SALT Israel 2021

Itinerary

SALT Israel 2021

Itinerary

Trip Dates: February 2021
Trip Dates: February 2021
DAY 1 & 2 – Travel Day

We will all meet up in New York to travel together over to Tel Aviv, Israel. Upon arrival, we will meet our tour guide at the airport and jump in our deluxe air-conditioned bus to drive to the Sea of Galilee.

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DAY 1 & 2
Travel Days

We will all meet up in New York to travel together over to Tel Aviv, Israel. Upon arrival, we will meet our tour guide at the airport and jump in our deluxe air-conditioned bus to drive to the Sea of Galilee.

Day 3 – Jesus Ministry Begins

We’ll wake up on the Sea of Galilee, a central location to Jesus’ time on earth, and begin walking in the footsteps of his core ministry years. Today we’ll start by driving up to the top of Mount Arbel, a mountain that overlooks approximately 90% of Jesus Ministry. Here we’ll see the Sea of Galilee in it’s full beauty.

From there, we will travel to Mount of Beatitudes and study the Sermon on the Mount in the place it likely would have been preached thousands of years ago. We’ll reflect and remind ourselves of the unique blessing we all have in Christ.

Later in the afternoon, we’ll head over to Capernaum and begin to understand the role of fisherman in the day of Jesus. This will be a place where you’ll be given time to reflect and create.

As we end our day, we’ll close with a dinner cruise on the Sea of Galilee on a “Jesus Boat”, as we experience the way in which Jesus would have traveled throughout his ministry. We’ll have a time of reflection as the sun sets on this beautiful region, ending our day back at the hotel.

Day 3
Jesus Ministry Begins

We’ll wake up on the Sea of Galilee, a central location to Jesus’ time on earth, and begin walking in the footsteps of his core ministry years. Today we’ll start by driving up to the top of Mount Arbel, a mountain that overlooks approximately 90% of Jesus Ministry. Here we’ll see the Sea of Galilee in it’s full beauty.

From there, we will travel to Mount of Beatitudes and study the Sermon on the Mount in the place it likely would have been preached thousands of years ago. We’ll reflect and remind ourselves of the unique blessing we all have in Christ.

Later in the afternoon, we’ll head over to Capernaum and begin to understand the role of fisherman in the day of Jesus. This will be a place where you’ll be given time to reflect and create.

As we end our day, we’ll close with a dinner cruise on the Sea of Galilee on a “Jesus Boat”, as we experience the way in which Jesus would have traveled throughout his ministry. We’ll have a time of reflection as the sun sets on this beautiful region, ending our day back at the hotel.

Day 4 – Jesus Ministry Continues

After an amazing Mediterranean breakfast at our hotel, we’ll make our way to the ancient city of Magdala. Here, our journey will continue as we walk through the remnants of a synagogue Jesus would have taught in. We’ll explore the way that an idea would travel in Jesus’ day, and the important social connection of fisherman.

Then, we’ll make our way onto Caesarea Phillipi where Jesus took his disciples to ponder what is considered the most important question in scripture.  As you spend time to reflect and create your response to that question, you’ll begin to see scripture a different way. Then, we will continue to follow in a few of the key moments of Jesus’ ministry around Galilee.

As we end our night, we’ll enjoy a dinner at the Decks Restaurant, overlooking the Sea of Galilee in Tiberius. This will be a great way to reflect on all that Jesus may have done in his time before heading off to Jerusalem.

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Day 4
Jesus Ministry Continues

After an amazing Mediterranean breakfast at our hotel, we’ll make our way to the ancient city of Magdala. Here, our journey will continue as we walk through the remnants of a synagogue Jesus would have taught in.

Then, we’ll make our way onto Caesarea Phillipi where Jesus took his disciples to ponder what is considered the most important question in scripture.  As you spend time to reflect and create your response to that question, you’ll begin to see scripture a different way. Then, we will continue to follow in a few of the key moments of Jesus’ ministry around Galilee.

As we end our night, we’ll enjoy a dinner at the Decks Restaurant, overlooking the Sea of Galilee in Tiberius. This will be a great way to reflect on all that Jesus may have done in his time before heading off to Jerusalem.

Day 5 – Journey toward Jerusalem

It’s time to continue our journey in Israel as we embark toward Jerusalem. Instead of taking the shortest path, we’ll take the road less traveled and follow in Jesus’ footsteps through the Jordan Valley. Outside the windows of our bus, we will see the place some scholars believe John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River.

We will arrive at the Dead Sea where we will get a chance to float on this unique body of water together. Fun fact, there is more salt in the Dead Sea than the most potent weed killers, which means nothing in this body of water is living.

