Gombo Tours Holy Land Tour

July 2014 – Group from Tanzania.

On July 8, 2014 16 people from Tanzania arrived in Israel for a 9 day agriculture and pilgrimage group tour of the Holy Land.

Upon arrival the group was transferred to Tiberias. After checking in to their hotel and resting for a while they visited Kibbutz Shaar Hagolan to see the poultry farming on the Kibbutz.

The next day began with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes which is where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount. They continued on to Beresheet which is a company that harvests and markets fruit. They enjoyed a guided tour by a professional and experienced team of agronomists, packing house workers and marketing staff. In the afternoon the group learned about fish farming at Kibbutz Dafna.

Day three began with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee which took them to Ginnosar where they saw the 2,000 year-old Jesus Boat, Tabgha and Capernaum. Next on the agenda was a visit to Afimilk Dairy Farm to learn about technologies in dairy farming. A perfect way to end this day was a baptism service at Yardenit Baptism site on the shores of the Jordan River.

The fourth day started with a visit to the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus, followed by a visit to the Nazareth home of Mary as well as a visit to the Church of Annunciation, site of Virgin Mary’s encounter with Angel Gabriel and also the workshop of St. Joseph. Then they continued on to Cana, the site of the first miracle, after which they proceeded to Muhraka on Mt. Carmel where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal. From there the group passed by Megiddo (Armageddon) a town that dates back to 2500 BC. This was followed by a drive through Tel Aviv before ascending to Jerusalem, the City of God.

After Breakfast on the fifth day the group drove to Bethlehem to visit the Shepherds Fields as well as the birthplace of Jesus marked by the Basilica of the Church of Nativity and Milk Grotto. They then drove back to Jerusalem to visit the Upper Room at Mount Zion, the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) at the Temple Mount.

In the morning of day six they drove to Igudan which is the Dan Regions Association of Towns for Sewage and Environmental Issues and which assigns great importance to promoting and fostering environmental issues in the community. Igudan’s Visitors Center is located in the city of Rishon Lezion with an educational-ecological center that is committed to expanding environmental education and it was here that they experienced an interactive experience that combined educational films, a simulation of an underground pipe and an introduction to the water cycling process.

Day seven started by driving to Kibbutz Almog for a tour about growing crops in high salinity ground and a visit to the Green houses, Net houses and Date growing. They then continued to Jericho, the oldest city in the world, where they ascended the mount of Temptation by cable car. They then drove along the Jordan River to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls (the scrolls of Ezekiel) were discovered. Later they had the opportunity to swim in the healing waters of the Dead Sea.

The eighth day of the group’s tour was exciting as they began with a visit to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem. They then followed in the footsteps of Jesus on the Palm Sunday path to the Garden of Gethsemane, Palace of Caiaphas, Via Dolorosa – Damascus Gate (Way of the Cross), St Anne’s Church – Ecce Homo, Golgotha (Church of the Holy Sepulcher) after which they continued to visit St. Peter of Gallicantu.

On Day nine which was the last day of their tour they visited the ancient Port City of Jaffa and then drove along the Mediterranean Coast to Caesarea for a visit of the Roman Amphitheatre and Aqueduct. This was followed by dinner before their transport to the airport for the flight home.

This was a most successful tour and we look forward to welcoming more groups from Tanzania.

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