Best of Israel
Join The Rocky Mountain Bible Mission on a:
13 Day Biblical Study Tour | May 1-13, 2022
Reservation Form (PDF) Online Reservation Insurance Info
Wholesale Tour Packages Since 1987 - Call Us Toll Free: 800.322.0788
Join The Rocky Mountain Bible Mission on a:
13 Day Biblical Study Tour | May 1-13, 2022
|May 1-13, 2022||$4,475*||$1,180|
|*Includes roundtrip airfare from Great Falls or Missoula.|
Reservation Due: January 20, 2022
Final Payment Due: February 25, 2022
Roundtrip airfare from Great Falls or Missoula including current fuel surcharges and taxes, 11 nights lodging at 4 star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, full time English speaking tour escort, services of air conditioned deluxe motor coach, all guides, entrances, touring and transportation as appears on itinerary, baggage handling at hotels (one piece), tips to driver, guides, and hotel staff
All lunches and drinks, optional travel insurance (7.6% or 10.25% of tour cost), COVID testing and any related expenses
Day 1: Departure
Today we embark on our Journey to the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight…tomorrow you will be walking where Jesus walked!
Day 2: Arrive Israel
Arrive in Israel where you meet your guide and travel northward to our hotel for one night in the coastal area of Hadera. The remainder of the day is free to walk along the Mediterranean, relax, and have dinner. There will be an orientation meeting tonight. Enjoy a time of prayer of thanks for safety and the special blessings ahead, a prayer for the people of the "Promised Land," and a good night’s rest.
Day 3: Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Gideon’s Spring
After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre, hippodrome, a film on history and remains of this famous port city, and aqueduct, and then journey on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Next we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. We will visit Gideon’s Spring where he chose his 300 warriors based on how they drank the water. If time allows, we will stop at Mount Precipice where the people of Nazareth rejected Jesus and attempted to push him off the cliffs. We will have dinner and overnight lodging in Nazareth.
Day 4: Nazareth, Sepphoris, Mount Arbel, Magdala
In Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, we visit the Nazareth Village - a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides. Continue to Sepphoris, which has excavations from at least 9 different settlements. This is known as the birthplace of Mary, mother of Jesus. Drive up to the top of Mount Arbel for a panoramic overview of the entire Galilee region. This is followed by a visit to Magdala, home town of Mary Magdalene. The recent excavation of the First Century Synagogue and well preserved village makes Magdala one of the most interesting Biblical sites in Israel. Continue to the hotel in the Galilee for two nights.
Day 5: Capernaum, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Hazor
Following breakfast we take a relaxing boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. A brief scripture reading and devotional on board brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples. In Capernaum we view the excavations of the sea-side village and Peter’s home,. Our travels take us to two valuable northern sites emphasizing the loss of God's blessing on Israel. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship and Caesarea Philippi which is also the site of Peter’s Confession. We will also stop to see the Banias Falls which is the largest waterfall in Israel. Continue to Tel Hazor with over 200 acres of ruins showing the architecture and water system of the Israelites.
Day 6: Beit Shean, Bethany beyond the Jordan, Qumran
We begin our day by traveling southward to Beit-Shean/Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied throughout history. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Gilboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit-Shean. During the intertestamental period, the city was renamed the "Scythopolis". Archaeologists have uncovered a huge number of ruins of the Roman/Byzantine Scythopolis. During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis -a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government. Following the fertile Jordan Valley southward, your guide will point out the agricultural restoration of the “Land of Milk and Honey” and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We stop at the Jordan River (Qasr El Yahud) that is the Israeli side of Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, where Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan as well as the area where the children of Israel led by Joshua entered the Promised land. Next, we visit Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Our lodging for the evening is at the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth. Spend time in the special spa and enjoy a dip in the Dead Sea for a relaxing float before dinner.
Day 7: Masada, Ein Gedi, Abraham's Tent, Wadi Kelt
Our day begins with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand. Afterwards we proceed to Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat," an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. This afternoon we will take part in the Genesis Land/Lunch in Abraham's Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time: a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, camel ride and authentic food. Continue to Wadi Kelt for a wilderness talk. Our lodging for the next six nights will be in Jerusalem.
