Destination: ISRAEL, ATHENS & ROME
HIGHLIGHTS: Colosseum, Vatican Museum, St Peter’s in Chains, Pantheon, Corinth, Acropolis, Parthenon, Nazareth, Beit-Shean, Mt’ of Beatitudes, Mt. Arbel, Jericho, Pools of Bethesda, Dead Sea, Holocaust Museum,Church of the Nativity, Old City
I invite you to join us for our 29th comprehensive, Biblical tour of the Holy Lands. Few experiences can accelerate your understanding of the Bible like this trip. It will bring alive your personal study of the Scriptures!
Our tour features unique places often missed by other groups and outstanding hotels.
I encourage you to register early to reserve your spot and take advantage of discounts available to you!
I look forward to seeing you as we retrace the Footsteps of the New Testament in Jerusalem, Athens, Corinth and Rome!
Pastor Bob Fetterhoff
***Click on any highlighted words to learn about some of the places you will be visiting.***
Day 1 – Monday, 10/21 – Depart CLE for Rome
We begin our tour of a lifetime with a late morning departure from Cleveland to Chicago. We connect with other travelers in Chicago for our late afternoon departure for Rome via United Airlines. We are served dinner and breakfast on the flight before we arrive in Rome.
Day 2 -Tuesday, 10/22 – Rome/Colloseum/Roman Forum/Arch of Titus/Mammertime Dungeon/ St. Peter’s in Chains
We begin our tour of Rome upon our arrival and quickly discover the “glory that was Rome” as we tour famous landmarks like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Arch of Titus. We consider the suffering of the early church leaders when we visit the Mammertine Prison and remember how Paul wrote Philippians, 2 Timothy, and perhaps other epistles from this place. The sobering words of Paul in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 come to mind. We conclude our day with dinner and overnight at the beautiful Westin Excelsior hotel in Rome.
Day 3 – Wednesday, 10/23 – Rome/Vatican Museum/St Peter’s/Catacombs/
We begin our full-day of touring this great city by a stop at the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, where we see works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo & others. We marvel at the majesty of St. Peter’s Basilica, then turn our attention to the Catacombs where early Christians hid because of persecution. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at the Westin hotel.
Day 4 – Thursday, 10/24 – Piazza Venezia/Victor Emmanuel Monument/Spanish Steps/Pantheon/Trevi Fountain
Our last full day in Rome begins with the Statue of Moses at the church of Saint Peter’s in Chains. We move from there to Piazza Venezia & pass the Victor Emmanuel monument before we reach the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and say “arrivederci“ to Rome at the Trevi Fountain. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 – Friday, 10/25 – Corinth / Plaka – King George Athens
An early wake up call alerts us to our morning flight for Athens. Upon our arrival and after clearing customs, we head for Corinth and learn about “the Bema seat” (2 Cor. 5:10). After lunch we make our way to the old city, the Plaka, and reflect on the fascinating architecture of Greek society. The King George hotel in Athens provides comfortable accommodations and dinner for us this evening.
Day 6 – Saturday, 10/26 – Athens – Acropolis/Parthenon/Agora/House of Parliament/ Netanya
We spend the morning exploring the Acropolis and the magnificent Parthenon, the ancient temple and grandest landmark in the city of Athens. We stand on top of Mars’ Hill and remember Paul‘s challenge to the Athenians in Acts 17:22-31. We pass the House of Parliament on the way to the airport for a late afternoon flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival at Ben-Gurion airport, we clear customs and head to the West Lagoon hotel in Natanya for a late dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – Sunday, 10/27 – Caesarea/Nazareth/Baptism at Gan Hahlosha/Beit Shean
After a relaxing breakfast, we head for the majestic seaport, Caesarea by the Sea, and turn our attention to the powerful influence of King Herod the Great on this land. We move on to Nazareth, where we recall the announcement of the angel, Gabriel, to Mary about the birth of Jesus (Luke 1:26-38). After lunch, we enjoy baptism at Gan Hashlosha, celebrating all that Jesus has accomplished for us. We conclude the day with a visit to Beit Shean before heading to Tiberias for dinner and overnight at the Leonardo Plaza hotel.
