Israel 2013 Itinerary - City Light News

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Israel 2013 Itinerary - City Light News

ISRAEL, HOLY LAND‘Come sail where Jesus sailed’Feb 27 – Mar 09, 2013Hosted byPeter & Les McManusCITY LIGHT NEWS“I did not believe the reports until Icame and my own eyes had seen it:(2 Chronicles 9:6)DAY 1. WED 27 FEB: Canada to IsraelToday we depart from Calgary to Toronto and then onour overnight flight to Tel Aviv. Group seating will bepre-assigned by the airline for our flight. Dinner andcomplimentary in-flight service will be provided thisevening. (D)DAY 2. THU 28 FEB: Israel, Tel AvivUpon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport we are met by ourIsraeli Tour guide, who will assist us with luggageformalities. Boarding our luxury touring coach werelax and enjoy the short journey to the Mediterraneancoastline for our overnight stay.Jaffa- One of the oldest towns in Israel andconsidered one of the oldest ports in the world. Cedarsof Lebanon sent by King Hiram of Tyre and destinedfor Solomon’s Temple were unloaded at Jaffa. It ishere that Peter brought Tabitha back from the deadand, when in the home of Simon the Tanner, heprophesied the vision of the pure and un-pure animals.(II Chronicles 2:15, Jonah 1:3-17; Acts 9:36-42;10:5)Tonight, we shall enjoy our ‘Welcome to Israel’dinner. (B,D)DAY 3. FRI 01 MAR: Caesarea, Mt. Carmel,MegiddoAfter our first Israeli breakfast we head north alongthe ‘Via Maris’ towards the Galilee, stopping at thefollowing:Caesarea-The ancient Roman seaport capital ofIsrael where Pontius Pilate had his base.Mount Carmel- Overlooking the city of Haifawith the Mediterranean Sea and Jezreel Valley oneither side we stand where the Prophet Elijahperformed his miracle and called upon the fire ofGod to conquer the Prophets of Baal.(1 Kings 2; 15:4,25, Isaiah 33:9; Zechariah 12:12)Megiddo-Hebrew for Armageddon, Megiddowas strategically located on the main tradingroutes between Babylonia and Egypt. Here KingSolomon built a giant fortress and city.(Judges 1:27; 5:19;1 Kings 4:12; 9:15, IIChronicles 35:22; Zechariah 12:12, Revelation16:16)Our dinner and overnight stay will be at our hotel inTiberius. Located by the shores of the Sea of Galileethis is a perfect setting for the next three nights. (B,D)DAY 4. SAT 02 MAR: Caesarea Philippi,Golan Heights, Upper GalileeAfter breakfast we spend our day in the upper Galilee,visiting;Korazin- Location of Galilee’s most intact ancientsynagogues, Chorazin was a very important Jewishtown. Jesus rebuked the people of Chorazin for theirlack of faith and for spurning his ‘miracles’. (Matthew11:2; Luke 10:13)Hazor- Once the largest cities in all of Canaan. Themulti layered Tel of Hazor is a fascinating site thatoffers intrigue and insight into five thousand years ofcivilization. It was here that Deborah and Barakfought against Sisera. Captured by Joshua and raisedto the ground this city was eventually rebuilt bySolomon in the 10 th century BC.(Joshua 11:10-14;Judges 4:2; 1 Kings 9:15)Tel Dan- This national park and archeologicalsite offer a blend of Israel’s natural beauty andBiblical history!Caesarea Philippi- Built at one of the sources ofthe Jordan River, the city of Panias (named by theGreeks after the goat-footed god, Pan) was laterrenamed by the Romans as Caesarea Philippi. It washere that Jesus revealed to the Disciples His purpose,His Church, and where Peter identified Jesus as theMessiah. (Mark 8:27; Matthew 16:13-23)Dinner will be back at our hotel in Tiberius. (B,D)DAY 5. SUN 03 MAR: Sea of GalileeAfter our Israeli buffet breakfast our day revolvesaround the Sea of Galilee, visiting to;Kursi - The site of Gergesa (Kursi) was identified asthe site of the ‘Miracle of The Swine’. (Luke 8:26-33,8; Mark 5:1; Matthew 8:28-34,15:29-34)


