Adventure Tour to Israel with IFT

28th October – 9th / 11th November 2018

Join us on an adventure into the Holy Land.  Explore the places where God encountered humankind and delivered a message of love and redemption.  Take some time out to invest in yourself and discover God’s revelation for you.

Our two-week tour begins on the Mediterranean coast in Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Our journey will take us along the coast to Caesarea as far as Mount Carmel, through Galilee and down to the Sea of Galilee where we will take in Capernaum, Nazareth, the source of the rivers Dan and Bania in Jordan and the Golan Heights.  After passing through Jericho and the valley of Jordan, we will arrive at the lowest point of the world, the Dead Sea, the baptismal place of John the Baptist where a unique experience awaits us – bathing in the Dead Sea in the highly beneficial minerals and extremely salty waters.  Finally, we will travel up through the Judean Desert to Hebron, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, the remarkable city where a revelation of God took place. Our inspiring journey will come to a close on the Mediterranean coast, the place where we set out.

We will experience the land and its people in the vibrant present. In all our marvelling, we will not be bound by the biblical past alone. On the contrary: we can be encouraged and strengthened in our belief that God, who created the earth, is able to transcend dimensions of time and space.

In amazement, the Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel proclaims: ”What is so precious in this land? Why is the atmosphere so magnetic? The land of Israel – Chapters from the Bible are ever-present……The country is a book. Here one is illiterate if the words of the Scriptures do not come to mind.  Wherever one stands, this corner is the place where the greatest moments of God’s encounters with humankind took place, where the most spectacular visions found their beginnings.”

What will your experience be?  Join us on this enlightening adventure and discover your personal revelation.

A comprehensive itinerary including all services and prices will appear in about two weeks from now. All participants are expected to fly individually from their home airport to Israel and meet as a group in Tel Aviv’s beautiful top hotel on the Mediterranean coast.

Day 1: Sunday, October 28, 2018

Arrival from different countries – Flight to Ben Gurion International airport

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International airport, individual transfer to Grand Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv near the seafront promenade.

Day 2: Monday, October 29, 2018

Tel Aviv / Jaffa – Kfar Saba

We travel along the beach promenade to Jaffa by bus or on foot. Here, we visit the picturesque old town. On a small hill we remember the biblical meaning of Jaffa and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view over the skyline of modern Tel Aviv.

At noon we travel by coach to Kfar Saba, just northeast of Tel Aviv, for a visit to the Jewish-Messianic HaMaayan community where we shall meet with the head of the Bezel-El creative and healing space (Mrs. K.G.).

We return to Tel Aviv for dinner at the Grand Beach hotel, after which we can once again enjoy the wide beach promenade.

Day 3: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Caesarea – Carmel – (Haifa) – Sea of ​​Galilee

We drive along the Mediterranean coast to the excavations at Caesarea, the ancient Roman cosmopolitan city. We visit the ancient amphitheater. Peter came here in biblical times when the Roman captain Cornelius sent for him from Jaffa. Paul also used the port for missionary trips.

Our journey continues up to the Carmel Mountain range. We cross Druze villages and reach Muhraka, the site on which the prophet Elijah was said to have led the people of Israel against the prophets of Ba’al. On clear days, we can see as far as the Jezre’el valley into the Galilee Mountains. Schedule permitting, we may have a meeting with the Jewish-messianic Carmel community together with the singer and worship leader Keren Davis in the village of Usafiya (right outside Haifa).

In the afternoon, we drive through beautiful Galilee landscapes down to the Sea of ​​Galilee which is -200 meters below sea level, passing by ancient Meggido (Armageddon). We shall enjoy the next few days here, in the beautiful kibbutz guest house of Nof Ginnosar.

Dinner and overnight at kibbutz Nof Ginnosar guest house village.

Day 4: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Jordan Park (Bethsaida) – Chorazin – Capernaum

We start the day with a short hike in the Jordan River Park, where we find ourselves in the Bethsaida area mentioned in the New Testament. The place was not only the home of some disciples of Jesus, but also an important city of the kingdom of Geshur, with whom King David married (out of this marriage, his son, Absalom, was born).

We shall driver to the excavations of Chorazin, another place mentioned in the New Testament. And finally we visit the ancient city of Capernaum, whose daily life and commerce have long been extinct. The excavations at Capernaum date back to the New Testament period, and give an idea of ​​the richness of the community that flourished here during the Roman period. Opening our New Testament, we shall look back in time at the ministry of Jesus during that period.

In the early afternoon we return to our kibbutz guest house. If you want, you may swim in the lake or just relax in the beautiful park-like grounds.

Dinner and overnight at kibbutz Nof Ginnosar guest house village.

Day 5: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Nazareth – Nazareth Village – Church of Nazarene

After a bountiful breakfast, we drive up to Nazareth, where Jesus grew up and spent his childhood. At Nazareth Village (archaeological excavation and documentation center), we shall go back in time to the daily life of Jesus and enjoy a biblical meal (lunch – not included in the price).

