Discover Israel Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Departure for Tel Aviv.

Day 2

We arrive in Tel Aviv and are greeted by our guide and driver. We will board our coach to travel to Jerusalem. On the way we will stop at Yad Hashmonah, a Christian community overlooking the valley of Aijalon where Joshua prayed to God for the sun to stand still and give him victory over the Gibeonites. We will see many replicas including the wilderness tabernacle, an Olive press, a wine press, an ancient synagogue, and a garden tomb. Upon arriving in Jerusalem we will view the Old City and the Temple Mount from three different locations: Haas Promenade from the south, Mount Scopus and the Mount of Olives from the east, then make our way to our hotel and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 3

Today the Old City of Jerusalem awaits us. We will enter through Jaffa Gate and first explore David’s Citadel. Then, we’ll walk through the ancient streets to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which covers the traditional site of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus. Next will visit a section of The Broad Wall, built by Nehemiah, the Cardo, the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, St. Anne’s Church and the Pools of Bethesda. We will overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 4

We will continue our exploration of Jerusalem today. We will visit the upper room, where Jesus ate the Passover with His disciples. Then we will tour the Temple Institute, the Whol Museum and the Burnt House. We will climb the Southern Steps of the Temple where the first century worshipers sang the Songs of Ascent. Next is the City of David to explore Hezekiah’s Tunnel down to the pool of Siloam. We will be treated to a private tour of the new archaeological discoveries there. Our overnight is again in Jerusalem.

Day 5

Today we will travel south to Masada, an ancient fortress built by Herod the Great 2500 feet above the Dead Sea. A short drive from Masada will take us to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth with a salt content of over 30%. Enjoy a swim in the buoyant waters and apply silt-like medicinal mud to refresh your skin. Then we will climb up to the waterfalls of En Gedi, where young King David hid from King Saul. Next we will stop at Qumran, home of the Essene community, authors and guardians of the Dead Sea Scrolls. After dinner at our hotel, we will go to David’s Citadel for the spectacular Sound and Light show. We will overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6

This morning will drive south from Jerusalem to the Valley of Elah, where David defeated Goliath. Then onto to the southern fortress of Lachish, an archaeological excavation of a Judean fortress captured by Assyrian King Sennacherib during the reign of King Hezekiah in 701 B.C. Our next stop is the spectacular Bet Guvrim (Bell Caves). We will then visit the Herodian, and excavation of a palace and fortress built by Herod the Great between 23 and 15 B.C. His tomb was recently discovered there. Our last stop will be in the ancient village of Bethlehem, home of Ruth and Boaz, King David and the birthplace of Jesus. We will look out over the Shepherd’s Field and visit the hillside caves where the shepherds would watch over their flocks. We will overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7

We will leave Jerusalem this morning and travel along the Mediterranean coastline north to Caesarea Maritima, the home of Cornelius and where Paul was imprisoned for two years. It was also the home of Herod and Pilate. It is a spectacular ancient seaport on the Mediterranean Sea. We will then travel to Mt. Carmel where Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal. From this point we will have a stunning view of the Jezreel Valley, and the future battlefield of Armageddon. Next we will explore the ancient ruins of Megiddo. Then we will travel across the valley to Nazareth, to a reconstruction of the village from the time of Jesus including his carpenter shop. We will overnight on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Day 8

The morning begins with a worship service in a boat on the Sea of Galilee. We will land at Nof Ginosar, a museum housing an ancient fishing boat from the time of Jesus. We will then travel to Mount Arbel which overlooks all of Galilee. This site is rich in history from Egyptian times to the years of the Crusades. As we descend the mountain we will visit the ancient synagogue at Corazin where Jesus taught. Next we will visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount and then onto Capernaum, the home of Peter and other apostles and Jesus home during his ministry. We will overnight in Galilee.

Day 9

Today our coach will take us north to the ancient city of Dan. This was a place of pagan sacrifice and is now a beautiful nature reserve from which flows the Jordan River. Then, we’ll drive to the amazing city of Banyas, also known as Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am?” Our next destination is the famous Golan Heights and Kibbutz El Rom, and then to the Valley of Tears. As we head south a few miles we’ll drive to the top of Mount Bental. Then on to Gamla, the northern fortress of Israel during the first century and commanded by Flavius Josephus. We will finish the day at our hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Day 10

Then, we will return to Jerusalem, traveling south along the Jordan River. We will visit En Harod where Gideon chose his army of 300. Along the Jordan River we will stop at Beit Shean, the largest archaeological site in all of Israel and the place where King Saul’s body was hung on its walls after his defeat. We will stop at Gilgal were Joshua led the nation of Israel across the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land. We will stop briefly for a look at Jericho. We will go down to the Jordan River to baptize those who desire to be baptized. Then we will return to Jerusalem. We will overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 11   

We will have a privileged opportunity to visit the Knesset and meet with Israeli leaders. Next door we will visit the Israel Museum which contains one of the finest biblical archaeological presentations in the world, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and a model of Jerusalem in the first century. Our afternoon will take us to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Israel. We will overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 12

On our last day in Israel, we will follow the last day of Jesus from the crucifixion to the resurrection. Our first visit will be the Mount of Olives in the Garden of Gethsemane on to Gordon’s tomb. The day will include the Church of All Nations, the private garden, the grotto, and the Valley of Kidron. Our final stop on the tour will be Golgotha and the empty tomb. We will overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 13  

Travel back to the U.S.