnight.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26 - TEL AVIV TO ATHENS, GREECE
We will leave the Galilee in the morning and drive to Tel Aviv where we will take a plane to Athens, Greece. In the afternoon, we will visit Mars Hill where Paul preached a message aboaut the “unknown God.” Then visit the Acropolis and then spend the night at our hotel in Athens.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27 - GREEK ISLAND CRUISE: MYKONOS
We will wake early to board the cruise vessel in Piraeus for our 3-day Greek island cruise. Board the ship and sail the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. In the evening, you will arrive at the world-famous Greek Island of Mykonos, where gleaming white-washed buildings seem to climb atop each other to reach the azure sky.
SATURDAY, MARCH 28 - EPHESUS, ISLAND OF PATMOS
This morning, you arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey, and journey to Ephesus, where the apostle Paul spent three years of his ministry (Acts 19). He planted a church here and later wrote to them in his Epistle to the Ephesians. Many of the ruins of Ephesus (known as “the marble city”) have been restored to show the city as it was in the apostle Paul’s time. Stroll through the great theater where Paul witnessed faithfully for Christ. Set sail for the Island of Patmos to visit the Monastery of St. John, high on the mountain overlooking the entire island. Walk down to the Grotto of the Apocalypse and the caves where it is believed that the exiled Apostle John lived and was inspired by God to write the Book of Revelation.
Celsus Library Facade, Ephesus, Turkey
SUNDAY, MARCH 29 - CRETE, SANTORINI
Dock this morning in Crete’s port of Heraklion, just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Optional tour to the palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. Disembark at Santorini, one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands where picturesque whitewashed villages topped with brilliant blue domes stand in stark contrast to the sheer drop cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. Enjoy a walking tour with your guide. At 9 pm sail back to Piraeus port of Athens. Dinner and overnight on board.
MONDAY, MARCH 30 - ATHENS, CORINTH
At 6 am, dock at Piraeus port. Disembark at 7:30 am after breakfast on board. Drive to the city of Corinth, where the apostle Paul met fellow tentmakers, Aquila and Priscilla, and received a vision from the Lord saying, "I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have many people in this city." (Acts 18: 10). Discover the Archaeological Museum, Market Place and Temples. As you walk among the ruins, stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him. Stop briefly at the port town of Cenchreae from which Paul later departed for Syria (Acts 18: 12-18). Return to Athens for our Farewell Dinner and overnight. We will either board the plane to to begin our journey home the next morning.
TUESDAY, MARCH 31 - TRAVEL DAY TO LAX
We will arrive home with special memories.
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