January 14, 2021 12:00am
Contact: Rick Forschner
Although there is still much uncertainty regarding international travel during the COVID19 pandemic, the various vaccines and therapeutics make it likely that we will once again be going to Israel in 2021. It is highly likely that those entering the state of Israel will have to have received the COVID19 vaccine. We anticipate the inoculation should be readily available to all in the U.S. by June. If anyone has any reluctance to be vaccinated, they should not consider going on this trip.
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We are planning two separate trips (each limited to no more than 50 people). The first leaves Tuesday, September 28 and returns Friday, October 8. The second excursion leaves Thursday, October 7 and returns Sunday, October 17.
The total cost of each tour departing from Savannah, GA is $5093 per person (based on two persons sharing a room. - Private rooms are available for an additional $997.) Total cost will be slightly higher or lower based on alternate points of departure, so, for example, departure from New York's JFK airport would be $175 less ($4918 total). Price includes round-trip airfare, deluxe motor coaches, first class hotels, guided sightseeing by an Israeli national (Arie Harel)and a Biblical perspective at each of the points of interest by Dr. Broggi, Entrance fees to various sites visited, breakfast and dinner and eight lunches, and hotel porterage. (Not included are passports, visas, beverages, food outside of that contracted by the tour operator menu, airport transfers on non-qualifying flights, airport porterage, travel insurance, excess baggage fees, airline fuel surcharges imposed after trip registration, items of a personal nature, and all other items not specifically mentioned.)
Those who have previously attended always give a 5 star review as the rich itinerary combined with the historical and Biblical narrative provides for a 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience.
DAY 1 - DEPART U.S.A. Tour members will meet for the flight to Israel. On the flight, we will enjoy dinner and the on-board entertainment as we prepare to walk where Jesus walked in a land that uniquely contrasts modern life with the ancient world.
DAY 2 - SHALOM AND WELCOME TO ISRAEL! Upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport, we meet our guide and are escorted to the bus for a short drive to Netanya for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 - CAESAREA, MT. CARMEL, DRUZE VILLAGE, CANA, NAZARETH, GALILEE - This morning we will depart for the Galilee, visiting Biblical sites at Caesarea (where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman Centurion - Acts 10) and Mt. Carmel (where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal - 1 Kings 18). We drive through Cana (location of Jesus' first miracle - John 2). We will stop at the Druze Village for lunch (included). We then continue to Nazareth (Jesus' childhood home) and visit the "Nazareth Village" with a detailed explanation of what life was like during the time of Jesus. and the Mt. of Precipice. We will then arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
DAY 4 - GALILEE, MT. OF BEATITUDES, GOLAN HEIGHTS, CAESAREA PHILIPPI, TEL DAN, BOAT RIDE - Nothing beats watching the sun rise over the Sea of Galilee! We will begin today at the Mt. of Beatitudes where We will spend time reflecting and worshiping. Then we will travel north for the Golan Heights to view a beautiful landscape of northern Israel. We will head to the Mt. Bental overlook.
From this former military base, we can look into Syria and learn about the village of Kunetra and the 1967 & 1973 Wars. Then we will head to Caesarea Philippi where Peter confessed "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16: 13-16). Nearby is the amazing nature preserve and archaeological site of Tel Dan. This is one of the sources of the Jordan River. We walk through this quiet national park and impressive Old Testament city and hear the stories of disobedience that took place here (Judges 18, 1 Kings 12). Our lunch stop (included) gives us the option of the special St. Peter's Fish for those interested. Next, we will board a replica wooden "Jesus Boat" to set sail on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight will be in Tiberias.
