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.
Day 1, March 11, Monday – Departure
Depart Chicago for Tel Aviv, Israel on your transatlantic flight with
meals served on board.
Day 2, March 12, Tuesday – Arrival, 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.
Day 3, March 13, Wednesday – Caesarea Maritime, Mount Carmel,
Sepphoris, Nazareth Village, Cana
We will begin your journey to Caesarea by the Sea. This port city
reveals many extensive remains of the theater and other sites,
including a Roman aqueduct along the Mediterranean shore. Visit
Mount Carmel, the traditional site where the prophet Elijah
defeated the prophets of Ba’al. Explore Sepphoris, the
cosmopolitan Roman capital of Galilee until Herod Antipas built
Tiberias. It is heralded as the traditional birthplace of Mary. 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.
Day 4, March 14, Thursday – Capernaum, Magdala, Chorazin, Tel
Dan, Caesarea Phillipi, 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).
In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently
discovered first‐century synagogue. 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
Day 5, March 15, Friday – Mount of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee
Boat Ride, Valley of the Wind, Tabgha, Yardenit Baptisimal Site
Stand atop the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached to the
people and have a church worship service. Take a boat ride on the
Sea of Galilee. Stop by the Valley of the Wind and Doves, at the
base of Mount Arbel and walk on the remains of the old Roman
road that linked the Sea of Galilee to the Mediterranean coast and
take a moment to contemplate the times that Jesus and his
Disciples took this very journey. Explore the Church of the Fish and
the Loaves at Tabgha, traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000
(Luke 9:10). See the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed
his devotion three times to the risen Christ (John 21). Travel to the
Jordan River and remember Jesus’ baptism at the Yardenit
Baptismal Site. Overnight in Tiberias hotel.
Day 6, March 16, Saturday – Beit Shean, Gideon’s Spring, Valley of
Elah, Bet Guvrin
Travel to the ruins of Beit 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 theater in Israel. Visit Gideon’s Spring, (Ein Harod), where
Gideon gathered the army of Israel against the Midianites. Journey
through the Valley of Elah, where David defeated Goliath (I Samuel
17). 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. Arrive in Jerusalem hotel
for dinner and overnight.
Day 7, March 17, Sunday – Mount of Olives, Dominus Flevit,
Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations, Bethesda &
St. Anne’s, 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 visit the 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 a full day for dinner and overnight.
Day 8, March 18, Monday – Southern Steps, Western Wall,
House of Caiaphas, Upper Room, City of David & Hezekiah’s
Tunnel, Yad Vashem
Visit the Southern Wall Excavations and the Teaching Steps,
where Jesus once taught. Visit the Western Wall. 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. Wander the
excavations of the City of David. Peer down Warren’s Shaft,
thought to have served as a freshwater 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. Explore the poignant exhibits of Yad
Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial. Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 9, March 19, Tuesday – Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea,
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. 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).
Overnight in Kfar Hanodkim hotel.
Day 10, March 20, Wednesday – Bethlehem, Shepherds’
Field, Garden Tomb
In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace and
see the Church of the Nativity constructed over the site (Matt.
1: 18‐25). Gaze out over Shepherds’ Field before you returning
to Jerusalem. 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. Overnight in Tel
Day 11, March 21, Thursday – Departure and Arrival.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home with the
same day arrival.