The following itinerary is only a proposal and may be altered as desired. We suggest arriving in Israel on a Wednesday (overnight flight from the West) because Tuesday is, typically, the least expensive day to fly. Your first full day is arranged to begin on a Thursday; however, your group may arrive any day and the itinerary will be adjusted accordingly.
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 at a guesthouse in Jerusalem.
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 finish our day visiting the Western Wall.
We spend our day in the reconstructed Jewish Quarter, shopping and visiting the Ancient Cardo and Hezekiah’s Broad Wall. If this is a Friday, we return to our guesthouse to freshen up before being invited to a special Shabbat Dinner with a Christian couple who minister to Israel’s “Lone Soldiers”, known (in Hebrew) as the hyalim bodedim. This special treat is an exclusive experience for our travelers only.
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.
This morning we take the cable car to the top of Masada to hear the story of one of Israel’s most famous, historical landmarks. Our morning continues with a swim (float) in the Dead Sea, lowest point on the planet. We then climb the oasis of Ein Gedi (where David cut off a piece of King Saul’s cloak) and swim in Ein Gedi’s many, cool waterfalls.
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 around the Sea of Galilee.
We have had an exciting and busy week and today we will take time to rest, swim, and discuss what we have absorbed so far. In the afternoon, we will raft the Jordan River before taking a leisurely boat ride on the Sea to view all the places we will see tomorrow as we travel around Jesus’ Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight around the Sea of Galilee.
Today we follow Jesus where He traveled, ministered and taught in the areas around the Sea of Galilee. This will include the cities of the “evangelical triangle” (Korazim, Capernaum, and Bethsaida); locations where He healed, fed the multitudes, and Kursi, where He delivered the demoniac. We will also visit Magdala, the Mount of Beatitudes and Peter’s Primacy. Dinner and overnight on 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). 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. Continuing south, we stop for dinner & overnight
We continue south along 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. 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.
Today we begin with a visit to Israel’s Independence Museum where we will relive the founding of the nation. We now become “Ruth’s” in order to spend time gleaning a field for Israel’s poor.
Day 14 – The Shomron/Final Day
We have saved the best for our last day in the Promised Land! This morning we drive to the settlement of Itamar to say “goodbye” to Abraham as we take in the first place mentioned in the Land, Alon Moreh. After lunch, our final site of this amazing trip is the one which has been voted “One of our favorite sites we visited while in Israel”: Shiloh, Israeli’s first capitol and the location where Joshua placed Moses’ Wilderness Tabernacle and where it stood for the next 369 years. We end our time in the Land with a visit to the homes of our Tour Guide and Tour Operator in their Orthodox Jewish community of Ma’ale Levona for our final dinner. No ordinary “tour” will ever offer this kind of special blessing! Transfer to airport for flights home.
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!
Although the above itinerary comes from our years of experience, it is only a suggestion. We want this to be your trip. Upon request, we will forward a complete list of potential sites in Israel from which you may add to, or alter, the above suggestions. However, keep in mind that you want your group to have enough time to absorb what they are experiencing; therefore, since you have only 14 days in the Land, it is better to do fewer, more meaningful things than to feel rushed.
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