Biblical Tour Itinerary for 9 Days

Day 1 – Welcome to Israel!

From Ben Gurion Airport, we'll head right to Jerusalem. We'll start our tour of the Holy City at the Mount of Olives, whose beautiful observation of the Temple Mount and Old City is also the largest. There, we will recite a blessing for this happy moment. Stepping into the scene before us, we'll walk the Old City walls to see their eight gates, then continue to a few special neighborhoods in Western Jerusalem; see the City Line dividing it from the Eastern part; the Government Quarter and the Knesset as well as additional structures of importance. We'll take in the special atmosphere by spending the night here.

Day 2

This day is dedicated to surveying ruins in the Old City corresponding with biblical stories. We will visit archeological excavations and compare them to the written word. We will follow the amazing subterranean ancient city beneath the 21st century housing. We will inspect the Roman Cardo, the Hasmonean Tower, the Wide Wall, the Herodian Quarter and finish at the Western Wall, where we'll tour its tunnels and its archeological garden at the Davidson Center.

Day 3

We'll have a special tour of the City of David, emphasizing its affinity to these days. It'll be thrilling to read in the Bible names that appear on the 2700 years old stones, to view David’s Palace and to walk the awe-inspiring Hezekiah's Tunnel. Our next stop will be the Israel Museum, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls and an incredible model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. We'll end with a visit to the Holocaust museum of Yad Vashem.

Day 4

Heading to the Dead Sea, we'll stop at the Masada fortress, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continuing to the oasis of Ein Gedi, we'll see the area where David was hiding from King Saul. Another station on our way will be Qumran, where many of the Dead Sea Scrolls were written 2000 years ago. A relaxing float on the Dead Sea waters will conclude our day.

Day 5

Driving to the Judean Lowlands, we'll pass through Samson’s homeland, between Tzora and Eshta’ol, and track his actions there. In Bet Shemesh we'll see the large valley where the Ark of the Covenant was given back to Israel by the Philistines and observe the area where the famous battle between David and Goliath took place. In addition, we'll walk the land of a thousand caves in Beit Govrin.

Day 6

Northbound, we'll travel to the Jordan Valley. On our way, we'll pass along Jericho and the Jordan River as we read the biblical portions mentioning the area. Then, we'll arrive at Mount Gilboa. From it, we'll have a breathtaking observation of the Jezreel Valley and hear about the history of this wonderful area, including the battle between Gideon and the Midianites. We'll also read about the last war of King Saul as we explore the Bible for more details. Lastly, we'll seek out the site where Queen Jezebel took over Naboth's wineyard at Tel Jezreel and discuss some more biblical facts. Following a visit to the Sea of Galilee, we'll have a meeting with members of a Kibbutz, where we'll spend the night.

Day 7

This day will be spent at the Golan Heights, where we'll inspect some amazing archeological sites, as well as the flora, fauna and people of this zone. We'll also mention its biblical and historical context. As we continue, we'll visit the Dan Reservation, where one of Israel's most important springs is found. Here we'll observe many kinds of local vegetation, followed by some time at the amazing archeological excavations of the ancient town of Dan. We'll link this 2700 years old site to the Bible’s written word. This night will also be spent at a kibbutz on the coast of the Sea of Galilee.

Day 8

Capernaum will be our first stop, a 2000 years old Jewish town mentioned several times in the New Testament. Onwards through Tel Hatzor, a biblical excavated town with an exceptional water system, we'll drive to Tel Megiddo, the prophetic site of Armageddon. There, we'll talk about daily life during biblical times, discuss some important political and historical facts and enjoy the beautiful view. We'll then continue to Muhraka, where Elisha performed the famous competition between God and the 450 prophets of Baal. We'll enjoy a traditional meal at Usafia, a Druze village, and spend the night in Haifa.

Day 9

A gorgeous observation of the city of Haifa on top of Mount Carmel will start our day, providing a view of the Baha'i Gardens, Haifa's bay and the Western Galilee. We'll then make our way to Caesarea, the city that was built by King Herod 2000 years ago and was used as a modern local capital by the Romans and the Byzantines. As we arrive at our next destination, Tel Aviv, we will take a tour of the ancient port of Jaffa.

As we bring our journey to a successful finish, I will personally drive you to the airport to catch your flight.

 

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