Best of Israel
Join Calvary Chapel Fort Collins on an:
11 Day Inspirational Tour | February 27-March 9, 2023
4-Day Optional Greece Extension | March 9-12, 2023
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Join Calvary Chapel Fort Collins on an:
11 Day Inspirational Tour | February 27-March 9, 2023
4-Day Optional Greece Extension | March 9-12, 2023
February 27-March 9, 2023
|4 Day Greece Extension:
March 9-12, 2023
|*Includes roundtrip airfare from Denver.|
Reservation Due: November 1, 2022
Final Payment Due: December 27, 2022
Included - Israel Tour
Roundtrip air from Denver including air taxes, 9 nights lodging in 4- & 4.5-star hotels, Breakfast and Dinner Daily (Buffet Style), Full-time English-speaking Israeli tour guide, Porterage at Hotel (1 Bag), Whisper Headphone Systems, Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Services of long-distance deluxe motorcoach as appear on itinerary, 1 Group Airport Arrival Transfer / 1 Group Airport Departure Transfer, All entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary, Pilgrim Payment Processing / Including Credit Card Processing
Not Included - Israel Tour
Separate Air Gateways (Available by contacting Pilgrim Tours), Lunches, Additional Private Transfers on Arrival & Departure ($60.00 per person, per transfer), COVID testing and any related expenses, Optional Travel Insurance (7.6% or 10.25% of Tour Cost – Available to US Residence Only)
Included - Extension
One-way flight from Tel Aviv to Athens, 3 nights lodging in 4-star Athens hotels, Breakfast and Dinner Daily (Buffet Style), Full-time English-speaking Greek tour guide, Porterage at Hotel (1 Bag), Whisper Headphone Systems, Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Services of long-distance deluxe motorcoach as appear on itinerary (50 Passenger Maximum Capacity), 1 Group Airport Arrival Transfer / 1 Group Airport Departure Transfer, All entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary, Pilgrim Payment Processing / Including Credit Card Processing
Not Included - Extension
Lunches, Additional Private Transfers on Arrival & Departure ($60.00 per person, per transfer), COVID testing and any related expenses, Optional Travel Insurance (7.6% or 10.25% of Tour Cost – Available to US Residence Only)
Day 1: Departure from US (Feb 27)
Today we embark on our Journey to the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight…tomorrow you will be walking where Jesus walked!
Day 2: Arrive Israel (Feb 28)
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. The time is right for a personal devotional with the sunset over the “Great Sea.” Meet your Israeli guide, enjoy a time of prayer of thanks for safety and the special blessings ahead, a prayer for the people of the "Promised Land," and a good night’s rest.
Day 3: Joppa, Caesarea, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel (March 1)
After breakfast, our touring begins with a visit to Joppa which is an ancient port made famous for it’s Biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon and Peter. Next we travel 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, a film on history and remains of this famous port city, and aqueduct and then journey on 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. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next three nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4: Mt. Arbel, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Banias Falls, Mount Bental, Jesus Boat, Galilee Cruise (March 2)
Following breakfast, we begin our day with a panoramic overview of Galilee from Mt. Arbel. We travel further north 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. Late this afternoon we come to Mount Bental located in the Golan Heights which offers a panoramic view of Syria and Lebanon and an important location in the Yom Kippur war. Returning to the Galilee region we’ll enjoy viewing the ancient Fisherman Boat at an operating Kibbutz, we enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee. A brief scripture reading and devotional on board brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples concluding a wonderful day.
Day 5: Nazareth, Sepphoris, St. Peter’s Fish Lunch, Mt of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum (March 3)
This morning we make our way to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we’ll enjoy a visit to Nazareth Village which is a 1st century re-creation giving us a glimpse as to what life was like during this time. While in Nazareth we’ll make a stop at Mt. Precipice before visiting Sepphoris. Next we enjoy a St. Peter’s Fish Lunch (other selections available) at a restaurant near Capernaum. This afternoon we visit Tabgha which is the possible site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and then the Mount of the Beatitudes overlooking the Sea. We conclude the day with a visit to Capernaum. Here we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter’s home.
Day 6: Beth Shean, Gideon’s Spring, Sachne, Dead Sea (March 4)
This morning we depart Galilee and travel southward to Beit-Shean/Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, 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” and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We’ll also visit Ein Harod Springs and study the amazing victory of Gideon. Next we will visit Sachne, a warm water springs, and we’ll baptize in the pre-Jordan River waters. We pass ancient Jericho, view from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world, before coming to the Jordan River. Later this afternoon we arrive at our lodging for the evening at the Dead Sea – 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.
