A Spiritual and Educational Tour of the Holy Land

201022 – 9 Day Tour of Israel – Hosted by Wilcox World Travel & Tours

$300.00$642.00

FEATURING PASTORS STEVE GRAGG & CHAD COLE

 

OCTOBER 22-30, 2020
$4,399.00 From Charlotte

Based on Double Occupancy

 

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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Inclusions

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

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

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

First & superior first class (3 & 4 star) hotel accommodations throughout 7 nights.

Tel Aviv             1 night              Renaissance

Tiberias             2 nights            Sofia Sea of Galilee     

Jerusalem         3 nights            Ambassador Hotel

Breakfast and dinner daily, including a St. Peter’s Fish lunch and 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, cable car ride at 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 Holy Land Journal.

 

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

Single room supplement $ 700.00.

Insurance: Travel, baggage, trip cancellation, etc.

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

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Itinerary

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1 – THU. OCT. 22 – DEPART USA

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

DAY 2 – FRI. OCT. 23 – ARRIVE ISRAEL / JAFFA  / TEL AVIV

We arrive in the Holy Land this morning where we are met by our Wilcox Tours 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.  We walk through the Old City of Jaffa through the artist quarter. After the short tour you will drive through the modern city of Tel Aviv you will check into your hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea for dinner and overnight

DAY 3 – SAT. OCT. 24 – 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. OCT. 25 – 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. OCT. 26 – 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 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. OCT. 27 – 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. OCT. 28 – 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. OCT. 29 – 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. OCT 30  – ARRIVE USA

Today we arrive back in the USA on our flight from Tel Aviv.

 

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