Follow the traces of ancient history on the Land of Israel. 12 days with optional Jordan.
Prior to departure you will meet our tour leader and the group for the land of Israel.
Arrive Tel Aviv and transfer to JERUSALEM – the holy city and a drive around the city walls. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner will be provided.
Visit the MT. OF OLIVES for an overview; then enjoy a 3,000 year trip back in time at the TIME ELEVATOR. Next we learn about Israel’s history at the ISRAEL MUSEUM visiting the MODEL OF SECOND TEMPLE JERUSALEM, the SHRINE OF THE BOOK, the museum of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL WING with findings that reveal Israel’s past. Our afternoon takes us to DAVID’s CITY to see the recently excavated remains of the palace and WARREN’S SHAFT and SPRING TOWER from the Jebusite & Canaanite periods, and to walk through HEZEKIAH’S WATER TUNNEL. We conclude our day visiting the new excavations at the POOL OF SILOAM in the KIDRON VALLEY. Overnight at the Dan Regency.
After breakfast we depart for the TEMPLE MOUNT, site of the Jewish Temple to walk on the ancient platform and visit the WESTERN WALL. Next we explore the TEMPLE MOUNT EXCAVATIONS and the WESTERN WALL TUNNEL which allow us to “walk where Jesus walked” on the original street beside the Temple Mount. We next visit the JEWISH QUARTER to see the TEMPLE INSTITUTE, where preparations are being made for a future Temple, the FIRST TEMPLE MODEL, the BROAD WALL and the BURNT HOUSE. Dinner and overnight.
We then climb the HERODIAN, the mountain-fortress of Herod the Great where the infamous king’s tomb has been uncovered. After lunch, we next enter the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, the traditional birthplace of Jesus and site of Jerome’s translation of the Latin Vulgate. After time to shop at an OLIVE WOOD STORE we go on to Jerusalem and check in to the hotel with dinner.
Following the Mediterranean Sea we arrive at CAESAREA, the resort of Roman officials such as Pontius Pilate and prison of the Apostle Our next stop is MEGIDDO, the name synonymous with Armageddon to tour the ancient site. Next we go to the NAZARETH VILLAGE where we will experience a re-creation of daily life & customs in Jesus’ day! We climax our day high above the SEA OF GALILEE on MT ARBEL for a panoramic view of the ancient sites associated with Jesus’ ministry and the 2,000 year-old city of TIBERIAS. Overnight at the hotel and an outdoor buffet beside the Sea of Galilee.
Begin today on the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Then descend by foot along the “pilgrim’s path” to TABGHA (Peter’s Primacy) where Jesus met the disciples after His resurrection. Then visit CAPERNAUM, the synagogue where Jesus preached, and see the JESUS BOAT, a 2,000 year old fishing boat and take our own BOAT RIDE across the Sea of Galilee to EIN GEV. In the afternoon we journey to the GOLAN HEIGHTS to see the archaeological site of TEL DAN with a gate from Abraham’s time and the high place of Jeroboam and CAESAREA PHILIPPI (Palace of Herod Philip and Temple of Pan.) Return to the hotel.
Begin our day at a Baptismal service at YARDENIT. We then continue on to BETH-SHEAN, one of the largest archaeological sites in Israel with Egyptian, Philistine, and Roman remains. We then drive to Jericho and then Qumran, site of the community that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls and of Dr. Price’s excavations on the southern plateau and then on to EIN BOQEK to check-in to the Hotel. Delicious evening buffet.
Begin the day at MASADA site of the Jew’s final stand against the Romans in A.D. 73, ascending by cable cars to see the remains of Herod’s palatial fortress. Next we drive to EIN-GEDI where David hid from Saul and composed some of the psalms and a possible opportunity to swim in the desert spring. Then return to the Hotel. Leisure time to enjoy the amenities of the hotel’s spa (optional), the immense swimming pool or experience floating in the DEAD SEA at the hotel’s private beach.
We start the morning at the Temple Mount Sifting Project to experience some real archaeological work in sifting soil removed directly from under the Temple Mount. After lunch, we then walk down the “disciple’s path” from the MT of OLIVES to DOMINUS FLEVIT, the place where Christ wept over Jerusalem. We then have praise and worship at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE where Jesus prayed and was arrested, and then visit the HOUSE OF CAIAPHAS,’ the High Priest who presided over Jesus’ Jewish trial. We end the day contemplatively at YAD VASHEM. The Jewish Holocaust Memorial. Overnight at the hotel.
Today we follow in the footsteps of Jesus on the VIA DOLOROSA, Jesus’ path to the cross; entering at ST STEPHEN’S GATE and to visit SAINT ANNE’S Crusader Church and sees the POOL OF BETHESDA. Continuing on the Via Dolorosa we come to the CHURCH OF THE FLAGILLERIUM and the LITHOSTROTHOS ending at the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE the traditional site of the crucifixion and tomb of Jesus. We then bus to Bible Times at EIN KEREM for a short tour and a Last Supper re-enactment lunch and tour of the BIBLICAL GARDENS. Our reflection on the sufferings of the Saviour climax at the GARDEN TOMB with a COMMUNION SERVICE under the olive trees. Enjoy a very special FAREWELL DINNER at the Hotel.
Flying back home.
Jordan Extension- crosses into JORDAN at the Allenby Bridge to visit the site of JERASH with its fabulous Roman ruins including the Temple of Diana and colonnaded streets. We move on to AMMAN, the Ammonite capital in biblical times, to see the ancient remains of the city and to tour the JORDANIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM which houses some of the Dead Sea Scrolls including the famous Copper Scroll. We then overnight in Amman at the hotel in Amman.
Today we get an early start at MT NEBO where, like Moses, we will view the Promised Land. We then drive to MADABA to see the oldest map of the Holy Land. In the afternoon we will visit MACHAERUS, the palace of Herod Antipas where John the Baptizer was beheaded. Next we will drive beside the Dead Sea to the off- the-beaten-path site of BAB-EDH-DRA (proposed site of Sodom) where you will walk in the ash layer and be able to handle shards of pottery and bits of brimstone (sorry no fire). We then arrive to overnight in PETRA at the hotel.
Enter the previously forbidden site of PETRA through the once secret Siq to tour the Nabatean and Roman remains of the ancient 15-mile long rose-red city in stone! Tour at leisure the Treasury and rent a donkey and escort to climb to the Monastery and High Place. Evening return to Israel and overnight in EILAT at the Hotel. Evening at leisure to enjoy the nightlife or stroll around the bazaars nestled around the Red Sea.
We start with an optional swim or snorkel in the RED SEA or shopping at the Eilat Mall. We finish our morning and have lunch at the MARINE OBSERVATORY to see the exotic aquatic life of the coral reefs. Next we visit the WILDERNESS TABERNACLE, a full-scale replica of Israel’s first sanctuary in the desert. We then proceed to Tel Aviv for dinner and then to BEN-GURION Airport for flight for back home.