2019 Watch Therefore Israel Tour

Watch Therefore Israel Tour. 10 Days/9 Nights on Land in Israel, October 27 – November 6, 2019

For more information or to register go to our tour page on Samson Tours.

You can also download the tour brochure for all details and dates. 

Itinerary (subject to minor changes):

Day 1 - Sunday - October 27th, 2019

  • Main Group departure from the USA

Day 1 - Monday - October 28th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on (Airline t.b.a.)
  • You (as well as all members arriving on different flights) will be immediately after Passport control by our airport representative. Our representative will assist you with luggage carts through Baggage, Customs and into the Arrivals Hall and out to meet your private driver.
  • Visit Caesarea Maritime: Herod’s Port City. We’ll explore the Roman Theatre, the Praetorium (Governor’s Palace), the Hippodrome and the fabulous Roman Aqueduct. Caesarea was the home of Pontius Pilate, the scene for Cornelius and Peter (Acts 10:1) the imprisonment of Paul (Acts 23:23), the home of Philip the Evangelist a (Acts 8:40; 21:9) and the opening scene for the Great Jewish Revolt in 66 CE.
  • Check in to our hotel, and enjoy a lovely stroll along the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea
  • 20:00-21:00 – Meeting Room booked for Kick-Off
  • Overnight & Dinner: Seasons, Netanya

Day 2 - Tuesday - October 29th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Visit the site of Muhraka, where Elijah fought the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18).
  • Enjoy a comprehensive visit to Tel Megiddo in the valley of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). At this UNESCO world heritage site, we’ll see the Canaanite Gateway, the controversial Solomonic Gate and Casemate Wall, ‘Solomon’s Stables,’ a lookout over the Valley of Armageddon and the amazing water shaft and tunnel built during the time of Ahab.
  • Explore Nazareth, visiting the Church of the Annunciation and other important sites
  • 14:00 - Visit the Nazareth Village, a reconstruction of the 1st century village. (At the end of our visit, you’ll have a lovely gift shop to enjoy.
  • Drive via Cana of Galilee (John 2), the site of Jesus’ first miracle.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ron Beach, Tiberias/Sea of Galilee

Day 3 - Wednesday - October 30th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Walk in the Arbel Pass, Jesus’ passageway to the Sea of Galilee. This is one of the most impressive scenic overviews of the Sea of Galilee and provides an excellent backdrop for Jesus' ministry.
  • 09:00 - Visit the pre-70 synagogue at Magdala. Here, we’ll discuss the modern theories of Mary Magdalene and her role as one of Jesus’ most dedicated followers (Mark 16:9).
  • Visit the 1st century Galilee boat at Ginosar’s Yigal Allon Museum. Was this a boat similar to the one the disciples used?
  • 11:30 - Set sail on the Sea of Galilee from Ginosar to Ginosar. While on board, we’ll experience the silence of the Sea as well and see how a fisherman casts his net.
  • Delve into the archaeological remains at Capernaum, mentioned more times in the New Testament than any other city except Jerusalem (Matthew 4:13, 8:5, 11:23, 17:24; Mark 2:1, 9:33; Luke 4:23; John 2:12).
  • Weather permitting, we’ll walk down the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5).
  • We’ll end the day with a visit to Dov Schwarz’ home for a time of worship over the Sea of Galilee
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ron Beach, Tiberias/Sea of Galilee

Day 4 - Thursday - October 31st, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Drive through the Hulah Valley, possibly the Waters of Merom (Joshua 11:5).
  • Experience the Tel Dan Nature Reserve to see the “Arch of Abraham,” Jeroboam’s temple, and the discovery place of the ‘House of David’ inscription (Gen 14:13-16; Deut. 34:1; Josh 19:47; Judg. 18:1-2, 18:27-29; I Kings 12:26-33, 15:20; II Kings 15:29)
  • Explore the Temple of Pan at Caesarea Phillipi (Matt. 16:13-28).
  • Enjoy coffee & deserts in the Druze village of Ma’sade in the Golan Heights.
  • Lookout from Mt. Bental Volcano into Syria and the Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-20).
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ron Beach, Tiberias/Sea of Galilee

