There will be two departure flights on Friday, March 6th, 2020:
NOTE: If you choose to purchase your own flights, please make sure you arrive at Ben Gurion Int. Airport in Tel Aviv no later than 9 pm on March 7th.
A typical day will include:
- Departing the hotel at 8:30 am and returns at 5:00 pm
- Breakfast and supper are at the hotel (delicious all-you-can-eat buffets!)
- Lunch will be at local popular stops along the journey
- The weather in March is perfect!
- Wear comfortable shoes for lots of walking. Some of the excursions are moderately difficult with uneven paths (sometimes rock) and steep inclines. Alternate paths are available as well as sitting areas if needed.
- Be prepared to walk at least 2 miles throughout each day. If you are from San Angelo, you can test your stamina by walking the full way around the KOA. This should give you a good idea of our hardest and longest journey.
- The schedule below is a general guide and for the most part, will be followed. Please be patient knowing there might be slight changes to ensure efficiency in the journey and to maximize our experience.
Day 1, Friday, March 6th – Travel Day
• DFW AA #1219 at 5:00 pm
• Houston GBI BA#194 at 4:00 pm
Day 2, Saturday, March 7th – Arrive in Tel Aviv and stay the night on the Mediterranean.
Day 3, Sunday, March 8th - First thing in the morning we will load the bus and enjoy the scenic view as we head to the Mediterranean Sea as we begin our day with a spectacular destination, Caesarea by the Sea. As you get off the bus, you will be standing in the footsteps of Peter and Paul, Herod Agrippa, Cornelius, and so many more. This once-powerful seaport city was (and is) the home of the rich and famous. You’ll see Herod’s palace (including what was once his indoor swimming pool), stand in the well-preserved theater, and almost be able to hear the echoes of Paul’s defense. This place is filled with Jewish, Christian, and Crusader history. Just up the road, you’ll see the ancient Roman Aqueduct, impressively standing as a testimony to the engineering genius of the Romans. The next stop is the highest point on the Carmel Mountain range. Overlooking the Valley of Jezreel, you’ll be reminded of Elijah’s showdown with the false prophets. We will visit a replica Nazareth village that accurately depicts the daily activities and culture the town Jesus grew up in. (One of the highlights of the day).
Day 4, Monday, March 9th - We will be touring the Galilean area, we will step far back in history as we walk the beautiful nature trails to the ancient City of Dan, even seeing the site of the Temple built by the Northern Kingdom. We will also see Caesarea Philippi, and the passage containing Peter’s declaration, “Thou art the Christ,” will take on new meaning. Along the route, the views of Mt. Hermon will be spectacular. Also, today there will be a stop at the traditional Mount of Beatitudes and see the view and reminisce the echoes of the greatest sermon ever preached.
Day 5, Tuesday, March 10th – We will take a short journey to the beautiful sights of the Sea of Galilee where we will enjoy an amazing boat ride. The next stop in Capernaum where Jesus called the disciples to be “fishers of men”. Next to the shores of the Galilee for a wonderful retreat setting where you can sit by the seaside and contemplate the sights of the day at the Church of the Primacy where Jesus restored Peter after the resurrection. Then on to Mt. Arbel which, is one of the most spectacular sites on earth.
Day 6, Wednesday, March 11 - Pack your bags this morning because we are headed to a new location. The topography will change drastically today as we go from the lushness of Galilee to the harsh desert of the Judean Wilderness. At Beit Shean, you will step back in history into a hustling Roman city of the Decapolis. You’ll be amazed at the ruins of the theater, the majesty of the ancient city streets, and the history of Israel, Greece, and Rome combined into this city where King Saul’s body was hung on the gates by his enemies after his defeat. Next, we will visit the locations where David hid from Saul. David’s mighty men were ready to sack the king but David demonstrated great trust in God as he spared Saul’s life. This garden in the desert, En Gedi, is a wonderful oasis waiting to provide refreshing cool water for weary travelers.
Day 7, Thursday, March 12 – Today we will visit the Jewish sites of the ancient city, walking through places you’ve heard about since childhood. We will start at the Western Wall, taking a moment to offer prayers for Israel, our families, and our own country. We will enter the famous Temple Mount and see these significant sights of the past and the future!!! We’ll also be touring the Western Wall Tunnels to get a perspective on the awesome size of this massive complex. Seeing the Kidron Valley will bring many passages to life.
Day 8, Friday, March 13 - At the Southern Steps of the Temple, we will learn about the Psalms of Ascent and the Jewish mindset as they approached their ancient Temple. We will visit the Pool of Bethesda where the great healing took place of the lame man. From here, we will visit the City of David, and even portions of David’s palace. We will see Caiaphas house where Jesus was tried and where Peter denied our Savior. We will visit the Upper Room where we assume the disciples prayed as Jesus commanded.
Day 9, Saturday, March 14 - We will begin with an awe-inspiring journey from the top of the Mount of Olives to the bottom, taking the Palm Sunday path. The views of Jerusalem are spectacular, but the connections with historical past and prophecy future are even more spectacular. At the bottom of the Mount, we will spend time with the ancient olive trees of the Garden of Gethsemane. We will close our last day in Israel with the unforgettable experience of the Garden Tomb. In the peace of this Garden, we will not only visit the empty Tomb, but will have a meaningful time of communion, worship, Scripture reading, and reflection. It's just a short journey back to Jerusalem for a few hours of final shopping in the “Old City”.
Day 10, Sunday, March 15 - We begin the morning with an early drive to the airport, followed by a restful trip home, our minds racing with excitement over the insights gained, the lessons learned, and the spiritual growth attained.