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Jewish  Heritage – Dan  to  Be’ersheva  tour 

May 1 - May 10, 2017
Led by: Jeff and Barbara Zaremsky
 
“They resolved to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that they should come to keep the Passover to the Lord God of Israel at Jerusalem” 2 Chronicles 30:5
 
Day 1:  – Depart USA   Depart from Newark at 4:00 pm (plan to arrive in Newark 3 hours before boarding time) aboard a United Airlines direct flight to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.  2 delicious meals will be served. It is an experience to see Orthodox Jewish men put on their t'fillin and tallits at sunrise and head to the back of the plane for their morning prayers.
 
Day 2:  Be’ersheva, Dead Sea.
Arrive in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport – Excitement begins as we are in the Holy Land! We land in Israel at 9:30 am with a full day of touring ahead of us.  We meet our Israeli tour guide and bus driver and load onto our luxurious tour bus and drive across the country through the Negev desert to Beersheba: This is the capital of the Negev desert and one of the places Avraham lived (Gen 37:2).  Ya‘akov (Jacob) also lived here and the Scriptures speaks of him twice leaving here for Haran and then to Egypt.  Several Bible texts refer to it as the southernmost part of Israel (1 Sam 3:20).  Masada: Time permitting we will travel to the top of Masada. Dead Sea: We end the day at our Dead Sea resort hotel and have time for a relaxing float in the Dead Sea, which is 3 times saltier than the ocean, an amazing experience. The salt water and medicinal mud will make you feel 30 years younger (don’t quote me on that). Delicious all you can eat dinner buffet:
Leonardo Club Hotel on the Dead Sea
 
Day 3:  Masada, Sodom & Gomorrah, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Jordan River near Jericho, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, Ben Yehuda St. (shopping at Masada, Qumran, Ben Yehuda).
After a wonderful all you can eat Israeli buffet breakfast we will begin our travel from the lowest spot on earth, the Dead Sea, 1300 ft. below sea level, and make our way up to the highest spot (spiritually) on the earth – Jerusalem.  Along the way we stop at Masada (if we did not visit the day before): ascending by cable car to the magnificent ruins of Herod’s desert fortress where from 70 to 73 AD Jewish zealots made their last stand in the Judean revolt against Rome.  We see the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a synagogue. From high above the Dead Sea we view the ashes and brimstone of Sodom and Gomorrah (time permitting we stop and feel those very ashes). We proceed to Ein Gedi and walk the path to see the waterfall in the desert and take a swim in one of the pools where David camped out when hiding from King Saul. It is amazing to swim in the very same pool that David swam in over 3,000 years ago. We continue to Qumran where the Essenes wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls. We see the caves where God’s word was preserved for close to 2,000 years.  As we continue northward we stop at the Jordan River near Jericho, the site where Yeshua was immersed by Yochanan (John) and where the children of Israel crossed into the land of Canaan after 40 years in the wilderness.  This is also the area where Eliyahu (Elijah) and Elisha struck the Jordan with their cloak and parted the waters so they could pass over on dry ground! As we drive past Jericho we recount the many Biblical events that took place there. We enter Jerusalem the Holy City and arrive at our Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem, for an all you can eat buffet dinner.  In the evening enjoy the night life and shopping on Ben Yehuda St.
 
Day 4:  City of David, Gihon Spring, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Southern Wall, view of Bethlehem, Mt of Olives, Western Wall Shabbat Service.
Breakfast at the hotel.  We start our day with a visit to the City of David. The story of the City of David began over 3,000 years ago, when King David left the city of Hebron and conquered the well fortified hilltop city known as Jebus. A tour through the City of David brings visitors face to face with the personalities and places of the Bible. We descend under the city of original Jerusalem to the Gihon Spring where Solomon was anointed as king. The Gihon Spring is the start of the amazing Hezekiah’s Tunnel, chiseled from each end through solid stone to protect Jerusalem’s water source. We walk through this amazing water source (ankle deep in cool fresh spring water) ending at the Pool of Siloam where a man blind from birth received his sight after Y’shua placed mud on his eyes.  From there we cross the street to the Southern Wall to see an amazing computerized animation of what it was like to visit the temple.  We then visit some of the mikvah pools that very possibly were used to immerse the three thousand people on Shavuot (Pentecost).  We also see the remains of the ancient shops for buying and changing currencies.  We walk on the steps that Y’shua would have used to enter the Temple area and would have taught from and where Peter and John prayed for a lame man to walk. A View of Bethlehem – from Jerusalem.  We look across the fields where the angels spoke to the shepherds announcing the Messiah’s birth and look toward Bethlehem the city of Naomi, Ruth, & Boaz as well as of the birth place of David and Y’shua. We drive to the top of the Mt. of Olives where Y’shua made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey and where He later ascended into heaven.  We take a moment to reflect back to that day and time while you gaze upon the panoramic view of the Holy City. The presence of God is all about, cast your eyes toward the Eastern Gate, and envision the triumphant return of our Lord in all His glory.  This evening we walk through the Zion Gate into the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem.  We stop and see a portion of the wall that Nehemiah built over 2,500 years ago. As we make our way to the Western Wall we see families preparing for the Shabbat.  We come to the Western Wall while hundreds of worshippers are praying and dancing – an experience that makes the entire trip worth it. 
Dinner & Overnight: Hotel Prima Kings Jerusalem
 
