Inner Faith Travel – ISRAEL, THE HOLY LAND AND JORDAN – PETRA EXTENSION

ISRAEL, THE HOLY LAND AND JORDAN – PETRA EXTENSION

23rd May - 3rd June 2019
Tour dates: 23rd May - 3rd June 2019
Hosted by: Major Rintje Taekema

ISRAEL, THE HOLY LAND AND JORDAN – PETRA EXTENSION

Proposed Itinerary

 

 

THURSDAY 23 MAY

Depart from Melbourne to Tel Aviv, ISRAEL. (Meals on plane)

FRIDAY 24 MAY

Early morning arrival into Tel Aviv where we will be met by Inner Faith Travel representatives, and transferred to our hotel on the Mediterranean Sea. Check in at 1.00pm.  A time to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. Afternoon excursion to Joppa to walk the Sea Port shopping in the picturesque Art Galleries and Cafes. Overnight in Tel Aviv (D).

 SATURDAY 25 MAY 

After a good breakfast, wejourney north for a coastal tour of the MEDITERRANEAN SEA PORTS. En route we will visit CEASAREA, site of Herod’s Palace, home of Cornelius and where Paul was brought to trial. Afterwards, we travel to Haifa, MT CARMEL and Muhraqa, where Elijah called down fire from Heaven to defeat the prophets of Baal. We continue and pass through the MEGGIDO VALLEY, the large plain where the final battle of Armageddon is prophesied to take place, and visit a chariot city of Solomon and Ahab. Our journey then takes us to Nazareth where Jesus grew to manhood, visiting Nazareth Village, which covers the boyhood home of Jesus. We visit Cana, where He performed His first recorded miracle. Then, as we round the crest of a hill the SEA OF GALILEE unfolds in a breathtaking panoramic scene before our eyes. We overnight in Tiberias at our kibbutz hotel on the beautiful Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias. (B-D)

SUNDAY 26 MAY

Today, we explore this historical area of Galilee. Remember how Jesus walked on the water? Our special traditional sailing vessel will take us across the SEA of GALILEE, stopping in the middle for a time of reflection and worship. Rejoice! Jesus is alive. 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. You will see the new excavations of PETER’S house and visit TABGHA, where Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fishes to feed the multitudes. Later we will ascend to the top of the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where we will read the Sermon on the Mount. We travel around the Sea of Galilee to the JORDAN RIVER and Yardenit Baptismal site, an area where many believe is close to where John the Baptist baptised our Lord. Overnight in Tiberias. (B-D)

MONDAY 27 MAY

Our travel plans take us south, following the scenic Jordan Valley to the Decapolis city of BEIT-SHEAN where King Saul’s body was hung on the gates of the city. Time and security permitting we will stop at historic JERICHO. We continue our adventure southward through Israel to 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 (by cable car) we have tremendous views of Jordan and the Dead Sea. Overnight Dead Sea (B-D)

 TUESDAY 28 MAY

Travelling south to Timna Park we visit the recreated Wilderness Tabernacle. Then on to visit KING SOLOMONS MINES before returning to our Dead Sea Resort Hotel. Overnight Dead Sea (B-D)

WEDNESDAY 29 MAY

Our day begins with a float in the Dead Sea – Lowest point in the world before we proceed ontoEin Gedi and the springs where David hid from King Saul. On to Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered and then In the afternoon we begin our memorable journey through the Mountains of Israel up to Jerusalem. Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)

THURSDAY 30 MAY

We awaken in the city of the Great King, Jerusalem, the geographic centre of the world. You can feel the atmosphere that sets Jerusalem apart from any other city in the world. This morning we visit the WESTERN WALL, the most sacred site for the Jewish people and ascend the TEMPLE MOUNT to the Dome of the Rock, the site where Abraham offered up Isaac. We view the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount where St Peter & St Paul said” Money we have not, but get up and walk” We then visit Mount Zion, the UPPER ROOM, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Jewish Quarter and Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B-D)

