Day 1, Monday June 16th, 2014
Group departs from London, arriving at Tel Aviv Airport in the afternoon. Our representative will meet and assist the group at the Airport. Drive to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 2, Tuesday June 17th
Field Trip: Jerusalem Old City, Mount of Olives
Visit Temple Mount and the Western Wall. View the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1-31) where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle, and sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne. 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,” see the Ecco Homo Arch and stand in reverence at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Travel to the top of Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy remarkable view of the Golden city of Jerusalem. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mt. of Olives.
View the Kidron Valley as you walk the Palm Sunday Path. Pray in Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus prayed. Visit the Church of All Nations.
Back to hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight
Day 3, Wednesday June 18th
Field trip: Hebron City
Drive to Hebron. Visit the Ibrahimi Mosque (The Tomb of The Patriarchs), then walk in the old city of Hebron with local Palestinians who will share their lives and stories. We will meet the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee to learn more about the daily lives of Palestinians under occupation. We end our day with a visit to Ephrata Settlement to meet with a Jewish Israeli settler.
Back to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Day 4, Thursday June 19th
Field Trip: Church of Nativity and Shepherds’ Field (Luke 2).
Enter the church of Nativity, the oldest continuously functioning church in the world. See the cave where Jesus was born. Visit the Shepherds’ Field where angels spread the Good News. Visit the Bethlehem Bible College.
Bet Lahem Live festival opening Ceremony. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 5, Friday June 20th
Field Trip: Bethlehem Western Villages
We will travel to al Walajeh Village to learn more about the village situation, meeting the Local Council and human rights activists. We will continue to Nahalen Village and visit Tent of Nations, a Palestinian farm that is surrounded by four Israeli settlements. The farm has been turned to a project building bridges between peoples in conflicts across the globe, stating "we refuse to be enemies".
Bet Lahem Live festival activities, Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 6, Saturday June 21st
Field Trip: Cremisan Winery, Artas Village, Solomon Pools Site, Convention Palace.
We will travel to the monastery of Cremisan Winery, continuing on to visit Artas Village where King Solomon Pools located. We will then visit the Convention Palace.
Bet Lahem Live festival activities, dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 7, Sunday June 22nd
Sunday Worship with Local Christian Community, and a tour of a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem .
Bet Lahem Live festival activities, dinner and vernight in Bethlehem
Day 8, Monday June 23rd
Overnight Field Trip: Jericho – Dead Sea – Nazareth
We will drive from Bethlehem to the Lowest Area on earth; the oasis town of Jericho. Here we will visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world, before moving on to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We will then go to the Dead Sea itself and float in the mineral-rich waters.
After that we will drive through the Jordan Valley to Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
Day 9, Tuesday June 24th
Field Trip: Nazareth, Sea of Galilee
We start our day by visiting the Basilica of the Annunciation (Mary’s House) then we drive to the Sea of Galilee which is rich in memories of the three years of Jesus' ministry around its shores. We start with a visit to the "Jesus Boat"; a fishing boat of the kind used by the disciples of Jesus.
We then take a boat ride across the sea of Galilee to visit the ruins of Capernaum which in Jesus' time was a flourishing border town and was called "his own city" because of the frequency with which Jesus visited it and the mighty works he did there. Next we visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and the Chapel of the Primacy at Tabgha.
A lunch of St. Peter's Fish will be waiting for us in a restaurant on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee. We will stop for a while on the Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5) before driving on around the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Drive to Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
Day 10, Wednesday June 25th
After we check out of our hotel in Nazareth, we will drive to Haifa and visit Mt Carmel and the Bahai Temple. Then we will visit the Aqueducts of Caesarea Martini.
After that we continue to Tel Aviv for departure.