Faithlife: 9-Day “Encountering the Footsteps of Jesus” Tour

Nov. 18-Nov. 26

Experience the goodness of the Lord as you journey
through the Promised Land, recalling the life and ministry
of Jesus Christ.

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Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv

Day 1—Depart for Israel

On your flight to Israel, take the opportunity to delve into the Word with your Faithlife Study Bible. Read up on the sites and stories you’ll be seeing on your tour, and—with our exclusive Israel Travel Guide and Devotional—prepare your mind and heart for your tour of the Holy Land.

Mediterranean Sea seascape
Mediterranean Sea seascape

Day 2—Arrive in Tel Aviv

Enjoy the Mediterranean Sea from one of the many beaches or parks in Tel Aviv, named the ninth-best beach city in the world by National Geographic. If you would rather stay inside, Tel Aviv, home to 18 performing-arts centers, is a major center for culture and entertainment—you can catch an opera, musical, or concert from some of the world’s leading classical conductors and soloists. Visit Tel Aviv’s many museums and historical sites, or take a tour of this vibrant metropolis. Tel Aviv is the fifth-most-visited city in the Middle East and Africa—you’re sure to find something to do at any time of day or night. (No wonder it’s known as the “city that never sleeps.”) Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and assisted with your arrival procedures. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Tel Aviv to prepare you for your Faithlife Tour.

Palace Ruins and Harbor Area, Caesarea
Palace Ruins and Harbor Area, Caesarea

Day 3—Where Jesus preached

Today you will depart for Galilee, enjoying stops at the extensive ruins of Caesarea, an ancient port city built by King Herod and later the seat of government of the Roman governors and the spot where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman centurion (Acts 9 & 25). You will continue to Megiddo (the valley of Armageddon) & Mt. Carmel, where Elijah prayed and God defeated 450 prophets of Baal with fire from heaven (1 Kings 18). Dinner and overnight in Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. (Breakfast, dinner)

Nazareth from Mount Precipice
Nazareth from Mount Precipice

Day 4—Where Jesus’ ministry began

You will begin this day in Galilee, a town rich in memories of the life of Christ, with a short drive to Nazareth to visit “Nazareth Village”—a—recreated village offering detailed explanation of what life was like during the time of Jesus. Leaving Nazareth, visit the Mt. of Beatitudes and enjoy time for spiritual reflection and meditation in your Faithlife Tours devotional as you reflect on Jesus’ teachings from the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5: 1–15) and enjoy the beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee. Continue along the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (Mark 1: 31–38), the base of Jesus’ early ministry, the home of Peter, and the site of many healings. In the afternoon, you will board a replica “Jesus Boat,” a fishing boat of the kind used by the disciples of Jesus, for our ride on the Sea of Galilee. Your day ends on the Jordan River with an opportunity for baptisms. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (Breakfast, dinner)

Ruins by Jerusalem's South Wall
Ruins by Jerusalem's South Wall

Day 5—Journey to Jerusalem

After breakfast, you will travel north into the Golan Heights to view the Galilee from a special lookout. You will continue along the Banias River to the ancient site of Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus asked his disciples “who do men say that I am?” (Mark 8: 27–30). Enjoy a short hike through the beautiful nature reserve of Tel Dan (named for the tribe of Dan), and see the gate of Jeroboam and Gideon Springs. Heading toward Jerusalem and enjoy a visit to Beit She’an, one of the best-preserved Decapolis Roman cities. Then ascend to the majestic city of Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, dinner)

Garden of Gethsemane
Garden of Gethsemane

Day 6—Gethsemane to Bethlehem

Begin your day on the beautiful Mt. of Olives—to behold the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. You will walk down the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane, with its ancient olive grove, and the Church of All Nations, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed on the night of his betrayal (Matt. 26:36, John 18:1). Entering the Old City of Jerusalem through the Zion Gate, walk to the most holy shrine of the Jewish people, the Western (Wailing) Wall of Herod's temple. Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Samuel. 24:18–25). On this site now stands the golden Dome of the Rock and the El-Aksa Mosque. From the temple area, you will make your way along the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross), the road which Jesus walked after being sentenced by Pontius Pilate. Some of the sites you’ll see along the way include St. Anne’s Crusader Church, the Pools of [More]

Dead Sea and Mountains of Moab
Dead Sea and Mountains of Moab

Day 7—Explore the Dead Sea

Leaving Jerusalem this morning, you will visit the Judean desert and the western shore of the Dead Sea. The stops today include Ein Gedi—where David hid from King Saul (1 Sam.24: 1–7)—and Qumran,where the Dead Sea scrolls were written over 2000 years ago and discovered in 1947. Continuing south, enjoy a stop at Masada, the fortress built by King Herod and site of the last Jewish resistance against the Romans in AD 73. Ascending the area by cable car, survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples, and palaces. Conclude your day with a relaxing float in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (Breakfast, dinner)

Flowers at Garden Tomb
Flowers at Garden Tomb

Day 8—Where Jesus rose

Following breakfast and checkout procedures, visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. You will also see the 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem as the city would have appeared in Jesus’ time. Afterwards, visit Golgotha and the Garden Tomb for a time of quiet reflection, worship, and communion. Following the visit to the Garden Tomb, you will return to Tel Aviv with dinner enroute before heading to the airport for your late-night flight home. (Breakfast, dinner)

Flowers at Garden Tomb
Mediterranean Sea

Day 9—Return and reflect

On your flight home, finish reading your Israel Travel Guide and Devotional with your Faithlife Study Bible and reflect on your spiritual journey. Post pictures and reflections on your Faithlife profile to share with loved ones back home before you even land.

Price includes:

  • Superior hotels
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches
  • Entrance fees to sites included in the itineraries
  • English-speaking guides and drivers
  • Breakfast and dinner as shown in the itinerary
  • Porterage for hotels throughout
  • Exclusive Faithlife Study Bible resource
  • 15% off Logos Bible Software base packages

Price does not include:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Recommended travel protection insurance
  • Lunch and gratuity for lunch, unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Gratuity for driver and tour guide of $80 per person
  • Single supplement fee $595 per person for those rooming alone
  • All beverages