Tuesday, May 8
Board the plane in New York City (JFK) for the overnight flight to Israel.
Wednesday, May 9
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Transfer to our hotel for dinner and an optional stroll along the beautiful Dead Sea. Overnight in Ein Bokek.
Thursday, May 10
Ride the cable car to the summit of Masada to explore Herod the Great’s spectacular mountain fortress. Continue to Engedi to hike the nature trail to the cave where David hid from King Saul. Return to our hotel to enjoy a relaxing opportunity to float in the buoyant mineral waters of the Dead Sea. Overnight at Ein Bokek.
Friday, May 11
Journey into the Negev to see the ruins of the OT city of Arad and then on to Beersheba, the home of Abraham. Continue into the Judean Hills to Azekah for a magnificent view of the Valley of Elah where David defeated Goliath, then enter the Shephelah region to explore the excavations at Gezer, one of Solomon’s fortified cities. End the day along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Overnight in Netanya.
Saturday, May 12
Tour the ruins at Caesarea by the Sea—including the theater, Herod’s palace and the aqueduct. Ascend the Carmel Mountain range to a site commemorating Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal. Explore the excavations at Megiddo and then drive to Nazareth (the hometown of Jesus) for a fascinating tour through Nazareth Village, a re-creation of life in biblical times. View Mount Tabor and the Jezreel Valley (biblical Armageddon) from the Mount of Precipitation; then drive to Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, our home base for the next three days. Overnight in Tiberias.
Sunday, May 13
Visit the recent excavations at Magdala, then embark on a morning boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, the center of Christ’s Galilee ministry, to see the synagogue and ruins of the ancient village. Explore the city of Chorazin, and then proceed to Nof Ginosar to examine a first-century ancient boat. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee from the Arbel Cliffs and the option to descend the precipice to see the caves below. Overnight in Tiberias.
Monday, May 14
Travel north through the Hula Valley to the beautiful Dan Nature Preserve. Explore the excavations at the city of Dan, including the high place where Jeroboam set up the golden calf. Visit Caesarea Philippi, where Peter made his great confession of faith in Jesus Christ. Enjoy the majestic views of Mount Hermon, Nimrod’s Fortress and Mount Bental. Return on the ancient Damascus Road through the Golan Heights. Overnight in Tiberias.
Tuesday, May 15
Travel south through the Jordan River Valley to explore Bet Shean, then continue to the Baptismal Site at the Jordan River near the Dead Sea. Visit Qumran to examine the excavations of the Essene community and view the Dead Sea Scrolls caves. Enter the ancient city of Jericho to view the ruins of the Old Testament tel as well as the Herodian-era excavations. Drive along the Jericho Road to go up to Jerusalem, the city of the Great King. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Wednesday, May 16
Begin the tour of the Holy City with a magnificent panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a Old City at the Lions Gate to view the Pool of Bethesda, walk to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter. continue to the Jewish Quarter to see some of the highlights there. End the day in Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and view the Shepherds’ Fields, then enjoy a special shopping excursion at historic Kando Store. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Tour the Old Testament City of David, including Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the recent excavations at the Pool of Siloam and the Tombs of the House of David. View the ongoing excavations of David’s Palace and then enter the underground water canal, emerging at the base of the base of the Pinnacle of the Temple. Visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Trumpet Stone and the ancient stairway to the Temple Mount. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Thursday, May 17
Ascend the Temple Mount to see the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the visit the Western Wall. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Friday, May 18
Drive to Shiloh to explore the place where the Tabernacle stood during the days of the Judges. Return to modern West Jerusalem to examine the Model of Jerusalem located at the Israel Museum—where you will also see the museum’s fascinating archaeological exhibitions and the Shrine of the Book, home to some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Complete the tour at the beautiful grounds of the Garden Tomb. After a delicious farewell dinner, those concluding the tour will transfer to the airport for the late-night return flight.
Saturday, May 19
Arrive at New York City (JFK) in the morning for your connecting flight home.
Optional Extension to Jordan and Egypt (May 18-23)
Friday, May 18
After the farewell dinner, return to the hotel in Jerusalem to prepare for the exciting adventures ahead in Jordan and Egypt. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Saturday, May 19
Cross the Jordan River at the Allenby Bridge to enter the Kingdom of Jordan. Visit Machaerus overlooking the Dead Sea to explore the Herodian fortress where John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded. Continue to the Arnon River to view the Mujib Valley, called the Grand Canyon of Jordan. Venture south into the mountains of Edom to our hotel near Petra. Overnight at Wadi Musa.
Sunday, May 20
Trek to the rock-city of Petra to marvel at the stunning beauty of the Siq (entrance passage), the Treasury, the Street of Facades, the 8000-seat Theater, and the various Temples and Royal Tombs carved into the red stone. In the afternoon journey to Wadi Rum to experience, by means of 4-wheel-drive vehicles, what is considered the most spectacular desert landscape in the Middle East. Return to the hotel near Petra. Overnight at Wadi Musa.
Monday, May 21
Drive north along portions of the King’s Highway to Mount Nebo to view the Promised Land from the same perspective as Moses, then visit Madaba to see the oldest map of Palestine in the world. Descend in the Jordan Valley to Tall el-Hammam to explore the site recently identified as the ancient city of Sodom. Continue to our hotel in the capital city of Amman. Overnight in Amman.
Tuesday, May 22
View the Jabbok River as we drive to Gadara, the hometown of the demonic man that Jesus healed along the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Return south to Jerash, known as “the Herculaneum of the East,” where we will explore the Hippodrome, the Southern Theater, the Oval Plaza, the Cardo Maximus, the Northern Theater, the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, and various Byzantine churches. Return to Amman for the late-day flight to Egypt. Overnight in Cairo.
Wednesday, May 23
Tour the fascinating Egyptian Museum, including the renowned artifacts of King Tutankhamun. Explore the Great Pyramids on the Giza Plateau and visit the amazing Sphinx, one of the most distinctive symbols of ancient Egypt. Overnight in Cairo.
Thursday, May 24
Transfer to the airport for the flight to New York City (JFK) and your connecting flight home.