9 Day Tour of Israel

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Departs Jan 25, 2018 from Charlotte, NC

Hosted By: Rev. Dr. Stephen Gragg
Destination: Israel
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Highlights: Bethlehem, Capernaum, Church of the Nativity, Garden of Gethsemane, Israel
A Spiritual and Educational Tour of Israel
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Hosted by Rev. Dr. Stephen Gragg

Dear Friends,

Join me on this great opportunity to spend 9 days touring the land of the Bible. For 2,000 years Christians have been making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Faithful people journeyed, not only to see, but to encounter the land.  Now is the time for you to consider such a journey! Meet the Bible on its own terrain. See the holy sites first hand. Walk in the steps of Jesus, and you will have journeyed in the company of others whose earnest desire was to deepen their faith and devotion to the Lord.

Space is limited, so complete the enclosed registration form with your deposit and secure your spot.  I believe this trip can be one of the most exciting and enriching experiences of your life.

Blessings,

Steve

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9 Day Tour of Israel

DAY 1 – THU. JAN. 25 – DEPART USA

Today we depart Charlotte or Denver for our overnight flight to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a connection in Newark.

DAY 2 – FRI. JAN. 26  – ARRIVE ISRAEL / TEL AVIV / NETANYA

After clearing customs, we will be met by our guide who will take us on a scenic drive through Jaffa, the oldest port in the world. Jonah set sail for Tarshish from Jaffa but was swallowed by a whale.  Jaffa was also the home of Tabitha, who was raised from the dead by Peter. Peter had his vision here while lodging in the home of Simon the Tanner. We then drive north to the city of Netanya for dinner and overnight at our hotel overlooking the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

DAY 3 – SAT. JAN. 27 – THE SHARON PLAIN AND GALILEE

We begin where the baptism of Gentiles began: at Caesarea Maritima (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 tour of the Tel. 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 at our hotel in Galilee.

DAY 4 – SUN. JAN. 28 – A DAY ON THE SEA OF GALILEE AND UPPER GALILEE  

They “got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum…” ( John 6). After landing, “When he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside, and sat down” (Matt. 5:1).

We drive along the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, where we visit the synagogue and the place where early Christians remembered Peter’s house. We continue to Tabgha (short for Heptapagon, “seven springs”) to view the mosaics in the Church of the Loaves and Fishes. Ascending the Mt. of Beatitudes, we listen to Jesus’ teachings. On an ancient trade route, we pass Hazor and then go on to Dan. We continue to Caesarea Philippi (Banias), where Peter answered Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” Our route then takes us over the Golan Heights, skirting Mt. Hermon, through the Druze village. We end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

DAY 5 – MON. JAN. 29 – THE LOWER GALILEE AND THE JORDAN VALLEY

“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’ (Luke 4:1-4).

Today we visit three major sites: Beth Shean, Ein Harod and Jericho. We drive down into the Jordan Valley where we stop for a visit at the modern baptismal site at the point where the Jordan flows out of the lake. We then drive to the strategic crossing point between the Jordan Valley and the Jezreel which is located in the city of Beth Shean (aka Scythopolis). Here, we will climb the Tel to view the setting of Saul’s death (I Samuel 28 – II Samuel 1). We then survey the magnificent Roman and Byzantine ruins: theatre, bathhouses, ancient rest rooms, market areas, colonnaded streets.  We drive through the Jezreel Valley west to Ein Harod (Judges 7), which describes Gideon’s actions in thinning out his army. This is where he brought the men to the spring and sorted them on the basis of how they drank from the water. We then drive east into Harod’s Valley with a fantastic view filled with biblical history. From this location on Tel Jezreel looking east, one can yet imagine the crowned Jehu “driving like a madman,” on his way to killing the kings of Israel and Judah. We continue east back to the Jordan Valley and then south to Jericho. At Jericho, we 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 where we will have dinner and spend the next three nights.

DAY 6 – TUE. JAN. 30 – O’ JERUSALEM!

“If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace” (Luke 19:42).  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 and later have time for shopping. From there we drive back to West Jerusalem passing by the Knesset the Israeli Parliament on our way 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.
DAY 7 – WED. JAN. 31 – THE RIFT VALLEY

We drive to Bethany the home of Martha and Lazarus. From there we drive through the Judean desert to Qumran. Here we view Cave #4, which contained the greatest quantity of Dead Sea scrolls. We continue south 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). After floating 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. Here we can also try to imagine a possible cave that brings to mind the biblical reference (1 Samuel 24:1-3), “Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of En Gedi.” Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats.  We return to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

DAY 8 – THU. FEB. 01 – 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 farewell dinner before we drive to the airport for our late evening check in for our flight home

DAY 9 – FRI. FEB. 02  – 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 $528.00 (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge).  Hotels used are 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. 03, 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 May 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 or Denver to Tel Aviv via United Airlines.

Current airport departure taxes, fuel surcharges, customs & security fees.

First class (3star) hotel accommodations throughout (7 nights);

 

Netanya           1 night              Ramada Hotel & Suites

Tiberias            2 nights            Kibbutz Nof Ginosar

Jerusalem         3 nights            Ambassador Hotel

 

Breakfast and dinner daily, including a special 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, Masada and Western Wall Tunnel,

Tips for hotel and restaurant personnel, porters, drivers, and guides.

All transfers (one suitcase per person).

Wilcox World Travel and Tours flight bag and 96-Page Pilgrim’s Guide to the Holy Land.

$125 DISCOUNT IF PAID BY CHECK

 

NOT INCLUDED

Single room supplement $ 528.00.

Insurance: Travel, baggage, trip cancellation, etc. – $214.00

Beverages with meals, or meals not specifically mentioned on itinerary.

Passports

Personal Items and Immunizations

Option
Price (per passenger)
BASE PRICE
$2,899.00
SINGLE ROOM
+$528.00
TRIP INSURANCE
+$214.00