Join Dr. Stephen and Brenda Ellis
"Walking Where Jesus Walked"
"The Trip of a Lifetime"
11 Exciting Days in Israel!
DAY 1: - DEPARTURE:
Depart from Charlotte to Tel Aviv via Munich on Lufthansa German Airlines.
DAY 2: - TEL AVIV / NETANYA:
Shalom! We arrive in HIS LAND. Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, we will be met and assisted to our motor coach. We proceed to our hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean. (D)
DAY 3: - CAESAREA / MEGIDDO / TIBERIAS:
Today’s sites include the ancient seaport and Roman theater at Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon. We arrive in Tiberias at our hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee. (B,D)
DAY 4: - SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / CAESAREA PHILIPPI:
Today we cross the Sea of Galilee by boat landing at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar where we view the ancient Jesus Boat. We continue to the site of Peter’s restoration and the Mt. of the Beatitudes before arriving at Kibbutz En Gev for a lunch of St. Peter’s fish. Later we visit Capernaum, Jesus’ ministry base with its ancient synagogue. Time permitting we will travel north to Caesarea Philippi and the mouth of the Jordan River. We end our day at the baptismal site on the Jordan River. If you desire to be baptized please bring a swimsuit. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: - GIDEON’S SPRING / EN HAROD /QUMRAN /DEAD SEA:
We then visit Gideon’s Spring at En Harod before continuing south along the shore of the Dead Sea on the lowest road in the world. We visit Qumran, the site where a Bedouin shepherd found the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. We arrive at a beautiful Dead Sea hotel for the balance of the day to relax at the hotel pools, Dead Sea spa, mineral pools or to enjoy other special services. Dinner and overnight Dead Sea. (B,D)
DAY 6: - MASADA / BETHLEHEM / JERUSALEM:
This morning we start early to Masada, truly a remarkable piece of history. We then go up to the Holy City of Jerusalem! Enter HIS gates with gladness! We continue to Bethlehem for a visit of the Church of Nativity on Manger Square and the Shepherd’s Field just outside of Bethlehem. Time permitting we will overview Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives before arriving at our hotel. (B,D)
DAY 7: - MOUNT OF OLIVES / GETHSEMANE / OLD CITY:
Today we drive to the top of the Mount of Olives for a view of Jerusalem before taking the Palm Sunday path to the Garden of Gethsemane. We will visit the House of Caiaphas, the High Priest. After lunch we will enter the Old City through the Jaffa Gate. We will walk through the Arab Souk to the Western Wall finishing the day at the City of David, then on to our hotel. (B,D)
DAY 8: - OLD CITY / JERUSALEM:
We begin our day inside the Dung Gate of the Old City at the Archeological Park and Southern Steps Excavations of the Second Temple. We will visit the Temple Mount where the Dome of the Rock now stands. After lunch we will visit the Jewish Quarter, the Temple Museum, the Herodian Museum and finally the Rabbi’s Tunnel. (B,D)
DAY 9: - OLD CITY / NEW CITY :
This morning we will visit the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Model City of 1st Century Jerusalem. After lunch we will have a free afternoon for shopping on your own or a variety of opportunities such as walking through Hezekiah’s Tunnel or experiencing the Holocaust Museum. (B,D)
DAY 10: - VIA DOLOROSA / GARDEN TOMB:
This morning we enter the Old City through the Lions Gate and proceed to visit the famous Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. We then make our way to the Sisters of Zion Convent to visit the site of Pilate’s Judgment area in Antonio’s Fortress, and walk the Via Dolorosa to the Garden Tomb. Time permitting, we will visit the Valley of Elah and Emmaus before returning to our hotel to freshen up and have dinner. (B,D)
DAY 11: - JERUSALEM / HOME:
This morning we depart Jerusalem very early for our flight to Munich. After a plane change, we continue on to Charlotte. We will return with memories and new friends to last a lifetime and beyond.
Please Note - If A Passenger Is Unable To Get On And Off The Bus And Walk Without The Assistance Of Another Individual, The Passenger Must Bring Someone With Them To Assist Them.
NOTE: The actual daily itinerary is subject to adjustment at the discretion of the tour operator.
