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ISRAEL October 18 - 27, 2019
ROME October 27 - 30, 2019
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ISRAEL October 18 - 27, 2019
ROME October 27 - 30, 2019
October 18 – 27, 2019
|Optional Rome Extension
October 27 – 30, 2019
|*Includes flight from Toronto, Canada|
Included - Israel Tour
Roundtrip Air Flights from Toronto, Canada including current air taxes, 8 nights lodging in 4 star hotels in Israel, Breakfast and Dinner Daily, Full time English speaking Israeli Tour Escort, Porterage at Hotels (1 Bag), Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Services of long distance deluxe motorcoach as appear on itinerary, All guides, entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary
Not Included - Israel Tour
Lunches, Optional Travel Insurance (Available for purchase with final payment)
Included - Rome Extension
Approximate One-Way flight from Tel Aviv to Rome, 3 nights lodging in 4 star hotel in Rome, Breakfast and Dinner Daily, Full Time English speaking Italy Tour Escort / Local City Rome Guide, Porterage at Hotels (1 Bag), Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Services of long distance deluxe motorcoach as appear on itinerary, All guides, entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary
Not Included - Rome Extension
Lunches, Optional Travel Insurance (Available for purchase with final payment)
Day 1: Departure from US (October 18)
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 (October 19)
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, Megiddo & Nazareth (October 20)
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 the 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 to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. We drive through the area of Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we visit the Nazareth Village - a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides. Time permitting, we will visit Mt Arbel, for a panoramic view of Galilee. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4: Capernaum, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Bethsaida & Galilee Cruise (October 21)
Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship and Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession. In Capernaum we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter’s home. Then we travel on to the possible site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes in Bethsaida and view a location overlooking the Sea of Galilee giving us a visual perspective of Mount of the Beatitudes. After viewing the ancient Fisherman Boat at an operating Kibbutz, we enjoy a relaxing 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 concluding a wonderful day.
Day 5: Jordan River Baptism Sites, Magdala, Beth Shean, Dead Sea (October 22)
We begin our day with an opportunity to be baptized at the Jordan River Baptismal site. Next we travel to Magdala for a view of the 1st century synagogue one of only a few in existences. Next we travel southward to Beit-Shean/ Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied throughout history. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Gilboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit-Shean. During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis - a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government. Following the fertile Jordan Valley southward, your guide will point out the agricultural restoration of the “Land of Milk and Honey” and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We pass ancient Jericho, view from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world, before arriving at our lodging for the evening is at 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: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Scrolls, Abraham's Tent (October 23)
Our day begins with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand. Afterwards we proceed to 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. Next, we visit Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. This afternoon we will take part in the Genesis Land/Dinner in Abraham's Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time: a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, camel ride and authentic food. Our lodging for the next four nights will be in Jerusalem.
Day 7: Around Jerusalem, Bible Times, Holocaust Museum (October 24)
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. Passing by the Protestant Cemetery, we visit the "Upper Room" just outside the Zion Gate where the disciple whom Jesus loved laid his head on His breast and where later Thomas cried, "my Lord & my God." 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. We conclude the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, for a needed reminder of what the Jews have suffered as a people.
Day 8: Jesus' Steps, the Last Days (October 25)
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. We visit 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. This evening following dinner we have an optional visit to the Friends of Zion museum to learn of the 19th & 20th century hero’s of the Jewish people.
Day 9: Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb, Pentecost, Shepherd’s Field (October 26)
While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering. 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. We will enjoy a challenge from God’s Word and a song before traveling to the Shepherds Field, just outside of Bethlehem to gain an understanding of the Saviors birth. This evening following dinner we take in a visit to the Western Wall.
Day 10: Depart for Home (October 27)
We have an early morning departure for a flight home.
Optional Rome Extension
Day 10: Depart Israel - Arrival Italy, Ostia Antica (October 27)
Upon arrival at airport, meet tour escort and transfer to the close site of Ostia Antica. This was the port of ancient Rome. A site still in excavations, a place so well preserved to allow, via its vestiges, its history and its art, to plunge few moments in Roman antiquity. Its name means “bocca” mouth of the Tiber River and for many years it has been the most important way from the Mediterranean sea and Rome. This made Ostia to be an important city, even more important than Rome. We travel into Rome where we check in to hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Paul’s Rome (October 28)
In Rome, Paul, waiting to be processed, gained some freedom of movement, according to the account of the Acts of the Apostles: According to tradition, S. Paolo Alla Regola is the most accredited hypothesis of the first home of Paul in Rome. Here he lived between 61 and 63 AD, for eighteen months as required by law, pending trial. Paul lived in one of the places inhabited by the Jews, near the River Tiber, the Trastevere area, beyond the port of Ripa Grande, the 14th and final quarter of the city, according to the division of Augustus. Recent archaeological excavations in this zone showed the presence of stores of grain (horreum) and a second-century apocryphal ancient states, in fact, that "Paul took a rented horreum. This area became known by the name of “Contrada Pauli” (Paul’s district) In 366 AC, Pope Damaso wanted to build a church over the ruins and dedicated it to Paul. Visiting the church, you will see the oratory which has been created using the room where Paul lived and on the main beam you can read the following: “This is the place where the Apostle Paul lived and taught.” Returning to our bus we pass by the Basilica of San Clemente arriving at the center of the Roman Empire. Next we visit the Catacombs of Santa Domitilla. The Christian catacombs are extremely important for the art history of early Christians. Regaining our bus and returning to center of Rome we pass by Basilica of San John di Lateran among the most important Christians Churches of Rome. These churches are symbolic of the importance that Constantine placed on his adopted new faith. The properties for both were donated by Constantine’s family, signifying that importance. Beside the Basilica is the Lateran Baptistery.
Day 12: The Vatican, Rome’s Fountain’s & Square’s (October 29)
This morning we visit the Vatican Museums, passing through the Court of the Pigna, you will enter the Belvedere Palace to reach the heart of the museum, the Belvedere Courtyard. Proceeding with the visit you will quickly pass the secondary galleries to reach the Greek Cross Room where the splendid Sarcophagi of St. Helene and St. Constance are housed. Walking through the Galleries of the Candelabra, of the Maps and of the Tapestries you will reach the Apostolic Palace, the oldest section of the complex of the Vatican Palaces. Your guide will show you the Apartments of Julius II, and then the Sistine Chapel, where you will admire one of the highest masterpieces of art: the Genesis and the Last Judgment by Michelangelo, that have gained their original splendor after the latest restorations. Leaving the Sistine Chapel and going down the Royal Stairway, projected by Bernini, the guide will conduct you to the Basilica of St. Peter, the most important temple of Christianity, which gathers inside 2000 years of history and famous works of art such as the Pietà by Michelangelo. The visit ends at St Peter’s Square, which is embraced by the colonnade, an architectural masterpiece by Bernini, under the symbolic protection of the "Cuppolone", as the Romans call Michelangelo's dome. Late this afternoon we enjoy some leisure time. See the Trevi Fountain and walk throughout the fashion district of Spanish steps.
Day 13: Depart for Home (October 30)
Following breakfast early this morning we transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.