Day 5 - Friday - November 1st, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Begin this beautiful day with a visit to the Yardenit Baptismal site, where you’ll have the option to be baptized or rebaptized in the Jordan River (showers and changing rooms will be available, free of charge).
  • See Gideon’s Spring (Mayan Harod) and watch Judges 4 come to life.
  • Have a short visit Tel Beth Shean next to Mt. Gilboa (I Sam. 31:8-13; II Sam. 21:12-14) to lookout over the Roman city, the ancient Tel. Beth Shean was the capital of the Decapolis in Jesus’ day (Matthew 4:25; Mark 5:20).
  • Our last site of the day is Qumran, where some of the Dead Sea Scroll caves were copied and Cave 11
  • Enjoy the rest of the day floating in the Dead Sea, the hotel’s spa or enjoying the hotel’s amenities.
  • 19:30 - Shabbat service in hotel meeting room
    Overnight & Dinner: David Dead Sea Resort (Standard Rooms)

Day 6 - Saturday - November 2nd, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Enjoy the morning at leisure in your hotel’s spa and the Dead Sea
  • 09:00 -Departure
  • Explore Masada, Herod the Great’s desert fortress and the last stand for the Jewish rebels in 73 CE (Luke 11:21-22).
  • Visit the desert of Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul (Isa 35:7; I Sam. 23:29, 24:1-22)
  • Visit Tel Jericho (Josh 3:15-16, 6:1-27; II Kings 2:4-5, 2:18-22; Matt. 4:1-11, Mark 10:46-52; Luke 19:1-10), where the walls came tumbling down, and lookout over the Mount of Temptation.
  • Check in to our New Jerusalem hotel
  • Overnight & Dinner: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 7 - Sunday - November 3rd, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Have an early departure for the Temple Mount to see the site of the former Jewish temples and the current Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque.
  • Say a prayer at the Wailing Wall and admire the grandeur of this sacred spot for the Jewish people.
  • Visit the Southern Wall Excavations (Davidson Center) and walk up the 1st century steps of the Temple.
  • (11:40 Warren’s Shaft) - Visit the newest excavations in the City of David and wade through Hezekiah’s tunnel, and visit the Pool of Siloam (II Sam 5:7-9; II Chr. 32:2-5; I Kings 1:33, 1:38-40; II Kings 20:20, 25:1-9; Ps. 48:12-13; Isa. 22:11; John 9:6-11)
  • Have lunch and some shopping time on your own in the Jewish Quarter
  • Visit the Jewish Quarter to see Hezekiah's Broad Wall (II Kings 20:22; II Chr. 32:3-5; Isaiah 22:9-10 & the reconstructed Cardo, the north-south street that ran through the city in the Roman and Byzantine periods.
  • 15:30 -Visit the Temple Institute
  • Overnight & Dinner: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 8 - Monday - November 4th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Enjoy a panoramic lookout from the Mount of Olives (II Sam 15:30; Numbers 19:1-10; Ezekiel 11:23; Ps. 122:3, 122:6, 125:2; Luke 21:37; Zech 14:4; John 8:1)
  • Walk the Palm Sunday journey down the Mt. of Olives, stopping by Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over the city (Luke 19:41-44) and engaging with the early Christian tombs discovered at the site.
  • Visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of all Nations (Matthew 26:36ff).
  • See the Pools of Bethesda at the Church of St. Anne (John 5:1-9).
  • Walk the Via Dolorosa, noting key archaeological details. Learn 7 reasons why Jesus was crucified there (Matt. 1:17; Matt 27; Luke 23; John 19)
  • Have the option to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher with your guide or enjoy time on your own in the Christian Quarter
  • 15:00 - Visit the Garden Tomb, a modern alternative for the place of Jesus’ crucifixion. Guided by a local volunteer guide.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 9 - Tuesday - November 5th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Visit the Church of the Nativity for an overview of the traditional place of Jesus’ birth in
  • Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2; Luke 2:4-20; Matt. 2:1-12, 2:16-18).
  • Gather up 5 smooth stones in the Elah Valley where David fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17).
  • Stand on Tel Beth Shemesh to see the place of the ‘return of the ark of the covenant’ (2 Samuel 6:1f and Samson country, Zora and Eshtaol, the place of Samson’s birth and stories (Judges 13-16).
  • In the afternoon, enjoy exploring modern-day “New” Jerusalem and its fabulous Shuk: the Machane Yehuda market
  • Overnight & Farewell Dinner: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 10 - Wednesday - November 6th, 2019 - (B/)

  • Enjoy the morning at your leisure and have lunch out on your own before transferring to Ben Gurion International Airport for your departure flight.
  • Arrive home or have the option to stay an additional night