Israel Biblical Study Tour
29 September – 11 October 2014
Escorted by Pastor Matt Prater
Day 1 – Monday 29 Sep Depart Australia
Depart from Australia on a flight to Bangkok. On arrival, connect to your onward flight with El Al Israel bound for Tel Aviv. Overnight – In flight.
Day 2 – Tuesday 30 Sep Tel Aviv
Arrive in Ben Gurion Airport at 7.20 am where we will meet our tour guide. We will begin our tour of the Holy Land at the Neot Kedumim Biblical Reserve and enjoy a ‘Biblical Breakfast”. We will then tour the Biblical Reserve for an insight into the history of Israel. From here we will continue to Jaffa, the oldest port in the world, known as Joppa in Acts, where the Apostle Peter had a vision to take the Gospel to the Gentiles while at Simon the Tanner’s house. We will visit the site of this house. We will then drive through Tel Aviv and check into our Hotel, relax for the afternoon and have an early dinner and an early night. Overnight – Tel Aviv.
Day 3 – Wednesday 01 Oct Coastal Plain/Nazareth
We will drive North along the Coastal Plain and visit Caesarea Maritima to see the harbor city built by Herod the Great. We will then travel to Mukarah, and view Mt Carmel, the sight where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal. From here we will continue to Nazareth and visit Nazareth Village, a unique reconstruction of a first century village on an actual ancient agricultural sight, as well as visit the Nazareth Synagogue where Jesus read Luke 4:18 – 20, ‘the Spirit of the Lord is upon me …’ We’ll then have a quick visit to Cana and visit the house where Jesus performed His first Miracle. From Nazareth we will travel to Tiberius and check into our hotel, enjoy some dinner, and stay overnight near the Sea of Galilee. Overnight – Tiberius.
Day 4 – Thursday 02 Oct Sea of Gallilee
We will take a cruise across the Sea of Galilee in a traditional wooden sailing boat and visit the ‘Jesus Boat’ museum. We will then explore Capernaum, and visit the Tabernacle that Jesus preached in as well as Peter’s house. Around Galilee we will take a walk along the Jesus trail and visit Tabgha, where the Miracle of the five loaves and two fish took place, as well as see the sight of the beatitudes, as well as the place where Jesus cooked fish for the disciples and called Peter into ministry. Lunch will be at a restaurant where we can enjoy some ‘Peter Fish’ amongst some other delicious fare. We will then board the bus again and travel to Caesarea Philippi at Banias Falls, the place where Jesus had the revelation that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Then back on the bus for Dinner and a refreshing evening at Tiberius. Overnight – Tiberius.
Day 5 – Friday 03 Oct (Day of Atonement Eve) Jordan Valley
We will begin the day with a visit to a Baptismal sight on the Jordan River, and then travel south along the Jordan Valley to Jericho where we will explore some ancient ruins of this ancient city as well as enjoy a cable car ride up to Mount Temptation, where Jesus was tempted by the Devil. A delicious lunch will also be enjoyed at Jericho. We will then ascend the mountains to Jerusalem, say a welcome prayer from the top of Mount Scopus. Roads close early today (2-3pm) due to the onset of Yom Kippur. In the afternoon we will check into our hotel, have an early dinner and then experience prayers at the Wailing Wall welcoming in the Sabbath AND the Day of Atonement. Overnight – Jerusalem.
Day 6 – Saturday 04 Oct Free day (Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement)
Roads closed all day today. Free day to relax and wander the city. Overnight – Jerusalem.
Day 7 – Sunday 05 Oct Jerusalem Worship and the Old City
We will attend a local church and will begin our day with a spectacular view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives from where we will walk down Palm Sunday road and visit the church of all Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane. Onto the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of the traditional places where they say Jesus was crucified and buried. We will also see King Davids Tomb and the room of the last supper where the day of Pentecost was experienced. See also the dungeon where Jesus was imprisoned at the Gallicantu. There will also be an optional evening light show at the Tower of David (tbc). Overnight – Jerusalem.
Day 8 – Monday 06 Oct Jerusalem New City
Explore the new excavations at the original City of David. Onto the New City and experience a moving visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. Continue onto the Shrine of the Book to view the original Dead Sea Scrolls. See a life sized model of Herodian Jerusalem. Finish your touring today with a communion at the Garden Tomb. Overnight – Jerusalem.
Day 9 – Tuesday 07 Oct Bethlehem
We will begin our day travelling to Bethlehem where we will visit the birthplace of Jesus, the Church of the Nativity, Manger Square, and the Shepherds Fields. We will also enjoy a tasty lunch in Bethlehem and visit a gift shop to support the Christians in this area. Optional Evening Tour – Explore the secret rabbinical tunnels beneath the Temple Mount. Overnight – Jerusalem.
Day 10 – Wednesday 08 Oct (Sukkot Eve) Dead Sea
Depart Jerusalem and descend to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. On our way we will stop and explore the caves at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, visit the cave of En Gedi where David hid from King Saul, and also visit a place where they produce Dead Sea health products. Enjoy lunch buffet and facilities at a hotel on the water’s edge and enjoy a float on the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Return to Jerusalem. Overnight – Jerusalem
Day 11 – Thursday 9 Oct (Sukkot 1st day) Beersheba, Departure
We will visit the Biblical City of Tel Sheva, as well as Beersheba, where the Australian Army helped to liberate Israel from Ottoman Rule in 1917. We will visit the Park of the Australian Soldier and the Commonwealth Cemetery. We will then continue on to the Ela Valley, site of the famous battle between David and Goliath, and then visit Emmaus, where Jesus made Himself known to some disciples after His resurrection. We will travel through to Beith Shemeth where the Ark of the Covenant rested. From here we will travel to Tel Aviv and spend some time shopping before we enjoy a final farewell dinner together before boarding our flights home. Overnight – on board
Day 13 – Saturday 11 Oct Arrive Australia
Arrive home with many wonderful memories and photos of The Holy Land!!!
Please Note: There are some options to stay in Thailand, perhaps a resort in Phuket, or travel on to London, Europe, etc. and extend your holiday from there.