10-Day Israel/Holy Land Tour

Jaffa Gate at Western wall
Qumran, Israel

Walking where Jesus Walked

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 Netanya in time for dinner and overnight. This morning, we drive to Caesarea- the city that 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). Then, we explore the Roman Theater and aqueduct and also view the ruins of Roman, Byzantine and Crusader times. After, we will drive by and view Mt. Carmel, the “Mukhraka”, the site where Elijah challenged and defeated the 450 prophets of Baal. (King 18:20). We proceed 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). We will then view the Plains of Jezrael. Then, we drive to the Sea of Galilee and Tiberias for dinner and overnight. 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 will have a short hike/walk to Tel Dan where we will see the gate of Jeroboam. We then visit (time permitting) Ein Harod, the site of Judge Gideon (Judges 7: 1-25). Afterwards, we drive to Beit Shean, where recent excavations have disclosed the impressive ruins of the country’s largest city in the Roman and Byzantine periods, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 749 CE. We end the day at the archeological Ruins of Magdala with the ancient Synagogue. Dinner and overnight are in Tiberias.

 Jerusalem! Jerusalem!

After breakfast, we start the day with a Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee. We visit Kibbutz Ginosar to see the Ancient Boat believed to be from Jesus time. We then leave the Sea of Galilee and drive to Capernaum, the town Jesus made his home after leaving Nazareth. Capernaum is also the place where Jesus recruited the first of the 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). Then, we visit the excavation of the Ancient Synagogue and the house of St. Peter. From here, we look out from the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12). We continue our drive to Jerusalem and enter the city in the traditional way, viewing the city from Mt. Scopus. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem. 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, descending 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 will visit the Church of All Nations and walk along the “last Way” to Mt. Zion. We visit the Pools of Bethesda and St. Anne’s Church, which is a fine sample for Crusader architecture. Crossing the Kidron Valley, we see the Tombs of Absalom, Zechariah, and James. Then, we will walk through the Jewish Quarter and visit the Herodian Mansion and the Burnt House. We then drive to Mount Zion and visit the Last Supper room (Matthew 26: 17-25) and King David’s Tomb. We will end the day with a visit to the house of the high priest, Caiaphas, and visit the church of Peter in Gallicantu (Matthew 26:31- 35). This is the place where Peter denied the Lord three times. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem.

See Qumran, Land of the Dead Sea Scrolls

After breakfast, we drive to visit the Israel Museum, where the Bar Kokhva letters are exhibited and the Shrine of the Book Museum has some of the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibited. We also see the 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus. We continue on to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum and Memorial. We end the day at the Garden Tomb. Time permitting, we will drive to visit the rather new excavations of Shiloh – this is where the Tabernacle once stood. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem. This morning, we depart our hotel for a visit to Masada. We will ascend Masada by cable car to visit the site of the most dramatic act in the Jewish History. We explore the ancient excavations of Herod’s palaces, bathhouse, and storerooms. We will see the Ramp and the oldest Synagogue in the world. Then, we depart for the Dead Sea to a hotel in Ein Bokek for lunch (included) and an opportunity to swim/float. 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 (I Samuel 24: 1-23). The Walk around confirms that Ein Gedi is one of the most beautiful reservations in the world. We visit Qumran, where the 2,000-years-old Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Driving through the Judean Desert, we ascend to Jerusalem, passing the traditional site of the inn of the Good Samaritan. 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). We walk up to the Temple Mount and visit the Dome of the Rock and the El Aqsa Mosque. We continue to the Western Wall, one of last remnants of the second Jewish Temple. We visit and explore the Rabbinical Tunnels and the Western Wall Tunnel, if possible, to see the most recent excavations. We will end the day with a visit to the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Stairs. Then, we will visit the City of David, the Pools of Siloam, and Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Tonight, we participate in the Farewell Dinner and transfer to the airport for our flight back to the U.S.A.