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

Jordan 2 Day Tour Extension
January 27-30, 2018

Jan 27: Departure from US
Today we embark on our journey to Jordan & the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight…tomorrow we arrive in Jordan!

Jan 28: Arrive in Amman
We arrive in Amman, Jordan and transfer to our hotel where we’ll enjoy our dinner and a restful overnight.

Jan 29: Machaerus & Petra
Early this morning we turn southward and travel along the Kings Highway to Machaerus. Machaerus is the fortified hilltop palace of Herod the Great where John the Baptist was imprisoned and where his infamous execution took place. Continuing south we arrive at 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’ll have some free time to explore the ancient ruins of Petra on our own this afternoon.

Jan 30: Mt. Nebo & Cross into Israel
We travel north from Petra this morning to Mt. Nebo, believed to be the site of the tomb of Moses, and 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. As we travel west toward the Allenby Bridge, we view to the north the Plains of Moab, the area where the tribes of Israel camped before crossing the Jordan and picture the place where Jesus was baptized. Crossing the Jordan River into Israel, we drive to our hotel along the Mediterranean Sea where we’ll meet up with the rest of our group and enjoy a welcome dinner together.

Best of Israel 11 Day Tour
January 29-February 8, 2018

Jan 29: Departure from US
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!

Jan 30: Arrive in Israel
We arrive in Israel and transfer to our hotel where we’ll enjoy our dinner and overnight.

Jan 31: Caesarea, Mt. Carmel
This morning we travel north 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 Amphitheater, hippodrome, aqueduct, and other remains of this famous port city. After a stop for lunch we travel to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. We arrive in our hotel this afternoon with time to
rest, take time to reflect and prepare our hearts as we tour the “Promised Land”.

Feb 1: Mt. Arbel, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Chorazin & Mt. of Beatitudes
After breakfast, we enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Galilee region where from atop Mt. Arbel where we can view the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights. From here we’ll be able to see the different areas of Christ’s ministry. Our day is spent visiting Bethsaida, Chorazin and Capernaum, which 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 and Peter’s home in Capernaum. Our last visit today is the Mount of the Beatitudes before we return to our hotel.

Feb 2: Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Megiddo & Sea of Galilee Cruise
Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship and Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession. Next we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. We return to the Sea of Galilee and after viewing the ancient Fisherman Boat, we enjoy 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.

Feb 3: Beth Shean, Bethany & Dead Sea
This morning we visit Beth-Shean/ Scythopolis which is the most magnificent archeological site in Israel and is 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, and then come to 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 Joshua led the children of Israel into the Promised land. 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.

Feb 4: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Scrolls
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. Our lodging for the next four nights will be in Jerusalem.

Feb 5: City of David, Jeremiah’s Cistern, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Israel Museum
Conditions permitting we will 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. Just outside the Dung Gate on the southeastern hill below the Temple Mount is 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 and the cistern where Jeremiah was imprisoned. A highlight today will be a walk through the incredible Hezekiah's Tunnel to the pool of Siloam, the place of Jesus' miracle in John 9. Next we pass by the Protestant Cemetery and 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." 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.

Feb 6: Jesus' Steps, the Last Days
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. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda and Stephen's Gate. 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.

Feb 7: Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb, Pentecost, Herodium
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. Our 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 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. This afternoon we enjoy a visit to the Herodium outside of Jerusalem. The Herodium was a man-made mountain fortress that towered over the Shepherds Fields and Bethlehem and was often the personal retreat of Herod. We’ll take time to explore the ruins and the underground cisterns before returning to Jerusalem. After an early dinner we transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for our overnight flight home.

Feb 8: Home
We arrive home today.



Israel Price Per Person:

Jordan Extension Price Per Person:

$2,999.00*

*Includes air from Newark

$3,099.00**

**Includes air from Rochester

Single Supplement: $695.00

$699.00

Single Supplement: $95.00

Information & Reservations:

David Whiting | 585-330-9863 | dwhiting@vanderbloemen.com

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Tour pricing is based on double occupancy.

Included
Roundtrip air from Newark including current air taxes and fuel surcharges (taxes and fuel charges are subject to change), 7 nights lodging at 4 star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, full time English speaking tour escort, services of air conditioned deluxe motor coach, all guides, entrances, touring and transportation as appears on itinerary, baggage handling at hotels (one piece), tips to driver, guides, and hotel staff ($88.00)

Not Included
All lunches, optional travel insurance (6.5% or 8.7% of tour cost), optional credit card payments (additional 3% of the total bill)