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Israel Sample Itinerary

 

DAY 1

Departure to Tel Aviv. 

 

DAY 2

The Mediterranean coastline is visible from both sides of the plane. Shalom, you are in Israel and will be assisted with Immigration and Customs by a tour representative. Transfer by deluxe coach to your hotel in or near Tel Aviv. Dinner and overnight on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. 

 

DAY 3

After a restful night and a sumptuous Israeli breakfast buffet, drive along the Mediterranean coast to view the stately, ancient ruins of Caesarea. Visit the Roman amphitheater where Paul stood trial. Cornelius, the first Gentile of the Church-age was saved as he met Peter here. Continue to Haifa to see Elijah’s Cave and enjoy the view from Mt. Carmel. 

 

Travel to the Nazareth Village, a recreation of life in Nazareth as it was 2,000 years ago. Step into the Bible, history and into the life of Jesus, its most famous citizen. Walk past cultivated terraces, an ancient winepress, stone quarries, grapevines, and old olive trees. The path leads to the stone buildings of the Village where costumed villagers go about daily life. Farmers and villagers are plowing, planting, pruning. harvesting and threshing. The weaver and the carpenter demonstrate their crafts. The synagogue, the sounds of sheep and village children blend on the hillside and take you back to another place and time.  Experience Galilean life in the first century. www.nazarethvillage.com 

 

If time permits, visit the Hill of the Precipice near Nazareth, a stunning vantage point from which to visualize the activities of Elijah and Elisha on the hills of Samaria, Carmel and Gilad, Kings Saul and Ahab in the Jezreel Valley and the Gilboa hills, Deborah the prophetess at Mt. Tabor and, most importantly, the place where irate townspeople attempted to throw Jesus off the cliff, "but he passed through the midst of them and went away." Luke 4:29-30 (Optional activity: Plant a tree in Israel $18)

 

Drive to the Valley of Jezreel, the prophetic future site of Armageddon. The archaeological site of Megiddo is one of Solomon’s chariot cities where twenty civilizations can be observed stacked up in the ruins. A breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee introduces us to the land where Jesus lived during most of his ministry years. Dinner and overnight on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

 

DAY 4

After another great Israeli breakfast buffet, step aboard the boat for a calm cruise on the sea and an incredible worship service. Disembark at Ginosar to visit Capernaum, the town of Jesus. Visit the home of the Apostle Peter where Jesus healed his mother-in-law. A few footsteps away, we visit the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught. Continue to Tabgha, the site of the multiplication of the fishes and loaves. A short bus ride takes us to the Mount of Beatitudes where we hear the words of Jesus on the mount where he first spoke them.  Lunch time provides an opportunity to enjoy St. Peter’s fish on the shores of the lake at Kibbutz Ein Gev. End the day at the Jordan River Baptismal site.  (Those who opt to be baptized will be required to rent a robe and towel. The $15.00 charge includes a Baptismal Certificate.) Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

DAY 5

Leaving Galilee, drive to Beit Shean to visit one of the best preserved Roman Amphitheaters in Israel. Extensive excavations have uncovered eighteen layers of civilization. Ancient Beit Shean is where King Saul’s body was nailed to the wall. Leaving Beit Shean we continue south observing the city of Jericho from the coach. Travel along the site of Qumran and view the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a shepherd boy. Continue south toward Masada through the wilderness of Judea. Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David when fleeing from Saul. Arrive at the hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea in time to float in the salt water at the lowest place on the face of the earth. End the day with dinner at the resort with the black mud and healing salt water near the steps of your hotel.  (Optional event - extra cost: A camel ride in the Negev Desert and dinner in a Bedouin Tent.) Return to the hotel for overnight on the Dead Sea.

 

DAY 6

Early in the morning, enjoy a float in the Dead Sea before breakfast After check-out, ascend by cable car to the fortress built by King Herod the Great at Masada. See the remains of Herod’s Palace, the Apartments, Baths, Storehouses and cisterns. It was here the Jewish Zealots made their last stand against the Roman Legions from 70-73 AD. Descend from Masada with a stunning view of the Dead Sea. Continue north toward Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul. After leaving the lowest point on earth (1360 feet below sea level), again passing Qumran to see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, we ascend to Jerusalem, the City of God. Our arrival into Jerusalem begins with a drive along the promenade to catch the first view of Jerusalem. The afternoon is free to relax at the hotel with a spectacular Israeli buffet dinner and try to absorb your first night in Jerusalem.

