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2018 Journey to Israel

Oct 31st to Nov 11

Enjoy Your Spiritual Journey of The Promised Land of Israel!

Be Inspired by opening the Bible and being at the same places where the Prophets and our Lord spoke the Word.

**The following plan is only a notional itinerary, but we do plan on keeping as close as possible to this schedule however sometimes local conditions such as weather, traffic, too many tourists at a site, etc. may require that we change the itinerary. Please be flexible and understanding that if and when changes are being made they are only done out of necessity to improve and/or add to the overall experience of the tour. Your safety,
enjoyment and learning enhancement are our highest priority in any changes that may be made.

Wednesday 31 October 2018 Day 1: Leave from Departure City airport for our overnight flight to Israel.

Day 2: Wake Up! We’ve arrived in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport, now we will proceed through Passport Control, retrieve our luggage and be greeted by our local tour agent, Israeli guide and our driver. We will then proceed to the ancient city of Jaffa (Joppa). Following that we will walk through the ancient city of Joppa, It was in Joppa, that Simon Peter had a housetop vision (Acts 10) and Jonah booked a cruise. Then we will head north along the Mediterranean coastline where we will stop in the seaside city of Netanya unwind on the beach and start to catch up on the 8 to 10 hour time difference.
Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Netanya

Day 3: This morning we go first to Gideon Sprig at Ein Harod, the site where he put his soldiers to the test of fitness for battle. Then we continue to the west in the lower Galilee. we will arrive at the city of Nazareth and the Mount of Precipice which offers a panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley and Mount Tabor. It is the traditional site of the cliff where an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off after his bold proclamation in the Nazareth Synagogue (Luke 4:16-30). Continuing to Kfar Kedem in the hill country of Lower Galilee. Here in a community close to both Cana and Nazareth we will enjoy learning and participate in some hands-on methods of farming and shepherding from the lifestyle of biblical times.
Overnight: Royal Plaza, Tiberias

Day 4: This morning we will start our exploration of northern Israel with a visit to the regions of Dan and Banias (Caesarea Philippi) (Mat. 16 & Mk 8). In these locations, we will see remains and read the scriptures that date to the time of the Old Testament Kings as well as to the narratives of Jesus’ time. Then we will drive to the eastern heights above the Sea of Galilee and ascend up the Golan and visit first to The Valley of Tears from the Yom Kippur War of 1973, and then on Mount Bental, an observation point overlooking the borders of Israel, Lebanon and Syria as well as the “Road to Damascus” (Acts 9) incident and the fateful journey and conversion of Saul, who became better known as the Apostle Paul. Then we will stop near the northeastern end of the Sea of Galilee at a site reputed to be the location where the Gentile’s swine ran down the steep hill into the sea. Then we will continue to SAFED a very interesting city that has become an artistic and Kabbalist center high in the Galilean mountains.
Overnight: Royal Plaza, Tiberias

Day 5: This morning we will visit the museum at Nof Ginosar to see the “Jesus boat”. This particular archaeological find is believed to be from the first century and was discovered during a drought having been buried for 2000 years on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. This fishing boat is similar to the vessel described in the Gospels, which carried Jesus and his disciples. We will then take a boat ride over the Sea of Galilee. Next on our schedule is the nearby village of Magdala, which was the home of Mary Magdalene where an astounding discovery during an archeological dig has been uncovered at this biblical fishing village. Then it’s over to the seaside biblical town of Capernaum. It was in Capernaum where Jesus made his ministry headquarters. There is a Jordan River Baptismal site nearby called YARDENIT. Those desiring to be baptized in the Jordan may do it here. We will continue to a site reputed to be the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5-7).
Overnight: Royal Plaza, Tiberias

