About This Tour

Tour Highlights:

  • Opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River.
  • Celebrate Pentecost and Shavuot in Israel!
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
  • Walking in Jesus’ footsteps at his birthplace in Bethlehem, Palm Sunday Road, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden Tomb and many others.
  • See the included daily itinerary for these and many more tour destinations!

Who Should Go on this Tour

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  • Christians who desire to get a better understanding of the land of the Bible.
  • We ask that everyone be of physical ability to participate in a moderately demanding tour (long flights, long tour days, walking).

About This Group

Welcome to Israel, GOD’S glory and promise, We have set this up to be in Jerusalem for Pentecost (Shavout)…what a great way to enjoys the LORD’S SPIRIT…We have already been on and lead 13 of these tours…you will never be the same, I promise.

-Pastor Doug Byrum

Doug and Glenna

The Itinerary 

Friday, October 9th

Depart USA for Israel

Saturday, October 10th

Welcome to Israel!

We will meet and be assisted by an Immanuel Tours representative. After border formalities we will meet our driver (David) and set off to Netanya. We will check in to the Ramada Suites Hotel in time for dinner and overnight.

Saturday, October 11th

Caesarea – Haifa – Sea of Galilee

We check out of hotel after breakfast and drive along the coastal road to Caesarea Maritima, built by King Herod, Caesarea later became the seat of government for the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, who sat in judgement over Jesus and sentenced Him to be crucified. We will visit the excavations of the site including the harbor, the Crusader City, the Amphitheatre, the Hippodrome and the Roman Aqua duct.

From here we will drive towards the coastal plain and along the Mount Carmel to Haifa, Israel’s largest port city. We will have a very special visit to the home for Holocaust Survivors which is managed by the International Christian Embassy.

If time permit we drive to Megiddo, a giant fortress and city built by King Solomon (1 Kings 9:15). In the New Testament Megiddo (Armageddon) is referred to as the site of the “final battle” mentioned in Revelations 16. We will walk through this impressive archaeological site including the water system tunnel.

Finally , we arrive to the Sofia hotel by the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.

Monday, October 12th

After breakfast we will visit the “Jesus Boat” Museum which houses a fishing boat from the time of Jesus (Matthew 4:12-25). Then we take a Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee. Next we will visit Magdala, the birthplace and home of Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:1-2). We drive via Chorazim, a town rebuked by Jesus for its lack of faith (Matthew 11:21-23) to Mt. Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). We will walk down to the Cove of the Sower. Mark 4 records a time when Jesus was teaching a large crowd and pushed out in a boat in order to speak to them. Some suggest this cove is an ideal location for teaching the crowds. We arrive to Capernaum where Jesus 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 and Fishes (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44). Here we will visit the Mensa Christi Church. We will enjoy an afternoon boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and end the day at Yardenit for baptism in the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight at the Sofia Hotel.

Tuesday, October 13th

Golan Heights

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 Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. We continue to Tel Dan, the ruins of the northernmost town in biblical Israel (hence the saying “From Dan to Beersheba). Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Wednesday, October 14th

Beit Shean – Genesis Land – Shiloh – Jerusalem

We check out of the Sofia Hotel after breakfast and start the day with a drive along the Jordan Valley and visit Beit Shean, a major Biblical city located in the center of crossroads between the Jordan Valley and Jezreel Valley. In the 11th century BC King Saul’s body was hung after his defeated by the Philistines. During the New Testament times the city was one of the Decapolis named Skythopolis. We continue the drive southwards by Jericho to Genesis Land where we will experience a Hebrew reception at Abraham’s Tent overlooking the Judean Desert (Genesis 15:1-6) and a short camel ride in the desert. From here we drive to Ancient Shiloh. The city of Shiloh held a central place in the history of the Jewish people. It was here that the Tabernacle existed for 369 years and where Hannah cried out her famous prayer for a child “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance” (1 Samuel 2). From here we drive to Jerusalem. 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. Check into the King Solomon hotel for dinner and overnight.

