Traditional Trips to Israel
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Day 1 – EN ROUTE

Depart the USA. to Tel Aviv, Israel. Enjoy a hot dinner served aboard the airplane.

 

Day 2 – Arrive TEL AVIV

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, our representative will meet the group by the luggage carousel and assist us on the way out through customs. You will then be transferred to your Mediterranean Sea side hotel for Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3 – To the GALILEE

We will wake up to the first day of the Holy Land. After a rich, Israeli breakfast, we will leave the hotel and drive north along the famous highway, biblically known as the 'way of the sea'. We will arrive at Caesarea, where we will explore the ruins of the Roman and the Crusader City. We will see the reconstructed Roman city, the walls from the times of the Crusaders and the prison where St. Paul was held in captivity before being sent to Rome. This was also the place where the first gentile was converted to Christianity. As we leave the beautiful walls and moat, we will pass the remains of the Roman horse racing theater the Hippodrome. We will stop at the amazing remains of the Roman Aqueduct, which has been beautifully preserved under the sand dunes for 2000 years. We will continue to Mount Carmel and visit the Mukhraka the site where the Prophet Elijah debated the 450 prophets of Baal. From here there is a breathtaking view over the whole Valley of Jezreel, better known as the Valley of Armageddon. After a complimentary Falafel lunch at a Druze village, we continue to the famous "Tel Megiddo", the archaeological mound, which inspired James Michener's book, "The Source". Here we can see the remains of King Solomon's Stables, an altar from the time of Abraham (4000 years old), and the magnificent water tunnel. We continue across the Valley to view Mount Tabor the site of the 'Transfiguration'. We arrive in Nazareth where we visit the Church of the Annunciation, and the Synagogue where Jesus learned to read the Bible. On the way to Tiberias we pass Cana of Galilee, the village where Jesus performed his first miracle - the miracle at the wedding. We will offer the opportunity to renew wedding vows to whoever wants to do so. Arrival at our hotel on the shores of the beautiful Lake of Galilee. Dinner and overnight. Evening we stroll the streets of Tiberias.

 

Day 4 – GALILEE

Wake up to a beautiful morning in the area where Jesus spent 3 years of his ministry. Today we will dedicate our time to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. After breakfast, we will drive north through the Golan Heights to Caesarea Philipi and the Banias, one of the water resources of the Jordan River. Continue back to the Sea of Galilee to visit Capernaum, 'the Town of Jesus', walk along the ruins of this Biblical Village, and see the Synagogue where Jesus preached and the house of Peter's mother-in-law. Drive up to the Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Visit the beautiful mosaic floor at Tabgha - the site of the miracle of the multiplication. We will visit a 2000 years old fisherman boat – The Jesus Boat and sail in a boat across the Sea of Galilee, and then have the famous St. Peter's fish for lunch in a restaurant on the lake shore. We finish the day with a Baptismal service at Yardenit for whoever chooses to do it. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5 – GALILEE to DEAD SEA

Today, after breakfast, we will drive south to Beit Sheaan, the largest Archeological site in Israel. We will explore the ancient Roman City with the Amphitheater and reconstructed streets. Continue south through the Jordan Valley to view Jericho and view Mt. of Temptations. We will drive through the Qumran Caves area, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and on to the lowest place on earth - the Dead Sea. 1300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the saltiest body of water in the world. Our hotel is by the Dead Sea shores, where we will swim, or to be more exact, float, on this amazing sea - a non-swimmers paradise. Dinner and Overnight at our hotel in the Dead Sea.

