There is nothing better than the first-hand experience of the Holy Land and the immense significance it has for millions of people all across the world. There is a long and special history that one can witness only in Israel, where people get to walk the roads that Jesus once took, visit the places he was born and lived in, and see the sites that the Bible describes. We live in a fantastic age when we can simply choose a tour that will make our life-long dreams a reality, or even have a tour tailored just for us! Let’s check out some of these biblical tours of dreams we can go on in 2020.
Holy Land Jerusalem and Masada Tour
We start with a phenomenal trip. This Holy Land tour includes two of the most famous and most awe-inspiring places: Jerusalem and Masada. Let’s walk around Jerusalem and see with our own eyes the centuries-old historic sites that the city proudly shows to all its visitors. We’ll experience Jesus’s journey down the Via Dolorosa, then visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The famed Old City, the Jewish and Christian quarters, the ancient Roman road Cardo, the Church of All Nations, King David’s Tomb, the Room of the Last Supper and Mount Zion all await our arrival too. We’ll also get to enjoy the beautiful gardens and serene atmosphere of the Garden Tomb.
Next stop is the Church of Visitation in Ein Karem, followed by the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum, home of the Shrine of the Book that houses the Dead Sea scrolls and the miniature model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period. Then we’ll take an exciting yet calming drive through the Judean Hills to visit Qumran Caves in which the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Off we go further, to Masada, a fortress on the isolated rock plateau, overlooking the beautiful Judean desert and the Dead Sea. This was the site of the Jews’ last stand against the Romans in 70 CE. As we came so high up, we’ll go down – by cable car – and to the Dead Sea we go to enjoy all the floating fun and therapeutic benefits it has to offer.
Holy Land Galilee and Golan Tour
Our next tour is another winner! It’s three days of spiritual travels through the Galilee and the Golan. There are so many must-sees in this region and the beauty of tours is that we always have experienced people with us to guide us through each of them and tell us the tales of each. That way, we’ll get to hear the story of the area where Jesus spent the majority of his life and ministry.
We will take a nice drive along the coast to Caesarea that was once the region’s Roman capital, and there we’ll see the Roman theatre, aqueduct, and the excavated ancient city. Our road will take us to many great places, such as Muhraka, the Jezreel Valley, and the lower Galilee, as well as the spectacular archeological site of Meggido, and the beautiful Akko. We’re far from over. A tour of Tiberias is next, followed by a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We’ll see Capernaum, the Church of Multiplication, and the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. We’ll enjoy a tour of the Golan Heights and go to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle and turned water into wine. And we’ll complete this phenomenal journey with a visit to the wonderful Nazareth, Yardenit, and Beit Shean.
Bethlehem and Jericho Tour
Our next Biblical adventure awaits with a Bethlehem and Jericho Tour. This one’s shorter than our two previous ones, but thanks to it, we’ll return home with a magnificent experience of the rich Christian heritage in Israel. We’ll take a nice drive through the Judean desert, relax and enjoy that unique view, and there’ll even be a short stop for us to truly take in that panoramic view at sea level. Then we’ll enter the oldest city in the world, Jericho. Let’s see Zacchaeus' Sycamore tree here, then learn of the Mount of Temptation, and visit Tel Jericho where twenty-five ancient cities were uncovered! How amazing is that?
We’ll also visit the wonderful Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Here we’ll get to visit the Shepherds’ Field Chapel, Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity, and the Church of Milk Grotto. And we’ll definitely make sure to stop at the local shops to check out all the lovely souvenirs and maybe even buy some for our loved ones, and for ourselves too.
There’s no denying that these tours are both fun and educational. It’s amazing that we get to enjoy Israel’s culture and history in such detail, visit as many places as we like and through them experience Jesus’s life and events from the Bible – all at our own pace and in the luxury we deserve. It’s one of the best ways for us to create those precious memories of the Holy Land in the new year before us.