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Day 1: New York / Istanbul.
Tour members are welcomed this evening at JFK International Airport, departing on Turkish Airlines via widebody aircraft arriving in Istanbul the next day. Meals served on board.
Day 2: Istanbul / Tel Aviv / Tiberias.
Upon arrival in Tel Aviv we are met by our guide who will be with us for the time we are in the Holy Land. Board our bus and travel up the coast and go to the famous Sea of Galilee where we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Tiberias / Bet Shean / Sea of Galilee / Tiberias.
This morning we visit Bet Shean at the foot of Mt. Gilboa, where King Saul was slain, see the evidences of Egyptian, Roman and Byzantine occupations, and view the ancient tel, Roman Theater and church mosaics. In the afternoon we enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, then visit the Mount of Beatitudes. Our last stop today will be at the River Jordan where those that wish may be Baptized in or renew their Baptismal vows. Then transfer to the hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Tiberias / Caesarea / Jerusalem.
We leave Tiberias for Jerusalem, pass through Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle, then proceed across the Plain of Jezreel to Megiddo to visit the excavations of over 20 different civilizations. Visit Muhraka on Mount Carmel. From here we have a view of the Valley of Armageddon and Nazareth. In the afternoon we visit Caesarea on the Mediterranean, the Roman aqueduct and port, Crusader's Moat, and the famous Roman Theater. Proceed by way of the Aijalon Valley to Jerusalem for check-in and dinner at our hotel.
Day 5: Jerusalem / Qumran / Masada / Dead Sea / Jericho.
We drive to Masada and ascend by cable car to the magnificent ruins of the fortress where, from 70 to 73 AD, Jewish defenders made their last stand in the Judean revolt against Rome. We see the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a sixth-century Byzantine church. Continuing alongside the Dead Sea, 1300 ft. below sea level -- the lowest spot on earth – if time permits, we will proceed to Qumran and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Then to Jericho to visit the ruin of the ancient city. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Jerusalem / Mount of Olives / Old City / Southern Wall.
Today we drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem, then we walk the traditional Palm Sunday walk to the church know as Dominus Flevit (Our Lord Weeps – where Jesus wept over Jerusalem) proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane. Crossing the Kidron Valley, we pass the tombs of Absalom, Zechariah and St. James, We enter the Old City this afternoon through the Dung Gate just inside we walk to the southern Wall excavations. We then examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex, including steps where we may be certain the Jesus and the disciples walked. Driving south we conclude our day with a visit to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity.
Day 7: Jerusalem / Garden Tomb.
After breakfast we go through the Zion Gate and see David’s Tomb, the Upper Room, the Cardo and the remains of Nehemiah's Wall on the way to the Western (Wailing) Wall. From the Western Wall we see the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, Pilate's Judgment Hall, the Chapel of Flagellation, Lithostrotos, and the Arch of Ecce Homo ("Behold the Man"). We follow the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) to the Holy Sepulcher and end our day in the Garden Tomb before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Jerusalem / New York.
We transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always. Knowing we have walked in the footsteps of Jesus and the early Christians on such a memorable tour will bring new meaning to our Bible reading.(B) (D)
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