Israel/Jordan TOUR Trip with Mark & Jan Foreman
March 25-April 8, 2014
Israel/Jordan TOUR Trip Info
North Coast Calvary Chapel is proud to announce its second intimate pilgrimage to the Holy Land hosted by Mark and Jan Foreman on March 25-April 8, 2014. The Bible will come alive as we visit the land from Genesis to Revelation, with daily on-site Bible studies and some worship time with local Christians. See the sites you have studied and learn the history of God’s promised land to the Jews which is also promised as our eternal home as believers.
Please note this is a rigorous trip that involves extensive walking.
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Israel Tour Itinerary
Trip itinerary may be subject to change.
DAY 1: Tuesday, March 25
Departure Day - Los Angeles
Today we begin our pilgrimage to the Holy Land by meeting at the church parking lot and boarding a luxury bus to LAX. We will arrive at the International terminal in plenty of time to check-in as a group, make it through security, and make our way to the gate.
DAY 2: Wednesday, March 26
Arrive Tel Aviv
After dinner on the plane, some rest and a light breakfast, we will be arriving into Frankfurt, Germany for our connection into Tel Aviv. We have a lengthy layover which allows plenty of time to have a meal, relax or spend time reading or strolling around the shops in one of the most modern terminals ever built (Oct 2012), surpassing the usual airport amenities. Our connector flight leaves Frankfurt at 7:30pm and arrives into Tel Aviv at 12:35am. After making our way through customs, we will board our chartered bus to a local hotel for a quick overnight.
More about Lufthansa at Frankfurt Airport
More info on Israel: www.goisrael.com
Israel Interactive Map: www.eyeonisrael.com
DAY 3: Thursday, March 27
Mediterranean Sea / Caesarea / Mount Carmel / Megiddo / Plain of Armageddon
After a later than normal breakfast, we board our motor coach to travel up the west coast of Israel along the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea. We will visit the Crusader’s Castle, the Roman Amphitheater and water duct, and the port from which the Apostle Paul sailed to Rome. Driving through the Jezreel Valley, we’ll visit Megiddo and continue to the fields of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16), continuing northward along the Mediterranean Sea to Haifa and Mt. Carmel - the biblical site of Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). Traveling eastward across Galilee we will view Mount Tabor, the traditional site of the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8), Deboriya - the hometown of the prophetess Deborah - at the foothill of Mt. Tabor (Judges 4-5). Then we’ll head inland to the Sea of Galilee and the town of Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: Friday, March 28
Tiberias / Sea of Galilee / Capernaum / Mount of Beatitudes / Caesarea Phillipi
This will be an exciting day in Galilee. We will depart from the Roman hot springs resort city of Tiberias via boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (John 6:24) to visit the ancient ruins of the first century synagogue where Jesus preached (Matthew 4:13-17). Then on to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and to Tabgha - the chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:34-44). We will then proceed to upper Galilee and the site of Peter’s confession (Matthew 16:16) at Caesarea Phillipi and the present day Golan Heights where Israel, Lebanon and Syria come together. We will follow the fresh mountain waters of Mt. Hermon to the Sea of Galilee and to the oulet passage at the southern tip of the Sea. We will stop at the beautiful Pilgrims Park at the Jordan River before returning to our hotel in Tiberias. After dinner we will have the opportunity to meet with one of the local ministry partners who will update us on the people and life in the Galilee region.
