8 Day Holy Land Tour to Israel

october 24-31, 2024

Join Grace Fellowship and Pastor Jeff on an 8 day, 7 night tour through the Holy Land

All commission and profit from this trip go towards the Forward initiative of Grace Fellowship: A Church for All Nations.

Begins and ends: Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport | October 24-October 31, 2024 | 8 days, 7 nights

Tour Highlights

8 Day Holy Land Tour to Israel

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Day 1

Thursday, October 24, 2024

Arrival at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. You will be met at the arrivals hall and transferred to Tel Aviv, to your hotel right on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea

Dinner and Overnight: Tel Aviv

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Day 2

Friday, October 25, 2024

Early morning departure to Old Joppa where Peter had his vision while lodging in the home of Simon the Tanner who lived by the sea. Look over to the breakwaters in the old Joppa port where Jonah departed, heading towards Tarshish, the complete opposite direction from Nineveh. It is also where King Solomon imported the cedars of Lebanon to build the Temple in Jerusalem.

Travel along the Mediterranean to Caesarea Maritime where the first Gentiles, Roman centurion Cornelius and his entire family were baptized by Peter. We will see the sunken harbor, Pontius Pilate’s palace, the theater, hippodrome and the 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct.

Drive to Mount Carmel where Elijah the Prophet confronted the 450 prophets of Baal to determine whose God would end the three and a half year drought. Enjoy panoramic views of the Jezreel Valley.

Continue on to Megiddo otherwise known as Armageddon. Hear a description of the last battle wherethe forces of good will triumph over the forces of evil. See the ancient city gates, Solomon’s stables, and walk through the 9th century BC water tunnel (which is dry now) memorialized in James Michener’s The Source.

Visit of Nazareth Village
Drive to the Sea of Galilee.

Dinner and Overnight: Galilee

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Day 3

Saturday, October 26, 2024

This very special day is devoted to Jesus’ public ministry around the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We will sail on the Sea of Galilee in a replica of a 2000 year old ancient boat dubbed “the Jesus boat” found along its shores. We will visit Capernaum, the headquarters of Jesus’ Galilean ministry with the
traditional house of Peter’s mother-in-law and the old synagogue. Continue to Tabgha to see the famous “fish and loaves” mosaic. We will drive to the Mount of Beatitudes and read the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to Tel Dan Nature reserve, one of the headwaters of the River Jordan and where King Jereboam established the Golden Calf for his northern kingdom after the death of Solomon.

We will conclude our day at Yardenit by the River Jordan with a renewal of baptismal vows.

Dinner and Overnight: Galilee

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Day 4

Sunday, October 27, 2024

Start the day with the visit of Nazareth. Visit the magnificent Church of the Annunciation. We then drive through the Jezreel Valley to Beth Shean/Scythopolis with its magnificent Roman and Byzantine ruins, theater, bathhouses, market areas and colonnaded streets. We will retell the story of Saul’s death. After lunch (on own), we travel down the Jordan Rift valley past Jericho with a view towards Mount Nebo and stop at the authentic spot (Kasr el Yahud) where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

Drive to Jerusalem.

Optional: In the evening, enjoy from the Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David

Dinner and Overnight: Jerusalem

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Day 5

Monday, October 28, 2024

We begin our day at the Mount of Olives with a panoramic view of Jerusalem. We focus on Jesus’ triumphant entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and walk down to Dominus Flevit meaning “the Lord wept.” After looking at the Temple compound and imaging how it looked in Jesus’ day, we continue our walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. We will have some private moments to reflect on Jesus’ time of agony, knowing that he will be betrayed by one of his disciples.

Enter the Old City through St Stephen Gate. Visit of St Anne church with its 11-second echo and see the authentic Pool of Bethesda where the man lame 38 years was healed. We walk the Stations of the Cross including the Sisters of Sion Convent opposite the Praetorium (Pilate’s Judgment Hall) to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Walk through the color oriental shuk of the Old City.
Walk to Mount Zion to see the traditional Tomb of King David and the Upper Room.
Visit of St Peter en Gallicantu, the traditional house of Caiphas.

