Israel Tours and other Bible Land Tours of World of the Bible Ministries
June Israel Tour and Bible Land Tours
Dr. Randall Price will be making his 100th trip to Israel and the lands of the Bible, most of them guiding groups on tours of Israel, Jordan, and Turkey. He started the Tour part of his ministry after studying at the Hebrew University in Israel and seeing how it changed his perspective and realized a need for pastors in particular and believers in general to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the land of Israel and under-standing the Bible in the context of it's geographic and cultural setting. Our Israel tours are typically limited to one bus (50 people) to keep the tour personal and allow complete access to Dr. Price and his wife Beverlee during the tour. Occasionally, depending on the tour, this limit will increase beyond 50.
2016 Israel Adventure Tour (Introductory Tour) itinerary is posted below. Second timers tour itinerary is below Introductory Tour. Early Registration finished but late registration possible with a higher price.
Typical of the response to his study tour (we ask people to evaluate each tour) are these comments from people who wrote to him after returning from their Israel trip:
"I wouldn't trade the experience for anything! I'm thrilled to have finally gone to Israel, and I don't think anybody could have been better tour directors then Randall and Beverlee Price, nor could the tour sites themselves have been have been more appropriate and exciting."- Ron T., Lenexa, KS
"We just returned from the World of the Bible Study Tour hosted by Dr. Price and his wife Beverlee. We have been traveling to Israel for many years now with one of the leading ministries of the Southeast assisiting it in many ways and know Israel very well. Considering this knowledgeable background, we both have the utmost respect for Dr. Price and cannot say enough about his tours. They are professional, educational, informative, and the best planned itinerary we have ever had. Dr. Price and Beverlee are two of the most godly, pleasant down to earth couple we have ever met in any ministry. While Dr. Price took care of the daily tour affairs, Beverlee was constantly attending to everyone's needs. We have been exposed to a lot of other ministry tours and can in all honesty recommend World of the Bible Study Tours over all others. " - Bob & Beverly C., Sevierville, TN
Israel/Mt. Sinai Tour 2010
As a seminary student and a Christian interested in study of the written Word, I am thankful for all of the new images in my mind when reading the Bible. I will not easily forget my whole experience, but especially the time at Mount Sinai, Ein Gedi, Masada and Jerusalem. Those are among my favorites. I enjoyed every bit of it and definitely would recommend it to first-timers to Israel. I saw everything I could possibly want to have seen. One of the best parts of the trip were the people! The pilgrims and the tour leaders. Randall and Beverlee were enjoyable hosts and Kenny and Ovad really made the trip! Heather B.
Israel/Jordan Tour 2011
Arlin and I have been blessed to join many Christian tours (groups) over the years. Each one has provided a dimension to our lives. It is another blessing that everything written on your website about your tour is true. There is the dimension of fellowship and enrichment that cannot be described, only experienced by joining you. Thank you to your ministry for that. Arlin and Lois P., Fullerton,California
Israel/Petra Tour 2012
Our trip was perfect !!! I am a picky traveler .... I always told my husband we were travel snobs because we liked traveling in comfort, and this trip did not disappoint! My favorite part of the trip was Randall's scripture reading and mini sermons! I could not have gone with any other tour and had nearly the experience. The hotels were wonderful, the pace of the days was perfect, Kenny, our tour guide, was excellent, and our travel companions are my new friends :) Julaine C., Houston, TX
Israel/Jordan Tour 2013
The experience was wonderful. I have been to Israel 3 other times with other tour groups and this by far was the best tour! Randall and Beverlee were wonderful! Thank you both for making us feel welcomed and special. Jim and Kathy J. , Litella, GA
World of the Bible Summer Israel Tour 2016
Come Enjoy the Land of Israel and Celebrate Dr. Price's 100th visit to the Land !
Israel Adventure Tour June 4thth - June 15th, 2016
12 Days -Total Price* from Newark Liberty: $4149
with Optional Second Timers Extension(June 14th -25th)
10 Days -Extension Price: $2850
Note: As a separate Tour the Second Timers tour will be June 14th-25th with Airfare
*Total price includes United airfare from Newark Liberty, 4 and 5 star Hotels with half board (Breakfast and Dinner),and all Guide/Bus/Tips cost. Price given is cash price (payment by check). Credit Card can be accepted but with 3 percent upcharge.
