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Day 1 – Depart the United States 

Meet R&J Tour Director for flight to Israel. After dinner is served, sit back and relax, enjoying the on-flight entertainment as you prepare for this exciting adventure of a lifetime – walking where Jesus walked! 

Included Meals: Inflight 

 

Day 2 – Arrive in Netanya, Israel 

In Tel Aviv, board a motorcoach for a short drive to our hotel in Netanya. We are filled with excitement as we prepare for the upcoming adventures. If time permits, we will have a visit to Jaffa. We will enjoy our first dinner together. 

Included Meals: Dinner 

Hotel: West Lagoon Hotel, Netanya 

 

Day 3 – Netanya to Tiberias 

Today, we depart for Galilee, visiting the following Biblical sites: Caesarea where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman Centurion (Acts 10), Megiddo, and Mt. Carmel where Elijah prayed and God defeated 450 prophets of Baal with fire from heaven (1 Kings 18). We continue to Nazareth (Luke 1 & 2) and visit the Church of the Annunciation where tradition holds that the Annunciation took place. From here, we continue to the Mt. of Precipice, the traditional site of the cliff that an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off of after his bold proclamation in the Nazareth synagogue (Luke 4:16-30), and then on to Cana (John 2), where Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding reception. Those who would like to will have the opportunity to renew their marriage vows. We’ll arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Hotel: Maagan Holiday Village, Sea of Galilee (2 Nights) 

 

Day 4 – Sea of Galilee & Northern Sites 

After breakfast, we will sail on the Sea of Galilee during sunrise in a replica wooden Jesus period boat. We will then visit the Jesus Boat Museum, where we will have an opportunity to view a recently excavated boat that dates back to the time of Jesus. Next, we travel north to the Golan Heights and view the area from a special lookout. We drive to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter made the good confession of Christ as “the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13-16). We then will travel a short distance to Tel Dan National Park. We will have a short hike/walk to Tel Dan where we will see the gate of Jeroboam. Afterwards, we will have an opportunity for a reaffirmation of baptism in the Jordan River at Yardenit. Dinner is served back in Tiberias. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

 

Day 5 – Tiberias to Jerusalem 

Nothing compares to watching a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee from our hotel. Following breakfast, we begin our sightseeing with a visit to the Mt. of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7), with time for reflection and a short devotional. From here, we make our way to Capernaum, which was Jesus’ base for His early ministry. Afterwards, we begin our journey south towards Jerusalem. We will make stops along the way at Beit Shean, one of the best-preserved Decapolis Roman cities. In Beit Shean, the bodies of King Saul and his sons were hung from the city walls (1 Samuel 31:10-12) after they were defeated by the Philistines. We will also visit Belvoir National Park where we will view Belvoir Crusader Castle, which is the best-preserved Crusader fortress in Israel. Afterwards, we will continue to Jerusalem for dinner and a restful night. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Hotel: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem (4 Nights) 

 

Day 6 – Jerusalem 

We begin the day on the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage will proceed down the Old Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove where we will have time for worship and prayer, and then to the Church of Agony, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed. We make our way to St. Stephen’s Gate to walk the Via Dolorosa, which includes St. Anne’s Crusader Church, Pools of Bethesda, the Pavement (where Jesus stood while being tried by Pilate), Ecce Homo Arch, and the ancient Cardo. We continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is the traditional site of Jesus’s crucifixion and burial. At the end of this exciting day, we make our way back to the hotel for dinner. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

 

Day 7 – Jerusalem 

After breakfast, we drive to the incredible archaeological find, the City of David. Once we finish viewing the excavation site, we have a short walk to Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Be sure to bring a flashlight and good water shoes with you, as you will get wet walking through the tunnel (or a walk through the shaft for those that wish not to get wet). We then will make our way to the holiest site in the entire Jewish world, the Western (Wailing) Wall of Herod’s temple. Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Samuel 24:18-25). On this site now stands El-Aksa Mosque and the magnificent Dome of the Rock (the third holiest shrine in Islam). A short walk takes us to stand on the original steps that Jesus walked on as he entered the Temple area, The Southern Steps. We will then travel to the Shrine of the Book and Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. We will also be fascinated by the 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem as it would have appeared in Jesus’ time. Afterwards, we will have some free time to explore the Old City of Jerusalem and then head back to the hotel. After dinner, we return to the Western Wall to visit the Rabbis’ Tunnel. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

 

