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Join the Church Partnership Group on an:
11 Day Tour | March 25 – April 4, 2022
+ Optional 5-Day Jordan & Egypt Extension: April 4 - 8, 2022
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Join the Church Partnership Group on an:
11 Day Tour | March 25 – April 4, 2022
+ Optional 5-Day Jordan & Egypt Extension: April 4 - 8, 2022
March 25 – April 4, 2022
|Jordan & Egypt Extension
April 4 - 8, 2022
|*Land Only (Airfare not included). Minimum of 20 passengers. Multiple air gateway options available. Contact Pilgrim Tours.|
Reservation Due: December 6, 2021
Final Payment Due: January 10, 2022
Included - Main Tour
9 nights lodging in 4- & 4.5-star hotels, Breakfast and Dinner Daily (Buffet Style) / Lunch in Jericho, 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 guides, entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary
Not Included - Main Tour
Air flight services, Lunches (not listed), 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), Optional Credit Card Payments (Additional 3% of total bill)
Included - Extension
One-way flight from Amman, Jordan to Cairo, Egypt, 4 nights lodging in 4.5-star hotels, Breakfast and Dinner Daily (Buffet Style), Full-time English-speaking Jordan & Egypt tour guides, Porterage at Hotel (1 Bag), Israel Exit Border Taxes / Jordan Visa (US & Canadian Citizens Only), Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Services of long-distance deluxe motorcoach as appear on itinerary, 1 Group Airport Departure Transfer from Cairo, Egypt, All guides, entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary
Not Included - Extension
Return air flight services, 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), Optional Credit Card Payments (Additional 3% of total bill)
Tour Hosts: Sam Horn, Will Galkin, Ron Allen, Brian Peterson, Eric Sipe & other pastors
Day 1: Departure from US (March 25)
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 (March 26)
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: Caesarea, Megiddo & Mt Carmel (March 27)
After breakfast, we travel by 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, harbor/palace area 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 free time, dinner and overnight lodging for the next three nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4: Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Bethsaida, Chorazin, Magdala, Capernaum (March 28)
Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites emphasizing the loss of God's blessing on Israel. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship and Caesarea Philippi which is also the site of Peter’s Confession. Bethsaida, Chorazin and Capernaum formed 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, the House of the Fisherman in Bethsaida. In Capernaum we view the excavations of the sea-side village and Peter’s home, followed by a visit to Magdala, hometown 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.
Day 5: Nazareth, Mount of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee Boat Ride (March 29)
A mid-morning drive through the hills of Galilee takes us through the area of Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we visit the Nazareth Village - a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides. Continuing toward Tiberias we drive up to Mt. Arbel for a spectacular view of the northern Sea of Galilee allowing for an excellent time of teaching on the region of Jesus' ministry. This afternoon we travel on to the site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and the Mount of the Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee followed by a relaxing boat cruise. A brief scripture reading and devotional on board brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples. We dock at a working Kibbutz and visit the famous Fisherman Boat from the days of Jesus.
Day 6: Beit Shean, Bethany, Jericho & Dead Sea (March 30)
We begin our day by traveling 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 intertestamental period, the city was renamed the "Scythopolis". Archaeologists have uncovered a huge number of ruins of the Roman/Byzantine Scythopolis. 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 next visit is at the Jordan River (Queser El Yehud) on the Israeli side of 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 the children of Israel led by Joshua entered the Promised land. We stop for lunch in ancient Jericho, this city famed as the oldest in the world. 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 (March 31)
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, and authentic food. Our lodging for the next four nights will be in Jerusalem.
Day 8: City of David, Jewish Quarter, Israel Museum, Walk the City Walls (April 1)
We begin 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, the lower city wall. 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. Before returning to our hotel, our guide will take us to an overview of the city from the hillside overlooking Jerusalem and the Gehenna Valley. 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. 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. We conclude the day with an opportunity to walk the Old City Walls and gain a different perspective.
Day 9: Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Fields, Herodium, & Elah Valley (April 2)
Today we visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. We will view the Shepherd’s Fields where the angels announced His birth to the shepherds. Next, we discover the ancient Herodium which was the summer palace of Herod the Great and also the location he was buried. Enjoy a visit to the Elah Valley where the famous battle between David and Goliath took place.
Day 10: Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb (April 3)
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. While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering along with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 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. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and St. Ann’s Church. 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. This afternoon we will enjoy some time to shop in the Old City. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner at a Jerusalem are restaurant. After the farewell dinner, then return to the hotel to prepare for our travel home tomorrow or our additional adventures in the neighboring countries of Jordan and Egypt. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 11: Depart for Home (April 4)
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight home today.
Optional 5-Day Jordan & Egypt Extension: April 4 – 8, 2022
Day 11: Southern Israel, Jordan border crossing, Aqaba (April 4)
We continue our adventure by traveling south, where we visit Timna. Timna is a large region in the southern Negev just north of Eilat. Here we visit a wonderful \life-size replica of the biblical tabernacle. While no original materials (e.g., gold, silver, bronze) have been used, the model is accurate in every other way based upon the biblical description. Transferring through Eilat in southern Israel, and after completing passport formalities, we meet our Jordan operator and enter the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. We end our day in nearby Aqaba, Biblical Ezion Geber - the lovely seaport of King Solomon. We have dinner and overnight this evening in Aqaba.
Day 12: Petra (April 5)
This morning we visit 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 spend the evening and dinner at a lovely Petra Hotel.
Day 13: Machaerus, Mt Nebo, Amman, Flight to Cairo (April 6)
Departing Petra this morning, we travel northward on the King's Highway where to the west we visit the hills bordering the Dead Sea. This is the area of the hilltop palace/fortress of Machaerus, where John the Baptist was beheaded. Next we ascend to the top of Mount Nebo to view the Promised Land from the same perspective as Moses shortly before he died. Upon arrival in Amman we have a BBQ dinner before our transfer to the Queen Alia International Airport for the late-day flight to Egypt. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 14: Cairo – Pyramids (April 7)
View the Great Pyramids on the Giza Plateau (ancient Memphis) as well as the amazing Sphinx, one of the most distinctive symbols of Egypt. Experience the fascinating culture of ancient Egypt by touring the Egyptian Museum, including the renowned artifacts of King Tutankhamun. Conclude our time in Egypt by visiting Coptic Cairo, including the beautiful Hanging Church, before enjoying dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 15: Depart for Home (April 8)
Transfer to the airport for the early-morning flight back to the US.
Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.