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9 Day Encounter

Land + Air
$1,401
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Tour Highlights

  • Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period and the traditional site of the imprisonment of Paul before his trial in Rome
  • Boat Ride on the sea of Galilee
  • Megiddo, one of the most important biblical sites in Israel and the traditional site of Armageddon
  • Nazareth and the Church of the Annunciation of Christ
  • Mt. Of Olives and panoramic view of the Holy 
  • Garden Tomb, traditional Protestant site of Calvary
  • Garden Of Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove
  • Bethlehem and the church of Nativity


Trip Includes


  • 7 night accommodation on Half Board basi
    • 1 night Tel Aviv
    • 2 nights Galilee
    • 4 nights Jerusalem
  • Breakfast daily and 7 dinners
  • 6 touring days with English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure transfers from/to Ben Gourion airport

 

DAY ONE: Saturday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


DAY TWO: Sunday
ARRIVAL
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to the hotel in Tel Aviv.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv
 


DAY THREE: Monday
CAESAREA-MEGIDDO-HAIFA-ACRE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart north along the coast plain.
  • Guided visit to the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caeasar and considered the traditional site of Paul's imprisonment before his trial in Rome and the home of the first gentile believer, Cornelius and of Philip the evangelist; the theatre, aqueducts and Hippodrome serve as a backdrop for the events chronicled in the Book of Acts.
  • Visit Megiddo, one of Israel's most famous biblical sites and the traditional site of Armageddon, and walk through the archaeological park and biblical period waterways.
  • Lunch on your own, en route
  • Continue north to Haifa.
  • View the Ba'hai Gardens, one of the holiest sites of the Ba'hai religion, located on Mount Carmel in Haifa while standing atop Mount Carmel.
  • Visit Acre (Akko), a UNESCO Heritage Site, for a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
    • The newly renovated Crusaders' City.
    • The Jezzar Pasha Mosque, one of the most important mosques to Israel's Muslim citizens.
    • The Ottoman Fortifications around the city.
  • Check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Lower Galilee
 


DAY FOUR: Tuesday
TIBERIAS-CAPERNAUM-BANIAS
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive through Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
  • Enjoy a Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee.
  • Guided visit to some Christian Holy Sites around the Sea of Galilee, including:
    • A visit to Capernaum, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the site of Jesus' teachings and the remains of a 2nd century synagogue.
    • A visit to Tabgha, traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, and the site of a modern church built on the remains of a Fourth Century church.
    • A visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of Jesus' ‘Sermon on the Mount', overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Short hike along the Banias River at the base of the Golan Heights, also known as Caesarea Philipi, the site where Jesus revealed Peter's leadership role among the disciples.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Lower Galilee


DAY FIVE: Wednesday
NAZARETH-BEIT SHEAN
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit the Church of the Annunciation of Christ and Mary's Well in Nazareth.
  • Drive to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan River.
  • Visit the Beit Shean National Park, one of Israel's largest archaeological sites with its biblical period archaeological mound and on-going excavations exposing the vast Roman-Byzantine City.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue south along the Jordan Rift Valley.
  • Ascend to Jerusalem through the Judean Desert.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colourful 3,000 year old city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem
 


DAY SIX: Thursday
JERUSALEM-OLD CITY
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Start the day with a drive to the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the breath-taking panorama of the Holy City.
  • Descend to Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed prior to his arrest and crucifixion.
  • Visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion where Jesus spent his last hours with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion; it was also here that the Holy Spirit came upon the 120 on the Day of Pentecost. Directly under the Upper Room, is the traditional site of the Tomb of King David.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Guided visit through the Old City of Jerusalem, including sites holy to Jews, Moslems and Christians: the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Visit the Garden Tomb, traditional Protestant site of Calvary.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY SEVEN: Friday
NEW CITY-BETHLEHEM
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk through the picturesque neighbourhood of Ein Karem, site of the Churches of the Visitation and John the Baptist and art galleries.
  • Guided visit through the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including: 
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The new Historical Museum
    • A concluding Memorial Service
  • Visit the Israel Museum, one of the most creative and innovative museums in the world to visit the Second Temple Model of Jerusalem, the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit the city of Bethlehem, site of the birth of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem
 


DAY EIGHT: Saturday
DEAD SEA-MASADA
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend towards the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Visit Qumran and explore the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Arrive at Masada and ascend this wilderness mountain fortress in a cable car; walk through the remains of the palace, water cisterns and fortifications built by King Herod, and hear about the Zealots who lived here until the bitter end.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY NINE: Sunday
RETURN
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

Need to Know

  • Hotels might be replaced with similar ones.

  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotels might be replaced with similar ones.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.


Not Included


  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    • $10 - $15 - per participant per day


 

Additional Information


  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website atwww.tsa.govto obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.
  
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