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Israel Tour 2018 (completed)
October 7 - October 19
Why Travel to the Holy Land with Biblos?
The Holy Land has the capability of nourishing us with inspiration. When we learn more about the geographical places where specific events have happened and look beyond the mere physical attributes to the spiritual meaning behind the events in Scripture, are we not able to follow in the biblical pioneers’ footsteps and be at one with those spiritual lessons all have left as their rich legacy?
Think of the bold contrasts evident in the geography of Israel – the peaks and valleys, the deserts and mountains, the rich fertile areas in the north and the arid, rocky landscape in the south! The lowest point on the earth’s surface is the Dead Sea. One could be sweltering in the heat of the Dead Sea while gazing at the snow-capped mountain of Hermon.
This land has been divided into a variety of topography, climates, agricultures, altitudes, fauna, and flora. Scholars segregate the territory from the Mediterranean Sea to the desert into seven sections running west to east: (1) the coastal plain of fertile farmland; (2) the low hills or Shephelah; (3) the central range broken up by (4) the Jezreel Valley and running into (5) the Negev Desert; (6) the Jordan Valley, which lies between the mountains of Judea and Samaria; and (7) the Eastern Range.
The traveler is full of wonder and awe as he or she ponders the land’s raw characteristics of harshness and turmoil, beauty, and tranquility. It shouldn’t surprise us that this region has captured the hearts and imaginations of so many peoples. Bible scholar, Alfred Edersheim, reiterates: “Events, not places; spiritual realities, not their outward surroundings, have been given to mankind by the land of Palestine.”
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Holy Land Bible Tour – Israel
October 7 - 19, 2018
Sunday, October 7
Depart from home city.
Monday, October 8
Participants must arrive in Tel Aviv by noon.
United Airlines flies out of Newark, NJ at 1:30 p.m. and lands in Tel Aviv at 7:10 a.m. the next day, or it has a flight that takes off at 4:40 p.m. and lands at 10:15 a.m. in Tel Aviv the next day.
Air Canada also flies out of Toronto at 4:40 p.m. and lands in Tel Aviv at 9:55 a.m. the next day.
After the group arrives, we will drive south to the Dead Sea. Our first stop will be Qasr El Yahud, one of the more probable areas for John’s baptisms and the possible area where Jesus might have been baptized. It is also near the traditional area where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River and Elijah the Prophet ascended to heaven.
Late afternoon swim in the Dead Sea.
Overnight: Daniel Dead Sea Hotel (D)
Tuesday, October 9
Early departure for the mountaintop fortress of Masada, where Herod the Great’s Palace once stood and where the famous zealot stand took place in 73 C.E. We will take the cable car up the cliff side and see a majestic view of the Dead Sea. For the adventurous, walk down the stairs to the Northern Palace of Herod the Great.
Our next stop is Ein Gedi, “Spring of the Goat,” an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. 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. For those who wish to do so, we will walk to waterfalls.
We then drive to the Wadi Kelt – a valley running west to east across the Judean desert – near Jericho and the Dead Sea. It is home to the Greek Orthodox Monastery Saint George, where tradition holds that Elijah was fed by ravens.
Next is a brief stop in Bethlehem to view the Shepherds’ Fields; then on to Bethany to see Lazarus’ Tomb.
Overnight: The Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem (B, D)
Wednesday, October 10
Our morning begins early with a visit to Abu Ghosh – a traditional site for Emmaus. It is about 6 miles west of Jerusalem on the main road to Joppa. Crusaders built a church here in 1140 and called the place “Castellum Emmaus.” It was not identified with Luke’s Emmaus until the 12th century.
Our next stop will be the Israel Museum to view some of the Dead Sea scrolls are kept. We will also see a 50:1 scale model of Jerusalem as it was at the time of the Second Temple. The model covers nearly one acre and illustrates one of the most formative periods in the history of the Jewish people. It is a reconstruction of Jerusalem in the year 66 C.E.
Then we will drive to the Mount of Olives and have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem. Then we walk down to the site where Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem (Dominus Flevit).
A little further down the mount is the site known as the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed and was arrested. Here we will see some very ancient olive trees which have survived the centuries.
