Why just take a tour, when you can participate directly in God's Plan for Israel? This is not just a tour of the Holy Land, this is a rare opportunity to share in the story of modern Israel. You will learn about Biblical stories from a Rabbi, Israel's security (and our own) from an Israeli General and get your hands dirty with Holy Land soil for Israel’s needy.
No other tour will take you outside the museums and shrines and into Israel itself like this one. Take advantage of this rare opportunity and grab a seat while we have spaces available!
Sunday, November 4
Departure from Toronto (Terminal 3) with El Al Israel Airlines flying non-stop to Tel Aviv at 6:45pm.
Monday, November 5
TEL AVIV/ HAIFA
Arrive into Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv at 12:50pm where our tour guide & bus driver will meet you. After departing the airport we drive north to the Leket Israel Logistic Center in Rananna. Leket is biblical - it’s what Ruth did in the fields of Boaz. We will see first hand the operations of the world’s largest food redistribution organization for the needy. Drive to Caesarea: capital of Judea under the Romans and home of Pontius Pilate and Cornelius. We will see the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, the aqueduct, and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. Continue to Haifa and Mt Carmel. Dinner and overnight at the Dan Panorama Hotel, Haifa
Tuesday, November 6
HAIFA/ MOSHAV NAHALAL
This morning in Haifa we visit the Cave of the Prophet Elijah on Mt. Carmel. Elijah the Prophet is arguably the most famous of the Biblical prophets. This is one of the most sacred caves in the Holy Land. According to Jews and Christians, this was one of the places where the Prophet Elijah lived and hid 29 centuries ago. Continue to the grave site George “Buzz” Beurling, a Canadian who was the most successful fighter pilot of the Second World War. He lost his life in a crash while attempting to deliver an aircraft to Israel which was fighting for its Independence. Ironically, it was a Christian that was the first casualty of the Israel Air Force.
Continue to Nahalal to volunteer for Leket Israel gleaning fruits and vegetables at our northern farm. Leket Israel recruits over 60,000 volunteers each year in the rescue of millions of pounds of agricultural crops that are otherwise left to rot at the end of each season. Produce is collected from hundreds of farms and packing houses around the country. The produce is then transported to two hundred organizations serving those in need throughout the country. Drive to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee.
Dinner and overnight at Ramot Hotel on the Sea of Galilee
Wednesday, November 7
JESUS MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE
We start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Yigal Alon Museum. Home of the 2,000 year-old Galilee Boat, known as the Jesus Boat that sailed the Sea of the Galilee in the first century, during the time period of Jesus. Its preservation in the fresh water lake for so many centuries represents a sort of “archeological miracle,” as well as a challenge – to ensure its continued preservation.
Visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ Galilean ministry and site of many of his miracles. Drive to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered what is perhaps the most famous sermon ever preached- “The Sermon on the Mount”.
On to Safed, the highest city in the Galilee, you will have a walking tour of the ancient synagogues and the world renowned artists’ colony. Visit Tel Dan which is the most northern border in the ancient Kingdom of Israel. Continue to the Golan Heights so see the former Syrian bunkers from the Yom Kippur War. Then on to Caesarea Philipi, where Jesus asked: “Who do people say that I am?” Mark 8:27. We arrive back to Tiberias.
Dinner and overnight at Ramot on the Sea of Galilee
Thursday, November 8
Travel to the Baptismal site on the Jordan River, Yardanit. Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to the beautiful Galilee as we begin to travel south through the Jordan Valley to the region of the Dead Sea. We will stop at Qumran, where a young shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. These scrolls are the oldest scriptures of the Bible ever found. You will see the where the Essenes who wrote these scrolls lived and worked. It is likely that John the Baptist spent some time here. Continue to the spectacular city of Jerusalem where we will keep the ancient tradition of entering Jerusalem as a pilgrim. Upon arrival, we will receive the traditional SHECHECHEYANU, the blessing from the Rabbi. Dinner and overnight at the Mt Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Friday, November 9
“If I forget you, O’Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill (Psalm 137:5)
We will proceed to Mount Scopus and then to the Mount of Olives for a magnificent panoramic view of the Old City. Visit Emek Zurim where you will have a chance to experience an archaeological dig near the Temple Mount by sifting through dirt to possibly find artifacts from the time of the Second Temple Period.
Enter the old city to the Kotel, the Western Wall which is the remnant of the outer courtyard of Herod’s Temple and the Holiest place of prayer for the Jewish people. We will visit the Western Wall Tunnels to see remains from the time of the Second Temple Period. Visit the Friends of Zion Museum which brings stories of love and heroism to the world. We will ‘meet’ biblical figures, academics, businessmen, and military officials who, through their faith, forged an everlasting bond between the Jewish and Christian peoples. Visit Ammunition Hill where an important battle took place during the Six Day War in 1967 against the Jordanian Army. Continue to the Garden Tomb for worship and private communion service. Dinner and overnight at the Mt Zion Hotel
Saturday, November 10
MASADA/ DEAD SEA/ EIN GEDI
After breakfast we drive to the lowest point on earth; the Dead Sea which is over 1300 feet below sea level. Then drive south to Masada. Here 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 Roman Empire by 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. After descending this mountain by cable car we travel to the shores of the Dead Sea where we will have time to take a float in the saltiest body of water in world. Maybe even apply rejuvenating Dead Sea mud to our bodies. We will come back home looking 15 years younger! Then we will visit the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and see the waterfalls in the middle of this oasis in the desert and see caves where David hid from King Saul. Return to Jerusalem. Dinner & overnight at the Mt Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Sunday, November 11
We start the day at Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust commemorating the six million Jews who perished in Hitler’s Europe. Experience the Holocaust through the Jewish eyes, visit the Children’s Memorial, and walk along the Avenue of the Righteous which commemorates the Gentiles who risked their lives to save Jewish lives. Then we proceed to the Israel Museum and visit the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest manuscripts of the Bible ever found. Visit the model of Jerusalem from the Second Temple Period as it looked from the time of Jesus. Then we have a special visit with the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) Christian Allies Caucus at the Shalom Yerushalayim Visitors Center which strives to engage Christians around world of the Biblical significance of Jerusalem, and the important issues that tie us together as Christians and Jews. In the we will view the Sound & Light Show at David Citadel at the Jaffa Gate.
Monday, November 12
Today is a free day in Jerusalem to enjoy last minute shopping in downtown Jerusalem or the Old City Bazaars. We check out in the afternoon and we will have a farewell dinner in a Middle Eastern Restaurant before transferring to the Ben Gurion Airport for your flight back to Toronto.