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Sun Group, December 2017

Dec 16 (SAT)

17:25 – Delta 468 arrival. WELCOME TO ISRAEL!. We collect the luggage and head to Jerusalem, Greeting it from Mount of Olives Viewpoint .

O/N: “Sultan’s Palace”, Ein Rogel 10, Jerusalem

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Dec 17 (SUN)

Our first day will be devoted to exploring “Where it all began” – City of David  !.

At 9:10 we see the presenntation; at 10:00 we go down Warren Shaft; at 10:40 we will walk along Hezekiah’s Tunnel   ,  to the Pool of Siloam   , and then (11:30) along Herodian Drainage Channel , to the Southern Wall Archaeological Park   .

After a lunch break in the Jewish Quarter , we could review sites like the Broad Wall  and the Cardo  .

O/N:  “Sultan’s Palace”, Ein Rogel 10, Jerusalem

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Dec 18 (MON)

Returning to the Mount of Olives Viewpoint , we will descend to the Garden of Gethsemane , visit the Pools of Bethesda  site, and then walk from the “Antonia” along the Via Dolorosa , to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre  , learning about the “Stations of the Cross” and Tomb of Jesus.

O/N:  “Sultan’s Palace”, Ein Rogel 10, Jerusalem

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Dec 19 (TUES)

Heading north for two nights, our first stop will the Roman era Metropolis Caesarea  . Where we will have a quick look of the ancient port. 

We then continue to Nazareth, and at 11:00 experienct Nazareth Village . After lunch (12:30) we drive into Nazareth   itself and visit the Church of Annunciation  and the Synagogue church .

If time permits we will also visit the “Wedding church” in Cana .

O/N: Ein-Gev

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Dec 20 (WED)

Today is all about and around the Sea of Galilee!.  

At 8:30 we start with a Sail on the Sea of Galilee , then see the Sea of Galilee Boat  in Ginosar, asend Mount of Beatitudes , and possibly hike down to the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes , and the Church of the Primacy of Peter .

After a lunch break we visit Capernaum , and if time permits drive up to the Golan Heights  or Caesarea Philippi (Banias) .

O/N: Ein-Gev

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Dec 21 (THUR)

In the morning we might make a hike Sussita , former member of the “Decapolis”, and then, heading back to Jerusalem, we will visit Beit She’an , and the Baptism site (qasr el-Yahud) .

If time (and political conditions) permit, we could also visit the “Tomb of Lazarus” site in Betheny.

O/N:  “Sultan’s Palace”, Ein Rogel 10, Jerusalem

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Dec 22 (FRI)

The Morning will be devoted to the National Holocaust museum at “Yad Vashem”   (9:15).

After lunch we continue to the  Garden Tomb  (14:00), and then head  to Mount Zion  and learn about its sites: the Cenacle Dormition Abbey King David’s Tomb Mark on Mount Zion Petrus in Gallicantu .

In the evening we will go to See the special Jewish prayers at the Western wall   on Friday evening, followed by a special dinner (Shabbath of a lifetime“) with a Jewish Religious family.

O/N:  “Sultan’s Palace”, Ein Rogel 10, Jerusalem

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Dec 23 (SAT)

At 10:00 we attend the services at BYU, and later continue to the Archaeological wing of the  Israel Museum , and at  Ein Karem  we visit the John Baharim Church  and the Chruch of the Visitation .

O/N:  “Sultan’s Palace”, Ein Rogel 10, Jerusalem

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Dec 24 (SUN)

Focusing on the ancient Jewish Temple we start, at 9:00 we join the Temple Mount Debris Sifting Project ,

We then return to the old city for a walk along the City Ramparts. After lunch, at 14:10 we conduct a tour along the Western Wall tunnels , and at 15:45 experience also the Virtual Tour of the Second Temple .

 

O/N:  “Sultan’s Palace”, Ein Rogel 10, Jerusalem

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Dec 25 (MON)

The morning will begin with a visit to the Temple Mount , and later a drive into Bethlehem , where we will also have lunch. 

After lunch we visit Herodium  , and on the way back we will also visit the interesting discovery of the Kathisma church 

O/N:  “Sultan’s Palace”, Ein Rogel 10, Jerusalem

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Dec 26 (TUE)

A day devoted to the region of the Dead Sea will begin with Camel ride (!) at Sea level, a view of Jericho , a review of the find of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Qumran ), a visit to Masada  , and a swim at the Dead Sea . We then continue another 3 hours drive to get to Eilat for the night. (Guide: Dan Ofri)

O/N: Casa de la Familia, Mishol Shaked 7, Eilat.

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Dec 27 (WED)

In the morning we drive to the Nature reserve of  Timna  where we also appreciate the Tabernacle Replica . (Guide: Dan Ofri)

At Eilat we go for some snorkel or Diving in the Red Sea  .

O/N: Casa de la Familia, Mishol Shaked 7, Eilat

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Dec 28 (THUR)

After crossing the border, we drive 1.5 hour, and then head for a tour of Petra . (guide: “Jordan Inspiration Tours”).

Upon return to Israel we drive back to Jerusalem (5 hours drive)

O/N:  “Sultan’s Palace”, Ein Rogel 10, Jerusalem

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Dec 29 (FRI)

This day will be devoted to Biblical Sites in the “Shfelah” and Jaffa. We will review the site of the Battle site of David and Goliath , visit Beth Shemesh Tel Lachish , and Beit Lehi.

In the afternoon we will continue to  Jaffa .

O/N: “Sultan’s Palace”, Ein Rogel 10, Jerusalem

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Dec 30 (SAT)

T.B.D.

23:30 – Delta 467 – Departure