Gombo Agriculture and Pilgrimage Tour
A group of 16 pilgrims from Tanzania arrived in Israel in July 2014 on an agricultural and pilgrimage group tour of the Holy Land
After arriving the group was transferred to Tiberias for hotel check in and a short rest after which they visited the poultry farm at Kibbutz Shaar Hagolan.
After breakfast the following day they visited the Mount of Beatitudes which is the site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. They then drove to the fruit harvesting and marketing company Beresheet where they enjoyed a guided tour by an experienced and professional team of agronomists, packing house workers and marketing staff. In the afternoon the group visited Kibbutz Dafna to learn about fish farming.
A boat ride on the Sea of Galilee was a wonderful start to Day three, this took them to Ginnosar to see the 2000 year old Jesus Boat, then on to Tabgha and Capernaum. Next on the agenda was a visit to Afimilk Dairy Farm to learn about dairy farming technology. A baptism service at Yardenit Baptism site on the shores of the Jordan River proved to be a perfect way to end the day.
On the fourth day they drove to Nazareth where they visited the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus, as well as the home of Mary, the Church of Annunciation, and the workshop of St. Joseph. The group then continued on to Cana, the site of the first miracle and then to Haifa to visit the Muhraka on Mt. Carmel, the place where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal. After that the group passed by Megiddo (Armageddon) which dates back to 2500 BC. From there the group drove through Tel Aviv on the way to Jerusalem, The City of God.
After Breakfast on Day five the group drove to Bethlehem where they visited the Shepherds Fields and also the Basilica of the Church of the Nativity and the Milk Grotto, which marks the birthplace of Jesus. Returning to Jerusalem they visited the Upper Room at Mount Zion, and the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) at the Temple Mount.
The Sixth day started with a drive to Igudan which is the Dan Regions association of Towns for Sewage and Environmental Issues. This Association assigns great importance to promoting and fostering environmental issues in the community. The Igudan Visitors Center is located in the city of Rishon Lezion with an educational-ecological center that is committed to expanding environmental education and it was here that the group were able to experience interaction that combined educational films, a simulation of an underground pipe and an introduction to the water cycling process.
The next day began with a drive to Kibbutz Almog to learn about growing crops in high salinity ground and a visit to the Green houses, Net houses and Date growing. After that they continued on to Jericho, the oldest city in the world, and ascended the mount of Temptation by cable car. This was followed by a drive along the Jordan River to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. The group then had an enjoyable time swimming/floating in the unique waters of the Dead Sea.
The eighth day was spent sightseeing in Jerusalem starting with a visit to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City. They then followed in the footsteps of Jesus on the Palm Sunday path to the Garden of Gethsemane, Palace of Caiaphas, and along the Via Dolorosa. Amongst other sites visited were St Anne’s Church – Ecce Homo and St. Peter of Gallicantu.
The last day of the group’s tour began with a visit to the ancient Port City of Jaffa followed by a drive along the Mediterranean Coast to Caesarea to see the Roman Amphitheatre and Aqueduct. The day ended with dinner before being transported to the airport for their flight home.