Your Prophetic Journey in the Fourth Year of the Jubilee Count!
March 23 to April 5, 2019 – $3,950 from New York
Covenant Footsteps offers you a rich and meaningful journey to Israel. No other tour we know of combines this level of instruction, biblical enrichment, and profound, inspiring encounters in the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We will walk together through the sacred spaces frequented by Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew), Rabbi Paul, and the prophets.
We begin with unexpected beauty at Israel’s northern border and journey to the faith-maturing majesty of the Judean wilderness. We travel highways which Bible characters knew. We reach Jerusalem by the Sabbath day. Here we symbolically train for the coming Jubilee Year, and for the Ultimate Sabbath – which is the Messianic Age when Yeshua reigns on earth.
Caesarea • Mediterranean Sea • Haifa • Mount Carmel
Mount Precipice • Nazareth • Mount Arbel
Magdala Excavations • Switzerland Forest in Poriya Illit
Sea of Galilee • Capernaum • Chorazim • Safed
Tel Dan • Caesarea Philippi • Mount Bental
Valley of Tears • Katzrin • Yardenit
Beit Shean • Mount Gilboa • Gideon’s Spring
Jerusalem • Western Wall • Old City • Zion Gate
Hurva Synagogue • Nehemiah’s Wall • Caiaphas’ House
Pilate’s Judgment Hall • Pool of Beit Zaida • Lion’s Gate
Kidron Valley • Garden of Gethsemane • Red Heifer Site
Mount of Olives • Knesset • Beit El • Shiloh • Shechem
Mount Gerizim • Western Wall Tunnels • City of David
Hezekiah’s Tunnel • Temple Mount Ascent
Davidson Archaeology Center • Ophel • Southern Steps
Israel Museum • Masada • Ein Gedi • Qumran • Dead Sea
Temple Mount • Temple Institute • Emmaus
Day 1 – Saturday, March 23 – Depart for Israel
Our journey begins at the JFK International Airport. Please arrive at least three hours before boarding time. Two delicious meals will be served during the flight. It is touching to see the Orthodox Jewish men don their tefillin (prayer straps) and talits (prayer shawls) at sunrise and pray morning prayers on the plane.
Day 2 – Sunday, March 24 – Tel Aviv, Nazareth
We will land in Tel Aviv where we will be greeted by our guide, and a bus waiting to escort us to the Golden Crown in Nazareth. In this hillside hotel, we will enjoy a fine dinner and a restful sleep in the town that Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) called home.
Day 3 – Monday, March 25 – Mediterranean Coast, Galilee
After a hearty Israeli breakfast, we travel to the Mediterranean Coast, just as kings did, for Caesarea’s harbor, amphitheater, palaces and hippodrome. At the Caesarea Aqueduct, we will inspect the magnificent waterway and the colorful Roman glass on the shore. Those who wish can wade in the Mediterranean.
On the way to Mount Carmel, we will visit the overlook above the remarkable Baha’i Gardens and Haifa Bay. This World Heritage Site consists of nineteen majestic mountainside terraced gardens.
We will ride to Mount Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Here, we will focus on Elijah’s message and the upcoming Battle of Armageddon in the Jezreel Valley below. On a clear day, we will see Meggido, Mount Gilboa, Mount Tabor, and Nazareth.
An evening teaching will follow dinner.
This morning, we will make our way to Mount Precipice, the rocky cliffs on the edge of Nazareth. Here, an angry mob attempted to throw Yeshua off after His bold proclamation in the synagogue.
Leaving the cliffs, we travel to Nazareth Village for first century hospitality in a setting which takes us back to the days of Yeshua. The village is built around Israel’s best-preserved first century wine press. We will step through a stone doorway to see flocks, storage rooms, pottery, tools, an operating oil press, and a synagogue.
We will stop at the local market or shuk for lunch spots and incredible buys.
At Mount Arbel, we experience a breathtaking panorama of the Sea of Galilee and the Valley of the Doves below. We will learn how Arbel functioned as a refuge for Yeshuite priests, and re-enact Yeshuaʼs Sermon on the Mount near the location where He gave it.
