The Holy Land Experience
Central Territory Biblical Education Tour
March 11 – 21, 2019
Fit to Travel Requirement:
Passengers registering for the tour accept the responsibility for being in good health and able to walk and travel on the tour. Because many sites are not accessible to the physically challenged, those needing assistance will find the tour extremely limiting in their experience.
The following is a tentative itinerary for the upcoming tour- locations and dates on which they appear are subject to change.
Monday, March 11 ~ Chicago to Tel Aviv
Depart Chicago for Tel Aviv, Israel on your transatlantic flight with meals served on board.
Tuesday, March 12 ~ Tel Aviv & Jaffa
Arrive at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv and visit the Biblical Joppa, now the port city of Jaffa. Transfer to Netanya for overnight at the hotel after a long flight.
Wednesday, March 13 ~ Mount Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth & Cana
Visit Mount Carmel, the traditional site where the prophet Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal. Travel the caravan route to Megiddo,where 20 different cities lie superimposed upon each other, and where Solomon built his stables. Visit Nazareth Village, a museum in the open air, to see the way of life at the time of Jesus. Continue to the land of Cana, to the place where Christ performed his first miracle of turning the water into wine. You will also, visit a church that commemorates this miraculous event. Overnight in Tiberias hotel.
Thursday, March 14 ~ Capernaum, Chorazin, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi & Bethsaida
Visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in the area. See the synagogue, which stands on the site where Jesus taught. Recall his teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom (Matt.4: 13, 23). Next, visit Chorazin, one of the towns cursed by Jesus for failing to heed his message. Travel to Northern Galilee to visit Tel Dan and see the mud brick arch constructed in Canaanite times. Visit Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus traveled with His disciples and where nearby Peter made his great profession of faith “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16: 16). See the Banyas Spring, one of the sources of Jordan River. Stop at Bethsaida, where Jesus chose five of His disciples. Return to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight after a long touring day.
Friday, March 15 ~ Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes & Magdala
At Kibbutz Nor Ginnosar, learn about the “Ancient Boat”, a rare example of the kind of boat in which Jesus would have sailed. Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Stand atop the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached to the people and have a church worship service. Overnight in Tiberias hotel.
Saturday, March 16 ~ Gideon’s Spring, Beit She’an & Bethlehem
Visit Gideon’s Spring, (Ein Harod), where Gideon gathered the army of Israel against the Midianites. Travel to the ruins of Belt Shean, where the bodies of Saul and his sons were displayed on the walls after they were killed in battle. Beit Shean is also noted for having the best preserved ancient Roman theatre in Israel. Travel to Bethlehem to see the cave, revered as the place where Jesus was born and visit the Church of the Nativity, the world’s oldest functioning church. Arrive in Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight.
Sunday, March 17 ~ Mount of Olives, Garden of Gathsemane, Bethsada & Via Dolorosa
Stand atop the Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy a remarkable view of the “Golden City” of Jerusalem. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives. Visit Dominus Flevit, the church built on the place where Jesus mourned for Jerusalem. Have a worship service at the Garden of Gethsemane. Visit the church of All Nations.View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus cured the paralytic who had been ill for thirty eight years and visitthe Church of St. Anne. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate. Walk the Via Dolorosa and stand in reverence at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Return to your hotel after full day for dinner and overnight.
Monday, March 18 ~ Western Wall, House of Caiaphas, Upper Room, Southern Steps & City of David
Visit the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel to see the ancient pavement of the Old City of Jerusalem Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was imprisoned for a night. Stand in the Upper Room, revered as the place of the Last Supper. Visit the Southern Wall Excavations and the Teaching Steps, where Jesus once taught. Walk the Ramparts of the Old City Wall to have a stunning view of the Old City. Wander the excavations of the City of David. Peer down Warren’s Shaft, thought to have served as a fresh water drawing point for the city and could have been how Joab entered the city and opened it to David’s forces. Explore Hezekiah’s Tunnel, an amazing engineering feat that was dug from either end and met in the middle. After dinner, visit the Friends of Zion Heritage Center. Overnight in Jerusalem hotel.
Tuesday, March 19 ~ Qumran, Ein Gedi, & Masada
Travel to Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery, to discuss the mysterious community of Essenes who once lived on the shores of the Dead Sea. Journey to the oasis of Ein Gedi, where David and his men sought refuge from Saul (1 Samuel 23). Visit Masada, Herod’s mountaintop fortress that became the last stronghold of the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans. Ride the cable car to the top to explore. Peer down upon the remains of the Roman camps and siege ramp below. Return to your hotel in Jerusalem for overnight.
Wednesday, March 20 ~ Garden Tomb & Dig in Maresha
Have a worship service at the Garden Tomb, the possible site of the Garden of Joseph of Arimathea, and experience the reality of the Resurrection. Visit Maresha, and the caves of Beit Guvrin, which housed homes, baths, and water cisterns during the Maccabean times. Participate in one – day Archaeological Dig. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Thursday, March 21 ~ Tel Aviv to Chicago
Our journey into the Holy Land has come to an end and we will depart Tel Aviv and return to Chicago filled with memories of an amazing experience!
Fit to Travel: passengers registering for the tour accept the responsibility for being in good health and able to walk and travel on the tour. Because many sites are not accessible to the physically challenged, those needing assistance will find the tour extremely limiting in their experience.
Optional Rome Extension
March 16 – 20, 2015
Thursday, March 21 ~ Journey to Rome: Catacombs, Appian Way, St Paul Outside the Wall & Pantheon
Friday, March 22 ~ Ancient Rome: Colosseum, Campidoglio, The Forum, Circus Maximus, Arch of Titus, Baths of Camalla, Monti Region & Victor Emmanuel Monumen
Saturday, March 23 ~ Christian Rome: The Vatican, St. Peter’s Bascilica, Sistine Chapel, & Michelangelo’s frescoes
Sunday, March 24 ~ Rome to Chicago: At our journeys end we depart from the airport in Rome and return to Chicago