Jordan Pre-Tour:
April 15 – 18, 2018

Day 1 – Sunday, April 15, 2018: Departure
Our journey begins this evening as we board our overnight flight to Jordan.

Day 2 – Monday, April 16, 2018: Arrival Jordan
We arrive in Jordan, a country rich in Paleolithic remains, holding evidence of inhabitance by Homo erectus, Neanderthal and modern humans.

Day 3 – Tuesday, April 17, 2018: Petra
This morning we travel to the mountain fortress of Petra, an archaeological site built in 300 B.C. We begin our tour of Petra with a walk through the "Siq," an immense, narrow crack in the rock, to the city carved out of pink sandstone. The Treasury, El Khazneh, is one of the most elegant remains of antiquity. Beyond El Khazneh, we are surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra's carved and built structures. We then travel on the ancient King's Highway dotted with many historic and Biblical sites back to Amman.

Day 4 – Wednesday, April 18, 2018: Mt Nebo, Madaba, Tel Aviv
Our morning tour begins in the town of Madaba, the biblical Medeba, best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. At the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, we view the earliest surviving mosaic map of the Holy Land. Mt. Nebo, believed to be the site of the tomb of Moses, commands a spectacular view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. As we travel west, we view the Plains of Moab, the area at which the tribes of Israel camped before crossing the Jordan and picture the place where Jesus was baptized. Crossing back into Israel, we drive to Tel Aviv area with the remainder of the afternoon free.

Israel 9 Day Tour
April 17 – 25, 2018

Day 1 – Tuesday, April 17, 2018: Departure
Today we embark on our Journey to the Holy Land. Get some rest on the flight. Tomorrow you will begin exploring this ancient land.

Day 2 – Wednesday, April 18, 2018: Arrive Israel
Arrive in Israel and travel northward to our hotel for one night in the coastal area near Tel Aviv. The remainder of the day is free to walk along the Mediterranean, relax, and have dinner. You’ll meet your guide and prepare for the upcoming adventure.

Day 3 – Thursday, April 19, 2018: Caesarea, Megiddo & Nazareth
We travel along the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where Gentiles heard the gospel from Peter. We’ll see the Roman amphitheater and aqueduct and head to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab. Next we go to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. We drive through Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we visit the Nazareth Village - a recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides. Our lodging for the next two nights is on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 4 – Friday, April 20, 2018: Capernaum, Caesarea Philippi & Mount of Beatitudes
Our morning travels take us to Caesarea Philippi, a place of pagan sacrifice, the site of Peter’s Confession and where Jesus commissioned the disciples. In Capernaum we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter’s home. Then we travel on to the site of the loaves and fishes and the Mount of the Beatitudes. After viewing the ancient Fisherman Boat at an operating Kibbutz, we enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 5 – Saturday, April 21, 2018: Jordan River Baptism Site, Beth Shean, Jericho & Dead Sea
We begin at the Jordan River where some may choose to be baptized. Next we travel to Beit-Shean / Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel. Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied. The Philistines hanged Saul and his sons’ bodies on the walls of Beit-Shean, and archaeologists have uncovered ruins of the Roman/Byzantine Scythopolis. During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was part of the Decapolis - a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government. We’ll see the agricultural restoration of the “Land of Milk and Honey” and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We’ll go to Jericho, the site of Herod's winter palace, Zaccheus' sycamore tree, and Elisha's Spring. We’ll see Tel Jericho and the remains of fallen walls and view the Mount of Temptation where Satan tempted Jesus. We’ll overnight at the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth. You can enjoy a dip in the Dead Sea and visit the resort’s spa.

Day 6 – Sunday, April 22, 2018: Masada, Ein Gedi, Abraham's Tent
We’ll take a cable car ride to the top of Masada, the site of the zealots’ last stand. We’ll then proceed to an overlook of Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat," an oasis famous for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul. This afternoon we’ll enjoy the Genesis Land/Dinner in Abraham's Tent, where we take a trip back in time: a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, and authentic food. We’ll spend the next three nights in Jerusalem.

Day 7 – Monday, April 23, 2018: Jesus' Steps, the Last Days
Today we begin the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. We see from a distance the Judgment Hall of Pilate. We can almost hear those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. Our group will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and St. Ann’s Church. This evening following dinner we have an optional visit to the Friends of Zion Museum.

Day 8 – Tuesday, April 24, 2018: Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb, Pentecost
While passing along parts of the Via Dolorosa, we will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led. Our climax of the day is the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection with communion. This afternoon we view the Southern Wall Excavations, the main entrance for the commoners, while the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers. It is likely that this is the where Peter stood and preached on the Day of Pentecost. Those who wish may stay in the city marketplace for shopping, while others may choose to spend the remainder of the day with a visit to Bethlehem where we will visit the Church of the Nativity, Shepherd Fields and Solomon’s Pools.

Day 9 – Wednesday, April 25, 2018: Home
A very early morning departure for the Tel Aviv Airport for our flight homeward will allow for arrival home by early afternoon.

Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.

Land Only Price Per Person:

Airfare Included Price Per Person:

Israel Only: $1,649.00

Single Supplement: $599.00

Israel & Jordan: $2,188.00

Single Supplement: $698.00

Israel Only: $3,239.00

Single Supplement: $599.00

Israel & Jordan: $3,673.00

Single Supplement: $698.00

Information & Reservations:

Carolyn Snowbarger | carolynsnowbarger@gmail.com | 970-318-3510

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Tour pricing is based on double occupancy.

Included
Roundtrip air from Denver including air taxes, 7 or 9 nights lodging at four star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily at hotel, full time professional English speaking tour guide, all entrances as appear on itinerary, baggage handling at hotels (1 Bag), tips to guides, drivers and hotel staff, transportation in deluxe air conditioned motor coaches.

Not Included
All lunches & drinks with meals, border taxes and Jordan Visa – currently $60.00 (for Jordan extension), optional travel insurance, optional credit card payments (additional 3% of total bill)