April 13: The day has arrived, and we board our flight from Boston and begin our journey to Tel Aviv, Israel.
April 14: Upon arrival in Tel Aviv we meet our Christian Expedition Tour Director, who will remain with us for the duration of our trip. The rest of the day is free to walk along the Mediterranean Sea, relax, have dinner and spend time with the Lord. The Apostle Paul travelled the Mediterranean Sea during his missionary journeys. Overnight Tel Aviv.
April 15: After breakfast we board a private coach, and travel to the Mount of the Beatitudes. We then head to the Sea of Galilee, where we see the Ancient Galilee boat (a boat discovered in 1986 that was used for fishing on the Sea of Galilee in the First Century A.D.), experience a boat ride on the Sea, and enjoy a lunch of fish from it (non-fish options also available). We visit Capernaum, where we see the remains of the village, including the home of Peter. We travel to Taghba, the likely site of the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand, and to Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, which also boasts the remains of a first-century synagogue. Overnight in the Tiberias Area.
April 16: Today, following breakfast, we travel to the Yardenit Baptismal site, where there will be an opportunity to be baptized in the same river in which Jesus himself was baptized. We then travel to Beth Shean, or Scythopolis as it was called by the Romans. 1 Samuel 31 tells us that King Saul was defeated by the Philistines and died on nearby Mt. Gilboa. When the Philistines found Saul’s body, they fastened it to the wall of Beth Shean. Later, during Jesus’ time, Scythopolis was a member of the Decapolis, a group ten cities sharing Greek culture and government, mentioned in Matthew 4:25, Mark 5:20, and Mark 7:31. Overnight Jerusalem.
April 17: Today we see Jerusalem. We visit the Wailing Wall, the Temple Mount, and Rabbinical Tunnels. We see the Via Dolorosa, the ancient Roman street that it is believed Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. We visit the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to die by Pontius Pilate. We see the Pool of Bethesda where, John 5 recounts, Jesus healed a disabled man; Stephen’s Gate, also known as the Lion’s Gate of the Sheep Gate; St. Anne’s Church, which was built during the Middle Ages by Crusaders; and the site of the excavation of the Southern Wall, which served as the south side of the second temple. It is through this wall that Jesus entered the Temple before his cleansing of it. It is believed that this is where Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). We spend the rest of the day in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ. Overnight Jerusalem.
April 18: Today we experience the “Miracle of the Holy Fire” in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. For centuries a flame has appeared in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher on the Saturday before Orthodox Easter. Overnight Jerusalem.
April 19: We begin the day by heading to the Mount of Olives. The Mount of Olives provides an incredible view of Jerusalem, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock. We visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where your trip chaplain will read the prayers that Jesus prayed there on the night before he was crucified. We move on to the “upper room,” where Jesus and his disciples are the Last Supper. We walk the Via Dolorosa, and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Finally, we make our way to Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified, and the Garden Tomb, where Jesus was buried and later resurrected. Any additional time will be spent in the markets of the Old City of Jerusalem. Tonight we enjoy our farewell banquet. Overnight Jerusalem.
April 20: After breakfast we transfer to the airport and begin our journey back to Boston.