Israel4All Christian Tour

October 23 -31, 2018

Day 1: Tuesday October 23

Shalom and Welcome to Israel!

 

Israel is unique – nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean – a meeting place of east meets west, modern meets ancient, religious meets secular… it’s a kaleidoscope of cultures and religions!

 

Group will meet and begin at 9am!

 

Start your journey on the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea Maritima (“by the sea”), built by Herod the Great, which was the scene of significant events for Christians. Here were the headquarters of Pontius Pilate, Peter baptized the centurion Cornelius, considered the first gentile convert and the apostle Paul was imprisoned for two years and preached to the last of the Herodian kings, Agrippa II.

Experience an amazing lunch and learn about the Druze in Daliyat HaCarmel - enjoy a meal in a private accessible home and even participate in making the lunch!

 

Travel north to hotel

 

Check in at hotel

 

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel

 

 

Day 2: Wednesday, October 24

In the Footsteps of Jesus

 

Each morning you will enjoy a wonderful Israel breakfast buffet in your hotel.

 

Mount of Precipice is believed by many to be the site of the Rejection of Jesus  described in Luke 4:29-30 - The people of Nazareth, not accepting Jesus as Messiah tried to push him from the mountain, but "he passed through the midst of them and went away.”

 

Stop at El Babour Spice Store in the heart of the holy city of Nazareth, the 120-year-old, family-run mill is renowned for its range of exceptional homemade spices.

 

Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, is closely associated with Christianity and attracted many pilgrims throughout the last two thousand years. The standout site in Nazareth is the Basilica of the Annunciation, the largest Christian church building in the Middle East, dedicated in 1964 on the Papal visit of Pope Paul VI.

 

It was at Cana of the Galilee, hometown of Nathaniel (later known as St. Bartholomew) that Jesus was said to have turned water into wine at the wedding of a poor couple. The Greek Orthodox Church of St. George was built in the late 19th century on the site of the miracle. It houses two of the six stone jars that followers believe Jesus used in performing the miracle.

 

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel

 

 

Day 3: Thursday, October 25

Physical and Spiritual Heights

 

Breakfast

 

Ride through the stunning Hula Valley in a golf cart and take in its beauty.  The Hula Valley is an agricultural region in northern Israel with abundant fresh water. It is a major stopover for birds migrating along the Syrian-African Rift Valley between Africa, Europe, and Asia.

 

Tel Dan National Park combines a lush nature reserve with a biblical archaeological experience and includes a short wheelchair-accessible trail.  At the heart of the park is Tel Dan, the capital of the ancient northern kingdom.

 

We traverse the Golan Heights by bus. The Golan Heights are a geological and biogeographical region the Golan Heights is a plateau formed by volcanic action. As a geopolitical region the Golan Heights is the area captured from Syria and occupied by Israel during the Six-Day War which Israel effectively annexed in 1981. This region includes the western two-thirds of the geological Golan Heights, as well as the Israeli-occupied part of Mount Hermon.

 

Travel to the family operated Assaf Winery in Kidmat Tzvi in the Golan. In addition to its wine, Assaf offers visitors the best window into boutique wineries in Israel. The family built the first Israeli “wine village,” which includes a visitor’s center, guest cabins, gourmet restaurant and the vineyards.  Unlike many grape growers in Israel, the family does not buy or sell grapes. Under the supervision of wine maker Assaf Kedem, The Kedem family simply produces wine from the grapes that they grow.

 

Mt. Bental is an extinct volcano and dormant army strongpoint. Inside the mountain, an extensive IDF bunker enforces the strategic position of Mt. Bental. Rising 3786 feet, above sea level in the northern Golan Heights, the outpost overlooks the scene of a decisive battle during the Yom Kippur War and the ruins of the Syrian city of Kuneitra. An UNDOF camp is clearly visible, established to observe the Israeli/Syrian border, two kilometers (under a mile) away.

 

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel

 

 

Day 4: Friday, October 26

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

 

Breakfast

 

Check out of your hotel

 

Mount of Beatitudes in an area overlooking the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Some late traditions of Christianity place this mountain on the area in which Jesus picked his 12 apostles. Its octagonal walls commemorate the Eight Beatitudes; each graced with the first words of one of the eight verses. 

 

The Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes is the earliest recording of a church commemorating Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand.

 

The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter is a Franciscan church located in Tabgha on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. It commemorates, and allegedly marks the spot, of Jesus reinstatement of Peter as chief among the Apostle. The church contains a projection of limestone rock in front of the present altar which is venerated as a "Mensa Christi", Latin for table of Christ. According to tradition, this is the spot where Jesus is said to have laid out a breakfast of bread and fish for the Apostles, and told Peter to "Feed my sheep" after the miraculous catch, the third time he appeared to them after his resurrection.

 

Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum was a fishing village in the days of the Jesus. We can still visit a very well preserved synagogue. Today it is a site of pilgrimage for Christians as it was one of the places where Jesus and Peter, the Apostles, lived and preached.

