Experience a Biblical Tour
We will arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, the second largest city in Israel. Our agent will assist us through customs and security, once we’ve collected our baggage. A long travel day will conclude with a short transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation in Netanya, located on the coast of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. After a good night’s sleep and our breakfast, we will begin our exploration of Israel, departing for the Galilee. There we will visit the ancient Biblical sites of Caesarea, the Valley of Megiddo, and Mt. Carmel. Time permitting, we’ll stop at a Druze Village for a brief lunch break (not included). We will then travel north for Acre referred to as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, known for both its incredible views of the Sea and the view of Haifa. Afterward, we will continue our journey to the Galilee through Nazareth and Cana. Along the way we will visit a recreation of the Biblical Nazareth Village, where we will receive a detailed explanation of what life was like during the time of Jesus. While in Cana, those who would like to will have the opportunity to renew their marriage vows. We will arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. We will begin our sightseeing at the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered His “Sermon on the Mount.” Next, we will journey to Capernaum . Our lunch stop at a traditional Kibbutz on the Sea of Galilee will include the option of sampling the famous “St. Peter’s Fish,” locally sourced from nearby waters (not included). Afterwards, we will make our way to the northern part of the Jordan River to the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism. We will conclude the day with an evening cruise on the Sea of Galilee in a large replica of an ancient fishing boat. Upon our return to shore, we will transfer to our hotel in time for a late dinner and our second overnight in Tiberias.
Exploring the city of David
Did you know? Cana is where Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding reception.
After breakfast, we will travel north to the Golan Heights and view the landscape from a special overlook. We’ll continue our journey to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter declared, Christ, “…the Son of the living God.” Afterwards, we will take a short hike/walk to Tel Dan where we will see the ruins of the gate of Jeroboam and the Gideon Springs. Our next stop will be the amazingly well-preserved Decapolis Roman city of Beit Shean where we will have the opportunity to walk the ancient streets. We will conclude our day’s journey by ascending to the majestic city of Jerusalem for dinner and our first overnight in the city of David. After breakfast, we will drive to Shiloh, the place of peace, where the Twelve Tribes of Israel divided the Promised Land and kept the Tabernacle for 369 years. From here, we will proceed to Genesis Land where a short camel ride will take us to experience nomadic hospitality in a tent with fresh baked pita bread. We will end our day’s journey at the Valley of Elah, before returning to Jerusalem. We will begin our day on the beautiful Mt. of Olives beholding the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage will take us down the Old Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane, with its ancient olive grove, and the Church of Agony. We’ll enter Jerusalem through the Zion Gate, and walk to the holiest site in the Jewish world, the Western Wall of Herod’s Temple. Above the wall lies the 35-acre temple mount, purchased by King David. On this site now stands El-Aksa Mosque, and the magnificent Dome of the Rock. From the temple area, we will make our way to St. Stephen’s Gate to walk the Via Dolorosa, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and finish at the southern steps. We will conclude our day, with a short trip to Bethlehem where we’ll visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field, before returning for dinner and our third overnight in Jerusalem.
Hiking in Masada
After breakfast, we will visit the Israel Museum to see the ancient artifacts of our Christian faith. If conditions permit, our adventure will continue as we wade through the gently flowing water of King Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Be sure to bring a flashlight and good water shoes. After drying our feet, we’ll travel to Golgotha and worship at the side of the Garden Tomb. Our day will conclude as we return to our hotel for dinner and a fourth overnight in Jerusalem.We will continue our journey descending into the heat of the Judean desert toward the oasis of Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul. From there, we will continue to Qumran and the settlement of the ancient Essenes, who were the scribes of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Following the road south along the western shore of the Dead Sea, we will witness spectacular views as we ride a cable car to the mountain top fortress of Masada, for those willing we will have an opportunity to walk down the ramp back down to the bus area where we meet our driver as we continue our drive along the Dead Sea, where we will include a special stop for a brief chance to float in the therapeutic waters. Time and conditions permitting, we’ll also include a short visit to the ruins of Jericho. We will return to Jerusalem for our Farewell Dinner and overnight.