Strapping on His Sandals Tour

March 30-April 8, 2019


  “Happy is he that hath the Lord God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.” Psalm 146:5

About This Tour

This once-in-a-lifetime-journey will be led by our guide Schumel Ben Or, a Messianic (converted) Jew, that will be able to give us as believers perspective at each site. He obtained a degree in Archeology and Bible from the Hebrew University and considers himself as being known for his 3-D Bible presentation, friendliness and above all else his sense of humor.

About This Group

Tim and I are excited to announce that we will be hosting an  incredible 10 day journey to the Holy Land March 30-April 8, 2019! Join us as we experience walking where Christ walked and taught, during this life changing trip. We will not only go to the major sites but also to some unusual sites like riding a camel to be greeted and entertained by Abraham!

-Tim and Linda Castallaw

Tel Dan

The Itinerary 

Sunday, March 31st

Welcome to Israel!

Arrive Ben Gurion Airport at 5:30 PM. Meet and assist by Immanuel Tours representative and after border formalities we meet with our guide and driver and set off to the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight at the Caesar Premier Hotel, Tiberias.

Monday, April 1

The Sea of Galilee is an area which is rich in memories of the three years of Jesus’ ministry around its shores. We start this day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We will also 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 Cave 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. Continue to Tabgha, the traditional site of the calling of the disciples (Matthew 4:12-22) and the site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44). Here we will visit the Mensa Christi Church. Today we will have the opportunity to have St. Peter’s fish lunch. After lunch we will visit 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 was the center of Jesus’ Galilean Ministry. We drive on to the site of Bethsaida, possibly the site at which Jesus miraculously fed the multitude with five loaves and two fish (Mark 6:32; Luke 9:10). We end the day at Yardenit for baptism in the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight at Caesar Premier Hotel.

Tuesday, April 2

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”. Next we will visit the beautiful Nimrod Castle one of the largest and most impressive fortresses in Israel. The fortress guarded the main road from Tyre and Tiberias to Damascus during the Crusaders period. From here we will enjoy the stunning view of the Golan Heights. Continue and 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. 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 drive back to the hotel in Tiberias for dinner. After dinner we go out again for an evening Boat Ride with Daniel Carmel, a messianic believer (Sea of Galilee Worship Boat). Return to the hotel for overnight.

Wednesday, April 3

We check out of the Caesar Hotel after breakfast and start the tour today with a visit to Nazareth a town in the hill country of Galilee where Jesus grew up (Matt. 2:23; Luke 1:26; Luke 2; Luke 4:16-30) to manhood. We will stop at Mt. Precipice, the mountain from which the Nazareth people were trying to push Jesus after he infuriated them with his sermon, declaring himself as the Messiah (Luke 4). This is followed by a visit the Nazareth Village, an open air museum that reconstructs and reenacts village life in the Galilee in the time of Jesus. We continue 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. We drive along the coastal plain 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 sentence Him to be crucified. We’ll visit the extensive excavations of the site including the harbor, the Crusader City, the Amphitheatre, the Hippodrome and the Roman Aqua duct. We continue along the coastal plain and start our ascent 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. We check into the Dan Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Thursday, April 4th

We start the tour this day after an EARLY breakfast. We will walk to 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 Davidson Center which includes the Hulda Steps and the Southern Wall 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). We will also visit the Western Wall Tunnels. The Western Wall (the Kotel in Hebrew) is impressive, but its greatness is truly discovered when you descend underground to the Western Wall Tunnels. The tunnels run along approximately 488 meters of the Western Wall, giving visitors a taste for 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. We will also visit the Temple Institute – a non-profit educational and religious organization located in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. The Institute is dedicated to every aspect of the Biblical commandment to build the Holy Temple of God on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Friday, April 5th