 

Day 6 – MASADA and Jerusalem

Today, after breakfast, we will visit Masada - the site of the Zealots last stand against the Romans, which was originally built as a magnificent palace for Herod the Great. At this great fortress we will visit the bathhouse, the storage rooms, the mosaics and the Byzantine Church. After descending by walking along the Ramp built by the Romans, we will drive to a Bedouin camp and enjoy a special visit with Middle Eastern hospitality. Continue to drive by Tel Arad, the Canaanite city conquered by Joshua and on to Beer Sheva, the "Capital" of the Negev. This is the city where Abraham dug the seven water wells. Continue via the Negev Desert to the Ela Valley, site of the famous battle between David and Goliath. We continue our ascent to Jerusalem, 2400 feet above sea level, via Beit Shemes and Emmaus. At the entrance to the Holy City we will celebrate with a traditional blessing, while overlooking the walls of the City of the Lord. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Day 7 – JERUSALEM

Today will be one of spiritual uplifting. We will begin the morning after breakfast, with a magnificent view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives. We will drive down to the Kidron Valley and enter the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations where we can view the Basilica of Agony. In this area are the oldest Olive trees in the Holy Land, dating back to ancient times - a living witness to Jesus's arrest by the Romans. We continue along the Kidron Valley, viewing the Tomb of Zachariah as well as the Tomb of Absalom - King David's son. We will enter the Old City via the Dung Gate, then proceed to the Wailing Wall - the remnant of Herod's Temple, the holiest Jewish site - and touch its ancient stones. We will ascend the Temple Mount, where we will view the Dome of the Rock. We will continue to the famous Tunnels from the Hasmonean era and out to the Via Dolorosa and the Arab Market - the Shuk, with its hundreds of stores selling many types of artifacts. We will visit the Holy Sepulchre - the largest Church in Jerusalem. On to the Jewish Quarter, where we will see the renovated Cardo. We will visit the Davidson Center museum and learn about history from second Temple era. We will also visit the remains of Caiaphas’ House, where Jesus was kept and more. On to Mt Zion and visit King David Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper that is just next door. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. In the evening we will walk and shop in the famous pedestrian street - Ben Yehuda Street.

 

Day 8 – JERUSALEMand HERODION

We will start the morning, after breakfast, by visiting Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial. Than we continue to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls can be seen. The afternoon will be dedicated to visiting the birth place of Jesus – Bethlehem (if it is open). On the way to Bethlehem we will visit the Herodion excavations. We will visit the Church of Nativity and the Shepherds' Fields. We will finish the day with a short Communion Service at the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Day 9 – Day 9 - JERUSALEM

Today is a free leisure day, pursuing personal interests, or revisiting some sites that we have missed and shopping. In the evening we will celebrate with a Banquet Farewell dinner with presentation of Pilgrimage Certificates. Late evening transfer to airport for flight back to USA.

 

Day 10 – RETURN TO USA

Arrive back home.

 

All sites listed in the itinerary will be covered but the sequence and days may be altered to adjust to religious holidays, special closings of sites, air schedules, etc. This tour is not recommended for those who have mobility limitations since it includes walking on uneven terrain.

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Testimonials from our Travelers

Sara,

What a wonderful trip we had to Israel!  Thanks so much for all of your advice and guidance as well as setting up the trip with Benji.  It was enjoyable to meet him at the farewell dinner.  He seems like a very kind and gentle person.  Jerusalem (Regina) Tours did much to make the trip a success.  

Our Ibillin portion of the trip was excellent.  We are fortunate that you allowed us to make this addition and provided suggestions as well.  Thank you for setting up the Bible College in Bethlehem.  We truly enjoyed that and learned so much about the college.

I wanted to let you know:  the guide that picked us up from Ibillin, Dan Levi, was excellent.  He was so knowledgeable and was able to coordinate the sights that we saw in the best order of  any that we have ever seen.  He actually was the perfect guide for our group, very engaging.  The driver, Raffi,  was impressive!  He got into and out of places that I never would attempt!  Please pass our appreciation for these gentlemen to Benji.  The guide that took us to Bethlehem, John, was very good, as well.  It's tough to come in the middle of a trip and try to "take over" for the primary guide, but he did a great job.

We would not hesitate to use Jerusalem Tours again and would be happy to recommend others to use it as well.

Thanks again.
Beth and Duane Priset