More info on Sea of Galilee: www.bibleplaces.com www.biblearchaeology.org
More info on Tiberias: www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org www.biblewalks.com
More info on:
Mt. of Beatitudes
DAY 5: Saturday, March 29
Nazareth - Cana
After a great breakfast at our hotel on the Sea of Galilee, we will make our way south to city of Nazareth, the hometown where Jesus grew up and spent most of his pre-ministry life. We will visit the home of Mary / Church of the Annunciation (Luke 1:5-42), the home of Joseph / St Joseph’s where Jesus grew up as a carpenter, and Mary’s Fountain (Luke 4:16-22). We will explore old town Nazareth and then make our way to Nazareth Village which is a living presentation of the life, times, and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth in a replica of ancient Nazareth. We will then head just over the hill to Cana and visit the area where Jesus performed his first miracle of changing water into wine at the wedding feast (John 2:1-11). We will gather in the local church to worship with fellow believers and have the chance for couples to renew their wedding vows. After the celebration, we will make our way back to Tiberias for dinner and last overnight.
DAY 6: Sunday, March 30
Sameria - Sebastia - Nablus (Shechem) - Mt Gerizim - Beit El (Bethel)
After getting the bags into the bus and a quick breakfast, we travel south to Jerusalem going the way of Jesus through Samaria. The tour in Nablus starts with a visit to the beautiful church at Jacob’s Well where Jesus once asked a Samaritan woman for a drink (John 4:1-26). We then make our way to the Samaritan’s hilltop village on Mount Gerizim where a small community of Samaritans still living there, who trace their origins back to Aaron, the son of Moses. You’ll visit their museum, have a conversation with a
priest and walk up to the site of their ancient temple. We will then we proceed to Beit El (Bethel), the dream site of Jacob where he saw the ladder ascending into Heaven. We will enter Jerusalem through Ramallah and onto our hotel for dinner and overnight.
More info on Palestine: http://travelpalestine.ps
More info on Nablus area: http://wikitravel.org/en/Nablus http://www.bibleplaces.com/shechem.htm
More info on Samaria: http://www.bibleplaces.com/samaria.htm
More info on Sychar (Jacob’s Well): bibleatlas.org www.biblestudytools.com
DAY 7: Monday, March 31
Jericho - Qumran - Dead Sea - Bethany
After breakfast at our hotel in Jerusalem we descend towards the Judean Desert viewing the Inn of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) and travel to the ancient city of Jericho where the walls came tumbling down (1 Kings 17:1-6) and 2 Kings 2:19-22) with a commanding view of the Mt. of Temptation (Matthew 4:1-11) and Elisha’s Fountain. We will visit the Seeds of Hope ministry started by Tass abu Saada (Once an Arafat Man) where he will share his Christian testimony and humanitarian efforts going on in the West Bank. We will travel south to Qumran and visit the location where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and see the remains of the Community Center of the Essenes and the Caves of the Scrolls. After a late lunch we will stop at the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, for a relaxing afternoon and one of the most unique mud bathing and swimming experiences in the world. After clean showers we will ascend back up towards Jerusalem and visit Bethany, the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus (John 11:1-46). We will arrive back in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
DAY 8: Tuesday, April 1
After a night of rest and a hearty breakfast, this exciting day begins at the Israel Museum where we gain perspective on our three days in this Holiest of Holy Cities. We will then drive to Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives (Matthew 24:3) for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting the chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Pater Noster and the Dominus Flevit. Walk along Hosanna Road to Gethsemane to visit the Church of All Nations which stands on the Rock of Agony where Jesus was betrayed by Judas (Matthew 26: 26-57). See the Pillar of Absalom, the Eastern (Golden) Gate and the
Pinnacle of the Temple. We then arrive to Mt. Zion where we visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu on the site of Caiphas’ House, the room of the Last Supper (Luke 22:14-20) and the Tomb of King David. Evening with Jewish believer.
