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10-Day Israel – Biblical Encounter

Look into the lives and the land of those who have built the powerful foundation of faith that you stand upon today.

**Minimum group size of 12 (+) to maintain tour price

Itinerary

Day 1
Depart USA for Israel
Depart the US for Israel.
Day 2
Arrive Tel Aviv
Arrive in Tel Aviv. Tour group will be met at airport and assisted with arrival procedures. Dinner and overnight beside the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
Day 3
Caesarea, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Tiberias (Sea of Galilee)
Today we depart for the Galilee enjoying stops at the extensive ruins of Caesarea, an ancient port city, built by King Herod and later becoming the seat of government of the Roman governors, and where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman centurion (Acts 9 & 25). We continue to Megiddo (the valley of Armageddon) & Mt. Carmel, where Elijah prayed and God defeated 450 prophets of Baal with fire from heaven (1 Kings 18). Dinner and overnight in Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4
Galilee, Nazareth Village, Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha
We begin our special time in the Galilee, rich in memories of the life of Jesus, with a short drive to Nazareth to visit “Nazareth Village” – a re-created village offering detailed explanation of what life was like during the time of Jesus. Leaving Nazareth, we soon ascent to the Mt. of Beatitudes where we enjoy time for spiritual reflection and meditation as we reflect on Jesus’ teachings from the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5: 1-15) and enjoy the beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee. We drive along the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (Mark 1: 31-38), the base of Jesus’ early ministry, the home of Peter, and the site of many healings and to Tabgha, traditional site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. (Mark 6:30-44). In the afternoon, we board a replica wooden “Jesus Boat”, a fishing boat of the kind used by the disciples of Jesus, for our ride on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Tiberius.
Day 5
Golan Heights, Caesara Philippi, Tel Dan, Beit She’an, Jerusalem
After breakfast we travel north into the Golan Heights to view the Galilee from a special lookout. We continue along the Banias River to the ancient site of Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus asked His disciples “who do men say that I am?” (Mark 8:27-30). We will enjoy a short hike through the beautiful nature reserve of Tel Dan (named for the tribe of Dan) where we will see the gate of Jeroboam and Gideon Springs- truly this area is a feast for the mind and senses! Heading toward Jerusalem, we enjoy a visit to Beit She’an, one of the best-preserved Decapolis Roman cities. In Beit She’an, the bodies of King Saul and his sons were hung from the city walls (1 Samuel 31:10-12) after the Philistines defeated them. We then ascend to the majestic city of Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’ Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.” (Psalm 122:1-2 NASB)
Day 6
Jerusalem – Mt. of Olives, Palm Sunday Road, Garden of Gethsemane, Jewish Quarter, Southern Steps, and Garden Tomb
Behold the breath-taking panorama of the Holy City from the Mount of Olives. Our pilgrimage today will proceed down the Old Palm Sunday Road (Mark 11:1-11) to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus spent His last hours among the now ancient olive grove (Matt. 26: 30-46), and the Church of All Nations, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed on the night of His betrayal (Matt. 26:36, John 18:1). Entering the Old City of Jerusalem through the Zion Gate, we walk to the most holy shrine of the Jewish people- the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) of Herod’s temple. Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Sam. 24:18-25) where Jesus was taken as a young boy, and about which Jesus Christ prophesied its destruction (Mark 13:1-2). On this site now stands the golden Dome of the Rock (the third holiest shrine in all Islam) and the El-Aksa Mosque. From the temple area, we make our way along the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross), the road which Jesus walked after being sentenced by Pontius Pilate– including the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5:1-15), the Pavement (where Jesus stood while being tried by Pilate), Ecce Homo Arch (Behold the Man), where Pilate ordered Christ to be brought forth to the Jews (John 19:5), and the ancient Cardo reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. As we leave the Old City, a short walk takes us to the Southern Steps leading to the original main entrances of the Temple Mount upon which Jesus walked and which may have been one of the locations where pilgrims sang the Psalms of Ascent (Ps. 120-134). Later in the afternoon, we enjoy a peaceful visit to Golgotha and the Garden Tomb for quiet reflection, worship and communion. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7
Ein Gedi, Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea
Leaving Jerusalem this morning, we meander through the Judean desert and along the western shore of the Dead Sea. The stops today include the lovely Ein Gedi- where David hid from King Saul (1 Sam.24: 1-7) and Qumran – where the Dead Sea scrolls were written over 2000 years ago and discovered in 1947. Continuing south, we enjoy a stop at Masada, the fortress built by King Herod and site of the last Jewish resistance against the Romans in 73 AD. Ascending the area by cable car, visitors are able to survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples and palaces. Time permitting will include a special stop at the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on the earth, for a short float in the healing waters. Please be sure to bring water/closed end shoes, as the bottom surface can be rough. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8
The City of David including Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Bethlehem
After breakfast we visit the City of David-excellent archeological remains of David’s period and that of the Kings of Judah (2 Samuel 5: 8-10), and a walk (potentially wet!) through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the 2,700 year old water tunnel dug during the reign of King Hezekiah (2 Chron. 32:30) and remaining as one of the wonders of early engineering ending at the Pool of Siloam where Jesus healed the blind man by spitting on the ground. Be sure to bring a flashlight and good water shoes with you, as you will get wet walking through the tunnel should you choose to do so. Following our time here, we take a short drive to Bethlehem visiting the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field, where the angel of the Lord proclaimed the Good News of the birth of the Savior (Luke 2: 8-18). Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
Day 9
Temple Mount, Israel Museum/Shrine of the Book, Valley of Elah, Joppa, Tel Aviv
After breakfast and check out procedures, our last day in Israel allows for time this morning to visit the Temple Mount (if open) followed by a visit to the Israel Museum to visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Additionally, the 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem, as the city would have appeared in Jesus’ time, will fascinate you! We then travel toward Tel Aviv, spending a few moments in the Valley of Elah, the site of the battle between David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17:2). We continue on to the ancient city of Jaffe (Joppa) for our farewell dinner and transfer to Tel Aviv for return flight back home.
Day 10
Depart For the USA

Insurance Info

Insurance Info

Optional Travel Protection Information

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For your convenience, Faith Based Expeditions offers a travel protection plan, 360°Adult Group Premier, provided by Travelex Insurance Services. 

Trip Cost

Plan Cost*

$0

   $37

$1 – $500

   $68

$501 – $1,000

   $99

$1,001 – $1,500

 $137

$1,501 – $2,000

 $177

$2,001 – $3,000

 $239

$3,001 – $4,000

 $316

$4,001- $5,000

 $397

$5,001- $6,000

 $472

$6,001 – $7,000

 $550

$7,001 – $8,000

 $629

$8,001 – $9,000

 $706

$9,001 – $10,000

 $783

$10,001 – $11,000

$887

$11,001 – $12,000

$970

$12,001 – $13,000

$1,053

$13,001 – $14,000

$1,136

$14,001 – $15,000

$1,219

 Rates are per traveler. Maximum trip length allowed is 364 days.

 

Plan Benefits

Maximum Coverage Per Person (up to the limits below)

Trip Cancellation

Up to 100% of Insured Trip Cost up to $15,000

Trip Interruption

Up to 150% of Insured Trip Cost up to $22,500

Trip Delay

$1,000 ($250/day)

Missed Connection

$1,000

Baggage & Personal Effects

$1,500

Baggage Delay

$250

Emergency Medical Expense

$50,000 ($500 dental sublimit)

Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation

$250,000

AD&D

$10,000

Travel Assistance & Concierge Services**

Included

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