Holy Land Trip Fall 2019

  • When: Sat, Oct 19 - Mon, Oct 28
  • Cost: $3,698
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On October 19-28, 2019, join Pastors Scott Chrostek and Jason Gant for Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus Tour! Visit Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem and much more. For more details about this Holy Land trip, download the brochure.

Trip Schedule

October 19

Depart Kansas City today for your flights to Tel Aviv, Israel.

October 20

Arrive in Tel Aviv this afternoon and transfer to Jacir Palace in Bethlehem. Enjoy dinner and a good night's sleep.

October 21

Today visit the cave where Jesus was born and the church that has been constructed on the site (Matthew 1: 18-25; Luke 2: 1-7). Nearby, you will view Shepherds’ Field where the Good News was first heard.  Visit the Herodion, the fortified palace and final resting place of Herod the Great, constructed before Christ's birth and the only structure named for Herod in the Holy Land.  This afternoon visit Bethlehem Bible College for a lecture on the Palestinian perspective to the Middle East conflict. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

October 22

Depart Bethlehem today and travel down first to Qumran, the site of the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls, then to the Jordan Valley stopping for a moving time of remembering our baptisms at Kasr-el-Yehud, the baptismal site certain to be the approximate area when Christ was baptized by John the Baptist.  Visit nearby Jericho and ascend the Wadi Qelt for a time of quiet reflection in the Wilderness. Continue north through the Jordan Valley to your beautiful hotel offering tremendous views from above the Sea of Galilee.

October 23

With your Bible in hand, sail the waters of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, where Jesus chose to center his ministry (Matt. 4:13). Along the way, participate in a special on board worship service. Visit the synagogue which stands on the site where Jesus taught. Recall his teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom (Matt. 4:13, 23). See the Horns of Hittim and walk the route that Christ would have taken from Nazareth to the Galilee.  After some time for personal reflection, continue to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23).  Visit the Church of the Annunciation and experience modern day Nazareth. Continue to Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene. a recently discovered first-century synagogue.

October 24

Visit Sepphoris, the cosmopolitan Roman capital of Galilee until Herod Antipas built Tiberias. It is heralded as the traditional birthplace of Mary.  Continue into the West Bank and past Tel Dothan, thought to be the place where Joseph found his brothers with their flocks (Genesis 37). Continue to Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom, and home to Ahab and Jezebel.  Trace the route of the Holy Family through the West Bank and visit modern day Nablus (ancient Shechem) and see Jacob's well where Christ encountered the Samaritan woman (John 4). From Nablus, see Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim where the Israelites recited the blessings and cursings of the Law.  Continue to Jerusalem for overnight.

October 25

Stand atop the Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy a remarkable view of the “Golden City” of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock. Descend the Mount of Olives with Palms. See the Temple Walls and the Davidson Museum. View the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1-31) where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle, and Stand in the Upper Room, revered as the place of the Last Supper (Mark 14: 12-26).

October 26

Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus prayed (Matt. 26: 36-44). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas where Jesus was imprisoned for a night (Matt. 26: 57-65). Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23: 1-11). Walk the Via Dolorosa, "the Way of the Cross," and stand in reverence at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  Finally visit the Garden Tomb, and experience the reality of the Resurrection.

October 27

This morning visit the Dome of the Rock. Travel to Masada and the Dead Sea. Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod's legendary mountaintop fortress which became the last desperate stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. You can still look down on the remains of the Roman camps and the siege ramp below. End your day with a dip in the salt and mineral laden waters of the Dead Sea. Enjoy some time for shopping in the late afternoon.

October 28

Arrive home.

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