Sample Ten Day Itinerary in
Israel With Blue and White Israel Tours
DAY 1 FLY
“This is the day that the Lord has made!” We are bound for the Promised Land! Depart USA, destination: Tel Aviv, Israel.
DAY 2 ARRIVE
Arrive in Tel Aviv in the afternoon/evening. We will be met by Blue and White’s representative who will assist us at the airport and walk us to our awaiting guide and bus. Along the Coastal Highway, our guide will provide an orientation on currency, calling home, water and way of life in The Land Called Beautiful. Then, the narration and stories will begin, as every mile of land we traverse is steeped in the Bible. We’re off to Galilee!
DAY 3 SEA OF GALILEE
Wake up to a beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee. The day will start with a cruise on the Sea, followed by a visit to a 2000 year-old “Jesus Boat”. We’ll have a short tour of the Kibbutz, exploring this exciting life. The road will lead to the stunningly beautiful Golan Heights where our group will explore Caesarea Philippi, the place where Peter proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah. Heading back down to the Sea, we will stop on the Mount of Beatitudes, the place where the most important sermon was ever preached. We’ll also visit the synagogue at Capernaum, and see the place called Tabgha, where we commemorate the multiplication of the loaves and fish. At the end of the day, we’ll go to the Jordan River for baptisms, returning to the hotel for dinner and rest.
DAY 4 MEDITERRANEAN & NAZARETH
After a buffet breakfast, we drive to Caesarea on the Sea to visit the place where Paul gave his defense to Agrippa and where Pontius Pilate built his summer palace. We’ll travel along the Mediterranean to a beach where we’ll get our feet wet, and see the magnificent remains of a Roman Aqueduct. We’ll continue to Mt. Carmel where Elijah issued his challenge to the false gods. After a quick lunch in a Druze Village, we proceed to Megiddo, site of the history of the future Armageddon where 22 layers of civilization have been excavated. Now, we are on our way to Nazareth, where Jesus spent his childhood. From his boyhood town, the road winds down below sea level to Tiberias where we will have dinner and rest.
DAY 5 DESERT
Today we say good-bye to The Galilee, driving southward to the magnificent excavations of Beit Shean, one of the earliest and most important cities in Israel. It was here that the Philistines impaled King Saul’s body to the city wall. We continue along the Jordan River Valley passing by Jericho. Viewing the Mt. of Temptation, we continue through the Arava Desert, on to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and Qumran, the center of the Essenes. Here, we’ll view the ancient caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. At the end of our day, those who wish may float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, and, there will be a chance to use the spa facilities at our beautiful hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea. We’ll have dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea, where the stars shine brighter than anywhere on earth.
DAY 6 UP TO JERUSALEM
Today is the trip to Masada, the last stronghold and stand of the Jewish people against Rome, on the edge of the Negev Desert. Masada is the symbol of courage and perseverance for the Jewish people. We head northward to En Gedi, an oasis known for its beautiful springs, caves and abundant animal life. Look for the ibex! This was David’s refuge when he fled from King Saul. Now we start to climb the hills of the Judean Desert toward Jerusalem, the high point of all itineraries.
DAY 7 JERUSALEM & SHEPHERD’S FIELDS
To start the day, our bus and guide will take us to the Mount of Olives for an introduction to Jerusalem. This is where we’ll see the most incredible view in the world: the Holy City, Kidron Valley, City of David, mountains surrounding Jerusalem, Temple Mount and the Eastern Gate. We’ll walk the Palm Sunday Road to visit the Garden of Gethsemane. We’ll see the pinnacle of the temple wall, and proceed to the House of the High Priest, Caiaphas. It was here that Jesus was imprisoned on the night He was betrayed. Afterward, we’ll continue to Mount Zion, the Upper Room and the Tomb of King David. Our bus will take us then to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum and Memorial to the 6 million Jews that were murdered by the Nazis. We’ll end the day in the peaceful Fields Overlooking Bethlehem, where angels announced the birth of Jesus. After dinner, we will go to the underground tunnel that runs along the Western Wall. Refreshing rest is in order after a day like today.
DAY 8 OLD CITY GATES, JERUSALEM
We’ll enter the Old City at St Stephen’s Gate to visit the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the invalid. We’ll walk the Via Dolorosa to the Praetorium, the site of the public trial of Jesus, and view the ancient remains in the Fortress of Antonia. We’ll proceed to the Temple Mount to view the golden dome of the Mosque of Omar, and visit the Western Wall, a sacred site for the Jewish people. Continuing along, we will reach the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We’ll stroll through the picturesque and colorful market streets, past the Citadel of David and through the Jaffa Gate.
DAY 9 THE EMPTY TOMB
We begin our last day in Israel by visiting the Israel Museum to see a scale model of Jerusalem from New Testament times and the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in a specially prepared building. We’ll drive past the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament), and go back to the Old City to the Jewish Quarter to walk the ancient Cardo Maximo. A visit to the Southern Steps of the Temple will take our breath away as these are the actual steps Jesus walked upon. The highlight of the day will be rejoicing at the Garden Tomb, capped off with communion. En route to the airport, the celebration continues with a Farewell Dinner before our flight home.
DAY 10 FLY
Our flight is a good time to catch up on journaling and to begin dreaming of our next trip to Israel. We will arrive home with our “cups overflowing”, and ready to tell everyone what we have learned.