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A Biblical Archaeology Tour – 2018

A Biblical Archaeology Tour, 11 Days/10 Nights on Land – Group Tour.

11 Days/10 Nights on Land

Itinerary

Tour Info +
Day 1

Group Flight Departure

Day 2
  • Group Flight Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport
  • After a refreshment stop, we’ll visit the fortress of Antipatris
  • Explore Caesarea Maritima – Herod’s City, the home of Pontius Pilate, Peter, Paul & Philip (Theatre, Praetorium, Hippodrome & Aqueduct)
  • After dinner, we’ll have a welcome meeting for all the participants
  • Lodging & Dinner in Haifa
Day 3
  • Enjoy a comprehensive visit to Tel Megiddo in the valley of Armageddon
  • Visit the newly discovered first century ruins of Nazareth & the Church of the Annunciation
  • See the Roman-period highlights at Sepphoris
  • Drive via Cana of Galilee
  • Walk the Roman Road at the Golani Junction – the longest portion of Roman road discovered in the Galilee
  • Lodging & Dinner on the Sea of Galiliee
Day 4
  • Set sail on the Sea of Galilee and hear the music of Dani Carmel, a local Messianic.
  • Explore recent findings in the city of Tiberias (including the 1st century theatre).
  • Walk in the Wadi Hamam, Jesus’ passageway to the Sea of Galilee.
  • Visit the pre-70 synagogue at Magdala (with Dina Avshalom-Gorni).
  • Visit the 1st century ‘Galilee boat at Ginosar’s Yigal Allon Museum. Meet the discovers of the boat.
  • Walk about Bethsaida, the birthplace of 5 of the 12 disciples (Professor Charlesworth excavated here) and the ancient Israelite town of Geshur.
  • Enjoy lunch by the Sea of Galilee
  • See the ‘tomb of the Centurion’ (a rarely visited site near Capernaum).
  • Delve into the archaeological remains at Capernaum, mentioned more times in the New Testament than any other city.
  • Lodging & Dinner on the Sea of Galiliee
Day 5
  • Drive northward via the Mount of Beatitudes, noting the ‘natural theater’ on the hillside.
  • Visit Tel Hazor and see the destruction of the Canaanite city as reported in Joshua 11.
  • Drive through the Hulah Valley, possibly the Waters of El Merom.
  • Experience the Tel Dan Nature Reserve to see the “Arch of Abraham,” Jeroboam’s temple, and the discovery place of the ‘House of David’ inscription.
  • Explore the Temple of Pan at Caesarea Phillipi and the Palace of Agrippa.
  • Enjoy coffee & deserts in the Druze village of Ma’sade in the Golan Heights.
  • Lookout from Mt. Bental Volcano into Syria and the Road to Damascus.
  • “After Dinner” with Professor Charlesworth
  • Lodging & Dinner on the Sea of Galiliee
Day 6
  • Drive by Mt. Tabor
  • Visit the site of Naboth’s Vineyard at Tel Jezreel.
  • See Gideon’s Spring (Mayan Harod) and watch Judges 4 come to life.
  • Dip in the Jordan River at Qasr el Yahud, the most likely area where Jesus’ was baptized by John.
  • Explore Tel Jericho, paying special attention to Kathleen Kenyon’s excavations.
  • Have a lookout over Cypros.
  • Enjoy the beautiful swimming pool at your hotel
  • Lodging & Dinner in Jericho
Day 7
  • Rummage about Herodian Jericho.
  • Visit Qumran, where some of the Dead Sea Scroll caves were copied and Cave 11
  • Experience Masada, Herod the Great’s desert fortress
  • Enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing and swimming at the Dead Sea
  • Lodging & Dinner in Jericho
Day 8
  • Visit the Machpelah in Hebron
  • Climb up the artificial hill of Herodium to see Herod’s fortress, tomb and tunnels from the Great Revolts.
  • Explore Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity and Kando’s Shop)
  • End the day at the Israel Museum to see the 2nd Temple Model & the Shrine of the Book, where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed
  • Lodging & Dinner in Jerusalem
Day 9
  • See the Canaanite and Roman remains at Tel Ashkelon
  • Behold the lofty Tel es-Safi – biblical Gath (Goliath’s Home)
  • Gather up 5 smooth stones in the Elah Valley, where David fought Goliath
  • See the current excavations at Khirbet Qeiyfah (the Elah Fortress)
  • Visit the IAA warehouses in Beth Shemesh (pending approval)
  • End the day at Tel Beth Shemesh
  • Lodging & Dinner in Jerusalem
Day 10
  • Walk onto the Temple Mount to see the site of the former temple and today’s Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque
  • Visit the Southern Wall Excavations (Davidson Center) and walk up the 1stcentury steps of the Temple. See a 3D Model
  • Visit the newest excavations in the City of David and wade through Hezekiah’s tunnel, and visit the Pool of Siloam.
  • See the Tomb of Annas, the high priest, and the cave of the Silver Amuletin the Valley of Hinnom.
  • Have a late lunch in the Jewish Quarter
  • Visit the Jewish Quarter to see Hezekiah’s Broad Wall & The Cardo
  • Go underground to visit the 1st century Herodian Quarter
  • Enjoy the rest of the day exploring or shopping on your own in the Old City.
  • Evening Option: Visit the Western Wall Tunnels.
  • Lodging & Dinner in Jerusalem
Day 11
  • Lookout from the Mount of Olives
  • Enjoy a time of prayer and devotion in a private garden at Gethsemane
  • Visit the Pools of Bethesda
  • Walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, noting key archaeological details. Learn 7 reasons why Jesus was crucified there.
  • Walk out the Damascus Gate, to where Stephen was stoned.
  • Visit the Garden Tomb.
  • Visit ‘other’ Iron Age tombs in the Ecole Biblique behind the Garden Tomb area.
  • Follow the road to Emmaus through Kiryat Yearim (Abu Ghosh)
  • See the sunset at Jaffa – the ancient port and the house of Simon the Tanner
  • Enjoy a farewell Middle Eastern style dinner together in Jaffa on the Mediterranean.
  • Transfer to Airport or return to Jerusalem for those on the extension tour.

