We board our deluxe motorcoach traveling northeast through East Tennessee as our journey continues through Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley to Arlington, Virginia for a two night stay.
Today, we will visit the newly opened Museum Of The Bible. The museum in Washington, D.C. will be housed in a 430,000-square-foot Building just two blocks from the National Mall. It will provide guests with an immersive and personalized experience as they explore the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible. Museum of the Bible will be an unparalleled experience, using cutting-edge technology to bring the Bible to life. It will span time, space, and cultures, inviting everyone to engage with the Bible. With three permanent sections and space for temporary exhibits, there will always be something new to explore. THE IMPACT OF THE BIBLE located on the Second foor — presents interactive portraits of the Bible’s impact on the history of our nation and the life of our world. THE NARRATIVE OF THE BIBLE located on the Third foor — an immersive theatrical walk-through of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, bringing the Bible’s narrative to life. THE WORLD OF JESUS OF NAZARETH on the Third foor — a theatrical environment of murals, streetscapes, and several frst-century buildings where visitors encounter the context of Jesus’ teachings. THE HISTORY OF THE BIBLE on the Fourth foor — uses the world-renowned Museum Collections to trace the Bible’s own story of faithful translation though time, technology, and culture. COURAGEOUS PAGES: Courage is the overriding theme of the kid’s area, packed with biblical stories of people who dug deep and did what they believed was right, even in the face of fear or opposition. Walk in a reconstruction of an ancient city, excavated on a hilltop over the Valley of Elah, traditionally the site of the showdown between David and Goliath. Stations of the Cross: Featuring the magnifcent work of renowned sculptor Gib Singleton, this experience portrays fourteen stages in the last hour of Jesus’s life. The National Geographic Museum presents “Tomb of Christ,” where we discover the fascinating history of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and are transported to Jerusalem for an immersive 3-D experience unlike anything you’ve seen in a museum before. This evening we will take in DC’s monuments as they glow with spectacular lighting. Marvel at the majestic presence of the White House in the evening light and walk up to the Lincoln Memorial. including the Library of Congress and US Capitol dome and admire the fountain displays at the WWI and WWII Memorials.
We will visit as many sights as we possibly can today depending on weather and crowd. See Arlington National Cemetery and the grave of President John F. Kennedy, which is marked by the Eternal Flame, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where you will view the Changing of the Guard. We will ride down Embassy Row and see the Washington Cathedral…Smithsonian Museums, The National Air and Space Museum, the Museums of American and Natural History. We will see the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the famous Watergate Buildings. We have a two hour drive to the York/Lancaster, Pennsylvania area for the night.
Situated in the southeast region of Pennsylvania is the core of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, home to the Amish, Mennonite and Brethren religious communities collectively known as the “Plain People.” Today most Pennsylvania Dutch lead simple lives on farms. Many do not use electricity and most opt for horse-drawn buggies. During your guided tour of Lancaster journey along the scenic back roads of Pennsylvania Dutch Country with a knowledgeable and friendly step-on-guide and learn about the Amish culture, history and way of life as you delight in the Pennsylvania countryside brimming with old-fashioned charm. After our tour there will be time for lunch on your own and shopping at Kitchen Kettle. Eat light save plenty of room for your Amish Style dinner either before or after the new show at Sight and Sounds Theater, “Jesus”—the action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person ever to walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever. While Jesus’ story may be familiar, his actions are unexpected. He befriends outcasts and heals the hurting. He challenges social norms and confronts hypocrisy. He sets sail with fshermen and reasons with religious scholars. And the lives he touches will never be the same. From the streets of Jerusalem to the raging Sea of Galilee, there’s no place—and no person—that his love can’t reach. After the show, we have a short drive to Chambersburg, PA for our last night.
Our tour ends today as we depart Chambersburg for our fnal destination in Knoxville. We hope you enjoyed the show.