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Join us for this 28-person itinerary that will take in some of the newest archeological finds of these lands. This tour is for those who want to go beyond the standard trip to Israel and Jordan and to study the Word through the Land of the Covenant. A few of the highlights are below, as is a quick trip overview, followed by an in-depth 15-day day-to-day itinerary. The total trip price is $4,981 per person ($4,398 plus $583 in taxes and fees for a total of $4,981), based on two people sharing one room and including airfare from many cities and most meals (it does not include insurance). We look forward to spending this time with you!
“THE LAND is the fifth Gospel,” wrote Cyril of Jerusalem in 348 A.D. “After one has seen the old cities and landscapes,” wrote St. Jerome a century later, “one reads the Bible with different eyes.” During our tour, we will begin with new archeological findings and intersperse them throughout this unique itinerary. The touring will begin with the Old Testament period, the Philistine country, move into the land of the Exodus and follow some of the route through Jordan, cross into the Holy Land exactly where Joshua would have crossed into Jericho. We’ll go north to experience the land of Christ’s boyhood and his early ministry around the Sea of Galilee and then end up in Jerusalem for the climatic events of our faith – His death and resurrection.
The accommodations alone, which have been hand-selected for their comfort, unique surroundings and overall experience, will make the trip infinitely memorable. Add to these colorful surroundings the high-quality teachings and research findings, and you’ll have an overall unique and timely view of Israel and The Land of the Covenant, including Jordan. You will have an opportunity to do things that many who have taken a trip to the Holy Land could only dream of doing. We look forward to a more in-depth learning relationship with you!
– Tim Remington & Rhonda Sand
- Visit amazing Petra along with Mt. Nebo and its prophetic surroundings
- Participate in the Temple Mount Sifting Project
- Experience the City of David up close-and-personal and visit the newly-opened tunnel systems
- Take a optional four-wheel-drive Jeep safari outside of Petra
- Privately visit Potters Field
- Stay at a hot springs home base to explore new archeological sites of the newest archeological site at Sodom
- Stay inside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem in a boutique guesthouse
- Join the Dig-for-a-Day program in unexcavated cave systems of a Philistine community
- Stay in a luxury Basha tented camp at Wadi Rum overnight
- Visit the new archeological site where John the Baptist performed his baptism of Jesus.
- Visit the Temple Institute for an update on developments on the next Temple
- Visit the area of a huge and mysterious underwater stone structure in the Sea of Galilee along with discussions as to its potential significance.
- Visit Bethlehem, Nazareth, Masada, Qumran, Jericho, Cana, Bethsaida and so much more!
|Oct. 8||Depart your home city early today. Air is included from Spokane, Tucson, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Dallas and many other major cities. Call us for more information!|
|Oct. 9||Arrive Tel Aviv at 2 p.m. and overnight on the Mediterranean, Israel|
|Oct. 10||Mitzpe Ramon, Israel|
|Oct. 11||Bedouin Tented Luxury Camp, Jordan|
|Oct. 12||Movenpick Hotel, Petra, Jordan|
|Oct. 13||Evason Desert Spa, North East Dead Sea Area, Jordan|
|Oct. 14||Evason Desert Spa, North East Dead Sea Area, Jordan|
|Oct. 15||Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar, Galilee, Israel|
|Oct. 16||Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar, Galilee, Israel|
|Oct. 17||Old City Boutique Guest House, Jerusalem, Israel|
|Oct. 18||Old City Boutique Guest House, Jerusalem, Israel|
|Oct. 19||Old City Boutique Guest House, Jerusalem, Israel|
|Oct. 20||Old City Boutique Guest House, Jerusalem, Israel|
|Oct. 21||Herod’s Dead Sea Luxury Resort, Israel|
|Oct. 22||return flights home, arriving same day|
Day 1 – We depart from the USA. Most of the group will depart from Spokane, WA, today at 9 a.m. Those who would like to originate elsewhere will meet the group in Frankfurt, Germany, or tomorrow in Tel Aviv.
