The Holy Land
Escape the Ordinary with Host Bruce H. Porter
March 10 -18, 2016
When is comes to gaining gospel knowledge, it is best have your spiritual feast along with a temporal one. This extensive tour is hosted by Bruce H. Porter
Discover the home of the Bible and visit the sites of both the Old and New Testaments, focusing on the Life of Christ. Every hill, every stone has a story to tell and a testimony to bare of the divinity of the Bible. You will never read the scriptures the same as your mind and memory will take you to Israel and our journeys again and again.
Day by Day Itinerary
(Subject to Minor Changes due to Arrival Times, Holidays, Holy Days, )
Day 1: March 10, Depart USA for the Holy Land
Day 2: March 11, Arrive Israel. Tonight we will be stay in Tel Aviv on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 3: Saturday March 12, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Galilee This morning we will travel north along the Mediterranean Sea on the ancient road called the Via Maris. Our first first stop will be at Caesarea, the ancient ‘Roman Capital of Palestine. Here we discuss Paul's imprisonment and the first gentile convert, Cornelius, a Roman centurion. We will also discuss Paul's account of his vision while on the road to Damascus to King Agrippa. While at Caesarea We will visit the picturesque old Roman aqueduct that brought fresh water to Caesarea. Leaving the sea we will stop at Mt. Carmel and learn of the events surrounding the sacrificial contest that took place between Elijah and the priests of Baal. Lunch will be with Druze atop Mt Carmel and then we will make our way to the Jezreel valley. We will enter the Valley of Armageddon and stop at Solomon's fortified city of Megiddo, At Megiddo we will see the ruins of this famous city of Solomon and Ahab and be able to walk through the underground water system. Following Megiddo we will climb the hills to Nazareth the place of Gabriel’s annunciation to Mary that she would bear the Savior, and the home of the young Jesus. Traveling north we will stop at Cana where the first miracle of changing water to wine was done at the wedding feast. The evening will find us in the Galilee area where we will be staying for the next few days on the banks of the Sea of Galilee.
Day 10: Sunday March 13, Galilee. Today begins an early departure from the hotel to travel to the top of Mount Tabor the traditional site of the Transfiguration of Christ and Peter, James and John. In this special place we will spend a few minutes alone to discuss the importance of this event had the keys that were given to the Presidency of the Priesthood here. After our visit to the Mt of Transfiguration we will travel to Capernaum where so many wonderful events and teachings of the Savior took place. This was the city that Christ called is home. Here He taught and lived with Peter's family. The foundation of the synagogue where the Savior taught is existing with a 4th century synagogue standing on the same foundation. We will stop at the Mount of Beatitudes where we will ponder the restoration of the higher law and read the beatitudes while overlooking the Sea of Galilee. We will then visit Tabga where the traditional site of the feeding of the five thousand took place where one on the most famous mosaics exists of the loaves and fishes. We will have lunch near the Sea of Galilee. Following our lunch we will have a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and see how the early apostles would cast their nets into the sea. While on the boat we will discuss the miracles of walking on water and the calming of the sea that took place there. Before the day is through we will stop at the Jordan River and discuss the Baptism of Christ at the hands of John, and discover the scriptural meaning of this most important ordinance. At the end of the day we will return to our hotel
Day 11: Monday March 14, Galilee Masada. We will end the day with a tour of Beit Sean the city were Saul and his son Jonathans' bodies were hung on the walls of the city. This city was included in the Greek and Roman Decapolois that flanked the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire. This incredible site is the largest excavated ruins in Israel. From here we will travel to Masada along the Jordan Rift Valley. We will visit this famous site where the las Zealots found refuge in 70 AD from the Romans. The late afternoon will find us at the discovery site of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a village called Qumran where it is traditionally taught that John the Baptist may have lived. The oldest documents and manuscripts of the Old Testament were found here. We will have an opportunity to walk through the ruins of Qumran where the scribes prepared copies of the scriptures that would speak from the dust centuries later. In a short time we will arrive in Jerusalem, the City of Gold, and center of Judaism and Christianity. We will stop for a panoramic view of the ancient city from the Mt. of Olives looking onto the Temple Mount, Golden Gate and the Garden of Gethsemane. We will then settle into a great hotel for the next few days.
Day 12: Tuesday March 15, Jerusalem Today we begin by visiting. Shrine of the Book and the Model City of Jerusalem so that we can get a better understanding of the lay-out of the ancient city of Jerusalem, and see the display of the Dead Sea Scrolls. From there we will travel to Bethlehem to see the traditional site of the birth of Christ and a visit to the ‘Shepherd’s Fields” to get a better understanding of the events of the Nativity. We will be near the fields of Boaz where Ruth has a great place for our lunch.
Day 13: Wednesday March 16, Jerusalem This morning we will ascend to the place where the Temples of both Solomon and Herod once stood. We will see the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. We will visit the original Pools of Bethesda, and the pavement, or judgment hall where Pilate condemned Christ. We will walk on the traditional route of the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We will have lunch on our own at the Jewish Quarter or Jaffa Gate. We will make our way to the Pool of Siloame and the Western Wall. and the Davidson Center to walk on the Southern Steps to explore the excavations south of the Temple Mount. Here we will walk on the sidewalks and stairs that Christ trod as he entered the Temple area. We will discuss the Triumphal Entry as we stand on the very stones that the Savior walked into the city..
Day 14: Thursday March 17, Jerusalem Today we retrace the footsteps of our Savior during the last few hours of his life beginning with a visit to the Mount of Olives and descend to the Garden of Gethsemane. We will have a private spot in the garden to contemplate the Atonement and discuss the mission of the Life of Christ. We will visit the traditional site of the Upper Room and the Last Supper and the house of Caiaphas. Our highlight day concludes at the site of Golgotha and the Garden Tomb and discuss the life, death and resurrection of the Savior. We will have time in the late afternoon for free time or to prepare for our flights home.
Day 15: Thursday October 18, The day will be spent in the air traveling home remembering all of the sights, sounds and experiences you have had.
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Trip Pricing Details:
$1998 Per Person double occupancy
- single supplement add $1000
- 3rds $1998
Airfare will be quoted individually. Plan on airfare to be approximately $900 - 1500 per person
INCLUDES ALL TAXES! (airfare is additional)
(Hold your space now with $800 deposit per person)