Holy Land Itinerary
11 Day and 9 Night Inspirational Tour
Walk Where Jesus Walked
You are about to embark on a journey unlike any you have taken before. For centuries, people have come to Israel to witness the sites, sounds, and wonders that inspired the Christian and Jewish faiths. Now it is your turn. From the Sea of Galilee to the Negev deserts, from the Mediterranean to Jerusalem, every stone you see, touch, or walk upon tells a story beginning with the biblical patriarchs and leading up to today’s thriving, vibrant, modern Israel.
Depart the USA for Israel
Day 2 & 3
To begin our Holy Land pilgrimage, we arrive at Ben Gurion airport and depart northward to our beautiful 5-star hotel in the coastal regions near Tel Aviv, where we will stay for two nights.
For the remainder of Day 3, you are free to walk along the Mediterranean coast, relax, and have dinner at the hotel or one of the tasty restaurants in the area.
Accommodations: David Tower Hotel Netanya, Netanya (2 nights)
After a full night’s sleep and a great breakfast, we will travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where the Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre and aqueduct, and then journey on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Next, we will travel through the Jezreel Valley to the Armageddon Battlefield. We will drive through the area of Cana to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. There, we will visit Nazareth Village, a wonderful re-creation of Biblical times with costumed guides. Then we will travel on to The Church of the Annunciation, the traditional location of the angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary.
We will have dinner and overnight lodging at our 4-star hotel in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee, where we will stay for three nights.
Accommodations: Ron Beach Hotel, Tiberius (3 nights)
Mount of Beatitudes
Our morning travels will take us north to Dan and Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s confession and the place where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship. In Capernaum, we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the home of Peter the Apostle. From there, we will travel on to the site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Accommodations: Ron Beach Hotel, Tiberius
This morning we will start the day with an inspirational boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, with a brief scripture reading and devotional on board to bring the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples to life. After viewing the ancient fisherman boat at an operational Kibbutz, we will visit the Jordan River baptismal site. Here, your group may hold a baptismal service for those wishing to be baptized in the same river where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ. Then we will travel north to the Golan Heights and stop for lunch before viewing the area along the Israel and Syrian border.
Accommodations: Ron Beach Hotel, Tiberius
The Dead Sea
Next, we will travel southward to the ruins of Beit-Shean/Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel. It is located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys, and like Jericho, the city was almost continuously occupied throughout its history.
In Old Testament times, the Philistines hanged Saul and his sons on the walls of Beit-Shean after defeating them on Mt. Giboa. During the intertestamental period, the city was renamed the “Scythopolis.” During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis: a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government. Today, archaeologists have uncovered a large number of its ruins.
From there, we will follow the fertile Jordan Valley southward, and your guide will point out the agricultural restoration of the ”Land of Milk and Honey,” the Kibbutz system, and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We will have lunch in the ancient city of Jericho, famed as the oldest city in the world. Then we will head west toward our 5-star lodging at the Dead Sea, known as the lowest place on earth, and have a relaxing evening. Here, you will have a chance to spend time in the spa and enjoy a dip in the Dead Sea for a refreshing float before dinner.
Accommodations: Daniel Dead Sea Hotel, Ein Bokek (1 night)
Our day will begin with a cable car ride to the mountaintop fortress of Masada. Here, our guide will treat us to the history of the famous Jewish zealot stand against the Romans. Next we will drive north toward Jerusalem and start our tour with a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem, which will add new depth and nuance to our Holy Land trip. This will help to prepare you for what you will experience in the days to come!
Next, an interesting and educational time awaits us at the Israeli Museum. Walk through collections of centuries-old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will conclude the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, in remembrance of everything that the Jewish people have gone through.
We will stay in Jerusalem for the next three nights at our 4-star hotel.
Accommodations: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem (3 nights)
Mt. of Olives
Garden of Gethsemane
Today we will truly walk where Jesus walked, beginning the day atop the Mount of Olives with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah, and the Dome of the Rock. In the Garden of Gethsemane, we will walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures, and take time for personal reflection. Next, we will journey into the Old City to visit the Wailing Wall and the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels, leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply, and Roman streets where our Lord was led to judgment.
Next we will move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate and be reminded of Jesus’s brutal beating and humiliation. From here we will be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen’s Gate, and St. Ann’s Church.
Accommodations: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem
Today we will start the day at the Garden Tomb, where we will celebrate the resurrection and join together in a time of praise while visiting the Holy Land. We will then visit the Southern Wall Excavation. The southern side of the Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard, have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here, Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. Scholars believe that this is also the place where Peter stood and preached and thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost.
Next, we will visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was scourged. We will see a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned.
We will get back to our hotel at approximately 5 PM. For those who have a late evening flight this night, we will have time to pack, enjoy dinner together, and then check out of our hotel and depart Jerusalem for Tel Aviv to catch our return flight home.
Arrive back in the USA after a fulfilling Christian tour to Israel and the Bible lands, taking with us many special memories of the places where Jesus walked.
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*Additional hotels of equal value may be substituted depending on availability
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT VISITING THE HOLY LAND
Although the itinerary above emphasizes the spiritual aspects of our Christian tour to Israel, our guides are also experts regarding modern-day information about Israel’s military, politics, education, and culture. We will weave information into our commentary in order to give you a spiritual and educational well-rounded experience. Our mission is to give you Holy Land trip that will leave you with increased knowledge of both the past and the present, and help the Bible come alive.
We want to assure you that it is safe to visit Israel. Our partners in Israel, our guides and drivers, and the Israeli government make every effort to ensure the safety of all tourists in their country.