Join the Voices of Faith Chorus in The Holy Land

October 5 - 15, 2021

The Voices of Faith Chorus invites you to lend your voice as we perform in The Holy Land in 2021! We will have the unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and sing in the literal birthplace of Christianity.

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Our Pilgrimage

Our life-changing performance tour of the Holy Land will deliver many rare and treasured gifts including the opportunity to learn about the earliest Christians, to sing in and visit ancient churches, temples and cathedrals, and to gather with a great sense of spiritual communion, wonderfully typical of a Christian Group Tour.

Dr. David R. Thye,
Artistic Director

Dr. David R. Thye is a passionate conductor, educator, and clinician. While inspiring excellence through artistic mastery, discipline,
and musical integrity, Dr. Thye consistently delivers cutting-edge “live” performances with great enthusiasm. Thye seeks out the finest choral repertoire that powerfully and intimately communicates to the mind and soul utilizing Biblical passages, creative and artistic poetry, and inspiring texts that are thought-provoking and impactful. Ultimately, Dr. Thye is passionate about God, people, and music!

Dan Forrest, 
Composer-in-Residence

Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as having “an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music….that is truly magical” (NY Concert Review), with works hailed as “magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (Classical Voice), and  “superb writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). 

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Western Wall
Sea of Galilee
Via Dolorosa
Gethsemane

Itinerary

Airplane

DAY ONE:
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Depart USA

  • Depart via scheduled air service to Tel Aviv, Israel
Jaffa

DAY TWO:
Wednesday, October 6

Tel Aviv / Jaffa

  • Arrive in Tel Aviv
  • Meet your MCI Tour Manager, who will assist the group to awaiting chartered motorcoach
  • Enjoy a scenic drive to Jaffa, the oldest port in the world. Walk through the Old City of Jaffa through the artist quarter. There is a beautiful view of modern Tel Aviv from Jaffa
  • Late afternoon hotel check-in
  • Evening Welcome Dinner included, and overnight
Caesarea Maritima

DAY THREE:
Thursday, October 7

Tel Aviv / Haifa / Tiberias

  • Breakfast included at the hotel, followed by check out
  • Morning visit to Caesarea Maritima. See the sunken harbor, the hippodrome, the theatre and the Roman aqueduct
  • Next, drive to Muhraka on Mt. Carmel, with a panoramic view of the Plain of Jezreel
  • Continue to Megiddo the background to Armageddo
  • Lunch, on own
  • Proceed to Tiberias at the Arbel cliff, which affords a view over the Sea of Galilee
  • Performance at the Kibbutz Nof Ginosar in Tiberias*
  • Evening dinner included, and overnight
Sea of Galilee

DAY FOUR:
Friday, October 8

Capernaum / Tabgha / Sea of Galilee

  • Breakfast included at the hotel
  • Enjoy a morning drive along the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum for a visit to the synagogue. Continue to Tabgha (short for Heptapagon, “seven springs”) to view the mosaics in the Church of the Loaves and Fishes. Next, ascend the Mt. of Beatitudes
  • Lunch, on own
  • Afternoon walk on an ancient trade route. Pass Hazor and then go on to Dan for a nature walk.
  • Also visit the high place where Jeroboam son of Nebat set up a golden calf
  • Continue to Caesarea Philippi
  • Next, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
  • Evening dinner on own, and overnight in Tiberias
Church of the Annunciation

DAY FIVE:
Saturday, October 9

Mt. Tabor / Nazareth / Tiberias

  • Breakfast included at the hotel
  • Morning transfer via taxis up to the top of Mt. Tabor. The elevation provides an utterly commanding view of all of lower Galilee, and the valley of the Armageddon
  • Lunch, on own
  • Transfer to Nazareth via Cana of Galilee. Enjoy the views of the Valley of Jezreel, Mt. Tabor, and the Caramel Hills in the distance. Visit the Nazareth spring, and the Church of Annunciation
  • Performance at the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth*
  • Evening dinner included, and overnight
Beth She'an

