CMDA January 2019 Israel Tour

January 8, 2019 – January 17, 2019

A Personal Invitation from Dr. Gene Rudd

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem….” These words of Jesus (Mark 23 and Luke 13) express the deep affection God has for the land and people of Israel. Whether reflected in the stories of Scripture or in today’s headlines, there is something of historical and spiritual significance about that land. And visiting there makes it all the more special!

Gay and I invite you to join us and other CMDA colleagues as we tour the “Holy Land” for nine days, January 8-17, 2019. We have an excellent itinerary; from Galilee to the Wilderness, visiting sites prominent in the Old Testament and the life of Jesus.

We work with the largest tour company in Israel and have found a guide that we have used the past two trips, who is a dear brother in Christ and helps bring the scriptures alive as we travel throughout the land of Israel. His depth of knowledge of the Bible, the geography and the culture will make for a truly enriching and spiritual experience. You will enjoy getting to know Jeremy as we travel together.

To ensure a more treasured, intimate experience, we are limiting our group size to one bus of 50 people. Your fellowship with the CMDA family and our Biblical education will make a lasting impression. Won’t you join us?

Gene Rudd, MD
Senior Vice President, CMDA

Email to be placed on a waiting list.

Registration Information

Tour Package includes

  • All first-class hotel arrangements from Tuesday’s arrival through departure (based on double occupancy)
  • All land transportation after arrival from the U.S. (airport transfers are available for an additional fee)
  • Two meals per day (breakfast and dinner) – beginning with dinner on the day of arrival through breakfast on the day of departure
  • All museum and site fees
  • All professional tour guide services
  • Tips (guide/driver/hotels/restaurants)
  • Use of Whispers head sets

Optional Jordan Extension Tour Package includes:

  • All first-class hotel arrangements (based on double occupancy)
  • All land transportation
  • Two meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
  • All museum and site fees
  • All professional tour guide services
  • Tips (guide/driver/hotels/restaurants)
  • Use of Whispers head sets

Tour Package does NOT include

  • Domestic or international airfare to Tel Aviv
  • Insurances – Trip cancellation or emergency evacuation policies
  • Personal expenses


Israel Tour (double occupancy) – $2,030.00 per person
Israel Tour (single occupancy) – $2,690.00

Jordan Extension (double occupancy) – $670.00 per person
Jordan Extension (single occupancy) – $860.00

Travel Arrangements

  • Fly IN TO Ben Gurion Airport (Ben Gurion International Airport – TLV) no later than Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Fly OUT OF Ben Gurion Airport (Ben Gurion International Airport – TLV) on Thursday, January 17 or Sunday, January 20

Recommended Travel Agency

World Travel Service, Inc.
Agent: Judy Rouse
Direct Number: 865-777-1622

Visas and Passports
No Visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter Israel as a tourist. G3Visas and Passports can assist with passport procurement.

Detailed Itinerary
See “Schedule” in top right column.

Activity Level
The activity level for this tour is moderately strenuous. You should be able to walk on uneven terrain without difficulty.

Cancellation Fees 
Cancellations and requests for refund must be submitted in writing to the Christian Medical & Dental Associations at the address below or by email.

Cancellation charges will be assessed as follows:

Before or on November 6, 2018 Full Refund
November 7 – December 7, 2018 $250 per person
December 8 – 20, 2018 $500 per person
December 22 – 27, 2018 $1,000 per person
On or after December 28, 2018 No Refund

Mail:                                                    Email:
Kim Hodge                                
P.O. Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621

Contact Kim Hodge at or call 423-844-1063.


An eye opening tour for first and second timers alike! This tour combines the basis of Old and New Testament together with features of Modern Israel as well.

Tuesday, Jan. 8– Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport for transfer to hotel on the coast and a good night’s sleep.

Wednesday, Jan. 9– Up the coast to the Galilee: We’ll visit the ancient Herodian port Caesarea, visit the 2000 year old theater, ruins and remains of port where Paul sailed off to Rome. We are then off to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah battled the Gods of Baal and where we will see an overall view of the Valley of Armageddon. At the fortress city of Megiddo, this features nearly 25 levels of civilization. We will walk through its ruins and see for ourselves its strategic significance. The beautiful mosaics of Zippori are a must – a city which reveled during the time of Christ. As we end the day we’ll drive through the childhood home of Nazareth and Cana, the sight where, at the wedding, Christ performs the first miracle. Visit to the Nazareth Village.  We then proceed to our hotel by the Sea of Galilee.

