The Itinerary for the 11 Day Biblical Israel Tour (with a 3 Day Jordan/southern Israel option)
November 3-13, 2018
All Inclusive Price: $3,856 from JFK, NY. $2,944 for “land only” travelers. The optional Jordan/southern Israel extension is $1,192.
NOTE: This tour is now SOLD OUT. So sorry. Please call iTT to be put on a waiting list.
Registration Details for this Israel Tour
On-Line Registration Form (CLOSED)
Price of this Holyland Tour includes: Airfare & US & Int’l Departure-fuel taxes ($595), gratuities ($175), hotels, 2 meals daily on land, and all entry fees. $3,856 from JFK, NY (additional departure cites available upon request). The optional Jordan/southern Israel price of $1,192 includes $82 in Jordanian visa and border crossing fees and $45 gratuities. The land only price for the Israel tour includes all the above except the airfare. Sign-up deadline: September 2, 2018.
This Israel tour features over 40+ sites! We first drive north to the Galilee. On the way we will see both OT and NT sites. We spend 3 nights in the Galilee. This is the area for the home ministry base of Jesus. We then drive south through the Samaritan Hill Country to the Dead Sea area before ending the trip in Jerusalem. We see lots of sites here, including many sites related to both OT and NT Jerusalem and the life and ministry of Jesus. The optional extension takes us to the Jordan where we will see Mt Nebo, Machaerus, and Medeba before driving to Petra. The following day we spend 6.5 hours inside Petra before driving south for unique jeep rides in Wadi Rum. We then cross back over into Israel and drive up the southern part of Israel before flying home.
The Israel Tour Itinerary:
DAY 1 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3: DEPART U.S.A.
Tour members meet for our evening ight. A er dinner is served, sit back and relax, enjoying the on-board entertainment as you prepare for this exciting adventure of a lifetime.
DAY 2 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4: 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 make a brief stop in Jaffa, the home of the Jonah and Peter’s stories (Jonah 1, Acts 9 & 10).
DAY 3 – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5: CAESAREA, CARMEL, MEGIDDO, PRECIPICE OF NAZARETH, TIBERIAS
After an abundant breakfast buffet, we journey north along the coast to Caesarea, built 2000 years ago by King Herod. We 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), site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal. Then we proceed to Megiddo (Armageddon; 1 Kings 9:15; Rev. 16:16). Across the Jezreel Valley is the precipice of Nazareth (Luke 1 and 4). We end our day here as we read about Jesus’ ministry in this area. Driving through Cana (John 2), we finally arrive at the outskirts of Tiberias (John 6:23). We arrive at our “kibbutz-hotel” located right on the Sea of Galilee shoreline. After dinner, we enjoy sitting together for an optional time of fellowship and worship.
DAY 4 – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6: GAMLA, QATZRIN, SYRIAN BORDER, CAESAREA PHILIPPI, DAN
We begin the day by driving into the Golan Heights. Stopping on the northeast corner of the Sea of Galilee, we are able to see Bethsaida and the area of the Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6). Then our next site is Gamla, a Jewish city that was taken by the Romans during the Revolt in the 60’s A.D. Here we see a first century synagogue (one of seven that date to the first century), as well as the ruins of the city, called the “Masada of the north.” Close by is the site of Qatzrin, a partially reconstructed Talmudic village. We see what a typical village looked like during the days of Jesus. Sitting in a reconstructed stone house, we’ll read from Mark 2 about the lame man being lowered down to Jesus through the roof. Driving along the northern border, we will stop and look into southern Syria. Here we learn about the modern wars of Israel, primarily the 1967 and 1973 wars with Syria. Next, we drive past Mt. Hermon (Psalm 133) and descend the Golan Heights and visit Caesarea Philippi. It was here Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say I am?” (Ma . 16). Nearby is the amazing nature preserve and archaeological site of Dan, one of the sources of the Jordan River. We walk through this quiet national park and hear the stories of disobedience that took place here (Judges 18, 1 Kings 12). We end the day by driving back through the Huleh Valley to our hotel in Tiberias. After dinner, we meet to review the day.
DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7: ARBEL, CAPERNAUM, SEA OF GALILEE BOAT RIDE,
YARDENIT, MT. OF BEATITUDES
We begin the day by visiting Arbel, a mountain on the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee. We will 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 the top is the best there is of the whole Sea of Galilee below! From here we drive to Capernaum, the home center of ministry for Jesus here in Galilee. Here we read from Mark 1 and 2 in the 4th-5th century synagogue. Next, we enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, with 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. Next, we travel to the southern end of the Sea of Galilee and enjoy optional baptism in the Jordan River at Yardenit. We end the day by reading from Matthew 5 on the Mount of Beatitudes. We walk down the pathway, recollecting the transforming words of Jesus shared in this place. We return to our hotel for dinner and an optional gathering once again by the water.
DAY 6 – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8: 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. Our next stop is Jericho (conditions permitting) to see portions of the fortification wall that supported the mud- brick walls that “came tumblin’ down” (Joshua 6). We end the day with a drive to our hotel at the southern end of the Dead Sea.
DAY 7 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9: MASADA, EIN GEDI, QUMRAN, WILDERNESS OF JUDAH
Prior to breakfast, we enjoy a “float” in the Dead Sea. Following a later breakfast, we begin driving northward 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. 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 to the waterfalls. 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 to Jerusalem. As me permits, we will make a quick stop to enjoy an overview of the Wadi Qelt and the Judean Wilderness. We continue to Jerusalem for dinner and optional walk to the Western Wall.
