Israel Tour – In the Footsteps of Jesus

February 15, 2023 – February 27, 2023

Dr. Jeffrey Barrows, CMDA Senior VP of Bioethics and Public Policy, and wife Kathy

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. Please join us for a trip of a lifetime . . .

“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!

Please join us and other CMDA colleagues as we tour the “Holy Land”. We have an excellent itinerary; from Galilee to the Wilderness, visiting sites prominent in the Old Testament and the life of Jesus. We also have an optional extension to Jordan where we will visit additional historical sites including the incredible Nabataean city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Our guide, Jeremy Bulow, is a wonderful man of God who will help bring the Bible alive right before your eyes. Jeremy has been a blessing to all who have participated in our previous Israel Tours and being with him as we travel makes the trip even more special.

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?

Tour Package Includes

  • Nine nights of first-class hotel lodging (February 15-23, 2023)
  • Hotel city tax and porterage at hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner at hotels or local restaurants
  • Entrance fees to museums and other sites
  • Bus transportation throughout tour
  • Use of Whispers headsets to hear the tour guide
  • Tips to guides, drivers and hotel staff
  • Government licensed tour guide throughout the tour
  • International Travel Insurance from Monday, February 13 – Saturday, February 25, 2023 (allows for an extra day of travel at the beginning and end of the tour). Additional days are 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.

 

Optional Three-Day Extension Includes

  • Three nights of lodging (February 24 – 26, 2023)
  • Hotel city tax and porterage at hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Entrance fees to museums and other sites
  • Use of Whispers headsets to hear the tour guide
  • Tips to guides, drivers and hotel staff
  • Government licensed tour guide throughout the tour
  • International Travel Insurance from Friday, February 24 – Tuesday, February 24, 2023 (allows for an extra day of travel at the end of the tour). Additional days are 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

  • International flights
  • Airport baggage transfer
  • COVID testing related to entrance or exiting the country
  • Lunches
  • Beverages

 

Travel Arrangements

 

Arrival for all

Fly IN TO Ben Gurion Airport International Airport (TLV) no later than Wednesday, February 15, 2023

 

Departure – those NOT staying for the Jordan Extension

 

Fly OUT OF Ben Gurion Airport Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) any time after 12 a.m. on Friday, February 24, 2023

 

Departure – those staying for the Jordan Extension

 

Fly OUT OF Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) any time after 12 .am. on Monday, February 27, 2022

You may consider arriving a day or two before the tour begins to help recover from jet lag or stay a few days following the tour to enjoy the region on your own.  Kim Hodge can assist with additional hotel nights both before and after the tour if you need them.

 

Travel Agency

Travelers are welcome to make international flight arrangements through their preferred travel source or World Travel Service, Inc. is available to assist. Direct Number: 865-777-1600.

 

Passport

Each participant must have a valid passport. Passport expiration date must be 30 days beyond the last day of the tour.

CMDA requests a photo of the first two pages of your Passport be emailed to Kim Hodge (kim.hodge@cmda.org) 60 days prior to travel. If you prefer, you may also copy and mail to Kim’s attention at CMDA P.O. Box 7500 Bristol, TN 37621-7500.

 

Detailed Itinerary

For a detailed itinerary, click on the “Schedule” link.

 

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.

Main Tour

Double Occupancy (per person)

  • CMDA Member and Spouse/Family $2,850
  • Non Member $2,950

 

 Single Occupancy

  • CMDA Member $3,925
  • Non-Member $4,025

 

Optional Extension

Double Occupancy (per person)

  • CMDA Member and Spouse/Family $675
  • Non Member $7751

 

Single Occupancy

  • CMDA Member and Spouse/Family $974
  • Non-Member $1,074

 

Cancelation Fees

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.

Breakfasts and dinners included. All lunches are “on your own”

Tour Hosts: Dr. Jeffery Barrows, CMDA Senior VP of Bioethics and Public Policy and his wife Kathy

