Journey Through Israel
The Holy Land
with Kerry and Richard
Optional Jordan extension
October 21 to 29, 2018
Join Kerry and Richard on a private tour of the wonders of Israel including many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will explore fascinating historical and biblical sights such as the Mount of Beatitudes, the Garden of Gethsemane with its Rock of Agony, and the Church of the Nativity. We will discover Acre, a historic walled port-city where we’ll see the immense underground Crusader City and Masada, a rugged cliff-top fortress where Jewish zealots chose death rather than slavery to the Romans. We will visit the Wailing Wall, the Jewish religion’s most holy shrine; tour the Israel Museum, with the Dead Sea Scrolls; take a cruise on the Sea of Galilee; and travel to the Dead Sea, to experience the buoyancy in the water and so much more.
Optional Jordan extension: Fascinating landscapes await us on this tour of Jordan that begins in Amman, Jordan's capital, and ends at the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth. In between, we will visit many of Jordan's amazing sights including an ATV ride through the Wadi Rum and a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site and one of the new 7 wonders of the world, Petra.
Your package includes:
- Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
- Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary by private air conditioned motor coach
- Breakfasts and dinners starting with dinner on Day one and ending with Breakfast on Day 9 or 14
- Entrance fees to museums and sites mentioned in itinerary
- Group arrival and departure transfers
|Price per person land only $3,400 US based on two sharing and minimum of 12 passengers. (Limited to a maximum of 24) Not included: personal expenses, international airfare and taxes, meals not specified, tipping. Single supplement available, please enquire. Private transfers are available for an additional cost for those not arriving at the same time as the group. Hold your space with a $1,000 US nonrefundable deposit.
Optional Jordan Extension: $1,450 US. Single supplement available, please enquire.
To book contact:
Phone: (250)590-1161 or Toll free: 1-800-475-3755
1889 Oak Bay Ave Victoria BC V8R 1C6
21 Oct 2018 Arrive in Tel Aviv, ISRAEL
Welcome to Tel Aviv. Enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv (1 night)
22 Oct 2018 Tel Aviv– Jaffa–Caesarea–Megiddo–Muhraqa–Sea of Galilee
Your tour of the Holy Land begins in Jaffa with a walk through the beautifully restored
ancient port, where medieval pilgrims started their strenuous 2-day trek to Jerusalem. Next is Caesarea, the perfect place to learn about the Roman and Crusader presence in the country. Visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER and the impressive CRUSADER FORTRESS, and admire Herod’s Stadium and harbor. In the afternoon, travel to the ancient fortified city of
Megiddo—one of the world’s most important biblical sites. According to the New Testament, the Battle of Armageddon will be the final struggle between good and evil, prompting the return of Jesus to defeat the Antichrist and cast Satan into the abyss. Continuing north, pass through Baron Edmond de Rothschild’s vineyards and apricot groves to Mount Carmel, considered the most holy of all mountains in ancient times. At Muhraqa, site of Elijah’s contest of faith with the priests of Baal, enjoy a sweeping panoramic view of the fertile Jezreel Valley, where Gideon led the Israelites to victory against the Midianites. Arrive at your hotel in Tiberias on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel (2 nights)
23 Oct 2018 Sea of Galilee. Excursion to Cana & Nazareth
Much of Jesus’ ministry occurred on the shores surrounding the Sea of Galilee. It is where he recruited four of his apostles, walked on water, calmed the storm, and fed the 5,000. Today, you will see an ancient fishing boat, said to be from the time of Christ, before arriving in Cana, where Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding. Even now, many couples renew their wedding vows at this sacred place. On to Nazareth, the Virgin Mary’s home village, and where Jesus spent part of his childhood. Visit the CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION, and ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH, built over Joseph’s carpentry workshop; and pass by Mary’s Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel, where the angel Gabriel told Mary she would give birth to Jesus. Afternoon at leisure.
24 Oct 2018 Sea of Galilee–Mount of Beatitudes–Tabgha–Capernaum–Bet She’an–Jordan River–Jerusalem
Enjoy a 45-minute CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee, then visit the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE MULTIPLICATION OF LOAVES AND FISHES at Tabgha, as well as the CHURCH OF ST. PETER’S PRIMACY, where Jesus instructed Peter “to feed my lambs and tend my sheep.” Warm springs once flowed into the sea here, attracting fish, which is why Peter came here to earn a living. On to CAPERNAUM, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen. Via the ruins of Kursi, which memorialize two of Jesus’ miracles, arrive at the Jordan River and visit a BAPTISMAL SITE. Then, visit the ancient city of Bet She’an with its fine ROMAN and BYZANTINE RELICS.
