- Joshua Travel and Jimmy DeYoung invite you to join them on Joshua Travel's tour of the land of Israel and Petra.
- Day 1
You'll depart from the US for your flight to Israel arriving at Ben Gurion Airport the next afternoon.
We will meet you and board our large airconditioned bus to make a heartwarming trip up to Jerusalem. We will visit the shepherds fields, the Biblical location of the birth of Jesus, then we will make our way to the promenade for a magnificient panoramic view of both the Old City of Jerusalem and the new City. We will overnight in the first of the deluxe hotels.
Today we will visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, which will make us aware of the persecution that has confronted the Jewish people over the centuries. At the Shrine of the Book, we will have the opportunity to view the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will see the giant Menorah, the symbol of the state of Israel, as well as listen to an explanation of the Knesset, Israel's Parliament. A visit to the Second Temple model will give the understanding of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. We will end this day by going to the Western Wall.
There will be a special meeting this morning with pastor Meno Kalisher. He is the pastor of the church that Jimmy DeYoung helped to establish in Jerusalem and he will address our group on a believer's life and evangelism in Israel. We'll then depart for a trip up the Medditerranean Coast to Caesarea, built by Herod the Great. It is the site where the Gentiles were first converted to Christianity. from Caesarea we travel up to Mt. Carmel, the site of the contest between the prophet of God, Elijah and the prophets of Baal. We'll visit a replica of the village of Nazareth at the time of Jesus and if time allows we will stop by Cana of Galilee, the site for the first miracle of Jesus. We will overnight on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Our Lord spent almost 30 years of His earthly life in the Galilee region and we plan to spend our day in this region tracing His footsteps, beginning at the city of Capernaum, the headquarters for the ministry of Jesus Christ. We'll visit Caesarea Philippi in the area where the transfiguration took place. Travleing through the Golan heights we'll understand better the discussion going on between the Syrians and the Israelis. We'll have lunch on the Sea of Galilee; the menu will include St. Peter's fish. As we travel across the Sea of Galilee to Beth Saida on the "Jesus Boat" we'll study together the story of the feeding of the 5,000 and see the Mount of Beatitudes. Our day will end at the museum at Nof Ginnosar where the 2000-year-old Jesus boat is displayed.
We start this morning traveling through the Jezreel Valley on our way to Megiddo. With Bible in hand we'll visualize the Battle of Armageddon. On the way we'll visit one of the most interesting archaeological digs in Israel, beth She'an. Further down the Jordan Valley we come to Gilgal, the site where Joshua and the children of Israel first camped as they entered into the Promised Land.
As we make our way through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, we'll stop at Qumran, the location of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will take a quick hike up to the waterfalls of En Gedi, where David hid from King Saul. A highlight of our trip will include a visit to Masada. The history of this magnificient fortress is moving. Make sure you bring your bathing suit because just before returning to Jerusalem we'll take an opportunity to try and swim in the Dead Sea.
Early this morning we'll start on the Mount of Olives and make our way down to the Temple Mount walking the same route that Jesus would have taken on His Triumphal Entry. I will give you a 3rd Temple Seminar at the Temple Mount area, the site of the First and Second Temples. We'll visit a special section of the Western Wall, the location where Jewish men are studying in preparation to be Priests in the next Temple and the Temple Institute where they are preparing for the 3rd Temple. In the afternoon we will go to the Garden of Gethsemane, then stop at Pilate's Judgment Hall, wlak the Via Delarosa and end our journey at the Garden Tomb.
Days 9 & 10
Today we can sleep late and then get up to a day of light touring. In the evening we'll meet for a Farewell Banquet that should be a gourmet's delight and rehearse the highlights of our trip. After the banquet we make our way to Ben Gurion Airport to board the plane for your return flight to the US.
Early this morning, we will leave Jerusalem and travel to the Valley of Elah. It was here that God used young David to sly the mighty Goliath and Israel defeated the philistine Army. Afterwards, we will proceed through the fascinating Negev Desert to the southern resort town of Eilat. Here is where we will stay for the next three nights. On our way into the desert proper, we will come to Kibbutz Sde Boker, which is the home of Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion. We will also pass through the storied Wilderness of Zin! Then we will find ourselves at the city of Avdat. This is an ancient Nabatean city which supported a population of 100,000 people in the fifth century AD. Archaeologists are trying to reconstruct the ancient systems of irrigation, because today's engineers do not know how to replicate the results. We will stop in the town of Mitzpe Ramon where there is a magnificient view of the Great Crater. Then we will travel on to Eilat and our hotel for the night.
Today we will enjoy a full day tour to the exciting Rose Red City of Petra in Jordan. Petra is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We cross the border at Eilat and drive up to Petra where we will spend the whole day, exploring this magnificient biblical site, a city carved out of a desert mountain range. Petra not only has a stunning physical beauty, unique and ancient architecture, and an amazing past - but it has a stunning prophetic future as well. At the end of this magnificient day, we return to Eilat.
We will be privileged to visit the world-famous Underwater Observatory. We will also take a one-of-a-kind cruise on the Red Sea in our private schooner, where we will have the opportunity to enjoy some swimming, snorkeling, and lunch! The remainder of the day is at leisure in what has been voted the top winter resort for Europe and Israel, the city of Eilat.
This morning we will be able to sleep in and relax in Eilat. After which we leave for Tel Aviv, where we will enjoy a delicious farewell dinner, and then our evening flight home.
Early this morning we will arrive back in the US.
*This itinerary is subject to change.