We hope you’ll join us for our next tour. 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!
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Countdown to Our Next Tour
A Journey Through
Israel & Greece
DATES: October 16-30, 2020
Hosted by Directors Jeff & Sharon Futers and Guest Lecturer, Pauline Expert, Professor Luciano Lombardi, BTh. (Honours), MDiv of Masters College & Seminary
Price includes: shared accommodation on land, flights in economy class, air taxes and fees.
Day 1—Friday, October 16
Depart Toronto AC 084 at 4:30pm. Travel day. Overnight Air Canada flight.
Day 2—Saturday, October 17
Arrive in Israel at 10 AM. Depart for Caesarea, King Herod’s seaside city, Mt. Carmel where Elijah called down fire & Akko.
Overnight: Caesar Hotel, Tiberias
Day 3—Sunday, October 18
Sail on Sea of Galilee. Visit Magdala—home of Mary Magdelene. Stand on the Mt. of Beatitudes. Visit Tabgha and Capernaum. Travel to Yardenit Jordan River site and baptism ceremony. End the day at Tamar Ba’Kfar, a local date farm.
Overnight: Caesar Hotel, Tiberias
Day 4—Monday, October 19
Drive south to the Dead Sea, stopping in Jericho for lunch on the way. Leisure time to float, etc. Ascend to Jerusalem passing Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. End day at Mt of Olives, walking to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations.
Overnight: Prima Kings
Day 5—Tuesday, October 20
Visit Shepherds Field in Bethlehem then visit Lifegate Rehabilitation Centre for tour, lunch and shopping. Visit Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem Holocaust Museum. Finish the day visiting The Friends of Zion Museum.
Overnight: Prima Kings
Day 6—Wednesday, October 21
Visit the room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. Walk through the Old City’s Jewish Quarter and visit the Western Wall. See the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and shop in the Old City. End with communion at the Garden Tomb.
Overnight: Prima Kings
Day 7—Thursday, October 22
Depart for touring in Tel Aviv, Jaffa. Supper in Jaffa. Transfer to airport for security and check in. Travel to Thessaloniki on flight A3 555 at 11:15 PM.
Day 8—Friday, October 23
Land at 2:15 AM, head to our hotel to sleep. Tour Thessaloniki. Drive to Veria to see the church and the “Vima of Apostle Paul” mural made of marble. Continue to the ancient town of Vergina and to the royal tombs.
Dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Capsis Hotel
Day 9—Saturday, October 24
Drive to Kavala—the port of Philippi. Explore the ruins of the ancient sites such as the forum, market, basilica and theatre.
Dinner at the Ladadika. Overnight: Capsis Hotel
Day 10—Sunday, October 25
Drive to Meteora, and visit the rock tower monasteries. See the Great Meteoron Monastery of Varlaam, located on top of a 1,224-foot cliff. View Byzantine and Christian items at the museum at the Monastery of Saint Stephen.
Dinner at a local taverna. Overnight: Capsis Hotel
Day 11—Monday, October 26
Visit Delphi, including the agora, or marketplace, the first stop along the Sacred Way, the main road that winds through the lavish complex of ancient ruins. View the “treasuries” of the Athenians, a bouleterion, the Tripod of Plataea, the Temple of Apollo, a stadium and the museum.
Continue to Athens hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 12—Tuesday, October 27
See Corinth, wander the market, and walk on the same paths of the apostles. Stop at the Corinth Canal. Travel along the Coast of Faliro to the Acropolis and the Areopagus. Visit the Acropolis Museum.
Dinner at an amazing tavern with live music and Greek culture
Day 13—Wednesday, October 28
Explore the city through the amazing Greek street food. Departure at noon for a walking tour through Athens. Visit the market with stops for Greek food—cheese, wine, olives, souvlaki, and more. Alternatively, take a free morning and in the afternoon enjoy a half-day guided tour to Sounion at Poseidon Temple.
Dinner at the hotel.
