Thursday, September 15, 2011

Holy Land Israel Tour for 2012

Below is our final itinerary and pricing for the trip to Israel - Holy Land trip.  We will have two informational meetings at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1930 Winchester Avenue Ashland, Kentucky on Wednesday, September 28 following Vespers (6:45 pm) and Sunday, October 2 following morning worship.  We will meet in the Church Library.  Even if you are not sure you will be traveling we invite you to come and learn more about the land and our heritage of faith.  If you are not able to be at the informational meetings but would like more information and a travel brochure, please email or call me.

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Israel Holy Land Tour 2012
Rev. Ike Nicholson # 49203
April 20 – 29, 2012

20 April (F) – Depart from USA
Your spiritual pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight

21 April (S) – Arrive in USA
You will be welcomed to the Holy Land by our airport representative and  transferred to your hotel (Royal Plaza in Tiberius Enjoy dinner before you rest.

22 April (U) - The Galilee
Cross the waters of the Sea of Galilee aboard a Kinnereth Sailing Company boat. Along the way, participate in a special on board worship service. Travel to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee. Visit the synagogue which stands on the site where Jesus taught. Recall his teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom (Matt.4:13, 23). At Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar, you’ll learn about the “Ancient Boat”, a rare example of the kind of boat in which Jesus would have sailed. Travel to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached to the people (Matt. 5-7). At Tabgha, the traditional location for the calling of the disciples and the feeding of the 5000, you’ll visit the Church of the Fish and the Loaves (Luke 9:10-17). You’ll also visit the Chapel of the Primacy where three times Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). At the  River Jordan you can remember your baptism in the Yardenit Baptismal Site (for those of you who went to Jordan, this is the alternative baptismal site offered by some scholars...we'll talk about why).

23 April (M) - Beit Shean, Nazareth, Megiddo and Caesarea. Visit the ruins of Beit Shean which was continuously inhabited for 5000 years and was one of the Roman cities Jesus passed on his way from Galilee to Jerusalem. We’ll visit Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2: 23). Travel the ancient caravan route to Tel Megiddo where 20 different cities lie superimposed upon each other. Visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of the early Christians. Here, Cornelius became the first Gentile convert to the new religion (Acts 10) and Paul was imprisoned before being taken to Rome for Trial.

24 April (T) - Jericho, Qumran, and Bethlehem
Travel to Jericho and visit the ruins of the ancient city, which was conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6: 1, 2, 20). From Jericho, you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matt. 4: 1-11). Even today, the road from Jericho to Jerusalem twists for miles as it climbs from below sea level into the Judean Mountains. Jesus traveled the nearby Roman road, the setting of His parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 30-36). Travel to Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery, to discuss the mysterious community of Essenes who once lived on the shores of the Dead Sea. (Depending on our Jericho timeline, we may be able to swim in the Dead Sea this day too.) 
In Bethlehem, you’ll visit the cave revered as the place where Jesus was born (Matt. 1: 18 - 25; Luke 2: 1- 7). The church, which was constructed on the site, is the world’s oldest functioning church. Nearby you’ll view Shepherds’ Field where the Good News was first heard.
(We will end the day back in Jerusalem at the Olive Tree Hotel
25 April (W) - Jerusalem
Visit the Haas Promenade and enjoy a panoramic view from the south of Jerusalem, the Old City walls and the hill called Mount Moriah where Abraham was commanded by God to offer Isaac as a burnt offering (Gen. 22:2, 4). View the Kidron Valley and the Valley of Gehenna. Stand atop the Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy a remarkable view of the “Golden City” of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock. Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1: 9 - 12). Visit the Chapel of the Ascension. Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus prayed (Matt. 26: 36 - 44). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas where Jesus was imprisoned for a night (Matt. 26: 57 - 65). Stand in the Upper Room, revered as the place of the Last Supper (Mark 14: 12 - 26). View the site of King David’s Tomb.

26 April (H) - Jerusalem and the Old City
Visit the Southern Wall Excavations of the ancient Temple, including the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. Walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City. Once lined with shops it is now partially restored. View the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1-31) where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle, and sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne. Visit Herod’s Antonia 
Fortress where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23: 1-11). Walk the Via Dolorosa, “the Way of the Cross,” and stand in reverence at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

27 April (F) - Leisure Day with Optional Masada and Dead Sea Tour Explore on-your-own or visit Masada (additional charge of about $70), Herod’s mountaintop fortress which became the last stronghold of the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans. Ride the cable car to the top to explore. Peer down upon the remains of the Roman camps and siege ramp below. Time permitting; you’ll stop briefly at the Shores of the Dead Sea for a quick dip in the salt and mineral laden waters. (This will be the second opportunity to swim in the Dead Sea.)

28 April (S) - Jerusalem
Travel to Ein Karem, known as the birthplace of John the Baptist and the place where the Virgin Mary visited Elisabeth (Luke 1: 26-40). Time permitting, you will visit Yad Vashem. Visit and worship at the Garden Tomb, possible site of the garden of Joseph of Arimathea and experience the reality of the Resurrection. Your afternoon is free for exploring.

29 April (U) – Return to USA
Return home with memories of the people and places of the Holy Land.

Gateway:  Cincinnati, New York City
Dates:  April 20 - 29, 2012

Israel Hotels:  3 Nights - Galilee:  Royal Plaza or similar
           4 Nights – Jerusalem: Olive Tree or similar
Please be advised that all hotels are subject to availability and itinerary
days & overnights are subject to change.

Trip and PRICE Includes:  Taxes and Fees / Tips for hotel staff / Hotels / Buffet
Breakfast and Dinner Daily / Guides / Buses / Drivers / Entrance Fees

Not Included:  Love Offering for Driver and Guide (total $75 for the week) / Lunches (Avg. $15 per person) / Optional Tour of Masada ($70)

COST: $3,394.00 from Cincinnati per person

A $300.00 deposit is required at the time of registration.  No registration will be processed without a deposit. Passports must be valid for 6 months after the return date (October 29, 2012).

A  further  deposit  of  $1,500.00  is due at 105 days prior to departure (January 6, 2012).

Full  and  Final  Payment  must  be  made  no  later  than 60 days prior to departure (February 20, 2012).

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