2018 PATHWAY TO ISRAEL

November 24-December 4, 2018

Come Experience the Land of Our Faith! 

About This Tour

Join us on a unique, rich, memorable and spiritual journey to the historical and biblical land of Israel. Celebrate the 70th anniversary of its rebirth as a Nation, since it was destroyed in 70 A.D.

Tour Highlights:

  • Areas and sites rarely seen by tourist.
  • See fruitfulness and abundance in a land once desolate as foretold by prophecy.
  • Observe Mt. Ebal (cursing) & its biblical altar/Mt Gerizim (Blessing) and biblical Shechem.
  • Talk with and meet the people of the land.
  • Visit Ancient Shiloh site of the Tabernacle of Moses & Ark of Covenant for 369 years.
  • Visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.
  • Visit Bethlehem, birth place of Jesus.
  • Float in the Dead Sea.
  • Extensive tour of Jerusalem & its biblical sites.
  • Share a Shabbat meal with an Israeli family
  • Be Baptized in Jordan River.
  • Experience a camel ride in the desert.
  • Many additional sites: Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Nazareth, Galilee, Golan areas, Dead Sea, Masada, Western Wall, Temple Mount, City of David, Hebron, Valleys of Israel and much, much more!!!
Group Holy Land Tour

Who Should Go on this Tour

Group Holy Land Tour
  • Anyone who wants to get a better understanding of the land and people of the Bible
  • Anyone who wants to see and walk in the areas where Jesus’ ministry occurred as well as prophets, Kings and other biblical individuals of the Bible.
  • Anyone who has a love for prophetic as well as general Biblical history.

About This Group

Pathway was organized by retired couple Theodis and Judy Lewis. Theodis is a retired Illinois Judge and Judy is a retired Educator and have been married for 47 continuous years. Theodis has done volunteer work in Israel and they have made over 9 trips to Israel.

The Itinerary 

Saturday, November 24th

Departure St. Louis at 9:40am

Day 1- Sunday, November 25

We finally arrive in Israel! Upon our arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, our tour operator will meet us by the luggage carousel and assist us. We are introduced to our guide and driver. Our tour of Israel begins as we drive through Tel Aviv built on sand dunes in 1909. Our first stop is the Independence Hall where Israel declared her independence 70 years ago. We end our first day in Israel at the world’s oldest port, Jaffa, the very place where Jonah fled from the call of God. We can stroll on the narrow streets of the artist quarter and see the House of Simon the Tanner, where Peter received his vision to speak to the Gentiles in Caesarea and visit the Jaffa Visitor’s Center.

  • Dinner and overnight at the David Tower (or similar) Hotel in Netanya

Day 2- Monday, November 26: Along the Cost, Galilee

We drive north along the cost and spend time at one of King Herod’s most amazing architectural feats: Caesarea by the Sea, where Cornelius lived and was baptized, where Paul embarked to Tarsus and was imprisoned and where Pontius Pilot ruled. We will explore the ruins of the ancient Roman and the Crusader cities; sit in the amphitheater, walk the floor of the great Hippodrome where chariot races were held. We stop at the amazing remains of the Roman Aqueduct, which has been beautifully preserved, under the sand dunes for 2000 years. This is our day to join the prophet, Elijah, as he challenges the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. We will retell the story from our vantage point above the battle. From the mountain, we can also take in most of the Valley of Jezreel, the “Armageddon” of the Bible. Our next stop is Nazareth Village, a recreated first century village, which brings to life what a small Galilean village was like during the time of Jesus.

  • Dinner and overnight at the Ron Beach or Nof Ginosaur (or similar) Hotel in Tiberias

Day 3- Tuesday, November 27: In the footsteps of Jesus

We encircle the Sea of Galilee and become intimately acquainted with the towns and areas of Jesus’ ministry as written in the Gospels. We visit Magdala, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene, and the 2000 year old fishing boat known as “Jesus Boat”. Next is the Mount of Beatitudes where we can stand at the site of the Sermon on the Mount and wonder at the natural amphitheater. Nearby is Chorazim which is one of the cities where Jesus taught. Tabgha with the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and the Chapel of the Primacy. Capernaum, where Jesus did many signs and wonders and where we can visit the House of Peter and the ancient synagogue. Next we drive up to the Golan Heights stopping at Caesarea Philippi (Banias), one of the sources of the River Jordan and where Peter made his confession of faith in Jesus and where we will understand what Jesus meant when He spoke of “the gates of hell.” Next we drive through the “Land of the Gardarenes”. We stop for a St. Peters Fish lunch and take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Next we have an opportunity to be baptized at Yardenit a site on the banks of the Jordan River.

  • Dinner and overnight at the Ron Beach or Nof Ginosaur (or similar) Hotel in Tiberias

Day 4 – Wednesday, November 28: Masada, Dead Sea Area

We drive south along the Jordan River Valley discussing many of the people of the Bible: David’s flight from his son, Absolom; Jacob wrestling with an angel; the death of Elijah; the hometown of Elisha; Mt. Gilboa, and the death of Saul and his sons. We pass Jericho, home of Rahab the harlot, and the location where Joshua entered the Land after 40 years in the Wilderness. Across from Jericho is a baptismal site, which is the probable site where Jesus was baptized. We pass Qumran, the village of the Dead Sea Scrolls and stop to observe the cliffs of Ein Gedi and its beautiful waterfalls as well as some caves where David may have hid from Saul. We continue to Masada where we will attempt to understand why King Herod would build such a fortress and we will discover how the Romans finally captured it, only to find a great surprise awaiting them.

