June 2018 Israel-Jordan Tour Update – Days 1 & 2

DAYS 1 & 2 – SUNDAY-MONDAY, JUNE 10 & 11: DEPART FOR & ARRIVE IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

Welcome to Israel

Welcome to Israel sign at the Ben Gurion Airport

Our day of departure finally came! The group of 82 that God has brought together used primarily three flights, with some flying to Israel on their own. All the flights went well with the unfortunate exception of part of the group flying out of Chicago. Because of the delay of their flight, 14 in our group missed the international flight. We hope they are able to be re-scheduled in a timely manner.

Jaffa

Jaffa Tel Aviv

Jaffa and Tel Aviv beach

The rest in the group arrived at the Ben Gurion Airport in the Lod/Tel Aviv area. Arriving at various times and meeting each other, we loaded up the two buses after the usual passport and luggage procedures. with sunny skies and temps in the mid 80s, we drove to Jaffa/Joppa, a southern suburb of Tel Aviv (600,000 people). We walked the alley-ways, read from Jonah 1, and Acts 9 & 10, and enjoyed our first great view of the Tel Aviv coastline.

Hotel/Med Sea

Med Sea sunset

Sunset on the Med Sea

Arriving at our hotel just north of Jaffa in Tel Aviv and right on the shoreline, some enjoyed a nap while others enjoyed a swim in the Med Sea. The water was very warm (about 80), the sane was white and soft, and the waves were beautifully rolled in.

We enjoyed dinner at 6:30, followed by an orientation meeting to help prepare us for the trip ahead. We met out on the beach and enjoyed a marvelous sunset on the Mediterranean Sea! Following the meeting, some enjoyed a stroll on the promenade, while others retired for the evening.

It was a long day but we’re excited to be here in Israel, the land of the Bible! We pray for a timely arrival of the rest of the group!

DAY 3 – TUESDAY, JUNE 12: CAESAREA, CARMEL, MEGIDDO, SEPPORIS, PRECIPICE OF NAZARETH, TIBERIAS

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September 2017 Israel Tour – Days 1 & 2

DAYS 1 & 2 – SUNDAY-MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3-4: 

Ben Gurion Airport Welcome sign

Welcome to Israel at the Ben Gurion Airport

Our day of departure finally arrived! With excitement for the journey ahead, we met at the JFK (NY) airport (as well as others) for our night flight to Israel, the land of the Bible. Most in the group arrived at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon. Others came in at various others times. After going through Passport Control and getting our luggage, we were greeted by our agent, our driver (David), and our guide (Shlomo). We loaded the bus and drove to the Joppa (also called Jaffa) area. From the shoreline we could see part of the ancient harbor (where Jonah sailed from, Jonah 1) and where Solomon brought in the cedars of Lebanon for building the Temple in Jerusalem (I Kings 5). This was also where Peter raised Tabitha (Dorcas, Acts 9) and had his vision of unclean animals 9 (Acts 10).

Jaffa, Israel

Jaffa along the Med Sea coastline. This is the area of the stories of Jonah (Jonah 1) and Peter (Acts 9-10)

From here we drove north to Netanya where we check into our hotel. Following dinner, we met for our orientation meeting to help us prepare for the days ahead.

We are so very excited to be in Israel, and we look forward to our first full day tomorrow.

 

DAY 3 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5: CAESAREA, CARMEL, MEGIDDO, SEPPORIS, PRECIPICE OF NAZARETH, TIBERIAS

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April-May 2017 Israel-Egypt Tour Update: Days 1 & 2

DAYS 1 & 2 – MONDAY/TUESDAY, APRIL 24-25:

The day finally arrived for our Israel trip! Most in the group met at the JFK (NY) Airport from all over the country for our international direct flight to Tel Aviv. While the connection flights were tight, everyone made it! It was a 10 hour flight to the Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.

Tel Aviv coastline

The coastline of Tel Aviv, Israel from Jaffa (Joppa)

Upon arriving, we went through the normal passport check, gathered our luggage, and walked out to the bus. We were greeted by Shlomo Ben Asher, our Israeli guide, and David, our driver. After loading the bus, we drove west to Joppa (Jaffa). It is located on the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. We enjoyed a leisurely walk through the alley-ways. We read from Jonah 1 (Jonah who sailed from here) and Acts 9 & 10 (Peter, his healing of Dorcas and his vision). Praise God that His kingdom extends to Gentiles as well!

alleyways of Jaffa

The alleyways of Jaffa, Israel

Driving north through the Tel Aviv traffic, we arrived at our hotel in Netanya. After checking in, we enjoyed dinner together, followed by a brief orientation meeting. Afterwards, some walked down to the beach.

It is wonderful to be here in Israel, the land of the Bible!

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26: CAESAREA, CARMEL, MEGIDDO, PRECIPICE OF NAZARETH, TIBERIAS

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