I am excited to be returning to the Holy Land in March, 2018. This will be my third visit to this wonderful place ... and I would love to have you go with me as we walk where Jesus walked and much more. Indeed, your faith will be strengthened and you will view the Bible in a whole new light as you see and experience the sights and sounds of the land of Israel. It really is the trip of a lifetime!
I look forward to this great adventure with you!
Pastor Jeff Schreve
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HOLY LAND TRIP ITINERARY
March 13 - 23, 2018
DAY 1 - Tuesday, March 13th
LEAVE FROM DALLAS / FORT WORTH AIRPORT
Board flight bound for Tel Aviv, Israel
DFW to Toronto 11:10 AM CT 3:00 PM ET
Toronto to Tel Aviv
5:00 PM ET 9:15 AM in Tel Aviv
DAY 2 - Wednesday, March 14th
TEL AVIV HADERA
Arrive Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport at 9:15 AM. After clearing customs and immigration, we will meet Pilar, our expert Israeli tour guide who is a Messianic Jew. Then we will transfer to Hadera (located on the Mediterranean Coast, 30 miles north of Tel Aviv) and check-in to our hotel. Free time this afternoon before dinner.
Dinner - Ramada Hadera Hotel
DAY 3 - Thursday, March 15th
CAESAREA MEGIDDO NAZARETH
This morning we will visit Caesarea, a city built by Herod the Great to serve as his port. He also constructed a theater which held 3,500.
Mt. Carmel, 1791 feet high – the spot where Elijah challenged 450 prophets of Baal to see who could first light the sacrifice on the altar by fire.
The spacious Jezreel Valley spreads out to the north and east from Mount Carmel, providing convenient passage for international travelers in ancient times. The fertile alluvial soil makes this the country’s breadbasket as well. The Bible speaks of the gathering of armies in this valley at the place of Armageddon.
Then to Megiddo, in a strategic location astride the Megiddo Pass and inside the busy Jezreel Valley. The modern road follows the ancient one. North of the Jezreel Valley and nestled in a circle of cypress-studded hills, Nazareth was a relatively isolated village in the time of Jesus’ youth with a population of less than two hundred.
Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, the largest Christian Church in the Middle East which is said to mark the grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Virgin Mary. Today Nazareth is home to more than 60,000 Israeli Arabs and home to thousands of Jewish residents.
Cana is celebrated as the scene of Jesus’ first miracle (John 2:11). It’s actually the place of his first two public miracles in Galilee — the changing of water into wine and the remote healing of an official’s son in Capernaum (Matthew 8:5) (19 miles away). Galilee (primarily the mountainous region of Israel) is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Situated in the north, it is characterized by its lush landscape with agriculture, amazing natural land forms, historic sites, and quaint rural villages.
Breakfast & Dinner - Leonardo Club Tiberias
DAY 4 - Friday, March 16th
GALILEE - Boat Trip on Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Jordan River
Today we will enjoy several memorable highlights of our trip…we’ll sail to Capernaum across the Sea of Galilee
(Matthew 4:18) that Jesus calmed with His word. The highlight is when the captain cuts the motor and we’re surrounded by landscapes sacred for thousands of years. In our wooden boat, resembling the ancient ones, we’ll feel we’ve gone back to a time when people depended on wind and waves for their livelihood and their miracles. Here, Jesus walked on the water (John 6:19-21), calmed a storm (Matt. 8:23-26), and showed the disciples miraculous catches of fish (Luke 5:1-8; John 21:1-6).
While in Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ activities during his ministry, we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue where Jesus most likely taught. We’ll continue to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5), site of the Sermon on the Mount and also the site of the Miracle of the loaves and fish.
Tabgha - The Church of the Multiplication is believed to occupy the site where Christ performed His miracle with two fish and five loaves. This day could be one of the highlights of your life as you will have the choice to renew your vows to God as those who choose to be baptized (Mark 1:5) in the Jordan River may do so. It is the site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. More than half a million tourists and pilgrims flock to the holy site each year, many to be baptized in its hallowed waters. There are 12 baptismal pools (visitors must purchase white baptismal robes in order to enter the pools), as well as changing rooms, hot showers and quiet prayer areas. Additional highlights include a waterfront promenade, a restaurant, and a gift shop, where it's possible to buy souvenirs including holy water and stones from the River Jordan.
