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Israel Tour I

Experience Incredible Tours of Israel

"Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem." Psalms 122:2

Join Samuel Warren as he guides you to the most incredible holy sites in Israel, from the Nazareth Village to the Dead Sea. We invite you to review our itinerary and contact us for more information on dates and pricing.

Day 1: Departure

Today, we embark on our journey to the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight, as tomorrow you will be walking where Jesus walked!

Day 2: Arrive in Israel

We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where we will be met by our Israeli guide who will accompany us during our entire stay in Israel. We travel northward to our hotel for one night in the coastal area near Tel Aviv. The remainder of the day is open, allowing you to walk along the Mediterranean, relax, and have dinner. The time is right for a personal devotional with the sunset over the "Great Sea." Enjoy a time of prayer of thanks for safety and the special blessings ahead, a prayer for the people of this land, and a good night's rest.

Day 3: Caesarea, Megiddo, & Nazareth

After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We'll see the Roman Amphitheatre and Aqueduct and then journey on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal.

Next, we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. We drive through the area of Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we visit the Nazareth Village–a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.

Coast Of Israel

Day 4: Capernaum, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, & Mount of Beatitudes

Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites emphasizing the loss of God's blessing on Israel. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship and Caesarea Philippi, which is also the site of Peter's Confession.

To save valuable time, a box lunch will be provided. In Capernaum, we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter's home. Then, we travel on to the site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and the Mount of the Beatitudes overlooking the sea. After viewing the ancient Fisherman Boat at an operating Kibbutz, we will enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee. A brief scripture reading and devotional on board bring to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples, ending a wonderful day.

Day 5: Jordan River Baptism Site, Beth Shean, & The Dead Sea

We begin our day with a visit to the Jordan River Baptismal site. Next, we travel southward to Beit-Shean/Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied throughout history. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Gilboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit-Shean. During the intertestamental period, the city was renamed the "Scythopolis." Archaeologists have uncovered a huge number of ruins of the Roman/Byzantine Scythopolis. During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis–a league of 10 cities sharing Greek culture and government.

Following the fertile Jordan Valley southward, your guide will point out the agricultural restoration of the "Land of Milk and Honey," the Kibbutz system, and Israel's intricate irrigation development. We pass ancient Jericho, viewing from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world, before coming to our lodging for the evening at the Dead Sea.

Day 6: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Scrolls, & Abraham's Tent

Our day begins with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here, our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand. Afterwards, we proceed to Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat," an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat.

Next, we'll visit the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. This afternoon, we will take part in the Genesis Land/Dinner in Abraham's Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time: a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, and authentic food. Our lodging for the next four nights will be in Jerusalem.

Day 7: Around Jerusalem, Bible Times, Holocaust Museum

An interesting and educational time awaits us at the Israeli Museum. Walk through collections of centuries old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls. A guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem will help to prepare you for what you will experience in the following days. We conclude the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, for a needed reminder of what the Jews have suffered as a people.

Day 8: Jesus' Steps, the Last Days - Messianic Lecture

Today, we walk where Jesus walked; beginning the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives, and then the Garden of Gethsemane. How many have wished to be whisked back in time to get a glimpse of our Lord or hear His voice if only for a moment? To walk among the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus' prayer, and take time for personal reflection is important here.

Next, we visit the House of Caiaphas, where Jesus was beaten and spit upon. See a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned. On our way into the city, we will visit the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply, and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel, we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders.

Next, we move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate to hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. From here, we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, St. Stephens Gate (aka Lions' Gate), and St. Ann's Church. This evening, we enjoy a special lecture by a local believer before dinner, giving us a perspective of current Messianic life in Israel.

Day 9: Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb, Pentecost, & Bethlehem

While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering, along with a visit to the Church of Holy Sepulcher from Lutheran Tower. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led. The actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study. The climax of the day is the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise.

In the afternoon, we visit the Southern Wall Excavations. This southern side of The Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard, have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here, Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is the place that Peter stood and preached, and where thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost. We will enjoy a challenge from God's word and a song before an optional time this afternoon. Those who wish may stay in the city marketplace for shopping, while others may choose to spend the remainder of the day surrounding the birth of Christ with a visit to Bethlehem.

Important Note: Although the itinerary above obviously emphasizes the spiritual aspect of this marvelous country, our believer guides are also experts in and passionate about the miracle of the return of the Jews and the restoration of the state of Israel. This fact, along with many modern day topics (military, politics, education, and other cultural aspects), will be woven into the commentary to give you well-rounded information.

If you're only visiting/touring the Israel half of this trip and leaving Petra out, this would be your last day of site seeing, and your return fight back would be on the next day. If you're continuing on to Petra, then you would transfer to Amman, Jordan, and your tour would view the ruins of "Jerash," a very large ancient Roman city during the first century!

Day 10: Jerash's Ancient Roman Ruins

The Capital City of Jordan, Amman is where David had Uriah killed, Bathsheba's husband; 1 Kings 11:1-21.

An early departure from our hotel takes us to Sheikh Hussein Border. After completing passport formalities, we enter the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. We travel to Jerash, one of the best preserved and most complete provincial Roman cities. Jerash, Gerasa of Roman Times, was one of the cities of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Graeco-Roman cities dating from the 1st century BC situated in Jordan, Syria, and Israel. Known as the Pompeii of the East for its extraordinary state of preservation, the ruins indicate human occupations at this location for more than 2,500 years. The most well-known monuments include the colonnaded street, the Temple of Zeus, the Forum, and Hadrian's Arch. We overnight in Amman.

Day 11: Petra

Onto the King's Highway, we drive through the land of the Moab where to the east, we view the hilltop palace/fortress of Machaerus, the place where John the Baptist was beheaded. Walk through the "Siq," an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone, to the city of Petra. Two thousand years ago, the Nabateans carved a city out of the rose red rock, and the Treasury, El Khazneh, is one of the most elegant remains of antiquity. Beyond El Khazneh, we are surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra's carved and built structures. We overnight in Petra, known to be inhabited by the Edomites, the descendants of Esau.

City Of Petra

Day 12: Mt Nebo, Madaba, Jerusalem

Mt. Nebo, believed to be the site of the tomb of Moses, commands a spectacular view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. The drive continues to the town of Madaba, the biblical Medeba, 30 kilometers south of Amman. St. George's Church, the location of the Medeba Map, is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, and at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, where we may view the earliest surveying original map of the Holyland.

Medeba Map: Jerusalem

As we travel west toward the Allenby Bridge, we view to the north the Plains of Moab–the area where the tribes of Israel camped before crossing the Jordan. Picture Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where Jesus was baptized. Crossing back into Israel, we drive to Jerusalem for free time and one last night.

Day 13: Homeward

Early today, we depart Tel Aviv Airport for our flight home.