Israel Study Tour with Wheaton Academy

January 7-17, 2023

Led by Marshall Holtvluwer
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 07 - Jerusalem : Hezekiah's Tunnel, Western Wall, Davidson Center, Southern Steps, Yad Vashem

posted on Sunday January 15 2023 at 9:00 pm UTC

Today started out in Old Jerusalem, also known as the City of David. We did our morning devotion at a point in the city that could have been, or was very close to, where King David’s palace would have been. As we looked out over the city, we could easily imagine King David looking out over his...

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Day 06 - Galilee: Beth Shean, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea Maritima

posted on Saturday January 14 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

Our first stop of the day was Bet She'an, a city named after the Babylonian god of the moon.  It was a Roman city by culture and existed at the same time as the Jewish village that we saw yesterday. We learned about the Olympic Games which started in 786 BC and lasted until 400 AD, from...

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Day 05 - Galilee: Katzrin, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan

posted on Friday January 13 2023 at 10:00 pm UTC

Today we started out at Katzrin, an Israeli settlement known as the capital of the Golan Heights. We got to see and experience an ancient olive oil press and the students took turns pushing the original stone to grind the olives. We learned how necessary olive oil was to survival, as it was used for...

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Day 04 - Galilee: Galilee Boat Ride, Ancient Boat (Ginosar), Mount Arbel, Tabgha, Capernaum, Chorazin, Mount of Beatitudes

posted on Thursday January 12 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

We arrived last night at the Sea of Galilee and spent today travelling around the area where we visited a variety of locations. After an early breakfast at the hotel, we took a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. The lake is surrounded by hills and mountains and several of the hillsides are covered...

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Day 03 - Wilderness: Ein Gedi, Qumran, Bethany Beyond the Jordan

posted on Wednesday January 11 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

Our first stop today was Ein Gedi national park. Many of us were surprised at just how beautiful the scenery was. Our team was able to do some awesome hiking through the mountains to several waterfalls. We read through 1 Samuel 23 and studied the “cat and mouse game” of David and Saul. It...

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Day 02 - Wilderness: Bedouin Hospitality, Camel Ride, Tel Arad, Masada

posted on Tuesday January 10 2023 at 9:00 pm UTC

Hello from Ein Bokek! We arrived at our beautiful hotel right on the Dead Sea yesterday evening. We started the day by driving through the mountains to an incredible overlook site. From there, we could see Mount Sodom, which is part of the Judean Desert and would have been the region of Sodom and...

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Day 01 - Shephelah: Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Azekah, Bet Guvrin (Bell Caves)

posted on Monday January 09 2023 at 6:00 pm UTC

Good afternoon from Israel! Today was our first full day.  We started with an amazing breakfast at our hotel, full of traditional Israeli foods.  We had a busy day and saw four important sites.     We traveled from our hotel in Neve Ilan, on the outskirts of Jerusalem,...

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Day 00 - Arrival

posted on Sunday January 08 2023 at 10:00 pm UTC

The Wheaton Academy team has arrived safely in Israel! The team is tired, but everyone is in good spirits and have been great travelers so far. We look forward to our first day of touring tomorrow!...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Monday October 31 2022 at 8:00 pm UTC

Our trip will be here before you know it! Once we're on the ground we'll post periodic updates and photos. Check back often or get update notifications using the subscribe options on this page. We'll be sharing our travel experiences online with you, our friends and family, to not only bring you along...

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