Breakfast - Hotel Lunch - St. Peter’s Fish Dinner - Leonardo Club Tiberias
DAY 5 - Saturday, March 17th
UPPER GALILEE - Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Mt. Bental
Today we drive to the Upper Galilee and visit Tel Dan, a nature reserve and the source of the Dan and Jordan Rivers. It is an impressive archaeological site with unique remains of the Canaanite and Israelite cities and a Biblical High Place. At Caesarea Philippi, Jesus turned to his disciples and asked them who the multitudes thought He was. They responded that some thought he was John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. Then Jesus asked them who they thought he was and Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matt 16:15-16). Jesus blessed Peter and revealed to them “upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18.
Golan Heights, referred to as “Bashan;” the word “Golan” derives from the biblical city of “Golan in Bashan” (Deuteronomy 4:43, Joshua 21:27). This area was assigned to the tribe of Manasseh (Joshua 13:29-31). Mt. Bental is only 40 minutes from Tiberias and overlooks Syria; a strategic place to visit if you are curious about the Arab-Israeli conflict, or want to take in an amazing view!
Breakfast & Dinner - Leonardo Club Tiberias
DAY 6 - Sunday, March 18th
BEIT SHE’AN JORDAN RIVER VALLEY JERICHO
This morning, visit Beit She’an, the excavations of one of the largest Roman cities in the world. Its strategic position in the fertile Beit She'an valley made it one of the major cities in the Land of Israel.
Drive through the Jordan River Valley and the West Bank to Jericho (Joshua 2)
- administrative control was handed over to the Palestinian Authority in 1994. Jericho is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and the city with the oldest known protective wall in the world. In the desert, along the banks of the Jordan River on the border with Jordan, we find the baptismal site of Qasr al-Yahu, the site where according to tradition, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Then the beautiful drive up to Jerusalem. View the city from Mt. Scopus.
Breakfast & Dinner - Dan Jerusalem Hotel
DAY 7 - Monday, March 19th
JERUSALEM - Mt. Zion, Caiaphas’ House, Western Wall, The Temple
We will drive to Mount Zion (Revelation 14) for a visit to the Tomb of David and the Upper Room where we remember the Last Supper and the Fire of Pentecost. Mount Zion is a hill just outside the western wall of the Old City. The term Mount Zion has been used in the Bible for the City of David (2 Samuel 5:7; 1 Chronicles 11:5; 1 Kings 8:1; 2 Chronicles 5:2) and for the Temple Mount.
We will visit Caiaphas’ House (St. Peter of Gallicantu), the condemned cell where Jesus was held. Appreciate the modern chapels with lovely paintings and don't miss outside the steps where Jesus walked to this place which is built over the house of Caiaphas, the high priest. This is where Peter denied Christ three times before the cock crowed.
The Jewish Quarter is one of four traditional quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. This 28 acre area lies in the southeastern sector of the walled city, and stretches from the Zion Gate in the south, along the Armenian Quarter on the west, up to the Street of the Chain in the north and extends to the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in the east. In the early 20th century, the Jewish population of the quarter reached 19,000 and is now inhabited by 2,000 residents. The Cardo was Jerusalem’s main street 1500 years ago. In its day, the Cardo was an exceptionally wide colonnaded street running through the heart (or cardo) of the city on a north-south axis. Today the Cardo is one of the key attractions in the Jewish Quarter. A section of the Cardo has been reactivated as a shopping street, full of arts and various special goods.
Herodian Quarter is the quarter of the priests, the wealthy and important residents of Jerusalem, where the houses of the priests who served in the Second Temple were discovered, containing beautiful mosaics, warehouses, and ritual immersion baths – all in one place. The site is underground. Herod's Palace in Jerusalem was built in the 1st century BC by Herod I. The towers have been found in the present Citadel courtyard. The camp of the Tenth Legion was in the area of the palace ruins, a camp that covered the entire Western Hill.
We will also visit the Western Wall, the Temple area and the colorful bazaars. We will stand on the very steps that Jesus walked to enter the Temple and will see where 3,000 were baptized in one day. The Western Wall is also known as the Wailing Wall. When Rome destroyed the Second Temple in 70 BC, the Western Wall was the only outer wall that remained standing. Southern Steps of the Temple known to Christians as the “Teaching Steps”, the steps at the southern end of the Temple Mount are believed to be where Jesus would often teach when he was in Jerusalem. These steps led to the Hulda gates which were the primary entrance to the Temple Mount in the time of Christ.
Breakfast & Dinner - Dan Jerusalem Hotel
DAY 8 - Tuesday, March 20th
MASADA EIN GEDI QUMRAN DEAD SEA
Masada, a rugged natural fortress of majestic beauty, in the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea (Genesis 14:3; Zachariah 14:8) between Sodom and Ein Gedi, is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel. Masada was Herod's royal citadel and later the last outpost of Zealots during the Jewish Revolt. The citadel was the site of the most dramatic and symbolic act in Jewish history, where rebels chose mass suicide rather than submit to Roman capture.
