Traditional Trips to Israel

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Day 1 – USA / TEL AVIV

Depart the U.S. and enjoy overnight flight.

Day 2 – TEL AVIV

Upon our arrival at the Tel Aviv airport, we will begin our journey of the Holy Land with a warm meal and a good night’s sleep in Tel Aviv.



After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast, we drive along the coast to Caesarea, where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We'll see the Roman Amphitheater, harbor/palace area and water aqueduct. Then Journey on to Mt. Carmel where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal (IKings:18). Next, we travel to Tel Megiddo and continue to the Armageddon battlefield (Revelation 16:16) where archaeologists have unearthed 25 levels of civilization. Traveling eastward through the Jezreel Valley, we will view Mt. Tabor (Psalm 89:12), place of the prophetess Deborah (Judges 4 and 5). Continue to the area of Nazareth and Cana, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we visit the Nazareth Village - a wonderful recreation of Biblical times. Overnight at our hotel on the shores of the beautiful Sea of Galilee.



We spend the day by the Sea of Galilee and begin with a boat cruise (recalling how Jesus calmed the water and have a special worship service). We dock at a working kibbutz and visit the famous Fisherman Boat from the days of Jesus. Then to Capernaum (John 6:24) to visit the ancient ruins of the first century synagogue where Jesus preached (Matt. 4:13-17). On to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the "Sermon on the Mount" (Matt. 5-7) and to Tabgha - the chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:34-44). We will visit the old synagogue at Corazim and then enjoy the traditional St. Peter’s Fish lunch and continue to visit the cliff fortress at Mount Arbel overlooking the valley of Gennesaret. Overnight at the Sea of Galilee.



Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to the upper Galilee. We stop at Tel Hazor, Jabin’s largest Canaanite city. Then, we visit the site of Peter's confession (Matt. 16:16) at the ruins of Caesarea Phillipi. Emphasizing the loss of God's blessing on Israel, we visit the waters and ruins of Tel Dan where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship. We drive by Mt. Hermon (Psalm 89:12) the probable site of the Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-8) to visit the impressive Crusaders Nimrod Fortress. Continue the day on the Golan Heights where Israel, Lebanon and Syria come together. Overnight at the Sea of Galilee.



We begin the day by driving to Gideon’s Spring and visualizing how Gideon's 300 where chosen. Continue to Beit-Shean the most magnificent archeological site in Israel and then south through the Jordan Valley to ancient Jericho where the walls came tumbling down (I Kings 17:1-6 and II Kings 2:19-22). We will have and a commanding view of the Mt. of Temptation (Matt. 4:1-11) and the ancient Sycamore tree. Visit Kaser El Yahud the Jordan River Baptismal site. We will spend some time celebrating the special baptismal service, recalling how Jesus himself was baptized in the same waters. Then up to Jerusalem through the Judean wilderness. On the way we can take part in the Genesis Land in Abraham’s Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time and a Camel ride. Blessing and Prayer overlooking the Holy City of Jerusalem. Overnight at Jerusalem.


Day 7

Today we walk where Jesus walked, beginning with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives (Matt. 24:3). We walk along Palm Sunday Road to the Gethsemane where Jesus was betrayed by Judas (Matt. 26:36-57). 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? To walk between ancient olive trees, read scriptures and take time for personal reflection. See the Pillar of Absalom, the Eastern (Golden) Gate and the Pinnacle of the Temple. Next, we visit the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) where the faithful Jews cry their petitions to God. Continue to visit Old city excavation, Southern steps of the temple was the main entrance and Davidson center. On to visit the House of Caiaphas and see a pit where Jesus may have been held and the hillside steps he walked. We continue to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus, and Shepherds Fields (Luke 2:1-20). Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.



Today we continue the tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, starting at the Temple Area of Mt. Moriah. Visit the El Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock that was built on the ancient site of Solomon's Temple (Genesis 22:9-14). We exit near Stephen's Gate and visit the Pool of Bethesda. We move along the Via Dolorosa to Pilate's Judgment Hall, the Ecce Homo Arch (John 19:13) and hear of those who conspired against Jesus and are reminded of his brutal beating and humiliation. We continue through the Old City Bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and continue to The Garden Tomb and Golgotha - Place of the Skull. We will spend a good time there for a special worship and communion service. In the afternoon, we visit the City of David, the Gihon Spring, the original water source of Jerusalem, view the new excavations, with the highlight of day walking to Hezekiah's Tunnel to the Pool of Siloam (John 9). Before returning to the hotel, we stop at the Upper Room. This evening we enjoy a spectacular Sound and Light display at the Tower of David using the gigantic wall beneath as a backdrop. Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.



Today we will be exposed to a unique archeological experience. Our day begins with the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Temple era. The Tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman street where Jesus was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. On to the Israeli Museum where we walk through collections of ancient artifacts from previous centuries, representing all historical periods and landmarks. We will visit the Shrine of the Book with the Dead Sea Scrolls and also include a detailed model of first century Jerusalem. Second half of the day will be dedicated to an archeological activity that will include digging, sifting, pottery examination and touring the national Park of Beit Guvrin\Maresha, ancestral home of King Herod. We will include an exciting crawl through unexcavated cave systems, see weaving installations, underground dovecots, water cisterns and remains of olive oil production. The vast underground labyrinths of man-made rooms give evidence of underground industrial complexes dating from Hellenistic period and confirm a high level of material culture. On the way back, we will stop at the Valley of Ela, site of the battle between David and Goliath. Return to Jerusalem via Beit Shemesh. Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight



Our day begins with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand. Afterwards we proceed to the oasis and waterfalls of Ein Gedi, where King David hid from Saul. Next, we visit Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and visit the remains of the Community Center of the Essenes. We will take a dip in the Dead Sea - the lowest place on earth - for a unique relaxing float with therapeutic mud and a great photo-op. On the way back to Jerusalem stop at a Bedouin camp for a Camel ride experience, back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.



This morning will be Free for optional individual activities in Jerusalem (shopping, German Colony, Biblical Zoo, Time Elevator, Ben Yehuda Market etc.). In the afternoon, a visit to Ein Kerem the traditional birth place of John the Baptist and Yad Vashem, the National Holocaust Museum. In the evening we will say farewell at a special dinner and then proceed to Tel Aviv Airport for a late night flight.



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

Dear JTI,

Harold and I want to thank you again for our wonderful trip to Israel.

As Christians, it meant much to us to see this Holy Land, but it was also meaningful to see other cultures and beliefs.  We will never forget the sights and sounds, the tastes and smells.

The last four nights I have dreamed that I was still there [in Israel], so you can see, it really made an impression.

Pastor Harold and Jane Brown