Afterwards, we shall visit the Arab-Christian church “Church of Nazarene” in the center of Nazareth and meet with the pastor (upon availability only). The pastor will talk about his experiences and on being a Christian church in the Arab-influenced city. From here we walk to the modern Annunciation Basilica and drive back to the Sea of Galilee area in the late afternoon.

Dinner and overnight at kibbutz Nof Ginnosar guest house village.

Day 6: Friday, November 2, 2018

Jordan Spring Dan and Banias – Golan Heights

Passing the Tel of the Old Testament fortress town of Hazor we drive through the Hula valley to the northern border of Israel. Near Metullah, Israel’s northernmost town, we find ourselves right on the Lebanese border. We will look out to Lebanon and across a wide plain to the Hermon Mountains.

At the foot of the Hermon, we walk through the nature reserve and headwaters of Dan (one of the Jordan Spring rivers) and through winding paths to the excavations of the Israelite city of Dan. At the second Jordan River spring, Banias, was the New Testament city of Caesarea Philippi. Here Jesus retreated with his disciples, and we shall remember the Christ confession of Peter (Matt. 16,13ff).

At noon, we will climb the Golan Heights by bus (Bashan in the Bible). At Merom Golan we can see far into Syria on clear days. We shall talk about the military significance of this vast stretch of elevation for Israel’s security. On the way back over the Golan Ridge along the Syrian border, the Sea of ​​Galilee will slowly reveal itself to us in the distance.

We return to the kibbutz guest house and look forward to the rich dinner buffet.

Dinner and overnight at kibbutz Nof Ginnosar guest house village.

Day 7: Saturday (Sabbath), November 3, 2018

Mount of the Beatitudes – Tabgha – boat trip

We shall start our morning with some relaxing time on the Mount of Beatitudes. The magnificent acoustics in the small octagonal church invites you to raise your voice to the glory of God. We shall walk down the panoramic trail down to the lakeshore at Tabgha (traditional place of bread multiplication and feeding the 5000).

We shall take our bus back to Ginnosar, where we shall embark on our wooden boat  and sail on the Sea of Galilee remembering the miracle which took place here.

If possible, we shall raise our voice in worship songs with the captain of the boat (Daniel Carmel).

The rest of the last day at the Sea of Galilee can be arranged according to your wishes: swim, rest and retreat, explore the kibbutz, or take our coach to Tiberias and walk along the waterfront.

Dinner and overnight at kibbutz Nof Ginnosar guest house village.

Day 8: Sunday, November 4, 2018

Jordan Valley – (Jericho) – baptismal site John the Baptist. – Dead Sea

We begin the day contemplatively on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where the risen Lord met his disciples and Simon (Peter) asked three times: Do you love me? (John 21).

We depart the Sea of ​​Galilee and drive through the Jordan Valley towards the area of ​​Jericho, where the Israelites came to the Promised Land. This is the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and tempted by Satan, and it is also the point where Elijah crossed the Jordan with Elisha and was taken to heaven. We visit the baptistery of John the Baptist, right on the Israeli-Jordanian border.

Our journey continues to the nearby Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth (-400 m below sea level). The rich salt and mineral water is blissful for our skin and lets non-swimmers swim float just as well as accomplished swimmers!  We shall spend our lunch break here and take time to swim. Relaxed and probably quite tired, we travel by coach through the Judean desert to Jerusalem (800-1000 m above sea level). We experience from Mt. Scopus our first view over the city of Jewish yearning. Looking east, we look over the Judean desert mountains into the area of ​​Anatot (home of the prophet Jeremiah).

Our destination is the beautiful Christian guest house Beit Aliqa in Bethlehem / Beit Jala, where we shall experience Arab hospitality for the next few days.

Dinner and overnight at Beit Aliqa Guesthouse

Day 9: Monday, November 5, 2018

Bethlehem – Hebron – Walk on Biblical Patriarchal Path

After a leisurely breakfast, we will walk from the guesthouse to Bethlehem and visit the Church of Nativity, from which the Christmas service is transmitted each year. Bethlehem means “house of bread” and is the birthplace of Jesus as well as King David; Ruth and Boas also lived here in biblical times.

If the security situation permits, we continue to Hebron and visit the Old City and the Machpelah Cave – tomb of the biblical patriarchs: Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebeccah, Jacob and Leah.

On the way back to Bethlehem, we shall enjoy a short hike on the old Biblical “Patriarchs Route”. It was the ancient inland highway of Canaan. Since Abraham’s time it has been used by biblical prophets and patriarchs. Along our trail, we shall enjoy views of the wide landscape, sometimes to the Mediterranean Sea. Near Bethlehem, we will remember the story of Ruth and Boaz, and hear of David, and how he went down into the Ellah Valley to represent Israel in the battle against the Philistines.

After dinner in the Beit Aliqa guest house we shall hear a report about the work of the blessed Christian meeting place (

Day 10: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Mount of Olives – Gethsemane – Church of the Holy Sepulcher – Christ Church

Our day begins east of Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives where we shall experience a magnificent view over the Old and New cities of Jerusalem. Directly in front of us on the former Temple Mount are the Islamic sanctuaries Dome of the Rock and El Aqsa Mosques which have stood here for more than 1300 years.

