Depart from Toronto flying non-stop to Tel Aviv with Air Canada departing at 4:45pm from Terminal #1.
TEL AVIV, DEAD SEA
Day 2 – Monday, January 30
Arrive in Tel Aviv at 10:15am where our tour guide will meet you. We start by traveling to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. We will stop at Qumran, where a young shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 in the cave that you will see. These scrolls are the oldest manuscripts of the Bible ever found. You will see where the Essenes who wrote these scrolls lived and wrote these scrolls. We finish the day at our hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Kibbutz Ein Gedi on the shores of the Dead Sea.
MASADA, EIN GEDI NATURE RESERVE
Day 3— Tuesday, January 31
After breakfast we travel south to Masada. You will take a cable car to the summit of this magnificent fortress, built by King Herod the Great, and the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots. Visit the historic ruins and see the palaces, bathhouses, swimming pool, and the oldest synagogue in the world on this mountain in the middle of the desert. We return to Ein Gedi to visit the Nature Reserve at this desert Oasis including the water falls and David’s Springs. Finish the day with a float in the Dead Sea, the saltiest body of water in the world. Dinner and overnight at Kibbutz Ein Gedi on the shores of the Dead Sea.
GENESIS LAND, JORDAN VALLEY, SEA OF GALILEE
Day 4--- Wednesday, February 1
We start the day at Genesis Land situated in the heart of the Judean desert.in the land where the Patriarchs lived. A magical place, it enables visitors to experience life as it was in biblical times. Ride on a camel to be greeted by Eliezer, Abraham's manservant, and by a train of camels which lead you down to Abraham's tent, where you will experience his legendary hospitality. At Genesis Land, the stories of the Bible come to life in the very landscape in which they took place. We continue to the Jordan Valley for a special tour. We drive north to Beit Shean, where we will walk through the incredible excavations of the largest ongoing archaeological dig in the land of Israel with its Roman theatre, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics and Roman bathhouses. It is also the city where the body of King Saul and his sons where nailed to the walls by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10). We finish the day at the Aliyah Return Center a Bible-believing, prophecy-fulfilling ministry built on a foundation of love in uncompromising faith. The vision is to eradicate anti-Semitism by building bridges and encouraging Jews and Christians to work together to fulfill God’s plans for Israel and the Nations, through education, infrastructural development.
Dinner and overnight at Kibbutz Ein Gev on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
JESUS MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE
Day 5—Thursday, February 2
We start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Jesus Boat Museum at Kibbutz Ginossar. Drive to Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ Galilean ministry and the site of many of his miracles (Mark 2:4; Matt.8:5; 14-7; 9; 1-7; 17:18). We will see the remains of Peter’s house and the synagogue site where Jesus taught and worshipped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). Drive to Tabgha and visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. Continue to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered what is perhaps the most famous sermon ever preached – “The Sermon On The Mount” (Matt.5). Visit to Magdala the newly excavated site to see the 1st century synagogue where Jesus taught. Continue to Bethsaida- An ancient fishing village on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is known as the birthplace of three Apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip. We finish the day at Yardenit- the Jordan River Baptismal site. Dinner and overnight at Kibbutz Ein Gev on the Sea of Galilee
GALILEE, GOLAN HEIGHTS
Day 6 – Friday, February 3
We will drive north stopping at Kibbutz Misgav Am on the Israel/Lebanon border to have a better understanding of the security situation along this border. Continue to Tel Dan one of the most important sites for the archaeological and historical recovery of ancient Israel. The city of Dan represented the norther border of the biblical Kingdom of Israel. We drive to the Golan Heights and visit Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River and the site of ancient “Caesarea Philipi”, where Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt; 16:16). On the Golan Heights we will visit one of the bunkers from the Six Day War in 1967 at Har Bental. Return to your Guest House via the east side of the Sea of Galilee. This evening have a special Shabbat dinner at a family home near the town of Tiberias at Poriyah. Overnight at Kibbutz Ein Gev on the Sea of Galilee.
