Footsteps of Paul 2018 Christian Cruise with Israel Archaeology
With Bryan Hughes and Grace Bible Church
Oct 8 – 19, 2018 | Optional Rome extension Oct 19-22
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Bryan Hughes and Grace Bible Church
Footsteps of Paul, Israel, Mediterranean
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Our group has a very special visit with our guide, at the City of David, Eli Shukron. Shukron is best known for his discovery of the Pool of Siloam, the Nobleman’s Bell or High Priest’s Bell in the Temple sewer tunnels, as well as other important works. We have been notified of some exciting news, we will have the opportunity to be taken to see a newly discovered site below the City of David. It is a standing stone, with features of animal sacrifices adjacent to it, and it is perfect for the location and the time period of Abraham’s tithe to the mysterious Priest, Melchizedek. Our group size is limited due to the addition of this site. What a great opportunity you will have as you go into the site specifically and hear the latest details on its significance!
What an opportunity to combine cutting edge Biblical archaeology with apologetics, fellowship and a relaxing 2018 Christian cruise vacation all in one! Bryan Hughes will lead this Footsteps of Paul 2018 Christian cruise with the best of Israeli Biblical findings. The tour begins with 5 days in Israel, where we then board a luxury cruise ship and sail into the Aegean waters and come into Pompeii and finally Rome. The core tour is 12-days with an optional extension featuring the Apostle Paul’s life in Rome for 3-nights. The core tour and Christian cruise start at only $4,099 per person (double) for an outside cabin. Balcony’s start at $4,599 per person. The air add-ons are $1,590 per person from New York, or $1,990 per person from Bozeman. Ask about other cities as well. The Rome extension is $1,289 per person.
INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:
- All port taxes
- City taxes
- Fuel surcharges
- 2 nights hotel in The Old City
- 2 other nights in Israel (ship based)
- The cruise
- Full private tours of Israel each day plus our private tours of Athens and Corinth
- All meals except three lunches
- Most tips
- All of the amazing teaching opportunities
- Oct 09
- Arrive in Israel
We arrive in Tel Aviv at 4:00PM, and drive through Joppa today on our way into the Old City. It is here you will look out on the Mediterranean where Jonah’s experience took place. We arrive at our boutique hotel, located inside the walls of Old Jerusalem. We are joined by Eli Shukron for dinner to review the tactical plan for seeing the underside of the City of David and the newest archeological finds.
- Oct 10
- Temple Mount, Pool of Bethesda
After morning devotionals facing Temple Mount, we will walk through the Christian Quarter, into the Western Wall complex for prayer, and then onto Temple Mount. Exit at the Pools of Bethesda and enjoy worship at St. Ann’s. We have time for lunch before our communion time at the Garden Tomb. We will leave the Old City for a visit of the Israeli Museum to see a large-scale model of Jerusalem at Temple time, with an opportunity to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. Overnight in the Old City this evening.
- Breakfast, Dinner
- Oct 11
- Mt. of Olives, City of David
Waking this morning, join the group on the terrace that faces Temple Mount for coffee. Once the group is assembled we visit the Mt. of Olives. We will have a great teaching at the site before walking down Palm Sunday Road into the Garden of Gethsemane. After this key visit, we go into the City of David. Once inside we will have a private tour with Eli that will end at his research at the Pool of Siloam and Hezekiah’s Tunnel. There is a special archeological site that you will have exclusive access to as well that is tied to Melchizedek. We have a quick lunch break and sit together at the Southern Steps and Archeological Park. We drive into Ashdod late. The ship stays in port at Ashdod and we board the ship for dinner.
- Oct 12
- Ashdod, Mt. Gerazim
This morning we have an Old Testament tour featuring Ashdod, the caves of Maresha Bell Caves (Beit Guvrin), visiting Lachish which was conquered by the Assyrians. Here, we see where the famous “Lachish Letters” were discovered. From there, we drive to the newly excavated Khirbet Qeiyafa, the site of an ancient fortress city overlooking the Elah Valley. A number of archaeologists have claimed that it might be the biblical city of Sha’arayim or Neta’im, dating to the reign of David, where King David might have lodged at some point. Next, we travel to the Elah Valley where David fought Goliath and reenact the scene in our imaginations as we listen to 1 Samuel 17. From Tel Azekah, we see before our very eyes how this famous battle took place! We then drive towards Samaria and up to Mt. Gerizim to visit with the local Samaritans, still practicing their faith today. We get to meet the Samaritans, the smallest ethnic group in the world. We then drive down to the nearby Jacob’s Well, site of Jesus’ conversation with a Samaritan woman. Return to the ship for dinner.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Oct 13
- Nazareth, Mt. of Beatitudes
We wake up in the port of Haifa this morning. After breakfast, we will drive to the Nazareth overlook and see the place where the Nazarites attempted to throw Jesus off a cliff. From the viewpoints along the way, we drive above and through Megiddo/ Armageddon. We come into the Galilee region for a private teaching at the Mt. of Beatitudes. Stop for a fish lunch on the Sea of Galilee and then visit the newly opened synagogue of Magdala. We will also walk through Capernaum, Beth Said and Tabgha. Return to ship for dinner.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Oct 14
- At Sea
Sleep in today and enjoy the beautiful ship. We are at sea today, study sessions at 10:00AM and 5:00PM
- Oct 15
Fun free day on Mykonos. The island abounds in beaches, shopping and great coffee and gelato seating outside on the sea. Rent a scooter, a 4WD vehicle or bicycle and enjoy the island! We don’t sail until 10:00PM.