Downloadable PDF brochure is posted. Tour Term details are in brochure.
ISRAEL FIRST TIMERS ITINERARY
Please note that due to local conditions changes may be made to the itinerary before or during the time of travel.
DAY 1 - Saturday, June 4 - Meet our tour group in NEWARK (EWR) by 8pm (if possible arrive by 7pm) for a 10:50pm departure on Continental Airlines for our flight to the land of Israel.
DAY 2 - Sunday, June 5- Arrive TEL AVIV at 4:15pm and transport to JERUSALEM the holy city and a drive around the city walls. Check-in to the DAN JERUSALEM HOTEL.
DAY 3 - Monday, June 6 - JERUSALEM - Begin our first full day visiting the MT OF OLIVES for an overview. Next we learn about Israel’s history at the ISRAEL MUSEUM visiting the MODEL OF SECOND TEMPLE JERUSALEM, the SHRINE OF THE BOOK, the museum of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL WING with finds that reveal Israel’s past.Our afternoon takes us to DAVID’s CITY to see the recently excavated remains of the palace and WARREN’S SHAFT and SPRING TOWER from the Jebusite & Canaanite periods, and to walk through HEZEKIAH’S WATER TUNNEL. We conclude our day visiting the new excavations at the POOL OF SILOAM in the KIDRON VALLEY. Overnight at the DAN JERUSALEM HOTEL.
DAY 4 - Tuesday, June 7 - JERUSALEM - Today we enter the TEMPLE MOUNT, site of the Jewish Temple to walk on the ancient platform and visit the WESTERN WALL. Next we visit the JEWISH QUARTER to see the TEMPLE INSTITUTE, where preparations are being made for a future Temple, the FIRST TEMPLE MODEL, the BROAD WALL and the BURNT HOUSE. In the afternoon we explore the TEMPLE MOUNT EXCAVATIONS and the WESTERN WALL TUNNEL which allow us to “walk where Jesus walked” on the original street beside the Temple Mount. Overnight at the DAN JERUSALEM HOTEL
DAY 5 - Wednesday, June 8- COASTAL PLAIN - Following the Mediterranean Sea we arrive at CAESAREA, the resort of Roman officials such as Pontius Pilate and prison of the Apostle Our next stop is MEGIDDO, the name synonymous with Armageddon to tour the ancient site. Next we go to the NAZARETH VILLAGE where we will experience a re-creation of daily life & customs in Jesus’ day! We climax our day high above the SEA OF GALILEE on MT ARBEL for a panoramic view of the ancient sites associated with Jesus’ ministry and the 2,000 year-old city of TIBERIAS. Overnight at the CAESAR PREMIER HOTEL situated beside the sea.
DAY 6- Thursday, June 9 - GALILEE - Begin today on the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Then descend by foot along the “pilgrim’s path” to TABGHA (Peter’s Primacy) where Jesus met the disciples after His resurrection. Then visit CAPERNAUM, the synagogue where Jesus preached, and see the JESUS BOAT, a 2,000 year old fishing boat and take our own BOAT RIDE across the sea of Galilee to EIN GEV. In the afternoon we journey to the GOLAN HEIGHTS to see the archaeological site of TEL DAN with a gate from Abraham’s time and the high place of Jeroboam and CAESAREA PHILIPPI (palace of Herod Philip and Temple of Pan. Return to the Galilee for a Baptismal service at YARDENIT and return to the CAESAR PREMIER HOTEL beside the Sea of Galilee.
DAY 7- Friday, June 10 – JORDAN VALLEY/JUDEAN DESERT- Begin our day at BETH-SHEAN, one of the largest archaeological sites in Israel with Egyptian, Philistine, and Roman remains. We then drive to Jericho and then Qumran, site of the community that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls and of Dr. Price’s excavations on the southern plateau and then on to EIN BOQEK to check-in to the beautiful DAVID DEAD SEA RESORT HOTEL (formerly Le Meridian Hotel). Leisure time to enjoy the amenities of the hotel’s spa (optional), the immense swimming pool or experience floating in the DEAD SEA at the hotel’s private beach. Delicious evening buffet.
