Holy Land 10-Day Tour
Dec 28 , 2016 – Jan 5, 2017
Mar 6 – 15, 2017
Mar 13 – 22, 2017
Mar 20 – 29, 2017
Jun 12 – 21, 2017 hosted by Rev. Dr. Reginald A.Barnes, Guildfield M.B.C.
Dec 27, 2017 – Jan 5, 2018
Dec 29, 2017 – Jan 7, 2018
Jan 1 – 10, 2018
What is the continuing appeal of this tiny piece of arid land, tucked along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean? This remarkable land has cradled the faith of three major world religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. A visit to the Holy Land is more than a tour to view the sights of an ancient culture and learn about a unique people. It is a pilgrimage and a spiritual quest. As you visit the actual sites of historical events, the Bible comes alive and you feel the presence and power of the living Lord in a way never before known.
Marvel at mountaintop spiritual experiences: celebrating the resurrection at a moving Garden Tomb communion service; praying in the Garden of Gethsemane; and kneeling on the stone pavement of the Roman barracks area where Jesus was scourged before going to Calvary. The impact and memories will last a lifetime! For an even more in-depth experience, join one of our seminar groups. Escorted by knowledgeable Dehoney Travel staff and faculty, your touring is supplemented with optional evening lectures that delve even deeper into the scripture, culture, and history of the Holy Land.
The sequence of touring and days may be altered to adjust to religious holidays, special closings of sites, air schedule changes, etc. Hotels listed subject to availability. Meal inclusions may vary by departure.
(Special Note: There is also available a 12-day Holy Land Tour package offered. Click here to view the itinerary.)
DAY 1 – USA/TEL AVIV
Departure from U.S. gateway city on our jet to the Holy Land. (meals aloft)
DAY 2 – TEL AVIV/TIBERIAS
We arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer north to Tiberias for dinner and overnight at the Gai Beach Hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. (meals aloft,D)
DAY 3 – CAESAREA PHILIPPI/SEA OF GALILEE/CAPERNAUM/TIBERIAS
After a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, we travel north to the foothills of Mount Hermon and Banias (Caesarea Philippi), where Jesus said, “I will build my church…” We travel back through the Golan Heights past Gadara, one of the Decapolis cities. Matthew describes the miracle of Jesus delivering demon-possessed men who were “of the country of the Gadarenes.” A highlight of the day will be a lunch of St. Peter’s fish. This afternoon we visit the ruins of ancient Capernaum where the greater part of Jesus’ ministry of teaching and healing took place. We see the ancient synagogue and the excavations of Peter’s house. From there we continue to Tabgha, the traditional site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. We stop at the Kibbutz Ginosar to see the 1st-century “Jesus Boat,” which was discovered in 1986 partially buried in the muddy shores of the Sea of Galilee. From here, we enjoy a memorable boatride on the Sea of Galilee back to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 – NAZARETH/MT. PRECIPICE/SEPPHORIS/JORDAN RIVER
We begin our day in Nazareth, site of the boyhood of Jesus, for a visit to Mary’s Well at St. Gabriel’s Church, and the Church of the Annunciation, commemorating the location where Mary was visited by the Archangel Gabriel. We go to Nazareth Village, the only enterprise of its kind dedicated to illuminating the life of Jesus through an authentically constructed, first-century town and restored ancient farm. It is in this venue that the stories of Jesus’ childhood, ministry, and teaching are retold with elements of everyday life re-enacted. Following our time here we travel to Mt. Precipice for sweeping panoramic views of Nazareth and the Jezreel Valley. We continue to Sepphoris, traditional home of Mary, mother of Jesus, and then we stop at a baptismal site on the River Jordan before returning to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 5 – BET SHE’AN/MT. CARMEL/MEGIDDO/CAESAREA
This morning, we travel to Bet She’an, Israel’s largest active archaeological dig site and see the Roman theater, built in the second century. It is one of the largest and best preserved ancient theaters in the entire Middle East. We climb Mount Carmel and visit the traditional site of Elijah’s battle with the prophets of Baal. Here we also enjoy the sweeping panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley from atop the mountain. We travel on to the ruins of Megiddo, the Biblical Armageddon, where we see Ahab’s stables and the famous water system. From there, we continue to the Mediterranean coast to tour the city ruins of Caesarea, ancient capital of Roman Palestine, and see the theater, aqueduct, recently-excavated hippodrome (which could seat over 20,000 people), and Crusader fortress. Our destination for the night is Jerusalem, the “Holy City,” and the Dan Jerusalem Hotel. (B,D)
DAY 6 – MOUNT OF OLIVES/PATER NOSTER/GETHSEMANE/MT. ZION/BETHLEHEM
We travel past the Hebrew University and on to the Mount of Olives. At the top, we visit the Church of Pater Noster, whose walls are decorated with 140 ceramic tiles, each one inscribed with the Lord’s Prayer in a different language. We walk down the traditional “Palm Sunday Walk” where Christ made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, stopping at the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees and the Church of All Nations. We then visit Mount Zion and the traditional Room of the Last Supper. We travel to Bethlehem (political situation permitting) and the Church of the Nativity, built over the traditional site of the birth of Christ. We drive by the Field of Shepherds, where the angel announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds, and return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 7 – DEAD SEA SCROLLS MUSEUM/OLD CITY/WESTERN WALL/DAVIDSON CENTER
We drive past the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament building, and visit the Shrine of the Book, which houses the original Dead Sea Scrolls. We also take some time to view the scale model of Jerusalem in the 1st century. In the Old City we visit St. Anne’s Church and the Pools of Bethesda, and then we follow the Via Dolorosa, seeing Pilate’s Judgment Hall where Christ was imprisoned and concluding at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. At the Temple area we view the Western Wall. We then visit the Davidson Center, situated at the entrance to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, one of the largest and most significant archaeological sites in the country. Nearby are the “Southern Steps,” leading to the original main entrance of the Temple Mount in the Second Temple period. It is certain that Jesus climbed these steps when he visited the temple in Jerusalem. (B,D)
DAY 8 – QUMRAN/MASADA/DEAD SEA/JERUSALEM
We travel past New Testament Jericho, believed to have been at the mouth of the Wadi Kelt, where Herod had his winter palace. From here we can see the Mount of Temptation. We visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and then we continue to Masada (now a UNESCO World Heritage site) and ascend by cable car to visit the magnificent ruins of the fortress where Jewish defenders made the last stand of the Judean revolt against the Romans. Time permitting, we take the opportunity to swim in the Dead Sea. We travel back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 9 – CITY OF DAVID/YAD VASHEM/GARDEN TOMB
We begin at Caiaphas’ palace, where Jesus was first brought before the high priest. We then visit the City of David, the narrow hill near the Western Wall where Jerusalem “began.” Here we view walls, towers, and fortifications that protected the city from enemies, pass through the water systems, see the Gihon Spring, and encounter the personalities and dwelling places of the city as reflected by archaeological discovery and in the Bible. We continue to Yad Vashem, a documentation in many forms of the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust period. We end our day at Gordon’s Calvary and the Garden Tomb, where in an inspiring service we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. (B,D)
DAY 10 – TEL AVIV/USA
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the States. (B,meals aloft)