10 Days: October 17 – 26, 2017
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” —John 1:14
We invite you to join us on this 10-Day Journey through the Bible program that will expand our knowledge of the Bible and this sacred land.
A journey following in the footsteps of Jesus, Paul, Samuel and David will change the way you read the Bible, and you will learn why scholars refer to the Holy Land as the “Fifth Gospel.” Download the trip brochure and consider it our personal invitation to be a part of this adventure in faith and join us in experiencing a once in a lifetime journey as we see the Bible come to life!
Will We Be Safe in the Holy Land?
3.3 million tourists visited Israel in 2014. 56% of them were Christians, and 19% were from the United States. Moreover, over 350,000 guests have travelled with Education Opportunities Tours (EO) to the Holy Land in over 40 years of Christian Travel ministry without any major incidents.
We feel absolutely safe here. We feel very well taken care of. It’s a delightful experience. I just encourage you in the strongest way to ‘come’ and enjoy the blessings of this sacred land.
—Pastor Jeff Kirby, six-time holy land traveler from Kansan City, MO
EO has a long standing commitment to safety. You are in less danger in Israel than you would be on a trip to New York City or Washington D.C. Not only is Israeli security vigilant and aware, your tour guides and EO representatives will be with you at all times. Keep reading….
October 17–18: USA to the Holy Land
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart from the USA on an overnight flight.You will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel to enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.
October 19: The Galilee
Worship as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (Matthew 4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5–7). Explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves at Tabgha, traditional site of the feeding of the five thousand (Luke 9:10–17). See the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed his devotion three times to the risen Christ (John 21). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue. Recall Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan River.
October 20: Cana, Nazareth, Tel Megiddo and Caesarea
Visit the Franciscan Wedding Chapel in Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle, before continuing on to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Look out over Tel Megiddo (Armageddon) to view one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel. Today’s last stop is Caesarea, a center of the early Christians, where an angel visited Cornelius, the first Gentile believer (Acts 10), and where Paul was imprisoned for two years before appealing to Caesar.
October 21: Jericho, Qumran and Mount of Olives
As you stop in Jericho to view the ruins of the city conquered by Joshua (Joshua 6:1, 2, 20), in the distance you can also see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1–11). Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. End your day with a group picture taken from the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9–12).
October 22: Jerusalem and Bethlehem
In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace and see the Church of the Nativity constructed over the site (Matthew 1:18–25). Gaze out over Shepherds’ Field before returning to Jerusalem. Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and envision the scenes of the night before Jesus’ crucifixion (Matthew 26:36–44). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was questioned the night of his betrayal (Matthew 26:57). Meditate on the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room (Mark 14:12–26).
October 23: Jerusalem and the Old City
Walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City. Explore ancient Jerusalem at the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle (John 5:1–31). Sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne and experience its rich acoustics. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1), and follow in Christ’s steps on the Via Dolorosa (“the Way of the Cross”). At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, take time to reflect on his sacrificial love.
October 24: Leisure Day (Masada/Dead Sea Option)
Today you have free time to explore on your own or you may choose to visit Masada and the Dead Sea (for an additional charge). Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod’s legendary mountaintop fortress which became the last desperate stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. You can still look down on the remains of the Roman camps and the siege ramp below. End your day with a dip in the salt and mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea.
October 25: Jerusalem
Travel to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist and where Mary visited Elisabeth (Luke 1:26–40). Explore the poitnant exhibits of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial. Visit the Garden Tomb for a time of reflection and communion.