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11 Day Inspirational Tour | February 24-March 5, 2020
+ Optional Jordan 2 Day Extension
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Join Calvary Chapels On An:
11 Day Inspirational Tour | February 24-March 5, 2020
+ Optional Jordan 2 Day Extension
February 24-March 5, 2020
|Optional Jordan 2 Day Extension
February 22-24, 2020
|*Airfare from Denver included|
Included in Israel
Roundtrip air from Denver including air taxes, 9 nights lodging at Israel hotels, breakfast and dinner daily at hotel, Abrahams Tent lunch, full time professional English speaking tour guide, all entrances as appear on itinerary, transportation in deluxe air conditioned motor coaches, tips to tour guide, driver and hotel staff, whisper devices throughout tour.
Not Included in Israel
8 lunches, travel insurance of 7.25% of tour cost, optional credit card payments (additional 3% of total bill)
Included in Jordan Extension
2 nights lodging at Jordan hotels, breakfast and dinner daily at hotel, full time professional English speaking tour guide, all entrances as appear on itinerary, transportation in deluxe air conditioned motor coaches, tips of $20 for tour guide, driver and hotel staff, Jordan visa and border taxes.
Not Included in Jordan Extension
2 lunches, whisper devices (not permitted in Jordan), travel Insurance of 7.25% of tour cost, optional credit card payments (additional 3% of total bill)
Feb 22: Departure from US
Today we embark on our journey to Jordan & the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight…tomorrow we arrive in Jordan!
Feb 23: Arrive in Amman
We arrive in Amman, Jordan and transfer south to our Petra hotel where we’ll enjoy a restful overnight.
Feb 24: Petra & Machaerus
This morning we begin touring the amazing mountain fortress of Petra, known to be inhabited by the Edomites - the descendants of Esau. 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.
Feb 25: 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.
Day 1: Departure
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
Arrive in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport where we will be met by our Israel tour guide. We travel to our hotel for one night in the coastal area in Tel Aviv. 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
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, Sea of Galilee Cruise
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, Mt of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Gadara & Kursi
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 Sephoris. 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. In Capernaum we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter’s home. We’ll conclude our day with a visit to Gadara & Kursi where the Biblical account of the maniac of Gadara and the demon possessed pigs took place.
Day 6: Jordan Baptism, Gidieon’s Spring, Beth Shean, Dead Sea
We begin our day with an opportunity to be baptized at the Jordan River Baptismal site. We travel southward to Gideon’s Spring located at the foot of Mt. Gilboa where God had Gideon choose 300 men for battle. Next we visit 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,” the Kibbutz system and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We pass ancient Jericho, view from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world, before coming 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, Walls of Jerusalem, Israel Museum
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. 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. An interesting and educational time awaits us at the Israeli Museum. 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.
Day 8: Jesus' Steps, Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Abrahams Tent
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: City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Caiaphas’ House, Temple Institute, Southern Steps, Bethlehem & Herodium
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 enjoy a visit to the Temple Institute before having 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. Our last visit today will be just below the Temple Mount to 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. We conclude our day with a visit to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and the Herodium which was Herod’s summer palace and burial place.
Day 10: Temple Mount, Rabbi Tunnel, Wailing Wall, Garden Tomb, Val. of Elah
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: Home
We transfer to the Tel Aviv airport this morning for our flight home.
Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.