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. On the way to Jerusalem, we will see both the ancient and the modern as we are on our way to dinner and our orientation meeting in Jerusalem.
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 and a Bar B Q dinner, overnight in Jerusalem. No ordinary “tour” will ever offer this kind of special blessing!
We begin our Jerusalem Experience atop the Mount of Olives, overlooking the City. From here we will be introduced to all the areas Jerusalem: Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount, the City of David, and Mount Zion. For a special treat (which has become one of the most requested of all the places we visit), our group will work alongside archaeologists as we find ancient treasures from the Temple Mount itself. We then enter the ancient City of David where we will walk along the recently discovered ruins of the palace of Judah’s kings, including Kings David and Solomon. One of Jerusalem’s greatest adventures is walking through King Hezekiah’s water tunnel, the ancient world’s greatest water project. Upon leaving the tunnel, we will see the recently discovered Pool of Siloam where Jesus healed a blind man. Just opened is the underground passageway to the Temple’s Southern Walls. We continue in the reconstructed Jewish Quarter, shopping and visiting the Ancient Cardo, the Western Wall and Hezekiah’s Broad Wall. Dinner and overnight in 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. Afterwards, we will visit a special site at the Israel Museum before time at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. 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. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Jesus spent much of his life and ministry in and around Jerusalem. We will visit the biblical sites of His ministry: The Garden of Gethsemane and the Pool of Bethsaida. We will walk the traditional Via Dolorosa, then through the Arab Market to 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.
We are now on our way south to Emek Haelah to retell the story of the battle of David & Goliath. From here we drive toward the Dead Sea, on the way visiting Tel Beersheba, (where Abraham’s well still exists) and which was the home of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Ishmael; and Tel Arad, the first walled city encountered by Moses as he brought God’s people to the Promised Land from Egypt. We will spend time riding Bedouin camels before our dinner and overnight in Arad.
Day 7 –Monday, June 4: 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.
Today we are headed north to the Sea of Galilee. On our way we stop by Jericho, home of Rahab the harlot, and the location where Joshua entered the Land after 40 years in the Wilderness. If any in our group desires to be baptized in the Jordan River, we can stop at the location of Jesus’ baptism for this purpose. Dinner and overnight on or near the Sea of Galilee.
Today we drive into the eastern mountains and begin with biblical Tel Dan. We’ll hike through the park, see foliage, rushing water, and the remains of an ancient altar from the tribe of Dan. Then we go the short distance to Caesarea Philippi (where a most important biblical event took place and where we will learn what “the gates of Hell” actually were). Dinner and overnight on or near the Sea of Galilee.
Day 10 – Thursday, June 7: Northwestern Galilee
We then travel most of the way to the Mediterranean coast to visit one of the sites no regular tourist ever gets to see: Kashet Cave, one of the “100 places to visit before you die”. This morning’s destination is another site no regular tourist ever gets to see: Rosh Hanikra, and its beautiful grottos, in the extreme northwestern corner of Israel on the Lebanese border. As the sun sets on the Sea of Galilee we can enjoy a boat ride in a recreation of a fishing boat from the time of Jesus. Dinner and overnight on or near 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. We will also visit the Mount of Beatitudes and Peter’s Primacy before we end the day rafting the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight on or near the Sea of 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 fora visit to Koazim and Kursi, where He delivered the demoniac. Dinner and overnight on or near the Sea of Galilee.
We drive to the coast and climb the Carmel Mountains 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 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 evangelists lived with his daughters; and, the gospel was first preached to Gentiles. Dinner and overnight in the Tel Aviv area.
Day 14 – Monday, June 11: Tel Aviv/Final Day
Today, our final day in the “Land” we begin with a visit to Israel’s Independence Museum where we will relive the founding of the nation.Then we travel to the world’s oldest port city: Jaffa (or Joppa), where the prophet, Jonah, tried to flee from God’s command and where Peter saw his vision that prepared him to share the good news with Gentiles. We spend the rest of the day shopping and/or swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 14 – Monday, June 11: Tel Aviv/Final Day
In the morning there will be time for swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. Then on our final day in the “Land” we visit Israel’s Independence Museum where we will relive the founding of the nation. Then we travel to the world’s oldest port city: Jaffa (or Joppa), where the prophet, Jonah, tried to flee from God’s command and where Peter saw his vision that prepared him to share the good news with Gentiles. 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!
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