Day 5:  Mt. Zion, Upper Room, David’s tomb, Kidron Valley, Garden of Gethsemane, Pilate’s Judgment hall, Golgotha, Garden Tomb, miniature replica of Jerusalem.(no shopping on Shabbat)
Breakfast at the hotel. We start this most exciting day on Mt. Zion with an early morning mini-Passover in the upper room, where Y’shua had his last supper.  We visit the tomb of David and cross the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane for prayer under the olive trees as the Lord did nearly 2,000 years ago. We continue following the last hours of Y’shua’s life by traveling to Pilate's Judgment Hall/Lithostrotos where Y’shua was sentenced and beaten by Roman soldiers.  We follow the Via Dolorosa to Golgotha, the hill of the scull where Y’shua was hung and to (Gordon’s) Garden Tomb where Y’shua was buried and resurrected. We end this powerful day at a miniature replica of Jerusalem during the time of Y’shua.  (Time permitting the Shrine of the Book and Israel Museum).  Sack lunch will be provided for this day.
Dinner & Overnight: Prima Kings Jerusalem
  
Day 6:  Yad Vashem, Knesset, Mahaneh Yehuda Market, Gideon Spring, Galilee, Tiberius (shopping Yad Vashem, Mahaneh Yehuda Market, Tiberius)
Breakfast at the hotel & check out.  We stop at Yad Vashem: The home for the Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes. While heading to our next destination we will pass by the Government Center and the Knesset – Israel’s Parliament. Next we visit the Mahaneh Yehuda market in Jerusalem for some shopping and to experience life in Jerusalem today. We drive down the road to Jericho past the good Samaritan Inn and then northward along the Jordan River up towards Galilee.  Gideon Springs: This spring is in the Jezreel Valley at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.  This is where Gideon’s army was tested before their battle with the Midianites.  A wonderful and breathtaking view of the Sea of the Galilee from the Switzerland Forest where we recount the story of the loaves and the fishes. 
Dinner & Overnight: Caesar Hotel Tiberias.  Spend the evening shopping in Tiberius or strolling along the Sea of Galilee.
 
Day 7:  Boat ride Sea of Galilee, 2,000 year old boat, Capernaum, Mt of Beatitudes, site of last breakfast, Decapolis,  immersion site. (shopping at 2,000 boat, immersion site, Tiberius)
Awake to a sunrise over the Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee. Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy your all you can eat Israeli breakfast as you enjoy the cool breeze and view of the Sea of Galilee. We walk down to the pier just outside our hotel and board our boat for a relaxing and spiritual sail across the beautiful Sea of Galilee as we recount the many miracles that happen on this very lake. Many people have found this to be the highlight of the tour. We land on the northern side of the lake at a kibutz, where we view a 2,000 year old boat referred to as the Jesus boat. We continue to Capernaum and walk into a synagogue where Y’shua preached and healed, and to the Mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was given. We stop on the shore of the lake at a site called Peter’s Primacy and recount where the risen Messiah appeared to His disciples and ate one of His last breakfasts with them as He gave His commission to Peter.  We drive around the lake to Decapolis, the place where Y’shua delivered a demonic person and cast the demons into swine which ran into the sea. We circle around to the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee to Yardenit. Experience immersion at Yardenit, in the Jordan River. 
Dinner & Overnight: Caesar Hotel Tiberias.  Spend the evening shopping in Tiberius or strolling along the Sea of Galilee.
 