More info on Jerusalem: www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org www.jerusalem.muni.il www.holylandnetwork.com
More info on Mt. of Olives: www.bibleplaces.com www.biblewalks.com www.keyway.ca
More info on Garden of Gethsemane: bible.org
More info on Mt. Zion: www.bibleplaces.com www.guidedbiblestudies.com
DAY 9: Wednesday, April 2
Jerusalem / Old City / Garden Tomb
Today begins with a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. Starting at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), where the faithful Jews cry their petitions to God, we continue to the Temple Area of Mt. Moriah. Visit El Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock that was built on the ancient site of Solomon’s Temple (Genesis 22:9-14) and over the Rock of Sacrifice where Abraham offering Isaac (Genesis 22) and the ceremonial sacrifice of animals took place. After this we walk along the Via Dolorosa to Pilate’s Judgement Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation, the Ecce Homo Arch (John 19:13) where Jesus was tried before Pilate (Mark 15:6). Then continue through the Old City bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Garden Tomb and Golgotha - Place of the Skull - for a worship service.
More info on Via Dolorosa: www.sacred-destinations.com www.biblewalks.com www.itsgila.com
More info on Temple Mount: www.templemount.co.il www.bibleplaces.com www.templemount.org
More info on Garden Tomb: http://www.gardentomb.com
DAY 10: Thursday, April 3
Bethlehem - Jerusalem
In the morning we will visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, and Shepherds Fields (Luke 2:1-20) then the Field of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 1:16-17 and 4:13). We return to Jerusalem passing Rachel’s Tomb. Afternoon is free in Jerusalem or shopping in the Old City. Evening with local believers and last night in Jerusalem.
DAY 11: Friday, April 4
En Gedi - Masada - Jordan
After breakfast and loading our bags onto the bus and we descend again into the Judean Desert along the beautiful new road that takes us south along the shores of the Dead Sea to Ein-Gedi, an oasis in the desert with fresh water springs. Around 1000 B.C., En Gedi served as one of the main places of refuge for David as he fled from Saul. David “dwelt in strongholds at En Gedi” (1 Sam. 23:29). In a cave near here, David cut off the corner of Saul’s robe (1 Sam 24). We will continue south along the Dead Sea to Masada, a truly remarkable piece of history. Ascend to Masada by cable car to visit the magnificent ruins of the fortress where from 70-73 A.D. the Jewish defenders made the last stand of the Judean Revolt against Rome and where the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a sixth century Byzantine church are still on view. We then head south towards the Red Sea and cross into Jordan and onto the town of Aqaba for dinner and overnight.
DAY 12: Saturday, April 5
Aqaba - Red Sea - Bedouin Visit Option
Today is your day to sleep in and have breakfast at your leisure. Our hotel directly on the Red Sea offers white sand beaches with snorkeling, diving, and many other water activities. Enjoy the hotel spa or just sit by to pool and soak up the warm Jordanian sun with stunning views of the nearby marina and mountains of Egypt rising from across the Gulf of Aqaba. If interested, there is an alternative half day jeep tour of Wadi Rum where we will see first hand how the Bedouin people live and make their living in the desert.
DAY 13: Sunday, April 6
Today after our breakfast at the hotel in Aqaba we travel north to the ancient “Rose Red City” of Petra. We will enter the ancient city of Petra through the famous “Siq” - a narrow natural gorge that made the secret entrance to Petra. At once the valley of Petra will open in front of us, and we will see the famous “Khazane” (“Treasury”). We will visit the most famous monuments of Petra, carved in the red Sandstone. We have all day to explore this great city and will retire for dinner at our hotel just a short distance from the city itself.
DAY 14: Monday, April 7
Mt Nebo - Bethany Beyond the Jordan - Elijah’s Hill - Amman
Today we will drive north after breakfast in Petra to Mt. Nebo, the highest point in the Moabite Range. Here Moses was able to see into the Promised Land, but not allowed to cross over. We will then journey to the Jordan River where John the Baptist baptized Jesus where we those interested can also be baptized. It was in this area where Elisha saw Elijah ascent to heaven in a chariot of fire. From here we will travel East to Amman for dinner and meet with a local Christian Pastor who will update us on the status of Christianity in Jordan. From here we will travel directly to the airport for our late flight back to the States.
DAY 15: Tuesday, April 8
Germany Connection - Los Angeles
Travel home via connection in Frankfurt, Germany. Luxury bus from LAX back to church.