 

DAY 7

The first day in Jerusalem begins with a drive to the Mount of Olives where the New Testament comes alive. A breathtaking view of Jerusalem from the Garden of Gethsemane places the Biblical events in perspective. Visit the Church of All Nations and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane with a grand view of the Eastern Gate and the Kidron Valley. Afterward, we arrive at Mount Zion. Visit the room of the Last Supper, the site of the Upper Room, the Tomb of King David and the House of Caiaphas. If time permits, proceed to the Knesset (the Israeli House of Parliament) and to the Shrine of the Book to view the Dead Sea Scrolls. Visit the Holy Land Model to view Jerusalem as it was in the time of Christ. Board the coach for lunch in Bethlehem, then visit the Shepherd's Fields, the Church of the Nativity, and fields of Boaz and Ruth. After shopping in Bethlehem, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight

 

DAY 8

Today, visit to the Garden Tomb and Gordon’s Calvary where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. A Communion service is available for our group as we overlook the Tomb. Proceed to the Holy City. The walls enclose many of the Holy sites. Walking through the Dung Gate, we approach the Temple area on Mount Moriah. Visit the Western Wall, and then up to the Dome of the Rock enclosing the Rock of Sacrifice. Exit the Temple Mount at the Eastern Gate and walk through the colorful bazaars in Old Jerusalem. Visit the Church of Saint Anne, the Pool of Bethesda, the Lithostrotos and Pilate’s Judgment Hall..

 

DAY 9

After breakfast, begin the tour of old Jerusalem with a visit to the Temple Institute where preparations are being made for the Third Temple. Garments and instruments can be seen and the lecture is informative. Continue through the Jewish Quarter of the city to see Nehemiah’s Wall that was fortified by the Jews during the First Temple period (586 B.C). The Israel only passengers will have a late check out, spend the afternoon on the Ben Yehuda pedestrian shopping street.  Late afternoon, return to the coach for transfer to Jaffa for a visit to the port city of Jonah and the House of the Tanner of St Peter's event in Acts 10:5. Late dinner then return to Gen Gurion Airport for return flight back home. Next year in Jerusalem!

 

(If tour includes Jordan, then Jordan Extension passengers board the bus after the Jewish Quarter tour to cross the border into the country of Jordan.) 

NOTE: Sequence of sites visited may be adjusted to accommodate local opening and/or closing time limitations as well as flight changes as dictated by the airlines (arrival/departure). Epic Tours reserves the right to change the itinerary or omit sites based on schedule requirements or local conditions.

Israel - Egypt 

Sample Itinerary

 

Day 1

Leave USA, fly to Cairo, Egypt. Met at airport by our Cairo Agents and escorted to hotel.

Overnight: Cairo

 

Day 2

Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Dinner Cruise on the Nile.

Overnight: Cairo

 

Day 3 

Fly to Luxor from Cairo: Luxor Sites, East Karnak and Luxor Temples

Overnight: Luxor

 

Day 4

Luxor Sites West, Valley of the Kings

Overnight: Luxor

 

Day 5 

Fly Luxor to Cairo. Bus from Cairo to Taba (8 hour bus trip stopping for rests, food.) 

Overnight: Taba or Eilat

 

Day 6 

Travel north visiting Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea swim, Qumran, Tiberias.

Overnight: Tiberias

 

Day 7

Beit Shean, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum. St. Peter’s Fish lunch, Sea of Galilee Boat ride.

Overnight: Tiberias

 

Day 8

Travel south to Jerusalem. Visit Hill of Precipice, Tel Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea, Jaffa.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 9

Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane/Church of All Nations, Upper Room/David’s Tomb, House of Caiaphas, Yad Vashem/Holocaust, Knesset.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 10

Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, City of David, Israel Museum/Holy Land Model/Dead Sea Scrolls, Western Wall/Kotel, Kotel Tunnel Tour.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 11

Temple Mount/Dome of the Rock, Temple Institute, Pool of Bethesda, Pilate’s Judgment Hall, Calvary/Garden Tomb, Ben Yehuda/Shuk Shopping.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 12

Check out of hotel. Valley of Elah, Old Jerusalem shopping, Free Afternoon, Western Wall at Shabbat, Farewell meal in Jaffa. Fly out in the late evening.

 

Day 13

Arrive back in the USA: next year in Jerusalem!

Egypt - Israel - Jordan

Sample Itinerary

 

EGYPT

 

Day 1

Leave USA, fly to Cairo, Egypt. Met at airport by our Cairo Agents and escorted to hotel.

