2018 New Generation Israel Pilgrimage Tour

June 26th - July 6th, 2018

If you have questions about this trip, please contact:

Michael and Cheryl LaBaw
206-508-5755
mlabaw@travelwta.com
clabaw@travelwta.com

A $400 deposit is needed to reserve your spot by October 31, 2017.  The remaining balance for the trip is due on or before March 15, 2018.

Full Cost: $3,000 per person
Price is based on double occupancy rooms (surcharge for single).

Day 1:  June 26, 2018

Evening departure from USA.


Day 2:  June 27, 2018

Arrival, meeting, and transfer to the hotel in Tel Aviv by the Mediterranean coast for dinner and overnight.

Day 3:  June 28, 2018

After a full Israeli breakfast, depart from Netanya and drive along the Mediterranean coast to visit Caesarea (Acts 9.30 and Acts 10.24-48).  Visit the Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader ruins including the Theatre and the Aqueduct.  From here to Megiddo, Biblical Armageddon and the place where King Solomon has built his Chariot base, we will see the amazing underground water source and the gigantic city walls.  Continue to Mount Carmel to see where
Elijah the prophet performed the miracle of the fire against the false prophets of Baal (1st Kings 18).  An afternoon visit to Nazareth and the site of the annunciation where Mother Mary received the good news from the angel Gabriel (Luke 1.26, 4.16-29, Matthew 2.23).  Continue to see the site of the first miracle of the Lord Jesus at Cana of Galilee (John 2. 1-11).  Early evening will bring us to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 4:  June 29, 2018

Depart after breakfast for a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (John 6. 1, 6.23).  We shall visit this morning Capernaum where most of the ministries of Jesus took place (Matt. 4 13, 13.54, 17.54, Luke 7, Mark 1.2, John 4.46-54) visit the outstanding remains of the local synagogue.  A visit to the Mount of Beatitudes where He taught His disciples (Matt. 5, 6, 7, 8) the Sermon on the Mount.  Visit Tabgha at this holy place Jesus fed multitude with just 2 fishes and 5 loaves (Matt.13, Mark .33-45 and John 21).  We will visit the eastern shore of the lake. Time permitting, we shall take a short drive to the southern part of the Golan Heights for a magnificent view of the entire area. Return to the hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 5:  June 30, 2018

After breakfast, we depart the Galilee for the Holy City of Jerusalem. A visit to the Baptismal site on the Jordan River at Yardenit (Matt 3.13-17, Mark 1.9-11 and Luke 3.22-23).  Continue via the Mountains of Gilboa and arrive to one of the most extraordinary excavation in the country at Beth Shean, one of the ancient Decapolis (Mark 5.20, 7.31).  This is the city where Saul and his son Jonathan where nailed to the walls (1st Samuel 31.10, Judges
1.2
7).  Visit Tel Jezreel Biblical trail and view Mount Gilboa.  Continue to along the Jordan Valley and arrive at Qumran.  Visit the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were written 2000 years ago and found (in 1947) see the excellent multimedia presentation and visit the ruins.  Here we will also try to float on the Dead Sea waters.  From here we will drive to Kfar Hanokdim, a Bedouin camp and Camel Ranch in the Judean wilderness, where we will sleep in nice tents and have special Bedouin meal.  We will also have a short Camel ride in the desert. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6:  July 1, 2018

Very early morning start with a hike up to Masada through the Roman Ramp: we will get there for sunrise! Tour Masada.  Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand.  After our visit, we will continue our journey to Tel Arad to see this ancient Biblical town mentioned in the Bible as one of the towns taken by Joshua after entering the Promised Land.  Continue to Beer Sheba where we will visit another famous Biblical town situated at Tel Sheva.  Here we will see ruins going back to the days of Abraham; we will see the very deep Abraham’s well and the water project built by the Kings of Judea.  Tonight we will overnight at Kibbutz hotel Mashabim not far from Beersheba.  Dinner and overnight Mashabim.

Day 7:  July 2, 2018

This morning we will have an exciting hike in one of the most beautiful desert oasis of the Negev called Ein Avdat (The Spring of Avdat) located in the great canyon of the Tzin dry River.  We will also visit Sde Boker and the tomb of David Ben Gurion the modern founder of the State of Israel.  After the hike, we will visit the Ancient city of Avdat one of the Nabatean cities built in the Negev along the ancient spice route.  From here to Jerusalem, on the
way we will stop and visit the Adulam Cave at the Adulam Park not far from Biet Shemesh.  Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.

Day 8:  July 3, 2018

After a wonderful Israeli breakfast, most of this morning will be walking in Jerusalem.  Today we walk where Jesus walked.  Begin the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and then walk along the Palm Sunday road to reach the Garden of Gethsemane where the arrest of Jesus happened (Matt. 26.34, Mark 14.30 and Luke 22.54-70).  We continue to Mount Zion to see the tomb of King David and the nearby Room of the Last Supper (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt. 26 17-29, Acts 1.13 and Acts 2) and the Palace of Chiapas.  Next, we enter the Old City through Stephen's Gate, and visit the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus cured a cripple.  We move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation.  While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering.  We will then view the Church of the Sepulcher before we arrive at the climax of our tour - the Garden Tomb. Your faith, that blessed hope and communion with Christ, will take on a tremendous new meaning today.

Day 9:  July 4, 2018

Following breakfast, we drive to the old city and take a walk on the city ramparts.  Next we visit the Jewish Quarter, the Cardo - ancient Byzantine Street, the Broad Wall built by King Hezekiah and finally visit the Western Wall - the most sacred site for Jews being the only relic of the Holy Temple built 2000 years ago by King Herod the Great.  We will visit Southern Wall Excavations. This southern side of the Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher, eastern side.  Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard, have been unearthed.  It is in this courtyard
that Jesus likely drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people.

Day 10:  July 5, 2018

Today is our last day touring in Israel. We will checkout of our hotel and load our luggage on the bus.  We begin our day by participating in an Archaeological project called Sifting the Temple Mount Treasures.  From here to Yad Vashem, the memorial and new museum to the Holocaust.  Drive to nearby Ein Karem.  This lovely village is the birth place of John the Baptist.  Drive over to the Israeli Parliament and visit the great Menorah.  In the afternoon we will be visiting Bethlehem (Luke 2.1-7), the site of the nativity, the Shepherds fields and the fields of Ruth and Boaz.  Return to Jerusalem.  Departure dinner and transport to Tel Aviv airport for departure flight back home. 

Day 11:  July 6, 2018

Depart Tel Aviv Airport Early AM (at approximately 1AM). 

Departure USA and Departure Tel Aviv Times Subject to Change.

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