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In September of 2016, we hosted a 10 day trip to the Holy Land through Educational Opportunities Tours.  It was a fantastic opportunity to see the land where Jesus walked, and the Patriarchs of the Bible lived. The past came alive as we walked in the places from the Bible of both the Old and New Testaments.  Our guide, David Aarons, was absolutely wonderful.  His knowledge and expertise of the land and its history in relationship to the Bible was outstanding.  Also, our bus driver Said, added so much to this pilgrimages by taking us to some new places that were not even on our intenerary.  If you have been thinking of making a pilgimage to the Holy Land, I would like to invite you to come along with us. We will be making another great Holy Land trip, beginning on November 5th and going through November 14th of 2018. This trip will be an expansive "Bible Land Exploration" pilgrimage.  This will be an incredibly comprehensive tour of Israel.  It is a journey that every Christian should make.  Don't miss out on this incredible pilgrimage.  During this pilgrimage, we will journey the length and breadth of Israel from the Galilee in the north to the Dead Sea in the south and from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Jordanian border in the east.  Our guide on this exciting journey will again be my long-time friend, and Bible Scholar, David Aarons.  He will make the Bible "come alive" on this Spiritual Journey of a Lifetime.  Be sure to bring your Bible, as well as your camera, and prepare to receive the memories that you will cherish forever!!  The price for this trip, including round-trip airfare between Nashville, Tn, and Tel Aviv, Israel, first class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, deluxe motorcoaches, profesional guides, and entrance fees to sites visited is only around $3,950.00.  This is an incredible value!!  DON"T BE FOOLED by many of the so-called discount Holy Land Tours.  You don't want to invest your money to travel over 7,000 miles away only to find yourself in 2nd class accomodations and tiny tour buses, seeing only a smattering of the sites that you could be enjoying.  Educational Opportunities is a first class Chistian Travel agency with over 40 years of experience in Christian Holy Land travel.  I have personally been taking or leading trips with Educational Opportunities for over 15 years, and have found them to be the very best value in the industry.  If you would like to request a complete information packet, you may contact us through e-mail at ronadams@cafes.net. Please join us on this incredible spiritual journey.


DAY 1 & DAY 2 - USA to the HOLY LAND: Your spiritual pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight. You will be welcomed to Tel Aviv, Israel by our airport representative and transferred to your hotel.  Enjoy dinner before you rest overnight in your hotel in Netanya..
 
