Enhance your congregation’s understanding of the Scriptures
& encourage them to connect on a deeper spiritual level through a custom-designed tour.
First visit to the Holy Land? Start Here.
Use this example as a starting point for your custom itinerary. Then, add options from the following pages or ideas of your own!
Days 1 & 2
Group Flight, Tel Aviv, Netanya
Caesarea, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Muhraqa, Nazareth & Cana
Capernaum, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Mt. of Beatitudes, Magdala, Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee
Yardenit Baptism, Beit She’an, Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Via Dolorosa, Upper Room
Masada, Qumran, Ein Gedi, Float in the Dead Sea
Jerusalem, Israel Museum, Temple Mount
Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Returning to the Holy Land?
There’s always something new to discover in Israel, from new archaeological finds to cultural experiences. Here are a few ideas for an in-depth & interactive itinerary.
Trace the steps Jesus may have walked by hiking the 40-mile route from Nazareth to Capernaum.
Follow the 4000-year Biblical & historical timeline.
Jericho & the Mt. of Temptation
The adventurous can trek 30-minutes up a steep path, passing through the Cliffhanging monastery on the way. Or, choose a 5-minute cable car ride.
See what life was like during the time of Jesus. Stroll past houses, terraced fields, wine & olive presses – built to reenact 1st-century life in a Galilee village.
Visit Acre, Crusader capital of Israel for 100 years. See the well-preserved ruins of Knights Halls, the Citadel, living areas, prison & secret Templar escape tunnel! Or, go to Nimrod’s Castle, the largest Crusade-era castle in Israel.
Underground Boat Ride
Explore the ancient Pool of the Arches where locals would water their goats during Biblical times.
Walk through the water channel carved beneath the City of David connecting the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam (wet & dry options).
Participate in an ongoing archaeological dig to uncover Biblical history.
International Prayer Center
Shepherd your group to have a personal encounter with God.
Enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner in a Jerusalem family’s home.
See an herb & spice farm, olive oil press & traditional Arabic coffee roaster. Visit a cheese maker or enjoy a short Druze cooking workshop. Local winery &/or micro-brewery tours also available.
Machane Yehuda Food Market
Tour Jerusalem’s largest food market. Then, visit Nachlaot, a group of neighborhoods in central Jerusalem known for its winding lanes, old-style housing, hidden courtyards & many small synagogues.
Picnic on Sculpture Road
Israeli artists’ works line the road through President’s Forest. Enjoy
a bite on the way to Samson’s home town or to see Crusader ruins.
Share a traditional meal with village residents &/or choose to stay overnight in a tented camp or take a camel ride through the desert.
Visit a Kibbutz
Learn about the values embodied by kibbutz life: equality, sharing, a strong worth ethic & mutual responsibility.
Learn about this Israeli culture known for its hospitality. They have opened their villages to tourists, but maintain their traditional lifestyle.
Spend time at the Holocaust Memorial complex.
Choose from a variety of options, including: fruit picking, forest conservation & food distribution.
Relax at this oasis city on the shores of the Red Sea.
Tips for a Successful Trip:
Israeli hotels book up more than a year in advance. And, booking early in any country can often save you money.
Choose Your Season
Both air & ground prices are higher during the summer. Typically, the best prices are found November to March (excluding holidays). There are also “shoulder“ seasons in the spring & fall that offer reasonable pricing.
Consider a Stopover
Many airlines will allow a stopover for no additional cost. This is a great way to ramp up recruitment & enhance the group’s experience.
If you have something else in mind, or would like to hear about the newest activities, just let us know!
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Your FTI Team