Depart for Tel Aviv.
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport just outside Tel Aviv, where your guide welcomes you. Off we go to Tel Aviv, one of the world's top ten destination cities. Get to know your group and the tour staff over lunch. Check in to the hotel, and get ready for a walking tour of Jaffa (Joppa), the most ancient port in the world still in operation. Enjoy the gorgeous view of the Mediterranean, get acquainted with Biblical Jonah and his embarkation point on location, learn about Napoleon's battle with the Ottoman Turks, visit the House of Simon the Tanner, and the new visitor center of Jaffa. Enjoy free time for dinner in one of the area's quaint and historic locations such as the North Tel Aviv Port or the 19th Century Train Station (HaTachana)
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Enjoy the famous Israeli breakfast featuring a variety of cheeses, eggs, fish and fresh vegetables at your hotel every morning. The first stop of the day is Migdal Shalom which shows models and displays about Tel Aviv's history. Hear how Tel Aviv -- a name mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel 3:15 -- was founded in 1909 with 66 families and now boasts a population of over 400,000 today. Take a short walk to Independence Hall, where Ben Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, declared the re-establishment of the State of Israel ending the 2,000 year exile of the Jewish People, foretold in the Bible. G-d promised, to "assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth" (Isaiah 11:12). Driving to the next site, we'll see the location of the pre-67 border mentioned so often in the media. The next stop is the ancient city of Meggido as referenced in the book of Revelation. After arriving in Tiberius, we'll enjoy dinner on the picturesque Sea of Galilee as we envision Jesus' walk on the water.
Experience some reflective moments and prayer on a boat while crossing the Sea of Galilee. Arriving at Capernaum, we'll visit the Mt of Beatitudes where Jesus gave His Sermon on the Mount, then go to the ancient Jewish town of Korazim mentioned in the Scriptures. Next, it's on to Ginosar to see the 2,000 year old "Jesus Boat" discovered in recent years at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee. There will be time for great shopping on site too. Finish the day at Yardenit, a beautiful and peaceful site on the Jordan River where you may choose to be baptized. As the sun sets, you may want to take an optional evening walking tour of Tiberias.
Today, we will visit Tel Dan with its remarkable Biblical archeology amidst rushing waters that feed the Sea of Galilee. From there, we'll go to the Golan Heights to for a lesson in the causes of the conflict between Israel and her neighbors Lebanon and Syria. You'll discover all of the miracles that occurred in Israel's modern wars when other nations attacked. From the Ben Tal Lookout, you'll observe close-by Syria, and clearly understand issues regarding Israel's border with Syria with your own eyes. You will also visit Katzrin, a reconstructed ancient village and synagogue, which gives us an insight into daily life in the time of Jesus and Jewish history in the Golan. Enjoy a dinner of delicious St. Peter's Fish on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Today, we'll leave the peaceful Galilee and follow the route that Jesus and other Jews in His day traveled through the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. We'll stop at Ein Harod in the Jezreel Valley, the stream where Gideon tested his soldiers in Biblical times. In modern times, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) bought land there in the early 1900s in order to acquire farmland for the Jewish people. Orde Charles Wingate, a Christian serving in the British military (a modern day Gideon), used this area as a base to train and organize Jewish defense patrols during the Arab Revolt of the 1930s. Next, we will enter Israel's Capital, Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, and enjoy a spectacular view. We will descend the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane where there will be time for prayers and Bible study. The Garden Tomb is next for communion in the exquisite flower and tree-filled environs. After check-in at the hotel in Jerusalem, we'll rest and prepare for Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. As the busy city and traffic sounds diminish, experience Kabbalat Shabbat (welcoming Shabbat) with singing and dancing at the Western Wall. Experience a traditional Shabbat Dinner with explanations about the significance of the customs.
Today you will learn more about the blend of ancient and modern Jerusalem. Starting with a walking tour of the New City of Jerusalem. We'll see the Montifiore Windmill – one of the famous symbols of modern Jerusalem – and the elegant Mishkanot Sha'ananim neighborhood – the first neighborhood built outside the Old City walls in 1860 – named after the verse from Isaiah, "And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation (miskanot sha'ananim)" (Is. 32:15-18). Our tour will also visit the Shabbat morning services at the Great Synagogue. After a festive Shabbat Lunch, we'll enjoy a Shabbat afternoon rest, and then continue our tour to the Old City of Jerusalem. We'll visit the traditional Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper on Mt. Zion as well as ancient and modern sites in the Jewish Quarter. Then, what a perfect time for an evening out for shopping and dinning at Jerusalem's great pedestrian malls: Ben Yehuda Street, Nachalat Shiva or Mamila.
Start the day with a briefing on modern Israeli politics with a special guest speaker. Then, we'll drive along the ancient seam line between the Israelites and the Philistines where so many Biblical stories took place including the return of the Ark of the Covenant to Beit Shemesh, Samson and David's battles against the Philistines. Touch the stones in the same riverbed in the Elah Valley where David picked up the five stones that he used to defeat Goliath. Hear the amazing stories and miracles that have happened in these same places in modern times! Continue the day with a visit to communities in the Western Negev/Southern Coastal Plain which have been in the news in recent years due to issues with Gaza. Meet with local leaders and security personnel in cities and towns in the area to better understand how modern communities deal with security concerns. Enjoy a walk along the beach and dinner in Ashkelon where Samson slew thirty men (Judges 14:19).
Today is full of geological, historic and spiritual wonders. We'll drive through the spectacular Judean Desert descending below sea level. Our first stop is Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were recorded 2,000 years ago and discovered in modern times. From there, continue to Masada, Herod's remarkable desert palace which later became a site and symbol of Jewish tenacity to the Land of Israel after the destruction of the 2nd Temple. You'll have the opportunity to float in the healing waters of the Dead Sea and to see the beautiful Ibex, the mountain goats, which have populated the Ein Gedi area since the time that David sought refuge there from King Saul. Return to Jerusalem for dinner.
Start the day with a session at the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ). From there, visit Yad Vashem, the National Holocaust Memorial for an emotional journey into the modern history of the Jewish People. We'll walk the path which connects us physically and emotionally to Mt. Herzl, the National Cemetery. The next stop is the Israel Museum which houses most of the Israel's major archeological finds including the Dead Sea Scrolls. Conclude this meaningful day with a visit to the Knesset Menorah where you will learn more about the national symbols of the State of Israel. Share thoughts and stories about your experiences at our closing Dinner.
This morning, roll up your sleeves for volunteer work to help Jewish people living in poverty in Jerusalem. Perhaps you'll peel potatoes in a soup kitchen or paint a Holocaust survivor's home to bring some cheer. Then you'll experience the sights and sounds of Mahane Yehuda (the Jewish Market) full of colors, spices, fragrances, and overflowing produce with free time there for lunch.
Afterwards, we'll return to the Old City of Jerusalem to spend the last few hours of our trip in "the center of the world." We'll visit the exciting on-going excavations of the City of David and the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount. Understand more in depth the Jewish, Christian and Muslim connection to the Temple Mount. See the original gates that Jewish pilgrims used to enter the Temple. Take your shoes off and touch the Southern steps where Jesus walked.
Say farewell to Jerusalem as the setting sun illuminates the stones with its golden light.
Depart from Ben Gurion Airport.
*Note: This itinerary is a sample and can be adjusted according to the trip organizer’s preference.