Best of Israel - "first class"
10 Day Inspirational Tours
2013 - not available, 2014
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"Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem." Psalms 122:2
- Roundtrip airfare from U.S.A. or Canada to Israel
- 4 star lodging with private bath
- Full Israeli style buffet breakfast and dinner– daily, 1 lunch
- Services of expert Biblical guides
- Air conditioned delux motorcoach used for touring
- Boat ride on the Galilee
- Visit to the Jordan River baptismal site
- Swimming (or rather floating!) in the Dead Sea
- Visit to the Ein Gedi oasis
- Cable car ride up to the ancient mountain fortress of Masada
Please note: These are not current for 2013, 2014, and are samples only:
*Full Package $3129 from PHL includes taxes
$3239 from Wilmington, NC
other departure cities available, e.g. Cleveland, NY, San Francisco
(call for special prices)
Please reserve your space asap
as space is limited
Land-only package also available -please inquire
Contact us: 302 559-1766, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact us if you are interested
Please note: These are not current for 2014, and are samples only:
Day 1: Departure
Today we embark on our Journey to the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight…tomorrow you will be walking where Jesus walked!
Day 2: Arrive Israel
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where we will be met by our Israeli guide who will accompany us during our entire stay in Israel. We travel northward to our waterfront hotel on the Mediterranean Sea for one night in the coastal area north of Tel Aviv. The remainder of the day is free to stroll along the seaside walkway that adjoins our hotel, enjoy the hotel facilities, relax, and have dinner. The time is right for a personal devotional with the sunset over the “Great Sea.” Enjoy a time of prayer of thanks for safety and the special blessings ahead, a prayer for the people of this land, and a good night’s rest.
Day 3: Caesarea, Megiddo & Nazareth
After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre and aqueduct, and then journey on to Mt. Carmel in HAIFA, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. From here we have a panoramic view of Haifa's bay. Next we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. We drive through the area of Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. We take time to ascend Mt. Tabor, the reputed Mount of Transfiguration, and visit the Nazareth Village - a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4: Capernaum, Dan, Caesarea Philippi & Mount of Beatitudes
Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to the north of Israel and Dan where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship. Then onto the lovely springs at Caesarea Philippi where Jesus spent special time apart with His disciples. We will see the beautiful foothills of Mt. Hermon and the Golan Heights where the road that leads to Damascus passes. In order to save valuable time, a box lunch will be provided. In Capernaum we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue where Jesus taught and Peter’s home. Then we travel on to the site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and the Mount of the Beatitudes overlooking the Sea. After viewing the ancient Fisherman Boat at an operating Kibbutz, we enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee. A devotional on board brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples and concludes a wonderful day.
Day 5: Jordan River Baptism Site, Beth Shean & Dead Sea
We begin our day with a visit to the Jordan River Baptismal site. Next we travel southward to Beit-Shean, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied throughout history. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Gilboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit-Shean. Archaeologists have uncovered a huge number of Roman and Byzantine ruins there. During the time of Jesus, it was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis - a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government. Then we travel southward following the fertile Jordan Valley. Our guide will point out the agricultural restoration of the “Land of Milk and Honey,” the Kibbutz system and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We pass ancient Jericho and view from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world. Spend time to relax at the ancient mineral springs and mud baths of the famous Ein Gedi spa on the Dead Sea, before we proceed to our lodging for the evening at the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth.
Day 6: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Scrolls, Abraham's Tent
Our day begins with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand. Afterwards we proceed to Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat," an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. Next, we visit Qumran Caves, ancient home of the Essenes and where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. This afternoon we will take part in the Genesis Land/Dinner in Abraham's Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time: a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, and authentic food. We drive through the desert where Jesus spent 40 days tempted by Satan and take the grand road of ascent through the rugged Judean wilderness as we, like so many pilgrims of old, "go up to Jerusalem." Our lodging for the next four nights will be in Jerusalem.
Day 7: Around Jerusalem, Bible Times, Holocaust Museum- Messianic Lecture
Passing by the Protestant Cemetery, we visit the "Upper Room" just outside the Zion Gate where the disciple whom Jesus loved laid his head on His breast and where later Thomas cried, "my Lord & my God." An interesting and educational time awaits us at the Israel Museum. Walk through collections of centuries old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem as it was in 60 A.D. will help prepare us for what we will experience in the following days. We also pass through Ein Karem, a hillside town where Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth just after baby Jesus was conceived, and where John the Baptist lived as a child. We conclude the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, for a needed reminder of what the Jews have suffered as a people.
