We hope you’ll join us for our next tour in 2018—our March Break Tour—perfect for teachers and students as we have incorporated an early return date to accommodate getting everyone back to classes on time. You can view the PDF tour brochure in the link below and print off your registration form from there.
On our tours, you’ll visit places like Caesarea and see the theatre built by King Herod. Visit Mount Carmel where Elijah called down fire. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes. Be baptized in the Jordan River. Float in the Dead Sea. Experience the Holy City of Jerusalem. Walk under the modern city on the ancient roads in the Western Wall Tunnels. During our tours you’ll also get the chance to visit a ministry or two that First Century Foundations supports! You won’t want to miss these special tours of a lifetime!
To learn more about our tours, please continue scrolling below for more details and our itinerary.
March 2018 - March Break Tour to Israel Itinerary
TOUR LEADER: Jeff & Sharon Futers
Full Package: $4,585* (taxes, tips included)
Land Only Package: $3,300* (taxes, tips included)
Single Supplement: $1,225*
Special Student & Teachers early return option (Returning Sunday, March 18): $3799 (taxes, tips included)
Single Room Supplement: $895*
Our recommendation is that you secure your spot with a deposit of $500 right away as this tour is likely to sell out quickly.
Saturday, March 10 – Depart Toronto – AC 084 5:00pm
Your mission begins today for the Holy Land. Please check in at Air Canada counter, Terminal 1 at least 3 hours prior to scheduled departure time.
Sunday, March 11 – Arrive Tel Aviv / Galilee – 9:15am
After clearing passport control, proceed to the luggage belt. Our local representative will escort the group to the arrival concourse where you will be met by your friendly and knowledgeable Israeli guide. Continue to the Mediterranean coast stopping in the ancient port city of Jaffa, with its artist’s quarter and traditional home of Simon the Tanner. Continue with a drive through the modern city of Tel Aviv en route to Caesarea, Roman capital and port where Paul was imprisoned and the first gentile was converted. Walk the excavated ruins including the theatre, still in use today, hippodrome, site of gladiator fights and chariot races, King Herod’s Palace. Visit the ruins of the impressive aqueduct along the beach. Drive to Tiberias and check in at your hotel. Overnight: Tiberias x 2 nights.
Monday, March 12 – Galilee
Begin the touring day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Sail from Tiberias to Nof Ginosar to see the “Jesus Boat” and learn of its discovery in the lake. Visits around the north end of the Sea of Galilee will include the synagogue during the time of Jesus recently excavated in Magdala, just south of Capernaum. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry. Located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s House. Visit Tabgha, traditional site of the multiplication of the fishes and loaves and the Church of the Primacy of St Peter, where Jesus ended his ministry. Depart for Bethsaida, a 2000 year old fishing village that was once close to the shores of the Galilee. Stop at Chorazin, now a national park and referred to in the book of Matthew. End the day at Yardenit, the traditional Baptismal site at the Jordan River where and have the opportunity to be baptized or renew your vows.
Tuesday, March 13 – Galilee / Jerusalem
Early departure from the Galilee via the Judean Mountains first stopping at Beit Shean and be amazed by the wonderful excavations of this ancient city and the history of its existence. Ascend to the Holy City stopping at Mount Scopus for your first view of Jerusalem. Drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City Walls and the Kidron Valley crossed over by Jesus many times and the traditional site of the tomb of Absalom. Drive (optional walk down the Palm Sunday route) to the Garden of Gethsemane and see up close the ancient olive trees. Before departing, spend time inside the basilica of the Church of All Nations. Overnight: Jerusalem x 5 nights.
Wednesday, March 14 – Jerusalem
Drive to Bethlehem and spend time at Shepherd’s Field. Proceed to Beit Jala and the Lifegate Rehabilitation Centre to observe the efforts of Palestinian/German/Israeli professionals with diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with physical and mental issues. They have a handicraft centre where products are sold to support the centre and pay the “artists” for the products of all kinds that they make. Enjoy a fascinating and history filled afternoon beginning at Mount Zion, the traditional site of the Upper Room, better known as the Room of the Last Supper. Continue into the Old City. Visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park (Southern Wall Excavations). Walk on the very same ancient steps that Jesus and the Galilean pilgrims used to enter and exit the Holy Temple.
