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CBC Worldview 10-Day “Biblical Encounter” Tour in Israel

Dates/Prices:

4-Star Accommodations
02/19/20 – 02/28/20
Land Only: $2,485.00
Air & Land: $4,145.00 – Charlotte, NC

Led by: Paul Jordan
Description:

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT:

Receive a $100 per person “Early Registration Discount” if registered by June 1, 2019

**THERE IS A MINIMUM AGE LIMIT OF 13 YEARS OF AGE TO ATTEND THIS TOUR.

**ALL PASSENGERS BETWEEN THE AGE OF 13 AND 17 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT.

Price Includes

  • Domestic and International airfare (coach) from Charlotte, NC
  • Meeting at the Ben Gurion Airport on arrival
  • Ground transfer from the Ben Gurion Airport to the group hotel
  • Ground transfer from the hotel to the Ben Gurion Airport at the end of the tour
  • All transfers on sightseeing days
  • Gratuity for driver, guide and hotel staff
  • Luxury air-conditioned motor coach
  • Entrance fees for sites indicated in the Itinerary
  • Headsets per person
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner in hotels as indicated in the itinerary
  • Special St. Peter’s Fish lunch and gratuity for the lunch on Day-4
  • Bottled water on-board the motor coach while touring
  • Porterage at hotels

**THERE IS A MINIMUM AGE LIMIT OF 13 YEARS OF AGE TO ATTEND THIS TOUR.

**ALL PASSENGERS BETWEEN THE AGE OF 13 AND 17 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT.

Price Does Not Include

  • Domestic and International airfare for Land Only travelers
  • Travel Protection Insurance
  • Fuel surcharges that the airline imposes
  • Hotel cost for anyone staying after 11:00 AM February 28, 2020
  • Single Supplement Fee of $795 per person if rooming alone of if a roommate cannot be found
  • Optional Sites not included in itinerary that have entrance fees
  • Lunches and gratuity for lunch (excluding the St. Peter’s Fish Lunch)
  • All beverages including alcoholic beverages
  • Personal incidentals charged to the hotel room
  • Items of a personal nature

Documents

Itinerary

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020 – DEPART USA FOR TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

DAY 2: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020 – ARRIVAL IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL / JOFFA (JOPPA) TIME PERMITTING/ TRANSFER TO NETANYA
Tour group will be met at the Tel Aviv airport and assisted with arrival procedures as well as accessing the ground transfer to the group hotel. We make visit to Jaffa (Joppa) depending on group arrival before heading to Netanya for dinner and overnight.

