The Itinerary for a 14 Day Combined Biblical Israel & Jordon Tour
June 1-14, 2025
All Inclusive Price: $6,671 from Newark, NJ. $5,759 for “land only” travelers.
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 – DeLancey625 – to register for this trip). Registration is open through August 15, 2023.
Price of this extensive Biblical Israel-Jordan Combined Tour includes: Airfare & US & Int’l Departure-fuel taxes (701), gratuities ($225), Jordanian Visa ($55), hotels, 2 meals daily, and all entry fees. $6,671 from JFK, NY (additional departure cites available upon request). The land only price of $5,759 includes all the above except the airfare. Sign-up deadline: March 15, 2025.
Early Bird Discounts: With your deposit of $500 to reserve your spot on this Israel tour, you will earn the following discounts off the overall price: $150 for deposits made before 3/1/24; $100 before 6/1/24; $75 before 8/1/24, and $50 before 10/1/24.
This is our most extensive Israel-Jordan combined tours. This trip features about 55 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 cross into Jordan at the Allenby Bridge border crossing. We begin with a unique experience at Wadi Mujib (biblical Arnon) as we walk up the water-filled canyon. Then we see Mt. Nebo and Machaerus (where John the Baptist was beheaded). We stay that first night in Medeba. Then the next morning we drive to Petra, the highlight experience here in Jordan. We have most of the day here! We re-cross the following day at the Red Sea back into southern Israel. We then drive north through the Judean Desert on our way to Jerusalem. We save the very best to last.
The whole trip will connect you with the Bible in many life-changing ways! This is a trip that takes you to “off-the-beaten-path” biblical sites as well as engages you in the many stories of the Old and New Testament. Following in the footsteps of Jesus will be eye-opening and heart-warming!
The Israel Tour Itinerary:
Day 1 – Sunday, June 1: Depart U.S.A.
Tour members meet for our flight. 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, June 2: Tel Aviv
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 – Tuesday, June 3: Caesarea, Megiddo, Beth Shean, Precipice of Nazareth, Tiberias
After an abundant breakfast buffet, we journey north along the coast to Caesarea, built over 2000 years ago by King Herod. We will see the ancient theater, the palace area, and the hippodrome serving as backdrop for the book of Acts. From here drive through the Carmel Range (1 Kings 18, the site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal) to Megiddo (Armageddon; 1 Kings 9:15; Rev. 16:16). Here we see Canaanite and Israelite ruins. We leave the site by walking down the impressive water system of this ancient city. Next, we drive east to Beth Shean, the only Decapolis city on the west side of the Jordan River. We pass by Mt. Gilboa (1 Samuel 31), and the Hill or Moreh (Judges 6-7). Here we will see a massive Roman city that included a typical bathhouse, agora, colonnaded streets, and the theater. An optional hike up to the top of the Old Testament site will be offered. We end the day by driving to the precipice of Nazareth as we read about Jesus’ ministry in this area (Luke 1 and 4). 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 – Wednesday, June 4: Hippos, Qatzrin, Syrian Border, Caesarea Philippi, Dan
We begin the day by driving into the Golan Heights. We drive around the north end of the lake to get to the eastern side and our first stop, Hippos (Sussita). This was a Decapolis city that had a commanding view of the Sea of Galilee. There are no less than five-six ancient churches built here in the Byzantine Period. We will read the story from Mark 5 here. To the north 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 will 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 where Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say I am?” (Matt. 16). Nearby is the amazing nature preserve and archaeological site of Dan. This is one of the sources of the Jordan River. We walk through this quiet national park impressive Old Testament city 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 – Thursday, June 5: Optional Sunrise Hike in the Upper Galilee (“Hill 713”), Arbel, Yardenit, Magdala, Capernaum, Boat Ride
We begin the day with an optional pre-dawn hike to the Upper Galilee and “Hill 713.” We will be able to see the entire width of Israel from here. We return for a later breakfast before leaving the hotel for Arbel, a mountain on the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee. We have another 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! Next, we travel to the southern end of the Sea of Galilee and enjoy optional baptism in the Jordan River at Yardenit. From here we drive to Magdala for lunch. Following lunch, we’ll visit ancient Magdala where there is a 1st century synagogue. No doubt Jesus taught here! We continue to Capernaum, the home center of ministry for Jesus here in Galilee. Here we read from Mark 1 and 2 (and other passages) in the 5th century synagogue. We end the day with seeing the “Jesus boat” from the first century. It is displayed at Nof Ginnosar. This was a wooden vessel found here along the shores of Galilee in 1986. We then enjoy our own boat ride on the Sea of Galilee at dusk. This includes reflective and peaceful worship service. We return to our hotel for dinner.
