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.
After our 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 the way to dinner and our orientation meeting. Dinner & overnight
We begin our Jerusalem Experience atop the Mount of Olives, overlooking the City. From here we will be introduced to all the areas of Jerusalem: Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount, the City of David, and Mount Zion. From the Mountain, we will walk downhill to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus often met with His disciples and where He was arrested. We now visit Emek Tzurim, one of the places few tourists visit, but which is consistently one of our groups’ favorites. Here we will work alongside archaeologists as we search for ancient Temple Mount treasures. After lunch, we will visit the Garden Tomb, thought by many to be the authentic burial place of Jesus. After the Garden Tomb, we will go deep underneath the Old City for a tour of the tunnels of the Western Wall. We will descend all the way to the bedrock of Solomon’s Temple, and the market street along which Jesus and His disciples walked. With the time we have left in the afternoon, we may be able to do some shopping in the Old City. Dinner & overnight
Returning to the Old City, we visit the Wailing Wall and the Roman Cardo. We then enter the ancient City of David where we will walk along the newly 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 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. After lunch in the Old City, we will begin our walk along the “Way of Sorrows (“Way of Sorrows”) and visit the Pool of Bethsaida where Jesus healed the crippled man. If this day is Friday, we will 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 only for our travelers. Overnight
This morning we drive to Masada and ride the cable car to the mountain’s top to hear the amazing story of Herod’s fortress and of the small band of Jews who held out for 3 years against the Roman Army. We will then swim (float) in the Dead Sea before heading north to the Sea of Galilee. Along the way, there will be an opportunity to be baptized in the same location in the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John. Dinner & overnight
This is our day to encircle the Sea of Galilee and visit all the sites of Jesus’ ministry. We begin with the shore of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus cooked breakfast for His disciples after his resurrection. We then visit the Mount of Olives and Chorazim. After lunch, we will visit Jesus’ hometown of Capernaum, where He lived with Peter’s family. We continue around the Sea, learning about Jesus’ healing ministry; about feeding the multitudes; and we will see where He delivered the demoniac. Dinner & overnight
We travel from the Sea of Galilee to Mount Carmel for a retelling of Elijah’s face-off with the prophets of Baal. From the Mountain, we will be able to see virtually the entirety of the Valley of Armageddon. Then, we descend to the coast to see one of King Herod’s most impressive projects: Caesarea, the port city he built from the sand dunes and which came to rival all other port cities in the Roman Empire. Dinner & overnight
This morning we travel to the ancient Patriarch’s Highway to view the place where Abraham entered the Land. From our vantage point we will also see the mountains of Gerizim and Ebal, the mountains of “blessings and cursings”. After lunch at an Israeli Army canteen, we will visit Israel’s first capital: Shiloh. This is a location few tourists ever see, but which has been a highlight for all our groups. Here, the wilderness tabernacle rested for 369 years; here Hannah prayed for a son; here her son, Samuel, grew up. We leave Shiloh for a visit to the Orthodox community of our Tour Operator & Tour Guide for a final dinner celebration before heading to the airport for our 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 recommended itinerary. However, keep in mind that you want your group to have enough time to absorb what they are experiencing; therefore, since you have only 7 days in the Land, it is better to do fewer, more meaningful things, than to feel rushed.
Cost per person will depend on the number traveling with you and the dates you choose to travel.
When you have decided to form your own group let us know using our Contact Us Page and we will work with you to create your ideal itinerary and provide you with cost estimates.
Pricing does not include: