Day 01 galileeTEL AVIV
Upon our arrival at the Tel Aviv airport we will be met and transferred to our hotel in a suburb of Tel Aviv - situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner will be served at our hotel. Weather permitting, we suggest a walk after dinner on the beach.

After a good nights rest and a hearty breakfast we will begin the thrilling journey of following in the footsteps of Jesus. Ancient Joppa on the Sea is where Jonah set sail, and where Peter raised Dorcas from the dead. Joppa was the home of Simon the Tanner. At Caesarea by the sea we'll visit the Crusader's Castle, the Roman Amphitheater and water duct, and the port from which the Apostle Paul sailed to Rome. Driving through the Jezreel Valley to the fields of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16) and Megiddo. Continuing northward along the Mediterranean Sea to Haifa and Mt. Carmel - the biblical site of Elijah's contest with the prophets of Baal (I Kings:18). Traveling westward across Galilee we will view Mt. Tabor (Psalm 89:12), Deboriya - MT HERMONthe hometown of the prophetess Deborah - at the foothill of Mt. Tabor (Judges 4 and 5). Overnight at our hotel on the shores of the beautiful Sea of Galilee.

This day will be an exciting day in the Galilee area after a delicious breakfast. We will depart from the Roman hot springs resort city of Tiberias via a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (John 6:24) to visit the ancient ruins of the first century synagogue where Jesus preached (Matt. 4:13-17). Then on to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the "Sermon on the Mount" (Matt. 5-7) and to Tabgha - the chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes - (Mark 6:34-44). We will then proceed to upper Galilee and the site of Peter's confession (Matt. 16:16) at Caesarea Phillipi and to Mt. Hermon (Psalm 89:12) the probable site of the Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-8) and the present day Golan Heights where Israel, Lebanon and Syria come together. We will follow the fresh mountain waters of Mt. Hermon to the Sea of Galilee and to the outlet passage at the southern tip of the Sea. We will stop at the beautiful Pilgrims Park at the Jordan River. Return to our hotel for overnight.

nazarethEarly morning departure to Cana and then on to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, where we will visit the Church of the Annunciation (Luke 1:5-42) and Mary's Fountain (Luke 4:16-22). We continue past Bethshean and then south through the Jordan Valley to ancient Jericho where the walls came tumbling down (I Kings 17:1-6 and II Kings 2:19-22) and a commanding view of the Mt. of Temptation (Matt. 4:1-11) and Elisha's Fountain. Then up to Jerusalem through the Judean wilderness. Overnight at our hotel in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Drive up to the Mt. of Olives (Matt. 24:3) for a panoramic early morning view of the city. Visits include the Chapel of Ascension, Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit. Walk the Hosanna Road if you like. Stop at the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations which stands on the Rock of Agony where Jesus was betrayed by Judas (Matt. 26:36-57). View the Golden Gate, the Pool of Siloam and visit Hezekiah's Tunnel. Afternoon visits include St. Peter's in Gallicantu, Mt. Zion, King David's Tomb, Room of the Last Supper (Luke 22:14-20), Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Yad Vashem Memorial. View Chagall's famed windows, the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), Menorah, Kennedy Memorial and Hebrew University. Final stop at the remarkable Model of Ancient Jerusalem.

deadseaEarly morning departure to the Dead Sea, lowest point on earth. Then to Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Continue to Masada, truly a remarkable piece of history. Ascend to Masada by cable car to visit the magnificent ruins of the fortress, where from 70 -73 A.D. the Jewish defenders made the last stand of the Judean revolt against Rome, and where the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a 6th century Byzantine Church are still on view. Re-board our motor coach to visit Bethlehem and the Church of The Nativity, Manger Square, the Christmas Bell and Rachel's Tomb. Visit the Fields of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 1:16-17 & 4:13) as well as Shepherd's Fields and Caves (Luke 2:1-20). Shopping time in Bethlehem before returning to Jerusalem. Visit the garden city of Jericho, oldest city in the world, dominated by the Mount of Temptation. The afternoon walking tour takes in everything within the ancient Old Walled City, highlighted by the Western (Wailing) Wall, the Temple area, Dome of the Rock which is built on the ancient site of Solomon's Temple (Genesis 22:9-14), Via Dolorosa, Ecce Homo Arch (John 19:13) where Jesus was tried before Pilate (Mark 15:6), Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Pilate's Judgment Hall, Chapel of the Flagellation, Pool of Bethesda, David's Tower, Damascus and Jaffa Gates.

Jordan PetraToday we depart Jerusalem for Petra via the Allenby Bridge. This ancient Edomite and Nabatean capital is an amazing city of prophecy. See this spectacular "City of the Dead" with its famed gorge, ancient street, temples, dwelling places and tombs carved from the solid rock. Arrive at El Ji Post and continue the one-mile journey on horseback, or walk, passing through the famous SIQ (natural gorge) and arrive at the "Treasury". Visit the ancient theater. In the Nabatean Judgment Hall, Place Tombs, famous Urn Temple and the Roman amphitheater. Those willing to climb may view the monastery, Jebel Harun (Mountain of Aaron), supposed to be the burial place of Aaron. Horseback journey back to El Ji Post.

Morning departure via the Wadi Araba Bridge to Cairo, Egypt. When we cross the border to Egypt we will be met by our Egyptian guide and driver. We will travel through the Sinai Desert to Cairo. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

cairo-pyrimidsMorning visit to the Egyptian Museum to view many specimens of finest antiquities, including precious collections from the Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amon. Then drive through the city past Cairo University to Giza. Visit Cheops Pyramid and the Sphinx. Camels or horses will be available to ride to the Pyramid Plateau. Afternoon sightseeing drive along the Nile Corniche, past East El Ainin Hospital to "Old Cairo" to visit the Coptic Churches of Abu Sarga associated with the Flight of the Christ Child to Egypt and visit Ben Ezra Synagogue, AMR Mosque and the site of the Nile where Moses was found in the bulrushes. Drive via Republic Square, past Abdin Palace to Sultan Ahassan Mosque, the Citadel, Mohammed Aly Mosque for a panoramic view of Cairo, through the City of the Dead, El Azhas University to the native bazaars of Khan El Kahalili where time is allowed for browsing and shopping. You may wish to take in the dramatic Sound and Light show at the Pyramids. Overnight at our hotel