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Please note: This is a full schedule, and we may make some changes as we go depending on the timing and local conditions. We will have devotions together on the bus and receive instruction from the hosts (Wards and Graffs) and our Israeli guide. We will take time to worship together in various places on the tour: singing, praying, taking communion, baptisms, and more. Evenings are free for those with extra energy to do additional shopping, enjoying ice cream sundaes, and attending special programs like sound and light shows and cultural programs.

Day 1, Thursday, Nov. 8

Our group will depart from LAX for our El-Al non-stop flight to Tel Aviv. On the way we can review Holy Land Illustrated Guide, full of pictures, paintings, maps and descriptions of the places we will visit. Each tour member (or couple) receives a free copy when they register for the tour.

Day 2, Friday, Nov. 9

Arriving at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, we will be met by our representative, board our air-conditioned bus, and then tour Jaffa (Joppa), one of the oldest cities in the world, and the port where the prophet Jonah set sail for Tarshish. A short drive back will take us to our hotel in Tel Aviv. After a delicious buffet dinner we can enjoy a walk along the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 3, Saturday, Nov. 10

We will begin our day with a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast, and then travel through the Sharon Plain to Caesarea Maritima. There we will see a well-preserved Roman Amphitheater, still used for concerts today, remains from Herod's Palace and a Hippodrome that seated 10,000 spectators where horse races, special events and games took place. We will see the aqueducts built by Herod that brought ample water from several miles away to supply thousands of Caesarea citizens. We will then visit Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal, and as the fire consumed the altar, the people declared that the Lord is God. Continuing to Megiddo we will see a model and demonstration of 26 superimposed cities, (optional) walk to the top of the site and view the Jezreel Valley where the final Battle of Armageddon will be staged. We will enter a replica of Nazareth Village, boyhood home of Jesus, and continue to Tiberias to our hotel near the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Day 4, Sunday, Nov. 11

Worship on this Lord's Day will be at the Sea of Galilee as we sail across in a replica of the 2000-year-old boat discovered by two fishermen in 1986 during a time of drought. Never before has such an ancient boat been found so complete. 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 will see the ancient synagogue there and explore the archaeological gardens. We will visit Tabgah where Jesus fed the 5000, and walk on the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount. We will travel to Banias, the site of the biblical Caesarea Philippi. Before returning to our hotel in Tiberias, we will have an opportunity for water baptisms in the Jordan River.

Day 5, Monday, Nov. 12

Our group will leave the Galilee area and drive down the Jordan Valley to explore the latest excavations at Beit Shean, Israel's largest excavation (the "Disneyland" of archaeological sites). The city was destroyed in a massive earthquake in 749 AD and was not rebuilt. We will see a city that included public areas, agora, theaters, bathhouses (including a steam room), public toilets, 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 will continue down the Jordan Valley, to Jericho. From there you will view the Mount of Temptation. At Qumran we will see the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Then we will proceed to the lowest spot on earth, the Dead Sea. At our hotel, on the shores of the Dead Sea, we will experience an evening of relaxation, where we may take advantage of the spa facilities and the opportunity to "float" in the therapeutic Dead Sea water.

Day 6, Tuesday, Nov. 13

We will enjoy a morning of leisure before we visit Masada. Ascending by cable car, we will tour the famous archaeological site and ancient fortress where Jewish Zealots made their last stand against the Romans in 73 AD. We drive by Ein Gedi to see the waterfalls where David hid from Saul. We drive to Jerusalem and enter the city of the Kings. We will stop for a magnificent view of Jerusalem from Mt. Scopus and offer a traditional blessing as was done during the time of Christ. We will arrive at our Jerusalem hotel, where we will spend the remainder of our nights in Israel.

Day 7, Wednesday, Nov. 14

Today we will 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 we will see Mt. Zion and visit Caiaphas' House, where Jesus was held before trial. We will take the short trip to Bethlehem, the birthplace of our Savior. We will see the Church of the Nativity, the traditional site of the birth of Jesus, and the Shepherds fields where the angels announced his coming. This is also the area where the biblical account of Ruth and Boaz took place. Before returning to Jerusalem, we will stop at a natural cave and enjoy a time of singing and remembering the events of Jesus' birth in a lowly stable.