Thursday, March 15 – Jerusalem
This morning proceed to the City of David for a sifting excursion of artifacts brought from the Temple Mount. Later, travel via the Ayalon and Givon Valleys where Joshua proclaimed “may the sun stand still over Givon the moon over Ayalon”. Visit the Biblical Botanical Gardens at Neot Kedumim. Stroll through the Bible in the beautiful park and try your luck at making spice mixes from the wild gardens. Pay respect to the victims of the Holocaust at Yad Vashem, National Holocaust Memorial, the Museum, Children’s Memorial and Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles.
Friday, March 16 – Jerusalem
This morning visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s most sacred site, then explore the depth of the Western Wall Tunnels exiting in the streets of the old city, near the Church of St Anne and Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic man. Continue along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Explore many of the other sites important to Christians, Jews and Muslims;. End the day at the Garden Tomb with a special service next to the tomb itself. It will be one of the highlights of your tour. Enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner this evening.
Saturday, March 17 – Excursion to the Dead Sea / Jerusalem
Depart for the region of the Dead Sea, lowest point on earth. Pass Qumran, best remembered as the location where a shepherd looking for a lost goat discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls encased in pottery jars and hidden in caves. The ruins have been successfully excavated and history writes that a sect of men referred to as the Essenes lived a celibate life transcribing these scrolls. Continue to Masada, last stronghold of the Zealots against the Romans around 73CE, who rather than be murdered, enslaved, their women raped and denying their religion, committed mass suicide depriving the Romans of the victory they envisioned. Stop at the beach to enjoy an opportunity to experience weightlessness by floating in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea.
Sunday, March 18 – Israel / Toronto – AC 085 11:55am / 4:00pm – Tel Aviv / Eilat
After breakfast transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for security and check in procedures, (participants returning to Toronto). Transfer to Eilat. On route, stop at Timna Park, with its Tabernacle replica. Arriving in Eilat, check in at your hotel. Overnight: Eilat x 2 nights.
Monday, March 19 – Eilat (Leisure Day) or Optional Day Excursion to Petra, Jordan
Cross at the Rabin Border between Eilat and Jordan. Clear Jordanian Immigration and upon crossing the border, you will be met by your Jordanian tour staff. Pay visa, border & exit taxes directly at crossing point of approximately $125.00 USD per person in cash. Drive 2 hours from Aqaba to Petra and during this time, you will be orientated by a specialist guide about the history and culture of Jordan. At the visitor centre, horses are available if you wish to ride to the Siq Canyon or enjoy the walk. The historical and beautiful Siq is in itself one of the main attractions in Petra and was featured in the Indiana Jones film, the Last Crusade, filmed in 1989. The walk through the Siq takes about ½ hour before viewing the breathtaking and monumental Treasury. One of the wonders of the world, Petra is an archeological, anthropological and geological phenomenon. Your guide will share with you the legends, truths and myths of this astonishing city. Stop at a local restaurant within Petra to enjoy a buffet lunch. Return journey to Eilat, crossing the border, clearing Israeli immigration and transfer you to the hotel ETA, early evening.
Tuesday, March 20 – Eilat / Tel Aviv
Leisure day to relax poolside or explore some of the sites or optional water activities on the Red Sea. Overland transfer with sites on route to the sea side city of Tel Aviv. Overnight: Tel Aviv x 1 night.
Wednesday, March 21 – Israel Toronto – AC 085 – 11:55am / 5pm
After breakfast transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for security and check in procedures. (B)
* Price is based on Double Occupancy out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
* Price is subject to change due to fluctuating currency.
Tour is operated by Go Israel Travel.
Brochure with Registration Form
THIS TOUR IS NOW TAKING REGISTRATIONS
Download the 8.5″ x 14″ PDF Tour Brochure
• All nights hotel accommodations
• Return flights Toronto / Tel Aviv / Toronto
• Airport taxes, security & related fees
• Daily Israeli buffet breakfast & dinner at hotels
• Government licensed tour guide
• All entrance fees to places of interest per itinerary
• Group transfers on arrival and departure
• Tips to guide, driver, hotel staff
• Travel Insurance (optional but recommended)
• Lunches or beverages not indicated as included (approximately $10-$15 US per day)
• Items of a personal nature
• Any items not mentioned above as “included”
• Excursion to Petra
• Single room supplement (add $895 / $1255)
• Add on airfare & fees from other Canadian cities
*Any increase in US/CA exchange rates of more than 3% will require revision of the land tour cost added to each invoice.
