In the evening, we drive towards the Sea of Galilee and after crossing Sheik Hussein Bridge, we will proceed to our hotel for rest and dinner. Overnight at kibbutz in Galilee.
We start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Ginosar. View the ancient boat from Jesus’ time. Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt of Beatitudes, Korazin, tracing the footsteps of Jesus. End the day with a visit to the Yardenit. Overnight in Galilee.
North Galilee – Bethsaida, travel via Golan Heights to Banias, Tel Dan – sources of River Jordan. Travel down through Hula Valley we visit the beautiful and artistic city Safed. Climb up to Mt. Tabor for a view of Galilee. This is a traditional site known for the Transfiguration. Overnight in Galilee.
Early morning we leave for Zippori, Akko (Acre), Mt. Carmel (Mukhrakha), Haifa, Tel Meggido – passing the towns of Cana and Nazareth. Along the Mediterranean Sea we travel to Caesarea Maritima and arrive at Tel Aviv. Overnight at Tel Aviv.
Neot Kedumin – a beautiful Biblical landscape. We will have a chance to visit Prophet Samuel’s Tomb, for a complete view of Jerusalem before we enter the City – the covenant City of God. We will enjoy an enactment of the Passover Meal at Tantur Biblical Garden, then continue with a visit to Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Mt. of Olives to see Church of the Ascension, Paternoster Church, Bethany and Bethphage. From here we proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane – Church of All Nations, Church of Dominus Flevit and The Tomb of the Virgin Mary. On Mt. Zion see the Upper Room, King David’s Tomb, Dormition Church, Holocaust Cellar and walk toward Jaffa Gate for David’s Tower and its museum. In the evening, we visit City of David – Gihon Spring, Warren’s Shaft, Hezekiah’s Tunnel and Pool of Siloam.
Leave hotel by 8.15 am for a visit at the Old City with Western Wall Tunnel tour. Then visit St Anne’s church for the Pool of Bethesda. Stop at Lithostrotos/Ecco Homo – along the Via Dolorosa. Then trace the Via Dolorosa to the Holy Sepulcher Church. Spend ¾ day in Old City where Muslims, Armenians, Christians and Jews co-exist in harmony. See the Western Wall, the Cardo, Southern Wall Excavation with Davidson Center, Ophel Garden. If the situation permits, we will arrange to visit Mt Moriah (Dome of the Rock Mosque). Overnight in Jerusalem.
Visit Bethlehem this morning – Church of Nativity and Solomon’s Pool. In the afternoon we will visit the Field of Ruth and Boaz and Giloh and also the City of David. In the evening, we will visit the Garden Tomb for a time of Holy Communion. Overnight in Jerusalem.
(Sat) 9 Shabbat Shalom
Leaving Jerusalem we travel to Ein Gedi – an oasis in the wilderness by the Dead Sea. On the way, detour to Wadi Kelt observatories. In the afternoon, we will check into the hotel and the rest of the day free at your own leisure to check out the Dead Sea. Overnight in Dead Sea area.
Beersheva, Avdat, Sde Boker Mitzpe Ramon (amazing Ramon Crater) – desert experience with Bedouin Hospitality, camel rides, Bedouin Cultural Village, archeological sites of Nabateans cities recalling the spice route of old. Overnight in a Beersheva Kibbutz
(Mon) 11 Shalom Israel – Marhaba Jordan
Travelling through the Wilderness Zin, Paran Desert, we come to Timna Park for a view of The Tabernacle in the wilderness. Lunch in the town of Eilat at your own expense and some leisure time to explore this exciting city. 3pm we will cross Arava Border into Jordan.
(Mon) Day 1 (meals on board & Dinner)
Assemble at Changi Airport Terminal 1 by 5.30 am for flight check-in. Start of our journey to the Holy Land.
After immigration clearance, transfer to hotel in Amman for a time to rest and dinner.
Begin Israel Land Tour – Pick up
(Tue) Day 2 (B L D)
Early morning climb to Mt Nebo – traditional spot where Moses viewed the Promised Land. Ascend down the biblical route of the plain of Moab to cross into Israel (through King Hussein). Travel north to the Galilee via Jordan Valley with stops at Gilgal, ancient city Beit Shean then stop at a kibbutz just by the Sea of Galilee for Ein Gev Holiday Village – a kibbutz just by the Sea of Galilee.
(Wed) Day 3 (B L D)
Today we start the day visiting Bethsaida, home to the three disciples. Move along the Golan Heights and understand the importance of its strategic position. Caesarea Philippi, traditional site where Simon acknowledged Jesus is Christ. At Tel Dan, walk along River Jordan right up to the source of river
and end the day with a visit to the beautiful artist colony in Safed.
