Walking In the Footsteps of Jesus Nov 17 -27, 2022 Israel and Jordan with Sharon Gogel

 

Day  1  Thu  Nov  17                      Depart Canada

Depart Regina. Overnight en route

 

Day  2  Fri Nov    18                    Arrive Israel  - Coastal Plain

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International airport you will be met by SMILE, your local Sunworld Tour representative. We will drive through the city of Tel Aviv to Jaffa, where Peter stayed with Simon the Tanner. Walk around the renovated artist’s quarter and enjoy a breathtaking view of the shoreline of Tel Aviv. Transfer to hotel for welcome dinner and overnight

Overnight Coastal Plain area

Day  3  Sat   Nov 19                     Coastal Plain – Galilee

Travel along the Mediterranean Coast to Caesarea. Visit the remains of this important Roman City where the Gentiles first empowered with the Holy Spirit (Acts 10 & 11).  After breakfast, travel to Mt. Carmel to visit the Muhraqa (1 Kings 18).  commemorating where Elijah the Prophet defeated the prophets of Baal and enjoy a beautiful view of the Valley of Jezreel end the day with a view of the Hanging Gardens at the port city of Haifa.

Dinner and overnight in Haifa

 

Day  4  Sun  Nov  20                     The Galilee – Sea of Galilee

Visit Megiddo, the fortress of King Solomon and where the Final Battle of Armageddon is said to take place. Continue to visit Gideon’s springs and view the Gilboa Mountains. Travel through the Galilee to Nazareth to visit Nazareth Village, a reconstructed village from the time of Jesus. Enjoy a view of the Jezreel Valley and Nazareth from Mt. Precipice. Ascend up to Mt. Tabor to visit the site of the Transfiguration. Continue to Mt. Arbel for a view of the Sea of Galilee and the Jesus Trail.

Dinner and overnight in the Galilee

 

Day  5  Mon Nov  21                    Sea of Galilee –  Upper Galilee  

Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee with music and worship and visit the Ancient Boat Museum at Kibbutz Genosar.

On to visit the newly excavated site of Magdala. Visit Capernaum and the synagogue where Jesus chose to center his ministry and view the Mt. of Beatitudes. Continue to the Upper Galilee to visit Caesarea Philipi and Banias National Park. Enjoy views of the Golan Heights before returning to the Sea of Galilee.

Dinner and overnight in the Galilee

Day  6  Tue Nov  22                     Jordan Valley - Dead Sea   

This morning visit Yardenit Baptism site on the Jordan River. Travel south along the Jordan Valley to explore the excavated Roman city of Beit Shean. We continue to the lowest area in the World the Dead Sea to visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and enjoy a short hike up to David’s Falls at the oasis of EinGedi where David hid from King Saul.

Spend some time to visit the Fortress of Masada. End the day at a Dead Sea Resort.

Dinner and overnight by the Dead Sea

 

Day  7  Wed Nov 23                     Dead Sea – Jerusalem  

Free morning to relax and enjoy the Dead Sea facilities. Continue to Kfar HaNokdim Bedouin camp for Desert Hospitality and a camel ride. Travel via the Judean Hills up to Jerusalem. Visit the Israel Museum to see the Model of First Century Jerusalem.  On to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus to visit Manger Square, Shepherd’s Field and have time for  shopping at the Beit Sahour Souvenir Store

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day  8  Thu   Nov 24                     Jerusalem   

Start the day with a visit to Yad Vashem museum. Continue to City of David and walk through the 3400BCE Hezekiah’s Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam (John 9) to Warren’s Shaft. Enter the Old City Walls of Jerusalem to visit Davidson Center and the original Southern Steps that led to the Temple. Walk through the Jewish Quarter and Cardo. Pray at the Western Wall. Continue to the Mt. Of Olives. Walk down the Palm Sunday path to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done (Luke 22). Walk along the Way of the Cross and old city markets. Visit the Pool of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  Spend time in the old city markets. End the day with quiet reflection and prayer at the Garden Tomb (I Corinthians 15, Luke 24, Mark 16).

 

Day  9  Fri  Nov   25                    Jerusalem – or Jordan Option

Free day

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day  10  Sat Nov  26                    Jerusalem – or Jordan Option

Free day

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day  11  Sun Nov 27                    Home

Transfer to the airport for departure or continue journey to Jordan

 

Jordan Extension

 

Day 9 Fri Nov                            Jerusalem – Mt. Nebo – Madaba-Petra

For those who choose the extension to Jordan we will depart after breakfast for Allenby Bridge to cross into Jordan. Meet your guide and bus in Jordan and drive to Mt Nebo, the most revered holy sites of Jordan, where Moses viewed the Promise Land of Canaan and told by God “you shell nor cross over there”.  This is also the resting place of Moses.  Continue to biblical Madaba, the City of Mosaics best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. The famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy land covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox church of St Georges.

Dinner and overnight in Petra  

Day 10  Sat Nov                                    Petra

After breakfast visit the Nabataea’s city of Petra consider the Jewel in Jorda’s crown. Travel to see the ancient Crusader stronghold, Karak.  Karak is 900m above sea level and lies inside the walls of the old city. The city today boast a number of restored 19th century Ottoman buildings, restaurants, places and Karak Castle. Continue to Machaerus which is a fortified hilltop is overlooking the Dead Sea where John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed. Drive to Allenby Border to cross back to Israel.


Day  11  Sun                                          Departure

After breakfast transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your flight home.

 

* Itinerary, flight schedule and rates are subject to change

 

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