14 days Protestant tour of Israel - Classic itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to the Ben Gurion International airport, Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival into Ben Gurion International Airport, you are met and assisted by Isra Home Tours airport representative. Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 2

After breakfast, visit the ancient Joppa (Jaffa): here was the house of Simon the Tanner and the place of the Miracle of Tabitha’s resurrection. After this visit, we drive north to Caesarea Maritima. Visit the spectacular Roman Amphitheater and port, Herod's Palace, Palace of the Roman Procurator, the Crusaders' City and Harbor. Proceed to Mount Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. From the Mount we will have a beautiful view of the Jezreel Plain, site of many Biblical events.
Through the Galilee we will proceed to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 3

After breakfast, boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on the water. The ride will end at Ginnosar, and we'll visit the Ancient Boat from the time of Jesus that was found nearby. Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was held. Proceed to Tabgha, for a visit of the Church of the Loaves and the Fish. Driving along the Northern shores of the Sea of Galilee we shall reach Capernaum, the town of Jesus, where he lived performing his miracles and healings. We'll stop at the site of a synagogue where Jesus had preached to the local community. By the end of the day we will come to the Southern part of the Sea of Galilee to visit the Yardenit Baptismal site. Baptism shall be held for all interested.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4

After breakfast, drive through the Golan Heights where the crucial battles of the Six Day War were fought in 1967. Drive along Israel’s border with Syria and stop at the Kuneitra overlook. We then proceed to the ancient Caesarea Philippi, now known as Banias. Open your Bible among the ruins of pagan temples to consider the words Jesus spoke here: “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (Matt. 16:13). As at Dan, you’ll also enjoy the natural beauty of Banias nestled on the flourishing banks of one the Jordan’s main tributaries.. Stop for an overview of Gamla, also known as “Masada of the north” where you’ll hear a heroic story of the few against the many, as the raptors that are protected here soar overhead in these magnificent natural surroundings. Continue to Katsrin and visit its ancient Talmudic Village to understand aspects of daily life at the time of Jesus as they are reflected in Gospel stories.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5

After breakfast, drive to Cana and visit the church that stands on the spot where Jesus performed his first miracle. Then we continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation (Luke 26: 28) Church Synagogue. The Synagogue Church - tradition says this is the spot, one memorable Sabbath day, where Jesus stood to proclaim and preach the stirring words of Isaiah. Next we proceed to the Nazareth Village which is based on solid New Testament scholarship and the most up-to-date archaeology, Nazareth Village brings to life a farm and Galilean village, recreating Nazareth as it was 2,000 years ago… Here we will have a unique lunch in First century manner. The last stop in Nazareth area is Mount of Precipice. Cross the Jezreel Valley, sometimes called “the battlefield of the Bible” and now Israel’s breadbasket, to Mt. Tabor to hear the account of the prophetess Deborah gathering her forces here in the time of the Judges to battle against Sisera. Jesus came to Tabor with Peter and James, was transfigured before them, and met with Moses and Elijah. After a breathtaking view of the valley below, visit the beautiful two-level Church of the Transfiguration.
Drive south to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 6

After breakfast we start our day from Mount of Olives for the breathtaking view on the Old City of Jerusalem and Kedron valley. After that we will proceed to Gethsemane and visit the church of all nations. Then we will enter the Old City of Jerusalem at Jaffa Gate on foot. Visit Christ Church, first Protestant church in the Middle East, and then proceed to the Tower of David and its exhibition on the history of the city over the ages. Walk through the streets of the Jewish Quarter to the restored Roman Cardo, which was the main street of Jerusalem during the Roman occupation. Continue to the Western Wall, the last remnant of the second temple. Walk along the Via Dolorosa passing the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

Day 7

After breakfast, drive to the Israel Museum with its Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are kept, the spectacular Model of Jerusalem as it was at the time of the Second Temple in Jesus' time then see the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) and the Supreme Court. Then we will visit Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist. Proceed to Yad Vashem, the Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. We will end our day in the Garden Tomb, in the area of Golgotha, where we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with communion and praise.

Day 8

After breakfast, we will drive south to the Judean desert via the Good Samaritan Inn to the mountain fortress of Masada, stronghold of the Jews in the war against the Romans. Ascend to the fortress by cable car to visit the palaces of Herod the Great with its Roman baths and pools. We will be overlooking the Dead Sea. We descend down the side of the fortress for a possible "dip" and "float" in the salty water of the Dead Sea, the world's lowest place. On the way back to Jerusalem, stop in Qumran, the place where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in a cave by a shepherd in 1948.
Return to hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9

After breakfast, we will go to Gush Etzion. This region south of Jerusalem, with its picturesque rolling hills adorned with grape arbors and olive groves, is brimming with biblical and modern history. For millennia, the main road through here passed near Bethlehem, which in Bible days was called Efrat. Another attraction is the two-mile-long Patriarch’s Highway, which begins near Alon Shvut. In addition to magnificent landscapes, visitors see a fine ancient ritual bath (mikveh), similar to those described in the Mishnah. Next we will proceed to Tel Beth Shemesh ("House of the Sun") was an important Biblical city during the Canaanite and Israelite periods. Beth Shemesh is mentioned in connection with the return of the Ark of the Covenant by the Philistines, as well as other historical events, continue to the Elah Valley, where David fought Goliath. Driving via Emmaus (Latrun) we proceed to Yad Hashmona the Messianic village and Biblical park. We will end our day with a joyous/farewell diner in Yad Hashmona.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight

Day 10

After breakfast we proceed to Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat," an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. Next we proceed to Mount Sodom (Har Sdom), rising above its surroundings near the southern basin of the Dead Sea, is in effect a huge accumulation of salt which has risen above the ground. The name ‘Sodom' is mentioned in the book of Genesis concerning the city of sinners that Lot, Abraham's nephew, had to escape from after protecting his angel-guests from a wrathful mob. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were entirely destroyed by Divine Power and this mountain was there to observe the scene.
Transfer to Eilat - A resort city on the Red Sea, for hotel check in, dinner and rest.

Day 11

Free day for everyone: visiting/relaxing/shopping at the Red Sea.

Day 12

After breakfast we proceed to King's Solomon's Pillars, Timna Lake, King Solomon's Inn and Tent of Congregation at Timna Park. Next we will proceed to Yotvata kibbutz that is located is in the Arava desert. Yotvata is surrounded by palm trees. History buffs can explore archeological remains of ancient times that testify to the production of brass in the area, along with an ancient Egyptian fortress, and an ancient Roman writing. Next stop in the desert area is Kibbutz Ketura. The kibbutz is home to the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES). Ketura Sun is Israel’s first commercial solar field. Ketura Sun covers twenty acres and produces green energy.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 13

After breakfast transfer to Tel Aviv. On the way to Mediterranean Sea we will stop at Makhtesh Ramon. Ramon Crater is the largest of the three Negev craters. It contains geological formations unparalleled elsewhere in the world. Together with magnificent panorama, it presents a fascinating story of geomorphologic evolution. The Ramon Nature Reserve encompassing the crater and the Negev Mountains surrounding it is the largest nature reserve in Israel. For the refreshment we will enjoy Bedouin hospitality at Beerot Bedouin Tent.
Check in, dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 14

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight.

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