Pictures from Israel

The Holy Land & Jordan

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus & Moses

Led by:

The Rev. Edward Harrison
Christ Episcopal Church
Coronado, CA

February 25 – March 11, 2014

Trip map

DAY 1: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - Depart from Los Angeles on our non-stop trans-Atlantic flight to Tel Aviv.  Meals on aircraft. M

DAY 2: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - Our Pilgrimage in this Holy Land begins:  After meeting our guide for the Holy Land, we travel to Netanya on the Mediterranean Sea for dinner and overnight. MD

DAY 3: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - We have come to see for ourselves (John 1:45-46):  Herod’s City-Caesarea; The Majesty of Carmel; Armageddon. . . . to the Sea of Galilee.  We head north toward Caesarea, once capital of the Roman province, where we visit the Roman and Crusader remains and the harbor from which St. Paul was taken prisoner to Rome.  We continue toward Mt. Carmel (Is. 35:2), a symbol of strength, beauty and fertility for OT prophets.  Traditionally, Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal is located at Muhraqa (‘the sacrifice’), a peak offering a spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley.  This fertile valley, also known as the plain of Megiddo, has been the scene of horrible carnage and almost constant strife.  Legend portrays this area as the stage for the final battle of history:  Armageddon (Rev. 16:16).  The excavations at Megiddo have uncovered a fortified city built by Solomon (1 Kgs. 9:15).  We continue to the kibbutz on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where we will have dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 4: Friday, February 28, 2014 - “He is going ahead of us to Galilee” (Mt. 28):  The Sea; Capernaum; Tabgha; Korazin; Mount of Beatitudes.  We begin at Capernaum where we shall walk in the ancient synagogue and see St. Peter’s house.  We continue to Korazin (Mt. 11:21) before traveling to Tabgha where we will see the mosaics of the Loaves and Fishes and celebrate Holy Eucharist.  From Tabgha we will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee all the way back to Tiberias.  Afterwards, we will journey to the Mount of Beatitudes to rehear the Sermon on the Mount and then we will hike down to the shore of the Sea of Galilee as Jesus and his disciples would have done.  We will return to our kibbutz and visit the museum that holds the 1st century boat discovered in the mud around the sea.  Dinner and overnight at our kibbutz. BD

DAY 5: Saturday, March 1, 2014 - The upper Galilee:  Golan Heights; Caesarea Philippi; Mt. Hermon: We travel to Caesarea Philipi, once the largest city in northern Israel.  It is here that Jesus said to Simon, “and upon this rock I will build my church” (Mt. 16: 13-20).  Near the foot of Mt. Hermon, we will walk along the Jordan River to the Springs of Banias and renew our baptismal vows.  We will travel to Safed, the highest city in Israel before we return to our Kibbutz for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 6: Sunday, March 2, 2014 - This morning we travel to Beth Shean to see the best preserved Roman-Byzantine town in Israel.  Beth Shean lay on the old trade routes between Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean.  We continue to Mt. Tabor, the traditional spot of the Transfiguration.  The Church of the Transfiguration incorporates two chapels; one of Moses and one of Elijah.  We continue on to Nazareth, home of the Basilica of the Annunciation.  We continue following the footsteps that Jesus and his family would have taken as they made their way through Samaria.  We cross over the Sheikh Hussein Bridge into Jordan for dinner and overnight in Amman. BD

DAY 7: Monday, March 3, 2014 - We travel south along the King’s Highway stopping to visit Mt. Nebo, also known as Moses Mountain, where Moses saw the Promised Land and where he is reported to have died.  From the top of the mountain, you can see the skyline of Jerusalem and Bethlehem and the expanse of the Dead Sea.  We will continue to Madaba where we will see the mosaic map of Old Jerusalem that was unearthed in 1898 during the construction of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George’s.  Our journey takes us to the city of Karak to visit the old Karak Castle, the castle of the Crusaders.  We now continue to Petra for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 8: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - Today we marvel at the wonders of the red rose city of Petra.  We have the choice of walking to the site or to taking a carriage ride through the dramatic “siq” or canyon.  We see the Treasury, carved in pink stone, the Roman Theatre, the Corinthian Tomb and Palace Tomb.  We continue into Petra, we see the theatre, the Roman Soldier Tomb, the Columbarium and much more as we make our way to the High Place of Sacrifice located at the top of Jabal Mount.  The High Place of Sacrifice is considered to be the oldest major cultic facility in Petra.  We visit the museum and, for those who take the 60 minute walk to the Monastery, they will be rewarded with the best sites in Petra.  Dinner and overnight Petra. BD

