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  • $3,595 per person based on double occupancy - space is limited
  • Single room supplement: $990
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April 26 - May 10 , 2022 26 Apr HOLY LAND
Inclusions/Exclusions
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare from Coulombs, OH 
  • 13 nights in 4-star hotels (double occupancy)
  • Breakfast, and Dinner Daily 
  • Entrance fee to all sites
  • All ground transportation in a private tour bus

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Gratuities for guide and driver
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is 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

The Holy Land – captivating, perhaps confusing, and central to the Abrahamic faiths. We are drawn to it and want to explore the place where Jesus lived, but we are not sure how.

We’ll begin our time in Galilee and then visit ancient sites from the Old and New Testaments,  This trip will offer new insight into the land and its people: the past, present, and future of the place where Jesus lived and did his ministry. Our hope is that all participants will find a deeper connection to the roots of Christianity and gain greater insight and understanding of the current situation in the Holy Land.

Itinerary

                                        
                       Trinity Lutheran Seminary - Holy Land Study Tour

                                          April 26 – May 10, 2022

Day 1, APR 26 - Departure from the US

Day 2, APR 27: Tel Aviv arrival – visit Jaffa – transfer to the Hotel in Netanya
Arrive in Tel Aviv and board a new, climate-controlled motor coach where our guide will greet us and give us an orientation of the land as we travel towards Jaffa There we will consider the vision of Peter (Acts 10) and start following the sequence of events that lead to the opening of the gates of the early church to Gentiles. As we look at the very place where Jonah ran from the Lord, we will also reflect on our own walk with God. Check into our hotel on the coastal plains of the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Netanya. 

Day 3, APR 28: Caesarea Maritima – Mount Carmel – Megiddo – Nazareth – Sea of Galilee
After breakfast, we depart the hotel en route to Caesarea Maritima where we will visit the 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 will then continue to Mount Carmel and consider the contest between the Prophet Elijah and the false prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). We then travel to 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. After a lunch break, we travel to Nazareth where we will visit the Church of the Annunciation built over the house of Mary where the Angel appeared to Mary announcing to her that she is going to be with a child, calling him Immanuel. Precede to Sea of Galilee passing Cana of Galilee. We check into our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for the next three nights and enjoy another dinner together. 

Day 4, APR 29:  Bethsaida – Capernaum – Mount of Beatitudes  – Magdala  – Sea of Galilee
After breakfast, we will start our day with a stunning viewpoint over the Sea of Galilee from Peace Vista at the Golan Heights. Visit Bethsaida, the hometown of Jesus’ five disciples, located amid the “triangle” where Jesus’ ministry was centered, together with Korazim and Capernaum. Then, visit Capernaum, the hometown of Jesus as described by the Gospel, 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. At the foot of Mount of Beatitudes, we will contemplate the parable of the sower. We gather at Mount of Beatitudes. In Tabgha, visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves which commemorates how Jesus miraculously multiplied five loaves and two fishes to feed five thousand people. Proceed to Magdala the hometown of Mary Magdalene to include 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. On to Mount Arbel lookout overlooking the ancient road from Nazareth to Galilee with a possible hike on a part of Jesus Trail. Return to our hotel at the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.

Day 5, APR 30: Sea of Galilee Boat Ride – Tel Dan – Caesarea Philippi – Sea of Galilee
After breakfast, we begin our day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee on a replica of a boat from Jesus’ time reaching Kibbutz Ginosar where we see the ancient Jesus Boat. We drive to Tel Dan national park, the northern extremity of Biblical Israel and the main source of the River Jordan. We will visit the location of the altar where the golden calf was placed by King Jeroboam and see the impressive gates dates from 10 - 8th century BC ending our visit seeing the Gates of Laish known as the “Abraham Gates” dating to 1800 BC. We proceed to Caesarea Philippi, known also as Banias springs from a source of the Jordan River, where Peter confessed that Jesus is the Son of God. We visit the high place seeing the gates of Hades, Augustus Temple, and the High Place where the God Pan was worshipped, then enjoy a stroll seeing where Herods Palace stood reaching the intact Roman bridge dated to 28 BC. On our way back, we will drive along the Golan Heights with a view over the road to Damascus. Dinner and overnight at the hotel at the Sea of Galilee. 

