MACU Holy Land Tour July 1-12, 2014

July 01, 2014


12 Days of Biblical Discovery

Hosted by Dr. Bob Smith, guided by Dr. Mark Ziese
through the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Study

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Additional Details

Gateway City: TBA

Basic Tour Dates: July 1 – 12, 2014 

Departure City: Norfolk, VA

Hotels: Netanya: 1 Overnight: Seasons hotel or similar
Tiberias: 4 Overnights: Royal Plaza hotel or similar
Jerusalem: 4 Overnights: Olive Tree hotel or similar

Please be advised that all hotels are subject to availability and itinerary days & overnights are 
subject to change.

Trip Includes: Hotels / Breakfast and Dinner Daily / JCBS Instructor / Driver / Driver Tips/ Tips 
and Taxes /Buses /Round-trip Airfare from Norfolk, VA /Entry Fees /Cable Car

Selling Price:$4098.00 p.p. Round-trip Norfolk based on 15+ passengers per bus 
Ground Only Price: $2598.00 p.p. based on 15+ passengers per bus (Ratio 1:7)
Not Included in the cost of the tour are: Lunches, Travel Protection Plan, “Love Offering” for the 
Driver and Expenses of Personal Nature.

The selling price is based on double occupancy and a minimum number of passengers as stated 
above traveling throughout. Single rooms are available for an additional $700. If the tour totals 
are less than the minimum number of passengers, the selling price could increase depending on 
the final number of the group, and it will be the responsibility of the host to inform the passengers 
about this increase. Also, if the tour totals are less than 15 passengers, JCBS may not be able 
to secure group rates from airlines and hotels and will then be forced to cancel or combine the 
group with another to operate the tour. 

$300.00 deposit is required at the time of registering. No registration will be processed without a 

Second deposit of $1500.00 is due at 105 days prior to departure, which is March 18, 2014.
Full and Final payment is due at 60 days prior to departure, which is May 2, 2014.
Please note that the price above reflects a 4% cash discount. Travelers using a credit card for any other 
payments than the initial deposit will pay an additional amount equal to 4% of the total tour cost.


Day One (Monday, July 1)

Depart Norfolk, VA for a connection with a non-stop flight to Israel.

Day Two (Tuesday, July 2)
Arrival in Israel. Philistine Plain and Plain of Sharon. Overnight in Netanya.
After arriving in Tel Aviv, the group will travel to the Plain of Sharon to decompress in a 
comfortable hotel near the Mediterranean Sea.

Day Three (Wednesday, July 3)
Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Esdraelon and Jezreel Valleys.Overnight in 

Spectacular sites frame the beginning of our tour. The first is Caesarea-by-the-Sea, where Herod 
the Great built a port that became the seat of Roman power in Palestine. This city is the place 
where the apostle Peter realized that the Gospel was also for the Gentiles (Acts 10) and where 
the Apostle Paul was imprisoned for two years before embarking to make his appeal to Caesar 
(Acts 24-27). After lunch, a brief stop will be made in the Mt. Carmel Range to consider the 
confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. In the afternoon we stop at Tel Megiddo, 
a site overlooking a great battlefield. We advance to Tiberius, the northern base of our travels.

Day Four (Thursday, July 4)
Nazareth, Nazareth Village, Sepphoris, Cana. Overnight in Tiberius.
This day the party explores Lower Galilee and learns about the first century. We visit Nazareth, 
the boyhood home of Jesus, as well as the recreated Nazareth Village, a place to consider ancient 
daily life. Contrasting Nazareth is the urban center of nearby Sepphoris, where wewitness a 
sophisticated administrative center from the Roman period. Finally, we stop at Cana, the possible 
site of Jesus’ first miracle. There we meet with local Christians and learn about contemporary 
disciples of Jesus in Galilee. Dinner and lodging in Tiberius.

