Our Saviour Lutheran Church
Holy Land Pilgrimage
Spiritual Leader: Rev. Robert Fritch
November 10 - 19, 2019
*Optional Post Tour to Jordan - Nov 19 - 22, 2019
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 1 night: Nov 11 - 12 | Kfar Maccabieh Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv
- ~ 2 nights: Nov 12 - 14 | Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias
- ~ 5 nights: Nov 14 - 19 | Dan Jerusalem, Jerusalem
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
- Wine with Dinners
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Tour Escort throughout
- Wi-Fi on motor coach
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of a professional local Christian guide(s)
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Luggage Handling (1 piece per person)
- Tips to Hotel Staff and restaurants
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Tips to guide & driver, items of a personal nature.
Sunday, Nov 10 | Depart for the Holy Land
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight. Your meals are served on board.
Monday, Nov 11 | Arrive in Tel Aviv
On arrival in Tel Aviv you will be met by the 206 Tours representative and transfer to your hotel in the Tel Aviv area. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Tuesday, Nov 12 | Caesarea - Haifa - Megiddo - Galilee
Drive up the coast to Caesarea, ancient capital of the Roman province, where you will view the remains of Roman and Crusader structures. In Caesarea you will see a 2000 year old city - built to honor Augustus Caesar - that was once the capital of the Roman province and was later occupied by the Crusaders. It was here that Herod laid out a classical city complete with an amphitheater and stadium, and also constructed an artificial harbor with concrete pilings underwater, the first such use of concrete. You will also see the Roman aqueduct that is a marvel of engineering. You find a wealth of Roman, Byzantine, Arab and Crusader ruins in the area, as well as the harbor from which St. Paul was taken prisoner to Rome. Drive along the Carmel Range at Haifa. From here, you continue to visit the excavations of Megiddo, an ancient city-state now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its historical, geographical, and theological importance, as its Greek name, Armageddon, illustrates. Excavations have unearthed 26 layers of ruins, which makes it one of the most interesting archaeological sites in Israel. Drive through the Jezreel Valley to Galilee and on to your hotel. Continue to Tiberias to check in to your hotel for dinner and an overnight.
Wednesday, Nov 13 | Tiberias: Sea of Galilee - Nazareth
This morning you set off on a private boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Stop at Capernaum, where you will see the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught and St. Peter's house which was later converted into a church. You will also visit Tabgha with the Church of Peter's Primacy and the ancient mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes (a mosaic in the Church of the Multiplication commemorates the event) before you continue on to the Mount of Beatitudes, the site where Christ gave the Sermon on the Mount. In the afternoon drive to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation. You may also wish to visit Nazareth Village, a modern recreation, based on archaeological research, of what a Galilean village at the time of Jesus was like. End the day with a visit to the Byzantine Church at Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding and where some couples today like to renew their wedding vows.
Thursday, Nov 14 | Tiberias - Sepphoris - Jordan River - Jericho
Leave south to Sepphoris, once a great centre of trade and culture as well as of Jewish learning and early Christianity. Drive down the Jordan Valley to visit the Baptismal site on the Jordan River. Continue to Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, where we view Mt Temptation and an example of a Sycamore Tree. Then, to Jerusalem, where you check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Friday, Nov 15 | Temple Model - Ein Karem - Bethlehem
Begin the day with a visit to the Second Temple scale model for an overview of Jerusalem as it was at the time of Jesus. A short drive takes us to the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, to visit the church that commemorates his memory. Also visit the Church of the Visitation. In the afternoon, visit Bethlehem to see the cave at the Shepherds’ Field. The caves have soot marks of the fires that shepherd’s lit to keep warm while watching over their flocks. In the afternoon we will depart to Bethlehem, beginning at Manger Square, which stands in front of one of the oldest of Christian churches, the Church of the Nativity. Enter the Church and down to the Grotto of the Nativity which marks the spot of Jesus’ birth. Beneath the Altar, there is a silver star with the Latin inscription: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.) Return to the hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight.
Saturday, Nov 16 | Bethany - Masada - Dead Sea
This morning drive down the Jordan Valley to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Take the cable car to the top of Masada to learn about the heroic last stand of the Zealots. Afterwards, there may be time for a dip in the Dead Sea for those who want to. Drive through the Judean Wilderness where Jesus spent 40 days fasting, and it is in this area that John the Baptist lived and baptized Christ. Then to Bethany, where He raised Lazarus from the dead before returning to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Sunday, Nov 17 | Jerusalem: Mt. Of Olives - Gethsemane - Mt. Zion - Western Wall
From the Mount of Olives take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then to the Pater Noster shrine, where Jesus taught His disciples the Pater Noster — The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). Walking down the Palm Sunday Road stop at the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit - “The Lord wept.” It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41]. At Gethsemane, reflect on Jesus’ final night. The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back to the time of Jesus. Visit the Church of All Nations to pray at the “Rock of Agony,” a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest. Visit the Western Wall, to see all that remains of the Temple compound that dates to the time of Jesus. From here, to the house of the High Priest Caiaphas where He was interrogated and imprisoned. Now called Peter in Gallicantu (“crowing rooster”), this beautiful Church also commemorates Peter’s Denial of Christ, his repentance and then being forgiven by Jesus. We also go up to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room, which commemorates the Last Supper. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Monday, Nov 18 | Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa - Holy Sepulchre
This morning we start the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. From there, He was taken through the city to be crucified. The Stations of the Cross lead, through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here is the site of Calvary and the Tomb of Christ. We then visit the Church of St Anne’s, the Pool of Bethesda and the Sisters of Zion. End the day with a visit to the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in the heart of the Old City. Dinner and Overnight at your hotel.
Tuesday, Nov 19 | Tel Aviv - USA
Following breakfast and check out we will transfer to the Tel Aviv Airport for our return flights home.