Key Point Church Israel / Jordan Expedition
June 16 - 26, 2020
Travel to the land of the Bible with Key Point Church. Study the Scriptures on-site with our expert Bible instructors. Experience the world, culture, and history of the Bible. Find yourself challenged and refreshed as you grow as a follower of the Lord. Participants of this trip will also participate in the F.I.R.M. Conference held in Jerusalem.
This expedition also has an optional Jordan Extension.
Sea of Galilee
City of David
Tour Costs Include:
Hotels (breakfast and dinner)
All entrances and activities per itinerary
Biblical Expeditions Expert Instructor
Local English Speaking Guide
Private Air Conditioned Bus with Driver
Biblical Expeditions Trip Study and Devotional Resources
Biblical Expeditions Private Concierge Service
$3420 (Land Cost)
$4100 (Land with Single Occupancy Cost)
Cost With Group Airfare Coming Soon!
Payment Plan Available
Final Payment Due 3/8/2020
Tour Itinerary - June 16 - 26 2020
TUESDAY JUNE 16
WEDNESDAY JUNE 17
Upon arrival to Ben Gurion Airport, our representative will meet you in the arrival hall to assist you with your luggage. You will meet your guide and bus and travel to Netanya and your hotel along the Mediterranean coast.
Welcome dinner. Overnight Netanya.
THURSDAY JUNE 18
Kingdoms and Cultures in Conflict
Our morning begins at the port-city of Caesarea built by Herod the Great (Matt. 2). This was the second largest harbor in the Roman Empire during the first century. At Caesarea, Peter visited the gentile centurion Cornelius (Acts 10), and he and his household became the first gentile followers of Jesus. The Apostle Paul remained under house arrest in Caesarea for two and a half years. Here he stood before Felix, Festus, and Agrippa II (Acts 23-25). From the harbor of Caesarea, Paul sailed to Rome leaving Israel for the last time.
While at the site, we will visit the ancient theater with its magnificent view overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. We will see Herod the Great’s palace that served as the residence of the Roman officials in the land, like Pontius Pilate. We will remember Pilate’s governorship of Judaea by looking at a replica of a stone inscription mentioning Pilate dedicating a temple to the Roman Emperor Tiberius. Our visit takes us through the ancient stadium and harbor and ends looking at the ancient aqueduct of Caesarea that supplied the city with its water.
After departing Caesarea, we travel to a fun learning and engaging experience: Kefar Kedem. Here we will experience the land of the Bible in a unique way as we learn about shepherding, making bread as they did in the time of the Bible. The flora of biblical Israel comes alive within this small park as the Bible is illuminated as we learn how the land was so important in writing the Bible.
Our day concludes at the boyhood home of Jesus, Nazareth. We visit the Church of the Annunciation, built over the traditional place where the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26-37). The church is built on top of the ancient village of Nazareth, and we will visit a small museum that shows some of the finds and homes from the village. We will end our visit in Nazareth with an overlook of the Jezreel Valley from Mount Precipice. From this vantage point, we will see the settings for a number of biblical stories.
Dinner and overnight at our hotel on the Sea of Galilee.
FRIDAY JUNE 19
"Who do men say that I am?"
Today we travel into the Golan Heights and the upper Jordan Valley. Our day begins at the nature reserve of Dan. The ancient city of Dan, which formed the northern boundary of biblical Israel, sits on the Dan Spring, one of the three tributaries of the Jordan River. In addition to walking through the beautiful nature reserve, we will visit the ancient site of Dan seeing its high place (1 Kings 12:29), Israelite gate, and the Middle Bronze Age gate from the time of Abraham (Gen. 14:14).
Next we travel to Banias, ancient Caesarea Philippi (Matt. 16:13; Mark 8:27). In the vicinity of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?”
From Banias, we drive up into the foothills of Mount Hermon (Ps. 133) and into the Golan Heights. At a high overlook on the Israel-Syrian border, we look into Syria towards Damascus.
Dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee.
SATURDAY JUNE 20
The Faith of Jesus
Our journey today focuses upon the ministry of Jesus around the Sea of Galilee. Our morning begins at Yardenit, which provides an opportunity for people to be baptized in the Jordan River.
Next, we travel to Almagor, which overlooks the Beitsaida Valley where the Jordan River flows into the Sea of Galilee, and where Jesus fed the 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17).
Next, we journey to Chorazin one of the three cities cursed by Jesus (Matt. 11:21; Luke 10:13). At this site, we see the ancient homes and Jewish ritual immersion pools, as well as the magnificent basalt synagogue from the fifth century AD. Inside the synagogue is a replica of a Seat of Moses (Matt. 23:2).
Our journey continues with an opportunity for people to be baptized in the Jordan River. From the baptismal, we visit the ancient town of Capernaum where Jesus made his home around the lake (Matt. 4:13). Here he healed the centurion’s servant (Matt. 8:5). In our visit, we will see the modern church built over an ancient church, which was built over a first century home, identified as the home of Peter. The magnificent limestone synagogue of the fourth century AD has been party reconstructed and looms over the site.
From Capernaum, we travel to the small museum at Kibbutz Ginnosar that houses an ancient boat discovered in the 1980s in the Sea of Galilee. This boat dates to the first century and was a boat used by fisherman on the lake.
Our touring day concludes with a visit to one of the most exciting and important ongoing archaeological excavations in Israel, Magdala. Here we will visit one of the few, excavated, first century synagogues in the land of Israel. Its date coincides with the time of Jesus ministry in the area. We will also see wealthy homes from the village, as well as the first century harbor.