Day 8:  Gamla, Tel Bental, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi (Banyas), Golan Heights, Israeli bunker, Mt Hermon. (shopping Tiberius)
Another sunrise and breakfast on the Sea of Galilee.  As we make our way north we stop at Tel Dan: An ancient city and the source of one of the largest branches of the Jordan River. In biblical times it marked Israel's northern border. It is now located in 100 acres of a glorious nature reserve. The impressive walls of the ancient city still remain.  Caesarea Philippi (Banyas) where Peter made his great profession of faith.  Driving to the foot of Mount Hermon we ascend onto the Golan Heights for a magnificent view of upper Israel and visit an Israeli bunker at Tel Bental: Stand atop a volcano that rises 3400 feet above sea level and see the plains of Syria where many modern and ancient battles have been fought. From there we go to Gamla in the Golan Heights where we see the ruins of an ancient city destroyed during the first Jewish Revolt by the Romans in 67AD. There are ruins of a synagogue that Yeshua more than likely taught in. Listen to the distant waterfalls and marvel at the large vultures and eagles that soar on the heights above. 
Dinner & Overnight: Caesar Hotel Tiberias. Spend the evening shopping in Tiberius or strolling along the Sea of Galilee.
  
Day 9:  Cana, Nazareth Village, Nazareth Cliff, Tel Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea, (shopping Nazareth Village, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel)
Last sunrise and breakfast on the Sea of Galilee. This morning we drive through Cana, the town where Y’shua preformed his first miracle at the wedding.  We visit Nazareth Village: In this village we see a quarry, wine press, and grape tresses that date back to the time when Y’shua grew up here.  We see houses, a synagogue, an olive press and a well built to look like it did 2,000 years ago.  We see grape vines, olive trees, pomegranate trees, sheep, goats, rams, donkeys, and people dressed in the garments of 2,000 years ago.  Also in Nazareth we stop on top of a cliff from where we will have a panorama view of the Jezreel Valley, Mt. Gilboa, where Saul and Jonathan were killed, and Mt. Tabor where the prophetess Deborah defended Israel.  We travel down the Plain of Jezreel to Tel Megiddo and the excavations that unearthed 20 different civilizations including Solomon’s stables. We drive up Mount Carmel where Elijah stood down the prophets of Baal. From there we go to the Mediterranean coastal city of Caesarea, capital of the Roman procurators of Judea where Paul was tried in court before King Agrippa & Bernice and where Peter ministered to the first Gentile believer.  Visit the Roman theater and coliseum plus the amazingly engineered aqueduct.
From their we drive to the airport for our late night flight back to the USA.
 
Day 10 –
Land in USA – landing in Newark at 4:30 am.
 
“They resolved to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that they should come to keep the Passover to the Lord God of Israel at Jerusalem” 2 Chron 30:5


Jewish  Heritage – Dan  to  Beersheba  tour 
May 1 - May 10, 2017
Led by: Jeff and Barbara Zaremsky
 
“They resolved to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that they should come to keep the Passover to the Lord God of Israel at Jerusalem” 2 Chron 30:5
 
Resolve in your heart to travel throughout all Israel – from Beersheba to Dan, with us April 17-26, 2017.

$3,599 tax and tips included, total out of Newark. Other departure cities available upon request.

To sign up click here

Let us know what city you will be flying out of and our travel agent should be able to get you a discounted price from your city.  When flying with United and booked through the travel agent your luggage will be transferred for you from your home city all the way to Israel.
 
Rate includes:
Round trip direct flight Coach/Economy class from Newark to Tel Aviv on United Airlines.
Transfers at airport and hotels.
Deluxe hotel accommodations.
Full Israeli buffet breakfasts and dinners at hotels daily.  Sabbath sack lunch.
Full days sightseeing as per itinerary in air-conditioned deluxe motor coach with professional experienced driver.
English speaking Israeli tour guide throughout the entire tour.
Tips for tour guide, bus driver, hotel staff, bellman, and restaurant staff.
All entrance fees to the sites indicated in the itinerary.
Luggage handling upon arrival overseas (after you clear customs), transfers between hotels, airports, etc.  Your carry-on will be your own responsibility.
Radio head sets for hearing the tour guide. 

Rate DOES NOT include:
US travel to and from US departure city (this can be arranged by our travel agent for you at a discounted rate. When booked as a package flying domestically with United it will make your transfer easier).
Medical coverage and personal expenses such as phone calls, etc. 
Optional travel insurance – Purchased at AIG/Travel Guard. www.travelguard.com/walkingwiththeprophets (well worth it – we have had people use it because of sickness just before the date of departure).
Miscellaneous fees such as individual transfers, passports, laundry, some beverages at meals, excess baggage and items of a personal nature.
Any increases in taxes, fuel surcharges, luggage fees imposed by governments and or airlines.
Single occupancy $704 if you prefer your own room or if we are not able to find a roommate for you.
Extensions and/or optional sightseeing.
Lunches and/or bottled water. 

Special note: Each person that signs up to travel accepts the responsibility for being in good health and understands this tour involves a generous amount of walking; many times on rough/uneven ground.  As many sites are not accessible to the physically challenged, wheelchairs, those needing oxygen or other assistance, guests may not find them accommodating to certain specific needs; thus limiting the experience.

 

 

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