We will explore the newly-opened Magdala Excavations in the first century village of Mary Magdalene. Archaeologists unearthed thousands of first century coins here – one dating to the year 29. They uncovered a Roman sword in its sheath, a stone street, and a synagogue with a table depicting the Temple. We will view their findings and the large paintings inside the worship chapels.
We will journey to the Switzerland Forest high on Poriya Illit, for a breathtaking view of the Sea of the Galilee and Tiberias. Here, we will study the story of the loaves and the fishes.
Upon departure, we check into the Leonardo Club for three nights in Tiberias. After dinner, anyone who wishes to venture out can walk the city streets and shop on the promenade.
Day 5 – Wednesday, March 27 – Northern Galilee
Sea of Galilee
Our first stop brings us to the Sea of Galilee for a cruise on a wooden boat. In an unforgettable spiritual experience, we will take time for praise and worship on the boat, and envision what it was like for Yeshua to walk on these waters.
Next, our group enters Capernaum on the banks of lake. Capernaum was an international city in Yeshua’s day and the center of His teachings and miracles. Of particular interest is the synagogue where Yeshua taught, including His famed lecture on the Bread of Life. After a teaching, we will pray next to the water.
Korazim / Chorazin
We will travel to Korazim and linger at the thorny tree whose painful branches were woven into Yeshua’s Crown of Thorns. This black basalt village has a public square, houses, buildings, a ritual bath (mikveh), plus a synagogue with stone carvings and a Seat of Moses.
Amidst a dense pine forest in Safed, we will savor a blend of ancient grandeur and modern art. We visit centuries-old synagogues with ornate carvings, murals, and a rare gift shop. We discover an array of galleries, a unique candle shop, and Yemenite pizza.
Yardenit, the popular baptismal site on the Jordan River at the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee, is available for those who wish to immerse there. Yeshua immersed in the Jordan River near Jericho. But, many believers consider it an honor to be baptized at Yardenit, the “Little Jordan.” Towels and robes are available to rent.
An evening teaching will follow dinner.
Day 6 – Thursday, March 28 – Golan Heights
Our group will walk the gorgeous trails of Tel Dan, beside the rushing Chatzbani River. The lush paradise of Dan is remarkable, especially considering its idolatry. King Jeroboam set up a pagan altar here, and enshrined a golden calf for the Northern Tribes to worship. Following a powerful teaching, we will spend time in prayer and repentance.
A few miles east of Dan is Caesarea Philippi. We will see the ruins of Herod Philip’s palace, surrounding buildings, a Roman road, and a temple complex – including the Cave of Pan which Yeshua called “the gates of hades.” The transfiguration occurred nearby, as well as many famous gospel proclamations.
Our group will search the deserted army bunkers and trenches at Mount Bental, which were left after the 1973 Yom Kippur War. For food, drinks, and respite from the wind, we can go Kofi Anan, the Coffee in the Clouds cafe, right next to the gift shop.
Valley of Tears
Below Mount Bental lies the Valley of Tears named for the field once strewn with burning tanks. At the El-Rom Kibbutz, we will watch a documentary film about the Yom Kippur War and hear the emotional firsthand accounts of tank commanders who fought in the war.
Our next stop is Katzrin, a Talmudic-era village dating back to the fourth century. We will tour the olive oil factory, learn about olive harvesting, and taste the local extra virgin olive oil. We can also sample the olive oil hand scrub and other skin care products.
Day 7 – Friday, March 29 – Lower Galilee, Jerusalem
Jerusalem will be our goal today. But, we will make a few stops along the way. Our bus will take us first to Beit Shean, set in a valley ringed with dramatic mountain terrain. We will stroll through the past grandeur of Roman ruins, a central colonnaded street, public baths, a theater, a basilica, a Roman temple, stores, and workshops.
Our bus will escort us to the top of Mount Gilboa for teaching and reflection on the heated Philistine battle which claimed the lives of Saul and Jonathan here. Between the trees, we will glimpse the awe-inspiring Sea of Galilee and the Jezreel Valley below.
At the foot of Mount Gilboa is Gideon’s Spring where the army of Israel was tested before their battle with the Midianites.
