6am Meet in the departure hall at Vancouver Airport to check for the 8am Air Canada flight to Toronto. Arrive in Toronto at 3:28pm, then continue on the direct Air Canada flight to Tel Aviv at 4:50pm. Meals served on board.
WELCOME TO ISRAEL, CAESAREA, MT CARMEL
Arrive in Tel Aviv at 10:15am. Meet your tour guide. Drive north along the Mediterranean shore through the Plain of Sharon on the old coastal road which linked Egypt and Babylon, known later as the Roman Via Maris, en route to the Galilee. Stop at Caesarea the largest port in the Mediterranean, built by King Herod the Great. Here Pontius Pilate had his seat; Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10); Paul embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9:30); And Philip preached (Acts 8:40). Visit the Roman Theatre. Time permitting visit Muhraka, “the burned place” on the summit of Mt. Carmel, where the prophet Elijah challenged the 400 false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30).
1 night: Dan Panorama hotel ~ Haifa (Dinner)
GALILEE, JEZREEL VALLEY, MEGIDDO, NAZARETH VILLAGE, MT ARBEL, SAIL ON THE SEA OF GALILEE, ANCIENT BOAT
Drive along the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo to visit one of King Solomon’s fortified city kingdoms (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with impressive, layered ruins of 25 levels of civilization. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive, as you read about Armageddon ~ the final Battle. Continue to Nazareth, Jesus’ childhood home. Visit Nazareth Village to relive life from the time of Jesus and view the Church of the Annunciation. Stop on Mt. Arbel for a spectacular view of the area of Jesus Ministry, the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Following in the tradition of Jesus and the disciples, sail on the Sea of Galilee to Kibbutz Ginnosar. Visit the ancient boat from the time of Jesus.
3 nights: Sea of Galilee hotel ~ Sea of Galilee (Breakfast & dinner)
JESUS' MINISTRY IN GALILEE:, CAPERNAUM, CHORAZIN, MT BEATITUDES, MAGDALA
Visit Kfar Nahum (Capernaum), centre of Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee and site of many of his miracles (Mark 2:4; Matt.8:5; 14-7; 9;1-7; 17:18), including: the remains of St Peter’s house and the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught and worshipped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). Continue to Chorazin, visit one of three villages mentioned in the Gospels that did not accept Jesus’ Ministry. Travel to the Mt. of Beatitudes. Walk down through the valley where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount” (Matt.5). Stop to visit Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene, see the unique synagogue and visit the fishing village.
(Breakfast & dinner)
BIBLICAL DAN, JESUS’ MINISTRY IN GALILEE:, CAESAREA PHILIPPI, GOLAN HEIGHTS, BETHSAIDA
Drive north along the foot of the Golan Heights to “the finger of the Galilee”. Visit Dan, a fascinating lush Park and spring, the largest source of the Jordan river. Where the Bible comes to life - including the amazing mud brick gate that Abraham walked through (Genesis 14:14), an Iron Age gate complex and an impressive altar. Continue to Banias, another source of the Jordan River. See the waterfall, then visit ancient “Caesarea Philippi,” where Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt 16:16). View Kalat Nimrod, a fine example of a Crusader and Moslem fortress as you travel onto the Golan Heights. Journey across the Golan Heights, stopping to view Kunietra en route to Beth Saida, another one of three villages mentioned in the Gospels that did not accept Jesus’ Ministry. Stop at Gesher Arik to walk along the Jordan River.
(Breakfast & dinner)
FROM GALILEE TO JERUSALEM, MT TABOR, BEIT SHEAN, QASR EL YAHUD, QUMRAN, MT SCOPUS
Travel to Mt. Tabor to visit the site of the transfiguration of Jesus and enjoy a spectacular view of the surroundings. Continue to Beit Shean, where the body of King Saul and his sons were placed on the walls by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10), later known, in Jesus’ day, as Scythopolis, capital of Decapolis. Following the pilgrimage route that Jesus & the Galileans took drive down the Jordan Valley, through the homeland of Prophet Elisha, where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). Stop at Qasr El Yahud where tradition places John Baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River. Continue along the Dead Sea to Qumran, home of the Cult of the Judean Desert, where a shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls (1947) in a nearby cave. Then ascend through the Judean Desert Wilderness. Stop on Mt. Scopus to recite a Psalm of Ascent with your first view of the Holy city.
5 nights: Lady Stern ~ Jerusalem (Breakfast & dinner)
JERUSALEM, THE GARDEN TOMB, MT OF OLIVES, GETHSEMANE, MT ZION, ISRAEL MUSEUM
Start this glorious day at the Garden Tomb, Gordon’s Calvary, site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Christ, with time for contemplation and communion. Continue to the Mt. of Olives, for a stunning panoramic view of Jerusalem Old and New, the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque built on the Temple Mount. Following in the footsteps of Jesus and the Galileans, stroll down the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane at the Church of All Nations. Drive along the Kidron Valley ~ the Valley of Jehoshaphat, past the Tombs of Absalom, Zechariah and Bnei Hazir en route to Mt. Zion. Visit the home of the high Priest Caiaphas, where Peter denied Jesus for the 3rd time. Continue across the city to the Israel Museum, to visit the model of Ancient Jerusalem, describing the city from the time of Jesus and the adjacent Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest Bible manuscripts.
