ISRAEL EXPERIENCE 2017

We're headed back to the Holy Land! It's hard to express how excited we are to explore and discover biblical truth in the place Jesus and His followers once walked. No place has been more precious to God's Children than the land of Israel. This is an unforgettable faith-building experience. As often as I've had the privilege to go, I come back changed...every time. 


Letticia and I would love to have you join us as we unwrap a gift each day—a piece of biblical history that enriches our understanding of stories many of us have known most of our lives.


Please prayerfully consider taking this journey with us. This 2017 Israel Tour is more than a vacation. Here, the truth of the Bible will sink into your soul. Start planning for a trip that will stay with you a lifetime.


Pastor Marcos Zuniga

ITINERARY:

SEPTEMBER 11-23, 2017

  • MONday,  DAY 1 - 

    FLIGHT from home to tel aviv:

    Depart from home and connect with our overnight flight into David Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV). After a relatively short flight (compared to going to the moon) you will awaken to the vibrant blue of the Mediterranean and the golden sand of the Israeli shoreline and the excitement of reaching the Holy Land.



  • TUESDAY, DAY 2 - 

    joppa & mediterranean coastline: 

    Wake Up! We’ve arrived in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport, now we will proceed through Passport Control, retrieve our luggage and are greeted by our local tour agent, Israeli guide and our driver. 
We drive to Tel Aviv-Jaffa for a walk through the ancient city of Joppa, It was in Joppa, that Peter had a housetop vision (Acts 10) and Jonah booked a cruise. Then we will head north along the Mediterranean coastline where we will stop in the seaside city of Netanya unwind on the beach. [ Overnight: Netanya ]

  • WEDNESDAY, DAY 3 - SEA OF GALILEE

    HomeTown and Experience Biblical Living: 

    This morning we continue to the east in the lower Galilee. We will arrive at the city of Nazareth and the Mount of Precipice which offers a panoramic view of the Jezrael Valley and Mount Tabor. It is the traditional site of the cliff that an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off after his bold proclamation in the Nazareth Synagogue (Luke 4:16-30)
 At the heart of the Lower Galilee visit Kfar Kedem. Here, in a community close to both Cana and Nazareth, we will enjoy learning and participating in some hands-on methods of farming and shepherding from the lifestyle of biblical times.
 [ Overnight: Sea of Galilee ]

  • THURSDAY, DAY 4 – 

    Go Golan & Jewish Artistic Town

    This morning we will start our exploration of northern Israel with a visit near the northeastern end of the Sea of Galilee at a site reputed to be the location where the Gentile’s swine ran down the steep hill into the sea. (possibly visit Hamat Gader, Gedera Hot Springs) 
Then we visit the regions of Dan and Banias (Caesarea Philippi) (Mat. 16 & Mk 8). In these locations we will see remains and read the scriptures that date to the time of the Old Testament Kings as well as to the narratives of Jesus’ time.


    Then we will drive to the eastern heights above the Sea of Galilee and ascend to the Golan and visit The Valley of Tears to learn about the strategic importance of the Golan Heights and what role it played during the Six Days War and the Yom Kippur War. We may depending on time and weather continue to Mount Bental for an observation point overlooking the borders of Israel, Lebanon and Syria as well as the "Road to Damascus” (Acts 9) incident and the fateful journey and conversion of Saul, who became better known as the Apostle Paul.
Next we will continue to SAFED a very interesting city that has become an artistic and Kabbalist center high in the Galilean mountains.
 [ Overnight: Sea of Galilee ]

  • friDAY, DAY 5 – Capernaum / mount of beatitudes / jordan river

    This morning we will visit the museum at Nof Ginosar to see the “Jesus boat.” 

    This particular archaeological find is believed to be from the first century and was discovered during a drought having been buried for 2000 years on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. This fishing boat is similar to the vessel described in the Gospels, which carried Jesus and his disciples. We will then take a boat ride over the Sea of Galilee. Next on our schedule is the nearby village of Magdala, which was the home of Mary Magdalene where an astounding discovery during an archeological dig has been uncovered at this biblical fishing village. Then it’s over to the seaside biblical town of Capernaum It was in Capernaum where Jesus made his ministry headquarters. We will continue to a site reputed to be the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5) There is a Jordan River Baptismal site nearby called YARDENIT. Those desiring to be baptized in the Jordan may do it here. [ 
Overnight: Sea of Galilee ]

  • SATURDAY, DAY 6 – Elijah, 

    the Final Battle, & Herodean Harbor:

    Following breakfast we will be heading to Mount Carmel we will visit the area where Elijah took on the prophets of Baal. Then it is on to Megiddo, the Armageddon of the Book of Revelation, the valley where the armies of the world will gather for the great final battle. We continue westward to the incredible remains of the ancient port of Caesarea Maritime, a city built by King Herod the Great, (who was a great builder, but not a great person at all). This city of Caesarea became the seat of the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. We will visit the extensive excavations of the site including the harbor, the Crusader City, the theater, Hippodrome and the Roman aqueduct and of course read the biblical accounts of events that happened there. We will then ascend to Jerusalem via the Jerusalem Hills. [ Overnight: Jerusalem ]

