Cairn Tours

Israel Study Tour

March 4-16, 2019

Trip Leaders: Dr. & Mrs. Edgar Hardesty

Cost: Starting at $4,150 (includes all air travel and accommodations*) 

Israel Group Shot

  • Trace the ministry of Jesus and the disciples from Galilee to Jerusalem
  • Visit many of the Old and New Testament locations mentioned in your Bible
  • Explore ancient ruins of Israelite, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine eras
  • Climb and investigate Masada, Ein Gedi, Gamala, and the Arbel Cliffs overlooking the Sea of Galilee
  • Dig in the bell caves of Guvrin at an ongoing archaeological dig site
  • Experience the old yet new city of Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, the City of David, Calvary, and the Garden Tomb
  • Learn from on-site teaching by professors and local tour guides

Tour Itinerary

Day One: Monday, March 4 – Cairn/Newark/Tel Aviv                                             

Depart from Cairn and the USA for Israel.


Day Two: Tuesday, March 5 – Tel-Aviv/Plain of Sharon

We will arrive in the late afternoon at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel-Aviv, Israel.  See ancient Joppa on our way to The Ramada Hotel in Netanya on the Mediterranean Sea.


Day Three: Wednesday, March 6 – Plain of Sharon/Jezreel/Sea of Galilee

Explore the Roman city of Caesarea, visit Mukraka where Elijah faced the false prophets on Mt. Carmel, enjoy a Middle Eastern lunch in a Druze village, and view Megiddo and its prophetic landscape. Next we will visit Nazareth Village and the Hill of the Precipice for a spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley. Spend the next three nights at an Israeli kibbutz near the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee.


Day Four: Thursday, March 7 – Sea of Galilee/Golan Heights/Hula Basin

Begin the day with a spectacular view of the Sea of Galilee from the Golan Heights, then hike at Gamla (the Masada of the North). We will see Syria and Lebanon on our way to Caesarea Philippi, and walk through the ruins at Tel Dan.


Day Five: Friday, March 8 – Sea of Galilee

Visit Mount Arbel descending its cliffs on foot. See sites around the Sea of Galilee (Kursi, Capernaum, Tabgha, the first century boat) along with a memorable boat ride on the Sea. The day ends with a walk to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus taught.


Day Six: Saturday, March 9 – Sea of Galilee/Jordan Valley/Dead Sea

Begin the day with a drink from Gideon’s spring at En Harod; explore the vast ruins at Beth Shean, then travel down the Jordan Valley to the caves of Qumran. End the day at our hotel to float in the Dead Sea and relax in the spa.


Day Seven: Sunday, March 10 – Dead Sea

Begin the day with a sunrise service on the shore of the Dead Sea. Ascend Masada by cable car or foot to investigate the historic site.  Hike in the refreshing En Gedi Nature Reserve where David fled from Saul.


Day Eight: Monday, March 11 – Dead Sea/Shephelah/Jerusalem

Depart the Dead Sea for the Shephelah.  Experience our own dig in the chalk caves at Bet Guvrin National Park.  Travel through the Valley of Elah (Goliath’s defeat) to Azekah. Travel up to Jerusalem, and conclude the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial.  After dinner take an inspiring walk to the Western Wall.


Day Nine: Tuesday, March 12 – Jerusalem

Enter the Old City through Zion Gate; visit the Jewish Quarter, the Broad Wall, tour the Davidson Museum and Southern Temple Mount, the City of David excavations, with an optional trek through Hezekiah’s tunnel ending at the Pool of Siloam. After dinner take a walk to the shopping area at Zion Square and Ben Yehuda Street.


Day Ten: Wednesday, March 13 – Jerusalem

Begin the day at the Wadi Qelt overlook and then have lunch with Abraham overlooking the wilderness of Judea. Visit Herod’s fortress, the Herodium, and return to Jerusalem. There will be free time after dinner for last minute shopping and touring.


Day Eleven: Thursday, March 14 – Jerusalem

See a magnificent panorama of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives, the Dome of the Ascension.  Descend to the Garden of Gethsemane. See the Pool of Bethesda and St. Anne’s along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  Conclude with the Lord’s Supper at the Garden Tomb.


Day Twelve: Friday, March 15 – Jerusalem/Tel-Aviv

Tour through the Rabbinic Tunnel adjacent to the Temple Wall. Visit the Jerusalem Model, the Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls) and the Israel Museum, and then head east to the Judean Wilderness and. We will be returning to the Mt. Zion hotel for a time of testimony and our last dinner together in the Land.


Day Thirteen: Saturday, March 16 – Tel-Aviv/Philadelphia

An early morning departure for our return flight arriving in the USA early Saturday evening.

Cost: $4,150 (double occupancy)

Single Occupancy Supplement: $1,290.00 (costs subject to change)

A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot due by December 1, 2018. 

Final payment is due January 15, 2019.

Absolute cancellation deadline with full refund of deposit: January 15, 2019.

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For more information or to make your reservation, call Edgar Hardesty at 215.702.4357 or email

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