(Breakfast & dinner)
JERUSALEM, YAD VASHEM, EMMEK ZURRIM, DAVID’S CITY, WESTERN WALL AND TUNNELS, ST ANNE’S CHURCH, CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE
Start the day at Yad Vashem – national memorial and Museum of the Shoah (Holocaust), to pay tribute to the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah in Europe during the Second World War, including the New Museum and the Children’s Memorial. Get your hands dirty delving into the past at Emmek Zurrim an active archaeological sifting site. Visit David’s City including: a 3D presentation, a splendid view of the Kidron Valley (the Valley of Jehoshaphat) and the Mt of Olives, a walk through the Canaanite (dry) or Hezekiah’s (wet) tunnels and the pool of Siloam. Continue to the Western Wall, an important Jewish prayer area, then take a fascinating walk back in time under the city through the Western Wall tunnels. Proceed along the path of Palm Sunday to the Pools of Bethesda & the church of St Anne. Walk along the ancient alleyways of the colourful “Suk” (bazaar), through market place & along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
(Breakfast & dinner)
BETHLEHEM, SOUTHERN WALL PARK, HERODIAN MANSIONS, JEWISH QUARTER, ANCIENT CARDO, MAHANE YEHUDA MARKET
Before breakfast, drive to Bethlehem, to visit the Church of the Nativity, birthplace of Jesus. Enter the Old City to visit the Southern Wall Archaeological Park and the Davidson Centre. Here you visit the impressive excavations along the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount including the very stairs Jesus used to enter and exit the House of The Lord. Continue to the Upper city and through the Herodian Mansions to get a glimpse of quality of life from the time of Jesus. Walk through the Jewish Quarter where you can visit the many archaeological windows to this fascinating city’s layered past, including - the Broad Wall, mentioned in the book of Isaiah and the Roman, Byzantine, Crusader Main street called the “Cardo.” Drive back in time through Meah Shearim – the Jewish Ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood. Then mingle will all Israel as you walk through the colourful Mahane Yehuda (open air) food Market. Plan to be at the Western Wall to witness the greeting of the Sabbath bride.
(Breakfast & dinner)
MASADA, EIN GEDI, FLOAT IN THE DEAD SEA
Descend through the Judean desert and travel along the Dead Sea, (over 1300 feet below sea level) the lowest point on earth. Continue along the Dead Sea, view Ein Gedi. Stop to visit Masada. Ascend (descend) by cable car to the summit of King Herod the Great’s remote desert fortress, later the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in the revolt against Rome (73 ace). Travel north and stop at the lush desert oasis in Ein Gedi, where David fled the wrath of King Saul. Then stop at a public beach near the hotels to float on the Dead Sea the saltiest body of water in world – you cannot sink! Enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel
(Breakfast & dinner)
RETURN TO CANADA
For those returning, transfer to Ben Gurion airport. Depart from Tel Aviv on AC#81 at noon flying non-stop to Toronto arriving at 5pm. At 7pm continue on the Air Canada flight to Vancouver, arriving at 9:10pm.
CROSS INTO JORDAN, MADABA, MT NEBO, MACHAERUS, LITTLE PETRA
OR TAKE A 3 DAY / 2 NIGHT UNIQUE, OPTIONAL JORDAN TOUR. Price per person is $1,149, based on: 2 people sharing a double room and a minimum of 25 participants. Including: Exit Tax for Israel & Jordan & Jordan visa fee US$115 per person (subject to change). Not included: Single room supplement $255; Gratuity US$25 per person; MARK THE JORDAN OPTION ON YOUR APPLICATION/S
Get an early start. Transfer to the Allenby Bridge and cross into Jordan at 8am. Drive into the Mountains of Moab and stop to visit the famous ancient Byzantine Mosaic map of the world at Madaba. Travel to Mt. Nebo, where emulating Moses you will view the Promised Land. Proceed to Mukawir, Machaerus of Jesus’ day, where Herod Antipas beheaded John the Baptist. Continue to Petra, time permitting visit Little Petra.
1 night: Old Village ~ Petra
PETRA, TEL AVIV
Enjoy a full day in Petra, visiting the magnificent lost Nabatean City. Make your way through the “Siq,” a narrow winding gorge which ends at the famous Treasury. Visit the many unique colourful ancient temples, tombs and the Roman theatre. Those who are able may visit the A Dir Monastery and Arava valley overlook. Travel along the Via Nova Trajana to the Allenby bridge and cross back into Israel. Travel to Tel Aviv.
Grand Beach hotel ~ Tel Aviv. (Breakfast & dinner)
RETURN TO CANADA
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your flight to Canada. Depart from Tel Aviv on Air Canada AC#81 at noon flying non-stop to Toronto arriving at 5pm. At 7pm continue on the Air Canada flight to Vancouver, arriving at 9:10pm. (Breakfast)
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~ Flights from/to Vancouver as listed in the itinerary
~ Airline tax & fuel surcharge $712 (subject to change until ticketed)
~ Meeting/assistance/transfers to/from the airport in Israel
~ 9 Nights at select hotels with breakfast and dinner daily
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~ 9 days of touring and 1 day of leisure in Jerusalem
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~ Suggested minimum gratuity US$130 per person. A voluntary offering will be taken to supplement the gratuity for driver and guide
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~ Expert English speaking Govt. licensed tour guide
~ Entrance fees to sites listed in the itinerary
~ Hotel taxes and service charges
~ IHTours Care Free Payment Protection Plan $99 per person
~ Single room supplement $1,122
~ TAKE AN OPTIONAL 3 DAY 2 NIGHT UNIQUE, JORDAN EXTENSION. Cost per person $1,149 based on 2 people in a room, minimum 25 participants. The Single supplement $255. PLEASE MARK YES TO THE JORDAN OPTION ON YOUR APPLICATION There’s a modest increase in premiums
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