Day 8, Thursday, Nov. 15

This morning we will visit the Old City of Jerusalem. Starting at the Temple Mount, we will see where the Temple once stood and view the beautiful architecture and decoration of the Dome of the Rock. Leaving the Temple Mount we will visit the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the lame man. We will enjoy a time of singing at the Church of St. Anne's with its amazing acoustics. We will walk through the Old City following the Via Dolorosa, walking through the old Arab Markets, visiting the Antonio Fortress, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Then in the Jewish Quarters we will visit the traditional Upper Room and enjoy a time of worship. In the City of David we will see an overview revealing some of the most exciting archaeological discoveries of the ancient world. Archaeologists have found what they believe is King David's Palace that has been undisturbed for over 3,000 years, including walls, wells and passageways. Pottery shards have been found from the time of David's monarchy and more recently a clay disc inscribed a name from the book of Jeremiah in ancient Hebrew that indicates the building was used by the king.

Day 9, Friday, Nov. 16

- Returning to the Old City of Jerusalem, we will see the ancient Roman Cardo, and visit the remains from Nehemiah's Wall. Next, we will visit the Western Wall for a personal time of reflection and prayer, and then walk through the Western Wall Tunnel to see remarkable underground excavations of ancient Jerusalem. The Western Wall was built as a retaining wall for the Temple. Here you will walk along distinctively carved and well-preserved Herodian stones that weigh over 100 tons. One of these is the largest ever quarried by man, weighing 400 tons. Nothing near its size exists in Greece, the Pyramids, or modern buildings of today. We will end our day at the Davidson Center where we will enjoy a virtual tour of the Second Temple and explore the Temple Southern Steps. Very few sites can claim for certain to be a place where Jesus walked, but these steps were the main entrance for all who visited the Temple during the time of Christ, so he certainly taught the crowds there. The Archaeological Park includes many authentic artifacts from Jesus' time, including the market place where the money changers mostlikely conducted business, and the "trumpeters" stone from the area used to announce the Sabbath and Jewish holy days. The afternoon will be Free Time. You can relax or visit additional sites on your own.

A special Farewell Dinner is planned for the evening. We will take time to share meaningful moments on this life-changing tour.

Day 10, Saturday, Nov. 17

In the morning we will visit the Israel Museum and see the Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran, and the Holy Land Model, a 1:50 miniature replica of Jerusalem during the time of Christ. We will then visit the Garden Tomb and will experience a time of worship and communion, a highlight of our tour. After lunch we will have free time for packing and additional exploration of Jerusalem on our own. We will then transfer to the airport for late night departure.

(Those who are continuing on to Jordan will depart for Elait at about 2 p.m.)

Day 11, Sunday, Nov. 18

We will arrive home with a lifetime of memories of our journey through the Holy Land.

Now that you have seen the itinerary, you will enjoy viewing a "birds-eye view" using the latest Google Earth technology. Click here to see this fascinating animated version of the trip! You may need to download Google's free program to see this, but it will be worth your time.

Petra Optional Extension Tour

November 17-20

Day 1, Saturday, Nov. 17

We will travel to Eilat via Coach, viewing the Elah Valley, and the Negev Desert. If time permits, we will visit the Tabernacle Tent Replica. We will and spend the night at our hotel in the southern resort city of Eilat.

Day 2, Sunday, Nov. 18

Crossing into Jordan, this will be a full day tour in Petra. After an early breakfast, we will cross into Jordan and travel to the Petra area where we will ride on horseback into the "Siq" (canyon) and then on foot to Petra. The city is known as the Red Rock City, and it was the ancient capital of the Nabateans, reaching its period of glory between the 1st and 2nd century AD. It is also the most likely the place where God will protect his Chosen People during the Tribulation Period. From one place we will view the carved monuments, such as the Great Treasury, El Khazneh, then the field of tombs, and other aspects of this amazing red sandstone city. We will return to Eilat for the night.

Day 3, Monday, Nov. 19

After a morning of leisure, we will travel to Tel Aviv for late night departure.

Day 4, Tuesday, Nov. 20

We will arrive home with our minds and hearts full. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Now that you have seen the itinerary, you will enjoy viewing a "birds-eye view" using the latest Google Earth technology. Click here to see this fascinating animated version of the trip! You may need to download Google's free program to see this, but it will be worth your time.