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Price Per person double occupancy

Date Price Single
Supplement
Israel Only
November 27-December 8, 2022
$3,190USD* $1,175USD
Jordan Extension
December 8-11, 2022
$990USD $325USD
*Land only (Airfare not included).

Reservation Due: August 19, 2022
Final Payment Due: September 6, 2022

Included

10 nights lodging at 4-star hotels (+3 nights Jordan), Breakfast & dinner daily at hotels (1 dinner at the American Colony), Full time English-speaking tour guides in Israel and Jordan, Services of long-distance deluxe motor coach as appearing on itinerary, All entrances and transportation as appearing on itinerary, Jordan Visa and Allenby Border crossing tax, Whisper/Listening devices (Israel only), Luggage handling at hotels (1 piece), 1 group arrival transfer and 1 group departure transfer, Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Pilgrim Payment Processing including credit card processing


Not Included

Airfare, All lunches and drinks with meals except as noted in the itinerary, Optional Travel Insurance - 7.6% or 10.25% of tour cost, Testing for COVID-19 or any other related expenses

Day 1: Departure from North America (Sunday, November 27)

Today we embark on our Journey to the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight in preparation for the days ahead as we walk the steps of the Bible.


Day 2: Arrive Israel, Tel Aviv (November 28)

We arrive at Tel Aviv International Airport where we will be met by our escort and be taken to our hotel in Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Sea. Barring any unexpected delays, we should arrive in time for a leisurely evening meal, an optional stroll on the beach and then an early bedtime to recover from the overnight flight!


Day 3: Tel Aviv Hotel (November 29)

Today will be a free day (no guide or driver today) to sleep in, recover from jet lag, and adjust to a new time zone. You can spend the day relaxing, just doing nothing, or take advantage of some of the Tel Aviv sites within walking distance of our hotel. The old seaport of Jaffa is a great option. This is where Jonah caught the boat before being swallowed by a whale. It’s also where Peter stayed at Simon the tanner’s house and had the vision of the sheet coming down from heaven filled with clean and unclean animals. Following our evening dinner we will have a short meet & greet where you can get to know your fellow travelers and receive a briefing on the important details of our day to day schedule.


Day 4: Caesarea, Carmel, Megiddo, Galilee (November 30)

This morning we will meet our guide and depart Tel Aviv to head north along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea with our ultimate destination being the Galilee. En route we have several important stops. First we travel to Caesarea Maritimus, a 1st C city built by Herod the Great. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre, hippodrome, aqueduct, and a film on the history and remains of this famous port city. It was here that the Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. Next we head to Mount Carmel where Elijah confronted the priests of Baal (I Kings 18). Then we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. From there we head to our Galilee kibbutz hotel where we will overnight for the next three evenings.


Day 5: Galilee – Magdala, Tabgha, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee (Thursday, December 1)

We begin our time in the Galilee by visiting one of the newest archeological digs in Israel – Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene. This site hosts the oldest synagogue ruins in Israel, dating back to Jesus’ time. We will also have the opportunity for a worship service in the beautiful Chapel overlooking the Sea of Galilee and celebrate communion in the lower chapel built on a 1st C Roman road. Following our time at Magdala, we will visit Tabgha, the area near the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached His Sermon on the Mount, fed the 5,000, and appeared to the disciples after His resurrection. Next we will go to Capernaum, the town on the shores of Galilee that was so prominent during Jesus’ ministry years. We will see the ruins of another ancient synagogue and what is believed to be the home of Peter’s mother-in-law. We end our day with a relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee where a brief scripture reading and devotional on board will bring to life the experiences of Jesus and his fishermen disciples.


Day 6: Northern Galilee – Hazor, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Baptism (Friday, December 2)

This morning we head north from the Sea of Galilee to visit several important sites. We begin with a visit to Tel Hazor, the archeological site of the ancient city of Hazor. During the Canaanite period, Hazor was the largest fortified city in the country and one of the greatest conquests of Joshua and the children of Israel as they settled the Promised Land (Joshua 11). Next we stop at two valuable northern sites - Dan and Caesarea Philippi. Although both these sites represent a low point in Israel’s history, falling into pagan worship, it is also where Peter made his triumphant confession that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Son of Living God. Returning back south, we will travel through the Golan Heights, a significant region during the 1967 Six Day War. We finish our day at the Yardenit baptismal site, where those who wish to publicly display their faith will have the opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River.


Day 7: Beit Shean, Jericho, Jordan Baptismal Site (Saturday, December 3)

Today we leave the Galilee and head to the Holy City of Jerusalem. On the way, we will stop at Beit-Shean/Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. 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. We will then continue our journey south along the fertile Jordan Valley until we reach Jericho, famous for being the oldest city in the world. After visiting the ancient Tel we will make one more stop at the Jordan Baptismal site where it is believed Jesus would have been baptized by John the Baptist. Leaving there, we head to Jerusalem where we will overnight at the Grand Hotel for the next five days.