Day 2 – We arrive in Tel Aviv between noon and 2 p.m. After passport control and baggage claim, we will be driven to our hotel on the Mediterranean Sea for the night. BLD
Day 3 – Our touring begins with driving through the Philistine area and starting with the area of Beth Shemesh. This is where Biblical Archeology Review showcases the excavation of Khirbet Qeiyafa. We will stop in the Valley of Elah, where David encountered Goliath (I Samuel 17), and continue through the Philistine country and up the Shephelah, the foothills between the mountain and the coast. Here we visit Maresha (aka Beth Guvrin), from which we can see the entire Judean range to the east as well as Lachish, Gath and the Philistine cities to the west.
Also here, we join the Dig-for-a-Day program. For 3 hours (around a unique lunch), we will perform digging, sifting and pottery examination. The adventurous among us can do some exciting exploration of unexcavated cave systems that are accessed through leather straps. This is a very unusual day!
Later in the day we visit Abraham’s Well and Mizpe Ramon. Our luxury, boutique hotel is designed into the unique environment, affording fantastic views of the rare crater-like landscape. Prepare for a great sunrise and sunset dinner! BLD
Day 4 – This morning, we drive east to Arad and then continue to Maaleh Akrabbim (the Ascent of the Scorpions) which is mentioned in Joshua 15:3, when tracing the border of the Promised Land. We will drive to southern-most point of Israel and stop at Timna. Thousands of ancient mining shafts can be seen throughout the area as well as the remains of smelting furnaces used by ancient imperial Egypt to create the copper for household tools, weapons, costly ornaments and cultic objects.
You’ll thrill at the stories of Hathor, the goddess of copper, and the deified Pharaoh Ramses. You’ll find remnants of Egyptian mythology and fascinating history. We will see exciting finds at the Temple of Hathor near the spectacular Solomon’s Pillars, and of course, the ancient rock-drawings depicting hunters of ostriches and ibexes, Egyptian battle chariots and other images.
While we are there, we also see–perched in the desert–a life-size replica of the original Tabernacle. The model is accurate (minus the precious metals) in every other way based upon the Biblical description. Pastor Tim will instruct us on how our relationship with God is depicted in the mystery of the Tabernacle.
We then continue driving south to Eilat where we transfer to the Arava border and cross into Jordan. After the border proceedings,(we’ll get a free, collective visa), we’ll join our guide and board the Jordanian bus to travel along the Exodus route to Wadi Rum. This area’s fame goes back not merely to Lawrence of Arabia and the Hashemite Bedouin, but deeper into Biblical history. This was the heartland of Midian (Exodus 2:15; 3: 1-14; 18).
This afternoon there is an optional four-wheel-drive Jeep safari through this spectacular wilderness. We have dinner and overnight at Captain’s Bedouin Camp in the middle of Lawrence of Arabia’s own Wadi Rum, with its narrow canyons and fissures cut deep into the mountains. Some of the cuts conceal ancient, rock drawings etched by the desert peoples over millennia. Our hotel’s backdrop is one of these mighty canyons. You will enjoy full, cozy beds in your private, “Basha” tents with your own private bathroom facilities. Our dinner this evening will be out under the stars, and we’ll return to our tents via candlelit walkways. BLD
Day 5 – This morning, after breakfast, we continue north along the famed King’s Highway to Petra. You are in the heart of the same Seir Mountains mentioned in the Bible in Genesis. This range houses Aaron Peak, the highest in Petra and the burial place of Aaron, brother of Moses. A walk through the siq will take us to the first monument known as the Treasury (this is the one that appears in Indiana Jones’ movie). A walk further down through the outer siq with all of its tombs and burial chambers brings us to one of Jordan’s largest theaters, carved in the sandstone. We then walk into the Royal Tombs (the Um, Corinthian, Silk and Palace tombs.) You will have a great view of the lower part of Petra with all its Roman remains. We end this part at the Movenpick Hotel (at the entrance of Petra) for dinner and our overnight stay.
