The Itinerary for the 11 Day Biblical Israel Tour (with a 3 Day Greece option)
November 8-18, 2021 (with optional Greece extension Nov 18-21)
All Inclusive Price: $4,397 from JFK, NY. $3,797 for “land only” travelers. The optional Greece extension is $1,199 (based on a minimum of 20 or more 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 – DeLancey1121 – to register for this trip). Registration is open through September 1, 2021.
Price of this 11 Day “non touristy” Discipleship Tour to Israel includes: Airfare & US & Int’l Departure-fuel taxes ($595), gratuities ($165), hotels, 2 meals daily on land, and all entry fees. $4,397 from JFK, NY. The land only price of $3,797 includes all the above except the airfare. The price of the Greece optional extension is $1,199. This includes the one way flight from Tel Aviv to Athens, fuel & fees ($55), and tips ($60). Sign-up deadline: September 1, 2021.
Early Bird Discounts: With your deposit of $500 to reserve your spot on this Israel-Greece tour, you will earn the following discounts off the overall price: $150 for deposits made before 9/01/20; $100 before 11/01/20; $90 before 12/01/20, $80 before 1/10/21, $70 before 2/10/21, $60 before 3/10/21, and $50 before 4/10/21.
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 Greece. We will connect with the Apostle Paul in Athens. The second day we drive to the Peloponnese to see both Corinth and Mycenae. We also will enjoy a relaxing one day ferry cruise to three Greek islands.
The whole trip will connect you with the Bible in many ways!
The Israel Tour Itinerary:
Day 1 – Monday, November 8: 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 – Tuesday, November 9: 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 – Wednesday, November 10: 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 – Thursday, November 11: 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). Then 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 – Friday, November 12: Arbel, Magdala, Yardenit, Capernaum, Mt. Of Beatitudes, Ancient Boat & Boat Ride on Sea of Galilee
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 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 is the Mt. Of Beatitudes. Here we read from Matthew 5 on the Mount of Beatitudes and consider the kingdom principles of Jesus. To end the day, we see the “Jesus boat” from the first century, a vessel found here along the shores of Galilee in 1986. Following this we take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, with a quiet and peaceful worship service. Upon landing, we return to our hotel for dinner.
Day 6 – Saturday, November 13: Beth Shean, Jericho, Qumran, 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 (Jeremiah 13), to Jericho. 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 Qumran and the settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This is where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. 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 – Sunday, November 14: Masada, Engedi, Wadi Qelt, Shiloh, 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. We then drive north along the western side of the Dead Sea to Ein Gedi. Here, David hid from King Saul (1 Sam. 24). We also will enjoy a walk to some of the waterfalls in the canyon. Now driving towards Jerusalem, we will make a stop overlooking the Wadi Qelt. This is the heart of the Judean Desert. We will hear the words of Isaiah 40 and Psalm 23 here. We then drive through the Desert of Pareth (Jeremiah 13) to the Hill Country of Samaria. Passing by Michmash (1 Samuel 13-14) and Ai (Joshua 7-8), we visit the excavations of Shiloh. This is where the Tabernacle once stood. Samuel also grew up here too (1 Samuel 3). We then drive to Jerusalem, passing Bethel (Gen. 12, 28) on our way to our hotel for overnight. After checking in our hotel and dinner, an optional walk to the Western Wall will take place.
Day 8 – Monday, November 15: 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 Tel Socoh and see where David fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17). As we listen to the story we see how this famous battle took place! 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 9 – Tuesday, November 16: Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Pool of Bethesda, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem
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 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 a free evening to allow you to explore or relax.
Day 10 – Wednesday, November 17: 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. Based on flight schedules, some will fly home tonight or tomorrow morning if you are not doing the optional extension. Those who are going to Greece will overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 11 – Thursday, November 18: Arrive Home or Greece Optional Extension
For those not doing the extension, we will arrive back in the U.S. After going through U.S. Customs, we board our domestic flight back. For those going to Greece, we will bus to the airport for our flight to Athens.
Optional Athens, Greece Extension
$1199 per person. Prices based on a minimum of 20+ traveler for pricing to be valid (Includes: one-way flight from Tel Aviv to Athens, air taxes, fuel & fees of $55 & gratuities of $60)
Day 11 – Thursday, November 18: Arrive Home or Greece Optional Extension
For those not doing the extension, we will arrive back in the U.S. After going through U.S. Customs, we board our domestic flight back. For those going to Greece, we will bus to the airport for our flight to Athens. Upon arriving, we will be met by our Greek guide and driver and enjoy a half a day visit in Athens. First, we enjoy a bus tour of the Constitution Square with the House of Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, the Old Olympic Stadium and the Neoclassical Buildings of Athens. We then go to the world-renowned Acropolis to see the Propylea, the Erechtheum and the Parthenon. We also visit Mars Hill, where Paul delivered his ingenious speech on the “Unknown God” (Acts 17). From here we view the Agora, the ancient center of the economic and public life of the city, where Paul preached to the skeptical Athenians. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. An optional hike up to the top of Mt. Lycabetus (for the best view of Athens) will be offered.
Day 12 – Friday, November 19: Corinth, Mycenae, Athens
We start the day by visiting the site of ancient Corinth. We will cross the famous Corinthian Canal to get there. Located in the Peloponnese
of Greece, this was the once glorious city near the Isthmus where Paul met Aquila and Priscilla and spent a year and a half preaching the Word of God. We visit the Archaeological Museum, the Forum, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman forum and the famous Bema where Paul stood before Gallio, accused by the Jews of Corinth. About 30 minutes away is the site of Mycenae, the legendary city rival of Troy, and described by Homer as “Mycenae rich in Gold.” This citydates back to the late Bronze Age, and is famous for the “beehive” Tomb of Agamemnon (Treasury of Atreus) and the gold masks. On the way back to Athens, we will pass by Cenchreae, the little harbor from which Paul sailed back to Asia, thus ending his second missionary journey. We arrive back to our hotel for dinner and a free night.
Day 13 – Saturday, November 20, Day Cruise to Aegina, Poros, and Hydra
We spend our last day here in Greece on the Aegean Sea to get a relaxing taste of Greek island life. We board a small ferry ship and visit the islands of Aegina, Poros, and Hydra. The quaint port free excursions provide a picturesque opportunity to experience a close-up taste of Greek culture, food, and shopping. On board the ship we enjoy lunch and folklore dances from various region of Greece. We return to our hotel in Athens for dinner and overnight.
Day 14 – Sunday, November 21: Flight Home
We wake up early for our morning flight back to the U.S. Upon arrival, we go through gar normal passport customs and board our connecting flights 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.
Displayed at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem is a 1:50-scale model of Jerusalem. This model portrays what Jerusalem looked like in 70 AD just prior to its destruction.
Other than the “3rd wall” to the north (built in 41-44 AD), the rest of the model represents what Jerusalem would have looked like in the days of Jesus!