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Sun Group, December 2017

Dec 16 (SAT)

16:15 – arrival. WELCOME TO ISRAEL!. We collect the luggage and head to Jerusalem, Greeting it from Mount of Olives Viewpoint .

O/N: Jerusalem

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Dec 17 (SUN)

Our first day will be devoted to exploring “Where it all began” – City of David  !. Reviwing the archaelogical finds we will wlaks along Hezekiah’s Tunnel   ,  to the Pool of Siloam   , and then 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: 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: Jerusalem

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Dec 19 (TUES)

Heading north our first stop will be the Baptism site (qasr el-Yahud) , and then explore the Roman member of the “Decapolis” – Beit She’an .

After a possible Lunch in a Kibbutz we continue to the Sea of Galilee, and hike Sussita .

O/N: Ein-Gev

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Dec 20 (WED)

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

Heading back we visit Cana  and Nazareth   sites: Church of Annunciation Synagogue church Nazareth Village 

After lunch we continue to Roman era Caesarea  , and then return to Jerusalem.

O/N: Jerusalem

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Dec 22 (FRI)

Continuing to explore Jerusalem in the morning we walk along the Ramparts Walk, to Mount Zion  and learn about its sites: the Cenacle Dormition Abbey King David’s Tomb Mark on Mount Zion Petrus in Gallicantu .

After lunch we continue to the  Garden Tomb .

O/N: 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: Jerusalem

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Dec 24 (SUN)

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 .

O/N: Jerusalem

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Dec 25 (MON)

Focusing on the Ancient Jewish Temple we start with a visit to the Temple Mount , and continue to the Temple Mount Debris Sifting Project , and then join a tour of the Western Wall tunnels , and possibly also experience the Virtual Tour of the Second Temple .

O/N: Jerusalem

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Dec 26 (TUE)

The morning will begin with a view of  Bethlehem  and then a visit to Herodium  .

On the way back we will also visit the interesting deicvoery of the Kathisma church , .

After lunch we go to the National Holocaust musuem at “Yad Vashem”  .

O/N: Jerusalem

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Dec 27 (WED)

Heading to Eilat (5 hours drive!), we start early, and make only one stop at  Timna  to also appreciate the Tabernacle Replica .

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

O/N: Eilat

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Dec 28 (THUR)

After crossing the border, we go for a visit to Aqaba  and then drive to Wadi Rum   , where we have some off road driving in Sand dunes (!). In the eveing we have a Bedouin Dinner and show at Little Petra .

O/N: Petra

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Dec 29 (FRI)

An early start for a tour to Petra , the return to Israel, and a 5 hours drive back to Jerusalem.

O/N: Jerusalem

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Dec 30 (SAT)

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

In the afternoon we will continue to  Jaffa have a fairwell dinner, and head to the airport (Departure at 00:10).