DAY 1, Thursday, January 9, 2020 –Depart the Jacksonville Airport for our flight into Tel Aviv. M
DAY 2, Fri. – Our Pilgrimage in this Holy Land begins: After meeting our guide for the Holy Land, we transfer by motorcoach to our hotel by the Mediterranean Sea. Time, perhaps, for an afternoon stroll along the beach before dinner and overnight Tel Aviv. D
DAY 3, Sat. – We have come to see for ourselves (John 1:45-46): Herod’s City-Caesarea; The Majesty of Carmel; Armageddon; Nazareth…to the Sea of Galilee. After breakfast, we head north toward Caesarea, once the capital of the Roman province, where we visit the Roman and Crusader remains and the harbor from which St. Paul was taken prisoner to Rome. We continue to Megiddo, this fertile valley, also known as the plain of Megiddo, has been the scene of horrible carnage and almost constant strife. Legend portrays this area as the stage for the final battle of history: Armageddon (Rev. 16:16). The excavations at Megiddo have uncovered a fortified city built by Solomon (1 Kgs. 9:15). We visit Cana, site of the first miracle where Jesus turned the water into wine. We continue to Nazareth, home of the Basilica of the Annunciation and our home for the next two nights. Dinner and overnight Nazareth. BD
DAY 4, Sun. – “He is going ahead of us to Galilee” (Mt. 28): The Sea; On the Boat; Capernaum; Tabgha; Mount of Beatitudes; Golan Heights; Caesarea Philippi; Mt. Hermon; Korazin. We take a boat on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. There we walk in the ancient synagogue and see St. Peter’s house. We visit Tabgha to view the mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes. From there we move to the Mt. of Beatitudes where we rehear the Sermon on the Mount. We will have a St. Peter’s Fish Lunch at a local restaurant and then continue to Korazin (Mt. 11:21), then to the springs of Banias (Mt. 16:13) where Peter said: “Thou art Christ”. There will be a walk along the mouth of the Jordan River where we may renew our Baptismal vows. We reach the foot of Mt. Hermon before returning to Nazareth for dinner and overnight. BLD
DAY 5, Mon. –From Galilee “up to Jerusalem” through Samaria: This day will find us following the footsteps that Jesus and his family would have taken as they made their way from Galilee to Jerusalem. The road passes through a string of Arab villages, many of them with names recalling incidents in the Bible. Jenin, for example, is where tradition holds that Jesus cured the 10 lepers (Luke 17:11). We proceed to ancient Sebaste, a Hellenistic city where John the Baptist, according to tradition, was beheaded at the birthday party of Herod Antipas (Mark 6:17). We shall enjoy a wonderful Arab lunch while in Sebaste, before moving on to Schechem (Nablus). Here we visit and drink from Jacob’s well (Gen. 33:18), where Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink promising her “living water” (John 4). In Schechem, we find ourselves between Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal, in the Valley of Blessings and Curses (Josh. 8:30). We recall that Mt. Gerizim was for the Samaritans the Holy Mountain. We now proceed to Jericho, the oldest human settlement in the world. From the vantage point of the site in Jericho, we have a spectacular view of the “Mt. of Temptation.” Driving up to Jerusalem,we view the setting for the parable of the Good Samaritan and St. George’s Greek Orthodox Monastery, literally carved out of a cliff. Once in Jerusalem, we find a site high above on Mt. Zion or the Mt. of Olives in order to orient ourselves. We continue on to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. BLD
DAY 6, Tues. – The Passion: Palm Sunday Walk; Dominus Flevit; Church of the Agony; Garden of Gethsemane; Cave of the Olive Press; Kidron Valley to the House of Caiaphas. From here we shall move on to walk the Via Dolorosa, winding through the busy markets of the Old City and praying at the Stations of the Cross. We end our walk at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, scene of the Crucifixion and site of the Tomb. The rest of the day is free for further exploration in the Old City. This evening we will go to St. George’s Episcopal Cathedral for Evening Prayer. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. BD
DAY 7, Wed. – The Judean Wilderness: We drive along the Dead Sea to Masada and ride the cable car to the top. Following lunch, we drive to Ein Gedi for a walk to a spectacular oasis/waterfall where David hid from Saul; then on to the Essene Center at Qumran overlooking the Dead Sea. We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. BD
DAY 8, Thurs. – Life’s Bread, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem: Through St. Stephen’s Gate to the Holy City, we walk to St. Anne’s Church, standing on a property facing the Temple Mount just as it was built by the crusaders. Once inside we find ourselves singing (the acoustics are glorious). Nearby, we visit excavations, which speak to us of Jesus’ healing at the “pool with the five porticos”. We walk together to the Temple Mount Dig, to the Dome of the Rock, to the Western Wailing Wall and the Jewish Quarter. From there we go to St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Church, possible site of the Upper Room. After lunch at Two Mustaches, a wonderful Arab restaurant in Bethlehem, we visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field. Following dinner at our hotel, we will visit St. Andrew’s and Craftaid. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. BLD
DAY 9, Fri.–We enjoy a morning visit to Emmaus where in the Gospel of Luke it is recorded that Jesus appeared to two disciples who were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. The afternoon is free for exploring your favorite sites in the Old City on your own. We will enjoy a gala farewell dinner together before we depart for Ben Gurion Airport where we bid goodbye to our driver and guide, board our overnight trans-Atlantic flight and journey home with our souls nourished from walking in the footsteps of Jesus and the saints. BD
DAY 10, Saturday, January 18, 2020 – Morning arrival back into Jacksonville, FL. M
B –Breakfast L–Lunch D – Dinner M – Meal on Aircraft
*Itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion of the leaders.
Mazingo Israel KB20001
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*The final pricing will include airline taxes & fuel surcharges available at the time of reserving the group air. The price is not guaranteed and may change once we have the air confirmed and the land pricing for 2020. Optional activities and sites visited during your free time are not included in the cost of the pilgrimage and are to be paid for at the time of your visit. Tips for the driver and guide that are payable upon completion of services.