Medical + Cancellation + Trip Interruption
AGES Mar 10-18 Mar 10-21 Land Only
30 to 59 $301.32 $335.88 $279.72
60 to 64 $368.28 $411.48 $341.28
65 to 69 $451.44 $503.28 $419.04
70 to 74 $614.52 $675.00 $576.72
Trip Cancellation & Trip Interruption (No Medical)
AGES Mar 10-18 Mar 10-21 Land Only
30 to 59 $243.00 $277.56 $221.40
60 to 64 $277.56 $320.76 $250.56
65 to 69 $302.40 $354.24 $270.00
70 to 74 $349.92 $410.40 $312.12
• Insurance Provided by TIPS Reliable Insurance
• Insurance prices include 8% PST
• Please include the appropriate payment with your registration.
• Additional cost for single supplement, add on air, extensions, etc. & quoted on an individual basis.
• Rates valid as of May 1st, 2017 and are subject to change.
• We offer coverage but you are free to arrange your own travel insurance.
• If you have medical coverage with your company or individually, cancellation & interruption only is necessary.
Terms & Conditions
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Canadian passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the conclusion of their journey. Visa for Israel not required by Canadian passport holders. Go Israel Travel requires a photocopy of each passport for their protection regarding correct names on tickets and to provide to Israeli security. If you have a non-Canadian passport, it is your responsibility to inquire at the Israeli Consulate if a Visa is required.
RESERVATIONS & DEPOSIT: Early reservations are recommended. A minimum deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to confirm your request for participation. Full and final payment is required no later than 60 days before departure.
REFUNDS, CHANGES & CANCELLATIONS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
PENALTIES for Cancellations:
• Up to 61 days – $500.00
• 60 – 46 days – 25% of tour cost *
• 45 – 31 days – 50% of tour cost *
• 30 – 0 days – No Refund
* Plus any non recoverable payments made to land operator or airline[s]. No refund will be made for any accommodation, tour service or tour feature that the passenger does not utilize. Cancellation penalties for air is subject to individual airline Terms & Conditions. Once airline tickets are issued, name/date changes of ticket are subject to a $300.00 per person penalty or higher as determined by the carrier. All cancellation requests will be required in writing and refunds are processed in due course.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: To protect yourself against cancellation charges, we highly recommend that you purchase adequate travel insurance, which must be purchased with deposit. If you have credit card coverage, it is important to confirm that they cover cancellation penalties.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Per itinerary or best available. All hotel taxes, service charges & government taxes are included in the price. Accommodation is based on 2 persons sharing a twin or double room. Single room supplements apply to all persons requesting a room for single occupancy. Requests for upgrading rooms are subject to additional charges. Where available handicapped or non smoking rooms are always on a request basis but not subject to additional costs. The right is reserved by the supplier to substitute hotels when necessary from those listed in the brochure or final mission documents for reasons of our/their own high standards, for client comfort and for reasons beyond our/their control.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Go Israel Travel and its suppliers reserve the right to accept or decline any participant should it be determined that the participant’s health, mental, emotional condition or physical needs impedes with the smooth operation of the mission or the rights, welfare or enjoyment of the other participants. The refund of the unused services is limited to Go Israel Travel liability when these rights are exercised.
Participants with mobility concerns must be accompanied at their own cost by their own companion. Leaders and guides cannot be responsible for assisting with walkers or wheelchairs.
PRICES LISTED: Cost of the tour includes planning, communication, handling and operational charges and are quoted at the current rate of exchange and tariffs as of May 1, 2017. In the event of a increase of more than 7% in airfares & foreign exchange or tariff rates, costs are subject to revision.
RESPONSIBILITY: Go Israel Travel purchases transportation, hotel rooms, restaurant & other services from various suppliers who are not affiliated with Go Israel Travel in any way. All vouchers, coupons or receipts issued by Go Israel Travel are issued subject to all tariffs, terms & conditions under which all transportation, including airlines, coach, limousine companies, hotels, tour and cruise operators restaurants & other service are contracted. Participants agree not to hold Go Israel Travel responsible for any loss, injury or damage to any person, property or otherwise in connection with any accommodation, transportation or resulting from any Acts of God, dangers, incident at sea fire, breakdowns in machinery or equipment, act of governments or authorities, de jure or de facto, wars declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, medical or customs regulations, defaults, delays, cancellations or any causes beyond Go Israel Travel control for any loss or damage resulting from improperly issued visas or other documents, and that Go Israel Travel or its staff will not be responsible for any additional expenses or liability sustained for or incurred by the mission participant as a result of any of the forgoing clauses. The payment for a reservation on a customized itinerary shall constitute consent to all provisions in the terms & conditions published herein.
