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11 DAYS HOLY LAND TOUR - Collection

11 DAYS HOLY LAND TOUR

Explore some of the world’s most sacred sites with the most trusted Christian Tour Leaders in Faith-Based Expeditions, You'll not only see what God did thousands of years ago but you will be a part of what God is doing in the Land today. From start to finish, we will work one-on-one with you, fashioning itinerary sites and customizing experiences that will be a perfect fit for your group.   (Day 1): Departure the US to Tel Aviv  (Day 2):​ Arrival Tel Aviv –  Transfer to hotel in Tiberias Meet your guide at the airport, drive to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.  (Day 3): Caesarea – Mt. Carmel – Megiddo – Nazareth – Sea of Galilee Start the day with a visit to Caesarea Maritima where we will visit the magnificent city with Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader ruins. Continue to visit Mount Carmel, Megiddo, and explore the Tel that goes back in history to 4000 BC, looking at ruins from the times of King Solomon and King Ahab. Overlooking the Armageddon Valley, Precede to Nazareth where we visit the church of the Annunciation to include the Archaeological garden. On to Sea of Galilee for dinner and Overnight  (Day 4): Sea of Galilee – Magdala  Start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Then we continue to visit the Jesus Boat Museum to visit a 2000-year-old boat from the time of Jesus. After that, we continue to visit Capernaum where we visit the remains of an ancient synagogue. We continue to visit Mt. of Beatitudes on the Sea of Galilee and Magdala. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.  (Day 5): Sea of Galilee - Jericho – Bethlehem – Shepherd field Check out of our hotel in Galilee and head south towards Jerusalem. drive through the Jordan valley, visit the baptismal site on the Jordan River at Bet Arabah also known as Qasr el Yahud which means the crossing place of the Jews; It was here where the Israelites crossed the river Jordan at the very same spot where the prophet Elijah was taken into heaven and where our Lord Jesus was baptized. On to visit Jericho where we visit Tel Jericho location of ancient Jericho at the time of Joshua, from where we will also have a view over the Judean wilderness and the Mt of Temptation. This afternoon we visit the Shepherd field where the Angels appeared announcing the good news about the birth of our Savior followed by the visit to the Church of the Nativity marking the birthplace of Christ. Check into your hotel for Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  (Day 6): Temple Mt – Pools of Bethesda - Mt. of Olives – Israeli Museum  Start the day with a visit to Temple Mt, recalling Abraham brought his son Isaac as an offering to the Lord, it where King Solomon Temple stood later to be rebuilt by Ezra and Nehemiah, seeing the esplanade added by King Herod the Great. We will learn about jess teachings at the Temple which in a way formed the center for Jesus' ministry in Jerusalem. On we visit the nearby pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the Paralytic and the nearby church of St Anne’s known for its acoustics to sing a hymn of praise. We precede to the Mt of Olives for a panoramic view over the city of Jerusalem, then we walk Palm Sunday road stopping at Dominus Flevit where Jesus wept the city from. On we carry on to visit the Israeli Museum to include the model city of Jerusalem as it looked in the 1st century AD and the Shrine of Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem  (Day 7): Mt Zion – Jewish quarter –Wailing Wall  Start the day at the Davidson center walking where Jesus walked on streets that are dating to the time of Christ, stand on the southern steps of the Temple where Peter preached and the first Christians were baptized. On Mt Zion visiting the upper room, then we precede through Zion gate to the Jewish quarter seeing the Roman-Byzantine Cardo, King Hezekiah broad wall, Hurva Synagogue, Golden Temple Menorah. This afternoon we visit the Wailing Wall Judaism Holiest place that will take us along the western wall of the temple seeing Herodian temple's magnificent architecture. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem  (Day 8): Masada – Qumran – Dead Sea Full-Day Tour in the Dead Sea area - we will visit Masada, the fortress built by King Herod the Great and made famous by the Zealots in 73/74 AD with the stand-off against the Romans. Then we continue to visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and swim in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  (Day 9): Garden of Gethsemane –  Caiaphas House – Garden Tomb Start the day with a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane with some time for private prayer at Gethsemane private Garden. On across the Kidron to Caiaphas Palace where Peter denied Jesus three times, continue to visit Ecce Homo, biblical Gabbatha. Follow Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, walk through different quarters of Jerusalem, and then end the day at the Garden Tomb for visit and communion service. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  (Day 10): Hezekiah’s Tunnel “The City of David” -  Yad Vashem  This morning we start the day visiting the City of David, seeing the possible finds of King David Palace, walk through Warren Shaft which might be the same pipeline that David men's climbed to take the city reaching King Hezekiah water tunnel which carries the water from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam or take the dry Canaanite tunnel reaching the watergate from the times of Ezra and Nehemiah leading into the pools of Siloam where Jesus sent the blind man to wash at. On to Yad Vashem Holocaust memorials for a visit to the site. This afternoon we drive to the Valley of Elah where the encounter between David and Goliath would have taken place. Back to the hotel in Jerusalem overnight.  (Day 11): Departure Tel Aviv to the US. We will arrive back in the USA the same day.   Contact us for a FREE Quote today! info@eliastours.com / 406.261.7791
FOOTSTEPS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL - Collection

