The Itinerary for the 11 Day Biblical Israel Tour (with a 6 Day “Pre-Trip Nile Cruise & Egypt option)
February 20 – March 2, 2021 (Nile Cruise Egypt Tour Feb 15-21)
All Inclusive Price: $4,077 from JFK, NY or similar departure city. $3,247 for “land only” travelers. The optional pre-trip Nile Cruise/Egypt tour is $2,995 based on a minimum of 20 passengers.
Registration Details for this Israel Tour
On-Line Registration Form
(This link will take you directly to the web site of our Israel travel agent, imagine Tours & Travel. This is a safe & secure way to place your $500 deposit instantly with your credit card and reserve your spot on this tour. Please enter the tour code – DeLancey222 – to register for this trip). Registration is open through December 20, 2021
The price of this “Land of the Bible” Israel Tour includes: Airfare & US & Int’l Departure-fuel taxes ($595), gratuities ($165), hotels, 2 meals daily on land, and all entry fees. The land only price of $3,247 includes all the above except the airfare. Sign-up deadline: December 20, 2021. The price for the pre-trip Nile Cruise – Egypt Tour is $2995 (based on a minimal number of 20. If this isn’t achieve, a small group supplement fee is added). This includes $20 border fees, $165 gratuities), and entrance into the new Egypt Museum. (NOTE: International airfare to Cairo and home OR home after the Israel tour from Tel Aviv is not included. You will pay only the “land only” price for the Israel tour if you plan to do this with us)
Early Bird Discounts: With your deposit of $500 to reserve your spot on this Israel tour (or Egypt Tour), you will earn the following discounts off the overall price: $150 for deposits made before 11/20/20; $100 before 2/20/21; $90 before 3/20/21, $80 before 4/20/21, $70 before 5/20/21, $60 before 6/20/21, and $50 before 7/20/21.
This Israel tour features about 45 sites! First, we head south through the Shephelah (lowlands) of Judah and to the Negev. We’ll see where David fought Goliath and where Abraham lived. We then encounter the Dead Sea and travel north to the Galilee. Lots of great sites to see en route to the home area of Jesus. We will connect with Jesus in and around the Sea of Galilee before circling back through the Lower Galilee, Jezreel Valley and Sharon Plain. We end in Jerusalem, the highlight of all the sites. The pre-trip Nile cruise option includes flights from Tel Aviv to Cairo and Aswan. The cruise heads north to Luxor, seeing huge temples along the way. In Luxor we depart the cruise and see three tombs within the famous Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Luxor and Karnak. We then fly back to Cairo to see the Sakkara, the Pyramids, Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum. The whole trip will connect you with the Bible in many ways!
The Israel Tour Itinerary:
DAY 1 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20: DEPART FOR TEL AVIV
Tour members meet for our flight to Israel. After dinner is served, sit back and relax, enjoying the on-board entertainment as you prepare for this exciting adventure of a lifetime!
DAY 2 – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21: ARRIVE IN ISRAEL, TEL AVIV
We arrive at the Ben Gurion Airport and are met by our Israeli guide and driver. We leave the airport and drive to our hotel in Tel Aviv. We will be able to see Jaffa from here (Acts 10). Following dinner, you will have the opportunity to walk on the beautiful beach front. Those traveling to Israel from Egypt will make their way to Tel Aviv sometime in the afternoon (this transportation is included. Depending on arrangements, we will either fly or take a bus across the northern Sinai and make our way up through southern Israel).
DAY 3 – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22: BEIT SHEMESH, ELAH VALLEY, BEIT GURVIN, BE’ER SHEVA, DEAD SEA
We begin our day by driving through the Shephelah (lowlands) of Judah. We will first stop at Beit Shemesh along the Sorek Valley where the Ark of the Covenant was returned (1 Sam. 6). Next, we travel to Socoh along the Valley of Elah and see where David fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17). Then it is on to Lachish which was conquered by the Assyrians (Isaiah 36- 37). Here, we see where the famous “Lachish Letters” were discovered. After grabbing a quick bite for lunch, we travel into the biblical Negev and to the site of ancient Beersheba. Here we will see a well and gate structure, the rounded streets, and typical 4-room Israelite houses. We end the day by driving to the southern end of the Dead Sea. In Ein Bokek, we will check into our hotel. You will have a chance to float in this salty and mineral-rich body of water either before dinner or tomorrow morning.
DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23: MASADA, EIN GEDI, QUMRAN, JERICHO
We begin our day at Masada. We ascend high upon the wilderness mountain by way of cable car to the fortress built by King Herod to survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, the synagogue, temples and palaces. An optional walk down the Snake Path will be offered. Our next stop is Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul, and we enjoy a walk back to some of the waterfalls. Continuing north, we visit Qumran and the settlement of the first century sect known
as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. During our late lunch, an option will be given to explore the famous “Cave 1” where the Isaiah scrolls were found in 1947. Following lunch, we visit the ruins of Qumran. Our last stop of the day will be Jericho. Here we will see portions of the wall of this city that was destroyed by Joshua. Right outside of Jericho (Kibbutz Al Mog) is our hotel where we check in and enjoy dinner together.
DAY 5 – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24: JUDEAN DESERT (WADI QELT), HILL COUNTRY OF SAMARIA, SHILOH, BETH SHEAN, GALILEE
Today, we begin with a wonderful overview of the Judean Desert. At the Wadi Qelt, we will listen to the words of Isaiah 40 and Psalm 23, set within the context of the desert. We then drive through the Desert of Pareth (Jeremiah 13) on our way past Michmash (1 Samuel 13-14) and Bethel (Genesis 12, 28) to Shiloh. This is where the Tabernacle stood for 369 years. It was also the place where God called Samuel (1 Samuel 3). We will see some of the ruins of Shiloh and the suggested place where the Tabernacle once stood. We end the day at Beth Shean, one of Israel’s largest archaeological sites. It is here where the body of King Saul was hung on the walls of the city (1 Samuel 31). This was also a massive Roman city located along the edge of the Jordan Valley. We will see the Roman street, bathhouse, and theater among many other things. We then drive north to the NW corner of the Sea of Galilee to our hotel. After checking in and dinner, we will enjoy a brief gathering down by the water’s edge.
DAY 6 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25: ARBEL, YARDENIT (JORDAN RIVER OPTIONAL BAPTISM), MAGDALA, SEA OF GALILEE BOAT RIDE, CAPERNAUM, MT. OF BEATITUDES
We begin the day by visiting Arbel, a mountain on the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee. We have the option to hike to the top of this 800- foot cliff (the bus will take others to the top from the other side). The view from here is the best there is of the whole Sea of Galilee below! From here we drive to the southern end of the Sea of Galilee and enjoy optional baptism in the Jordan River at Yardenit. After this meaningful experience, we visit Magdala (Matthew 16). Here we see a 1st century synagogue! Jesus most likely taught from here. After lunch, we embark for a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We will enjoy a quiet and peaceful worship service. Upon landing, we also see the“Jesus boat” from the first century, a vessel found here along the shores of Galilee in 1986. This afternoon will include Capernaum, the home center of ministry for Jesus here in Galilee. We connect with all that Jesus did here (Mark 1, 2, 9; Luke 7,8; John 6) in the 4th-5th century synagogue. Also, nearby we visit the Mt. of Beatitudes. Reading from Matthew 5, we recollect the transforming words of Jesus shared in this place. We end the day enjoying the sunset over the Sea of Galilee from here.
DAY 7 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26: NAZARETH, MEGIDDO, MT. CARMEL, CAESAREA, JERUSALEM
This morning, we head toward Nazareth where we view the city from the “precipice” from which Jesus was almost thrown. We continue into the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo (har Megiddo in Hebrew), which gave its name to Armageddon (Rev. 16). Our day continues as we ascend Mt. Carmel, site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal. Descending the mountain, we drive toward Caesarea on the coast. We enter Caesarea Maritima to explore this Roman bridgehead to the east, which became the Christian springboard to the west. We end the day by driving to Jerusalem. We arrive at our hotel in Jerusalem and enjoy dinner and an optional “orientation walk” of the Old City.
