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BIBLICAL TOURS > A Journey of Faith in Israel


Caesarea Philippi


Church of Holy Sepulchre


Dormition Abbey, Mt. Zion

LAND & AIR from New York
(in US$)

$3,990 Double per person
$4,690 Single room

INCLUDING

• International roundtrip air fare
   between San Antonio - Tel Aviv
• 1 Night at 4 star hotel in Tel Aviv
   http://www.hotelmetropolitan.co.il
• 3 Nights at 4 star hotel in Tiberias
   www.golanhotel.com
• 1 Night at 4 star hotel in EinGedi
   www.en.ein-gedi.co.il
• 1 Night at Bedouin Tent
   www.hanokdim.com
• 4 Nights at 4 star hotel in
   Jerusalem www.olivetreehotel.co.il
• Daily Breakfast, and 10 dinners
• Arrival and departure airport
   transfers
• All transportation by private AC
   Motorcoach
• All entry fees to the sites and
   museums
• English Speaking licensed tour
   guide during all tours
• Service charges and local taxes
• Free according to description below
   on sharing double basis

EXCLUDING

• Extras of personal nature &
   insurance of any kind
• Lunches and drinks
• Tips to the tour guide and driver
   (suggested: $50 for guide and $30
   for driver - per person total for 11
   days)

A JOURNEY OF FAITH in ISRAEL

May 23 - June 3, 2017
Tour Host: Dr. David C. Maltsberger

TOUR ITINERARY:

May 23 Tue Depart San Antonio

May 24 Wed Arrive Munich - Fly Tel Aviv
Arrive Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport. Tuktu Representative will meet you with a DAVID MALTSBERGER sign. Thereafter meet your tour guide and proceed for dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv.

May 25 Thu Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Acre
Depart Tel Aviv north to Caesaria to see the ruins of Caesarea, a large port city built by Herod the Great to honor Roman Caesar Augustus. Then to Mt. Carmel and the Carmelite Monastery of Muhraka, where God caused Elijah to defeat the priests of Ba’al. Continue to Mt. Carmel for a magnificent view from the panorama road of northern Israel then drive across the bay towards Acko (ancient Acre), the maritime capital of the Crusader Kingdom. Visit the Knights’ Halls, Templar’s Tunnel, and time permiting Al- Jazzer Mosque. Acko is one of the most beautiful and impressive remains from this period. Walk through the recent excavations to experience a real trip in a time machine. In the late afternoon, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Drive to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

May 26 Fri Capernaum, Tabgha Mount of Beatitudes
Morning visit to Qaalat Nimrud, Hazor, and Qatsrin. Drive to Capernaum, see the ruins of the Ancient Synagogue and Peter’s House. The contemporary church at Tabga celebrates the Miracle of the Multiplication. Continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount and the Miracle of the Multiplication Note the mosaic floor from a Byzantine-era church, and the section in front of the ancient altar depicting two fish and a basket filled with loaves of bread. Drive on to Banias (Caesarea Philippi) in the Upper Galilee to see the source of the Jordan River and the
site of Peter’s confession, “…you are the Christ” (Matthew 16:18).Continue to the ruins of the prehistoric settlement at Tel Dan, once a thriving Canaanite community and the northern limit of the Promsed Land. See the famous Solomon’s Gate dating back to the days of King Solomon. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

May 27 Sat Tabor, Meggido, Nazareth, Cana
Drive to Mt. Tabor visit the Church of the transfiguration. Enjoy an outstanding view of the Jezreel Valley where the battle of Deborah and the Midianites took place (Judges 5). Drive to Nazareth home to the largest Arab population in Israel. Visit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Grotto. Then, visit Mt. Precipice, where Christ was taken “…in order to throw Him down the cliff.” Find out how it ends in Luke 4:29. Leave Nazareth and pass through Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle, converting water into wine at the wedding. Visit the Church of the Wedding. Continue to end the day at the River Jordan where you’ll have to opportunity to renew your baptism. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

May 28 Sun Jordan valley, Jericho, Dead Sea
Depart Tiberias. Drive to Beth Shean, one of Israel’s most ancient cities. In its 7,000 year history the Egyptian, Roman and Byzantine empires laid claim to the site, attracted by abundant water, fertile soil and the situation at an important east-west crossroad. Continue south through the Jordan Valley reaching Jericho the Oldest City visit Mt of Temptation then continue See Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947 to the Dead Sea area for overnight at Ein Gedi.

May 29 Mon Ein Gedi, Massada – Kfar Hanokdim
Drive to Ein Gedi nature reserve for a short hike towards the Ein Gedi natural springs then return to the area of the Dead Sea for some relaxing time in the Dead Sea, continue to Massada a natural fortresswith majestic ruins overlooking the Dead Sea. Hike to the top of the rock and explore the extensive remains. Jewish zealots held the rock against the unrelenting 10th Roman legion until 72 AD, when a monumental siege, using a massive attack ramp, conquered the fortress. The camps and other fortifications that encircle the mesa constitute the most complete Roman siege works to have survived to the present day. Descend by foot on the ramp, meet your bus and continue to Kfar Hanokdima Beduin camp where we shall have the opportunity to ride camels – have a beduin “hafla” (meal) and enjoy a desert bonfire sharing beduin stories with our hosts – overnight in a Beduin tent.

