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32 Lekhi Jerusalem
Jerusalem, 9785622 Israel

April 2019

Israel & Jordan – May 2019

April 29 - May 16
Israel & Jordan, 32 Lekhi Jerusalem
Jerusalem, 9785622 Israel
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THIS TOUR IS FULL. Come walk the land of Moses and Jesus. We will visit in Jordan where Moses viewed the Promised Land and in Israel where Jesus taught and healed — from the bustling city of Jerusalem to the peaceful hills along the Sea of Galilee.

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TRIP ID#: 19027

LEADER: Christian

Itinerary

updated version as of 2-22-19


Monday, April 29

Depart from home city.


Tuesday, April 30
– Arrive in Tel Aviv.

Cross the border and drive to Jerash, Jordan.

Depending upon time, we might visit the ruins of Jerash, a city conquered by Pompey in 63 BCE. It was one of the 10 great Decapolis cities of the Roman Empire. We will see Hadrian’s Arch, built in 129 CE in honor of the visit of Emperor Hadrian. Behind the arch is the hippodrome, where 15,000 spectators could watch chariot races. The site also contains one of most outstanding forums with 56 Ionic columns. Its oval shape and huge size make it very unique. There is also the South Theater, built in the 1st century, with a seating capacity of 5,000. Other ruins include two large temples (dedicated to Zeus and Artemis) and a long colonnaded street or cardo.

Swim in the Dead Sea.

Overnight: Hilton Dead Sea Hotel, Sweimeh, Jordan. (D)

https://www.3.hilton.com/en/hotels/jordan/hiltn-dead-sea-resort-and-spa-AMMDSHl/index.html


Wednesday, May 1 – Madaba, Mount Nebo, Petra

After breakfast, we will drive to Madaba (once a Moabite border city) where we will see the oldest existing mosaic Holy Land map (two million pieces of local stone), which dates to the 6th century CE. It covers the floor of the Greek orthodox church of St. George, which was built on the remains of a much earlier Byzantine church.

Then we head to Mt. Nebo and see where Moses and the Israelites first viewed the Promised Land.

We drive south to Petra.

Overnight: Marriott Hotel, Petra, Jordan (B, D)

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-rooms/mpqmc-petra-marriott-hotel/


Thursday, May 2
– Petra, Wadi Rum

We will begin with an early morning walk through a narrow half-mile gorge into the “rose-red city” of Petra, carved from solid rose-colored sandstone by the Nabateans, nearly 2,500 years ago. Settled as an outpost for the silk and spice trade, Petra was conquered in the first century by the Romans and again in the seventh century by the Muslims. The city was “lost” for almost 1,000 years and rediscovered in 1812. We will view magnificent monuments including temples, a monastery, the “treasury,” and tombs.

Lunch at the Marriott.

Next, we will drive to the Wadi Rum (1 hr. 38 min. drive) and spend the night in a luxury tent.

Sunset jeep tour in the Wadi Rum, Arabic for “Sand Valley,” (where David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia was filmed).

Overnight:  Wadi Rum, Jordan (B, D) http://www.wadirumnight.com/room/king-size-luxury-tent/


Friday, May 3 –
Aqaba, Jordan

We will have a relaxing morning, then leave at 10 a.m. from the Wadi Rum and drive to Aqaba, Jordan (a 1-hour drive) and have lunch. After lunch, we will go to the hotel and check in – around 1 p.m.

Rest of the day free.

Overnight: Movenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay, Aqaba, Jordan (B, D)

https://www.movenpick.com/en/middle-east/jordan/aqaba/resort-aqaba-tala-bay/overview/


Saturday, May 4
– Aqaba, Jordan

We will enjoy a free day of rest and relaxation in Aqaba. After dinner, Kristy will share her talk on the “Tabernacle in the Wilderness.”

Overnight: Movenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay, Aqaba, Jordan (B, D)

https://www.movenpick.com/en/middle-east/jordan/aqaba/resort-aqaba-tala-bay/overview/


Sunday, May 5
– Timna Copper Mines, Tabernacle Model, Masada

We will leave early this morning and cross the border into Israel. Then we drive to the Timna Copper Mines and “Solomon’s Pillars,” an impressive set of high sandstone hills. The area contains one of the world’s most ancient copper mines (6,000 years old). An Egyptian temple and rock engraving are located on the site. We will also view a life-size model of the biblical Tabernacle mentioned in the book of Exodus.

Then we will continue our journey through the Arabah Valley, arrive at Masada, and tour the ancient palace fortress built by Herod the Great between 37 and 31 BCE. The fortress was constructed on top of an isolated rock plateau, overlooking the Dead Sea. We will ascend by cable car, walk along the ancient ruins, and picture the time when the Zealots made their heroic last stand against the Romans in 73 CE.