Wednesday, February 15, 2023  
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. Shuttle to hotel on the coast for dinner and a good night’s sleep at Hotel Vert Lagoon Netanya or similar (1 night)
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Up the coast to Galilee. We will begin the day visiting Caesarea Maritima, a city built 2,000 years ago by King Herod for the Romans. It served as the capital of Judea for 600 years. We then drive to the highest point on Mt. Carmel and recall 1 Kings 18 and Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal and Asherah. From here, we go to Megiddo, a chariot city of Solomon and the location of Armageddon. Then we cross the Jezreel Valley to the city where Jesus grew up, Nazareth. From Nazareth, we head to our hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Kfar Blum Hotel or similar (3 nights)
Friday, February 17, 2023
In the Footsteps of Jesus in Galilee. Visit The Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus gave His first teaching, the Sermon on the Mount. We will visit the site of Peter’s Primacy on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus prepared breakfast for the disciples. We then go to Capernaum, the town where Jesus based his Galilean ministry. On then to Bethsaida, the House of the Fisherman, and the location of the Feeding of the 5,000. In the afternoon, we will see a 2,000-year-old fishing boat and take a ride on a worship boat on the Sea of Galilee.
Saturday, February 18, 2023
The Northern Reaches of the Promised Land. Driving through Naphtali, first to Tel Dan, the largest karstic spring in the Near East. We recall Judges 18 and 1 Kings 12, the sin of Jeroboam and the beginning of the Divided Kingdom (3,000 years ago). We also visit the oldest vaulted mud-brick gate system in the world from nearly 4,000 years ago. On then to Caesarea Philippi, the second largest feeder of the River Jordan. Matthew 16 comes alive here with Peter’s confession of Christ. Then, climbing up the Golan Heights, we visit Druze villages and climb onto a dormant volcano that overlooks Syria and Lebanon. Then, we return to the Sea of Galilee and drop in on Kursi, where Jesus delivered a man and sent demons into 2,000 pigs.
Sunday, February 19, 2023
Down the Jordan Valley (The Lowest Place on Earth). We start the day with baptisms in the River Jordan, then we will travel south to a city of the Decapolis, Bet Shean, with its amazing tel and stunning Roman remains. Onward and south, passing by Jericho to Qumran, the community of the Essenes, who wrote The Dead Sea Scrolls. Then, to En Bokek for a float in the Dead Sea and overnight in a spa hotel. David Dead Sea Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
Monday, February 20, 2023
Come, Let Us Go Up to Jerusalem, the City of the Great King. We start our day at Masada, the final battle site of the Great Rebellion against the Romans 67-73 AD. Then to Ein Gedi, an oasis in the wilderness. We climb Wadi David, passing by pools of spring water, recalling scripture. Then toward Jerusalem, but first to Bethlehem,  the birthplace of Jesus. Olive Tree Hotel or similar (4 nights)
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
In the Footsteps of Jesus. First to the Mount of Olives, then a pilgrim walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane via the Church of Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. A short walk across the Kidron Valley, we enter the Old City through the Sheep Gate. We visit the Pools of Bethesda, remembering the miracle of John 5, and we sing in the Crusader Church of St. Anne’s. We then walk the 14 Stations of the Cross called the Via Dolorosa and end up at the Holy Sepulchre Church. We then leave the Old City through the Jaffa Gate. Our bus will take us into the Samarian Mountains, where we meet and have lunch with Father Abraham in His tent. We will also ride camels then return to Jerusalem.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
We start this day on Mt. Zion in The Upper Room, where our Lord partook of the Last Supper with His disciples. This is also the place where the promised Holy Spirit fell on crowds of people. We then walk to the ruins underneath several churches, remembering where our Lord was kept in a prison by Caiaphus before being taken into the Praetorium the next day. We then enter the city through the Lion’s Gate and explore the Jewish Quarter: The Cardo, the Broad Wall, and the Western Wall. We have lunch in the Jewish Quarter and then take the bus to modern Jerusalem to Machane Yehuda Market.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Continue In the Footsteps of Jesus. We visit the Israel Museum and see an amazing model of the Old City of Jerusalem in 66 AD, one year before its destruction in AD 70 by the Roman Xth Legion under Titus. We see the Shrine of the Book, where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. We then go to an area outside the Damascus Gate called the Garden Tomb. We will tour and be reminded of Our Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection as we worship Him together and take communion. A fitting way to end our tour of The Holy Land. The afternoon is then free.
Friday, February 24, 2023
DEPARTURE/EXTENSION
Those doing the Israel-only tour will check out of the hotel and travel to Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) for departure flights. For those staying for the Jordan extension, there will be an early departure from our hotel to the Sheikh Hussein Border.
 

OPTIONAL JORDAN EXTENSION

Friday, February 24, 2023
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 first 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 occupation at this location for more than 2,500 years. We overnight in Amman, Jordan (3 nights).

Saturday, February 25, 2023
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 original surveying map of the Holy Land. We cross back into Israel and drive to Jerusalem for dinner and one last night.
Sunday, February 26, 2023
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. Two thousand 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.
Monday, February 27, 2023
Homeward. Check out of the hotel and take transport to Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) for departing flights.

Travel Arrangements
• Fly IN TO Ben Gurion Airport (Ben Gurion International Airport – TLV) no later than Wednesday, February 15, 2023
• Fly OUT OF Ben Gurion Airport (Ben Gurion International Airport – TLV) on Friday, February 24, 2023 or
• Jordan Extention Travelers – FLOY OUT OF Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) Monday, February 27, 2023

Recommended Travel Agency
Travelers are welcome to make international flight arrangements through their preferred travel source or World Travel Service, Inc. is available to assist. Direct Number: 865-777-1600

Visas and Passports
No Visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter Israel as a tourist. A valid passport is required.

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.

Questions?

Please contact Kim Hodge for additional details or questions:

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

Phone: 423.844.1063

Email: Kim.Hodge@cmda.org