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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 site 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).