Christian Heritage Israel4all - May 2020 - Via Sabra

Christian Heritage Israel4all - May 2020

May 1 – 8, 2020

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Trip details

 

Touring Dates: May 1-8, 2020
Minimum number of participants: 6
Number of guides: 1

 

 

Day 1: Friday May 1, 2020

 

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!

 

 

 

9:00 AM Meet your group and guide at Ben Gurion Airport. Proceed to Tel Aviv – the first Hebrew City.

 

 

 

 

 

Begin your Jewish heritage journey in the beautiful ancient port city of Yaffo (Jaffa). Yaffo is built on a high cliff that juts from the shoreline into the sea and the port lies at its foot. In many ways, Yaffo 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.

 

Lunch on own at the Flea Market.

 

Proceed up north drive along the coast.

 

 

Tour 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.

 

Welcome Dinner and Druze Home Hospitality. Have a Galilean meal in Druze home and taste genuine, home-cooked food. Learn about the unique religion and traditions. This experience will show you Israel through the eyes, and palate, of a local. It is a unique experience.

 

Travel to the Galilee, check-in to the hotel.

 

Overnight: Galilee

 

 

 

Day 2: Saturday May 2, 2020

 

 

In the Footsteps of Jesus

 

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.

 

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. You will also visit Mensa Christi Church which contains the stone that served as a table when Jesus had a meal with his disciples.

 

 

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.”

 

Take a sunset ride on a golf cart at the Hula Valley, important resting place for migrating birds and many species of rare fish and plants creating a wonderland of flora and fauna.

 

Dinner at hotel (included)

 

Overnight: Galilee

 

 

Day 3: Sunday May 3, 2020

 

Physical and Spiritual Heights

 

Breakfast at the 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.

 

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

 

Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum was a fishing village in the days of the Jesus.

 

Drive south along the Syrian-African Rift with a stop at Qasr al Yahud.  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.

 

Continue driving uphill to the holy city of Jerusalem – the capital of Israel.

 

Check-in & Dinner at hotel (included)

 

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

 

Day 4: Monday May 4, 2020

 

Jerusalem- Holy to All -The Old City

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Enter the Old City and take the Via Dolorosa (Way of Grief), traditionally accepted as the last route trodden by Jesus to get to The Holy Sepulcher.  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. (Please note: some of the areas are not accessible)

 

Visit the Western Wall to appreciate its centrality to the Jewish faith.

 

Tour the Jewish Quarter, explore the Cardo, and the artifacts uncovered during archaeological excavations exposing two thousand years of history.

 

Dinner at the hotel (included)

 

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

 

Day 5: Tuesday May 5, 2020

 

From Holocaust to Redemption

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

 

Private tour of Yad Vashem Museum, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust. This tour takes you 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.

 

Lunch at the museum's cafeteria. (included)

 

Visit Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus with a Christian Palestinian local guide. (security conditions permitting.)

 

In the evening enjoy the Tower of David Sound and Light Show. The walls of David's Citadel serve as a stage for a night time show which is a celebration of sight and sound.  The stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the screened images envelop the viewers and whisk them off to a one-of –a-kind multi-sensory experience.

 

Dinner on own at Mamilla open air mall

 

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

 

Day 6: Wednesday May 6, 2020

 

A Message from History

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Welcome to the Dead Sea region, the lowest place on earth.

 

 

Masada is a rugged natural fortress, of majestic beauty, in the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. It is built as a palace complex, by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 – 4 B.C.). Became a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army, in 73 A.D. Ascend Masada by cable car and tour the site.

 

Continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Have time to enjoy and relax on the beach and pool area at one of the hotels on the shore of the sea. Attempt flotation in a sea that is 33% salt and keeps you buoyant. Lunch at the hotel (included).

 

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.  (Time permitting)

 

Proceed back to Jerusalem and have Dinner at the hotel (included)

 

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

 

Day 7: Thursday May 7, 2020

 

Multicultural Israel

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

 

Start the day at The Israel Museum and the Book of Shrine. This is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. The Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. The guided tour will be followed by time on own to explore the galleries that interest you the most.

 

 

When it’s time for lunch head to Machne Yehuda Market for Tasting and Culinary Tour - Continue with an unforgettable culinary tour. If you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Machne 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.

 

Afternoon time on own to explore what the city of Jerusalem has to offer.

 

Overnight: Jerusalem (HB)

 

 

Day 8: Friday May 8, 2020

 

Take Israel Home

 

Breakfast & Check out from hotel

 

Visit a boutique family owned winery – tour and wine tastings.

 

For ending our Jewish Heritage tour, we will visit Neot Kdumim biblical nature reserve. The tour connects the Bible with nature and the land of Israel. Visit ancient agricultural installations such as cisterns, oil presses, wine presses, threshing floors etc. and get familiar with typical biblical plants of the forest of 'Milk and Honey' and the Land of the Seven Species. Each participant will get a chance to plant a tree for their personal permanent link to the land of Israel.

 

Farewell lunch at the biblical reserve (included).

 

Afternoon proceed to Ben Gurion airport for departure.

 

Shalom U'Leitraot – Goodbye, Next Year in Jerusalem

 

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Please note: This price and itinerary is subject to change due to timing and unseen changes from our suppliers. We wish you a wonderful stay in our beautiful country.

 

 

Pricing

 

Price is Per Person in US dollars (Based on 6 people)

Price per person in a
Double Room (accessible)
$3400
Price per person in a
Single Room (accessible)
$4340
Single Supplement $1100
Upon registration $500 deposit (non-refundable)
A month before arrival Remaining sum

 

 

Price includes:

  • Private, licensed, English speaking, I4A tour guide
  • All site and museums entry fees listed in itinerary
  • Transportation for entire trip
  • 4* Hotel accommodation for 7 nights
  • Meals: Breakfast every day, lunch and dinner as indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottles of water at guests' need and snacks.

 

Excluded Services:

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to the airport
  • Equipment rental (available at an additional cost)
  • Travel insurance & medical (recommended)
  • Tips for tour guide and driver

 

Terms and conditions:

  • 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.
  • This price is based on 8 participants, and subject to change according to final registration.

 

Cancellation Policy

  • 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 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