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Price Per person double occupancy

Date Price Single
Supplement
October 5 – 18, 2019 $3,895*
$4,045**
$4,150***
$1,175
*Option A: Basic Tour
**Option B: Basic Tour + Oct. 19th Jerusalem Free Day
***Option C: Basic Tour + Oct. 19th Guided Tour

Included

12 nights lodging in 4 star hotels, Breakfast and dinner daily, Full time English speaking Israeli & Jordanian tour guide, Porterage (1 Bag), Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Services of long distance deluxe motorcoach as appear on itinerary, entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary


Not Included

All Air Arrangements, Lunches, Optional Travel Insurance

Day 1: Departure from North America (October 5)

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 you will be walking the steps of the Bible.


Day 2: Arrive Amman, Dead Sea (October 6)

We arrive in Amman, and enter the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. You will be met at the airport by our local guide who will arrange shuttle service to the Dead Sea for our first overnight. Most overseas flights from North America arrive in Amman late in the evening, so everyone should be ready for a good night’s sleep!


Day 3: Dead Sea Spa Resort (October 7)

Today will be a free day to sleep in, recover from jet lag, and adjust to a new time zone. You can spend the day relaxing doing nothing, or take advantage of the many amenities at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel, including experiencing a swim in the Dead Sea. Following 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: Jerash, Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Madaba (October 8)

After breakfast, we travel northward 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 Greco-Roman cities dating from the 1st century BC situated in Jordan, Syria and Israel. Next we visit the town of Madaba, the biblical Medeba. Madaba is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George we may view the earliest surveying original map of the Holy Land. Our final stop of the day is 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 the children of Israel led by Joshua entered the Promised land. We then return to our hotel along the shores of the Dead Sea.


Day 5: Mt. Nebo, Petra (October 9)

This morning we travel south along the Kings Highway arriving atop Mt. Nebo, believed to be the site of the tomb of Moses, and commanding 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 travel the short distance south to the amazing mountain fortress of Petra, known to be inhabited by the Edomites - the descendant’s of Esau. Begin the 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 and built structures. After a full afternoon of exploring this UNESCO heritage site we travel to our nearby hotel for dinner and overnight.


Day 6: Depart Jordan – Arrive Israel, Jericho, Beit-Shean, Galilee (October 10)

This morning we head back north along the King’s Highway towards the Allenby Bridge. Crossing into Israel, we enter ancient Jericho famed as the oldest city in the world. We will visit the ancient Tel before continuing north along the fertile Jordan Valley. Our guide will point out the agricultural restoration of the “Land of Milk and Honey” and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. Next we visit 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. We arrive at our Galilee hotel late afternoon where we will overnight for the next three evenings.


Day 7: Around the Galilee, Baptism (October 11)

We begin the day by visiting one of the newest archeological digs in Israel – Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene. This site hosts the oldest synagogue ruins, dating back to Jesus’ time. We will also have the opportunity for a worship service in the beautiful Chapel overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Next we will go to Capernaum and see the ruins of another 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. After viewing the ancient Fisherman Boat at an operating Kibbutz, 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. Following our boat ride, we make one last stop for the day at the Yardenit baptismal site. This will be a wonderful opportunity for those who wish to publicly display their faith to be baptized in the Jordan River.


Day 8: Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights (October 12)

Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites where we spend the majority of our day. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship. The northernmost city of ancient Israel, thus when Scripture speaks of all of the Land, from North to South, it often says, "from Dan to Beersheva." (Judges 20:1 1 Sam 3:20 2 Sam 3:10; 17:11; 24:2; 15 1 Kings 4:25) Abraham traveled from Hebron to Dan to rescue his nephew Lot from Kedorlaomer. The tribe of Dan was not satisfied with its inheritance near Judah, so it settled here and set up idolatrous worship that plagued Israel throughout its history. This was especially so in the time of Jeroboam, son of Solomon and first king of the divided Northern Kingdom, who set up golden calves in Dan and Bethel to keep people from going to Jerusalem to worship. (Judges 18; 1 Kings 12:26-33) Next we visit Caesarea Philippi, site of Peter’s Confession. "Banias" is the original name of this site near Mt. Hermon in the North, famous as the place where Peter first confessed that Jesus is the Messiah. (Matt 16:13-16; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-21). We return south to the Galilee via the Golan Heights, viewing the bombed out buildings and forts from the 6 day war in 1967.


