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 dinner or refreshment (depending on the time of arrival) and lodging for the night.
We have breakfast in the hotel. We begin our tour by traveling along Israeli’s scenic coastal road overlooking the stunning Mediterranean Sea. We reach Caesarea, site of the ancient Roman regional capital and port, named by Herod the Great in honor of Caesar Augustus. Caesarea was one of the most ambitious port-building enterprises of the Roman world, begun in 22 BC. It was the city where Roman governors such as Cornelius and his family, and Pontius Pilate lived. We visit the ancient Roman amphitheater, hippodrome and aqueduct. We continue to the port where Paul (Shaul) embarked on his journey to Tarsus (Acts 9:30). We head out to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
We have breakfast in the hotel. We begin our journey to the old walled port city of Akko. We visit the Crusader underground city and the crypt. Akko, sight of Napoleon’s defeat, is rich in history, which is evident everywhere within the old city. We walk through the old city market, which ends at the scenic harbor, where we can watch local children jump into the ocean from the remains of the old city walls. We visit the prison where members of the Hagana and Irgun were held captive during Israel’s fight for Independence. This is where Leon Uris’s famous novel “Exodus” was filmed. From Akko we drive south to Haifa where we go past the Persian Gardens accentuated by the golden dome of the Bahai Shrine and continue along Mt. Carmel and a Druze village to visit the “Place of Sacrifice” where the Prophet Elijah challenged the Priests of Baal. Our next stop is 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 Christian Book of Revelations (John 16:16). Tel Megiddo is a key location on Via Maris, as the Romans called the sea road that led from Egypt to Damascus. We visit the walls and water cisterns dating from the days of the kings Solomon, Ahav and Jeravoam. We return to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
We have breakfast in the hotel. We begin our tour by visiting Nazareth and the Basilica of the Annunciation, not without passing 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 upper Galilee and visit the “Jesus Boat” a fishing boat of the kind used by the disciples of Jesus. We visit Yardenit, to commence an optional baptismal service in the Jordan River. We conclude the day with an optional boat ride in the Kineret or a leisure tour of Tiberius, the only city located at the shores of the Kineret, and important to both Christians and Jews alike. We return to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
We have breakfast in the hotel. The Sea of Galilee (Kineret) is rich in memories of the three years of Jesus’ Ministry around its shores. We visit Capernaum, where Jesus dwelt after he left Nazareth and site of many of his signs and wonders. We visit the ancient synagogue and the nearby House of Peter. We drive on around the shores of the Sea of Galilee to visit the Chapel of the Primacy, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and the nearby Mount of Beatitudes from the top of which there is a wonderful panoramic view over the Sea of Galilee. Then we drive up to the Golan Heights passing by the ghost town of Kuneitra, arriving in Katzrin. We continue to the Tel Dan, which was the most northern town in biblical Israel. We then return to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
We have breakfast in the hotel. We leave the Sea of Galilee and drive to the foot of Mt. Tabor, the Mount of the Transfiguration and drive up the Mount by special cars. From the top of the Mount there is a wonderful panoramic view, which extends from Mt. Hermon in the north to the Hills of Samaria in the south. Next we continue our drive through the Lower Galilee to visit Sepphoris, the most important city in the Galilee during the first four centuries AD. We enjoy some free time for shopping and sightseeing in Tiberias. We then return to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
We have breakfast in the hotel. We begin our journey to the Jordan Valley on our way to Beit Shean, site which word of Jesus’ miracles and teachings spread (Matt. 4:25, Mark 5: 20). We tour the extensive archeological excavations of the ancient Roman city, including a well-preserved amphitheater, hippodrome, the cardo and many more archeological marvels. Beit Shean must have been familiar to the first believers in Jesus, as it was the capital of the Decapolis cities; it has also been a scene of tragedy: more than a millennium earlier, the Philistines hung the body of Saul from its ramparts (I Sam. 31:10). Tel Beit Shean, with its 5,000 years of history, uncovers the ruins of the Roman and later the Christian city that leaves its visitors mesmerized. We then drive down to the Jordan Valley and stop at the Qars El Yahud, known as the Baptismal site on the Jordan River, where according to tradition Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. We arrive at the Dead Sea for dinner and lodging.
We have breakfast in the hotel. We continue our voyage along the Dead Sea and reach foot of Massada. We board a cable car to ascend to the 2000-year-old fortress and palace built by King Herod. We explore the ancient plateau and enjoy a tour of Massada and its dramatic history. It was here that the Jews came to defy the Romans and in this remote spot are reported to have committed mass suicide in defiance after a long and drawn-out siege.
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 have the option to take a mud bath and benefit from its unique therapeutic qualities. We will then return to our hotel for dinner and lodging.
We have breakfast in the hotel. We depart for the sacred city if Jerusalem driving through the desert and the mountains of Judea. Our first stop is Mt. Scopus (Mount of Olives); we enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Old City including the Temple Mount. We visit the Chapel of the Ascension, the Paternoster Church and the Chapel of Dominus Flevit. 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 walking down the “Palm Sunday Road” to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations where Christ prayed on the night of His betrayal.
We 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 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 birthplace of Jesus, which is marked by the Basilica of the Nativity and to kneel at the place of his birth in the Grotto of the Nativity, 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 and continue to the Shepherds’ Fields. We then return to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
After breakfast in the hotel, we travel pass the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) 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. Our next stop is at Ein Karem the city in the hills of Judea to visit the Church of the Visitation, which by tradition is built over the House of Zacharias, where the Virgin Mary came to visit Elizabeth. Here John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ was born. We then return to our 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, that led him to preach the Gospel to the gentiles in 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 soon. Between departure and arrival, and depending on the country of origin, take into account a day for travel.
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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,