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
PRICE: Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars and are based on fares and costs in effect at the time of publication. Whenever possible, DC&T obtains price guarantees from suppliers. However, depending upon the strength of the US dollar and the fluctuating nature of oil, gas and other costs, published rates are subject to change without notice. CREDIT CARDS may be used for DEPOSIT. Final payment must be made by cash, personal check, cashiers check or money order.
TRANSPORTATION: Via jet economy class on Lufthansa German Airlines. Tickets must be completed 45 days prior to departure. Tickets cannot be changed once issued. NOTE: Passengers may arrange their own air & pay the ground price. Passengers doing their own air MUST meet the group at the airport or hotel.
DEVIATIONS/STOPOVERS: An individual change in the return date that is a deviation from the basic group itinerary will NOT be allowed.
HOTELS: Four & five star hotels throughout. Prices are based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room with private bath. Single rooms are subject to availability for an additional cost of $1090. If a passenger cannot supply a roommate and Discovery Cruises and Tours is unable to do so, or your roommate cancels before departure, the passenger will have to pay the supplemental charge. (You may be billed after the final payment date for single room accommodations as necessary.)
MEALS: Two meals daily: breakfast and dinners upon arrival in Israel.
SIGHTSEEING: Local transportation is by deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach. The services of an English-speaking Israeli guide, entrance fees to places visited on sightseeing described in this itinerary are included in tour price.
AIRPORT TAXES/FUEL: $750 (actual cost as of 7/13/17) NOTE: (Taxes/Fuel Surcharges may change without notice. Any increase will be billed to the passenger and must be paid prior to departure.)
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
Passport costs; food and beverages (including coffee and tea) not usually included with regular meals; optional tours and excursions not mentioned in this itinerary; accident and baggage insurance; transporting and handling excess luggage; personal tips to guides, drivers and others rendering special services. Tips of $140 will be included on final invoice. In the event it becomes necessary to overnight material due to late receipt of registration or final payments, traveler will be billed for these charges.
FOR YOUR PROTECTION
INSURANCE: Acting only as agents for suppliers, Discovery Cruises and Tours is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of luggage and/or personal belongings, or for personal injury, accident and/or illness. For your own protection, it is important that you have adequate insurance to cover these possibilities. You should carry proof of insurance in the event you need medical attention while in Israel. Upon receipt of your statement, via an email, the link for optional insurance will be provided.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
PASSPORT: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member. No visas are required for Israel. A valid passport is required to leave the USA. It should be valid for a minimum of SIX MONTHS after your return date; you will be denied boarding if your passport is not valid for SIX MONTHS beyond your return date.
REGISTRATION & DEPOSIT: A deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of registration. The deposit may be charged to your VISA, MasterCard or AMERICAN EXPRESS. Registrations received inside ninety (90) days must be accompanied by full payment. A $30 LATE REGISTRATION fee will be assessed.
PAYMENTS: After you have registered for a tour, you will receive an invoice with final payment amount and date due. Final payments should be made payable to DISCOVERY CRUISES AND TOURS and must be received ninety (90) days prior to departure. Final payments received inside ninety (90) days will be assessed a $30 LATE PAYMENT fee. NOTE: ALL reservations not fully paid by the ninety-day deadline are subject to cancellation, for which Tour Operator is not to be held responsible.
AIRLINE SEATS: Seats without a deposit must be released 100 days from departure. If you cancel your seat with DC&T in writing within the 100 days there is a penalty of $100 per person.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS
If a passenger cancels his/her tour membership for any reason up to 90 days prior to departure, there will be a cancellation fee of two hundred dollars ($200) to cover administrative and communication costs. For cancellations from 90-75 days prior to departure there will be a cancellation fee of $500. Cancellations received 74-59 days prior to departure: penalty is 25% of tour cost; 58-30 days: penalty is 50% of tour cost; NO REFUND for cancellations within twenty-nine (29) days of departure -- trip cancellation and interruption insurance is available and is highly recommended. All cancellation requests must be addressed to Discovery Cruises and Tours in writing. Phone calls for cancellations cannot be accepted.
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