Journey to Israel The Land of the Bible 10-day Holy Land Tour
Hosted by Rev. Ezequiel & Carolyn Pecina
Life Church, Abilene, Texas
October 20 – 29, 2014
Tour Price: $3485 per person*
Price of Tour Includes: Round trip airfare from Dallas on US Airways, breakfast and dinner daily, special farewell dinner, seven amazing full days of sightseeing, all entrance fees on itinerary, English speaking guide, porters at hotels, deluxe motor coach and driver, seven nights first class (4-star) hotels, airport transfers, tips to driver, guide and hotel staff, tax and fuel surcharge at current rate* (subject to change) tour price is cash/check discounted rate
Not Included: Lunches, bottled water or beverages, single room, travel insurance, personal items, use of credit cards for tour payments
Please Note: Airline Taxes and Fuel Surcharge* are included in the tour price. The current rate is $700. This fee is set by the airline and Madison Tours has no control nor receives advance notice of changes. Due to fluctuating oil prices, the fee may change. The airline will only guarantee the fee at time of ticketing, about six weeks before departure. If the airline impose an increase, the difference will be collected before departure.
Day 1— Depart from Dallas for your overnight flight to Tel Aviv.
Day 2 — We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv in the late afternoon where we will be met by our representative. Time permitting, we visit Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world and the port where the prophet Jonah set sail for Tar Shish. Then we drive to our hotel in Netanya. After a delicious buffet dinner you can enjoy a walk along the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 3— We begin our day at Caesarea Maritima. We will see a well-preserved Roman Amphitheater, still used for concerts today, remains from Herods Palace and a Hippodrome that seated 10,000 spectators where horse races, special events and games took place. See the aqueducts built by Herod that brought ample water from several miles away to supply thousands of Caesarea citizens. We will visit Mt.Carmel, where Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal and as fire consumed the altar the people declared that the Lord is God. We continue to Megiddo to see a model and demonstration of 26 superimposed cities, walk to the top of the site and view the Jezreel Valley where the final Armageddon will be fought. We will drive to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, and visit a replica village built on remains from 2,000 years ago. A winding path will take you through a working farm, ancient wine press and stone quarries. As you walk back in time you will visit homes where you see ancient crafts such as carpentry and yarn weaving, and a Synagogue built to the scale of the ancient Synagogue of Nazareth. Continue to our hotel in Tiberias on the shores of the Galilee.
Day 4— Start today with a special time of worship as we sail across the Sea of Galilee in a replica boat of 2,000 years. We visit the ancient boat discovered by two fishermen in 1986. The construction of the boat is consistent with boats built from 100 BC to 200 AD. Next we travel to Capernaum, the center of Jesus activities in the Galilee and home to Peter, Andrew, James and John. We see the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught and explore the archeological gardens. We will walk on the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount. We drive to Banias, the site of the biblical Caesarea Philippi. Before returning to our hotel in Tiberias, we will have an opportunity for water baptism in the Jordan River.
Day 5— Leaving the Galilee area, we will drive down the Jordan Valley to explore the latest excavations at Beit Shean, Israel’s largest excavation. At this amazing archeological site you will see a city that included public areas, agora, theaters, bathhouses, markets, massive columns that line the main street, reflecting pools and residential homes. It was on the walls of Beit Shean that the Philistines hung the bodies of King Saul and his sons after the crushing defeat on Mt. Gilboa. We will drive by Mt. Gilboa, site of Saul’s death, and visit the natural springs where Gideon brought ten thousand to be tested. We continue down the Jordan Valley, driving by Jericho and the Mount of Temptations, and arrive in Jerusalem on Mt. Scopus for a magnificent view of the Golden City from Mt Scopus. We will offer a traditional blessing as was done during the time of Christ then arrive at out Jerusalem Hotel.
Day 6— Today we begin at the Mt. of Olives where we will hear an explanation of the city, then walk down the Palm Sunday road to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus spent that agonizing night before his betrayal. Then to Mt. Zion to visit the Church of St. Peter in Galacantu, Caiaphas’ House where Jesus was held before trial, and see ancient steps cut into the hill, that led to the city, a path Jesus may have used. Then to the new excavations of the City of David. We will see an overview revealing some of the most exciting archeological finds of the ancient world. Archeologist have found what they believe is King David’s Palace that has been undisturbed for over 3,000 years. We end our day in Bethlehem, the birthplace of our Savior. We will see the Church of the Nativity, the traditional site of the birth of Jesus. We visit the Shepherds fields where the birth of Jesus was announced and the biblical account of Ruth and Boaz took place.
Day 7— We drive outside of Jerusalem today to the lowest spot on earth, the Dead Sea. Ascending by cable car, we will tour the famous archaeological site of Masada, an ancient fortress, where Jewish Zealots made their last stand against Rome in 73 CE. We drive by Ein Gedi to see the waterfalls where David hid from Saul. At Qumran, we will see the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We take time to “float” in the Dead Sea waters before returning to our hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 8— This morning we visit the Old City of Jerusalem. We see the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the lame man. We will walk through the Old City following the Via Dolorosa. Then in the Jewish Quarters we will visit the traditional Upper Room and enjoy a time of worship. See the ancient Roman Cardo, and visit the remains from Hezekiah’s Wall. Next visit the Western Wall for a personal time of reflection and prayer, and then walk through the Western Wall Tunnel to see remarkable underground excavation of ancient Jerusalem. We will walk along distinctively carved and well-preserved Herodian stones that weigh over 100 tons, one of the stones being the largest ever quarried by man, 400 tons. Nothing near its size exist in Greece, the Pyramids or modern buildings of today. We end our day at the Davidson Center where we will enjoy a virtual tour of the Second Temple and explore the Temple Southern Steps. These steps were the only entrance to the Temple during the time of Christ.
Day 9— On our final day in Jerusalem, we will walk through Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, in memory of the millions murdered by the Nazis. We then visit the Israel Museum and see the Holy Land Model, a miniature replica of Jerusalem during the time of Christ. We will also see the Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran. We will end our time in Jerusalem at one of the sites believed to be the burial site of Jesus, the Garden Tomb. We enjoy a time of worship and communion, a highlight of our tour. A special dinner is planned as we conclude our Israel Journey. We will take time to share meaningful moments on this life changing tour. We then transfer to the airport for late night departure.
Day 10— Arrive in Dallas at 9:58am with a lifetime of memories of our journey through the Holy Land.