Our day concludes with an evening boat-ride on the Sea of Galilee. The ancient fishermen fished the lake at night. Riding on the waters of the lake in the evening offers a unique opportunity to connect with Jesus and his disciples on the lake.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel on the Sea of Galilee.
SUNDAY JUNE 21
Today we drive from the Sea of Galilee, the lowest fresh water lake in the world, through the Jordan River Valley, to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth.
Our first stop is the desert palace-fortress built by Herod the Great, Masada. During the First Jewish Revolt (AD 66-73), Jewish rebels lived on Masada until they were surrounded by the Tenth Roman Legion. According to the first century Jewish historian Josephus, the rebels chose to commit suicide instead of slavery and death at the hands of the Romans. While visiting the site, we will see the palaces of Herod the Great, his bath houses and store rooms. We will also see buildings converted by the Jewish rebels for their use, like the synagogue. Evidence of the Roman siege can be seen in the siege ramp and Roman camps that surround Masada.
We travel next to En Fescha where the words of Isaiah 35 come alive right before our eyes as we see streams flowing in the desert. From En Fescha, we visit the site of Qumran. In caves around the site, the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Qumran was the settlement of the community that produced many of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
After visiting Qumran, participants have the unique experience of floating in the Dead Sea.
Our day ends with an overlook of the Wadi Qilt, the ancient road between Jerusalem and Jericho. This was the setting for Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). On Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem, he used this road as he came from Jericho to Jerusalem (Luke 19:1-11).
Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem.
MONDAY JUNE 22
Our morning in Jerusalem begins with a visit to the Israel Museum. Here we will see a scale- model of Jerusalem on the eve of its destruction in AD 70. We will visit the Shrine of the Book, which houses some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, including some of the oldest copies of the Old Testament.
Our tour of the museum concludes with a walk through the archeological wing to visit the two galleries dedicated to Israel in the Old and New Testament periods. We will see original artifacts found in sites we visited, as well as other artifacts that make the Bible come alive.
Next we journey to the City of David, the oldest part of Jerusalem, the city David conquered and made his capital.
From David’s capital, we visit the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. After a time of prayer at the Western Wall, people have free time to wander through the Old City of Jerusalem its shops and markets.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
TUESDAY JUNE 23
Our morning begins with a beautiful view of the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. We walk down the mountain following the modern path used by pilgrims on Palm Sunday visiting the church of Dominus Flevit, which remembers Jesus’ weeping over the city as he rode into it, and the traditional location of the Garden of Gethsemane.
We cross the Kidron Valley into the Old City and visit St. Anne’s Church built over top of the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) where Jesus healed the lame man. We will take the opportunity to sing in the beautiful Crusader church on the site.
Our journey continues at Jaffa Gate where in the first century Herod’s palace stood. Here the story of Jesus begins (Matt. 2) with the visit of the wisemen to Herod, and here his story ended because at Herod’s palace Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate (Mark 15:16).
From Jaffa Gate, we walk into the Jewish Quarter and visit the Herodian Quarter, a series of priestly homes from the first century. We then walk along the Byzantine Cardo and see the walls of Jerusalem from the eighth century BC and the first century BC. Passing the Gennath Gate, we follow the historic route Jesus traveled from Pilate to his place of execution at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Our day ends along the southern wall of the Temple Mount. On the first century street, we see the shops and markets around the Temple, a possible location for the money changers (Luke 19:45-48).
We then proceed to the southern entrances of the Temple where we walk the steps ancient pilgrims took to ascend to the Temple.
Dinner attached to the F.I.R.M. Conference. Overnight in Jerusalem.
THURSDAY JUNE 25
For those returning to the USA, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport. For those joining the Jordan extension,
Overnight in Jerusalem.
THURSDAY JUNE 25
For those returning to the USA, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport. For those joining the Jordan extension - overnight, Jerusalem.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Jordan Extension Itinerary
FRIDAY JUNE 26
Children of the Desert
This morning we depart Jerusalem and drive to the Aravah Border and cross into Jordan. After crossing the border into Jordan, we will meet our Jordanian guide and driver and travel to Wadi Rum for an afternoon Jeep and camel ride.
Dinner and overnight in Wadi Rum.
SATURDAY JUNE 27
The Wonders of Petra
We depart Wadi Rum this morning driving to the magnificent Nabatean city of Petra, one of the modern wonders of the ancient world. We spend today touring Petra and seeing its magnificent monuments cut into the sandstone cliffs.
Dinner and overnight in Petra.
SUNDAY JUNE 28
The Bible Beyond Jordan
This morning we drive along the Desert Highway to Dana and then on to Umm ar-Rasas with its Byzantine Church and mosaics.
We next visit the recent archaeological site of Al-Lagun, a palace of Mesha, King of Moab (2 Kings 3), which is situated overlooking the Arnon Gorge (Joshua 13). We continue on to the ancient site of Dibon (Joshua 13; Isaiah 15), one of the Moabite capitals.
From Dibon, we travel to Mount Nebo, where Moses looked into the Promised Land before he died (Deuteronomy 32). We then proceed to Heshbon, the capital of the Amorite king Sihon (Numbers 21; Deuteronomy 2).
From Heshbon, we travel to the town of Maedeba (Joshua 13; Isaiah 15) where we will visit the Byzantine Church with its fifth century AD mosaic floor (map) of the Holy Land.
Dinner and overnight at our hotel located on the Dead Sea.
MONDAY JUNE 29
This morning we check out of our hotel and drive to the Allenby Border Crossing and cross back into Israel. From the border, we are transported to Ben Gurion to fly home to the States.
***Please note Visits, excursions, mentioned in the program are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances