Best of Israel with Petra
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11 Day Inspirational Tour | May 2-12, 2023
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11 Day Inspirational Tour | May 2-12, 2023
|May 2-12, 2023||$4,209*||$1,050|
|*Includes roundtrip airfare from LAX & MEX.|
Reservation Due: January 20, 2023
Final Payment Due: March 3, 2023
Roundtrip airfare from LAX & MEX including taxes and fees (air taxes and fuel surcharges are subject to change), 9 nights lodging in 4-star hotels, Breakfast and Dinner Daily, Full-time tour guides in Israel & Jordan (Eduardo Zipertfal (Spanish-speaking) – Israel / TBA – Jordan), Porterage at Hotel (1 Bag), Israel Exit Tax, Jordan Visa, Whisper Headphone Systems (Israel Only, Distributed Upon Arrival), 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 guides, entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary, Pilgrim Payment Processing for check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover
Lunches and drinks with meals, Testing for COVID-19 or any other related expenses, Additional Private Transfers on Arrival & Departure ($60.00 per person, per transfer), Optional Travel Insurance – 7.6% or 10.25% of total tour cost (US Residents Only)
Day 1: Departure from US (May 2)
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 (May 3)
Arrive in Israel late this evening and travel northward to our hotel for one night in the coastal area near Tel Aviv. Meet your Israeli guide and have a briefing en-route to the hotel. Upon arrival we check in and immediately head to bed in preparation for our touring day tomorrow.
Day 3: Caesarea, Sepphoris, Mt. Arbel (May 4)
After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach 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 the 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. Following lunch, we travel through the Jezreel Valley and past the area of Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. As are trek continues towards the Galilee we visit the ancient city of Sepphoris also known as the birth place of the Virgin Mary. Our final stop of the day is atop Mt. Arbel. From here we have a panoramic overview of the Galilee below highlighting key locations of Christ’s Ministry, giving us great preparation for the next two days. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4: Capernaum, Hazor, Caesarea Philippi & Mount of Beatitudes (May 5)
Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites. We have a stop in Hazor, one of the largest biblical cities of ancient Canaan. We also visit Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession. Upon returning south we experience the St. Peter’s Fish lunch before visiting nearby Capernaum where we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter’s home. Then we travel on to Chorazin and the Mount of the Beatitudes overlooking the Sea. After 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: Jordan River Baptism Sites, Shiloh, Beth Shean, Dead Sea (May 6)
We begin our day with an opportunity to be baptized at the Jordan River Baptismal site. Next, we continue south to Shiloh, a location used by Moses for the conquest of the promise land. We travel eastward 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. Our lodging for the evening is 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 6: Masada, Ein Gedi, Afternoon Dead Sea Free Day (May 7)
This morning we begin 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. We then proceed north 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 spend the rest of the day traveling south to Eilat. We arrive in Eilat along the shores of the Red Sea. We check into our hotel followed by free time to enjoy the beachfront. We have dinner and overnight this evening in Eilat.
Day 7: Day Trip to Petra (May 8)
This morning we arise early and upon completing passport formalities we enter the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. We meet our Jordanian guide and immediately travel north along the Kings Highway to visit Jordan’s historic treasure, Petra. Walk through the “Siq,” an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone, to the city of Petra. 2000 years ago the Nabateans carved a city out of the rose red rock and 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. After a full day exploring the site, we return south and re-enter Israel for dinner and overnight in our Eilat Hotel.
Day 8: Herodium, Beit Guvrin, Abraham's Tent (May 9)
This morning we arise and travel north across southern Israel to the Herodium. Constructed over a small pre-existing hill, the Herodium was a fortress for Herod to quickly flee to from Jerusalem. We continue west to Maresha, one of the cities of Judea during the time of the First Temple and is mentioned among the conquests of the ancient Israelites in the Book of Joshua and later in the Books of Chronicles as one of King Rehoboam's fortifications. Today Maresha is part of the Israeli national park of Beit Guvrin. Many of the ancient city's olive presses, columbariums and water cisterns can still be seen. During our visit we gain firsthand experience as we participate in the Archaeological Excavation on site. 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. Our lodging for the next three nights will be in Jerusalem.
Day 9: Around Jerusalem, Bible Times (May 10)
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. Before exiting the tunnel we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. 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. Following 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. Our last visit of the day takes us west of Jerusalem to view the possible location of Emmaus where Jesus appeared to two disciples, and Gibeon where the Lord appeared to King Solomon before he built the Temple.
Day 10: Jesus' Steps, Last Days, Way of Suffering, Burnt House, Garden Tomb (May 11)
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. 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." While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering. We make our way to the well known Burnt House, to learn through a multi-media presentation, on the destruction of the temple by the Romans. The 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.
Day 11: Depart for Home (May 12)
An 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.