Day 1 – Thursday
Departure from Toronto on Air Canada flying non-stop to Tel Aviv departing at 4:15pm from Terminal #1. Complimentary dinner and breakfast plus inflight service will be provided during the flight.
TEL AVIV / JAFFA
Day 2 – Friday
Arrive in Tel Aviv at 10:05am where our tour guide will meet you. We start by traveling to Jaffa, which affords us a breathtaking view of the city of Tel Aviv. At this picturesque port city of winding alleys, art galleries and crafts boutiques, King Solomon had the cedars of Lebanon rafted for the building of the First Temple in Jerusalem. You will view the spot of the House of Simon the Tanner (Acts 10:6). After this tour we go to our hotel for check-in and the balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy Tel Aviv. Dinner and overnight at the Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
CAESAREA / MT.CARMEL / MEGIDDO
Day 3 – Saturday
We drive north along the Plain of Sharon, the Mediterranean and the old coastal road- the Via Maris that linked Egypt and Babylon as we journey towards Galilee. We stop at Caesarea the incredible fortress city built by King Herod the Great. Here, Pontius Pilate had his base; where Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10); where Paul embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9:30) and where Philip preached (Acts 8:40). Visit the Roman Theatre, the Hippodrome, and the Crusader City. We then travel north towards Haifa and ascend Mt. Carmel the site where the prophet Elijah fought the 400 false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30). We will stop for an incredible panoramic view of Haifa.We turn inland and proceed to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s walled fortified cities (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with ruins of 20 levels of civilization. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as we read about the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the Plains of Jezreel. Continue to Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee.
JESUS MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE
Day 4 – Sunday
After breakfast, we will depart our day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Kibbutz Ginossar where we will see an ancient boat from the time of Jesus displayed at the Kibbutz Museum. Continue to Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ Galilean ministry and the site of many of his miracles. We will see the remains of Peter’s house and the synagogue site where Jesus taught and worshipped. Drive to Tabgha and visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. Visit Magdala to visit the oldest synagogue on the Sea of Galilee from the first century, and a complete first century city. Continue to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered what is perhaps the most famous sermon ever preached – “The Sermon On the Mount” (Matt.5). We will drive north of the Golan Heights and visit Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River and the site of ancient “Caesarea Philipi”, where Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt; 16:16). Drive to Nimrod Fortress is the largest castle remaining from the Middle Ages in Israel at the foot of Mount Hermon, in the northern Golan Heights. Built in the 13th century (1229 CE), it is set at about 2,500 feet and overlooks the lush Banias forests, which are decorated with sparkling rivers and waterfalls. Dinner and overnight at the Lake House Hotel, Tiberias
GALILEE / JORDAN VALLEY / JERU
Day 5 – Monday
We start the day at Yardenit, the Baptismal Centre on the Jordan River. Drive to Kfar Kedem (literally The Ancient Village) does exactly that, offering hands-on experiences that transport guests to life on a Jewish village in the Galilee two thousand years ago. Visitors can ride donkeys across the rolling hills that Abraham rode. Take in the scents that Jacob smelled tending Laban's flocks. Hear the words of the prophets as they thresh grain, press oil from fresh olives and wine from fresh grapes while dressed like times of old. We continue southward to Beit Shean, where we will walk through the incredible excavations of the largest ongoing archaeological dig in the land of Israel with its Roman theatre, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics and Roman bathhouses. It is also the city where the body of King Saul and his sons where nailed to the walls by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10). We then drive through the lush Jordan Valley, where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). We make our ascent to Jerusalem through the Judean Wilderness. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM
Day 6 – Tuesday
We start the day at the Mount of Olives, for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. From here, we proceed by bus across the Kidron Valley, past the Tombs of Absalom, Zechariah and James and proceed to Mt Zion to visit the traditional site of the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper) and the Church of St. Peter’s in Gallicantu, built on top of the High Priest Caiphas’ house. We walk to the Zion Gate and enter the Old City of Jerusalem through this gate and walk through the Armenian Quarter to the Jewish Quarter. Visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest spot. We continue our walk along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Pools of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church, Chapel of the Flagellation and Pilate’s Judgment Hall. We pass through the colourful bazaars, alleyways and market places and reach the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for a brief visit. We finish the day at the Garden Tomb-preserved by the Garden Tomb Association these beautiful gardens surround the traditional site of the Garden Tomb. You will have time for a Communion Service privately in the gardens. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7 – Wednesday
We start the day visiting Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust commemorating the six million Jews who perished. Visit and walk through the newly opened Museum, visit the Children’s Memorial, walk along the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles for those who risked their lives to save Jewish lives. Drive to the excavated City of David to see remains of Jerusalem from the time of King David. See the Hezekiah’s Tunnel and visit the Pool of Siloam. Continue to the Davidson Center to start at the facility using the state of art technology and film showing what the Temple Mount was like from the time of Jesus. You will continue to the Southern Wall. Excavations and see the walls from the time of King Herod and walk on the same steps Jesus walked on going up to the Temple. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
MASADA / DEAD SEA / GENESIS LA
Day 7 – Thursday
Depart Jerusalem and drive to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. We will view Qumran where a young shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 in the cave, which you will see. These scrolls are the oldest scriptures of the Bible ever found. Continue south to Masada. You will take a cable car to the summit of this magnificent fortress built by King Herod the Great and the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots. You will walk around this historic ruins you will see the palaces, bath houses, swimming pool, the oldest synagogue in the world on this mountain in the middle of the desert. After descending this mountain by cable car we travel to the shores of the Dead Sea where you will have time to take a float in the saltiest body of water in world. Return to Jerusalem stopping on the way at Genesis Land. Visitors to Genesis Land situated in the heart of the Judean desert in the land where the Patriarchs lived. A magical place, it enables visitors to experience life as it was in biblical times. Visitors are greeted by Eliezer, Abraham's manservant, and by a train of camels which lead you down to Abraham's tent, where you will experience his legendary hospitality. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
JERUSALEM AT LEISURE
Day 8 – Friday
Today is a day of leisure to explore the magnificent city of Jerusalem on your own.
Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9 – Saturday
Transfer to the airport after breakfast for your direct Air Canada flight to Toronto departing at 11:55am and arriving in Toronto Terminal #1 at 4:45pm
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TOUR PRICE: $4,949 CDN per person Canadian per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 21 paying passengers.
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Departure from Toronto on Air Canada
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· Return transfers to/from the airport in Tel Aviv
· 8 nights at selected hotels in Israel
· Buffet breakfast & dinners daily in the hotels
· Porterage at airport and hotels
· Air-conditioned transportation
· 6 full days of sightseeing in Israel as per the itinerary attached
· English speaking licensed tour guide throughout
· All entrance fees to places of interest as per the itinerary
· Whispering ear pieces to listen to the guide
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· Airport Taxes & fuel surcharges of Air Canada
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