Day 8 – Monday, 10/28 – Boatride/Caesarea Philippi/Capernaum/Mt of Beatitudes/Magdala
Nothing is more beautiful than sunrise over the Sea of Galilee! We begin the day with a peaceful boat ride on the lake where Jesus performed many of His miracles. We drive up the Golan Heights to Caesarea Philippi, the picturesque location for the conversation between Peter and Jesus recorded in Matthew 16. Following lunch we turn our attention to the ministry of our Lord described in the Gospels with a visit to the hometown of Jesus – Capernaum. Migdal, a thriving community at the time of our Lord, reveals to us the recent archaeological discovery of a First Century synagogue, which Jesus likely visited. We remember the “Greatest Sermon ever Preached” with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes before we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 – Tuesday, 10/29 – Mt Arbel/Megiddo/Mt Gerazim/Nablus/Jericho/Bethany
This morning, we say “so long” to the shores of the Sea of Galilee with a ride up Mt. Arbel, where the Crusaders experienced their final defeat at the hands of Saladin. We then head for Megiddo where we climb a tel and learn about 30 layers of civilization, as well as the final battle of this period of history. We turn our attention to sites in Samaria like Mt. Gerazim and Nablus, the location of Jacob’s Well. We enjoy a late lunch at Jericho before we climb the tel and look down on the ruins of the oldest excavated city in the world. We conclude our day at Bethany, the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus before heading to Jerusalem where we enjoy dinner and overnight at the beautiful David Citadel Hotel.
Day 10 – Wednesday, 10/30 – Temple Mount/Pools of Bethesda/Qumran/EinGedi/Masada/Dead Sea
Today, we catch an early bus to the Temple Mount, home to the temples of Solomon and Herod. Today it’s the location for the Dome of the Rock, the Mosque of Omar, originally built in the 7th Century and the Al Aqsa Mosque, used by Muslims for prayer. After the Temple Mount, we visit the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the lame man (John 5). We then head to the desert to enjoy a visit to Qumran, the location for the most significant archaeological discovery of the 20th Century – the Dead Sea Scrolls. We move on to Ein Gedi, the desert oasis, where we recall the worship of David in Psalm 46. After lunch, we stop at Masada, where Jewish zealots met their fate at the hands of the Roman army. We conclude the day with a visit to the Dead Sea, where the adventurous can enjoy floating in the waters at the lowest place on earth. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight
Day 11 – Thursday, 10/31 – Holocaust Museum/Israel Museum/Bethlehem/Herodian/Shepherds’ Fields/Church of the Nativity/shopping
We begin our day with a sobering visit to the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, which reminds us of the atrocities of World War II. We move on to the Israel Museum where we enjoy a model of the City of Jerusalem in the 1st Century and some of the discoveries in the caves of Qumran. The Herodium is our next stop, the majestic man-made mountain outside of Bethlehem, which became the site for the grave of King Herod. After lunch, we move to the Shepherd’s Fields where we reflect on the appearance of the angels to announce the birth of Christ to the shepherds (Luke 2:8-18). A visit to the Church of the Nativity concludes our focus on the incarnation of our Lord before we enjoy shopping in Bethlehem. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 12 – Friday, 11/1– Garden Tomb/Gordon’s Calvary/Mt of Olives/Garden of Gethsemane/Via Dolorosa/Church of the Holy Sepulcher/Old City/farewell dinner
We begin our last day in Jerusalem with a moving visit to Gordon’s Calvary and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate communion and remember the death and resurrection of our Lord. We then descend the slopes of the Mt. of Olives and retrace the steps of Jesus on that first Palm Sunday before arriving at the Garden of Gethsemane where He agonized about his coming crucifixion. We retrace the steps of Jesus on the way to the cross as we make our way along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We enjoy lunch in the Old City, then conclude our time in Jerusalem with free time for shopping before a farewell dinner at the Ambassador Hotel in preparation for a late-night departure from Tel Aviv aboard United Airlines
Day 13 – Saturday, 11/2 – Arrive Usa
Our non-stop flight to Newark provides dinner and breakfast in route before we arrive in the U.S., clear customs and make our connecting flights filled with memories for a lifetime and renewed passion to study the Scriptures.