Overnight: En Gedi Guest House (B, D)

https://en.ein-gedi.co.il/


Monday, May 6
– Jericho, Qasr el Yahud, Spring of Harod, Kursi, Galilee

This morning we will drive to Jericho and take a cable car up to the Mount of Temptation. Here we will discuss Jesus’ temptations. If time, we will drive by the Wadi Kelt, a valley running west to east across the Judean Desert, near Jericho and the Dead Sea. It is home to the Greek Orthodox Monastery, Saint George, where tradition holds that Elijah was fed by ravens. Then we visit Qasr el Yahud, one of the more probable areas where John the Baptist conducted most of his baptizing. As we drive north, our last stop will be Kursi, one of the traditional sites where Jesus heals the insane man. 

Overnight:  Nof Ginosar (B, D)

https://english.ginosar.co.il/nof-ginosar-hotel


Tuesday, May 7
–Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan, Magdala, Sea of Galilee

We will start our morning by traveling north to Caesarea Philippi, at the base of Mt. Hermon, where Jesus asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Matt. 16:13). Then, we will drive to Tel Dan which is located next to the Golan Heights. Dan was the northernmost city of the Kingdom of Israel, known as Laish prior to the conquest by the tribe of Dan. The site’s artifacts date back to 4500 BCE.

On our way back to the Kibbutz, we will visit the recently excavated town of Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene and view a first-century synagogue.

We will make a short visit to the Yigal Allon Museum, located on the grounds of Kibbutz Ginosar. This museum houses the first-century fishing boat discovered in 1986 in the Sea of Galilee. Our day will end with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Overnight:  Nof Ginosar (B, D)

https://english.ginosar.co.il/nof-ginosar-hotel


Wednesday, May 8
(Israel Memorial Day) – Mount Tabor, Tel Megiddo, Brow of the Hill, Arbel Pass

We will start early and drive to the base of Mount Tabor. Here we will take our taxis up to the summit, which rises dome-like from the Jezreel Valley. This site is the mountain where Christian tradition places Jesus’ transfiguration. Then we will drive to Tel Megiddo which sits on a strategic location at the head of a pass through the Carmel Range and overlooks the Jezreel Valley. On the Tel are the ruins of a Canaanite Gateway, the Solomonic Gate and Casemate Wall, and “Solomon’s Stables.” As we talk about the last great battle mentioned in the book of Revelation, we will have a spectacular lookout over the Valley of Armageddon.

Next, we will stop at a traditional site for the “brow of the hill” near Nazareth when Jesus’ hometown tried to throw him over the hillside after his announcement he was the Messiah of Hebrew prophecy.

On our way back to Galilee, we will briefly walk the Arbel Pass (the route Jesus would have taken from Nazareth to Galilee).

Overnight:  Nof Ginosar Kibbutz (B, D)

https://english.ginosar.co.il/nof-ginosar-hotel


Thursday, May 9
(Israel Independence Day) – Capernaum, Bethsaida, Mount of Beatitudes, Church of the Primacy

We will begin our day by the Sea of Galilee, with a sunrise talk on John, chapter 21, known as “the Morning Meal.”

Then we will visit the ancient site of Capernaum – the center of Jesus’ ministry where more healings by Jesus occurred than any other location in Israel. Next, we will make our way to the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site for Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Our next stop is a visit to the ruins of Bethsaida. The feeding of the 5,000 likely took place nearby. Bethsaida was also the home town of Philip, Andrew, and Peter, according to John 1:44. We will also visit the site of the Church of the Primacy, near the Sea of Galilee, where tradition says Jesus met his disciples after the resurrection.

Overnight:  Nof Ginosar (B, D)

https://english.ginosar.co.il/nof-ginosar-hotel


Friday May 10
– Caesarea Maritima, Spring of Harod

We begin our day driving to the ancient site of Caesarea Maritima, on the Mediterranean Sea, where we will see the ruins of this ancient Roman port built by Herod the Great to honor the Emperor Augustus Caesar. We will explore the Roman Theater, the Governor’s Palace, the Hippodrome, and the Roman Aqueduct. Caesarea was the home of Pontius Pilate, the site of Cornelius’ baptism by Peter, the location of Paul’s imprisonment, and the port where Paul left for his final missionary journey.

Next is a brief stop at the Spring of Harod where Gideon chose his 300 men.

Overnight:  Nof Ginosar (B, D)

https://english.ginosar.co.il/nof-ginosar-hotel


Saturday, May 11
–Akko (Acre), Mount Carmel

This morning we will drive to the archaeological treasure in Acre, where the beautiful Crusader Fortress built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century can be seen. At the time it was built, the city was one of the main ports of Israel, and as such was much bigger. The crusader fortress was built directly in the center to ensure the vital supplies coming to and from Europe. Within the fortress there are rooms for all different uses, from hospitals, to dining rooms, public bathrooms, and most impressively, huge halls used for varying purposes. The fortress is an impressive structure, not just because of its huge size but because of the brilliant preservation that has taken place since its re-discovery.

Lunch in Haifa.