Day 8: Around Jerusalem, Bible Times, Bethlehem
Conditions permitting we will visit the Temple Mount, with commentary on the Temple Periods, and the variety of belief systems past and present that make this area so valuable. Next we will visit the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. We now move to the location of the Antonio Fortress which housed the brutal Roman soldiers who humiliated and beat our Savior before his crucifixion. Next we visit the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and St. Ann’s Church. Continue outside of Jerusalem to the fortress of Herodion and then onto Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and the shepherds’ fields as we listen to the scriptures on the birth of Jesus. Tonight you may attend the service at Christ’s Church in the old city of Jerusalem.
Day 9: Jesus' Steps, Last Days, Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb
Today we walk where Jesus walked; beginning the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and then the Garden of Gethsemane. How many have wished to be whisked back in time to get a glimpse of our Lord or hear His voice if only for a moment? To walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus' prayer and take time for personal reflection is important here. Passing by the Protestant Cemetery, we visit the "Upper Room" just outside the Zion Gate where the disciple whom Jesus loved laid his head on His breast and where later Thomas cried, "my Lord & my God." From this location we will walk to the church of the Holy Sepulcher considering the suffering of our Savior as He headed toward Calvary. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led and the actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study. A special ending to the day will be a visit to the Garden Tomb where we reflect on the death and resurrection of Christ with praise and worship, reading Scripture, giving testimonies and ending with the Lord's Supper.
Day 10: Israel Museum, Bible Lands Museum, Ben Yehuda Street
An interesting and educational time awaits us today at the Israeli Museum. Walk through collections of century’s old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and then a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem. This model will help put into perspective all that you have seen over the previous days touring and days ahead. We will visit The Bible Lands Museum, an archaeological museum that explores the culture of the peoples mentioned in the Bible, among them the ancient Egyptians, Canaanites, Philistines, Arameans, Hittites, Elamites, Phoenicians and Persians. The aim of the museum is to put these peoples into historical context. We will walk along the Ben Yehuda Street Market and then the Oldy City of Jerusalem for free time for shopping. This evening we enjoy a special lecture by a local believer prior to dinner, giving us a perspective of Messianic life in Israel.
Day 11: City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Jewish Quarter
This morning, our guide will take us to an overview of the city from the hillside overlooking Jerusalem and the Gehenna Valley. This meaningful teaching time will bring together the many things that you have seen to date. We continue our sightseeing just outside the Dung Gate on the southeastern hill below the Temple Mount in the City of David. It was during the time of Solomon that the city limits extended past this part of Jerusalem. We visit Gihon Springs, the original water source for Jerusalem, view new excavations including a typical Israelite four-room house, and the lower city wall. A highlight today will be a water walk through the incredible Hezekiah's Tunnel to the pool of Siloam, the place of Jesus' miracle in John 9. We will also walk on the Pilgrimage Road that has recently been discovered. Next we visit 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 eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is the place that Peter stood and preached and where thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost. Ascending up to the Jewish Quarter we see the gold Menorah built for the next Temple, the Wohl Museum, the Burnt House, a wall built by King Hezekiah, and the Roman Cardo. We then visit David’s Citadel and go inside to climb the tower for a view of Old Jerusalem and to see the remains of Herod’s palace and possible place of Pilate’s trial of Jesus.
Day 12: Ayalon Valley, Beit Shemesh, Elah Valley, Beersheba
We start the day with drive through the Ayalon Valley on the Emmaus Road and Ayalon Canada Park overlook. We travel west through beautiful mountains and the Sorek Valley to Beth Shemesh where the Ark of the Covenant was carried from the Philistines by two cows pulling a cart. The next stop is Tel Azekah and the Valley of Elah, where David defeated Goliath. We then drive to where battles were fought at Mareshah and Lachish, then thru the land of the Philistines, passing the city of Gath and stopping at the river bed in search of smooth stones for our sling. We continue on to Beersheba and see Abraham’s well and the tel. Return to Jerusalem.
Day 13: Home
A very early morning departure for the Tel Aviv Airport for our flight homeward.
Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.