(Thu) Day 4 (B L D)
Early morning boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Tiberias, Tabgha, Capernaum, Mt of Beatitudes and visit the Ancient Boat Museum. In the afternoon, we travel further west to Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth and Zippori. We will have a chance to look at the plain of Jezreel Valley.
(Fri) Day 5 (B L D)
We leave the Galilee this morning for Tel Meggido and coastal Caesarea – a magnificent harbour built by King Herod. Travel along Sharon Valley to Tel Aviv and the world’s oldest port, Jaffa. This afternoon we will visit Neot Kedumin – 623 acres of Biblical landscape. “Jerusalem,” God’s covenant city, will greet us in the evening. Proceed to Mt. of Olives visiting Paster Noster Church, Church of the Ascension and have a lighting ceremony of Shabbat Candles at sunset and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Transfer to hotel.
(Sat) Day 6 (B L D)
Leave early in the morning for Bethlehem and visit Church of Nativity. Return to Jerusalem for Giloh, Field of Ruth and Boaz, City of David (Area G, Gihon Spring, Pool of Siloam), Garden of Gethsemane (Church of All Nations, Mary’s Tomb). Return to hotel in the evening.
(Sun) Day 7 (B D) lunch on your own
We will spend the whole day in the Old City starting the tour at Western Wall Tunnel, St Anne’s Church for Pool of Bethesda, Lithostros, Ecco Homo of Via Dolorosa to Holy Sepulcher Church. Visit David’s Tower by Jaffa Gate and winding through the Armenian Quarter we come to the Cardo, the Kotel – the Western Wall. Visit the Southern Wall excavation with Davidson Center. If time and weather permit, we will sit on the ancient steps (steps of the 2nd temple period) at the Ophel looking at the City of David and remember past events of the Temple of God. ** today we will have a chance to shop in the Old City. Today we are going to walk a lot – wear a very good and comfortable pair of walking shoes.
(Mon) Day 8 (B L D)
West Jerusalem is where we visit Yad Vashem and Israel Museum – Shrine of the Book. Proceed to Ein Karem and visit Tantur Biblical Institute for a “Last Supper” meal. We close the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb for a time of Holy Communion. ** chance to visit local Jewish market – Mahane Yehuda
(Tue) Day 9 (B L D)
Shalom Jerusalem – enroute to Dead Sea area we stop at Wadi Kelt. Passing Qumran caves we will come to Ein Gedi – the largest oasis along the shore of the Dead Sea and desert. Evening visit to Masada for a magnificient view of the sea and the desert. Masada is “fortress” in Hebrew. The dramatic and heroic story together with its huge architecture attract thousands of visitors yearly. Transfer to hotel. Its private beach to the Dead Sea allows us the convenience of a dip into the sea at our own leisurely time.
(Wed) Day 10 (B L D)
By the Sodom Caves, let’s learn again the reason for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Proceed to Mamshit, once a fortified city of the Nabateans and the main spice route from Judea to Petra. Experience Bedouin Hospitality and a camel ride into the desert. Travelling south to Mitzpe Ramon passing Sde Boker and Ovdat. Be prepared to have a late night as we gaze into the galaxy for stars at the biggest observatory in the Middle East. (sorry no supper lah!)
(Thu) Day 11 (B L D)
Rivers in the Desert Experience at Mt Karkom or Timna Valley. If at Timna, we will visit the replica of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. We proceed to Eilat for lunch and a chance to walk around the vibrant city in the afternoon breeze. Let’s come to the Red Sea or Gulf of Eilat or Gulf of Aqaba – this is the place where 2 continents and 4 countries meet. We cross Arava Border into Jordan for our next destination – Petra.
(Fri) Day 12 (B L D)
Rise and shine this morning for an exciting day ahead of us. Petra – the “Red Rose City”. Once was the capital of emerging Nabatean kingdom – the center of a vast trade network, its magnificiently spectacular buildings and tombs carved out of red cliffs displayed the wealth of the Nabatean kingdom. Twist of fate or wrath of God – this city was abandoned after a devastating earthquake on July 9, 551 CE, but its natural splendor was well preserved until this day. Today Petra is the main tourism income of the Hashemite Kingdom. A full day in Petra bring us through the pages of the Bible – Moses, Aaron, Edomites, 2 Samuel, Judges, Kings, Obadiah and Revelation. A memorable end to our spiritual journey leaving with the legacy of our praise and worship echoing throughout the city from the amphitheatre. TO GOD BE THE GLORY !!!
(Sat) Day 13 (B L)
Leave Petra by 10 am for journey to the International Airport via the King’s Highway.