May 30 Tue Lachish, Beit Govrin, Bethlehem
Depart the desert drive via arad to the Lachish area Lachish is mentioned in several books in the Hebrew Bible. The Book of Joshua refers to Lachish in chapter 10 (verses 3, 5, 23, and 31-35), describing the Israelite conquest of Caanan. Japhia, the King of Lachish, is listed as one of the Five Amorite Kings that allied to repel the invasion. After a surprise attack from the Israelites, the kings took refuge in a cave, where they were captured and put to death – drive to the caves of Beit Guvrin and learn about the Byzantine era and view the magnifcent caves built at that time. Continue to bethlehemto visit the Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in the holy land still in use. Construction began in the year 326, based on the local tradition that Jesus was born in a cave at the edge of the village. Pass through Sheaperds filed then return to Jerusalem for dinner & overnight.

May 31 Wed Jerusalem
Drive to the Mount of Olives for an awe inspiring, panoramic view of Jerusalem. Visit the Church of Pater Noster, located on the hill where Jesus was inspired with the Lord’s Prayer. The prayer is displayed in 85 languages throughout the church. Walk down the Mount of Olives to the site of Jesus’ Agony. Walk to one of the newest churches in Jerusalem, Dominus Flevit. During construction in 1955, archaeologists uncovered artifacts dating back to the Canaanite period as well as tombs from both the Second Temple and Byzantine eras. Walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Today it appears much as it did 20 centuries ago and contains some of the world’s oldest olive trees. It was here that, on His last night, Jesus spent the most sorrowful hour of His passion. Originally built in 379, the Church of Gethsemane was rebuilt in 1919 – 1924. Long considered one of the most beautiful in Jerusalem, it is called the Church of All Nations because 16 nations contributed to its construction. Enter the Christian Quarter of the Old City through the Lion Gate and see the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the blind man, and St. Anne’s Church, with extraordinary acoustics. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Monastery of the Sisters of Zion and see the Floor of the Lithostrothos of the Ecce Homo Arch (Behold the Man). Walk to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In 325, Helen, Constantine’s mother, first requisitioned the area for a church. This 4th-century church was largely destroyed by the Turks in 1009, and partially restored in 1048. The impressive stone decorations adorning the facade date from Crusader times. In its current form, the church preserves the Crusader structure and is shared by two major Christian denominations, the Greek Orthodox and the Roman Catholic. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

June 1 Thu Jerusalem
Visit Caiaphas Palace (Church of Peter Galicantu) and see the cistern where Jesus was held before he was taken to Pilate and the Roman Period steps he walked from the Kidron Valley. At 10:30am be at the City of David to see the excavations of the oldest part of Jerusalem, dating back to King David. If weather permits, walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. At Mt. Zion, visit King David’s Tomb and the Last Supper Room. Then, enter the Jewish quarter of the Old City through the Zion Gate for a walking tour. Walk down to the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism and the only visible remains of Herod’s splendid Second Temple, where Jesus walked and taught. See the Temple Steps, the original steps leading to the Temple’s Entrance to the Court of the Israelites. At the Davidson Center, continue to walk through the Western Wall Tunnel *, huge arched spaces just north of the Western Wall, which link to a water tunnel cut through the rock to the north, apparently dug in the Hasmonean period (163 BC to 37 BC). Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. * Tunnels times may vary depending on availability.

June 2 Fri New Jerusalem & Ein Karem
Visit the Israel Museum and the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition at the Shrine of the Book. Then see the model of the city as it was in the days of Jesus. Continue to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, built in the memory of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the Nazis. Continue to EinKaremin the cool, restful interiors of EinKarem’s churches you can see where ancient Christians marked the site of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, and where Mary uttered her great praise poem that begins with the words “My soul glorifies the Lord...” (Luke 1:46). Keep your Bibles open to Luke’s Gospel here, because in the gardens, quiet corners and courtyards you can also pause over the story of Elizabeth’s naming of John (Luke 1:59-60) and Zechariah’s own poem of praise and prophecy (Luke 1:67-79). Many legends surround John’s early years. One tells of his miraculous survival of the murder of the innocents by King Herod. John was only a few months older than Jesus and thus, when the order came from Herod to kill all the boys “in Bethlehem and the vicinity” (Matt. 2:16), John, too, was in mortal danger. It is said that Elizabeth managed to conceal her son in a cave (still shown to visitors) and though the soldiers came close, they unknowingly passed over his hiding place. Visit the Church of St. John and the Church of visitation return to Jerusalem ending our pilgrimage at the Garden Tomb, held by many Protestant denominations to be the location of Jesus’ resurrection. We will have some time for prayer and meditation and Holy Communion. Return to your hotel for a farewell dinner.

June 3 Sat Departure
Transfer to Ben Gurion International airport for departure. Fly back to San Antonio.

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