After breakfast we will set off on a full day excursion to the Dead Sea. We depart Jerusalem driving down along the Judean Desert to Genesis Land where we will experience a Hebrew Reception at Abraham’s Tent overlong the Judean Desert (Genesis 15:16). We continue to Tel Jericho and see the ancient walls of Jericho and the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by Satan. (Mat 4:1-11, Luke 4:1- 13). We drive via Qumran (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found) and visit Ein Gedi where young David hid in a cave when running from King Saul and he composed several of his Psalms. We will have an opportunity to bathe in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. Time permitting we will also visit Massada mountain fortress, Herod’s magnificent mountaintop palace and fortress, and scene of the last Jewish resistance against the Romans in 73AD. We return to the Dan Hotel for Shabbat Dinner and overnight.

Saturday, April 6th

After early breakfast, we drive to Bethlehem. We shall visit the Basilica of the Nativity and the Field of the Shepherds’ where the Angel of the Lord proclaimed the birth of the Messiah, the Saviour of the world. Return to Jerusalem and drive to the Mount Zion. Here we will visit the Upper Room and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. We will visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus interrogated the High Priest (Matthew 26:57-68; John 18:19-27). From here we drive to Mount of Olives overlooking the ancient and modern city of Jerusalem, the center of the Biblical world. We walk down the “Palm Sunday Road” (Matthew 21:1-11) via the Chapel of Dominus Flevit where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37-39) to the Garden of Gethsemane. Next we climb the hill to the Lions Gate to enter within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, walking from the Pools of Bethesda (John 5:2-18) and along the Via Dolorosa (14 Stations of the Cross). We will have some free time for shopping in the Old City before we end this day with a service at the Garden Tomb and Gordon’s Golgotha. Here we will have the opportunity to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

Sunday, April 7th

We check out of the hotel after breakfast and through the New City and via the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament building) to the Israel Museum with the model of the 2nd Temple period Jerusalem. From here we will drive to the biblical Samaria, passing by Beit El, where Jacob said “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the House of God and this is the gate of Heaven” (Genesis 28:17). We arrive at ancient Shilo which held a central place in the biblical history of the children of Israel for more than 300 years and was the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant until the death of Eli the High Priest. We continue from there and stop at Nebi Samuel, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the traditional tomb of prophet Samuel. It is a holy place for the Jewish, Christians and Muslims. We will have a special FARWELL DINNER in a restaurant located in Neot Kedumim, a Biblical Landscape Reserve, before we set off to Ben Gurion Airport to catch our homebound flight to the USA.



*All-inclusive price includes:


Round trip airfare/taxes/surcharges, and fees included on Delta Air Lines. Scheduled flights reserved but times are subject to change before departure.(Government taxes are subject to change) Delta 44 Mar 30 ATLANTA-JFK 403P-629P Delta 468 Mar 30 JFK-TEL AVIV 1127P-530P (arrive 31Mar) Delta 469 Apr 07 TEL AVIV-JFK 1155P-510A Delta 396 Apr 08 JFK-ATLANTA 845A 1132A (arrive 08Apr)

Trip Tips:

Tips for Israeli porters, bellmen, waiters, guide, driver, etc. included in the all-inclusive price of the arranged tour. Hotels: Galilee March 31-April 03 at the Caesar Premier Jerusalem April 3-7 at the Dan Jerusalem Meals: All accommodations are based on HB. (HB is half board) This includes full Israel buffet breakfasts and dinners . Extra charge for beverages not included in the menu of the day. Farewell dinner included on 07April.


An Immanuel Tours representative will meet and assist upon arrival. Eight (8) full days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned motor coach with a Government Licensed, Englishspeaking Guide with a Whisper System. Map, backpack, and hat provided by Immanuel Tours. Entrance Fees: Full entrance fees to all sites included in per person price. Porterage: One suitcase per person at airports and hotels. (50lb. max.) Carryon bag to fit in overhead bin plus side item(handbag, back pack, etc.)

Point of Departure

 This tour departs from Atlanta International Airport.


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