For ancient and religious history buffs, a trip to the Holy Land is a dream come true. One gets to retrace the steps of bygone biblical heroes while viewing the changes that modern society inevitably brings to an area. The three main ways that visitors decide to tour the famous landmarks include going solo, joining a bus tour or chartering a private tour. Here are some of the challenges and benefits for each choice.
Solo travel offers a measure of independent touring that is unlike any other sightseeing trip. By getting lost in the various towns and countryside villages, visitors see the country from a unique perspective. While this is an exciting way to travel for the country's more experienced visitors, new visitors are likely to find guided tours more enlightening.
New visitors traveling solo are sure to miss some of the great landmarks and the deeper explanations of their significance that guided tours bring. For example, those that sign up for bus tours of the holy-land will definitely see many of the popularly advertised locations. Visitors travelling with those types of tours see many famous sites in a day, but the information that bus tour guides provide about the sites is often limited because of time and logistical constraints.
Visitors who want to see both the famous holy land sites as well as some of the obscure ones hire professional tour guides for their once in a lifetime journey. A local private tour guide like Ori Stern brings his years of education and experience to each tour. Upon initial contact with clients, Ori helps visitors put together an exciting itinerary that matches their interests, passions and expectations of this legendary locale.
Special Tour Sites of the Holy Land
Although professional tour guides like Ori Stern can arrange to conduct large bus tours, they specialize in conveying smaller groups on comprehensive tours that include sightseeing, dining and entertainment. Popular tours always include the ancient capital city of Jerusalem, the book of Enoch landmark Mount Hermon, Bethlehem and Nazareth. However, Ori's sense of adventure takes his tours to the next level as he invites visitors to explore other lesser known yet biblically significant areas.
The Sea of Galilee is the setting of many of the gospel writings adhered to by some within the Christian community because Yahushua (also known by the gentile name Jesus) and his disciples spent much of their time living and working in that area. Ori, who has extensive personal knowledge of the area and a graduate degree in Israeli Studies, candidly relays geographic, historic and modern facts about the famous fresh water source and its surrounding cities.
Capernaum is just one of the cities that surrounds the Sea of Galilee where Yahushua imparted much wisdom through his teachings and parables. Sitting on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, it was always known as a choice location as it prospered throughout ancient times. A tour of the city with Ori uncovers landmarks like the town's synagogue, ancient architecture and other historical facts about the city that witnessed many of Yahushua's miraculous works according to biblical history.
Tabgha is another Galilean town where Ori takes his tour groups to explore the past and marvel at the present. Traditionally, Tabgha is known as the place where Yahushua multiplied bread and fish to feed the multitudes who came to hear him teach. A visit to the beautiful area by the sea serves to inspire many with faith and hope.
Palestine or Israel: What's in a Name?
The modern name for the geographic area known biblically as the land of Canaan is a politically charged issue that may have ancient roots itself. The debate is kept continuously fueled by Palestinians, Israelis, and their supporters alike. The reason for this becomes evident when one realizes that names of people and places have significance and tell a story, and story telling is one of Ori's passions. Here are some points he'll share about the origins of the country's name.
The Most High called Abraham out of idolatry when he lived in what would be Chaldea or ancient Babylon. He was obedient to the call and faithful in his service of the spirit that proved himself to be the Creator of all things. The Creator had given specific instructions to all people about how to live and prosper on His earth. However, the Canaanites paid no attention to the divine ordinances and rebelled.
The Creator told his servant Abraham that the land of Canaan would be given to his descendants after a long period of tribulation and bondage in Egypt. The Creator had seen the wickedness of the Canaanites and knew that once their rebellion had reached its peak, he would send in his army to destroy the Canaanites living in the area from what is now known as the Nile to the Euphrates rivers.
Fast forward four generations. Abraham sired Isaac of Sarah his wife, and Isaac begot Jacob of his wife Rebecca. Although both Isaac and Jacob had older brothers, the Most High appeared to the younger brothers and bestowed the promise of the land to their descendants...forever. The covenant promise was given to Jacob in the sacred place of Bethel (where Ori is sure to visit). After communicating the promise to his servant Jacob, the Most High changed Jacob's name to Israel according to Genesis 35:10-12.
Jacob had twelve sons and a daughter; their descendants, which the Most High scattered abroad to this day because they broke the covenant according to Deuteronomy 28, will inherit the land as a permanent habitation when the Most High gathers them together again according to Ezekiel 28:25,26.
Many believe the name Palestine is derived from the ancient name of the Philistines. According to Genesis 10:6-14, the Philistines were descendants of Mizraim (ancient name for Egyptians) through his son Casluhim. Mizraim was a son of Ham. The Philistines were a Hamitic people according to the scriptures, and the Most High allowed them to remain in the land after Yahushua son of Nun's conquest of Canaan because they were not Canaanite; they only lived near their Canaanite cousins.
The land of Canaan has seen many conquerors since the time of David's famous show down with the Philistine giant Goliath. Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, and the British occupied the territory at different times in history; since there were no mandates against intermarriage, modern people may never fully grasp who the people known as Palestinians really are.
Visitors who hire a private tour guide like Ori have the freedom to delve into interesting topics and discussions such as these while seeing the physical locations in real-time. Contact Ori today to take part in these historically inspired adventures.