Planned Itinerary: *
* One of the attractions of Israel is its blend of cultures, religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and histories. This diverse landscape makes the scheduling of itineraries more complex. Schedules, housing and itinerary are subject to change without notice due to the devaluation of the dollar and political uncertainties. This itinerary is based on the best possible use of time management, keeping in mind the complexities of Jerusalem traffic, the current political climate, and opening hours as regards to Jewish, Christian and Muslim holidays.
DAY 1 Sun. Oct. 11: ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION
Arrive Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion Airport). Transfer to Jerusalem. Dinner and Overnight – Olive Tree Hotel
DAY 2 Mon. Oct. 12: THEME: INTRODUCTION TO JERUSALEM.
Explore ancient Jerusalem of Abraham through Nehemiah including the Temple Mount excavations, City of David excavations, Western Wall, Kidron and Hinnom Valley. Late afternoon will include The Israel Museum, Dead Sea Scrolls and Model of Jerusalem (AD 66). Dinner and Overnight – Olive Tree Hotel
DAY 3 Tue. Oct. 13: THEME: THE PATRIARCHS AND EXODUS.
An investigation of the biblical events that were significant to the Patriarchs and Exodus. Sites visited will include: Hebron (Machpelah), Beersheva, Wilderness of Zin and Arad. Dinner and Overnight – Olive Tree Hotel
DAY 4 Wed. Oct 14: THEME: JOSHUA AND THE CONQUEST.
Our travels will take us to Shiloh, Jacob’s Well, Samaria and Mt. Gerizim as we study Joshua’s entrance into the Promised Land. Dinner and Overnight – Olive Tree Hotel
DAY 5 Thu. Oct. 15: THEME: PASSION WEEK – PT 1.
Exploration into the events of Passion Week including: Jesus in Bethany (Mt. of Olives), Bethpage, Garden of Gethsemane, Bethesda Pools and Antonia Fortress. Dinner and Overnight – Olive Tree Hotel.
DAY 6 Fri. Oct. 16: THEME: PASSION WEEK – PT 2.
We continue our study of the events of Passion Week including: Sites such as Mt. Zion, Holy Sepulcher and Garden Tomb. Dinner and Overnight – Olive Tree Hotel
DAY 7 Sat. Oct. 17: THEME: THE HOUSE OF DAVID.
Our travels take us to the village of Taybeh to visit a 1st Century style village home. Continue to the Herodium, “Shepherd’s Field,” Bethlehem, and Elah Valley where David killed Goliath. Dinner and Overnight – Olive Tree Hotel
DAY 8 Sun. Oct. 18: THEME: THE PLACE OF REFUGE.
The wilderness of Judah functions as a place of defense and refuge. Visits to Masada, Ein Gedi, and Qumran will be the primary focus of the day. Optional “swim” in the Dead Sea. Dinner and Overnight – Olive Tree Hotel
DAY 9 Mon. Oct. 19: THEME: JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM.
Our travels will take us to the Temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness of Judea, areas of Old and New Testament Jericho, and Bethany beyond the Jordan (Baptism of Jesus). Transfer to Galilee. Dinner and Overnight – Ein Gev Holiday Village
DAY 10 Tue. Oct. 20: THEME: THE NORTHERN REGIONS.
Biblical events that occurred in Upper Galilee regions will be discussed as we examine such places as Hazor, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Gamla, and the road to Damascus. Dinner and Overnight – Ein Gev Holiday Village
DAY 11 Wed. Oct. 21: THEME: GALILEE OF THE NATIONS (N.T.)
Travels through the Galilee region including sites such as Arbel, Nazareth, Mt. Tabor, Mt. Gilboa, and Bet Shean. Dinner and Overnight – Ein Gev Holiday Village.
DAY 12 Thu. Oct. 22: THEME: JESUS AND THE GALILEE.
Taking the boat across the Sea of Galilee will set the stage as we prepare for a thorough understanding of the sites and activities related to the ministry of Jesus around the Sea. This will include, The Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Chorazin and Magdala. Dinner and Overnight – Ein Gev Holiday Village
DAY 13 Fri. Oct. 23: THEME: THE INTERNATIONAL COASTAL HIGHWAY.
Investigations of biblical events significant to the International Coastal Highway with visits to Megiddo, Mount Carmel, and Caesarea Maritima. Dinner – Night Departure from Ben Gurion Airport for Return Flight or Travel Elsewhere.