Israel TourA Once in a Lifetime tour of Israel! 10 day tour - April 22, 2023
This once-in-a-lifetime tour of Israel will visit many sites that other tours miss, some even leave off Bethlehem.
Our special Holy Land Tour includes all of the important sites in Israel, such as Jerusalem, Garden Tomb, Galilee, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, and more.
This once-in-a-lifetime tour will visit many sites that others are not able to see when they go to Israel. For example, we visit the Beit Lehi excavations, located a short distance down from Jerusalem. This is where caves were discovered with writings on the inside walls. It was determined that the writings were by a prophet in hiding that dates at approx. 600 BC. The Arabs considered the hill above the cave to be a sacred place. As they put it – “before Mohamed, there was a great prophet named Lehi, and he taught from that hill.” Even the archaeologists in Jerusalem now call the area Beit Lehi. We do not know if this is our Lehi, but we do know this will be a huge highlight as you visit an active archaeological dig. The excavations are on an army base. Only those excavating and Fun For Less Tours have been given permission to go onto the site. Click to view a video on the Lehi excavations.
NOTE: The excavations are now far enough along that there are stairs into the underground excavations.
Visiting the Holy Land is a life-changing experience. You will never read the scriptures in quite the same way after walking in the footsteps of prophets, apostles, and the Savior. The men and women whose stories have inspired us since childhood come to life in a manner that is remarkable and penetrating. When Jesus walked to Emmaus with two of his disciples, they later remarked, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” We feel confident you, too, will feel the power of the Bible’s familiar stories as you experience the sights and sounds of the land that gave us our shared spiritual heritage. After visiting the lands of the scriptures, you will always feel certain unique homesickness for them and a longing to return.
Package Price Includes:
- 4-star deluxe hotels in Israel.
- Special Guest Educators in Israel are Emily Freeman and David Butler.
- The best in guides and bus drivers!
- All land taxes and booking fees.
- All transfers, buses and entrance fees.
- Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
- Breakfast & Dinner throughout your stay in Israel.
- Important sites in Israel.
- The Beit Lehi excavations.
- Fun For Less Tours staff throughout your tour – “We don’t send you, we take you.”
- “Whisper Perfect” headset receivers. Everyone on this tour will have their own individual “whisper perfect” headset receiver. You will be able to hear every word clearly spoken by our guides and educators, even when you step away from the group to take that important picture.
- Not included in our package is the option to purchase our group airfare.
Package Price: $Sold Out*
**Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include international airfare to and from
the Middle East, visas and tips.
Today the tour departs from home and travels to Tel Aviv.
Day 2: April 23: Tel Aviv – Jericho
After clearing customs, we will transfer to your hotel in Jericho.
Day 3: April 24: Jericho – Galilee
This morning we will visit the Jericho Ruins. Then we will swim in the Dead Sea. We will also visit today the Arbel Cliff for a fantastic overview of the Sea of Galilee before transferring to our hotel near Galilee.
Day 4: April 25: Galilee
Our journey today takes us north of the Sea of Galilee. We begin by visiting Capernaum, where so many wonderful events and teachings of the Savior took place. We then stop at the Mount of Beatitudes, where we will ponder the great truths delivered by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Driving to the far north of Israel, we will pass the Canaanite city of Hazor on our way to Tel Dan. Here Jeroboam erected a golden calf for the Israelites to worship, marking the beginning of the events that would end with the “lost ten tribes.” The restored walls and gates give us an excellent idea of the fortifications Joshua had to face as he conquered the land. We will visit Banias, known as Caesarea Philippi in the days of Jesus, where he asked his disciples, “Whom do ye say that I am?” At the end of the day, we will return to our hotel in Galilee. Our day would not be complete without a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where we will discuss Jesus walking on the water and stilling the storm.
Day 5: April 26: Nazareth – Jerusalem
This morning we will travel to the top of Mt Carmel, where Elijah had his historic confrontation with the priests of Baal with its dramatic conclusion. We travel on to Nazareth, home of the Savior for thirty years of his life. Our day ends with a sweeping view of the Jezreel Valley from Nazareth, dominated by Mt. Tabor, where we will discuss the transfiguration of the Savior. Then we will head to the Mediterranean Sea, where our focus now shifts to the Apostles Peter and Paul as we discover Caesarea. Here the Roman centurion, Cornelius, became the first gentile convert to Christianity, and Paul related his account of his vision on the road to Damascus to King Agrippa. We will visit the picturesque old Roman aqueduct and let you wade in the Mediterranean Sea. We conclude our visit to Caesarea at the Roman theatre and Hippodrome, where chariot races were held. Later we will transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 6: April 27: Bethlehem – Jerusalem
This morning we will visit the Western Wall, the most sacred site for the Jewish faith. You can write a prayer on a piece of paper and place it into the cracks of the wall as millions have done before you. We will then visit The Church of St Anne, where the Pools of Bethesda were located. Here Jesus commanded the impotent man to take up his bed and walk. We continue on to the Convent of the Sisters of Zion, the location of the Antonia Fortress where Pilate tried the Savior. We will then visit Bethlehem, remembering the wondrous account of the Savior’s birth as recorded in Matthew and Luke, and retold each Christmas as we walk through the Church of the Nativity and sing Christmas Carols. There will be time to shop in the best Olive Wood store in Israel, Nissan Brother in Bethlehem.
Day 7: April 28: Beit Lehi
We will walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, built over 2500 years ago to secure the water supply of Jerusalem during the Assyrian siege. You will need a flashlight for the tunnel. The end of the tunnel is the Pool of Siloam, where the man born blind washed as instructed by Jesus and came away seeing. We will then head to Beit Lehi to experience firsthand an archaeological dig firsthand. Our visit to Beit Lehi includes beautiful early Christian mosaics, oil presses, a mikvah (a ritual bath), and the recently discovered columbary where doves were raised by the thousands for sacrifice at the Temple. There is also a New Testament period stable, which will give you one of the best examples of what the birth of the Savior was possibly like. On our way back to Jerusalem, we will stop at the Valley of Elah, where David fought Goliath on our way back to Jerusalem.
Day 8: April 29: Jerusalem
Today we reach the spiritual pinnacle of our pilgrimage as we retrace the footsteps of our Savior during the last hours of his life and feel the deep appreciation these places create for the sacrifice of the Son of God. We begin on Mt. Zion at the traditional site of the Upper Room, where the Last Supper was shared with devoted apostles. We will then visit St. Peter in Gallicantu, the possible site of the cock’s crowing, and the Palace of Caiaphas, where Jesus was tried. From there, we descend into the Kidron Valley to visit Gethsemane, the Garden of the Savior’s deepest prayers. In the afternoon, we will enter the Old City and continue the last hours of the Savior’s life. Our highlight day concludes at Golgotha and the Garden Tomb, where we will have time to ponder the Resurrection and final triumph of Christ.
Day 9: April 30: Jerusalem
Today our attention is drawn to the Old City of Jerusalem. We will explore the ruins located south of the Temple Mount, where you can walk the sidewalks and stairs of Jesus’ time. We will climb the Temple Mount, where both Solomon’s and Herod’s temples once stood and where the magnificent Dome of the Rock and Al Aksa Mosques now stand. We will then travel to the new city of Jerusalem and visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are located, and the Model City, a reproduction of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. After our tour, we will transfer to the Tel Aviv Airport for our return flight home just before midnight tonight. (There is no hotel night included on the tour this night.)
Day 10: May 1: Fly Home
Today we will arrive back to the US.