Day 6, MAY 1: Bet Shean – Tel Jericho – Bet Arabah Baptismal Site  – Bethlehem
After breakfast and check-out, we leave the area of Galilee, following the Jordan Valley Road to Bet She’an, the capital of the 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 Beth Shean. We will then continue traveling south to Jericho, where we will visit Tel Jericho with its ancient ruins, pointing out what possibly could be the foundations of the ramparts that Joshua and the Israelites brought down. From the Tel, we will have a view over Mt of Temptations and the location Of the New Testament Jericho. Then, visit Bet Arabah (“Qasr el Yahud”), Baptismal Site on the Jordan River, known also as Gilgal, where the Israelites crossed into the promised land, from where Elijah was taken to heaven and where Our Lord was baptized. We visit the archaeological site of the winter palace of King Herod in Jericho where Herod died in 4 BC and some scholars see it as the background for Jesus teaching the Prodigal son parable. To conclude our day, we enjoy a hike from Jericho along Wadi Qilt reaching St. George Monastery. It’s this ancient Roman road that Jesus took on his way from Jericho to Jerusalem. We will then travel to Bethlehem to check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7, MAY 02: Herodion – Bethlehem – Shepherds’ Field – Bethlehem
After breakfast, we drive to Herodion Herod monument palace which functioned later as a Mausoleum the burial location for Herod. Nearby we stop to see a threshing floor which would give an insight into the story of Ruth and Boaz that has taken place in the nearby fields. Next, we visit the Shepherds’ Fields at Migdal Eder where the angels appeared to the shepherds and announced the birth of Our Lord. We will then travel to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem visiting the birthplace place of Jesus.  We return to our hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight. 

Day 8, MAY 03: Hebron & Mamre – Bet Guvrin – Valley of Elah – Bethlehem
After breakfast, we drive to Hebron which means “a friend of God”, in reference to Abraham. Here we visit Mamre, where Abraham set his camp and built an altar, as well as the nearby caves of Machpelah, known as the Cave of the Patriarchs, a place of burial of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah. Then, we visit Bet Guvrin, the Maresha National Park that is located in the center of the “Land of a Thousand Caves”, overlooking the land of the Philistines. Our next stop will be the Valley of Elah, where we will recall the encounter between David and Goliath. We may also visit Tel Socoh or Tel Azeka, remains of biblical border cities, dated to the times of David and successor kings of Judah, that faced the territory of the Philistines. Return to our hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.

Day 9, MAY 04: Wailing Wall – Temple Mount – St. Anne’s Church and Pools of Bethesda – Holy Sepulchre
After breakfast and check-out, we drive to Jerusalem. Wein our day entering the Old City and a visit to the Western Wall, a section of the Western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, and Judaism’s holiest site. We will ascend the Temple Mount, discussing its connection to both the Old and New Testaments. We will also discuss why it is considered the third holiest site in Islam. Leaving the Temple Mount, we will visit the Church of St. Anne’s, a perfectly intact Crusader church. We will also visit the Pools of Bethesda where the healing at the pool took place (John 5). We will also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jesus’ tomb. After a self-hosted lunch in the Old City, we travel to the Israel Museum where we will visit the Second Temple Period Model of Jerusalem, a 1:50 scaled model of the city from the year 66 AD. We will also visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on exhibit, in addition to the archeological section where many artifacts are displayed, we will pay special attention to those items that relate to Bible history. Check-in to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. 

