Israel 2012 Study TourYOUR DAILY ITINERARYTUE, FEB 28 LOS ANGELESDepart Los Angeles for a connection in Newark then on to Tel-Aviv.Meals and overnight on board.WED, FEB 29 TEL AVIVArrive at Tel Avivs Ben Gurion Airport and meet our guide who willwelcome us to the Land of the Bible and escort us throughout our stay inIsrael. Israeli guides are legendary for their knowledge and dedication.Ours will instruct us on the many sites we will visit and their relationship tothe religion, history, archaeology, culture, and modern life in Israel. VisitJaffa before proceeding to Herzelya. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.THU, MAR 1 CAESAREA • MEGIDDO • TIBERIASRefreshed from a good nights sleep you may wish to stroll the beachbefore a full Israeli Buffet Breakfast. Today we pass through the fastgrowing towns and farms of the Plain of Sharon enroute to Caesarea, siteof major events in the lives of Peter and Paul. Its on to Megiddo,inspiration for James Micheners "The Source", and prophesied site ofArmageddon. Archaeological digs reveal 20 layers of civilization, includingfortifications of King Solomon and the water tunnel of King Ahab. Megiddoprovides a magnificent view of the fertile Jezreel Valley, at the crossroadsof the ancient Via Maris. We drive through the Jezreel Valley toSepphoris, the former Roman capital of the Galilee and the famous seatof the Sanhedrin, the ancient Jewish ruling council, in the second centuryA.D. Sepphoris is comprised of a Crusader fortress, a Romanamphitheater and numerous impressive mosaics. Continue through therolling hills of the Galilee to Nazareth. Nazareth Village brings to life afarm and Galilean village, recreating Nazareth as it was 2,000 years ago. Itis a window into the life of Jesus, the city’s most famous citizen. Overnightin TiberiasFRI, MAR 2 SEA OF GALILEEWe will visit an ancient boat believed to be from Jesus’ time found in theSea of Galilee in 1986. We walk into old Capernaum with the ancientsynagogue; on to the site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes(Tabgha), the Sermon on the Mount and the Mount of Beatitudes. In theafternoon we will journey north to Caesarea Phillipi (Banias Spring) wherePeter confessed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”(Matthew 16:16.) Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
SAT, MAR 3 NORTHERN GALILEEToday we will journey to Hazor originally conquered by Joshua in 1300B.C. King Solomon began reconstruction here and King Ahab erected amagnificent palace here as well. Later we visit Bethsaida. This day aloneis worth the trip! We are now literally walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Wewill take a most memorable boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, in a replicaof the ancient wooden boat used in Jesus’ day. This evening we will visitthe Jordan River. Return to our hotel in Tiberias for overnight.SUN, MAR 4 JORDAN VALLEY • PETRADrive along the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean to see the expansiveexcavations taking place at this ancient Roman Decapolis city. Later wecross into Jordan. Visit Mt. Nebo which is reputed to be the burial placeof Moses. Arrive in Petra in time for dinner and overnight.MON, MAR 5 PETRA • DEAD SEAThis morning we tour the city of Petra, lost to the world for centuries, the“Rose-Red City Half as Old as Time”, lay hidden in the mountains ofsouthern Jordan. It had been a stronghold and capital for the Nabateans. Ithad a fatally vulnerable fault: its water came by aqueduct from nearbyWadi Musa. When the secret was discovered and the aqueduct cut, it fellto Rome in A.D.106 When Rome entered, already there were Nabateantombs, temples and monuments cut directly out of the red rock. Thismorning we travel through the deep and narrow passages which occurnaturally, carved millions of years ago by erosion. (As a great deal ofwalking is included in the visit, we suggest good walking shoes.) TheTreasury finally appears magnificently and immediately in front of us afterwe emerge from what seems like a hundred turns in the ravine. Now webegin our exploration of what both the Nabateans and Romans left for usto witness. The most adventurous will be invited to hike up to the spiritual“High Place”, site of the sacrificial alter and offering a spectacular view ofthe ancient city and environs. Proceed to the Arava border and travel northto the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea.TUE, MAR 6 MASADA • QUMRAN • JERUSALEMThis morning we will go for a swim, rather a "float", in the salted waters ofthe Dead Sea. Depart for Masada, overlooking the Dead Sea, the lowestspot on Earth, where we ascend by cable car to visit the remnants ofHerods Palace and where in 73 A.D. the Zealots made their last standagainst the might of Rome. Visit Ein Gedi, fabled Spring of David, andproceed to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. Itsnow time to “go up” to Jerusalem. We will enter the city as pilgrims did
since ancient times to fulfill the words of the prophet "I was glad when theysaid unto me: Our feet shall stand within thy Gates, O Jerusalem" (Psalms122:1-2.) Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.WED, MAR 7 JERUSALEMThis morning proceed to the Mt. of Olives for a magnificent view of theOld City. Take the “Palm Sunday Walk” to the Garden of Gethsemane,the Church of All Nations and drive across the Kidron Valley. Enter theOld City through St. Stephens Gate (Lions Gate) to the MuslimQuarter, visit the beautiful Church of St. Anne and the Pool ofBethesda, Pilates Judgment Hall, and the Ecce Homo Arch. Walkalong the Via Dolorosa, into the Christian Quarter, and see the Stationsof the Cross. Visit Hezekiah’s Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam. Drive toMt. Zion to see the House of Caiaphas and the Upper Room of the LastSupper. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.THU, MAR 8 JERUSALEMWe will begin the day with a visit to the reconstructed Jewish Quarter,walk through the Cardo, the original Roman street and see the amazingremains of the massive wall built by King Hezekiah. Visit the TempleInstitute and the Burnt House. See the important excavations takingplace at the Western Wall and the Southern Temple Staircase. Visit theDavidson Center and archaeological park. Also visit the City of David(or the Ophel) which was the Jebusite city that David had conquered.Since that part of Jerusalem remained in use almost up to current times, itis hard to find much that can be attributed to David. However, somebelieve that David built a citadel with his palace just to the north outsidethe walls of the Jebusite city.FRI, MAR 9 JERUSALEMStart the day with a visit the scale model of Jerusalem as it looked in thefirst century A.D. Proceed to Yad Vashem, Holocaust Museum. On to theTemple Mount, where Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac. See the Dome ofthe Rock and alAqsa Mosque that now stand there. End the afternoon atGolgotha (Gordons Calvary) and the empty Garden Tomb. Special timeis planned for worship, meditation and inspiration. Dinner andovernight in Jerusalem.SAT, MAR 10 JERUSALEM • BETHLEHEMProceed to the Philistine country of Bet Shemesh, telling the story of thePhilistines returning the Ark to the Israelites there. Also visit Bet Govrin-Maresha National Park. Maresha is one of the cities fortified by KingRehoboam (2 Chron 11:8). Some believe King Herod was born there. It
was a large city in Hellenistic and Roman times where people dug cavesinto the soft rock below their house. Stop at the Valley of Elah where Davidslew Goliath. We will visit Bethlehem and see Manger Square, theChurch of the Nativity, and view Shepherds Fields and the Fields ofBoaz and Ruth. Late night dinner show (The Tsabarim FolkloreEnsemble) http://www.jerusalemdance.com/ Then Overnight in Jerusalem.SUN, MAR 11 JERUSALEMThe day is at leisure for us to relad and visit some of the sites of Jerusalemwe have seen over the past few days. Pack and prepare for our journeyhome. This evening we will share in a Farewell Dinner and thepresentation of a Certificate of Pilgrimage to each tour participant.MON, MAR 12 TEL AVIV • LOS ANGELESEarly morning transfer to the airport. Our guide will assist us with check-inprocedures. Depart on our hometown flight. We will arrive home thisevening with wonderful memories of a visit to the Land of the Bible!