The Itinerary for the 11 Day Biblical Israel Study Tour (with option to Jordan & Southern Israel)

 

November 1-11, 2022 (with Jordan option, Nov. 11-14)

All Inclusive Price: $4,499 from JFK, NY,  $3,295 for “land only” travelers. ($1,177 for the option Jordan & southern Israel tour)

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Jerusalem
Sea of Galilee

"Life transforming Israel tours & teaching in the context of the land of the Bible"

Masada
Magdala
Petra

Registration Details for this Israel Tour

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Price of this Israel Tour includes: Airfare & US & Int’l Departure taxes ($595), hotels, 2 meals daily, all entry fees, and gratuities ($155). $4,499 from New York, NY. The land only price ($3,295) includes all the above except the airfare. $1,177 for the optional Jordan & Southern Israel tour. Sign-up deadline: September 1, 2022.

This is a 11 day Israel tour.  We will see about 45 sites from north to south. We spend three nights in the Galilee before heading south to the Dead Sea (one night there). Then it’s on to Jerusalem. We have three full days here, in addition to an half-day in the Shephelah (Lowlands) of Judah to see some great OT sites (included where David fought Goliaith in the Elah Valley). The optional extension takes us across the border to Jordan. We will see Mt. Nebo and Machaerus (where John the Baptist was beheaded) on the way to Petra (overnight here). The following day we spend about 6 hours in Petra before driving south to Wadi Rum. We spend a unique night here in the desert (no worries, it’s not “roughin’ it”). The last day we re-cross back into Israel. You will have a chance to swim/snorkel in the Red Sea and see/walk through a full-size model of the Tabernacle before driving north through Israel’s “Grand Canyon” (Machtesh Ramon) to Tel Aviv for our night flight home.

Israel Tour Itinerary:

 

Day 1 – Tuesday, November 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 – Wednesday, November 2: 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 (time permitting), we make a brief stop in Jaffa, the home of the Jonah and Peter’s stories (Jonah 1, Acts 9 & 10).

 

Day 3 – Thursday, November 3: 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 – Friday, November 4: Hippos, Qatzrin, Syrian Border, Caesarea Philippi, Dan

We begin the day by driving into the Golan Heights. Stopping on the southeast corner of the Sea of Galilee, we climb the remarkable site of Hippos (Sussita). This was one of the Decapolis cities. Among the impressive Roman ruins, we will also enjoy a spectacular view of the lake from this eastern side! Driving north from here 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, November 5: Arbel, Magdala, Chorazin, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee Boat Ride, Mt. of Beatitudes

We begin the day by visiting Arbel, a mountain NW of the Sea of Galilee. An option will be given 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 on top is the best there is of the whole Sea of Galilee! From here, we drive to Magdala to see another ancient synagogue that dates to the time of Christ. Mary “Magdalene” was also from here (Luke 8). After lunch, we visit Chorazin. Located on this NW corner of the Sea of Galilee, this ancient city was one of the three cities condemned by Jesus (Matthew 11). We see the basaltic ruins and synagogue which dates to the 2nd-3rd centuries. Capernaum is next, the home center of ministry for Jesus in Galilee. Here, we read from the Gospels about the many things that took place here (Mark 1, Luke 7 & John 6) in the 4th-5th century synagogue. Next is the Mt. Of Beatitudes. We reflect upon the kingdom principles of Matthew 5-7 here. We will also have a chance to walk down to the water’s edge. We end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and a quiet and peaceful worship service together. We recall the storm narratives (Mark 4 & 6). Upon landing, we also see the “Jesus boat” from the first century, a vessel found here along the shores of Galilee in 1986.

 

Day 6 – Sunday, November 6: 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 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 (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. After checking into our hotel, you will have the opportunity to “float” in the Dead Sea before dinner. We overnight here for one night.

 

Day 7 – Monday, November 7: Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Wilderness of Judah, Jerusalem

Following breakfast (and if you want a sunrise “float” in the Dead Sea), 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 (weather permitting), you will have the opportunity to explore the cliff area above the site where the aqueduct begins. In 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 Judean Desert. From here we drive the rest of the way to Jerusalem for overnight. After checking into our hotel and dinner, there is an optional walk to the Western Wall. You won’t want to miss this experience!

