10 Day Tour of Israel

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Departs Nov 27, 2017 from Raleigh/Durham

Hosted By: Dr. and
Mrs. John W. Coker Jr.
Destination: Israel
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Highlights: Bethlehem, Jericho, Jerusalem, Jordan River, Sea of Galilee
An Educational Study Tour of Israel and Palestine
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10 Day Tour of Israel

DAY 1 – MON. NOV. 27 – DEPART USA.
Today we depart Raleigh airport for our overnight flight to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a connection in Newark.
DAY 2 – TUE. NOV. 28 – ARRIVE ISRAEL
Today we arrive in Tel Aviv early morning and proceed through passport control where our Wilcox World Travel and Tours representative will meet us at the baggage claim area.  After we pick up our luggage, the representative will lead us to the airport exit where we will meet our guide, board our bus and begin our tour of the Holy Land. We start by driving north to the coast of Sharon where the baptism of the Gentiles began at Caesarea Maritima (Focus on Acts 10).  We include the sunken harbor, the hippodrome, the theatre and the Roman aqueduct. Then we drive to Muhraka (“burnt offering”) on Mt. Carmel, with a panorama of the Plain of Jezreel (Esdraelon) (Focus on I Kings 18, the confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal). We drive to Nazareth where we walk through the bazaar at the site of the ancient village, visit the Church of the Annunciation and get a view from the “brow of the hill on which the city was built” (Luke 4) looking toward Mt. Tabor in the Jezreel Plain.  As we make our way to The Sea of Galilee, we pass Megiddo (Armageddon–Revelation 16).  We continue to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 – WED. NOV. 29 – UPPER GALILEE AND TIBERIAS, THE SOURCES OF THE JORDAN
After breakfast, we make a brief stop at Hazor, the largest Canaanite city, for a view of Mount Hermon and its surroundings. We then drive to Dan where we combine a nature walk beside the Upper Jordan River with views of the ancient ruins, including the Israelite high place that supported a golden calf (I Kings 12). A short drive then takes us to the spring of Caesarea Philippi (Banias), where Peter confessed his recognition of Jesus as Christ (Matthew 16). Here we will visit the stunning remains of a first-century AD palace belonging to Agrippa II. We drive around Mt. Hermon for a glimpse of Damascus, 45 miles away, and then head back over the Golan Heights to our hotel on the Sea of Galilee.
DAY 4 – THU. NOV. 30 – TIBERIAS / A DAY ON THE SEA OF GALILEE
We drive up the Golan Heights for a panorama of the lake from the east. Then we cross over to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7). Those who wish may walk down the hill to the lake, meeting the group at Tabgha where Christians have long remembered the first feeding of the multitude (Mark 6) and nearby, the breakfast of John 21. Then it is on to Capernaum, where Franciscan archaeologists believe they have uncovered the house of Peter (Mark 1 and 2).  After lunch we will take a cruise on the lake in a wooden boat modeled on one from Jesus’ time (Matthew 14).  We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 – FRI. DEC. 01 – TIBERIAS /JERICHO / JERUSALEM
After breakfast we will visit two major sites: Beth Shean and Jericho. We start by driving to Beth Shean.  On the way we will pass Cana where Jesus performed his first sign (John 2). We will cross the plain and descend through the Jezreel Valley to Beth Shean (aka Scythopolis). Here we shall climb the tel and view the setting for the death of Saul (I Samuel 28 – II Samuel 1). We then survey the magnificent Roman and Byzantine ruins: the theatre, bathhouses, ancient rest rooms, market areas, and colonnaded streets. Afterwards we drive through the Jordan valley to Jericho, where we will visit the tel of this oldest city and view the traditional mountain of Jesus’ temptation.  Ascending the Roman road along Wadi Qilt, we stop for a look at St. George’s Monastery.  Finally, atop Mt. Scopus, we behold majestic Jerusalem and proceed to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6 – SAT. DEC. 02 – MASADA / QUMRUM
After breakfast, we drive through Ein Gedi to visit the fortress Masada, rising 1,200 feet above the desert plain. We see the restoration efforts of remains of buildings dating back to the fourth and fifth centuries AD.  We stop in Ein Gedi and climb a mountain path to the waterfall where David may have hidden when he was running from Saul.  Then we make our way to Qumran where a Bedouin shepherd found the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1948. Afterward, those who wish may enjoy a “float” in the Dead Sea.  Then it’s back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 – SUN. DEC. 03 – JERUSALEM:  MT. OF OLIVES / GETHSEMANE / BETHLEHEM