DAY 3Caesarea Maritime, Mount Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth:  Begin your tour in the Holy Land, by visiting the Roman Aqueduct and Theater at Caesarea, a center of the early Christians where Paul was imprisoned for two years (Acts 23: 22).  View Mount Carmel and recall Elijah's dramatic victory over the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18).  Follow the ancient caravan route through the fertile Jezreel Valley to Tel Megiddo, an exciting archeological dig with layers of twenty different cities, all built on top of one another.  Conclude your day at Nazareth, Jesus' boyhood home (Luke 26).
DAY 4 -  Valley of the Winds and the Doves, Nof Ginosar, Sea of Galille Boat Ride, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Magdala, and Tabgha: Watch the sunrise over the Sea of Galilee where fishermen work the waters with nets much as in the time of Jesus.  We begin the day by visiting and walking on a portion of the "Jesus Trail" in the Valley of the Winds and the Doves.  This is the trail Jesus would have used between Nazareth and the Galilee.  In Magdala. once home to Mary Magdaline, visit a recently discovered first century synagogue.  Visit Kibbutz Nof Ginosaur to see the 2,000 year old fishing boat discovered at the Sea of Galilee.  With Bible in hand, ride across the waters of the Sea of Galilee aboard a Kinnerith Sailing Company Boat.  Along the way, participate in a special on board worship service. Continue on to explore Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry. Visit the synagogue that stands on the site where Jesus taught. Recall his teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom (Matt. 4:13, 23). Visit the peaceful Mount of Beatitudes, which overlooks the Sea of Galilee. On this hill, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5).  At Tabgha, visit the Church of the Fish anf the Loaves (Luke 9: 10-17).  You'll also svisit the Chapel of the Primacy on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, where three times Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21).  Overnight in Tiberius. 
Day 5 -  Tell Dan, Caesarea Phillipi, Golan Heights, Bethsaida, Yeardenet: Today, will will journey north of the Sea of Galilee into nortern Israel.  We will explore Tel Dan, see the mud brick arch constructed in pre-Israelite (Canaanite) times and where "The House of David" fragment (from the First Temple Period) was discovered.  See where Jereboam constructed one of the two Golden Calves to be used in worship in the Northern Kingdom following the division of the Kingdom under Solomon's son Rehoboam (1 Kings 12: 25-30).  Continue on to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter made his great confession to Jesus, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt. 17: 1-9).  We continue with a scenic drive along the Golan Heights as we get some beautiful views of Syria and Jordan as well as Israel.  Remember your baptism at the Yardenet Baptismal site, where the Jordan River exits the Sea of Galilee on its journey southward.
Day 6  Jericho, Judean Wilderness, Qumran, En Gedi, Masada, Dead Sea:  We begin our day by descending down through the Judean wilderness to Jericho, the oldest known inhabited city in the world.  Visit the ruins of the ancient city, which was conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6: 1-20) and see parts of the city walls which have been uncovered.  From Jericho, you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matt. 4: 1-11) and the Judean Wilderness.  Travel to Qumran, site of the Dead Sea scroll discovery and discuss the mysterious community of the Essenes who once lived here on the shores of the Dead Sea.  We will drive by En Gedi, where David and his men hid from King Saul in the wilderness.  Take a cable car up to explore Masada, Herod's mountaintop fortress which became the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans.  Peer down upon the remains of the Roman camps and the seige ramp below.  Stop at the shores of the Dead Sea for a quick dip in the salt and mineral laden waters. 
Day 7 - Shepherd's Fields, Bethlehem, Ein Karem, Yad Vashem, Israel Museum/Model:  In Bethlehem, gaze out over Shepherds Fields and visit the cave revered as Jesus' birthplace (Matt. 1: 18-25).  Visit the church of the Nativity, built above the cave and considered the oldest functioning church, Built by Queen Helena in 327 A.D.  Travel to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist and where Mary visited Elisabeth (Luke 1:26-40).  In Jerusalem, visit Yad Vashem, Isreal's Holocaust Memorial, with its poignant exhibits honoring the millions of lives lost during the holocaust.  Explore the Israel museum with its First Century Model of the City of Jerusalem.  Another highlight is the museum's Shrine of the Book exhibit showcasing the Dead Sea Scrolls from the Book of Isaiah.
Day 8 Jerusalem, Temple Mount, City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Old City, The Upper Room:  This morning visit the iconic Temple Mount (conditions permitting) before going to the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations, including the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall.  Walk through the excavations of the City of David.  Explore Hezekiah’s Tunnel, an amazing engineering feat that was dug from either end and met in the middle!   Enjoy a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and see the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City.  Visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas beneath the Church of St. Peter in Gallacantu.  Also, we will visit the Upper Room (traditional site of the Last Supper).   Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9 Mount of Olives, Old City of Jerusalem, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Via Delorosa, and the Garden Tomb:  Begin your day atop the Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy a remarkable view of the "Golden City" of Jerusalem.  Walk down the the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gathsemane and pray there where Jesus prayed (Matt. 26: 36-48).  Return to the Old City and view the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1-31) where Jesus performed the miracle of the man with the palsy.  Visit Herod's Antonia Fortress where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23: 1-11).  Walk the Via Dolorosa, the "Way of the Cross", and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  Visit the Garden Tomb, the possible site of the garden of Joseph of Arimathea, and experience the reality of the Resurrection of Christ.
Day 10 - Return to the USA:
 

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GROUP AT NIMROD'S CASTLE ON MT HERMON

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 GROTTO OF PAN AT CAESAREA PHILIPPI 

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 GROUP PICTURE OVERLOOKING THE OLD CITY

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   THE WESTERN WALL IN JERUSALEM

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CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY IN BETHLEHEM

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Caves Of Dead Sea Scrolls At Qumran

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THE DEAD SEA SHORELINE

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              ST. STEPHEN'S GATE (LION GATE)

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THE SYNAGOGUE IN CAPERNAUM

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PASTOR MARK HALL READING THE

BIBLE AT THE MT. OF PRECIPICE

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THE JORDAN RIVER YARDENIT BAPTISMAL SITE