Day 7: Masada, Ein Gedi, Herodium, Walls of Jerusalem (March 5)
Our day begins with 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. Next we will enjoy a tour of the palace fortress of Herodium, just south of Jerusalem. We arrive in Jerusalem mid afternoon and get dropped off at the Jaffa Gate and walk the walls of Jerusalem ending at the Lions Gate. We check into our hotel which will be our home for the remainder of the tour.
Day 8: Jesus' Steps, Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Abrahams Tent (March 6)
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 and then the Garden of Gethsemane. How many have wished to be whisked back in time to get a glimpse of our Lord or hear His voice if only for a moment? To walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus' prayer and take time for personal reflection is important here. 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. 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. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and St. Ann’s Church. While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led. This afternoon we will take part in the Genesis Land/Dinner in Abraham's Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time: a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, camel ride and authentic food.
Day 9: Upper room, Southern Steps, City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Shiloh (March 7)
Passing by the Protestant Cemetery, we visit the "Upper Room" just outside the Zion Gate where the disciple whom Jesus loved laid his head on His breast and where later Thomas cried, "my Lord & my God." We will enjoy lunch in the Jewish Quarter. After lunch we 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. Next we will visit 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, view new excavations including a typical Israelite four-room house, the lower city wall and the cistern where Jeremiah was imprisoned. A highlight today will be a water walk through the incredible Hezekiah's Tunnel to the pool of Siloam, the place of Jesus' miracle in John 9. This afternoon travel north to the extensive ancient ruins of the Biblical city of Shiloh perched on a mountain. We'll view a film there and have a guided tour of the excavated ruins where the Mosaic Tabernacle once stood for many years, with this structure being the center of Israelite worship. This was also where Samuel the prophet grew up as a child under Eli the High Priest. We return to Jerusalem later this afternoon and enjoy our dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Temple Mount, Rabbi Tunnel, Wailing Wall, Garden Tomb, Valley of Elah (March 8)
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. We’ll enjoy a visit to 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. Before exiting the tunnel we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. The actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study which our guide will explain. 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 and a time of praise. We conclude our day with a visit to the Valley of Elah and then return to Jerusalem for our last dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Depart for Home (March 9)
We transfer to the Tel Aviv airport this morning for our flight home or onto Greece.
Optional 4 Day Greece Extension
Day 11: Depart Israel - Arrive Athens (March 9)
We arrive in Athens and check into our hotel. You will have the remainder of the day free to relax or take a stroll along the streets of Athens to enjoy the flavor of the city. This evening our group will enjoy the first of many delectable European style dinners.
Day 12: Ancient Corinth & Cenchreae (March 10)
We disembark the cruise this morning and travel west with a rest stop and photos at the Corinth Canal. Next, we visit ancient Corinth, the city that inspired many of Paul's most familiar letters and is a highlight for the New Testament scholar. See the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples. To enjoy a devotional in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where Paul preached will enhance your understanding and love for the Bible. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating as we walk along the stone path that the Apostle Paul walked. The engineering skill and intellect of these people are evident in the water systems that still flow from ancient to modern day. Our guide will be sure to show you the room dedicated to the medical care of that period. We travel on to the top of the nearby Acropolis where our guide will speak on the worship practices and point out the bird’s eye view of what was a bustling city of around 800,000 during Paul’s stay. Another important stop is a visit to Diolkos where we view the paved trackway which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth and served as a life line for Corinth. This shortcut allowed ancient vessels to avoid the long and dangerous circumnavigation of the Peloponnese peninsula. Before returning to Athens, we will visit Cenchreae, the ancient port region of Corinth. Acts 18:18 states the Apostle Paul stopped at Cenchreae during his second missionary journey, where he had his hair cut to fulfill a vow.
Day 13: Athens (March 11)
Following breakfast this morning we tour Athens, the foundation of democracy. We visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens atop Mars Hill where Paul stood and preached the truth to the Gentile nation. From atop Mars Hill we view the Agora below, the ancient marketplace and center of Athenian public life. Additional sites viewed during our panoramic bus tour are, the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, and Presidential Palace. An option later this afternoon is a visit to the famous Plaka with a multitude of shops and cafes.
Day 14: Homeward Bound (March 12)
We transfer to the airport for our flight back to the USA.
Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.