Day 10, MAY 05: Mount of Olives – Southern Wall excavations – City of David
After breakfast, we begin our day with an orientation over the holy city from the Mount of Olives, pointing out important locations within the Old City, connecting them with Biblical stories and prophecies about the return of Jesus. We will then visit the Southern Wall excavations where ruins of the retaining walls of the Temple Mount are still visible. We will then gather at the teaching steps, the main entrance to the Temple where Rabbis met and taught their disciples. We visit the City of David the location of Jerusalem’s earliest settlement was formerly the royal city of King David. In the afternoon we will have some free time to explore Jerusalem on our own. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 11, MAY 06: Masada – Ein Gedi – Qumran –  Dead Sea – Jerusalem

After breakfast, 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 then continue to Ein Gedi the oasis in the desert where the meeting between David and King Saul took place (I Samuel 24) and where many of the psalms were written by David. We enjoy a hike there, admiring beautiful, varied landscapes. Then, we visit Qumran (included), the location where the Dead sea scrolls were found by a Bedouin boy back in 1947. There we will see the caves and other buildings that the Essenes, the group of Jews who wrote the scrolls lived. We stop at one of the Dead Sea beaches to have a float in its salty waters. Return to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. 

Day 12, MAY 07: Shiloh – Mount Gerizim  – Sebastia “the ancient Samaria” – Jerusalem
After breakfast, we head towards the historical region, Samaria, where the ancient kingdom of Israel was located. We visit Shiloh an ancient city that was the major Israelite worship center before the first Temple was built in Jerusalem. Jews performed pilgrimages and brought offerings until the death of Eli, the High Priest when the Ark of the Covenant was stolen by the Philistines and, probably, Shiloh was then destroyed (I Samuel, chapter 4). Our next stop is at Mount Gerizim. Overlooking the Shechem, known as the city of Nablus, at the top of the mountain we have the Samaritan worship center, as they believe it is where Abraham was going to sacrifice his son Isaac. We will have the opportunity to see the Samaritan Temple and Museum. Then, we visit Sebastia known as “ancient Samaria”. It served as the capital of Israel during the period of the First Temple, and Sebastiya, an outstanding Roman bastion, was built upon its ruins in 30 B.C.E. at Herod's orders. We proceed to ancient Shechem, located nowadays in the city of Nablus. Time permitting, we will also visit Mount Ebal, designated by the Lord to proclaim the curses that Israel would incur for disobeying His law. There we will see the Joshua altar. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. 

Day 13, MAY 08: Mount Zion Cemetery – Upper Room – Caiaphas Palace 
In the morning, after breakfast, we head towards Mount Zion to visit the cemetery, where many great thinkers were buried. We will see the Essenes gate and new Herodian wall discovered only a few years ago. We will also see the ancient mikveh, a ritual bath used for the purpose of ritual immersion in Judaism. Then, visit the Cenacle, which commemorates the Upper Room in which Jesus shared the Last Supper with the disciples. Visit 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. In the old city, tour one of the four quarters of the Old City where we can see Roman Cardo, King Hezekiah broad wall, Hurva The synagogue, Golden Menorah. Enjoy your free afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. 

Day 14, MAY 09: Via Dolorosa – Holy Sepulchre – Ancient Tomb – Garden Tomb 
Early in the morning, we will walk the Via Dolorosa following Christ's passion toward the church of the Holy Sepulchre. We will enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known by the locals as the Church of Resurrection. The two sections built over the hill are the focal points on where the Crucifixion took place, called Golgotha or Calvary, and the other, the tomb where Jesus was laid. These sites encompass the continuation of the Via Dolorosa and the final Stations of the Cross. Not far from the King David Hotel in Jerusalem lies the site where King Herod the Great chose to bury members of his family. Then, 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 at the Garden, reaching the climax of Pilgrimage at the empty Tomb. In the afternoon we will have some free time in the old city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. 

Day 15, MAY 10: Departure 
After breakfast and check-out, drive to the airport for your homebound flight. 

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