Highlights: Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jordan River, Jericho, Bethlehem, Jerusalem
$300.00 – $545.00
January 22 – 31, 2019 $3,899.00 Per Person
Round Trip From Charlotte, NC
Based on Double Occupancy
Highlights: Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jordan River, Jericho, Bethlehem, Jerusalem
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DAY 01 – TUE. JAN. 22 – DEPART THE USA / OVERNIGHT FLIGHT
Depart Charlotte for an overnight international flight to Tel Aviv, with a connection in Newark.
DAY 02 – WED. JAN. 23 – ARRIVE TEL AVIV / THE SHARON PLAIN / CAESAREA AND GALILEE
After clearing customs, we will be met by your representative who will assist you with your luggage and direct you to your bus and meet you guide. Start your tour of the Holy land by driving directly north through the Sharon valley to Caesarea Maritima. Begin where the baptism of Gentiles began: at Caesarea Maritima (Focus on Acts 10). You will see the sunken harbor, the hippodrome, the theatre and the Roman aqueduct. Then drive to Muhraka (“burnt offering”) on Mt. Carmel and have a short hike to Muhraka Church and go up to its roof to have a magnificent panorama of the Plain of Jezreel (Esdraelon). After surveying the Plain of Jezreel, you will proceed to the Sea of Galilee and end the day at the Arbell Cliff, which affords a view over the Lake of Galilee and the main sites of Jesus’ ministry and most of his healing miracles occurred in that region. Drive down to the city of Tiberias and check into our hotel overlooking the historic Sea of Galilee for the next three nights.
DAY 03 – THU. JAN. 24 – SEA OF GALILEE
Drive up to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7) and hike down 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). Here he also healed Peter’s Mother-in-law. The Gospels record twelve healing miracles in Capernaum, more than anywhere else in the Holy land. We then drive the northern end of the Sea of Galilee heading east and stop at 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 drive further south to Kursi in the “Gergesa” of Matthew’s Gospel where the evangelist locates the miracle of the swine. Most likely, that is what early Christians were commemorating. Then drive full circle around the lake and stop at a location where the Jordan River exits south from the Sea of Galilee and heads down the Jordan Valley. We end our day at the modern Baptismal site of the Yardenit where you have the possibility to be baptized or reaffirm your faith again by baptism, plan to join this ceremony. Return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 04 – FRI. JAN. 25 – UPPER GALILEE / TIBERIAS
Ascend the Golan Heights today, the biblical Bashan and ancestral home of the half-tribe of Manassah and in Jesus’ day, part of the territory of Herod Philip. Stop for an overview of Gamla, also known as “Masada of the north” where you’ll hear a heroic story of the few against the many, as the raptors that are protected here soar overhead in these magnificent natural surroundings. Drive along Israel’s border with Syria and stop at the Kuneitra overlook. Visit Tel Dan, one of the most important biblical mounds in the country. Here archaeologists discovered an inscription with the words “House of David,” and you can see a gateway from the time of Abraham, as well as the High Place of Jeroboam and the Israelite gate. Continue to Caesarea Philippi, now known as Banias. Open your Bible among the ruins of pagan temples to consider the words Jesus spoke here: “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (Matt. 16:13). As at Dan, you’ll also enjoy the natural beauty of Banias nestled on the flourishing banks of one the Jordan’s main tributaries. We end our day with an hour on the lake in a wooden boat modeled on one from Jesus’ time.
DAY 05 – SAT. JAN. 26 – NAZARETH / CANA / MEGIDDO / JERICHO / DEAD SEA / JERUSALEM
This morning we drive up to Nazareth. On the way we stop at Cana of the Galilee where Jesus performed his first sign (John 2), commemorating Jesus’ transformation of water into wine. We proceed to Nazareth. We spend the morning getting acquainted with Jesus’ home town, visiting its spring, where Mary would have done her family’s laundry, and walking through the present-day bazaar, over the site of the ancient village, to the Church of the Annunciation. After surveying the Plain of Jezreel, we drive down to the mound of Megiddo, har megiddo in Hebrew, which gave its name to Armageddon. In one fell swoop, from the heights of Tel Megiddo, you take in thousands of years of biblical history. You are surrounded by dramatic remnants of the more than two dozen civilizations that rose and fell here, which created the very mound on which you stand. The Canaanites knew it, and so did Solomon and the kings of Israel who built a major city here. We will explore Ahab’s amazing water system and pay tribute to the ancient ingenuity that has brought worldwide acclaim to this site. From the first recorded battle in history, in 1468 BC, every army that crossed this land fought in Megiddo’s shadow. We remind ourselves the lesson we heard on this spot, about history’s last recorded battle: “They gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon” (Rev. 16:16). After surveying the layered city, we drive east to the strategic crossing point between the Jordan Valley and the Jezreel which is located in the city of Beth Shean (aka Scythopolis). Here, you can view the setting of Saul’s death (I Samuel 28 – II Samuel 1). You then survey the magnificent Roman and Byzantine ruins: theatre, bathhouses, ancient rest rooms, market areas, colonnaded streets. We drive south through the Jordan Valley and then south to Jericho. At Jericho, you will visit the Tel of this oldest city and view the traditional mountain of Jesus’ temptation. Continue south to the Dead Sea at stop at Qumran. Here you can view Cave #4, which contained the greatest quantity of Dead Sea scrolls. We end the day by taking a dip into the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea before we drive up to Jerusalem passing by the Good Samaritan Inn. Finally, atop Mt. Scopus, we behold majestic Jerusalem.
