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Led by Pastor Lance Ralston
May 30-June 11, 2023


DAY 1 – Tuesday, May 30 - Depart the USA. Overnight: Flight to Tel Aviv.

DAY 2 – Wednesday, May 31 - ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL - Arrive safely at Ben Gurion International Airport. Welcome by our representative, assistance with arrival formalities and after claiming luggage transfer to Tel Aviv. Time permitting, stop at Joppa (present-day Jaffa) from which Jonah departed before being swallowed by the whale. We'll visit the House of Simon the Tanner, on whose roof Peter had his vision that led to the baptism of Cornelius (Acts 10 1-23). Check into your hotel, enjoy a welcome dinner and hopefully get a good night's sleep. Dinner & Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 3 – Thursday, June 1 – CAESAREA- MEGIDDO-NAZARETH – After breakfast check out and drive north along the Mediterranean Coast to Caesarea (Acts 10) where we'll explore the ruins of the Roman and Crusader cities; built by Herod the Great, Caesarea is where Paul was imprisoned and tried and where Cornelius was converted to Christianity. From there we'll continue to Mt. Carmel (First Kings 18), site of Elijah the Prophet’s dramatic contest against the false prophets of Baal. Stop for a falafel lunch before continuing to Sepphoris, a great Roman and Byzantine city where we'll view a beautiful mosaic floor. We'll go on to Megiddo (Revelations 16,14-19) and visit Tel Megiddo to see the remains of King Solomon’s Stables, an altar from the time of Abraham, and the magnificent water tunnel. Then we'll continue to Nazareth, stopping on Mt. Precipice to look out over the city where Jesus spent most of His childhood.  Drive east to the Sea of Galilee and check into the hotel. Dinner & Overnight: By the Sea of Galilee

DAY 4 – Friday, June 2 - SEA OF GALILEE–THE CRADLE OF CHRISTIANITY – After breakfast drive to the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee and visit Capernaum (Matthew 9,10-13), where Jesus began His Ministry, and walk through the ruins of an ancient synagogue. Continue to the Heptagon Church at Tabgha (Matthew 14, 13), and view the beautiful mosaic floor which depicts the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish that took place here. stop for a delicious St. Peter’s Fish lunch on the shores of the Lake. We'll then visit the Mt. of Beatitudes (Matthew 5), where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. We'll view the ancient Jesus Boat exhibited at the Yigal Alon Museum at Nof Ginosar. We'll continue to Magdala, the new archaeological site of the Village of Mary Magdalene followed by a visit to Kursi, overlooking the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus drove the swine into the sea. End the day sailing across the Sea of Galilee in a wooden boat much like the one used by Jesus and the disciples.  Return to the hotel.
Dinner & Overnight: By the Sea of Galilee