Hi Everyone,

I wanted to inform you that for safety reason I have made, after consulting with people wiser than I, the decision to not do our overnight in Egypt. As a result of  not going to Mt. Sinai, I have the tour returning on April 6th instead of April 7th. The inclusive cost of the trip, whether flying from Abbotsford or Saskatoon is $4960 per person based on double occupancy. (This includes our daily breakfast and dinner meals.)  My new flyer should be coming out in the next week. Please register for this trip here. We will still be going to Petra for the day.

Our new itinerary is as follows:

Day 1. Monday, March 24, 2014 – Depart Canada.

Day 2. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – Arrive to Israel.
Our Airport representative will welcome you upon arrival to Ben Gurion Airport, you will meet with your guide and transferred to your hotel near Tel Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 3, Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Joppa – Caesarea – Mt. Carmel – Nazareth – Galilee Jaffa (Joppa). Where Jonah flees to (1:3 Jonah), an ancient port city mentioned during to building of the 1st and the 2nd Temple (2 Chron. 2:16, Ezra 3:7), where Peter healed Tabitha (Acts 9:36-43), the house of Simon the Tanner (Act 10:1-23) and Peter’s dream (Acts 11:5-18), where Cornelius sends for Peter (Acts 10:32) Caesarea – the showcase Roman port built by Herod the Great, figuring centrally in both Jewish and Christian history. In addition to touring the theater, amphitheater, Crusader walls and other highlights Caesarea, as the home of the four daughters of Philip (Acts 21:8-9), is an excellent place to explore the role of women in public life in the early church. Mt. Carmel Mt. Carmel – Mount Carmel where Elijah stood down the prophets of Baal. Elijah fire came down. – 1 King 18:17-46 Elisha lived here – 2 Kings 4:25 Nazareth – most of the monuments in Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up, are devoted to Mary, this is where the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) took place. Highlights include the Church of St. Gabriel, built over the spring where Mary no doubt drew water for her family, At the reconstructed Nazareth Village, learn about the daily life of women in Jesus’ day and take part in a weaving workshop. Cana – the scene of Jesus’ first miracle, the changing of water into wine at a wedding (John 2:1-11), in which Mary’s played a role with great theological implications. Overnight in the Galilee.

Day 4. Thursday, March 27, 2014
Around the Sea of Galilee: spirits of protection and the pioneering spirit Tiberias – this ancient city on the lake is the location of the tomb another Rachel, who loved and supported her husband, the great Rabbi Akiva, through thick and thin. Among the city’s Roman ruins, a first-century Herodian palace has been discovered, including a room with a marble floor where visitors can imagine Salome, the daughter of Herodias, dancing for the head of John the Baptist (Matt. 14:3-11). A boat ride on the Sea of Galilee – emulating the experience of Jesus and the disciples, and recalling the story of “Miriam’s Well”: Miriam died in Kadesh, but immediately thereafter, according to legend, a miraculous spring appeared that nourished the Children of Israel everywhere in their hour of need and eventually found its way to the Sea of Galilee. The Mount of Beatitudes – an overview of the Sea of Galilee from the place where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Capernaum – scene of many miracles and teachings, and known as Jesus’ “own town” (Matt. 9:1), including the house of St. Peter – (Mark 1:29) and the Ancient Synagogue – built over the site where Jesus preached. Healings of women figure centrally in Jesus’ Galilee ministry, and the Capernaum synagogue is an excellent place to delve into these stories. The Tabgha Benedictine Monastery Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes – the site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Matt. 14:13-21). Overnight in the Galilee.

Day 5, Friday, March 28, 2014
Tel Dan, Caeserea of Phillip, Golan Heights Dan Nature Reserve – the capital of the northern kingdom, this fine example of a biblical city, includes “Abraham’s Gate” and the high place of Jeroboam in a beautiful setting on the Dan River. A biblical gateway with a seat for the king and the elders is the place to recall the story of Boaz declaring before witnesses his desire to marry Ruth (Ruth 4:1-11), and the complexities of Levirate customs. Caesarea of Philippi – the Roman Caesarea Philippi, Peter testifies that Jesus is the Christ (Matt. 16:13-20). Visitors see a temple to Pan, a shrine to the wood nymph Echo, and enjoy a thundering waterfall. Golan (Biblical Bashan) – Ascend the Golan heights with Jeep ride to learn about the current geo-political situation between Israel and our neighbors in the North, Lebanon and Syria. End up the day with a visit of the Golan Heights Wineries where have a chance to speak to Michal, a lady who lives in the area, who is also one of the leading wine makers in Israel. Wine tasting included…. Overnight in the Galilee.

