Palma Ceia
Presbyterian Church
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Led by Pastor John Debevoise

Mar 10, 2024 - Mar 20, 2024

  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 30+
  • Price From $3,450
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YOUR journey

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  •   Art & Culture
  •   Heritage
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Archaeology
  •   Home Hospitality
  •   Nature Walks

Program Itinerary

Sun. Mar 10, 2024
  • Depart the USA.
Mon. Mar 11, 2024
  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Welcome to Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complimented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
Tue. Mar 12, 2024
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive north along the coastal plain to the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar. This is where Peter converted Cornelius, the first gentile believer (Acts 10), and Paul was imprisoned and defended his faith (Acts 25 & 26). The Roman theater, aqueducts and hippodrome serve as a backdrop for the scriptural events.
  • Drive inland, along the international route known in antiquity as the Via Maris, the Way of the Sea.
  • Explore Megiddo, one of the most important Old Testament cities in the land. It looks down on the Jezreel Valley, which is traditionally identified with Armageddon (Revelation 16). Stroll through the ruins and check out the intriguing ancient water system.
  • We’ll walk through the colorful marketplace of Nazareth to the Church of the Annunciation, the largest in the Middle East, which enshrines the account in Luke 2 of Mary and the angel. The eclectic modern artwork is fascinating.
  • Continue to the so-called “Synagogue Church”, where the 1st-century synagogue may have stood (Luke 4).
  • Drive through the Lower Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Ginosar Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Wed. Mar 13, 2024
  • Private cruise the Sea of Galilee on a boat inspired by the fishing vessels used here 2,000 years ago.
  • Time for contemplation and prayer at the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of Jesus’ ‘Sermon on the Mount,’ overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and Banias, a luxuriant nature reserve on one of the Jordan River sources. This is ancient Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus revealed his mission to his disciples, and entrusted Peter with the mantle of leadership (Matthew 16).
  • Explore Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights. With a sweeping view from former Syrian fortifications of the Hula Valley and Lebanon, discuss the challenges Israel faced leading up to the Six-Day War of 1967, and its contemporary issues.
  • Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner.
Overnight: Ginosar Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Thu. Mar 14, 2024
  • Begin our last morning in the Galilee with a sunrise service led by Pastor John.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • The beautiful area around the Sea of Galilee is rich in history and holy sites, a land of teaching and miracles. We’ll visit:
    • Tabgha, traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. The modern Church of the Multiplication enshrines ancient mosaics, including the famous 4th-century loaves and fishes (Matthew 14).
    • The Church of the “Primacy” recalls John 21, where Jesus tested Peter before entrusting him to “feed my sheep.” The austere modern lakeside chapel still contains elements from the original 4th-century church.
    • Capernaum. Often called the “town of Jesus,” Capernaum was the base of Jesus’ Galilean ministry, with a later mixed Jewish-Christian population. The imposing ancient synagogue, its stone reliefs, and the modern church, evoke the teachings and healings done here.
  • We recommend the classic lunch for this area, St. Peter’s fish, though many other options are available.
  • Continue south along the Jordan Rift Valley, stopping for some scripture and contemplation at Qasr al-Yahud on the River Jordan. This is the area – perhaps close to the very place – where John the Baptist was active.
  • Passing Jericho, arguably the oldest city in the world, we ascend thousands of feet through the Judean Desert to the Holy City of Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem! Enter the vibrant and colorful 4,000-year-old city, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • The summit of Mount of Olives gives a breathtaking panorama of the Old City. As we pick out important landmarks, we trace and discuss the sequence of events – the “Easter geography” – of Jesus’ last week in Jerusalem.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Fri. Mar 15, 2024
  • We begin our exploration of ancient Jerusalem with two little-known sites within sight of the Old City walls.
  • The first is a huge rolling stone at the entrance to a Jewish rock-tomb complex of the time of Jesus, just as described in the Gospels.
  • The second is another burial complex from the late Old Testament period, some 26 centuries ago. It was here that archaeologists unearthed two silver amulets with the Priestly Benediction incised on them – the oldest passage of the Bible ever found!
  • Enter the Old City via Jaffa Gate. We will spend the next few hours threading our way through labyrinths of time. A scholar once described Jerusalem as a city suspended “in between” – between Heaven and Earth, East and West, Past and Present... and perhaps the Future as well.
  • Visit the Syriac Orthodox Monastery of St. Mark, which some associate with the Room of the Last Supper.
  • Our route takes us through the fortress-like Armenian Quarter and down to the Jewish Quarter. Friday is the eve of the Jewish Sabbath, and the Quarter is abuzz in anticipation.
  • Extensive excavations in the restored Jewish Quarter in the late 1960s and ‘70s uncovered many historical gems, among them the 6th-century AD Cardo, the colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem.
  • Even more evocative is the “Broad Wall” of King Hezekiah, from the time of the Prophet Isaiah, which defended Jerusalem against the Assyrian invasion in 701 BC.v
  • After a snack lunch, we continue to the Archaeological Park at the south-eastern corner of the immense Temple Mount. That structure dates back to the time of King Herod, and the street and stone steps could well have been trodden by Jesus himself twenty centuries ago.
