Play the Matt Prater interview with Pastor Geoff Westlake - 10 July 2013
Play the Matt Prater interview with Steven Green of Olive Tree Travel - 5 July 2013
Play the Matt Prater interview with Pastor Michael Podhaczky - 17 June 2013
Click here to read Matt’s blog report of the tour

Day 2  - Tuesday, 4 June 2013 - Tel Aviv

Arrive this morning into Ben Gurion Airport on flight LY 82 at 0720 where you’ll be met and assisted by your guide. Start your tour of the Holy Land at the Neot Kedumim Biblical Reserve and enjoy a "biblical" breakfast. Continue to Jaffa, the oldest port in the world. Drive through Tel Aviv and check in to your hotel. Afternoon is at leisure before an early dinner.
Overnight: Tel Aviv

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Day 3 - Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - Coastal Plain
Drive north along the Coastal Plain.  Stop at Caesarea Maritima to see the harbor city built by Herod the Great. Visit the Carmelite Monastery at the Mukarah, where Elijah smote the false prophets.  Visit Megiddo (Armageddon) before continuing to Nazareth Village, a unique reconstruction of a first century village on an actual ancient agricultural site. Continue on for a short visit to Nazareth and the holy sites and onto our hotel in Tiberias near the Sea of Galilee
Overnight: Tiberias


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Day 4  - Thursday, 6 June 2013 - Sea of Galilee

Enjoy a cruise across the Sea of Galilee in a traditional wooden sailing boat, and visit the ‘Jesus Boat’ museum. Explore Capernaum and see the ancient synagogue where Jesus preached. Visit Tabgha, where the miracle of the Multiplication took place. Ascend to the top of the Mt. of Beatitudes, where you can relive the Sermon on the Mount. Continue north and ascend the Golan Heights, view the Hula Valley from Mitzpe Gadot and hear about Israel’s master spy, Eli Cohen. From Mt. Bental, peer deep into Syria and the ghost town of Kuneitra, see the whole of Northern Israel from atop. Visit the former Syrian fortifications, Birkat Ram, and enjoy a walk through Caesarea-Phillippi at Banias Falls.

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Israel & Syria boundary
Day 5 - Friday, 7 June 2013 - Jordan Valley

Experience a special ceremony at the Yardenit baptisimal site. Travel south along the Jordan Valley, stopping to explore the ancient city of Beith Shean, a fully excavated Roman/Byzantine city of Scytopolis. Stop for an overview of Jericho. Ascend the mountains to Jerusalem. Say a welcome prayer to Jerusalem from the top of Mount Scopus.
Experience prayers at the Western Wall welcoming in the Shabbat.
Overnight: Jerusalem

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Day 6 - Saturday, 8 June 2013 - Jerusalem Old City

Start the day with a spectacular view of Jerusalem from Mt. of Olives. Walk down the Palm Sunday Road and visit the Church of all Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane. Onto the Pools of Bethesda and St. Anne’s Church, pass through Ecce Homo Arch and the Crypt of Sisters of Sion and on to the Via Dolorosa and visit each Station of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Explore Mt. Zion. Visit the Room of the Last Supper and King David’s Tomb. See the dungeon where Jesus was imprisoned at the Gallicantu. Finish your touring today with a communion at the Garden Tomb.
Optional evening tour: See the spectacular sound and light show at the Tower of David (tbc)
Overnight: Jerusalem

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Day 7 - Sunday, 9 June 2013 - Jerusalem New City and Bethlehem

See the new excavations at the original City of David. Onto the New City and visit Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. Continue to Bethlehem for a visit to the Shepherds Fields, Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity.
Optional evening tour: Explore the secret rabbinical tunnels underneath the Temple Mount.
Overnight: Jerusalem

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Day 8  - Monday, 10 June 2013 - Dead Sea

Descend to the Dead Sea – the lowest place on Earth. Stop and explore the caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where discovered. Ascend the mighty fortress of Masada via cable car, where the zealots made their last stand against the Roman Army. Enjoy a float on the salty waters of the Dead Sea.
Overnight: Dead Sea)

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Day 9 - Tuesday, 11 June 2013 - Beersheba

Visit the biblical city of Tel Sheva. Enjoy an overview of the battle of Beersheba. Continue into Beersheba for a visit to the Park of the Australian Soldier and the Commonwealth Cemetery. Stop at the Bell Caves of Beit Guvrin. Continue onto the Ela Valley, site of the famous battle between David and Goliath. Travel through Beith Shemesh where the Ark of the Covenant rested. Enjoy a final farewell early dinner together in Jaffa or Abu Gosh with some time for wondering around. Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for your evening El Al flight #81 at 23:05 to Bangkok before connecting with your flight back to Australia.
Overnight: in flight

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Day 10 - Wednesday, 12 June 2013 - Arrive Australia

Arrive back today with wonderful memories of a fantastic trip!

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