Overview

In May 2023, Liquid Church is hosting two 10-day tours of Israel – the perfect pilgrimage to revitalize & deepen your faith.  Walk in the footsteps of Jesus as we visit key biblical sites including the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Mount Carmel, the Dead Sea, the Upper Room, the Mount of Olives, the Garden Tomb, and much more... experiencing history & watching the Bible come to life in 3D technicolor!

Scholars often describe Israel as the “Fifth Gospel” – in addition to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the land itself testifies to the life and power of Jesus of Nazareth. Ancient locations such as Capernaum, the Mount of the Beatitudes, Jericho, En Gedi, and the Judean wilderness will spring to life in your mind’s eye and be etched permanently on your heart. The Lord leads His people to the Promised Land to transform them!  During your pilgrimage, the Scriptures will spring to life as you walk where Jesus walked, taught, healed, and changed our world forever. 

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage… They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.” - Psalm 84:5-7

This once-in-a-lifetime trip is an immersive experience – expect your faith to be set on fire and transformed in ways you can’t imagine!  

DETAILS:

  • Tour departs on May 23, 2023 and returns on June 1, 2023

  • Departure airport: Newark, NJ (EWR)

PRICING:

  • $4,200.00 per person based on double occupancy - book now as space is limited!

  • Single room supplement - $1,500.00

  • Land only (if booking your own flights) - $3,200.00 (airfare credit $1,000.00)

PAYMENT PLAN: 

  • $500.00 per person with registration to secure space

  • $1,000.00 of the total amount is due on or before January 15, 2023

  • Balance due on or before March 15, 2023

REGISTRATION:

  • Registering online? Click the "BOOK NOW" button and fill out the online form; you can pay by check or with a credit card (4% platform fee applies)

  • Registering by mail? Please download and complete the registration form (both the personal information page and the terms and conditions page signed at the bottom) with a copy of your passport and a deposit of $500.00 per person made payable to Elias Tours and mail to: 4941 Chalden Ln NE, Marietta, GA 30066

  • Download the Registration Form

FLIGHT SCHEDULE:

Flight information will be available 3 months before the return date. Please continue to check the itinerary on the website for updated flight information.

* Flight times, flight numbers, equipment, gates, and seats are subject to change. For the most current information check the airline website.

For more information, contact us at info@eliastours.com or (406) 261-7791

 

May 23 - June 1 , 2023 Available on request
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare from Newark Liberty International Airport, EWR  (Other Cities Available)
  • 8 nights in hotel (double occupancy) - The hotels are 4-star
  • Breakfast, and Dinner Dally 
  • Entrance fees to all places of interest listed in your itinerary, and the services of an English-speaking guide 
  • Transportation by modern coach bus as well as the transport to and from Tel-Aviv airport 

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Gratuities, For guide and driver
  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunch
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is required and not included in the purchase price. For your convenience, we offer travel insurance through *Travelex Insurance Services. For questions, quotes, or to purchase travel insurance, visit Travelex Insurance or call (800) 228-9792 and use the code 26-0057 for Elias Tours.
Highlights
What makes this tour special

Pilgrims on this all-inclusive 10-day experience will have the opportunity to:

  • Be baptized in the Jordan River          Renew your Wedding Vows in Cana
  • Sail on a boat on the Sea of Galilee   • Pray at the Western Wall
  • Float and soak in the Dead Sea          • Walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) 
  • Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane   • Worship at the Garden Tomb
Itinerary

 

               Journey to Israel with Pastor Tim Lucas - Liquid Church

 

 

TUE - Day 1, May 23: Departure the US to Tel Aviv
WED - Day 2, May 24: Arrival in Tel Aviv – Transfer to Hotel in Tiberias We arrive in Tel Aviv, and upon arrival, we will meet our local guide and driver. The only stop for today will be Jaffa. After our tour in Jaffa, we will transfer to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

THU - Day 3, May 25: Caesarea Maritima – Mount Carmel – Megiddo – Tiberias
After breakfast depart for Caesarea Maritima. Visit Caesarea Maritima, a magnificent city with Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader ruins. Here we will elaborate on the story of the baptism of Cornelius, the first gentile convert into Christianity (Acts 10), and on the travels of Paul — those events that led Caesarea Maritima to become the springboard of Christianity to the West. We continue along the coast to Mount Carmel. Visit Mount Carmel, Muhraqa  – The Place of Fire, and consider the contest between the Prophet Elijah and the false prophets of Baal (I Kings 18), discussing the reasons why the Prophet chose that place for the contest, and the lessons we learn from the story. Visit Tel Megiddo “Armageddon”,  Along with our visit we would see the Solomon city gate, stables, and palaces from the times of Ahab, a high place, and the impressive water system dating to the 9th century BC. Then we will check into our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

FRI - Day 4, May 26: Sea Of Galilee – Capernaum – Mount of Beatitudes – Yardenit Baptismal Site
After breakfast. We begin our day with a sail on the Sea of Galilee on a replica of a boat from Jesus’ time. We will dock in Ginosar where we will visit the ancient boat museum, containing a 2000-year old fishing boat which is a good example of how the boats looked in Jesus’ time. After the boat ride, we drive to Capernaum . We will visit Capernaum, the hometown of Jesus as described by the Gospel, and also Jesus’ Galilean ministry base. There we will see the house of Peter’s mother-in-law and the ancient synagogue where many of Jesus’ teachings took place. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes where we enjoy its enchanting gardens and reflect on Jesus’ teachings of the Sermon on the Mount. Passing through Tabgha, visit the Church of St Peter’s Primacy, where Jesus appeared to his disciples for the third time after the Resurrection. During the lunch break, you will have the opportunity to try St. Peter’s fish, commonly eaten by people on Jesus’ day. Visit Yardenit Baptismal Site where you will get a chance to renew baptismal vows. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