Day 6 – Friday, June 6: Allenby Bridge, Wadi Mujib, Mt. Nebo, Machaerus, Medeba
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 this fun 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 Medeba for overnight.
Day 7– Saturday, June 7 – Thursday, May 19: 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 (if you are really adventurous) 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 this will be!
Day 8 – Sunday, June 8: Return into Israel, Timnah, Dead Sea
Leaving the site of Petra in the morning, we drive south towards the border. On the way we pass by Wadi Rum, made famous by Sir Lawrence of Arabia. At the Rabin Border we re-cross into Israel. Greeted once again by our Israeli guide and bus, we drive to Elat to see the Red Sea (the Gulf of Aqaba). If time permits (depending on how long the border crossing takes), we’ll spend an hour swimming and snorkeling among the coral reefs). We then drive north through the Aravah (Rift Valley) to Timnah. In ancient days, this was a copper mine of the Egyptians. We will also walk through a full-size replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle. We then drive north to the Dead Sea. After a late check-in into our hotel here and dinner, we have a chance to float in this unique body of water at sunset.
Day 9 – Monday, June 9: Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Jericho, Wilderness of Judah
We begin today driving north along the western coastline of the Dead Sea 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, 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 the waterfalls. You’ll have the chance to get refreshingly wet under one of the many waterfalls here! Continuing north, we visit Qumran and the settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. After a late lunch here (not included), we visit the ruins of Qumran. From here we visit Jericho to see portions of the wall of this city that was destroyed by Joshua. Leaving Jericho, we ascend to our hotel in Jerusalem. On the way, we make a brief stop for a spectacular view of the Judean Desert. Here we will read Psalm 23 and the moving words of Isaiah 40. Once we complete our ascent to Jerusalem, we check into our hotel, enjoy dinner together, followed by an optional “orientation walk” to the Old City and the Western Wall.
Day 10 – Tuesday, June 10: Mt. of Olives, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulcher Church, 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 Pool 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 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 to visit the Shepherd’s Field, and to shop at an olive wood store. We drive back to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and another optional walk.
Day 11 – Wednesday, June 11: Shiloh, the “Shephelah” (Lowlands) of Judah: Gezer, Beth Shemesh, Socoh/Azekah
We spend most of the day in the Shephelah (lowlands) of Judah. First, however, we drive north to Shiloh, the location where the Tabernacle was for over 300 years. This is where Samuel heard the voice of God (1 Samuel 3). Next, we drive westward to Gezer. Here, we see ruins from the Canaanites to the days of Solomon. The famous “Gezer calendar” was found here. From here, we drive to Beth Shemesh, where the Ark of the Covenant was returned. Next, we travel to Socoh (or Azekah) and see where David fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17). As we listen to the story, we see how this famous battle took place! We end the day by driving back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 12 – Thursday, June 12: Old City: Temple Mount, Wailing Wall, Jewish Quarter, Herodian Mansion, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem
The day begins in the Old City. We’ll begin with a visit to the Temple Mount. This was where the 1st and 2nd Temples once stood. Next, we see the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the most holy place in Judaism. In the Jewish Quarter, we enjoy a visit to the Herodian Mansion (ruins of a large 1st century house). 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 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 our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and an optional walk.
Day 13 – Friday, June 13 City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Southern Wall Excavations, Free Afternoon, 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 on our own in the Jewish Quarter and enjoy a few hours of free time. Our day ends at the Garden Tomb for communion, and we then enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Then we transfer to the airport for our return flight home.
Day 14 – Saturday, June 14: Arrive Home
We arrive back in the U.S. after going through U.S. Customs, we board our domestic flights back to our respective 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.
The Zin Desert
To hike in the Zin Desert is a spectacular experience! Located in the Negev, the 12 Israelites spies came up through this area (Numbers 13). Also, this is where Moses struck the rock (Numbers 20). Within the canyon itself, water still flow all year around here. The high canyon walls and the gentle streams of water provide the perfect setting.
On this June 2020 tour, the Zin is included in the optional extension.