Israel Premier Tour

April 30-May 10, 2019

An exclusive 5-star experience!

Come experience the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob on this Premier Tour of Israel!  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, we 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.  You will not want to miss this exclusive tour!

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  • You will fly 1st class from Indianapolis to Tel Aviv via Paris on Delta Airlines.
  • This premier 11-day tour entails 5-star accommodations. You will spend five nights at the luxurious King David Hotel in Jerusalem—unquestionably the most famous and historical of all hotels in the Holy City; three nights at the glorious U-Boutique hotel in Tiberias, and one night at the fine Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv.
  • You will receive individualized attention. This group is limited to only 8 persons in order to ensure individualized attention and instruction from our two Bible teachers and the local guide.
  • 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.
  • Careful attention has been given to make this a fantastic culinary experience. Your tour includes all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Your dinners will be in some of the finest restaurants in all of Israel.
  • VIP treatment at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv is provided.
  • You will have 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.
  • You have the rare opportunity of enjoying an exclusive helicopter ride over Israel. This excursion also includes jeep rides in the Golan Heights and a catered lunch from one of Israel’s finest chefs.
  • You will enjoy a boat ride and service on the Sea of Galilee.
  • You will receive a 100+ page field-manual to enhance your time in the land.
  • You will have the opportunity to enjoy free time for shopping or sipping a coffee as you soak in the culture.

Premier Israel Tour ~ April 30 – May 10, 2019

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Tuesday, April 30
Depart from the Indianapolis Int’l Airport.  Our flights are booked with Delta airlines.
Wednesday, May 1

Jerusalem, IsraelIMG_0222_1024

Accommodations: King David Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Arrive at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, and then travel to Jerusalem to check into our hotel in Jerusalem.  After dinner, we will visit the Western or Wailing Wall, the holiest site to modern Judaism.  Here we will travel underground as we walk through the Western Tunnel, a tunnel that exposes the Western Wall of the temple complex at the time of Jesus.

Thursday, May 2
Jerusalem, Israel

Accommodations: King David Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Our focus on this day will primarily be Old Testament Jerusalem. In the morning, we 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 and then visit the Pool of Siloam.  After lunch, we will examine a portion of Hezekiah’s wall. Our day will conclude with a visit the North Excavations (Ophel). Here we will sit upon the very steps Jesus would have walked when entering the Temple Mount and observed the recently discovered Solomonic gate!

 

Friday, May 3
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Group visiting the Garden Tomb. The sign on the door reads: “He is not here, He is risen.”

Accommodations: King David Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The morning will begin with a bus ride 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.

Saturday, May 4

Jerusalem, Israel

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Inside the Church of Nativity at Bethlehem.

Accommodations: King David Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, 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.

Sunday, May 5
Jerusalem, Israel

Accommodations: King David Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, 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!  Later we will visit the site of 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, May 6

Tiberias, Israel

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The remains of Herod the Great’s palace at Caesarea.

Accommodations: U-Boutique Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, and  Dinner

After an early breakfast, we will head north to Tiberias along the Mediterranean coast.   Our first stop will be the incredible ruins of Caesarea Maritime.  Built by Herod the Great, this city was the center of the early Christians. Here Cornelius the Centurion and his household were saved and baptized, and it was also here where Paul made his defense before Festus and King Agrippa prior to his final journey to Rome.  From there we will proceed to Mount Carmel.  This site is where Elijah issued his challenge to the false prophets of Baal.  From Mount Carmel, we will have a breath-taking view of the Jezreel Valley from the south.  After lunch, we will proceed to Megiddo.  We will then cross the Jezreel Valley stopping at Nazareth Precipice for another incredible view of the Jezreel Valley from the north.  We then travel to Tiberias to check into our hotel.

Tuesday, May 7
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Our group visiting the recent archaeological excavations at Bethsaida. Here David is standing with leading archaeologist, Rami Arav.

Tiberias, Israel

Accommodations: U-Boutique Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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.

Wednesday, May 8
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Accommodations: U-Boutique Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today’s portion of the tour will focus on sites located around the Sea of Galilee.  We will begin by 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 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 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.  Later in the afternoon, we will make our way to Kurzi, the supposed site where Jesus cast the demons into pigs.  From this ancient Byzantine ruins, we we have a time of worship.  After which, we will continue our journey around the Sea of Galilee as we return to Tiberias.

Thursday, May 9
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Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
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.  We will then enjoy a spectacular view of Israel from the sky!  You and your group will board two large luxury helicopters for an incredible flight over Israel.  This excursion also includes jeep rides in the Golan Heights and a catered lunch by one of Israel’s finest chefs.  The helicopter ride will end in Tel Aviv.  From there, we will enjoy a bit overview of the city prior to having a memorable farewell dinner.

Friday, May 10

We will arrive home physically exhausted but spiritually refreshed!!

Pricing

The total cost of this premier, 11-day tour of Israel includes the following:

  • Superior five-star accommodations. These are undoubtedly some of the finest, if not the most prestigious hotels, in all of Israel. You be staying in upgraded rooms in each of the hotels (e.g., you will be staying in rooms of the top floor at the King David . These rooms will provide you with a breath-taking view of the Old City!).
  • All meals: 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 9 dinners. The locations have been strategically selected to provide you with exquisite cuisine.
  • First class airline tickets on Delta Airlines. Departure flights – Indianapolis – JFK – Tel Aviv. Return flights – Tel Aviv – Paris – Indianapolis.
  • First Class VIP Helicopter and Jeep excursion. Two large luxury helicopters and two jeeps have been secured for you!
  • All ground transportation, transfers, and luggage handling.
  • Free drinks on the bus.
  • Two Bible teachers, a local guide, and escorts.
  • All tips for the local guide, escorts, bus driver, meals, luggage handling, and hotels.
  • VIP treatment at the Ben Gurion International Airport. This service will allow you to be expedited through customs when we arrive in Israel.
  • All taxes and entrance fees.
  • On-sight booklet and printed materials.

*The total cost 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, 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.