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

Jordan Pre Tour

Day 1: Departure from US (February 18)
Our life-changing journey begins this evening as we board our overnight flight to Jordan.

Day 2: Arrival Jordan (February 19)
We arrive in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and transfer to our lodging for the evening in Amman.

Day 3: Jerash, Petra (February 20)
This morning 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. From here, we continue South for a visit to Mt. Nebo, believed to be the site of the tomb of Moses, which 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. We continue on to Petra and our lodging for the evening.

Day 4: Petra, Eilat (February 21)
This morning we make a complete visit of Petra where we walk or take optional carriages thru the “Siq”, an immense colorful sandstone canyon, to the city of ancient Petra. Over 2000 years ago the Nabateans carved this city out of the rose red rock. The Treasury or El Khazneh, is one of the most elegant remains of antiquity. The canyon walls on both sides have hundreds of carved and built structures, and further in we see the conquering Romans also added structures to the city. We also offer an optional walk up the 852 steps to the Monastery. As we leave Petra in the afternoon, we make a picturesque stop to see Petra from a distance and Mount Hor where tradition says Aaron, Moses’ brother was buried. Our next stop is at Wadi Rum for pictures of the breath taking beauty in the park. Our time in Jordan soon ends as we head south from Wadi Rum into ancient Midian, where the fugitive Moses settled for forty years. We arrive near the Red Sea or Gulf of Aqaba at the outskirts of Aqaba, Biblical Ezion Geber, where King Solomon based his fleet of ships. We cross the Arava Border into Israel and drive to Eilat on the Red Sea shore, which is Biblical Elath, for a one night stay at our hotel.

Day 5: Flight to Tel Aviv – Jaffa (February 22)
We have a leisure morning taking in the sand and water of the Red Sea. This afternoon, we have a short flight north to Tel Aviv meeting up with those arriving from the states at our hotel along the shore 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.

Best of Israel 11 Day Tour

Day 1: Departure from US (February 21)
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 (February 22)
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where we will be met by our Israeli guide who will accompany us during our entire stay in Israel. We travel northward to our hotel for one night along the coast of the Mediterranean. The time is right for a personal devotional. Enjoy a time of prayer of thanks for safety and the special blessings ahead, a prayer for the people of this land, and a good night’s rest.

Day 3: Caesarea, Megiddo, Mt Carmel (February 23)
After 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 finish our day with a trek east to the Sea of Galilee. We arrive at an operating Kibbutz, for a wonderful stay along the shores of the Galilee.

Day 4: Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Magdala, Jesus Boat, Galilee Cruise (February 24)
This morning we travel north of the Galilee to Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession. We return south to the Galilee via the Golan Heights where our guide gives us an account of the strategic plot of land won by the Jews during the 6 days war. This afternoon we visit Magdala for a view of the 1st century synagogue one of only a few in existence. We view an ancient Fisherman Boat at a nearby Kibbutz before having an evening 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. We return to our lodging for our final overnight in the Galilee.

Day 5: Capernaum, Bethsaida, Chorazin, Kfar Kedem (February 25)
This morning following breakfast we make the short journey to nearby Capernaum where we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter’s home. Then we travel on to the site of the possible multiplication of loaves and fishes in Bethsaida and the Mount of the Beatitudes overlooking the Sea. We make a brief stop in Chorazin for a visit to the ruins of a 1st century synagogue before heading west to Kfar Kedem, where we learn of Biblical life first hand through various exhibits. We return to our Kibbutz stay for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Baptism, Beth Shean, Qumran, Dead Sea (February 26)
We have a memorable Baptism service at Yardenit this morning before departing the Galilee and 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 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,” the Kibbutz system and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We pass ancient Jericho, view from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world, before continuing to visit Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered before arriving at our lodging 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: Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Swim, Masada, Shepherds Fields, Friends of Zion Museum (February 27)
Our day begins with a visit 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. Following our visit we enjoy a float in the warm waters of the lowest place on the planet. After some free time for a float, we have 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. We also spend time today to visit Arad. Judges 1:16 describes Arad as a Canaanite stronghold whose king kept the Israelites from moving from the Negev to the Judean Mountains. We visit ruins of the ancient Tel before returning north to Jerusalem. On our way back to Jerusalem, we stop for a visit to the Shepherds Field, just outside of Bethlehem to gain an understanding of the Saviors birth. We arrive in Jerusalem this afternoon where following dinner at our hotel we have an optional visit to the Friends of Zion museum to learn of the 19th & 20th century hero’s of the Jewish people.

Day 8: Jesus' Steps, the Last Days (February 28)
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. 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. 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.

Day 9: Way of Suffering, Pentecost, Garden Tomb (March 1)
This morning we enter the Old City via Stephen’s Gate. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, and St. Ann’s Church. 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. The actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study. 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 will enjoy a challenge from God’s Word and a song before the climax of our day in the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb. We celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise.

Day 10: City of David, Abraham’s Tent Lunch, Afternoon Free – Depart for Home (March 2)
In the morning 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 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. This afternoon we enjoy a visit to Abraham's Tent. Here 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. Returning to Jerusalem, you are set free to explore at our leisure. Take in a site not seen, do some last minute souvenir shopping or simple sit at a local café’ and watch this ancient city go by. We have dinner followed by free time to freshen up before traveling to the airport for our overnight flight home.

Day 11: Arrive Home (March 3)
We arrive home this afternoon.

Price Per Person:

Single Supplement:

Israel Only: $3,838.00*

*Includes round-trip air from Portland, OR

Jordan Pre-Tour: $1,050.00*

Israel Only: $975.00

Jordan Pre-Tour: $210.00

Information & Reservations:

Pastor Ben Bryson | benbryson@yahoo.com | 503-363-6161 ext 304
Pastor Dave Bertolini | dave@graceindallas.org | 971-599-3267
Pastor Dewey Bertolini | duilio.bertolini@comcast.net | 503-434-6869

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Tour pricing is based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 passengers.

Included
Roundtrip air from Portland, OR including air taxes, 9 nights lodging in 4 & 4.5 star hotels, Breakfast and dinner daily, Full time English speaking Israeli tour guide, Porterage (1 Bag), Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Services of long distance deluxe motorcoach as appear on itinerary, All guides, entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary, Jordan Pre-Tour(visa US and Canadian citizens only)

Not Included
Lunches, Optional Travel Insurance, Optional Credit Card Payments (Additional 3% of total bill)