As we arrive in Jerusalem, the City of God, we will pause at the Haus Promenade for prayer and praise. We will all join in the shehecheyanu, a special thanksgiving prayer. Afterward, we check into the Prima Kings Hotel for six nights – just a short walk from the Old City, Mamilla Mall, Ben Yehuda shopping district, and the Machane Yehuda Market.
Before dinner, we will immerse in the joy at the Western Wall, where hundreds of worshippers are praying and dancing to welcome in the Sabbath during Kabbalat Shabbat. This staggeringly beautiful tradition will be the highlight of our trip. Returning to the Prima Kings, we will exchange our travel clothes for dinner clothes and enjoy a blessed and lavish Sabbath meal.
Day 8 – Saturday, March 30 – Sabbath in Jerusalem
We will awaken in Jerusalem where Sabbath is observed to the fullest. The air is calmer. Shops are closed. Streets are empty, except for families walking to synagogue. After breakfast, we will wander toward the Old City and join a local Messianic congregation for the Sabbath service. We will return to our hotel for an afternoon Sabbath rest.
At sunset, Sabbath ends and the nightlife begins in the Ben Yehuda shopping district. Shops are opening their doors, musicians and street performers are gathering, hundreds of people are mingling, and Moshiko’s is serving fresh, hot falafel. Nearby is the Machane Yehuda Market. This loud and bustling maze of shops is lined with eclectic foods, colorful spices, china, religious books and clothing, and an array of bars. It is one of the city’s most buzzing nightspots, full of live music and young people.
Day 9 – Sunday, March 31 – Jerusalem’s String of Pearls
Jerusalem’s intriguing history is best experienced on foot. After arriving by bus, we will walk the ancient cobblestones and narrow alleyways to stop at the Zion Gate, Hurva Synagogue, Nehemiah’s Wall, the Cardo, Wohl Yeshiva, and Caiaphas’ House. After grabbing lunch, we will proceed to Pilate’s Judgment Hall.
Pilate’s Judgment Hall
At the site of Pilate’s Judgment Hall, we will see the stark courtyard of the Antonia Fortress where Roman soldiers beat Yeshua mercilessly. Then, they played their Basalinda game and crowned Him with thorns.
Pool of Beit Zaida (Bethesda)
We will go to the Pool of Beit Zaida (Bethesda) to see where the angel stirred the waters and Yeshua healed the lame man. We will depart the Old City through the Lion’s Gate and head into the Kidron Valley.
In the Kidron Valley, our group will stroll past the meeting place of Melchizedek and Abraham. We will visit the Tomb of Absalom, the Cave of Jehoshaphat, the tomb of the Hezir priestly family, and the Tomb of Zechariah.
Garden of Gethsemane
We will cross the Kidron Valley to reach the Garden of Gethsemane. After surveying 2,000 year old olive trees, we retreat to a quiet garden for teaching, prayer, and re-dedication under a talit.
Red Heifer Site, the Miphtakh
Leaving Gethsemane, we will continue to the site where the priests sacrificed and burned the Red Heifer to produce the Ashes of Purification.
Mount of Olives
From the Red Heifer site, our bus will take us to the top of the Mount of Olives for a teaching. We will take in a panoramic view of Jerusalem, and Bethlehem in the distance.
An evening teaching will follow dinner at the hotel. From the teaching, we will go to the Old City to view the Golden Menorah at night, and pray at the Western Wall.
Day 10 – Monday, April 1 – Knesset, Beit El, Shiloh, Shechem
Our morning begins at the Knesset, the seat of the Israeli parliament and the only representative democracy in the Middle East. Our tour includes a view of some amazing works of art, including a tapestry by Marc Chagall.
Beit El / Bethel
Our next stop will take us to Jerusalem’s northern shoulder and the site of Beit El (Bethel). Here, not far from the sacred Temple precinct, Jacob dreamed of a ladder stretching to heaven, and Jeroboam erected a pagan altar.
We journey on to Shiloh to walk through the Tabernacle area and see a multi-media presentation against a backdrop of the hills of Ephraim.
Mount Gerizim and Shechem
Time permitting, we will visit the Samaritan synagogue on Mount Gerizim. Then, we will stand over Shechem in the valley below, and declare the blessings as we walk in the footsteps of the Tribes of Israel.
