Trip to israel

february 2016

Once in a lifetime

We invite you to join us as we take you through a life changing tour of the Holy Land with Pastor Tim and Pastor Dave Marshall. This once in a lifetime experience is guaranteed to bring to life some of the most treasured stories you’ve known. Our goal is to bring you into such intimate acquaintance with the life and ministry of Jesus Christ that your study of God’s Word will never be the same again. Discover why it is said that a trip to Israel is worth a year in seminary.

Below you will see the itinerary of the trip you could be on in February of 2016. We will be hosting an information meeting on Monday, January 26th at 6:30 PM at the Venia Church Office. You will not want to miss this trip with Pastor Tim and we hope you will join us! If you would like to stay informed on information regarding the trip and the meeting please sign up below so we can stay in touch with you. 


Day 1: Flight

Overnight flight from USA to Tel-Aviv.

Day 2: Arrival – Jaffa –Tel Aviv

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport you will be met and assisted by a Coral Travel & Tours representative at the airport. Meet your guide and drive to Jaffa. Jaffa has been known in the bible as Joppa and is considered the world’s oldest port and the place where the prophet Jonah set sail for Tarshish. Jaffa is associated with the deeds of Peter.  Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Tel Aviv.

Day 3: Caesarea - Mt. Carmel – Sea of Galilee

After our Israeli breakfast and a short drive through Tel Aviv, travel via the Sharon plain to Caesarea. Caesarea was the seat of the Roman Procurator of the Judea in the time of Christ and the place St. Peter converted the centurion Cornelius (Acts 10:24). Explore the Roman Theater and the aqueduct and view the ruins of Roman, Byzantine and Crusader times. Continue to Mt. Carmel, to the “Mukhraka,” the site where Elijah challenged and defeated the 450 prophets of Baal (King 18:20). Drive to Megiddo, the fortress city of King Solomon, later built upon by King Ahab. The books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as we study about the final Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16: 14-19). Continue through Nazareth, the home of Joseph and Mary and through the city of Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed his first miracle (John 2: 1-11): turning jars of water into wine. Drive to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee.  Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Tiberias.

Day 4: Sea of Galilee – Golan Heights

The day starts with a drive along the Hula Valley to Tel Dan.  Visit the remains of the city. Then, visit Caesarea Philippi, where Peter made his confession of faith to Jesus. Via a ride through the Golan Heights enjoy a panoramic view of the Golan Heights from Mt. Bental. Return to the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, the area where Jesus spent his years of ministry. See the ruins of Capernaum, the town where Jesus made his home after leaving Nazareth. View the remains of the ancient synagogue in which he may have preached and the house of Peter. Continue on to the Mt. of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. After a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee visit Kibbutz Ginossar to see the "ancient boat". We'll end the day at the Jordan River with an opportunity to be baptized (optional).  Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Tiberias.

Day 5: Bet She’an – Bet Alfa – Megiddo - Jerusalem

After breakfast leave the Sea of Galilee and visit Bet She’an where recent excavations have disclosed the impressive ruins of the country’s largest city in the Roman and Byzantine periods which was destroyed by an earthquake in 749 CE. Drive to Bet Alfa and see the ancient synagogue. Visit Ein Harod, the site of Judge Gideon (Judges 7: 1-25). The tour continues through the Jordan Valley past Jericho, believed to be the world’s oldest walled city. This was the first city taken by Joshua when the Hebrews returned from Egypt – ‘and the walls fell down.’  It was also the site of the Mount of Temptation (Mark 1:13). Drive to Jerusalem. Pass the traditional site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Enter the city of Jerusalem in the traditional way and view the city from Mt. Scopus. Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 6: Jerusalem

After breakfast we'll ascend the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24:3, Luke 21:37) for a breathtaking panoramic view of the old city of Jerusalem. Walk along the Palm Sunday Way to the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-45, Mark 14:32-42) where Jesus spent the last night before he was arrested. Visit the Church of All the Nations. Walk along the “last way” to Mt. Zion. Cross the Kidron Valley and see the Tombs of Absalom, Zachary and James. Visit the City of David and the Pool of Salome. Drive to Mount Zion and visit the house of the high priest Caiphas. Visit the Church of Peter in Gallicantu (Matthew 26:31-35). This is the place where Peter denied the Lord 3 times.  Continue on to The Last Supper Room (Matthew 26: 17-25) and King David’s Tomb. Visit the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall steps.  Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 7: Massada – Ein Gedi – Qumran – Dead Sea

After breakfast depart from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea and visit Massada. Ascend Massada by cable car. Massada is the site of the most dramatic act in Jewish History. Explore the ancient excavation of Herod’s Palaces, the bathhouse, the storerooms, the Ramp, and the oldest Synagogue in the world. Continue to Ein Gedi, an Oasis on the Dead Sea shore. Near the 200 meter high waterfall is a cave where David had his famous meeting with King Saul (First Samuel 24: 1-23). A walk around the reservation confirms that Ein Gedi is one of the most beautiful reservations in the world. Visit Qumran, where the 2000 years old Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue to the Dead Sea shore for an afternoon “float” on the sea. Return to Jerusalem.  Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 8: Jerusalem

After breakfast drive to Mt Moriah (Luke 2:46-48, John, 8:1-11, Mark 13:1-2, Matthew 27:51). Walk up to the Temple place and view the Dome of the Rock and the El Aqsa Mosque.  Visit St. Anne’s Church, which is a fine example of Crusader architecture, and the Pools of Bethesda. Walk through the Christian Quarter to the Jewish Quarter and visit the Herodian Mansion and the Burnt House. Continue to the Western Wall, one of last remnants of the second Jewish Temple. Continue on to the Temple Institute. End the day with a visit to the Rabbinical Tunnel. Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 9: Jerusalem

After breakfast visit the Menorah at the Knesset (Israel Parliament). Visit the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book (where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Bar Kokhva letters are exhibited) and the Holy Land Model. Continue to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. End the day at the Garden Tomb. Farewell dinner. Late check out from hotel.  Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Day 10: Jerusalem – Departure - USA

Overnight flight back to the USA. Arrive the same day.

*Subject to change*