"Experience Israel" 2017 Tour
  December 3 to 12, 2017


Depart From St. Louis, MO for your flight to Israel via United Airlines. Beverages and meals will be served on board.


Arrive in Tel Aviv and meet our guide. We will drive north along the coast to the Galilee and check-in at the hotel to enjoy dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz – Sea of Galilee


We will then climb up Tel Megiddo, one of Solomon’s ancient chariot cities, for a view of the Jezreel Valley and future site of the battle of Armageddon. Continue to Caesarea, an excavated city built by Herod the Great 2000 years ago. It served as the administrative capital of Judea for over 600 years. Next a stop at Mukhraka on Mount Carmel, which means “burned place,” the traditional site where Elijah faced off against the prophets of Baal and God sent down fire from Heaven. Next we will visit Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. We will stop at the Basilica of the Annunciation. End the day at the Jordan River and renew your baptism as a true pilgrim!

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz – Sea of Galilee


We will start our day with a stop in the heart of Tel Dan, the capital of the ancient northern kingdom, where you can see a High Place ancient city gates and other finds. Continue to the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus demanded to know of His disciples who people were saying He was. Next we will climb up to the Golan Heights and remember the Road to Damascus, and enjoy the breathtaking view from the Peace Vista. Then we will pass through Korazim, a city condemned by Jesus for rejecting him. We will break and enjoy a St. Peter’s Fish lunch. Then enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Next a visit to Mt. Beatitudes where Jesus gave his “Sermon on the Mount”. At Tabgha we will remember the miracle of Multiplication of loaves and fishes with which he fed thousands of people. Visit Capernaum – known as Jesus’ “own town” – “walking where Jesus walked” takes on thrilling new meaning. As you sit on the stone benches of Capernaum’s ancient synagogue, you’ll be reminded that right here, Jesus taught and healed a man possessed by an evil spirit. It was the synagogue on this very spot, whose foundations you can still see, which Luke says was built by the centurion whose servant Jesus later healed. Jesus also raised from the dead the daughter of this synagogue’s leader.

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz – Sea of Galilee


After breakfast we will travel to Beit Shean, historical gem that unfolds the fascinating story of a rich period full of changes, was the capital of the Decapolis cities, through which word of Jesus’ miracles and teachings spread (Matt. 4:25, Mark 5: 20). It has also been a scene of tragedy: more than a millennium earlier, the Philistines hung the body of Saul from its ramparts. We will stop and visit the Harod Spring which bubbles in a cave on the slopes of Mount Gilboa and from here we can enjoy a fine view of the Jezreel Valley and lower Galilee. Arrive to Jerusalem and walk through the Western Wall Tunnel – the original Western Wall of Herod’s Temple Mount over which Jerusalem of later eras was constructed, walking along 1,445 feet of the original, enormous 2,000-year-old Herodian stones, seeing the lofty Warren’s Gate, a street and other finds, and a fascinating interactive model.

Dinner and Overnight: Ramada Royal - Jerusalem


Begin the day at the City of David, the birthplace of the city of Jerusalem, the place where King David established his kingdom, and where the history of the People of Israel was written. See the strongest physical connection between the stories of the Bible and reality, the place where the Holy City started. Continue on to enjoy the glorious view of the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Visit the garden of Gethsemane and see its ancient olive trees, remembering Jesus’ agony in prayer for us. Visit Mt. Zion and the Upper Room, remembering the Last Supper and outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Below we can pray and pay homage to Israel’s famous king and ancestor of the Messiah at King David’s Tomb. Then we enter the compound at the St. Peter en Galicantu Church which is built over the site of the house of Caiaphas where Jesus was imprisoned. Proceed to Gordon’s Calvary and the Garden Tomb.

Dinner and Overnight: Ramada Royal - Jerusalem


We will depart early today after breakfast and start our drive to Qumran and we will stand among the 2,000 year-old ruins overlooking the Dead Sea on the edge of the Judean Wilderness, we will experience a dramatic view of the cave in which most of the Dead Sea Scrolls, containing the oldest Bible ever found, were discovered. We will then visit the mountaintop fortress of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. Less than 40 years after Jesus was crucified, Jewish rebels took over Masada. In contrast to Jesus’ instruction to “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s” (Luke 20:25), the rebels believed in zero-tolerance for Roman rule. The rebels were surrounded by the Roman army, and took their own lives rather than become slaves. This act has made Masada a symbol of the human spirit’s yearning for freedom and gives a greater understanding of this era of conflict that was the backdrop to Jesus’ ministry. Afterwards, we will descend to the lowest point on Earth and take advantage of the hot springs, mineral waters, and mud baths, and enjoy the desert climate, bathe in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, and breathe healthful bromide-filled air at the desert oasis, Ein Gedi.

Dinner and Overnight: Ramada Royal - Jerusalem


First we visit the spot where Abraham offered Isaac in sacrifice on Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount. Visit the Davidson Center and imagine what it was like for a pilgrim to go to the Temple 2000 years ago. You will walk among the excavations of the Ophel where Jesus and His disciples would have walked. Prepare to be “Awestruck” at the Western Wall, the last remnant of the Jerusalem Temple Jesus knew, destroyed 2,000 years ago by the Romans. We will walk through the Jewish Quarter and can visit the stores along the Cardo, a typical Roman street built in the 6th century. Visit The Temple Institute with its model of the Holy Temple and reconstructed sacred vessels based on historical and archeological sources. The site tells the story of the Holy Temple throughout the ages. Next we will visit the Yad Vashem museum Israel’s Holocaust remembrance and education center which is an emotional and heartrending experience, but seeing the exhibits and remembering the Holocaust gives the more than one million individuals, world leaders and dignitaries who pass through its doors annually a meaningful way to commemorate the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Dinner and Overnight: Ramada Royal - Jerusalem


After breakfast we will begin the day with a visit to Bethlehem (subject to availability) to visit the Church of the Nativity. Return to the Old City through St. Stephen’s Gate, also known as Lion’s Gate, and visit the Pool of Bethesda, the site of the miraculous healing of a paralyzed man by Jesus, as recounted solely in the gospel of John, and also the site of the birth of Mary's mother, "Anne". Here over the original pools the purest crusader church in the whole country was built: St. Anne's. We will walk along Via Dolorosa, the road Jesus walked from the place of Pontius Pilate’s sentencing to Golgotha. We will then visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most sacred ground in the Christian world; this ancient church stands over the Tomb of Jesus and the last of the Stations of the Cross. We will end our day with a visit to the Israel Museum, the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and one of the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. Visit where the Knesset (the name of the parliament in Israel), enacts laws, makes political decisions, chooses the president and the government, and supervises the government’s activity. Farewell dinner at an Israeli restaurant before we head to the airport for our overnight flight home.


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PLEASE NOTE!  We reserve the right to omit any site and/or change the itinerary
Should it be necessary due to local conditions.