Day 9: Nazareth, Megiddo, Caesarea (October 13)

After breakfast, we depart the Galilee traveling west towards the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. En route we have some important stops. First we drive through the area of Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we visit the Nazareth Village - a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides. Next we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. Our final stop is Caesarea, where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre, hippodrome, aqueduct, and a film on history and remains of this famous port city. We make the final push this afternoon traveling south, arriving in the Golden City, Jerusalem, and check into our hotel which will be our overnight lodging for the next five nights. As this will be the first day of the Feast of Booths, we will make every attempt to attend the Sunday evening service at King of Kings church in order to celebrate the beginning of this annual festival with a Messianic congregation of fellow believers.


Day 10: Mount of Olives, City of David, Southern Steps, Israeli Museum, Yad Vashem (October 14)

This morning we begin the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives, We travel across the valley to the City of David, just outside the Dung Gate on the southeastern hill below the Temple Mount. 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. For those with a sense of adventure, there will be an opportunity to walk the 350 yard underground 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 exchangers 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. Following lunch, we will visit two important museums. The first is the Israeli Museum where we will walk through collections of centuries old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls and tour an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem, helping us visualize what Jesus experienced during the Passion Week. The second is the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, where we will experience a sobering reminder of what the Jews have suffered as a people.


Day 11: Temple Mount, Wailing Wall & Tunnels, Free Time in Old City, King David Dinner (October 15)

Conditions permitting, we will start our day early with a visit to the Temple Mount with commentary on the Temple Periods and the variety of belief systems past and present that make this area so valuable. We will then visit the Wailing Wall followed by the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels which lead 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. From here we will see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and St. Ann’s Church. Following lunch in the Old City, we will have some free time for shopping before meeting at the historic Christ Church for a time of praise and worship. We will then return to our hotel to freshen up before making our way to the King David Hotel, revered world-wide as one of the most famous hotels in the region, for a special dinner out.


Day 12: Qumran & Masada – Optional Ein Gedi (October 16)

This morning we start with a visit to the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We then experience 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. (Time permitting) we visit 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. Before returning to Jerusalem, we have free time to enjoy the warm waters of the Dead Sea.


Day 13: Upper Room, Gethsemane, Via Dolorosa, Garden Tomb (October 17)

Today we will have the opportunity to literally walk the path Jesus walked on the day of His crucifixion. We begin with a visit to the “Upper Room” where Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples. From there, like our Lord and His disciples, we will make our way to the Garden of Gethsemane and walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus' prayer, and take time for personal reflection. Next we visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was taken following his arrest in the garden, and see a pit where he may have been held for the evening. We will then follow in His footsteps to the Judgement Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and be reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. Next is the Via Dolorosa, where we will recall His way of suffering. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led. Finally we continue on to Golgotha (place of the skull) and then to the Garden Tomb where we celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise. After returning to our hotel to freshen up, we will enjoy one final meal together at the American Colony, a historic hotel that has been the preferred overnight accommodation for many journalists and politicians over the years.


Day 14: Personal Choice Day! (October 18)

A) For those who wish, your tour can now end and we will arrange to transfer you to the Tel Aviv airport for your flight home.

B) For those who wish to spend one more day in Jerusalem to explore and do things on your own, we can arrange an extra night at our hotel and a transfer to the airport the following day (i.e. October 19th) for your flight home.

C) For those who wish to stay one more day and take a guided tour of Bethlehem and the Herodian, we will be offering that as an optional “add-on” with cost to be determined.


Day 15: Departure day for those choosing options B) or C) (October 19)


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