The high concentration of salt in this region made it possible to preserve some of the ancient scrolls of Jesus’ era. These scrolls contain the same scriptures that Jesus would have taught from in the various temples we will visit. As we drive into Jerusalem, we will learn more about these Dead Sea Scrolls, before making our way past the oldest town in the world, Jericho.

We will participate in the ancient Jewish tradition of singing the Psalms of Ascent, as we climb the hill into Jerusalem. We’ll make our way into Jerusalem’s Old City, during the peak of the Friday afternoon hustle and bustle.

First, we will begin by getting a birds eye view of the old city by walking on the Rampart Paths that line the top of the walls of the ancient city. Then, we will end our day at the Haas Promenade, before heading to dinner as a group. This will be a powerful chance to experience Sabbath in Jerusalem and the sacred act of rest that takes place every Friday night.

Day 5
Journey toward Jerusalem

It’s time to continue our journey in Israel as we embark toward Jerusalem. Instead of taking the shortest path, we’ll take the road less traveled and follow in Jesus’ footsteps through the Jordan Valley. Outside the windows of our bus, we will see the place some scholars believe John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River.

We will arrive at the Dead Sea where we will get a chance to float on this unique body of water together. Fun fact, there is more salt in the Dead Sea than the most potent weed killers, which means nothing in this body of water is living.

The high concentration of salt in this region made it possible to preserve some of the ancient scrolls of Jesus’ era. These scrolls contain the same scriptures that Jesus would have taught from in the various temples we will visit. As we drive into Jerusalem, we will learn more about these Dead Sea Scrolls, before making our way past the oldest town in the world, Jericho.

We will participate in the ancient Jewish tradition of singing the Psalms of Ascent, as we climb the hill into Jerusalem. We’ll make our way into Jerusalem’s Old City, during the peak of the Friday afternoon hustle and bustle.

First, we will begin by getting a birds eye view of the old city by walking on the Rampart Paths that line the top of the walls of the ancient city. Then, we will end our day at the Haas Promenade, before heading to dinner as a group. This will be a powerful chance to experience Sabbath in Jerusalem and the sacred act of rest that takes place every Friday night.

Day 6 – Following His Footsteps

Today we will begin at Mount of Olives, as we begin to walk in the footsteps of Jesus’ final hours. Bring your hiking shoes and a bottle of water because we’re going to walk the last few hours of Jesus time on earth.

From Mount of Olives, we’ll walk down the hill to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus made the intimate choice to give His life for you and me. Continuing our hike, we will head toward the Southern Steps of the Temple Mound. This is one of the few areas many scholars are certain Jesus would have walked.

After this long walk, we’ll take time to pray at the Western Wall, and you will have an opportunity to continue through the narrow underground passageways of the Rabbinical Tunnels. This path will allow you to pass by the original Holy of Holy’s of Jesus’ era.

We will end our day at St. Anne’s Cathedral, near the Pool of Bethesda, as we sit and reflect the day’s events. As we have several times throughout this trip, we will take time to let creativity flow as a response to all that we are seeing and experiencing.

Before our day concludes, we’ll go to an incredible projection mapping and immersive light show on the walls of the old city at the David Citadel Sound and Light Show.

Day 6
Following His Footsteps

Today we will begin at Mount of Olives, as we begin to walk in the footsteps of Jesus’ final hours. Bring your hiking shoes and a bottle of water because we’re going to walk the last few hours of Jesus time on earth.

From Mount of Olives, we’ll walk down the hill to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus made the intimate choice to give His life for you and me. Continuing our hike, we will head toward the Southern Steps of the Temple Mound. This is one of the few areas many scholars are certain Jesus would have walked.

After this long walk, we’ll take time to pray at the Western Wall, and you will have an opportunity to continue through the narrow underground passageways of the Rabbinical Tunnels. This path will allow you to pass by the original Holy of Holy’s of Jesus’ era.

We will end our day at St. Anne’s Cathedral, near the Pool of Bethesda, as we sit and reflect the day’s events. As we have several times throughout this trip, we will take time to let creativity flow as a response to all that we are seeing and experiencing.

Before our day concludes, we’ll go to an incredible projection mapping and immersive light show on the walls of the old city at the David Citadel Sound and Light Show.

Day 7 – The Last Hours

Jesus was beaten and bruised in his last few hours on earth. Today, we will sit in those places and remember the sacrifice He made for us. We will walk the Via Dolorosa (which means “the way of the cross”) through the old city and experience some of the moments of Jesus’ last hours.

We’ll see the Praetorium, where Jesus would have been taken, placed in a prison cell, and beaten by the guards. When you get a chance to sit in the same wet, underground room, you’ll sense the significance and sadness in this place. Then we’ll continue by passing the Ecce Homo Arch and the importance of this ancient stone.

Next, there will be a brief stop with a projection mapping experience, on the Via Dolorosa, at the Terra Sancta Museum.

