The program is filled with visits and events that are not published or mentioned in the itinerary and will be provided to vetted participants only.
If you make your own flight arrangements, please make sure your flight arrives no later than early afternoon on June 9 and your flight out of Israel should be late morning or afternoon on Tuesday June 20.
PROGRAM & ITINERARY
Depart on an overnight flight to Israel. For those who wish to come earlier, please inquire about our special hotel rates in Jerusalem. If you book flights on your own, please make sure to arrive no later than in the afternoon of Friday June 9th and return flight Tuesday June 20th.
Arrive Ben Gurion Airport. Transfer to your hotel on the beach in Tel Aviv. Check into your hotel. Shabbat Dinner will be served at 7:00pm in the main dining room.
Breakfast and Dinner at your hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy the Tel Aviv beach. Join in the dancing on the Tayelet right below your hotel. Dancing begins around 12noon.
After breakfast, we will have our orientation meeting with a layout of the tour by our tour host, Ron Wexler, Team Israel, as well as our guides and staff. We will start our touring program making our way to one of the communities in Shomron (Samaria). Visit Shiloh which was the central sanctuary of the Israelites during the pre-monarchic period, before the First Temple in Jerusalem was built. Here we will be briefed on the border seperation fence between the West Bank and Israel. We continue north along the coastal road to the beautiful Carmel Mountains overlooking the Jezreel Valley known as the Valley of Armageddon. We will take a beautiful view from the top of Mount Precipice in Nazareth, also known as Mount of Precipitation or Mount of Leap of the Lord. It is believed to be the site of the rejection of Jesus. Drive to the Sea of Galilee and check into your hotel.
Breakfast at our hotel. This morning we will visit some of the biblical sites around the Sea of Galilee. We will then drive to the northern border of Israel in the town of Metula to view the local border security fence. Interesting part of this most guarded fence is that a number of years ago it was called "The Good Fence" It is here that Christian Lebanese and members of the South Lebanon Christian Militia had free access to Israel during Lebanon civil war years. This good fence was able to sustain, supply and allow these Christians access to medical centers in the region.
Next we will drive up to the Golan Heights, where we will visit Merom Golan and Emek Ha'bachah the Valley of Tears This place was also the site of the most heroic fight between the IDF and the Syrian army during the Yom Kippur war. Time permit, we will view the newly redone film Oz 77 about the Yom Kippur War and discuss (at the actual site of the battlefield bordering the current front line) the security issues that persist 49 years since that war.
Our presentation here will shed light on another border barrier system that provides 100% security to the region. This place is the Kuneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria where Israel managed to assist many wounded on the Syrian side. This border crossing was fought for and changed hands a number of times between the Assad army and the Syrian rebels. We will end our Golan visit in Har Ben Tal, an Israeli IDF bunker overlooking the entire valley below and the Syrian city of Kuneitra.
We make our way back to Tiberias, stopping for a view of the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan Valley from the Mount of Beatitudes. Return to our hotel for dinner followed by a panel discussion: "Israel - Western society's last line of defense"
After breakfast we will once again head north but this time we will make our way to the border kibbutz, Misgav Am. Here we will meet the northern command civilian liaison for an up to date account of the southern border with Lebanon which is held by Hezbollah militia. Driving across the scenic northern border road west we will arrive to Rosh Hanikra to visit the spectacular limestone grottos at the Mediterranean. This interesting place is situated at the most northern seashore border with Lebanon, here we will view the border and see the UN observers and the IDF checkpoint.
Driving south along the coastal road we make our way to Acre and begin our tour with a visit to the underground crusaders city and halls. We will walk through the narrow passages and alleyways and emerge at the old port of Acre (Akko). Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we take our leave of the Galilee heading south along the Jordan Valley along the border line with Kingdom of Jordan. We will drive to Mizpeh Jericho the and the Dead Sea Lookout observation balcony. The views of the Dead Sea and surrounding Jordan Valley and Jericho, the world’s most ancient city is truly breathtaking. Drive up to Jerusalem, stopping atop Mt Scopus for your first view of the “Golden City” Of Jerusalem.
Check into our hotel, dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at our hotel We will start our touring program today on the Mount of Olives. What a superb panoramic view of The Temple Mount, Al Aqsa, the Dome of the Rock and the entire walled city.
We will visit parts of the 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 western side. Continue through the Old City where we will trace some of the footsteps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa before walking to the reconstructed Jewish Quarter. Walk through the Cardo, the original Roman street and see the remains of the massive wall built by King Hezekiah. We will exit the city and make our way to the Israeli Parliament-Knesset for a special tour and meeting with Knesset members.
Return to our hotel for dinner. Evening program at hotel.
Breakfast at our hotel. This morning we will begin our day with a visit to the 911 Living Memorial Plaza which is a cenotaph located on a hill in Arazim Valley of Jerusalem. The plaza built on 5 acres, is to remember and honor the victims of September 11 attacks. Next is a special visit to Latrun. In recent years this place became our must visit place when in Israel - this is the official Israel Defense Force Commemoration Center and armament display. Latrun is the fortress that was strategically built on Israel's main crossroads and throughout history protected the City of Jerusalem.
The program here will include laying a wreath at the Wall of Fallen. Before returning to Jerusalem we will make one more stop to visit the Saxum Center which will help deepen your knowledge of the Holy Land through different multimedia resources to enrich each person’s experience in the land. Before returning to the hotel we will stop at the Western Wall as locals and tourist begin the Shabbat Prayers.
Return to the hotel
After an early breakfast we will make our way to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Driving along the coastline we make our way to Masada. This was the last pocket of insurrection in the Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire where 960 men, women and children defied the might of Rome and fought for three years after the destruction of Jerusalem. We will visit King Herod's Palace, the Synagogue, and a very sophisticated water and irrigation system that is 2000 years old. On top of the rock we will hear a presentation by Ron Wexler - Never Again
Later in the day a special treat awaits us as we go bathing in the "heavy water" of the Dead Sea.
After a fun time at the Dead Sea we will return to our hotel in Jerusalem.
Our day will consentrate on the seperation wall and security of Jerusalem (more information to follow with registered participants).
The program will include a vist to the Temple Mount, the site of al Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock with an onsite comprehensive presentation! Time permit we will visit the newly excavated City of David.
Return to our hotel for dinner and the JEXIT evening program.
After breakfast a visit to the Israel - Egypt - Gaza borders for a full presentation with IDF officials and local authorities covering the border wall and all the security issues past present and future.
Return to Jerusalem for a final analisis and grand finaly with our hosts and invited guests.
Note: Those participants that have flights leaving this evening will depart hotel after dinner (we hope your flights are made for late morning or afternoon of June 20)
Transfer to airport for return flight home.