2021 Israel Trip
Join us for our 2021 Israel trip. Unlike many sight-seeing tours, we’ll focus on in-depth biblical study conducted on the actual sites and in the context of the Biblical world. Participants leave with more than photos, they leave with a fresh and enriched understanding of scripture.
Dr. Wave Nunnally, Professor of Early Judaism and Christian Origins (wavenunnally.com)
- $2,950 per person + Airfare (~$1,000)
- Registration of $500 is due by Sept 11, 2020
- $500 due with registration (Open January 19, 2020 – September 11, 2020)
- $1,225 due November 6, 2020
- $1,225 due February 5, 2021
Friday, May 21 – Day 1
Saturday, May 22 – Day 2 (Shabbat)
Arrive in Israel. Overnight in Tel Aviv
Sunday, May 23 – Day 3
We will start the day with a stop at Caesarea where we will focus on Peter, Paul and the early Church. Next we head up to Mt Carmel and address Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Part of today’s journey will include a visit to Jesus’s hometown of Nazareth. Next we will spend hands-on time at an Orthodox community, K’far Kedem. https://www.k-k.co.il/en/about-us/ Overnight in Galilee.
Monday, May 24- Day 4
On our visit to Tel Dan, we will enjoy a hike through a nature preserve where we see the sources of the Jordan River, study Scripture, visit the high place of Dan and city gates from the time of Abraham and Jereboam. Then, the bus will carry us about two miles to Caesarea Philippi, the capital of Philip’s territory and discuss Peter’s great confession of faith. Next, we will ascend the Golan Heights to Har Ben-Tal, an extinct volcano that provides an excellent view of the surrounding region. Here we will have some coffee and enjoy the overlook of Mt Hermon and Damascus Road. Overnight in Galilee
Tuesday, May 25 – Day 5
Today we will travel around the Sea of Galilee. We will be traveling to Capernaum which was the home base of Jesus messianic ministry and to Korazin, which is found 2 miles from Capernaum.
On the western shore is Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene, which has an excavated 1st-century synagogue where Jesus likely taught. The Yigael Alon Museum holds a 1st-century fishing boat from the Sea of Galilee, similar to the ones Jesus used. Next, we will participate in a Sea of Galilee boat ride that will help orient us to Biblical locations around the lake and allow us to travel the same body of water that Jesus referred to so many times in the Word. Overnight in Galilee
Wednesday, May 26 – Day 6
An early morning ride will take us to the Judean Wilderness and Dead Sea area. This includes an ascent to the top of Masada, Herod’s greatest fortress, Qumran, the Dead Sea Scrolls caves, Kaliya Beach and a Dead Sea float and the Jerusalem-Jericho Road where we will recall the parable of the Good Samaritan. Overnight in Jerusalem
Thursday, May 27 – Day 7
Today is museum day! The Israel Museum, which houses a one-acre model of Jerusalem & the Temple in the time of Jesus, will be our first stop. Next we will tour the Shrine of the Book which houses Israel’s Dead Sea Scrolls. If time allows we will visit the archeological wing of the museum. Our next museum stop will be the City of David where we will see extensive excavations first hand and hear engaging accounts of King David and Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem
Friday, May 28 – Day 8
The first stop of the day is Bethlehem, which includes the Church of the Nativity (the place of Jesus’ birth), the Shepherds’ Field, an olivewood shop, and lunch near Manger Square. We then return to Jerusalem to visit the Tower of David Museum and Herod’s Palace. Here, we also get an overview of Old Jerusalem from the West. Next, we visit the Wohl Museum, which contains the mansions of the Chief Priests who turned Jesus over to the Romans for execution. We conclude our study today with a visit to the Church of Holy Sepulcher/Resurrection, the location of the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Overnight in Jerusalem
Saturday, May 29 – Day 9 (Shabbat)
Our morning begins with a visit to the Mount of Olives, a survey of biblical events that occurred there and an overview of Jerusalem from the east. A brief bus ride from the top of the Mt of Olives takes us down into the Kidron Valley and the Church of All Nations. Here, we visit the Garden of Gethsemane and discuss the arrest of Jesus and His ultimate sacrifice. After a brisk walk, we re-enter the Old City through St. Stephen’s/Lion’s Gate and then enter St. Anne’s Church. Built in honor of Mary’s mother, this compound also includes the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed a man unable to walk. Next, we walk to the Western Wall for instruction and take time to pray at the Wall. After another short walk, we visit the Pinnacle of the Temple and the Southern Steps leading to the Temple Mount. After returning to our hotel, we conclude our day together with a Celebration Dinner. Overnight in Jerusalem
Sunday, May 30, Day 10 – Departure day
After breakfast, a final session with communion will be held. Room check out is at 11am and luggage will be stored in the hotel’s baggage room. Afterwards you are free to explore Jerusalem on your own until our airport coach bus picks us up at 6pm at the hotel for our departure to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. In groups of 2 or more, sit in a coffee shop observing people, head back to the Israel Museum, revisit sites in the Old City, shop-till-you-drop, or do a specific tour arranged by the concierge. Lunch & dinner on your own. Coach bus transfer: Departure to airport, Ben Gurion at 6pm from hotel.
Monday, May 31 – Day 11
Arrive is USA
Schedules, housing and itinerary are subject to change without notice due to the devaluation of the dollar and political uncertainties. This itinerary is based on the best possible use of time management, keeping in mind the complexities of Jerusalem traffic, the current political climate and opening hours as regards to Jewish, Christian and Muslim holidays.