President's 2017 Tour of the
We invite you to join us on this President's Tour to the Holy Lands of the Bible! You place a priceless inheritance within your mental picture gallery! Your investment in this tour repays you the rest of your life...and passes to family and friends through your witness! You join for Israel only, add Jordan, or continue to Jordan and Egypt with the Nile Cruise...we work out all the details.
Traveling with company President Tim and his wife Jan is an experience!
Their passion for the Middle East and enthusiasm for the people who
live there is contagious. They have led Biblically based tours for the
past 31 years. You share in the relationships they have made, their
familiarity with the region, and knowledge of cross-cultural behaviors. Their pre-trip training is invaluable producing an experience that you
remember the rest of your life...and, often has you planning your next
Day 1, Fri, March 3: You depart on an overnight flight with connections to Tel Aviv.
Day 2, Sat, March 4: Arriving at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, you are met, assisted and transferred to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Experience the beautiful Mediterranean beach at sunset. Look to the south and see Joppa, from where Jonah sailed!
Day 3, Sun, March 5:
We depart Tel
Aviv driving north along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, the
ancient Roman Capital built by Herod.
Here we see the Roman Amphitheater, Aqueduct, and Herodian Port. We
continue northeast to the Valley of Armageddon and Megiddo to
visit the remarkable excavations, including the famous water tunnel and
King Solomon's stables.
We then wind up Mt Carmel
and visit Muchraka (place of the fire) where Elijah met the prophets of
We continue northeast into Galilee and Tiberias for
dinner and overnight at our hotel for 3 nights. The Sea of
Galilee fills your view!
Here we see the Roman Amphitheater, Aqueduct, and Herodian Port. We continue northeast to the Valley of Armageddon and Megiddo to visit the remarkable excavations, including the famous water tunnel and King Solomon's stables.
We then wind up Mt Carmel and visit Muchraka (place of the fire) where Elijah met the prophets of Baal.
We continue northeast into Galilee and Tiberias for dinner and overnight at our hotel for 3 nights. The Sea of Galilee fills your view!
Day 4, Mon, March 6: Wake to the sun rising over the Sea of Galilee! After breakfast we drive north to Tel Dan where we see the area in which King Ahab held court. Was Jezebel sitting beside him? As we hike further on we see where King Jeroboam set up the Golden Calf as recorded in 1 Kings 12:26-30. The Dan is a real surprise, a crystal clear tributary of the Jordan River! You find it hard to believe this is Israel...
We then hike down to the
Next is Caesarea
Phillipi where Peter in answer to Christ's question said: you
are "The Christ of God."
We then drive up the Golan
Heights (Biblical Bashan) to view
east into Syria. We end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
We return to our Tiberias hotel for dinner and overnight.
Next is Caesarea Phillipi where Peter in answer to Christ's question said: you are "The Christ of God."
We then drive up the Golan Heights (Biblical Bashan) to view east into Syria. We end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We return to our Tiberias hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5, Tues, March 7:
is spent around and on the Sea of Galilee. We start on the Mt of
Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on The Mount.
We continue to Tabgha (meaning
seven springs) and Peter's
Primacy Church on the seashore. Then to the small fishing
village of Capernaum,
where Jesus spent much of his ministry time. At Nof Ginosar we view the
Boat, that was recovered from the shoreline mud when the Sea of
Galilee fell to a very low level. The touring day ends at Yardenit, the
baptismal center on the Jordan
River. We return to our Tiberias hotel for dinner and
We continue to Tabgha (meaning seven springs) and Peter's Primacy Church on the seashore. Then to the small fishing village of Capernaum, where Jesus spent much of his ministry time. At Nof Ginosar we view the Jesus Boat, that was recovered from the shoreline mud when the Sea of Galilee fell to a very low level. The touring day ends at Yardenit, the baptismal center on the Jordan River. We return to our Tiberias hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 OPTIONAL HIKING TOUR: Morning spent hiking "Jesus Trail." This is the traditional route Jesus and the Disciples walked from Nazareth to Capernaum. We rejoin the group for the baptism. Physical requirement: able to walk 7-8 miles on rock and dirt pathways. Some steep ups and downs. NO extra charge for this optional hike.
