9 Days Holy Land Tour led by Maurice Spraggins

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Tour Overview

Day 1

Overnight flight from North America to Israel.

We will meet At MSP International Airport at 730am for our flight with Air Canada, departing at 1030am to Tel Aviv. Prepare yourself for an experience that will change your life. Relax and enjoy your flight. Tomorrow you will be walking in the same path that Jesus walked! (Meals on board)

Day 2

Day 2

Arrival Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv

Shalom, Welcome to Israel! Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by a IBMT Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy time at 
leisure to explore on your own, or opt to rest to get you’re your body adjusted to the new time differences. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner. Dinner & overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 3

Caesarea / Megiddo / Haifa / Acre

Following a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast, depart Tel Aviv. Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. We will visit the excavations of this ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; see one of the most important archeological site in Israel, visit the excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Next to Mt. Carmel (Muchraka) and the beautiful port city of Haifa for a panoramic view of the Bahia Gardens and Haifa Bay. Drive to Acre, capital of the Crusaders for more than a century, to visit the ancient city and harbor. Continue to Galilee – Kibbutz Lavi for dinner & overnight.

Day 4

Tiberias / Capernaum / Tabgha / Mount of Beatitudes / Banias

After a short tour of Tiberias, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; Visit Yigal Alon museum where the “Jesus boat”, an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century, is displayed, it was discovered in 1986 and believed to be from the time of Jesus and his disciples. Continue to Capernaum, where is believed to have been Jesus’ home and the center of his ministry; visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. We will stop for lunch and enjoy the famous “St. Peter Fish” plate. Proceed to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount and taught Our Father prayer. Drive to the Banias springs and waterfalls and tour the Golan Heights. Return to Galilee – Kibbutz Lavi for dinner & overnight

Day 5

Nazareth / Cana / Jordan River/ Beit Shean

Drive to Nazareth via Cana of Galilee, the town where Jesus grew to manhood and where he performed his first miracle, the turning of water into wine. Visit the Church of Annunciation, St. Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s well ("The spring of the Virgin Mary" is reputed to be located at the site where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear the Son of God). Continue to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan River, where believers celebrate and take the opportunity to submerge themselves near the same waters that Jesus baptized his followers; continue to Beit Shean, a newly excavated city, and visit the Roman theatre. Drive along the Jordan River to Jerusalem. Dinner & overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6

Jerusalem (Old City)

Today we visit the Old City of Jerusalem. Our appreciation of this Golden City begins with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives, overlooking the walls of the old city and the ancient Jewish cemetery. Enter the Old City to begin exploring the wonders of Jerusalem. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, King David’s tomb, and the room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. Next, we will walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit Temple Mount, Western Wall, walk along the Via Dolorosa where Jesus carried his cross, visit Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Church of the Flagellation, the Church of the Condemnation and Imposition of the Cross, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  We will have time to walk through the colorful Arab Bazaar where we can get some souvenirs to bring back home. Last visit will be the Garden Tomb, the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. Dinner & overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7

Jerusalem (New City) / Bethlehem*

Today’s program is dedicated to the New City of Jerusalem. Drive to Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist, visit the Church of Visitation, it honors the visit paid by the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. Visit the Israel museum, shrine of the book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Proceed to Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953. Proceed to Bethlehem and visit the cave revered as the Birthplace of Jesus and see the Church of Nativity constructed over the site. Gaze out over the Shepherd’s Field where an angel appeared to announce the birth of Jesus.
Dinner & overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8

Qumran / Dead Sea / Masada

Drive to Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in 1947 by a Bedouin boy. Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth to Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the second temple in 70 A.D. Ascend Masada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod’s palace. Time and weather permitting, an opportunity will be provided to “float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea”. Return to the hotel and enjoy a farewell l dinner & overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9

Tel Aviv - Ben Gurion Airport

Enjoy your breakfast before check-out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure back home. Aboard the transatlantic flight, with time to think about your exciting visit and memories for lifetime, you can start planning your next visit to Israel!

