2 nights in Tel Aviv
Free day to rest and perhaps visit the beach across from the hotel.
TOUR STARTS!, SOUTH WEST
The Prophet Jonah and the Apostle Peter will come to life for us in Joppa. What similarities were there between these two faithful servants of Jehovah? A highlight of the day will be Beersheba. Here we will explore the life of the Patriarchs and stand in awe of the ruins left for us to see. How does this location prove that Abraham existed? How does Jehovah look out for the depressed? Beersheba will mean more to you by the end of our time here. On the way back to the hotel, we will make a stop at Tel Lachish where Sennacherib, King of Assyria, was encamped. Where did the 185,000 Assyrians get slaughtered? What can we learn from the Lachish letters? This epic day will conclude as we relive the battle between David and Goliath in the Valley of Elah!
3 nights in Galilee.
Our first stop is the Roman capital city of Judea, Caesarea! You will be impressed with how well preserved the site is. This will be our first introduction to Herod the great and Pontius Pilot. Learn about the start of Christianty, and meditate on the accounts involving Peter, Cornelius, Philip, and Paul. Later in the morning, we will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea and the Kishon Valley from the top of Mt. Carmel. You will feel chills considering Elijah’s contest with the Baal prophets, and the fire from heaven! Our afternoon begins at Megiddo, where we will see firsthand what life was like during the time of the Kings of Israel. Look out for evidence from King Solomon’s reign! Our day will end with a moving discussion of the life of young Jesus from Mt. Precipice overlooking the Jezreel Valley and Nazareth. Why was this view so precious to young Jesus? The adventure continues as we see the sea of Galilee for the first time!
Tel Dan will be a key highlight of our trip because of a fascinating detail provided by Moses. Look out for this! Here you will be blown away by the landscape, discovery of an altar from the time of the Kings of Israel, and special ruins from the Patriarchal era. The next stop, Caesarea Philippi will delight us as we see how lush and well watered the north of Israel is. We will recall the historic discussion between Jesus and his Apostles, followed by a divine event! Have you ever wanted to sit in the area where Jesus gave the sermon on the mount? You will get your chance at Mt. of Beatitudes overlooking the sea of Galilee, where we will consider an abbreviated Watchtower study.
We start this day with a special site of Magdala, and visiting a synagogue which we can say with great confidence was visited by Jesus himself! We then make our way to Jesus’ home base during his ministry, Capernaum. We will walk through the ancient town, and enter the ruins of the synagogue. Following a visit to the Boat Museum, we will have a memorable experience riding a boat on the Sea of Galilee. Our journey will start from the northern shores of Galilee to Tiberius in the west. What a day with the Messiah this will be!
8 nights in Jerusalem
Our day journeying south will not disappoint. You will have your opportunity to imitate Judge Gideon’s men in lapping up the water at the spring of Ein Harod. Our trip includes a stop at Beth-Shean, one of the cities of the Decapolis. There are not enough words to describe all the wonderful things we will explore, including a hike and a spectacular view of the Jordan Valley. Driving further south following the Jordan river we pass through ancient Jericho*. Consider the faith of Judge Joshua and Bartimaeus. Just when you think we have already seen so much, our imagination will light up as we anticipate the jewel of our tour to Israel. We will drive through the Judean wilderness, up the Mount of Olives, and behold Jerusalem! This will be our base for the next 8 days.
FULL DAY OFF
Before diving deep into the city of Jerusalem, we believe in good orientation! The Israel Museum is a wonderful place to start. We will begin with a fascinating examination of the scale model of Jerusalem and its temple from the first century. This will be a great opportunity to identify where key Biblical events took place and better prepare your mind for the walk we will take the following day. At the Israel Museum, you will be impressed with the countless artifacts and impressive finds from sites we visited in the South and North regions. Of course we cannot forget the historic discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls! You will have plenty of time to explore the treasures that interest you. You will be ready to discover the city in-person!
