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Price Per person double occupancy

Date Price Single
Supplement
March 26-April 5, 2019 $3,199* $695
Optional Jordan Extension
January 26-29, 2019
$699 $125
*Airfare from Newark included

Included - Israel

Airfare from Newark including air taxes, 9 nights lodging at first class Israel hotels, buffet breakfast and dinner daily, full time English speaking Israel tour guide, services of long distance deluxe motor coach, all entrances as appear on itinerary, tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff.


Not Included - Israel

All lunches, optional travel insurance- 6.5% or 8.7% of tour cost, optional credit card payments (additional 3% of total bill)


Included - Jordan Extension

2 nights lodging at a first class Jordan hotel, buffet breakfast and dinner daily at hotel, full time English speaking Jordan tour guide, services of long distance deluxe motor coach, all entrances as appear on itinerary, tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Jordan visa and border taxes, VIP Israel border crossing


Not Included - Jordan Extension

2 lunches, optional travel insurance- 6.5% or 8.7% of tour cost, optional credit card payments (additional 3% of total bill)

Jordan 2 Day Pre-Tour Extension: January 26-28, 2019


Jan 26: Departure from US

Today we embark on our journey to Jordan and Israel. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight, for tomorrow we arrive in Jordan!


Jan 27: Arrive in Amman

We arrive in Amman, Jordan and transfer south to our Petra hotel where we’ll enjoy a restful overnight.


Jan 28: Petra, Machaerus

This morning we begin touring the amazing mountain fortress of Petra, known to be inhabited by the Edomites who were the descendants of Esau. We will begin the tour with a walk through the "Siq," an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone, to the city of Petra carved out of the rose red rock. 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’ll have some free time to explore the ancient ruins of Petra on our own this morning before we head northward and travel along the Kings Highway to Machaerus. Machaerus is the fortified hilltop palace of Herod the Great where John the Baptist was imprisoned and where his infamous execution took place. Late this afternoon, we return to Amman for our dinner and overnight.


Jan 29: Mt. Nebo, Cross into Israel

This morning we travel to Mt. Nebo, believed to be the site of the tomb of Moses, and commands a spectacular view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Study the panorama as we read the scripture of God showing Moses the "Promised Land" before He brought him home to heaven. As we travel west toward the Allenby Bridge, we view to the north the Plains of Moab, the area where the tribes of Israel camped before crossing the Jordan and picture the place where Jesus was baptized. Crossing the Jordan River into Israel, we drive to our hotel along the Mediterranean Sea where we’ll meet up with the rest of our group and enjoy a welcome dinner together.


The Best of Israel 11 Day Tour: January 28-February 7, 2019


Jan 28: Departure from US

Today we embark on our journey to Israel. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight, for tomorrow you will be in the nation where a majority of the Bible took place.


Jan 29: Arrive in Israel

We arrive in Israel and transfer to our hotel where we’ll enjoy our dinner and overnight.


Jan 30: Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo

This morning we travel north along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre, hippodrome, and remains of this famous port city and aqueduct. After a stop for lunch, we travel to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Next, we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. At Megiddo, we will walk through the first ancient water tunnel of our tour. We arrive in our hotel this afternoon with time to rest, take time to reflect, and prepare for three days around the Sea of Galilee.


Jan 31: Mt. Arbel, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Chorazin

After breakfast, we enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Galilee region from atop Mt. Arbel where we can view the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights. From here we’ll be able to see the different areas of Christ’s ministry. Our day is spent visiting Bethsaida, Chorazin and Capernaum, which form what has been called the "evangelical triangle," because most of Jesus’ miracles in Galilee were performed in these cities. Of special interest are the ruins of a 1st century synagogue in Chorazin, Peter’s home in Capernaum.


Feb 1: Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Sea of Galilee

Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship and Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s confession. We will drive to the Golan Heights and see the area often referred to as “the other side of the lake” in the Gospels. We will end the day at the Sea of Galilee, viewing a fishing boat from the first century and enjoying a relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee.


Feb 2: Beth Shean, Bethany, Qumran, Dead Sea

This morning we visit Beth-Shean/ Scythopolis which is the most magnificent archeological site in Israel and located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied throughout history. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Gilboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit-Shean. During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis - a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government. Following the fertile Jordan Valley southward, your guide will point out the agricultural restoration of the “Land of Milk and Honey,” the Kibbutz system and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We pass ancient Jericho, viewing from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world, and then come to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, where Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan, as well as the area where Joshua led the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Next, we visit Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Our lodging for the evening is at the Dead Sea, which is the lowest place on earth. Spend time in the special spa and enjoy a dip in the Dead Sea for a relaxing float before dinner.


Feb 3: Masada, Ein Gedi, Mount of Olives

Our day begins with a hike or a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand. Afterwards we proceed to Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat," an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. We then will enter Jerusalem, the city God chose. We will visit the Mount of Olives and hike the road down to the Garden of Gethsemane. Our lodging for the next four nights will be just outside the Old City of Jerusalem.


Feb 4: City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Israel Museum

Conditions permitting, we will visit the Temple Mount, with commentary on the Temple Periods, and the variety of belief systems past and present, that make this area so valuable. Just outside the Dung Gate on the southeastern hill below the Temple Mount is the City of David. It was during the time of Solomon that the city limits extended past this part of Jerusalem. We visit Gihon Springs, the original water source for Jerusalem, and view new excavations including a typical Israelite four-room house, and the lower city wall. A highlight today will be a walk through the incredible Hezekiah's Tunnel to the pool of Siloam, the place of Jesus' miracle in John 9. An interesting and educational time awaits us at the Israeli Museum. Walk through collections of centuries old Israeli artifacts, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a then a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem will help to prepare you for what you will experience in the following days.


Feb 5: Jesus' Steps, the Last Days, Pentecost

Today we walk where Jesus walked; beginning the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives. Next we visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was beaten and spit upon. See a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned. On our way into the city we will visit the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply, and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. We move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. We will also visit the Southern Wall Excavations. This southern side of The Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas 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 who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is the place that Peter stood and preached and where thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost.


Feb 6: Garden Tomb, Herodium, Solomon’s Quarry

We will talk about two primary theories of the location of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our climax of the day is the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection. This afternoon we enjoy a visit to the Herodium outside of Jerusalem. The Herodium was a man-made mountain fortress that towered over the Shepherds Fields and Bethlehem and was often the personal retreat of Herod. We’ll take time to explore the ruins and the underground cisternsbefore returning to Jerusalem. After an early dinner we transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for our overnight flight home.


Feb 7: Home

We arrive home today.


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