DAY 8 – Saturday, June 11 – JUDEAN DESERT- Begin the day at MASADA site of the Jew’s final stand against the Romans in A.D. 73, ascending by cable cars to see the remains of Herod’s palatial fortress. Next we drive to EIN-GEDI where David hid from Saul and composed some of the psalms. Then return to the beautiful DAVID DEAD SEA RESORT Hotel .
DAY 9 - Sunday, June 12- BETHLEHEM- Christmas comes early this year as this morning you enter BETHLEHEM. Climb the HERODIAN, the mountain-fortress of Herod the Great where the infamous king’s still lies entombed, then to the SHEPHERD’S FIELD (YMCA) to sing Christmas carols inside a shepherd’s cave (with manger outside!). Next we enter the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, the traditional birthplace of Jesus and site of Jerome’s translation of the Latin Vulgate. After time to shop at an OLIVE WOOD STORE we go on to Jerusalem and check in to the DAN JERUSALEM HOTEL.
DAY 10 - Monday, June 13- JERUSALEM - Begin today at the Temple Mount Sifting Project to experience some real archaeological workin sifting soil removed directly from under the Temple Mount. Next we return to the MT of OLIVES and walk down “disciples path” to DOMINUS FLEVIT, the place where Christ wept over Jerusalem and to the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE where He prayed. We then visit CAIAPHAS’ HOUSE, the home of the high preist that presided over the Jewish trial of Jesus. We end the day with a reflective visit to Yad Vashem, the Jewish Holocaust Memorial and then return to the DAN JERUSALEM HOTEL.
DAY 11 - Tuesday, June 14- JERUSALEM - Begin today walking the VIA DOLOROSA, Jesus’ path to the cross. Entering at St. Stephen's Gate, with a visit to St. Anne's Crusader Church and seeing the POOL OF BETHESDA. Continuing on the Via Dolorosa we come to the Church of the Flagillerium and the LITHOSTROTHOS ending at the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE, the traditional site of the crucifixion and tomb of Jesus. Our reflection on the sufferings of the Savior climax at the GARDEN TOMB with a COMMUNION SERVICE under the olive trees. Special FAREWELL DINNER at an exclusive Isralei restaurant and then to BEN-GURION Airport for your security check-in and 11:55 P.M. flight to the U.S. Second Timers group returns to the DAN JERUSALEM HOTEL.
DAY 12 - Wednesday, June 15- Israel Group arrives at Newark at 4:20am, transfer to domestic flights for home with your wonderful memories of the land of Israel!
ISRAEL SECOND TIMERS ITINERARY - June 14th-25th
12 Days -Total Price* from Newark Liberty: $4169
*Total price includes United airfare from Newark Liberty, 4 and 5 star Hotels with half board (Breakfast and Dinner),and all Guide/Bus/Tips cost. Price given is cash price (payment by check). Credit Card can be accepted but with 3 percent upcharge. Downloadable PDF brochure below. Tour Term details will be in brochure.
Please note: This tour does not repeat sites normally visited during our basic tour. Many of these sites have not been regularly visited by tour groups for two decades and some of the sites are off-the-beaten path sites and archaeological sites and will require some walking by foot in undeveloped areas. We have not offered this unique tour for quite some time and may not for some time to come. We encourage those who are able to do this tour as we cannot guarantee that these sites will be available in the near future.
DAY 1 - TUESDAY, JUNE 14 – Depart UNITED UA90 Late night from Newark to Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel.
DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15 – Arrive Ben-Gurion, meet guide and driver and bus to NETANYA hotel for overnight.
DAY 3 - THURSDAY, JUNE 16 – Drive to MT. CARMEL to visit the site of the Brook Kishon (MUHRAGHA), site of Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Ba’al, and the DRUZE VILLAGE. Next we go north to ROSH HANIKRA (Misraphot Mayim), near the border of the Israelite tribes at the time of the Conquest (Joshua 13:6), and Jewish sages referred to by the Jewish Sages as the cliff as "The Ladder of Tyre." We then tour the archaeological site of SEPPHORIS (Roman city in Galilee where Joseph and Jesus may have worked). Overnight in Tiberias at Caesar Premiere situated on the SEA OF GALILEE.