  • End the day at the adjacent Western Wall (“Wailing Wall”), a remnant of the ancient Temple compound. The Temple is gone, but the Wall has become, by proxy, the most revered site in the Jewish world.
  • Return to the hotel to rest and freshen up.
  • We will be hosted for a traditional family Sabbath dinner in a Jewish home – a memorable Shabbat of a Lifetime (as they like to call it).
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Shabbat Dinner
Sat. Mar 16, 2024
  • The first visit of the day is to the authentic Pools of Bethesda, just inside the Old City’s Lions’ Gate (aka St. Stephen’s Gate). This is where Jesus healed the lame man (John 5). The compound is shared by the restored medieval St. Anne’s Church. The extraordinary acoustics are just right for a hymn or two.
  • A few hundred yards further on, we pick up the Via Dolorosa – the traditional “Way of the Cross” – which winds through the Muslim and Christian Quarters. Stations I and II enshrine the likely site of the Praetorium where Jesus was tried. Pause at each “station,” and take time for contemplation at a few of the historic chapels en route.
  • The last five of the 14 stations are within the cavernous Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where, it is widely believed, Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. The fascination of the church is enhanced by the fact that it is shared, not always amicably, by six different denominations (none of them Protestant).
  • The second half of the day is devoted to the not-so-little-town of Bethlehem (today a Palestinian West Bank city). Your Palestinian guide will squeeze you into the Church of the Nativity, the oldest standing church in the country. Below the main apse is the grotto where Jesus is said to have been born, a magnet for pilgrims since at least the 4th century. Like the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the church is subject to fierce arguments and complicated “agreements” between different Christian groups over their shared control of the site.
  • The adjacent, more modern Franciscan Church of St. Catherine is the venue for the Roman Catholic ‘Midnight Mass’ on Christmas Eve, relayed to the crowded square outside and to millions globally.
  • One of the chapels of the Catholic church is the grotto where the 4th-century scholar, St. Jerome, is believed to have written the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the Bible, which was eventually adopted by the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Sun. Mar 17, 2024
  • A well-earned day off!
  • After a leisurely breakfast, you are invited to the 10am Sunday Communion Service at St. Andrews Scots Church (Presbyterian) – just a 10-minute stroll from your hotel.
  • The rest of the day is yours: Catch up on your journal, wander the stores and eateries of downtown West Jerusalem (an easy walk from your hotel), explore the vibrant Machaneh Yehuda produce market, visit or revisit sights and museums that have taken your fancy – the Ramparts Walk, the Islamic Arts Museum, the Tower of David historical museum, the City of David – or simply relax.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Mon. Mar 18, 2024
  • Our guided visit through the Yad Vashem complex, the National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust includes:
    • The Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display that reflects decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts, and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps.
    • The Avenue of the Righteous, with plaques honoring courageous non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust.
    • The moving Children’s Memorial dedicated to the 1.5 million child victims of the Nazi death machine.
  • “Decompression”. Descend to the Dead Sea region. At 1,400 ft. below Sea Level, it is the lowest point on the planet.
  • Visit the excavated 2,000-year-old village of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. A Jewish sect – widely identified with the Essenes, who are known to us from ancient writings – established a ‘monastic’ community here. From a distance you can see the caves where most of the scrolls were found.
  • The Sea of Salt: Float into happiness at the Dead Sea. Nothing can live in what is the saltiest body of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean. The weightless feeling of floating is great fun.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 10
Tue. Mar 19, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Gethsemane, with its unbelievably ancient olive grove, lies at the foot of Mt. of Olives. It is believed to be where Jesus prayed, was betrayed and arrested (Matthew 26). The modern Church of All Nations marks the spot.
  • A Place of Reflection: Many Protestants identify the tranquil Garden Tomb, just outside Jerusalem’s Old City, as the site of Jesus’ burial and resurrection. The tomb was discovered in 1867 and has become a popular place of pilgrimage; the beautiful gardens are an ideal place for reflection and discussion.
  • Explore the wondrous Israel Museum, with its eclectic collection, ranging from Biblical archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls to Jewish life and art, European and contemporary Israeli art, and the huge open-air model of Second Temple-period Jerusalem, the time of Jesus.
  • End our touring program with an exterior view of the Knesset – Israel’s Parliament – and its famous iconic Menorah, an artwork in its own right.
  • Free time for last-minute shopping.
  • Farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your departure flight to the USA.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 11
Wed. Mar 20, 2024
  • Return to the USA.


Cost p/p in double room
Cost p/p in single room

Tel Aviv: Tal by The Beach

Sea of Galilee: Isrotel Gomeh Hotel

Jerusalem: Dan Panorama

What to expect

  • 8 nights' accommodations.
  • 9 days of touring with a tour educator (guide) in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 9 dinners.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the airport & hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Israel.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc. are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Value Added Tax is currently not applicable to tourists visiting Israel. Should the law change, you will be notified accordingly, and VAT will be added to your final invoice.
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