Departs Dec 26, 2017 from Charlotte, NC
|Hosted By:||Dr. Bobby Rogers & Shawn Porter|
|Tour Type:||HolyLand Tour|
|Highlights:||Bethlehem, Capernaum, Garden of Gethsemane, Jerusalem, Jordan River|
DAY 01 – MON. DEC. 26 – DEPARTURE
Depart Charlotte for our overnight international flight to Tel Aviv, with a connection in New York (JFK).
DAY 02 – TUE. DEC. 27 – TEL AVIV / NETANYA
We arrive in the Holy Land this afternoon where we are met by our Wilcox Tour agent and guide. Enjoy a scenic drive through Jaffa, the oldest port in the world. From here Jonah set sail for Tarshish, but he was swallowed by a whale. Jaffa was also the home of Tabitha who was raised from the dead by Peter. And, while lodging in the home of Simon the Tanner, Peter has his vision. One overnight in Tel Aviv at your hotel overlooking the Mediterranean.
DAY 03 – WED. DEC. 28 – THE SHARON PLAIN AND GALILEE
We begin where the baptism of 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.) Continue to Megiddo for the background to Ar-mageddon (Revelation 16). After surveying the Plain of Jezreel, we proceed to Nazareth, visiting part of the ancient village and enjoying a view of Mt. Tabor. We go on to Cana, commemorating Jesus’ transformation of water into wine. We end the day at the Arbel cliff, which affords a view over the Lake of Galilee and the main sites of Jesus’ ministry. We have dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee.
DAY 04 – THU. DEC. 29 – A DAY ON THE SEA OF GALILEE AND THE JORDAN VALLEY
Drive up to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7) and drive the hill to the lake and go to Tabgha where Christians have long remembered the first feeding of the multitude (Mark 6) and nearby, the breakfast of John 21. Continue walking to nearby Capernaum where Franciscan archaeologists believe they have uncovered the house of Peter (Mark 1 and 2). Then drive the northern end of the Sea of Galilee heading east and passing by Beth Saida, which is the fishing village of the Gospels. This village was the home town of Peter, Andrew, and Philip (John 1:44). Here, as well as Capernaum and Chorazin, Jesus performed most of his miracles, healed a blind man, and cursed all three towns for their failure to repent. In Luke’s account, the feeding of the 5000 occurred in the area of Beth Saida. Continue driving around the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee heading south to Ein Gev where you can stop for a St. Peter’s Fish lunch. After lunch take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to the western shores. Regain you bus and drive south to the location where the Jordan River exits south from the Sea of Galilee and heads down the Jordan Valley. We can have a short stop for the renewal of our Baptismal vows before heading south through the Jordan Valley. We pass the strategic crossing point between the Jordan Valley and the Jezreel which is located in the city of Beth Shean (aka Scythopolis) – the setting of Saul’s death (I Samuel 28 – II Samuel 1). We continue south through the Jordan Valley to Jericho. At Jericho, we visit the Tel of this oldest city and view the traditional mountain of Jesus’ temptation. We head further south the Dead Sea and check in our hotel along the shores of the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.
DAY 05 – FRI. DEC. 30 – MASADA / EIN GEDI / QUMRAN / JERUSALEM
“We are going up to Jerusalem.” (Matthew 20:18).
This morning the first stop will be at Masada. Take the cable-car to the top of Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the great revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the visitor’s center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations. Descend back to the base by cable car and drive, the Nature Reserve of Ein Gedi. Enter the reserve, rich in flora and fauna, and hike to a lovely waterfall. After this drive along the western shores of the Dead Sea north and stop at the ancient settlement of Qumran. Here you’ll have the opportunity to view the many caves where approximately 900 parchment documents of religious significance were discovered – the fabled Dead Sea Scrolls. We then connect with the Jerusalem/Jericho highway. Ascending the Roman road along Wadi Qilt, stop for a look at picturesque desert monastery of St. George’s built deep in the gorge of Wadi Kelt. Finally atop Mt. Scopus, we behold majestic Jerusalem and spend the next three nights.
DAY 06 – SAT. DEC. 31 – O’ JERUSALEM
Today we will 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 where we will have some quiet time. We then drive to the church grounds called 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 to the Bethlehem region passing Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem, we go to Shepherds’ Fields. We then visit Bethlehem, where we will walk through its alleys and markets to the Church of the Nativity. Later this afternoon we’ll hike through the Valley of Elah, where David encountered Goliath (I Samuel 17)
DAY 07 – SUN. JAN. 01 – THE RIFT VALLEY / MASADA / DEAD SEA
We drive to Bethany the home of Martha and Lazarus. From there we drive to Masada where we take the cable car to the top, visiting Herod’s mountain bunker and the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome (66-73 AD). Next, we’ll stop at Bethabara where John baptized those who came to him. This is also known as “Bethany beyond the Jordan” and is near the area where the children of Israel crossed into the Promised Land. Qumran. Here we view Cave #4, which contained the greatest quantity of Dead Sea scrolls. For those brave enough, you can float in the Dead Sea (at minus 1390 feet, as low as you’re ever likely to get), we enter the nature reserve of Ein Gedi, rich in flora and fauna, and walk to a lovely waterfall. We return to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
DAY 08 – MON. JAN. 02 – JERUSALEM / THE OLD CITY
We transfer to Dung Gate where just inside, we take the time to examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex, which includes steps where we may be certain that Jesus taught and He and his disciples walked. We then walk up to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. We view 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, which has remarkable acoustics and which has been perfectly preserved from the Crusader period. We then follow the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) back as far as the Holy Sepulcher. From there we walk through the Arab Souks, past the Armenian Quarter and exit the Old City through the Mt Zion Gate to visit the Upper Room and King David’s Tomb on the grounds of Mt. Zion. From there we take the bus to the Garden Tomb where we end our tour with a special visit and the possibility of having a private communion on its grounds. The balance of the day is free. This evening we’ll enjoy a Middle Eastern farewell dinner at our hotel in Jerusalem, before we drive to the airport for our late evening check in for our flight home.
DAY 9 – TUE.. JAN. 03 – ARRIVE U.S.A.
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 $550.00 (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); 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 Jul. 04, 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 Mar. 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.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Current round trip economy air fare from Charlotte to Tel Aviv via Delta Air Lines.
Current airport departure taxes, fuel surcharges, customs & security fees.
First and Superior First Class (3&4 star) hotel accommodations throughout (6 nights);
Netanya 1 night Ramada Hotel & Suites
Dead Sea 1 night David Dead Sea Resort
Tiberias 1 night Gai Beach
Jerusalem 3 nights Ambassador Hotel
Breakfast and dinner daily, including a St. Peter’s fish lunch and a farewell dinner.
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary by private deluxe motor coach with qualified driver and English-speaking, licensed guide/escort, who meets you upon arrival after clearing Israeli customs (as per itinerary) and stays with the group throughout until returning you to the airport for your flight to U.S.A.
Entrance fees to all sightseeing, including the Sea of Galilee boat ride and Masada.
All transfers and porterage (one suitcase per person).
All tipping to hotel and restaurant personnel, porters, drivers, and guides.
Wilcox World Travel and Tours flight bag.
96 page “Pilgrim’s Guide to the Holy Land” book.
Single room supplement $550.00.
Insurance: Travel, baggage, trip cancellation, etc. – cost $278.00
Beverages with meals, or meals not specifically mentioned on itinerary.
Personal Items and Immunizations
Price (per passenger)