United Christian Church Invites You On A:
BEST OF ISRAEL
12 Day Inspirational Tour
September 2-13, 2018
Day 1: Departure
Today we embark on our Journey to the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight…tomorrow you will be walking where Jesus walked!
Day 2: Arrive Israel
Arrive in Israel and travel northward to our hotel for one night in the coastal area near Tel Aviv. The remainder of the day is free to walk along the Mediterranean, relax, and have dinner. The time is right for a personal devotional with the sunset over the “Great Sea.” Meet your Israeli guide, enjoy a time of prayer of thanks for safety and the special blessings ahead, a prayer for the people of the “Promised Land,” and a good night’s rest.
Day 3: Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Baptism
After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre, hippodrome, a film on history and remains of this famous port city, and aqueduct, and then journey on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Next we travel through the Jezreel Valley. We take in a view of Nazareth (the boyhood home of Jesus) and Mt. Tabor where Deborah defeated the Canaanites. We drive by the Church of the Annunciation and then stop at the Nazareth Village – a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides. We end the day with the opportunity to be baptized at the Jordan River Baptismal site. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4: Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Galilee
Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of alternative sacrifice and Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession and pagan worship. Bethsaida, Chorazin and Capernaum formed what has been called the “evangelical triangle,” because most of Jesus’ miracles in Galilee were performed in these cities. Of special interest are the ruins of a 1st century synagogue in Chorazin, the House of the Fisherman in Bethsaida and Peter’s home in Capernaum. Next we travel on to the site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and the Mount of the Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Day 5: Cruise, Harod Springs, Jericho, Elah Valley, Dead Sea
We start the morning with a relaxing boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee. A brief scripture reading and devotional on board brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples. We dock at a working Kibbutz and visit the famous Fisherman Boat from the days of Jesus. We stop at Harod Springs where Gideon downsized his army to 300. We enter ancient Tel Jericho to see remains of fallen walls, and view the Mount of Temptation where Satan tempted Jesus. We continue to the Elah Valley where David fought Goliath and stop at the river bed in search of smooth stones for our sling. Continue to the hotel along the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Spend time in the special spa and enjoy a dip in the Dead Sea for a relaxing float before dinner.
Day 6: Ein Gedi, Tabernacle, Eilat
Our day begins at Ein Gedi, “Spring of the Goat”, an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. Afterwards we proceed south through the Negev Desert. We stop in Timna Valley Park to see the life size replica of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. Arrive in Eilat, the resort city on the coast of the Red Sea. The rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own.
Day 7: Beer Sheba, Hebron, Jerusalem
Travel north to Beer Sheba to visit Abraham’s Well and the tel. The tour continues to Hebron where we see the tomb of the Patriarchs. Continue north to Jerusalem. An interesting and educational time awaits us at the Israeli Museum. Walk through collections of centuries old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a then a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem will help to prepare you for what you will experience in the following days. Overnight in Jerusalem for the next 6 nights.
Day 8: Jesus’ Steps, the Last Days
Today we walk where Jesus walked; beginning the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and then the Garden of Gethsemane. How many have wished to be whisked back in time to get a glimpse of our Lord or hear His voice if only for a moment? To walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus’ prayer and take time for personal reflection is important here. Next we visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was beaten and spit upon. See a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned. On our way into the city we will visit the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. We move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation.
Day 9: Temple Mount, Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb, Pentecost
Conditions permitting, we will visit the Temple Mount, with commentary on the Temple Periods, and the variety of belief systems past and present that make this area so valuable. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen’s Gate and St. Ann’s Church. While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering along with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led. The actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study. Our climax of the day is the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise. This afternoon we visit the Southern Wall Excavations. This southern side of The Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is the place that Peter stood and preached and where thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost.
Day 10: City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Bethlehem
This morning, our guide will take us to an overview of the city from the hillside overlooking Jerusalem and the Gehenna Valley. This meaningful teaching time will bring together the many things that you have seen to date. We continue our sightseeing just outside the Dung Gate on the southeastern hill below the Temple Mount in the City of David. It was during the time of Solomon that the city limits extended past this part of Jerusalem. We visit Gihon Springs, the original water source for Jerusalem, view new excavations including Nehemiah’s Wall, a typical Israelite four-room house, and the lower city wall. A highlight today will be a water walk through the incredible Hezekiah’s Tunnel to the pool of Siloam, the place of Jesus’ miracle in John 9. Continue to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherd’s Fields.
Day 11: Emmaus, Ramah, West Jerusalem, Bible Lands Museum, Bethany
We start our day in West Jerusalem to visit the tomb of the prophet Samuel and a view of his hometown Ramah. Continuing our sightseeing we view the possible location of Emmaus where Jesus appeared to two disciples. We will visit The Bible Lands Museum, an archaeological museum that explores the culture of the peoples mentioned in the Bible, among them the ancient Egyptians, Canaanites, Philistines, Arameans, Hittites, Elamites, Phoenicians and Persians. The aim of the museum is to put these peoples into historical context. We conclude the day with a visit to Bethany to visit the tomb of Lazarus.
Day 12: Home
A very early morning departure for the Tel Aviv Airport for our flight homeward.
Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.
Price Per Person:
*Includes air from Dallas
Information & Reservations:
Pastor Wilson Masih | firstname.lastname@example.org | 469-835-8921
Tour pricing is based on double occupancy.