Day 14—Thursday, October 29
Transfer to Piraeus port. Enjoy a full day cruise to three islands—Aegina, Posos, Hydra—with lunch and dancing on board. Return to Piraeus and drive to Microlimano.
This evening, a farewell dinner at a local taverna at Microlimano.
Day 15—Friday, October 30
Meal box and transfer to Athens airport for check in and flights back home. Fly from Athens on LH 1285 at 7:05 am to connect in Frankfurt. Then fly from Frankfurt to Toronto on LH 470 1:25 PM and land at 5:05 PM.
* Price is based on Double Occupancy out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
* Single Occupancy is available at an additional cost of $1,335.
* Price is subject to change due to fluctuating currency.
* Please contact Go Israel Travel for add-on fares if you’re coming from another city/province to save on air taxes and fees.
This tour is operated by Go Israel Travel.
Secure your spot with a deposit of $500 (non-refundable).
Brochure with Registration Form
Download the Tour Brochure with Registration Form.
- Return flights
- Airline & Airport taxes & fees
- Meeting and assistance on arrival at Airport by our local representative
- Porterage at hotels of 1 suitcase per person
- All days air-conditioned vehicle
- All days of sightseeing with English speaking guide
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Daily buffet breakfast & dinner at hotels
- All nights hotel accommodation on share basis
- Travel Insurance (optional but recommended)
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Any meals not mentioned above
- Beverages except those at breakfast
- Single room occupancy ($1,335 extra)
- Travel insurance, optional but highly recommended
- Gratuities to hotel staff, guide & driver ($200.00 USD)
- Add on airfare with WestJet 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.
The Following Insurance Rates are Provided by TIPS Reliable Insurance
(Prices include 8% PST)
Medical + Cancellation + Trip Interruption
0 to 29 $136.08
30 to 59 $405.00
60 to 64 $497.88
65 to 69 $606.96
70 to 74 $799.20
Over 75 COST ON REQUEST AND A MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE MUST BE COMPLETED
Trip Cancellation & Trip Interruption (No Medical)
30 to 59 $359.64
60 to 64 $419.04
65 to 69 $473.04
70 to 74 $545.40
Over 75 Rates on Request
• Please include the appropriate payment with your registration by cheque or credit (credit card to be charged by insurance company).
• Premium per person covers tour cost and taxes up to $6000.00 from Toronto, October 16-30, 2020
• Additional cost for single supplement, add on air, extensions, etc. and quoted on an individual basis
• Rates valid as of December 1st, 2019 and subject to change prior to premium purchase
• If you have out of country medical coverage from your work, you need only the non-medical coverage
RATES ARE FOR ONTARIO RESIDENTS INCLUDING PST. OTHER PROVINCES, RATES AVAILABLE AND MAY BE DIFFERENT
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS OPTIONAL, HOWEVER WE DO HIGHLY RECOMMEND PURCHASING COVERAGE WITH GO ISRAEL TRAVEL OR ANOTHER INSURER OF YOUR CHOICE. OVERSEAS EMERGENCY MEDICAL COSTS CAN BE VERY HIGH IN CASES OF ACCIDENT OR ILLNESS.
Insurance coverage inclusions provided on request.
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 and 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 and 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 2019. In the event of a increase of more than 7% in airfares and foreign exchange or tariff rates, costs are subject to revision.
RESPONSIBILITY: Go Israel Travel purchases transportation, hotel rooms, restaurant and 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 and conditions under which all transportation, including airlines, coach, limousine companies, hotels, tour and cruise operators restaurants and 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 and 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 and the passenger. All airfares and conditions thereof are those in effect as of 2019 and are subject to change.
OTHER FEES: A convenience fee of 3.5% will apply to Visa or MasterCard purchases.
The tour is based on a minimum of 25 paying participants. In the event that minimum participants are not reached, possibility exists that price could increase or tour could be cancelled by First Century Foundations. In the event of tour cancellation, deposits will be refunded.
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 opportunities for you to swim at the different hotels. There will also be a time to swim in the Dead Sea and to be baptized in the Jordan River.
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 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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