A Spiritual and Educational Tour of the Holy Land

200513 – 9 Day Tour of Israel Hosted by: Rick & Sandy Hamrick

$300.00$612.00

May 13-21, 2020

$3,820.00 Per Person Round Trip From Charlotte, NC

Based on Double Occupancy

Hope Community Church 

With Teachings by Pastors Skip Allen, Rick Hamrick and Jeremy Peeler

 

Description

DESTINATION: ISRAEL

HIGHLIGHTS: Mt. Carmel, Mt. of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee boat ride, Beth She’an, Masada, Shrine of the Book and Western Wall Tunnel.

                 

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GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

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Inclusions

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Current round-trip economy air fare from Charlotte NC to Tel Aviv via  United  Airlines.

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

Superior first-class (3 & 4 star) hotel accommodations throughout 6 nights.

Tiberias              2 nights           Gai Beach Hotel
Jerusalem          4 nights           Leonardo Hotel

Breakfast and dinner daily, including a St. Peter’s Fish lunch and 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 The Western Wall Tunnel.

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 and Holy Land Journal.


NOT INCLUDED

Single room supplement $725.00

Insurance: Travel, baggage, trip cancellation, etc.

Beverages with meals, or meals not specifically mentioned on itinerary (lunches).

Passports

Personal Items and Immunizations

Itinerary

DAY 1 -WED. MAY 13 – DEPART USA
Today we depart Charlotte airport for our overnight flight to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a connection in Newark.

DAY 2 – THU. MAY 14– 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. (D)

DAY 03 – FRI. MAY 15 – AROUND THE 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 and nearby, the breakfast of John 21. Continue walking to 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 stop at Beth Saida, which is the fishing village of the Gospels. This village was the home town of Peter, Andrew, and Philip. 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 will have a special baptismal service at the Jordan River. If you wish to be baptized or reaffirm your faith again by baptism, plan to join this ceremony. (B, L & D)

DAY 04- SAT. MAY 16 – TIBERIAS /JERICHO / JERUSALEM
We start the morning by cruising the Sea of Galilee in a wooden boat modeled after one from Jesus’ time. We will then 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. (B & D)

DAY 05- SUN. MAY 17 – MASADA / QUMRAN
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. (B & D)

DAY 6- MON. MAY 18 – JERUSALEM / 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. (B & D)

DAY 7- TUE. MAY 19 – THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF JERUSALEM
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. (B & D)

DAY8- WED. MAY 20 – 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 to the Jewish Quarter for a visit to the ruins of a Herodian mansion and walk through the Crusader Cardo and see the Broad Wall. We then walk 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. 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. (B & D)

DAY 9- THU. MAY 21 –ARRIVE USA.
Today we arrive back in the USA on our flight from Tel Aviv.

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