DAY 5 - MAGDALA, TABGHA, CAPERNAUM, GILBOA, JERUSALEM - After breakfast, we visit Magdaia to see the recent excavations of a synagogue from the time of Jesus. Next, we will head to Tabgha (the traditional site of the feeding of the 5000) and the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter. We will make our way to Capernaum, Jesus' base for His early ministry, then stop for lunch (included). Time permitting, we will have a stop at Gideon Springs. We will then ascend to the majestic city of Jerusalem with a stop at Mt. Scopus. "I was glad when they said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord.' Our feet are standing within your gates, 0 Jerusalem" (Psalm 122: 1-2 NASB). Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem.
DAY 6 - MT. OF OLIVES, PALM SUNDAY ROAD, GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE, BETHLEHEM - We begin the day on the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage proceeds down the Old Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, and the Church of Agony, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed. We make our way to St. Stephen's Gate, to walk the Via Dolorosa - including St. Anne's Crusader Church, Pool of Bethesda, the Pavement (where Jesus stood while being tried by Pilate), Ecce Homo Arch, and the ancient Cardo. We continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We conclude our sightseeing today with a visit to Bethlehem where we will also stop for lunch (included). We pass by Rachel's tomb on the outskirts, and visit the Church of the Nativity, Shepherd's Field, and the cave of Jerome. We will also have a visit to a local Baptist Church. Then we return to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 - CITY OF DAVID, HEZEKIAH'S TUNNEL, SOUTHERN STEPS, JEWISH QUARTER, RABBINICAL TUNNELS - This morning we drive to the incredible archaeological find, the City of David. Here we take a short walk to Hezekiah's Tunnel (conditions permitting). Be sure to bring a flashlight and good water shoes with you, as you will get wet walking through the tunnel. (Those who prefer to stay dry can walk through the shaft). If time permits, we will briefly visit the new excavations of the Pool of Siloam. Then we make our way to the Southern Steps, the archaeological reconstruction of the Temple Steps where Jesus walked so often. After lunch (included) we will walk to the holiest site in the whole Jewish world, the Western (Wailing) Wall of Herod's temple. Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Samuel 24:18-25). On this site now stands EI-Aksa Mosque, and the magnificent Dome of the Rock
(the third holiest shrine in Islam). Then we walk along the Rabbi's Tunnel and come as close as is possible to the Holy of Holies. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 8- YAD VASHEM, SHRINE OF THE BOOK, GARDEN TOMB - Today we will visit the city outside the walls. After breakfast, we will pass by the Supreme Court House, the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and the famous Rose Garden on the way to the Yad Vashem Museum. This is the memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. After lunch (included), we will enjoy the worldrenowned Israel Museum, recently renovated, and enhanced. It includes the Second Temple Model and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. We conclude the tour with communion at the Garden Tomb and return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 9- QUMRAN, EIN GEDI, MASADA, DEAD SEA - After breakfast, then we make our way to the Judean Wilderness. The road from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea region is a descent of 4,000 feet in 13 miles. Our first stop will be at Qumran, the settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Afterwards, a short drive takes us to Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul. Then we will stop for lunch (included). From here we drive to Masada, where we will take a cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. Here we survey the ruins of fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples, and palaces. Dinner and overnight will be at the Dead Sea.
DAY 10 - LEISURE AT THE DEAD SEA, QSAR EL-YAHUD, ELAH VALLEY, JAFFA, FAREWELL DINNER, BEN GURION AIRPORT - This morning we will have leisure time at the Dead Sea to enjoy floating in the water and the hotel spa (some services not included). After lunch (included), we depart the Dead Sea area and drive to the Jordan River for an optional time of baptisms at the traditional site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist at Qsar EI-Yahud. Then we will drive to the Elah Valley and the brook where David slew Goliath. From here, we continue to Jaffa for a tour at the flea market and special Farewell Dinner. We transfer to Ben Gurion airport for the flight back to the U.S.A.
DAY 11 - ARRIVE BACK IN U.S.A. - We arrive back to the U.S.A. at the close of an unforgettable tour. We take home wonderful memories of the Old and New Testament, a renewal of our faith, and a greater understanding of the life of our Lord.