4:15pm Meet in the departure hall terminal 3, at Pearson airport, to check in for the EL AL direct nonstop flight to Tel Aviv. Depart at 7:15pm on your overnight, flight destination Israel, meals served on board.
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WELCOME TO ISRAEL, CAESAREA, HAIFA
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport at 12:30pm, [go through passport control, get a Covid PCR and serology test], meet your tour guide. Drive north through the Plain of Sharon, along the Mediterranean shore on the old coastal road known as the Via Maris, which linked Egypt and Babylon. 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, the Hippodrome and time permitting the Aqueduct. Continue to your hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Meet with Pastor Jeff & Bill on the beach 30 minutes before sunset.
1 night: Leonardo Plaza hotel ~ Haifa [Dinner]
TO THE GALILEE, MEGIDDO, JEZREEL VALLEY, NAZARETH VILLAGE, BAPTISM AT YARDENIT, SAIL ON THE SEA OF GALILEE
View Muhraka (the burned place) on Mt. Carmel where the prophet Elijah challenged the 400 false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30). Travel in the lush, fertile, Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, to visit one of King Solomon’s fortified city kingdoms (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with 20 impressive levels of civilization. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as you read about the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the fertile plains of the Jezreel valley. Proceed via Mt Precipice to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus and visit Nazareth Village to relive life from the time of Jesus. View the Church of the Annunciation then travel toward the Sea of Galilee. Stop at Yardenit for Baptism in the Jordan River. Visit the ancient boat from the time of Jesus then emulating the disciples sail on the Sea of Galilee.
2 nights: Ein Gev kibbutz hotel ~ Sea of Galilee [Breakfast & dinner]
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE, CAESAREA PHILIPPI, MT OF BEATITUDES, CAPERNAUM, MAGDALA
Drive north along the foot of the Golan Heights to visit Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River, site of ancient “Caesarea Philippi” and the Northern extent of Jesus’ ministry, where Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt; 16:16). Continue to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered “The Sermon On The Mount” (Matt.5). Proceed to Capernaum centre of Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee and the site of many of his miracles (Mark 2:4; Matt.8:5-7 & 14-15). See the remains of St Peter’s house and the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught and worshipped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). Stop at Magdala, the village of Mary Magdalene, where you visit the new archeological discovery and the very synagogue that Mary Magdalene would have worshipped in. Time permitting stop on Mt Arbel for a splendid view of the area of Jesus’ Ministry, the Sea of Galilee, Galilee, Golan Heights & the Jordan Valley.
[Breakfast & dinner]
FROM THE GALILEE TO THE DEAD S, BEIT SHEAN, JORDAN VALLEY, EIN GEDI, MASADA
Get an early start, travel south to Beit Shean, where the body of King Saul and his sons were placed on the walls by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10), also known in Jesus time as Scythopolis, capital of Decapolis. Visit the largest archaeological park in the land of Israel. Drive through the Jordan Valley, where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2) to the lowest point on earth the Dead Sea (over 1300 feet below sea level). Continue south. Stop at Ein Gedi, an Oasis in the desert where David fled the wrath of King Saul. Continue to Masada. Ascend by cable car to visit King Herod the Great’s imposing desert fortress, later the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in the revolt against Rome (73 ACE). Drive south to the hotel on the Dead Sea. Enjoy the hotel facilities and the unique experience of “floating” in the Dead Sea -- you cannot sink!
1 night: David resort hotel & spa ~ Dead Sea [Breakfast & dinner]
FROM THE DEAD SEA TO JERUSALEM, QUMRAN, JUDEAN DESERT, MT SCOPUS, MT OLIVES, GETHSEMANE
Spend a leisurely morning, with time to enjoy the Dead Sea and the hotel spa facilities (some spa services might be at an additional cost), then mid-morning travel north along the Dead Sea shores. Stop to visit Qumran, home of the Cult of the Judean Desert, where a shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls (1947) in a nearby cave. Ascend through the Judean Desert - Wilderness to the Holy City - golden Jerusalem as the Galileans did stopping on Mt Scopus to recite a Psalm of Ascent, enjoy the first moving view of the Holy City and with an unique opportunity to visit an adjacent 2nd Temple time tomb. Continue to the Mt of Olives for the same wonderful panoramic view of Jerusalem that Jesus experienced. Stroll down the Mountain to visit the Garden of Gethsemane at the Church of All Nations, with time for contemplation and prayer in the adjacent garden. You might want to plan be at the Western Wall (an important Jewish prayer area adjacent to the Temple Mt.) to witness the greeting of the Sabbath bride.
