The Itinerary for the 11 Day Biblical Israel Tour (with a unique 4 Day Jordan & Southern Israel option)
April 24 – May 4, 2021
All Inclusive Price: $4,398 from JFK, NY. $3,748 for “land only” travelers. The optional (and unique) Jordan & Southern Israel extension is $1,245 (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 – DeLancey421 – to register for this trip). Registration is open through January 20, 2021.
Price of this Israel study tour includes: Airfare & US & Int’l Departure-fuel taxes ($595), gratuities ($165), hotels, 2 meals daily on land, and all entry fees. $4,398 from JFK, NY. The land only price of $3,748 includes all the above except the airfare. Sign-up deadline: January 20, 2021.
This Israel tour features about 45 sites! First, we head north through the Coastal and Sharon Plains, Mt. Carmel, and the Jezreel Valley to the Galilee. Here we spend 3 nights in this northern region of Israel. This was the area for the home ministry base of Jesus. We then drive through the Samaritan Hill Country to the Dead Sea and spend one night there. We end in Jerusalem, saving the best to last. We also visit the “Shephelah” where David fought Goliath, and other OT stories! The option includes an amazing trip to Jordan. This optional extension includes Mt. Nebo, Wadi Mujib, Petra, Wadi Rum, and a night on the Red Sea. The whole trip will connect you with the Bible in many ways!
The Israel Tour Itinerary:
Day 1 – Saturday, April 24: Depart U.S.A.
Tour members meet for our evening flight. After dinner is served, sitback and relax, enjoying the on-board entertainment as you prepare forthis exciting adventure of a lifetime.
Day 2 – Sunday, April 25: Tel Aviv, 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.
Day 3 – Monday, April 26: 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 backdrop 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 are introduced to the life and ministry of Jesus 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 a time of fellowship and worship.
Day 4 – Tuesday, April 27: Hippos/Susita, Qatzrin, Syrian Border, Caesarea Philippi, Dan
We begin the day by driving into the Golan Heights. Circling thenorthern end of the Sea of Galilee we will see where the Feeding ofthe 5,000 took place (John 6). Driving to the southeastern corner of the lake we ascend to the site of Hippos (also called Susita). This was a massive Roman city, one of the Decopolis cites mentioned in the Gospels. Our view of the lake below will be panoramic here from the small theater! Up on the plateau of the Golan Heights 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?” (Mt. 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 parkand hear the stories of disobedience that took place here (Judges 18, 1Kings 12). We end the day by driving back through the Huleh Valley to our hotel in Tiberias. After dinner, we meet down by the water’s edge once again to review the day.
Day 5 – Wednesday, April 28: Arbel, Yardenit, Magdala, Chorazim, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee Boat Ride, 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! Driving south to the southern end of the Sea of Galilee, we arrive at Yardenit. You will have the opportunity to reaffirm your baptism in the waters of the Jordan River. From here we drive back to the NW corner of the lake to Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene. Here we will see another 1st century synagogue. Jesus must have taught from here! Among the other ruins are ritual baths. After lunch we visit Chorazin, one of the three cities condemned by Jesus (Mt. 11). We see the basaltic ruins of this city, including a synagogue dating to the 3rd century AD. Close by on the water’s edge is Capernaum, the home center of ministry for Jesus here in Galilee. Here we read about the many stories related to the ministry of Jesus in the 4th-5th century synagogue. We also spend some reflection time on the shoreline. It was in this area where Jesus called His first disciples. Close by 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. We end the day by reading from Matthew 5 on the Mount of Beatitudes. We return to our hotel for dinner and an optional gathering once again by the water.
Day 6 – Thursday, April 29: Beth Shean, Shiloh, Jericho, Judean Desert, Ein Bokek, 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. Driving past Bethel (Gen. 12, 28) and through the Desert of Pareth (Jeremiah 13), our next stop is Jericho. After a late lunch here, we climb the tel (ancient mound) to see portions of the fortification wall that supported the mud-brick walls that “came tumblin’ down” (Joshua 6). From here we drive to the southern end of the Dead Sea to our hotel. Prior to dinner, you will have a chance to float in the salt and mineral-rich waters of this unique body of water!
Day 7 – Friday, April 30: Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Wilderness of Judah, Jerusalem
This morning, we begin our drive northward along the westerncoastline of the Dead Sea to Masada. Here we ascend high upon
the wilderness mountain by way of cable car to the fortress built byKing 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, Here, we’ll enjoy a walk to some of the waterfalls in the canyon. Finally, we visit Qumran and the settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Over the lunch hour, you will have the opportunity to explore a few of the caves above the site. En route to Jerusalem, we end the day with a brief stop at Wadi Qelt. Here we hear the words of Isaiah 40 and Psalm 23 in the context of the Judea Desert. From here we drive the rest of the way to Jerusalem for overnight. After checking in our hotel and dinner, an optional walk to the Western Wall will take place.