FOOTSTEPS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL

Explore the land of Greece, Turkey as the history of the New Testament comes alive. Retrace the voyages of Paul as you learn about the early church and the spread of the Gospel. Start your journey in Athens and Corinth, then into Ephesus, as you make your way to Patmos. DRAFT ITINERARY:  DAY 1: BEGINNING OF YOUR TOUR: Depart from Denver International Airport for an overnight flight to Thessaloniki, Greece. DAY 2: INTO THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL: Arrive in Thessaloniki where we will be met at the airport for transfer to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki. DAY 3: THESSALONIKI/KAVALA/PHILIPPI: Begin the day in the port of Kavala where Paul landed with his disciples, Timothy and Silas.  This port was also a destination for Luke the evangelist when he sailed from Troas. See a Byzantine castle, the Roman Aqueduct, and the ruins of an acropolis. Follow the Via Egnatia, a remnant of Rome’s highway system, viewing Roman and Greek tombs and ruts of ancient chariot wheels.  Next, stop in Philippi, where Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized the very first Christian convert on European soil. Among the ruins located on the rocky ledge above the town’s main road is the prison into which Paul and Silas were thrown. It was in Philippi that Octavian and Anthony defeated Brutus and Cassius in 42 BC. Return to Thessaloniki to explore the ancient city where Paul planted a church that would later receive two New Testament epistles. View one of the most beautiful basilicas in the city, St. Demetrius. Continue along the waterfront to the massive White Tower and nearby triumphal Arch of Galerius. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki. DAY 4:  THESSALONIKI/BEREA/METEORA: This morning drive to Berea (Veria) to see the ancient wall where Paul spent many hours sharing the Gospel. Head south to view the awe-inspiring rock formations of Meteora. Take in the striking monasteries that crown the summits of these pinnacles with their wooden galleries and corniced rooftops. Dangerously hanging over the stunning abysses, these primitive dwellings compose one of the most fascinating sites on earth. A special treat awaits with a visit to one of these timeless monasteries to see the exquisite specimens of Byzantine art on display. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka. Day 5: KALAMBAKA/DELPHI/ATHENS: Travel to the town of Delphi, considered by early Greeks to be “the center of the world,” and explore the most famous site in classical Greece. As mentioned by Homer, the exact age of Delphi is not known. This is where the famed oracle of Apollo resided, who would slip into a trance to utter prophecies about the fate of men and nations.  Travel the sacred way to the Temple of Apollo and the Castilian Spring. Proceed to the Athenian Treasury, Delphi Theatre, and the ancient stadium. Drive to Athens for dinner and overnight.  DAY 6: ATHENS/PIRAEUS/MYKONOS: Begin the day with a drive to the Port of Piraeus and step aboard The Olympia, to start a 4-day Greek Islands cruise. Spend the afternoon exploring the Island of Mykonos, world-renowned for its lovely windmills, small cobblestone streets, and countryside. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight. DAY 7: EPHESUS, TURKEY/PATMOS, GREECE: Step off the ship at Kusadasi and into nearby Ephesus, Turkey, Asia Minor’s greatest archeological site. This Greek and Roman city has been remarkably preserved. Step along with the broad marble where Paul walked. Gaze at the Temple of Artemis (Diana), the Temple of Hadrian, and The Celsus Library. Marvel at the massive theater where Paul was opposed as he spoke boldly about Christ. In the afternoon, enjoy cruising aboard The Olympia to the island of Patmos, built on a mass of volcanic rock. The island marks the site where the apostle John wrote the book of Revelation. Visit the Monastery of St. John and the cave where he was imprisoned. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight. Day 8:  CRETE/SANTORINI: Arrive in Heraklion, Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands and the cradle of the ancient Minoan Civilization. This island is where the apostle Paul spent time as he was being transported to Rome as a prisoner. Visit the remarkable ruins of the Palace of Knossos, said to be the lost city of Atlantis. Board The Olympia for an afternoon cruise to the famous island of Santorini, formed by the half-submerged crescent of a volcanic caldera. Perched atop high cliffs, reach the island's breathtaking views via donkey or cable car (your choice). Dinner and overnight on the ship. DAY 9: ATHENS/CORINTH: Early morning arrival in Athens to begin the day’s excursion. Proceed to Corinth through the Bay of Salamis and the Saronic Gulf. This city was home to the apostle Paul for over a year and inspired two of his most familiar letters. Spend time at the Corinthian Canal then tour the ruins of this ancient city. Return to Athens to view the world-renowned Acropolis and marvel at the ancient glory of the Parthenon, built 2400 years ago. Gather at Mars Hill, where Paul addressed the intellectual men of the most informed city of the time, pleading the cause of Christianity. Spend time in historical Plaka and enjoy its streets. Dinner and overnight in Athens. DAY 10: ATHENS/USA: Transfer to Athens airport for your return flight to the USA with your heart full of memories from spectacular views and unforgettable experiences. Contact us to build the perfect itinerary that works for you as the tour leader and your group. info@eliastours.com | 406-261-7791

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