Our walking tour of Jerusalem must start from the top of the Mt. of Olives. We will take in the view of the old city and ponder Jesus’ prophecy of the last days, his confidential discussion with his Apostles, and his ascension to heaven. When we walk down through the Garden of Gethsemane, you will feel the emotion from the night of Nisan 14 and meditate on Jesus’ prayer, visit from his angelic brothers, and arrest. The walk through the Kidron Valley will give us a special opportunity to discuss a fascinating account of Abraham and make some faith strengthening connections in regards to Jehovah’s eternal purpose. For the first time you will feel the inspiring weight of the temple platform built on the bedrock of Mt. Moriah. As we walk up to Mt. Zion and the old city of David, we will have the opportunity to visit the Davidson Centre. Here you will be moved by the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, and appreciate the sheer size of the temple platform, its entrance, and exit. Walking down and entering into the City of David will mark this day with an experience to cherish. The time of the Jebusites. Solomon’s anointing at the gushing spring of Gihon. The secret entrance into the old city, which was discovered by David and Joab. A walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel leading to the pool of Siloam. There we will contemplate the miracle of Jesus healing the blind man. This action-packed day will be one you remember for a long time to come!
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After a comprehensive tour of Jerusalem, we make a trip on the Patriarchal highway. Our first location is ancient Shiloh, the location of the Tabernacle! After our tour we will consider an abbreviated Watchtower study, and hear some of your personal comments on your highlights of the trip. Driving through Samaria we will reach the top of Mt. Gerizim with an awesome view of Mt. Ebal, Shechem, and Sychar. There will be much to contemplate here. From Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Joshua, Rehoboam, and more… We then make our way to Sebastia National Park. Here we learn more about Jezebel’s family and the Assyrian conquest of Samaria.
How would you conclude your tour of the promised land? Just when you think you have seen enough, we make our way south east through the wilderness of Judah. We must not forget Jesus’ 40 days here, and his interaction with Satan. Our first stop is the famous and intimidating fortress of Masada, built by Herod the great. After an exciting ride on the cable car, we make our way to the springs, waterfalls, and pools of Ein Gedi. This refreshing visit will introduce us to the rock badger and mountain goats. We will consider the life of David during his years as a fugitive. We will then enjoy the long-awaited soak in the mineral-rich Dead Sea (Salt Sea). As we end our vacation, our final stop must be Mt. Scopus.
TOUR ENDS!, JERUSALEM
FULL DAY OFF
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BASE PACKAGE INCLUDES
• Half-Board meal arrangements.
• Daily buffet breakfast and dinners at all hotels. + 1 free lunch.
• 13 nights accommodation:
- 2 nights: Herods Tel Aviv Joppa 5*, or similar. Standard Room.
- 3 nights: Lake House, Tiberias, Galilee or similar. Standard Room. Galilee is a lower standard than Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. We have tried to pick the best hotel within budget.
- 8 nights: Ramada Jerusalem, or similar. Deluxe Rooms.
• Transportation and portage between the airport and hotels. Entrance fees to sites are included, as per itinerary. Includes the cable car at Masada, and boat ride across the Sea of Galilee.
• 9 days of guided tours in a deluxe air-conditioned coach with an English-speaking, government-licensed guide.
• Tips: Porters, dining, rooming, driver, and guide.
• Headphones for the entire tour.
YOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
• Personal expenses and anything else not specifically mentioned.
• Travel Visa where necessary.
• Travel or medical insurance.
• The cost of your passport (Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the date of your return).
• Alcohol and Meals not mentioned.
• Bus and guide on days off.
• Airport pickup and drop off for NON-Group flights. Passengers to make their own way to and from the airport.
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This is a closed Jehovah’s Witnesses community tour group, organized by Discover Bible Lands Inc. (DBL) and International Heritage Tours (IHT/Agency – TICO#4274452). Your paid deposit does not guarantee your participation until DBL completes thorough due diligence and confirms your active membership status. If the applicant is not a baptised Jehovah’s Witness, they must obtain written approval from DBL for a place on the tour. The applicant accepts that DBL reserves the right to decline applicants’ tour participation at its own discretion.
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i. Cancellation 6 months or more before departure date will incur a US$300 non-refundable processing fee, AND 30% of the total tour cost will not be refunded
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iii. Cancellation 3 months or less from departure date will result in a loss of a full value of the tour (100% of the total tour cost). processing fee will be waived.
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