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Come experience the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!
This life-changing tour will pay careful attention to the biblical relevance of the sites and artifacts of Israel. This strong biblical emphasis on the authority and accuracy of the Word of God will allow you to have “devotions with your feet” as the Scriptures turn from black and white to Technicolor!
Visiting approximately 50 sites, you will not only experience the “typical” tourist spots but much, much more! You will also be afforded free time for shopping, personal reflection, individual site-seeing, or soaking in the culture over a cup of coffee at a local cafe.
“Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers, consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels,that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide forever.” – Psalm 48:12-14
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)||PRICING including air|
|Deposit||$1,815 per person|
|2nd Deposit by Feb. 1, 2020||$1,185 per person|
|Final balance||March 1, 2020|
|Travel insurance||Call for quote|
|Vacation Pace||Active Pace|
|Cancellation policy: if travel insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges are: before January 1,2020 all monies refundable; after January 1st and prior to February 1, 2020, all but $1,185 per person is refundable. After February 1, 2020, no refund will be given. All cancellations must be received in writing. No monies are transferable. A valid passport is required with expiration greater than 6 months from return date.|
All tour prices are based on costs, charges, taxes and US dollar exchange rates known at the time of booking. We regret should any of these costs change, a surcharge may be added to the cost of your tour. You would be notified prior to travel.
Day 1 – May 1, 2010: Indianapolis / Tel Aviv
Day 2 – May 2, 2020: Tel Aviv / Jerusalem
Arrive at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. We will then board our bus to travel to our hotel in Jerusalem. After an opportunity to freshen up in the hotel, we will have dinner. In the evening, we will visit the Western Wall. (D)
Day 3 – May 3, 2020: Jerusalem
Today’s tour of Jerusalem will focus on the City of David. We will be sure to view David’s Palace (and Area G). We will then walk through the Canaanite tunnel OR wade through Hezekiah’s tunnel. After which, we will visit the Pool of Siloam. From there, we will tour the North Excavations (Ophel). Here we will sit upon the very steps Jesus would have walked when entering the Temple Mount. There will also be an opportunity to observe the recently discovered Solomonic gate! (B,D)
Day 4 – May 4, 2020: Jerusalem
Our focus on this day will primarily be New Testament Jerusalem. The bus will take us to the top of the Mount of Olives—the location where our Lord ascended into Heaven. From the Mount of Olives, we will take in a breathtaking view of the city across the Kidron Valley to the Eastern (Golden) Gate where Jesus will enter in the future. As we take the Palm Sunday Road, we will pass by the Pater Noster Church and visit Dominus Flevit where “the Lord wept” as he beheld the city. We will then stop at the Garden of Gethsemane for a time of reflection. We will then walk across the Kidron Valley into the Old City to visit St. Anne Church and the Pool of Bethesda. After lunch, we will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We will then conclude the day with a visit to the beautiful Garden Tomb where many people believe is the site of Jesus’ place of crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. We will have a special communion service to celebrate the Lord’s victory over death. (B,D)
Day 5 – May 5, 2020: Jerusalem
In the morning we will travel by bus to visit Bethlehem. On the way, we will pass by Herod the Great’s burial place and former citadel—the Herodium. From there we will visit the Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. After which, we will view one of the finest, if not the finest, holdings of biblical artifacts, at the Israel Museum, the model of first-century Jerusalem, and the Shrine of the Book. (B,D)
Day 6 – May 6, 2020: Jerusalem
Via bus, we will travel to the Dead Sea and environs. We will then explore Masada. This 1,500-feet mountaintop fortress was built by King Herod the Great, and served as the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans in AD70. We will ascend and descend via cable car and explore the first-century synagogue, Herod’s bathhouse, and many other significant sites. After lunch, we will the opportunity to swim in the Dead Sea or should we say float in the Dead Sea! We will then collectively visit Qumran, an ancient Essene community and where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden. As we continue back to the Old City, we will stop at Jericho and view the fallen walls of the ancient city destroyed during the time of Joshua and explore Herod the Great’s summer palace. From there we will travel a portion of the Jericho Road as we return to Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 7 – May 7, 2020: Jerusalem / Tiberius
In the morning, we will depart from Jerusalem and head north along the Mediterranean coast. Our first stop will be Caesarea Maritima. Built by Herod the Great, this city and its harbor played an important role in biblical history. After viewing these incredible ruins and taking in the gorgeous views, we will visit Mt. Carmel and reflect on the battle of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. After which, we will visit the massive ruins of Megiddo before crossing through the Jezreel Valley. On the other side of the valley, we will climb the Nazareth ridge and have a breath-taking view of the valley and surrounding mountains (e.g., Mt. Tabor). We will then travel to Tiberius to check into our hotel near the shore of Galilee. (B,D)
Day 8: May 8, 2020: Tiberius
We will spend this day exploring the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. We will begin by visiting Hazor, the city burned by Joshua. From there we will travel to Dan, the place of early apostasy in Israel. After lunch, we will visit Banias, or ancient Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession. On the way back to our hotel, we will visit Bethsaida, the hometown of Peter, Andrew, and Philip, and one of the locations of Jesus’ miracles. (B,D)
Day 9: May 9, 2020: Tiberius
After breakfast, we will board a wooden boat for one of life’s most memorable events–a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee! We will have a brief service while out on the Sea. We will then visit the Kibbutz Nof Geonsar and see the “Jesus Boat”—a 2,000 year old fishing boat discovered in 1986. From there, we will visit the recently excavated site at Magdala. We will be sure to view the first-century synagogue. From there, we will visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. We will be sure to take some time to reflect on these powerful words from our Lord. We will then proceed to Capernaum, the city where Jesus spent most of his Galilean ministry and the home of Peter’s mother-in-law. We will be sure to explore the synagogue and view other relevant first-century artifacts. After Capernaum, we will have lunch near the Sea of Galilee enjoying a St. Peter’s fish! After lunch, we will travel to Tel Aviv for a Farewell Dinner prior to heading to the airport. (B, St. Peter Fish Lunch, Farewell Dinner)
Day 10: May 10, 2020 Indianapolis
We will arrive home physically exhausted but spiritually refreshed!!