We shall take a leisurely walk along the path of the Prophets via Dominus Flevit (Our Lord Wept) down to the garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees. Here we shall reflect on the prayers of Jesus before his capture.

We shall enter the Old City through the Lion’s Gate (Or Stephen’s Gate).  We shall walk to the Via Dolorosa through the Arab market to the Church of the Resurrection, whose foundations date back to the earliest Christian period.

After lunch, we continue our way through the winding streets of the Old City to Christ Church near the Jaffa Gate. The church is Jerusalem’s oldest Protestant church with synagogue-like elements in the interior. Its first bishop was a Jew who believed in Jesus. Schedule permitting, we shall meet with a Messianic Jew who will tell us about his life.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

We return to Beit Jala for dinner and overnight at the Beit Aliqa guest house.

Optional activity tonight:   we shall meet in the evening with the head of the Arab-Jewish reconciliation work “Musalaha”, who will introduce us to the principles, possibilities and challenges of reconciliation work between the two conflicting parties.

Day 11: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Temple Mt. – Jewish Quarter – free time until early evening

We start our day in the south of Jerusalem atop the Haas promenade for a breathtaking view over the Mount of Olives. We continue to the Temple Mount, site of the ancient temple of Solomon and then the rebuilt temple in the time of Jesus. In

70 AD the Second Temple was destroyed again and has yet to be rebuilt. The two Islamic sanctuaries atop the mount: Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque – have been on the Temple Mount for over 1300 years. We shall visit this sacred and controversial site; for Jews the “har ha bait” (Mountain of the House / Temple) for Muslims is the “haram al sharif” (Mount of the Exalted Sanctuary).

We continue through the Old City streets into the Jewish quarter. We marvel at the newly built residential area with the magnificent Hurva synagogue and note the difference between the Arab bazaar (Suq) and the Jewish Quarter ending up to the Wailing Wall (West Wall / Kotel). Here we immerse ourselves in heartfelt prayers of the Jewish people, as we take time to soak up this special atmosphere.

Enjoy some free time until the early evening hours. We will return to the Beit Aliqa guesthouse a bit later for dinner, to give participants a chance to experience Jerusalem in his own way, perhaps in one of the following options: walk on the Ramparts Walk of the Old City, visit the Garden Tomb, leisurely shopping in the oriental bazaar of the Old city, explore New Jerusalem at the Mamila shopping mall and the large pedestrian Jaffa street. As night falls, the Old city walls outside the Jaffa Gate are beautifully lit.

Return to the Bei Aliqa guest house with dinner and overnight stay.

Day 12: Thursday, November 08, 2018

Yad Vashem – Herzlberg – Knesseth

Begin our day with a meaningful and moving visit to Yad Vashem, the world’s foremost Holocaust memorial and archives. We shall take our time to explore the site, with its moving exhibits, contemporary historical documents, poignant testimonials and reminders to never forget. We shall walk to the nearby Mt. Herzl national cemetery where we are reminded of some of the moving events, and well-known statesmen making up Israel’s more recent history. We end our day at the seven-branched candelabra (Menorah) opposite the Knesseh, the parliament of the State of Israel. Time permitting, everyone can spend some more time in Jerusalem on their own.

Dinner and overnight at Beit Aliqa guesthouse.

Day 13: Friday, November 9, 2018

Early departures: Transfer to Ben Gurion International airport

Those who are flying home today, shall have a private transfer to the airport.

We wish you a safe journey home with many cherished memories of the Holy Land!

Days 13 and 14: Friday – Saturday, 9-10 November 2018

Two special closing days – Latrun / Garden of Life – Tel Aviv

We end our IFT journey to the place where we started: in the beautiful Grand Beach hotel near Tel Aviv’s beach front. We depart Beit Jala by bus and drive through the Judean hill-country down to the coastal plain.

In the vicinity of Latrun we visit the extraordinary “Garden of Life”. Here we meet with the project leader, head of this blessed work, who will lead us across the wide terrain and explain the spiritual significance of the individual areas within the garden.

Following the group visit, we shall have the opportunity to reflect on our own lives in these beautiful surroundings. The head of the Bezel-El creative and healing community (Mrs. K.G.) will be happy to give you guidance. If you do not wish to stay for contemplation and reflection time, you may take the coach to Tel Aviv and our hotel.

In the evening we all meet in the hotel for dinner.

If possible and desired, a Jewish-Messianic Shabbat service may be visited (to be determined on-site), or you may relax and let the journey soak in on the wide sandy beach or in the neighboring Yarkon park.

After dinner we meet for a final evening together.

Day 15: Sunday, November 11, 2018

Departure and return flight to the different countries of origin

Transfer to Ben Gurion International airport and return flight.

We wish you all a good flight, with many wonderful and cherished memories from the Holy Land land  as we return to our daily lives.

Shalom and lehitraot!

Other personal extension options may be requested.
Program changes are reserved depending on the current situation.


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