Day 6. Saturday, March 29, 2014
Gideon Spring – Beit Shean – Dead Sea. Gideon Spring – Continue to the National Park of Ein Harod, or as it is also called Gideon Spring. The Harod Spring bubbles in a cave on the slopes of Mount Gilboa. The cave is called Gideon’s Cave, based on a story in Judges. Gideon tested his soldiers by asking them to drink the water from Harod Spring. Three hundred did not bow down to drink from the river but instead drank like dogs – “who lap up the water with their tongues.” These proud but thirsty souls were chosen to battle the Midianites, an encounter which ended in victory for the Israelites. Beit Shean – Visit the ancient remains of Beit Shean, one of the oldest settled sites in the country. This is where during biblical times Saul the King and his son Jonathan were killed. In roman times this city was known as Scythopolis and was part of the great Decapolis. During the Talmudic times this city was mentioned as the “Entrance to paradise”. Among the ruins you will be able to see the Theatre which was the main cultural and entertainment center. It could accommodate over 6000 people. Overnight – Dead Sea

Day 7. Sunday, March 30, 2014
Massada, Ein Gedi. Massada National Park – Herod’s magnificent fortress, with its palaces, bathhouses and ramparts was also the last stand of the Jews against the Romans in the Great Revolt in 73 CE. The historian Josephus notes that two women and five children survived, and visitors wonder who they were and what might have been their fate. The new Massada Museum reflects daily life, highlighting among its exhibits women at their many daily tasks. The combination of Massada’s dramatic story with its fabulous architecture and finds has won it recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ein Gedi National Park – a walk through the oasis, where “vineyards” once grew, a metaphor in the love poetry of the Song of Songs 1:14. The remains of Ein Gedi’s antiquities frame the story of Babatha, a woman of the town who fled the Romans to a cave where archaeologists found documents telling her life story Overnight – Eilat

Day 8. Monday, March 31, 2014
Petra day. Petra – After breakfast, we begin our tour to Petra, the Red Rose City, the Eighth Wonder of the World… Explore the Nabatean City (as seen in Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade)… Walk through the Siq and view the ancient temples… Discover the famous Treasury, the Roman Theater, and view the Wadi. Overnight – Eilat

Day 9. Tuesday April 1, 2014
Jerusalem: On the road to Jerusalem Ramon Crater, Ein Avdat, Zin Wilderness (Numbers 13:21) Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 10. Wednesday April 2, 2014
City Of David, Southern Wall, Huldah Gates, Davidson Center, Jewish Quarter The City of David – the most ancient part of Jerusalem, with Warren’s Shaft, the “water fortress” at Gihon (1 Kings 1:38-40), the Pool of Siloam and more. While overlooking the present-day homes on the hillside, consider the story of David and Bathsheba and the role she played in Solomon’s life. The Southern Wall Archaeological Park – a “still-life” of the original Herodian street, revealing Roman destruction Robinson’s Arch, and where a highlight is Hulda’s Gates, named after the prophetess, and by tradition a teacher, who both censured and comforted at the end of the First Temple period. The Davidson Visitor Center – housed in an eighth-century CE palace, where beautiful displays and a virtual-reconstruction, high-definition interactive model bring Jerusalem’s history alive. Follow the glorious days of Jerusalem which ended with its destruction as Jesus foresaw. (Matt. 24) The Jewish Quarter – including the Cardo, Jerusalem’s ancient main street; the First Temple-era Hezekiah’s Wall; and the Burnt House, destroyed when the Romans conquered Jerusalem in 70 CE, where a moving audiovisual presentation highlights questions of class, the place of women, and the tragic end of one ancient Jerusalem family. Overnight – Jerusalem

Day 11. Thursday April 3, 2014
Old City of Jerusalem, including the Western (Wailing) Wall We begin the day on the beautiful Mount of Olives to behold the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage will proceed down the Old Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, and the Church of Agony, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed. We will enter Jerusalem through the Zion Gate, and walk to the holiest site in the whole Jewish world, the Western (Wailing) Wall of Herod’s temple and the Western Wall Tunnel Tour. Beyond the wall lies the 35 acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Samuel. 24:18-25). On this site now stands El-Aksa Mosque, and the magnificent Dome of the Rock (the third holiest shrine in Islam). From the temple area, we make our way to St. Stephen’s Gate, to walk the Via Dolorosa including St. Anne’s Crusader Church, Pools of Bethesda, the Pavement (where Jesus stood while being tried by Pilate), Ecce Homo Arch, and the ancient Cardo. We continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Bethlehem. Overnight – Jerusalem

Day 12. Friday April 4, 2014
New City -, Ein Karem, Israel Museum, free time for shopping The Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem – study comparisons between two biblical women’s praise-poems: the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55), which Mary uttered here, and the paean Hannah recited in Shiloh when she offered her son Samuel to God’s service (1 Sam. 2:1-10). The Israel Museum – the Ethnography Wing reveals ways that customs involving women and families in traditional cultures can reflect those of the Bible; the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered; the 1:50 Model of Second Temple Jerusalem. Overnight – Jerusalem

Day 13. Saturday April 5, 2014
Free morning, Yad Vashem, Mt. of Olives, Garden Tomb, farewell dinner Yad Vashem – The holocaust memorial commemorating the lives of the Jewish victims who were murdered by the Nazis during world war 2, it is also a commemoration to the brave gentiles, including many women who risked their live to help Jewish people during those dark years. The Garden Tomb – there is a limestone hill, which many revere as Golgotha, site of the crucifixion. Just around that hill is an old cemetery with an ancient tomb that once held the Savior’s mortal body and saw its glorious resurrection. There is a sign on the door of the tomb that says, “Do not look for Him here for He is risen”. You will never forget this moment in your life as you look for Him, not in the tomb but within your own life. Ben Gurion Airport.

Day 14.Sunday April 6, 2014 Arrive Home.

The Memories Last Forever

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