Dinner and Overnight: Jerusalem

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Day 6

Tuesday, October 29, 2024

Drive to the Dead Sea area. On the way, stop at Qumran where the Essenes were copying the Dead Sea scrolls. We look across to Cave Number Four where the most fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

We continue our drive along the western shore of the Dead Sea to Masada where the Jewish zealots held out for three years after the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed. We take a cable car up to the top of Masada and tour the fortress with its palaces, bath house, cisterns and Roman ramp.

We will then drive to Ein Gedi, the Nature reserve. Have a swim in the salty water of the Dead Sea (if weather allows)

On the way back to Jerusalem, stop at Genesis Land for a Camel ride and dinner under Abraham’s Tent.

Dinner and Overnight: Jerusalem

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Day 7

Wednesday, October 30, 2024

Start the day with the visit of the Temple Institute or visit of City of David.
Continue with the visit of the second temple period model of Jerusalem at the Israel Museum and see some of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book.

In the afternoon we visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity descending to the grotto with its fourteen point star marking out the spot where Jesus was born. Afterwards we drive to Shepherds Fields and sing many of our favorite Christmas carols. We will end our day at the Garden Tomb.

Dinner and Overnight: Jerusalem

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Day 8

Thursday, October 31, 2024

Transfer from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion airport for departure.

Trip Cost & Inclusions

$3,125 per person in double room | *$1,750 Single Supplement

Inclusions:

Not Included in the trip cost:

*Flights: While travelers are responsible for their own flight arrangements, we are happy to assist with you with suggestions for the best recommended flight options.

**Travel Insurance: We strongly suggest the acquisition of appropriate trip insurance to cover medical events, lost or damaged baggage, trip cancellation, or “Cancel for Any Reason” as needed. Please indicate on the booking form or email us if you’d like a quote.

Payment Terms:

Upon Booking: $350 Non-Refundable Deposit per person

60 Days Prior to Arrival In Israel: Full Balance is due

Cancellation Policy:

Up to 65 days prior to arrival: Full Refund (Except the non-refundable deposit)

Less than 64 to 45 days prior to arrival: 25% Refund of total amount

Less than 45 days prior to arrival: No Refund

Prerequisites:

Completion of Starting Point. You do not need to be a member of Grace Fellowship to attend this trip but all participants are are required to complete Starting Point. Click below to learn more.

Important Things to Know

1. Itinerary Highlights: We have a fantastic itinerary planned that will allow us to explore Israel’s rich history, diverse culture, and stunning landscapes. From the ancient streets of Jerusalem to the breathtaking views of the Negev Desert, there’s so much to discover.

2. Walking is Part of the Experience: Israel’s beauty lies in its diversity, and exploring it often involves walking. Please be prepared for a fair amount of walking during our tours and excursions. This will allow us to fully immerse ourselves in the local culture and see the sights up close. While we’ll make every effort to provide comfortable walking shoes, we recommend bringing your own comfortable footwear.

3. Fitness and Mobility: Given the walking involved, it’s important to be reasonably fit and mobile. Some sites may have uneven terrain or steps. If you have any mobility concerns or health conditions, please let us know in advance, so we can make suitable arrangements.

4. Weather and Dress Code: Israel’s climate can vary, so it’s wise to pack layers. While our tour dates should bring pleasant weather, it’s a good idea to bring a light jacket, a hat, and sunscreen for added comfort. Modest dress is important when visiting religious sites, so please pack clothing that covers shoulders and knees.

5. Currency and Local Customs: The currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Most places also accept credit cards, but it’s advisable to carry some local currency for small purchases. Familiarize yourself with local customs and be respectful of cultural differences.

6. Travel Documents: Double-check that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond our return date and ensure you have any necessary visas.

 

Optional

Pre & Post Trip Add-Ons

We’ll be organizing an pre-trip add-on to Petra, Jordan. We will also provide post-trip options if you’d like to extend your stay in Israel. Please indicate on the booking form if you are interested in receiving more information about optional add-ons.

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Your Hosts

Jason & Jennifer, Solaz Travel

Jason and Jennifer started Solaz Travel in 2017 and have been members of Grace Fellowship since 2010. We look forward to joining you on this amazing trip next year!

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There is a maximum number of 50 travelers. Once the trip is full, you can request to be added to the waitlist. We anticipate the trip to fill up fast, so if you are interested, be sure to reserve your spot!

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*Please note, your booking is not complete until your deposit has been made. If you have any questions, please send us an email at [email protected]