Day 8 – Saturday, May 1: Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Pool of Bethesda, the “Shephelah”/Lowlands of Judah
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 through the Old City will take us to the Christian Quarter and to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In the afternoon after lunch, we drive west to see a few sites in the Shephelah (Lowlands) of Judah. Dependent upon time and dirt road conditions, we will see sites such as Gezer, Beth Shemesh, Qeiyafa (or Socoh) where David fought Goliath, and perhaps Lachish (time permitting).
Day 9 – Sunday, May 2: Herodium, Bethlehem, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem
We begin the day by driving southeast to Herodium. This was one of Herod the Great’s palace-fortresses. The view from the top of this site of Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Tekoa, the Judean Desert, and on a clear day the Dead Sea will be amazing! Herodium is where Herod was buried. Nearby are the Shepherd Fields. Located in Beit Sahour, we will sing a few Christmas carols in celebration of Christ’s birth. We will also visit an olive factory/store in Bethlehem. In the afternoon after lunch, we drive back into western Jerusalem to 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 also 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 and walk through the museum on our own. We return to ourhotel in Jerusalem for dinner and a free evening to allow you to exploreor relax.
Day 10 – Monday, May 3: City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Southern Wall Excavations, Western Wall, 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 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 (or visit the Western Wall). Our day ends at the Garden Tomb for Communion, and we return to our hotel for a Farewell Dinner. After dinner, we will transfer to the airport for our flight back to the U.S.A. (Those taking the extension will have one more overnight in Jerusalem).
Day 11 – Tuesday, May 4: Arrive Home
We arrive back in the U.S.A. After going through U.S. Customs, we board our domestic flight back to our homes at the end of a life-transforming trip!
OPTIONAL JORDAN & SOUTHERN ISRAEL EXTENSION ($1245.00 per person)
Price is based on minimum of 20 travelers for price to be valid (Includes: Visa & Border taxes of $65 & Gratuities of $75)
Day 11 – Tuesday, May 4: Allenby Bridge, Wadi Mujib, Mt. Nebo, Machaerus, Madaba
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 Wadi Mujib. This is believed to be the Arnon in the Bible (Numbers 21). While there, we will walk into the canyon. Part of the experience is getting wet, so a bathing suit and water shoes/sandals are a must! In the afternoon we ascend the hills of Moab to Mt. Nebo. Here, we stand where Moses stood and viewed the Holy Land (Deut. 34) then take in a breathtaking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Our last site of the day is Machaerus, one of Herod’s palace-fortresses. It was here where John the Baptist was beheaded (Mark 6). We drive to Madaba for overnight.
Day 12 – Wednesday, May 5: Petra
This morning we drive down to Petra, using both the Desert and King’s Highways. In the late morning we arrive at the entrance of Petra and spend the entire rest 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 led by Dr. John. We come back to the entrance of the site, on our own, at any time before sunset. We then enjoy a late dinner at our hotel here in Petra. What an incredible day!
Day 13 – Thursday, May 6: Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba/Red Sea
Following breakfast here in Petra, we drive south to Wadi Rum. This area was made famous by Sir Lawrence of Arabia. Here we will enjoy jeep rides through this unique desert. You will have the chance to ridea camel here too! Next, we board back on the bus and drive to the beautiful city of Aqaba. Located directly on the Red Sea, we will enjoythe rest of the day relaxing and/or swimming in this clear and coral-filled body of water! Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel at your leisure.
Day 14 – Friday, May 7: Southern Border Crossing Into Israel, Red Sea, Timnah, Tel Aviv
Following breakfast, we leave Aqaba and drive to the southern borderto 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 also walk through a full-size replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle. Continuing north, we drive back to the Tel Aviv area through the Machtesh Ramon, Israel’s “Grand Canyon.” We also drive through the Desert of Zin (Numbers 13) where the 12 spies explored the land. Back in the Tel Aviv area we have dinner before arriving in Tel Aviv for our last overnight.
Day 15 – Saturday, May 8: Arrive Home
We drive to the airport for our early morning flight back home. We arrive back in the U.S.A. After going through U.S. Customs, we board our domestic flight back to our homes at the end of a life-transforming trip!
*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.
Old City of Jerusalem
The Old City of Jerusalem is a special place. Within her walls built in 1537 AD by the Ottoman Turks, the circumference of the city is 2.8 miles. The city is divided into 4 quarters – Jewish, Christian, Armenian, and Muslim. About 35,000 people live within the city. Many archaeological ruins can be seen everywhere, including the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.