Optional Extension to Jordan

Day 12
  • After breakfast, leave Jerusalem and depart for the Sheik Hussein border crossing for extension tour to Jordan
  • See the splendors of the Decapolis city of Jerash
  • Visit Amman Museum
  • Lodging & Dinner at Marriott, Amman
Day 13
  • Begin the day on Mt. Nebo where Moses first viewed the Promised Land.
  • See the monastery of Madaba where we will see the oldest existing mosaic map of the Holy Land which dates to the 6th century.
  • See the wonders of Macherus, a fortress built by Herod the Great where John the Baptist was imprisoned
  • Travel to Petra
  • Lodging & Dinner at Movernpick, Petra
Day 14
  • Start with an early morning walk through a narrow half-mile gorge into the “rose red city” of Petra – carved from solid rose-colored sandstone by the Nabateans nearly 2,500 years ago.  Settled as an outpost for the silk and spice trade, Petra was conquered in the first century by the Romans and the seventh century by the Muslims. The city was “lost” for almost 1,000 years and rediscovered in 1812.  We will view the magnificent monuments including temples, monastery, treasury and tombs.
  • You will have the option for a free horse ride (customary gratuity of  $5, not included) and a late lunch will be served at the Basin Restaurant
  • Lookout over Aaron’s tomb
  • Lodging & Dinner at Movernpick, Aqaba ( Red Sea)
Day 15
  • Morning of leisure in Aqaba.
  • Transfer to Aqaba Border Crossing
  • Visit the Eilat Underwater Observatory
  • In the evening, fly from the Eilat Airport to Ben Gurion International Airport, depart home