  • Dinner and overnight at the Daniel (or similar) Hotel at the Dead Sea

Day 5 – Thursday, November 29: Dead Sea, Jerusalem

In the morning before checkout, there will be time to relax in the spa or swim (float) in the Dead Sea. Depending on scheduling we will visit either, Tel Arad, one of the most important archeological sites in Israel which revealed important discoveries from the time of the Kings of Judah or Beer Sheva where Abraham and other forefathers of Israel lived and worked. Time and security permitting we may make a short visit to Hebron to view the awesome sanctity of the Tomb of the Patriarchs. We will see the ancient walls from the time of Abraham and the graves of Ruth and Jesse. Then we travel to the area of Bethlehem to explore the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus was born, and view the beautiful Shepherds’ Field. There are few Christians remaining there and if time permits, we will visit and have a discussion with leaders of a Christian Palestinian Church there. We ascend to Jerusalem, which is the capital of Israel and, some may say, the center of the world.

  • Dinner and Overnight at the Prima Kings (or similar) Hotel in Jerusalem

Day 6 – Friday, November 30: Jerusalem

We now explore the City of David, the original site of Jerusalem which David made his capitol 3,000 years ago and where most of the Old Testament was written. We will walk upon the area of King David’s palace; observe one of the marvels of King Hezekiah’s reign: the Water Tunnel and view the Gihon Springs. We can get ready for and share a Shabbat dinner with local families.

  • Overnight at the Prima Kings (or similar) Hotel in Jerusalem

Day 7 – Saturday, December 1: Jerusalem

Today we visit the sites of Jesus’ life that occurred in and around Jerusalem. We descend the Mount of Olives visit Church of All Nations the Garden of Gethsemane. We cross the Kidron Valley to the Old City and the Church of Saint Ann’s. We will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We explore the reconstructed Jewish Quarter; we will see the Cardo, the unearthed main Roman thoroughfare and an ancient marketplace lined with shops; Hezekiah’s Broad Wall dating back to the First Temple. We will see the Mount Zion where the traditional sites of the Upper Room and King David’s tomb are located. We continue to the Garden Tomb where many believe Jesus was buried and resurrected. As Shabbat, comes to an end and the city becomes active, again we can enjoy shopping and sightseeing on your own on Ben Yehuda Street the outdoor pedestrian mall. Dinner and Overnight Jerusalem

  • Overnight at the Prima Kings (or similar) Hotel in Jerusalem

Day 8 – Sunday, December 2: Jerusalem, David’s Battle

Today after an early breakfast, we ascend to the Temple Mount where the Temples stood. We visit the pools of Bethesda and St. Peter in Gallicantu. We tour the Western Wall Tunnels one of the most amazing archaeological sites in all Israel, we can walk alongside the Western Wall’s massive foundation stones. We will visit the Israel Museum, one of the foremost museums in the world, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls and a huge model of Second Temple Jerusalem. We visit Yad Vashem, the Jewish people’s memorial to the murdered Six Million during the Holocaust. We visit the Elah Valley site of the battle between David and Goliath. After recounting the story, we will visit the brook from which David took his five smooth stones and find our own five smooth stones to take home with us. We finish the day with a service and Hanukkah celebration at a Messianic church in Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

  • Overnight at the Prima Kings (or similar) Hotel in Jerusalem

Day 9 – Monday, December 3: Samaria

After breakfast, We drive north along the “Way of the Patriarchs” to Israel’s first capitol, Shiloh, where Joshua placed Moses’ Wilderness Tabernacle and where it stood for the next 369 years. Next we travel to the first location in the Promised Land mentioned in the Bible, Elon Moreh. From which we will observe the city Shechem (Nablus),Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim. We finish with a camel ride and a farewell dinner in Ramat Gan.

  • Overnight at Kfar Maccabiah

Day 10-Tuesday December 4

After breakfast. We say our final “farewells” and travel to Ben Gurion Airport for our departure where we bid “shalom” (goodbye) to Israel until your next trip.

 

The Trip Includes:

  • Two Meals daily-Breakfasts and Dinner.
  • Entrance fees to all sights and activities per itinerary.
  • Meet and assist by Tour Company in Israel upon arrival and departure.
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Luxury air conditioned coach
  • Friendly government licensed English speaking guides.
  • All hotel accommodations.
  • Tour hat, map and back pack.

The price includes all of the above plus:

  • Round trip airline ticket charges including taxes and fuel surcharges from St. Louis, Mo
  • Gratuities for bus driver, guide and hotel staff.

There are few exclusions:

  • Lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Gifts and items of a personal nature

Investment

Tour of Israel

$2880*Cash Price/Based on Double Occupancy
  • Roundtrip airfare (taxes and fuel charges included) from St. Louis
  • Group transfers to and from the airport in Israel
  • All hotel accommodations
  • All gratuities for guides, and drivers.
  • Entrance fees for all sights and activities.
  • Sumptuous Israeli breakfasts and dinners every day
  • Travel in a luxury air conditioned motor coach

Point of Departure

Group travel for this tour departs from St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Separate travel from the group may be available, at a different cost.

St Louis

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