The Itinerary for the 11 Day Biblical FAM/Clergy Israel Tour
February 20 – March 2, 2022
All Inclusive Price: $1,995 ($2,295 for spouses) from JFK, NY. $1,395 ($1,695 for spouses) for “land only” travelers. We only limited space available for this FAM/Clergy tour.
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 – DeLanceyFAM22 – to register for this trip). Registration is open through December 15, 2021
Price of this Israel “Familiarization” (e.g. FAM) Tour for Clergy includes: Airfare & US & Int’l Departure-fuel taxes ($590), gratuities ($160), hotels, 2 meals daily on land, and all entry fees. $1,995 from JFK, NY (2,295 for spouses). The land only price of $1,395 ($1,695 for spouses) includes all the above except the airfare. Sign-up deadline: December 17, 2020. Only a limited number of rooms are available for this FAM tour.
FAM/CLERGY TOUR UNDERSTAND: The Israeli Dept. of Tourism and imagine Tours & Travel (iTT) partner together to greatly discount this trip for pastors. Requirements for pastors include:
- You have to be an active and ordain pastor, and only one pastor per church.
- You have an honest desire to gather a group from your church for an Israel tour in the future through iTT. Dr. John will help “familiarize” you with how a trip is led and will be happy to coach you how to organize your own tour in the future. You can either aim to co-lead on any of Dr. John’s trips or lead a trip yourself. Please note: This is not just a “cheap/discounted trip” for pastors. We hope you understand given the discounted pricing. 🙂
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 2 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!
A trip to Israel, especially for pastors who preach and teach the Word of God, is life and ministry changing! We hope you can join us!
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.
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 theJordan 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, HEZEKIAH’S TUNNEL, POOL OF SILOAM, SOUTHERN WALL EXCAVATIONS, FREE TIME, FAREWELL DINNER, AIRPORT (for those flying on a night flight home)
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 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.
*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.
Virtual Tour of Israel
This video features many of the Bible sites in Israel. We visit many of these sites and regions where the biblical stories took place. From the Galilee in the north to the city of Jerusalem, and everywhere in between, we connect with God’s Word!