Day 1 - Tuesday - March 15:
Overnight flight from USA to Tel Aviv.
Day 2 - Wednesday - March 16:
Arrival - Jaffa - Tel Aviv
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport, meeting & assistance by Coral Travel & Tours representative. Meet your guide & drive to Jaffa to participate in a walking tour of the city. Jaffa has been known in the bible as Joppa & is considered the world’s oldest port & the place where the prophet Jonah set sail for Tarshish. Jaffa is associated with the deeds of Peter. Dinner & overnight: Hotel in Tel Aviv.
Day 3 - Thursday - March 17:
Caesarea - Mt. Carmel - Sea of Galilee
After our Israeli breakfast we start our day traveling via the Sharon plain to Caesarea. Caesarea, the seat of the Roman Procurator of the Judea in the time of Christ, is the place St. Peter converted the centurion Cornelius (Acts 10:24). Explore the Roman Theatre & the aqueduct & view the ruins of Roman, Byzantine & Crusader times. Continue to Mt. Carmel, to the “Mukhraka”, the site where Elijah challenged & defeated the 450 prophets of Baal (King 18:20). Visit Megiddo, the fortress city of King Solomon, later built upon by King Ahab. The books of Daniel & Revelation will come alive as we study about the final Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16: 14-19). Drive through Nazareth, the home of Joseph & Mary, & through the city of Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed his first miracle (John 2: 1-11): turning jars of water into wine. Drive to Tiberias. Dinner & overnight: Hotel in Tiberias.
Day 4 - Friday - March 18:
Sea of Galilee
The day starts with a visit to Capernaum, the town Jesus made his home after leaving Nazareth. Capernaum is the place where Jesus recruited the first of His disciples (Matthew 4:13, Luke 4:31-37, Matthew 8:14-17, Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 8:5-13, Mark 5:21-43, Matthew 11:23-24). Visit the excavation of the ancient synagogue & the house of Peter. Continue on to Tabgha, the site of multiplication of the loaves & fish. Continue to the ancient boat believed to be from Jesus’ time at Kibbutz Ginosar. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12). Visit Kursi, the site of the miracle with the swine. Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner & Overnight: Hotel in Tiberias.
Day 5 - Saturday - March 19:
After breakfast drive to Tel Dan, an important biblical city & a breathtaking nature reserve. The bible mentions the city a few times: “From Dan to Beer Sheba”. Continue to the Banias, site of the ancient Caesarea Philippe. It is here that Peter made his confession of faith in Jesus (Matthew 16:13). Continue on for a panoramic view of the Golan Heights from Mt. Bental. Visit Nimrod’s Castle, a medieval fortress perched high on the mountain overlooking the city of Caesarea Philippi. Drive around the city of Qatzrin. We’ll end the day at the Jordan River with an opportunity to be baptized (optional). Dinner & Overnight: Hotel in Tiberias.
Day 6 - Sunday - March 20:
Bet She’an - Gideon Springs - Petra
After breakfast leave the Sea of Galilee & drive to Bet She’an. Recent excavations there have disclosed the impressive ruins of the country’s largest city in the Roman & Byzantine periods, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 749 CE. Drive to Bet Alfa & see the ancient synagogue. Visit Ein Harod, the site of Judge Gideon (Judges 7: 1-25). Cross to Jordan via the Sheikh Hussein Bridge & drive to Petra via Jerash. Dinner & overnight: Hotel in Petra.
Day 7 - Monday - March 21:
Petra - Dead Sea
This morning you will tour the Red Rose city of Petra, including a visit to the Treasury (Khazneh), the Roman Theatre & the caves in the rock among dozens of imposing monuments. Drive south & cross back to Israel via the Arava Border. Meet your Israeli driver & drive along the Arava to the Dead Sea. Dinner & overnight: Hotel at the Dead Sea.
Day 8 - Tuesday - March 22:
Masada - Ein Gedi - Qumran - Dead Sea
After breakfast visit Masada. Ascend Masada by cable car. Masada is the site of the most dramatic act in Jewish History. Explore the ancient excavation of Herod’s Palaces, the bathhouse, the storerooms, the Ramp, & the oldest Synagogue in the world. Continue to Ein Gedi, an Oasis on the Dead Sea shore. Near the 200 meter high waterfall is a cave where David had his famous meeting with King Saul (First Samuel 24: 1-23). A walk around the reservation confirms that Ein Gedi is one of the most beautiful reservations in the world. Visit Qumran, where the 2000 year old Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue to the Dead Sea shore for an afternoon “float” on the sea. Return to Jerusalem. Drive to Jerusalem past Jericho, believed to be the world’s oldest walled city. This was the first city taken by Joshua when the Hebrews returned from Egypt – ‘and the walls fell down’. It was also the site of the Mount of Temptation (Mark 1:13). Enter the city of Jerusalem in the traditional way & view the city from Mt. Scopus. Dinner & overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 9 - Wednesday - March 23:
Ella Valley - Jerusalem
This day we’ll spend out of Jerusalem visiting Bet Shemesh & Zorah in the Soreck Valley. Drive via Emmaus road & return to Jerusalem & stop at the Menorah at the Knesset (Israel Parliament). End the day with a visit to the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book (where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls & Bar Kokhva letters are exhibited) & the Holy Land Model. Dinner & overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 10 - Thursday - March 24:
After breakfast we’ll ascend the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24:3, Luke 21:37) for a breathtaking panoramic view of the old city of Jerusalem. Walk along the Palm Sunday Way to the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-45, Mark 14:32-42) where Jesus spent the last night before he was arrested. Visit the Church of All the Nations. Walk along the “Last Way” to Mt. Zion. Cross the Kidron Valley & see the Tombs of Absalom, Zachary & James. Drive to Mount Zion & visit the house of the high priest Caiphas. Visit the Church of Peter in Gallicantu (Matthew 26:31-35). This is the place where Peter denied the Lord 3 times. Continue on to the Last Supper Room (Matthew 26: 17-25) & King David’s Tomb. Today we will also visit the Pools of Bethesda & St. Anne’s Church, which is a fine example of Crusader architecture. Visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. If time permits we will visit the City of David, the Pools of Siloan & Hezekeya Tunnel. Enjoy your special Farewell Dinner. Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 11 - Friday - March 25:
After breakfast drive to Mt. Moriah (Luke 2:46-48, John 8:1-11, Mark 13:1-2, Matthew 27:51). Walk up to the Temple place & visit the area of the Dome of the Rock & the El Aqsa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, one of last remnants of the second Jewish Temple. Visit the Davidson Center, the Southern Wall stairs & Robinson Arch. Visit the Rabbinical Tunnel. End the day at the Garden Tomb. Dinner & late check out from the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA.
Day 12 - Saturday - March 26:
Your flight back to the USA departs around midnight. Arrive the same day.
*Subject to change*