DAY 8 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27: JERUSALEM, MT. OF OLIVES, GETHSEMANE, OLD CITY, VIA DOLOROSA, HERODIUM, BETHLEHEM
We start the day with an orientation to Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. We then follow the traditional Palm Sunday route 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. From here we enter the Old City, where we will visit the Pool of Bethesda and St. Anne’s Church, perfectly preserved from the Crusader period with remarkable acoustics. We then follow the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, stopping along the way to consider all Christ endured on his way to His crucifixion. 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, with another optional walk.
DAY 9 – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28: OLD CITY, WESTERN WALL, HERODIAN MANSION, SHORESHIM, ISRAEL MUSEUM, YAD VASHEM
We begin the day by entering the Old City and visit the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the most holy place in Judaism. After some time for personal prayer and reflection, we walk up to the Jewish Quarter for a visit to the Herodian Mansion. This was a 1st century house that was destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans. Following this, we will visit Shoreshim, where Moshe, an Orthodox Jew will talk about his Jewish faith. We will also grab a quick lunch in this area. In the afternoon, we see the fascinating Israel Museum and the model of Jerusalem (1:50 scale model of Herodian Jerusalem as it would have appeared in Jesus’ time). Here, we explore some of the artifacts in the archaeological museum. We end the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. We see the Children’s Memorial as well as walk through the museum on our own. We return to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. A free night is planned to allow you to explore or relax.
DAY 10 – TUESDAY, MARCH 1: GARDEN TOMB, CITY OF DAVID, HEZEKIAH’S TUNNEL, POOL OF SILOAM, SOUTHERN WALL EXCAVATIONS, FREE TIME, FAREWELL DINNER, AIRPORT
We begin the day by visiting the Garden Tomb. We also enjoy a quiet Communion Service together. From here, we spend the rest of the morning visiting the amazing ruins from Biblical days! First, we visit the City of David and the new excavations of David’s palace. Those who want to can take an optional adventurous walk through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel (1,720 feet long). Be sure to bring a flashlight and water shoes if you want to walk through the tunnel. We then sit on the steps of the Siloam Pool and listen to the story of John 9. From here, we are given the option to walk up through a Herodian drainage channel that takes us to “Robinson’s Arch” and the southern wall excavations. We walk on a Roman street and ascend the Temple steps. We head to the Jewish Quarter where we enjoy free time on our own to explore the Old City or shop. Finally, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner followed by a transfer to the airport for our return flight home.
DAY 11 – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2: ARRIVE IN U.S.A.
Today we arrive back in the U.S.A. and after proceeding through customs, we make our connecting flights back home.
The Optional Pre-Trip Nile Cruise/Egypt Tour Itinerary:
(NOTE: International airfare to Cairo and home OR home after the Israel tour from Tel Aviv is not included. You will pay only the “land only” price for the Israel tour if you plan to do this with us)
DAY 1 – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15: DEPART FOR CAIRO
Tour members meet for this “pre-Israel trip” option for our flight to Cairo, Egypt. After dinner is served, sit back and relax, enjoying the on-board entertainment as you prepare for this exciting adventure of a lifetime!
DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16: ARRIVE IN CAIRO
After a layover in Europe, we arrive in Cairo, a city of more than 20 million! We are met by our travel agents who will escort us through the passport and immigration process. We then board our bus and drive to downtown Cairo for dinner and our first overnight.
