May 1-15, 2021 Holy Land Trip Itinerary
SAT, MAY 1 DEPART FOR THE HOLY LAND
Please make plans to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, on May 2, 2021.
SUN, MAY 2 TEL AVIV
After arriving in at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, you will proceed and go through customs. Please don’t lose your small tourist visa provided to you. Afterward, you can take a taxi to Abraham Hotel in Tel Aviv. Please make plans to arrive with plenty of time to attend our mandatory orientation and get-acquainted meeting at 7:00 pm at the community meeting place at our Tel Aviv Abraham Hotel? Due to customs and obtaining visas, please allow approximately 2 hours from airport arrival to hotel arrival. The hotel is just 15 min. from the airport.
Lodging at Abraham Hotel/Hostel Tel Aviv, 21 Levontin Street, Tel Aviv. One night total.
MON, MAY 3 TEL AVIV – SEA OF GALILEE AREA
Refreshed from a good night's sleep, we’ll visit Old Jaffa (Joppa), the traditional home of Simon the Tanner, the port from which Jonah sailed, and the logs arrived for construction of the Temple in Jerusalem. We’ll then pass through the fast-growing towns and farms of the Plain of Sharon in route to Caesarea Maritima, site of major events in the lives of Peter and Paul. We’ll Visit Mt. Carmel, where Elijah the Prophet had his great showdown with the false prophets of Baal. From Mt. Carmel, we’ll look upon Megiddo (Armageddon) and the Jezreel Valley, where part of the last battle will be fought upon Christ’s return, and where archaeological digs reveal 20 layers of civilization, including fortifications of King Solomon and the water tunnel of King Ahab. Megiddo is in the fertile, Jezreel Valley, prophesied site of Armageddon, at the crossroads of the ancient Via Maris. We’ll drive through the rolling hills of Galilee to Nazareth, site of the Church of the Annunciation, and Mt. Precipice. Then it’s on to Tiberius and the Sea of Galilee, which will be our base for the next 4 nights.
Lodging at Aviv Holiday Flat Hotel, 2 Hanotar Street, Tiberias. Four nights total.
TUES, MAY 4 SEA OF GALILEE AREA
This day alone is worth the trip! We are now literally walking in the footsteps of Jesus. We will take a most memorable boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, in a replica of the ancient wooden boat used in Jesus’ day. We’ll visit Mount of Beatitudes, location of the beautiful Sermon on the Mount where Christ preached his longest and most famous sermon. Then on to Capernaum, where Jesus set up His home ministry base and preached often in the ancient synagogue. We will continue our drive around the Sea of Galilee to Kursi, the place where Christ cast out a legion of demons out of a demon-possessed man. We’ll hike up to the caves at Kursi where we’ll view the site of the feeding of the 5,000 and the mountain from where Jesus prayed afterward. Time permitting, we’ll then visit the excavations at the newly discovered site of biblical Bethsaida.
WED, MAY 5 SEA OF GALILEE AREA
We’ll journey north to Caesarea Philippi where Peter confessed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16). We’ll visit Tel Dan, the place that became the downfall of Israel. Then it’s on Tabgha, the place Peter was restored to ministry, and the location where Christ likely called some of His disciples. We’ll end the day visiting Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, from whom Christ cast out seven demons.
THUR, MAY 6 SEA OF GALILEE AREA
We’ll drive along the Jordan Valley to Beth Shean, a stunning Roman Decapolis city and the place where Saul and his son’s bodies were hanged after defeat in battle. We’ll visit Gideon’s Spring, where Gideon selected his soldiers to do battle against the Midianites. We’ll return to the Sea of Galilee and finish the day on top of Mt. Arbel, the believed place where Christ gave the Great Commission, and which provides a breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee.
FRI, MAY 7 JORDAN VALLEY AREA
We’ll drive south along the Jordan Valley following the footsteps that Jesus and His disciples would have walked arriving at the Baptismal Site of Jesus where Jesus was baptized by John. Then to Jericho, oldest known walled city and first place Joshua and the Israelites conquered upon entering the Promised Land. We’ll then visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. Then, we'll ascend and enter Jerusalem as pilgrims did since ancient times to fulfill the words of the prophet "I was glad when they said unto me: 'Our feet shall stand within thy Gates, O Jerusalem'" (Psalms 122:1–2.)
Lodging at Abraham Hotel/Hostel, 67 Haneviim Street, Davidka Square, Jerusalem. Seven nights total.
SAT, MAY 8 DEAD SEA AREA
We’ll begin the day with a drive to Masada, overlooking the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on Earth, where we ascend by cable car to visit the remnants of Herod's Palace, and where in 73 A.D. the Zealots made their last stand against the might of Rome. We’ll visit Sodom and Gomorrah, the cities God destroyed by fire and brimstone due to their wickedness. Then, what would a visit to Israel be without taking a dip, or rather a float, in the Dead Sea. We’ll finish the day at Ein Gedi, a gorgeous oasis spring with waterfalls where David hid from King Saul.
