Trip Focus: Prayer, Biblical experience
Israel, a country holding a special place in the heart of God, is hungry for the message of the Gospel. During this trip we will have opportunities to pray for the Holy Land and will primarily spend the trip seeing many Biblical sites, like the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, the Pool of Bethesda, the Garden Tomb, the Western Wall, and the Dead Sea. Team members will leave their footprints in the same soil where Jesus walked and be forever changed!
One of our Founding Pastors, Greg Kennedy, will be sharing and teaching at each location we visit. Having enjoyed several journeys through the Holy Land, Pastor Greg finds great joy in bringing Scripture to life in the physical locations where they occurred and sharing the experiences anew with fellow believers. During the trip, we'll learn more about each location and have the opportunity to worship and pray together throughout the trip. An extensive tour guide of the sites will be given to each traveler prior to departure.
Opendoor is blessed to partner with Fowler Tours, Dallas, TX and Pastor Bo Williams of Trinity Fellowship Church, Amarillo, TX in the planning and execution of this journey. We're believing that each of our travelers will experience new insight in the love of our Savior!
FRIDAY, APRIL 27 — RALEIGH/DURHAM, NEWARK:
Check in with United Airlines in Raleigh/Durham at least two hours before departure. Check your bag all the way through to Tel Aviv. Leave by morning flight to Newark and connect to a wide-bodied jet for the flight across
the Atlantic. Dinner, breakfast and snacks are served as we fly across the Atlantic.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28 — TEL AVIV, NETANYA:
Upon arrival in Tel Aviv in the late morning, we are met by our guide, and we are transferred to the Ramada Resort in Hadera for overnight. While resting up for our first full day in Israel, you will be able to enjoy the hotel beach on the Mediterranean Sea.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29 — CAESAREA, MEGIDDO, MT. CARMEL, NAZARETH:
We begin our morning with a short drive to Caesarea, once the capital of the Roman province, and see the harbor from which Paul was taken to Rome. Proceed to Megiddo overlooking the Jezreel Valley and considered the Armageddon of the New Testament. We continue on with sightseeing to Mt. Carmel, Tsipori, Nazareth, and Cana before arriving in Tiberias for three nights at the Leonardo Club Hotel on the Sea of Galilee.
MONDAY, APRIL 30 — GOLAN HEIGHTS, CAESAREA PHILIPPI, TEL DAN:
Today, we’ll visit Magdala as we drive north to the Upper Galilee area and Caesarea Philippi, site of Peter’s confession of the Messiah and the Lord’s declaration, “On this rock, I’ll build my church…” We will drive along the Golan
Heights to see where the 1967 battles took place. From there it is a short drive to Tel Dan. In the afternoon we return to Leonardo Club Hotel for the evening.
TUESDAY, MAY 1 — CAPERNAUM, MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, JORDAN RIVER:
Take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. See the Synagogue and Peter’s house, center of Jesus’ preaching ministry. Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount is remembered and visit Korazin and
Bethsaida. Visit the baptismal site at Yardenit before returning to the Leonardo Club Hotel.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 — GIDEON’S SPRINGS, BET SHEAN, DEAD SEA, QUMRAN:
This day we begin our journey to the Dead Sea area after stops at Gideon’s Springs and Bet Shean where you will be amazed at the excavations of this ancient city. We continue to Kaser Al Yahud, Jesus’ baptism site, and on to the Dead Sea and Qumran, the site of an Essene enclave and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden. We conclude our day at the Leonardo Privilege Hotel on the Dead Sea with an opportunity to swim in the Dead Sea.
THURSDAY, MAY 3 — MASADA, EN GEDI, WADI QELT, JERUSALEM:
Before departing for Jerusalem, we will stop at Masada, the stronghold of Jewish resistance to the Romans. Then, we’ll drive a short distance to the area of En Gedi where David hid from King Saul. We continue from here to Wadi Qelt for a visit before continuing on to Jerusalem and a visit to the Mount of Olives for a marvelous view of the city. We will visit the Garden of Gethsemane either before checking in at the Olive Tree Hotel or in the evening if possible.
FRIDAY, MAY 4 — JERUSALEM:
Today we’ll visit St. Peter in Gallicantu, Church of St. Anne, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, the Lithostrotos, Antonia Fortress, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Cardo, the Upper Room, David’s Tomb and the Garden Tomb. We’ll return to the Olive Tree Hotel for dinner.
SATURDAY, MAY 5 — JERUSALEM, BETHLEHEM:
This morning we will visit Bethlehem, our Lord’s birth place. Following the visit and some time for shopping, we will go out to Herodian, the palace-fortress built by King Herod. Back in Jerusalem, we will visit Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial Museum.
SUNDAY, MAY 6 — JERUSALEM, TEL AVIV:
Today we visit sites in Jerusalem such as the City of David, Pool of Siloam, where Jesus healed the blind man, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Southern Steps and Mt. Zion. We conclude our tour with a farewell dinner before transferring to the airport in Tel Aviv for our flight home. Depart by late evening United wide-bodied jet. Dinner and breakfast are served en route.
MONDAY, MAY 7 — NEWARK, RALEIGH/DURHAM:
We arrive in Newark in the early morning and after clearing U. S. Customs, continue our trip on United Airlines to Raleigh/Durham.
- Supplement for a single room: $725