Join Jeff Snell and Rory Christensen & Johnson University in the Land of the Bible with Mark Ziese 2020! From March 17th through the 28th experience places such as the Dead Sea, the Church of the Nativity, and the Westen Wall. Pricing for this 12 day tour starts at $3,796* from Orlando, Fl or $3,846* from Indianapolis, IN and Knoxville, TN.
*Pricing reflects a 4% cash discount
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- Learning Opportunities
- Live Audio Headsets
- International Airfare
Day 1 Day 1 (Tue) March 17 - Depart
Day 2 Day 2 (Wed) March 18 - Arrive
Arrive in-country, connect with Dr. Ziese, and transfer to hotel on the Mediterranean coast.
Day 3 Day 3 (Thu) March 19 – Caesarea-by-the-Sea, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo
Two spectacular sites frame this day. The first is associated with the NT period, and the second, with the OT period. Caesarea-by-the-Sea was built as the imperial center for the Roman government. Its harbor, theater, and marbled streets signal the arrival of foreign occupation in the Heartland, and, not surprisingly, the beginning point for Christianity in the Gentile world. The second site of the day is Tel Megiddo, an ancient command post. Many battles were waged in its shadow, including those of Israelite kings and Egyptian pharaohs. Walking through the remains of these two cities that introduce the land, its history, and the challenge of its interpretation. Transfer to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Day 4 (Fri) March 20 – Magdala, Chorazin, Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Primacy of Peter, Galilee boat ride
Dawn comes early at Magdala, an industrial site on the edge of the Sea of Galilee. View impressive remains that illustrate the fishing industry from the time of Christ. From Magdala, travel to nearby places linked to specific Gospel moments: the calling of the disciples, miracle feedings, the Sermon on the Mount, and the restoration of Peter. The highlight of these stops will undoubtedly center on Capernaum, the base for Jesus’ Galilean ministry and the site of several miracles. With these stories in mind, board a wooden boat and personally experience the wind and the waves of Galilee’s most famous sea. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 5 Day 5 (Sat) March 21 – Nazareth & Sepphoris
Spend a day in the rolling hills of Galilee visiting sites and people connected to early Christianity. Walk through the Church of the Annunciation, a structure built over the traditional home of Jesus. Explore Nazareth Village, a living display of lifeways in biblical times. Visit nearby Sepphoris, an opulent Galilean capital from the Roman and Byzantine Periods. Overnight in Tiberias.
Day 6 Day 6 (Sun) March 22 – Northern Galilee
Experience the beauty of the far north. Leave Galilee behind and travel to the site of Tel Dan. Here an Israelite “high place,” gate complex, and fortification walls are visible. Continue to the birthplace of Jordan River at Panias, named after the goat-god, Pan. Consider the nearby site of Caesarea Philippi where Peter declared Jesus to be “the Christ.” Finally, climb into the heights of Mt. Hermon, a snowy peak that marks the highest spot in all the Heartland. From a castle built in the crusader period, take in a view to the region where Jesus was transfigured. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Day 7 (Mon) March 23 – Jordan Valley, Jericho, Qasr el Yahud, Qumran, Dead Sea Swim, Camel ride
Follow the Jordan River to the desert lands of the south. Stop at the site of Jericho where the walls “came a tumblin’ down.” Scamper over the rocks of this mound and consider Rahab’s story. Travel from here to Qasr el Yahud, the place on the Jordan River traditionally linked by early Christians to John the Baptist. Visit the site of Qumran and peek toward caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Consider the mysterious community responsible for the production of these scrolls as well as the viewpoint that they present. Finally, conclude the day with a swim in the Dead Sea. Experience a true Bedouin overnight in the Negev at Kfar Hanokdim. You’ll enjoy a camel trek, Bedouin hospitality dinner, an overnight in a Bedouin tent and a Bedouin breakfast (Bring flashlight from home).
Day 8 Day 8 (Tue) March 24 – Masada, Bethlehem
At sunrise, climb to the summit of Masada, Herod’s fortress by the Dead Sea. It was used by the Zealots in the time of the First Jewish Revolt. Travel to the Shepherds’ Field where the Good News was first heard. Finally, arrive in Bethlehem and explore the place where the Christian story begins, the Church of the Nativity. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9 Day 9 (Wed) March 25 – Jerusalem
Stand on the Nebi Samwil and peer into the hills of Samaria. Summit the Mount of Olives for a view of the Old City. Walk the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City and visit the Pool of Bethesda. Walk the Via Dolorosa to the most sacred in all Christianity, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here, celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 Day 10 (Thu) March 26 – Jerusalem
Begin this day visiting Haram el Sharif (the Temple Mount) and the Western Wall. Walk Jerusalem’s streets and investigate the excavations at the Davidson Center. Here, aspects of Temple architecture and activity from the NT period are visible. Step back still deeper in time while exploring the City of David Excavations. Go underground and witness Jerusalem’s earliest remains, including a Canaanite wall, the possible site of David’s palace, and a spectacular water system (conditions permitting) that terminates in the Pool of Siloam. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 11 Day 11 (Fri) March 27 – Greater Jerusalem
In the morning hours of this last day, walk the cobblestone streets of Ein Karem, the home town of John the Baptist. Travel from there to the Israel Museum where an enormous model of NT period city reinforces our own experiences. Linger in the Shrine of the Book and witness some of the most important manuscripts of the Bible. Return to the hotel for dinner. Transfer to the airport for night flight to the USA.
Day 12 Day 12 (Sat) March 28 – Arrive in USA
Arrive in USA
March 17, 2020From $3796* Register Now!
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount