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Led by Pastor Keith Hartlaub 

April 6-17, 2024 

DAY 1 – Saturday, April 6 – DEPARTURE – Depart the US. Overnight: Flight to Ben Gurion Airport.
DAY 2 – Sunday, April 7 – ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL – Arrive safely at Ben Gurion International Airport. Welcome by our representative, assistan
ce with arrival formalities, and after claiming luggage depart the airport and drive to Joppa (present-day Jaffa) from which Jonah departed before being swallowed by the whale. Our main point of interest, however, is the House of Simon the Tanner, on whose roof Peter had his vision that led to the baptism of Cornelius as well as St. Peter's Church. Transfer to your hotel, check in and after a welcome dinner hopefully get a good night's sleep after your long day of travel.

Dinner & Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

DAY 3 – Monday, April 8 – CAESAREA- MEGIDDO-NAZARETH – After breakfast and check out depart Tel Aviv and drive along the Mediterranean Coast to Caesarea 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. We'll go on to Megiddo 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. Stop for a falafel lunch. Then we'll continue to Nazareth, stopping on Mt. Precipice to look out over the city where Jesus spent most of His childhood. End the day at Nazareth village, where Biblical scenes are brought to life.  We'll finish the day at our hotel by the Sea Galilee. Dinner & Overnight: Sea of Galilee.

DAY 4 – Tuesday, April 9 – SEA OF GALILEE–THE CRADLE OF CHRISTIANITY – After breakfast drive to the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee and visit Capernaum, where Jesus began His Ministry, and walk through the ruins of an ancient synagogue. Continue to the Heptagon Church at Tabgha and view the beautiful mosaic floor which depicts the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish that took place here. Then stop for a delicious St. Peter’s Fish lunch on the shores of the Lake. Afterwards we'll visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount followed by a viewing of 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. 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: Sea of Galilee.

DAY 5 – Wednesday, April 10 – NORTHERN GALILEE – After breakfast we’ll have a full day to tour Israel's lovely northern region and dedicate our day to following in the footsteps of Jesus. We'll begin by driving north through the Golan Heights and visit the Valley of Tears. Next we'll visit Caesarea Philippi, the Banias, one of the contributory streams of the Jordan River and where Jesus declared Himself to St. Peter. We'll then continue to Tel Dan where the tribe of Dan disobeyed God's order and created a golden calf. Stop for a light lunch before driving through the beautiful Golan Heights and then end the day at the Yardenit Baptismal site, for a baptism in the Jordan River. Afterwards we’ll return to the hotel.
Dinner & Overnight: Sea of Galilee.