March 20-30, 2023
Early Bird Discount Valid Until June 30, 2022
This 11-day journey to the Holy Land will bring you close encounters with the land of ancient Judaism and Christianity. Watch the scriptures come to life as you walk through the wilderness and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. Experience modern religious traditions as we worship with Palestinian Christians and walk down the Mount of Olives. Build deep and lasting relationships with others from your congregation through group reflections and shared worship. This itinerary offers a glance at what you can expect in your 11-day tour. Schedule may be adjusted for efficiency and guide availability.
Monday, March 20, 2023 | Depart Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport
Depart CVG on Delta 228 at 6:10pm, connecting in Paris for your flight to Tel Aviv.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | Arrive Tel Aviv, Galilee
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv on Air France 962 at 2:05pm. We’ll travel to the Galilee in a deluxe motorcoach, arriving in time for orientation and dinner. We’re keeping our day pretty light, as Israel currently requires a quarantine until you received your negative PCR test.
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | Sea of Galilee
Today we explore Jesus’ adult ministry in Galilee led by a Palestinian Christian guide. Highlights include the Mount of Beatitudes, the churches at Tabgha, the ruins of Capernaum (home of Simon Peter), a lunch of “St. Peter’s Fish,” a museum with a 2,000 year-old boat, and a sunset boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Return to our Galilee hotel for dinner and overnight accommodations.
Thursday, March 23, 2023 | Nazareth and Mar Elias
Begin the day with a visit the Mar Elias Educational Institute in Ibillin, dedicated to educating Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Druze youth in the ways of peace. Meet with students who are eager to practice their English language skills. After a traditional Palestinian lunch, enjoy an “off the beaten path” tour of the Arab-Israeli city of Nazareth and the Basilica of the Annunciation, commemorating the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary. Visit the historic Synagogue Church and the White Mosque. Return to Galilee for dinner and overnight accommodations.
Friday, March 24, 2023 | Baptism Site, Bethlehem
This morning, we depart the Galilee and follow the Jordan River Valley south, arriving at the Jordan River Baptism Site. We will then travel up to Bethlehem, visiting the Church of the Nativity and Shepherds’ Field. In the late afternoon, you’ll meet our friend Ashraf, an artisan who works with olive wood. Olive wood carving is traditionally a Christian industry in Palestine. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Saturday, March 25, 2023 | Bethlehem
After a morning visit to the Church of the Nativity, the traditional site of Jesus’ birth, we’ll learn how to cook (and eat!) a traditional Palestinian meal with the women of the Noor Women’s Empowerment Group and learn more about the Palestinian people. In the late afternoon, we’ll return to our hotel with some free time before dinner. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Sunday, March 26, 2023| Modern Jerusalem
Attend morning worship with the English-speaking congregation of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in the Old City of Jerusalem. In the afternoon, visit the Israel Museum, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, artwork, Judica, and an impressive model of Jerusalem. Next is Yad Vashem, the Israel Holocaust Museum. We’ll finish the day with dinner at our hotel inside the Old City Walls, where we’ll stay for the remainder of the pilgrimage.
Monday, March 27, 2023 | Temple Mount and Ancient Jerusalem
Today we will take a deep dive into ancient Jerusalem from the time of the Israelite kings all the way up to Herod and Jesus. We start the day atop the Temple Mount complex for a tour with our Jewish guide before proceeding to the Western Wall and the Southern Steps. After lunch we will tour the modern Jewish Quarter of the Old City including a visit to an active synagogue.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 | Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea
Today, we go down to the Jordan River Valley again, this time heading for Masada and the Dead Sea. Masada was the site of the final stand of Jewish rebels opposed to King Herod. After learning the history of the site and touring the top of the mountain, we’ll visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We’ll finish the day in the Dead Sea, where you’ll float like a cork because of the highly saline water. Make sure you bring your bathing suit! We return to Jerusalem for dinner at our hotel.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 | Christian Jerusalem
Begin in the morning with a walk down the Mount of Olives, visiting several churches along the way and arriving in Gethsemane. After lunch, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of Jesus’ tomb and resurrection. You are then free to wander around the Old City, shop, or just relax and take in the city. We’ll enjoy an early dinner and a bit of rest before departing for Ben Gurion Airport at 2:00am.
Thursday, March 30, 2023 | Departure
We depart our Old City hotel around 2:00am for Ben Gurion Airport. We fly to Paris on Air France 975, connecting to Delta 265 to John F. Kennedy Airport. We have about an hour and a half at JFK before leaving on Delta 5273, arriving in Cincinnati at 9:03pm
Jordan Extension: Petra and Jerash
Thursday, March 30, 2023 | Israel to Jordan
We depart early for Jordan, crossing the Allenby Bridge into Jordan, where we meet our private guide. We travel towards Petra, stopping along the way at Jerash for a guided tour of the Roman ruins. We arrive in Petra in time for dinner.
Friday, March 31, 2023 | Petra
We’ll spend the entire day in Petra, touring the ancient city of the Nabateans. Our expert guide will be with us all day, but you are welcome to explore parts of the city on your own; just make sure to stay hydrated! We’ll enjoy dinner at the hotel on our final night in Jordan.
Saturday, April 1, 2023 | Mt. Nebo and Madaba
We depart early, visiting Mt. Nebo and Madaba before catching our evening flight home. Mt. Nebo is the traditional site of Moses’ view of the Promised Land. At Madaba, we’ll see the mosaic map of Jerusalem at the Byzantine Church of St. George. We will then transfer to either Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan, or Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv for our return to the US.
Sunday, April 2, 2023 | Return to US
Arrive in Cincinnati. Exact schedule TBD.
The total cost for this pilgrimage is $4,645, double occupancy, including airfare. Other departure cities available upon request and may include a fare increase. Single occupancy available for $650.
The Jordan Extension is $1095 per person, double occupancy, plus any additional airfare. The Jordan extension includes everything listed below, plus Jordanian Entry Visas and all entry and exit taxes. Single occupancy available for $180. Final airfare TBD by May 22, 2022
A $500 deposit is due upon registration
Early Bird Registration ($150 discount) is June 30, 2022.
Regular Registration deadline is December 1, 2022
Final Payment due February 1, 2023
|Round-trip Airfare from CVG||All Meals, Including Lunches||Ground Transportation|
|First Class Hotels||Entrance Fees + Local Guides||Pre-trip Educational Resources|
|Gratuity for Drivers and Guides||Hotel Baggage Transfers||Ordained Spiritual Guide|
Terms and Conditions
Please review the terms and conditions before registering for this trip. ENROLLMENT IN AND PAYMENT OF YOUR DEPOSIT CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE CONDITIONS AND STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY.