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Experiencing The Holy Land

February 19, 2017 – February 28, 2017

This tour is limited to only 35 registrants in order to allow a maximum of personal interaction with each other. Each person will receive a copy of The Israel Experience, inscribed by Dr. Coxon, noting the special occasion of this tour.

We want you to enjoy a life-changing journey as you travel to Israel and the Holy Land. Our carefully crafted itinerary is built on our own experienced travel to this most historic and spiritually significant land of all times. As Christians, we will grow in spirit, faith and understanding.

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  • Visit Caesarea, the ancient wonder of the world
  • See excavations where 1st century remains were recently discovered
  • Spend some beach time on the Mediterranean Sea and walk the shores of the Sea of Galilee
  • Visit the excavations at Mary Magdalene’s home town
  • Breathtaking views from Mt. Arbel (where Jesus spent many hours in prayer)
  • Visit Capernaum, an authentic reconstruction of the synagogue, in which Jesus preached in the 1st century
  • Watch the sunset from our boat as we worship God together
  • Visit Beit Shean, the huge Roman City built on the ruins of past civilizations
  • Discuss the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran, the site where they were discovered
  • Pray at the Western Wall, visit the Upper Room where Jesus had His meal with His disciples, then continue on to Bethlehem
  • Visit other ancient historic sites like St. Anne’s Church and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • 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

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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 Guides & Hosts

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.

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Gary Madsen

Tour Guide

Gary Madsen is an experienced worldwide traveler who lived in Asia for several years. His international travel experience in Europe, Asia, and Australia, brings a rich background in worldwide cultures to the tour. Gary’s visit to Israel brought scripture to life and he looks forward to sharing these experiences with others.

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Diane Ernst

Tour Leader

Diane Ernst made her first tour to Israel in 2008. In 2014, she was one of three leaders in another Wisconsin tour to Israel. She has a deep interest in introducing new people to Israel where she believes that a deeper understanding of the scriptures can be achieved by visiting the Land. This will be her third tour with Raed as the guide.

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Raed Makhouli

Tour Leader

Raed has become our friend through the years.He lives in the north of Israel and is a Christian. He is a member of the Greek Orthodox Church and lectures on the diverse cultures and religions of Israel. He is a licensed, registered Israeli guide, and one of the most experienced in Israel, specializing in guiding Christian groups. He truly brings the Bible to life.

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Dr. DeWayne Coxon

Tour Facilitator

Dr. DeWayne Coxon will facilitate the logistics of the tour. He has planned and guided tours in Israel since the early 1980s and has travelled to Israel over 150 times since 1965. Dr. Coxon is the President of Blossoming Rose and author of the book, Living Prophecies: A Crumbling Wall between Christians and Jews.

Experiencing the Holy Land

Day 1- 02/19/2017

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USA to Israel

We will begin our journey as we depart from our home city and fly to Israel. (Everyone should be at the airport three hours prior to the flight.) Meals will be served during our flight.

Day 2 – 02/20/2017

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Arrive in Israel, Leonardo Hotel in Netanya

Dr. Coxon will meet us at the airport and take us to our charter bus. Our bus driver will take us to our hotel on the Mediterranean Sea where we can rest from our long flight. We will be served a delicious buffet dinner and we’ll have time to enjoy the evening and get to know one another before we turn in for the night.

Day 3 – 02/21/2017

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Mediterranean Sea, Caesarea, Church of the Annunciation, Sea of Galilee & Tiberius

The day will begin with a bountiful Israeli breakfast buffet and then we’ll take some time to enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean Sea beach by our hotel. Our friend and guide for several years, Raed, will join us and talk about the often overlooked significance of the Mediterranean Sea and Caesarea. From our hotel, we will go to Caesarea, the ancient wonder of the world. We will continue on to Nazareth and to the Church of the Annunciation where we will see the latest excavations where 1st century remains have recently been found. By late afternoon, we will walk on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Raed will share information about its history. Our evening will end at our hotel, The Leonardo, in Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee, where we can rest, shop, and enjoy their hospitality and good food.


Day 4

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Magdala, Mt Arbel, Mt of Beautitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha & boat ride on the Sea of Galilee

After leaving our hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, we will visit the excavations at Migdal (Magdala) which was Mary Magdalene’s home town, including a recently discovered first century synagogue likely frequented by Jesus and His followers. We will then head north, looking down on the striking Sea of Galilee from Mt. Arbel where Jesus spent many hours in prayer. We’ll continue on to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached to the multitudes, and then on to Capernaum, an authentic reconstruction of the synagogue, in which Jesus preached in the 1st century. We may have Communion at Tabgha on the Sea and then we will return to Nof Gizzanar, where the Jesus boat is in the museum. We will board our Galilee boat and watch the sun set as we worship God together. We look forward to returning to our hotel and having private time walking on the shore of the Sea of Galilee before dinner.

