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.
Pastor Daniel Miller
Pastor Dan is the Lead Pastor of Blueroof Church in St. Joseph, Michigan, and he is also the Superintendent of the International Ministry Network, a district of the Assemblies of God Church. Many years ago, he followed a call to educate his church in their biblical roots by hosting a Passover dinner at the church each year. There are now several hundred people who participate in this event. He has also led his people to Israel and taught on how to bless the Jewish people in prayer and deeds. This will be the seventh tour he will lead to Israel.
Marjorie Halquist is the Administrative Assistant of the Prayer Tower in Jerusalem which is under the King of Kings Community Jerusalem. She has also been involved in the prayer ministry of Blueroof Church in St. Joseph, Michigan, for many years and has led both prayer groups and youth education groups to Israel. She is a personal friend of our guide, Hanna, and they have enjoyed fellowshipping together in Jerusalem.
Hanna Ben Haim
Hanna Ben Haim has led us on two earlier trips to Israel and is familiar with our prayer ministry to the borders of Israel. She is a licensed guide and has lead hundreds of tour groups throughout Israel. She is Jewish and a resident expert in the biblical places of significance.
Praying Throughout The Land
Day 1: USA to Israel
To begin our journey, we will fly from Chicago and other airports to Israel. Meals will be served during our flight. (Please arrive at the airport three hours early.)
Day 2: Israel – Ariel
We will land in Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport where we will be met by our Blossoming Rose host. Our tour bus will be waiting for us to take us to our first night in Ariel where we will be served dinner at our beautiful hotel, Eshel Hashomron.
Day 3: Shiloh, Beth El, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Western Wall, the Old City, and the Davidson Center
Our touring day will begin at Shiloh where the Tabernacle stood for 369 years. We will continue on to Beth El where several Biblical events transformed the Jewish people into a nation. We are only fifteen minutes from Jerusalem where we will have a panoramic breathtaking view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. We will walk down to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane and then look across the Kidron Valley to the old city walls of Jerusalem. The Western Wall will be our next stop where we will offer prayers, and then we will go into the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and the Cardo. (Lunch will be on your own in the Old City.) The Davidson Center protects the excavated areas around the southern walls of Old Jerusalem. It is believed to be the area where the 3000 believers were baptized on the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) and it will be a great experience as we sit on the original Temple steps. Our first day in Jerusalem will be busy, and we will have seen many of the historic sites before we return to our hotel for dinner and a leisure evening.
Day 4: Church of St, Anne, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Mt. Zion, Garden Tomb, and shopping
Once again, our touring day will begin at 8 am at Stephen’s Gate. We’ll continue on to the Church of St. Anne, singing together. We will go to the Stations of the Cross and into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We will continue to the Armenian Quarter of the Old City to Mt. Zion and the Upper Room. The tomb of King David is in this area and we will visit that venerated site. We will finish our day with a visit to the Garden Tomb and then have the evening free to choose activities.
Day 5: Jericho, En Gedi, and Tamar
We’ll start our day with another great Israeli buffet breakfast, and then board our bus to go to Jericho. We’ll stop and see an old sycamore tree and tour ancient Jericho. Driving down to the Dead Sea will remind us of the history dating to the time of Lot, the nephew of Abraham, and to the burning of Sodom. We will continue our drive beside the Dead Sea to Ein Gedi, the mountain cave where David hid from King Saul, where we can buy a sandwich and then climb the ancient path to the beautiful waterfalls. Later in the afternoon, we will drive to Biblical Tamar Park where we will be welcomed by the Park Supervisor and the volunteer workers. After a wonderful meal, we will relax around a camp fire in the Sukkah.
Day 6: Masada, Dead Sea, and tel Tamar tour
We will begin the day with an American cup of coffee and serve ourselves at the breakfast bar. Early risers can climb Prayer Mountain or walk around the ancient walls of Tamar. At 8 am we will board our bus and head for Masada, arriving before the Jerusalem crowd gets there. The fortress was built by Herod the Great and it is known today as the site where 960 religious Jews died rather than going into captivity under the Romans. When we leave Masada, we will go down to the shores of the Dead Sea at Ein Bokek, where there are luxury hotels and shops, and where there is access to the warm waters of the Sea. Afterward we’ll go back to Biblical Tamar Park where we will tour this historic city that dates back to at least the time of Abraham. We will learn more about the 26,000 artifacts that have been found at Tamar and about the plan for its continued development by Blossoming Rose. We will enjoy our dinner together and then there will be a time for the vision of Biblical Tamar Park to be shared as we sit around the campfire.
Day 7: Eilot, Red Sea or a day to volunteer, rest, or meditate at Tamar Park
We are welcomed in the dining room anytime in the morning for coffee. The breakfast bar is ready at 7 am where we choose what we would like to eat. The bus leaves at 8 am for Eilot and many of us will climb aboard. For those who wish to rest or work, it can be a special day to “leave your mark” in Israel, a time set aside for doing the good deeds we read about in the scriptures. The Park Supervisor and his volunteers are ready to lead us into the fabulous old city of Tamar where we can help beautify the area. If anyone has special skills in electricity, plumbing, or carpentry, there are always small jobs that need to be done in this desert community. Others might like to assist in the kitchen or dining room. Then there will be those who need the day to
Day 8: Beersheva, Caesarea, Nazareth, and Tiberius
We will leave at 8 am and bid everyone who stays at Tamar goodbye. The bus will snake its way up out of the Arava and into the Negev and we will be on our way to Beersheva, the city of Abraham, where we will visit his seven wells. We will continue past Arad, Hebron, and the Valley of Elah to the ancient city of Caesarea and go into the amphitheater and walk the length of that great City, departing through the Crusader’s fortress. Then we will go past Mt. Carmel that overlooks Megiddo, stop at Nazareth, if time permits, and spend the night in Tiberius at the beautiful downtown Leonardo Club Hotel.
Day 9: Jordan River, Capernaum, Tabga, Caesarea Philippi, tel Dan, and the Galilee boat
After we eat a hardy Israeli breakfast, we will all go to the Jordan River and those who wish to renew their baptismal vows may do that. We will continue around the Sea of Galilee to the Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabga, Caesarea Philippi, and tel Dan. We will visit the Golan Heights and Matulla, near the borders of Syria and Lebanon, where we will pray for Israel. As the sun dips lower in the west over the mountains of the Galilee, we will all board our Galilee boat and listen to Danny Carmel sing, worshipping with him, and then returning to our hotel for dinner and a late stroll on the Sea shore in Tiberius.
Day 10: Jerusalem, the Old City, and The City of David
We will leave Tiberius and drive to Jerusalem where we will visit the City of David, and then have time for last minute memories with lunch on our own. There will also be time for shopping. (We must be at the Airport three hours before departure and so we leave at 6:30 pm.)
Day 11: 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, thinking about this great experience. Shalom!
February 19 – March 1, 2018
$2,395 (airfare not included)
- Dinner (except February 28)
- National Park Pass
- All tips (except housekeeping)
- Entry to all listed sites that we visit
- Bus transfer to and from Ben Gurion Airport
- Flight insurance
- Airline Ticket
- Dinner February 28