July 12: The Way of the Cross
Today we experience that fateful day that led to the crucifixion of Jesus two thousand years ago. We begin at the Mount of Olives as we work our way to the Garden Tomb. Along the way we will visit the Tomb of the Prophets, the House of Annas, where Jesus was first interrogated, then to the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu (the location where Jesus was tried by Caiaphas), and finally to the Ecco Homo Convent (the location where Jesus was tried by Pilate). We will then walk on the Via Dolorosa, the way of suffering as Jesus carried his cross to Golgotha, where he was crucified and then buried nearby. We will briefly stop at the The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place were Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected, before heading to the Kidron Valley to reflect on the resurrection.
Dinner and Overnight at the Leonardo in Jerusalem.
July 13: Turkey
After a morning Sabbath worship, we head to Tel Aviv to catch an early morning flight to Istanbul, Turkey. After a short layover in the Istanbul airport, we will catch a connecting flight to to Izmir.
Dinner and overnight in the Kaya Hotel in Izmir.