Day 8: Mt of Olives, Palm Sunday Walk, Gethsemane, City of David, Southern Steps, King of Kings Church (Sunday, December 4)

This morning we begin the day with a panoramic view of the city, the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives. This is a great way to begin our visit to Jerusalem as we can easily picture the relative locations of so many of the biblical events that happened here. Next we will walk down the Mount of Olives following the route Jesus would have taken on Palm Sunday for His triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the Garden of Gethsemane where we will have time to reflect on the agony and suffering our Saviour endured before going to the cross. Then we will head to the City of David. Although now outside the walls of Old Jerusalem, during the time of David and Solomon this section would have been within the city limits. We will view new excavations, including a typical Israelite four-room house and the lower city wall, and walk the 2800 year old Hezekiah tunnel to the pool of Siloam. We will then visit the Southern Wall Excavations. This southern side of The Temple was the main entrance for the common folk. 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 changers who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is the place where Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost and thousands were saved and baptized. Lastly, we finish our Sunday by attending a joyous worship service at the King of Kings Messianic Church before heading back to our hotel for a late dinner.


Day 9: Qumran, Masada, Beersheba, Valley of Elah (Monday, December 5)

This morning we board our tour bus to explore some major sites outside of Jerusalem plus give you the opportunity along the way (weather permitting) of experiencing floating in the Dead Sea! We will begin our day with a visit to Qumran, an ancient community of the Essenes and where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1946. Following that we continue south eventually reaching the mountain top fortress of Masada where our guide will give us the history of the famous zealot stand. Next we head west to Beersheba to see the ancient Tel that dates back to Abraham’s time when he first settled in Canaan. Lastly, as we make our return journey to Jerusalem, we will stop at the Valley of Elah where David confronted the Philistines and the giant Goliath. Our guide may even demonstrate his sling shot abilities!


Day 10: Wailing Wall, Temple Mount, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Garden Tomb (Tuesday, December 6)

We start our day in Jerusalem with a visit to the Temple Mount and the Wailing Wall, also known as the Western Wall. From there we will go to the Pool of Bethesda and St. Ann’s Church. We will then walk the Via Dolorosa on our way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of the crucifixion and burial of Christ. Following that we will leave the Old City and go to the Garden Tomb, an alternative burial site, where we can have a time of communion and quiet meditation. Our day ends with a lovely, authentic Arabic meal at the American Colony where we will also take time to share with each other our experiences in Israel over the past 8 days. Our guide will be leaving us after today’s touring.


Day 11: Option Day – Choose A) Guided tour of Bethlehem or B) Free Day for Shopping/Sightseeing on Your Own in Old Jerusalem or C) Early Departure for Home (Wednesday, December 7)

Today it’s your choice! You can take a guided tour (a different guide today) to Bethlehem and see Manger Square decorated for the annual Christmas festivities. Or, if you prefer, you can have a quiet rest day on your own with the opportunity to spend free time in the Old City of Jerusalem for shopping and sightseeing. Or lastly, if you’re anxious to get home to North America, we can arrange to get you to the airport a day early for your flight home.


Day 12: Departure Day (Return Home to North America or Continue on to Jordan) (Thursday, December 8)

For those ending their tour in Israel, arrangements will be made for transfers to the airport. For those taking the Jordan extension, our tour bus will drive us to the Allenby bridge where we will cross the Jordan River into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Once we have completed the border crossing, we will make a couple of stops on our way to the capital city, Amman. First will be Mt. Nebo. We will ascend to the top of the mountain where it is believed God showed Moses the "Promised Land" and where the great prophet was buried. Then we will stop in a town called Madaba and see an ancient mosaic in the historic St. George’s Church that is the oldest map of the Holy Land in existence. We will then make the short drive to Amman where we will check in to our 5-star hotel, the Movenpick, for the next 3 nights.


Day 13: Petra (December 9)

This morning we start early on our journey south to Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Although it is a long bus ride, the reward at the end is so worth it! We will begin our 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 structures. After a full afternoon of exploring this UNESCO heritage site we make the journey back to Amman to our hotel, a tired but happy group!


Day 14: Jerash, Refugee Visit (December 10)

After breakfast we will head north from Amman to Jerash, one of the best preserved and most complete provincial Roman cities. Jerash (Gerasa of Roman Times) was a city of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Graeco-Roman cities dating from the 1st century BC. Known as the Pompeii of the East for its extraordinary state of preservation, the ruins indicate human occupation at this location for more than 2,500 years. Returning to Amman, we anticipate having lunch with some refugee families, listening to their stories, and ministering to them in a practical way. On previous tours, these encounters have frequently been the highlight for our group.


Day 15: Departure for Home (Sunday, December 11)

Today we return home having made great memories and great friendships, but more importantly, having grown spiritually as we “walked where Jesus walked”!


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