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Major Sites

Here are some of the major sites that we will be touring in Israel. Itinerary subject to change if deemed necessary by our guides.

Ein Gedi

The ‘spring of the kid’, this oasis is near the Dead Sea. David hid from King Saul in the caves here (1 Samuel 23–24). Also mentioned in Joshua 15:62; Song of Songs 1:14; and Ezekiel 47:10.

Gethsemane

This beautiful garden at the base of the Mount of Olives is filled with old-growth Olive Trees. Visitors here can reflect upon powerful events as recorded in Matthew 26:36-56.

Jericho

Also called ‘city of palms’ (Judges 1:16), it was the first city the Israelites attacked after crossing the Jordan River on their way to conquer the land of Canaan. The Fall of Jericho is described in Joshua 6.

Mount of Beatitudes

The traditional Mount of Beatitudes is a hill on the Korazim Plateau in Israel, overlooking the Sea of Galilee. This site offers impressive views and beautiful gardens, perfect to contemplate Jesus’ sermon on the mount.

Masada

Built by King Herod, Masada was the last bastion of Jewish forces fighting against the Romans at the end of the Second Temple period. The Plateau of Masada is located on the eastern fringe of the Judean Desert near the shore of the Dead Sea.

Jerusalem

See biblical history come alive in the Old City of Jerusalem! There is much to explore here, including the walls of the Temple Mount built by Herod the Great and the place of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial.

Qumran

Qumran National Park is located in the Judaean Desert, about 1.5 km from the Dead Sea. The Qumran caves are the famous location where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin boy in late 1946.

City of David

Explore the monumental architecture in the area of Jerusalem originally settled by King David. You’ll have the opportunity to walk through an impressive tunnel dug in the time of King Hezekiah.

Western Wall

Also known as the ‘wailing wall’, this is a section of the Temple Mount wall believed to be nearest to the the location where the Second Temple once stood. Jews and Christians from around the world gather here to pray and reflect.

Megiddo

An important city in the Jezreel Valley, Megiddo's rich history is mentioned multiple times in Scripture. Solomon built here (1 Kings 9:15). The term Armageddon comes from this site.

Lachish

A prominent city in the foothills of Judah, this site was ground zero for a major conflict between King Hezekiah and an invading Assyrian army in 701 BC. Much archaeological evidence of the battle has been uncovered.

Arad

Tel Arad is one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel. It was once home to a Canaanite city, and later an Israelite fortress. Remains of an Israelite temple have been found here, even though this was forbidden by God through Moses.

Beit Shean

Visitors to Beit Shean can see remains from many historical periods and cultures. Egypt established a garrison here during Canaanite occupation. Israel gained control by the time of Solomon. The ruins also include a Greek temple and a greatly expanded Roman city.

Capernaum

A fishing village on the Sea of Galilee, cited in all four Gospels. After leaving Nazareth, Jesus made this His new home and headquarters. From here, He called five of his disciples—Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew.

Garden Tomb

This beautiful garden has been carefully maintained as a place of Christian worship, witness, and reflection on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah.

Caesarea Philippi

Visit the place where Simon Peter confessed Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God, recorded in Matthew 16.

Caesarea Marítima

This coastal city was built by Herod the Great, and named after Caesar Augustus. The Apostle Paul stood on trial here before Herod Agrippa II, Festus, and Felix.

Nazareth Village

Experience life in Nazareth, where Jesus grew up, as it was in the first century.

Tel Dan

In the far north of Israel, this city was captured by the tribe of Dan in the time of the Judges. It became a place of idolatry after the kingdom was divided. The location of the altar can still be seen.

Hazor

An enormous city in the days of the Canaanites, Hazor was conquered by Joshua. Solomon later built impressive walls and a gate here. The city was destroyed by the Assyrians and again by the Babylonians.

Shiloh

Shiloh was home to the tabernacle for over three centuries. It is where the prophet Samuel grew up. Shortly thereafter, the city was destroyed, probably by Philistines, as later Scriptures describe (Psalm 78:60; Jeremiah 7; 26).

Azekah

This site overlooks the Valley of Elah, where David fought Goliath. It was destroyed by the Assyrians under Sennacherib, and again by the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar.

Your Accomodations

Herods Tel Aviv Hotel

Club Hotel Tiberias

David Dead Sea Resort & Spa

Ramada by Wyndham Jerusalem

CMI Staff

At all locations you will be accompanied by CMI staff and local guides, who will explain the history of the sites and keep you in step with local customs.