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AUSTRALIAN MINISTERS EDUCATIONAL MISSION TO ISRAEL
20 - 27 FEBRUARY, 2007
Day 1 – Tuesday, 20 Feb 2007 - Arrival
Arrival Tel Aviv airport early morning - Start your tour of the Holy Land with the wonderful Neot Kedumim Biblical Reserve and enjoy a "biblical" breakfast. - Visit the ancient port city of Old Jaffa and hear tales of Simon the Tanner and Jonah and the Whale. - Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day 2 – Wednesday, 21 Feb 2007 - Coastal Plain
Continue onto Caesarea Maritima to see the harbor city built by Herod the Great - Visit Meggido, the chariot city of Solomon and Ahab - Visit the Carmelite Monastery at the Mukarah, where Elijah smote the false prophets - Continue onto Nazareth and the Church of Annunciation - Drive by Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed the first miracle of turning water into wine - Overnight: Tiberias or Galilee Kibbutz


Day 3 – Thursday, 22 Feb.2007 - Upper Galilee
Experience an early morning sail across the Sea of Galilee - See the remains of a boat from the time of Jesus - Visit Tabgha, where Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fish - Continue onto Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ Ministries - Ascend to the top of the Mt. of Beatitudes, where you can relive the Sermon on the Mount - Drive to Safed – city of Mystical Judaism - Explore Caesari of Philippi at the Banias Springs - Overnight: Tiberias or Galilee Kibbutz


Day 4 – Friday, 23 Feb.2007 - Lower Galilee
See the baptism site at Yardenit - Explore the ancient city of Beith Shean, a fully excavated Roman/Byzantine city of Scytopolis - Swim the natural spring waters of Gan Hashlosha - Visit Gideon’s Spring where Gideon and his 300 men defeated the Philistines - Ascend the mountains to the geographic centre of the world - Overnight: Jerusalem


Day 5 – Saturday, 24 Feb.2007 - Last Days of Jesus Christ
Start with a spectacular view of Jerusalem from Mt. of Olives - Walk down the Palm Sunday Road and visit the Church of all Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane - Visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity (subject to security clearance)- Visit the Pools of Bethesda and St. Annes Church - Pass through Ecce Homo Arch to the Via Dolorosa and visit each Station of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher - Experience Holy Communion at the Garden Tomb - Overnight: Jerusalem


Day 6 – Sunday, 25 Feb.2007 - Dead Sea
Depart Jerusalem via the Inn of the Good Samaritan - Visit the mighty fortress of Masada - Enjoy lunch and experience a ‘float’ in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth - Visit the caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where discovered. - Overnight: Jerusalem


Day 7 – Monday, 26 Feb.2007 -Jerusalem New City
Visit the Room of the Last Supper> and King David's Tomb - See the dungeon at the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu - Explore the Southern Wall excavations and see the stairs leading up to the Temple Mount - Experience a spiritual visit to the Western Wall and explore the Western Wall tunnels - See the City of David - the original city built by King David - Evening activity: Experience the Jerusalem ‘Time Elevator’- Overnight: Jerusalem


Day 8 – Tuesday, 27 Feb.2007 - Jerusalem 1000 BC
See the famous Dead Sea scrolls at the Shrine of the Book - Visit the model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem dating back to the time of the Second Temple - Explore the picturesque village of Ein Kerem (birthplace of John the Baptist)- Experience Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial - Visit the fascinating village of Yad Hashmonah in the Judean Mountains, founded by Finnish Christians. - Enjoy a farewell festive meal before departure - Transfer to the airport for an evening flight back to Australia




AUSTRALIAN MINISTERS EDUCATIONAL MISSION TO ISRAEL
20 - 27 FEBRUARY, 2007

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