10-Day Israel/Holy Land Tour

Milk Grotto church in Bethlehem, Palestine, Israel
Western Wall
Sea of Galilee, Israel
Ein Gedi Israel

An In-depth Experience of Biblical Israel

After arriving at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, we meet our local Israel representative. They will help us with baggage and transfer to our bus to meet our tour guide. We transfer to Tiberias for dinner and overnight in the Galilee area. After breakfast, we start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We leave the Sea of Galilee and drive to Capernaum, the town Jesus made his home after leaving Nazareth. Capernaum is the place where Jesus recruited the first of disciples. (Matthew 4:13, Luke 4:31-37, Matthew 8:14-17, Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 8:5-13, Mark 5:21-43, Matthew 11:23-24). We visit the excavations of the Ancient Synagogue and the house of St. Peter. Next, we visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12). We finish our morning at Magdala, the site of the only 1st Century Synagogue in the Galilee. Afterwards, we drive to Beit Shean to see the recent excavations that have disclosed the impressive ruins of the country’s largest city in the Roman and Byzantine periods, which was destroyed by an earthquake in A.D. 749. Afterwards, we visit the Jordan River (Yardenit). Dinner and overnight are in the Galilee area. After breakfast, we drive to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter made the good confession of Christ as “the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13-16). We have a short hike/walk to Tel Dan where we will see the gate of Jeroboam. Dinner and overnight are in the Galilee area.

Explore the Roman Theater

Today we depart from the Sea of Galilee and drive to Nazareth and tour a replica of what the Village of Nazareth would have looked like at the time of Jesus. As we leave Nazareth, we stop at Mt. of Precipice before continuing to Megiddo, the fortress city of King Solomon, later built upon by King Ahab. The books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as we study about the final Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16: 14-19). Next, we view the Plains of Jezreel. We drive by and view Mt. Carmel and the “Mukhraka,” the site where Elijah challenged and defeated the 450 prophets of Baal (I Kings 18:20). We continue our sightseeing tour with a visit to Caesarea, the city where Peter came to convert Cornelius after the vision at the house of Simon the Tanner (Acts 10: 1-23). Caesarea was the seat of the Roman Procurator of the Judea in the time of Christ and was the place St. Peter converted the centurion Cornelius (Acts 10:24). We explore the Roman Theater, the aqueduct and view the ruins of Roman, Byzantine and Crusader times. We continue our drive to Jerusalem, entering the city in the traditional way, viewing the city from Mt. Scopus. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem. This morning we depart our hotel for a visit to Masada, the site of the most dramatic act in the Jewish History. We will ascend Masada by cable car. We explore the ancient excavation of Hero’s Palaces, bathhouse, the storerooms, the Ramp, and the oldest Synagogue in the world. We will drive to the Dead Sea with time for floating on the waters. Then we continue to Ein Gedi, an Oasis on the Dead Sea shore. Near the 200-meter-high waterfall is a cave where David had his famous meeting with King Saul (1 Samuel 24: 1-23). The walk around the reservation confirms that Ein Gedi is one of the most beautiful reservations in the world. We visit Qumran, where the 2000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Then, we drive via the Judean Desert and ascend to Jerusalem. We will pass the traditional site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem.

Visit the Dome of the Rock

After breakfast, we’ll ascend the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24:3, Luke 21:37) for a breath-taking panoramic view of the old city of Jerusalem. We will walk along the Palm Sunday Way and descend to the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-45, Mark 14:32-42), where Jesus spent the last night before he was arrested. We visit the Church of All the Nations, walk along the “last Way” to Mt. Zion, and visit St. Anne Church, which is a fine sample for Crusader architecture. We visit the Pools of Bethesda, cross the Kidron Valley, and see the Tombs of Absalom, Zachary and James. Next, we drive to Mount Zion and visit the Last Supper room (Matthew 26: 17-25) and King David’s Tomb. We’ll end the day with a visit to the house of the high priest, Caiaphas and visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (Matthew 26:31-35). This is the place where Peter denied the Lord three times. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem. After breakfast, we drive to Mt. Moriah (Luke 2:46- 48, John, 8:1-11, Mark 13:1-2, Matthew 27:51). Then, we walk up to the Temple place and visit the Dome of the Rock and the El Aqsa Mosque. We make our way across the Old City using the Via Delarosa visiting the stations of the cross ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Next, we continue to the Western Wall, one of last remnants of the second Jewish Temple. We visit and explore the Rabbinical Tunnel (Western Wall Tunnel) and then walk through the Jewish Quarter. We’ll end the day with a visit to the Davidson Center, the Southern Wall Stairs, the City of David, the Pools of Siloam, and Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Dinner and overnight will be in Jerusalem. We start our day with a visit to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book (where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Bar Kokhva letters are exhibited). Then we visit the Scale Model of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus. We continue to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. Afterwards, we make our way to Bethlehem to see the Shepherd’s Field and visit the Church of Nativity. We end our day at the Garden Tomb, before having a Farewell Dinner at our hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem.