Metro Life will be returning to the Holy Land and we want you to join us for this life-changing journey. The trip will take place February 19th - March 1st 2013. To download an application to be a part of this trip, click here. For pricing and complete itinerary, click here.
For details and more information, please contact Jonathan Edmiston.
A sample itinerary for the trip is as follows:
Day 1 - Depart USA
Today tour members meet at their departure airport for check-in formalities and a get-acquainted time. Dinner and breakfast are served during the flight and we have time to rest.
Day 2 -Tel Aviv
We arrive in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. After brief airport formalities and baggage claim, we meet our guide and are escorted to our waiting deluxe motor coach. Due to an early arrival we will have time this day to visit the ancient town of Jaffa located just north of Tel Aviv. We will then proceed to check-in, dinner and overnight at the 5 star deluxe Dan Panorama Hotel located on the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 3 – Caesarea / Mount Carmel / Megiddo / Nazareth Village / Cana / Tiberias
We begin the first full day of our spiritual journey in the Holy Land by traveling north along the Mediterranean Sea to visit Caesarea, the ancient seaport built by Herod the Great. Paul was imprisoned here and this was the site of Peter's first Gentile convert. Then we ascend to Mount Carmel, the site of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. From here we have an astounding view of the Jezreel Valley/Valley of Armageddon. We then visit Megiddo with its 24 layers of civilizations. This was Ahab’s chariot city and one of the most strategic crossroads of the world in Old Testament times. We proceed to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, and tour Nazareth Village, a re-creation of Nazareth when Jesus grew up there. We drive to Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed His first miracle, then on to Tiberias where we have our first view of the beautiful Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight at the deluxe Scots Hotel or Leonardo Plaza located by the sea shore.
Day 4 – Galilee Boat Ride / Jesus Boat / Mt of Beatitudes / Tabgha / Capernaum / Jordan River
View the sunrise over the tranquil Sea of Galilee. After breakfast we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, stopping on the Sea for a brief service. We visit Nof Ginossar to see the recently discovered ancient boat from the time of Jesus, and then proceed to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount. There we will have a service overlooking the Sea of Galilee. We drive a short distance and visit Tabgha, site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes. A very short drive brings us to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry where we view the House of St. Peter and visit the ruins of a 2nd century synagogue. A delicious St. Peter’s fish lunch awaits us at a famous Kibbutz beside the sea, and then we drive up the Golan Heights to an overlook with spectacular vistas of the entire Sea of Galilee region. Our day ends at the Jordan River with an opportunity for baptism. This evening we will enjoy a lovely Shabbat Dinner at our hotel and overnight there once again.
Day 5 - Golan Heights / Caesarea Philippi / Mount Ben-Tal / Old Syrian Bunkers
This will be a day of adventure. We drive to the Golan Heights, a strategic yet beautiful plateau. We ascend Mt. Ben-Tal and tour old Syrian bunkers and enjoy a remarkable view into Syria. Driving down from the Golan Heights, we see the crusader fortress known as Nimrod's Castle. We travel to Caesarea Philippi/Banias, the site of Peter's confession: "Thou art the Christ." There we will stand at the headwaters of the Jordan River, visit the ruins of ancient temples and have time for a walk by the stream and waterfall. We return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight at our Hotel.
Day 6 - Bet Shean / Jericho / Qumran / Masada / Dead Sea
This morning we travel through the Jordan Valley to Bet Shean, one the the ancient cities of the Decapolis dating from the 5th Century B.C. Today it is the site of the largest archaeological excavations in Israel. We will drive near Jericho, viewing the Mount of Temptation and Mount Nebo in Jordan, from which Moses viewed the Promised Land. We visit Qumran, the discovery site of the Dead Sea Scrolls. After lunch, we travel along the Dead Sea to Masada and ascend by state-of-the-art cable cars to visit the mountaintop palace of Herod the Great and the famous fortress, where from A.D. 70-73, the Jewish defenders made their last stand Rome. We will view the fascinating remains of Herod’s palace, storehouses, cisterns, and an ancient synagogue. We visit the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth, where we can swim and enjoy the therapeutic properties of the water without the possibility of sinking. We then begin our ascent of nearly 4000 feet to Jerusalem. Our first view of the Holy City will be from Mt. Scopus where we will have time to reflect on our entry. Dinner and overnight at our beautiful hotel in the center of Jerusalem.
Day 7 - Jerusalem / Bethlehem
We begin our first day in Jerusalem at the Mount of Olives, with an outstanding view of the Old City walls and the Eastern (Golden) Gate. From there we descend by foot on the “Palm Sunday Road” to the Garden of Gethsemane for a service in the Garden with time to reflect in this lovely setting . . . olive trees, perhaps 2000 years old, still stand today. We travel around the Old City walls, viewing the tombs of Absalom and Zachariah and continue to the House of Caiphas, where Jesus was held the night before his crucifixion… there we will stand on the same stone steps Jesus would have walked up Mount Zion. We then go to visit The Upper Room (Last Supper Room) and have a brief service. After lunch, we travel the short distance to Bethlehem. There we will view the Shepherd's Fields and tour the Shepherd's Caves and the 1600 year-old Church of the Nativity. After arriving back in Jerusalem, we have dinner, free time and overnight at our Hotel.
Day 8 - Jerusalem
We will motor through modern Jerusalem, viewing the Knesset, seat of the Israeli Parliament, then go to the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed and visit the amazing scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. We proceed to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. After lunch, we walk through the Cardo, the bustling heart of ancient Jerusalem; then visit the Western (Wailing) Wall where we may write prayers on paper and place them in the niches of the wall. We proceed to the Pool of Bethesda and the Church of St. Anne, where we can sing in a church with a 10-second echo! This day we will visit the Western Wall Tunnels. We leave the Old City through the Lion’s Gate. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 9 - Jerusalem
We enter the Old City of Jerusalem in view of the Southern Steps to the Temple Mount. We will enjoy an amazing extended visit of the Temple Institute where preparations are being made for the 3rd Temple. We go to the Lithostratos, where we view the actual streets of Jerusalem Jesus would have walked, the remains of Pilate’s Judgment Hall and the Ecce Homo Arch. We then walk the Via Dolorosa, passing through intriguing markets and bazaars. This afternoon we visit the Garden Tomb, which is considered the highlight of our tour! There we will worship and celebrate communion beside the empty tomb. "He is risen; He is not here!" What a wonderfully meaningful conclusion to this truly memorable day! Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 10 - Jerusalem at Leisure
Enjoy a day at leisure to revisit a special place, pick up some last-minute bargains or just relax. There will be time to prepare for our return flight. In the evening, we enjoy a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant before our late evening departure back to the U.S.
Day 11 - Tel Aviv / USA
Today we arrive back in New York/Newark and connect to our hometown cities. We return to the USA with many fond memories of our fantastic journey -probably already making plans for the next one!
Note: This is a basic itinerary. Additional sites may be added and certain sites may be deleted by the tour host and / or the guide. Although every effort is made to include all sites and add more sites. The sightseeing sequence and daily routing may change due to actual arrival time, local conditions and pre-set appointments at several sites for the group.