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9 Day Tour | March 7 – 15, 2022
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Join the Providence Tour:
9 Day Tour | March 7 – 15, 2022
|March 7 – 15, 2022||$3,790*||$710|
|*Includes estimated roundtrip airfare from Philadelphia, PA|
Reservation Due: December 1, 2021
Final Payment Due: January 5, 2022
Estimated flights from Philadelphia, PA including air taxes, 7 nights lodging in 4 star hotels, Breakfast and Dinner Daily (Buffet Style), Full time English speaking Israeli tour guide, Porterage at Hotel (1 Bag), Whisper Headphone Systems, Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Services of long distance deluxe motorcoach as appear on itinerary, 1 Group Airport Arrival Transfer / 1 Group Airport Departure Transfer, All guides, entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary
Lunches, Additional Private Transfers on Arrival & Departure ($60.00 per person, per transfer), Optional Travel Insurance (7.25% or 9.8% of Tour Cost – Available to US Residents Only)
Day 1: Departure from US (March 7)
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 (March 8)
Arrive in Israel and travel northward to our hotel for one night in the coastal area near Netanya. 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.
Day 3: Caesarea, Megiddo, Mt. Arbel, Sea of Galilee (March 9)
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. See the Roman Amphitheatre and aqueduct. Then we’ll journey on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah hid from King Ahab, and through the Jezreal Valley to Megiddo, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. We arrive at Mt. Arbel where we have a panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee, which helps understand the ministries of Jesus. We venture down Mt. Arbel via a winding path. We end the day with a view of the “Jesus Boat,” recently discovered, this boat dates back to the time of Christ before a relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee with easy viewing of the nearby Golan Heights brings to life the experiences of the fishermen disciples and a conclusion to a wonderful day. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4: Capernaum, Dan, Caesarea Philippi & Mount of Beatitudes (March 10)
Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites emphasizing the loss of God's blessing on Israel. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship and Caesarea Philippi which is also the site of Peter’s Confession. Returning south via the Golan Heights we enjoy a “Tom Cat” four wheeling adventure learning of the local landscape and region. Upon our arrival back in the Galilee and in Capernaum we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter’s home. Then we travel on to the site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and the Mount of the Beatitudes overlooking the Sea. We visit nearby Tabga.
Day 5: Nazareth, Beth Shean & Dead Sea Scrolls, Dead Sea (March 11)
This morning we travel 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. We then turn 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. (1 Sam 31:10-12) During the intertestamental period, the city was renamed the "Scythopolis". Archaeologists have uncovered a huge number of ruins of the Roman/Byzantine Scythopolis. 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. As we travel along we will view the oldest city in the world - Jericho, before we visit Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Coming to our lodging for the evening at the Dead Sea, you are free to spend time in the special spa and enjoy a dip in the Dead Sea for a relaxing float before dinner.
Day 6: Masada, Ein Gedi, City of David (March 12)
For those who choose, the day will begin early with a hike up the snake path of the Masada. Later in the morning, the group joins them with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress. 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. (1 Sam 23:29; 24 Song of Songs 1:14). Arriving in Jerusalem we immediately travel atop Mt. Scopus for a panoramic view of both the Old and New cities of Jerusalem. Here we get a lesson on the geography of the land. We then travel 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. 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. Our lodging for the next three nights will be in Jerusalem.
Day 7: Around Jerusalem, Bible Times (March 13)
An interesting and educational day of touring awaits us today beginning at 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. It is in this courtyard that Jesus likely drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is where Peter stood and preached and where thousands were saved and baptized. On our way out of the city we will visit the Western Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. From here we will see the ancient Roman Cardo, Arab marketplace and Western Wall.
Day 8: Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb (March 14)
Begin 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. We then enter the Old City through Stephen's Gate and visit the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus cured a cripple. 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. While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering, view the Church of the Sepulcher before we arrive at the climax of our tour - the Garden Tomb. Your faith, that blessed hope and communion with Christ, will take on a tremendous new meaning today. The remainder of your day is free to shop in the Arab Market or sightsee on your own. Some recent tours have included Bethlehem, and we will do the same considering safety issues. We return to the hotel for our final dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Depart for Home (March 15)
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.