Day 6, Wed, March
8: Today we depart Tiberias passing
of Galilee to Nazareth for a
visit at Mary's
Well. Then we visit the open air Jesus era museum at Nazareth
We continue to Beit Shean
and a visit the Greek and Roman ruins. From here the tour goes south
along the Jordan River Valley past Jericho for
dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea. You can enjoy an evening float in
the Dead Sea and the thick oxygen at 1500 feet below sea level provides
a wonderful night of sleep at our hotel.
We continue to Beit Shean and a visit the Greek and Roman ruins. From here the tour goes south along the Jordan River Valley past Jericho for dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea. You can enjoy an evening float in the Dead Sea and the thick oxygen at 1500 feet below sea level provides a wonderful night of sleep at our hotel.
Day 7, Thurs, March 9:
Today we are
in the wilderness! First is Masada where we
view the 3 dimension museum theater, then ride the cable car to the top
of the mountain to see Herod's fortress-palace, synagogue, bathhouses,
Second, we hike into the Ein Gedi Falls.
This rugged area is where David hid from Saul.
Second, we hike into the Ein Gedi Falls. This rugged area is where David hid from Saul.
At the end of the day our bus climbs almost 5000 feet up to Jerusalem, the Holy City you have longed to see all your lives! Dinner and overnight at our Jerusalem hotel.
Day 8, Fri, March 10:
we start with Bethlehem,
visiting the Church of
The Nativity and Shepherd's
We return to Jerusalem and the Shrine of The
Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Outside next to the Scolls building is the amazing Model
of Jerusalem during the time of Christ, at 1:50 scale.
Our next visit is to the fascinating City of
David – climbing and walking through ancient
tunnels and waterways. We see recent discoveries, explore the Gihon
Spring, the Pool of
Siloam and enter a newly excavated tunnel on the Roman
pavement stones from the time of Christ. This tunnel exits at the
southwest corner of Temple Mount. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.
We return to Jerusalem and the Shrine of The Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Outside next to the Scolls building is the amazing Model of Jerusalem during the time of Christ, at 1:50 scale.
Our next visit is to the fascinating City of David – climbing and walking through ancient tunnels and waterways. We see recent discoveries, explore the Gihon Spring, the Pool of Siloam and enter a newly excavated tunnel on the Roman pavement stones from the time of Christ. This tunnel exits at the southwest corner of Temple Mount. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.
DAY 8 OPTIONAL NIGHT BIKE TOUR: Experience a Jerusalem few see. Fantastic! Ride streets, park pathways, and back alleys after dark. Highlight is riding through Quarters of the Old City and arriving at a Western Wall overlook. Ride lasts 3-4 hours and covers 5-6 miles with several long hills to ride up. You need to be in good shape for this ride. Bike, helmet, lights, and water are provided. Cost is $60-75 per person depending on how many participate. Highly rated on Trip Advisor.
Day 9, Sat, March 11: This is a very special spiritual day in Jerusalem. We drive to the top of the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view.
We then walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. We continue to the Pool of Bethesda and the Church of St. Anne and walk the Via Dolorosa. We then circle the Old City on our bus to visit Mount Zion where the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, King David's Tomb, and the traditional Upper Room of The Last Supper. Our tour of Israel ends with a visit and communion at the Garden Tomb. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 10, Sun, March 12: Free day in Jerusalem! Explore on your own, sleep in, wash clothes, walk the Old City walls, shop, rest, pray. We have a page of optional places to visit and things to do in Jerusalem, please ask us to email this to you. (Those departing the tour following the Israel portion are transferred to Ben Gurion Airport for departure later in the evening).
