September 23, 2017 Private Israel Tour
Directed by Dave Hadlock
Price is $1,995 per person ($2,095 if paying by credit card)
This is a small group tour. We will not go over 32 people in the group on this tour. We only have 8 spots remaining in the group.
Tour Price Includes
- Hotels – Dan Jerusalem (Jerusalem), Nazareth Legacy (Nazareth), Renaissance (Tel Aviv), Intercontinental (Aqaba), Marriott Petra
- Local Guide
- Breakfast & Dinner (Lunches Not Included)
- First Class Coach/Bus
- All entrance Fees
Not Included In Tour Price
- Tips: Tips for the local Israeli guide, the bus driver and hotel porters/waiters are an additional. We will collect these in advance $100 per person.
- International Airfare – We can assist you in making the airline reservations at no charge if necessary. We email the group about 4 months prior to the tour the suggest flight schedule. We do not arrange group airfare. We are flexible on flights and have found it is often much cheaper to book individually rather than through group rates. We will give you an arrival time for when you should arrive in Tel Aviv.
- Lunches, personal items, phone, internet, etc.
September 23 (Sat): Depart United States
September 24 (Sun): Arrive in Tel Aviv: Enjoy a relaxing evening, walk on the beach or swim in the Mediterranean as you recover from jet lag and prepare for our wonderful adventure.
September 25 (Mon): Tel Aviv – Jaffa – Caesarea – Mt. Carmel
We will begin our vacation with a visit of Old Jaffa (Joppa) and the Artists’ Quarters. Jaffa is where Peter received his vision leading to the expansion of missionary work to the Gentiles and is also the place that Jonah attempted to flee from the Lord’s presence aboard a ship bound for Tarshish. We will look at similarities between these two events as well as the symbolic message of Jonah. From Jaffa, we will travel along the Mediterranean coast to the Roman, New Testament capital, Caesarea. Once in Caesarea, we will see an ancient Roman theatre and study the Biblical events that happened here. From Caesarea, we will go to Tiberias stopping at Mt. Carmel on the way, where we will discuss the epic battle between Elijah and the wicked priests of Baal as well as take a look at the story of David & Nabal. We will overnight at our hotel in Tiberias or Nazareth.
September 26 (Tue): Cana – Megiddo – Nazareth – Mount Tabor – Nazareth Village
This morning we will start with church services overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Then we will continue with a visit to Megiddo, which is prophesied as the beginning location for Armageddon. This was an ancient cross-roads where taxes were collected and many battles fought, foreshadowing the “end of days” battle between good and evil. From Megiddo, we will drive via Cana, the place where Christ turned water into wine at a wedding feast, to Nazareth. Nazareth was the boyhood home of Jesus. Here we will see the Church of Annunciation and a local synagogue church. This synagogue will give us an idea of the synagogue where Christ taught his first recorded sermon. We will finish the day on Mount Tabor, where we will discuss the transfiguration as understood in context of modern revelation. We’ll finish the evening by dining at the home of our Bedouin sheik driver before returning to our hotel in Tiberias (this is a highlight for many of our guests).
September 27 (Wed) – Boat Ride on Sea of Galilee – Mount of Beatitudes – Capernaum – Banias (Caesarea Phillipi) – Tel Dan — St. Peter’s Fish Lunch
Today will begin with a drive along the coasts of the Sea of Galilee before arriving at traditional site where Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Here we will find a quiet place to study the doctrines of that amazing sermon. Then we will visit Capernaum, which was the center of Jesus’ Galilean ministry. In Capernaum, Christ performed many miracles and gave many profound teachings, including the “Bread of Life” sermon. We will see the remains of a synagogue from the time of Christ, which very well may have been the synagogue in which He taught. Lunch today is included as everyone will have the opportunity to try St. Peter’s Fish. After lunch, we will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Feel the power and peace of this amazing location and learn of those miracles that took place on this Sea. We’ll continue our day with a visit to Banias (Caesarea Phillipi) at the foot of Mount Hermon, which is the site of Peter’s testimony of Savior and one of the sources of the Jordan River as it emerges from the foothills of Mount Hermon. Time permitting, we will visit the ancient site of Tel Dan and discuss why the Northern Kingdom would have begun to worship the golden calf. Return to our hotel in Tiberias/Nazareth.
September 28 (Thur): Beth Shean – Jordan Valley – Jordan River (Bethabara) – Wadi qelt – Mount of Olives Overlook
We will begin the day with a visit to the strategic site of Beth Shean (one of the decapolis cities of the New Testament). At these impressive ruins we will see the splendor of Roman life and Hellenistic culture. Here Saul’s body was nailed to the city walls when he was captured. We will then drive through the Jordan Valley passing by Jericho and review some of the important scriptural events that took place on the road to Jericho. We will stop by what is believed to be near the ancient baptismal site of Christ on the Jordan River. From here we will continue on to Jerusalem. We will check into our hotel in Jerusalem for a relaxing evening.
September 29 (Fri): Jerusalem – Hezekiah’s Tunnel/City of David – Western Wall Tunnel -Jerusalem Center (if open) – Bethlehem
We will start the morning at the City of David and Hezekiah’s tunnel. The bus will then drop us off at dung gate where we will go in to the western wall/wailing wall and take the Western Wall tunnel tour. We will be picked up outside the city walls by our bus, which will take us in the afternoon to Bethlehem. Here we will see the church of the nativity. The traditional cave of Christ’s birth and then end our day at the shepherd’s fields.
September 30 (Sat): Jerusalem Old City – Private Gardens of Gethsemane, Pools of Bethesda, Antonio Fortress/Ecce Homo, House of Caiaphas/Gallacantu, Garden Tomb.
We will begin the morning with church services at the Jerusalem Center. We will then go to the private garden of Gethsemane. We will then enter the Old City of Jerusalem where we will see the pools of Bethesda and St. Anne’s church. We will walk the general direction of the via dolorosa, giving you a little free time in the Old City to shop or explore the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We will walk to Mount Zion and the House of Caiphas and end our day at the Garden Tomb.
October 1 (Sun): Qumran – Massada – Dead Sea – Jordan River
We will begin our day by driving to the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. From there, we will head to Masada. Here we will take a cable car to the top of Masada to see the ruins of the palace-fortress built by King Herod. We will discuss the history of the Zealots’ last stand against the Romans. From Masada, we will drive to Qumran to visit the sites in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. For those interested in swimming, we will stop on our way back at a beach on the Dead Sea where those who would like can float in the salty water. Those flying home to the US will go directly to the airport this evening. Those continuing on to Jordan will stay on the bus as we head down to the Red Sea, where we will cross over into Jordan.
Those going home will transfer to airport for late night flight home. Flight should be scheduled for around midnight if not going on to Petra/Jordan.
$650 Per person – Check Price
October 2 (Mon): Free morning for snorkeling, relaxing on the beach. In the early afternoon, we will check out and head to Wadi Rum for a Jeep ride through the desert. Transfer to Petra. Check into Marriott hotel in Petra.
October 3 (Tue) Jordan – Petra & Mount Nebo
Today we will visit the amazing site of Petra. Petra is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma’an that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Petra was established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans and was later occupied by the Romans. It is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourist attraction. Visit Mount Nebo in the late afternoon. Transfer to Amman for flights home.
October 4 (Wed): Arrive home
Terms & Conditions
- Deposit: $250 per person (the deposit is non-refundable – it can be transferred to another person on the same date)
- Final Payment: Due July 22, 2017
- Passports: Required and must be valid 6 months after tour date
Pricing is based on 21 people in the group for the Israel tour. Price is subject to change if numbers fall below 21.