DAY 8 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10: MT. OF OLIVES, POOL OF BETHESDA, VIA DOLOROSA, HERODIUM, 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. Next, we enter the Old City of Jerusalem through the Lion’s Gate (St. Stephens) and visit the Pools of Bethesda (John 5). We also enjoy some marvelous singing in St. Anne’s church from the Crusader period. Our walk continues along the Via Dolorosa to the Sisters of Zion Convent (to see the Pavement where perhaps Jesus stood as he was being tried by Pilate), Ecce Homo Arch, and then to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 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. We visit Shepherds’ Field and the Church of the Nativity. The day ends shopping at an olive wood store. We drive back to our hotel for dinner and another optional walk.
DAY 9 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11: OLD CITY, WAILING WALL, WESTERN WALL TUNNEL, JEWISH QUARTER, ISRAEL MUSEUM, YAD VASHEM
The day begins in the Old City and we visit the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the most holy place in Judaism. After some time for personal prayer and reflection, we walk 400 yards along the retaining wall of the Temple Mount itself. Upon completing this unique walk, we return to Jewish Quarter for a unique visit to the Temple Institute. Here, we will see some of the preparations being made for the Third Temple. Following this, we visit Moshe, an Orthodox Jew, to talk about his Jewish faith. We have lunch (not included) in this area of the Old City as well. In the afternoon, we see the fascinating Israel Museum and the model of Jerusalem (1:50 scale model of Herodian Jerusalem as it would haveappeared in Jesus’ time). Here we also explore some of the artifacts in the archaeological museum.cWe end the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. We see the Children’s Memorial and walk through the museum on our own. We return to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and a free evening to allow you to explore or relax.
DAY 10 – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12: CITY OF DAVID, HEZEKIAH’S TUNNEL, SOUTHERN WALL EXCAVATIONS, A FEW FREE HOURS, GARDEN TOMB
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 then sit on the steps of the Siloam Pool and listen to the story of John 9. From here, we walk up through an exposed 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 eat lunch in the Jewish Quarter (not included) and enjoy a few hours of free time. Our day ends at the Garden Tomb for Communion, and we return to our hotel for a Farewell Dinner. Then we transfer to the airport for our return night home. (Passengers with Jordan extension return to the hotel for overnight)
DAY 11 – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13: ARRIVE HOME
We arrive back in the U.S.A. After going through U.S. Customs, we board our domestic flights back to our respective homes at the end of a life-transforming trip!
OPTIONAL JORDAN EXTENSION
DAY 11 – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13: ALLENBY BRIDGE, MT. NEBO, MACHARUS, MEDEBA, PETRA
We begin the day by driving south to the Jordan Valley the Allenby Bridge. Here we make the crossing from Israel to Jordan. After border formalities, we meet our Jordanian guide and bus and drive to Bethany Beyond the Jordan. This is where Jesus was baptized (John 1:28). Then we climb to Mt. Nebo to stand where Moses stood and viewed the Holy Land (Deut. 34). Here you can take in a breathtaking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. From here we continue to Macherus, one of Herod’s palace-fortresses. It was here where John the Baptist was beheaded (Mark 6). Time permitting we will visit Medeba to see a sixth century Byzantine mosaic map in the church of St. George. In the late afternoon, we drive south down the Desert Highway to Petra, where we spend the night. We arrive at our hotel and enjoy a late dinner together.
DAY 12 – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14: PETRA, WADI RUM
We arrive this morning at the entrance of Petra and spend the most of the day within this red-rose ancient city. We are in the heart of the Seir Mountains, Land of Edomites, mentioned in the Bible in Genesis. These mountains house the Aaron Peak, the highest in Petra and the burial place of Moses’ brother Aaron. A walk through the Siq, the main entrance to Petra, brings us to the first monument “The Treasury”- “Al-Khazneh” a dramatic site. This well-preserved monumental tomb appears in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” A walk further down through the outer siq with all of its tombs and burial chamber brings us to one of the largest theaters in Jordan. A 3000-seat theater from the early first century is carved in the sandstone mountains at the bottom of the High Place of Sacrifice Mountain. Apparently some sacrificial rituals had taken place here. From here we walk uphill to the Royal Tombs for a great view of the lower part of Petra with all its Roman remains. There will be the option to walk to the “Monastery” of Petra and/or the High Place. Leaving the site of Petra in mid-afternoon, we drive south to Wadi Rum. Here we enjoy an amazing jeep ride in the desert. We then stay in Wadi Rum at Captain’s, a Bedouin Village. We enjoy dinner together and a devotional time under the stars. It will be a unique experience!
DAY 13 – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15: SOUTHERN BORDER CROSSING INTO ISRAEL, RED SEA, TIMNAH, MACHTESH RAMON, TEL AVIV, FLIGHT HOME
Following breakfast, we leave Wadi Rum and drive to the southern border to cross back into Israel. Greeted once again by our Israeli guide and bus, we drive north through the Aravah (Rift Valley) to Timnah. In ancient days, this was a copper mine of the Egyptians. We will see an amazing full -size replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle. Continuing north, we drive through the Machtesh Ramon, Israel’s “grand canyon.” We also pass by the Zin Wilderness (Numbers 13) and Beersheba (Genesis 21). We arrive in the Tel Aviv area for dinner before driving to the airport for our night flight home.
DAY 14– FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16: ARRIVE BACK IN THE U.S.A.
We arrive back in the States today. What an incredible trip! Praise be to God for a life-changing experience!
Engedi is a beautiful oasis on the edge of the Judean Desert. Water flows all year around here. This is one reason why David hid from Saul here in a cave (1 Samuel 24). Engedi is a beautiful place in the midst of a “dry and weary land where there is no water (Psalm 62).”
Engedi is also mentioned in Songs of Songs 1 and 2 Chronicles 20.