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Connect to Israel (FULL – See October 21 Tour)

Her Land – Her People – Her God

October 7 – 19, 2018

This unique “Connect to Israel” tour is designed to connect you to the Land of Israel, ancient and modern, to the Jewish people of today and to the God of Israel.  From the hills of Samaria to the glory of Jerusalem, from the heights of the Golan to the depths of the Dead Sea region – you will get to experience it all.  It is not your standard, “go see the holy sites” type tour, but rather one designed to enable you to truly connect.

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  • Walk through the ruins of Shiloh where the Tabernacle stood for 369 years
  • Talk with the son of the first Jew to buy a home in the Old City after the 1967 war
  • Teaching on Shabbat & Shabbat dinner
  • Explore Jerusalem in a way that you will never forget
  • Breathtaking views of Sea of Galilee. Optional dip in the Jordan River
  • Hike to the springs of Ein Gedi (where David hid from Saul) and view many waterfalls
  • Explore Biblical Tamar Park, the oldest active archeological dig site in Southern Israel
  • Take a cable car ride to the top of Masada
  • Take a swim in the Dead Sea
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Volunteer Experience (Optional)

Everyone who registers for this trip is invited to extend his or her tour experience and become a “Volunteer” at Tamar after the tour. This low cost experience is available for up to a maximum of 90 days. Long term volunteers pay only $20 a day for board and room and short term volunteers, who stay less than 30 days, pay $30 a day. Volunteers are needed in various areas such as, horticulture, cooking, housekeeping, mechanical, carpentry, and beautifying the Park.

Volunteering is a unique and special way to bless the Israeli people and the Land, while being able to experience 5,000 years of history. Presenting this history, and how it relates to our Creator, is the reason Blossoming Rose continues to develop Biblical Tamar Park. We are very thankful for all our volunteers and donations that help make this all possible.

Tour Guide & Tour Leader

Our tours are led by knowledgeable tour guides and hosts and it’s just one of the many benefits that makes our Israel Tours exceptional. Each tour is a unique experience and all of our tours include a visit to Biblical Tamar Park and have the option to extend your stay as a volunteer.

Hanoch Young

Hanoch Young is a licensed Israeli Tour Guide, an Orthodox Jew, who is known for building bridges between people through his personal outreach.  His understanding of the historical relationship between the Jewish people and all who relate to Israel is part of what he shares in his speaking tours in the United States. This fact makes him a valued guide for all Bible believers who wish to learn more and connect with the Land and people of Israel.

Mikell Clayton

Mikell Clayton is a veteran traveler to Israel who has made the journey 26 times since 1998. He is the founder of Joined to HaShem, a Franklin NC based ministry.  He is an international teacher and author teaching Hebraic perspective of faith in and obedience to the One True God. His passion is for the “Restoration of all things” spoken of in Acts: 3:21. His teachings and more information is available at:  


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Connect to Israel

Day 1: USA to Israel

Your journey to connect to the Land of Israel begins with flights from your home airports.  You will receive information prior to your departure with all the details you’ll need for both the flight and your Connect to Israel experience.  All flights should be scheduled to arrive in Israel by early afternoon of Day 2.

Day 2: Ariel and Eshel HaShomron Hotel

Mike and Hanoch will be waiting to greet you at Ben Gurion Airport upon your arrival in Israel.  We will meet with the rest of our group, arriving from all over the world and leave together on our bus.  We’ll head up to Ariel, the ‘capital’ of Samaria, where we’ll be spending our first two nights at the lovely Eshel Hashomron Hotel.  After checking in and having dinner, we’ll experience the incredible full-scale model of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) on site.

Day 3Northern Samaria, Peduel, Elon Moreh, Mt. of Blessing, and Itamar

Today we’ll begin seeing the sites of Northern Samaria including Peduel and Elon Moreh and view the site of the promise that Abraham received.  Lunch will be a delicious meal coupled with a wine tasting at the Har Bracha (Mountain of Blessing) Visitor’s Center.  From there, we’ll go on to the town of Itamar where we will meet with former mayor, Moshe Goldsmith.

Day 4: Samaria, Shiloh, Beit El, Ma’ale Levona, and Jerusalem

We’ll have another wine tasting at an amazing location in Samaria.  Shiloh, where the Mishkan (Tabernacle) stood for 369 years, will be our next stop.  We will visit the Shiloh Children’s home led by its founder, David Rubin.  From there, we’ll go to the actual ruins of ancient Shiloh, to stand in the place of history.  We’ll have a picnic lunch (compliments of Mike and Hanoch), and then we’ll leave for Bet El and Ma’ale Levona.  From there, we’ll take the road up to Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the people of Israel.  We’ll be spending the next three nights in Jerusalem, soaking in as much as we possibly can.  Of course, there will be an after-dinner walk to Ben Yehuda street.