Day 11, Mon, March 13:This morning we drive to the Israel border and cross into Jordan. We are met by our Jordanian guide and drive east to visit Jerash (ancient Gerasa), one of the Decapolis cities mentioned in the Bible, and one of the largest and best preserved Roman cities located outside Rome. Continue south to the Capital of Jordan, Amman for dinner and overnight.
Day 12, Tues, March 14:
Today we travel south from Amman on the King's
Highway to Petra. On the way we visit Madaba, a
Moabite city mentioned in the Exodus account in Numbers 21:30 and
Joshua 13:9. The present-day city is known for the many mosaics found
in the remains of floors in private homes and public buildings. Madaba
is the site of the famed Mosaic Map which is an index map of the region preserved in the floor of the Basilica of St. George. It
is the earliest remaining representation of Jerusalem. The map provides details of 6th century Jerusalem landmarks. This map is one key in
developing scholarly knowledge about the physical layout of Jerusalem
after the year 70.
Day 12, Tues, March 14: Today we travel south from Amman on the King's Highway to Petra. On the way we visit Madaba, a Moabite city mentioned in the Exodus account in Numbers 21:30 and Joshua 13:9. The present-day city is known for the many mosaics found in the remains of floors in private homes and public buildings. Madaba is the site of the famed Mosaic Map which is an index map of the region preserved in the floor of the Basilica of St. George. It is the earliest remaining representation of Jerusalem. The map provides details of 6th century Jerusalem landmarks. This map is one key in developing scholarly knowledge about the physical layout of Jerusalem after the year 70.
We continue to Mt Nebo to stand in the sandals of Moses: "Then Moses climbed Mt Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land...then the Lord said to him, This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, I will give it to your descendants. I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it. And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is." – Deut. 34
Day 13, Wed, March 15: Today we spend a full day exploring Petra, the city that was carved into the rose-red Sharah Mountains by the Nabateans and lost to civilization until re-discovered by the Swiss explorer Burkhardt. We enter this World Heritage site through the Siq, a narrow fissure between the cliffs, to reach the Treasury, Roman Theater, Courts, Temple of the Winged Lion and other monuments. Note: this is a good place to ride a camel. OPTIONAL HIKE: If conditions permit and you are physically able we can take a unique exit out of Petra. When I (Tim) was there in Sept. of 2015 my guide and I hiked for 1 1/2 hours without seeing anyone else, a WONDERFUL new experience!
At the end of the day we drive south to Wadi Rum for dinner and overnight at Sun City Camp...an experience you will always remember!
Day 14, Thurs, March 16: Depart Wadi Rum and travel one hour south to Aqaba for a free afternoon. You can swim in the ocean or hotel pool, snorkle, rest! Dinner and overnight Aqaba at the Intercontinenal Hotel. Those leaving the tour after Jordan will cross with us on our way to Egypt back into Israel and fly from Eilat to Tel Aviv. .
Walk Like An Egyptian - video
Day 15, Fri, March 17: We depart Aqaba and cross into Israel for short transfer to the Egyptian border at Taba. Continue to Mt. Sinai for dinner and overnight - HIGHLIGHT - staying within St. Catherine's Monastery
Day 16, Sat, March 18: Middle of the night hike to the top of Mt. Sinai to arrive in time for the sunrise. This is a difficult and steep 3-4 hour hike up rough rocky mountain paths...but it is so amazing and so worth the effort if you are able to complete the hike. Camels are available to ride for about 3/4 of the way up and this ride can be an "other wordly" experience as well. You might imagine you are traveling in the time of Abraham and Sarah! Cost: camel ride (budget $25), snacks and tea (a few dollars), tip for camel and camel owner ($5-10). Be sure to have a good flashlight and warm clothing.
Return to hotel for a shower and breakfast then drive across the Sinai Desert in reverse of the traditional Exodus route passing under the Suez Canal into Cairo. You'll have plenty of time to catch up on your lost sleep as this is a drive that takes most of the day. Carry some snacks with you for this day. Dinner and overnight Cairo.