Day 8: Jesus' Steps, the Last Days, Mt. of Olives, The Old CIty - Messianic Lecture
Today we walk where Jesus walked; be ginning the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and then the Garden of Gethsemane. How many have wished to be whisked back in time to get a glimpse of our Lord or hear His voice if only for a moment? To walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus' prayer and take time for personal reflection is important here. Next we visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was beaten and spit upon. See a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned. On our way into the city we will visit the Wailing Wall, the most sacred site for many Jewish people, and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. We move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and St. Ann’s Church. This evening we enjoy a special lecture by a local believer prior to dinner, giving us a perspective of Messianic life in Israel.
Important Note: Although the itinerary above obviously emphasizes the spiritual aspect of this marvelous country, our guides are also experts in and passionate about the miracle of the return of the Jews and the restoration of the state of Israel. This fact, along with many modern day topics (military, politics, education, and other cultural aspects), will be woven into the commentary in order to give you well rounded information.
Day 9: Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb, Pentecost, Walls of Jerusalem, Bethlehem
While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering along with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led. The actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study. Our climax of the day is the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise. This afternoon we visit the Southern Wall Excavations. This southern side of The Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is the place that Peter stood and preached and where thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost. We enjoy a challenge from God's Word and a song, before an optional time this afternoon. Those who wish may stay in the city marketplace for shopping, or a special walk along the top of the great stone walls of Jerusalem, to prayer for the peace of Jerusalem. While others may choose to spend the remainder of the day surrounding the birth of Christ, with a visit to Bethlehem. In the late afternoon we drive to Tel Aviv for dinner in the ancient seaport of Old Jaffa, where Peter had his visitation before meeting with the gentile centurion.
Day 10: Home
A very early morning departure from the Tel Aviv Airport for our flight homeward will allow for arrival home by early afternoon.
Children: are welcome. Carol brought her son to Israel with an adult group when he was 7, and it was wonderful and beneficial for him to see the Bible lands come alive before his eyes at an early age. Prayerfully consider if your children –or grandchildren!- would benefit and be able to keep up with this very special yet intense experience.
HOW TO JOIN THE TOUR:
If you are interested in this wonderful tour, please phone, email or use the CONTACT FORM at the bottom of this page to let us know. We will send you more information.
Please note: These are not current for 2014, and are samples only:
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION: We will serve as your group leader and host. We work with highly reputable and well-established tour operators that are fully bonded in North America and government licensed, where required, in Israel. The tour operator for our 2 Fall Tours to Israel is one of the best known Christian tour companies in America, in business since 1987, and committed to your comfort, safety, and enjoyment.
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phone: Rafi at 302 559-1766 (U.S. cell)
204 800-2411 (Canada)
Rafi & Carol Cohen
Healing for the Nation
Wilmington, NC 2840
*Price is per person based on double occupancy. Flight departs USA from Philadelphia (PHL). Our tour operator can book discounted connecting airfares to PHL from other departure cities in the U.S. and Canada. Figure an extra $100-$200 for those flights added to the cost of the Tour Package. $495 single supplement. (For people traveling alone, it may be possible to pair you with a roommate.) A Land-only package is also available - please inquire. Tour Itinerary is subject to change.
Things not included in the Tour Package:
- 7 lunches
- Tips to drvers, guides, and hotel staff: $72 suggested
- Optional Travel Insurance
- Optional Credit Card Payments (3% is added for payments made by credit card.
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Price Includes: 4 star lodging, expert Biblical guides, admissions, sightseeing, buffet breakfast and dinner daily, 1 lunch.
Please Note: Israel gratuities will be paid in advance ($72 per person will be added to your final invoice for gratuities to be paid to driver, guide, and hotel staff while in Israel).
Deposit Required: $400 per person will reserve your place. A $200 service fee will be charged for cancellation at any time in addition to our normal payment and cancellation policy.
"Let us come before Him with Thanksgiving..." Ps. 95:2