Israel4all - Christian Journey - Spring 2019

Date of tour: April 6-15, 2019

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Pre-tour Saturday April 6th

 

Shalom & 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!


Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport with optional airport transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Get acquainted with the area, relax and adjust to local time.
 

Dinner on your own

 

Overnight in Tel Aviv (not included)

 

Day 1: Sunday, April 7th

 

In the beginning

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

Begin your first day in the beautiful ancient port city of Yafo (Jaffa). In many ways, Yafo is a microcosm of Israel itself, a place where the new has evolved out of the old, where people of all faiths meet, work, and live and a place that has a heart and a soul that beckons visitors to explore the past, present, and future.

 

 

 

 

Visit St. Peter's Church, an old Franciscan Church which commemorates the visit and miracle of St. Peter in Jaffa.

The new Independence Trail follows 10 stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites learning about the history of this great city along the way. Beginning at the intersection of tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street, home to Tel Aviv’s first kiosk and ends across the street at Independence Hall, where on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state.

 

Welcome dinner

 

Enjoy an evening stroll through Sarona, a newly renovated complex in the heart of Tel Aviv. Originally a German Templar Colony, today is the home of boutique stores, artist galleries, quaint cafes, and some of the city’s hottest restaurants and bars. Sarona has quickly gained a reputation as one of Tel Aviv’s hottest spots.

 

Overnight in Tel Aviv

 

 

 

 

Day 2: Monday, April 8th

 

Sculpting Nature

 

Breakfast in your hotel

 

Check out of your hotel

 

Begin you day in Caesarea. 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.

 

 

 

Lunch – have a Galilean meal in Druze home and taste genuine, home-cooked food. This experience will show you Israel through the eyes, and palate, of a local. It is a unique experience.

 

Explore the tranquil Nachal HaShofet (Judge’s Stream) with its beautiful trail and enjoy walking along the special path especially designed for wheelchair users.

 

Continue to your hotel in the Galilee

 

Dinner at your hotel

 

Overnight in the Galilee

 

Day 3: Tuesday, April 9th

 

In the footsteps of Jesus

 

Breakfast in your hotel

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 Catholic Church of Annunciation, also known as the Basilica of the Annunciation, is the biggest in the Middle East today, most magnificent impressive and spectacular site, considered as one of the most holy churches for Christianity.

Mary's Well, the spring and its water are considered holy by both Muslims and Christians, and earlier generations attributed unusual healing properties to it.

Drive to Mount of Precipice, is identified in the Christian tradition as the mountain from which the Nazareth people were trying to push Jesus after he infuriated them with his sermon, declaring himself as the Messiah (Luke 4). The sheer sloped mountain, 397 meters high, provides one of the best, most beautiful observation points over Israel Valley and its surrounding mountains: The Carmel Mountains, The Gilled Mountains and the Tabor Mountain.

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

Dinner at hotel

 

Overnight in the Galilee

 

Day 4:Wednesday, April 10th

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

 

Breakfast in your hotel

 

Optional early morning ride on a Safari wagon the Hula Valley, important resting place for migrating birds and many species of rare fish and plants creating a wonderland of flora and fauna A guided tour in a tractor-drawn safari wagon, allows you an extra-close observation of birds and other animals in their natural habitat at Agamon Hula.

 

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.

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.

 

Dinner at your hotel

 

Overnight in the Galilee

 

Day 5: Thursday, April 11th

 

Heaven on earth

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

Check out of your hotel

 

The Yigal Alon Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar which is the home to changing exhibits showcasing the finest talents of Galilee artists from a variety of faiths and ethnic backgrounds, and the magnificent display of the Galilee Boat, dating from the time of Jesus, discovered mired in the mud on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

 

 

 

 

Sde Eliahu – Bio Bee Sde Eliyahu is the pioneer of organic farming in Israel. While visiting the fields we not only learn about the benefits of organic farming but also about biological pest control. The Kibbutz established the first biological pest control company in Israel and is a world leader in the field of biological pest control and bumblebees for pollination.

