Wednesday October 27th (overnight in flight)
Depart your port city and fly overnight with a likely layover either in New York, New Jersey or Chicago, or perhaps somewhere in Europe (we currently recommend only a Frankfurt layover) where you'll have a few hours in the airport before continuing on to Tel Aviv.
Thursday October 28th (overnight in Tel Aviv)
Arrive TLV (Ben Gurion International airport in the early evening (3:00-5:30pm) and gather your luggage, load up our rental van and we'll head to Tel Aviv/Old Joppa and check into our space for the night. We can buy some sandwiches and drinks to take with us for a quick dinner at the hotel (Hotel TBD). If you have some energy we can venture out to walk off some of those long-haul-flight kinks.
Friday October 29th (overnight at the Dead Sea)
We will wake up refreshed and enjoy a traditional Israeli breakfast at our hotel, then venture out on a walking tour to Old Joppa and find Simon the Tanner's house and have a view of Mediterranean Sea in a sleek new-old city. Then we will check out, pack the van and head south. We'll have our first stop by David & Goliath's field, the Valley of Elah, then continue toward the Dead Sea. Communion stop overlooking the salt sea region from an Arad mountaintop. We will check into our hotel, the David Dead Sea Resort and Spa and enjoy dinner together and maybe a Dead Sea float tonight and/or in the morning.
Saturday October 30th (overnight at the Dead Sea)
Enjoy a bountiful breakfast by 8:45. Today we will explore historical Masada, the mountain fortress build by King Herod. You may climb the snake path to the top or take the people tram. Then we will drive up the road to hike Ein Gedi (where David hid from Saul). On this hike you can get into water pools and falls, so swim suits, water shoes & towel a plus. We will head back to the resort area early in the day to enjoy the property's amenities and take another Dead Sea float. Optional evening star-gazing jaunt into the desert after dinner.
Sunday October 31st (overnight at the Sea of Galilee)
After another delicious breakfast, we will check out of our resort hotel, and head north toward the Galilee region, stopping by Qumron, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and an active archaeological dig. By 11, we will be on the road north, passing by Jericho en route, crossing the Jordan River. We will have time for the ancient ruins of Beit She'an, and maybe a quick stop at Gan Ha Slosha (3 gardens/3 pools) before a St Peter Fish dinner and exploration at Ein Gev Kibbutz around sunset. Then we continue around the Sea of Galilee to arrive at our Galilee hostel home (Kerei Deshe) for check in. Tonight there is time for exploring the sea-side on your own.
Monday Nov 1st (overnight at the Sea of Galilee)
After an early breakfast on site, we will load up in the van by 7:45 to walk in the footsteps of Jesus today as He ministered in this region. We will start with silent devotional walk around the Mount of Beatitudes, then on to St Peter's Primacy (where Peter was restored to Jesus), then the Jesus Boat museum, complete with worship and boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Then on to Jesus' hometown, Capernaum, and the synagogue that saw so many miracles there. We will end our day with a contemplative bookend stop at Magdela, and then a Jordan River Baptism option. All day with rich views as we travel the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We will stop in Tiberias for dinner and exploring the boardwalk. Then drive back to the Karei Deshe hostel for the night.
Tuesday Nov 2nd (overnight at the Sea of Galilee)
Late morning, breakfast, and time at the Sea, catch up on your journaling. 10 AM we will pull out and head to the Golan Heights. We will drive north to the Golan Heights, see a couple of dormant volcanos(!) and visit Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus asked Peter, “But who do you say that I am?” and discover the significance to His phase “and the gates of hell will not prevail against (the coming of the Kingdom).” Then drive to a 30-minute stair-hike to a hidden Banias waterfall. We'll have time for a yummy Druze snack made while you watch.
Option A: we can head up Mount Bental to the Syrian border and see Mount Hermon and climb into a real Israeli bunker from 1973 Yom Kippur War and have some coffee/tea or lunch. Then if there is time in the late afternoon route home, we might stop to climb the ruins of Nimrod’s Castle.
Option B: On the shores of the Sea of Galilee we will meet with a rep from the Beautiful Land Initiative to have participate in a mission project.
Option C: Drive toward the western Galilee and stop at the Carmelite Monastery where Elijah and God bested the prophets of Ba'al and take in a rooftop a view of the Valley of Armageddon.
Dinner plans will be made on the go as to what we end up doing that day. This may be a good night to pick up pizza and wine and have an evening picnic at our hostel.
Wednesday Nov 3rd (overnight in Jerusalem)
Today we pack up after breakfast and head south to Jerusalem. En route, we'll stop at the site of "the Valley of the Shadow of Death" also see Jericho (from a distance) before we drive into Jerusalem. Our first view of the city will be from the top of the Mount of Olives, the place Yeshua lamented "Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how I have longed..." walk carefully down the mountain (paved road, but steep) to Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations. Possibly, we'll stop to see the Tomb of the Prophets if the owner is available to let us in. We will drive to our amazing 3-bedroom VRBO apartment and check in, then walk to dinner at a local restaurant and stop for a grocery shopping excursion for breakfast foods and coffee on our way home.
