Come with us on our unique and adventurous tour of Israel June 29-July 7, 2014. This is definitely an "off the beaten path" trek that most tourist never see, making it a perfect follow-up trip for those who have already been to Israel (but great for first timers as well)!
For example, we will raft down the Jordan River, camp out in a Bedouin tent, take a Judean Wilderness camel trek, and venture into the West Bank areas to view Bible sites in Hebron, Bethlehem, Shiloh, Bethel and Shequem.
Review the following, packed, 11-day itinerary:
Day 1 (Sunday, June 29): Caesarea (Maritima), Mt Carmel, Tel Megiddo, Nazareth Village We will meet at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv to begin our lifetime adventure at 7:00 a.m. driving by air-conditioned bus to Caesarea for a delicious Middle Eastern breakfast on the Mediterranean Sea and tour of the seaport ruins of the Herodian city of Caesarea. From there we will visit Mt Carmel, and the ruins at Megiddo where the Battle of Armegeddon will be fought. Before arriving at our hotel in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, we will visit Nazareth Village, a re-creation of the 1st century town where Jesus grew up.
Day 2 (Monday, June 30): Mt Arbel, Capernaum, Jesus Boat, Sea of Galilee Sail, Gad, Bethsaida, Jordan River Baptism We will wake early to watch the Galilee sunrise from atop Mt Arbel and return to our hotel in Tiberias to enjoy a hearty Middle Eastern breakfast. From there we will study the Scriptures at the ancient synagog in Capernaum, then sail across the Sea of Galilee after seeing a recently unearthed boat from the time of Jesus. After eating "Saint Peter's Fish" lunch, we will visit the ruins of Gad and Bethsaida before baptizing those interested in the Jordan River at Yardenit.
Day 3 (Tuesday, July 1): Tel Dan, Jordan River Rafting, Caesarea Philippi, Nimrod's Castle, Golan Heights, Mt Bental After breakfast, we will visit the beautiful reserve and ancient ruins at Tel Dan (including 5,000 year old "Abraham's Gate." Then enjoy rafting down the Jordan River before a Bible study at Banias, or Caesarea Philippi. Next, we will explore Nimrod's Castle, a Byzantine Crusader's Fortress before we climb the Golan Heights to view into Syria from the bunker atop Mt Bental.
Day 4 (Wednesday, July 2): Gedeon's Spring, Beit Shean, Qumran, Dead Sea Leaving the green Galilee region, today we head south toward the barren Negev desert, stopping to study Gedeon's story where his soldiers drank from a brook. We'll walk thru the ancient ruins at Beit Shean and see the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered at Qumran before arriving at our hotel and spa on the Dead Sea.
Day 5 (Thursday, July 3): Ein Gedi, Masada, Bedouin Tent Meal & Camel Trek First stop, the short hike to the waterfalls of Ein Gedi where David took refuge when fleeing from Saul. Then we will take the cable car to the top of Masada, and learn important lessons from Israel's history before hiking down the siege ramp on the western slope where we will be escorted to a desert oasis for dinner with Bedouins who will feed us and accommodate us for the evening, after taking us on a camel expedition in the Judean wilderness.
Day 6 (Friday, July 4): Arad, Elah Valley, Bethlehem, Herodian Ruins, Western Wall (HaKotel) Visit, Jerusalem After a Bedouin breakfast, we will visit the very interesting ruins at Arad and enjoy a study where David killed Goliath in the Elah Valley. We will visit Bethlehem and on to Jerusalem where Sabbath celebrations will be underway at the Kotel (the Holy City's famed Western Wall).
Day 7 (Saturday, July 5): Special West Bank Tour including Bible sites in Hebron, Bethel, Shiloh and Shequem From Jerusalem, we will ride in a special security bus to visit the important Old Testament cities of Hebron, Bethel, Shiloh and Shequen. For those not interested in the West Bank excursion, there will be an optional free day in Jerusalem for shopping and sightseeing.
Day 8 (Sunday, July 6): Jerusalem, Yad VaShem World Holocaust Museum, Israel Museum, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane A must on every visit to Israel is a visit to the world renown Holocaust Museum, then a stop at the nearby Israel Museum to view the model of Jerusalem during the 2nd Temple era. We will review Israeli history (past, present and future) atop the Mount of Olives, and walk the winding path to the Garden of Gethsemane.
Day 9 (Monday, July 7): Jerusalem - Temple Mount, Rabbinical Tunnel, Temple Institute, City of David Ruins An early morning visit to the most sacred of sites: the Temple Mount, will be followed by a tour in the Rabbinical Tunnel beneath the ancient city. After receiving up-to-date information of the building of the upcoming 3rd Temple at the Temple Institute, we will tour the City of David along with its recent archeological digs and ruins.
Day 10 (Tuesday, July 8): Jerusalem - Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Zedekiah's Tunnel (Solomon's Quarries), The Garden Tomb Winding down our visit to Jerusalem, we will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where some believe Jesus was crucified and buried. We will once-more go underneath the city to see the stone quarries where King Solomon cut rocks for the building of the 1st Temple at Zedekiah's Tunnel. From there we will end our Israel tour with communion and worship at the alternate site of the crucifixion and resurrection at the Garden Tomb.
Day 11 (Wednesday, July 9): Depart Jerusalem A sharut, or Israeli taxi, will pick up each tour member and deliver them to the Ben Gurion International Airport for their departure home. Those going on to Jordan in the post tour trip to Petra will depart the Jerusalem Tower Hotel after breakfast.
Petra - Jordan Extension: for those interested in the 4-day, $700 extension to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to visit Amman, Jerash and Petra,
Day 11 (Wednesday, July 9): Amman,
Day 12 (Thursday, July 10): Jerash
Day 13 (Friday, July 10): Petra
Day 14 (Saturday, July 11): Return to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Departure