Inner Faith Travel – ISRAEL & JORDAN 2019

ISRAEL & JORDAN 2019

22nd January - 6th February 2019
Jerusalem - Gray Tour
Tour dates: 22nd January - 6th February 2019
Hosted by: PASTOR KATHY GRAY

ISRAEL & JORDAN 2019

ITINERARY:

TUESDAY 22 JANUARY

Depart Australia for Tel Aviv via Bangkok. (Meals in Flight)

WEDNESDAY 23 JANUARY              

Early morning arrival in Tel Aviv where we will be met by our Sar-El Travel representatives. We journey north for a coastal tour of the Mediterranean Sea ports. En route we visit Caesarea, site of Herod’s Palace, home of Cornelius and where Paul was brought to trial. Stop off at Haifa along the way with its magnificent view over the Harbour and then head north to experience the beautiful grottoes in the cliff face at Rosh Hanikra. Overnight in Acco (D)

THURSDAY 24 JANUARY

Today we spend the morning in Acco, a UNESCO world heritage site because of the amazing Crusader underground city that is slowly being revealed. Leaving this very colourful and authentic market and fishing port we head to Mt Carmel and Muhraqa, where Elijah called down fire from Heaven to defeat the prophets of Baal. We continue and pass through the Megiddo Valley, the large plain where the final battle of Armageddon is prophesied to take place. Tel Megiddo is our next stop. Our journey then takes us to Nazareth where Jesus grew to manhood, visiting the Church of Annunciation and spend time at Nazareth Village a recreation of village lifestyle during the time of Jesus and so experiencing the Nazareth that Jesus knew! From there we will visit the Mount of the Precipice where Jesus was driven by the crowd. Continuing on, and passing Cana, we round the crest of a hill where the SEA OF GALILEE unfolds in a breathtaking panoramic scene before our eyes. Overnight Galilee. (B-D)

Megiddo-Valley

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY  

Today we explore this Biblically historical area of Galilee. Our special traditional sailing vessel will take us across the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on the water, stopping in the middle for a time of reflection and worship. We disembark at Nof Ginnosar, a kibbutz located on the shores of the Galilee, where we will see the remains of a boat from the time of Jesus. Arriving later to Capernaum, the city of Jesus, we visit the ruins of the synagogue where Jesus performed many miracles and see the new excavations of Peter’s house. We will visit St Peters Primacy Church, at the site where Jesus prepared breakfast for the disciples after the Resurrection, then go to Magdala, Chorazin and Tabgha, where Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fishes to feed the multitudes and later ascend to the top of the Mount of Beatitudes, where we will read and reflect on the Sermon on the Mount. Overnight Galilee. (B-D)

SATURDAY 26 JANUARY  

After breakfast, we travel to the Golan Heights with Mt. Hermon in the background. We will explore Tel Dan and see the remains of Jeroboam’s pagan altar, then plan to have lunch at Kfar Bloom. We journey on to Banias, and visit Caesarea Philippi, where Peter confessed his faith in Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” We finish our day on the Golan Heights overlooking the nation of Syria. Overnight Galilee. (B-D)

SUNDAY 27 JANUARY 

After breakfast, we journey south following the scenic Jordan Valley to visit the Decapolis city of Beit-Shean where King Saul’s body was hung on the gates of the city. We continue towards the Dead Sea stopping at Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in 1947. We arrive in Masada and ascend by cable car to Herod’s magnificent summer palace and fortress, 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 and the Dead Sea. After a ‘float’ in the Dead Sea we check into our hotel for a well-deserved rest. Overnight Dead Sea (B-D)

dead-sea-israel

MONDAY 28 JANUARY   

Today we travel west to Arad visiting the very moving “Fountain of Tears” before heading to Beersheba to see the WW1 British War Cemetery where Australian, New Zealand and British soldiers lay at rest together, Tel Saba and Chauvel’s Hill from where we can view the plain over which the 800 Australian Light Horsemen rode into history with their famous charge in 1917 and the Biblical site of Abraham’s Well. From here we commence our journey to the Holy City, Jerusalem stopping first in the Elah Valley where David killed Goliath and the extraordinary Bell Caves. We ascend to Mount Scopus for our first view of the magnificent panorama of the Old City and make a brief stop at the WW1 British War Cemetery where many of our Anzacs are buried.  Overnight Jerusalem.  (B-D)

TUESDAY 29 JANUARY

Our Jewish Quarter experience will include the Cardo; a holy time of prayer at the Western Wall, the most sacred site for the Jewish people; the Temple Institute featuring authentically recreated Temple instruments, and the Burnt House, a window into time past. We ascend the Temple Mount to the Dome of the Rock, (security permitting) the site where Abraham offered up Isaac, Solomon built the first Temple and Jesus ministered to the people. The Herodian Tunnel is open for us to explore, and a scale model of the Temple Mount during the time of Herod is the highlight of our underground visit.  Walk to Mt Zion and the location of the Upper Room where we will reflect on the events of the Last Supper and the birth of the Church. We finish our day at the location of Caiaphas’ House and discover Oskar Schindler’s grave. Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)