DAY 9: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - We travel north and visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the peaceful site believed to be the true Baptismal site of Jesus.  We renew our Baptismal vows and then cross the Allenby Bridge back into Israel.  We visit Jericho, considered to be the oldest and lowest city on earth.  Drive to visit Qumran where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and continue to our hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 10: Thursday, March 6, 2014 - We drive along the Dead Sea to Masada, the isolated mountain-top fortress about 440m above the banks of the Dead Sea.  Masada was first fortified as early as the 1st or 2nd century BC and then enlarged by Herod the Great.  For those who wish, there will be the opportunity to either climb Masada to the top or to hike down the mountain.  We visit Ein Gedi for a walk to a spectacular oasis/waterfall where David hid from Saul.  We return to the hotel where there will be time to visit the spa, take a dip in the Dead Sea or just relax in the beautiful surroundings. BD

DAY 11: Friday, March 7, 2014 - “Up to Jerusalem”:  We travel to Bethlehem for lunch at a wonderful Arab restaurant called Two Moustaches.  After lunch, we visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field and have time for shopping before returning to Jerusalem where we visit The House of Caiaphas, site of the imprisonment of Jesus prior to his crucifixion.  We have dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. BLD

DAY 12: Saturday, March 8, 2014 - Life’s Bread, Jerusalem and Bethlehem:  Through St. Stephen’s Gate to the Holy City, we study the model of ancient Jerusalem to orient ourselves to the city.  We walk to St. Anne’s Church, standing on a property facing the Temple Mount.  Once inside we find ourselves singing (the acoustics are glorious).  Nearby, we visit excavations which speak to us of Jesus’ healing at the “pool with the five porticos.”  We walk together to the Temple Mount Dig, to the Dome of the Rock, to the Western Wailing Wall and the Jewish Quarter.  We visit the ancient excavated cisterns that were found under the Old City and explore the excavations of the Temple Mount Dig.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. BD

DAY 13: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - The Passion:  Palm Sunday Walk; Dominus Flevit; Church of the Agony; Garden of Gethsemane; Cave of the Olive Press.  We walk along the Palm Sunday Path stopping to celebrate Eucharist in a private garden that is a part of Gethsemane.  From here we shall move on to walk the Via Dolorosa, winding through the busy markets of the Old City.  We end our walk at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, scene of the Crucifixion and site of the Tomb.  We visit the Garden Tomb, thought by some to be the site of Golgotha and the tomb of Jesus.  The rest of the day is free for further exploration in the Old City.  After dinner at our hotel in Jerusalem, we visit the Scottish Hospice where a consortium of Arab women sell their handmade wares.  Dinner and overnight Jerusalem. BD

DAY 14: Monday, March 10, 2014 - New Jerusalem and Ein Kerem:  Today we shall visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and the Knesset, the Israel Museum which houses the Shrine of the Book, along with other important sites.  We will also visit Ein Kerem, just west of Jerusalem.  It is here that, according to Christian tradition, John the Baptist was born and lived.  We visit the Church of St. John the Baptist which dates from the 17th century but is built over older Byzantine and Crusader structures.  There is also a visit to the Church of the Visitation which commemorates the Virgin Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, mother of John.  There will be some free time this afternoon for packing, exploring your favorite sites in the Old City, or finishing last minute shopping.  We will enjoy an early gala farewell dinner together before we depart for the airport to board our trans-Atlantic flight back to the US. BD

DAY 15: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - We arrive back into Los Angeles this morning. M

Price: $4,209.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Los Angeles International Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement $1,279.00.

A deposit of $300.00 per person due with application and copy of passport by November 21, 2013.

* Excludes airline taxes & fuel surcharges that will be added to your final payment.  Estimated taxes on October 10, 2013 $688.97 per person.

*Price DOES NOT include Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.

Final Payment due December 13, 2013

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◊ Until November 20, 2013 : $100 per person.
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◊ December 13, 2013 or later: NO REFUND

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Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.

Note that Israel and Jordan are physically demanding destinations. Good shoes and some preparing for the trip on the stair master are invaluable aids to a healthy and happy pilgrimage.