Thursday, Jan. 10– In the Footsteps of Jesus in the Galilee: We begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We’ll be able to see for ourselves the remains a 2000 year old fishing boat from the period of Christ. At the ruins of Capernaum we will visit the “His own Town”, the home of Christ during his Galilean Ministry and also where many of His miracles were performed. Then up to the Mt.of Beatitudes, the sight of the ”Sermon on the Mount”. We will see the ruins of Bethsaida and a visit to the Galilee Experience (Tiberius).

Friday, Jan. 11 – The Northern Reaches of the Promised Land: Mt. Arbel – an overview of Christ’s Galilean Ministry. We will travel north to the strategic Golan Heights; visit Banias (Caesarea Phillipi) and Tel Dan-Jeroboam’s Altar.

Saturday, Jan. 12 – Come, Let Us Go Up to Jerusalem: You’ll have an opportunity to be baptized at the Jordan River Baptismal Site. We’ll visit biblical city of Beit Shean and learn about the events concerning King Saul and his sons. At the springs of En Harod we’ll talk about Gideon and the 300 warriors. We’ll then make our way up the Jordan Valley, visit Tel Jericho, view of the Wadi Qelt- and the ancient road to Jerusalem.

Sunday, Jan. 13 – In the Footsteps of Jesus-the Holy City: We begin on the Mount of Olives, with its fantastic view of the walled city of Jerusalem – then walk down the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane. Entering the Old City we will walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Pool of Bethesda, Ecce Homo, Temple Mount, Western Wall, and Southern Steps, ending our day at the Garden Tomb.

Monday, Jan. 14 – The Judean Wilderness: Down to the lowest part of the earth! At Masada we will learn the Zealot’s final stand against the might of Rome; we’ll have a chance to hike the Oasis Ein Gedi. Later we will visit Qumran, where many of the “Dead Sea Scrolls” were found. Have a relaxing swim in the Dead Sea then visit the Genesis Land-Camel ride and dinner in Abraham’s Tent for the ultimate desert experience.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 – Jerusalem of Today, Bethlehem of Yesterday: At the Israel Museum we’ll see a model of 2nd Temple Jerusalem and visit the Shrine of the Book, where some of the Dead Sea scrolls are on display; see the Knesset; a visit to the Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem is a must; then on to Bethlehem and Shepherd’s Field.

Wednesday, Jan. 16– Beth Shemesh, Elah Valley, Philistia, Beersheba, Negev Desert, Dead Sea
Leaving Jerusalem past Hadassah Hospital, we travel west thru beautiful mountains and the Sorek Valley to Beth Shemesh where the Ark of the Covenant was carried from the Philistines by two cows pulling a cart. The next stop is Tel Azekah and the Valley of Elah, where David defeated Goliath. We then drive to where battles were fought at Mareshah and Lachish, then thru the land of the Philistines, passing the city of Gath. We continue on to Beersheba and see Abraham’s well. We then go east with a drive thru the Negev Desert, past the Dimona nuclear facilities, contrasted with Bedouin tents and herds of camels, donkeys, and sheep. Our desert tour then stops at Mamshit, then we return to our Jerusalem hotel.

Thursday, Jan. 17 – For those doing the Israel-only tour, you will check out of the hotel and take a transfer to the Tel Aviv airport.


Optional Jordan Extension

Thursday, Jan. 17– Jerash, Amman
For those doing the Jordan extension there will be an early departure from our hotel to the Sheikh Hussein Border. After completing passport formalities we enter the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. We travel to Jerash, one of the best preserved and most complete provincial Roman cities. Jerash, Gerasa of Roman Times, was one of the cities of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Graeco-Roman cities dating from the 1st century BC situated in Jordan, Syria and Israel. Known as the Pompeii of the East for its extraordinary state of preservation, the ruins indicate human occupations at this location for more than 2,500 years. We overnight in Amman.

Friday, Jan. 18 – Petra
Onto the King’s Highway we drive through the land of the Moab where to the east we view the hilltop palace/fortress of Machaerus, the place where John the Baptist was beheaded to the amazing city of Petra. Walk through the “Siq,” an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone, to the city of Petra. 2000 years ago the Nabateans carved a city out of the rose red rock and the Treasury, El Khazneh, is one of the most elegant remains of antiquity. Beyond El Khazneh we are surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra’s carved and built structures. We overnight in Petra

Saturday, Jan. 19 – Mt Nebo, Madaba, Jerusalem
Mt. Nebo, believed to be the site of the tomb of Moses, commands a spectacular view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. The drive continues to the town of Madaba, the biblical Medeba, 30 kilometers south of Amman. Madaba is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George we may view the earliest surveying original map of the Holyland. We cross back into Israel and drive to Jerusalem for dinner and one last night.

Sunday, Jan. 20 – Homeward
Check out of the hotel this morning and take a transfer to the Tel Aviv airport.  Arrive home tomorrow.