After breakfast we start on the Mt. of Olives with the Old City tilted toward us. After an orientation, we descend the traditional Palm Sunday road to Dominus Flevit (“The Lord weeps”), remembering Jesus’ entry (Luke 19). We continue down to Gethsemane (Matthew 26) with a visit to the garden and the church for some quiet time. From here we drive to Mt. Zion to the grounds of a church called St. Peter in Gallicantu, which affords the best view of early Jerusalem from the west. (Here, the Assumptionist Fathers propose, was the house where the High Priest Caiaphas interrogated Jesus). Driving south, we pass Solomon’s Pools, Jerusalem’s main source of water for almost 2,000 years.  Passing the monastery of Hortus Conclusus (“the sealed garden”) in Artas, we go to Shepherds’ Fields. Next we visit Bethlehem, walking through its alleys and markets to the Church of the Nativity.  Then, back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 8 – MON. DEC. 04 – THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF JERUSALEM AND THE OLD CITY
After breakfast we begin our day with a visit to a modern tunnel that enables us to examine the length of the outer Herodian Temple wall, mostly preserved in mint condition, including two stone blocks each weighing about 600 tons. We then examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex, including steps where we may be certain that Jesus and the disciples walked. The group may then descend the slope of the first Jerusalem (“City of David”) to the Gihon spring and proceed through Hezekiah’s tunnel, which led the water to a pool where city dwellers of old were safe from the Assyrian arrows. We then drive to the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Israel Museum, including the outdoor model of Jerusalem as the city may have looked in 66 AD. Then it’s back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 9 – TUES. DEC. 05 – JERUSALEM / THE OLD CITY
After breakfast we transfer to the Dung Gate where we visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. We will ascend to the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site of Islam, located on the traditional site of the ancient Temple Mount. Just to the north we find the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church, perfectly preserved from the Crusader period with remarkable acoustics. We then follow the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) back as far as the Holy Sepulcher. We proceed through the Arab Souks and exit the Old City from Damascus Gate and find our way to the Garden Tomb where we conclude our day with a special visit.  This evening we enjoy a Middle Eastern farewell dinner in the gardens of the Ambassador Hotel before we drive to the airport for our late evening check in for our flight home.
DAY 10 –WED. DEC. 06 – ARRIVE USA.
Today we arrive back in the USA on our flight from Tel Aviv.
Air Transportation: ARC/IATAN jet economy class, round trip from gateway city applicable on all IATAN and ARC carriers, based on the non-refundable fare.  Tours must be fully paid for and tickets issued no later than 60 days before the tour’s departure date.  If you cancel or change your reservation for any reason after tickets have been issued, a cancellation fee of 100% of the ticket price will be charged by the airline. Fuel Surcharges: We will review the air costs approximately 65 days before departure and notify you of any changes in air fuel surcharges or taxes.  Deviations:  Deviation requests should be in writing and will incur an additional service fee plus any applicable fare increases.
Land Transportation and Transfers: By private deluxe motor coach.
Accommodations: Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded rooms with private bathroom with tub or shower.  Single rooms subject to availability and an additional cost of $600.00 (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge).  Hotels used are first and superior first class category.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner daily.  Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra.
Baggage: Subject to change, free baggage allowance is governed by the airline on which you are flying.  Baggage allowance guidelines will be included in your final documents.  Excess baggage will be charged at the established rates. Due to limited motor coach capacity we urge our tour members to carry only one bag per person.  Porterage for one checked bag is included in the tour price. Excess baggage charges from the airlines and motor coaches are the passenger’s responsibility and will be collected at time of handling.