AIRLINE CLAUSE: The airline[s] is not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their aircraft. The passenger tickets in use by the airline, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airline & the passenger. All airfares & conditions thereof are those in effect as of May 1, 2017 & are subject to change.
OTHER FEES: A convenience fee of 3% will apply to Visa or MasterCard purchases.
General Tour FAQ's
Q. What do I do when I arrive at Pearson International Airport (YYZ) before departure?
A. Please make sure to arrive 3 hours before departure. When you get to the ticketing area, please make sure to introduce yourself to your tour leader (Jeff Futers) and to get checked in with him before going through the ticketing line. You will be given a name tag which will let the security team know you are traveling with our group (and help keep the group together). He will also give you any further instructions needed before you go through to the gate of departure.
LAND ONLY PACKAGE
Q. What is a Land-Only Package?
A. Let’s say you have air miles and want to use them to pay for the flight portion of your trip or let’s say you want to fly in a day or two ahead of the group and you want to arrange your own flight to Israel. You can purchase a land-only package from the tour company and join us for the hotels, meals and sites. It includes everything a normal tour package does…just without the flight.
EXTENDED STAYS IN ISRAEL
Q. If I want to stay longer in Israel, can I do that?
A. Absolutely! If you’d like to stay longer, you can arrange with our tour operator beforehand to extend your stay and change your flight arrangements. This should be done at the time of registration.
Q. If I fly to Israel ahead of the group, how do I meet up with them?
A. Find out from the tour operator the first night’s hotel. You can join us for dinner at the hotel at 7 pm and then for the orientation meeting after dinner.
CLOTHING TO WEAR IN ISRAEL
Q. What kind of clothing/accessories should I bring?
A. Comfortable clothes that you would wear in the spring or summer. For religious sites (such as churches and sites deemed holy) women must wear modest clothing that covers their shoulders and knees at all times. We also recommend dressing in layers as the mornings and evenings are often much cooler than mid-day (especially in Jerusalem).
Q. What kind of footwear should I bring?
A. Comfortable shoes as we do a lot of walking. Steps and pathways are often uneven and you’ll want shoes that will keep you stable on your feet. It is also recommended that you bring water shoes or flip-flops for when we go to the Dead Sea and for the Jordan River Baptismal site. The sand at the Dead Sea is extremely hot and there are rocks at the edge of the water.
Q. Do I need to bring a swimsuit?
A. It is optional but recommended especially if you want to be baptized. There will be an opportunity for you to swim in the Mediterranean on our first day. There will also be a time to swim in the Dead Sea and to be baptized in the Jordan River. Each hotel also has a pool and/or is within close proximity to water.
Q. Do I need to bring dress clothes?
A. Yes. We will be at a Shabbat dinner and it is traditional to dress up a bit for that evening.
Q. Are there any other recommendations?
A. We recommend bringing a hat and sunglasses with you along with some SPF sunblock.
Click on this LINK to see our printable recommended packing list.
Q. Are there a minimum age requirement?
A. To avoid any disruptions or distractions to the other guests traveling on the tour, our policy is that your child(ren) should be in Grade 9 or above to join our tour. That said, you know the maturity of your child(ren) and what they would be able to manage.
Q. Is there a maximum age limit?
A. In short, no. All we ask is that you be mobile as many of the sites cannot accommodate items like walkers or wheelchairs.
Q. How much luggage am I allowed to bring?
A. You may bring one mid-sized case to check into the plane that may not exceed 23 kg (50 lbs) and you may bring one carry-on bag not to exceed 8 kg (17 lbs).
Q. What can I not bring with me on my carry-on bag?
A. For security reasons, you are not allowed to board with potentially dangerous articles such as scissors, cutters, Swiss army-type knives or tools and instruments for agricultural, scientific, sporting or industrial use and the like, nor can you board with any type of imitation or toy firearm. All liquids, gels, creams and aerosols must be in 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller containers.
