190501- 10 Day Tour of Israel Hosted by Pastor Kirby Smith

$300.00

May 1-10 2019
$4,613.00 Round Trip From Atlanta, GA

Based on Double Occupancy

Friends,

I invite you to pray about and consider a spiritual pilgrimage in the land of our Lord Jesus and the Bible. This will be a quality, life changing experience. It will open our Bibles to us and change our hearts from within. We will see most of the key places in Israel from northern Galilee to the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and beyond. A few of my favorite personal memories are seeing the faces of people when they walk out of the empty tomb, walk on the Temple Mount, or sail on the Sea of Galilee. On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, we will fly United Airlines from Atlanta to Newark, NJ, and then Tel Aviv. On Friday, May 10, 2019, we will return to Atlanta. Please pray about this possibility. It would be a pleasure for both Fern and me to have you join us. I believe this will be a spiritual thrill of a lifetime.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kirby Smith, Assistant Pastor

Young Meadows Presbyterian Church

Description

Destination: Israel

Highlights: Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jordan River, Jericho, Bethlehem, Jerusalem


GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

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Itinerary

DAY 01 – WED. MAY 01 – DEPARTURE USA Today we depart our home cities for our overnight flight to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a connection in Newark.

DAY 02 – THU. MAY 02 – ARRIVAL BEN GURION AIRPORT / JOPPA / CAESAREA / TIBERIAS After clearing customs, we will be met by representative who will assist with luggage and direct you to your bus and meet you guide. Start your tour of the Holy land by driving along a scenic drive near Joppa, the oldest port in the world. Joppa was also the home of Tabitha, who was raised from the dead by Peter. We then drive north through the modern city of Tel Aviv through the Sharon Valley to Caesarea Maritima. Begin where the baptism of Gentiles began: at Caesarea Maritima. You will see the sunken harbor, the hippodrome, the theatre and the Roman aqueduct. After surveying the Plain of Jezreel, you will proceed towards Tiberias and end the day at the Arbel Cliff, which affords a view over the Lake of Galilee and the main sites of Jesus’ ministry. Drive down to the city of Tiberias and check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 03 – FRI. MAY 03 – AROUND THE SEA OF GALILEE Drive up to the Mount of Beatitudes and hike down the hill to the lake and go to Tabgha where Christians have long remembered the first feeding of the multitude. Continue walking to nearby Capernaum where Franciscan archaeologists believe they have uncovered the house of Peter. We then drive the northern end of the Sea of Galilee heading east and stop at Beth Saida, which is the fishing village of the Gospels. This village was the home town of Peter, Andrew, and Philip. Here, as well as Capernaum and Chorazin, Jesus performed most of his miracles. In Luke’s account, the feeding of the 5000 occurred in the area of Beth Saida. 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. Afterwards drive further south to Kursi in the “Gergesa” of Matthew’s Gospel where the evangelist locates the miracle of the swine. Then drive full circle around the lake and stop where the Jordan River exits south from the Sea of Galilee and heads down the Jordan Valley. We end our day at the modern Baptismal site of the Yardenit where you have the possibility of renewing the Baptismal vows.

DAY 04 – SAT. MAY 04 – THE SOURCES OF THE JORDAN Ascend the Golan Heights today, the biblical Bashan and ancestral home of the half-tribe of Manassah and in Jesus’ day, part of the territory of Herod Philip. Drive along Israel’s border with Syria and stop at the Kuneitra overlook. Visit Tel Dan, one of the most important biblical mounds in the country. Here archaeologists discovered an inscription with the words “House of David,” and you can see a gateway from the time of Abraham. Continue to Caesarea Philippi, now known as Banias. As at Dan, you’ll also enjoy the natural beauty of Banias nestled on the flourishing banks of one the Jordan’s main tributaries. We end our day with an hour on the lake in a wooden boat modeled on one from Jesus’ time.