Dates & Rates

Price includes Land tour & Flight  

Departure dateStart DateEnd DateDouble PriceSingle PriceChild PriceBook
25 May 201926 May 201902 Jun 2019$2940$3400$2940BOOK THIS TOUR

* All prices in USD


Quote Includes:

  • Return airfare and departure taxes included 
  • Meet and assist at the airport in Ben Gurion by IBMT dedicated personal
  • Arrival & departure group transfers 
  • 6 touring days as per itinerary
  • All sites entrance fees
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Tips to guide and driver are included
  • 8 nights’ accommodation at the hotels suggested above
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Daily buffet dinners
  • St. Peter Fish lunch
  • Porterage at hotels and airport 
  • Touring by air-conditioned bus  


Not included services in our tour rates:

  • Travel Insurance available with IBMT Tours (rates on request)
  • Baptism bathrobe at the Jordan river ($10.00)
  • Personal extras and meals not mentioned above

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For years, it had been a deep desire of mine to lead a group of pilgrims to the Holy Land.  I’m not sure how it happened (perhaps the grace of God), but I ended up working with Israel Biblical Mission Tours (IBMT) and specifically Ornan Sharaby.   Because I had never led a group like this before, I needed guidance.  Ornan and his team were wonderfully helpful.  They answered all my questions, and never seemed irritated when I called or emailed with what some might have considered a “Silly question.”  Then, when it was close to departure time, I had some apprehensions.  Ornan assured me that he had taken care of everything.  On the day of our departure, we (a group of 27) had no issues whatsoever.  As predicted, everything was “Taken care of.”  The ...

Pastor Stan Patterson

Dear Brother Ornan and Brother Thomas,

We, KBCUSA had a wonderful time with IBMT Holy Land Tour in November 2014. It was really great joy for our group, the members of Karen Baptist Churches USA. You have fulfilled our great expectation to visit the Holy Land. We all appreciate for your well arrangement for excellent hotels, Tours and the tour guide and the drivers as well. Especially we appreciate for your kind arrangement from Canada even we were on the Tour in Israel and the warmly and kind assists of Mr. Thomas Portmann who taking care of us as his family. We really enjoy the trip with IBMT. And this year, we will be going to Israel with your Tour again. I would like to invite you to visit and present about the upcoming tour at our KBCUSA annual meeting which will be held in Buffalo in July 23...

Pastor Htoo

My trip to the Holy Land Israel

It is a dream trip is a desired journey, but God is the one who knows when your turn is and when is your time. Since I was at a young age I always wanted to know the world. I thought where Jesus was born, my love for God and my faith; it grew and grew inside of me and with it to know the steps of Jesus. I dreamed about knowing of what I have always heard where Jesus was born, where the Angel Gabriel came to the Virgin Mary and to know where Jesus was born and suffered so much on his way with the cross. Well my dream came true and even more because I received a wonderful grace of the Lord that I know that everyone that visit those distant and blessed lands of the lord ...

Yris Jimenez - New Jersey

Dear Thomas:

It was my intention to write to you upon returning from Israel, to tell you how awesome and wonderful the tour turned out to be.

Thomas, I am still in awe of the modernity and beauty of Israel , even though I know that my level of enjoyment and excitement there could have been much less were my cousin and I not fortunate enough to have the intelligence, knowledgeable and dedicated tour guide that Doron Kaufman was / is. I took a total of 1,750 photos; I will be making a photobook from them.

About our guide Doron — He was always pleasant (smiling) and caring, the best tour guide I have ever experienced. His impartation of what he knows about Israel is in its own ilk and he made every trip seem special.

It will interest you to know that I&...

Minnel M Porter

I apologize for not writing to you earlier and letting you know we had a wonderful time in our Holyland Tour to Israel!
Thank you and for IBMT – Holyland Tours for all of your help and patience in helping us plan this amazing trip. We will remember it forever!


I was very pleased with Ornan arraigning my trip to the Holy Land Upon my arrival in a foreign country, I was greeted by the IBMT ground personal at the airport with a sign with my name
I was presented with a welcome package with a cap & an itinerary of my tour. A taxi was arranged for drive to my hotel.  

Our tour guide was English speaking, he was very knowledgeable in all of the sites we visited. At the arrival & departure to every sites we were showed to the washrooms.Before we started the tours to the sites we were first taken aside & given a history of what we were about to explore.Our tour guide Hilik Silfin is an excellent guide I will highly
recommend his group to any one visiting the Holy Land.I will be ...

Kam Mohammed - Mississauga, Canada

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