Ein Gedi is the largest oasis along the western shore of the Dead Sea near the Caves of Qumran. Also known as Tel Goren, the springs here have allowed nearly continuous habitation of the site. The area was allotted to the tribe of Judah, and was famous in the time of Solomon (Joshua 15:62). The Dead Sea (Genesis 14:3; Zachariah 14:8), unlike the Sea of Galilee to the north, does not figure prominently in the biblical narratives. Its most important role was as a geographical barrier, blocking traffic to Judah from the east.
Qumran is an archaeological site in the West Bank located on a plateau near the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered there in 11 caves from 1947 – 1956.
Breakfast & Dinner - Dan Jerusalem Hotel
DAY 9 - Wednesday, March 21st
NEW JERUSALEM BETHLEHEM
This morning, we will view the Knesset, Israel's unicameral parliament which is the country's legislative body. The Knesset took its name and fixed its membership at 120 from the representative Jewish council convened in Jerusalem by Ezra and Nehemiah in the 5th century BC.
The Israel Museum was founded in 1965 as Israel's national museum. The Shrine of the Book is a wing of the museum which houses manuscripts from the Dead Sea Scrolls. The 2nd Temple Period Model is also located in the museum.
Yad VaShem Memorial is Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of the dead; honoring Jews who fought against their Nazi oppressors and Gentiles who selflessly aided Jews in need. Established in 1953, Yad VaShem is on the western slope of Mount Herzl, also known as the Mount of Remembrance.
We depart Jerusalem and continue past Rachel’s Tomb to Bethlehem where we will visit the Church of the Nativity. In Bethlehem, we'll visit the cave revered as the place where Jesus was born (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-7). The church, which was constructed on the site, is the world's oldest functioning church. Nearby you'll view Shepherds' Field where the Good News was first heard.
Breakfast & Dinner - Dan Jerusalem Hotel
DAY 10 - Thursday, March 22nd
THE OLD CITY of JERUSALEM
Mount of Olives Garden of Gethsemane Via Dolorosa Garden Tomb
Jesus often traveled over the Mount of Olives (John 8) on the 40-minute walk from the Temple to Bethany. He also went there to pray or to rest. He went down the mount on his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, weeping on his way over the city’s future destruction (Luke 19:29-44). In a major address to his disciples on the mount, he foretold his Second Coming (Matthew 24:27-31). He prayed there with his disciples the night before he was arrested (Matthew 26:30-56).
He ascended into heaven from there (Acts1:1-12). This morning, near the foot of the Mount of Olives, we will pray at the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46) and worship nearby in the Church of the Agony, built over the rock on which Jesus is believed to have prayed in agony before he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot and arrested. About 100 meters north of the church is the Grotto of Gethsemane, where Jesus and his disciples often camped at night. In this natural grotto, it is believed, the disciples slept while Jesus prayed. Near the grotto is the Tomb of Mary, where a Christian tradition holds that the Mother of Jesus was buried after she “fell asleep” in death.
We will start the walking tour of the Old City by entering via Lion’s Gate, also known as St. Stephen's Gate (one of 7 open gates in the Old Wall of Jerusalem). It is located on the eastern wall and marks the beginning of the traditional Christian observance of the last walk of Jesus from prison to crucifixion.
We will arrive at the Via Dolorosa, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. This will take us to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Singing praises to God in the Church of St. Anne will bring you closer to the glory of His Presence and prepare you to stand beside the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:2) where Jesus touched the lame man and commanded him to take up his pallet and walk. We complete our memorable day by visiting the Garden Tomb.
Pools of Bethesda among the most famous of Jesus’ miracles is recounted in the Gospel of John, where Jesus heals the paralytic at the Bethesda Pool (John 5:2-9).
St. Anne’s, a beautiful 12th century Crusader church erected over the traditional site of the birthplace of Anne, mother of Mary. The church is next to the Bethesda pool and ruins of Roman temple. Antonia fortress, where Jesus the Christ went before Pilate, where He was flogged, where He was crowned with thorns as the soldiers played the kings game with Him...where He was given the cross.
Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) is a street in Old Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked, carrying His cross, on the way to his crucifixion. The route begins at Antonia Fortress and continues to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The route is 650 yards long and is marked by 9 stations of the Cross (plus 5 stations in the church).
The Garden Tomb, a rock-cut tomb unearthed in 1867, believed by many to be the garden and sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathea, and therefore a possible site of the resurrection of Jesus.
