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.
Dr. Hollisa Alewine
Hollisa has Master’s degrees in Secondary Education, Religious Education and Theology in Rabbinic Studies along with a doctorate from Oxford. She has been a television programmer at God’s Learning Channel and Hebraic Roots Network while she travels to teach at conferences and other venues. Her Creation Gospel workbook series is an ongoing project and she recently started a new book imprint called BEKY Books (Books Encouraging the Kingdom of Yeshua).
Joan Pennington has visited Israel over twenty times and led large and small groups in personalized studies throughout the Land. She has been both a long term and short term volunteer at Biblical Tamar Park at least six times. Her and her husband actually renewed their vows in Biblical Tamar Park.
Dr. DeWayne Coxon
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.
Standing with Israel: The Revelation
Day 1 – 03/19/2017
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 – 03/20/2017
Arrive in Israel, Jerusalem
We will land in Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport, and our group will have a bus waiting us to take us to our first night in Jerusalem where we will be served dinner and then sleep in the City of Peace.
Day 3 – 03/21/2017
Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Western Wall, Old City
Our touring day will begin at 8 am with a panoramic, breathtaking view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. We will walk down to 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, to the Cardo. (Lunch will be on your own in the Old City.) 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.
Hezekiah’s Tunnel, City of David, Ulpan trip, Rokevet & free time
Once again, our day will begin at 8 am. We will continue to David’s Village, the actual site that has been excavated where King David lived and where the tunnel of Hezekiah was carved out of solid rock. We will have a short time to shop in the Old City. If arrangements permit, we will visit Ulpan Or in the German Colony and receive an introduction to the Hebrew language. A variety of restaurants and shops are close by at the train station.
Jericho, Beit Hoglah, Qumran, En Gedi & Tamar
We’ll start our day with another great Israeli buffet breakfast and then board our bus to go to Jericho. Close by is Beit Hoglah, a location from which several Biblically significant sites may be viewed. 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’ll stop and tour ancient Jericho and then eat lunch at Qumran, the city of the Essenes and the place where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. We will continue our drive beside the Dead Sea to Ein Gedi, the mountain cave where David hid from King Saul. Later in the afternoon, we will arrive at 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.
Masada, Dead Sea, Tel Tamar Tour, Erev Shabbat
We will begin the day with an American cup of coffee and serve ourselves at the breakfast bar. 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 unearthed at Tamar and about the plan for its continued development by Blossoming Rose. We’ll all eat Sabbath dinner together and then join Tamar Park Supervisor, Alan Vanderkolk, and Joan, who will share the vision of Biblical Tamar Park while we sit around the campfire.
Shabbot at Tamar
We will awaken and feel the Shabbat stillness of the desert and see the sun rising over the red Jordanian mountains. If you take time to listen, you will hear the small desert birds chirping as they seek their food. We’ll go to the dining room for a cup of American coffee and breakfast. Dr. Alewine and Joan will lead us in Bible studies and discussion. Those who want to, can climb Prayer Mountain, to the west of Tamar, or spend time exploring the buildings and tel Tamar. There are some historic pictures and writings in the British building, on the top of the tel, and in the Israeli bomb shelter under the tel. We will all join in thanksgiving before the evening dinner, and later spend time around the camp fire again in the Sukkah, sharing stories about our experiences.
JEilat: Aquarium, Snorkeling/Swimming or Shopping
Today we will go to Eilat where you can snorkel in the coral reefs, swim on the public beach, visit the aquarium, or shop in the modern mall. Eilat is located on the Red Sea, the forth “Sea” we will visit in Israel. Few groups that visit Israel have the privilege to visit and swim or wade in all four Seas. As we return from Eilat, we will stop at a kibbutz that specializes in ice cream products for a treat. This will be our last night at Tamar and we will have a tasty meal and then pack for our trip north.
Beersheva, Caesarea, Mt. Carmel/Mediggo & 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. The ancient city of Caesarea will loom up before us and we’ll go into the amphitheater and walk the length of that great City, departing through the Crusader’s fortress. Then we will go on to Mt. Carmel that overlooks Megiddo, across the valley from where the battle of Armageddon may one day be fought. We’ll spend the night on the Galilee.
Nimrod Fortress, Caesarea Phillip, Mt. of Beautitudes, Capernaum, Tabgah & Galilee boat
We will eat a hardy Israeli breakfast, after which we’ll go to the Jordan River. We will then continue on around the Sea of Galilee to the Nimrod Fortress, Mount of Beatitudes, and Capernaum. Caesarea Philippi will be our next stop and then we’ll return to the area that Jesus loved, the Sea of Galilee. As the sun dips lower in the west over the Mountains of the Galilee, we will board our Galilee boat and listen to Danny Carmel sing, and then return to our rooms in Tiberius.
Shiloh, Beit El, Jerusalem, Machane Yehuda
We’ll board our bus at 8 am and make a stop at Shiloh, the location of the Tabernacle prior to the building of the First Temple. Time permitting, we will visit Beit El, the site of Jacob’s dream. This will be our last afternoon in Jerusalem, so save room in your suitcase for shopping at Machane Yehuda and Ben Yehuda. We have to be at Ben Gurion Airport three hours before our flights depart. Most of our flights depart at midnight.
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!
March 19, 2017 – March 30, 2017
$2,100 (airfare not included)
Hotels: Breakfast & Dinner
National Park Pass
Gondola at Masada
Bus transfer to and from Ben Gurion Airport
Lunches (except at Tamar)
Optional entrance fees