Lakeside Christian Church
Experience the Holy Land Israel
November 6 - 17, 2023

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Join us on a tour of inspiration, exploration and connection with Lakeside Christian Church as we journey together to the Holy Land, Israel. As a traveling community, we will bond through our shared experiences and encounter the historical and spiritual wonders of this ancient and sacred land.


1 night
Hotel Inbar, Arad
1 night
Enjoy Dead Sea Hotel, Dead Sea
5 nights
Prima Kings, Jerusalem
2 nights
Kibbutz Maagan, Galilee
All touring and sightseeing in a deluxe air-conditioned motor coach with an expert English-speaking guide
Breakfast & dinner daily, including Bedouin dinner in Abraham's tent
Lunch in Nazareth Village
Tips to guide, driver and dining room personnel


Roundtrip airfare, departure taxes and fuel surcharges
Border taxes or visa fees
Meals not listed above
Items of a personal nature
Travel insurance (recommended -
group policy available)
Any costs associated with Covid-19 testing or vaccination

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Monday, November 6, 2023: DEPARTURE

• We depart from Cleveland on our overnight flight to the Holy Land, Israel.

Day 2: Tuesday, November 7, 2023: WELCOME TO ISRAEL!

• We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport this morning and are met by an Ayelet Tours representative.
• Our tour begins as we travel through the Valley of Elah, the site of the famous biblical battle between David and Goliath.
• Lunch on own en-route.
• From there, we travel to Be'er Sheva, whose name means ‘Well of the Oath/the Seven', referencing the well of oath between Abram and Abimelech, the King of Grarr.
• We transfer to our hotel to check in and refresh before joining for a welcome dinner together this evening.

Overnight at the Inbar Hotel in Arad

Day 3: Wednesday, November 8, 2023: INTO THE WILDERNESS

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• This morning, we travel to Tel Arad, an archeological site where remains of a fortified Canaanite city and fortresses from the time of the Kings of Judah have been unearthed.
• Next, we move to Kibbutz Sde Boker in the heart of the Negev and visit the gravesite of Israel's founding father, David Ben Gurion. As we stand on a cliff overlooking Nahal Tzin with an astonishing view of the Advat highlands encompassing us, we can begin to understand how he loved this land so much.
• Lunch on own en-route.
• We continue with a classic desert hike in the Zin Valley. As we view the amazing landscape that surrounds us, we have the chance to encounter the spring Ein Akev, a small Bedouin farm and an ancient Nabataean city.
• Later this afternoon, we view The Fountain of Tears, which has been described by its creator, artist Rick Wienecke, as “sculptured dialogue of suffering between the Holocaust and the Crucifixion.”
• We transfer to our spa hotel at the Dead Sea to check in, followed by dinner together this evening.

Overnight at Prima Oasis Spa Club Hotel at the Dead Sea

Day 4: Thursday, November 9, 2023: THE DESERT AS A REFUGE

• Breakfast and morning at leisure at Prima Oasis Spa Club Hotel to swim or enjoy the spa facilities.
• We check out of our hotel and travel along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Upon arrival, we ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots of the first century made their last stand against the Romans. While here, we view the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors, roman baths and other findings.
• Stop for lunch on own.
• This afternoon, enjoy a short hike to the hidden waterfalls in the desert oasis of Ein Gedi and to view the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a local shepherd.
• Tonight, experience authentic Bedouin hospitality with dinner at Abraham's Tent.
• We transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem for check in later this evening.

Overnight at the Prima Kings in Jerusalem

Day 5: Friday, November 10, 2023: JERUSALEM'S HERITAGE

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin our discovery of Jerusalem by exploring the Western Wall tunnels, the underground continuation of the Kotel, examining important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in this ancient city.
• Next, step back in time 2,000 years to the glory of King Herod's Second Temple and its majestic supporting structures at the Southern Wall excavations. We will stand on the Southern Steps, where hundreds of thousands of pilgrims ascended to the Holy Temple every year, walk under the remains of the enormous Robinson's Arch and along Herodian Market Street, where the enormous fallen ashlars attest to the immense destruction wrought by the Romans in 70 CE.
• Lunch on own.
• We return to our hotel to relax before dinner together this evening.

Overnight at the Prima Kings in Jerusalem

Day 6: Saturday, November 11, 2023: IN THE STEPS OF JESUS

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we stop atop the Mount of Olives for a stunning overview of the city before embarking on a walking tour through Kidron Valley, just as Jesus crossed many times travelling between Jerusalem and Bethany.
• We enjoy time to visit the Chapel of the Ascension on own, where tradition holds that Jesus ascended to Heaven after his resurrection, and today is a mosque, then stop at the Church of Pater Noster, where the Lord's Prayer was composed.
• Next, view the Tomb of the Prophets, an ancient burial site located on the upper western slope of the Mount of Olives. According to a medieval Jewish tradition also adopted by Christians, the catacomb is believed to be the burial place of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, the last three Hebrew Bible prophets.
• Lunch on own.
• Onwards to the Garden of Gethsemane, a beautiful green space believed to have been a garden even in biblical times. It is believed that Christ and His disciples retreated to the garden after the Last Supper, and it is here that Christ gave his last sermon to his students.
• We continue to explore Saint Anne's Church and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus cured the lame man, and then stroll along the Via Dolorosa. The final station of the Via Dolorosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place where Jesus is traditionally believed to have been crucified. This church is one of Christianity's great pilgrimage sites and a testament to the remarkable diversity of the Christian world.
• Our last stop takes us to the Garden Tomb for an unforgettable Communion worship service. The Garden Tomb was unearthed in 1867, and archeological findings such as an ancient wine press and cistern indicates to some that this land once contained a garden, and along with the account of John the Evangelist, this site has become identified as the “garden tomb” of Jesus.
• We return to our hotel and enjoy dinner together this evening.