NAZARETH VILLAGE, MEGIDDO, MT CARMEL, CAESAREA, JERUALEM
Day 7—Saturday, February 4
Drive to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. We will visit Nazareth Village depicting a village from the time of Jesus.
We turn inland and proceed to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s walled fortified cities (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with ruins of 20 levels of civilization. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as we read about the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the Valley of Armageddon. We then travel north towards Haifa and ascend Mt. Carmel the site where the prophet Elijah fought the 400 false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30). We will stop for an incredible panoramic view of Haifa. We visit Kehilat HaCarmel a community of Messianic believers located on Mt. Carmel in the city of Haifa.
We drive south to Caesarea the incredible fortress city built by King Herod the Great. Here, Pontius Pilate had his base; where Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10); where Paul embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9:30) and where Philip preached (Acts 8:40). Visit the Roman Theatre, the Hippodrome, and the Crusader City. We drive to the Holy City of Jerusalem to finish the day.
Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8- Sunday, February 5
Drive to the excavated City of David to see remains of Jerusalem from the time of King David. See Hezekiah’s Tunnel and visit the Pool of Siloam. Continue to the Davidson Center to start at the facility using the state of art technology and film showing what the Temple Mount was like from the time of Jesus. You will continue to the Southern Wall Excavations and see the walls from the time of King Herod and walk on the same steps Jesus walked on going up to the Temple. Visit the Western
Wall. We continue to the Jewish Quarter for a tour and a stop at Shorashim for a visit to the Biblical store. Continue to the Friends of Zion Museum which brings stories of love and heroism to the world using ground-breaking technology. Visitors enter a whole new world where they meet biblical figures, academics, businessmen and military officials who, through their faith, have forged an everlasting bond between the Jewish and Christian peoples.
Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 9---Monday, February 6
We start the day visiting Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust commemorating the six million Jews who perished. Visit and walk through the Museum, visit the Children’s Memorial, walk along the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles for those who risked their lives to save Jewish Lives. Continue to the Mount of Olives, for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. From here, we proceed by bus across the Kidron Valley, past the Tombs of Absalom, Zechariah and James and proceed to Mt Zion to visit the traditional site of the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper) and the Church of St. Peter’s in Gallicantu, built on top of the High Priest Caiphas’ house. We finish the day at the Garden Tomb-preserved by the Garden Tomb Association these beautiful gardens surround the traditional site of the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 10 – Tuesday, February 7
We start the day with a visit to the Jerusalem Assistance Centre-Bridges for Peace. Continue to Yad LaKashish - Lifeline for the Old a Jerusalem nonprofit empowering low income elderly through meaningful work opportunities, essential social and financial benefits as well as promoting positive attitudes towards seniors through inter-generational connections. Continue to the Israel Museum to the Shrine of the Book which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest manuscripts of the Bible ever found. We will have a chance to Plant a Tree in the surrounding hills of Jerusalem.
Dinner & overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 11— Wednesday, February 8
Today is a day of leisure to enjoy what the city of Jerusalem has to offer and last minute shopping possibly in the Old City.
Dinner & overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 12---Thursday, February 9
Depart Tel Aviv on Air Canada at 11:55am, arriving in Toronto at 4:55pm at Terminal #1.
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Included in your tour:
· Round trip airfare on Air Canada flying non-stop from Toronto to Tel Aviv.
· Meeting/assistance at the airport
· Return transfers to/from the airport
· 10 nights at selected hotels in four-star hotels
· 8 days of guided sightseeing in Israel
· Breakfast and dinners daily in the hotels
· Shabbat Dinner at a family home in the Galilee
· Tree Planting (one tree per person)
· Porterage at airport and hotels
· Modern Air-conditioned motor coach with Free Wi-Fi if available
· English speaking licensed tour guide throughout
· Whispering system (ear pieces to listen to the guide).
· All entrance fees to places of interest
· All hotel taxes and service charges
· Airport taxes and air surcharges of Air Canada
· Tips to the Tour Guide, Bus Driver and Restaurant staff
· Single Supplement $1,150
· Comprehensive and Cancellation Insurance
**THE ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MAY VARY IN THE ORDER YOU VISIT**