Day 3 (Tuesday, October 10th )
Today we will have a full day tour to the Golan Heights. We will drive through the lower region of the Hula Valley to Katzrin. The “town of the Golan” which was established in 1974. Drive up to Mt. Bental to an observation point of the Syrian border where we can look into the ghost town of Kuneitra and the “Road to Damascus”. We will stop at one of the sources of the River Jordan at Banias, the site of Caesarea Philippi, where the Apostle Peter made his great confession of faith in Yeshua as the Christ, the Son of God. Here we will also hike to the Banias Water Fall, the biggest waterfall in Israel. We continue to Tel Dan, the ruins of the northernmost town in biblical Israel (hence the saying “From Dan to Beersheba). We arrive at Kursi, the “Land of the Gadarenes”, located on the Golan Heights slopes. It was here that Jesus cured two madmen, (Matthew 8:28-32).
We end this day at Yardenit baptismal site on the banks of the River Jordan. Return to the Ron Beach Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 (Wednesday , October 11th )
On today’s tour we will concentrate on sites around the Sea of Galilee:
Our first visit today will be to Magdala, the birthplace and home of Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:1- 2). Continue to Capernaum where Yeshua lived and performed many signs and wonders (Matthew 8:5-13) . Here we will visit the ancient synagogue (Mark 1:21-28) and the “House of Peter” (Matthew 8:14-17). Located on the northern Sea of Galilee shore, Capernaum was the center of Jesus’ Galilean Ministry. From here we drive to Mt. Beatitudes where Yeshua delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). We will enjoy a St. Peter’s Fish lunch before we drive to nearby Chorazim (Korazim: Matthew 11:20), one of the small cities that Jesus visited but its inhabitants did not listen to Him (Matthew 11:21). We end this day with an evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Return to Ron Beach Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 (Thursday, October 12th )
We check out of the Ron Beach Hotel after breakfast and start the drive along the Jordan Valley passing Mt. Gilboa to Ein Harod (Gideon’s spring) where Israel’s first king, Saul, and his son Jonathan fell in battle to the Phillistines, around 1010 BC (1 Samuel 31). It was at the waters of Ein Harod that Gideon collected his people, in accordance with God’s command, (Judges 7:7). Next visit Beit Shean a major Biblical city located in the center of crossroads between the Jordan Valley and the Jezreel Valley. In the 11th century BC King Saul’s body was hung on its walls after his defeat by the Phillistines. During New Testament times the city was one of the cities of the Decapolis named Skythopolis.
We drive on to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found . We now start the ascent to Jerusalem. We will enjoy a stop at Genesis Land . where we will experience a Hebrew reception at Abraham’s Tent overlooking the Judean Desert (Genesis 15:1-6) and enjoy a short camel ride in the Judean Desert . Before checking into our hotel we will stop at an observation point on Mt. Scopus to have our first glimpse of Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel. Dinner and overnight at the Dan Hotel, Jerusalem.