Travel Israel on a 10-Day Clergy Tour
In Tel Aviv, we proceed through customs and security and meet our agent who assists us to our motor coach. We drive to our hotel by the Sea of Galilee in time for dinner and overnight. This morning, we depart for the Galilee to visit Biblical sites at Caesarea Maritima, where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman Centurion. We also see Megiddo. Then, we continue to Nazareth and the Mt. of Precipice. Afterwards, we visit Sepphoris. We then return to our hotel by the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. After breakfast, we drive along the Sea of Galilee to Magdala where we see the new excavations and the ancient synagogue. Afterwards, we head to Capernaum, Jesus’/Yeshua’s base for his early ministry, and also visit Bethsaida. Then, we travel north to the Golan Heights for a beautiful view of northern Israel’s landscape. We then travel to the eastern edge of the Golan to an old military base called Bental. Afterwards, we board a replica wooden “Jesus/Yeshua Boat” to set sail on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight are at our hotel by the Sea of Galilee.
Hiking up to Ein Gedi
Today, 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. As we journey up to Jerusalem today, we’ll travel through biblical Samaria to Mt. Gerizim, which overlooks the ancient site of Shechem where so much Old Testament significant history took place. Next, we’ll experience biblical Shiloh, where the Tabernacle rested for three centuries. Then, we visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan. We will then welcome Shabbat by seeing the Kotel – Western Wall in Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight are at our hotel in Jerusalem. We have an early morning start to descend from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea area, the lowest physical land point on earth. The road from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea area is a descent of 4,000 feet in 13 miles. We first visit Masada and ascend by cable car to this ancient fortress built by King Herod. Here, we survey the ruins of fortifications, waterworks, the synagogue, temples and palaces. Then, we visit the Ein Gedi Reserve and enjoy a walk along the David Stream. If the group is up to it, we’ll continue our walk/hike up to the Ein Gedi waterfalls and an opportunity for a refreshing water encounter. Then, we make our way to Qumran, the settlement of the first-century sect the Essenes, authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls, where will stop for lunch (not included). Afterwards, we have a swim/float in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem.
Exploring the Temple Mount
We begin today on the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the famous, breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage proceeds down the Old Palm Sunday Road to the ancient olive grove at the Garden of Gethsemane. Then, we participate in the Temple Mounting Sifting Project. Afterwards, we make our way to St. Stephen’s Gate to see the Pool of Bethesda and explore the Old City. We have dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. Today, we return to the Western Wall area, beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David, which is called the Temple Mount. Afterwards, we take a short walk to the original steps that Jesus/Yeshua climbed as he entered the Temple area. Then, we take a tour through the Rabbinical Tunnels. We then visit the City of David, before we visit the Temple Institute. Dinner and overnight are at our hotel in Jerusalem. We begin today to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial and Museum. Afterwards, we will visit the Bible Lands Museum, before gathering together at the Garden Tomb. From here, we stop at Beit Shemesh, where the Ark of the Covenant was returned. Next, we travel to Azekah and see where David fought Goliath. As we listen to the story, we see how this famous battle took place! From here, we continue to our special Farewell Dinner, before transferring to Ben Gurion Airport for our flight back to the U.S.A.