  • Sunday, DAY 7 – Digging the Past / Exposing the City of peace

    We begin this first day of actual touring in Jerusalem on Mount Scopus and the Mount of Olives. Enjoy the majestic views over Jerusalem, and what better day to begin to comprehend how awesome is Jerusalem, the center of the biblical world.
We will really “dig” Jerusalem at the Zurim Valley, at the base of the Mount of Olives where we will not only learn about the science of archeology from a professional expert, but also participate in sifting the finds from the area of the Temple Mount. There on the side of Mount of Olives (under an olive tree...where else?) we will have our morning devotional about so many of the events that happened there (and will in the future). Next an overview of the CITY OF DAVID at the time David captured it from the Jebusites. Then we will proceed to the Pool of Siloam where a blind man washed off the mud from his eyes and was healed by Jesus.
Continuing on to the Garden of Ophel, which has revealed many remains from the Second Temple period including the Hulda Steps ) that led up into the Temple Courts. Then we will follow the traditional route of the Via Dolorosa to the traditional “Holy Sepulcher.” On to the fabulous underground Western Wall Tunnel which goes under the Old City to reveal the city at the level it was 2000 years ago. Ascend the Western Hill to the heart of the Jewish Quarter to visit Shorashim and for some shopping in the ancient Shopping Street of the Roman Cardo. [ Overnight: Jerusalem ]

  • MONDAY, DAY 8 – 

    Hidden Secrets atop Mount of Olives

    Where the actual site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection is located has been a question that has vexed biblical searchers for thousands of years. We will explore the various sites that have claimed to be the area. You and your Bible can examine the claims and weigh the evidence. The most likely candidate is the area on top of the Mount of Olives on the grounds of the Pater Noster (the Sanctuary of the Eleona) named for the “Our Father” prayer. Emperor Constantine built a church over a tomb and cave in the Fourth century at this possible site of the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension. [ Overnight: Jerusalem ]

  • TUESDAY, DAY 9 – 

    Courageous Victims Actual Heroes

    Our touring day starts at the Garden Tomb (Gordon’s Golgotha) in Jerusalem, believed to contain an empty tomb from the time of Jesus. Then into the newer city of Jerusalem for a heartwarming stop at a workshop for some of Israel’s most valuable assets, Yad La'Kashish. From there we will continue to Yad Vashem, the Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Next we have two options for you. One is an exciting visit to Efrat to participate in training at Caliber 3, for tactics of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The other option is to visit Kfar Etzion a strategic kibbutz defending Jerusalem during the War of Independence in an historic battle for survival, truly, an inspiring story of courage and perseverance. Enjoy dinner with Lone Soldiers, those who have come to serve in the IDF from abroad without their families
. [ Overnight: Jerusalem ]

  • WEDNESDAY, DAY 10 – 

    Hidden secrets of israel

    We drive to visit the Ayalon Institute an underground bullet factory during the British occupation. Then we will go to Israel’s Independence Hall at this very site the reborn nation of Israel was declared on the 14 May, 1948. On that date the city of Tel Aviv was less than 40 years old. It was the first all-Jewish city started in thousands of years. Tel Aviv was originally an adjacent suburb of the ancient city of Jaffa (Joppa). 
Our varied day will end with a thrilling and heart-warming visit at Save A Child’s Heart, in Holon, Israel where a modern fulfillment of Genesis 12:3 is taking place.
 

    [ Overnight: Jerusalem ]

  • THURSDAY, DAY 10 – 

    MASADA, DEAD SEA, & THE SCROLLS

    Today we will move to the lowest spot on the face of the earth, the shores of the Dead Sea and the Mountain Fortress of Masada, the scene of the last Jewish resistance against the Romans in 73AD. Ascent and descent the mighty cliff, by cable car. From Masada we will drive northward on the west shore of the Dead Sea to visit Ein Gedi, a desert oasis with waterfalls, pools of water and two large streams. The Bible records that about 3,000 years ago David hid from King Saul in a cave at Ein Gedi. Next, from the bus we will see the caves at Qumran – best known as the settlement nearest to the hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls (in jars) in the caves in the cliffs, only to be 
discovered 1900 years later. We end the day by a float in the waters of the Dead Sea. No swimming necessary! [ Overnight: Jerusalem ]

  • FRIDAY, DAY 11 – Valley of
 Elah, burma road, & FAREWELL dinner TO AIRPORT.

    We will depart Jerusalem and on our way west across the Jerusalem Hills, we will ascend to 
Tel Azeka, where the Israelites gathered, and view the Valley of
 Elah, where little David helped the Philistine giant Goliath get stoned. While at the Ella Valley visit the most recently excavated and uncovered ruins of a city believed to be Shaaraim ("Double Gated City” Samuel 17:52) And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines 1 as far as Gath, and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron.
We will continue to visit part of the BURMA ROAD and the exciting story of the saving of Jerusalem in 1948 and the 1st General of a Jewish Army in over 2000 years and coincidentally he was from West Point. 
End the day of our last full day in Israel with a visit to the area of Abu Gosh, believed by some to be Emmaus. And to enjoy farewell dinner at one of the famous local restaurants.
 After dinner we will drive to Ben Gurion Airport and check in for our evening flight home. [ Depart Tel Aviv for home. ]

  • SATURDAY, DAY 12 – arrive home

    Arrive home on September, 23rd in time for family reunion, 

    but you’ll be a little sad to be leaving your “new” Home.