Day 6: Following breakfast, we will to Megiddo the Armageddon of the Book of Revelation, the valley where the armies of the world will gather for the great final battle. Then is on to Mount Carmel we will visit the area where Elijah took on the prophets of Baal. We will continue northwest along the shores of the Mediterranean to the incredible remains of the ancient port of Caesarea Maritime a city built by King Herod the Great, (who was a great builder, but not a great person at all). This city of Caesarea became the seat of the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate (also not a very nice guy). We will visit the extensive excavations of the site including the harbor, the Crusader City, the theater, Hippodrome and the Roman aqueduct and of course read the biblical accounts of events that happened there. Then we proceed South to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Montefiore Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 7: We begin this first day in Jerusalem on Mount Scopus and the Mount of Olives. Enjoy the majestic views over Jerusalem, and what better day to begin to comprehend how awesome is Jerusalem, the center of the biblical world. We will really “dig” Jerusalem at the Zurim Valley, (Olives (under an olive tree.. .where else?) we will have our morning devotional about so many of the events that happened there (and will in the future). the Pool of Siloam where a blind man washed off the mud from his eyes and was healed by Jesus. Continuing on to the Garden of Ophel, which has revealed many remains from the Second Temple period including the Hulda Steps that led up into the Temple Courts. Then we will follow the traditional route of the Via Dolorosa to the traditional “Holy Sepulcher.” On to the fabulous underground Western Wall Tunnel, which goes under the Old City to reveal the city at the level, it was 2000 years ago.
Overnight: Montefiore Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 8: We will start today into the newer part of Jerusalem for a heartwarming stop at a workshop for some of Israel’s most valuable assets, Yad L’kashish. Then onto the actual site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection are located has been a question that has vexed biblical searchers for thousands of years. We will explore the various sites that have claimed to be the area. You and your Bible can examine the claims and weigh the evidence. The most likely candidate is the area on top of the Mount of Olives on the grounds of the Pater Noster (the Sanctuary of the Eleona) named for the “Our Father” prayer. Emperor Constantine built a church over a tomb and cave in the Fourth century at this possible site of the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension. Visit Shorashim and shopping in Old City Cardo.
Overnight: Montefiore Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 9: Our touring day starts at the Garden Tomb (Gordon’s Golgotha) in Jerusalem, believed to contain an empty tomb from the time of Jesus. From there we will continue to Yad Vashem, the Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Next, we have two options for you. One is an exciting visit to Efrat to participate in training at Caliber 3, for Counter-Terrorism techniques and a hands-on class explaining the purposes and tactics of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The other option is to visit Kfar Etzion a strategic kibbutz defending Jerusalem during the War of Independence in a historic battle for survival. Truly an inspiring story of courage and perseverance.
Overnight: Montefiore Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 10: Today we will move to the lowest spot on the face of the earth, the shores of the Dead Sea and the Mountain Fortress of Masada the scene of the last Jewish resistance against the Romans in 73AD. Ascent and descent by cable car. From Masada, we will drive northward on the west shore of the Dead Sea to visit Ein Gedi a desert oasis with waterfalls, pools of water and two large streams. The Bible records that 3000 years ago David hid from King Saul in a cave at Ein Gedi. Next, from the bus we will see the caves at Qumran — best known as the settlement nearest to the hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls (in jars) in the caves in the cliffs, only to be discovered 1900 years later.
Overnight: Montefiore Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 11: We will start with the Valley of Elah where little David helped the Philistine giant Goliath get stoned. Then visit the Ayalon Institute an underground bullet factory during the British occupation. Then we will visit a thrilling and heart-warming visit to Save A Child’s Heart in Holon, Israel where a modern fulfillment of Genesis 12:3 is taking place. Then we will go to Israel’s Independence Hall at this very site the reborn nation of Israel was declared on the 14 May 1948. On that date, the city of Tel Aviv was less than 40 years old. It was the first all-Jewish city started in thousands of years.Then it is time for some last minute shopping or free time along the Mediterranean. After dinner, we will drive to Ben Gurion Airport and check in for our flight home.

November 11: Arrive Home in the USA and start planning for your next trip to God’s Promised Land!!

We look forward to our time together on this Holly Land Tour!

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