Overnight: Cairo

 

Day 2

Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Dinner Cruise on the Nile.

Overnight: Cairo

 

Day 3 

Fly to Luxor from Cairo: Luxor Sites, East Karnak and Luxor Temples

Overnight: Luxor

 

Day 4

Luxor Sites West, Valley of the Kings

Overnight: Luxor

 

Day 5 

Fly Luxor to Cairo. 

Option 1: Bus from Cairo to Taba (8 hour bus trip stopping for rests, food.) 

Option 2: Flight from Cairo to Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Taba/Eilat or Tel Aviv 

 

ISRAEL

 

Day 6

The Mediterranean coastline is visible from both sides of the plane. Shalom, you are in Israel and will be assisted with Immigration and Customs by a tour representative. Transfer by deluxe coach to your hotel in or near Tel Aviv. Dinner and overnight on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

DAY 7

After a restful night and a sumptuous Israeli breakfast buffet, drive along the Mediterranean coast to view the stately, ancient ruins of Caesarea. Visit the Roman amphitheater where Paul stood trial. Cornelius, the first Gentile of the Church-age was saved as he met Peter here. Continue to Haifa to see Elijah’s Cave and enjoy the view from Mt. Carmel. 

 

Travel to the Nazareth Village, a recreation of life in Nazareth as it was 2,000 years ago. Step into the Bible, history and into the life of Jesus, its most famous citizen. Walk past cultivated terraces, an ancient winepress, stone quarries, grapevines, and old olive trees. The path leads to the stone buildings of the Village where costumed villagers go about daily life. Farmers and villagers are plowing, planting, pruning. harvesting and threshing. The weaver and the carpenter demonstrate their crafts. The synagogue, the sounds of sheep and village children blend on the hillside and take you back to another place and time.  Experience Galilean life in the first century. www.nazarethvillage.com 

 

If time permits, visit the Hill of the Precipice near Nazareth, a stunning vantage point from which to visualize the activities of Elijah and Elisha on the hills of Samaria, Carmel and Gilad, Kings Saul and Ahab in the Jezreel Valley and the Gilboa hills, Deborah the prophetess at Mt. Tabor and, most importantly, the place where irate townspeople attempted to throw Jesus off the cliff, "but he passed through the midst of them and went away." Luke 4:29-30 (Optional activity: Plant a tree in Israel $18)

 

Drive to the Valley of Jezreel, the prophetic future site of Armageddon. The archaeological site of Megiddo is one of Solomon’s chariot cities where twenty civilizations can be observed stacked up in the ruins. A breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee introduces us to the land where Jesus lived during most of his ministry years. Dinner and overnight on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Overnight: Tiberias

 

DAY 8

After another great Israeli breakfast buffet, step aboard the boat for a calm cruise on the sea and an incredible worship service. Disembark at Ginosar to visit Capernaum, the town of Jesus. Visit the home of the Apostle Peter where Jesus healed his mother-in-law. A few footsteps away, we visit the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught. Continue to Tabgha, the site of the multiplication of the fishes and loaves. A short bus ride takes us to the Mount of Beatitudes where we hear the words of Jesus on the mount where he first spoke them.  Lunch time provides an opportunity to enjoy St. Peter’s fish on the shores of the lake at Kibbutz Ein Gev. End the day at the Jordan River Baptismal site.  (Those who opt to be baptized will be required to rent a robe and towel. The $15.00 charge includes a Baptismal Certificate.) Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Tiberias

 

DAY 9

Leaving Galilee, drive to Beit Shean to visit one of the best preserved Roman Amphitheaters in Israel. Extensive excavations have uncovered eighteen layers of civilization. Ancient Beit Shean is where King Saul’s body was nailed to the wall. Leaving Beit Shean we continue south observing the city of Jericho from the coach. Travel along the site of Qumran and view the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a shepherd boy. Continue south toward Masada through the wilderness of Judea. Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David when fleeing from Saul. Arrive at the hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea in time to float in the salt water at the lowest place on the face of the earth. End the day with dinner at the resort with the black mud and healing salt water near the steps of your hotel.  (Optional event - extra cost: A camel ride in the Negev Desert and dinner in a Bedouin Tent.) Return to the hotel for overnight on the Dead Sea.

