Dear tour leader / pastor
Our company Heavenly International Tours operates tours to Israel since 1994. Over the years we operated hundreds of church groups. Some for the first time and many others that Israel became a ‘bug’ for them. They keep going back to Israel year after year to recharge the “spiritual batteries …” for themselves and their congregation.
Together with you, we will design a group tour itinerary suitable to your group and denomination.
We offer generous incentives for tour leaders organizing their own groups. Please contact us for further information.
Heavenly International Tours is – the only tour operator company in South Africa, offers church groups Biblical sites not often visited: Hebron, Mt. Precipiece, Shioloh, Healah Velley, Tel Lachish, Ashkelon, Gamla, Qasar El Yaud.
Hebron – Genesis 23 tells us about the purchase by Abraham of a plot of ground in Hebron for a burial cave for his wife Sarah. Abraham paid 400 shekels of silver to Ephron the Hittite. Later Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Leah would be buried here.
Mount Precipice – outside Nazareth, where tradition hold that an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off the cliff (Luke 4:16-30).
Shiloh – believed to be the place where the portable shrine Moses built in the wilderness was stationed from the time of the Conquest until the city’s destruction by the Philistines in 1104 BC.
Haelah Valley – The site where David contested Goliath.
Herodion – Herod the Great built built eleven fortresses so he can escape from Jerusalem. Amongst them Herodion, also used as his summer palace. Herod’s tomb was recently discovered at Herodion. Here was also one of the last stronghold of the rebels against the Romans. A must seen site.
Tel Lachish – generally regarded as the second most important city in the southern kingdom of Judah, mentioned in the Bible as Joshua battle against the Cananites, Sennacherib and Nebuchadnezzar.
Ashkelon – Philistines migrated to the coastal plain of Israel 1200 B.C. settled in 5 major cities. Three of these were along the Coastal Highway from Egypt, but due to the sand dunes, only Ashkelon was built on the shore north of Gaza. Tel of Ashkelon is the largest Philistine city and one of the largest tells in all of ancient Israel.
Gamla – “Masada of the North”, famous for its strong resistance against the Romans during the Jewish Revolt in AD 66. The site is built over steep wadis of the Golan Heights, approachable only by one footpath. Here Herod the Great settled Jews to populate his border cities.
Qasar El Yaud – “Castel of the Jews”. Tradition holds that here Jesus was baptized. Today it is well organized Baptismal site.