28 Pilgrims traveled from Australia to participate in a combined once in a lifetime Bible Lands tour which included Jordan, Israel and Turkey. Vered Hasharon organized The 8 days spent in Israel.
Upon arriving in Israel from Jordan, the group was met by our guide and were driven through the wilderness of Judea all the way to Jaffa where Jonah embarked on his sea voyage and then to their hotel in Tel Aviv.
The next few days they journeyed northwards seeing the ancient Roman Amphitheatre and aqueduct in Caesarea, Mount Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Some time was spent at Nazareth Village – a village that has recreated life in biblical times. While in the north the group toured the sites around the Sea of Galilee including Capernaum to visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter’s home and the Mount of Beatitudes.
Beginning the journey south the first stop the group made was at Beit Shean – one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Israel and one of the ten decapolis cities. Continuing on their journey the group visited Jericho before arriving at their hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea where they had some time to relax and enjoy floating on the unique salty waters of the Dead Sea.
The next day was spent exploring the Dead Sea region, ascending to the mountain top fortress of Masada to view the ruins of Herod’s palace. Afterwards, they proceeded to Ein Gedi, an oasis near the Dead Sea – the site where King David hid from Saul.
The group drove to Jerusalem where they spent three days touring the significant sites of this ancient city. Ancient sites included the “Upper Room” on Mount Zion, The Western wall Tunnels, Garden of Gethsemane and walking along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Garden Tomb.
There was also time to visit the Israel Museum which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and Yad Vashem Memorial to the Holocaust.
After 8 wonderful and meaningful days of seeing the beautiful and unforgettable sites of Israel, the group continued on their journey for the next stage in Turkey.