MArch 5 - 13, 2023

Arizona Community church

9-day "biblical encounter" tour in israel

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Prepare to Be Inspired

We’re glad you are considering this tour. Our hope is that it is an experience of a lifetime.

OVERVIEW

Encounter the power and presence of Christ as you travel His homeland recalling His ministry, His miracles, in the Galilee and in Jerusalem.  Experience the lives and the land of those who have built the powerful foundation of faith that you stand upon today.  May this journey strengthen your foundation of faith for years to come!  

DATES:

LED BY:

LODGING:
Tel Aviv
Tiberias
Jerusalem

PRICING:
Land Only
Land and Air

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
March 5 - 13, 2023

Pastor Bill and Jodi Meiter
Jeff and Tina Schuler

Dan Panorama Hotel
Leonardo Plaza Hotel
Grand Court Hotel


$2,597 per person
$4,390 per person

+ $895 per person

ITINERARY

Overnight Flight from the US to Tel Aviv, Israel

Arrive in Tel Aviv. Tour group will be met at airport and assisted with arrival procedures. Dinner and overnight beside the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

Dinner

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) and then to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah prayed and God defeated 450 prophets of Baal with fire from heaven (1 Kings 18).  We end our journey at the “Nazareth Village”– a re-created village offering detailed explanation of what life was like during the time of Jesus.  Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Breakfast, Dinner

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 the gate of Jeroboam .  You head back to the Sea of Galilee area to visit Capernaum (Mark 1: 31-38), the base of Jesus’ early ministry, the home of Peter, and the site of many healings.  In the afternoon, you 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. Our day ends on the Jordan River at the baptismal site called, Yardenit, with an opportunity for baptisms. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Dinner 

We start our journey to Jerusalem with a brief stop at the Mt of Beatitudes where you will 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 begin our journey to Jerusalem with a stop at 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. Following our visit to Beit She’an we ascend to the majestic city of Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.  

Breakfast, Dinner



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).   Entering the Old City of Jerusalem through the Zion Gate, we walk to the most holy shrine of the Jewish people, the Western (Wailing) Wall of Herod's temple. Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Samuel. 24:18-25). 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 (Way of the Cross) the road which Jesus walked after being sentenced by Pontius Pilate– including St. Anne's Crusader Church, 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, and the ancient Cardo-reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We end our day with a visit to Bethlehem seeing the Church of the Nativity-the birthplace of our Lord 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. 

Breakfast, Dinner



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. We pass by the lovely Ein Gedi, the area that David hid from King Saul (1 Sam.24: 1-7). We continue onto visit 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 water shoes, as the bottom surface can be rough, swimsuit, and a towel.

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Breakfast, Dinner
 
 

Following breakfast, we drive 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!   Afterwards we visit Golgotha and the Garden Tomb for a time of quiet reflection, worship, and communion. Following the visit to the Garden Tomb, we will head back to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon and for dinner and overnight

Breakfast, Dinner

We check out of the hotel following breakfast by 11:00 AM and transfer to the airport to catch our flight back to the USA.

Breakfast

PRICING

Payment Info

PAYMENT SCHEDULEPASSENGERSPAYMENT
At the Time of RegistrationAll Passengers$400/person
100 Days Prior to the Departure DateAll PassengersFinal Tour Balance - November 25, 2022

MAIN TOUR

$2,597 pp - land only
$4,390 pp - land and air combination

Price Includes

  • ESTIMATED: Domestic and International Airfare out of Phoenix, AZ

*GROUP AIR COST FOR THE LAND AND AIR IS AN EXTIMATE BASED ON 2022 AIR PRICES. THE ACTUAL GROUP AIRLINE PRICES AND SCHEDULE FOR THE 2023 TOUR WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL APRIL 2022 FROM THE AIRLINES.  REGISTRANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED, BY EMAIL IF THE POSTED LAND AND AIR COMBINATION TOUR PRICE HAS CHANGED.

**GROUP AIR RATE IS BASED ON A MINIMUM OF 10 PASSENGERS ON THE GROUP AIR RESERVATION. 

  • 4 and 4(+) Star hotel accommodations options
  • Travel Insurance for the Tour Leader and spouse
  • Meeting at the Ben Gurion Airport on arrival and departure
  • Ground transfer from the Tel Aviv – Ben Gurion Airport to the group hotel
  • Ground transfer from the hotel to the Tel Aviv – Ben Gurion Airport at the conclusion 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
  • Headset for each passenger
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Group Farewell Dinner

Price DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Domestic or International airfare for LAND ONLY passengers
  • Hotel cost for any traveler arriving before MARCH 6, 2023
  • Hotel cost for any traveler staying after 11:00 AM on MARCH 13, 2023
  • Optional Travel Protection Insurance for the main tour attendees (excluding the Tour Leader and Spouse)
  • Optional Sites not included in itinerary that have entrance fees
  • All beverages including alcoholic beverages
  • Lunches and gratuity for lunches
  • Personal incidentals charged to hotel room
  • Bottled water on board the tour motor coach while touring
  • Single Supplement Fee for those requesting to room alone or if a roommate cannot be assigned
  • Items of personal nature

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