Day 1 – Sunday
Departure from Toronto (Terminal 1) on Air Canada flying non-stop to Tel Aviv at 4:50pm. Complimentary dinner and breakfast plus inflight service will be provided during the flight.
TEL AVIV / JAFFA
Day 2 – Monday
Arrive in Tel Aviv at 10:15am 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 Metropolitan Hotel
CAESAREA / MT.CARMEL / MEGIDDO
Day 3 – Tuesday
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. We continue to Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight at Nof Ginossar Hotel on the Sea of Galilee
JESUS MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE
Day 4 – Wednesday
We start the day with a visit to the ancient boat museum of a boat from the time of Jesus found in the Sea of Galilee by fishermen from Kibbutz Nof Ginossar. We continue for a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Drive to Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ Galilean ministry and the site of many of his miracles (Mark 2:4; Matt.8:5; 14-7; 9; 1-7; 17:18). We will see the remains of Peter’s house and the synagogue site where Jesus taught and worshipped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). Drive to Tabgha and visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. Visit the Church of the Primacy Traditional site where Jesus Christ appeared to his disciples after his resurrection 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). Continue to the Primacy of Peter the traditional site where Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection. Visit to Magdala the newly excavated site to see the 1st century synagogue where Jesus taught. We drive to 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). Dinner and overnight at Nof Ginossar Hotel on the Sea of Galilee
NAZARETH / BAPTISM / JERUSALEM
Day 5 – Thursday
Drive to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus. We will visit Nazareth Village depicting a village from the time of Jesus. We continue to the Gideon Springs and see the springs of water described in Judge Chapter 7 where Gideon brought the army of Israel to this spring to select the warriors who would join him battle. We drive 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). Visit the Baptismal site on the Jordan River (Qasr El-Yahud) before ascending up the Judean Wilderness to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM
Day 6 – Friday
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
JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
Day 7 – Saturday
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. Visit the Western Wall Tunnels excavations. The Western Wall Tunnels, a ‘time tunnel’ to ancient Jerusalem, expose the visitor to construction, sites, and artifacts that shed light on life in this special city during its most glamorous era, the Second Temple period. Drive to Bethlehem and visit Shepherds Field and cave.
Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
QUMRAN / MASADA / DEAD SEA
Day 8 – Sunday
Depart Jerusalem and drive to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. We will stop at Qumran for a visit 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. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9 – Monday
After breakfast, enjoy a day of leisure. Perhaps re-visit the Old City for shopping in the bazaars. Visit many of the Museums that Jerusalem has to offer that you did not see on the tour, shop in the largest indoor shopping mall in Israel or just relax at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 10 – Tuesday
Transfer to the Airport for your departure from Tel Aviv on Air Canada at 11:55am, arriving in Toronto at 5:00pm.
ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN THE ORDER OF THE DAYS OR ALTERED BY THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
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TOUR PRICE: $4,359 CDN All Inclusive
Departure from Toronto to Tel Aviv on Air Canada flying non-stop. Per person sharing a twin room
with a minimum of 20 paying passengers.
If the group is less than 20 paying passengers, there will be a supplement of $120 per person to the above rates.
Land Only: $2,999 CAD per person.
Single Supplement: $1,190 (for those who want their own private room).
RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CURRENCY FLUCTUATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CANADIAN DOLLARS.
Included in your tour:
· Meeting/assistance at the airport
· Return transfers to/from the airport
· 8 nights at selected at four-star hotels
· Israeli buffet breakfast and dinners daily in the hotels
· Porterage at airport and hotels
· 6 full days of sightseeing as per the program attached
· Air-conditioned transportation throughout
· English speaking licensed tour guide throughout
· All entrance fees to places of interest as per the program
· Tree planting (one tree per person)
· Whispering system (head phones)
· All hotel taxes and service charges
· Airport taxes and fuel surcharges of Air Canada
Gratuities and tips to the guide, driver and dining room staff
Comprehensive and Cancellation Insurance (Optional)
Lunches on route
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