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Price Per person double occupancy

Date Price Single
Supplement
Israel Only
September 16-27
$3,949* $775
Jordan Extension
September 27-30
$899 $200
*Includes air from Portland
Land Only Discount: $1,600 (For those that make their own flight arrangements)

Included

Roundtrip air from Portland including current air taxes and fuel surcharges (taxes and fuel charges are subject to change), 9 or 12 nights lodging at 4 star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, 2 lunches, full time English speaking tour escorts, services of air conditioned deluxe motor coach, all guides, entrances, touring and transportation as appears on itinerary, baggage handling at hotels (one piece), tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Jordan Visa


Not Included

7 or 10 lunches, optional travel insurance (7.25% or 9.8% of tour cost)

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

Late night arrival in Israel where you meet your guide and travel northward to our hotel for one night in the coastal area of Netanya. 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: Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, and Megiddo

Sleep in today or enjoy a morning walk along the Mediterranean beach. After a late 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 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 Galilee.


Day 4: Cana, Nazareth, Magdala

We drive to Cana to visit the church that celebrates Jesus first miracle of turning water into wine. We continue to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. Here we visit the Nazareth Village, a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides and Mt Precipice where the people of Nazareth attempted to push him off the cliffside. This is followed by a visit to Magdala, home town of Mary Magdalene. The recent excavation of the First Century Synagogue and well preserved village makes Magdala one of the most interesting Biblical sites in Israel. We end the day with a climb up Mt. Arbel for a scenic overview of the Galilee region.


Day 5: Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee Boat Ride

Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of alternative sacrifice and Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession and pagan worship. We enjoy an included lunch of St. Peter’s fish (other selections available). We visit the possible site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes in Bethsaida and the Mount of the Beatitudes. In Capernaum we view the excavations of the seaside village and Peter’s home. We then visit the ancient Fisherman Boat followed by 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.


Day 6: Jordan River Baptism Site, Beth Shean, & Dead Sea

We begin our day with the opportunity to be baptized at the Jordan River Baptismal site. Next we 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 pass ancient Jericho and view from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world. To the east of Jericho along the Jordan River Valley (Qasr El Yahud) is the Israeli side of Bethany Beyond the Jordan. In this area Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan, as well as where the children of Israel, led by Joshua, entered the Promised Land. 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 7: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Scrolls, Abraham's Tent

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 visit Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. 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 for a late lunch. Our lodging for the next five nights will be in Jerusalem.


Day 8: Jesus’s Last Days, Bible Times

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." 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. Ascending up to the Jewish Quarter we see the gold Menorah built for the next Temple, a wall built by King Hezekiah, and the Roman Cardo and visit the Temple Institute and the Burnt House,. The rest of our day is at Mt. Zion to see David’s Tomb, and the first Church Grotto. We then walk to visit David’s Citadel and go inside to climb the tower for a view of Old Jerusalem and to see the remains of Herod’s palace and possible place of Pilate’s trial of Jesus. At the end of the touring day you will have the option to visit the Friends of Zion Museum. It presents a technologically advanced, interactive experience that tells the story of the dream of restoration of the Jewish people to their historic homeland and the brave non-Jews who assisted them in realization of that dream. Those that are tired can go directly back to the hotel instead and skip the Friends of Zion Museum.


Day 9: Jesus' Steps

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. Next 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. Next we visit the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and St. Ann’s Church. Make sure to bring your singing voices to experience the acoustics at St. Ann’s Church. This afternoon 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. While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering along with a possible visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for those that choose to wait in line. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led and the actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study.


Day 10: Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, Bethlehem

An interesting and educational time awaits us today at the Israeli Museum. Walk through collections of century’s old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and then a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem. This model will help put into perspective all that you have seen over the previous days touring. We continue with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, for a needed reminder of what the Jews have suffered as a people. Those who wish may stay in the city marketplace for shopping, while others may choose to spend the remainder of the day surrounding the birth of Christ with a visit to Bethlehem. This evening we have the option to enjoy a special lecture by a local believer prior to dinner, giving us a perspective of Messianic life in Israel.


Day 11: City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Garden Tomb

Those doing the Israel only tour will check out of the hotel this morning. Our guide will take us to an overview of the city from the hillside overlooking Jerusalem and the Gehenna Valley. This meaningful teaching time will bring together the many things that you have seen to date. We continue our sightseeing just outside the Dung Gate on the southeastern hill below the Temple Mount in 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, and the lower city wall. A highlight will be a water walk through the incredible Hezekiah's Tunnel to the pool of Siloam, the place of Jesus' miracle in John 9. Those that choose to can walk through the sewer tunnel from the City of David into the Old City area. 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. There will be some free time for shopping or exploration in Jerusalem. We will have a farewell dinner and then those Israel only will transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for a late night flight departure.


Day 12: Home

Arrive home today.


Optional Jordan Extension:


Day 12: Jerash, Amman

We cross from Israel to Jordan. We travel to Jerash, one of the best preserved and most complete provincial Roman cities. Jerash, Gerasa of Roman Times, was one of the cities of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Graeco-Roman cities dating from the 1st century BC situated in Jordan, Syria and Israel. Known as the Pompeii of the East for its extraordinary state of preservation, the ruins indicate human occupations at this location for more than 2,500 years. We travel to Amman to visit the old Roman Citadel and the Archeological Museum. Overnight in Amman.


Day 13: Petra

Today we travel south towards Petra. Our first stop today will be at the hilltop palace/fortress of Machaerus, where John the Baptist was beheaded. We arrive at the amazing mountain fortress of Petra. This is 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 Nabatean 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. Overnight in Petra.


Day 14: Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Jerusalem

Our morning tour begins in the town of Madaba, the biblical Medeba, 30 kilometers south of Amman. Madaba is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and 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. 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 have dinner at a local restaurant and then transfer to the Tel Aviv airport.


Day 15: Home

A very early morning departure for the Tel Aviv Airport for our flight homeward.


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