DAY 05 – SUN. MAY 05 – LOWER GALILEE / NAZARETH / JACOB’S WELL / DEAD SEA This morning, we drive to Nazareth. On the way we pass by Cana for a visit, where Jesus performed the first of His miracles. Proceed to Nazareth, to get acquainted with Jesus’ home town in which he grew up and lived most of his life. We will visit the Church of the Old Synagogue, which marks the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. We drive up to Mt. Precipe. As we look across at Mount Tabor, Mt. Carmel. Mount Gilboa, the Hill of Moreh and the Gilead, we reflect on how Jesus, as a young man in Nazareth was inspired by the acts of God that occurred here as he prepared himself for his mission. Next, we cross the Valley of Jezreel to the ancient Har-Megiddo or Armageddon, dominating the vital crossroads where so many battles have taken place. This afternoon, we drive south by the Harod’s Spring down through the Dotan Valley, where Joseph’s brothers threw him into a cistern, and pass Samaria, Ahab’s capital at Nablus (Shechem). We visit the mound of the ancient city and where Joshua renewed the covenant. We stop at nearby Jacob’s Well, site of Jesus conversation with a Samaritan woman. We then drive through the lovely valley of Bidan and down Wadi Fariah, the pass through which Jacob (and probably his grandfather before him entered the promised land). At Jericho, we visit the Tel of this oldest city and view the traditional mountain of Jesus’ temptation. Continuing south driving towards the Dead Sea and then along the western shores to Ein Bokek where we check into our hotel and take a dip in the cleansing waters of the Dead Sea and then dinner and overnight.

DAY 06 – MON. MAY 06 – MASADA / EIN GEDI / QUMRAN / JERUSALEM Our day tour begins with driving to nearby Masada. We ascend by cable car to reach the mountain top site of Masada. The cliff’s remoteness and difficult approach made it a perfect fortress, and it was here that King Herod built two fortified palaces over 2,000 years ago. After exploring the archeological ruins with our guide, we return back to the base and drive to our next stop at Ein Gedi. We enter the nature reserve of Ein Gedi, rich in flora and fauna, and walk to a lovely waterfall. Retracing our way north along the shores of the Dead Sea we stop at the ancient settlement of Qumran. Here we will have the opportunity to view the many caves where approximately 900 parchment documents of religious significance were discovered – the fabled Dead Sea Scrolls. Further north, we 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. Passing the Good Samaritan Inn on the way, finally atop Mt. Scopus, we behold majestic Jerusalem.

DAY 07 – TUE. MAY 07 – O 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. We continue down to Gethsemane 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 Gallicantu, which affords the best view of early Jerusalem from the west. Here, the Assumptionist Fathers propose, was the house where the High Priest Caiaphas interrogated Jesus. Driving south to the Bethlehem region, we go to Shepherds’ Fields. From there we drive back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

DAY 08 – WED. MAY 08 – DAY IN AND AROUND THE OLD CITY We transfer to Dung Gate where just inside, we 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 and St. Anne’s Church, 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. 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.

DAY 09 – THU. MAY 09 – THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF JERUSALEM AND THE NEW CITY We begin with a modern tunnel that enables us to examine the length of the outer Herodian Temple wall -mostly preserved in mint condition – including two stone blocks each weighing about 600 tons. We see the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex, including steps where we may be certain that Jesus and the disciples walked. We then descend the slope of the first Jerusalem (“City of David”) to the Gihon spring, and view the knee-high water through Hezekiah’s tunnel, which led the water to a pool at a safe remove from Assyrian arrows. Next to West Jerusalem passing by the Knesset to the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls that were found in Qumran, and the Israel Museum, including the outdoor model of Jerusalem as the city may have looked in 66 AD. We end our day with shopping in the Old City or walking around the city atop the wall. This evening we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner before we drive to the airport for our late evening check in for our flight home

DAY 10 – FRI. MAY 10 – ARRIVE USA. Today we arrive back in the USA on our flight from Tel Aviv. * While we do our very best at making sure all items listed in your itinerary are included, there are times when conditions beyond our control affect your program/itinerary, including but not limited to air carrier changes, delays, weather, political climate, time constraints, or changes by your tour leader and tour guide


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