Day 8 – Jerusalem and Bethlehem 

After breakfast and spending time talking about the exciting experiences we have had so far, we will visit the Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. We will then board the bus and travel to ancient Shiloh, which was mentioned in the Book of Joshua and Judges, and is a city in the Ephraim hill-country that served as the religious capital of Israel for 300 years before Jerusalem. Back on board the bus, we journey to Bethlehem. We will visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field and spend time worshiping our Savior in the city where He was born. There also will be some free time to stop and shop at an olive wood shop. Late in the afternoon, we will visit the Garden Tomb with an optional communion service, a very special time of reflecting upon the death and resurrection of Jesus. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

 

Day 9 – Jerusalem to Dead Sea 

After breakfast, we say good-bye to Jerusalem and begin our drive to the wilderness. The road from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea region is a descent of 4,000 feet in 13 miles. Our first stop will be at Qasr El-Yahud Baptismal Site, the newly excavated site where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Then we drive to Qumran and the settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then, our drive takes us to Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul. We then will continue to Masada, where we ride a cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. High atop the hill we survey the ruins of fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples and palaces. Afterwards, we make our way to our hotel on the Dead Sea (the lowest physical spot on earth) and have dinner. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Hotel: David Spa Hotel, Dead Sea 

 

Day 10 – Dead Sea to Jordan: Madaba, Machaerus, Petra 

After breakfast, we can enjoy a swim/float in the Dead Sea or just spend time on the shore admiring the beautiful contrast of colors. Then we check-out and depart Israel for Jordan via the Allenby Bridge to Madaba, the Moabite town of the Bible to see the Ancient Holy Land map. Next, we travel to Machaerus (Mukawir). Perched on a 700-meter-high hill southwest of Madaba are the ruins of the fortress of Herod the Great. Machaerus is where John the Baptist was beheaded by Herod Antipas. We continue south to Petra, “the Red Rose City.” We’ll have dinner and overnight in Petra. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Hotel: Petra Moon Hotel, Petra 

 

Day 11 – Petra, Amman 

After breakfast, we’ll explore Petra, a 2,000-year-old Nabatean city. We’ll walk about a half-mile through the narrow passageway called the “Siq,” with cliffs on either side. At the end of the Siq appears Petra’s Treasury, a massive royal tomb carved out of the solid mountain rock. Time permitting, we will see Jabal Harun – the place where Aaron is buried. We then leave in the afternoon for Amman to have dinner and overnight. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Hotel: Harrir Palace, Amman 

 

Day 12 – Amman, Mt. Nebo to Israel: Jaffa 

This morning, we travel to Mt. Nebo to view the Holy Land from where Moses stood (Deuteronomy 34:1), a breathtaking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea to the Mt. of Olives and the roof tops of Jerusalem. We then return to Israel via the Allenby Bridge and visit the ancient port city of Jaffa. Then we enjoy our last overnight and dinner together at the hotel in Tel Aviv area. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Hotel: Kfar Maccabia Hotel, Ramat Gan 

 

Day 13 – Israel to Home 

We have a morning transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our return flight back to the U.S. We take home wonderful memories of the Old and New Testament, a renewal of our faith, and a greater understanding of the life of our Lord. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Inflight offerings 

Flyaway Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $5,999
Single: $6,899

Flyaway Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $445
Single: $517

Travel Bucks

$70 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$500 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 100 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed

Yes

Tour Pace

Extensive Walking

Price Includes

Roundtrip airfare from MSP including all taxes, surcharges, & baggage fees; 22 Meals plus inflight meals, Hotels, All Activities as stated in brochure, Expert Local Guide, Fully escorted by R&J from MSP, Gratuities to Local Guides Included.



Flyaway Departure Date:
11/05/2020
Flyaway Return Date:
11/17/2020

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Tour Highlights

Walk Where Jesus Walked
Caesarea
Nazareth
Cana and an Opportunity to Renew Wedding Vows
Boat ride on Sea of Galilee
Opportunity for Baptism Renewal in Jordan River
Mt of Beatitudes
Many Sites in Historic Jerusalem including:
Palm Sunday Road
Garden of Gethsemane
Via Dolorosa
Western Wall
Garden Tomb
Bethlehem including:
Church of the Nativity
Shepherds Field
Qumran home of Dead Sea Scrolls
Mesada
Dead Sea and a chance for a swim
Travel into Jordan
See the Ruins of Herod the Greats Fortress
Petra and the Petra Treasury
Jabal Harun where Aaron is buried
Mt Nebo to view Holy Land from where Moses stood


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