EXPERIENCE THE LANDS OF THE BIBLE TOUR
Friday 12th September
Mid Morning departure via Hong Kong to connect with your onward flights to TEL AVIV, ISRAEL. (Meals in Flight).
Saturday 13th September
Morning arrival in Tel Aviv where we will be met by Inner Faith Travel Representatives and transferred to our hotel. Later we will visit the ancient city of JOPPA, home of Simon the Tanner, to stroll through the narrow streets filled with art galleries and cafes. Overnight Tel Aviv. (Meals in Flight – D)
Sunday 14th September
In the morning we visit the Carmel Market (Shuk Ha Carmel), the biggest marketplace in Tel Aviv. You can find just about anything for the lowest prices in town, including different kinds of bread, olives, dried fruits, spices and clothing. After we travel northward via Netanya & the Mediterranean Sea Port Of CAESAREA, site of Herod’s Palace, home of Cornelius & where Paul was brought to trial. We walk by the aqueduct before viewing the magnificent views over the Valley of Jezreel & the MEGIDDO VALLEY where the final battle of ARMAGEDDON is prophesied to take place. We then travel on to Mt Carmel and Muhraqa, where Elijah called down fire from Heaven to defeat the prophets of Baal. We make a brief stop at Haifa to view the harbor from the Gardens that sweep down the hillside in an amazing splash of color. And onwards to the ancient city of ACCO where we will spend time walking the Old City & it’s harbor walls.
Overnight Haifa. (B-D)
Monday 15th September
Today we visit Nazareth Village to experience the Nazareth Jesus knew. Leaving Nazareth we travel onto Galilee, watch as we round the crest of a hill to see the specular Sea of Galilee unfold before our eyes. This afternoon we continue to explore the Biblical area of Galilee. Remember how Jesus walked on the water? Our traditional sailing vessel will take us across the Sea of Galilee, stopping in the middle for a time of reflection and singing. We then disembark at Nof Ginosar a kibbutz located on the shores of the Kinneret where we will see the remains of a boat from the time of Jesus. Overnight Galilee. (B-D)
Sunday 16th September
This morning we travel through the scenic countryside of the Upper Galilee to the GOLAN HEIGHTS, stopping at the MOUNT OF TRANSFIGURATION before continuing up to the source of the Jordan River on the slopes of Mt Hermon. Then onto CAESAREA PHILIPPI where Peter made his confession that “Jesus is the Messiah”. We visit Tel Dan the ancient site of the Northern Tribes of Israel Cult Centre. We continue our journey in the ‘footsteps’ of Jesus, arriving at Capernaum, the city of Jesus; visiting the ruins of the synagogue where He performed many miracles. We see the excavations of St Peter’s house and visit TABGHA, where Jesus multiplied the five loaves and two fishes. Ascending to the top of the MOUNT Of BEATITUDES, we’ll read the Sermon on the Mount. (If time permits we may enjoy a St Peters Fish lunch by the Sea). After lunch we visit the Spice and Date Farm then an opportunity awaits those who feel led to be baptized by immersed in the River Jordan.
Overnight Galilee. (B-D)
Monday 17th September
Leaving Galilee we travel the Jordan Valley to Ein Harod, Gideon’s Spring & BEIT SHEAN, where King Saul’s body was hung on the city walls. Then onto the oldest city in the world, JERICHO where the ‘walls came tumbling down’ & site of Elisha’s Spring. After lunch we stop by the Sycamore tree similar to the one Zacchaeus was meant to climb to see Jesus. Leaving Jericho, we stop to reflect near Temptation Mountain. Our route will take us (Security permitting) via Wadi Kelt where we will stop to view St George’s Monastery. Visit Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered, Overnight Dead Sea. (B-D)
Tuesday 18th September – Erev Hag Yom Kippur (half day) Today we ascend by cable car the mighty fortress of MASADA, the site of the last heroic 3-year stand of 960 Jewish defenders against the Roman Empire. From its heights we enjoy tremendous views of Jordan, the Dead Sea and the foundations of the Roman Fortresses below. Then we will visit Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul. In the afternoon, a refreshing ‘float’ in the medicinal waters of the DEAD SEA will be a ‘treat’. Bookings for any extra mineral rich spa treatments must be made in advance. Ask at Hotel Reception (price not included). Overnight Dead Sea (B-D)
Wednesday 19th September – Yom Kippur
Free day to swim or just relax in one of the resorts many pools. Overnight Dead Sea. (B-D)
Thursday 20th September
After lunch we make our memorable ascent up to Jerusalem as the sun sets over the City of Gold, stopping at the Mount of Olives for a short prayer of blessing. We arrive in Jerusalem and stop at Mt. Scopus to see the incredible view of the Old City and visit the British War Cemetery. Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)
Friday 21st September
Today we tour NEW JERUSALEM passing by the Israeli Knesset to the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. We visit the Model City, site of a replica model of Jerusalem in the time of Christ, including the Jewish Temple. Then onto Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, a memorial built in memory of the six million Jews lost in the Holocaust. Afterwards we will visit the Herodian, a strategic fortress southeast of Bethlehem which dominates the countryside and overlooks the Dead Sea. This fortress was built by Herod the Great and has just recently been proven to be his actual burial site. We will continue to Bethlehem, known to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in Christian tradition, towards the end of Herod’s reign. The next stop on our itinerary is a visit to the Church of Nativity and a stroll through Manger Square.
Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)
Saturday 22nd September
We have a full day of touring Old Jerusalem today, following in the ‘footsteps’ of Jesus, including the MT OF OLIVES and the GARDEN Of GETHSEMANE. We enter the Old City through St Stephen’s Gate we visit The Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus cured an invalid. We visit Ecce Homo Convent to view the Lithostratos, and the Pavement, then the Praetorium, site of the public trial and condemnation of Jesus. Continuing through the picturesque Bazaar streets we pass the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa. At the Holy Sepulchre church we visit the lower level grotto, possible burial place of Jesus. We meander through the Old City streets to the Citadel of David and then Christ Church and end our day at the Garden Tomb where we share a special time of worship and Communion with the empty tomb in the background. The serenity of this place makes it a spiritual oasis within this bustling city.
Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)
Sunday 23rd September – Erev Hag Succot (Jewish sites close at 12:00)
We will begin our day in the Jewish Quarter at the Temple Institute featuring authentically recreated temple instruments & the Burnt House. Our Jewish Quarter experience will also include the Cardo. We then visit the Archaeological Park and stop to sit on the Herodian Steps and the WESTERN WALL, the most sacred site for the Jewish people. Then on to MT ZION and the location of the UPPER ROOM where we will reflect on the events of the Last Supper. We will finish our day at Caiaphas House. Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)
Monday 24th September – Succot Holiday
After breakfast transfer to airport for our flights homeward. (B-D)
Tuesday 25th September
Arrival into Hong Kong where we connect with our onward flight home. Hong Kong Stopovers Available. Call for Details
Wednesday 26th September
Arrival home with a new understanding of the Bible and memories to last a lifetime!
Summary of Tour
Tour Price $6549 AUD
Flights on Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong including all ticket taxes Airport assistance, touring expenses in all countries visited with an English speaking tour guide in modern air-conditioned coaches, nightly accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels, majority of hotel and airport baggage handling, all entrance fees and meals where indicated and tipping expenses
(Breakfast – Dinner).
Price does not include:
Beverages with meals, drinks, Visa cost (if applicable), or Travel Insurance. TRAVEL INSURANCE AVAILABLE THRU INNER FAITH TRAVEL Call 1800 074 426 for details