I always get excited about my next Israel tour. Having led 23 previous Israel tours, people ask me if I ever get tired of the process of organizing, packing, and leading a brand new group. The answer is that I never get tired of this simply because I know that a life-changing experience awaits each person who God brings along. It really is a humbling privilege to be part of a “God-event” such as this!
For each trip I lead, I invite friends and family at home to follow our day-to-day encounters. For this tour, you can track us at on my Biblical Israel Tours web site.
This tour begins in Jordan. We plan to visit Amman, Mt. Nebo, Medeba and Jerash before heading south for a full day in Petra, the premier site in Jordan. On our way to Aqaba (on the Red Sea), we will enjoy jeep rides in Wadi Rum, the setting of Sir Lawrence of Arabia (played by Peter O’Toole in the classic movie).
We cross into Israel through the Rabin Border at Elat. We then drive north through the southern Ariva to Timnah, an ancient copper mine. A full-size replica of the Tabernacle is displayed here as well. Further north is the Dead Sea, Masada, Engedi, Qumran, and Jericho, all located to the east of the Midbar (Wilderness) of Judah.
The life of Christ comes into full view once we continue to the Sea of Galilee area. We spend 2 full days in the Galilee and Golan, visiting sites in and around this lake 13 miles long and 7 miles wide (at its widest).
Finally, we travel through the Jezreel Valley and the coastal plain (seeing sites such as Megiddo, Carmel, and Caesarea) before ascending to Jerusalem! We spend 4 full days in and around Jerusalem. We’ll experience the Mt. of Olives first, giving us a grand view of the Old City and Temple Mount. We’ll visit Bethlehem and Herodium as well, located 5 miles to the south.
With flashlights in hand, we’ll also walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, a 1,720 foot tunnel that still flows with water from the Gihon Spring. From the Siloam Pool (John 9), we’ll even ascend back to the SW corner of the Temple Mount via this newly-opened underground Herodian drainage channel (sounds fun, doesn’t it?). Actually, it is a fantastic and unique experience.
On this tour, we will see over 60 sites. Billy Graham was correct when he said, “Seeing Israel is so much more than sightseeing … it is an experience.” If you haven’t already, I hope you will invest in joining us sometime. Traveling to Israel is really a spiritual investment into your walk of faith with God.