Day Five (Friday, July 5)
Hazor, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Mt. Hermon/Nimrod Castle, Kursi, Overnight in Tiberius.
This day we travel northward following the Jordan up to its sources. In this verdant hill country 
we visit capital cities. The first of these is Hazor. This was a Canaanite site that later served 
as a Solomonic center. Our second stop is at Dan, a religious shrine during Israel’s Divided 
Monarchy. There we see the impressive remains of a mud brick gate from the time of the 
Patriarchs, and the temple where Jeroboam erected a golden calf. The third stop is Caesarea 
Philippi, the capital city of the Tetrarch Philip and Sanctuary of Pan. From there we will ascend 
the flanks of Mt. Hermon and think about Jesus’ transfiguration and see a Crusader era castle. 
Returning southward we stop at Kursi, to see a church built to honor Jesus’ exorcism of a 
demoniac. Dinner and overnight in Tiberius.

Day Six (Saturday, July 6)
Tabgah, Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Chorazin, Bethsaida, Boat Ride on the Sea of 
Galilee, Jordan River Baptismal Site. Overnight in Tiberius.

Today we travel to sites around the Sea of Galilee and reflect on Jesus’ ministry in the region. 
At Capernaum, we see the remains of synagogues and a house like that owned by Peter. We visit 
Tabgah where the feeding of the 5000 is commemorated and travel on to the Mt of Beatitudes, 
associated with Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. From there we will visit the sites of Chorazin and 
Bethsaida, cities condemned by Jesus. Two highlights of the trip are experienced this day: a boat 
ride across the Sea of Galilee and a visit to the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight in Tiberius.

Day Seven (Sunday, July 7)
Jordan, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Masada. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Today we pack our bags and head south along the Jordan River, sighting the mound of Beth 
Shan. Here, the Philistines displayed the body of King Saul. In Jericho, we marvel at fallen 
walls and consider how Jesus ate with Zacchaeus. Continuing south, we stop at Qumran, the 
site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were created. We follow the shore of the Dead Sea to Masada, 
a great desert fortress, and ascend to its summit by cable car. Finally, we climb through the 
Wilderness of Judea where Jesus was tempted. As we near our destination, we will make a brief 
stop on the top of the Mt. of Olives for our first view of the city of Jerusalem. Here, we establish 
a southern hub, eat, and rest. Overnight in Jerusalem. 

Day Eight (Monday, July 8)
Herodium, Shepherds’ Field, Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity), Elah Valley, Beth 
Shemesh, Abu Ghosh. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Jesus was born within sight of Herod’s greatest monument to himself. After experiencing the 
grandeur of that monument, we go to Bethlehem to see the traditional site of Jesus’ humble birth. 
In the afternoon, we head down from the Hill country of Judea to the Elah Valley where the 
shepherd David confronted the giant Goliath. As we make our way back to Jerusalem, we travel 
through Beth Shemesh and the possible location of Emmaus. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day Nine (Tuesday, July 9)
Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, St. Anne’s Church, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Church of 
Holy Sepulchre, Church of the Redeemer, Damascus Gate, Garden Tomb. Overnight in 

Our day’s exploration of Jerusalem begins on the Mount of Olives with the sun illuminating 
the waking city. We descend to the area of Gethsemane and pause there to consider the night 
of Jesus’ arrest. Our first stop within the walls of the Old City is the Pool of Bethesda and the 
Crusader era Church of St. Anne. Continuing down what has been called the Via Dolorosa, we 
proceed to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. 
Nearby, from the Church of the Redeemer we will have a bird’s eye view to the city. From there 
we will go out the Damascus Gate to the Garden Tomb.Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day Ten (Wednesday, July 10)
Temple Mount, Archaeological Park/Davidson Center, City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, 
Pool of Siloam. Overnight in Jerusalem.

An early start puts us on the Temple Mount. Here we walk through the area of the Temple 
courts and see the placewhere the Temple once stood. Leaving the Temple we then walk by the 
Western Wall to explore aspects of the first century city, including the stairs leading up to the 
Temple. Exiting the Dung Gate we travel by foot to the City of David excavations and explore 
aspects of the Old Testament city. The day culminates with a walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel to 
the Pool of Siloam. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day Eleven (Thursday, July 11)
Free day in Jerusalem to shop, rest, or visit museums. Transfer to Tel Aviv for late departure.

Day Twelve (Friday, July 12)
Return to Norfolk, VA.