Israel Tour: September 2019

September 18, 2019 – September 30, 2019

**EVENT NOW FULL**

Please email kim.hodge@cmda.org to be placed on the waiting list.

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.

Registration Information

Tour Package includes

  • All first-class hotel arrangements from Wednesday’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

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
  • All Tips

Tour Package does NOT include

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

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.

Tour Pricing
Base Tour – Double Occupancy: $2,350.00
Base Tour – Single Occupancy: $3,220.00
Jordan Extension – Double Occupancy: $695.00
Jordan Extension – Single Occupancy: $850.00

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 June 1, 2019 – Full Refund
June 2 – July 15, 2019 – $250 per person
July 16 – 31, 2019 – $500 per person
August 1 – 15, 2019 – $1,000 per person
On or after August 16, 2019 – No Refund

Mail:                                                    Email:
Kim Hodge                                          Kim.Hodge@cmda.org
CMDA
P.O. Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621

Venue Information

Travel Arrangements

  • Fly IN TO Ben Gurion Airport (Ben Gurion International Airport – TLV) no later than Wednesday, September 18, 2019
  • Fly OUT OF Ben Gurion Airport (Ben Gurion International Airport – TLV) on Friday, September 27, 2019 or Monday, September 30, 2019

 

Recommended Travel Agency

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

Schedule

Schedule

 

Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport for transfer to hotel on the coast and a good night’s sleep.

 

Thursday, Sept. 19 – Up the coast to the Galilee

We’ll visit the ancient Herodian port Caesarea, visit the 2,000 year old theater, ruins and remains of the 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 that 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. We end with a visit to the Nazareth Village before proceeding to our hotel by the Sea of Galilee.

 

Friday, Sept. 20 – In the Footsteps of Jesus in the Galilee

Today we enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We’ll be able to see for ourselves the remains a 2,000 year old fishing boat from the period of Christ. At the ruins of Capernaum we will visit “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.” Finally, we will see the ruins of Bethsaida where Jesus fed the 5,000.

 

Saturday, Sept. 21 – The Northern Reaches of the Promised Land

We will travel north to the strategic Golan Heights; visit Banias (Caesarea Phillipi) and Tel Dan to see Jeroboam’s Altar.

 

Sunday, Sept. 22 – 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 She’an and learn about the events concerning King Saul and his sons. We’ll then make our way through the Jordan Valley, visit Tel Jericho, take in a view of the Wadi Qelt and the ancient road to Jerusalem. From there we will go to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and then go up to Jerusalem and finish our day at the Mount of Olives.

 

Monday, Sept. 23 – Jerusalem of Today, Bethlehem of Yesterday

We begin today by traveling to Bethlehem, and from there we make our way back to Jerusalem to visit he House of Caiaphas where Jesus spent his list night before going to the cross. The Upper Room, Garden of Gethsemane, and the Friends of Zion Museum round out a full day for our group of pilgrims.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 24 – The Judean Wilderness

Down to the lowest part of the earth! At Masada we will learn about the Zealot’s final stand against the might of Rome; we’ll have a chance to hike the Oasis Ein Gedi. Have a relaxing swim in the Dead Sea then visit Genesis Land, complete with camel rides and dinner in Abraham’s Tent – the ultimate desert experience!

 

Wednesday, Sept. 25 – Jerusalem of Old

Entering the Old City we will walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Pool of Bethesda, Western Wall and Rabbi’s Tunnel, and Southern Steps. We finish our day at the Jerusalem Archeological Museum.

 

Thursday, Sept. 26 – Remembering the Past and Looking Toward the Future

On our last full day in Jerusalem we will visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum, the Israel Museum, and celebrate communion together at the picturesque Garden Tomb. Finally, you will be able to enjoy some free time in the Old City of Jerusalem before our final dinner together.

 

Friday, Sept. 27 – 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

Friday, Sept. 27– 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 Greco-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.

 

Saturday, Sept. 28 – 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

 

Sunday, Sept. 29 – 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.

 

Monday, Sept. 30 – Homeward

Check out of the hotel this morning and take a transfer to the Tel Aviv airport. Arrive home tomorrow.

Contact

Kim Hodge
Kim.Hodge@cmda.org
CMDA
P.O. Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621

Call: 423-844-1063.