1st International Choir Festival

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Day 1 – May 15: ARRIVAL IN TEL AVIV

Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv with assistance through customs, meet your tour guide and driver and transfer to your hotel for check-in, dinner and your overnight stay.

Day 2 – May 16: JAFFA, CAESAREA, MT. CARMEL, NAZARETH, CANA, TIBERIAS

After breakfast visit Jaffa the ancient seaport from which the Prophet Jonah fled from God (Jonah 1:2) and the city where Peter stayed with Simon the Tanner and restored Tabitha (Dorcas) to life (Acts 9:36-43). Then head north along the beautiful Mediterranean shore line to visit Caesarea. It was here that Cornelius the Centurion and his household were saved and baptized (Acts 10). Paul was imprisoned here prior to his final journey to Rome (Acts 25 & 26). See the aqueduct and the theater. Drive to Mt Carmel (Kings 1, 18) where Elijah fought the prophets of Ba’al. Enjoy Druze home hospitality. Then proceed to the Sea of Galilee via Nazareth and Cana. Arrive in Tiberias, check in to your hotel and have an early dinner before departing to the Berko Archaeological Park to attend the “First International Choir Festival On The Lake”. Overnight at your Tiberias Hotel

Day 4 – May 18: MEGIDDO, GIDEON’S SPRING, BEIT SHEAN

Today’s journey begins with a drive to the foothills of Mt. Hermon and the source of the Jordan River at Caesarea Philippi (Banias) where Peter made his great confession of faith. Ascend to the Golan Heights and touch on the geopolitics of the area. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes the site of the Sermon on the Mount. Visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, to visit the ancient synagogue where Jesus preached (Matthew 4:12-25). Continue to Tabgha (Mark 6:30-44) and view the mosaic that depicts the miracle of the loaves and fish. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Return to Tiberias for some rest before an early dinner in the hotel. Drive to Berko Archaeological Park to attend the “First International Choir Festival On the Lake”. Overnight in Tiberias.

Day 5 – May 19: QASR EL YAHUD, QUMRAN, DEAD SEA. JERUSALEM

Today begins as you continue your journey south through the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. Along the way we shall visit Qasr El Yahud, the traditional site of the first baptism on the Jordan River. The drive continues passing Jericho, believed to be the oldest known inhabited city in the world, on our way to visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin shepherd in 1948. Enjoy a swim & “float” at the Dead Sea before heading to Jerusalem. On arrival in Jerusalem, check into your hotel and enjoy dinner and your overnight stay.

Day 6 – May 20: MT. OF OLIVES, OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM, BETHLEHEM

After breakfast, ascend to the crest of the Mt. of Olives (Luke. 19:28-40 & II Sam. 15:30-36). In the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36-56) we see olive trees that date back to the time of Christ and take time to pray. Walk through the Old City, visiting the Pool of Bethesda (John. 5), and view the shops and the unique way of life that these ancient customs and lifestyles have maintained. Then proceed to Pilate’s Judgment Hall in the Fortress of Antonia (John. 18:28—19:26). Stroll along the Jewish Quarter and the Roman Cardo, the main street from the Byzantine period of Jerusalem. Continue to the Western Wall, the holiest Jewish site, to pray to God’s presence and put a note in the wall. In the afternoon visit Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherds’ Fields. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

Day 7 – May 21: YAD VASHEM, ISRAEL MUSEUM, MT ZION, GARDEN TOMB

The final day of your journey begins as we visit Israel’s national memorial and museum to the Holocaust, Yad VaShem,. Proceed to visit the Israel Museum including the Shrine of the Book and the scale Model of Jerusalem from the 2nd temple period. Enjoy the colors and scents of the local fruits and other products at the Machane Yehuda open-air market. Continue to the Upper Room of the Last Supper (John 13:1-30) and King David’s Tomb on Mt. Zion. Our day will end with the Garden Tomb, where we sense the agony of Christ’s crucifixion at Gordon’s Calvary (Luke. 23:50—24:12) and experience the exhilaration and reality of the resurrection. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

Day 8 – May 22: DEPARTURE

Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your return flight home