Day 5: Kotel Tunnels, Davidson’s Center, and the Old City

Our first full day in Jerusalem will begin with an inspiring tour of the Kotel (Western Wall) Tunnels.  From there, we’ll visit the Davidson Center and the excavations of the Southern steps of the Temple Mount.  There will be time for personal prayer at the Western Wall, of course.  After lunch, we’ll visit with the son of the man who was the first one to buy a home in the restored Jewish Quarter after the June 1967 war.  Our dear friends, Moshe & Dov Kempinski of the Shorashim Shop, will talk to us about a range of topics – all fascinating!  Before heading back to our hotel for dinner, we’ll take some time for a bit of “retail therapy,” also known as shopping.  After dinner, it’s back to Ben Yehuda street for a true Israeli cultural experience.  A bit more retail therapy might be needed too.

Day 6: Temple Institute and City of David

This will be a short day as Israel prepares for Shabbat.  We will begin with a special tour of the Temple Institute and then on to Ir David – the City of David.  We will return to the hotel early to prepare for Shabbat and our special group Shabbat dinner.  This is always a very special occasion because we will have the opportunity to fellowship together.  There is nothing like the start of Shabbat in Jerusalem….

Day 7: Jerusalem

Shabbat – a day of rest and a chance to renew our bodies and our spirits.  After a leisurely breakfast, we will gather for our Torah study.  Afterwards, the options are to walk and experience the peace of Shabbat in Jerusalem or to rest some more.  Shabbat afternoons are always a lovely time for all of our groups.

Day 8: Galilee, Capernium, Genasar, and Tiberias

We head north today.  We’ll drive to the Galilee and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Kineret – the Sea of Galilee, from the Arbel Cliffs.  From there we’ll visit the ancient synagogue in Capernaum and the ancient boat at Ginossar.  For those who would like, we have the option at the end of the day for a Mikvah (immersion) in the Jordan River.  This will be the first of two nights in Teverya – Tiberias.

Day 9: Golan Heights, Peace Vista, Gamla, Katzrin, and Mt. Bental

We’ll begin to tie the past, present and future together as we drive around the Southern shore of the Sea of Galilee and head toward the Golan Heights.  More amazing views await us as we go to the ‘Peace Vista’ and have the entire Galilee laid out before our eyes.  We will go to Gamla, probably one of Israel’s most significant but underrated historical sites.  It will enable us to have some perspective for our visit to Masada, later in our trip.  Lunch will be at Katzrin, the ‘capital’ of the Golan. From there we go to the overlook at Mount Bental and on to Tel Dan, where we confront the sin of Jeroboam and its meaning for today.

Day 10: Jordan Valley, Qumran, Ein Gedi, and Biblical Tamar Park

Now it’s time to head south – driving through the Jordan Valley.  We’ll tour Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.  From there, we’ll go to the incredible oasis of EIn Gedi, where David hid from King Saul.  We’ll be hiking the hills and enjoying the waterfalls – in the middle of the desert!  You’ll see amazing wildlife – and will want to take lots of pictures.  From there, we’ll drive to our home for the last two nights – the archaeological site of Biblical Tamar Park.

Day 11: Tamar, Masada, and the Dead Sea

After our tour of fascinating Tamar, we head up to Masada and experience its compelling narrative.  We may also be able to visit one of the possible locations of ancient Biblical Sodom.  Then – to a relaxing swim in the Dead Sea, one of the world’s great wonders, followed by tree planting at Tamar.  Our last night in Tamar will be a time for sharing and processing our incredible experiences.

Day 12: Jerusalem, Macheni Yehuda Market, and the airport

We head up to Jerusalem for an experience at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Memorial to the Holocaust.  From there, we head back into town to experience the vibrancy of life in modern Jerusalem including a stop at the famous Machane Yehuda market.  There will be time for lunch, last minute shopping and the experience of the outdoor market.  From there, we head to the airport to say our goodbyes as people leave Israel.

Day 13: Flight from Israel to Country of Origin

We depart Israel, leaving for our home countries with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.  We will ALWAYS be connected to Israel.

Tour Dates:
October 7 – 19, 2018
$2,395 (airfare not included)

Plus $125 tips – paid in Israel

Tours Include:
  • Hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner (except October 18)
  • National Park Pass
  • Masada Gondola
  • Galilee Boat
  • Bus transfer to and from Ben Gurion Airport
  • All tips (except housekeeping)
  • All meals at Biblical Tamar Park
Not Included:
  • Lunches
  • Flight insurance
  • Airline TIcket
  • Dinner October 18
  • Jericho Excavation