Bethsaida - Also known as ‘The House of TheFisherman’ this is the home of Peter, Philip andAndrew and also the place where Jesus fed the fivethousand and healed the blind man. Here we will seerecent excavations of this old city.(Matthew 11:21; Luke 10:13; John 1)The Mount of Beatitudes- Sit on the hill whereJesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount.Looking directly south at the Sea of Galilee theflower filled gardens offer peace and tranquility.(Matthew 5:1-8)Capernaum-The center of Jesus’ GalileeMinistry. .Jesus lived here for a substantialperiod, healing the sick, preaching in thesynagogue and performing miracles. The GreekOrthodox Church, Fransiscan monastery andRoman Catholic Church of St. Peter make for aninteresting kaleidoscope of varying architecture.(Matthew 9:1; 4:13)Tabgha- Located at the foot of the Mt. ofBeatitudes this is the site of the Miracle of TheLoaves and the Fishes. Here we will enjoy privateworship and intercession by the shores of the Galilee.(Mark 6:34-44; Matthew 14:14-21,16:18-19; John 21:15-19)Ginossar- Here we will visit the Jesus BoatMuseum exhibit. Discovered by accident duringthe drought of 1986 this fishing boat would haveexisted at the time of Jesus. Beautifully preserved it isa timeless reminder of life during that time.Sea of Galilee Boat Ride- Today ends with boat rideon the Sea of Galilee.Dinner will be at our hotel this evening. (B,D)DAY 6. MON 04 MAR: Beth She’an, Dead SeaToday we leave the Galilee and travel southwardsthrough the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. This wasthe route followed by Jesus and his disciples asthey traversed the dusty roads towards Jerusalemfor the last time. Our first stop today is;Nazareth- Here is where Jesus spent hischildhood with Mary and Joseph. Nazareth is also thesite of The Annunciation and where the Nazarenesattempted to throw Jesus over the cliff.Now a suburb of Nazareth, Cana, is the site whereJesus performed his first miracle when hechanged water into wine at a wedding.(Luke 1:26-38, John 1:46; Matthew 2:23)Bet She’an- The largest of Israel’s archeologicaldigs. Even after it’s initial discovery many yearsago, archeologists are, today, still discoveringmore ruins from the Roman era when Bet She’anwas one of the 10 cities in The Decapolis.This ancient city, although destroyed by an earthquakein the 8th Century, offers a fabulous insight intoRoman life and times. After losing the battle to thePhilistines, King Saul and his sons were hung from thecity walls. (Judges 4:7-8)After Beth She’an we head further south and passGILGAL ; where Saul was proclaimed king. Gilgalbecame a sacred place because the tribes of Israel firstencamped and celebrated Passover there after theirmiraculous crossing of the Jordan River and beforetheir conquest of the Promised Land.This afternoon we shall arrive at Jerusalem where wecheck-in to our hotel, home for the next 6 nights, ourhotel for the remainder of the day and dinner. (B,D)DAY 7.TUE 05 MAR: JerusalemAfter breakfast we will spend our first full day inJerusalem visiting;Mount of Olives- We begin our day by viewingJerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. Photoopportunities abound at this time with the GoldenDome of the Rock prominent. From here we shallwalk down to The Garden of Gethsemane along thesame path as that Jesus took when entering the city onPalm Sunday.Garden of Gethsemane- The site where Jesusprayed at the Rock of Agony in the Garden. -"MyFather, if it is not possible for this cup to be takenaway unless I drink it, may your will be done."(Matthew 26:36-56;Mark 14:32-50; Luke 22:39-53;John 18:1-14)House of Caiaphas- Located under the current St.Peter of Gallicantu church is the traditional site whereJesus was imprisoned.Mount Zion-Assumed by the Byzantine pilgrims asthe original City of David this piece of land wouldhave existed outside the original city walls. (II Kings2:10; Matthew 26:17-35; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-38; John 13-17)Upper Room- The traditional site where Jesusinstituted a new Passover celebration and the newCovenant in His blood. (Mark 14:15)Shrine of the Book museum- Here we can see manyoriginal fragments of the Dead Sea scrolls plus areplica of the great Isaiah scroll.Scale Model of Jerusalem- This fabulousreconstruction of the old city of Jerusalem gives us achance to better understand the importance of thesecond temple and the city during King Herod’s time.Dinner will be back at our hotel this evening. (B,D)


