We arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. A representative from Time For Israel escorts us outside the terminal where we meet our driver. We head out to our hotel to enjoy a dinner or refreshment (depending on the time of arrival) and lodging for the night.
After breakfast in the hotel, we travel inland to Megiddo, a beautiful and impressive national park near the town of Afula. Megiddo was important in antiquity: it is mentioned in Egyptian writings and is forecast to be the site of Armageddon in the Book of Revelations. Tel Megiddo is a key location on Via Maris, as the Romans called the sea road that led from Egypt to Damascus, and has a long history of upheavals and conquest. It was a city with formidable walls 5,000 years ago. Israelite Megiddo fell to the Assyrians in 732 BCE and was finally demolished by the Egyptians in 609 BCE. We then continue to Nazareth and visit the Church of the Annunciation, not without passing first by Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water into wine when he attended a wedding of a poor couple. We return to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
We have breakfast at the hotel. We take our bus and head out to visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. The Church stands on the sight of a 4th century church, and preserves a beautiful early Christian mosaic, in addition to the traditional stone where that special meal was consumed. Our journey continues along the coast of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ Galilean ministry. We see the remains of Peter’s house and the synagogue site where Jesus taught and worshiped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). We continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered perhaps the most significant sermon ever preached – “The Sermon On The Mount” (Matt. 5).
We continue with an unforgettable boat ride in the Sea of Galilee and conclude the day with a visit to Yardenit, where we participate in a baptismal ceremony in the waters of the Jordan River. In the late afternoon we return to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
After breakfast at our hotel, we drive southbound past Beit Shean, site which word of Jesus’ miracles and teachings spread (Matt. 4:25, Mark 5: 20). We continue south through the Jordan Valley, where we will witness the desert bloom with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). We pass by Qars El Yahud, known as the Baptismal site on the Jordan River, where according to tradition Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. We start to descend to the lowest point on earth, as we get closer to the shores of the Dead Sea and the Judean Region. We stop to visit the caves of Qumran where the oldest Biblical scrolls were found. We then descend to the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, situated 400 meters below sea level, and experience floating in its mineral-rich waters. We will then continue to our hotel for dinner and lodging.
We have breakfast at our hotel, and then we continue our voyage along the coast of the Dead Sea, and reach the caves of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Here we’ll see a short movie and experience the inside of the cave. We return to the hotel to enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea where we have the option to take a mud bath and benefit from its unique therapeutic qualities. We continue then with dinner and lodging.
After breakfast at the hotel we head to Jerusalem. Our first stop is Mt. Scopus (Mount of Olives) for a beautiful panoramic view of the Old City including the Temple Mount. We visit the Garden Tomb, believed by many to be the site of Golgotha: where Jesus was crucified and where He resurrected. We continue to the bottom of the mountain to visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed on many occasions, as well as the place where the Romans arrested Him. From here, we proceed across the Kidron Valley, passing the tombs of Absalom, Zacharias, James and King Jehoshaphat to the House of Caiaphas – the night of His betrayal (Mark 14:53- 65). We then continue to Mt. Zion (2 Sam. 5:7) and visit the ancient Tomb of David, the ancestor of the Messiah. We visit the Room of the Last Supper, also known as ‘The Coenaculum’ where Jesus and his disciples had their Passover Seder during the last week of Jesus’ life. We leave the Old City and head out to the modern Jerusalem for an opportunity to do some shopping and sightseeing. We return to our hotel in the early evening for dinner and lodging.
After breakfast at our hotel, we drive to the Old City and visit the Temple Mount where King Solomon built the first Holy Temple and years later became the site for King Herod‘s Temple. We walk a short distance to visit the Chapel of the Flagellation, Pilate’s Judgment Hall and retrace the steps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa (the Stations of the Cross) passing through the colorful bazaars, alleyways and marketplaces reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We walk along the Christian Quarter, passing the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a lame man (John 5) and the Crusader church of Saint Anne. We then continue with our walk towards the renovated Jewish Quarter and the Cardo, and visit the Wailing Wall (the Kotel).
We exit the Old City and travel south through the Judean hills until we reach Bethlehem. The tomb of the Biblical matriarch Rachel is located at the northern entrance of Bethlehem. “And Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day” (Genesis 35:19-20). In Bethlehem, we visit the cave where Jesus was born as well as the special Manger Square that holds the Church of the Nativity, possibly the world’s oldest existing church. We also visit the Milk Grotto, where Mary fed her son. We continue to the Shepherds’ Fields and return to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
Right after breakfast, we proceed to the Israel Museum. We will see the scale model of Jerusalem in 66 AC, 2nd Temple Period. In the same complex, we will see the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. We continue to Yad Vashem, Israel’s main Holocaust remembrance and education center is situated on the green slopes of Har HaZikaron, (the Mount of Remembrance) in Jerusalem. Israel’s Holocaust commemoration project began in 1953 with the task of perpetuating the memory of Holocaust victims and documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust so that it will be remembered by future generations. Visiting the Yad Vashem museum is an emotional and heartrending experience, but seeing the exhibits and remembering the Holocaust gives the more than one million individuals, world leaders and dignitaries who pass through its doors annually a meaningful way to commemorate the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. We will have free time for shopping or relaxing, and we return to the hotel in the early evening for dinner and lodging.
After breakfast in the hotel we take the bus to visit the city of Kiriyat Arba, a Jewish settlement near the holy city of Hebron, where we have a grasp of daily life at Judean settlements. We continue our journey to Hebron, we relive Jewish history as we walk in the footsteps of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Joshua, King David and the Maccabees. The gigantic Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs attests to the antiquity of Hebron’s traditions – its walls date back at least 2,000 years. The Cave of Machpelah in Hebron is one of the holiest places in the Land of Israel. It is the burial place that Abraham purchased for his family after Sarah died (Genesis 23:8-17). Later, Isaac and Ishmael buried Abraham there (Gen. 25:9). Subsequently, it became the final resting place for all the patriarchs and matriarchs, except Rachel, who died near Bethlehem. We then return to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
We have breakfast in the hotel and depending on the time of departure, we may have the opportunity to visit the Old Port City of Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv. Jonah’s journey, Tabitha’s restoration to life, and Peter’s conversion of Gentiles all began here. The story in Acts 10:5-23, finds Peter on the rooftop of the House of Simon the Tanner, where he had his famous vision, which led him to preach the Gospel to the gentiles at Caesarea. From the fishing port we enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Tel Aviv. We continue on to Ben Gurion International Airport for our return flight.
We return to our country of origin hoping to return again soon. Depending on the country of origin you should take into account a day for travel between departure and return.
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Every traveler will receive from Time for Israel: a map of Israel, a traveler’s hat, and a certificate of pilgrimage.
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- Lodging in superior class hotels
- Transportation in luxury buses
- Daily breakfast and dinner at the hotels where we will be staying
- Tours with professional and certified guides
- Group transportation between the airport and the hotel
- Entrance fees to parks, museums and sites in our itinerary
- Personalized attention from Time For Israel team members
- Tips for hotel personnel
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Air travel
- Personal expenses
- Tips for guides & drivers
- Visas and port charges (traveler’s responsibility)
- Any service not listed in this program
- Medical and travel insurance (check our website for a quote)
This spiritual tour will take place with team members of Time for Israel, who count with the support of governmental and private entities throughout Israel. We will be ready to assist all of our travelers so that their experience in Israel is positively memorable and the only desire that will remain is to come back soon and visit with us again. The group organizer may modify this itinerary if requested in advanced.
Blessings from Israel,