Service Charges and Taxes: Those normally levied by hotels and restaurants are included and all departure taxes and tipping.
Not Included: Passport costs, and health documentation costs (when required); lunches, food and beverages (including coffee and tea) not usually included with regular table d’hote meals; optional sightseeing tours and excursions; accident, baggage and trip cancellation insurance; transporting and handling excess luggage; tips to persons rendering special services not specifically mentioned as included; items of a purely personal nature such as laundry, telephone and cable expenses, internet access, room service orders, etc.; transportation between hometown city and gateway city.
Insurance: Acting only as agents for suppliers, Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc., is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of luggage and/or personal belongings, or for personal injury, accident and/or illness. For protection, it is important that you have adequate insurance to cover these possibilities. We recommend Allianz Travel Insurance.  Travel protection is available to all residents of the U.S. and Canada, and includes coverage for lost luggage, medical emergencies and more.  Guests booking this tour have the option of purchasing cancellation protection in the event they need to cancel their trip after making their reservations.  This optional Guest Protection may be requested at time of booking and fee included with initial payment. Details will be provided with written confirmation of your tour reservation.
Important Passport Information: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office. Passports must have an expiration date beyond Jun. 07, 2018 in order to travel with this tour. If your expiration date is inside this date, you must renew your passport in order to participate.
VISA: A visa is not required for US citizens traveling to Israel.
Deposits and Payments: A deposit of $300.00 per person is required immediately.  Installment payments are accepted and updated statements will be forwarded with each payment sent.  The balance is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Please check your statement for specific due dates. Tour conditions and airfares are subject to Governmental, ARC/IATAN, and airline regulation requirements in effect on the date of and during the tour.  All airfares and land rates are quoted in US Dollars and are based on tariffs and cost in effect Jan. 2017 and are subject to change without notice.  Land costs are based on group rates and final tour cost may be dependent on number of tour participants.
Guests with Disabilities: Please be aware that certain land tours may not be fully accessible to persons with disabilities. Wilcox World Travel and Tours must be notified of any special medical, physical or other requirements of passengers at the time of booking.  Should a passenger require the assistance of another to make this tour, it is the responsibility of that passenger to arrange for a companion to provide the assistance at all times and for the entire duration of the tour.
Participating Air Carriers: The services of any ARC/IATAN air carrier may be used by Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc. for the air portion of these tours.
Responsibility: Your tour operator, Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc., an ARC/IATAN appointed agent, acts as agent for you in the making and securing of all arrangements for transportation, sightseeing, or for hotel accommodations for the tour.  Wilcox World Travel and Tours does not own, manage, control or operate any transportation vehicle, any hotel or restaurant, or any other supplier of services.  All coupons, receipts and tickets are issued subject to the terms and conditions specified by the suppliers.  Thus, by accepting the coupons and tickets and utilizing the services, you agree that neither Wilcox World Travel and Tours nor any of its Tour Hosts or Representatives shall be liable for any loss, injury or damage to you or your belongings or otherwise in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services, or resulting directly or indirectly from any occurrences beyond its control including breakdown in equipment, strikes, theft, delay or cancellation of or changes in itinerary, or schedules, etc.  Also, remember that travel documents are your responsibility as well as compliance with custom regulations.  No employee of Wilcox World Travel and Tours can change the terms under which you agree to take this tour.  Airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time you are not onboard the aircraft.  The passage contract in use by the airline, when issued, constitutes the sole agreement between it and you.
Cancellations and Refunds: If a passenger cancels his/her tour membership up to 61 days prior to departure, there will be a cancellation fee of $250.00 to cover administration and communication costs. For cancellations within 60-46 days of departure date you will be subject to a 50% penalty or $250.00 whichever is greater. Cancellations within 45 days are subject to a penalty of 100% of tour price. All cancellation requests must be addressed to Wilcox Travel in writing. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
NOTE:  Wilcox World Travel and Tours reserves the right to cancel, withdraw, or change the tour, in part or whole, at any time.  In the event of a change deemed necessary by Wilcox World Travel and Tours, the sole and exclusive obligation of Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc. is to refund monies recovered.