Sample Evangelical Itinerary

What follows is only a suggested itinerary, we can easily adjust the itinerary to fit your wishes

When determining the length of your trip, keep in mind that the main cost of any trip is the flight; additional days in Israel do not add that much to your cost but will definitely increase what can be accomplished

 

 

Day 1 – Monday: We are really going to Israel!
Today is spent journeying from our hometowns to the Land of Promise

 

Day 2 – Tuesday: Enter the Land
We finally arrive in Israel! Upon our arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, a representative of Love Israel Tours, our tour operator will meet us by the luggage carousel and assist us through customs. Transfer to the hotel in Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Sea. We can spend the remainder of the day relaxing after a very long flight or enjoy the city’s beachfront Promenade. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 3 – Wednesday: Tel Aviv
Our Israel Experience begins in Tel Aviv the first all Jewish City in modern times, built on sand dunes in 1909. Our first stop is the Independence Museum where David Ben Gurion dramatically declared the establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948. Drive north for a visit to the University of Tel Aviv and the Palmach Museum, which tells the story of the Palmach, the precursor of the Israeli Army. On the top floor of one of the tallest buildings in Israel you will see a panoramic view of Tel Aviv and the entire coastal area. Continue to Jaffa, the biblical port city, the very place where Jonah fled from the call of God, stroll on the narrow streets of the artist quarter and visit the House of Simon the Tanner, where Peter received his vision to speak to the Gentiles in Caesarea. Proceed to a Shofar factory and see how they are processed and polished. After dinner we can stroll down some of the famous streets in Tel Aviv, visiting its shops and outdoor cafes. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 4 – Thursday: Along the Mediterranean, Galilee
Drive north along the sea coast. Our destination: the restored city of Caesarea (Caesarea Maritime), built by King Herod and the site where Cornelius lived and was baptized, where Paul embarked to Tarsus and was imprisoned and where Pontius Pilot ruled. We will explore the ruins of the ancient Roman and the Crusader cities; sit in the amphitheater, walk the floor of the great Hippodrome where chariot races were held and stop at the amazing remains of the Roman Aqueduct, which has been beautifully preserved under the sand dunes for 2000 years. We drive thought Haifa, the beautiful city on the bay and stop for a look at the magnificent Baha’i Gardens. We proceed to Acre (Akko), the ancient port immortalized by the Crusaders, the Turks and the British. We will see the underground Crusader City and the prison where Jews were hanged during the time of the British Mandate. Our next stop is the country’s extreme northwestern border where we may view Israel’s coastline from the cliffs of Rosh Hanikra and descend by cable car into the magnificent limestone Grottoes. We cross the Galilee to our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee

Day 5 – Friday: Jesus’ Ministry
This is our day to encircle the Sea of Galilee and become intimately acquainted with the towns and areas of Jesus’ ministry as written in the Gospels. We will visit Capernaum, a main center for Jesus’ teachings where Peter’s house has been discovered along with the synagogue where Jesus taught; Tabgha, the traditional site of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes and the Mount of Beatitudes, where we can stand at the site of the Sermon on the Mount and wonder at the natural amphitheater. At the village synagogue of Korazim you may sit in the “Seat of Moses”, a stone chair possibly used by Jesus, Himself. We will see a 2,000-year-old boat known as the “Jesus Boat”, and as the sun sets on the Sea of Galilee we’ll enjoy a boat ride on a re-creation of a Galilee fishing boat. Traditional Shabbat Dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee

Day 6 – Saturday: Golan
Our first stop today is Kursi where Jesus healed a man possessed by demons. We climb to the Golan Heights for a visit to the “capital” of the Golan, Katzrin and then explore a former Syrian Bunker; Mount Bental where we will have the opportunity to learn about Israel’s wars with Syria including the famous battle in the “Valley of Tears”. Security permitting we’ll visit an army base where we can give support to the young men and women defending Israel’s borders. On to Caesar Philippi (Banias), one of the sources of the River Jordan and where Peter made his confession of faith in Jesus and where we will understand what Jesus meant when He spoke of “the gates of hell.” Our next stop is Tel Dan, one of the sources of the Jordan River we’ll hike through the park, see foliage, rushing water and the remains of an ancient altar from the tribe of Dan. Traveling through the Golan Heights, we will view Mount Hermon, the highest mountain in Israel and the Syrian/Lebanese/ Israeli borders. Be sure to bring your waterproof camera because we are now going to raft down the Jordan River! We’ll be able to explore Tiberias on our own including the sound and light show at the Galilee Experience depicting 4,000 years of history, meet with fellow believers and shop in their store. Dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee

Day 7 – Sunday: Galilee
We drive to the Nazareth Village, a recreated first century village which brings to life what a small Galilean village was like during the time of Jesus. We pass the thriving city of Nazareth and continue to Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle. Then we travel on to Mount Tabor, the traditional site of the transfiguration. We cross the Jezreel Valley and continue to the well-preserved archaeological site of Megiddo, called the “hill of battles” and the biblical Armageddon, where according to tradition the final battle will take place. At Megiddo archaeologists have uncovered 25 civilizations built one upon another. Here were King Solomon’s stables and where King Josiah died in battle. We drive to Mount Carmel for a retelling of Elijah’s confrontation with the 450 prophets of Baal. Our next stop is a Druze village where there will be an opportunity for shopping. Dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee

Day 8 – Monday: Jordan River Valley, Dead Sea
Today, after breakfast and check out, we say our goodbyes to the Sea of Galilee and visit Yardanit, where the Jordan River flows from the southern end of the Sea of Galilee and which is a possible site of Jesus’ baptism. You will have the opportunity to be baptized in the River and may also take some Jordan River water home with you if you wish. We detour a little to the west to Gideon’s spring where Gideon the Judge chose 300 devout men for his night battle against the Midianites. Our next stop is Beit Shan, one of the most splendid of Roman cities constructed in the ancient land of Israel. We will see Roman theaters, heated public baths, and a central covered market place. Beit Shan is one of the oldest cities in the ancient Near East and is where Saul’s body was hung on the walls after he fell in battle. We drive south along the Jordan River Valley. On the way we will discuss many of the people of the Bible: David’s flight from his son, Absalom; Jacob wrestling with an angel; the hometown areas of Elijah and Elisha; Mt. Gilboa; and many more. Continuing south we pass the world’s oldest town, Jericho, home of Rahab the harlot and Gilgal, where Joshua entered the Land after 40 years in the Wilderness. We now travel to the lowest point on the face of the Earth, the Dead Sea. We stop at Qumran where in 1949 the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. This was home to the 200-strong Essene community who lived out the Jewish cycle of prayer, privacy and celibacy in direct opposition to the Temple priests in Jerusalem. Some believe that John the Baptist was a member of this sect. Dinner and overnight on the Dead Sea

 

Day 9 – Tuesday: Dead Sea
We take the cable car (or, you also have the option to climb for the sunrise) to the top of Masada, site of the Zealots’ last stand against the Romans, and from where you may also see the Mountains of Moab, across the Dead Sea in the country of Jordan. We will attempt to understand why King Herod would build such a formidable fortress. We will visit the bathhouse, the storage rooms, and the beautifully preserved mosaics and discover how the Romans finally captured it after the final siege. Back to the hotel for a late breakfast after which we can relax and enjoy one of the famous spas at the Dead Sea. In the afternoon we will climb the cliffs of Ein Gedi where David cut off part of Saul’s cloak. We’ll experience a small slice of heaven as we hike along a waterfall oasis whose beauty exudes vibrant, colorful hues. After a camel ride in the desert and dinner in a Bedouin Tent we will view the spectacular Masada Sound and Light show on the cliffs of Masada. Dinner in a Bedouin Tent, overnight on the Dead Sea

Day 10 – Wednesday: Negev Desert
In the morning before a late check out there will be time to relax in one of the famous spas or swim (float) in the Dead Sea. We continue to Mount Sodom and discuss the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and then to ancient Arad, the only Canaanite city in the world that was not altered by subsequent civilizations. Arad is one of the richest archaeological sites in southern Israel. Here Moses’ spies began to encounter walled cities and returned to camp with a bad report. We continue through the Negev Desert to Kibbutz Sde Boker, where David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, made his home in 1953. The kibbutz is his realization of making the desert bloom. Besides seeing the cabin where he lived we will also visit his gravesite, which overlooks the Zin River, which the Children of Israel passed through in their 40 years of wandering. At the ancient site of Avdat we can explore one of the cities along the spice route of the Nabetian Empire which also included Petra. We drive to the Ramon Crater, one of the most unique geological formations in the world. At 25 miles in length, this is one of the largest and most spectacular craters in the world. We might see one of the Ibex or wild leopards living in the area. We can have the option of rappelling off one of the crater’s edges. As night falls we will visit an observatory and see a spectacular display of a star filled sky. Dinner and overnight in Mitzpe Ramon

Day 11 – Thursday: Negev Desert, Jerusalem
After breakfast we travel to Beersheba where we’ll explore the ancient city where Abraham settled, dug his well and made a covenant with the Philistine king. In Beersheba, Isaac and Jacob grew up and Isaac and Rebecca settled. (Now we can say we have been “from Dan to Beersheba”, the entire length of biblical Israel). We’ll drive through the modern city to our next stop, the Israel Air Force Museum, an outdoor museum with hundreds of aircraft from the Israeli Air Force. We’ll be able to see them up close and even climb on some. In the Valley of HaElah, bring your collection bag to pick up 5 smooth stones from the battleground of David and Goliath. We ascend to Jerusalem the Golden, which is like no other city on earth. Sacred to the world’s three major monotheistic religions and fought over for three millennia by a variety of peoples and nations, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and, some may say, the center of the world. As we enter Jerusalem-the “City of Gold”-we will learn the difference between the names Jerusalem, City of David, Zion and the Temple Mount. We will stop at the Mount of Olives where we can overlook the ancient city with a view found nowhere else. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

