The Best of Israel

May 1-10, 2020

Come experience the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!  This life-changing tour will pay careful attention to the biblical relevance of the sites and artifacts of Israel.  This strong biblical emphasis on the authority and accuracy of the Word of God will allow you to have “devotions with your feet” as the Scriptures turn from black and white to Technicolor!

Visiting approximately 50 sites, you will not only experience the “typical” tourist spots but much, much more! You will also be afforded free time for shopping, personal reflection, individual site-seeing, or soaking in the culture over a cup of coffee at a local cafe. This eleven-day tour of Israel includes excellent and strategically-located accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners (including a special Farewell Dinner), return airfare from Indianapolis, Indiana, ground transportation, tips, fees, taxes, and all printed materials.

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Highlights

  • Ten-day tour with 5 nights just outside the ancient walls of Jerusalem and 3 nights near the Sea of Galilee.
  • You will visit over 50 sites including such sites as Jericho, Bethlehem, Megiddo, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Dan, and Hazor. You will visit several locations the average tourist never sees.
  • You will travel with two seasoned Bible professors and hand-picked local guides.
  • You will experience a memorable communion service at the Garden Tomb.
  • You will have the opportunity to wade through Hezekiah’s tunnel, float in the Dead Sea, place your toe in the Mediterranean, and swim in the Sea of Galilee.
  • You will step back in time as you travel underground as we walk through the Western tunnel–a passage way that exposes the Western wall of the temple complex during the time of Jesus.
  • You will enjoy a most memorable boat ride and service on the Sea of Galilee.
  • You will have free time for shopping, exploring on your own, or simply sipping a cup of coffee.
  • You will receive a 150+ page field-manual to enhance your time in the land.

Israel Tour

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Friday, May 1
Depart from the Indianapolis Int’l Airport
Saturday, May 2

Jerusalem, Israel

Meals:  Dinner

Arrive at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.  We will then board our bus to travel to our hotel in Jerusalem.  After an opportunity to freshen up in the hotel, we will have dinner.  In the evening, we will visit the Western Wall.

Sunday, May 3
Jerusalem, Israel

Meals:  Breakfast and Dinnermcdugles

Today’s tour of Jerusalem will focus on the City of David.  We will be sure to view David’s Palace (and Area G).  We will then walk through the Canaanite tunnel OR wade through Hezekiah’s tunnel.  After which, we will visit the Pool of Siloam.  From there, we will tour the North Excavations (Ophel).  Here we will sit upon the very steps Jesus would have walked when entering the Temple Mount.  There will also be an opportunity to observe the recently discovered Solomonic gate!

Monday, May 4
Jerusalem, Israel

Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner

cropped-domeofrocka.jpgOur focus on this day will primarily be New Testament Jerusalem. The bus will take us to the top of the Mount of Olives—the location where our Lord ascended into Heaven. From the Mount of Olives, we will take in a breathtaking view of the city across the Kidron Valley to the Eastern (Golden) Gate where Jesus will enter in the future. As we take the Palm Sunday Road, we will pass by the Pater Noster Church and visit Dominus Flevit where “the Lord wept” as he beheld the city. We will then stop at the Garden of Gethsemane for a time of reflection.  We will then walk across the Kidron Valley into the Old City to visit St. Anne Church and the Pool of Bethesda.  After lunch, we will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  We will then conclude the day with a visit to the beautiful Garden Tomb where many people believe is the site of Jesus’ place of crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.  We will have a special communion service to celebrate the Lord’s victory over death.

Tuesday, May 5

Jerusalem, Israel

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Inside the Church of Nativity at Bethlehem.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

In the morning we will travel by bus to visit Bethlehem.  On the way, we will pass by Herod the Great’s burial place and former citadel—the Herodium.   From there we will visit the Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum.  After which, we will view one of the finest, if not the finest, holdings of biblical artifacts, at the Israel Museum, the model of first-century Jerusalem, and the Shrine of the Book.

 

Wednesday, May 6
Jerusalem, Israel

Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner

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A view of one of the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

Via bus, we will travel to the Dead Sea and environs. We will then explore Masada. This 1,500-feet mountaintop fortress was built by King Herod the Great, and served as the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans in AD70. We will ascend and descend via cable car and explore the first-century synagogue, Herod’s bathhouse, and many other significant sites. After lunch, we will the opportunity to swim in the Dead Sea or should we say float in the Dead Sea!  We will then collectively visit Qumran, an ancient Essene community and where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden. As we continue back to the Old City, we will stop at Jericho and view the fallen walls of the ancient city destroyed during the time of Joshua and explore Herod the Great’s summer palace. From there we will travel a portion of the Jericho Road as we return to Jerusalem

 

Thursday, May 7
Tiberius, Israel

Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner

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Remains of Herod the Great’s palace at Ceasarea.