4 nights: Dan Boutique hotel ~ Jerusalem [Breakfast & dinner]
BIBLICAL JERUSALEM, THE KIDRON VALLEY, THE UPPER ROOM, THE ISRAEL MUSEUM, THE OLD CITY, THE CARDO, THE CHURCH OF THE SEPULCHER, BETHLEHEM
Drive around the Old City walls, along the Kidron Valley (the Valley of Jehoshaphat), past the Tombs of Absalom, Zechariah and James, to Mt Zion. Visit the Upper Room (Room of the Last Super), King David’s Tomb and the adjacent Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, built on the site of High Priest Caiaphas’ home. Visit the Shrine of the book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, at the Israel Museum and the adjacent outdoor model, describing ancient Jerusalem that Jesus witnessed and prophesied over. Walk into and through the Old City to the Jewish quarter. Visit the ancient street the “Cardo” where you may stop at the many archaeological windows into the City’s layered past. Continue walking through the “Suk” (market) the colourful bazaars, alleyways and stores to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Travel to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity the birthplace of Jesus and Shepherds Field.End the day at the Garden Tomb, with time for contemplation and prayer.
[Breakfast & dinner]
JERUSALEM, YAD VASHEM, THE KING OF KINGS, MAHANE YEHUDA MARKET, KING DAVID’S CITY, SOUTHERN WALL ARCHAEOLGICAL PA, WESTERN WALL TUNNELS
Start the day at Yad Vashem – national memorial and Museum of the Shoah (Holocaust), pay tribute to the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah in Europe during the Second World War. Visit the new Museum, the Children’s Memorial and walk along the Avenue of the Righteous Amongst the Nations, commemorating those who at great personal risk, endangered their own lives to save Jewish souls. Stop to visit the Pentecostal community church, the King of Kings Pavilion then explore and enjoy the nearby Mahane Yehuda market. Travel to and visit King David’s City including: Warren’s shaft, the Canaanite tunnel and the Pool of Siloam. Continue to the Southern Wall Archaeological Park to visit the South Western Wall of the Temple Mount and the Davidson Centre, including the very same steps that Jesus and the Galileans might have used to enter and exit the Holy Temple. Stop at the Western Wall (Kotel) to visit the sacred Jewish site. Walk back in time through the Western Wall tunnels under the city.
[Breakfast & dinner]
A DAY AT LEISURE IN JERUSALEM, OPTIONAL SAMARIA TOUR, SHILOH, 3 SEAS LOOK OUT, VISIT SAMARITANS & A JEWISH CO
Spend a day of leisure in this fascinating city. With time to re-visit the Old City for shopping in the bazaars or walk through the new city for shopping along Jaffa Road and Ben Yehuda Street. Visit one of the many Museums that Jerusalem has to offer or simply relax in the hotel. OR Take an optional tour to SAMARIA Travel north to Shiloh, where the holy Tabernacle stood for 369 years. Stop at the 3 Seas lookout to view Samaria’s Biblical mountains: Elon Moreh (Oak of Morah), where God first promised Abraham the land of Israel; Mt. Gerizim, the mountain of blessing; Mt. Ebal, the mountain of curses and the location of Joshua’s altar; the Med S of Galilee & D Sea. Visit the Samaritans and a Jewish community to soak up local color while talking to the residents. Cost per person (minimum 12 participants) $284. Mark yes to the Optional Samaria tour on your Application please. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel.
[Breakfast & dinner]
RETURN TO CANADA
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your return flight to Canada Leave Tel Aviv at 11am on your direct, nonstop EL AL flight to Toronto arriving at 4:15pm, meals served on board.
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~ Flights as listed in the itinerary
~ Airline taxes & fuel surcharge $690 (subject to change)
~ Meeting/assistance transfers to/from the airport (Israel)
~ 8 Nights at select hotels w breakfast and dinner daily
~ Credit card processing fee
~ Porterage at airport upon arrival and at hotels in Israel
~ 7 days touring & 1 day of leisure in Jerusalem
~ 1 PCR tests & 1 serology test
~ Luxury air conditioned coach (with free WIFI in Israel)
~ 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 $779
~ Suggested minimum gratuity US$100 per person, will be gathered prior to departure. ~ A voluntary offering will be taken to supplement the gratuity for driver and guide
~ Lunches, drinks as taken, gratuity for wait staff at meals
~ Items of a personal nature, extras in the hotel.
~ Optional tours – see itinerary & Application
~ Travel Insurance is highly recommended.
**THE ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MAY VARY IN THE ORDER YOU VISIT**