Our next drive is to Mount Carmel where there is a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding area. This is near the traditional location where Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal.

Overnight:  Nof Ginosar (B, D)

https://english.ginosar.co.il/nof-ginosar-hotel


Sunday, May 12
–Shiloh, Herodium, Bethany, Jerusalem

Today, we will drive to Shiloh which was the religious capital of Israel during the time of the Judges. It is mentioned in the Bible as a place of assembly for the people of Israel and where the Ark of the Covenant was placed until it was taken by the Philistines.

Next is a visit to the hilltop palace of Herodium, built by Herod the Great. We will have a spectacular view of the Judean hills. King Herod was buried here, along with his treasures. We will end our day at Lazarus’ Tomb in Bethany and discuss his resurrection.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem (B, D)

https://www3.danhotels.com/JerusalemHotels/DanPanoramaJerusalemHotel


Monday, May 13
– Mount of Olives, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane, St. Peter en Gallicantu, Pool of Bethesda

We begin our day by seeing a panoramic view of the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Then we will walk down to the site where Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem: Dominus Flevit.

A little further down the mount is the site known as the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed and was arrested. Here, we will see some very ancient olive trees which have survived the centuries. Next, we will take a short bus drive to St. Peter en Gallicantu, the traditional site of Peter’s denials of Jesus during his trial with the high priest. After a brief talk at the site, we will drive to the Jaffa gate and walk through the Old City to the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the lame man.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem (B, D)

https://www3.danhotels.com/JerusalemHotels/DanPanoramaJerusalemHotel


Tuesday, May 14 –
Temple Mount, Western Wall, Southern Wall, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam

We will arrive early on the Temple Mount, a site sacred to three religions. Here, Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac; it is also the location where Solomon built the first temple, and the place where Herod the Great built the second temple. We will then walk to the Western Wall. Next, we will go to the Southern Wall Excavations and walk up the 1st-century steps of the Temple Mount. Afterwards, we will head to the City of David and walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel to reach the ruins of the Pool of Siloam.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem (B, D)

https://www3.danhotels.com/JerusalemHotels/DanPanoramaJerusalemHotel


Wednesday, May 15
– Golgotha, Garden Tomb, Emmaus, Israel Museum

We will begin our day at the Protestant site for Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection: The Garden Tomb. Then, we will drive to Abu Ghosh, a traditional site for Emmaus. It is about 6 miles west of Jerusalem on the main road to Joppa. Crusaders built a church here in 1140 CE. and called the place “Castellum Emmaus.” It was not identified with Luke’s Emmaus until the 12th century.

Our next visit will be the Israel Museum to view some of the Dead Sea scrolls. We will also see a 50:1 scale model of a reconstruction of Jerusalem in the year 66 CE, the time of the Second Temple. The model covers nearly one acre and illustrates one of the most formative periods in the history of the Jewish people.

Free afternoon. Shopping in the Old City is an option.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem (B, D)

https://www3.danhotels.com/JerusalemHotels/DanPanoramaJerusalemHotel


May 16
- Depart for Home. (B)

Tour Description

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Jordan from north to south and Israel from south to north. We look forward to exploring the Bible and its inspired Word with you in 2019!

Join fellow Christian Scientists on a Bible-study tour of a lifetime. The Scriptures will come alive with spiritual meaning as we walk the land of the Bible, visit significant Old and New Testament sites, and study God’s Word.

  • Stand atop Mt. Nebo, the high point from which Moses and the Children of the Israel once viewed the Promised Land
  • Walk the nature reserve of Ein Gedi where David hid from Saul
  • Visit Tel Megiddo where many believe the last battle, “Armageddon,” will take place
  • Engage with the unforgettable New Testament healings of Jesus’ ministry, as we visit sites throughout Jerusalem, Capernaum, and the Galilee region
Cost

COST per person for double room occupancy: $4,840.00*
(note: if you want to share a room, but you don't have a roommate, let Kristy know - click here to email her)

*Additional charge for single room occupancy: $1,350.00

*Tour participant minimum: 20 paid travelers

Cost Includes
  • Talks at the biblical sites by Kristy Christian
  • 17 nights of deluxe double (or single)-occupancy hotel accommodations
  • Porterage at hotels
  • 17 breakfasts, 17 dinners
  • All activities and admissions per itinerary
  • Israeli guide for the duration of the tour
  • Transportation by private deluxe motor coach
  • Gratuities for Israeli tour guide, bus driver, and hotel staff
  • Headsets while touring in Israel (Jordan does not allow the use of headsets for security purposes)
  • Shuttle bus at Aqaba border crossing
Not Included
  • $52 tax when leaving Israel for Jordan
  • $60 visa tax entering Jordan
  • $15 visa tax exiting Jordan
  • Airfare to Israel
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, travel insurance)
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Recommended Resources

1989 Special places of the world, Holy Land Map:
https://www.natgeomaps.com/hm-1989-special-places-of-the-world-holy-land-map 

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