SAT - Day 5, May 27: Magdala – Beit She’an – Nazareth – Tiberias
We start the day with a visit of Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene including the 1st-century Synagogue, the oldest Synagogue discovered on the shores of Galilee with a stone carved model of the Temple, including a Menorah carving. Next visit Beit Shean, the capital of Decapolis. There we will see the ruins of the Roman and Byzantine cities. We will also discuss the demise of King Saul and his sons, whose bodies were hanged on the walls of Beit Shean. We then drive to Nazareth. Visit the Church of the Annunciation built over the house of Mary where the Angel appeared to Mary seeing the ruins of the 1 st century Nazareth. Passing through the Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle changing water into wine. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

SUN - Day 6, May 28: Bet Arabah – Jericho – Shepherd’s Field – Bethlehem – Jerusalem
After breakfast and check-out we will leave the Galilee area and travel south through the Jordan River Valley.  Visit Bet Arabah “Qasr el Yahud” known also as Gilgal, where the Israelites crossed into the promised land, from where Elijah was taken to heaven and at where Our Lord was baptized. Return to Jericho and visit Tel Jericho where we will see the location of the city from the town of Joshua, and view the Mount of Temptation. Then, enjoy a panoramic tour of Jericho, seeing the Sycamore Tree reminding us of the encounter between Jesus and Zacchaeus. Depart for Shepherd’s Field. Visit Shepherd’s Field where the angels appeared to the shepherds and announced the birth of Our Lord. These fields are also the setting of the Book of Ruth.  Leave Shepherd’s Field and drive towards the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. In Bethlehem, visit the Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity built over the Cave of Christ’s Birth, we will view the actual place where Our Lord was born. Drive to Jerusalem. Enjoy Genesis Welcome to the Holy City. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

MON - Day 7, May 29: Temple Mount – Pools of Bethesda – Mt. Olives – Israel Museum – Wailing Wall
After breakfast. Leave the hotel and drive towards the Old City to Temple Mount. Visit Temple Mount where the Jewish temple stood until its destruction in 70 A.D. Here we reflect on Jesus’ ministry at the Temple of Jerusalem, seeing the Dome of the Rock, a possible location of the Holy of Holies. Leave Temple Mount. Visit the Church of St. Anne’s, a perfectly intact Crusader church. There, we will also visit the Pools of Bethesda where the healing pool took place (John 5).  Drive to Mount of Olives. Visit the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of Jerusalem and a panoramic photo. Our guide will point out the most important sites in Jerusalem, then we will walk the Palm Sunday Road. Drive to Israel Museum. Visit the Shrine of the Book housing some of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered at Qumran and see a Model City of Jerusalem showing the city as it looked in the 1st century A.D. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

TUE - Day 8, May 30: Masada – Ein Gedi – Qumran – Dead Sea swim
After breakfast. Depart for Masada. We begin our day visiting Masada the fortress built by King Herod the Great and made famous by the Zealots in 73/74 AD with the standoff against the Romans. We visit the fortress and see the ruins that are considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We leave Masada and continue to Ein Gedi. We visit Ein Gedi, an oasis in the desert where the meeting between David and King Saul took place (I Samuel 24) and where some of the psalms were written by David. Then we drive to visit Qumran, the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered, and the buildings that formed the Essenes public center. This afternoon you will have some time at leisure at one of the Dead Sea beaches. Drive back towards Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

WED - Day 9, May 31: Gethsemane – Kidron Valley – Pool of Siloam – House of Caiaphas – Garden Tomb
After breakfast. Start our day by visiting the Garden of Gethsemane where amid the 2000 years old olive trees we see the Rock of Agony on which Jesus prayed and the nearby Gethsemane cave where Jesus often spent the nights and where he was arrested at the hands of the High Priest guards. Later on, we will walk along the Kidron Valley following the footsteps of Our Lord, seeing Absalom Tomb, Gihon Spring, and Water Gate. We reach the remains of the Pool of Siloam, accidentally discovered about ten years ago, which is the place where Jesus instructed the blind man to wash the mud off his eyes (entrance included). We proceed to visit the House of Caiaphas, the Church of St. Peter in
Gallicantu, where we can see parts of the streets that Our Lord was dragged on by his capturers. We will have a chance to visit and pray at the dungeon where He was kept overnight. On to the Old City, where we reach Ecce Homo, the site named for Pontius Pilate words “Behold the man”, where Jesus was beaten, crowned with thorns, and clothed in a purple robe. We see the Stone Pavement called Lithos-Stratos and have some time for prayers and meditations. We walk the Via Dolorosa following Christ's passion toward the church of the Holy Sepulcher. In the afternoon, we visit Garden Tomb, a peaceful spot where we can remember Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. We see the Calvary and the empty Tomb. Celebrate communion service. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

THU - Day 10, June 01: Departure - back to the US on the same day 
Drive to the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport and board your flight.