Day 1: Tel Aviv / Netanya
Upon arrival at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport you will be met by OTB representative who will assist you through customs and security. We are then transferred to our hotel in Netanya right on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
Day 2: Caesarea / Megiddo / Nazareth / Tiberia
Today we depart for Galilee, visiting the following biblical sites: Caesarea (Acts 9 & 25), Mt. Carmel (1 Kgs. 18), Megiddo (Armageddon; 1 Kgs. 9:15; Rev. 16:16), Nazareth (Luke 1 & 2), Cana (John 2) and Tiberias (John 6:23). Optional: Baptism in the River Jordan
Day 3: SEA OF GALILEE – GOLAN
There is nothing quite like watching a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee from your guesthouse or from a boat. Today will include many biblical sites along the shore of the Sea of Galilee and in the Upper Jordan Valley: e.g. Capernaum (Matt. 4:13), Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5-7), Tabgha (Feeding of 5000; Mark 6), Church of Peter of Primacy (John 21), Magdala (Matt. 15:39; Luke 8:2); Caesarea Philippi (Paneas; Mark 8:27), view Mt. Hermon (Deut. 3:8), Border of Lebanon (Josh. 11:17), and Hazor (Josh. 11:10; 1 Kgs. 9:15). Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 4: Beth Shan / Jericho / Jerusalem
Today we go up to Jerusalem. The highway we take will include many of the following biblical sites: Mt. Tabor (Judges 4); Ein Harod (Judg. 7:1); Beth Shan (1 Sam. 31:10); and Jericho (Josh. 2-6; Mark 10:46; Luke 19:1). The road from Jericho to Jerusalem is an ascent of 4000 feet in 13 miles. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 5: Jerusalem / Mt. of Olives / Bethany
We begin our explorations with a drive to the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the breath-taking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage will proceed to the Church of Ascension, descend to Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, and there visit the Church of Agony, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed. We will enter Jerusalem through the Dung Gate, and walk to the holiest site in the whole Jewish world, the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) of Herd’s temple. We will include a visit to the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount (the actual steps where Jesus walked). Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Sam. 24:18-25). We will visit Hezekiah’s waterway, then we make our way to St. Stephen’s Gate, St. Anne’s Crusader Church, Pools of Bethesda, the Sister of Zion Convent (to see the Pavement where Jesus stood as he was being tried by Pilate), Ecce Homo Arch. In the afternoon, we will visit the Garden Tomb for Communion. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
Day 6: Qumran / Ein Gedi / Masada
Leaving Jerusalem, we will descend down to the Dead Sea and the wilderness of Judah. Following the road south along the western shore of the Dead Sea, for Masada, where we will ascend high upon the wilderness mountain by way of the cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. Here we survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples and palaces. (Option to walk down the ancient trail from Masada to the parking lot) on our way back we stop at Qumran, to visit the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, swim at the Dead Sea, We return to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
Day 7: Tel Aviv Airport
Today we transfer to the airport for our departure flight home