April 27-May 6, 2023
DAY 1, Thursday, April 27: TRAVEL
Depart from Dallas on the airline and itinerary of your choice. Overnight and meals en route.
DAY 5, Monday, May 1: UPPER GALILEE TO JERUSALEM
After visiting Cana, we tour Nazareth, the birthplace of Jesus. Then on to the well-preserved Roman ruins of Bet Shean. Then we observe baptism on the River Jordan. From there we travel down the Jordan River Valley, past Jericho, then on to Jerusalem, starting with sweeping views of the city from Mt. Scopus. Dinner and overnight Yehudah Jerusalem Hotel.
DAY 4, Sunday, April 30: UPPER GALILEE
After viewing the "Jesus Boat" display, we take a boat ride from our hotel to Capernaum, the adopted hometown of Jesus. From there we visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, and Tagbah, the traditional site of the miracle of the loaves and fish, and will enjoy a lunch of St. Peter's fish. Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
DAY 3, Saturday, April 29: UPPER GALILEE
We leave the bustling city of Tel Aviv for the tranquil region of Galilee. Along the way we visit Caesarea by the Sea, where Paul gave his defense to King Agippa. Then on to Mt. Carmel where Elijah battled the prophets of Baal. Then we take in the breathtaking vistas of the Valley of Armageddon.. Dinner and overnight at the Nof Ginnosar Hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee
DAY 8, Thursday, May 4: QUMRAN, MASADA, & THE DEAD SEA
This morning we leave Jerusalem for the Judean Wilderness and a drive down the Jordan River Valley, adjacent to the Dead Sea, to the desert fortress and Herodian Palace at Masada. After lunch we proceed to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 7, Wednesday, May 3: JERUSALEM
Today begins with a majestic view from the Mt. of Olives and a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane. We then proceed to the Garden Tomb and enjoy a private communion. After lunch, we tour the Tomb of the Herods and the Temple Mount Excavations. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 9, Friday, May 5: JERUSALEM AND THE CITY OF DAVID
Today we explore the City of David, the original Jerusalem, including Hezekiah's Tunnel, Warren's Shaft, the Pool of Siloam, and the Gihon Spring. Afterward we proceed outside of Jerusalem for a view of the Shepherds' Fields and a visit to the Herodium. Optional tour of Yad Vasham, a memorial to the 6 million victims of the Holocaust, and/or a tour of the Israel Museum.
Farewell Dinner in the early evening and an optional visit into the Old City to watch the Sabbath evening celebrations at the Western Wall.
Transport back to the hotel in Jerusalem concludes our official tour.
Some may choose to depart on a late night flight Friday late evening, arriving the US on Saturday, May 6th. Your hotel room will be available until your departure if you choose this option.
Those choosing to stay the night have the use of their room through Saturday morning.
DAY 10, Saturday, May 6: (Optional) FREE DAY
Hotel check out by 11:00 am., but the hotel will hold you bags if you stay for the day and enjoy some free time exploring Jerusalem (unguided). Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for your flight back to the United States, arriving the United States late Saturday evening May 6th or early Sunday morning, May 7th.
DAY 6, Tuesday, May 2: THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM
We begin with a visit to the Shrine of the Book, viewing a replica of ancient Jerusalem. We then enter the Old City to view such sites as The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, The Pool of Bethesda, the Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross, the Western Wall, and Temple Mount. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 2, Friday,
April 28: TEL AVIV
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, and transfer to our hotel, the Metropolitan, just steps away from the beach. Enjoy a walk along the beach and/or shopping at nearby markets. Welcome dinner and group meeting in the evening. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
DR. JOHN HERRING
Dr. Herring has led tours in Israel both large and small, and has served as a guest lecturer at Israel College of the Bible in Netanya. After 25 years in full-time ministry, Dr. Herring recently joined the leadership team at FUSE Workspace, and began a new marketplace ministry called Legacy Leadership Development. Dr. Herring is a frequent guest preacher in local churches and is an avid fan of ancient Near Eastern archaeology . Dr. Herring and his wife Roni live in Prosper, Texas and have three kids.