Overnight at the Prima Kings in Jerusalem

Day 7: Sunday, November 12, 2023: FREE DAY IN JERUSALEM

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Entire day at leisure to explore and discover Jerusalem on own (suggestions to be provided).
• Lunch on own.
• We meet this evening for dinner together at our hotel.

Overnight at the Prima Kings in Jerusalem


• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin our day atop the Temple Mount, known as Har Habayit and Haram al-Sharif, to stand on the ancient platform that once held the Jewish yemples and today hosts mosques, the Islamic shrine and the Dome of the Rock.
• Next, we drive past the Shepherd's Fields and continue to Bethlehem, a modern Palestinian town, and the place where, according to Christian tradition, Jesus was born. Here, we walk through the Old City to the Church of the Nativity, his traditional birthplace.
• We view Mount Gerazim, the oldest and most central mountain in the world in Samaritan tradition, then, visit Jacob's Well, where it is claimed that Jesus once shared a conversation with a Samaritan woman as he rested after a tiring journey (pending security approval).
• Lunch on own.
• We continue to Shiloh, an ancient city and central sanctuary of the Israelites during the pre-monarchic period, before the First Temple in Jerusalem was built (pending security approval).
• We return to our hotel in Jerusalem to relax before dinner together this evening.

Overnight at the Prima Kings in Jerusalem

Day 9: Tuesday, November 14, 2023: THE JORDAN VALLEY

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel before our early morning departure to the Jordan Valley.
• We begin at Tel Jericho, a historical site that was continuously populated from the time of hunter-gatherers of 10,000 BCE through the late 6th century. Among the numerous discoveries made here, the most notable is the conical Tower of Jericho. This 28-foot-tall stone structure contains an internal staircase of 22 steps and dates from 8,000 BCE, making it one of the earliest stone monuments made by man (pending security approval).
• We proceed for an overview of Mount Temptation, where Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights to successfully resist Satan's temptations.
• As we drive amongst the amazing surroundings of the desert, we get to view ancient Roman ruins, Beit Shean, Ein Harod, and the Arbel Cliffs.
• We continue to Nazareth, where the angel Gabriel revealed the coming birth of Jesus, to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. We stop on the outskirts of Old Nazareth to visit Nazareth Village, an open-air museum that attempts to recreate a Galilean village. This place is considered to be holy as Jesus spent nearly 30 years of his life in this region.
• We pause at the Yardenit baptismal site situated on the banks of the Jordan River.
• Later this afternoon, we travel to the Galilee to check into our kibbutz and enjoy dinner together this evening.

Overnight at Maagan Holiday Village Kibbutz in Maagan

Day 10: Wednesday, November 15, 2023: SEA OF GALILEE AND NORTHERN ISRAEL

• Breakfast at our kibbutz.
• Today, we venture to Capernaum. Often called the “town of Jesus,” this ancient fishing village was a mixed Christian-Jewish area where Jesus and his disciple Peter were based. Explore the church and synagogue that have been discovered here and see the many pilgrims who flock to the area.
• Next, we travel to Caesarea Philippi (Banias), the site where Jesus revealed his mission to Peter and the other disciples.
• Lunch on own en-route.
• This afternoon, we take a short hike through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, where lies the source of the Jordan River and is a site of early archaeological finds.
• We continue with a short review of the ancient Hellenistic city of Hippos-Sussita.
• Our day ends with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee using a boat inspired by the fishing vessels used here over 2,000 years ago. Don't worry, the safety precautions and comfort levels will be modern rather than ancient!
• We return to our kibbutz for dinner together this evening.

Overnight at Maagan Holiday Village Kibbutz in Maagan

Day 11: Thursday, November 16, 2023: LIGHT TO THE NATIONS

• Breakfast and check out of our kibbutz this morning.
• We visit Tabgha, site of the Church of Multiplication, where the mosaic floor depicts a basket with loaves and two fishes, a symbolic reference to the miracle where Jesus was able to feed the multitudes. We also stop to see the Church of the Primacy of Saint Peter.
• From there, we travel to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus is believed to have delivered one of his most influential sermons, the “Sermon on the Mount.”
• Next, we drive along the top of Mount Carmel to a panoramic overlook of Haifa revealing the beautiful Bahai Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site adorning the descent to the sea.
• Lunch on own en-route.
• Later this afternoon, we venture to Caesarea Maritima. This city and harbor were built under Herod the Great near the site of a former Phoenician naval station and later became the provincial capital of Roman Judaea. Here, in 1961, the Pilate Stone was discovered - a piece of limestone bearing an inscription that mentions the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate, by whose order Jesus was crucified.
• This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner at a local seaside restaurant, recalling and sharing all that we have experienced on our journey together through the holy land of Israel.
• W transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our late-night flight to the United States.

Day 12: Friday, November 17, 2023: UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!

• We arrive home this morning.

*itinerary subject to change