Overnight: Dead Sea

 

DAY 10

Early in the morning, enjoy a float in the Dead Sea before breakfast After check-out, ascend by cable car to the fortress built by King Herod the Great at Masada. See the remains of Herod’s Palace, the Apartments, Baths, Storehouses and cisterns. It was here the Jewish Zealots made their last stand against the Roman Legions from 70-73 AD. Descend from Masada with a stunning view of the Dead Sea. Continue north toward Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul. After leaving the lowest point on earth (1360 feet below sea level), again passing Qumran to see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, we ascend to Jerusalem, the City of God. Our arrival into Jerusalem begins with a drive along the promenade to catch the first view of Jerusalem. The afternoon is free to relax at the hotel with a spectacular Israeli buffet dinner and try to absorb your first night in Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

DAY 11

The first day in Jerusalem begins with a drive to the Mount of Olives where the New Testament comes alive. A breathtaking view of Jerusalem from the Garden of Gethsemane places the Biblical events in perspective. Visit the Church of All Nations and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane with a grand view of the Eastern Gate and the Kidron Valley. Afterward, we arrive at Mount Zion. Visit the room of the Last Supper, the site of the Upper Room, the Tomb of King David and the House of Caiaphas. If time permits, proceed to the Knesset (the Israeli House of Parliament) and to the Shrine of the Book to view the Dead Sea Scrolls. Visit the Holy Land Model to view Jerusalem as it was in the time of Christ. Board the coach for lunch in Bethlehem, then visit the Shepherd's Fields, the Church of the Nativity, and fields of Boaz and Ruth. After shopping in Bethlehem, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

DAY 12

Today, visit to the Garden Tomb and Gordon’s Calvary where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. A Communion service is available for our group as we overlook the Tomb. Proceed to the Holy City. The walls enclose many of the Holy sites. Walking through the Dung Gate, we approach the Temple area on Mount Moriah. Visit the Western Wall, and then up to the Dome of the Rock enclosing the Rock of Sacrifice. Exit the Temple Mount at the Eastern Gate and walk through the colorful bazaars in Old Jerusalem. Visit the Church of Saint Anne, the Pool of Bethesda, the Lithostrotos and Pilate’s Judgment Hall..

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

DAY 13

After breakfast, begin the tour of old Jerusalem with a visit to the Temple Institute where preparations are being made for the Third Temple. Garments and instruments can be seen and the lecture is informative. Continue through the Jewish Quarter of the city to see Nehemiah’s Wall that was fortified by the Jews during the First Temple period (586 B.C). 

 

Travel to the Israel-Jordan border crossing into Jordan through customs and immigrations.

 

JORDAN

 

Day 13

Visit Madaba and Mount Nebo where Moses stood looking out over the promised land. Transfer to our hotel which provide sensational views of the Dead Sea, deluxe bedding, a flat-screen TV, a mini-bar and much more. You'll be thrilled with the wide selection of food in the dining room, their multiple heated pools and their cutting-edge signature spa (spa cost not included).

Overnight: Jordan Valley Marriott Resort and Spa

 

Day 14

PETRA. Rise early and prepare for a twelve-hour day. Early breakfast then our departure to Petra. Wear cool, casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes! PETRA ... More Than A Wonder!! 

The city of Petra, capital of the Nabataean Arabs, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, it is Located 240 km south of the capital Amman and 120 km north of the red sea town of Aqaba, Petra the world wonder is undoubtedly Jordan's most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction, and it is visited by tourists from all over the world. Dinner will be waiting when you return to the Marriott Resort. 

Overnight: Jordan Valley Marriott Resort and Spa

Day 15 – RELAX!

Finally, this is a day of leisure and relaxation at the Resort. It is time to float in the sea, cover yourself with the black mud once again, visit the Spa (cost not included), swim in one of the pools, or just stroll the beautiful grounds. This is the day to unpack and repack all those goodies you bought along the way and get ready to head back westward. Breakfast and dinner are the only two things on the schedule. Enjoy! 

Overnight: Jordan Valley Marriott Resort and Spa

 

Day 16 – CHECK OUT

After breakfast, check out of the Resort and transfer to Amman for our non-stop flight to USA or cross back into Israel for flights out of Tel Aviv. 

 

Day 17 - Arrive back in the USA.

 

Next year in Jerusalem! Shalom!

 

NOTE: Hotels and sequence of sites visited may be adjusted to accommodate local openings and/or closing time limitations. The Tour Company reserves the right to change the hotel and/or Itinerary, or omit sites based on schedule requirements or local conditions.

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