Farewell Dinner - Dan Jerusalem Hotel
DAY 11 - Friday, March 23rd
TEL AVIV Airport DFW Airport
After breakfast at our hotel this morning, we transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv for our flight home to Dallas (via Toronto).
You must make arrangements with Abrams Travel before the trip begins if you are planning to begin and end your trip in a different city of origin.
Leave Tel Aviv at 11:55 AM - Arrive in Toronto at 4:55 PM
Leave Toronto at 8:35 PM - Arrive in Dallas at 11:00 PM.
- 11-Day Tour Price:
$4,250.00 per person for double occupancy.
Add $695.00 supplement for single occupancy.
- Roundtrip Air from DFW to Tel Aviv
- First Class Hotel Accommodations – 9 nights
- All meals noted in itinerary – Breakfast Daily, Dinner Daily and 1 Lunch provided
- Guided Tours and Entrances as noted in the itinerary
- Airport transfers in Dallas and Tel Aviv
- Baggage handling and portage throughout the trip
- All air taxes, hotel taxes and fuel surcharges
Pre-Trip Contact Numbers:
- Bill Shields is our tour agent of record with Abrams Travel based in Dallas, Texas and will be traveling with us. He is experienced in travel to Israel and Abrams has over 100 years of experience creating exciting Israel travel programs. Bill is handling our trip arrangements (both air and land). Should you desire to depart from a city other than Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), he will be glad to make those arrangements for you. The overall trip cost may be slightly higher or lower depending on your origin city. Contact Bill directly at 800.878.9800 for assistance prior to booking your trip online.
- Vicki Nobles with From His Heart Ministries will be happy to help you with online payment issues and other general questions not directly related to air-travel and accommodations overseas. If she doesn’t know the answer, she knows who does! Feel free to contact Vicki at email@example.com or call her at 903.244.5012. Times to call are Mon-Fri 8 to 5 CT. If there is no answer, please leave a message and she’ll call you back as soon as possible.
TOTAL TRIP COST:
$4,250.00 per person
Initial deposit due at sign-up:
$800.00 per person
Final payment due January 10, 2018
$3,450.00 per person
- You can pay online now by scrolling down to the bottom of the page to fill out the Credit Card or ECheck payment form. Feel free to make the deposit today and the full payment by the 10th of January or you may pay the total amount now.
- You can also pay by check.
- Make it out to: From His Heart Ministries.
- Send check to:
FROM HIS HEART MINISTRIES
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Please put “Holy Land” on the memo line so monies are routed correctly.
*Cancellation Insurance – Please check with your personal insurance agent.
- More than 90 days prior to departure - No Penalty
- From 90 days to 76 days prior to departure - $ 700.00 penalty
- From 75 to 61 days prior to departure - $ 1,250 penalty
- From 60 to 35 days prior to departure - $ 1,750 penalty
- From 34 days to the day of departure - NO REFUND
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Our Hotels are deluxe - similar to first-class hotels in the USA.
Leonardo Club Tiberias
Dan Jerusalem Hotel
- In Israel, it is customary for all travelers to provide tips to guide, driver and hotels.
GUIDE: $5.00 to $7.00 per person per day
DRIVER: $3.00 to $5.00 per person per day
HOTELS: $2.00 per person daily divided between Front Desk, Dining, Housekeeping and Bellhop.
- Israelis love US dollars and accept major credit cards everywhere … particularly Visa and MasterCard. Amex may be shunned in some places. It would be a rare where someone would need to pay for something in shekels.
1 dollar = approx 4 shekels
The current exchange rate = 28 cents USD per shekel.
- Most major cell phone carriers work in Israel (AT&T, Verizon, etc..). Beyond that, we recommend travelers contact their cell phone carrier to before you leave to make sure you will have cell service.
Free Time & Walking Demands:
- Travelers are welcome to take a day off from traveling with the group. The amount of walking on this tour is reasonable when compared to other tours. There may be steps from time to time, but those times are few and far between. Travelers will be told what is ahead of them (walking-wise) so you can make the choice of whether to stay with the motor coach or walk with the tour guide and group.
General Weather and Accommodation Quality
- The month of March is a perfect time to travel in Israel with typically cool temperatures expected.
- They are deluxe (very comfortable).
Reserve your spot below for our Holy Land Tour!
- Total Trip Cost:
- $4,250.00 per person - double occupancy.
- Initial Deposit Cost:
- Final Payment Due - JANUARY 10, 2018
- Add $695.00 supplement charge for single occupancy.