 

A Kibbutz Lunch at Sde Eliyahu

 

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. (time permitting)

 

As you enter Jerusalem stop at Mt. of Olives for your first panoramic lookout of Jerusalem.

 

Begin the day by looking over Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. There are countless Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions - from here the Messiah will come, and from here the dead will be resurrected in the vision of the End of Days.

 

Check in and dinner at your hotel

 

Evening: Light and Sound Show (optional or evening on own)

The Tower of David Museum night time experience in which the majestic story of David, from shepherd-to-king, comes to life in a completely new cinematic production projected onto the walls and archaeological excavations of the ancient citadel. This story has been the inspiration for artists for centuries.

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

 

 

Day 6: Friday, April 12th

 

The New City

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

Visit the museum at Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust. You will tour this memorial to the darkest moment in world and Jewish history, its children’s memorial, and exquisite gardens. Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Linger over the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You should also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

 

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

 

Dinner on own

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 7: Saturday, April 13th

 

A Message from History

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Afternoon swim in the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth. Attempt flotation in a sea that is 33% salt and keeps you buoyant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time permitting: Enjoy Ein Gedi oasis with its magnificent waterfalls and beautiful trails and swim in the fresh cold springs.

 

 

Return to Jerusalem

 

Dinner on own

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 8: Sunday, April 14th

Jerusalem- Holy to All -The Old City

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

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

 

 

Walk a part of the from there we take the Via Dolorosa (Way of Grief), traditionally accepted as the last route trodden by Jesus to get to 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.

 

The Temple Mount, also known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif and the Al Aqsa Compound is a hill located in the Old City of Jerusalem that for thousands of years has been venerated as a holy site, in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike.

 

 

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

 

Dinner on own

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

 

Day 9: Monday, April 15th

 

L’hitraot- Taking Israel Home

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

Check out of your hotel

 

Want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Mahane Yehuda Market is the place to visit. In this colorful market, you will meet people of all nationalities, religions, and ages and listen the special stories of the peddlers.

 

Visit Nachlaot, known for its narrow, winding lanes, old style housing, hidden courtyards and many small synagogues is a cluster of at least 12 neighborhoods that were established beginning in the late 1870s outside the walls of the Old City which was becoming increasingly overcrowded and unsanitary. In the wake of gentrification projects in the area, the face of the neighborhood has changed while retaining its unique character.

 

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 and unseen changes from our suppliers.

 

 

Pricing (based on a minimum of 6 participants):

 

Price is Per Person in US dollars

 

Double
$3400
Single Supplement
$1100
Upon registration $500 deposit
(per person & non-refundable)
30 days before arrival Remaining sum

 

Price includes:

 

  • All site and museums entry fees listed in itinerary
  • Private, licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • Transportation for entire trip
  • Hotel accommodation including breakfasts. (first night pre-tour hotel is not included)
  • lunch and dinners as indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottles of water at guests' needs

Excluded Services:

 

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Equipment rental (available at an additional cost)
  • Travel & Medical insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tips for tour guide and driver
  • Pre or post tour stay

 

Terms of Payment:

 

  • The above rate is valid for payment made by credit card, wire transfer, check, or cash. Please note there is a 2% service fee for Credit Card.

 

Cancellation Policy

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  • For cancellations up to 90 days prior the cancellation penalty will be $500.00 per person (the deposit)
  • 89 to 60 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 20% of the total tour cost per person
  • 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

 

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Cancellation Policy:
• For cancellations up to 90 days prior, the penalty will be $500.00 US per person (the deposit)
• For 89 to 60 days prior to departure the penalty will be 20% of the total tour cost per person
• For 59 to 30 days prior to departure the penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person
• For 29 to 8 days prior to departure the penalty will be 75% of the total tour cost per person
• For 7 to 0 days prior to departure the penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person