overnight in Tel Aviv
Oct 17th, Sunday
Dead Sea Resort
overnight at Dead Sea Resort
overnight in Jerusalem
Oct 20th Wednesday
overnight in Jerusalem
Oct 21st, Thursday
Oct 22nd, Friday
Oct 24th Sunday
overnight in the Galilee hostel
Oct 25th, Monday
overnight in the Galilee hostel
Oct 26th Tuesday Overnight in the Galilee Hostel
the Galilee Hostel
en route home
arrival back in US
Depart your port city and fly overnight with a likely layover somewhere in Europe where you'll have a few hours in the airport before continuing on to Tel Aviv. Arrive TLV (Ben Gurion International airport in the early evening (4:00-5:30pm) 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 Elis Boutique hotel right near the Mediterranean Sea. If you have some energy we can venture out to walk off some of those long-haul-flight kinks.
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 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 Daniel Dead Sea Resort and Spa (tentative location) and enjoy dinner together and maybe a Dead Sea float tonight and/or in the morning.
Enjoy a bountiful breakfast by 8:45. Today we will explore historical Masada after taking the tram to the top of the mountain fortress build by King Herod, and then 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.
After breakfast, we will check out of our resort hotel and head north toward Jerusalem, stopping by Qumron, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and an active archaeological dig, and 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 stop to see the Tomb of the Prophets if the owner is available to let us in. We will drive to our Air BnB and check in, then walk to dinner at a restaurant and stop for a local grocery shopping excursion for breakfast foods and coffee on our way home.
Grab-your-own breakfast at our Air Bnb by 7:30 and depart for an early morning walk over to a local Messianic synagogue to volunteer to sort vegetables and fruit for needy families and hear about Netevyah's story. (8-11:30). We will walk over the the shuk (open air market) to wander and find some lunch. We will board the light rail train over to an afternoon at Yad Vashem, premiere Holocaust Memorial and museum and in the world. Ride the light rail back to Ben Yahudah street vicinity for a restaurant dinner out. We'll enjoy a leisurely walk back to our Air Bnb home in the evening.
Grab-your-own breakfast at our Air Bnb by 7:30, before we walk to Jaffa Gate and 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 spend a few minutes at the Western Wall, then walk to the City of David, enter Hezekiah's tunnel (bring water shoes & pants/shorts that dry well). We make a big climb to see Caiaphas' House, the high priest's home where Jesus was held in the cistern as he awaited the cross, then continue up hill to the Upper Room and then grab a late lunch near the cardo. We will take sime individual prayer time at the Western wall, and traverse the shopping district route back to Jaffa Gate, and return to our Air BnB for a couple hours of down time. After dinner out, free time for shopping on Ben Yahudah Street or a walk to Succat Hallel (IHOP Jerusalem) for worship in evening with Kim.
We will start our early day walking into the Old City to visit the Upper Room and 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, a quick stop option at St Anne's Church OR the Temple Mount. The walk the Vis Delarosa back the the Christian Quarter. If it is still open we can visit David's Tower (everything starts closing around 2 PM to prepare for the Sabbath.) We will either make our own Shabbat dinner, inviting local family friends, Jai and Baruch, to join us, or go out to busy Focaccia Restaurant.
Late morning. Enjoy your quiet Shabbat in the Holy City. Take a walk by yourself or hang out at the apartment with new friends. Enjoy breakfast sometime before 10:00, when we'll take a little drive by the New US Embassy in Jerusalem. Then drive by the Bethlehem overlook and take some leftovers to have a little picnic. We will drop the van off at home and walk over to the Garden Tomb (spoiler alert: it's empty!) for contemplation & journaling time from 2-3:30. Then walk across the Old City to Zion Gate for a stop at the Upper Room (if we had to postpone before). We will enjoy some hanging out time until the shops and restaurants re-open. Possibly walk back to First Station if we're too hungry to wait for dinner.
We will wake up, pack up and tidy the Air BnB as we check out and head north to the Sea of Galilee. We can choose one place to stop on our way out of town: 1. the Israeli Tank Museum, climb the viewing tower and read scriptures of life to the Land; 2. Ammunition Hill, the Museum of the Six-Day War in Jerusalem; 3. Tree planting at Niot Kedumim. 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 before 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.
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 Karei Deshe hostel for the night.
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 our 2nd mission project.
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. We'll return for one more night to our hostel.
We have a late morning on the sea and we can re-visit any one Galilee site you might have wanted more time at, (this morning is our alternate baptism time if we ran out of time on the way into town) then drive to Gan Ha Slosha (The 3 Pools/Gardens) where you can enjoy afternoon contemplation time or swim/walk around the magnificent grounds. Dinner in a Tiberias restaurant and time to wander along the boardwalk and shop for souvenirs. Drive 20 minutes back to our Air BnB.
Breakfast at 7:30. Check out of Kerei Deshe & load up the van by 8:30. 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. Then we will see 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.
You'll arrive home mid-day to evening on Saturday, in plenty of time to rest up, record more of your memories, and do laundry before going back to work on Monday.
We will meet up for a team de-brief about 2 weeks after returning home.
Stuff you should know before you go
We will be spending 13 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.
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