SUN, MAY 9 BETHLEHEM – JERUSALEM
We will visit Bethlehem and see Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity, and ascend the magnificent Herodian Fortress where we’ll view the Shepherds' Fields, the Fields of Boaz and Ruth, and Bethlehem. We’ll then travel to the Valley of Elah, the place where David slew Goliath. Then on to Beth Shemesh, place where key events in the life of Samson took place and where the Ark of the Covenant miraculously was returned to the Israelites by the Philistines.
MON, MAY 10 SAMARIA AREA
Today we’ll travel north to the ancient Samaria region of the Bible. We visit Shechem, place Abraham first entered into the Promised Land and erected an altar. We’ll see and drink out of Jacob’s Well, the place where Jesus talked with the Samaritan woman. Then we'll visit Joseph's Tomb. We’ll see ancient Shiloh, the place the tabernacle resided for 369 years, and where Hannah prayed for a son (Samuel). Then it’s on to ancient Bethel, the place Jacob saw a ladder to heaven, where the tabernacle resided as well, and where Jeroboam erected a Golden Calf. While at Bethel, we'll see Ai, the second city Joshua and the Israelites destroyed. Time permitting, we’ll finish the day at Gibeon, a famous high place where the tabernacle resided and where Solomon had an encounter with God who promised him wisdom, wealth, and power.
TUES, MAY 11 JERUSALEM AREA
We’ll start the day with a magnificent view of the Old City from the top of the Mt. of Olives. We’ll visit the Chapel of Ascension, place where Christ ascended back to heaven and where His feet will touch down at His glorious second coming. We'll visit Pater Noster Church, place Christ taught His disciples how to pray. We’ll take the Palm Sunday Walk to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations. Along the way, we’ll visit Dominus Flevit, place where Christ wept over Jerusalem. We’ll see Mary’s Tomb and then enjoy free time in Old City Jerusalem.
WED, MAY 12 JERUSALEM
Today, we’ll visit and walk upon the Temple Mount, the location where Solomon’s Temple was and the holiest and most battled over piece of land in the world. We’ll visit the Southern Stairs, which was the main entrance to the Temple Mount, a place Christ and His disciples would have often been, and the likely place where Pentecost took place. We’ll walk through the Cardo, the original Roman street and see the amazing remains of the massive Broad Wall built by King Hezekiah. we’ll go to Mt. Zion, the location of the Upper Room of the Last Supper. We’ll then visit the House of Caiaphas, where Christ was tried before Caiaphas and Ananias, the high priests. Free time afterward.
THUR, MAY 13 JERUSALEM AREA
We’ll see Pilate’s Palace and judgment place where Christ was condemned to crucifixion. We’ll visit the Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. We’ll walk along the Via Dolorosa and see the Stations of the Cross. We’ll visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and then see the Western Wall, the Jew’s most holy site in Israel. The remainder of the day is free time, or you can choose the below option.
Optional: Visit the City of David, which includes the Gihon Spring, Jerusalem’s main water supply, and location of King David’s Tomb. Then we’ll make our way to the Pool of Siloam, where Christ healed a blind man. Then we’ll walk up the Kidron Valley (Valley of Jehoshaphat) where God’s winepress of wrath will be poured out on the gathered nations at Christ second coming and from where the blood (the height of a horse’s bridle) will flow to the Dead Sea and beyond. While walking up the Kidron Valley we’ll visit Absalom’s Tomb (monument). The remainder of the day is free time to explore Jerusalem on your own or see other interesting sites together as desired.
FRI, MAY 14 ISRAEL - HOME
Today you’ll transfer to the airport and arrive home with wonderful memories of a visit to the Land of the Bible!
A shuttle service (which takes about an hour) will transport you to Ben Gurion Airport. Because of Israel’s security measures, you will need to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before boarding time.
SAT MAY 15 ARRIVE HOME
Return home filled with a full heart knowing that you walked in the footsteps of Christ and experienced the actual places where many of the events in the Bible took place.
OPTIONAL - PETRA TOUR ADD-ON
$550.00 per person (Payments made to Abraham Hotel)
This add-on tour will depart and return from Abraham Hotel. This is the hotel you’ll be staying at while in Jerusalem. This add-on will not be hosted or attended by Holy Land Site Ministries (although we will arrange the add-on tour for you). Abraham Hotel will be your tour guide and host.
FRI, MAY 14 PETRA TOUR
SAT, MAY 15 PETRA TOUR
SUN, MAY 16 ISRAEL - HOME
MON, MAY 17 ARRIVE HOME