Israel Tour 2005
ITINERARY FOR MARTHA LUCIA GROUP --
5 SEPTEMBER -15 SEPTEMBER 2005
Day 1: Monday -5 September -- Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv Israel. You will be met by your guide. Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Tuesday-6 September -- Western Galilee
In the morning we will visit the Old City of Jaffa, known for its history. This is where Peter visited the home of Simon the Tanner; the place of the miracle of restoring Tabitha to life, the ancient port where the cedars arrived from Lebanon to build the temple of King Solomon. Then we go north through the Sharon Valley, to Caesarea which was originally a Phoenician port rebuilt by Herod in honor of Caesar Augustus and the place of the first gentile convert, Cornelius. Paul was imprisoned here for two years until sent to Rome. We will visit a magnificent Roman Theatre and a Crusader fortified city. Proceed to the port city of Haifa, with a view from Mount Carmel, "The Vineyard of God", where Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal and Asherah.
Continue to Megiddo, overlooking the Jezreel Valley, the biblical site of Armageddon the place of the final battle, also known as one of King Solomonís chariot cities. In the late afternoon we will visit the Tel of Jezreel, once the capital of the kingdom of Israel at the time of King Ahab and Jezebel. Continue to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight
Day 3: Wednesday -7 September -- Galilee
Today we will visit Banias- the Biblical Caesarea Philippi.
This is where Peter acknowledged Jesus as The Christ, The Son of the Living God. The place where Jesus made His declaration "I will build My Church". Proceed to Cana, home of the disciple Nathaniel, and where Jesusí first miracle took place. Next we will go to Nazareth, the site of the Annunciation, and the place where Jesus spent his hidden years. We will visit Nazareth Village to learn about life at the time of Jesus. Then journey to Mount Tabor, the traditional site of the Transfiguration, where Moses and Elijah spoke with Jesus. This overlooks the valley where the battle between the Israelites and the Canaanite armies at the time of Prophet Debora took place. Return to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
From Tiberias we will sail by boat across the Sea of Galilee. Then drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to the Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, and where Jesus taught his disciples the Lord's Prayer. Travel to Tabgha where a unique mosaic depicts a basket of loaves and two fish. Continue along the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, where Jesus called his first Disciples, Simon and Andrew. Visit the synagogue of Capernaum, which is Greco-Roman in style, but its decorations are all Jewish in origin. The building is from the 3rd-4th century, and is believed to have been constructed on the site of the synagogue in which Jesus preached. Drive to the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. Jesus was known as the Galilean. Isaiah 9:1 prophesied this area would be where His light would shine first.
Return to hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Friday-9 September -- Lower Galilee/Jerusalem
Leaving Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, we proceed to Bet She'an near Mount Gilboa, where King Saul and his sons were killed, which brought about a change of kingdoms. We will visit the magnificent archaeological site. Continue to see the ancient Synagogue of Bet Alfa with its beautiful mosaic. On the way to Jerusalem we will visit Jericho and its excavations (subject to security situation). Stop at Mount Scopus in Jerusalem for a short traditional welcome ceremony, and then to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Saturday-10 September -- Jerusalem
We will begin the day on the Mount of Olives (the place where Jesus will return Zech. 14:4) for a panoramic view, and then follow the route of Palm Sunday to the Garden of Gethsemane to visit the Church of All Nations. Then to Bethlehem the birth place of Jesus (subject to security situation). After lunch we will drive to the Lion's Gate (St. Stephen's Gate) and will visit the Pool of Bethesda and the Church of St. Anne where we can sing and pray.
We will end the day at the Garden tomb where we will pray and have communion. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 7: Sunday-11 September -- Jerusalem
Today we will begin on Mount Zion, visit the Room of the Last Supper and the tomb of King David. Then continue to the Old City to see the four quarters. We will walk to the Armenian and the Jewish quarters to see the Cardo Street and the Western Wall.
Visit the Temple Mount, and under the temple mount. Then to the Moslem and Christian quarters to the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Proceed to the Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial, and then to the model of Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple period.
We will end the day in Ein Karem (birthplace of John the Baptist) by visiting the Biblical Garden to learn about life in the ancient times. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Monday-12 September -- Dead Sea/Massada/Eilat
Today we will visit the Dead Sea area, the lowest point on earth. Drive to Qumran to visit the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Travel to Massada and visit the fortress where the Jewish Zealots fought against the Romans. Then tour the Judean desert by Jeep. A dip in the Dead Sea (time permitting). Continue through the Arava desert to the city of Eilat for dinner and overnight. From Eilat you can view 4 nations.
Day 9: Tuesday-13 September -- Petra/Jordan
Today we will cross the border to the Kingdom of Jordan to the magnificent city of Petra. This was on the major trade route from Egypt to yria (has been called the door to the treasures). The city was the Capital of the Nabateans, who were experts in leading caravans of spices and perfumes along the desert. On the way back visit the beautiful Wadi Ram desert where Laurence of Arabia operated. Return via the city of Aqaba, to Eilat for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Wednesday-14 Sept. -- Eilat/Mitzpeh Ramon/Be'er Sheva/Jerusalem
This morning we will relax and enjoy the beautiful Red Sea. By noontime we will leave …ilat to the Negev desert city of Mistpe Ramon to see the largest crater in the world and the beauty of that desert. Then to the ruins of Avdat (an important Nabatean city in the Negev Desert). Via the city of Be'er Sheva (the town of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), to the hotel in Jerusalem. Tonight will be our farewell dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 11: Thursday-15 September. -- Jerusalem/Home
Day at leisure. In the evening transfer to the airport for the flight home. In Hebrew we donít say goodbye, we say LE'HITRA'OT (see you again)