Going to Israel will give you a whole new view of Jesus, the Bible and your faith. I’m not over-promising in saying that. Every one of the over 60 people who have traveled with us to the Middle East, including Jocelyn and I, came away with something more than money can buy.

Jocelyn and I hope you will come with us in November 2020 for a life changing, unforgettable experience. Details and costs in this post.


To sign up email bob@revwords.com


Day 1 – Monday ~ November 23        DESTINATION ISRAEL

Meet in the departure hall at Edmonton Airport at TBA to check in for the West Jet or Air Canada flight to Toronto. Leave Toronto at TBA on a nonstop direct EL AL or Air Canada flight to Tel Aviv, meals served on board.

Day 2 –  Tuesday ~ November 24         TEL AVIV & MEDITERRANEAN COAST

Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport at TBA. Meet your guide. Travel north through the Plain of Sharon, along the Mediterranean shore on the old coastal road which linked Egypt and Babylon. Stop at Caesarea, the largest port in the Mediterranean built by King Herod the Great, later the Roman capital. Here Pontius Pilate had his seat; Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10); Paul embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9:30) and Philip preached (Acts 8:40). Visit the Roman Theatre, the Hippodrome, and the new exhibit describing the Herodian Port. 1 night: Palm Beach hotel ~ Akko (Dinner)

Day 3 – Wednesday ~ November 25  GALILEE

Travel via the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s fortified city kingdoms (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26) – with impressive ruins of 21 layers of civilization, where the book of Revelation will come to life at the site of the epic Armageddon. Stop at Yardenit for Baptism in the Jordan River. Enjoy a fish lunch. Then following the tradition of the “fishermen” disciples, sail on the Sea of Galilee with time for meditation and prayer. Visit the famous ancient boat from the time of Jesus at Gennasereth (Ginosar). 2 nights: Village Nof Ginosar ~ Sea of Galilee (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Day 4 – Thursday ~ November  26       GALILEE & GOLAN

Get an early start. Visit the Mt Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the famous “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt.5). Travel North through the Jordan Valley to Dan, to visit the lush Nature Reserve with impressive ancient city gates from Abraham and King Jeroboam’s times. Continue to Banias to visit Caesarea Philippi, the Northern extent of Jesus’ Ministry, where Jesus asked, “Who do men say I am?” Drive onto the Golan Heights then visit sites central to Jesus’ Ministry – Starting at Kfar Nahum (Capernaum) center of Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee and site of many of his miracles (Mark 2:4; Matt.8:5; 9). See the remains of St Peter’s (mother in law’s) home and the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught and worshipped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). Continue to the Church of the Primacy of Peter (Tabgha) on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (Breakfast & dinner)

Day 5 – Friday ~ November  27           JORDAN

Get an early start, travel south along the Jordan Valley to the Sheikh Hussein Bridge and cross into Jordan. Emulating the children of Israel and Moses, stop on Mt. Nebo for a glimpse of the Promised Land. Travel through the Moab Mountains, stop to visit the intimidating ruins of the desert fortress at Mukawir, Machaerus from Jesus’ day, where Herod Antipas held, then killed, John the Baptist. Continue south along the “Kingsway,” time permitting – stop at little Petra en route to Petra. 1 night: Old Village hotel ~ Petra (Breakfast & dinner)

Day 6 – Saturday ~ November 28       PETRA ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD

Start the day walking and riding into Petra – The Red Rock. Centre of the ancient Nabatean people and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. See the stunning charm of the Necropolis and the many magnificent sandstone edifices. Midafternoon leave Petra travelling south on the Kings Way via Ras El Naqeb and cross into Israel at the Arava terminal. Travel through the Arava wilderness to the Dead Sea the lowest place on earth (417 meters below sea level). Due to Sabbath some rooms might only be available after dinner.   2 nights: Hod hotel & Spa~ Dead Sea (Breakfast & dinner)  

Day 7 –  Sunday ~ November 29          THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD

Travel North through the stark Judean wilderness along the shores of the Dead Sea, stop at the Southern alter with time for reflection and prayer. Continue north to visit Masada – ruins of King Herod’s formidable mountaintop fortress, later the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome (73 A.C.E.). Ascend and descend by cable car. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure with time to enjoy the spa facilities at the hotel and float in the Dead Sea ~ you cannot sink! (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Day 8 –  Monday ~ November 30         DEAD SEA & JERUSALEM    

View Ein Gedi oasis where David fled the wrath of King Saul as you travel North to visit Qumran, where a Bedouin shepherd discovered the Dead Sea scrolls in a nearby cave. Continue through the Judean wilderness and enter Jerusalem as Jesus did via Mt. Scopus. Stop to recite a Psalm of ascent with your first view of the Holy City and the Temple Mt from the Mt. of Olives. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus and the Galileans walk down the hillside, on the route of Palm Sunday, via Dominus Flevit to Gethsemane. Visit the Church of All Nations, with time for reflection and prayer in the adjacent Olive orchard. Continue to Mt. Zion to visit the upper room – site of the last supper, then St. Peter in Gallicantu, to see the steps that Jesus might have walked on. End the day at Yad Vashem – national memorial and Museum of the Shoah where you pay tribute to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Europe during the Second World War. 4 nights: Prima Kings or Caesar hotel – Jerusalem [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 9 – Tuesday ~ December 1          JERUSALEM