DAY 4 - FRIDAY, JUNE 17 - Begin the day visiting GAMLA (the Masada of the north) where the Jewish People made a last stand in the Galilee. Then we travel to QATZRIN and its restored Jewish town from the second-century AD. Next we head to the BANIAS to tour of the PALACE OF HEROD PHILIP at CAESARIA PHILLIPI. Our afternoon takes us to the modern city of SAFED (center of mystical Judaism in the past and present) and to HAZOR (city conquered by Joshua and later a Solomonic fortress). Return to the Caesar Premiere hotel. Evening at leisure to enjoy the marina with its many shops and amusements along the Sea of Galilee.
DAY 5 - SATURDAY, JUNE 18 –Today we visit the New Testament sites of MAGDALA (site of a newly-excavated ancient synagogue), CHORAZIN (first-century town condemned by Jesus), KURSI (home of the Gadarene demoniac delivered by Jesus), and BETHSAIDA (Old Testament site of Geshur and possibly New Testament fishing village of Peter, Andrew, and Philip). End the afternoon with an easy climb up MOUNT ARBEL to view the entire Galilee and remember the battle fought there that established Herod’s reputation. Return to the Caesar Premiere hotel with option to enjoy Israeli night-life at the marina after the end of Shabbat.
DAY 6 - SUNDAY, JUNE 19 – We start our day today at EIN HARROD (Gideon's Spring) and then drive to JERICHO to visit KING HEROD’S WINTER PALACE. Next we go GESHER EL YAHUD (possible site of John the Baptizer’s baptism of Jesus), and the INN OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN with its new archaeological museum. Returning to Jerusalem we visit the ECOLE BIBLOQUE and its First Temple period burial tomb complex. Overnight in Jerusalem at the Dan Jerusalem. Evening at leisure or optional evening activities.
DAY 7 - MONDAY, JUNE 20 - We begin our day with a Palestinian guide and driver so we are able to enter the territories under the Palestinian Authority. Our first stop is the site of HEBRON, the first capital of Israel under King David and the place of the MACPELAH CAVE (Tomb of the Patriarchs) and afterward enjoy the unique wares at the HEBRON GLASS FACTORY followed by a special cultural event lunch (included) at the TENT RESTAURANT. Our afternoon takes us to the site of ancient GIBEON (modern AL-JIB), site of the high place where Solomon received his famous dream (1 Kgs. 3:4-14) and famous as a wine-producing city in the 7th century BC. and site of the Pool of Gibeon (2 Sam. 2:13; Jer. 41:12). Then to the site of GIBEAH (modern TEL EL FUL), site of Saul’s palace with remains of King Hussein of Jordan’s abandoned palace from 1967. We end the day at TEL AL-NASBEH (the Bronze Age archeological site where Saul was crowned king, 1 Sam. 10:1). Visible ruins include a gate dating back to the 9th century BC and a massive wall. Return to Jerusalem for overnight at the Dan Jerusalem.
DAY 8 - TUESDAY, JUNE 21 – Today we continue in the territories under the Palestinian Authority to begin our day in Biblical SHECHEM (modern NABLUS), visiting the sites of MT. EBAL (site of Joshua's altar) and MT. GERAZIM (site of the Samaritan Temple). Then to the Samaritan village in Nablus to meet the HIGH PRIEST of the SAMARITANS and see this people’s SACRIFICAL SITE (where sacrifices still take place every Passover). In the afternoon we go to the site of ancient SAMARIA to view the remains of King Ahab’s palace and of the Roman site of SEBASTAE. We return to Nablus to tour TEL BALATA (ancient Shechem) and its museum and to visit JOSEPH’S TOMB and JACOB’S WELL, where Jesus met the Samaritan woman (John 4). Return to Jerusalem for overnight at the Dan Jerusalem. Optional evening activities.