Next is a short bus drive to St. Peter’s en Gallicantu – the site of Peter’s denial of knowing Jesus during one of his trials. Next is a visit the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the lame man. We will end our day at the Protestant site for Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection - the Garden Tomb.
Overnight: The Olive Tree, Jerusalem (B, D)
Thursday, October 11
We begin with a visit to the Temple Mount. Next, we will see the Western Wall and the Southern Wall Excavations (Davidson Center) and walk up the 1st-century steps of the Temple. We will also view a 3-D virtual tour of the Temple.
There will be time for shopping in the Jewish Quarter and Arab markets.
Afterwards, we will go the City of David and walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel to reach the ruins of the Pool of Siloam.
Overnight: The Olive Tree, Jerusalem (B, D)
Friday, October 12
Today we drive to Shiloh where the Tabernacle was housed for 369 years. Then we visit Ancient Shechem and visit Jacob’s Well where Jesus talked to the woman of Samaria.
Then we will view the Spring of Harod where Gideon chose his 300 men.
Our final stop of the day will be at Kursi, one of the traditional sites where Jesus healed the insane man.
Overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz, Galilee (B, D)
Saturday, October 13
We’ll begin our day with a sunrise talk by the Sea of Galilee on John, chapter 21, known as “the Morning Meal.”
Then we travel to the Brow of the Hill near Nazareth. It is a beautiful place to look out over the Jezreel Valley.
Next, we drive to Nazareth Village. Here we will tour a re-created first-century Galilean village and farm. After our tour, we will have a biblical lunch prepared by our Nazareth Village friends.
Then we go to Mt. Carmel. Here we have a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding area. This is a traditional area where Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal. Mt. Carmel is also where the woman of Shunem came to Elisha after her son had passed on.
We’ll head back to Nof Ginosar after Mt. Carmel.
Overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel, Galilee (B, L, D)
Sunday, October 14
Our morning starts with exploring the site of Capernaum – the center of Jesus’ ministry where more healings by Jesus occurred than any other location in Israel.
Next is a visit to Bethsaida. Near the town is the likely place according to the Gospels where the feeding of the 5,000 took place. It was also the home town of Philip, Andrew, and Peter.
Driving past the abandoned town of Chorazin, we will make our way to the Mount of Beatitudes – the traditional site for Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Then we walk to Mensa Christi – the setting for John 21 – “Feed my sheep.”
We will then walk to Tabgha (“spring of seven”) which contains a beautiful mosaic of the loaves and fishes inside the Church of the Multiplication. Near here is the traditional location for the calling of Peter, Andrew, James, and John.
Then we will view the excavations at the newly uncovered first-century city of Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene. We will see a pre-70 C.E. synagogue and discuss Mary’s role as a follower of Jesus.
We will make a short visit to the Yigal Allon Museum which houses the first-century fishing boat discovered in 1986 in the Sea of Galilee. Here we will board our boat for a ride on the Sea of Galilee.
Overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel, Galilee (B, D)
Monday, October 15
We start today by traveling north to the site of Caesarea Philippi at the base of Mt. Hermon where Jesus asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” The site was an impressive Greco-Roman city near a flowing stream – one of the sources of the Jordan River. A Roman sanctuary, which included temples and ritual courtyards, was built near the sacred grotto of the Greco-Roman god Pan. The ancient city was named after Pan. Since there is no “p” sound in Arabic and the region was long under Syrian rule, the village that grew up around the spring came to be called Banias.
Tel Dan. Dan was the northernmost city of the Kingdom of Israel – known as Laish prior to the conquest by the Tribe of Dan. The finds date back to 4500 B.C. We will stand in the temple built by Jeroboam and behold the “Arch of Abraham.” This area is also the place where the “House of David” inscription was discovered.
If time, we’ll make a stop and walk down steep stairs to view the Banias Waterfalls. Here is a stunning scenery where we’ll view the waterfall cascading down from Mt. Hermon and the upper Golan. The stream unites with the Dan stream further south to form the Jordan River.
We'll head back to Nof Ginosar after Banias Waterfall.
Overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel, Galilee (B, D)
Tuesday, October 16
After breakfast we will depart to Mount Tabor, which rises dome-like from the Plain of Jezreel. This is the mountain where Christian tradition places the Transfiguration of Jesus.