FRIDAY 31 MAY

Today, we tour New Jerusalem and visit the MODEL CITY, site of a quarter acre replica model of Jerusalem in the time of Christ, which includes the Jewish Temple. We then visit the YAD VASHEM HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL. This memorial is built in memory of the six million Jews lost in the Holocaust. Truly a moving experience! We will visit the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. This afternoon we travel to BETHLEHEM to visit the Church of Nativity. En route, we pass by Rachael’s Tomb and the Shepherd’s Fields. Time will be given in Bethlehem for some good souvenir shopping at the Three Arches Souvenir Shop. Overnight Jerusalem (B-D)

SATURDAY 1 JUNE

We have a full day of touring following the footsteps of Jesus, including the MOUNT OF OLIVES, PALM SUNDAY ROAD, and the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE. Entering into the OLD CITY through Lion’s Gate we visit the POOLS OF BETHESDA, where Jesus cured an invalid, and continue to St. Anne’s Church and the Antonia Fortress. We walk the Way of the Cross and arrive at Calvary and the GARDEN TOMB. We will share communion together with the Empty Tomb in the background. Something never to be forgotten!  We return to our hotel to refresh ourselves. We will celebrate a farewell dinner and transfer to the Airport for our flight home(B-D)

SUNDAY 2 JUNE

Arrive Bangkok, with connections to Australia

MONDAY 3 JUNE

Arrival back your home fulfilled in the knowledge that you have made your own personal pilgrimage to Israel, following in the “footsteps of Jesus” our Lord and Savior.

 

OPTIONAL JORDAN & PETRA EXTENSION

 

SUNDAY 2 JUNE

Today we depart Israel via the Allenby Bridge to cross over into Jordan. We visit the Baptismal Site of Bethany on the Jordan and continue to the Greco-Roman city of Jerash, founded in 300 BC. Overnight Amman. (B-D)

MONDAY 3 JUNE

From Mt Nebo we will view the Promised Land as Moses did. We visit the famous mosaic at Madaba and follow the Ancient Kings Highway to Petra.Overnight Petra. (B-D)

 TUESDAY 4 JUNE

This morning we will be led on horseback, by Nabatean guides, through the spectacular chasm. You may choose to walk, or ride in a carriage if available. We will visit the treasury, monastery, Roman Theatre, Royal Tombs and the high place of sacrifice.  Magnificent Petra! Referred to in the Bible as the city of Refuge. Overnight Petra.  (B-D)

WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE

This morning visit the ancient Citadel, which towers above the city from the top of Jabal al-Qala’a. Excavations there have revealed numerous Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic remains. The most impressive building of the Citadel, is known simply as al-Qasr(“the Palace”), It dates back to the Islamic Umayyad period, Also on Citadel Hill, there is the Temple of Hercules and Jordan Archeological Museum. This small museum houses an excellent collection of antiquities ranging from prehistoric times to the 15th century. There is an exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a copy of the Mesha Stele (see Madaba section for explanation) and four rare Iron Age sarcophagi. After lunch cross the Allenby Bridge border crossing into Israel. We enjoy our last meal in Israel (at own expense) before continuing to the airport for our flight home. (B-Meals in Flight)

 THURSDAY 6 JUNE

Arrival to Bangkok for connection to your flight on to Australia.  (Meals in Flight)

 FRIDAY 7 JUNE

Afternoon arrival home. (Meals in Flight)

 

 

 

Summary of Tour

SUMMARY OF TOUR

 

Price includesRound trip airfare to Tel Aviv return. All airport assistance, touring expenses in all countries visited, with an English speaking tour guide in modern air-conditioned coaches, overnight accommodations in 3-4 star hotels, with All Meals (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinners) where indicated. All entrance fees, Sea of Galilee boat expenses, tipping expenses and airline departure taxes..

Price does not includedrinks with meals, visa costs or Travel Insurance. Single Supplement cost is available on request. Additional extra trips must be booked and paid for 60 days before departure.

 

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TOTAL TOUR COST $6299.00

JORDAN EXTENSION $1499.00

Price subject to a minimum of 15 paying passengers for both tours otherwise a surcharge may apply

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BUSINESS CLASS UPGRADE IS AVAILABLE

 

This tour is being made possible through Major Rintje Taekema and Inner Faith Travel. The cost and itinerary are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Inner Faith Travel due to currency fluctuations, airfare increases or airline schedule changes from the time of publication.