Tour Schedule

November 2013
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  • Updates from SPIRIT's 2013 Israel Trip

  • Day 2 - November 8th

    When we arrive in Tel Aviv, we will be greeted by our local representative where we will then be transported to check into our hotel in Tel Aviv. After settling, we’ll have an informal gathering and an opportunity to take a leisurely stroll down the beach. Feel free to use the rest of the day on your own, resting and recovering or getting to know your travel mates.
  • Day 3 - November 9th

    After breakfast, let the tour begin! We will visit the House of Peter in Jaffa (Acts 10) where we will hear a teaching about a leader’s calling to stand up and walk when the Lord calls. Then, onto Caesarea through the Mediterranean Coast and seashore. This is where Peter went in Acts 10-11 by the command of the Lord and because of this, many were baptized for the first time. Later in the afternoon, we will arrive at the Kibbutz Hotel where we will enjoy dinner and overnight.
  • Day 4 - November 10th

    Today, we will visit an area known as the “holy or evangelical triangle” where Jesus performed His miracles in the multitudes along the northwestern shores of the Sea of Galilee. First, a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount took place (Matthew 5-7). This scenic stop provides a fascinating view of the Sea of Galilee. Next, we will journey to Tagbah; the place where the resurrected Christ met the apostles. Then, onto Capernaum, the “town of Jesus,” – a small village near the Sea of Galilee where we will see the remains of the House of Peter. This afternoon, we'll have the opportunity to experience an authentic Jewish fishing boat from Jesus' time and then cruise the lake by boat where we'll have an opportunity to worship on the Sea of Galilee.
  • Day 5 - November 11th

    We will start the day with a visit to Tel Dan at the northern border of the Israelite kingdom. Then we will move on to Caesarea Philippe where Jesus asked his apostles who they thought that He was. Here He will ask us the same question! During the afternoon, we will visit the river Jordan where we will learn about the baptism of Jesus and enjoy a St. Peter’s Fish Lunch. You will also have the opportunity for full immersion baptism or the reaffirmation of your baptismal vows in the River Jordan – a moment many look forward to during the tour. Then, we will head back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
  • Day 6 - November 12th

    In the morning we will go to the fascinating ruins of Megiddo called “Armageddon” in the book of Revelation. High up on the ruins of this intriguing site, there will be teaching about the role of Armageddon in the end-times. We will have the opportunity to drive to Nazareth to visit the well of Mary and hear about Nazareth – the city of the Messiah. Next, we will visit the Church of the Annunciation, and stop at Qumran. This archaeological site is located in the West Bank about 1 mile northwestern of the Dead Sea. It is best known as the location where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 deep inside a cave. The scrolls are the oldest scriptures of the Bible ever found. The Dead Sea is also known to be the lowest point on earth at 1300 feet below sea level. The quantity of water that evaporates from it is greater than that which flows into it. That being said, this body of water has the highest concentration of salt in the world which provides you the opportunity to float like a cork! Enjoy the evening on the Dead Sea and perhaps enjoy a mud bath while you are at it.
  • Day 7 - November 13th

    Take your time getting ready this morning and in the afternoon (have some free time in the spa at the hotel), we will travel by cable car to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Built by King Herod, this was the last strong hold of the Zealots in their final battle against the Romans. We'll explore the ruins of Herod's lavish getaway. After lunch, we'll visit Ein Gedi before we leave for Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
  • Day 8 - November 14th

    We will start the day at the south side of the temple wall where we will visit the very stairs Jesus walked to the temple. We will explore the remains of the original city of Jerusalem that King David made his capitol over more than 3,000 years ago. We will walk a marketplace more than 2,000 years old. At the Burnt House, we'll view an audio-visual presentation concerning Jerusalem's destruction by the Romans. We'll continue to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park/Davidson Center. In the Davidson Center we'll view a wonderful audio-visual presentation that provides a virtual tour of the Second Temple as archaeologists believe it appeared to Jewish pilgrims of that period. We’ll explore monumental ruins of the Second Temple complex built by Herod the Great and stand on the broad staircase, likely used by Jesus himself for approaching the Temple. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
  • Day 9 - November 15th

    Take a day to relax or explore Jerusalem on your own. Do some window shopping, book some personal activities in the city or feel free to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. We will also provide suggestions of additional religious sites to visit on this rest day.
  • Day 10 - November 16th

    Take in the panoramic view of the Holy City today from the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane. Here, the story of Palm Sunday will truly come to life as you can reflect on the deep anguish of Jesus as He was facing the cross. We will visit Bethlehem – Nativity Church and Shepherds field. Back at the hotel, we will enjoy a farewell dinner.
  • Day 11 - November 17th

    We will visit Basilica of St. Anne and the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus cured a man who had been lame for 38 years. Then, we will walk along the “Via Dolorosa” – Jesus’ road to the cross. After lunch, we'll continue following the Stations of the Cross until the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of Calvary/Golgotha (Crucifixion of Jesus), and the Garden Tomb. Leaving the Christian Quarter, we'll walk through the Arab market and exit the Old City at the Jaffa Gate. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
  • Day 12 - November 18th

    Today the group will be transferred back to Ben Gurion International Airport for your return flight to Seattle via LAX. Enjoy in-flight meals and services.

* There are hundreds of religious sites to visit in Israel. Our itinerary has been developed to visit as many of the most impactful sites as possible. Due to logistical changes and other unforeseen circumstances it may be necessary to alter the itinerary. 

SPIRIT 105.3 is partnering with Indus Travels of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada to promote the SPIRIT 105.3 Israel Trip. Trip arrangement details, including passenger registration, payment processing, scheduling, travel, lodging, guided tour activities and more, shall be exclusively handled by Indus Travel.

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