MONEY/CURRENCY IN ISRAEL
Q. What is the currency in Israel?
A. Shekels — although, U.S. Dollars are widely accepted. Canadian Dollars are not usually accepted.
Q. Do I need to get shekels here in Canada or will I be able to change my money in Israel?
A. On our first day after we check-in to the hotel, feel free to explore the streets of Tel Aviv where you will find several places to change your money to shekels.
Q. If I run out of cash, can I get more while I’m in Israel?
A. Yes. Your North American bank card should work in any ATM machine in Israel. You will receive the cash in local shekels. (There is usually a charge from your bank associated with doing this. If you plan to withdraw cash while in Israel, please inquire about the fee(s) at your local branch before departure.) We always recommend contacting your bank and/or credit card company to make them aware of your travel plans. This will help to ensure your bank card and/or credit card accounts are not frozen while you’re in Israel.
Q. How much should I expect to pay for lunches?
A. Approximately $12 up to $15 U.S. per person per day (Approximately 40 NIS/ILS to 50 NIS/ILS per person per day.)
Q. What is the food like in Israel?
A. If you like Mediterranean food, you’ll love the food in Israel! There are a wide variety of foods in the breakfast and dinner buffets to please everyone. There are a lot of fruits and vegetables.
Q. Is the food kosher?
A. At the hotels we stay at, breakfasts and dinners are kosher. At breakfast you won’t find any meat as there will be dairy products served and then at dinner, you won’t find any dairy products as meat is being served. For our lunches, it may vary between kosher and non-kosher restaurants.
Q. What can you tell me about the bus and bus driver?
A. Our bus driver is very friendly. He owns the bus so we always want to be respectful of his property. Our bus driver has purchased Wi-Fi for the bus so that you can Facebook, Tweet and Instagram all the pictures you just took at that amazing site you just visited! There is air-conditioning and comfortable seating with overhead storage for your bags. There is no assigned seating and we encourage you to switch up your seat everyday.
Q. Is there a bathroom on the bus?
A. No . . . due to terrorism years ago (a bomb was placed in the toilet of the bus), no bus in Israel is permitted to have washroom facilities on board. We will make rest-stops if our journeys are going to be extended.
Q. Is it safe to travel to Israel?
A. First Century Foundations has brought several groups to Israel including members of our own families and it has always been safe. If there is any area of conflict, we always avoid it completely. Our tour guides are highly trained and know the areas to avoid if any conflict arises in Israel.
Q. Is my passport and are other personal items safe to leave in the hotels?
A. Every room has its own safe which you set and secure with your own protected code.
Q. Do I need to bring any medication?
A. As your body may be adapting to a new and different climate and water system or if you tend to have a sensitive stomach, it is not required but it is recommended that you bring Imodium (loperamide hydrochloride). It may also be helpful to bring items such as Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Gravol (dimenhydrinate). If you have a medical condition and are on medication for it, please remember to bring it with you. Also, if you have a medical condition, please make us aware of it during the orientation meeting at the beginning of the trip.
Q. Do I need any vaccinations before I go to Israel?
A. No, there are no immunization requirements for Israel.
Q. Can I fly if I’m pregnant?
A. Most airlines will permit you to fly up until the end of the 35th week of your pregnancy. Starting the 36th week of the pregnancy, medical approval by an airline doctor is required. Due to medical considerations, pregnant women may not fly after the end of the 37th week of pregnancy.
Q. Do I need a voltage converter to plug in my electronic items?
A. That depends on your electronic item. The voltage in Israel is 220 V. Check your device (usually the information is listed on the plug itself)—it should say something like: Input: AC 100V – 240V. If your device is within the 100 to 240 volts range, then you can simply purchase a plug adaptor at your local dollar store as the plug/outlet system in Israel is different from North America. If you need a voltage converter you can purchase them for a cost of about $15 to $25 at most retail stores.
• HAIR DRYERS – We recommend you don’t bring your own hair dryer. Several ladies have burned out their hair dryers because the voltage in Israeli hotel bathrooms isn’t compatible with North American hair dryers. The voltage is set mainly for shavers. If you do bring your hair dryer along with an adaptor, please remember to plug it into an outlet that is not in the bathroom to avoid frying your hair dryer. Most hotels have hair dryers and if you don’t see one you can ask at the front desk for one.
• FACE CLOTHS – if you prefer to wash up with a face cloth, you will need to bring your own as most hotels do not have them.
• PACKING LIST – Download and print off our PDF Packing List. Use it as a guide when you’re packing for your trip with us!
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