In the morning, we will depart from Jerusalem and head north along the Mediterranean coast.  Our first stop will be Caesarea Maritima.  Built by Herod the Great, this city and its harbor played an important role in biblical history.  After viewing these incredible ruins and taking in the gorgeous views, we will visit Mt. Carmel and reflect on the battle of Elijah and the prophets of Baal.  After which, we will visit the massive ruins of Megiddo before crossing through the Jezreel Valley.  On the other side of the valley, we will climb the Nazareth ridge and have a breath-taking view of the valley and surrounding mountains (e.g., Mt. Tabor).  We will then travel to Tiberius to check into our hotel near the shore of Galilee.

 

Friday, May 8
Jerusalem, Israel

Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner

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We will spend this day exploring the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. We will begin by visiting Hazor, the city burned by Joshua.  From there we will travel to Dan, the place of early apostasy in Israel.  After lunch, we will visit Banias, or ancient Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession.  On the way back to our hotel, we will visit Bethsaida, the hometown of Peter, Andrew, and Philip, and one of the locations of Jesus’ miracles.

Our group visiting the recent archaeological excavations at Bethsaida. Here David is standing with leading archaeologist, Rami Arav.
Saturday, May 9
Tiberius, Israel

Meals:  Breakfast, St. Peter’s Fish Lunch, and Dinner

After breakfast, we will board a wooden boat for one of life’s most memorable events–a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee!  We will have a brief service while out on the Sea.  We will then visit the Kibbutz Nof Geonsar and see the “Jesus Boat”—a 2,000 year-myers on boatold fishing boat discovered in 1986.  From there, we will visit the recently excavated site at Magdala.  We will be sure to view the first-century synagogue.  From there, we will visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.  We will be sure to take some time to reflect on these powerful words from our Lord.  We will then proceed to Capernaum, the city where Jesus spent most of his Galilean ministry and the home of Peter’s mother-in-law. We will be sure to explore the synagogue and view other relevant first-century artifacts.  After Capernaum, we will have lunch near the Sea of Galilee enjoying a St. Peter’s fish!  After lunch, we will travel to Tel Aviv for a Farewell Dinner prior to heading to the airport.

 

Sunday, May 10

We will arrive home physically exhausted but spiritually refreshed!!

 

Pricing:

The total cost of this ten-day tour of Israel is $5,295.00 (This price is based on a double occupancy.  Single occupancy will cost an additional $750.00.).  This price includes:

  • Round-trip air transportation from Indianapolis, Indiana to Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • All breakfasts and dinners, including a special Farewell Dinner.
  • Excellent accommodations. You will be staying at strategic
    locations so you can make the most of your time in Israel.
  • All ground transportation, transfers, and luggage handling.
  • Guides and escorts AND all tips.
  • Taxes and fees.
  • On-site booklet and printed materials.

*The total cost does not include lunches, souvenirs, passport, transportation to and from the Indianapolis International Airport, fines, tickets, bail, gas surcharges, etc., health or trip insurance, medical attention if needed, personal traveling, and personal spending money.

**All tour prices are based on costs, charges, taxes and US dollar exchange rates known at the time of booking. We regret should any of these costs change, a surcharge may be added to the cost of your tour. You would be notified prior to travel.

Payment Options:
All payments are made through Ancient Tours’ website or by check via US mail. You will be directed to “payment options” when you register on our website.

Option A:  Full Payment of $5,295.00 per person with a completed registration form by December 1, 2019.
Option B: Full payment of $5,445.00 per person with a completed registration form by February 1, 2020.
Option C:  Installment Payment Plan of $5,445.00 per person. Three payments: a deposit of $1,815.00 per person with a completed registration form, a second payment of $1,815.00 per person by February 1, 2020, and a third payment of $1,815.00 per person by March 1, 2020. A late fee of $50 will be added per person for each payment made after the deadline.

*A minimum deposit of $1,815.00 per person and a completed registration form is necessary to secure a place on this tour. There are only a limited number of seats available for this tour.

**Before January 1, 2020, all monies are refundable.  After January 1st and prior to February 1, 2020, all but $1,815.00 per person is refundable. After February 1, 2020, no refund will be given.  All cancellations must be received in writing. No monies are transferable. Cancellation fees apply regardless of the reason, including medical and family emergencies. All monies are refunded by check only.

*** Deviation from group accommodations and air flights incur additional costs and will be charged to the passenger.