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2018 Israel Trip

with Dr. Monte Luker, Instructor and Alice Teal, Group Leader

Starting from $4,098

Trip Includes:

  • Guided Sightseeing & On-Site Lectures
  • Admin. Fees, Entrance Fees
  • Hotel Gratuities
  • Driver Gratuities
  • Program Fees
  • Buffet Breakfast & Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe Motorcoaches
  • First Class Hotels And Much, Much More!

Starting at $4,098* from Charlotte

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

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  1. October 28 - November 10, 2018

    Day 1 ‐ Sun, Oct. 28
    Depart USA.
     
    Day 2 ‐ Mon, Oct. 29
    Arrive Israel. Overnight Netanya, overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, hopefully in time for a walk on the beach and to watch a gorgeous sunset.
     
    Day 3 ‐ Tues, Oct. 30
    Caesarea Maritime built by Herod the Great and locus of the birth of the Gentile Church when Cornelius was baptized here (Acts 10). Megiddo, “Armageddon,” with lunch (on own). Sepphoris (Tsipori), Herod Antipas’ capital of the Galilee where Joseph and Jesus likely worked as builders. Overnight Tiberias.
     
    Day 4 ‐ Wed, Oct. 31
    Meet with Archbishop Elias Chacour at Mar Elias Educational Institutions, Ibillin, and discuss his book which you will read, “Blood Brothers”; lunch with students (on own). Nazareth. Overnight Tiberias.
     
    Day 5 ‐ Thurs, Nov. 1
    Magdala with tour; see the recently discovered first‐century synagogue. Bethsaida, where Jesus called his first disciples, Peter, Phillip, and Andrew. Mount of Beatitudes. Capernaum and Peter’s house which Jesus called his home. Tabgha with Church of the Multiplication and Primacy of Peter. Ginnosar, first‐century boat, and boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Overnight Tiberias.
     
    Day 6 ‐ Fri, Nov. 2
    Mount Tabor, considered the Mount of Transfiguration since Byzantine times. Nazareth Village for the Traditional First Century Meal (on own) and tour of this recreation of daily life in the first century, as Jesus would have experienced it. Overnight Tiberias.
     
    Day 7 ‐ Sat, Nov. 3
    Cross over the northern border to Jordan. Magnificent ruins of Roman Decapolis city Jerash; Madaba map, the oldest extant map of the Holy Land (mosaic floor of the church), Mount Nebo, from which Moses overlooked the Promised Land. Overnight Petra.
     
    Day 8 ‐ Sun, Nov. 4
    Tour Petra, Nabatean capital. This rose‐colored city, literally cut into the rock, was connected to King Herod’s family (and where Raiders of the Lost Ark was filmed). Overnight Petra.
     
    Day 9 ‐ Mon, Nov. 5
    Cross over border to Israel at Elat, Israel’s only port on the Red Sea. Masada, Herod’s fortress‐palace and the Zealot’s last stand. Overnight Kibbutz En Gedi on the shore of the serene Dead Sea in the Judean Wilderness.
     
    Day 10 ‐ Tues, Nov. 6
    Free day at En Gedi. Enjoy the spa; have an optional massage. Swim in the sea. Tour kibbutz at the end of the day. Overnight En Gedi.
     
    Day 11 ‐ Wed, Nov. 7
    Hike nature reserve Wadi David alongside streams and waterfalls, stopping to “visit” with local wildlife. En Gedi Synagogue from the Talmudic period. Qumran, where the Essenes wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls. Go up to Jerusalem, reading along with pilgrims for 3000 years, the Psalms of Ascents. The Mount of Olives and walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. Overnight Jerusalem.
     
    Day 12 ‐ Thurs, Nov. 8
    Bethlehem. Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in the Holy Land and built over the cave‐barn where Jesus was born. Shepherds’ Field. Olive wood factory and shop. Overnight Jerusalem.
     
    Day 13 ‐ Fri, Nov. 9
    The Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Golgotha and Tomb of Christ). Western (“Wailing”) Wall for Erev Shabbat (welcoming of the Sabbath). The Upper Room built upon the site of the Last Supper and appearance of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. After dinner at hotel, transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure to USA.
     
    Day 14 ‐ Sat, Nov. 10
    Arrive in the USA, with memories for a lifetime. Your life will have been changed, and you will never read the Bible again the way you read it before this pilgrimage.