- Oct 16
- Athens, Corinth
Athens! We drive into the ancient area of Athens. We sit together at Mars Hill for a teaching on Paul’s sermon to the Athenians. We enjoy a gentle walk up the Acropolis. From this view point we see the area of antiquities and temples. Come down into the city for lunch in the Plaka district and some fun shopping. Drive into Corinth, pass over the Corinth Canal and then tour both upper and lower Corinth. Return to the ship.
- Oct 17
- At Sea
At sea today, evening session at 8:30PM. The ship has so much to offer, what a wonderful time for fellowship around the pool this afternoon.
- Oct 18
- Naples, Pompeii
Arrive in Naples, optional tour of Pompeii or free day at Naples to see Capri or Sorrento.
- Oct 19
- Christian Catacombs, Tre Fontane, Coliseum
Say goodbye to our friends and drive 30 minutes to the Christian Catacombs. These catacombs have precious evangelical symbols of Christ Jesus and the oldest paintings on the walls of tombs of the Apostles, James, John and Peter. Afterwards, we make a special trip to Tre Fontane. This active monastery was built at the place of three fountains, known as the place where the Apostle Paul was beheaded. We will have a quiet teaching in the gardens together as we recall our favorite Pauline versus together. Take time for lunch in bustling Rome. We have a private appointment this afternoon at the Coliseum at 1:30PM. You will learn of how this decadent building was built from the treasures of Jerusalem’s temple. Free evening in Rome.
- Oct 20
- Circus Maximus, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon
After breakfast, we walk onto Capitoline Hill, home of the seat of early Rome’s political scene. Nearby we have a reservation to go into the Mamertine Prison, where the Apostles Peter and Paul were chained. Later, see Circus Maximus – known for the thousands of Christian Martyrs that were hung or died. You will have a lunch break at Trevi Fountain. There is an afternoon walking tour to the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. You can end your day shopping at the Via Condotti/Spanish Steps or return back to our hotel with the group.
- Breakfast, Dinner
- Oct 21
- Vatican, St. Peters, Sistine Chapel
For those of you who are interested, we have included a private visit to the Vatican and St. Peters in the morning. The tour ends with a spectacular view of the Sistine Chapel painting by Michelangelo. Lunch break at Piazza de Fiori (Plaza of Flowers) and then a private visit to Regola. Regola is the private home, that is 2,000 years old, where the Apostle Paul held his home
church. We have a few free hours this afternoon. Later, we have dinner at Trastevere as our farewell to each other. Until we meet again!
- Breakfast, Dinner
Pastor Bryan Hughes
Senior Pastor, Grace Bible Church
Bryan Hughes is the Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Church in Bozeman (gbcmt.org), where he has served for the past 32 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts in New Testament Greek and Theology from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois; a Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon; and a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana.
Bryan has taught classes at a Bible college in Ukraine, Tanzania, and Siberia, as well as classes in Albania, Russia, Turkey, Ethiopia, Poland, and Italy. He is the author of 8:28 – Unlocking God’s Promise, a book that examines the meaning of Romans 8:28, and Jesus’s Teaching on the Last Days, which explains the Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24-25. He presently serves on the board of directors for The Master’s College and Seminary and serves on the faculty of Montana Bible College in Bozeman (montanabiblecollege.edu). Bryan has taken 11 groups to Israel for tours. He and his wife, Bev, have three grown children and 2 grandsons. Join Bryan on this Christian cruise 2018!
Our Ship: The Celebrity Constellation
All staterooms and suites come complete with private bathroom, vanity area, hair-dryer, interactive TV, radio and phone. All staterooms include:
- Two twin beds that are convertible to Queen size (unless stated otherwise) and sitting area
- Private mini-bar
- Interactive flat-screen Samsung television system to view and select shore excursions, order room service, and watch movies
- Private safe
- Dual voltage 110/220AC outlets
Cat 10, 12
|Inside Stateroom (9, 10, 11, 12) (170 sq. ft.)|
Cat 5, 6, 7
|Ocean View Stateroom (4, 5, 6, 7, 8) (170 sq. ft.)|
|Ocean View with Veranda
Cat 2A, 2B
|Deluxe Ocean View Veranda (2A, 2B, 2C) (170 sq. ft., veranda 38 sq. ft.)|
|Concierge Class (C1, C2, C3) (191 sq. ft., veranda 41 sq. ft.)|
Through the use of The Word, we trust that once you have returned from our Christian tours, you will have gained a deeper knowledge of the scriptures and the multiple layers of teaching and truths that are inside each.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
You can be assured an experience like our previous participants, who have gained an appreciation of how God uses everything for His glory and for the purpose of furthering knowledge and understanding. You will see this as you encounter the geology of the land, the geography where events actually occurred and the archaeology that may (or may not!) still exist. Furthermore, through the remaining people in the land, the practices still in place and demography that have endured.
Colossians 1:20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
Further, our assurance is received that through The Word; the teachings you will be exposed will solidify the truth which you and your family have been taught by seeing, touching and hearing the scriptures each day. We assert and firmly believe Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
You and your family will experience the oneness of the body of Christ during our trip.