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Price Per person double occupancy

Date Price Single
Supplement
Israel Only:
April 29-May 9, 2021
$2,524* $926
Extension:
May 9-13, 2021
$1,175* $288
*Land Only

Reservation Due: January 19, 2021
Final Payment Due: February 26, 2021

Included - Israel Only

8 nights lodging in 4 star hotels, Breakfast and Dinner Daily (Buffet Style), 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, Pilgrim Payment Processing / Including Credit Card Processing


Not Included - Israel Only

Airfare, Lunches, Additional Private Transfers on Arrival & Departure ($60.00 per person, per transfer), Optional Travel Insurance (US Residence Only)


Included - Jordan Extension

4 nights lodging in 4 star hotels, Breakfast and Dinner Daily (Buffet Style), Full time English speaking Jordanian and Israeli tour guide (TBD), Porterage at Hotel (1 Bag), 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 Arrival Transfer / 1 Group Airport Departure Transfer, All guides, entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary, Pilgrim Payment Processing / Including Credit Card Processing


Not Included - Jordan Extension

Airfare, Lunches, Additional Private Transfers on Arrival & Departure ($60.00 per person, per transfer), Optional Travel Insurance (US Residence Only)

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 and meet your Israeli guide. First stop is Jaffa for a walking tour of the city from which Jonah sailed and where Peter resided with Simon the Tanner. After lunch it’s northward to our hotel for one night in the coastal area of Netanya. We’ll enjoy dinner and retire to your room in preparation for an early departure in the morning.


Day 3: Caesarea, Megiddo & Nazareth

After breakfast, we travel by private motorcoach 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 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, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. We drive through Armageddon Valley, then the area of Cana and arrive in Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we visit the Nazareth Village—a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides. We will have dinner and overnight in Nazareth. Weather permitting we’ll take part in a candlelight procession through the streets of Nazareth to the cave in the Church of the Annunciation where the Angel Gabriel visited Mary.


Day 4: Capernaum, Magdala, & Sea of Galilee Boat Ride

Following breakfast, we’ll attend eucharist at the nearby Christ Anglican church where the service will be in Arabic and English. Before lunch, we’ll stop at Mount Beatitudes and the possible site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes. After a lunch of St. Peter’s Fish (other selections available), we’re off to Capernaum and a view the excavations of the seaside village and Peter’s home, followed by a visit to Magdala, the 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. 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. Dinner and our lodging for two nights will be on the shores of the Galilee.


Day 5: Dan & Caesarea Philippi

Our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites near the source of the Jordan River. 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 then start our journey southward through the Golan Heights. We’ll visit Bethsaida, the hometown of Peter, Andrew and Philip.


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

We begin our day 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 hung 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, 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 is Qsar El Yehud, the Israeli side of Bethany Beyond the Jordan. We’ll take this as our opportunity to be baptized at the Jordan River in the area Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan here, as well as where the children of Israel, led by Joshua, entered the Promised Land. Next stop is the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. 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, Abraham's Tent & Jerusalem

Our day begins with a cable car ride (or hike) 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. This afternoon we will take part in the Genesis Land Dinner in Abraham's Tent, a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, a camel ride and authentic food. Next, we’ll head to the Israeli Museum in Jerusalem and a guided walk through detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem. This model will help put into perspective all that we will see in the coming days. We’ll also walk through collections of century’s old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls. Our lodging for the next four nights will be in Jerusalem.


Day 8: Around Jerusalem & Bethlehem

Conditions permitting, we 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. 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. 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. We spend the remainder of the day surrounding the birth of Christ with a visit to Bethlehem and a special dinner.


Day 9: Wadi Qelt, House of Caiaphas & Yad Vashem

This morning we’ll leave the hotel early and head to Wadi Qelt to experience a meditative Judean Desert sunrise. Upon return to Jerusalem, 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. We conclude the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, for a needed reminder of what the Jews have suffered as a people.


Day 10: Jesus' Steps, Last Days, Way of Suffering & Garden Tomb

The morning starts 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. 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. We will also visit the Garden Tomb, considered by some to be the site of the burial and resurrection. This stop will include a time of praise and Holy Communion.


Day 11: Homeward

We transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for the flight home.


Optional Jordan Extension
Day 11: Border Crossing, Jerash & Mt. Nebo

Depart Jerusalem this morning and cross into Jordan at the Allenby crossing. First visit the ancient city of Jerash (explore the excavated ruins) and then to Mt. Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land. Stop in Madaba and visit St. George’s Church to see the mosaic map of the Holy Land as first century pilgrims would have known the area. Continue to Petra for dinner and overnight.


Day 12: Petra

Today is spent touring Petra. Walk down the narrow Siq to the canyon floor where you will be met by majestic monuments carved from the rose red sandstone by the Nabataeans. It was their capital city. The most well-known of the monuments in Petra is the Treasury which was featured in the movie, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” It will be the first building you see as you exit the Siq into Petra. Our guide will explain the history of Petra including the Roman occupation and then allow us free time to explore on our own. The Basin Restaurant is found at the end of the canyon and is a good place for lunch or a beverage. Some may wish to hike up to the monastery which is said to rival the Treasury building. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


Day 13: Wadi Rum

We will travel to Wadi Rum located in the land of the Midianites mentioned in the Old Testament. British diplomat T. E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, fought alongside Arab tribes in the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire during WWI. We will take a jeep excursion to a site in the desert with a monument to Lawrence and others who participated in this fight. There may even be the possibility of enjoying a camel ride as part of this adventure. Enjoy a zarb meal (Bedouin barbeque) before retiring for the night in Bedouin inspired tents with modern conveniences at the Captain’s Camp.


Day 14: Border Crossing, Timna, Tel Aviv

Return to Israel via the southern border crossing and drive north to Tel Aviv. Along the way we’ll stop at Timna to see a reconstruction of the Tabernacle and visit the area of Solomon’s copper mines. Continuing north we stop at Be’er Sheva (biblical Beer-sheba) where Abraham entered into a covenant with King Abimelech. Next stop, the Elah Valley where David fought Goliath. Pickup a smooth stone and imagine slaying the giant with your slingshot. Continue on to our hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight.


Day 15: Arrive USA

We transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for the flight home.


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