April 10th – 20th, 2024
Join Pastor Jeff & Sharon Futers on a Journey Through the Holyland
This spiritually focused tour in Israel offers participants a profound and transformative journey. Beginning in Tel Aviv, participants visit symbolic biblical sites like the ancient port city of Jaffa & Caesarea Maritima. They explore the Galilee region, including Capernaum, Magdala and the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus’ ministry unfolded. The tour also includes visits to significant locations such as Masada, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem, where participants can delve into the rich history and spirituality of the region. With opportunities for reflection, prayer, and exploration of archaeological sites, this tour provides not only an amazing overview of the land of Israel but also a meaningful spiritual experience for all participants.
- $5,199 Per Person
Double-occupancy from Toronto Pearson
- $1,595 Single Supplement
- $500 Deposit (Non-refundable*)
*$500 deposit is required to hold your space and is non-refundable. Full payment due 60 days prior to departure. Eligible refunds after this point as noted in Terms & Conditions on registration form.
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Wednesday April 10
TBD Meet in the departure hall terminal 1 at Pearson Airport, to check in for the Air Canada direct nonstop flight to Tel Aviv. Depart at TBD on your overnight flight, destination Israel. Meals served onboard.
Thursday April 11
Welcome to Israel
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport at TBD, clearing immigration & customs, meet with your guide. Your first introduction to the Holyland is a guided visit to Neot Kedumim, a symbol of the Bible and the way of life 2,000 and 3,000 years ago. Continue to the ancient port city of Jaffa. Walk along the waterfront with its fishing boats returning with daily bounty. See the home of Simon the Tanner. Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight.
1 night: Hotel TBD [Dinner]
Friday April 12
The Med to Galilee
On the bus for the drive to Caesarea Maritima. A “modern” sea port built by Herod. Excavated ruins are the theatre, still in use for concerts, the Hippodrome, site of chariot races and gladiator fights, ruins of Herod’s palace and more! On route to Tiberias, visit Muhraka, the location where Elijah confronted the Baal prophets. Enjoy great views of the Jezreel Valley. Continuing to Megiddo/Armageddon, will be the site of the Final Battle/end of the world according to the Book of Revelations. End the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Overnight: Tiberias x 3 nights (BD)
Saturday April 13
Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee
A full day exploring Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee spending time and prayer at the Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, site of the multiplication of the fish and loaves, Peter’s Primacy where Jesus singled out Peter from the other apostles for special consideration, Capernaum, Bethsaida and the recently excavated town of Mary Madelaine’s village, Magdala. Visit an Israeli date plantation, Tamar Bakfar, enjoy samples of various types of dates and opportunity to purchase some to bring home. End the day at Yardenit, where you can be baptized or renew your baptismal vows at the Jordan River. (BD)
Sunday April 14
Venture north today and visit Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus confirmed Peter’s confession that He was the Messiah. Drive uphill to Mount Bental at strategic defence site for the Israelis during the Yom Kippur War. Known as OZ7, this site offers a good panoramic view of the Valley of Tears in the Golan Heights. The tanks and sculptures made from guns, sheet metal, turrets, and tank parts. (BD)
Monday April 15
Galilee & Dead Sea
Depart the Galilee and stop for an amazing walking tour through the excavations at Beit Shean, where the bodies of King Saul and three of his sons were hung by the Philistines after the Battle of Gilboa. Leave the lush scenery of the Galilee and observe the dramatic a changes to mountains and desert topography. Stop in Jericho, visit the Tel, considered to be the oldest house in the Holyland. View the Mount of Temptation before continuing south past Qumran, site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. See Ein Gedi, an oasis at the Dead Sea and site of an active Kibbutz. This area dates to at least 60BC. Overnight: Dead Sea x 2 nights. (BD)
Tuesday April 16
Ascend by cable car to the mountain top fortress of Masada. It was constructed for Herod who had a palace there and offered him safety against those that would try to oust and kill him, but at the end of the First Jewish-Roman War, a group of Jews was held under siege on Masada by Roman soldiers. Rather than surrender, the Jews eventually took their own lives. Return to the hotel and the rest of the day free for leisure and an opportunity to experience weightlessness floating in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea (BD)
Wednesday April 17
Dead Sea and Bethlehem
Today visit the Life Gate Rehabilitation Centre, supported in part by First Century Foundations. Continue to Shepherds Fields. Stop at Herodium, a fortress built on a preexisting hill for Herod to quickly flee to from Jerusalem and was a very luxurious palace for his enjoyment. Herod chose to be buried here in a tomb located at the site. Overnight: Jerusalem x 3 nights. (BD)
Thursday April 18
A busy day exploring excavated ruins outside and inside the old city walls. Travel deep under the road at the City of David, with Warren’s Shaft, the Canaanite Tunnel and exit near the Pool of Siloam. Inside the old city and beside the Western Wall, explore the Southern Wall excavations exiting in the Arab quarter near Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the man who could not walk. Back outside the old city walls, walk to Mount Zion, traditionally considered to be the Room of the Last Supper. (BD)
This morning begin at the Mount of Olives and follow Jesus Palm Sunday walk to the Garden of Gethsemane. Continue to Yad Vashem, memorial to the Holocaust. Return to your hotel. Rest of the day free. Shabbat dinner at the hotel. (BD)
Saturday April 20
Home to Canada
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport clearing security procedures. Noon departure. Welcome home. (B)
Note: Hotels as listed or similar. The itinerary is subject to change and may vary in the order you visit.
- 9 night’s hotel accommodation twin share basis
- Return flights Toronto / Tel Aviv / Toronto
- Airport taxes, fuel surcharges and related fees
- Daily buffet breakfast and dinner at hotels
- Government & hotel taxes
- 9 days sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
- Lunches or beverages not indicated as included
- Travel Insurance – optional but recommended
- Items of a personal nature
- Any items not mentioned above as “included”
- Tips to guides, drivers, hotel staff, boat crew in the Galilee