DAY SIX:
Sunday, October 10

Jezreel Valley / Jericho / Jerusalem / Jezreel Valley / Jericho / Jerusalem

  • Breakfast included at the hotel, followed by check-out
  • Depart the hotel for Beth Shean and walk amongst the ancient Roman and Byzantine ruins
  • Lunch, on own
  • Drive through the Jezreel Valley west to Ein Harod, which describes Gideon’s actions in thinning out his army (This is where he brought the men to the spring and sorted them on the basis of how they drank from the water). Transfer East into Harod’s Valley with a fantastic view filled with biblical history
  • Transfer to the Jordan Valley and then south to Jericho. At Jericho, visit the Tel of this oldest city and view the traditional mountain of Jesus’ temptation. Next, visit Mt. Scopus for a majestic view of Jerusalem
  • Evening dinner included, and overnight in Jerusalem
Church of the Nativity

DAY SEVEN:
Monday, October 11

Bethlehem / Jerusalem

  • Breakfast included at the hotel
  • Drive to the region of Bethlehem, pass by Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of the city. Stop for a hilltop view of Bethlehem, and visit Solomon’s Pools which has been Jerusalem’s main source of water for almost 200 years
  • Lunch, on own
  • Walk through the restored old town to the Church of the Nativity, and visiting the manger. Also see the Cave of St. Jerome
  • Performance at Bethlehem University Church in Bethlehem*
  • Return to Jerusalem for dinner included, and overnight
Mount of Olives

DAY EIGHT:
Tuesday, October 12

Jerusalem

  • Breakfast included at the hotel
  • Start on the Mt. of Olives and descend the traditional Palm Sunday Road, visiting the churches of Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit along the way. Also, visit the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. Next, walk down along the new path into the Kidron Valley, which is also known as the Vale of the King.
  • Lunch, on own
  • Tour of the City of David. View a brief introductory 3D movie that gives a visual timeline of the geography of the City of David from the original settlement to present day. Descend in the ground to Hezekiah’s tunnel built somewhere near 700 B.C. to bring fresh water from outside the fortified city of David to the inside to provide drinking water during any siege. Participants of the tour can take part in a 40-minute walk in knee high water from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam
  • Evening dinner included, and overnight
Qumran

DAY NINE:
Wednesday, October 13

Rift Valley / Jerusalem

  • Breakfast included at the hotel
  • Excursion to Bethany for a visit to the home of Martha and Lazarus. From there, drive through the Judean desert to Qumran. View Cave #4, which contained the greatest quantity of Dead Sea scrolls
  • Continue south to Masada, and take a cable car to the top. Visit Herod’s mountain bunker and the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome
  • Lunch, on own
  • Afternoon excursion to the Dead Sea. Enjoy the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea (at minus 1390 feet, as low as you’re ever likely to get), we enter the nature reserve of Ein Gedi, rich in flora and fauna, and walk to a lovely waterfall
  • Performance at St. George Cathedral in Jerusalem*
  • Return to Jerusalem for evening dinner included, and overnight
Mount of Olives

DAY TEN:
Thursday, October 14

Jerusalem

  • Breakfast included at the hotel
  • Transfer to Dung Gate where just inside, we take the time to examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex. Visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. View the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site of Islam, located on the traditional site of the ancient Temple Mount. Just to the north we find the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church, which has remarkable acoustics and which has been perfectly preserved from the Crusader period. Walk the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorsa) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Lunch, on own
  • Afternoon walk through the Arab Souks, past the Armenian Quarter and exit the Old City through the Mt Zion Gate to visit the Upper Room and King David’s Tomb on the grounds of Mt. Zion. From there we take the bus to the Garden Tomb where we end our tour with a special visit and the possibility of having a private communion on its grounds
  • Remainder of day at leisure
  • Evening Farewell Dinner, included
  • Transfer to the airport for return flight home

DAY ELEVEN:
Friday, October 15

  • Return to the USA

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A Conversation with David Thye and Dan Forrest

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