April 2013 tour

  • 04.11.2013

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    Western Wall Tunnel Early this morning, we visit the Western Wall Tunnel which takes us under ground and beside the western wall of  the Temple Mount . This is an impressive excavation that reveals some of the largest foundation stones of the temple mount. These  base stones are incredibly huge – the largest one in the wall weighs 600 tons!  What an amazing engineering feat!  How did they ...

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  • 04.10.2013

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    Our day begins with a few rain showers as we enter the city of Jerusalem through the Lions Gate. It was at this gate that Saint Stephen was killed, becoming the first Christian martyr. He forgave his aggressors and as he lay dying, reported a vision of Jesus at the right hand of God.  He would have been looking up ...

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  • 4.09.2013

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    The Mount of Olives We begin our day atop the Mount of Olives, overlooking the city of Jerusalem.  This was the site of vast olive groves and gardens at the time of Jesus. It was also the site of ancient cemeteries dating back to the earliest history of the region. Today this mountain is still an active cemetery, perhaps one of ...

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  • 04.08.2013

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    Qumran Today we drive out of Jerusalem and back down to the Jordan valley.  We are heading into the Negev a rocky dessert that is part of southern Israel. There are three stops today the first is Qumran. This is the site of the Essene village at the northern end of the Dead Sea.  The ruins here date back to the Herodian ...

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  • 04.07.2013

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    Arbel Today we check out of our hotel in Galilee, sad to leave this beautifully green region of Israel, but we are assured by Avi, our guide, that “the best is yet to come”. We begin our day with a rare treat as we climb to the top of the Arbel cliffs above Tiberius. We can see the whole Sea ...

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  • 04.06.2013

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    Sea of Galilee Today we wake to the majesty of the golden sun as it rises over the Golan and sparkles across the gentle waves of the Sea of Galilee. As we stand on our hotel balconies with a mixture of wind and birds chirping as they greet the dawn, we are struck by the beauty of this place. Our hearts ...

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  • 04.05.2013

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    Today we check out of the Dan, but not before one more run at the breakfast buffet; the best in all of Israel! We board our bus and then head up onto the Golan Heights our destination is Panias. This mountain city was a pagan shrine dedicated to the half man half goat pagan god “Pan.” The caves in this ...

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  • 04.04.2013

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    Caesarea “By–the–Sea” Our first stop today is Caesarea Maritima or Caesarea “By-the-Sea”. This was the sea port city built by Herod the Great in honor of his friend and benefactor, Augustus Caesar. This was the major port in the time of Jesus and was where the Roman garrison was headquartered in the land of Israel. The restoration here is truly impressive; ...

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  • 04.03.2013

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    A group of pilgrims left VA with anticipation of seeing what God had for them in the holy land of Israel.  After a bus ride to Dulles and a long “day and night” including time zone transitions, we arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Tired but so excited! After meeting our guide, our first stop is one that is meaningful to the nation ...

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  • The group has arrived

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    I’ve spoken with a few members of the tour – they are safely in Israel! The connecting flight was delayed – so they arrived a little late. Tonight’s post will be up by the morning – for now the tour is going to get some much needed sleep after a long haul. We should be back to our normal schedule after that. On ...

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