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Grow Tour plan, March 2022

Feb 24 (THUR)  – Arrival

Arrival. WELCOME TO ISRAEL! Transfer to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Feb 25 (FRI)  – in Jerusalem

Free day in Jerusalem, recovering from the jet lag.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Feb 26 (SAT) – To the Shephelah

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Feb 27 (SUN) – Copper Scroll Treasure Hunt

  • Drive to Saint George monastery and seek caves where Lehi’s sons may have hid.
  • Reach cave #3 and learn about the discovery of the copper scroll.
  • Tour Qumran and assess its connections to the scrolls.
  • Drive into the Judean Desert and track the secret tunnel beneath Hyrcania. Was one of the treasures hidden here?
  • Drive to Jerusalem. Greet the city from Mount of Olives viewpoint and drive down to the Kidron Valley. Tour the Kidron valley tombs and learn about the research to find more treasures of the Copper Scroll at the site.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Feb 28 (MON) – Bethlehem and the garden tomb

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

March 1 (TUE) – Jerusalem’s Old City

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

March 2 (WED) – Exploring Eastern Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

March 3 (THUR) – Masada and the Dead Sea

  • Head down to the Dead Sea region with an optional short camel ride at the Sea Level sign.
  • Ascend to the top of Masada, learn on its special dramatic history and appreciate its rich remains.
  • Optional 2 hours hike in Ein-gedi’s nature reserve.
  • Optional swim at the Dead Sea.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

March 4 (FRI) – Jewish Quarter and Friday Markets.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

March 5 (SAT) – Israel Museum and More

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

March 6 (SUN) – To the Galilee

  • Descend to the Jordan valley. Visit the baptism site and drive by Jericho.
  • Tour biblical Beth-Shean, member of the Decapolis.
  • Stop at Yardenit, and an optional baptism at the Jordan river.
  • Optional visit to Hamat Tiberias ancient synagogue and the antiquities of Tiberias.

Overnight: Tiberias

 

March 7 (MON) – Around the Sea of Galilee

  • Optional early morning kayaking on the Jordan River.
  • Visit Capernaum, home of Jesus after being rejected in Nazareth. See its main synagogue and church and review its role in the New Testament.
  • Continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes and contemplate on the “Sermon on the Mount”.
  • Descend to the shoreline and explore the Tabgha churches.
  • Visit Kibbutz Ginosar and see the amazing discovery of the 2,000-year-old boat (“Boat of the Galilee“).
  • Explore the ancient site of Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene, and especially its 1st century synagogue (!).

Overnight: Tiberias

 

March 8 (TUE) – to the Golan Heights

Overnight: Tiberias

 

March 9 (WED) – Nazareth, Cana and Sepphoris

  • Visit the “Wedding Church” at Cana, site of the “First miracle”.
  • Explore Nazareth: view the sacred places at the Church of Annunciation, Saint Joseph and the Synagogue-church. Stroll in the old city’s market and try some local food.
  • After a lunch break continue to Sepphoris. Stroll through its rich remains from Roman period, and learn about its significant and underacknowledged impact on the life of Jesus

Overnight: Tiberias

 

March 10 (THUR) – Tabor and Megiddo

  • Drive up to Mount Tabor. Visit its main church and learn about its role in the Old Testament and the event of the Transfiguration.
  • Continue to Megiddo. Enter at its biblical gate, review the stables associated with king Solomon, and walk down Megiddo’s 3,000-year-old water shaft
  • Continue to Tel-Aviv. If time permits stop at Aphek and assess the sites’ role in the Even Ha’ezer battle and in the days of king Herod.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

 

March 11 (FRI) – Jafa and Tel-Aviv Friday Markets

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

 

March 12 (SAT) – On the way to Emmaus

  • Drive along the “road to Emmaus” and visit the site of Emmaus-Nicopolis. Assess the sites’ role in the New Testament and later history.
  • Visit Latrun and ride along the 1948 “Burma Road“. Learn about the dramatic battles over the roads to Jerusalem. Optional visit to the new visitors center at Khan Shaar Hagai.
  • After a lunch break join a tour of the 1948 Secret bullet factory at “Machon Ayalon“.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

 

March 13 (SUN) – Ashkelon and around Gaza Strip

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

 

March 14 (MON) – Caesarea

  • Drive along the coast to ancient Caesarea. Enter the City’s center at Herod’s sunken harbor and visit its new Visitor center.
  • Walk along through the fantastic remains of Herod’s palace, the hippodrome, and the theatre.
  • Stop at Caesarea’s aqueduct for a photo op and learn about Roman-era water supply.
  • Ascend the Carmel and learn about Elijah’s battles against the Baal prophets at the Muhraka.
  • Have a special lunch experience at a Druze village or in Haifa.
  • Drive into Haifa and enjoy the grand view of Haifa bay and the Bahai Gardens in Haifa.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

 

March 15 (TUE)

Departure. Farewell!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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