Israel: Fall Tour 2020

November 3, 2020 – November 15, 2020

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
  • Use of Whispers head sets
  • All Tips

International Travel Insurance from Monday, November 2, 2020 – Friday, November 13, 2020. Additional days available for $5 per person, per day. This coverage includes; Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Medical Expenses, Disability Income, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Crisis Management, including the expense and coordination of a security evacuation, Personal Property, and General Liability.

 

Tour Package does NOT include

  • Domestic or international airfare to/from Tel Aviv
  • Personal expenses

Travel Arrangements

  • Fly IN TO Ben Gurion Airport (Ben Gurion International Airport – TLV) no later than Tuesday, November 3, 2020
  • Fly OUT OF Ben Gurion Airport (Ben Gurion International Airport – TLV) on Thursday, November 12, 2020 or Sunday, November 15, 2020

Recommended Travel Agency

World Travel Service, Inc.
Direct Number: 865-777-1600

Email: Corp3@worldtrav.com

 

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”

Activity Level
The activity level for this tour is moderately strenuous. You should be able to walk several miles on uneven terrain without difficulty. If you have mobility issues, this tour may not be for you. If you have questions, please contact Kim Hodge before registering.

Postponing or Cancelling Reservations
If Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) cancels your tour:

  • Passengers booked on a tour where the cancellation is initiated by CMDA and our in-country partner can have all funds paid to CMDA applied to a future tour or returned in the original form of payment. We ask that you be patient and allow 10 – 15 days for the refund process.

If you would like to postpone or cancel your reservation:

  • If you wish to postpone your travels, CMDA will allow participants booked on any tour scheduled through December 31, 2021 to transfer their reservation to any future event without rebooking or cancellation fees.
  • If you choose to cancel your reservation and change your mind before your scheduled tour travels, we will re-book you to the same tour with no additional fees, if there is availability.
  • If you choose to cancel your reservation without rebooking on another tour, your cancelations and requests for refund must be submitted in writing to the CMDA at the address below or by email. Cancelation charges will be assessed as follows:

Before or on July 1, 2020                       $150 per person
July 2 – August 15, 2020                         $250 per person
August 1 – 15, 2020                                 $500 per person
August 16 – 31, 2020                               $1,000 per person
On or after September 1, 2020            No Refund

Questions?
Contact Kim Hodge at Kim.Hodge@cmda.org or call 423-844-1063.

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

Israel Tour (double occupancy) – $2,675 per person
Israel Tour (single occupancy) – $3,778

Jordan Extension (double occupancy) – $740 per person
Jordan Extension (single occupancy) – $892

Nov 3, Day 1 – Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport for transfer to hotel on the coast and a good night’s sleep

Nov 4, Day 2 – 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.

Nov. 5, Day 3 – 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).

Nov. 6, Day 4 – 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.

Nov. 7, Day 5 – 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.

Nov. 8, Day 6 – 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.

Nov. 9, Day 7 – 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.

Nov 10, Day 8 – 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.

Nov. 11, Day 9– 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.

Nov. 12, Day 10 – Transfer to airport and departure

Optional Jordan Extension

Nov. 12, Day 10 – Jerash, Amman
For those doing the Israel only tour you will check out of the hotel and take a transfer to the Tel Aviv airport.  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.

Nov. 13, Day 11 – 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. Back to Amman for overnight.

Nov. 14, Day 12 – 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 Holy Land. We cross back into Israel and drive to Jerusalem for dinner and one last night.

Nov. 15, Day 13 – Homeward
Check out of the hotel this morning and take a transfer to the Tel Aviv airport.  Arrive home tomorrow.

Mail:
Kim Hodge
CMDA
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621

Email:
Kim.Hodge@cmda.org