DAY 8.WED 06 MAR: JerusalemOur second day in Jerusalem includes visits to;Temple Mount – Pending access to the site, we willsee the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the RockDavidson Centre- This new facility uses state-of thearttechnology to bring the Temple Mount tolife. This will give us a better understanding ofthe magnitude of Herod’s construction versuswhat we see today.City of David- This morning we will be guidedthrough the site and new excavations of the city ofDavid. You will have the opportunity to walk throughHezekiah’s tunnel and re-surface at the pool ofSiloam.Western Wall Tunnels- Also called The WailingWall. The holiest place of pilgrimage for the Jews!Here we can observe the Orthodox Jews as they pray,relentlessly, along with many Christians. Some of usmay wish to leave a hand written note placed in thecrevices of the Western Wall. (I Kings 6:14; Matthew12:6; Luke 2:46; John 2:19)Church of St. Anne- Located by the pools ofBethesda where Jesus healed the cripple. (John 5, 1-9)Via Dolorosa-The one mile long route throughthe Old City of Jerusalem from the point ofcondemnation by Pontius Pilate to Golgotha,Calvary Hill.Holy Sepulcher Church- Stations X- X1V onThe Via Dolorosa.Old City- Here we will walk through the streetsof the Armenian and Jewish quarters of oldJerusalemDinner is served at our hotel this evening. (B,D)DAY 9. THU 07 MAR: Masada, Ein Gedi,JerusalemAfter breakfast we drive into the Judean wildernessand follow the shores of The Dead Sea to visit;Masada- This UNESCO World Heritage site wasonce Herod’s mountain top palace and fortress. Herewe ascend to the site by cable car and learn about thelast Jewish stand against the Romans and the masssuicide of the 960 Jewish defenders.Ein Gedi- This national park and oasis hosts thecaves of David’s Gorge where David hid fromSaul and his army. (I Samuel 24,Song of Solomon1:14; Ezekiel 47:10)Qumran- Home to the ancient Essenes. It is herethat they wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls almost twothousand years ago. Here we will visit theexcavated sites of Qumran and view thelocation where The Scrolls were found in 1947.Dead Sea- No visit to the Dead Sea would becomplete without experiencing the uniquebuoyancy of these waters. Cover yourself intherapeutic black mud and float your aches andpains away!After another fascinating day we make our way back‘up’ to Jerusalem. Dinner will be served at our hotelthis evening. (B,D)DAY 10. FRI 08 MAR: Bethlehem, JerusalemAfter breakfast our last day of journeying will includethe following:Herodium- Located south from Jerusalem this wasone of Herod’s favorite palaces and fortresses.Herodium is the location of the recently discoveredsite of Herod’s tomb. From this vantage point we canlook across the Dead Sea to Mt. Nebo.Bethlehem – Today we will visit Bethlehem. Here weshall see Manger Square, The Church of the Nativityand Sheppard’s Fields.Some of the best olive wood carvings can be found inBethlehem.Garden Tomb- Preserved by The Garden TombAssociation these beautiful gardens surround thetraditional site of The Garden Tomb. Manybelieve that this was the actual garden of Josephof Arimathea. (John 19:41)This evening we will enjoy our last dinner together inJerusalem. A wonderful time to share and reflect onwhat this journey has meant to you!. (B,D)DAY 11. SAT 09 MAR: Israel to CanadaThis morning we depart for our flights back toCanada, arriving in Toronto in the late afternoon, afterour non-stop overnight flight from Tel Aviv, thenonward to Calgary. Breakfast and complimentary inflightservice will be provided onboard. (B,D)B = Breakfast. L = Lunch. D = Dinner.ITINERARY SUBJECTTO ALTERATION BY THELEADERSHIP TEAM

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