You will descent to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea region. You will visit the epic freedom fortress of Masada, hike through Ein Gedi, the hidden desert oasis where King David penned many Psalms, explore the caves of Qumran, and treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea Spa.
Day 1 – Arrival In Tel Aviv
Arriving at the modern metropolis of Tel Aviv overlooking the breathtaking Mediterranean coastline. Reception, orientation and rest. Built on the ancient port of Jaffa, Tel Aviv is home to one of the oldest harbors in the world and the hub for modern innovation and progress of the modern State of Israel.
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 Jesus walked on, learn ancient Jewish traditions in Capernaum, worship on the Mount of Beatitudes and explore the strategic importance of Israel’s northern borders. Sites you will see include the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Magdala, Jesus Boat Museum, Baptism service, Boat sail across the Sea of Galilee, Caesarea Philippi (Banias Springs) and Kibbutz Misgav Am.
Day 5 – Jordan Valley & Jericho
Traveling south through the Jordan Valley along the Jordanian/Israeli border, you will tour ancient Bet-She’an, discover Qsar-El-Yahood (Jesus’ original baptism site), drive by Jericho, the world’s oldest city, and 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 you first see the city of God come into view.
Day 6-8 – Jerusalem, Old and New
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; worship on the Mount of Olives and a whole lot more.
Sites you will see include Mt. of Olives, Temple Mount, Western Wall, Southern Steps, Davidson Center, Old City including the Jewish Quarter & Cardo, Muslim Quarter, Christian and Armenian Quarters, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 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 9 – Judean Wilderness & Dead Sea
Journeying south to the Judean wilderness, you will descent to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea region. Today you will visit the epic freedom fortress of Masada, hike through Ein Gedi, the hidden desert oasis where King David penned many Psalms, explore the caves of Qumran, and treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea Spa.
Day 10 – Day off to rest & shop. Departure.
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