Start the day in David’s City visiting Hezekiah’s or the Canaanite Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam. Then visit the Southern Wall Archaeological Park to see the impressive excavations along the South Western Wall of the Temple Mount, and stand on the very same ancient steps that Jesus and the disciples might have used 2000 years ago, to enter and exit the House of God. Proceed to the Western Wall (Kotel), then walk back in time under the city, through the Western Wall Tunnel Excavations. Stop at the pools of Bethsaida where Jesus healed the paralytic man and enjoy the acoustics at the adjacent St Anne’s church. Continue to the Israel Museum, to visit the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea scrolls and the Model of Ancient Jerusalem, describing the city from the Second Temple Period, the time of Jesus. (Breakfast & dinner)

Day 10 – Wednesday ~ December 2   JERUSALEM

Walk through the colourful Suk (markets). Stop at the Monastery of the sisters of Zion to visit the Lithostrotos, perhaps the very place where Jesus was tormented and disrobed by Roman soldiers. Then visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue into the Jewish quarter view archaeological windows into the past from the first and second temple periods in the Roman/Byzantine/Crusader main street, called the “Cardo” and stop at the Broad Wall (Isaiah). Visit the Temple Mt Institute to see replicas of the instruments used in worship on the Temple. End the day at the Garden Tomb, remember the resurrection, with time for reflection and worship with Holy Communion. (Breakfast & dinner)

Day 11 – Thursday ~ December 3       JERUSALEM

Spend a day of leisure in this fascinating city. Revisit places of interest and do some shopping in the colourful “Suk” (Market Place) in the Old City. Options to consider ON YOUR OWN modest entrance fees might be required: Spend time at Succat Hallel the Jerusalem House of Prayer. Visit: The Citadel Museum (David’s Tower); Ramparts (walls) of the Old City; Rockefeller Museum; Augusta Victoria; the Anglican and Lutheran churches or the Mahane Yehuda market. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel, then meet for debriefing. (Breakfast & dinner)

Day 12 – Friday ~ December 4    RETURN TO CANADA

Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your return flight. Leave Tel Aviv TBA on a direct non-stop Air Canada or EL AL flight to Toronto arriving at TBA – meals served on board. TBA Continue on the flight to Edmonton arriving at TBA.

COSTS

Estimated per person cost includes $690 airline tax and fuel surcharge (subject to change until ticketed); exit tax Israel & Jordan and the Jordan entry visa fee. Based on: Double occupancy (2 persons sharing a room); Deluxe hotels as listed in the itinerary; flying on West Jet or Air Canada EDMONTON TORONTO EDMONTON and direct nonstop flights on EL AL or AC TORONTO – TEL AVIV – TORONTO

* For each bus of 15 paying participants the estimated per person cost is $5,414

* For each bus of 21 paying participants the estimated per person cost is $5,064

* For each bus of 28 paying participants the estimated per person cost is $4,984

Participants are required to pay a deposit of $350 per person refundable up until 90 days before departure less $150 administrative fee per person.

From 90 days the entire deposit is non-refundable.

Full non-refundable final payment is due no later than 60 days before departure.

We suggest/recommend that participants make postdated monthly or bi weekly payments paid up in full no later than 60 days prior to departure

Payment by check, money order, wire transfer or by email includes a 3% reduction. For payment by credit card the 3% will be added.

INCLUDED

* Round trip nonstop direct flights on West Jet & EL AL or on Air Canada from Edmonton via Toronto to Tel Aviv return (both flights to/from Tel Aviv are on the dream liner!)

* Airport taxes $690 (subject to change).

* 10 nights’ accommodation with breakfast & dinner daily in the following select hotels or similar.

1 night Leonardo Plaza hotel      Haifa

2 nights Ginosar Village             Sea of Galilee

1 night Old Village hotel             Petra

2 nights Hod hotel and spa        Dead Sea

4 nights Prima Kings hotel          Jerusalem

 

* Arrival and departure transfers from/to airport (Israel)

* 9 days of sightseeing

* 1 day of leisure in Jerusalem

* Luxury a/c motor coach & in Israel with free Wi Fi

* Exit tax Israel & Jordan and Jordan entry visa +/- US125 per person

* Slow assisted 700/800 ft horseback ride in Petra

* Entrance fees to all the sites included in the itinerary

* Services of an English speaking Govt. licensed tour guide

* Whisper sound system for each participant – in Israel (not available in Jordan)

* Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person at the airport and hotels in Israel & Jordan

 

NOT INCLUDED

* Single room supplement $1,269

* Suggested minimum gratuity US135 per person covering guide, driver and hotel staff.

Please note that an offering should be taken to add to the Guide and driver gratuity A) In Jordan at the hotel and b) In Israel the day before last for guide and driver

* Carriage, donkey or camel rides in Petra or in Israel

* No porterage available at the land border crossings between Israel and Jordan

* Drinks as taken

* Extras in hotel

* Items of a personal nature

* Meals not listed in the itinerary

* Travel Insurance (Optional from us)

* 3% credit card charges

THE ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MAY VARY IN THE ORDER YOU VISIT
HOTELS AS LISTED OR SIMILAR

APPLICATION: To sign up email bob@revwords.com  Avie Esakov of International Heritage Tours is our Tour organizer. He will be at the Info Meeting. Avie can be reached at 416 444 6666 Ext 424 OR 1877 999 8868 Ext 424 Bob can be reached at 780-707-5569


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Bob Jones

Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 40 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring others through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, reading, and ball hockey. I'm a fan of the Esks, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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