Continuing our walk, we will pass the ancient gates of Jesus time (which are mostly unknown to the public) and make our way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After our visit at this holy site, our day will end at the Garden Tomb, where we will hear from a local pastor, as well as enjoy communion together. This will be another place to sit, reflect, and create in response to the powerful steps we will have taken during these last few days.

Day 7
The Last Hours

Jesus was beaten and bruised in his last few hours on earth. Today, we will sit in those places and remember the sacrifice He made for us. We will walk the Via Dolorosa (which means “the way of the cross”) through the old city and experience some of the moments of Jesus’ last hours.

We’ll see the Praetorium, where Jesus would have been taken, placed in a prison cell, and beaten by the guards. When you get a chance to sit in the same wet, underground room, you’ll sense the significance and sadness in this place. Then we’ll continue by passing the Ecce Homo Arch and the importance of this ancient stone.

Next, there will be a brief stop with a projection mapping experience, on the Via Dolorosa, at the Terra Sancta Museum.

Continuing our walk, we will pass the ancient gates of Jesus time (which are mostly unknown to the public) and make our way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After our visit at this holy site, our day will end at the Garden Tomb, where we will hear from a local pastor, as well as enjoy communion together. This will be another place to sit, reflect, and create in response to the powerful steps we will have taken during these last few days.

Day 8 – The Epilogue

We know that Jesus’ story didn’t end in death, which means our journey won’t end in the tomb. Starting our day at the Bible Lands Museum, we will get a grand overview of what the city of Jerusalem would have looked like by seeing the Model of Jerusalem and Second Temple. Here, you will have an optional opportunity to view fragments and elements of the actual Dead Sea Scrolls they collected years ago.

Then, we will make our way to the Tomb of the Prophet Samuel (if time allows) and reflect, as we look over this region once more. As we end our formal time together, we’ll visit the Church of the Ascension, as we contemplate our life’s calling, the legacy we will leave, and the church Jesus is building.

The remaining afternoon and evening will be a free day or a chance for you to choose your own adventure by shopping in the Old City, re-walking parts of the Via Dolorosa, or partaking in additional site seeing opportunities.

Day 8
The Epilogue

We know that Jesus’ story didn’t end in death, which means our journey won’t end in the tomb. Starting our day at the Bible Lands Museum, we will get a grand overview of what the city of Jerusalem would have looked like by seeing the Model of Jerusalem and Second Temple. Here, you will have an optional opportunity to view fragments and elements of the actual Dead Sea Scrolls they collected years ago.

Then, we will make our way to the Tomb of the Prophet Samuel (if time allows) and reflect, as we look over this region once more. As we end our formal time together, we’ll visit the Church of the Ascension, as we contemplate our life’s calling, the legacy we will leave, and the church Jesus is building.

The remaining afternoon and evening will be a free day or a chance for you to choose your own adventure by shopping in the Old City, re-walking parts of the Via Dolorosa, or partaking in additional site seeing opportunities.

Day 9 – The Final Day

In our final day, in Jerusalem, we will let you go at your own pace and explore your own areas of Israel/Jerusalem. Here are some suggestions of places you may want to visit:

  • David’s Tomb
  • City of David
  • The Upper Room
  • The Beautiful Gate, Jaffa Gate, Damascus Gate, Zion Gate or more
  • Tower of David Museum
  • Holocaust Museum
  • The Wohl Archaeological Museum
  • Friends of Zion Museum
  • Mary’s Tomb
  • Valley of Elah
  • And more!

Of course, you may just want to walk the old city, shop, relax, or enjoy some of the amazing food. It’s your day, and you get to do whatever you want! As a team, we’ll meet up for an amazing culinary experience at Eucalyptus, with one of Israel’s best chef’s, for a closing dinner.

Then, it’s off to the airport.

Day 9
The Final Day

In our final day, in Jerusalem, we will let you go at your own pace and explore your own areas of Israel/Jerusalem. Here are some suggestions of places you may want to visit:

  • David’s Tomb
  • City of David
  • The Upper Room
  • The Beautiful Gate, Jaffa Gate, Damascus Gate, Zion Gate or more
  • Tower of David Museum
  • Holocaust Museum
  • The Wohl Archaeological Museum
  • Friends of Zion Museum
  • Mary’s Tomb
  • Valley of Elah
  • And more!

Of course, you may just want to walk the old city, shop, relax, or enjoy some of the amazing food. It’s your day, and you get to do whatever you want! As a team, we’ll meet up for an amazing culinary experience at Eucalyptus, with one of Israel’s best chef’s, for a closing dinner.

Then, it’s off to the airport.

Day 10 – Return Home

All good things must come to an end, which means we will be embarking back on a plane to return home.

Day 10
Return Home

All good things must come to an end, which means we will be embarking back on a plane to return home.

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