Next, we will drive to Tel Megiddo which sits on a strategic location at the head of a pass through the Carmel Range which overlooks the Valley of Jezreel. We will see the Canaanite Gateway, the Solomonic Gate and the Casemate Wall, “Solomon’s Stables,” a lookout over the Valley of Armageddon, and the water shaft and tunnel built during the time of Ahab.
Then we visit the ancient site of Caesarea Maritima where we will see the ruins of this ancient Roman port built by Herod the Great to honor the Emperor Augustus Caesar. We will explore the Roman Theater, the Governor’s Palace, the Hippodrome, and the Roman Aqueduct. Caesarea was the home of Pontius Pilate, the site of Cornelius’ baptism by Peter, where Paul was imprisoned and where he left for his final missionary journey. It was also the home of Philip the Evangelist. The Great Jewish revolt began in 66 C.E. at Caesarea Maritima as well.
We will drive to the Valley of Elah where David fought Goliath.
Overnight: Leonardo Negev, Beer-Sheva (B, D)
Wednesday, October 17
This morning we will visit the Negev and see Tel Beer-Sheva, Hagar’s Well in Yerucham, and Tel Arad – where we will see the ruins of a large walled Canaanite city and fortresses dated to the Israelite Kingdom period.
In the afternoon, we will visit Mt. Sodom.
Overnight: Leonardo Negev, Beer-Sheva (B, D)
Thursday, October 18
This morning we will visit Abraham’s Well Museum http://www.abraham.org.il/index.php?lang=en, and the Bedouin Market. In the afternoon we will see Ein Avdat – a spectacular narrow canyon in the Negev. At the opening of the canyon, the water of numerous springs descends into two deep pools in a series of waterfalls.
Farewell dinner – hotel.
Overnight: Sadot Hotel near Ben Gurion airport (B, D)
Friday, October 19
Depart for USA.
Arrive Home late afternoon or evening.
LAND = $3,550.00 per person (price based on double room occupancy*; price does not include airfare)
*Single Room Occupancy Supplement: additional $1,000
NOTE: All pricing is based on a minimum of 20 paid travelers
11 night deluxe double occupancy hotel accommodations, including:
- Porterage at hotels, including gratuity to dining room and housekeeping
- All transportation by private deluxe motorcoach
- Driver expenses (including gratuity)
- Local Guide expenses (including gratuity)
- 11 breakfasts, 11 dinners, 1 lunch
- All activities and admissions per itinerary
- Headsets while touring
- $5 million liability coverage
Reservations will be accepted in order of receipt by completed online enrollment and a deposit of $400 ($200 of which is non-refundable) per person. Balance of trip cost is due by August 1, 2018. No further payments are due between the time of the deposit and the final payment date. Travelers may pay their final balance by electronic check, mailed check, or by credit card with a convenience fee of 3%.
Any traveler not purchasing the Trip Protection Plan will be subject to the standard cancellation policies that can be found at www.globaltravelalliance.com/bookingconditions
Travel protection is optional and any traveler may opt-out of this protection during the enrollment process. Trip protection must be purchased within 30 days of your initial tour deposit. The TPP allows travelers to cancel for any reason (except for things like terrorism, civil unrest, war-declared or not declared) up to 24 hours prior to departure and get a full refund of their trip payments. Things like the non-refundable deposit, late payment fees, returned check fees, and the TPP fee are not refundable. The TPP also protects travelers during the trip with medical coverage and emergency medical transportation. The cost for the TPP is $219.
In addition, we recommend purchasing insurance from the airlines when purchasing your airline tickets.
Please note the TPP is not available to residents outside of the United States.
All participants must be in good health. This program is active and involves a lot of walking over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs. All locations may not be handicapped accessible. Any condition that may require special accommodation must be reported at the time of your reservation.
A passport is required for all travelers, which we recommend be valid at least six months past the dates of the trip.
For questions regarding the itinerary, contact:
Kristy L. Christian
196 Spring Oaks Drive
Ballwin, MO 63011-3834
Phone: 636-220-2219 or 888- 524-2567
For questions regarding enrollment or payments, contact:
Global Travel Alliance
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