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Tour the Holy Land while exploring the Jewish roots of Christianity and how they all work together both in the past and present!

Tour Leader:

Bible teacher Charlie Grossman is a Jewish Believer in Jesus, with a unique perspective and deep insight into God’s Word.  He has been teaching the Bible for over 30 years, and is the head of Eshcol Valley Ministries (www.eshcolvalley.org).  His messages and seminars bring the Bible to life, and inspire and strengthen believers in their walk with the Lord.  Charlie will be the Bible teacher throughout the Steps of Faith Israel Journey, and will also assist in leading worship.  Charlie has been married to his wife Donna for over 25 years; he and Donna have two children, Matthew and Rebecca.

Tour Guide:

Guy has been a licensed tour guide in the land of Israel since the year 2000 with a special emphasis in archeology. Guy is married and has two beautiful kids. They live in Kibbutz Harel, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, not far from the place where David killed Goliath. There are few tour guides as passionate as Guy!

May 22 ARRIVE IN ISRAEL

Start the tour with a drive to Old Jaffa (New Testament Joppa) where Jonah boarded a ship for Tarshish (Jonah 1) and the Apostle Peter (Acts 9-10) received God’s command to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. It was here that Peter stayed in the home of Simon the Tanner. It was also here that Peter brought Tabitha back from the dead (Acts 9:36-43). From here you will have a wonderful panoramic view of the city of Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest metropolitan area and the Mediterranean Sea. We drive to our hotel for the first night – Metropolitan Hotel , Tel Aviv

May 23 Caesarea – Carmel Megiddo Cana in Galilee

We begin our day driving northwards to the ruins of the ancient city of Caesarea Maritima which was built by King Herod and later became the seat of government of the Roman governors including Pontius Pilate who sat in judgment on Jesus Christ and sentenced him to be crucified. Visit the extensive excavations of the site including the harbor, the Crusader City, the theatre, the hippodrome, and the Roman aqueduct. We continue and drive by Mt. Carmel, where the Prophet Elijah challenged the Priests of Baal (1 Kings 18:17-40). Our next stop is at Megiddo, the Armageddon of the Book of Revelations. Christian tradition has it that the final great battle of the world will be fought here. Next we continue driving through Nazareth, a town in the hill country of Galilee where Jesus grew to manhood and arrive at the small village of Cana , where Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding feast (John 2:1-11). Here there will be an opportunity for couples to renew their wedding vows. We arrive in our hotel in the late afternoon and check in for dinner and overnight at the Magdala Hotel, by the Sea of Galilee

May 24 Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is rich in memories of the three years of Jesus’ Ministry around its shores. We begin this day with a visit to the so-called “Jesus Boat” a fishing boat of the kind used by the disciples of Jesus. We then take a boat ride from Nof Ginosar to Capernaum, where Jesus dwelt after he left Nazareth and did many signs and wonders, to visit the ancient synagogue and the nearby House of Peter. We drive on around the shores of the Sea of Galilee to visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, Korazim (or Corozaim), which was a small Jewish town, which Jesus used to visit and to preach to its inhabitants, who refused to listen (Mat. 11,21). Before ending this day with shall stop at baptismal site at Yardenit by the River Jordan. Dinner and overnight.

May 25 Golan Heights

. This morning we drive up to the Golan Heights passing by Katzerin “the town of the Golan” which was established in 1974 and continue on to Mt. Bental from where there is an observation point over the whole region and onto the ghost town of Kuneitra. Next we stop at the Banias, the location of Caesarea Philippi where the Apostle Peter made his great confession of faith in Jesus as the Christ, before continuing to Tel Dan, which was the north most town in biblical Israel (hence the saying “from Dan to Beersheba”). Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

May 26 Jordan Valley Jerusalem

This morning we drive southwards through the Jordan Valley and along the slopes of the Gilboa Mountains, on the slopes of which, Saul, first king of Israel, and his son Jonathan, were killed in a battle with the Philistines about 1010 B.C. and arrive at the Spring of Ein Harod. At the waters of Ein Harod, Gideon collected his people to fight the Midianites, about 1050 B.C. as described in the book of Judges (Judges 7,7). Next we visit the excavations of the ancient Israelite city of Beit Shean. In New Testament times it became one of the 10 cities of the Decapolis. After the visit to this extensive site, we continue and drive along the Jordan Valley to Jericho and up through the Judean Hills to Jerusalem. Before checking into our hotel we stop at the “Tayelet” promenade for a breathtaking view over the Old City of Jerusalem, Mt. Zion and the Mt. of Olives. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel.

May 27 Massada Dead Sea Qumran

This morning we depart from Jerusalem, driving through the Judean desert and along the shores of the Dead Sea to visit the Mountain fortress of Massada, the site of the last Jewish resistance against the Romans in 73 AD. Ascent and descend by cable car. Next there will be an opportunity to bathe in the waters of the Dead Sea – the lowest spot on the face of Earth, followed by a visit to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written over 2000 years ago. We will also enjoy a visit to Genesis Land Where we will have the opportunity to ride a camel and experience the Hebrew Hospitality in Abraham’s Tent overlooking the Judean Desert. Return to our hotel for Dinner and overnight. Those who wish can walk down to the Wailing Wall to experience the welcoming of the Shabbat .

May 28 Mt. of Olives Gethsemane Old City – Mt. Zion

We begin this day after breakfast, driving to the top of the Mount of Olives, for a majestic view over all of ancient and modern 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 to the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed on the night of his betrayal (Lk. 22:40-46). Next we shall enter within the walls of the Old City through the Lion’s Gate walking from the Pools of Bethesda and along the Via Dolorosa. We will walk through the narrow streets of the Old City experiencing the Christian, Muslim and Jewish Quarters . In the Jewish Quarter we will walk along the Cardo to Mt. Zion for a visit to the Upper Room, the Tomb of King David and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Before returning to our hotel we will stop by the newly established USA Embassy in Jerusalem ! Dinner and overnight.

May 29 Wailing Wall – City of David – Garden Tomb- Valley of Elah- Departure

Our last touring day in Israel begins with a visit to the Western (Wailing) Wall the most holy shrine for the Jewish people. We then walk via Robinson’s Arch to the Garden of Ophel where archaeological excavations have revealed many remains of the Herodian period which include the steps known as the Hulda Steps leading up to the Temple Court. Then visit the excavations at the City of David. In the afternoon we will visit the Garden Tomb where we will have time for worship and communion. We continue to the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book and the Holy Land Model. Then we drive on to Beit Shemesh and atop at the Valley of Elah where David defeated Goliath, the Philistine giant, in a single combat. Finally we drive to Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest metropolitan. Here we will enjoy a Farewell Dinner before we proceed to to Ben Gurion Airport to catch our homebound flight.

“Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Psalm 146:5) “ S H A L O M

LAND-ONLY PRICE: $2100

 

LAND PLUS AIRFARE PRICE: $3300

 
Includes round-trip airfare from Newark Airport:
FLIGHT ITINERARY
 
May 21, 2022, 9:50 PM: Leave Newark Airport
May 22, 2022, 3:15 PM: Arrive Tel Aviv
May 30, 2022, 12:30 AM: Leave Tel Aviv
May 30, 2022, 5:15 AM: Arrive Newark

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.
  • Our land agent will provide a full-size backpack to carry your daily items, a baseball-style cap, and a map of Israel.