Pastor Nicholas & Pastor Kim will be leading a once-in-a-lifetime tour to the Holy Land in 2020.
Join Pastor Kim for an information meeting on Tue, 3/10 at 7PM, where we will discuss details and answer questions about our Israel trip,
Please click HERE to let us know that you’ll be attending the meeting.
DATE: October 13-21, 2020
COST: Approx $3,200 + tips
Embrace yourself on this once-in-a-lifetime Christian tour of the Holy Land, using the services of an English speaking tour guide, luxurious motor-coach (with WIFI), and the best Christian sites Israel has to offer.
THIS IS TENTATIVE – Can be changed at any time.
Included in Tour:
- Round-trip air from the New York area to Tel Aviv
- All air taxes, fees and fuel surcharges
Hotel accommodations – October 2020
- 1 night at the Grand Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv
- 2 nights at the Leonardo Hotel in Tiberias
- 1 night at David Hotel in Ein Bokek (Dead Sea)
- 3 nights at the Prima Park Hotel in Jerusalem
- Hotel taxes and service charges
Guiding – Israel
- A luxurious motor-coach (WIFI) with driver
- A government licensed, English speaking guide
- Guide’s overnights (where applicable)
- Guide’s expenses (Where needed)
- All entrances to all sites as per itinerary
Meals in Israel
- Breakfast daily
- Dinners daily
- Meet and at all airports upon arrival
- Transfers throughout Israel
- Meet and at all airports upon departure
Other services included
- Porterage at Ben Gurion Airport
- Sound and light show at Towers of David
- Boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
- Temple Mount Tunnels
- The Dead Sea and the Judean Wilderness
- Daily lunch
- Travel insurance with CSA Travel insurance (optional)
- Tips to guide/driver, hotel staff and restaurants (hotel and local restaurant, maids)
9 DAY – ITINERARY:
Tuesday – Day 1: Departure from the US to Israel
We will depart New York on an overnight flight to Tel Aviv.
Wednesday – Day 2: Welcome to Israel
We will land at Ben Gurion Airport late evening and are met by a Trips Israel representative immediately after passport control. After fetching our luggage, we will be escorted outside the terminal to meet our guide and driver and motor couch. We will have a short drive to the beautiful Mediterranean coast of Tel Aviv. We will arrive to our hotel for check-in. Suggest a good sleep before our big day tomorrow.
Overnight at hotel in Tel Aviv
Thursday – Day 3: Journey north
After breakfast (at our hotel), we will drive north along the coast, as we journey towards Haifa. Our first stop will be the ancient city of Caesarea built by Herod the Great and once occupied by Roman rule. Caesarea is also where Pontius Pilate had his base; where Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10); where Paul embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9:30) and where Philip preached (Acts 8:40). We will view the excavated Roman theatre, with its acoustic and theatrical sound. It was used for many performances throughout the centuries. We turn inland and proceed to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s walled, fortified cities (1st Kings 9:15; 10:26), with the ruins of 20 levels of civilization and identified as the site of Armageddon. From here, the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as we read about the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the Plains of Jezreel. Visit the archaeological excavations at Megiddo, including the well-preserved water supply system. We will continue with our drive to Nazareth, to visit the Church of the Annunciation, where it is believed the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. We will also visit the site of the Synagogue of Nazareth, where Jesus preached his first sermon. Nazareth is where Jesus grew up in His youth years, working with His father as a carpenter in their family shop. We will visit Nazareth Village, an open-air museum, which reconstructs and reenacts village life in the Galilee in the time of Jesus. We will visit Cana, the site where Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding ceremony. We will drive through the Pastoral Hills of the Galilee to Tiberias and arrive to our hotel for check-in with cold refreshments. After check-in, we will enjoy a relaxing dinner at our hotel.
Overnight in Tiberias
Friday – Day 4: Golan Heights and Western Galilee
After breakfast, we will start our day with a drive to the village of Magdalena. Magdalena was an ancient city on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Tiberias. It is believed to be the birthplace of Mary Magdalene. We will drive towards Western Galilee to visit Tabgha, the site of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes (John 6:1-14) and the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered perhaps the most significant sermon ever preached – “The Sermon On The Mount” (Matt. 5). We will board on a short cruise on the Sea of Galilee. We will dock at Capernaum (Kfar Nachum), the center of Jesus’ Galilean ministry and the site of many of His miracles (Mark 2:4; Matt. 8:5; 14-17; 9:1-7; 17:18). We will see the remains of Peter’s (Shimon’s) house and the synagogue site where Jesus taught and worshiped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). We will return back to our hotel via Yardenit, where we will have a chance to be baptized. In the evening, we will enjoy a relaxing dinner at our hotel. After dinner, stroll the city of Tiberias from our hotel at leisure.
