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Michael W. Smith Israel Tour 2018

About Tour

April 10 - 20, 2018
Israel

About Tour

April 10 - 20, 2018
Israel

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Hosts

   Michael W. Smith, Host

   Joe White, Special Guest

phil-barfoot  Phil Barfoot, Choir Director


Highlights

Sing on-stage with MICHAEL W. SMITH in 3 very special concerts at key Biblical sites and venues!

Receive expert music instruction from Dove Award-winning producer, PHIL BARFOOT!

Enjoy the dynamic leadership of MICHAEL W. SMITH during rehearsals!

Participate in meaningful worship times at the Garden Tomb, Mount of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee, Southern Steps, etc.!

Get a free Exclusive T-Shirt for Choir members only!


Itinerary

April 11

Arrive Tel Aviv

The modern metropolis of Tel Aviv overlooks the breathtaking Mediterranean coastline. After passing through Ben Gurion Airport(voted one of the best in the world), you will meet your group, share your first meal and spend time getting to know one another. Built on the ancient port of Jaffa, where Peter had his rooftop vision, Tel Aviv is home to one of the oldest harbors in the world.

 

April 12-14

Central Coast & Jezreel Valley

Worship and bond with your group as you get to know this lush valley, which produces much of the fresh fruit and vegetables you’ll enjoy every day of your tour. Visit Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth. Encounter God on Mount Carmel, where Elijah called down fire from heaven. And look out over the Valley of Armageddon (Megiddo), as you gain new insights into biblical prophecy.

Sites you’ll see include:

  • Caesarea by the Sea
  • Mount Carmel
  • Megiddo
  • Nazareth Village
  • Mount Precipice / Nazareth Overlook

 

The Galilee, Golan Heights & Northern Boundary

Wake up to a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on water and calmed the storm. Then sail these same waters in a first century replica boat. Gather on the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, millennia ago. And rededicate your faith while being baptized in the waters of the Jordan as your entire group worships and praises God.

Sites you’ll see include:

  • Mount of Beatitudes
  • Capernaum
  • Magdala
  • Nof Ginosar (Jesus Boat Museum)
  • Baptism in the waters of the Jordan
  • Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee
  • Caesarea Philippi
  • Tel Dan
  • Mount Bental

 

April 15

Lower Jordan River Valley

Tour the ancient Roman ruins of this desert oasis as you learn little-known facts about its fortresses and walled cities, like Bet She’an. Then, laugh, share and enjoy fellowship in unique settings like Jericho, the world’s oldest city. You’ll never forget the moment you enter Jerusalem and its iconic skyline comes into view. After your group shares this pinnacle experience, wrap up your evening with heartfelt worship and a timely message.

Sites you’ll see include:

  • Bet She’an (Roman decapolis city of Scythopolis)
  • Jericho Tel
  • Israel Museum (Dead Sea Scrolls and Model City)
  • Haas Promenade

 

April 16-19

Jerusalem & The Old City

Walk the gold stone streets of Old City Jerusalem and meet Israelis shopping with you in the marketplace. Leave your own prayer at the Western Wall as you stand beside God’s chosen people at the holiest site in Judaism. Behold the famous Temple Mount; pray in the Garden of Gethsemane; sing in the Upper Room. Stand on the Mount of Olives and gaze at the gate Jesus will walk through when He returns. Enjoy another delicious Mediterranean dinner recounting the day’s adventures with new friends.

Sites you’ll see include:

  • Southern Steps
  • Western Wall
  • Jewish Quarter & Cardo
  • Davidson Center
  • Christian Quarter
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Sisters of Zion
  • Saint Anne’s Church
  • Pool of Bethesda
  • Mount Zion
  • City of David
  • Saint Peter’s in Gallicantu
  • Upper Room
  • View Temple Mount
  • Mount of Olives
  • Dominus Flevit
  • Garden of Gethsemane & Church of All Nations
  • Garden Tomb
  • Friends of Zion Heritage Center
  • Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum)

 

Judean Wilderness & Dead Sea Regions

Journey into the wilderness of Ein Gedi, the rocky refuge where David penned the Psalms. Open your Bible as your group takes turns sharing their favorites. Get a bird’s eye view from the famous fortress of Masada. Then, enjoy the beautiful descent down to the lowest point on Earth: the Dead Sea. Conclude your tour with new friends by relaxing in these mineral-rich waters. Then celebrate what God has done during your tour with a time of testimony and praise.

Sites you’ll see include:

  • Qasr al-Yahud (Jesus Baptismal Site)
  • Masada
  • Qumran
  • Ein Gedi
  • Dead Sea & Swim

 

April 19

Night Departure

Actual departure time based on airline schedule.