Israel Adventure tour 2019

September 21 – October 5, 2019

 

Spend two weeks touring the stage on which the drama of God’s Word was played out. You’ll never read the Bible the same way again!

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We invite you to explore the land of the Bible on a tour designed for those who want to hike the hills, explore the tunnels, and swim in the ruins that reveal the black and white text of the Bible in full colour.
By walking this land’s rocky hills and touching its stone walls, you walk through history and touch the past. The cool breeze in your face that washes off the Sea of Galilee is the same breeze that woke Jesus. The dry dust that whips through the wilderness is the same dust that stung the legs of the prophets. The sights, sounds, tastes, and aromas unfold before you like an ancient scroll in modern times.

explore biblical history

Flights
The cost (for those departing from Australia) includes return airfares. We will be flying economy with Thai Airways and El Al Airlines. Price also includes departure and airport taxes. These are often an additional $700 per person on other tours, but are included in our package price.
Accommodation
The cost includes all accommodation (twin share), in a variety of of styles from kibbutz to resort style hotels, in four star level accommodation. A single supplement (private room for the entirety of the trip) costs an additional $1195 AUD.
Meals
The cost includes all meals except lunches. Breakfasts and dinners are mostly buffet style in the hotel. A festive farewell dinner will be provided on the final day. Israel’s cuisine is rich in olives, wheat, chickpeas, dairy products, fish, cucumbers and tomatoes. They have the best falafels and hommus in the world! It’s an easy place for vegetarians to travel, but provides ample options for meat lovers too.
Tours and Tips
All tours and tips are included in the cost, so you won’t have to carry change for tipping! The tours include our own personal driver for our air conditioned coach, and a local guide who will remain with us for the whole tour.

itinerary

Days 1 to 5: From Australia to Galilee

Herod’s port, Caesarea Maritima, where you can go snorkelling in 2000 year old underwater ruins.

Day 1 (Sat Sep 21): In the Air. Board your Thai Airways flight from Australia to Bangkok, then transfer to El Al Airlines for the flight to Tel Aviv. (Overseas guests will join the tour in Tel Aviv upon our arrival).

Day 2 (Sun Sep 22): The Coastal Plain. Arrive Tel Aviv early morning and start your tour at Neot Kedumim Biblical Reserve for a “Biblical” breakfast and sheep herding exercise! Enjoy a brief visit to the ancient port of Joppa before checking into King Solomon Hotel, Netanya for some much needed rest.

Day 3 (Mon Sep 23): From Sea to Sea. Start your day at Caesarea Maritima, the harbour built by Herod and go snorkelling (optional*) in 2000 year old underwater ruins. Explore a tunnel beneath Megiddo (Armageddon) before heading to Mount Arbel for a spectacular view of Galilee. Hike down the cliffs past caves where the Jews held out against the Romans, to the valley floor. Overnight in a Galilean Kibbutz.

Day 4 (Tue Sep 24): Galilee. Start the day with a sunrise sail on the Sea of Galilee, then walk the slopes where the Sermon on the Mount was delivered down to Tabgha and Capernaum, the home base on Jesus’s ministry.

Day 5 (Wed Sep 25): Galilee. Head north to the source of the Jordan and walk a bush trail to Tel Dan, the site of Jeroboam’s rebellion. Visit Caesarea Phillippi, before exploring the ruins of Nimrod Crusader castle.

Days 6 to 8: From Galilee to the Wilderness

Looking out over the Sea of Galilee from Mount Arbel, where you can hike the cliffs to reach the valley.

Day 6 (Thu Sep 26): The Jordan River. Start today on more turbulent waters, rafting the Jordan River, before exploring the wilds of northern Galilee on ATVs or in jeeps (optional).

Day 7 (Fri Sep 27): The Dead Sea. Head south to the Dead Sea, stopping on the way at Castle of Belvoir, one of the best preserved Crusader Castles in Israel for an amazing outlook over Northern Israel. Float in the Dead Sea before your overnight stay at Kibbutz Kalia. (Also visit Qumran, time permitting).

Day 8 (Sat Sep 28): The Wilderness. Ascend the fortress of Masada by cable car. Hike a wilderness trail where David fled from Saul before reaching a refreshing swim in the desert oasis of En Gedi. Ascend from the lowest place on earth to the heights of Jerusalem! Spend the next 5 nights in Gloria Hotel inside Jerusalem’s Old City walls.

