Pastors Familiarization Trip to the Holy Land

(For Ordained Clergy)
Yes! Your Spouse Can Go Also!

Departing November 30, 2020 Round Trip from Los Angeles returning Dec 7, 2020

(Jerusalem From the Mount of Olives. Photo Credit: Doc Smith 2020)

Itinerary

DAY 1 LOS ANGELES – Depart from Los Angeles International Airport to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast are served on board.

(Roman Theater where Paul made his defense to King Agrippa. Photo Credit: Doc Smith 2020)

DAY 2 GALILEE – Upon arrival at the Tel Aviv airport this morning, we will meet our guide and driver and start our tour to the North. Already we begin to feel the spirit of this land enchanting us, as we will be visiting sites from the Bible and share the experience of walking in the footsteps of Jesus. We drive along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman theater and aqueduct, on to Mount Carmel to visit the Carmelite Monastery at Muhkraka, the location of Elijah’s altar. We will drive to our hotel in Galilee for dinner and overnight. (D)

(Roman Aquaduct at Caesarea By the Sea. Photo Credit: Doc Smith 2020)

(Galilee Boat Ride. Photo Credit: Doc Smith 2020)

DAY 3 GALILEE – A boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Ginnosar where we visit the fishermen’s boat that dates to Jesus’ time, continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. On to Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes and to Capernaum, the center of the Lord’s early ministry. Drive along the lower Galilee Mountains to Cana, site of the wedding feast, and visit the Church of Annunciation and Mary’s Well. We continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

(Early Baptismal made of stone at Tagbah. Photo Credit: Doc Smith 2020)

DAY 4 JERUSALEM – This morning we will walk part of Jesus’ trail, and afterward drive to Yardenit, the Baptismal Center on the Jordan River. We continue via the Valley of Armageddon to the excavation of Tel Megiddo and drive to Jerusalem. We ascend the Judean Hills to arrive at the Holy City of Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

(Valley of Armegeddon. Photo Credit: Doc Smith 2020)

DAY 5 JERUSALEM – Departing Jerusalem we drive past the inn of the “Good Samaritan” and continue to the shores of the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth. We drive along the shore to Masada, the fortress where the Jewish Zealots held off the armies of the Roman Empire before choosing suicide over surrender. Continue to Ein Gedi, where King David found shelter from the wrath of King Saul. After lunch, we enjoy a short “float” on the Dead Sea. Continue to Qumran where in 1947 the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a cave. Afterward, we return to Jerusalem. (B, D)

(Left: Falls at Ein Gehi. Photo Credit: Doc Smith 2020)

 

(Garden Tomb. Photo Credit: Doc Smith 2020)

DAY 6 JERUSALEM – We start the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb, followed by an orientation beside Calvary. Travel to the Old City, through St. Stephen’s Gate to the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation, and the Ecce Homo Arch. View the Gabbatha pavement, then proceed to the Temple area on Mt. Moriah to visit the Western Wall and the Ophel Archaeological Park, where we will see the Pinnacle. Tour the new visitor’s center dedicated to the research of the Biblical Temple. Continue through the Bazaar to the last stations of the Via Dolorosa. In the afternoon drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, the Milk Grotto and the cave of St. Jerome. (B, D)

(Western Wall, Jerusalem. Photo Credit: Doc Smith 2020)

DAY 7 JERUSALEM – Drive to Mount Scopus to view the impressive home of the Hebrew University. Then drive to the Mt. of Olives for an outstanding view of Jerusalem. Visit the Chapel of the Ascension, Garden of Gethsemane, and Church of All Nations. See the Kidron Valley and Tomb of Absalom, Zechariah, and James. We continue to Mount Zion, the Room of the Last Supper, and King David’s Tomb, and past the Knesset and the Israel Museum. Next visit the recently constructed Model of Ancient Jerusalem. Time permitting; visit the recently excavated archaeological site in the Jewish quarter- the Cardo, the “Wide” wall built by King Hezekiah and the Herodian mansion. Enjoy a farewell dinner before being transferred to the airport. (B, D)

(Jerusalem Model. Photo Credit: Doc Smith 2020)

DAY 8 JERUSALEM – Depart Tel Aviv and arrive home the same day.

(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included …

  • Round Trip Airfare from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv
  • 5 Nights Accommodation in Superior Tourist Class Hotels
  • Large Buffet Breakfast and Dinner Daily at Hotels
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coach
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Airport and Hotel Transfers
  • Hotel Taxes
  • Services of a Professional Tour Escort

Not Included …

  • $168 Optional Trip Insurance
  • $100 Tipping Per Person (To be given to the Tour Leader)
  • $300 Single Room Supplement (SRS)
  • Meals Not Mentioned (Lunches average $20/day)
  • Souveniers

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