 

Christian tradition associates Qasr al Yahud with the site of Jesus’ baptism by Matthew. It is also associated with the site where Elijah handed over the prophecy to Elisha and rose to heaven on a fiery chariot.

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem

 

 

Day 5: Saturday, October 27

Masada and the Dead Sea

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Travel to the Dead Sea region – the lowest place on earth.

 

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls  brought excitement and new relevance to ancient Christian history as they provided a tangible peek into the religious world at the time of Jesus’ birth. At the Qumran National Park, you can see these sites to witness where history was made.

 

Ascend Masada by cable car and tour King Herod’s private fortress which, following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BCE, became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots in revolt against the Romans. Although the rebels held their own, they were eventually overcome and, according to historian Josephus, chose mass suicide over surrender.

 

At the Dead Sea attempt flotation in a sea that is 33% salt and keeps you buoyant.

 

You’ll have lunch and time to enjoy the area in the beach/pool area of one of the hotels on the shore of the sea. 

 

As you enter Jerusalem stop at Mt. Scopus for a panoramic lookout of Jerusalem.

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem

 

 

Day 6:  Sunday, October 28

Jerusalem- Holy to All

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Begin the day by looking over Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives

 

The Church of All Nations, officially named the Basilica of the Agony, is located at the foot of the Mount of Olives next to the Garden of Gethsemane. The Catholic church enshrines a section of stone in the Garden of Gethsemane that is believed to be where Jesus prayed on the night of his arrest.

 

On Mount Zion is the traditional site of the tomb of King David, and holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. On the ground level are several Jewish synagogues. The second level the Cenacle room where two major events in the early Christian Church are commemorated: The Last Supper and the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles

 

The Holy Sepulcher is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary. The Church contains the last five Stations of the Cross including the sites of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. Several Christian denominations claim ownership to various parts of the site so holy to Christendom.

 

Walk through the Arab shuk – check out the local humus and sweets.

 

Walk through the Jewish Quarter and to the Western Wall to appreciate its centrality to the Jewish faith.


Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem

 

 

Day 7: Monday, October 29

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust museum, presents a profoundly Jewish memorial of the Shoah. View personal possessions belonging to victims, and examine state-of-the-art displays aimed at preserving the story of each of the six million victims. From its dramatic structure designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie – which cuts through the mountain in the form of a spike – to its powerful exhibits, such as the labyrinthine Valley of the Communities and the underground Children’s Memorial, Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.  

 

Machane Yehuda- the place to go if you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem. In this market place, you can meet people of all nationalities, religions, and ages. You can see foods and fruits of all colors, sizes, and shapes. You name it you can probably find it here and generally at a price that can’t be beat. Take some time on your own and enjoy lunch consisting of foods identified with Jerusalem.

 

Visit Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus with a Palestinian guide. Includes a possibility of meeting with Christians from Bethlehem (security conditions permitting.)

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem

 

 

Day 8: Tuesday, October 30

Tel Aviv- Israel’s First Modern City- with Ancient Roots

 

Breakfast

 

Check-out and travel to Tel Aviv

 

Tour in Old Jaffa. Jaffa (Yaffo) is one of the ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. Tel Aviv has grown and spread out of Jaffa to become the city it is today.  Jaffa has in recent years, like much of South Tel Aviv, been regenerated with the old narrow streets and courtyards becoming a highly popular part of Tel Aviv’s urban tapestry. The narrow passageways and ancient buildings in the Old City of Jaffa are worlds away from modern Tel Aviv.


Continue into Tel Aviv through the famous Rothschild Blvd where you will see Israel’s Independence Hall and on to Rabin Square where former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated in 1995. 

 

Time permitting, you will enjoy one of Tel Aviv’s newest museum, the Rabin Museum which chronicles the life of late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin with the development of the State of Israel. 

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 9: Wednesday, October 31

L’hitraot- Taking Israel Home

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

Check out of your hotel

 

Our final stop and farewell lunch will be Neot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel. Neot Kedumim embodies the panorama and power of the landscapes that helped shape the values of the Bible and provided a rich vocabulary for expressing them.

 

Transfer to the airport. Or extend your tour

 

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change according to the abilities of the individual participants and due to timing.

 

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Pricing: 

 

Double: $3110

Single: $4275

(based on a minimum of 6 participants)

 

Price includes:
• All site and museums entry fees listed in itinerary
• 9 days with a private, licensed, English speaking tour guide 
• transportation for entire trip 
• 8-night accommodation 
• transportation to and from the airport
• All breakfasts & 4 lunches
• Bottles of water at guests' need

Excluded Services:
• Airfare 
• Equipment rental (available at an additional cost)
• Travel insurance (recommended)
• Tips for tour guide and driver 

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• For cancellations up to 90 days prior the cancellation penalty will be $500.00 per person (the deposit)
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• 59 to 30 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person
• 29 to 8 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 75% of the total tour cost per person
• 7 to 0 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person