DAY 06 – SUN. JAN. 27 – JERUSALEM / MT. OF OLIVES / BETHLEHEM / JERUSALEM
Start the day on the Mt. of Olives for an orientation to the city. Visit the church of Pater Noster to see the church dedicated to the Lord’s Prayer depicting several languages of the world done in ceramic covering the walls of the Church. Have an opportunity to read the Lord’s prayer in Aramaic in the language that Christ have taught his disciples. Then descend the traditional Palm Sunday Road stopping at the church of Dominus Flevit – The Lord Weeps. We continue down to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26) with a visit to the garden and the church where you can have some quiet time. Then drive along the Kidron Valley. Part of the Kidron that we view below is called the Valley of Jehosafat, where God will judge the nations of the world (Joel 3:12). Continue up Mt. Zion to the church grounds called Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied Christ; three times before the cock crowed – also known as the House of Caiaphas, where Jesus was brought after his arrest. Driving south to the Bethlehem region passing Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem, we go to Shepherds’ Fields where the angels announced the birth of Christ. We then visit Bethlehem, where we will walk through its alleys and markets to the Church of the Nativity. In the Church of the Nativity we see a stone manger, where it is believed Jesus was born. This site next to the inn was where the animals were kept and fed. Today a Silver Star marks the spot of His divine birth. We’ll have time for shopping and souvenirs here in Bethlehem before we return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
DAY 07 – MON. JAN. 28 – THE RIFT VALLEY / QUMRAN / MASADA / EIN GEDI
This morning we drive to Bethany the home of Martha and Lazarus. From there we drive through the Judean desert to Qumran. View Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin shepherd in 1948, before visiting the Shrine of the Book, displaying the scroll of Isaiah. 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). Next 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 – TUE. JAN. 29 – JERUSALEM – THE OLD CITY
This morning we walk on the Ramparts from Jaffa Gate to Dung Gate. Just inside the Gate, 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 also can be certain these are the steps where Paul would have done his Torah studies at the feet of his teacher Gamaliel. We then walk up to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site and 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. Here also was the place where Paul was arrested before he was taken down to Caesarea (Acts 21- 24). Deep in the heart of Jerusalem we tour the Western Wall Tunnel (also known as “the rabbis tunnel”). Just to the north we find the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus said to the man “Take up thy bed and walk.” (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.
DAY 09 – WED. JAN. 30 – NEW CITY OF JERUSALEM / TEL AVIV AIRPORT
Our final day in Jerusalem we have a leisurely morning before checking out of our hotel. We drive to West Jerusalem driving by the Knesset on our way to the Israel Museum. Here we view the Shrine of the Book and we get to see the model of the 2nd Temple Jerusalem. This affords us the opportunity to envision what Jerusalem might have looked like during the reign of King Herod. This magnificent work of art is continually being updated as new archaeological discoveries are being made. We visit Yad VaShem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, dedicated to the six million Jews who lost their lives before and during the World War II. Also, memorials have been placed to the many Gentiles who helped the Jews during this period, risking their lives to do so. This afternoon, a special service and communion will be held at the Garden Tomb. This evening we’ll enjoy a Middle Eastern farewell dinner at the Ambassador Hotel in Jerusalem, before we drive to the airport for our late evening check in for our flight home.
DAY 10 – THU. JAN. 31 – ARRIVE U.S.A.
Today we arrive back in the USA on our flight from Tel Aviv.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Tiberias 3 nights Leonardo Plaza
Jerusalem 4 nights Olive Tree
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 $735.00 (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are superior first-class category.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch 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.
For tour participants 79 + years old, there will be an additional cost for insurance based on your age.
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. 31, 2019 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.
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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.
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