UPCOMING TOUR: FEB 20 – MARCH 4, 2018

Israel and Petra Study tour with Israel College of the Bible

SHALOM!

Israel College of the Bible Tours is dedicated to providing in-depth study tours of the Land of Israel that will enrich your understanding of God's word and His people. We’re excited to offer a complete tour package including flights from Toronto and the opportunity to visit the amazing ancient city of Petra in Jordan

PROGRAM ITINERARY* (Download detailed itinerary here)

Day

Date

 

Program

1

 20/2(Tues)

Depart Toronto to Tel Aviv. Overnight en route

2

21/2 (Wed)

Arrive in Israel in the morning. We will explore Jaffa, the ancient port city from which Jonah set sail, and which Peter visited – raising Tabitha from the dead and receiving the vision of the descending sheet (Acts 10). Visit Independence Hall, where Ben Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel in 1948. Rest up after the transatlantic flight and enjoy the beautiful beach front in Tel Aviv.
 

3

22/2 (Thurs)

Drive through Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest metropolitan area, north through the Sharon Plain where will stop briefly at Israel College of the Bible to learn about the current Messianic movement in Israel. In the afternoon we’ll visit Herod’s impressive port of Caesarea. Here Roman governors such as Pontius Pilate, Felix (Acts 24) and Festus (Acts 26) ruled, the Roman Centurion Cornelius received the gospel, and Paul made his famous defense before King Agrippa. Continue to Mount Carmel, site of Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal.

4

23/2 (Fri)

Spend the morning around the Sea of Galilee, visiting the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) and Jesus’ ministry base at Capernaum. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and view the ancient fishing boat from the time of Yeshua, found by the shore of the plain of Genesaret. Pass through Cana, where the water turned to wine, as we travel to Nazereth, the boyhood home of Jesus. There you will learn about life in a Jewish agricultural village 2000 years ago by visiting “Nazareth Village”. End the day with a visit to the Old Testament city of Megiddo, which gives its name to “Armeggedon” of Revelation 16:16.

5

24/2 (Sat)

Begin the day with a nature hike at Tel Dan, arriving to the one of the altars where Jeroboam set up the golden calf (I Kings 12), and marveling at the city walls from the time of the patriarchs and of King Ahab. Continue to Caesarea Philippi, site of Jesus’ question to his disciples: “Who do men say that I am?” (Matt. 16). In the afternoon, ascend the Golan Heights where we will visit the Ben-Tal lookout over the Syrian border and discuss the battles in the area during the 1967 and 1973 wars

6

25/2 (Sun)

Spend time at the Jordan River, before heading down to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and then continue south to take a short hike at the oasis of Ein Gedi, where David hid from Saul. Ride the cable car up to Masada, where the last Jewish defenders held out against the Romans. You’ll have a chance to float in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea.

7

26/2 (Mon)

Continue south to Eilat through the part of wilderness areas in which the children of Israel wandered when they came out of Egypt. We’ll break our trip with stops at Biblical Tamar and the Model of the Tabernacle at Timna. Have the afternoon at leisure for snorkling or swimming in the Red Sea.

8

27/2 (Tues)

Cross into Jordan early in the morning for a day-excursion to the amazing ruins at Petra, the capital of the Nabatean spice traders. Return to Eilat in the evening.

9

28/2 (Wed)

Travel through the Negev, with its varied ethnic communities. We will explore Tel Sheva, the ancient mound of Biblical Beer Sheba, where Abraham planted at tamarisk tree. Visit a museum of Beduin culture, to learn about life in the desert in past generations, which holds many insights into the life-style of the Patriarchs. Continue to the Judean lowlands, stopping at the Valley of Elah where David fought Goliath, and then ascend to Jerusalem, for our first glimpse of the Holy City. “Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:2).

10

1/3 (Thurs)

Today we’ll visit Temple Mount, where the Temple once stood, and where now the Muslim shrines of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque stand. Next, visit the Pools of Bethesda (John 5), where Jesus healed the man paralyzed 38 years, and then explore the Old City. Visit the Jewish Quarter, viewing the extensive archaeological excavations that have unearthed a wall built by King Hezekiah, mansions from the time of Jesus (housed in the Wohl Museum), and the Davidson Center, Herod’s monumental entranceway to the Temple. Take time to pray at the Western Wall. We’ll also visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and historical museum. “I will put my Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land” (Ezekiel 37:14).

 

11

 2/3 (Fri)

 

From the top of the Mount of Olives we will begin the day with a breathtaking panorama over the Old City of Jerusalem. As you descend the hill, remember that Jesus often travelled this descent and taught his disciples along the way (Matt 24, 25). We’ll pause in the gardens of “Dominus Flevit” and remember his weeping over the city in the midst of his triumphal entry. We’ll also take some time to meditate in the Garden of Gethsemane. From there we’ll visit the City of David, the earliest part of Jerusalem, which David conquered from the Jebusites, exploring the Canaanite water system and the water tunnel King Hezekiah dug at the time of the Assyrian siege. In the afternoon, the group has the option of visiting Bethlehem* and the nearby shepherds’ fields. Alternately the group may prefer to have only a panoramic view over Bethlehem, without visiting its churches and visit Herod’s palace, Herodion, where he chose to be buried. Herodion was later used by Jewish rebels in their revolt against Rome.

 

12

(Sat) 3/3

Today visit to the Garden Tomb, a peaceful place for our group to reflect on the Lord’s death and resurrection. Continue to the Israel Museum, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and a marvelous 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. In addition, the archaeological wing holds most of the important artifacts unearthed since the establishment of the State. The afternoon is free for shopping and visiting additional sites on your own, before having a farewell dinner together and heading to the airport to catch our flight back home.

13

(Sun) 4/3

Arrive in Toronto early morning, with amazing memories of Israel and the Land of the Bible.

 

PRICE

US$ 3410 / per person in a double room
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