Thursday Nov 4th (overnight in Jerusalem)
Grab-your-own breakfast at our apartment by 7:30, before we walk to Jaffa Gate and visit David's Tower before we climb the Rampart's Walk (intercession and photos on top of the Old City walls of Jerusalem). Then coming down at the Dung Gate, we'll walk out to the City of David, enter Hezekiah's tunnel (bring water shoes & pants/shorts that dry well). We will grab a late lunch near the Cardo. We will take some individual prayer time at the Western wall, and traverse the shopping district route back to Jaffa Gate, and return to our apartment for a couple hours of down time through some of the original New Jerusalem neighborhoods and parks. After going back out later for dinner out, free time for shopping on Ben Yahudah Street and buy dinner groceries for Shabbat dinner (Friday) on the way home (open air Shuk market or a grocery store depending on how far we feel like carrying our purchases!). Option to walk to Succat Hallel (IHOP Jerusalem) for worship in evening with Kim.
Friday Nov 5th (overnight in Jerusalem)
We will begin our day early, because things begin to close early for the Sabbath around 2-3 pm on Fridays. We start with another walk into the Old City to visit the Temple Institute to see Jewish plans already in place to erect the Third Temple in Jerusalem. Then we will venture underground through the Rabbinical Tunnels to see the past. We will make a quick stop at St Anne's Church and the Pool of Bethesda ruins (no water for swimming). Then walk the Via Delarosa back to the Christian Quarter. We will purchase fresh bread and local wine and head home early to make Shabbat dinner together at our apartment, and enjoy down time together tonight.
Saturday (Shabbat) Nov 6th (overnight in Jerusalem)
We will start our Sabbath day in Jerusalem late today. Then walk across the Old City to Zion Gate for a stop at the Upper Room and then down to Caiaphas's House, the high priest's home where Jesus was held in the cistern as he awaited the cross. We will climb back up to the Western Wall area and take some individual prayer time there before we find a late lunch in the Arab Quarter. By 3:30 we will walk over to the Garden Tomb (spoiler alert: it's empty!) for contemplation & journaling time from 4-5pm. We will have some down time in the city as we wait for everything to open back up after the Sabbath. Then have a late dinner out in Jerusalem.
Sunday Nov 7th (final day, overnight in flight home)
Enjoy a nice last breakfast by 7:30. Tidy up, check out of our VRBO & load up the van by 8:30. Drive to Yad Vashem, the premiere Holocaust Memorial and museum in the world. Then we drive to the forests and gardens of Neot Kedumim to leave a lasting impression on Jerusalem by planting a tree in memory of our time together. We will stop by Abu Gosh for a lunch stop to enjoy award-winning pita! Then drive to the Mediterranean to traverse the ancient sea port of Caesarea built by Herod the Great. Perhaps stop by for sunset gazing on the Mediterranean Sea at the ancient Roman aqueduct. If you need dinner before the dinner served on your flight, there are several airport options to choose from. As we finish up, we will head to the airport (3 hour security waits) to drop you off and return the van.
Monday, November 8th
You'll arrive home mid-day to evening on Monday.
We will meet up on Zoom for a team debrief about 3 weeks after returning home.
Download your PDF application to print from link above.
This fall Israel 2021 Team is a micro team and limited to 7 people. Down payment must accompany application. You will need proof of a Covid vaccine and a negative PCR test within 72 hours of flight to enter Israel.
Land Tour $3215.00
Price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement $850.
Consider using frequent flier miles/points and save on your airfare when you meet us in Tel Aviv (TLV).
$500 down due with application
$1000 due May 1, 2021
Balance due August 15, 2020 (~60 days prior to travel).
Down payment is only refundable if an applicant is not accepted for this trip via the application process. However, it is fully transferable to another applicant. In case of pandemic problems, we will reschedule. Airfare is also non-refundable, and it's also non-transferable. Rescheduling is made as a credit for the cost directly with the airline.
It is not required, but we highly suggest going unplugged at least during the day while you are on tour so you can fully engage in where you are.
We highly recommend you purchase trip insurance to cover your travel & trip interruption, and/or emergency medical evacuation insurance. You'll need to contact your personal insurance specialist.
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(we don't get a commission or anything and you can choose your level of coverage)
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Our Airbnb will have a washer and dryer.
Lunch and snacks are on your own. We suggest bringing a box or two of protein bars in case lunch is delayed by our adventures. We don't want anyone to get hangry!
Stuff you should know before you go
We will be spending 11 glorious days in the Land of Israel, plus a travel day on either end. Our transfers are via air conditioned van to/from airport to various hotels, hostels and apartments in Air BnBs. Jerusalem days are walking days, so there is no transportation provided except our feet. You may hire a taxi on your own, back to the apartment if needed, but we suggest that you start training your body as you train your heart for this trip so you will be able to fully participate in it with your teammates.) Trips include accommodation, breakfasts and dinners in Israel, entrance to sites, and an air conditioned van.
Not Included: Lunches, tips, insurance, and souvenirs are on your own. Also optional: Jordan River Baptism runs $10-12 USD on site.
*This itinerary is priced, based on a minimum of 5 travelers and a maximum of 7.