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Rock City Church 9-Day “Biblical Encounter” Tour in Israel – FOR ADULTS ONLY

Dates/Prices:

4(+)-Star Accommodations
08/27/18 – 09/04/18
Land Only: $2,555.00
Air & Land: $3,992.00 – Columbus, OH

Led by: The Rock City Church Team
Description:

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  THIS IS AN “ADULT ONLY” TOUR FOR INDIVIDAULS 18 YEARS OR OLDER.

Price Includes

  • Domestic and International airfare (coach) out of Columbus, OH 
  • 4 (+) Star hotel accommodations. (Hotel list shown above)
  • Meeting at the Ben Gurion Airport on arrival and departure.
  • Ground transfer from Ben Gurion Airport to the group’s Tel Aviv hotel upon arrival.
  • Ground transfer from the Jerusalem Hotel to the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv 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.
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner in hotels as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Lunch and gratuity for lunch as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Porteage at hotels.
  • Group farewell dinner

 

Price Does Not Include

    • Domestic or International airfare for Land Only travelers
    • Hotel cost for any passenger arriving prior to 10:00 AM on August 28, 2018 or staying after 11:00 AM on September 4, 2018.
    • Any additional cost imposed by our suppliers or Government VAT tax increase.
    • Optional Travel Protection Insurance.
    • Optional Sites not included in itinerary that have entrance fees.
    • All beverages including alcoholic beverages.
    • Personal incidentals charged to hotel room.
    • Single Supplement Fee of $695 per person for individuals requesting to room alone or if a roommate cannot be assigned.
    • Items of personal nature.

      Documents

      Itinerary

      A “Late Registration Fee” of $95 per person will automatically be added on the tour webpage posted tour price after May 19, 2018 final payment due date), for those registering after this date.

      Day 1
      MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018
      DEPART USA FOR TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
      Overnight flight to Tel Aviv, Israel
      Day 2
      TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2018

      JERUSALEM

      Arrive into Tel Aviv and transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem


      Dinner

      Day 3
      WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018

      MT. OF OLIVES / PALM SUNDAY ROAD / GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE / WESTERN (WAILING) WALL / VIA DOLOROSA / POOLS OF BETHESDA

      After breakfast, we proceed to the beautiful Mt. of Olives with the breathtaking panorama backdrop of the Holy City. 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 and 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 site 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. We will have stops at 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. We will end our day with a visit to the house of Caiaphas. A full and enlightening day! Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.


      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 4
      THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2018

      MARY’S SPRING / VALLEY OF ELAH / YAD HASHMONA

      After breakfast, we go to Mary’s Spring where traditionally, the virgin Mary stopped to drink while visiting John the Baptist’s parents. From here we travel to the Valley of Elah, where the famous biblical battle between young David and the Giant Goliath took place. We then travel to Yad Hashmona Biblical Gardens for a better understanding of the life and times of Jesus. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.


      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 5
      FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018

      MASADA / EIN GEDI / QUMRAN / FLOAT IN THE DEAD SEA

      Leaving Jerusalem this morning, we meander through the Judean Desert and along the western shore of the Dead Sea. 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 visit to 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 can survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples and palaces. 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 water shoes, as the bottom surface can be rough, swimsuit, and towel. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.


      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 6
      SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

      CAESAREA MARITIMA / MT. CARMEL / MEGIDDO / MT. ARBEL / TIBERIUS (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) & Mt. Carmel, where Elijah prayed and God defeated 450 prophets of Baal with fire from heaven (1 Kings 18). We then journey to Mt. Carmel where Elijah prayed and God defeated 450 prophets of Baal with fire from heaven (1Kings 18). We then travel to Tiberius with a stop at Mt. Arbel for a beautiful view of the Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee.


      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 7
      SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

      BOAT RIDE ON THE SEA OF GALILEE / PETER’S PRIMACY / CAPERNAUM / GOLAN HEIGHTS / CAESAREA PHILIPPI / MT. OF BEATITUDES

      We begin our day with a 2hr drive to the Golan Heights and 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 then head back to the Sea of Galilee for boat ride on a wooden “Jesus Boat”, a fishing boat of the kind used by the disciples of Jesus, for our ride on the Sea of Galilee. Following the boat ride we head to Peters Primacy. Then we head to Capernaum (Mark 1: 31-38), the base of Jesus’ early ministry, the home of Peter, and the site of many healing events. We end our day at the Mt. of Beatitudes enjoying time for spiritual reflection and meditation. Dinner and overnight in Tiberius.


      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 8
      MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

      BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN (FOR BAPTISMS) / BETHLEHEM / THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY / GARDEN TOMB

      Following breakfast, we head south toward Jerusalem, visiting the Jordan River baptismal site known as “Bethany Beyond the Jordan”. Then we proceed to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. In Bethlehem, we will tour 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). In the afternoon, we will head to the Garden Tomb for a time of reflection. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.


      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 9
      TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2018

      TEL AVIV AIRPORT

      Following breakfast, we transfer to the airport to catch our flight back to the USA.


      Breakfast

      Insurance Info

      Insurance Info

      Optional Travel Protection Information

      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

       

       

      Plan Benefits

      Maximum Coverage Per Person (up to the limits below)

      Trip Cancellation

      100% of Insured Trip Cost

      Trip Interruption

      150% of Insured Trip Cost

      Trip Delay

      $1,000

      Missed Cruise Connection

      $1,000

      Baggage & Personal Effects

      $1,500

      Baggage Delay

      $250

      Emergency Medical & Dental Expenses

      $50,000

      Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation

      $250,000

      Travel Assistance & Concierge Services**

      Included

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

      Contact us to purchase.

      For questions regarding benefits or coverages, please contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888-574-7026 and reference plan number APGB-1217.

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