Day 5

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Jordan River, Beit Shean, Jericho, Qumran & Jerusalem

We will stop at the Jordan River as we leave the lush greens of the Galilee and see the brown hues of the Judean desert. During our drive, we will stop at Beit Shean, the huge Roman City built on the ruins of past civilizations. Jesus certainly stopped on his way to Jerusalem for the Feasts at Jericho, where we will stop to see the famous ruins dating to the times of Joshua and the Israelites. We will continue our day at Qumran, the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. There will be time to discuss the significance of the Scrolls and address the question as to whether or not John the Baptist or Jesus would have ever visited this desert spiritual headquarters of these people of the “Way.” We will also visit the newly discovered tomb of the Teacher or leader of the community and talk about his possible identity. We will then take the steep road up to Jerusalem and catch a glimpse of the Holy City before checking into the Jerusalem Tower hotel for the evening. After dinner everyone will be free to wander throughout the City or go to the Western Wall to pray.

Day 6

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Mt of Olives, Bethphage, Gethsemane, Kidron Valley, Mt. Zion, Bethlehem, the Shepherd’s fields & the Old City

Our day will begin on the summit of the Mount of Olives with a spectacular view of the Old City spread before us. We will then visit the area of Bethphage near Bethany, explore some 1st century tombs, and walk down the northern path of the Mount of Olives where Raed will show us the place believed to be “Golgotha,” the authentic site of the crucifixion of Jesus. We will then visit Gethsemane, cross the Kidron Valley and see the site where James, the brother of Jesus, was murdered. We will pray at the Western Wall and then enter the Old City through the Jewish quarter. Following that, we will go to the area of the Upper Room where Jesus had His meal with His disciples and James the brother of Jesus, along with Jesus’ mother Mary, who guided the Nazarene movement. We’ll learn about the most recent excavations in that area, including what has been identified as the Essene Quarter of ancient Jerusalem. We will continue on to Bethlehem to the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherd’s fields and then end the day near to the Jerusalem Tower hotel where we will have time to shop and take pictures before dinner.


Day 7

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Jerusalem, Via Delarosa, Church of St. Anne, Pool of Bethesda, Holy Sepulcher, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of Domitian, and Caiaphas’s House

We will begin the day by walking to the Via Delorosa and then on through the ancient historic places like St. Anne’s Church and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We will go to the Garden of Gethsemane and other places around the Old City. We will then return to the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem where we will have time to relax and shop. Our hotel is ten minutes from the Jaffa area, so there will again be time to shop either in the Souk or modern Mamilla Mall.

Day 8

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Ein Gedi, Masada, Dead Sea and Biblical Tamar Park

Today we will experience both the climate changes and the elevation changes as we descend from the mountains of Judea at 2,700 feet, to 1,500 feet below sea level near the Dead Sea. We’ll stop at Ein Gedi, the place where David hid from King Saul and then we will continue to the upper Dead Sea. We will drive to Masada for a tour of the historic palace which King Herod built on the
mountaintop. We will continue on to the Dead Sea to experience the water where people float and cannot drown, and then go on to Biblical Tamar Park. Arrival at the Park will be in the afternoon where we will be met by the Park Supervisor and other volunteers who are helping Blossoming Rose restore this ancient city. We will move into our rooms, have a tour of the Park, and eat dinner. Our day will end with us gathering under the Sukkah, in a large circle around the fire, to hear the story of Tamar from the time of Abraham.

Day 9

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Beersheva, Elah Valley, Jerusalem, Airport

When we rise in the morning we will feel the stillness of the desert as the sun rises over the Jordanian mountains. We will have breakfast, and enjoy a devotional in the Sukkah and then board our bus for Beershev, where Abraham dug his wells. We will continue on to the Valley of Elah where David killed Goliath. The afternoon and evening will be spent in Jerusalem where we will be free to shop and visit before being taken to the airport for departing to the USA.

Day 10

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Arriving back in the USA

We will arrive back in the USA in the morning, having gained the seven hours back that we lost when we arrived in Israel. We will check through customs and go to our connecting flights home. Shalom!

Tour Dates:

February 19, 2017 – February 28, 2017


$2,135 (airfare not included)

Tours Include:

Hotels: Breakfast & Dinner
National Park Pass
All listed sites that we visit
Bus transfer to and from Ben Gurion Airport

Not Included:

Flight insurance