You are invited to join me on the Holy Land Nour Tour" We will leave from MN on Thursday September the 30th for an 12 day tour. The price is $3250.00 per person. If you are interested please contact Pastor Nour via e-mail.
DAY 1 Tue Sept 30: USA / ISRAEL. Tour members will gather at the ticket counter at the airport three hours prior to their departure. Dinner and breakfast will be served in-flight.
DAY 2 Wed Oct 01: TEL AVIV. Upon our arrival at the Tel Aviv airport we will be met and transferred to our hotel in a suburb of Tel Aviv - situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner will be served at our hotel. Weather permitting; we suggest a walk on the beach after dinner.
DAY 3 Thur Oct 02: THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA / CAESAREA / MOUNT CARMEL / HAIFA / PLAIN OF ARMAGEDDON / TIBERIAS. After a good nights rest and a hearty breakfast, we will begin the thrilling journey of following in the footsteps of Jesus. At Caesarea by the sea, we'll visit the Crusader's Castle, the Roman Amphitheater and water duct and the port from which the Apostle Paul sailed to Rome. We will continue northward along the Mediterranean coast to Mount Carmel where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal by the Brook Kishon. After Haifa, we'll visit Megiddo and the Plain of Armageddon, Jezreel and Esdraelon. Eastward, we will arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight at our hotel and get our first glimpse of the beautiful Sea of Galilee.
DAY 4 Fri Oct 03: MT. TABOR / DEBORIYA / NAIN / BETHSHEAN / TIBERIAS. Traveling westward across Galilee, we will visit Mt. Tabor (Psalms 89:12), Deboriya, the hometown of the Prophetess Deborah, at the foothill of Tabor (Judges 4 and 5). Continue to the Village of Nain where Jesus brought life to a young man (Luke 7:11-18). Continue to Nazareth the hometown of Jesus where we will visit the church of the Annunciation (Luke 1:5-42) and Mary’s Fountain (Luke 4:16-22) and on the way back we stop by Cana - the site of Jesus’ first Miracle.
DAY 5 Sat Oct 04: TIBERIAS. Today is a day at our leisure to shop, rest or visit other sites on our own.
DAY 6 Sun Oct 05: TIBERIAS / THE SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / MOUNT OF BEATITUDES / TABGHA / CAESAREA PHILIPPI / MT. HERMON / GOLAN HEIGHTS / THE JORDAN RIVER. This day will be an exciting day in the Galilee area. After a delicious breakfast, we will leave the ancient Roman resort city of Tiberias via a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (John 6:24) to see the ancient ruins of the 1st century synagogue where Jesus preached (Matthew 4:13-17) and the excavated house of Peter. Then, on to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7.) Next, a short drive to Tabgha - the chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:34-44). Visit the recently discovered “Jesus boat” - an ancient fishing vessel that Jesus’ time. We will then proceed to Upper Galilee and the site of Peter's Confession (Matthew 16:16) at Caesarea Philippi and to Mt. Hermon (Psalm 89:12), the probable site of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8) and the present day Golan Heights where Israel, Lebanon and Syria come together. We will follow the fresh mountain waters of Mt. Hermon to the Sea of Galilee and to the outlet passage at the southern tip of the sea. We will stop at the beautiful Pilgrims Park at the Jordan River. Return to our hotel for overnight.
DAY 7 Mon Oct 06: BETHSHEAN / JERICHO / BETHLEHEM / JERUSALEM. Early morning departure to Bethshean and then head south through the Jordan Valley to ancient Jericho, where the walls came tumbling down (I Kings 17:1-6 and II Kings 2:19-22), view of the Mt. of Temptation (Matt. 4:1-11) and Elisha's Fountain. We continue to Bethlehem where we will visit the Church of the Nativity - the birthplace of Jesus. We then travel to the Shepherds Fields (Luke 2:1-20) and the Field of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 1:16-17 & 4:13). We return to Jerusalem passing Rachel's Tomb to our hotel in Jerusalem for overnight.
DAY 8 Tue Oct 07: JERUSALEM. After a night of rest and a hearty breakfast, this exciting day will begin with a drive to Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives (Matt. 24:3) for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem. We visit the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Pater Noster and the Dominus Flevit along the way. Walk along Hosanna Road to Gethsemane to see the Church of All Nations that stands on the Rock of Agony where Jesus was betrayed by Judas (Matt. 26:36-57). We see the Pillar of Absalom, the Eastern (Golden) Gate and the Pinnacle of the Temple. We then drive to Mt. Zion where we visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu on the site of Caiphas' House, the Room of the Last Supper (Luke 22:14-20) and the Tomb of King David. Next, we visit Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Continue to tour New Jerusalem: Hebrew University, the Shrine of the Book that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Model City of Jerusalem which depicts in miniature the Holy City as it appeared in the first century. Return to our hotel for overnight.
DAY 9 Wed Oct 08: MASADA / DEAD SEA / QUMRAN / BETHANY. This morning, we drive via the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth. A beautiful new road takes us south along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, a truly remarkable piece of history. Ascend to Masada by cable car to visit the magnificent ruins of the fortress where, from 70-73 A.D., the Jewish defenders made their last stand of the Judean Revolt against Rome and where the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a sixth century Byzantine church are still on view. Return along the Dead Sea to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Visit the remains of the Community Center of the Essenes and the Caves of the Scrolls. We continue on the Jericho Road viewing the Inn of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). If available, on the return to Jerusalem we visit Bethany, the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus’s tomb (John 11:1-46). Then, back to our Jerusalem hotel for overnight.
DAY 10 Thur Oct 09: JERUSALEM. Today is a day at our leisure to shop, rest or visit other sites on our own.
DAY 11 Fri Oct 10: JERUSALEM / Airport. Today begins with a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. Starting at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) where the faithful Jews cry their petitions to God. Continue to the Temple Area of Mt. Moriah. Visit the El Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock where the Moslems replaced Solomon's Temple with their own (Genesis 22:9-14) and over the Rock of Sacrifice where Abraham offered Isaac (Genesis 22) and the ceremonial sacrifice of animals took place. After this, we walk along the Via Dolorosa to Pilate's Judgment Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation, the Ecce Homo Arch (John 19:13) where Jesus was tried before Pilate (Mark 15:6). Then, continue through the Old City bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Garden Tomb and Golgotha - Place of the Skull - for a worship service before having a Farewell dinner. Later we proceed to the airport to check in for our flight home.
DAY 12 Sat Oct 11: Arrive NORTH AMERICA. Early morning arrival in New York and then continue on our next flight to Minneapolis - the end of a most enjoyable journey.