Thursday, October 15th

Jerusalem: The Mount of Olives – Old City – Mt. Zion

After breakfast we drive to the Mount of Olives overlooking the ancient and modern city of Jerusalem, the center of the Biblical world. We walk down the “Palm Sunday Road”, via the Chapel of Dominus Flevit where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37f), to the Garden of Gethsemane where He prayed on the night of His betrayal (Luke 22:40-46). Next we enter within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem through the Lion’s Gate, walking from the Pools of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church to the Antonio Fortress (Gabbata and Ecce Homo) and along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

We end this day on Mt. Zion with a visit to the Upper Room, King David’s Tomb and St. Peter in Gallicantu, the House of Caiaphas (John 18:19-27), where Jesus was

interrogated by the High Priest. We then return to the King Solomon Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Friday, October 16th

Israel Museum – Yad Vashem – Bethlehem – Westerm Wall

We set off after breakfast and drive to the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the

Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are preserved, and the model of the 2nd Temple period in Jerusalem. We continue to Yad Vashem Museum of the Holocaust which preserves the memory of the 6 million victims of the Shoah.

Afternoon drive to Bethlehem, the royal city of David, where Jesus was born (Luke 2). We visit the Church of the Nativity and the Field of the Shepherds where the Angel of the Lord proclaimed the birth of the Savior . We return to Jerusalem and end this day at the Western Wall where we will join our Jewish brothers & sisters in prayer and experience the welcoming of the Shabbat. Return to King Solomon Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Saturday, October 17th

Qumran – Ein Gedi – Massada – Dead Sea

We start this day driving through the Judean Desert down to the lowest spot on the face of theEarth – The Dead Sea. Our first stop will be at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. From here we continue to the beautiful desert oasis of

Ein Gedi, where young King David hid in a cave when running from Saul and he composed several of his Psalms. This is followed by a visit to the Mountain Fortress of Masada, the scene of the last Jewish Resistance against the Romans in 73 AD.

We will have an opportunity to bathe in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea before returning to the King Solomon Hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Sunday, October 18th

Temple Mount – Western Wall Tunnel – Temple Institute – City of David

We take off after an EARLY breakfast. Our first stop will be at the Temple Mount, a holy site within the Old City for Jewish, Christian and Muslim people. All visitors are able to tour the compound and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with the exception of the Dome of the Rock. From here we walk to the Western Wall Tunnels. The tunnels run along approximately 488 meters of the Western Wall, giving visitors a taste of the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during this biggest of all his immense building projects—the expansion of the Temple Mount. One such example is the famous western stone which is 14 meters long and weighs almost 570 tons. From here we walk to the Jewish Quarter and enjoy a visit to the Temple Institute. This is followed by a visit to the Davidson Center which includes the Hulda Steps and the Southern Wall and Archaeological Garden. We continue to the City of David. We’ll make our way through Hezekiah’s tunnel (2 Chronicles 32:30) to the Pool of Siloam where Jesus healed the man born blind (John 9). Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Optional : Night excursion to the “Night Spectacular Show” at the David Citadel.

Monday, October 19th

Departure : Free morning for shopping – Garden Tomb – Jaffa – Farewell Dinner – BG Airport

After breakfast we check out of the hotel . We will enjoy some free time in the Old City for last minute shopping . We will end our time in Jerusalem with a visit to the Garden Tomb and Gordon’s Golgotha. Here we will have time for prayer and celebrate Communion together before we depart Jerusalem and drive to Old Jaffa (New Testament Joppa) , where Jonah boarded a ship for Tarshish (Jonah 1) and where the Apostle Peter (Acts 9-10) received God’s command to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. We will end our visit with a Farewell Dinner in a Restaurant located in Jaffa before driving to Ben Gurion airport to catch our homebound flight to the USA.

Investment

With Air

$TBDBased on Double Occupancy

Land Only

$3250Based on Double Occupancy

Included in the Tour Price:

  • A double or triple occupancy room (additional charge for single occupancy).
  • All sightseeing, admissions and motor-coach transportation on the tour itinerary.
  • A licensed, English-speaking guide and driver.
  • Buffet breakfasts and dinners throughout the tour, with table water and possibly coffee or tea. Lunches are mostly additional, so plan accordingly.
  • An all-inclusive tip fund for the guides and drivers, hotel staff, and included meals.
  • Our land agent will provide a full-size backpack to carry your daily items, a baseball-style cap, and a map of Israel.

Point of Departure

Group travel for this tour departs from

Louisville International Airport in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Individual travel to Israel allowed, but must be coordinated with arrival of main group. If your flight does not allow you to be transported to/from airport with group, transportation to join the group or return to the airport will be your responsibility to secure and pay for.

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