2018 Bible Study Tour of Israel
In 2010, my wife, Tabatha, and I made our first trip to Israel and found it to be a life-changing experience. So many of the Bible stories that we had studied our whole lives came to life in front of our eyes. This will be my sixth trip to Israel in the past six years and I am looking forward to spending it with you.
Here is a brief list of the tour highlights:
MONDAY, JULY 2
You will rendezvous with your tour group at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport and board an overnight flight to Israel.
TUESDAY, JULY 3
Our luxury touring coach will be waiting for us at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport. After boarding, we will visit Tel Aviv, the largest city in Israel. Tel Aviv is a very modern city and is quickly becoming one of the technological capitals of the world. Our hotel is in the coastal resort city of Netanya, and sits on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
Our first destination of the day will be the coastal city of Caesarea Maritima on the coast of the “Great Sea”, the home of Cornelius and the city where Paul was imprisoned for two years awaiting trial. From there we will arrive at the top of Mount Carmel where the prophet Elijah competed with the prophets of Baal. This will also offer us our first view of the expansive Jezreel Valley. A visit to Megiddo will highlight its strategic importance. On the northern side of the valley, our tour of Nazareth will include a visit to a reconstructed first century village. This village is always a highlight for Bible class teachers as it offers tremendous opportunities to better understand the customs of the Bible. (Make sure to bring your camera!) Our day will end with our arrival at the Sea of Galilee.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY, JULY 5 & 6
Since there are so many things to see in the region of Galilee, we are going to take two full days. On one day, we will travel to the Upper Galilee region and visit the cities of Hazor, Dan, and Caesarea Philippi. This area usually provides some beautiful views of Mount Hermon. On our return back to the Sea, we will travel through the Golan Heights, which will include a view of the Syrian plains in the direction of Damascus, where Paul received his vision. Our second day will be spent entirely around the Sea itself, beginning with a boat ride across the Sea. You will be able to understand the way that the narratives are written when you can see the locations for yourself. Our time on the sea will be followed by visits to Capernaum, Tiberias, Magdala, the Mount of Beatitudes, Chorazin, Bethsaida, the Cove of the Sower, and an actual boat from the first century.
SATURDAY, JULY 7
Today, we will go to the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea. As we travel along the way, we will visit Beth-shean, the Spring of Harod, and Jezreel. We will be able to see the Hill of Moreh where Gideon attacked the Midianites, Mount Tabor where Deborah and Barak fought against Sisera, and Mount Gilboa where Saul died. After lunch in Jericho, we will travel to our overnight destination on the shores of the Dead Sea. That evening, you will have the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea.
SUNDAY, JULY 8
In the morning, we will provide an opportunity for worship before we leave the hotel. Then, we will travel along the western short of the Dead Sea. We will start off at the site of King Herod's summer palace at Masada. Then we will visit En Gedi where David hid from Saul and Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Finally, we will arrive at the one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Jerusalem.
MONDAY, JULY 9
We will start our day with a visit to the Mount of Olives. You will never forget this traditional view of Jerusalem. Walking through the Garden of Gethsemane and to the Kidron Valley will bring us to the City of David. Here, we will see the foundations of the ancient city, the Gihon Spring, and see Hezekiah’s tunnel. On the southern end of the hill, excavations are underway around the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus told the blind man to wash to receive his sight. After lunch, it is on to Bethlehem, and a visit to the Church of the Nativity.
TUESDAY, JULY 10
We will start our day on the Temple Mount, where Solomon built his temple and Peter preached to the crowd on the Day of Pentecost. We will walk through the Old City of Jerusalem on our way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional location of Golgotha. You will never forget your walk through this ancient city. The Western Wall of the Temple Mount is the holiest site in Jewish religion. We will end our day sitting on the southern steps of the Temple Mount, the same steps that Jesus walked up when he visited the temple as a child.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
We will spend the day with a tour of the Shephelah. We will visit the Sorek Valley where Samson lived, and the Valley of Elah to see the site where David defeated Goliath. Following lunch, Lachish, Gath and many other sites in the area are on our route. We will end our day with a trip to the Garden Tomb, north of the Old City.
THURSDAY, JULY 12
On our final day in Israel, we will start at the Israel Museum. From there, you will be able to view the original Dead Sea Scrolls and several artifacts that relate directly to many places we have visited. The large scale model of Jerusalem in the first century will “pull it all together” for you. Our day ends by touring ancient Joppa and enjoying our last meal together while overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. After dinner, we will head to the airport to prepare for our overnight flight home.
FRIDAY, JULY 13
We will arrive back in the United States remembering all of the things that we have learned and ready to share them to others.
It will be a tour that you will never forget.
The cost of your tour includes:
• Roundtrip airline travel from New York City to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.
• Accommodations in first-class hotels (based on two persons sharing in twin-bedded rooms with private bath).
• All breakfasts and dinners served at the hotels.
• All transfers to/from airport and daily transportation provided by private motorcoach.
• Excellent and extremely knowledgeable English-speaking guides.
• All admission fees, porterage, hotel taxes and services charges.
• All tips for tour guide, bus driver, hotel staff, porterage and dining hall staff.
• $700.00 in government taxes and airline fuel surcharges.
• Automatic $100,000 Flight Insurance for Nawas-ticketed passengers (subject to policy terms and limitations)
The total cost for this tour is only $4,499 (per person, based on double occupancy). While most tours to Israel are only 10 days long, this tour is 12 days because I have so many things that I want to show you. And, as stated above, this tour includes many extras already built in including all tips and most meals.
It will be a tour that you will always remember. Israeli tourism is at an all time high. If you are interested at all, contact me as soon as possible.