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Rock City Church 9-Day “Biblical Encounter” Tour in Israel

Dates/Prices:

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

Led by: The Rock City Church Team
Description:

Experience a spiritual journey of personal discovery and reaffirmation as you trace the life of Jesus and His blessed mother, Mary, within the Biblical landscape of Israel.  The land of Israel is the scene of momentous events of holy history as described in the Christian holy writings.  Numerous places were sanctified through historical religious memory and later by commemorative structures, memory and ritual, in their use as pilgrimage sites. Be humbled, be blessed, and be changed.

Price Includes

    • Domestic and International airfare (coach) out of Columbus, OH The air cost and schedule will not be confirmed until the late September or early October, which is when the airlines will release air cost and schedule for these tour dates.  
    • 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

          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. Faith Based Expeditions offers a travel protection plan, 360 Adult Group Comprehensive, provided by Travelex Insurance Services. 

          **If interested, you must purchase the protection plan at or before your final trip payment for the group plan. If you decide that you’re interested in purchasing a protection plan after your final trip payment is made, we can offer you an individual plan.

          Trip Cost

          Plan Cost*

          $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

           

          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

          This is a brief description of benefits. For a summary of the plan details on benefits, coverages, limitations and exclusions, please view the Description of Coverage.  **Travel Assistance & Concierge Services are provided by the designated provider as listed in the Description of Coverage. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio; NAIC #10952 307701.

          This plan provides insurance coverage for your trip that applies only during the covered trip.  You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages.  You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies.  If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker.   The purchase of this plan is not required in order to purchase any other travel product or service offered to you by your travel retailer. 

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