*UPDATE: This tour has been postponed
due to a mandatory 14 day self-quarantine for
all visitors to Israel in light of COVID-19.
This trip will be rescheduled for a later date.
PRICE: $4,429.00 CDN per person based on double occupancy.
Day 1 – Thursday, March 12
Departure from Toronto Pearson International Airport on El Al Israel Airlines flying from Toronto to Tel Aviv at 8:15pm from Terminal 3. Complimentary dinner and breakfast plus inflight service will be provided during the flight.
Day 2 – Friday, March 13
TEL AVIV/ JAFFA
Arrive in Tel Aviv at 12:50pm where our tour guide will meet us. We start with a tour to Jaffa, which affords us a breathtaking view of the city of Tel Aviv. At this picturesque port city of winding alleys, art galleries and crafts boutiques, King Solomon had the cedars of Lebanon rafted for the building of the First Temple in Jerusalem. You will view the spot of the House of Simon the Tanner (Acts 10:6). Balance of day at leisure. Walk along the Mediterranean promenade to see the sunset before dinner. Dinner and overnight will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3 – Saturday, March 14
We drive north along the Plain of Sharon, the Mediterranean and the old coastal road- the Via Maris that linked Egypt and Babylon as we journey towards Galilee. We stop at Caesarea the incredible fortress city built by King Herod the Great. Here, Pontius Pilate had his base; where Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10); where Paul embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9:30) and where Philip preached (Acts 8:40). Visit the Roman Theatre, the Hippodrome, and the Crusader City. We then travel north towards Haifa and ascend Mt. Carmel to Muhraka the site where the prophet Elijah fought the 400 false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30). We turn inland and proceed to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s walled fortified cities (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with ruins of 20 levels of civilization. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as we read about the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the Plains of Jezreel. Continue to Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight at Dan Panorama Hotel, Haifa
Day 4 – Sunday, March 15
ACRE/JESUS MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE
We drive to Acre (Akko) The Old City of Akko is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the remains of the Crusader town both above and below street level and because the city is one of a very small number of Ottoman walled towns with citadels, mosques, khans and baths, which have been preserved. In Akko, these sites were built on top of the ruins of the Crusader structures. Continue to Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ Galilean ministry and the site of many of his miracles. We will see the remains of Peter’s house and the synagogue site where Jesus taught and worshipped. Drive to Tabgha and visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. Visit Magdala to visit the oldest synagogue on the Sea of Galilee from the first century, and a complete first century city. Continue to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered what is perhaps the most famous sermon ever preached – “The Sermon On The Mount” (Matt.5).
Dinner and overnight at Ramot Hotel, Sea of Galilee
Day 5 – Monday, March 16
After breakfast, we will depart our day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Kibbutz Ginossar where we will see an ancient boat from the time of Jesus displayed at the Kibbutz Museum. Drive to Safed is not only one of Israel’s’ holiest cities; it is also the highest city in the Holy Land. Set in the dense pine forests of the Upper Galilee, overlooking Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, Safed is a delicious blend of ancient grandeur. The Old City, originating from the Spanish Jews who settled the town after the Expulsion in 1492. From the old buildings to the ethnic atmosphere, Safed offers not just a jump back to the past but also a beautiful present. Have a chance to browse at the Artist Quarter. We continue our drive north to Tel Dan. It is one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Israel. It also boasts extensive excavations, for Tel Dan hosted both an ancient Canaanite civilization and the Israelite tribe of Dan. Drive to the Golan Heights and visit Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River and the site of ancient “Caesarea Philipi”, where Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt; 16:16). Dinner and overnight at the Ramot Hotel, Sea of Galilee.
Day 6 – Tuesday, March 17
We start the day at Yardenit, the Baptismal Centre on the Jordan River. Drive to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus. Wewill visit Nazareth Village depicting a village from the time of Jesus. We continue southward to Beit Shean, where we will walk through the incredible excavations of the largest ongoing archaeological dig in the land of Israel with its Roman theatre, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics and Roman bathhouses. It is also the city where the body of King Saul and his sons where nailed to the walls by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10). We then drive through the lush Jordan Valley, where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). We make our ascent to Jerusalem through the Judean Wilderness.
Dinner and overnight at the Ramada Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 7 – Wednesday, March 18
OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM
We will drive to the top of the Mount of Olives, for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Tracing the footsteps of Jesus, we will stroll down the Palm Sunday Route on the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. From here, we proceed by bus across the Kidron Valley; past the Tombs of Absalom, Zechariah and James to Mt Zion to visit the traditional site of the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper) and King David’s Tomb. Continue to the City of David and explore the excavations from the time of King David and see the Hezekiah’s Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam. Continue to the Davidson Center to visit the Southern Wall excavations. Visit the Western Wall the holiest place in Judaism. We walk along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Pools of Bethesda. Continue along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for a visit. Walk through the Old City alleyways and exit from the Jaffa Gate where our bus will be waiting for us.
Dinner and overnight at the Ramada Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8 – Thursday, March 19
We start the day at Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust commemorating the six million Jews who perished. Visit and walk through the newly opened Museum, visit the Children’s Memorial, walk along the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles for those who risked their lives to save Jewish lives. Continue to the Israel Museum and visit the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest manuscripts of the Bible ever found. Visit the Model of Jerusalem from the Second Temple Period as it looked from the time of Jesus at the Israel Museum complex. End the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb or Gordon’s Calvary for a visit and a private communion service in the garden.
Dinner and overnight at the Ramada Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9 – Friday, March 20
QUMRAN/ MASADA/ DEAD SEA
Today is a fun day. We depart Jerusalem and descend to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, 1300 ft below sea level.Drive to Qumran for a visit where a young shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 in the cave, which you will see. These scrolls are the oldest scriptures of the Bible ever found. Drive south along the shores of the Dead Seato Masada. You will take a cable car to the summit of this magnificent fortress built by King Herod the Great and the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots. When you walk around these historic ruins you will see the palaces, bath houses, swimming pool, the oldest synagogue in the world on this mountain in the middle of the desert. After descending this mountain by cable car, we continue north along the shores of the Dead Sea for a chance to enjoy the therapeutic “unsinkable” waters of the saltiest body of water in the world. Dinner and overnight at the Ramada Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 10 – Saturday, March 21
After breakfast, enjoy a day of leisure. Perhaps re-visit the Old City for shopping in the bazaars or go to Mahane Yehuda Souk to shop in this colourful market and visit the Pavilion and Prayer Tower (prayer and ministry time). Visit many of the Museums that Jerusalem has to offer that you did not see on the tour, shop in the largest indoor shopping mall in Israel or just relax at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the Ramada Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 11 DEPARTURE– Sunday, March 22
After breakfast we depart to Ben Gurion Airport for our El Al Israel Airlines flying Non-Stop from Tel Aviv to Toronto departing at 11:00am and arriving in Toronto at 5:15pm at Terminal 3.