Israel Tour 2020
Description of Itinerary
*Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group
Day 1 – Saturday May 16
Departure from Atlanta
Today we embark on our Journey to the land of Israel. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight… tomorrow you will be walking where Yeshua (Jesus) walked!
Day 2 – Sunday May 17
Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel. We will be met at the airport by our tour guide and bus driver. After going through passport control, we will gather at the bus and travel northward to our hotel for one night on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The Ramada in Netanya is a beautiful home for the evening. https://www.ramadanetanya.com/.
The remainder of the day is free 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 the special blessings ahead, for the people of the "Promised Land," and for a good night’s rest.
Day 3 – Monday, May 18
From the Mediterranean to the Galil (Galilee)
After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea Maritime. This is one of seven palaces built by King Herod. It was here Shimon Kefa (Peter) first shared the gospel with Gentiles, and where Cornelius was immersed. This headquarter of Pontius Pilate was also where the apostle Paul was imprisoned for two years and preached to King Agrippa II. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre which can seat nearly 5000 people, a hippodrome, where roman chariot races and other games took place, a film on the history and the remains of this famous port city and aqueduct.
We will then journey on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Our lunch will be at a colorful Druze village.
Next we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization.
Finally, we go to the boyhood home of Yeshua, Jesus. In Nazareth we will go to a recreation of a first century village just a couple miles from the home of Yeshua. We then go to the Sea of Galilee where we will spend the next three nights at the Gai Beach Resort. We will have free time, dinner. https://www.gaibeach.com/
Day 4 – Tuesday, May 19
Yeshua’s Ministry in the Galil
After breakfast we begin an extraordinary day of experiencing the life and ministry of Yeshua in the Galilee. Bethsaida, Chorazin and Capernaum formed what has been called the "evangelical triangle," because most of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) miracles in Galilee were performed in these cities. We will visit Capernaum and see the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Shimon Kefa’s (Peter) mother-laws home. You will sense the presence of G-d as thousands of years of Jewish people and the early followers of Messiah did in this beautiful site.
As we go to the ancient port of Magdala, hometown of Mary Magdalene, we will get to take in the recent excavation of the First Century Synagogue and well preserved village. Magdala is one of the most interesting Biblical sites in Israel.
On top of the Mt. of Beatitudes we will hear some of the greatest sermon ever given. The breeze may be more than wind at this incredible moment in your journey. Later in the afternoon we will visit a kibbutz and set out on the Sea of Galilee for a most memorable time on the water. Then back to the hotel for dinner and an evening guest may surprise us.
Day 5 – Wednesday May 20
North to the Golan Heights and the Headwaters of the Jordan
Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites. At Tel Dan we see two different time periods. One of promise and one of paganism. An ancient gate, over 4000 years old, has been located and exposed. This is the ancient place where Abraham encountered the people of Cannon when he entered the promise land. Later this same city would be where the tribe of Dan fell into pagan worship and Israel fell from the L-rd.
Also, here we see the headwaters of the Jordan river.
Then we go to Caesarea Philippi which is also the site of Shimon Kefa’s (Peter’s) Confession. Here we see how paganism had grown and at the “gates of hades”, Shimon has the revelation from G-d that Yeshua is the promised Messiah. Here the claim is made that the “gates of Hades” will not prevail. From there we travel to the top of Mt. Bental and look over into Syria and the Damascus road. See the miralce of G-d as he saved Israel again in the 67’ war.
Finally, we will travel for a refreshing time at an olive oil factory for a wonderful education on the production of the famous holy land product and an opportunity to purchase gifts.
Day 6 – Thursday, May 21
Galil to the Judean Desert
We begin the day traveling 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 time of Yeshua (Jesus), Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis - a league of ten 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” 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 the Jordan River (Queser El Yehud), the Israeli side of Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where Yeshua (Jesus) was. immersed, where Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan as well as the area where the children of Israel led by Joshua entered the Promised land. Here you will have an opportunity to be immersed just as Yeshua was.
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. Our lodging for the evening is at the
Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth. Herod's is a
fabulous resort hotel. Spend time in the spa and enjoy
a relaxing float in the Dead Sea before dinner.
Day 7 – Friday, May 22
Judean Desert up to Jerusalem
After an evening of rest and relaxation we return to the bus. We head to Masada. Here we will enjoy a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress. At the top we will tour the ruins of another of Herods ancient palaces. This was the place of last stand for the Jews from 67-70 CE. Your view will be amazing, your mind will be shocked at the buildings and palaces and your heart will be emotional as you hear of the events that took place on this great mountain.
Next, we pass by the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. This afternoon we go to Abrahams Tent and revisit life in the time of the Patriarchs. Here, complete with costumes, dramatic presentation, and camel rides we enjoy a delicious meal in a desert tent.
Next, we go up to Jerusalem. Our bus will take us to several amazing vantage points to see the city of David, the city of G-d. We will travel by the US Embassy and if permitted stop for a picture. The Haas Promenade will provide great photos of these first moments in Jerusalem. We then check in to our hotel, The Lady Stern and have dinner and a Shabbat Service.
Day 8 – Saturday May 23
Jerusalem Yesterday and Today
Today an interesting and educational time awaits us at the Israeli Museum. Walk through collections of centuries-old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and then 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. Next we walk where Yeshua (Jesus) walked, beginning with a panoramic view of the old city of Jerusalem from atop the Mt. of Olives, the site where Yeshua (Jesus) will return. Then on to 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? Walking between the ancient olive trees, read Yeshua’s (Jesus’) prayer and take time for personal reflection. We continue this reflective time by going to the famous Western Wall. Here you will touch the remnant of the ancient city and a wall where you can join the millions who have touched and prayed here. A holy site it most assuredly is.
Day 9 – Sunday, May 23
After breakfast we will go to the City of David. It was here where the ancient king first built his city. We will see the palace and remains of quarters. We will see a film explaining the layout and growth of the ancient city. We will go to the pool where the first waters first came. We will walk through the dry tunnel.
We will then go to the Ancient Southern Steps. Here excavation has unearthed Solomon era mikvah’s. Here we see the steps that Yeshua would have ascended to enter the Temple areas. Here we see where he and many others have spoken and given their word to the people. A film is also shown giving us a true understanding of this powerful place.
After lunch we will head to Yad Vashem. A sobering reminder of the holocaust and its atrocities. May we never forget. We then return to the hotel for dinner and a special evening.
Day 10 – Monday, May 25
We begin this final day of touring with a highlight moment. Below the Western Wall is a series of tunnels once used by rabbis of the first and even earlier centuries. We will walk these tunnels and be brought to the closest point allowed in the temple area to where the Holy of Holies once stood. Even more, we will be near the spot where Abraham and Isaac ascended the hill called Mt. Moriah. This place is special.
We then go to the Wol Museum. Here is the home of a first century High Priest and his servants. Also is a courtyard that many believe is the very place Peter denied knowing the L-rd. We will spend some time in the old city, the Jewish Quarter and the Cardo for shopping and lunch.
Then we head to Golgotha, the place of the skull and possible crucifixion spot of Yeshua. We end our tour at the Garden Tomb where we will hear history and passion about the temporary resting place of Yeshua. We shall have Zikaron (Remembrance, Communion) together and you will receive an olive wood cup to take home with you. Then dinner and shower before leaving for Tel Aviv to fly home.
Day 11 - Tuesday, May 26
Arrive Atlanta Airport and begin to unpack all that G-d did on the Journey of a Lifetime. Welcome Home!