ISRAEL (Israel Personally Yours): March 8-19, 2019 "The Land of the Bible" with Pastor Mike Weaver (Program #190305)
12-day TOUR PRICE of $4299.00; LAND ONLY PRICE is $2999.00
Day 1: Friday The flight departs from Columbus on Air Canada. Meals and overnight will be in flight.
Day 2: Saturday - As you arrive at Ben Gurion Airport (between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem) there is a wonderful aerial view of the Promised Land! You will begin to connect with that Land on the drive from the airport to Jaffa (biblical Joppa). In nearby Tel Aviv we anticipate meeting with a ministry-friend of Pastor Mike. Our hotel for the night is at the north end of the city on the Mediterranean coast. After dinner together we will have a brief get-acquainted orientation. (Tel Aviv: 1 night) B,D
Day 3: Sunday - Traveling north following the ancient coastal Via Maris, we will stop first to visit the Israel College of the Bible in Netanya. It is exciting to see Jews and Arabs learning the scripture together! Then we visit the massive excavations at Caesareaand learn of the Roman governate that ruled during the time of Jesus. On Mt. Carmel we think about the conflicts faced by Elijah, and how that applies to our daily lives. A drive into the Jezreel Valley (Armageddon) takes us to the base of the tel of Megiddo mentioned in Rev 16:16. Then we cross the valley and drive up to Nazareth and our hotel for the night. (Nazareth: 1 night) B,D
Day 4: Monday – Visiting excavated cave homes inNazareth from the time of Jesus gives us special insights to apply when we visit Bethlehem. A stop at the precipiceadds perspective to Jesus interaction with his home-town neighbors. Crossing lower Galilee, we drive up to the top of the cliffs of Arbel and look out over the “gospel triangle” of Capernaum, Chorazin and Bethsaida. VisitingCapernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, and the Primacy of Peter on the Sea, will focus our thoughts on the time Jesus spent here. The Yigal Alon Museum displays an excavated boat from the time of Jesus, and then we board a larger replica for our boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. The recent excavations at Magdala turn our thoughts to women in scripture who supported Jesus. Our hotel for the next two nights will be overlooking the Sea of Galilee. (Sea of Galilee area: 2 nights) B,D
Day 5: Tuesday - Today we visit the Golan Heights which is biblical Bashan. The melting snows of Mt. Hermon rush through the Dan Nature Reserve to form the Jordan River. Walking on paths beside those headwaters brings us to Tel Dan, and the remains of Jeroboam’s pagan altar. As we exit the tel we see a complete, huge mud-brick Canaanite city gate from the time of Abraham. What a journey through history! Then we stop at Caesarea Philippi, the region of Peter’s confession in Mark 8. Driving through the Golan and stopping at the overlook into Syria will make modern issues much more understandable. The reconstructed Talmudic Village at Katzrin brings awareness of life during the century that followed Jesus’ death. (Visit olive oil shop, time permitting) B,D
Day 6: Wednesday - Stopping at Bet Shean we see the Old Testament tel at the edge of the massive excavations of Scythopolis, one of the Roman cities of the Decapolis. Then we drive south through the Jordan valley while talking about the hills of Samaria on our right and the country of Jordan just across the river to our left. Farther south in the Judean wilderness we stop at Qumran, the area where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. We’ll discuss the significance of their confirmation of the accuracy of our scriptures. Arrival at our Dead Sea spa hotel is anticipated to be about 3:00 pm. You will enjoy the opportunity to swim (float) in the unique waters of the Dead Seaor enjoy the other facilities of the spa. (Dead Sea spa:1 night) B,D
Day 7: Thursday - A cable car will take us to the top of Masada, as we visit the site of one of Herod’s fortress-palaces, and the last holdout of the Zealots after the fall of Jerusalem. A gentle hike at the nature reserve of Ein Gedi is the setting for the story of David hiding in the caves from Saul. After lunch the Jericho oasis provides a great contrast to the Judean wilderness due to the presence of Elisha’s spring. Then we will go to Genesis Land for a camel caravan. Our ride on these “ships of the desert” won’t go too far, but it will be enough to give you a unique experience. As we drive “up to Jerusalem”we feel a thrill at finally entering the Holy City … the one place that God claims as His own! (Jerusalem: 5 nights) B,D
Day 8: Friday - Our day starts on the hillsides of Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives with a visual orientation looking over the city of Jerusalem. At the bottom of the slope we will walk in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed. Across the Kidron Valley we stop at theHouse of Caiaphas (the High Priest) with its dungeon where it is believed Jesus was held prior to his trial. (The archaeological discovery of a set of weights and measures that would have been typical for the High Priest makes this a good candidate for authenticity.) A short drive south to Bethlehem takes us to lunch and then a visit to the Church of the Nativity and the area of the Shepherds’ Fields. (The story of Ruth and Naomi and Boaz would have also taken place on these hills.) … and finally time for shopping at an olive wood store owned by an Arab believer. On the way back to our hotel in Jerusalem, we notice streets becoming quiet as Jews prepare to welcome in the sabbath. B,D
Day 9: Saturday – A visit to the scale Model of the City (at the Israel Museum) as it was during the 2ndtemple period, helps us get oriented to the layout of the city. Then we drive to the Old City and visit the excavations at the Pools of Bethesda and the nearby Church of St. Anne with its fantastic acoustics. The pavement stones found in the Praetorium are from the time of Jesus, and depict games of chance that would have been played by the Roman soldiers. Walking through the city, we follow the Via Dolorosa (traditional Way of Sorrow), to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This location was outside the ancient city walls, and the presence of cohim-style tombs makes it a good candidate to be the site of the death and burial of Jesus. Then we walk to the Garden Tomb in a beautiful garden where we commemorate and reflect on the resurrection, and enjoy communion together. B,D
Day 10: Sunday - Driving through the new city (West Jerusalem) our visit to Yad Vashem, the Memorial to the Holocaust, will be very moving and help us to understand the pain the Jews have experienced in their recent history. Today we will be walking in the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter we experience many historical eras … the Cardo(Roman, Byzantine, Crusader and Turkish sections); theBroad Wall of Nehemiah; and modern residences all around us. After lunch, descending a large staircase we stand in front of the Western (Wailing) Wall, and the huge stones from King Herod’s construction. Around the corner at the South Wall excavations (Davidson Center) we see “the place of the trumpeter” and walk on ancient steps that led into the Temple during the time of Jesus. B,D
Day 11: Monday - Our morning begins with a visit to the Temple Mount, site of the ancient Jewish temples, and referred to in the Bible as God’s holy hill. (Ps. 2:6) After exiting there we go underground for a tour of the Western Wall tunnels. The afternoon allows free time to shop, do optional sightseeing (Hezekiah’s tunnel; walk on the ramparts; etc.), or just relax and take in the local culture. B,D
Day 12: Tuesday - After breakfast we will depart from the hotel to go to the airport for security and our late-morning flight, arriving in Columbus later that same day. B (Meals will also be served during the flight.)
Every effort will be made to complete the full itinerary. Yet, because conditions are often unpredictable in travel, we reserve the right to make changes during the tour.
12-day TOUR PRICE of $4299 INCLUDES air from Columbus, Ohio (CMH), group transfers, hotels, Israeli buffet breakfast and dinner daily, tips for group services, full sightseeing, the services of English-speaking local guide (where required) and all entrance fees to sites as listed in the program. All taxes and surchcarges in effect as of June 1, 2018 are included. If additional surcharges or taxes are imposed by the airlines or governments, any additional amounts will be the responsibility of the passenger. This tour will operate with a minimum of 20 participants.
LAND ONLY PRICE is $2999 and INCLUDES all of the above except air and transfers.
NOT INCLUDED are personal items such as laundry; drinks and coffee during or after meals; lunches, tips for personal favors; excess baggage and forwarding of baggage; transfers other than with the group; optional travel insurance.
YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS are based on double occupancy in twin bedded and 4* rooms with private bath.. There is a supplemental charge of $870 if you prefer a single room. Individuals enrolling without a roommate may request to be matched with a roommate. In the event that a roommate is not available, individuals will be subject to the single supplement charge. All single rooms are subject to availability and may be smaller than normal twin rooms.
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ITINERARY LENGTH: Flight times are subject to change without advance notice. CTSP is not responsible for changes and delays in airline schedules and does not reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from delays. Because airlines often change flight times and dates at the last minute, if you must purchase any connecting tickets, CTSP strongly recommends those which can be changed without heavy fees and penalties. If airline(s) change flight schedules, CTSP reserves the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary accordingly, and whenever possible, you will be notified in writing. If changes necessitate extra overnights, you will be charged (per person, per night) US$110 double occupancy, or US$200 for single rooms (includes single supplement).
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