DAY 9 - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 –We have a full day today as we regain our Israeli guide and driver. We begin at the site of TEL SHILO (Biblical SHILOH) to see the remains of the city and the TABERNACLE SITE (Josh. 18:1). Next we go to TEL MARASHA (site of fascinating Sidonian burial caves), and then to the ELAH VALLEY (where David had his battle with Goliath), 1 Sam. 17:1-54). Next we walk off the beaten path to the ancient Judean city of SHA’ARAIM (KHIRBET QEIYAFA), 1 Sam. 17:52, to tour the archaeological remains of a FORTRESS OF KING DAVID. Here we will visit an archive (site of the oldest Hebrew/Canaanite inscription) and a room where ritual vessels were recently discovered. Then we go to another archaeological site, TEL ES SAFI, the site of the ancient Philistine city of GATH, where the captured Ark of the Covenant was once stored (1 Sam. 5:8) and the home town of the giant Goliath (1 Sam. 17:23). and then to TEL EKRON (the well-known Philistine city of the Bible - 1 Sam. 5:10; 2 Kgs. 1:3-16; Amos 1:8). Here we will view the outdoor display of Philistine culture located at Kibbutz Revadim. We end our day at EMMAUS (site of the road walked by Jesus and the disciples after the resurrection – Lk. 24:13-35). Overnight in Jerusalem at the Dan Jerusalem hotel.
DAY 10 - THURSDAY, JUNE 23 – Today we will enter JAFFA GATE in the Old City to view the ROMAN 10TH LEGION MARKER and to tour the exhibits and ruins associated with ancient Jerusalem at the TOWER OF DAVID MUSEUM. Next, we go to the second-century Roman level beneath the DAMASUS GATE to view its archaeological reconstructions and the plaza of the Emperor Hadrian. In the afternoon we will enter beneath the rock walls and foundations of the Old City to visit SOLOMON’S QUARRIES/CAVE OF ZEDEKIAH, and then to the Jewish Quarter to see the ISRAELITE TOWER and its archaeological testimony to the Babylonian invasion of the city. Next we will visit the archaeological site of NEBI SAMUEL with remains spanning the biblical periods. Overnight in Jerusalem at the Dan Jerusalem hotel.
DAY 11 - FRIDAY, JUNE 24 – City of JERUSALEM. Begin today on the MT. OF OLIVES to visit the historic churches situated there including the PATER NOSTER CHURCH (site of the Lord’s prayer – Lk. 11:1-4) and toward Bethany to the CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION (Lk. 24:50-51). Then visit the village of BETHANY to enter the traditional TOMB OF LAZARUS (Jn. 11:1-44). Return to nearby Jerusalem to for free time in the Old City (re-visit famous first-timer sites such as the Western Wall, the Jewish Quarter, the Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulcher, or just enjoy walking through the endless shops of the Old City Bazaar. We leave in late afternoon to drive to the biblical city of JOPPA to see the HOUSE OF SIMON THE TANNER (Acts 10:6, 32) and to enjoy a farewell dinner at a Mediterranean beach restaurant before transferring to Ben-Gurion for our return flight to Newark at 11:10 PM.
DAY 12- SATURDAY, JUNE 25 – Arrive 4:15 AM in Newark, NJ and transfer to domestic flights home.
Included in the tour costs is our exclusive Pilgrims Journey to Israel tour journal with card stock site pages that allow for personal recording of thoughts and history notes and has as much scripture in full pertaining to the sight as possible. It also has space opposite each site page to put two 4"x6" photos or postcards. See sample here.
The Stones Cry Out (book) introduces you to the places and personalities involved in revealing biblical history. Read about and see exclusive photos of the sites you will visit on our tour. Many charts and diagrams also help you get a grasp of the various historical time periods and new archaeological discoveries.
The Stones Cry Out DVD/Video takes you on an archaeological journey hosted by Dr. Price letting you preview many of the places you will experience on the tour.
World of the Bible Tours (WBT) is the tour ministry division of World of the Bible Ministries. WBT organizes and conducts inspirational study tours to the Bible lands to give Christians a firsthand and life-changing experience with the living world of the Bible.
Our tours are completely customized, personally hosted and instructed by Dr. Randall Price, include international airfare, deluxe coach, first-class hotels, meals, special dinners, cultural events, government-licensed guides, tips, taxes, and porterage.
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