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Hike the Holy Land with the Rev. Phil Dieke

Feb 26, 2021 - Mar 6, 2021

Led by Dr. Marcie Lenk
Thursday, February 25, 2021
  • Depart the United States.
Overnight: In flight
Day 1
Friday, February 26, 2021
Arrival - Welcome to Israel
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion airport with assistance upon arrival.
  • Meet guide and board bus for Jerusalem.
  • Drive to northern Israel.
  • Stop atop Mount Carmel for a short welcome ceremony and a walk in the footsteps of Elijah the Prophet, with time for personal meditation.
  • Continue to the Sea of Galilee.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Festive opening Sabbath dinner.
  • Opening sharing conversation.
Overnight: Leonardo Hotel, Sea of Galilee
Day 2
Saturday, February 27, 2021
With Jesus in the Galilee
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Nazareth for a visit to the Church of the Annunciation.
  • Full day hike along sections of the Jesus Trail:
    • From Mount Arbel to Mount of Beatitudes and Tabkha
  • Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, Tabkha and Capernaum.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Evening of Song, Prayer, and Reflection along the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Overnight: Leonardo Hotel, Sea of Galilee
Day 3
Sunday, February 28, 2021
The Nature of Social Responsibility
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the Jezreal Valley, beginning with a visit to Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon, and continue for a full day of hiking in the Ramot Menashe Biosphere area, concluding along Nahal Hashofet (Hashofet River), the only wheelchair accessible river hike in Israel for a special volunteering program with Lotem, an organization that works with youth and adults with special needs.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Belief, the Outdoors and their Nexus in the Holy Land, with young adults connected to Israel’s Society for the Protection of Nature.
Overnight: Leonardo Hotel, Sea of Galilee
Day 4
Monday, March 1, 2021
The Jordan Rift Valley
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive south via the Jordan Valley.
  • Stop at Beit Shean, for a hike along the Shean Dry Riverbed and up to Tel Beit Shean for a guided visit through the Biblical Tel and the Byzantine City below.
  • Continue to Qasr el Yahud, considered by many to be the site of Jesus’ baptism and possibly the site where Joshua crossed the Jordan River.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Continue to Jerusalem.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing of Thanksgiving upon arrival in Jerusalem and an introductory overview of the city.
  • Continue to Bethlehem.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Home hospitality dinner with Bethlehem residents.
Overnight: Ararat Hotel, Bethlehem
Day 5
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
The Bethlehem Hills
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit through the Church of the Nativity.
  • Hike through the Bethlehem Hills from Bethlehem to Battir, through the Valley of Springs.
  • Meet with local Palestinians and learn about their lives working the land and the challenges of occupation.
  • Dinner on own in Bethlehem.
  • Walking tour from Manger Square to the separation wall.
Overnight: Ararat Hotel, Bethlehem
Day 6
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
The Layers of Jerusalem
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and travel to Jerusalem.
  • Early morning visit to the Haram al Sharif – Temple Mount.
  • Ascend to the Mount of Olives.
  • Overview of the city of Jerusalem, followed by a walk down the Mount of Olives to the Kidron Valley and around the walls of the Old City to the Hinnom Valley.
  • Enter the Old City via Jaffa Gate.
  • Walking tour of the Old City, beginning with the Market Rooftops and continuing to the Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall, and concluding with a guided walk along the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Evening visit to Machane Yehudah open-air market, one of Jerusalem’s hotspots, followed by dinner on own in the market.
Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Thursday, March 4, 2021
The Judean Hills
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Full-day hike in the Judean Hills along the Israel Trail, from Ein Kobi to the Hadassah Hospital.
  • Meet with doctors and nurses at Hadassah Hospital to discuss the ways that they experience the conflict.
  • Visit the village of Ein Karem and the Church of the Visitation, with an opportunity to wander around the artists’ colony.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Evening bike ride through the streets of Jerusalem.
Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Friday, March 5, 2021
Memory and Renewal
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the Israeli national memorial to the Holocaust, for a guided visit through the Valley of the Righteous among the nations, the Holocaust History Museum and the Children’s memorial.
  • Take a quiet nature walk into the Jerusalem Forest, with time for personal and group reflection.
  • Celebrate life as Jerusalemites conclude the week at Machane Yehudah, followed by free time in Jerusalem, with lunch on own.
  • Welcome in the Sabbath at a Jerusalem synagogue.
  • Festive Sabbath dinner.
  • Free evening in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Urban Nature in Tel Aviv
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of hotel and drive to Tel Aviv.
  • Walk along the Urban Israel Trail from the source of the Yarkon River into the heart of Tel Aviv, with lunch en route.
  • Guided walk along Rothschild Blvd, the heart of the White City, to explore Tel Aviv’s collection of Bauhaus buildings and the UNESCO Heritage site, considered the largest concentration of Bauhaus architecture in the world.
  • Check in to day-use rooms in Tel Aviv.
  • Free time to explore Tel Aviv.
  • Wrap-up conversation.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • For those departing for the United States, depart for Ben Gurion Airport for return flight home.
  • For those going to Jordan, return to hotel.
Overnight: In flight/hotel
Sunday, March 7, 2021

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person, based on double-occupancy
Single supplement

* Based on 40 full-paying participants.  Prices do not include flights.



3 nights Leonardo Hotel, Tiberias
2 nights Ararat Hotel, Bethlehem
3 nights Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day-use room Grand Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv


Land Price Includes:

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport for group flight
  • One group transfer from and one transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor – 9 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 9 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary.
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 4 packed lunches on hiking days
    • 7 dinners
  • Source Materials, Hat, Map, Bag
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels

Not Included:

  • Tips for Guide and Driver
  • Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Flights


Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

November 1, 2020 — 50% of Total Payment

January 1, 2021 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel Before November 1, 2020 — Full Refund

Cancel between November 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021 — 50% Refund

Cancel between January 1 and February 1, 2021 — 25% Refund

Cancel after February 1, 2021 — No Refund


For more information, please contact Robin at robin@igt.co.il


Travel Insurance:
We urge you to purchase cancellation insurance & supplemental medical coverage (which covers pre-existing conditions). This is a smart way to safeguard against life’s surprises.
We have made arrangements with SMS-Travel Insurance Center (Israel) of Omaha, Nebraska. SMS has over 25 years of experience as worldwide insurance brokers and can help you choose the policy that best meets your needs. Yonah Engel is our contact person.

Please note:

  • most insurance policies require purchase within 21 days of your first payment in order to receive maximum coverage (pre-existing conditions, bankruptcy insurance, etc).
  • even if you do not yet know the final trip cost (e.g. flights), write down the amount you do know – and then at a later date, we can amend the insurance premium.
  • trip dates are for the entire period away from home
  • trip costs are all pre-paid expenses (e.g. airfare + land costs)
Phone number: 1-402-404-5205
Mention promo code: IGT-MAKOR

There are no group flights organized for this tour.