14-Day Holy Land Tour Package
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, we meet our local Israeli representative who assists us with baggage and transfers us to our motor coach so we can begin our Holy Land tour package. We take a short drive to our hotel in Netanya for dinner and overnight beside the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. On the way, we make a brief stop in Jaffa, the home of the Jonah and Peter’s stories. After an abundant breakfast buffet, we journey north along the coast to Caesarea, built over 2000 years ago by King Herod. We walk through the ancient theater, the Crusader city and the fantastic aqueduct. From here we depart to Mt. Carmel, the site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal. Then we proceed to Megiddo. Across the Jezreel Valley is Sepporis, a large city in the days of Jesus. We see the Cardo, the theater, and many mosaics, including the “Mona Lisa” of the Galilee. Our Holy Land tour package ends the day by driving to the precipice of Nazareth as we read about Jesus’ ministry in this area. Driving through Cana, we finally arrive at the outskirts of Tiberias. We arrive at our “kibbutz-hotel” located right on the Sea of Galilee shoreline. We begin the day by driving into the Golan Heights. Our Holy Land tour package includes a stop on the northeast corner of the Sea of Galilee, we are able to see Bethsaida and the area of the Feeding of the 5,000. Then our next site is Gamla, a Jewish city that was taken by the Romans during the Revolt in the 60’s A.D. Here we see a first century synagogue, as well as the ruins of the city, called the “Masada of the north.” Close by is the site of Qatzrin, a partially reconstructed Talmudic village. Driving along the northern border, we will stop and look into southern Syria. Next, we drive past Mt. Hermon and descend the Golan Heights and visit Caesarea Philippi. Nearby is the amazing nature preserve and archaeological site of Dan, one of the sources of the Jordan River. We end the day by driving back through the Huleh Valley to our hotel in Tiberias.
Visiting Petra’s Treasury
We begin the day by visiting Arbel, a mountain on the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee. We have the option to hike to the top of this 800-foot cliff. From here we drive to Magdala. We see a first century synagogue where Jesus no doubt taught. Next is another New Testament city, Chorazim. We visit the third century synagogue here, built out of basaltic rock. Then we continue to Capernaum, the home center of ministry for Jesus here in Galilee. Next, we enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, with a quiet and peaceful worship service. Upon landing, we also see the “Jesus boat” from the first century, a vessel found here along the shores of Galilee in 1986. Next, Our Holy Land tour package includes a trip to the southern end of the Sea of Galilee and enjoy optional baptism in the Jordan River at Yardenit. We end the day by reading from Matthew 5 on the Mount of Beatitudes. We begin the day by driving south to the Jordan Valley to the site of Beth Shean, an impressive Roman city of the Decapolis. From here, we cross the northern border crossing into Jordan. After border formalities, we meet our Jordanian guide and bus and drive to the largest of the Decapolis cities, Jerash. Then we travel to Mt. Nebo to stand where Moses stood and viewed the Holy Land. We continue our Holy Land tour package to Medeba dubbed the “City of Mosaics” due to the vivid sixth century Byzantine mosaic map in the church of St. George. From Medeba, our Holy Land tour package includes a drive down the Desert Highway to Petra, where we spend the night. We arrive this morning at the entrance of Petra and spend the entire day within this red-rose ancient city. We are in the heart of the Seir Mountains, Land of Edomites, mentioned in the Bible in Genesis. These mountains house the Aaron Peak, the highest in Petra and the burial place of Moses’ brother Aaron. Our Holy Land tour package includes a walk through the Siq, the main entrance to Petra, brings us to the first monument “The Treasury” “Al-Khazneh” a dramatic site. A walk further down through the outer Siq with all of its tombs and burial chamber brings us to one of the largest theaters in Jordan. From here we walk uphill to the Royal Tombs for a great view of the lower part of Petra with all its Roman remains. There will be the option to walk to the “Monastery” of Petra and/or the High Place. Leaving the site of Petra in mid-afternoon, we drive south to Wadi Rum. Here we enjoy an amazing Jeep ride in the desert. We then stay in Wadi Rum at Captain’s, a Bedouin Village.
Remember To: Bring a flashlight and water shoes if you choose to walk through Hezekiah's Tunnel.
Floating in the Dead Sea
Following breakfast, we leave Wadi Rum and drive to the southern border to cross back into Israel. Greeted once again by our Israeli guide and bus, we make a brief stop to see the coral reefs of the Red Sea. From here we drive north through the Aravah to Timnah. Our Holy Land tour package includes a walk through a full-size replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle. Continuing north, we drive to Ein Bokek. We check into our hotel and have a chance to float in the Dead Sea. We begin today driving north along the western coastline of the Dead Sea to Masada. Here we ascend high upon the wilderness mountain by way of cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. We survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, the synagogue, temples and palaces. Our next stop is Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul, and we enjoy a walk back to the waterfalls. Continuing north, we visit Qumran and the settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. After a late lunch here (not included), we visit the ruins of Qumran. From here, our Holy Land tour package takes us to Jericho to see portions of the wall of this city that was destroyed by Joshua. Leaving Jericho, we ascend to our hotel in Jerusalem. On the way, we make a brief stop for a spectacular view of the Judean Desert. Once we complete our ascent to Jerusalem, we check into our hotel, and enjoy dinner together. We get our first glimpse of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives, beholding a breath-taking panorama of the Holy City. Our Holy Land tour package includes a walk down the “Palm Sunday” route to the Garden of Gethsemane. Next, we enter the Old City of Jerusalem through the Lion’s Gate and visit the Pool of Bethesda. We also enjoy some marvelous singing in St. Anne’s Church from the Crusader period. Our walk continues along the Via Dolorosa to the Sisters of Zion Convent, Ecce Homo Arch, and then to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In the afternoon, we visit Herodium. Located on the edge of the Judean Desert, this is where Herod the Great was buried. We end the day by driving into Bethlehem to visit the Shepherd’s Field, and to shop at an olive wood store. We drive back to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner.
Learning About Jewish Faith
Today we will uniquely spend most of the day serving needy people in Jerusalem. We will serve through Bridges for Peace, a Messianic ministry in Jerusalem. Later in the afternoon there will be should be some free time. Following dinner, the evening will also be free. The day begins in the Old City and we visit the famous Western Wall, the most holy place in Judaism. After some time for personal prayer and reflection, we walk 400 yards along the retaining wall of the Temple Mount itself. Upon completing this unique walk, we’ll return to the Jewish Quarter. You will enjoy a visit to Shorashim for conversation with Moshe and Dov, Orthodox Jews who will talk about their Jewish faith. In the afternoon, our Holy Land tour package includes a visit to the fascinating Israel Museum and the model of Jerusalem. We end the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. We see the Children’s Memorial and walk through the museum on our own. We return to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and an optional walk. We begin the day by visiting the City of David and the new excavations of David’s palace. Those who want to will take an optional adventurous walk through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel. We then sit on the steps of the Siloam Pool and listen to the story of John 9. From here, we walk up through an exposed Herodian drainage channel that takes us to “Robinson’s Arch” and the southern wall excavations. We walk on a Roman street and ascend the Temple steps. We eat lunch in the Jewish Quarter (not included) and enjoy a few hours of free time. Our day ends at the Garden Tomb for communion, and we then enjoy a Farewell Dinner together. Then we transfer to the airport for our return flight home.