Day 1 – Tuesday, April 17: Arrival and Jerusalem
We have finally arrived in the Promised Land after an overnight flight from home. We are met at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport and escorted to our transportation which will take us to Bat Yam. Orientation, dinner, and overnight in Bat Yam.
Day 2 – Wednesday, April 18: The Shomron
Our first day in Israel begins by traveling north into Samaria to meet Abraham as he enters the Promised Land and settles in the first city mentioned in the Bible (see Genesis 12). On Mount Gerizim (the Mountain of Blessings), we discuss the covenant God made with His people as we look upon Mount Ebal (the Mountain of Cursings). After lunch at an IDF Army canteen, we will visit Shiloh, always voted by our groups as one of the most important sites in Israel. Here stood the Wilderness Tabernacle of Moses for 369 years and was Israel’s first capital until the Ark was captured by the Philistines. Here Hannah prayed for a son and where that son, Samuel, grew up to anoint Israel’s first two kings. From Shiloh, we will visit the Orthodox Jewish home of our Tour Operator for a discussion of life in the communities of Judea & Samaria. Dinner and overnight at Maayan Harod.
Day 3 – Thursday, April 19: Northeastern Israel
This morning we are traveling to the extreme northeastern corner of the Land to visit Har (Mount) Bental for an amazing view into Syria and to discuss the battle of the Yom Kippur War in 1973. From there we drive west to visit a very special place called Banias but which has a different name in the New Testament (a secret we will unfold when we arrive). Then we drive a short distance to Tel Dan, the headwaters of the Jordan River and the archaeological site of the tribe of Dan. Dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4 – Friday, April 20: Galilee
Today we visit a recreation of the village where Jesus grew up in Nazareth complete with reenactors demonstrating the various aspects of life in Jesus’ time. We then visit Tziporri, a community built for Jesus’ nemesis, King Herod Antipas. Josephus called Tziporri “The jewel of Samaria”, and which Jesus, His father and brothers, probably helped build. We return to the Sea of Galilee for a boat ride to showcase the various locations of Jesus’ ministry around the Sea which we will visit tomorrow. Dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 5 – Saturday, April 21: Jesus’ Ministry Around the Sea of Galilee
We begin today at Jesus’ hometown of Capernaum, where Jesus lived with Peter’s family. The foundations of Peter’s home still remain and the little village is a place where we can reenact some of Jesus’ ministry and preaching. The rest of the day is spent around the Sea reading the biblical accounts of Jesus’ ministry before we end the day rafting the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 6 – Sunday, April 22: South
This morning we travel to HaElah, the valley where David slew Goliath. We will hear the story before visiting the very brook where David picked up his 5 stones. Bring a bag and pick up your own 5 stones! We then travel south to Tel Sheva, the ancient village of Beersheba of the Bible. Here still stands the well dug by Abraham 4,000 years ago. After Beersheba, we visit Tel Arad to meet the first walled city encountered by Moses and the people of God as they traveled from Egypt to the land of Canaan. We will recall the disastrous report of the 12 men sent by Moses to spy out the Land and the consequences of their report. We will spend time riding Bedouin camels before our dinner and overnight in Arad.
Day 7 –Monday, April 23: Dead Sea and Masada
This morning we have the special treat of arising early in order to climb the Roman siege ramp to the top of Masada where we will watch the sun rise over the Mountains of Edom and the Dead Sea. After sunrise, we will tour Masada, one of Israel’s most important sites before riding the cable car to the foot of the mountain and breakfast. We are going to swim in the Dead Sea before hiking the cliffs of Ein Gedi where David cut off a piece of King Saul’s cloak. This is another of our groups’ favorite places. Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea.
Day 8 – Tuesday, April 24: Dead Sea Area to Jerusalem
This morning we begin moving north. Along the way, we will visit Qumran, site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. We need to stop across from the world’s oldest city (Jericho) for the biblical stories of all that happened in this area so long ago. We will visit the site where Jesus was baptized by John and anyone who wishes to do so may be baptized at this same location in the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9 – Wednesday, April 25: Jerusalem
We awake in the “City of Gold” and go straight to the original Jerusalem, the City of David, often referred to as “where it all began.” In the City, we will walk through the foundations of the palace of the kings of Jerusalem and the underground water tunnel built by King Hezekiah before walking through the tunnels of the Southern wall. Our day ends by visiting the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 – Thursday, April 26: Jerusalem
We begin today by visiting the Mount of Olives for a magnificant overvieww of the entire city of Jerusalem. We will then work alongside Israeli archaeologists as they (we) uncover treasures from Israel’s ancient past. Afterwards, we will visit a special site at the Israel Museum before time at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 11 – Friday, April 27: Jerusalem
As Sabbath approaches, we will make a swing through Jerusalem’s Shuk. Here are all the sights and smells of a Middle Eastern outdoor market, except today, as Shabbat approaches, we get to experience the craziness of everyone’s rush to get supper on the table in time before Shabbat enters. Tonight we have a special treat of eating a Shabbat meal with a Christian couple who serve a Shabbat dinner to the Jewish “long soldiers” of the Land. We will spend the morning in Capernaum, known in Scripture as Jesus’ hometown. Dinner and overnight in Jersalem.
Day 12 – Saturday, April 28: Jerusalem of Jesus’ Day
Jesus spent much of his time in and around Jerusalem. We will spend the day visiting the biblical sites of Jesus’ ministry: The Garden of Gethsemane and the Pool of Bethsaida/Bethesda. We will walk the traditional Via Dolorosa, then through the Arab Market and visit the Garden Tomb. We descend to the Valley of Ben Hinnom on the way back to our guesthouse for supper. As Jerusalem becomes alive again after Shabbat, we will take time to shop along Ben Yehudah Street, Jerusalem’s outdoor shopping mall. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 13 – Sunday, April 29: Mount Carmel & Caesarea
This morning, we visit Mount Carmel to discuss the face-off between the prophet, Elijah, and the prophets of Baal. From our vantage point on the mountain, we take in nearly the entirety of the Valley of Jezreel (Armageddon). Back to the Sea, we visit one of King Herod’s most amazing creations: Caesarea by the Sea. Here, Paul the Apostle was imprisoned for 3 years before being sent to Rome; Philip, the evangelist lived with his daughters; and, the gospel was first preached in the home of the Gentile, Cornelius. Dinner and overnight in Netanya.
Day 14 – Monday, April 30: Tel Aviv area/Final Day
This morning we visit Israel’s Independence Hall to hear the amazing story of the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. Then, it’s on to the world’s oldest port, Jaffa, where we will have lunch and visit the place where Peter received his vision to take the gospel to the Gentiles at Caesarea. Our final destination is the Ayalon Institute (where we can learn the extent to which young Israelis were/are willing to sacrifice to form their new country). We have our final dinner at a special restaurant in Tel Aviv, and, after dinner, we will each share our most meaningful experiences while in God’s Promised Land! Trip to the airport to say our “goodbyes” to this amazing place.
You will often be asked, “How was your trip to Israel?” Your trip will be so memorable, answering this question will not be so easy!
Price: $2,664.00 per person double occupancy
Price will include:
Transportation within the Land
All-you-can-eat buffet breakfasts & dinners
Experienced tour guides
All admission fees to locations and all special events
Total Jerusalem Experience
Meetings with Israeli Jewish & Christian families
Working alongside archaeologists
Rafting the Jordan River
Being baptized in the Jordan River (if desired)
Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (if included in the itinerary)
Tips (which most “regular” tours do not include)
Price does not include:
R-T flight to Tel Aviv
Most lunches (we are on the road and stop where various choices are available)
Personal items (i.e. bottled water)
Trip Interruption and/or Trip Health Insurance (if desired)
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