DAILY SCHEDULE for ISRAEL 2019
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DAY 1:     Departure from the United States
Tour members gather at the ticket counter at one of four airport options at least two hours prior to their departure to Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast are served in-flight. 

DAY 2:     Arrive In Israel
Upon our arrival at the Tel Aviv airport, we drive to Caesaria, the Roman City of Herod where sights include Crusader fortifications and the roman aqueducts and amphitheater. Continue to our hotel in Caesarea - situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea for dinner and overnights.

DAY 3:     Galilee
After breakfast, we drive through thr Jezreel Valley to the fields of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16) and Megiddo. Continue northward along the Mediterranean Sea to Haifa and Mt. Carmel - the Biblical site of Elijah's contest with the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Traveling westward across Galilee we view Mt. Tabor (Psalm 89:12), Deboriya - the hometown of the prophetess Deborah - at the foothills of Mt. Tabor (Judges 4 & 5). Overnight at our hotel on the shores of the beautiful Sea of Galilee.

DAY 4:     Tiberias, Capernaum, Ceasarea Philippi, Mt. Hermon
This will be an exciting day in the Galilee area after a delicious breakfast, We depart the Roman hot springs resort city of Tiberias via a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (John 6:24) to walk among the ancient ruins of the first century synagogue where Jesus preached (Matthew 4:13). Then on to the Mount of the Beatitudes where Jesus preached the "Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5-7) and to Tabgha - the chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loves and fishes (Matthew 6:34-44). We then proceed to upper Galilee and the site of Peter's confession (Matthew 16:16) at Caesara Philippi and to Mt. Hermon (Psalm 89:12) the probable site of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8), and the present day Golan Heights where Israel, Lebabon and Syria come together, We follow the fresh mountain waters of Mt. Hermon to the Sea of Galilee and to the outlet passage at the southern tip of the Sea. We stop at the beautiful Pilgrim Park at the Jordan River. Time for an optional baptism if desires. Return to our hotel for overnight.

DAY 5:     Nazareth, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea
Early morning departure to Cana and then on to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, where we visit the Church of the Annunciation (Luke 1:5-42) and Mary's Fountain (Luke 4:16-22). We continue past Bethshean and then south through the Jordan Valley to ancient Jericho where the walls  came tumbling down (I Kings 17:1-6 & II Kings 2:19-22) and a commanding view of the Mount of Temptation (Matthew 4:1-11) and Elisha's Fountain. Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered for a visit. See the remains of the Community Center of the Essenes and the Caves of the Scrolls. Travel to the Dead Sea where we will spend the night.

DAY 6:     Masada, Behtlehem, Jerusalem
The morning we drive via the Judean Desert to Masada, a truly remarkable piece of History. We ascend Masada by cable car to visit the magnificent ruins of the fortress where, from 70 to 73 AD, the Jewish defenders made the last stand of the Judean Revolt against Rome and where the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a sixth century Byzantine church are still on view. In the afternoon we continue our tour to Bethlehem. We visit the Church of the Nativity, the recognized birthplace of Jesus, and the Shepherds Fields (Luke 2:1-20) then the Field of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 1:16-17 & 4:13). We return to Jerusalem passing Rachel's tomb. Then to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 7:     Jerusalem
After a night of rest and a hearty breakfast, this exciting day begins with a drive to Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives (Matthew 24:3) for a panoramic view of the Old City of JErusalem, visiting the chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Peter Noster and the Dominus Flevit. Walk along Hosanna Road to the Gethsemane to visit the Church of All Nations whivh stands on the Rock of Agony where Jesus was betrayed by Judas (Matthew 26:36-57).  See the Pillar of Absolom, the Eastern (Golden) Gate and the Pinnacle of the Temple. We then drive to Mt. Zion where we visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu on the site of Caiaphas' House, the Room of the last Supper (Luke 22:14-20) and the tomb of King David. Continue to tour New Jerusalem, Hebrew University, the Shrine of the Book that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, Yad Vashem - the immensely moving memorial to the six million martyrs of the Holocaust - and the Model City of Jerusalem whivh depicts in miniature the Holy City as it appeared in the first century. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 8:     Jerusalem
Today begins with the Old City of Jerusalem. Starting at the Western (Wailing) Wall where the faithful Jews cry their petitions to God. Continue to the Temple Area of Mt. Moriah. Visit the El Aska Mosque and the Dome of the Rock which is built on the ancient site of Solomon's Temple (Genesis 22:9-14) and over the Rock of Sacrifice where Abraham offered Issac (Genesis 22) and the ceremonial sacrifice of animals took place. Visit the Temple Institute. After this we walk along the Via Dolorosa to Pilate's Judgment Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation, the Ecce Homo Arch where Jesus was tried before Pilate. Then continue through the Old City Bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Garden Tomb and Golgotha - Place of the Scull - for a worship service. Stop at the Jerusalem Prayer Center. We conclude our day with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. 

DAY 9:     Return to the United States
Overnight flight back to the United States. Meals served in-flight.