The Itinerary for the 9 Day Israel Biblical Tour
February 9-17, 2018
All Inclusive Price: $3,449 from JFK, NY, $2,897 for “land only” travelers.
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Price of this Holyland Tour includes: $590 US & Intl. departure taxes/fuel & $140 gratuities, all hotels, 2 meals daily, all entry fees, and gratuities. Total price is $3,449 from JFK, NY (additional departure cites available upon request). The land only price includes all the above except the airfare. Sign-up deadline: December 9, 2017. Early bird discounts: $60 by 7/30/17, $50 by 9/30/17.
This is a shorter 9 day of Israel. It is being offered as an shorter discipleship tour focusing on the life and ministry of Jesus. The trip is co-lead by Dr. Steve Grosz from MN. He will be leading unique discipleship encounters along the way for us. Even though a shorter trip, we will still see all the major sites! We end in Jerusalem, saving the best to last.
* NOTE: This tour will be limited to only about 35 people. There are around 10 spots still open. First come-first serve! Sign up today and reserve your place!
DAY 1 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9: DEPARTURE FROM U.S.A
Tour members meet for our flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. We will be served dinner after departing and breakfast prior to landing.
DAY 2 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10: TEL AVIV, JAFFA, NETANYA
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, we meet our local Israeli representative who assists us with baggage and transfers us to our motor coach we take a short drive to our hotel in Netanya for dinner and overnight beside the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. On the way, we will make a brief stop in Jaffa, the home of the Jonah and Peter stories (Jonah 1, Acts 9 & 10).
DAY 3 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11: CAESAREA, CARMEL, MEGIDDO, PRECIPICE OF NAZARETH, TIBERIAS
After an abundant breakfast buffet, we journey north by motor coach along the coast to Caesarea, built nearly 2000 years ago by King Herod. Today, it is nestled between the banana groves and the sand skirted sea. We will walk through the ancient theater, the Crusader city and the fantastic aqueduct that served as a back drop for the book of Acts. From here we depart to Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18), the site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal. Then we proceed to Megiddo (Armageddon; 1 Kings 9:15; Rev. 16:16 – har meggido in Hebrew which gave its name to Armageddon). Across the Jezreel Valley is the precipice of Nazareth (Luke 1 and 4). We will end our day here as we read about Jesus’ ministry in this area. Driving through Cana (John 2), we finally arrive in our hotel in Tiberias (John 6:23) located on the Sea of Galilee shoreline. After dinner, we enjoy gathering together for an optional time of fellowship and worship.
DAY 4 – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12: ARBEL, CAPERNAUM, CHORAZIM, SEA OF GALILEE BOAT RIDE, MAGDALA
We begin the day by visiting Arbel, a mountain on the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee. An option will be given 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 the top is the best there is of the whole Sea of Galilee below! Next is Chorazim. This is where the “Moses’ Seat” (Mt. 23) was found. We will see a 3rd century synagogue. Before lunch we will visit Capernaum, the home center of ministry for Jesus here in Galilee. Here we will read from Mark 1 and 2 in the 4th-5th century synagogue. Following lunch, we take an extended boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, enjoying a quiet and peaceful worship service together. We will sail over close to Kursi (Mark 5) and Bethaida (Mark 9, John 6). Upon landing, we also see the “Jesus boat” from the first century, a vessel found here along the shores of Galilee in 1986. We end the day at Magdala. Here we will see a 1st century synagogue no doubt where Jesus taught. We will also enjoy a devotional time here. We return to our hotel for dinner. An optional gathering will once again take place out by the water.
DAY 5 – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13: MT. OF BEATITUDES, BEIT SHEAN, JERICHO, DEAD SEA
We begin the day by driving to the Mount of Beatitudes. Here we will consider the words of Matthew 5-7. We will walk down the pathway recollecting the transforming words of Jesus shared in this place. From here we drive south down the Jordan Valley to the site of Beth Shean (1 Sam. 31), an impressive Roman city of the Decapolis. Our next stop will be Jericho (Joshua 6). After lunch here, we will climb the archaeological tel and see portions of the fortifying wall that supported the mud-brick walls that “came tumblin’ down.” The story of Joshua 6 will come alive! From here we drive to the southern end of the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6 – WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14: DEAD SEA FLOAT, MASADA, EIN GEDI, QUMRAN, JUDEAN DESERT
Before breakfast you will have a chance to oat in the salt & mineral waters of the Dead Sea. Following breakfast, we check out and drive north to Masada. Here we will ascend high upon the wilderness mountain by way of the cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. We survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples and palaces. An optional walk down the snake path will be offered. Our next stop will be Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul. We will enjoy a walk back to the waterfalls, hopefully seeing ibex and cooneys (Psalm 104) along the way. 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 ascend 4,000 feet towards Jerusalem. If time permits, we will make a stop to enjoy an overview of the Wadi Qelt and the Judean Wilderness. We travel the rest of the way to Jerusalem for dinner and our first optional walk to the Western Wall.
DAY 7 – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15: MT. OF OLIVES, POOL OF BETHESDA, VIA DOLOROSA, BETHLEHEM
We get our first glimpse of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives, beholding a breath-taking panorama of the Holy City. We walk down the “Palm Sunday” route to the Garden of Gethsemane. Here we will pause for quiet reflection upon the passion of Christ. Next, we enter the Old City of Jerusalem through the Lion’s Gate (St. Stephens) and visit the Pools of Bethesda (John 5). We will also enjoy some marvelous singing in St. Anne’s church from the Crusader period. Our walk continues along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After lunch in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, we see the fascinating model of Jerusalem (1:50 scale model of Herodian Jerusalem) at the Israel Museum. We end the day with a visit to the Shepherds’ Fields in Bethlehem. We will enjoy a time of reflection and singing a few Christmas carols.
DAY 8 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16: GARDEN TOMB, CITY OF DAVID, HEZEKIAH’S TUNNEL, DRAINAGE CHANNEL, SOUTHERN WALL EXCAVATIONS, FREE AFTERNOON, NIGHT FLIGHT HOME
We begin the day by visiting the City of David and the new excavations of David’s palace. Those who want to will take an optional adventurous walk through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel (1,720 feet long). We will then sit on the steps of the Siloam Pool and listen to the story of John 9. From here, we will walk up through a newly exposed drainage channel that will take us to “Robinson’s Arch” and the southern wall excavations. We will walk on a Roman street and ascend the Temple steps. After a later lunch and some free time, we end the day with a Communion Service at the Garden Tomb. After our Farewell Dinner, we transfer to the airport for our flight home.
DAY 9 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17: ARRIVE BACK IN THE U.S.
We arrive back in the U.S.A. after an amazing and life-transforming journey of a lifetime!
*While we do our very best at making sure all items listed in your itinerary are included, there are times when conditions beyond our control affect your program/itinerary, including but not limited to air carrier changes, delays, weather, political climate, time constraints, or changes by your tour leader and tour guide.