Day 17, Sun, March 19: Tour Cairo, dinner and overnight Cairo; Pyramids at Giza.
Day 18, Mon, March 20: Early morning flight to Luxor (Thebes of the Bible) to start our 4 day Nile Cruise on 5 star deluxe ship. We spend the first night docked in Luxor. The Nile ships are limited in width (50 feet or so) to pass through a lock traveling upriver. There are deluxe rooms on each side of a center hallway. Once we depart Luxor you experience the Egypt of a time gone by. The ship moves slowly up the Nile and you see farmers on the banks, animals on islands in the middle of the river, hear braying donkeys and calls to prayer. Really a surreal experience. I (Tim) love to go on top of the ship before daylight.
Visit East Bank sites: Karnak which is a vast open-air museum, the second largest ancient religious site in the world. We return to our ship for lunch and dinner onboard. In the evening we visit Luxor Temple.
Day 19, Tues, March 21: Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings and enter several of the burial vaults to view the wall paintings. The size and depth of these tombs is astonishing. This is where King Tut's tomb is located.
Our Nile Cruise departs in early afternoon to Edfu (please click and review on wikipedia). A splendid afternoon aboard awaits you. Have coffee, tea or a coke on the top deck and take it in the experience. Breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard.
Day 20, Wed, March 22: We continue on Nile Cruise to Kom Ombo (please click and review on wikipedia). Breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard.
Philae Island: The temple complex here was completely moved stone by stone and rebuilt after the 2 Aswan dams were built. The small boat ride to the island is a great experience.
We continue to the site of the unfinished Obelisk in the granite quarries. The builders started cutting it out of solid rock and discovered a crack which has left the Obelisk in place for us to see how they were created. The Egyptian method of transporting these immense Obelisks downriver and raising them is a story you'll want to hear! We end the day with a sail on the Nile (which one of you might captain!).
Day 22, Fri, March 24: Flight from Aswan to Cairo, balance of afternoon free at our hotel (with it's many amenities) overlooking the Nile.
Day 23, Sat, March 25: Transfer to Cairo airport for flight home with this amazing tour dancing in your head! Arrive home same day.
PRICING AND ENROLLMENT FORM
Land Prices (does not include airfare - call for a quote)
ISRAEL $2199* PER PERSON SHARING DOUBLE • SS** $749 (for Israel)
ISRAEL AND JORDAN $3498* PER PERSON SHARING DOUBLE • SS $349 (for Jordan)
ISRAEL/JORDAN/EGYPT/CRUISE $5497 • SS $599
Extensions: pricing is based on group size. Typically some return home following the Israel portion of the tour due to time and/or financial constraints. Our company policy is to operate tours and extensions regardless of size because this is often the one and only time our clients have the opportunity to take this tour and they do not want to miss walking in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus Christ, experiencing Petra or marveling at the Pyramids, for example. Many companies cancel tours if they are small...our tours continue even if the groups are under 15. This requires a per person surcharge for less than 15 as follows: Israel: 6 @ $300; 8 @ $250; 10 @ $200; 12 @ $100 • Jordan: 6 @ $350; 8 @ $300; 10 @ $200 • Egypt with Nile Cruise: 6 @ $500; 8 @ $400; 10 @ $300. When counting, the total number it does not include tour leaders, hosts and guides.
Price above includes: transfers, entrance fees, first class hotels, guides, deluxe a/c vehicles, breakfast and dinner at hotels, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Nile cruise.
Price above does not include: (1) flights (2) Lunches (3) If extending from Israel, Israel and Jordan exit taxes, Egypt visa - budget a total of $100 (4) travel insurance - based on tour cost and your age, call our office for quote (5) personal items such as cleaning, room service, phone calls, bottled water, cokes, drinks at meals (6) tips for guides, drivers and hotel dining staff - budget $100 for Israel, $80 for Jordan, $150 for Egypt with cruise.
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