Bible history and Israel – 15 days1st Day ASHQELON- TEL GAT- LAKHISH- BE`ER SHEVAAshdod: (Joshua 11:22). Modern harbour.Ashqelon: philistine harbour, (Joshua 13:3, Samuel I 6:17). Impressive city park. Crusader harbour.Tel gat: home of Goliath (Samuel 27: 1-4).Lakhish: sennacheribe , the Assyrian, 8th century B.C.E. (II kings 18:13- 19:35) New settlement area.Be`er Sheva: Town of the patriarchs, Capital of the Negev.
2and DaySEDE BOKER- SHIVTA- AVEDAT- MITZPE RAMON- DIMONA- ARADSede Boker: kibbutz where Ben Gurion lived. Institute for Desert research.Shivta Avedat: Ruins of the numerous Nabatean, Roman and Byzantine settlements.Makhtesh Ramon: Crater about 20 miles long containing a wide variety of geological elements.Dimona: Urban settlement.Arad: Biblical town. City in the desert.
3rd DayMASADA- DEAD SEA- EIN GEDI- QUMRAN- JERUSALEMMasada: stronghold of the Jewish rebels against the Romans (C.E. 66-73).Dead Sea: Salt sea. Phosphate industry. Lowest spot on earth.Ein Gedi: Oasis in the desert. Ein David Gorge, A kibbutz.Qumran: Place where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known Biblical manuscripts, were found in caves.
4th DayJERUSALEM (within the Old City Walls) – JEWISH QUARTER- TEMPLE MOUNT- VIA DOLOROSA- CHRISTIAN QUARTER- ARMENIAN QUARTER.
5TH DayJerusalem: Model of Jerusalem at time of Jesus (Holyland Hotel), Yad Vashem (memorial to Holocaust victims), Ein Karem, Chagall`s stained- glass windows (Hadassah Medical Center), Hebrew University, Knesset (Parliament), Israel Museum (includes exhibition of dead sea scrolls).
6th DayJerusalem: Mount Zion, Tomb of David, Upper Room of the Last Supper, church of the Dormition, Saint Peter in Gallicantu, Kidron Valley (Valley of jehoshaphat), Gihon Spring, Pool of Siloah (Hezekiah`s Tunnel) (kings 20:20), Basilica of the Agony (Church of all Nations), Tomb of the Virgin Mary, Church of Mary Magdalence, Dominus Flevit, Jewish Cemetery, Tomb of the Prophets Haggi, Malachi and Zachariah, Church of Pater Noster, Mount Scopus, Truman Research Center.
7th DayBETHLEHEM AND ENVIRONSValley of Rephaim, Ramat Rachel (Rachel`s Heights – a kibbutz within the Jerusalem city limits), Church of Elijan (Mar Elias). Rachel`s tomb.Bethlehem: Church of the Nativity, Church of the Milk Grotto, King David`s wells, Shepherd`s Field (story of Ruth and Boaz), the Herodion (fortified palace built by Herod by Herod the Great).Mar Saba: Monastery founded by saint Saba (C.E 483), Solomon`s Pools.Hebron: Tomb of the Patriarchs (Cave of the Machpelah).Gush Etzuon: (the Etzion Bloc) Jewish settlement and religious study centre.Mount Gilo: Field school of Society for the Protection of Nature.
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9TH DayJERUSALEM- JERICHOJerusalem- Garden Tomb, Solomon`s Quarries, Bethany (Church of Saint Lazarus), The Good Samaritan inn.Wadi Kelt: Greek monastery of Saint George, Herod`s winter palace.Jericho: Old Jericho, Mount of Temptation (Quarantal).
10th DayJUDA AND SAMARIAMitzpe: Nebi Samwil (Prophet Samuel).Megiddo: Excavatuon of cities dating from 4,000 to 400 B.C.E.Beit She`arim: Second century Sanhedrin home, burial caves.
11th DayHAIFA- AKKO- SHAVE ZIYYON- YEHI`AM KIBBUTZ- RAMA- MERON- BAR`AM- ZEFATHaifa: Mount Carmel, Muhraka- Carmelite ,monastery of Elijah, cave of Elijah,Baha`I Temple (World Center of the Baha`I faith), the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology.Akko: Famous Crusader construction, Mosque of EL Jesaar.Shave Ziyyon: Early Christian church.Yehi`am Kibbutz: Montfort (Crusader castle).Rama: Christian and Druze village.Meron: (meiron). City of famous Torah scholars.Bar`am: Ancient synagogue. Zefat: Israel`s highest town. Capital of Cabalistic mysticism.
12th DayHAZOR- AYELET HASHAHAR- DAN- CAESAREA PHILLIPPI (banyas)- NIMROD CASTLE (kalat Namrud)- EIN GEV KIBBUTZ- GOLAN HEIGTSHazor: Large Israelite and Canaanite city.Ayelet Hashahar: Collective settlement- Kibbutz.Dan: Spring- source of the Jordan River.Caesarea Phillippi (Banya): At base of Mount Hermon.Nimrod Castle (Kalat Namrud): Crusader and Mameluke castle.Ein Gev Kibbutz: Amphitheatre- music festival during Passover.Golan Heights
13th DayTIBERIAS- MAGDALA- TABGHA- CAPERNAUM- MOUNT OF BEATITUDE- KORAZIM- BREKHOT HA`MESHUSHIM (Hexagonal Pools)Tiberias: A city located near the sea pf Galilee.Magdala: Home of Mary Magdalene.Tabgha: The Church of the MultiplicationCapernaum: Ancient synagogue- place where Jesus lived.Mount of Beatitudes: THE Sermon on the Mount (Mathew 5, 1-12 [Beatitudes]).Brekhot Hameshushim (Hexagonal Pools): Natural pools.
14th DayTIBERIAS, MOUNT TABOR- KAFR KANNA- NAZARETH- AFULA- CAESAREA: PLAIN OF SHRON, NATANYA- TEL AVIV, JAFFATiberuas, Mount Tabor: Church of Transfiguration.Kafr Kanna: First miracle of Jesus (Jhon 1:47)Nazareth: the home of Loseph and Mary. The Basilica of the Annunciatuon.Afula: Main town of the Jezreel Valley.Caesarea: built by Herod the Great. Second century aqueduct.Plain of Sharon- Natanya: Coastal city.Tel Aviv, Jaffa: Jaffa- Ancient seaport.Tel- Aviv- Commercial and industrial city, tourism centere.
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