Western Wall Tunnels
After dinner, we enter the Western Wall Tunnels beneath the Old City. We will touch the giant stones of the Temple Mount wall, observe a Hasmonean aqueduct, and reach the Strouthion Pool. This bedrock-hewn pool was open to the sky during the Second Temple period, and covered with twin barrel vault roofs in the second century.
Day 11 – Tuesday, April 2 – City of David, First and Second Temples
City of David
By gazing from the City of David to the Kidron Valley this morning, we will see where Abraham met Melchizedek. A 3-D film presentation will explain how the Jebusite fortress became Israel’s eternal capital. Then, it’s on to a view of the impressive foundation of David’s palace.
Underground in the City of David, we will weave our way through King Hezekiah’s ancient water tunnel. The tunnel will take us to the Shiloah Pool. A dry Canaanite tunnel is available for those who do not wish to wade through water.
Pool of Siloam
We will gather at the Pool of Shiloah (Siloam) where the High Priest drew water for the Temple altar and Yeshua healed a man born blind.
Temple Mount Ascent
Our group will enter the Temple Mount Ascent upon leaving the Pool of Shiloah. We will walk up the steps ascended by the pilgrims who immersed at Siloam before worshiping at the Temple.
Davidson Archaeology Center / Ophel
Our next stop is the Davidson Archaeology Center. We will visit the museum and view a computer animation of what it was like to visit the Temple. We will walk on the first century street where Yeshua and other worshipers walked. We will stand inside the ancient merchant alcoves, and descend into a dry stone mikveh – perhaps used by some of the 3,000 new believers who immersed after Peter preached.
Before leaving the archaeology area, we will proceed to the Southern Steps for a grand declaration. Ascending step-by-step, we will recite the Psalms of Ascent while going up to the Hulda Gates. The wide platform at the top of the steps is very likely the place where Peter gave his public address on Shavuot (Pentecost).
On Tuesday evening, we offer an optional tour to the world renowned Israel Museum.
Day 12 – Wednesday, April 3 – Judean Wilderness
After breakfast, our group will ride the cable car to Herod’s legendary Masada fortress. We will witness remarkable palaces, pavements, Roman baths, storehouses, a dining room, swimming pool, and a synagogue. The provisions Herod left behind supplied the Zealots who opposed the Romans in the revolt.
Leaving Masada, we will explore beautiful Ein Gedi, the desert oasis and waterfall where David hid from King Saul. Our group will examine the ancient Ein Gedi synagogue where a warning is embedded in its mosaic tile floor.
We will stop at Qumran on the northwest shores of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea Scrolls awaited discovery at just this spot for almost twenty centuries. We will study the caves which held the scrolls, as well as the ruins of the Essene community which lived here in simplicity, modesty, and piety.
After Qumran, we will have time for a relaxing float in the therapeutic Dead Sea. The water and the medicinal mud are widely held to be beneficial and healing. We depart the Dead Sea, the lowest elevation on earth, and return to the highest spot on the earth – spiritually speaking – the city of Jerusalem.
Day 13 – Thursday, April 4 – Temple Mount, Temple Institute, Old City
We begin our last morning in Jerusalem at the enormous Temple Mount, also known as Mount Moriah and the holiest place on earth. It is here that the first two Temples, with the Holy of Holies, were built. We will ascend the Temple platform, inspect Solomon’s Portico, and explore the Eastern Gate.
We will enter the Old City to tour the Temple Institute. We will examine more than seventy re-created Temple vessels, including the Menorah, Table of Showbread, Altar of Incense, brass laver, and Levitical musical instruments made according to biblical descriptions. We will also see the priestly garments and the High Priest’s crown, ephod, and breastplate.
We are free to eat lunch in the Old City and to shop. We encourage everyone to linger in front of the Hurva synagogue long enough to spot the Bar Mitzvah boys parading Torah scrolls through the plaza, followed by their families.
Before we board our flight for home, we will dine at the unforgettable Emmaus (Abu Gosh) and re-enact Yeshua’s resurrection walk with two disciples.
Day 14 – Friday, April 5
We arrive home with a deeper understanding of the Promised Land, new friendships in Israel, and lasting memories.