Overnight in Tiberias
Saturday – Day 5: South to the Dead Sea
After breakfast, we will leave the Galilee area and proceed south towards the Jordan Valley to visit the city of Beit Shean. We will have time to wander the newly excavated city, one of the largest ongoing archaeological dig in the land of Israel with its amphitheater, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics and Roman bathhouses (1st Samuel 31:10). Continue south along the Jordan Valley, where the dessert blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). As we get closer to the shores of the Dead Sea, we will start to descend to the lowest point on the surface of the earth at 1305 feet (398m) below sea level. On our way we will stop in Jericho, the oldest known city in the world, as well as to view the Mount of Temptation. As we continue south, we will stop at Qumran, where a young shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls and where it’s believed John the Baptist visited on many occasions. We will continue south to conclude our day with a drive to the Dead Sea resort hotel in Ein Bokek for check-in. The remainder of the day will be at leisure. Take advantage of the unsinkable waters of the Dead Sea, as well as their spa and other services. In the evening, we will enjoy dinner at our hotel
Overnight at hotel in Ein Bokek (Dead Sea)
Sunday – Day 6: Dead Sea – Jerusalem
After breakfast, enjoy most of the morning at leisure by the shores of the Dead Sea. At approximately 12 noon, we will head north to visit the legendary mountaintop plateau of Masada. We will ascend by cable car to visit the ancient fortress, where the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. The Zealots held out for three years against the legions of Flavius Silva and chose to die as free men at their own hands rather than submit to Roman slavery and torture. From the top of Masada, the outlines of the Roman encampments are still visible below. We will continue to beautiful
Ein Gedi reserve to see the Oasis in the desert. Here we will have a short hike to see the incredible waterfalls; the gardens, caves and learn the biblical stories of David, Saul and the book of Psalms. We will continue north and turn west towards Jerusalem and on the way we will arrive at the Land of Genesis for a camel safari in the Judean Wilderness. After safari, Abraham and his family will invite you to their tent for a biblical feast with some entertainment. After dinner, we will go up to Jerusalem and to our hotel
Overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem
Monday – Day 7: Jerusalem and Bethlehem
After breakfast, we will drive to the Mount of Olives to visit the Garden of Gethsemane. Here, Jesus was arrested because of Judah’s betrayal. See the ancient trees from the time of Jesus at the garden and visit the Church of All Nations. We will continue to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room, where the Last Supper was held (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt 26 17-29, Acts 1.13 and Acts 2). Below a flight of stairs, we will also see the site of David’s tomb. We will drive to Israel Museum to see the model city of Jerusalem as it used to look in 66 CE. In that fateful year, the Great Revolt against the Romans erupted, resulting in the destruction of the city and the Temple. The ancient city was then at its largest, covering an area of ca. 445 acres (more than twice the size of the Old City today). In the same complex, we will also visit the Shrine of the Book. Here we will see the original Dead Sea Scrolls and where they are housed. We will proceed to Bethlehem to visit the Shepherds Fields and then on to the Church of the Nativity, located at Manger Square. We will return back to Jerusalem. We will conclude our day with a communion at the Garden Tomb. It is believed by many Christians, this was the site of Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified and where he resurrected. Here, we will have time to reflect at the site. Enjoy dinner at our hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem
Tuesday – Day 8: Old City of Jerusalem
After breakfast, we will drive to the Old City and enter through the Dung Gate. Our first stop will be the Southern Wall excavations. Here, we will see the beauty of the ruins, including the famous Robinson Arch, which used to lead the high priests into the Temple. We will proceed through the broad stone stairway down to the Western Wall, also known as the “Kotel” to see Judaism Holiest place. Here we will have time to insert a prayer note in one of the cracks of the last remainder wall from the 2nd Temple era. We will begin at the passageways descending through many layers of Jerusalem’s past through the Western Wall (Rabbis’) Tunnels. Inside, see the model showing the different dwelling periods and history of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. After departing the plaza we visit The Temple Institute where preparations are being made for the restoration of the priestly services needed for the prophesied Third Temple. We will exit the Jewish Quarter and enter the Christian Quarter to see the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a lame man (John 5). From here we will retrace the steps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa (the way of the cross) and its stations. We pass through the colorful bazaars, alleyways and marketplaces to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (optional). We will proceed to the Jewish Quarter, which was reconstructed after the city was unified at the conclusion of the Six-Day War in 1967. A special point of interest in the restored Jewish Quarter is; the “Cardo“, meaning the “heart” of this ancient Byzantine City. We will view the unearthed main Roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace lined with columns. Here we will have time to leisurely eat lunch and test our bargaining skills with local merchants. We will leave the Old City and proceed to
Yad Vashem – the Israeli Holocaust memorial, where six million Jews perished in the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. We will walk through the New Historical Museum, the Children’s Hall, and the Memorial Hall and view the recently constructed Memorial to the Deportees. We will conclude our day and drive to our hotel for an early dinner. After dinner, we will be transferred to see the spectacular sound and light show at the Tower of David completing our experience in The Holy City.
Overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem
Wednesday – Day 9: Departure and arrival back home
We will check-out from our hotel. We will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport for our flight back home. We will arrive back home later that day with everlasting memories of Israel.
Please click HERE to let us know that you’ll be attending the information meeting.