After dinner, there is an option to visit an authentic Turkish or Middle Eastern bathhouse that will be a truly unique and wonderful experience. Your skin will love the results of the mineral and nutrient-rich water! BLD
Day 6 – We continue north along the Exodus route, following the historical King’s Highway, passing by the well-preserved Crusader city of Kerak. We will drive through Wadi Mujeb to Umm al-Rassas, a World Heritage Site renowned for its mosaic art. From there, we go to Madaba, with its mosaic floor from the 6th Century showing a map of the Holy Land as Christian pilgrims knew it in that period. We go to Mt. Nebo, from which God showed Moses the Promised Land. We then drive down into the Jordan Valley and to Evason Ma’in Hot Springs and Six Senses Spa. Remote and luxurious, this spa in the Hammamat Ma’in Valley, has hot springs that issue from the rock itself and to which pilgrims have come for thousands of years to enjoy the medical benefits. This beautiful resort will be home for our explorations for the next two days. You may enjoy dinner in your room or at any of the nice, outdoor locations at the resort this evening. BL
Day 7- Today, we visit Sodom (Tell el-Hammam) and Gomorrah (Tell Kafrein), visit the location of the Israelite encampment on the Plains of Moab, and stand at Abel-Shittim, where the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant rested before being carried across the Jordan River. We’ll walk over evil’s “ground zero” at Sodom, stand on its defensive ramparts and in its gateway, and even touch the ashes of its destruction. After returning to our spa, you can dine at your leisure or enjoy the pools. BL
Day 8 – First thing this morning, we take a short drive to the recently-discovered baptismal site of “Bethany beyond the Jordan.” Not many who have traveled to the Holy Land have been able to include this special site. Current archeology indicates that this is where Jesus came to meet John for his baptism and reminds us of the significance of this place in God’s plan. The site is close to Beit Abara, where Joshua, Elijah and Elisha crossed the river. In the New Testament times, it became known as Bethany, the village of John the Baptist. (This Bethany is not to be confused with the village of Bethany near Jerusalem, where the Bible says Lazarus was raised from the dead.) The Bible clearly records that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3: 13-17), and that John the Baptist lived, preached and baptized in the village of Bethany, on “the other side of the Jordan” (John 1: 28). The baptism site, known in Arabic as al-Maghtas, is located at the head of a lush valley just east of the Jordan River. After Jesus’ baptism, he spent forty days in the wilderness, where he fasted and resisted the temptations of Satan (Mark 1: 13, Matthew 4: 1-11).
We then proceed to the Allenby Bridge where we cross back into Israel. At Jericho, we visit the Tel of the world’s oldest city and view the “traditional mountain of Jesus’s temptation.” (We will have just come from the more decisive site in Jordan, however.) Driving through the Jordan Valley north, we connect with the lovely Valley of Bidan and up Wadi Fariah, the pass through which Jacob (and probably his grandfather before him) entered the Promised Land.
We stop at Jacob’s Well, site of Jesus’ conversation with a Samaritan woman. At Shechem (another important altar site), we visit the mound of the ancient city where Joshua renewed the covenant, and where we will learn of the significance of this for today’s political environment. We drive through the Dotan Valley where Joseph’s brothers threw him into a cistern, and pass Samaria, Ahab’s capital.
