Best Of Israel + Petra
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10 Day Inspirational Tour | March 14 – 23, 2019
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10 Day Inspirational Tour | March 14 – 23, 2019
|March 14 – 23, 2019||$3,895*||$725|
|*Includes air from Jacksonville, FL|
Roundtrip air from Jacksonville, FL (Including current air taxes), 8 nights lodging in 4 star hotels, Breakfast and dinner daily, Full time English speaking Israeli tour guide + Jordan Day Guide for March 19th, Porterage (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, All guides, entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary
Lunches, Optional Travel Insurance, Credit card payments (additional 3% of total bill)
Day 1: Depart the US (Thursday, March 14)
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: Mediterranean Coast to the Galilee (Friday, March 15)
Arrive in Israel and travel northward 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 the 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 continue east arriving in the Galilee for dinner and housing the next two nights.
Day 3: Galilee (Saturday, March 16)
Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to a valuable northern site at Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession. Returning south to the Sea we visit Capernaum and the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter’s home. Then we travel on to the possible site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes in Bethsaida and view a location overlooking the Sea of Galilee giving us a visual perspective of Mount of the Beatitudes. 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 concluding a wonderful day.
Day 4: Galilee to Dead Sea (Sunday, March 17)
We begin our day traveling west to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we visit the Nazareth Village - a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides. Next we travel southward following the fertile Jordan Valley. We pass ancient Jericho, view from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world, before coming to the Jordan River (Queser El Yehud) the Israeli side of 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 will visit Qumran (place where Dead Seas Scrolls were found). We will also be visiting and lodging overnight at Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea which is the lowest place on earth.
Day 5: Dead Sea – Red Sea (Monday, March 18)
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 south towards the Red Sea. We stop at the Timna park, to see a wonderful recreation of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. We arrive at our hotel Eliat for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Day Tour to Petra (Tuesday, March 19)
This morning we arise and cross the boarder into Jordan, meeting our local guide who transfers us to 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 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. Following our visit, we return south crossing back into Israel.
Day 7: Outside Jerusalem (Wednesday, March 20)
We spend the morning returning north to Jerusalem. Upon arrival we pass by the Protestant Cemetery, for a visit to 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. 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 8: Jerusalem (Thursday, March 21)
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. 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 visit the Temple Institute to learn of the preparations being made for the rebuilding of the Temple followed by a visit to the Burnt House for a wonderful presentation on the history of Jerusalem and it’s destruction by Rome.
Day 9: Jerusalem (Friday, March 22)
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. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and Saint Anne Church. 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.
Day 10: Depart for Home (Saturday, March 23)
An early morning departure for the Tel Aviv Airport for our flight homeward will allow for arrival home by early afternoon.
Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.