A Spiritual and Educational Tour of the Holy Land

210408 · 10 Day Tour of Israel Hosted by the Light FM


April 8 – 17, 2021
$4,789.00 Per Person Round Trip From Charlotte, NC

Based on Double Occupancy

*** Final price and itinerary subject to change based on flight schedule, confirmation and cost – available approx. May 15, 2020. ***




HIGHLIGHTS: Mt. Carmel,  Sea of Galilee Boat Ride, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jordan River, Jericho, Masada, Bethlehem, Western Wall Tunnel



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Current round-trip economy air fare from Charlotte to Tel Aviv 

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

Superior first-class (4 star) hotel accommodations throughout 7 nights

Tiberias              3 nights               Caesar Hotel

Jerusalem         4 nights               Ambassador Hotel

Breakfast and dinner daily, including a St. Peter 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



Single room supplement $ 675.00

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Beverages with meals and meals not mentioned in itinerary (lunches)


Personal Items and Immunizations


DAY 1: THU. APR. 08 · Depart USA
Today we depart Charlotte for our overnight flight to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a connection in Newark.

DAY 2: FRI. APR. 09 · Arrive Israel
We arrive in Tel Aviv early morning and proceed through passport control where we are welcomed by our Wilcox Travel representative. After claiming our bags, our representative will lead us to the airport exit to meet our guide, board our bus, and begin our tour of the Holy Land. We drive north to the coast of Sharon where the baptism of the Gentiles began at Caesarea Maritima (Acts 10). There we view the sunken harbor, the hippodrome, the theatre, and the Roman aqueduct. We then drive to Muhraka (“burnt offering”) on Mt. Carmel, with a panoramic view of the Plain of Jezreel. On the way to Nazareth, we pass the ruins of Tel Megiddo (Armageddon, Revelation 16). In Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown, we visit The Church of the Annunciation. We continue to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (D)

DAY 3: SAT. APR. 10 · Upper Galilee · The Sources of the Jordan
After breakfast, we drive up the Golan Heights for a panoramic view of The Sea of Galilee from the east. We cross over to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7). We visit Tabgha where Christians have long remembered the first feeding of the multitude. We then visit Tel Hazor, the largest Canaanite city of the Old Testament. We make our way to Dan where we combine a nature walk beside the upper Jordan River with views of ancient ruins, including the Israelite high place that supported a golden calf (I Kings 12). A short drive takes us to the spring of Caesarea Philippi (Banias) where Peter confessed his recognition of Jesus as Christ. There we visit the stunning remains of a first-century AD palace belonging to Agrippa II. We view Mt. Hermon then drive around for a glimpse of Damascus, 45 miles away, and then head back over the Golan Heights. 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 & D)

DAY 4: SUN. APR. 11 · Beit She’an · A Day on the Sea of Galilee
Today we drive south and make our way to Beit-She’an, we drive near Cana where Jesus performed his first sign (John 2). We then cross the plain and descend through the Jezreel Valley to Beth-She’an (one of the cities of the Decapolis). Here we may choose to climb the Tel and view the setting of the death of Saul. We survey the magnificent Roman and Byzantine ruins: the theatre, bathhouses, ancient rest rooms, market areas, and colonnaded streets. After a St. Peter’s Fish lunch, we make our way to The Primacy of Peter, a church that is thought to be the site where Jesus prepared breakfast for His disciples. Then on to Capernaum, where Franciscan archaeologists believe they have uncovered the house of Peter (Mark 1 and 2). Later we cruise The Sea of Galilee in a wooden boat modeled after one from Jesus’ time. (B, L & D)

DAY 5: MON. APR. 12 · The Biblical Heartland and Jericho
We drive through the Dotan Valley, where Joseph’s brothers threw him into a cistern. We drive to Samaria the capital city of Ahab and Jezebel. Here we can bring many First Testament stories to life. Herod later rebuilt Samaria and called it Sebastia. Thus, we have a mixture of Israelite and Roman ruins. We continue eastward through the narrow pass between the mountains Ebal and Gerizim to Nablus (Shechem). We visit the mound of the ancient city where Joshua renewed the covenant. We stop at nearby Jacob’s Well, site of Jesus’ conversation with a Samaritan woman. We then drive through the lovely valley of Bidan and down Wadi Fariah, the pass-through which Jacob (and probably his grandfather before him) entered the promised land. At Jericho, we visit the tell 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 the next four overnights. (B & D)

DAY 6: TUE. APR. 13 · Jerusalem · Bethlehem
Today we begin by making our way to The Mount of Olives with the Old City tilted toward us. After some orientation, we descend the traditional Palm Sunday road to Dominus Flevit (“The Lord Weeps”) remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. We continue down to Gethsemane with a visit to the garden and The Church of All Nations. We drive to The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. The church stands over the place where Jesus was kept just prior to His crucifixion. We drive toward Bethlehem passing Solomon’s Pools, Jerusalem’s main source of water for almost 2,000 years. We visit The Shepherds’ Field. We then walk through Bethlehem making our way through its alleys and markets to The Church of the Nativity. We travel back to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B & D)

DAY 7: WED. APR. 14 · Masada · Ein Gedi · Qumran · The Dead Sea
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. We make our way to Qumran where a Bedouin shepherd discovered 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 8: THU. APR. 15 · Jewish and Moslem Jerusalem
This morning we transfer to Dung Gate. Just inside the Dung Gate, we will examine the ruins by the Temple complex, where Jesus taught, and He and his disciples walked. Walk to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. 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. We then enter a modern tunnel that enables us to examine the whole length of the outer Herodian Temple wall – mostly preserved in mint condition – including two stone blocks each weighing about 600 tons. After that we examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex, including steps where we may be certain that Jesus and the disciples walked. We then descend the slope of the first Jerusalem (“City of David”) to the Gihon spring through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, which led the water to a pool at a safe remove from 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. We return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B & D)

DAY 9: FRI. APR. 16 · Christian Jerusalem
We transfer to St. Stephen’s Gate where just inside, 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 a private communion on its grounds. The balance of the day is free. In the evening we enjoy a Middle Eastern farewell dinner at the hotel before driving to the airport for our flight home. (B & D)

DAY 10: SAT. APR. 17 · Arrive USA
Today we arrive in Newark and travel back to our cities of origin.

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