We continue north, tracing the Rim of the Jezreel and then east into Herod’s Valley. This fantastic view is filled with Biblical history. From this location on Tel Jezreel, looking east, one can imagine the yet-to-be-crowned Jehu “driving like a madman,” on his way to kill the kings of Israel and Judah. 900 years later, Jesus healed the 10 lepers, probably somewhere in this valley. At Ein Herod, we’ll see where, as Judges 7 describes, Gideon thinned his army by bringing the men to the spring and sorted them on the basis of how they drank from the water. At Beth Shean (aka Scythopolis), we’ll climb the Tel and view the setting for the death of Saul (I Samuel 28 – II Samuel 1). We’ll then survey the magnificent Roman and Byzantine ruins of the theatre, bathhouses, ancient restrooms, market areas and colonnaded streets. Continuing north to Tiberias, we’ll arrive at our seaside kibbutz, Nof Ginnosar. BLD
Day 9 – Today will be spent around the Sea of Galilee, visiting the sites of Jesus’ ministry, then we will depart for the Yarmuk River and ascend the Aphek Plateau for an unobstructed view of the lake from the east. Afterward, we will visit the Mt. of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7). We will also drive to the site of Beth Saida, then Tabgha where Christians have long remembered the first feeding of the multitude (Mark 6) and, nearby, the breakfast mentioned in John 21.
From there, we travel on to Capernaum, where archaeologists believe they have uncovered the house of Peter (Mark 1 and 2). Because Jesus did much of his teaching in the three towns of Capernaum, (about two miles up the hill) and the villages of Chorazin and Bethsaida, the three comprised what is called the “evangelical triangle.” In them, Jesus performed most of his miracles and he cursed them for failing to repent.
We’ll view the remains of a fishing boat from Jesus’ day at the Allon Museum and spend an hour on the lake in a wooden boat modeled after the one we have just seen. We will return to our lovely spot on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and a gathering at sunset,lakeside, for fellowship. BD
Day 10 – This morning you have a choice: You can enjoy a quiet morning and find a nice sun bed on the lakeshore with breakfast at your leisure or you can join us for a hike this morning on the “Jesus Walk”. There is a walk that Jesus may have taken from a high point above the Galilee. We will take a thermos of coffee, water and Danish and go to the point where Jesus may have seen his disciples ready to undergo the storm. This group will also enjoy some time at the resort for lunch at the pool or in the gardens before we leave the Galilee area today. We will be driving past Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home, and see from the bus the Mt. of Arbel where the people had wanted to throw him over a cliff. We will also be passing Mt Carmel.
Then, like those in Matt 20:18, “We are going up to Jerusalem…” We cross the Jezreel Plain to Megiddo, the Armageddon of Revelation 16. We will stop for a study of the importance of this area in prophecy. From our vantage point, we will be able to go over the incredible future and history from one site. We drive into Jerusalem this afternoon.
We have chosen to stay in a quaint, Christian, guesthouse inside the Old City walls. On our arrival, you will have a chance to do several things: Some may opt to have a unique, panoramic view of the intricate streets of the old city by walking the ramparts with us from the Armenian Quarter to Zion Gate. We have arranged to be in Jerusalem for the once-a-year festival at Jaffa Gate called the “Knight of Nights.” The entire area around our little boutique guesthouse will be lit with torches and alive with medieval music, dancing and performances with many local Jewish families and children participating. For those into shopping and relaxing, this night will be very memorable. It is as if we are alive on a movie set or have stepped back in time. We’ll have dinner in our own private dining room tonight for fellowship and worship. BD
Day 11 – You are invited to join us on the roof for coffee and devotionals early this morning. Our lovely inn overlooks Temple Mount and the famed Dome of the Rock. After breakfast, we start the day with an orientation to Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. We then follow the traditional Palm Sunday route to the church known as Dominus Flevit (“the Lord weeps”). After viewing and standing at the Golden Gate, we walk downhill to Gethsemane, where we take time to meditate on the Gospel text. Then we drive to Mt. Zion, which affords the best view of early Jerusalem from the west. (Here, it is proposed, was the house where the High Priest Caiaphas interrogated Jesus.) We also have a special appointment to enter Potters Field near Mt. Zion prior to our trip outside of the city to Bethlehem.