The city is located at the foot of Mount Gilboa, where King Saul and his son died by their own hands in battle with the Philistines. On the way to Jerusalem, stop for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Holy City, considered one of the oldest places in the world, with a history dating back as far as 4000 BC.
Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem (5 nights)
25 Oct 2018 Jerusalem. Excursion to Ein Karem, Bethlehem & The Garden Tomb
This morning, drive to Ein Karem and visit the CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST and the CHURCH OF VISITATION, said to be built over the home of John the Baptist’s parents. Enjoy a beautiful view of the valley and surrounding wooded hills. Continue to Bethlehem and see Shepherd’s Field, where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY on the site where Jesus was born. On the way back to Jerusalem, visit the GARDEN TOMB to bask in the splendor of the garden and pause to worship or meditate.
26 Oct 2018 Jerusalem. Excursion to The Old City
After a stunning view of the city from the revered MOUNT OF OLIVES, start your guided walking tour. Via the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, designed in the shape of a teardrop to symbolize the tears of Christ, arrive at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed the night before his arrest. Nearby are the Cave of the Assumption of Mary, believed to be the Virgin Mary’s tomb; and the Cave of Betrayal, where Judas betrayed Jesus. Follow the VIA DOLOROSA with its nine Stations of the Cross, marking the path Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. At Golgotha, visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE, erected on the site of the crucifixion and which houses the remaining five Stations of the Cross. Walk past the Temple Mount to see the Dome of the Rock, which is sacred to both the Jewish and Muslim people. On to the WESTERN WALL, the only remnant of the Second Temple, then stroll through the restored Jewish Quarter to MOUNT ZION and visit the UPPER ROOM, where Jesus and his disciples had the Last Supper; the TOMB OF KING DAVID; and the HOUSE OF CAIAPHAS, where Jesus was kept the night after his arrest and where Peter denied knowing him three times.
27 Oct 2018 Jerusalem. Excursion to Masada & The Dead Sea
Today, travel through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea, the planet’s lowest point on dry land. Enjoy the scenery as you follow the road between the salty water and majestic desert mountains. Catch glimpses of the Caves of Qumran, where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend by cable car to the spectacular clifftop FORTRESS OF MASADA, and hear how 960 Jewish rebels made their last stand against Roman forces. Around lunchtime, reach a comfortable Dead Sea resort for free time to experience the incredible buoyancy in the heavy saltwater. Later, return to Jerusalem.
28 Oct 2018 At leisure in Jerusalem
A full day at leisure, with time to attend a worship service at one of Jerusalem’s churches. Later, maybe join an optional excursion that includes a visit to the Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls; the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem; and the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Join your traveling companions one last time at tonight’s special farewell dinner with wine, and celebrate the blessings you experienced on
your Holy Land Adventure.
29 Oct 2018 Departure day
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning and transfer to airport for the flight out.
Or: Optional Jordan Extension:
29 Oct 2018 Jerusalem, ISRAEL–Allenby Bridge or Sheik Hussein–Jerash, JORDAN–Amman
A comfortable drive across the Allenby Bridge brings you to Jordan. Drive north to Jerash, the best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the Middle East, before arriving in Jordan’s capital, Amman.
Overnight: Bristol Amman Hotel (1 night)
30 Oct 2018 Amman–Wadi Rum–Petra
An exciting visit to Wadi Rum is on the program today. Wadi Rum is the largest wadi (ravine) in Jordan and made eternally famous through the movie Lawrence of Arabia. Enjoy spectacular FOUR-WHEELING through the sand dunes and receive a keffiyeh, a local headscarf. Continue to the “Rose-Red City” of Petra, where you can relax at your hotel this evening or explore the ancient city.
Overnight: Petra Marriott Hotel (2 nights)
31 Oct 2018 Petra
The entire day is dedicated to guided sightseeing in Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World®. Lost to the world for centuries, it is located in the biblical land of Moab. Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you walk down the SIQ, the narrow gorge made famous in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and stand in awe in
front of the iconic TREASURY. You’ll see spectacular temples and tombs created out of the rose-colored sandstone, and will sip tea in a real BEDOUIN TENT.
01 Nov 2018 Petra–Kerak–Wadi Mujib–Dead Sea
This morning features Kerak with a visit to the CRUSADER CASTLE and Wadi Mujib, the “Jordanian Grand Canyon.”
Continue to your hotel at the Dead Sea.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Hotel (2 nights)
02 Nov 2018 Dead Sea. Excursion to Madaba, Mount Nebo & Bethany Beyond The Jordan
A fascinating day awaits! Stop in Madaba to visit ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH, which houses a precious 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land. Also explore the MADABA ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Today’s major highlight is a visit to MOUNT NEBO, where Moses saw the Promised Land. Next is Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
03 Nov 2018 Dead Sea
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning and transfer to Amman airport for the flight out.
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