Add a fascinating excursion to your Israel faith Journey, and visit the biblical sites of Saudi Arabia.
The Arab and Israeli people are ancient cousins through Father Abraham, and the Children of Israel most likely wandered through parts of the Arabian desert during their 40-year wilderness journey. In fact, a number of notable Bible scholars and researchers identify Mount Sinai as actually in the Saudi desert. You will be amazed by beautiful desert landscapes, inspiring rock formations, picturesque coastlines, and archaeological sites to explore. Visitors will enjoy the epic landscapes alongside the authentic Bedouin tent hospitality. Having been inaccessible to international travelers for many years, Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the new Crown Prince, is now opening its doors as it welcomes tourists from all nations.
Day 1 – Arrival In Tel Aviv
Arrive at the modern metropolis of Tel Aviv, overlooking the breathtaking Mediterranean coastline. Built on the ancient port of Jaffa, Tel Aviv is home to one of the oldest harbors in the world and the hub for innovation and progress in the modern State of Israel. Reception, orientation, and rest
Day 2 – Central Coast & Jezreel Valley
Visit Caesarea by the Sea, Herod’s capital during the Roman reign, and travel through the beautiful Jezreel Valley. Take in the views of Mount Carmel where Elijah called down fire from heaven from the epic observation point overlooking the Valley of Armageddon (Megiddo), and experience the biblical hospitality of Nazareth Village followed by a scenic drive to the Sea of Galilee.
Day 3-4 – The Sea of Galilee & Northern borders
Traveling around the Sea of Galilee and the upper Galilean region, you will taste, hear and feel the authentic surroundings of Jesus’ “own neighborhood” where He spent many years preparing for His mission and declaring the Kingdom of God. Sail the very waters where Jesus walked, learn of ancient Jewish traditions in Capernaum, worship on the Mount of Beatitudes and visit the newly excavated Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. Explore the strategic importance of Israel’s northern borders during a visit to Kibbutz Misgav Am. Travel to Caesarea Philippi (Banias Springs) and Tel Dan, the site of Jeroboam’s biblical altar.
Day 5-7 – Jerusalem
Traveling south through the Jordan Valley by Jericho, the world’s oldest city, we will ascend toward Jerusalem along the ancient pilgrim road. A special stop for prayer and a blessing on the mountaintop overlooking Jerusalem will commemorate this magical moment when you first see the City of God come into view.
Enter the timeless arena of Jerusalem’s biblical sights and sounds and let the Bible come alive as the most important story ever told unfolds before your eyes. The experiences you will enjoy and share during these days are transformational and will stay with you for the rest of your life. View the famous Temple Mount, pray at the Garden of Gethsemane and the Upper Room, and worship on the Mount of Olives . You will also visit the Western Wall, Southern Steps, Davidson Center, the Old City neighborhoods including the Jewish Quarter & Cardo, the Muslim, Christian, and Armenian Quarters, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa, Pool of Bethesda, Mount Zion, Upper Room, City of David, Garden of Gethsemane, Friends of Zion Museum, Garden Tomb, Holocaust Memorial, Israel Museum & the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Day 8-10 – Saudi Arabia
3-Day visit – "In the Footsteps of Moses"
Journeying south through the Judean wilderness, we will drive through the Arava Border Crossing into Jordan, and continue to the Hagil Border Crossing into Saudi Arabia.
Day 1: Haqil Border Crossing– Golden Calf Site
Crossing the border from Jordan, you will continue directly to the site of the Golden Calf Altar. According to the Bible, when Moses went up to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, he left the Israelites for forty days and forty nights. Fearing that he would not return, they demanded that Aaron make them "a god to go before them." Aaron gathered up the Israelites' golden earrings and ornaments, fashioned a golden calf, and declared: "This is your god, O Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt." This is the site where, according to scholars, these tragic events took place. Overnight and authentic desert hospitality at a picturesque Bedouin camp.
Day 2: Lawz Mountain - Split Rock - Ras Al Shake Hameed - Magna
Jabal Al-Lawz, meaning "the almond mountain" in Arabic, is one of the most mythical mountains of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Most people think that Saudi Arabia is but a vast extent of sand dunes, but with its summit at 2,549 meters above sea level, Jebel Al-Lawz is the highest mountain of Tabuk Province and the only place in Saudi Arabia where snow falls nearly every year. Located in the ancient land of Madyan (Midian) where Moses took refuge with Jethro, his father-in-law, before returning to Egypt, many scholars consider Jabal Al-Lawz to be the actual Mount Sinai where Moses met God.
Continue on to The Split Rock of Horeb, a short distance from Jebel Al Lawz. Many believe that this is the rock that Moses struck with his staff and water poured out to quench the thirst of the Children of Israel. Rising majestically above the terrain, the surrounding area clearly shows signs of massive water flow and erosion.
You will conclude this day at the western tip of Saudi Arabia, at Ras Al-Sheikh Hameed, which is a beautiful sandy cape located in Tabuk Province at the junction between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. Overnight at the charming Magna Hotel.
Day 3: The valley of Moses – The wells of Moses – Madyan - Crossing back into Jordan
Tayeb Ism (The valley of Moses) is one of the most magical natural wonders of Saudi Arabia that takes visitors by surprise. This fascinating valley is located on the Gulf of Aqaba, 20 Km north of the coastal town of Maqna (known as The wells of Moses), that is famous for its wells that many believe witnessed an important episode in the life of Moses when he met Jethro's family and started his life in Midian. From this fascinating natural marvel, we will continue north and cross the border back into Jordan and return to Israel. Overnight in Eilat.
Day 11 – Driving back to Jerusalem for a final day of leisure, shopping, and rest. Overnight in Jerusalem, and departure to the airport.
Day 12 – Welcome back home.
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