*Tentative Dates - Dec. 26, 2020 - Jan. 4, 2021
*Tentative Cost - $4100 ea. - $500 deposit
• Roundtrip airfare
• Service at the airport
• Transportation to and from airport at destination
• 9 days with motor coach & professional guide
• Room accommodations with breakfast and dinner
• Entrance fees to all sites
• Unlimited mineral water supply on the bus
• Tip for guide and driver
• Taxes and handling
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
• Travel insurance (available at additional cost)
• Personal items and souvenirs
• Lunches (breakfast and dinner are provided)
No destination on earth provides the biblical learning, spiritual encouragement and historical significance of the Holy Land.
Walk in the paths of the patriarchs, travel the dusty roads of the disciples and take awe in the footsteps of Jesus.
Our days will be spent traveling, usually from 8:30-4:30.
THIS TRIP WILL COVER ALL THESE MAJOR SITES IN THE HOLY LAND, AND MORE
• Caesarea Mauritiana (where Paul stood before Agrippa)
• Mt. Carmel (site of Elijah's miracle)
• Megiddo (the Valley of Armageddon)
• Nazareth (the Brow of the Hill)
• The Sea of Galilee (including a boat ride)
• Capernaum (headquarters of Jesus' ministry)
• The Mount of Beatitudes
• Caesarea Philippi ("whom do men say that I am?")
• Gideon's Spring
• Bet Shean (amazing Roman city ruins)
• The Jordan River
• The Jordan Valley
• Qumran (site of the Dead Sea Scrolls)
• The Dead Sea (you'll float)
• Masada (Israel's Alamo)
• The Oasis of Ein Gedi
• The Mount of Olives
• Temple Mount
• The Western Wall
• Caiaphas' house and the dungeon
• The Church of the Sepulchre and the Garden Tomb
DAY 1: - DEPARTURE: Depart Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Tel Aviv.
DAY 2: - TEL AVIV / NETANYA: Shalom! We arrive in HIS LAND. Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, we will be met and assisted to our motor coach. We proceed to our hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean. (D)
DAY 3: - CAESAREA / MEGIDDO / TIBERIAS: Today’s sites include the ancient seaport and Roman theater at Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon. We arrive in Tiberias at our hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee. (B, D)
DAY 4: - SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / CAESAREA PHILIPPI: Today we cross the Sea of Galilee by boat landing at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar where we view the ancient Jesus Boat. We continue to the site of Peter’s restoration and the Mt. of the Beatitudes before arriving at Kibbutz En Gev for a lunch of St. Peter’s fish. Later we visit Capernaum, Jesus’ ministry base with its ancient synagogue. Time permitting, we will travel north to CaesareaPhilippi and the mouth of the Jordan River. We end our day at the baptismal site on the Jordan River. If you desire to be baptized, please bring a swimsuit. (B, L, D)
DAY 5: - GIDEON’S SPRING / JERUSALEM: This morning we travel south to Gideon’s Spring at En Harod. We then go up to the Holy City of Jerusalem! Enter HIS gates with gladness! Time permitting, we will overview Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives before arriving at our hotel. (B, D)
DAY 6: - JERUSALEM / MOUNT OF OLIVES / GETHSEMANE / OLD CITY: We begin our day on the top of the Mt. of Olives before taking the Palm Sunday path to the Garden of Gethsemane. We have a very special prayer service in a private garden next to Gethsemane. Later we enter the Old City through the Lion’s Gate and visit the famous Church of St. Anne with its rich, deep acoustics and the Pool of Bethesda. We continue to the Sisters of Zion Convent to visit the site of Pilate’s Judgment Hall/Antonio Fortress. We continue to the house of Caiaphas. (B, D)
DAY 7: - OLD CITY / SOUTHERN WALL EXCAVATIONS: Today we visit the Jewish Quarter, Wailing (Western) Wall and Temple Mount where we view the Dome of the Rock, the Al Aksa Mosque and the site where The Temple once stood. We also visit The City of David and view a special movie before ending our day at the Western Wall Tunnel. (B, D)
DAY 8: - MASADA / QUMRAN / DEAD SEA: We depart Jerusalem and proceed through the Judean Wilderness to Qumran, the site where a Bedouin shepherd found the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. We travel south along the shore of the Dead Sea on the lowest road in the world to Masada, truly a remarkable piece of history. En Gedi, a beautiful oasis on the shores of the Dead Sea is our last stop before returning to Jerusalem. (B, D)
DAY 9: - GARDEN TOMB: Today we visit the Garden Tomb for an exciting time of praise and worship. We will view Golgotha and then tour the Garden itself with a visit to the empty tomb. Time permitting, we may visit additional sites before returning to our hotel to freshen up and have dinner. We will depart our hotel this evening for the airport. (B, D)
DAY 10: - HOME: After a plane change, we continue on to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). We will return with memories and new friends to last a lifetime and beyond!
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Please Note - If A Passenger Is Unable to Get on And Off the Bus and Walk Without the Assistance of Another Individual, The Passenger Must Bring Someone with Them to Assist Them.
NOTE: The actual daily itinerary is subject to adjustment at the discretion of the tour operator.
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO ISRAEL?
Yes. Over 3 million tourists pass through Israel every year. The areas that receive rocket fire or other acts of terrorism are far from any of the sites we will visit. Both Arabs and Jews have an economic interest in keeping the tourism industry healthy and safe.
CAN I GET TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes, and it is recommended for most. After registration, we will send you a link to an insurance provider, or you are welcome to select your own.
ARE CELL PHONES + EMAIL AVAILABLE IN ISRAEL?
Download the app "WhatsApp" and encourage friends and family back home to do the same. You will be able to communicate at no cost with anyone who has this app. Wifi is available on the bus and at most hotels.
WHAT DOCUMENTATION + SHOTS ARE REQUIRED?
All you need is a valid U.S. Passport. No visas or shots are required.
WHO CAN TRAVEL WITH THIS GROUP?
If you have friends or family members who are not part of the SBTC family, they are welcome to travel with us on a first come, first serve basis.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS FOR THE GROUP?
This is an alcohol, tobacco and curse-free group. Roommates must be of the same gender or married.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS?
You need to be able to walk one mile at a reasonable pace, without assistance. The terrain of Israel is not rugged, but is often hilly. The streets of Jerusalem are often cobblestone, so the ability to walk on an uneven surface is essential. Wheelchairs and walkers are impractical on much of the trip. A walking stick or cane can be used.
Additional Questions? Contact Tony Wolfe