11-day Israel: March 10-20, 2022
We welcome you to join us for this lifechanging tour of the Holy Lands. As we walk the land, you will better understand the geography and culture of the Bible in a way that will help your reading and study come alive. The activity level for this tour is listed as “energetic” – we average over 5 miles of walking per day on sometimes rough uneven terrain, including many stairs. We ask that participants be aware of the physical requirements required to keep pace with the group. To receive updates about this trip, give us your contact information on this short form.
Day 1: Thursday 3/10 – Departure
Today we embark on our Journey to the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life changing experience. Get some rest on the flight, tomorrow you will be walking where Jesus walked!
Day 2: Friday 3/11 – Arrive Israel
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where we will be met by our Israeli guide. If time allows, we will make a special stop at Jaffa (Joppa), the city of Jonah and home of Simon the Tanner before proceeding to our hotel for one night in the coastal area of Netanya.
Day 3: Saturday 3/12 – Caesarea, Megiddo & Nazareth
After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea where we will see the Roman Amphitheatre, Herod’s harbor and ruins of an aqueduct. Journeying to Mt. Carmel, we will see where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Next we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. Driving through the area of Cana and Nazareth, we will visit Nazareth Village – a wonderful recreation of Biblical times. As we approach Tiberias we will get an overview of the area from Mt. Arbel. Our dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights will be in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4: Sunday 3/13 – Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Capernaum & Mount of Beatitudes
Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites emphasizing the loss of God’s blessing on Israel. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship and Caesarea Philippi is the site of Peter’s Confession. In Capernaum we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter’s home. We will visit Magdala followed by seeing an ancient fishing boat at Ginosar. A cruise on the Sea of Galilee brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples concluding a wonderful day. Overnight on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 5: Monday 3/14 – Beth Shean, Shiloh, Jericho, Dead Sea
We begin the day by driving south to the Jordan Valley to the site of Beth Shean (1 Sam. 31), an impressive Roman city of the Decapolis. Driving south along the Jordan Valley and then turning west into the area of Samaria, we visit the rather new excavations of Shiloh. This is where the Tabernacle once stood. Here we see impressive archaeological ruins dating to the days of Samuel. Driving past Bethel (Gen. 12, 28) and through the Desert of Pareth (Jeremiah 13), our next stop is Jericho. After a late lunch here (not included), we climb the tel (ancient mound) to see portions of the fortification wall that supported the mud-brick walls that “came tumblin’ down” (Joshua 6). From here we drive to the southern end of the Dead Sea. After checking into our hotel, you will have the opportunity to “float” in the Dead Sea before dinner. We overnight here for one night.
Day 6: Tuesday 3/15 – Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran
Following breakfast (and if you want a sunrise “float” in the Dead Sea), this morning we begin our drive northward along the western coastline of the Dead Sea to Masada. Here we ascend high upon the wilderness mountain by way of cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. We survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples, and palaces. Our next stop is Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul, and we enjoy a walk to some of the waterfalls in the canyon. Finally, we visit Qumran and the settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. From here we drive the rest of the way to Jerusalem and a panoramic view from Mount Scopis before arriving at our overnight lodging and evening meal.
Day 7: Wednesday 3/16 – Model of Jerusalem, Holocaust Museum, Genesis Land
This morning we visit the Israel Museum for guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem which will help to prepare you for what you will experience in the following days. We continue with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, for a needed reminder of what the Jews have suffered as a people. This afternoon we will take part in the “Genesis Land” in Abraham’s Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time: a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, and authentic food (Lunch is provided today). Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8: Thursday 3/17 – Western Wall, Rabbinical Tunnels, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa
Today we begin our day at the Western (Wailing) Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel, we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. We move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen’s Gate and St. Ann’s Church. We will follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and walk through the old city streets.
Day 9: Friday 3/18 – City of David, Bethlehem
We begin the day by visiting the City of David and the new excavations of David’s palace. Walking through Hezekiah’s Tunnel we will proceed to the steps of the Siloam Pool. From here, we visit “Robinson’s Arch” and the southern wall excavations. We walk on a Roman street and ascend the Temple steps. In the afternoon, we visit Herodium. Located on the edge of the Judean Desert, this is where Herod the Great was buried. We end the day by driving into Bethlehem where we’ll visit the Shepherds’ Field and end the day with shopping at an olive wood store. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem.
Day 10: Saturday 3/19 – Mt. of Olives, Palm Sunday Walk, Gethsemane, Garden Tomb
We start our day on the Mt. of Olives. Following the traditional Palm Sunday route we will go to the church known as the Dominus Flevit (“the Lord weeps”). After viewing the Golden Gate, we walk downhill to Gethsemane, where we take time to meditate on the Gospels. Next, we visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was beaten and spit upon. See a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned. Our day ends at the Garden Tomb for Communion.
Day 11: Sunday 3/20 – Home
An early morning transfer to the Tel Aviv airport and then our flight home.
All lodging, transportation, breakfast, and dinner daily, one lunch at Genesis Land and base gratuities are included in the base price.
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