9-Day Israel Expedition with Clayton and Sharie King and Marian Jordan Ellis

Visit the Holy Land and experience the Bible with a whole new perspective. See the places and breathe the air that you read about in the scriptures.

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Itinerary

Day 1 March 7th 2014
Depart USA for Israel
Depart USA on overnight flight for Israel
Day 2 March 8th 2014
Arrive in Tel Aviv
Arrive in Tel Aviv. Tour group will be met at airport and assisted with arrival procedures. Dinner and overnight beside the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.  
(Dinner)
Day 3 March 9th 2014
Caesarea, Megiddo / Mt. Carmel / Tiberias (Sea of Galilee)
Today we depart for the Galilee enjoying stops at the extensive ruins of Caesarea, an ancient port city, built by King Herod and later becoming the seat of government of the Roman governors, and where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman centurion (Acts 9 & 25). We continue to Megiddo (the valley of Armageddon) & Mt. Carmel, where Elijah prayed and God defeated 450 prophets of Baal with fire from heaven (1 Kings 18). In the afternoon, we board a replica “Jesus Boat”, a fishing boat of the kind used by the disciples of Jesus, for our ride on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 March 10th 2014
Galilee, Nazareth Village, Golan Heights, Carsarea Philippi, Tel Dan, Jordan River for Baptisms
We begin our special time in the Galilee, rich in memories of the life of Jesus, with a short drive to Nazareth to visit “Nazareth Village” – a re-created village offering detailed explanation of what life was like during the time of Jesus. We then travel north into the Golan Heights to view the Galilee from a special lookout. We continue along the Banias River to the ancient site of Caesarea Philippi,where Jesus asked His disciples “who do men say that I am?” (Mark 8: 27-30). We will enjoy a short hike through the beautiful nature reserve of Tel Dan (named for the tribe of Dan) where we will see the gate of Jeroboam - truly this area is a feast for the mind and senses! We end our day at the Jordan River for baptisms. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5 March 11th 2014
Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Beit She'an, Jerusalem
After breakfast we travel north into the Golan Heights to view the Galilee from a special lookout. We continue along the Banias River to the ancient site of Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus asked His disciples “who do men say that I am?” (Mark 8: 27-30).   We will enjoy a short hike through the beautiful nature reserve of Tel Dan (named for the tribe of Dan) where we will see the gate of Jeroboam and Gideon Springs- truly this area is a feast for the mind and senses!   Heading toward Jerusalem, we enjoy a visit to Beit She’an, one of the best-preserved Decapolis Roman cities. In Beit She’an, the bodies of King Saul and his sons were hung from the city walls (1 Samuel 31:10-12) after the Philistines defeated them. We then ascend to the majestic city of Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6 March 12th 2014
Mt. of Olives, Palm Sunday Road, Garden of Gethsemane, Old City & Bethlehem
We begin our day on the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage will proceed down the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, and the Church of All Nations, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed on the night of His betrayal (Matt. 26:36, John 18:1).    Entering the Old City of Jerusalem through the Zion Gate, we walk to the most holy shrine of the Jewish people, the Western (Wailing) Wall of Herod's temple. Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Samuel. 24:18-25).

On this site now stands the golden Dome of the Rock (the third holiest shrine in all Islam) and the El-Aksa Mosque. From the temple area, we make our way along the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) the road which Jesus walked after being sentenced by Pontius Pilate– including St. Anne's Crusader Church, Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5:1-15), the Pavement (where Jesus stood while being tried by Pilate), Ecce Homo Arch, and the ancient Cardo- reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

As we leave the Old City, a short walk takes us to stand on the original steps that Jesus walked as he entered the Temple area. We end our day with a visit to Bethlehem seeing the Church of the Nativity-the birthplace of our Lord and Shepherd's Field where the angel of the Lord proclaimed the Good News of the birth of the Savior (Luke 2:8-18).  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7 March 13th 2014
Ein Gedi, Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea
Leaving Jerusalem this morning, we meander through the Judean desert and along the western shore of the Dead Sea.  The stops today include the lovely Ein Gedi- where David hid from King Saul (1 Sam.24: 1-7) and Qumran – where the Dead Sea scrolls were written over 2000 years ago and discovered in 1947.  Continuing south, we enjoy a stop at Masada, the fortress built by King Herod and site of the last Jewish resistance against the Romans in 73 AD.   Ascending the area by cable car, visitors are able to survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples and palaces. We conclude the day with a relaxing float in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth.   Please be sure to bring water shoes, as the bottom surface can be rough, swimsuit, and towel.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 March 14th 2014
Israel Museum including the Shrine of the Book and the Model City, Garden Tomb
Following breakfast and check out procedure and head to the Garden Tomb for a time of reflection and communion. Those going on the Petre extension will depart from the group and head to the Jordan border crossing. The remaining group will head to the Israel Museum to visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Additionally, the 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem, as the city would have appeared in Jesus' time, will fascinate you!    Following the last site of the day we will head toward Tel Aviv with dinner  in route before heading to the airport for your late night flight home.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9 March 15th 2014
Continue flight to USA
Continue flight to USA.

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