Days 9 to 12: From the Wilderness to Jerusalem

The Western Wall of the Temple Mount, in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Day 9 (Sun Sep 29): Jerusalem. Free day to explore Jerusalem. Rest. Shop. Explore the Old City alleys. Head into the new city for cafes and shopping. Walk the top of the Old City Walls. Or join your guide for a wander over the rooftops, on top of the walls, around the pools of Bethesda, and through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Day 10 (Mon Sep 30): Jerusalem. Start your day with a visit to the Temple Mount (subject to security clearance). Enjoy a spectacular view from the Mount of Olives, then walk the Palm Sunday road and spend some time of reflection amongst the ancient olive trees. Visit the City of David, exploring Hezekiah’s Tunnel, knee deep in underground water. Then trek Herod’s tunnels to the Southern Wall excavations. Finish the day in the Western Wall tunnel.

Day 11 (Tue Oct 1): Judean Hills. Optional day rapelling (abseiling) into the Bar Kochva caves in the Judean Hills, and rock-climbing Israel’s cliffs and ledges.

Day 12 (Wed Oct 2): Jerusalem. Explore Zedekiah’s cave beneath the Old City. Spend the afternoon in the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book. Experience a moving visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Finish the day hiking the Herodium before a farewell festive dinner.

Days 13 to 15: From Jerusalem to Australia

Watch the Bible stories come to life before your eyes as you walk through the stage on which it was set!

Day 13 (Thu Oct 3): Departure. Transfer from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion airport. Depart on your El Al Airlines flight to Bangkok.

Day 15 (Sat Oct 5): (Day 14 lost in travel). Arrive back in Australia with wonderful memories of a fantastic journey! (Overseas guests, please check your departure dates as these may vary).

 

Optional Adventure Extras:

 

  • Snorkelling (Day 3) $80 per person
  • Rafting (Day 6) $40 per person
  • Jeep / ATV ride (Day 6) $85 per person
  • Rapelling (abseiling) (Day 11) $130 per person
  • Hikes (Mount Arbel, and En Gedi) are free but still optional.

A snapshot of jerusalem

Tour cost

For Australian adventurers:

AUD $6490 (based on 15 passengers).

  • With a $400 per person refund if group size reaches 20
  • With a $500 per person refund if group size reaches 25
For those joining us in Tel Aviv:

AUD $4640 (not including flights. price in Australian dollars. check your exchange rates because cost is likely to be considerably less in USD).

Optional Extras:

  • Snorkelling (Day 3) $80 per person
  • Rafting (Day 6) $40 per person
  • Jeep / ATV ride (Day 6) $85 per person
  • Rapelling (abseiling) (Day 11) $130 per person
Notes:

Deposit of $350 required late 2018 (deposit is non-refundable). The balance of payment is required by 15 July, 2019. If you’re reading this after that date, never fear… simply contact us below!

(Olive Tree Travel reserves the right to re-cost the tour in the event of a currency fluctuation of more than 3%)

your tour crew

GRAHAM KELL

Tour Guide, Teacher
Graham Kell is a pastor at Chancellor Park Community Church on the Sunshine Coast. He has led numerous tours to Israel and has a passion for the land and the lessons learned there. He is married with two grown sons.

Graham has a Master’s Degree in Theology specializing in Israel’s geography and archaeology, a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Psychology (currently completing clinical qualifications), and a Bachelor degree in Environmental studies.

STEVEN GREEN

Travel Agent
Steven Green is the Founder and Director of Olive Tree Travel, our agent on the ground. He has worked in the travel industry for over 17 years and has an in-depth understanding and vast experience in organising faith based journeys.

Steven’s passion, understanding and firsthand knowledge of Israel allows him to customise itineraries to ensure our group is afforded the most rewarding trip possible. See http://www.olivetreetravel.com.au/ for more information and more tours available.

TBA

Local Guide
It’s not this guy! Once we confirm the best local guide for our tour, we’ll upload his or her details here. We only use officially licensed guides who speak Hebrew, and know the ins and outs of getting to exactly where we’d like to go! Watch this space!

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