 

Day 8 – Tuesday, November 8: Mt. of Olives, Old City, Pool of Bethesda, Holy Sepulcher Church, Shephelah: Gezer, Beth Shemesh, Socoh/Elah Valley, 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 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 the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We will eat lunch nearby (not included) In the afternoon, we drive west to the Shephelah (lowlands) of Judah. We begin by visiting Gezer and the Aijalon Valley. Here we will see Canaanite and Israelite ruins (1 Kings 9). Next is Bethshemesh and the Sorek Valley. We will see where the Ark of the Covenant was returned (1 Samuel 6). We then continue south to Socoh and the Elah Valley. We view the battlefield of David vs. Goliath (1 Samuel 17). We end the day going to an olive wood shop and store in Bethlehem. We drive back to Jerusalem for a later dinner.

 

Day 9 – Wednesday, November 9: Judean Desert – Wadi Qelt Hike, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

We begin the day with a drive eastward to the Judean Desert. First, we will drive to a panoramic view of the Wadi Qelt. Then, we will enjoy an optional hike deep into the canyon of the desert. Many of the psalms were written within the context of this barren place (Psalm 23, 63). We return to west Jerusalem with a visit to the fascinating Israel Museum. We will see a 1:50 scale model of Herodian Jerusalem as it would have appeared in Jesus’ time. We will also walk through the Shrine of the Book to see some of the Dead Sea scrolls. Lastly, we will also explore some of the artifacts in the archaeological museum. Close by is Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. We see the Children’s Memorial and walk through the museum on our own. We drive back to our hotel for dinner and a free evening.

 

Day 10 – Thursday, November 10: City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Southern Wall Excavations, Western Wall, Free time, Garden Tomb

We begin the day by visiting the City of David and the new excavations of David’s palace. You will have the option to experience an adventurous walk through the waters 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. 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 flight home. (Passengers with Jordan extension return to the hotel for overnight)

 

Day 11 – Friday, November 11: Arrive Home

We arrive back in the U.S.A. After going through U.S. Customs, we board our domestic flight at the end of a life-transforming trip!

 

OPTIONAL JORDAN, RED SEA, & SOUTHERN ISRAEL EXTENSION

($1177.00 per person. Price is based on minimum of 15 travelers for price to be valid. Includes: Visa & Border fees of $71, gratuities of $45)

 

Day 11 – Friday, November 11: Allenby Bridge, Mt. Nebo, Machearus, Petra

We begin the day by driving south to the Jordan Valley where we make the crossing from Israel to Jordan across the Allenby Bridge. After border formalities, we meet our Jordanian guide and bus and drive to Mt. Nebo to stand where Moses stood and viewed the Holy Land (Deut. 34). Here you can take in a breathtaking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. We continue to Machaerus, one of Herod’s palace-fortresses. It was here where John the Baptist was beheaded (Mark 6). In the late afternoon, we drive south down the Desert Highway to Petra, where we spend the night. We arrive at our hotel and enjoy a late dinner together.

 

Day 12 – Saturday, November 12: Petra, Wadi Rum

We arrive this morning at the entrance of Petra and spend most 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 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. Leaving the site of Petra in mid-afternoon, we drive south to Wadi Rum. Here we enjoy an amazing jeep ride in the desert. We then stay in Wadi Rum at Captain’s, a Bedouin Village. We enjoy dinner together and a devotional time under the stars. It will be a unique experience!

 

Day 13 – Sunday, November 13: Southern Border crossing into Israel, Red Sea, Timnah, Machtesh Ramon, Tel Aviv

Following breakfast, we leave Wadi Rum and drive to the southern border to cross back into Israel. Greeted once again by our Israeli guide and bus, we make a brief stop to see the coral reefs of the Red Sea. We will have a chance to swim in these crystal-clear waters. From here, 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. We have dinner in the Tel Aviv then we transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

 

Day 14 – Monday, November 14: 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!

 

 
Hezekiah's Tunnel
Israel Museum

Hike Up Arbel

One of our optional hikes is to the top of Mt. Arbel. Located on the NW corner of the Sea of Galilee, the hike offers a wonderful view of the region. We ascend 800 feet to the top (for those not inclined to hike the bus takes people to the top from the other side).

The cliffs of Arbel has historical significance too. Jews during both the 1st century BC (hiding from Herod while he was governor of the Galilee) and later in 66-67 AD found refuge in these caves.

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