Take a Journey with an Israel Guide
In Tel Aviv, we proceed through customs and security and meet our guide who assists us to our motor coach. We have a short drive to our hotel in the Netanya area in time for dinner and overnight. This morning, our Israel guide takes us to Galilee to visit Biblical sites at Caesarea Maritima, where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman Centurion. We also see Megiddo and Mt. Carmel, where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Time permitting, we’ll stop at the Druze Village for a short lunch break (not included). Then we continue with our Israel guide on to Nazareth, Cana and the Mt. of Precipitation. We begin today at Tabgha and the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter. We then spend time reflecting and worshiping at the Mt. of Beatitudes and then head to Capernaum, Jesus’ base for His early ministry. Afterwards, we board a replica wooden “Jesus Boat” to set sail on the Sea of Galilee. After lunch, we head to Gadara and Bethsaida before making our way to the Jordan River. After breakfast, we travel north to the Golan Heights for a beautiful view of northern Israel’s landscape. Then we will head to Caesarea Philippi. We embark on a short hike to Tel Dan to see the altar of Jeroboam before heading to Gideon Springs. Next, we visit Beit Shean, one of the best preserved Decapolis Roman cities. This is where King Saul and his sons’ bodies were hung from the city walls after being defeated by the Philistines.
Ascending King Herod’s Fortress
We begin today on the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the famous, breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Our Israel guide takes us down the Old Palm Sunday Road to the ancient olive grove at the Garden of Gethsemane. Then we continue on to the Church of the Agony where tradition says Jesus prayed before his arrest. From the temple area, we make our way to St. Stephen’s Gate to walk the Via Dolorosa – including St. Anne’s Crusader Church, Pools of Bethesda, the Pavement, Ecce Homo Arch, and the ancient Cardo. We continue as our Israel guide take us to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We finish off our sightseeing with a visit to Bethlehem as we pass by Rachel’s tomb on the outskirts and then visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherds’ Field. After breakfast, we drive to Qumran, the settlement of the first century sect the Essenes, authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. From here, we head to Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul. We then travel south along the western shore of the Dead Sea toward Masada where we ascend by cable car up to King Herod’s astonishing fortress. Afterwards, we make a special stop at the Dead Sea for a short swim or float. Time and conditions permitting, our Israel guide will include a visit to Qasr El-Yahud, the newly excavated site where tradition holds that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. If possible, we will also include a short visit to Jericho. This morning, we visit the Shrine of the Book Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and the fascinating 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem as it would have appeared in Jesus’ time. Next, we drive to the City of David and afterwards, we take a short walk to Hezekiah’s Tunnel. If time permits, we will visit the newly excavated Pool of Siloam and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Our Israel guide will then take us to the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David, which is called the Temple Mount. We conclude our day with a short walk to the original steps that Jesus climbed as he entered the Temple area.
Underwater Views of the Red Sea
After breakfast, we drive down to the Ramon Crater and view the wilderness of Zin, the area where the children of Israel wandered for forty years. From there, our our Israel guide takes us down through the Arava Valley to Timna, for a visit of the full scale model of the Wildness Tabernacle described in the Book of Exodus. After breakfast, we check out of the Kibbutz and visit the Dolphin reef, then we travel to the Yellow Submarine. Here we get an underwater view of the Red Sea and the Sea Life that abounds here. We check into our last hotel and the afternoon is on our own for shopping or relaxing. After breakfast, we have a short transfer from our Eilat hotel to the Arava Border for Jordan. After border formalities we continue for our visit to Petra. Petra, the “rose red city half as old as time,” capitol of the ancient Edomite and Nabataean empires and possible refuge of God’s people during the coming days of persecution under the Antichrist. A leisurely noon lunch (not included) in Petra and a final look at this magnificent site.