Next, driving south, we visit Solomon’s Pools, Jerusalem’s main source of water for almost 2000 years. We visit Shepherds’ Fields and then visit Bethlehem, walking through its alleys and markets to the Church of the Nativity. Later in the day, we will visit the Pools of Bethsaida and walk the Via Dolorosa or Way of the Cross. We will stay overnight inside the walls of the Old City, onceagain.BD
Day 12 – We begin today with a visit to the Western Wall, the holiest site accessible to the Jews. Then we will visit the Western Wall tunnel that enables us to examine the length of the outer Herodian Temple wall–mostly preserved in mint condition–including two stone blocks each weighing about 600 tons. We then visit the Temple Institute after which we examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex, including steps where we may be certain that Jesus and the disciples walked.
The group will then descend the slope of the first Jerusalem (“City of David”) to the Gihon Spring. Here, you will have two choices: You may enter into the newly- opened (May 2013) tunnels that connect the City of David with the Western Wall area or proceed in knee-high water through Hezekiah’s tunnel. This was the tunnel that fed the water to a pool of safety from Assyrian arrows. We then drive to the Shrine of the Book, which houses many of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the new and famous Gideon Stone, as well as numerous other Biblical antiquities, at the Israel Museum. We conclude the day with a visit to the model of Jerusalem, representing how the city looked on the eve of the Jewish revolt, 36 years after the Passion of Jesus. Tonight, we will have a lively, rooftop discussion, facing Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock. BD
Day 13 – We walk through the Old City’s bazaars and ascend to the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, where once, it is thought, the Temple stood. We will then go down into Archeological Park and enjoy a teaching near the Southern Steps and Robinson’s Arch. We will participate in a very unique sifting project on Mt. Scopus for two hours where debris from Temple Mount has been taken. This controversial project has produced some great finds! A coin was discovered in the sifting project that was from the First Jewish-Roman War period that preceded the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. In addition, a very valuable clay seal was found that mentions a family from Jeremiah 20:1. If you prefer, rather than participate in the sifting, you can sit in the garden area and enjoy a nice view of the city while we work with our hands. Finally, we then find our way to the grounds of the Garden Tomb where we can have a private visit and a communion there. This afternoon we drive to the luxury resort, Herod’s on the Dead Sea. B
Day 14 – Today you can enjoy a mud wrap of the healthy Dead Sea nutrients and a fascinating float in the waters of the Dead Sea, enjoy it’s beaches or spend the day at their pools or spas. At lunch time there will be an optional tour that takes you to Qumran where the famed Dead Sea Scrolls were found, to Masada and finally to Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul. At 5:30PM this evening we will make our way to Jerusalem for our farewell dinner. The flight check in will be at 9PM and our flight will depart this evening. BD
Day 15 – Today we return home to our cities, arriving the same calendar day. BLD
Pastor Tim Remington
Born in Riverside, CA, Pastor Tim moved to Northern Idaho as a youngster, but after graduating from Coeur d’Alene High School in the 70’s, he returned to California where he met and married Cindy. Together, they operated the “Supreme Bean Coffee House” for a number of years, serving the streets of San Bernadino. It was this experience that developed their interest in the streets and the people who are ignored, those who have problems with drugs, alcohol, and perversion.
In 1985, Tim and Cindy began taking people into their home to help them. This practice grew into their Mentor Home Ministry and Good Samaritan Rehabilitation. Even though their street ministry days taught them much about drugs and alcohol that they could never learn in a classroom, Tim has been actively pursuing his degree in counseling. “But the degree has meant less to me than leading an addict to Jesus,” said Tim. “Now my life is filled with Victim-Offender Mediation, Family Mediation, Drug and Alcohol Counseling, and directing Good Samaritan Rehabilitation. And, I’m the senior pastor at The Altar in Coeur d’Alene.”
Tim is a favorite teaching pastor and has won numerous awards including Idaho’s annual Idaho Chooses Life gives it’s “Friend for Life Award” to people who have made extraordinary contributions to the defense of preborn children. We are grateful for their leadership and commitment to the Gospel of Life.
“Cindy and I have been blessed with four children. My love is my family and my Lord. My passion is to worship; my desire is to show the joy of the Lord to others in all that I do.”