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12 Life Changing Days!

March 19-30, 2017

“I am excited about this once in a lifetime trip with my friend Dr. Rodney Kelley,” says Mark Trammell. Mark has traveled to numerous places in the world during his 43 years of ministry, but this will be his first time to walk the hillsides and villages of Israel. The waters that Jesus calmed with a word, the well where He sat and spoke to the Samaritan woman about living water, the garden where He prayed, the hill where He gave His life and the tomb that is now empty…these are the places Mark and Rodney will take you during these eleven life changing days in the Holy Land. If you are looking for a trip that will revolutionize the way you read the Bible and impress the deepest parts of your soul – then read on, and make plans to join Mark in the Holy Land March 19-30, 2017!



Departing From

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Today we meet at our international departure airport where our host will assist with check-in formalities. This evening we will enjoy a delicious dinner high above the Atlantic.

We land in Israel in the late afternoon. After Customs and Passport Control, we will get our bags and go to the hotel for a nice meal and a good nights sleep.

Arrive Tel Aviv

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tel Aviv – Joppa – Valley of Elah – Valley of the Shadow of Death – Dead Sea.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Upon landing in Israel, we will visit our first site, Joppa. This is where Jonah boarded a boat to Tarshish and fled the Lord in rebellion. We then will travel to the Valley of Elah where David defeated Goliath. We will then visit St. George Monastry, an active monastery since the 5th century. We will also get a glimpse of “The Valley of the Shadow of Death”. Our final stop will be the shores of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is located 1300 feet below sea level and is the lowest spot on earth. You can take a dip in the Dead Sea, visit the freshwater pool, or enjoy a spa treatment. Can’t swim? No problem. The Dead Sea is made up of 25% salt. The water is so dense it is impossible to sink. (Lunch and Dinner included.)

This morning we will travel a short distance to visit the mountain fortress of Masada, truly a remarkable piece of history. We will ascend by cable car to visit the magnificent ruins of the fortress where the Jewish zealots made the last stand of the Judean revolt against Rome. Today the remains of Herod’s buildings, palaces, storehouses, cisterns, and a 6th Century Byzantine church are still in view. We will then drive north along the shores of the Dead Sea to Ein Gedi, a green oasis in the middle of the desert, and see the area where David hid while fleeing from King Saul. Next, we will travel to Qumran to see the caves where they hid some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This afternoon is at leisure to swim in the Dead Sea. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)

Masada – Ein Gedi – Qumran – Dead Sea

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bethabara - Jericho – Jacob’s Well – Gideon Springs – Tiberias

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Today we leave the Dead Sea and begin our journey to the Galilee area. We’ll also visit Bethabra, the location where John baptized Jesus (John 1:28). This is also known as the “place of crossing” and is near where the children of Israel crossed into the Promised Land (Joshua 3:14-17). After lunch we will visit Jericho and see the excavations of the ancient walls, view the Mount of Temptation, and see Elijah’s Spring. Afterwards, we will travel through the Jordan Valley to visit Jacob’s Well, the site where Jesus encountered the woman of Samaria (John 4). If time permits, we will see Gideon Springs where Gideon chose his army to fight the Midianites. Our hotel tonight is in Tiberias, famous for its hot springs dating back to the Roman era. We will stay in Tiberias for three nights in a hotel located on the Sea of Galilee. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)

After breakfast, we’ll take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. While on the boat we’ll pause for a brief worship service and remember the many miracles our Lord performed in this area. We’ll dock at Nof Ginossar to visit the “Jesus Boat” museum to see a boat that dates back to the time of Jesus. Then we’ll proceed to Capernaum to see the remains of an early church, the ruins of Peter’s house, and the ancient synagogue. After lunch we’ll gather on the Mount of Beatitudes by the Sea of Galilee to read the Sermon on the Mount while overlooking the Jordan Valley. Then we will stop at the Primacy of Peter where Jesus commanded Peter to “Feed my sheep”. After lunch, we’ll go to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. Our last stop of the day is on the banks of the Jordan River for a baptismal service. At the Jordan River we will baptize believers who desire such. Dinner and overnight will be at our hotel in Tiberias. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)

Sea of Galilee - Capernaum – Mount of Beatitudes – Primacy of Peter – Nazareth – Jordan River

Friday, March 24, 2017

Magdala – Tel Dan – Caesarea Philippi – Tiberias

Saturday, March 25, 2017

We begin our journey this morning with our first stop, in the recently discovered site, first century synagogue, of Magdala. It is believed that this is the hometown of Mary Magdalene, a follower of Jesus. We will next visit Tel Dan, the ancient city were that Abraham traveled to Dan to rescue his nephew Lot (Genesis 14:14). Then we will descend to the site of Banias where springs form a source of the Jordan River. Near here Peter made his great confession that Jesus Christ was Lord! From several vantage points today we can see Mount Herman in the distance. We will then stop in the Southern Golan for a scenic view of the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)