DAY 3 – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17: MEMPHIS, SAKKARA, GIZA PYRAMIDS & SPHINX, GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM
Following an early breakfast, we begin our sightseeing with a visit to Memphis, the ancient capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. Here we will see an impressive statue of Ramses II. Close by is the Stepped Pyramid of King Zoser in Sakkara. We will also see several mastabas (tombs of nobles, including Ti and Ptah). We will go inside some of the smaller pyramids. Next, we drive to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Lastly, we will spend a few hours in the Egyptian Museum where many of the artifacts of ancient Egypt are displayed. This includes the treasures of King Tut as well as the many biblical connections with other pharaohs and officials. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18: CAIRO, FLIGHT TO ASWAN, NILE CRUISE
We check out of our hotel room following breakfast. Our agency staff will pick us up and transfer us to the airport to take the flight to Aswan. Once we arrive in Aswan, we will see the famous Aswan High Dam and the unfinished marble obelisk. We then check in on our Nile cruise. Lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon we visit the Philae Temple. Dinner and overnight are on board the cruise. We will enjoy an above- deck gathering after dinner as we slowly sail north on the Nile River.
DAY 5 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19: TEMPLES OF KOM OMBO & EDFU, LUXOR
We enjoy breakfast as we continue to sail up the Nile River. Our first stop will be to the impressive Kom Ombo Temple located on the east side of the river. We will have the chance to explore this temple. It was constructed during the Ptolemaic Dynasty of the 2nd Century BC. The building is unique because its ‘double’ design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries, and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Knonsu. Inscriptions and hieroglyphs on the walls show medical instruments such as forceps and clamps still used to aid birthing today. We board back on the boat for lunch and downtime. In the afternoon we stop at the Edfu Temple. It is one of the best-preserved Temples in Egypt. The temple was also built in the Ptolemaic Period. We will see impressive statues and impressions of Horus, the falcon god. We board back on the boat and await dinner together. We briefly meet on the deck for a debriefing gathering as we navigate to Luxor!
DAY 6 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20: LUXOR: COLOSSI OF MEMNON, VALLEY OF THE KINGS, TEMPLE OF MEDINET HABU, TEMPLE OF HATSHEPSUT, KARNAK & LUXOR TEMPLES
Following another early breakfast, we begin our sightseeing of the West Bank to see the Valley of the Kings. We board a bus to take us to the western side of the Nile River. In the Valley of the Kings we will go into the three tombs of the Pharaohs. These are most impressive. The colors of the hieroglyphs are incredible! Nearby we will visit two temples. First, the Temple of Hatshepsut is well known for the high-standing statutes. The Medinet Habu Temple is well known for the pylon reliefs of the Sea Peoples (e.g. the “Philistines”). Pharaoh Ramses III battled and defeated them in 1170 BC. Driving back to the Nile River, we will also see the large Colossi of Memnon (from the days of Amenhotep III in the 14th century BC). We cross the Nile River in a felucca boat and enjoy a late lunch at the Sonesta Luxor Hotel. In the afternoon, we visit the massive Karnak Temple which was a fortified complex of 22 temples built in different stages of the Pharaonic era. Here will see the famous Hypostyle Hall consisting of 134 massive columns 35 feet tall arranged in 16 rows. We will also see the relief of Pharoah Shishak of the Bible. Lastly, we will visit the Temple of Luxor. It is best to see this temple at dusk. This temple was built by two pharaohs – Amenhotep III and Ramses II. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21: FLIGHT TO CAIRO & TEL AVIV
Today is a traveling day. Following breakfast after check-out, we drive to the Luxor airport for our flight to Cairo. Once arriving, we await our flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. When we arrive at the Ben Gurion Airport, we are met by our Israeli guide, driver, and guide. We leave the airport and drive to our hotel in Tel Aviv. We will be able to see Jaffa from here (Acts 10). Following dinner, you will have the opportunity to walk on the beautiful beach front.
To date, over 120 pyramids have been uncovered in Egypt. This video features the pyramids of Cairo. This includes the stepped pyramid at Sakkara as well as the famous Giza pyramids. These date to the mid 2000s BC, predating even Abraham. The largest pyramid stands nearly 500 feet high.
Ancient Egypt is a marvel to see!