Day 12 – Friday: Jerusalem
Today we explore the City of David, the original site of Jerusalem which David made his capitol 3,000 years ago and where most of the Old Testament was written. We will walk upon the area of King David’s palace; then take out our flashlights for a walk through one of the marvels of King Hezekiah’s reign: the Water Tunnel. Leaving the Tunnel, we will walk the short distance to the Pool of Siloam. Then we will have the unique privilege of working alongside archaeologists as we sift through soil from beneath the Temple Mount looking for ancient Temple-era artifacts. As the sun sets we make preparations to welcome the Shabbat with prayers and dancing at the Kotel. As we enter the Old City, look around you and notice how people from all corners of the world enter through the various Gates with one purpose in mind, to welcome the Shabbat Bride at Judaism’s holiest site on earth. Traditional Shabbat dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

Day 13 – Saturday: Jerusalem
Today we visit the sites of Jesus’ life that occurred in and around Jerusalem. Our first stop is the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. In this area are the oldest olive trees in the Holy Land, dating back to ancient times — a living witness to Jesus’ arrest by the Romans. We cross the Kidron Valley, seeing the tombs of Absalom, Zachariah and St. James, to the Old City which we enter through the same gate of the Old City that the Israeli army entered in 1967 to make Jerusalem a united city. We will retrace Jesus’ final steps along the Via Delarosa where we can visit the site of Herod’s Antonio Fortress, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Pool of Bethesda. We have time to stroll through the famous Old City market (shuk), where religious items from the three major monotheistic faiths are displayed side-by-side with heaping mounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, colorful clothing, spices, olive wood carvings and pottery. We continue to Mount Zion to visit the traditional site of the Tomb of King David. At the Garden Tomb, a rock-hewn tomb believed by Protestant Christians to be a likely site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection (Golgotha), there will be time for prayer and devotions. As Jerusalem becomes alive again after Shabbat we will stroll on Ben Yehudah Street, Jerusalem’s outdoor shopping mall. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

Day 14 – Sunday: Jerusalem
After an early breakfast we enter the Old City, where everyday life and customs within narrow, crooked streets have remained virtually unchanged for centuries. This time we enter through the Jaffa Gate and walk to the area of the Western Wall Plaza. We hope to be among those allowed entrance to the Temple Mount where we may see the place Abraham would have sacrificed Isaac, where Jesus ministered, and where the ancient Jewish temples stood. We now tour one of the most amazing archaeological sites in all Israel: the Western Wall (Rabbis) Tunnels, we will venture below the modern neighborhoods right to the very paving stones that were there in the time of Jesus. We proceed to the Southern Steps which were the primary access point to the ancient Temple. Standing upon them is to walk upon the footsteps of all of Biblical Israel. Here we can have a better understanding of what life was like when the Temple stood. In the reconstructed Jewish Quarter we can see the Ancient Cardo, Hezekiah’s Broad Wall, the Temple Institute and the Burnt House, all testaments of the past. Along the way, we will meet some friends who will answer many of your questions about Jewish life and will have some really great shopping tips! Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 15 – Monday: Jerusalem, Coastal Plain
We start the day by visiting Yad Vashem, the museum that commemorates those who perished during the Holocaust in World War II. We continue to the Herzl Museum for an understanding of the life of the founder of modern Zionism and proceed to the Jerusalem Forest where we can participate in regenerating the life of Israel by planting a tree. Our next stop is the Latrun fort. In Israel’s War for Independence, some of the fiercest fighting of the war took place here. From 1948 to 1967, the Israelis were unable to gain control of the road and had to build a detour to circumvent the Arab legion. We now drive to Rechovot where we will visit Ayalon Institute, the first clandestine bullet production factory operated by members of the pre-cursor of the Israeli army during the British Mandate rule. In the early evening we will stroll through Machaneh Yehudah, the wonderful outdoor market where native Jerusalemites buy their food. The sights and smells of everything from fish to fresh-baked bread will stir your appetite. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 16 – Tuesday: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Flight Home
After breakfast and check out we will tour the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) and the Menorah, symbol of the State of Israel. We visit the Israel Museum, one of the foremost museums in the world, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls and a huge model of Second Temple Jerusalem. We will learn about the archaeology and customs of the Jewish people both ancient and modern. Then we travel to the area of Judea to Bethlehem to explore the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus was born, and view the beautiful Shepherds’ Field. We say our final “farewells” at dinner in a local restaurant, and travel to Ben Gurion Airport for our departure where we bid “shalom” (goodbye) to Israel until your next trip.

You will be asked again and again, “How was your trip to Israel?” If you ever figure out how to answer this question, please let the rest of us know!