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All flights are on Lufthansa Airline
Departure: March 25, 2014
LH 457 Depart Los Angeles on Mar 25 at 410P, Arrive Frankfurt on Mar 26 at 1100A
LH 690 Depart Frankfurt on Mar 26 at 730P, Arrive Tel Aviv on Mar 27 at 1235A
Return: April 8, 2014
LH 693 Depart Amman on Apr 8 at 255A, Arrive Frankfurt on April 8 at 635A
LH 456 Depart Frankfurt on Apr 8 at 1010A, Arrive Los Angeles on Apr 8 at 1245P
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All of the hotels we will be staying in throughout the trip will be 4-5 stars. For information on each hotel, click the links below.
Hotels subject to change within equal or better star quality rating.
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Israel Costs and Deadlines
The estimated package price for this trip is $3,990.00 per person*, double occupancy, from Los Angeles + required travel insurance (see below).
This package includes:
- Round-trip airfare from LAX
- Superior First Class hotels in Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Jerusalem, Aqaba, and Petra
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Comprehensive sightseeing with a licensed English-speaking Christian guide
- All entrance fees per the itinerary, taxes and tips to hotels, drivers and guides
- Jordan visa and export taxes
- Private deluxe motorcoach in Jordan and Israel including arrival and departure transfers
- Private deluxe motorcoach to LAX from NCCC and return
- Package price does NOT include required travel insurance (see below), lunches, special drinks at meals, extras at hotels, extra tips, or any expense of a personal nature.
- Airline prices are subject to change due to new airline fuel surcharges and/or tax increase that may be changed up to the non-refundable airline ticketing date.
- Single Occupancy: If you wish to have a single room, an additional fee of $750 will be applied to your package price.
- Roommates: If you need a roommate, we are usually able to provide one. A fee of $750 may be applied if you are among the last to register and we cannot provide one for you, so register early.
NCCC is requiring all travelers to purchase travel insurance (in addition to the trip price above) due to the volatility of the area. Travel Insurance covers non-refundable expenses if the trip is canceled due to travel restrictions. Additional coverage options, such as cancellation coverage for any reason, will be available at an additional cost.
Trip Insurance Summary: Review the coverage and cost differences for the ‘Basic’ travel insurance package (required), the ‘Choice’ travel insurance package which includes cancellation for any reason (optional at an additional cost based on traveler’s age), and the additional Medical insurance upgrade (optional, highly recommended).
- A non-refundable $200 travel insurance fee is required per person to hold your spot on the trip.
- An initial trip deposit of $500 per person is due upon registration (in addition to the non-refundable travel insurance fee).
- A second deposit of $1,700 per person is due by November 1, 2013.
- A third and final payment of $1,790 per person (plus $750 for single supplement, if applicable) and a copy of your passport are due by January 15, 2014.
Refunds & Penalties:
If you need to cancel you must notify Bob Mackenzie at NCCC in writing. Cancellation fees apply regardless of the reason including medical and family matters.* Deviation from group accommodations incur additional costs and will be passed along to the passenger. The following cancellation fees apply:
Today - Oct 31, 2013 $150 Administrative Fee
Nov 1 - Dec 15, 2013 Deposit Amount
Dec 16, 2013 - Jan 31, 2014 50% of total package
Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2014 75% of total package
On or after February 1 No Refunds
*The required travel insurance covers any out-of-pocket cancellation costs for 13 different reasons listed in insurance benefits. You can purchase upgrades to cover cancellation costs for any reason. Please see insurance details for further information.
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Israel Other Details
- You must have a Passport that is valid through May 8, 2014 in order to go on this trip.
- American citizens do not need a visa to travel to Israel (please check with us for other nationalities).
- Travel visas are required in Jordan, but this is taken care of by the travel agent and no action on traveler’s part is needed.
- More details coming soon!
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