WEDNESDAY 30 JANUARY

This morning we travel south to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, visiting Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity and making time for some great souvenir shopping at Bethlehem’s Three Arches Store. After this we make our way to the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden site to view the excavations and ancient steps to the Temple Mount that Jesus would have climbed when He visited the Temple. For the slightly more adventurous we will  walk along the ancient city walls of Jerusalem getting a bird’s eye view of both the Old City and modern Jerusalem, or if you prefer, visit the Citadel of David Museum. In the afternoon we will share together in a Communion Service at the Garden Tomb, a spiritual oasis in this bustling city. Overnight Jerusalem (B-D)

Garden-Tomb3

THURSDAY 31 JANUARY  

We awaken in the city of the Great King, Jerusalem.  We have a full day in the Old City, following in the footsteps of Jesus. We visit the Mount of Olives, for an overview of the city, and then descend via the Palm Sunday Road to the garden of Gethsemane.  Later we will follow the Via Dolorosa from Lion’s Gate to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also visiting the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus cured an invalid, St. Anne’s Church and the Antonia Fortress along the way. We continue on to Christ Church and the Citadel of David Museum at the Jaffa Gate. Tonight we enjoy the Sound and Light show at David’s Citadel. Overnight in Jerusalem (B-D)

FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY

Early morning we are off to the nation of Jordan via the Allenby Crossing. But before we begin our journey down the ancient King’s Highway to Petra we will stop at Bethany beyond the Jordan, the baptismal site where John baptised Jesus. Then on to Petra, the forgotten city and one of the seven wonders of the world. Overnight Petra (B-D)

SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY

After breakfast we transfer to the rose city of ancient Petra where we will be led through the spectacular chasm on horseback or you may choose to walk or ride in a carriage. We will visit the Treasury, Monastery, Roman Theatre, Royal Tombs and the high place of sacrifice. Petra is magnificent, a place never to be forgotten, and referred to in the Bible as the City of Refuge. This afternoon we travel back up the King’s Highway stopping at Mt Nebo where Moses looked out over the Promised Land, and then overnight in Amman (B-D)

SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY   

Morning crossing into Israel at Allenby Border and continue on to  new Jerusalem passing by the Israeli Knesset to the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum.  We visit the Model City, site of a quarter acre replica model of Jerusalem in the time of Christ, including the Jewish Temple. We continue to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.  This memorial is built in memory of the six million Jews lost in the Holocaust. Truly a moving experience!  We pay a visit to Magen David Adom to view Israel’s national disaster, ambulance, humanitarian and emergency medical services that is operated by 13,000 volunteers. We will have some free time in the afternoon to explore the Old City, do some shopping or simply rest Overnight Jerusalem (B-D)

MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY

Today is our last day in the wonderful land of the Bible and we will have the day free to shop, relax, re-visit some of the sites of the Old City or discover something new and pray again at the Western Wall.  After dinner we will check our form the hotel and transfer to the airport for our late night flight home via Bangkok (B-D)

WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY

Early morning arrival home after the most wonderful life-changing experience of our lives

Summary of Tour

TOUR REF:  2019 GRAY TOUR

SUMMARY OF TOUR

Price includes – return airfare, including taxes, to Tel Aviv, Israel – 6 hour day room outward bound in Bangkok, all airport assistance, transfers, touring expenses in Israel, with an English speaking tour guide in modern air-conditioned coaches, nightly accommodations in 3-4 star hotels with all meals (Breakfast and Dinner) where indicated, all entrance fees, Sea of Galilee boat expenses, tipping, and majority of hotel and airport baggage handling.                                                                                                            

Price does not include – Travel Insurance (recommended), drinks with meals, or visas to Israel (if applicable).                                                           

TOTAL COST AUD $6999.00 per person twin share

Cost is subject to a minimum of 15 adults travelling            SINGLE room supplement costs available          Business Class Upgrade quotes are available on request      

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Additional Travel, Tours, Extensions and Stopover options available on request and must be booked and paid in full 60 days prior to departure                                                                

A minimal fee shall apply for Travellers deviating flights from the return date of the group.

This tour is being made possible through Inner Faith Travel and Pastor Kathy Gray.  Every effort is made to provide accurate prices. However, tour costs remain subject to change at any time at the discretion of Inner Faith Travel due to currency fluctuations, flight rescheduling or airfare/land operator increases since the time of publication (08.01.18) and total number of tour participants being less than 15.

 

Final payment must be received 60 days prior to departure. No refunds will be possible for any cancellations after this date unless the total number of participants exceeds 15.