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|Itinerary at a Glance|
Tel Aviv, Mt. Carmel,
Capernaum, Mount of
Yardenit & Mt. Arbel
Beit She’an, Jericho
|7||Old City of Jerusalem|
|8||New City of Jerusalem|
|Style||Escorted or Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Departs||Boise (BOI), Spokane (GEG) (flight schedule)|
|What to Expect||This moderately-paced, escorted tour involves a fair amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, requiring a good level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations.|
Pastor Dave and Jerri have traveled to Israel many times, taking people and exposing them to the land of Jesus and their Jewish Roots. They along with Pastor Barry McGarrah invite you to join them for an unforgettable experience, whether this is your first time, or your going back for another dose. You will enjoy great teaching, insights, and even some special guests. So, take the time to invest in your knowledge of the Bible and walk with God by getting signed up for our Israel tour today!
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Day 1: Depart USA/Israel.Departure on the first leg of our overnight trip to Israel. Aloft, we will have dinner, a little sleep time, breakfast, and the opportunity to praise the Lord for His great creation from the vantage point of 35,000 feet!
Day 2: Tel Aviv. Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. After passing through passport control and customs, meet our guide and drive to Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, where the new State of Israel was declared. Continue to our hotel to check-in and enjoy a stroll along the Mediterranean Sea. Accommodations: Dan Panorama Hotel. Dinner provided.
Day 3: Tel Aviv, Mount Carmel, Nazareth & Tiberias. After breakfast we drive north today we depart for Galilee. Visit Mount Carmel & Tiberias. We travel to Muhraka on Mt Carmel, where Elijah defeated the priests of Ba’al. Continue to Nazareth, boyhood home of Jesus. Modern Nazareth is a busy city with a population of approximately 70,000 people. For nearly 2,000 years hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have found their way to the setting which shaped the Man who changed the course of history. Nazareth Village is located on the last remaining tract of virgin farmland, just 500 meters away from where he grew up. Here we’ll have an opportunity to take a tour of the village and experience life as it must have been during the time of Jesus. Continue to Sepphoris located 6.5kms north-west of Nazareth & was the old capital of Galilee during the time of Jesus. According to tradition, the original home of Marys’ parents, Joachim and Anne (or Anna) was at Sepphoris. During the 12th century, the Crusaders built a huge Church of St. Anna, possibly on the site of their home.
This afternoon we’ll see the first century “Jesus Boat”, found by members of Kibbutz Nof Ginossar after a drought in 1985 caused the water level in the Sea of Galilee to fall lower than usual, exposing this ancient boat. Buried in a mudbank along the shore of the Sea of Galilee near the ancient town of Migdal for almost two millennia, it was the first (and so far, the only) ancient boat to be recovered from the Sea of Galilee. We continue to Tiberias and our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. Accommodations: Nof Ginnosar. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 4: Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes & Banias.Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Banias & Korazin. We set sail on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum and visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Continue to Korazin, a city condemned by Jesus and then on to Tabgha, site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the Mt. of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. Continue through the Hula Valley to Banias, ancient Caesarea Philippi at the foot of Mt Hermon. After ascending the Golan Heights, visit the former Syrian fortifications, then drive along the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee to Bethsaida, home of apostles Philip, Simon and Andrew, where Jesus fed the five thousand and healed the blind man, and Kursi, where Jesus cast out the demons from the man of Gedara. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias. Breakfast & Shabbat dinner provided.
Day 5: Yardenit & Mt. Arbel. This morning we will stop at Yardenit, a special site on the Jordan River, for a Baptism Service. This afternoon we’ll drive to Mt. Arbel, among the most prominent physical landmarks around the Sea of Galilee, located near the sea’s western shore in the vicinity of ancient Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. The mountain’s sheer face can be seen from most points around the lake. Below Mount Arbel lies the Valley of the Doves, a natural access route into the lake area and a route possibly used by Jesus as he traveled back and forth to Cana and Nazareth. Late this afternoon we’ll return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 6: Beit She’an, Jericho & Jerusalem. This morning we will depart Galilee and drive to Beit She’an, an ancient city which has been extensively excavated and is considered the best preserved Roman-Byzantine city in Israel. Visit the colonaded streets, bath houses, and magnificent mosaics. Continue driving south through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest known city in the world. It is near Jericho that Jesus was baptized by St. John the Baptist. Continue to Jerusalem, the highlight of our tour! Check-in to the hotel. Accommodations: Dan Panorama Jerusalem. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 7: Old City of Jerusalem. A full day of sightseeing in Jerusalem, exploring our Christian heritage and its Jewish roots. Visit the Western Wall, the last remnants of the Second Temple and explore the Rabbinical (Kotel) Tunnels. Later, visit Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives, Mount Scopus, Mount Zion, the site of the Upper Room, and the Kidron Valley. Walk the Palm Sunday path to Dominus Flevit Chapel and visit the ancient olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane. You will also visit the City of David & the Davidson Center. Enter the Old City within the walls and walk the Via Dolorosa, the agonizing route Jesus walked with the cross on the way to Golgotha. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 9: Jerusalem. Jerusalem. Late check-out from your hotel is included today. Enjoy a full day at leisure in Jerusalem. Stroll the busy streets of downtown Jerusalem, shop in the Old City “shuk”, and explore the many amazing facets of the world’s most desired and coveted city. This evening join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner before departure to Tel Aviv airport. Late evening transfer to Ben Gurion Airport to check-in and board your return flight to the U.S.A departing early morning on March 6 at 1 AM. Meals will be provided on board your flight.