Israel Tour

March 14-25, 2018

Come experience the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!  Sponsored by College Park Church of Indianapolis, 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 twelve-day tour of Israel includes excellent and strategically-located accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners (including a special Farewell Dinner), a St. Peter’s fish lunch, return airfare from Indianapolis, Indiana, ground transportation, tips, fees, taxes, and all printed materials.

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Highlights

  • Twelve-day tour with 6 nights just outside the ancient walls of Jerusalem and 3 nights near the Sea of Galilee.
  • Visiting 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.
  • Travel with two seasoned Bible professors and hand-picked local guides.
  • A memorable communion service at the Garden Tomb.
  • An 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.
  • 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.
  • Boat ride and service on the Sea of Galilee.
  • A St. Peter’s fish lunch on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
  • Free time for shopping, exploring on your own, or simply sipping a cup of coffee.
  • A 150+ page field-manual to enhance your time in the land.

Israel Tour

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Wednesday, March 14
Depart from the Indianapolis Int’l Airport
Thursday, March 15

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 have the opportunity to walk to the Old City.

Friday, March 16
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!  After which, we will journey through the fascinating Western Wall Tunnel.

Saturday, March 17
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.

Sunday, March 18

Jerusalem, Israel

One of the caves which housed the Dead Sea Scrolls

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

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.

Monday, March 19
Jerusalem, Israel

Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner


In the morning, we will have the very unique opportunity of participating in an ongoing archaeological project–The Temple Salvage Project.  This informative and fun experience will afford us the opportunity to have a first-hand experience!  After this event, you will have the rest of the day on your own.  It is a perfect opportunity to explore, shop, and/or simply soak in the culture.

Tuesday, March 20
Jerusalem, Israel
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The Church of the Nativity in 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, March 21
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.

 

Thursday, March 22
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.
Friday, March 23
Tiberius, Israel

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

Our day will being with visiting 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 have an opportunity to swim in the Sea of Galilee.

 

Saturday, March 24
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Meals:  Breakfast and Farewell 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-old fishing boat discovered in 1986.  From there we will travel to Tel Aviv, enjoying a site or two along the way.  After visiting Jaffa, a suburb of Tel Aviv, we will have a memorable farewell dinner prior to flight home.

Sunday, March 25

We will arrive home physically exhausted but spiritually refreshed!!

 

Pricing:
The total cost of this twelve-day tour of Israel is $4,950 per person (This price is based on a double occupancy.  Single occupancy will cost an additional $850.00.).  This price includes:

  • Round-trip air transportation from Indianapolis, Indiana to Tel Aviv, Israel. Originating flights apart from Indianapolis can be arranged at an additional cost.
  • All breakfasts, all dinners, a Farewell dinner, and a St. Peter’s fish lunch.
  • 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 tips.
  • Taxes and fees.
  • On-site booklet and printed materials.

*The total cost of this tour does not include 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. Please note that the following options do not include the single supplement.
Option A:  Full payment of $4,950.00 per person with a completed registration form by October 14, 2017.
Option B: Full payment of $5,100.00 per person with a completed registration form by November 14, 2017.
Option C:  Installment Payment Plan of $5,100.00 per person. Three payments: a deposit of $1,700.00 per person with a completed registration form by November 14, 2017, a second payment of $1,700.00 per person by December 14, 2017, and a third payment of $1,700.00 per person by January 14, 2018. A late fee of $50 will be added per person for each payment made after the deadline.

*A minimum deposit of $1,700.00 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. Prices cannot be guaranteed after November 14, 2017.
**Before November 14, 2017, all monies are refundable.  After November 14 and prior to December 14, 2017, all but $1,700.00 per person is refundable. After December 14, 2017, 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.
*** Deviations from group accommodations and/or air flights incur additional costs and will be charged to the passenger.

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