After breakfast we’ll begin our journey towards Jerusalem. Our first stop will be Megiddo, on the Plain of Armageddon, to see King Solomon’s stables and water supply system. Prophecy will come alive at Megiddo as we look over the Valley of Armageddon, site of the final world war! After lunch we’ll continue along the coast to Mount Carmel to see the site of Elijah’s triumph over the prophets of Baal. We’ll then visit Caesarea by the sea and see the Crusaders’ castle, the Roman amphitheater, the seaport from which the Apostle Paul sailed to Rome, and the Roman aqua duct system. Our last stop of the day will be Bethlehem, the birthplace of our Lord and Savior. We will visit the Church of the Nativity, built over the cave of Christ’s birth. Then we’ll drive to Jerusalem, capital of Israel for over 3000 years. Upon arrival in Jerusalem our guide will lead us in the traditional Jewish welcome, a custom which dates back to the time of Abraham. Dinner and overnight will be at our hotel in Jerusalem. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)

Megiddo - Mount Carmel - Caesarea – Bethlehem – Jerusalem

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mount of Olives – Southern Steps – Temple Mount – Pool of Bethasda – Yad V’Shem – Jerusalem

Monday, March 27, 2017

This morning we will travel a short distance to the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the city of Jerusalem. While we are here, our guide will point out all of the important sites of Jerusalem. Then we will embark on an exciting walking tour through the Old city of Jerusalem. Our first stop will be at the Southern Wall excavation site. Here we will walk on the very stones where Jesus trod to Herod’s “second temple” and see the place where our Savior taught the Scriptures. Afterwards, if the situation permits, we will ascend to the Temple area where the Jewish temple stood until its destruction by the Roman Legions in 70 A.D. There we’ll pass the Dome of the Rock Mosque built over the rock where Abraham prepared to sacrifice Isaac, the Aksa Mosque, and the Golden Gate. We’ll continue our walk through the Old City to the beautiful Crusader Church dedicated to St. Anne and the nearby Pool of Bethesda. Our morning tour will conclude with a visit to the Yad V’Shem, a museum built in memory of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II. If the situation permits, we will then take a short drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, built over the cave of Christ’s birth, as well as the Shepherd’s Field and plains of Boaz. We will also see the ancient crafts of Bethlehem, dating from Crusader times. Time permitting we will visit one of the famous Bethlehem gift shops before returning to our hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)

We will re-enter the Old City of Jerusalem for another walking tour. Our first stop is the Western Wall (Wailing Wall). We will also visit the Western Wall and Tunnel excavation site. We will continue our walk through the Old City to the Fortress of Antonia, site of Pilate’s Palace. We will pass many of the traditional Stations of the Cross as we walk on the Via Dolorosa, and see part of the old colorful bazaar. Our walk will also take us to restored Jewish Quarter and the Roman Cardo. We will next visit the Upper Room, where the Last Supper was shared by Jesus and his Disciples. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)

Western Wall Tunnel – Pilate’s Palace – Jewish Quarter – Upper Room – Jerusalem

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gethsemane – Pool of Siloam – Caiaphas’ House - Calvary – Garden Tomb

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This is our last day in Jerusalem so we want to make the most of it. We will start today’s tour with a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane. We will pause here for a private worship service and meditate in the area where Jesus had His agony and was betrayed. From this vantage point we also get an excellent view the Eastern gate. As we reflect on Jesus’ great sacrifice for our sins, we can look ahead with great anticipation as we await his imminent return. After our worship service we will take a short walk through the Valley of the Tombs. Along the way we will pass the traditional tombs of Absalom and Ezra. After our walk we will visit the recent archaeological discovery of the Pool of Siloam. This is the place where Jesus told the blind man to wash the mud from his eyes so he would see. Afterwards, we will travel a short distance to the House of Caiaphas where Peter denied Christ three times. After lunch we will view King Solomon’s Rock Quarry, then visit Calvary and the Garden Tomb, a peaceful spot where we will have a private communion service as we reflect on Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. This evening we will enjoy our last meal in the Holy Land and then pack for our journey home. Dinner at our hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)

We arrive back in the USA this morning with memories that will last a lifetime.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Watch Now!

Watch this short video and get a glimpse into a few of the sites we’ll be visiting in Israel! Notice the chunks of salt lining the shore of the Dead Sea? You will also see a clip of the Garden Tomb, streams of clear water from Ein Gedi and a sunset over the Sea of Galilee!

A Few of the Sights

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Dead Sea
Mount of Beatitudes
Jacob’s Well

Things to know

The Tour Price Includes: Roundtrip Airfare including Taxes, Deluxe Hotel Accommodations, Three Meals Daily (B/L/D), Gratuities (Hotels & Restaurants), Entrance Fees, Tips (Driver & Guide), Personal Listening Device, Professional Tour Guide, Deluxe Air-Conditioned Coach, Travel Bag & Tour Book. See brochure for details! Don’t Delay!

Departing from Jacksonville, Florida March 20, 2017.

Departing from Newark, New Jersey March 19, 2017.

*All pricing and schedule are subject to change without notice. Please see brochure for complete information.

Reserve your space today!

Mark and Rodney are taking a limited number of people with them on this life changing journey. With only 50 spaces available on the tour, this pilgrimage will be one that will form lasting friendships and the close knit feel of an intimate setting with your hosts. If you plan on joining us, don’t delay! Download and print a copy of the brochure (shown above) and send in your deposit immediately! We don’t want you to miss out on this trip of a lifetime!

Call 1-800-334-2630 and ask the reservationist
for more information on how you can go
to Israel with MARK TRAMMELL!