Visit the Land of the Bible with Pastor Brian & Peri Zahnd!
We are leading a Holy Land Pilgrimage September 10-19, 2024.
$3100 per person - double occupancy
Price Includes LAND ONLY—AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED
SPACE IS LIMITED and we expect it to fill quickly!
Non-refundable deposit of $500 holds your spot.
$1075 Single supplement for those desiring a private room. We will assign roommates for those needing one.
Includes nine hotel nights and eight days touring.
Price Includes LAND ONLY—AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED
We will help you make airfare choices if needed. Most people traveling from America will need to fly Monday to arrive Tuesday in Tel Aviv. Or come a day or two earlier to enjoy Tel Aviv and recover from jet lag.
Shared gratuity has been added to the total registration cost.
Extra nights can be booked with the travel agent, Gad Cohen-- He does not deal with airfare.
Receipt and acceptance of registrations will be confirmed via email.
+ Nine nights hotels
+ Pre-tour night in Tel Aviv just a few blocks from the Mediterranean beach
+ 2 nights on the Sea of Galilee
+ 2 nights in Bethlehem
+ 4 nights in Jerusalem
+ Breakfast and dinner buffets daily
+ Trip is all-inclusive except for airfare and lunches while touring
Second payment of $1000 due March 1, 2024.
Payment in full due July 1, 2024.
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HOLY LAND TENTATIVE ITINERARY–subject to change!
Day 1 (Wednesday)
The tour officially begins at 8AM when we will depart Tel Aviv. We’ll travel north to Caesarea Maritima, the ruins of the luxurious residence of Pontius Pilate, including a theater and hippodrome. See the Roman aqueducts along the Mediterranean. Continue to Mount Carmel, where Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal. Visit Megiddo (Armageddon) with its 26 layers of civilization, including Ahab’s water tunnel. Visit Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, and the beautiful modern Catholic Church of the Annunciation. Overnight in Tiberias on the beautiful Sea of Galilee.
We’ll spend this day right around the Sea of Galilee, where the vast majority of Jesus’ ministry took place. We’ll visit the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum, the ministry headquarters of Jesus, including the ruins of Peter’s mother-in-law’s house and the synagogue where he performed miracles. See new excavations at Magdala, the village of Mary Magdalene featuring a first-century synagogue. End the day with the opportunity to experience a pilgrim's baptism in the Jordan River. Overnight in Tiberias.
Check out of the hotel and see the ancient “Jesus Boat”—a 2000-year-old boat that was discovered in 1986 submerged in the sea. A highlight for many people is sailing on the Sea of Galilee! Travel south to Beit Shean, one of the most incredible archaeological excavations of recent years. Travel on to Bethlehem and explore the city, including a visit to the Church of the Nativity. Overnight in Bethlehem.
Visit the Shepherd’s Fields, where the birth of Jesus was first announced. Visit Bethany, the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus on the southeast slope of the Mount of Olives, where Jesus stayed while he was in Jerusalem. We’ll go to the ancient city of Jericho and take cable cars to the Monastery of the Temptation, built into the cliffs above Jericho in the sixth century. Overnight in Bethlehem.
Check out of our hotel to visit the mysterious Judean desert. We’ll see Qumran, where the Essene community of the first century created the Dead Sea Scrolls which were hidden for 2000 years and discovered by Bedouins only in 1948. We’ll also have an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea. Then it’s time to head up to Jerusalem, where we’ll stay for four nights.
Today we’ll be in the Old City the entire day. We’ll visit the Temple Mount, the Pools of Bethesda, and the Crusader church of St. Anne’s, the Via Dolorosa, the Holy Sepulcher, the Cardo, and Nehemiah’s wall. We’ll see the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall, the Southern Stairs and exciting recent excavations nearby. We’ll also visit Mount Zion, including the Upper Room, the House of Caiaphas, and Dormition Abbey. Overnight in Jerusalem.
We’ll start our day at the top of the Mount of Olives, looking down over the Old City, and then walk down the Palm Sunday pathway, visiting the Dominus Flevit Church and the private Garden of Gethsemane, a beautiful tranquil place in the middle of the city. We’ll visit the Church of All Nations, a 20th-century church built to replicate the Garden of Gethsemane at night. In the afternoon, we’ll see Yad Vashem, the museum dedicated to the memory of the Jewish Holocaust.
We’ll begin our day at the Garden Tomb and take communion together in a special service. The afternoon will be free to explore the city on your own. Our hotel is located an easy walk from the Old City. Or you might want to visit the Mahane Yehuda Market, or perhaps shop on Ben Yehuda Street, or explore the neighborhood near our hotel. In the evening we will have a special farewell dinner. Overnight in Jerusalem.
The tour officially concludes with the farewell dinner on Wednesday night, and now it’s time to make our way back home. We will help arrange for a transfer to the airport but at your own expense. Many people choose to check out of the hotel in the morning, leave their bags at the desk, and enjoy a free day in Jerusalem, departing for the airport in the evening. Keep in mind it’s an hour to the airport and airlines request you arrive three hours in advance of your flight, so a flight shortly after midnight would require you to leave for the airport around 8PM. Take full advantage of all your time there--most people leave wishing they had more time! If you want a night or two extra (on either end) that can be arranged through our travel agent.
We also recommend coming a day or two early if you can. Our Tel Aviv hotel is located a few blocks from the beautiful Mediterranean beach and promenade, within walking distance of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city where Jonah the prophet set sail to Nineveh and Peter had a vision while on a rooftop! There’s plenty to see and do, you can recover from jetlag, and it’s a safety net for delayed flights!