The Itinerary for the 11 Day Biblical Israel Tour
May 18-28, 2021
All Inclusive Price: $4,492 from JFK, NY. $4,021 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 – DeLancey521 – to register for this trip). Registration is open through March 1, 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. $4,492 from JFK, NY. The land only price of $4,021 includes all the above except the airfare. Sign-up deadline: March 1, 2021. Note: At present, only 10 spots remain open for this trip. Early bird discounts: $70 for registrations & deposits made prior to 8/15/20; $60 prior to 9/15/20, and $50 prior to 10/15/20.
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 whole trip will connect you with the Bible in many ways!
The Israel Tour Itinerary:
Day 1 – Tuesday, May 18: Depart U.S.A.
Tour members meet for our evening 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 – Wednesday, May 19: 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 (time permitting), the home of the Jonah and Peter’s stories (Jonah 1, Acts 9 & 10).
Day 3 – Thursday, May 20: 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 see 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 gathering together for a time of fellowship and worship.
Day 4 – Friday, May 21: 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 the area of Bethsaida and the location where the Feeding of the 5,000 took place (John 6). 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?” (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 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 down by the water’s edge once again to review the day.
Day 5 – Saturday, May 22: Arbel, Yardenit, Magdala, 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 to 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 (not included) we see 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 – Sunday, May 23: 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 newexcavations of Shiloh. This is where the Tabernacle once stood. Here we see impressive archaeological ruins dating to the days of Samuel. Driving past Ai (Joshua 7-8) and Bethel (Gen. 12, 28) and through the Desert of Pareth (Jeremiah 13), our next stop is Jericho. After a late lunch here (not included), 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 – Monday, May 24: Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Wilderness of Judah, Jerusalem
This morning, we begin our drive northward 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, 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 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 the famous Cave 1 where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. 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 – Tuesday, May 25: Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Pool of Bethesda, Yad Vashem, Israel Museum
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. After lunch (not included), we visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. We see the Children’s Memorial and walk through the museum on our own. To end the day, we will 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 return to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and a free evening to allow you to explore or relax.
Day 9 – Wednesday, May 26: Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Fields, The “Shephelah” – Lowlands of Judah – Lachish, Socoh &Elah Valley, Beth Shemesh & Sorek Valley, Gezer & Aijalon Valley, Jerusalem
We begin the day in Bethlehem. We first go to the Shepherd’s Fields for a quiet time of reflecting upon God’s redemptive history. We also visit an olive wood factory and store. From here we drive west to the Shephelah (lowlands) of Judah. We begin by driving to Lachish, a city that was conquered by the Assyrians (2 Chronicles 32). Here, we see where the famous “Lachish Letters” were discovered. Next, we travel to Socoh and see where David fought Goliath. We’ll listen to this detailed story where it actually happened! (1 Samuel 17). From here, we drive to Beth Shemesh and the Sorek Valley. It was here where the Ark of the Covenant was returned by the Philistines (1 Samuel 6). We end the day at Gezer and the Aijalon Valley. Here we see ruins from Solomon’s day and beyond. The famous “Gezer calendar” was found here. We drive back to Jerusalem for dinner and another optional walk.
Day 10 – Thursday, May 27: 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 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 (or visit the Western Wall). 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. For those doing the Egypt extension, you will return to the hotel for one more overnight here in Jerusalem.
Day 11 – Friday, May 28: Arrive Home
We arrive back in the U.S.A. After going through U.S. Customs, we board our domestic flight back.
*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.
Footsteps of Jesus
Follow the footsteps of Jesus through the Galilee and on to Jerusalem! To be able to “walk in the sandals” of our Savior is an incredible and life-changing experience! In this video we re-trace Jesus’ ministry to specific sites and regions mentioned in the Bible. As you walk in His steps, the Gospel stories will come alive in “3-D” color!