Dinner

DAY 3: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020 – CAESAREA MARITIMA / MEGIDDO / MT. CARMEL / MT. PRECIPICE / TIBERIAS (SEA OF GALILEE)
Today we depart for the Galilee enjoying stops at the extensive ruins of Caesarea Maritima, 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) and Mt. Carmel, where Elijah prayed and God defeated 450 prophets of Baal with fire from heaven (1 Kings 18). We end our day with a stop at Mount Precipice, the traditional site of the cliff where an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off of after his bold proclamation in the Nazareth synagogue (Luke 4:16-30). Dinner and overnight in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020 – GOLAN HEIGHTS / CAESAREA PHILIPPI / TEL DAN / CAPERNAUM / PETER’S PRIMACY / SEA OF GALILEE BOAT RIDE
Following breakfast, travel north into the Golan Heights along the Banias River to the ancient site of Caesarea Philippi (Banias), 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 remains of the 5000-year old ancient city including the Canaanite Gate, the ritual site which recalls the sacrifice of golden calves during the reign of Jeroboam, and the beautiful Dan Springs fed by the snow from Mt. Hermon. Before heading back to the Sea of Galilee area we visit Abraham’s Gate. Returning to the Sea of Galilee to enjoy a special St. Peter’s Fish lunch on the shoes of the Sea of Galilee. Following lunch, we drive Capernaum (Mark 1: 31-38), the base of Jesus’ early ministry, the home of Peter, and the site of many healings. We end our day with a boat ride board a replica “Jesus Boat”, a fishing boat of the kind used by the disciples of Jesus, for our boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, St. Peter’s Fish Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2020– MT. ARBEL / MT. OF BEATITUDES / CHORAZIN / BETHSAIDA / KURSI / YARDENIT
We begin our day with a short hike up Mt. Arbel for a panoramic view of the entire Sea of Galilee and the surrounding area. Next, we drive to the Mt. of Beatitudes to enjoy a time for spiritual reflection and meditation as we reflect on Jesus’ teachings from the Sermon on the Mount. (Matt. 5: 1-15) Driving around the Sea of Galilee, we make stops at three ancient Galilean villages:  Chorazin,  cursed by Jesus as they rejected Jesus “mighty works”, Bethsaida, believed to be the birthplace of Peter, Andrew and Philip who gave up everything to follow Jesus, and Kursi, where tradition has it as the site where Jesus healed one of two men possessed by demons by driving the demons into a herd of pigs. (Mark 5:1-20, Matthew 8:28 – 34, Luke 8:26-39) Time and desire permitting, we end our day at the Yardenit, the baptismal site along the Jordan River. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2020 – GIDEON’S SPRING / BEIT SHE’AN / BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN / BETHLEHEM (SHEPHERD’S FIELD) / JERUSALEM
After breakfast we check out of the hotel, and head south toward Jerusalem. On the way, we enjoy a stop at Gideon’s Spring.  We continue on 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 make a brief stop at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, believed to be the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. We continue with our ascent to the majestic city of Jerusalem for a visit to Bethlehem. We will visit the cave of Jerome beneath the Church of St. Catherine.  Time permitting, we will also visit the Church of Nativity to see the birthplace of Jesus. We check into our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020 – MT. OF OLIVES / PALM SUNDAY ROAD / GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE / POOLS OF BETHESDA / ST. ANNES CHURCH / CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER / THE CITY OF DAVID
We begin our day on the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage will proceed down the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, and the Church of All Nations, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed on the night of His betrayal. (Matt. 26:36, John 18:1) We will spend time in a special private area among the ancient Olive Trees for a time of teaching and reflection.  Next, we take a walk to the Lion’s Gate to enter the Old City of Jerusalem.  We pass through the Lion’s Gate to visit the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5:1-15), the Pavement where Jesus stood while being tried by Pilate, and the Ecce Homo Arch. (“Behold the man” – John 19:5)  We make our way along the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) the road which Jesus walked after being sentenced by Pontius Pilate reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which commemorates the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Christ’s burial.  We leave the Old City for a visit to the City of David to tour the excellent archeological remains of David’s period and that of the Kings of Judah. (2 Samuel 5: 8-10) The group will end with a visit at the Pool of Siloam where Jesus healed the blind man.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020 – MASADA / EIN GEDI / QUMRAN / DEAD SEA
Leaving Jerusalem this morning, we meander through the Judean desert and along the western shore of the Dead Sea. Our first visit is Masada, the fortress built by King Herod and site of the last Jewish resistance against the Romans in 73 AD. Ascending Masada by cable car, we will be able to survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples and palaces. Continuing along the Dead Sea, we pass by the lovely Ein Gedi, the area where David hid from King Saul (1 Sam. 24: 1-7). We continue to Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were written over 2000 years ago and discovered in 1947. We conclude the day with a relaxing float in the healing waters of the Dead Sea (the lowest spot on earth). **Please be sure to bring swimsuit, towel (from the hotel), and water shoes as the bottom surface can be rough. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 – TEMPLE MOUNT (TIME PERMITTING) / SOUTHERN STEPS / WESTERN WALL / WESTERN WALL TUNNEL / UPPER ROOM / CHURCH OF ST. PETER AT GALLICANTU AND CAIAPHAS HOUSE / GARDEN TOMB
Following breakfast, we start early for a visit at the Temple Mount- the 35-acre area purchased by King David (2 Samuel. 24:18-25) and which was the original site of the 1st and 2nd Temples built for the Ark of the Covenant.  On this site now stands the golden Dome of the Rock (the third holiest shrine in all Islam) and the El-Aksa Mosque. Leaving the Temple Mount, a short walk takes us to stand on the original steps that Jesus walked as he entered the Temple area (the Southern Steps).  We then walk to the Western (Wailing) Wall of Herod’s temple and the most holy site for Jews. While visiting the Western Wall, we will tour the Western Wall Tunnel- the underground tunnel that exposes the entire length of the western wall of the First and Second Temples.  Leaving the Old City, we walk to the Upper Room, the location of the Last Supper then to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu and Caiaphas’ House, the site believed to be where Peter denied Jesus three times before the rooster crowed. We end our day at the Garden Tomb for a time of quiet reflection, worship, and communion. Farewell dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 – FLIGHT TO USA
After breakfast we check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for our flight back to the USA.

Breakfast

Insurance Info

We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your trip investment! We realize that overseas travel is expensive, and while we do all that we can to ensure a safe and flawless trip, there are circumstances that cannot be controlled. Consider Travel Protection for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

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

Please note: This plan may not be purchased after you have made final payment for your covered Trip.  

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