SUN, JAN 22 JERUSALEM
Visit the scale Model of Jerusalem as it was during the days of our Lord. Start the day with a magnificent view of the Old City from the top of the Mt. of Olives. Take the “Palm Sunday Walk” to the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations and drive across the Kidron Valley. Enter the Old City through St. Stephen’s Gate (Lions’ Gate) to the Muslim Quarter, visit the beautiful Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda, Pilate’s Judgment Hall, and the Ecce Homo Arch. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, into the Christian Quarter, and see the Stations of the Cross. Drive to Mt. Zion to see the House of Caiaphas and the Upper Room of the Last Supper. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
MON, JAN 23 MASADA • DEAD SEA • QUMRAN
Depart to Masada, overlooking the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on Earth, where we ascend by cable car to visit the remnants of Herod’s Palace and where in 73 A.D. the Zealots made their last stand against the might of Rome. Visit Ein Gedi, fabled Spring of David, and proceed to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. Time permitting, we will go for a swim, rather a “float”, in the salted waters of the Dead Sea. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
TUE, JAN 24 JERUSALEM
We will begin the day with a visit to the reconstructed Jewish Quarter, walk through the Cardo, the original Roman street and see the amazing remains of the massive wall built by King Hezekiah. See the important excavations taking place at the Western Wall and the Southern Temple Staircase. On to the Temple Mount, where Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac. See the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque that now stands there. This evening we will share in a Farewell Dinner and the presentation of a Certificate of Pilgrimage to each tour participant. Late this evening and after dinner we transfer to the airport. Our guide will assist us with check-in procedures.
WED, JAN 25 ISRAEL • JFK
Depart Tel Aviv for JFK. We arrive home today with wonderful memories of a visit to the Land of the Bible!