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MARCH 20, 2021
EXPERIENCE THE HOLY LAND
JUNE 23-JULY 4, 2021
American Family Living is partnering with Hills Church and New Hope Town in Honolulu HI to host the “Experience The Holy Land” Tour – an 11-day Biblical tour of Israel. Included in the cost are your round trip flights, 4-star accommodations (including a night at a resort at the Dead Sea – see links below), breakfast and lunch each day, luxury air-conditioned coach transportation with tour guide, and admissions to all visited sites.
June 24-25 | Kfar Maccabiah Hotel, Ramat Gan
June 25-28 | Ron Beach, Tiberias
June 28-29 | David Dead Sea Resort And Spa, Ein Bokek
June 29-July 3 | Prima Royale, Jerusalem
JUNE 23-JULY 4, 2021
Costs (per person):
$4350.00 FROM LOS ANGELES, CA
(Price includes: $595 US & Intl. departure taxes/fuel & $150 gratuities)
$500 deposit required at time of registration
(Tour limited to 40 people)
Day 1: Wednesday, June 23
Tour members meet for our flight to Israel. After dinner is served, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the on-board entertainment to prepare for this exciting adventure of a lifetime.
Day 2: Thursday, June 24:
Arrive in Tel Aviv
In Tel Aviv, we proceed through customs and security and meet our agent who assists us to our motorcoach. We have a short drive to our hotel in Tel Aviv in time for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Friday, June 25
Caesarea, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth Village, Cana, Galilee
After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing tour at the vast Roman ruins of Caesarea (where Peter met Cornelius and Paul preached to Agrippa), then on to Mt. Carmel (where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal) and an Israel falafel lunch in a Druze Village (lunch is an additional cost). At Megiddo (King Solomon’s fortress city), we pass through the secret water tunnel. We then drive through the area of Cana and Nazareth before getting our first view of the Sea of Galilee. We will enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
Day 4: Saturday, June 26
Galilee, Magdala, Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Boat Ride, Bethsaida
There is nothing quite like watching a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee. Today we will walk in the steps of Jesus along the shores of the Galilee where Jesus did most of His miracles. We will begin our day with a visit to the recently excavated Jesus Boat, and then we board our replica Jesus “Wooden Boat” for a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and view the sites of: Capernaum (Matt. 4:13), Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5-7), Tabgha (Feeding of 5000; Mark 6), Magdala (Matt. 15:39; Luke 8:2); and a special visit to the recently excavated Bethsaida site. Afterwards, we will visit Kfar Kedem at Hoshaya to experience a village, where we can get dressed like those 2000-years-ago, milk a goat, bake our own bread, and ride a donkey. Dinner and overnight are in Tiberias.
Day 5: Sunday, June 27
Rafting on the Jordan River, Golan Heights, Mt of Transfiguration, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi
This morning, we start with a river rafting experience down the Jordan River. Afterwards, crossing the Jordan River, we will take the Damascus Road to the Golan Heights (Six-Day War). Visits include Mt. Hermon (Jesus’ Transfiguration), and Caesarea Philippi (Peters’ confession of Jesus as the Christ), as well as time to explore Tel Dan (one of the most important sites in the ancient Near East and Biblical archaeology). We will have some time to reflect and journal a little bit after we talk at Caesarea Philippi We return to our hotel in time for dinner and overnight in the Galilee.
Day 6: Monday, June 28
Beit Shean, Gideon’s Spring, Jordan River Baptismal, Dead Sea
In the morning, we will be departing the Galilee to visit Beit Shean (site of Saul’s death) one of the best- preserved Roman sites in the world and Ein Harod (Gideon’s Spring, where he chose his brave 300). We continue our drive south and will descend to the Dead Sea and the Wilderness of Judah. On our way, we will visit Qsar El-Yahud, the traditional baptismal site of Jesus, and have a Baptismal Service for those who wish, in the Jordan River. From here, we continue to our hotel located in Ein Bokek in the Dead Sea area. Dinner and overnight are at the Dead Sea.
Day 7: Tuesday, June 29
Masada, Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls), Ein Gedi, Jerusalem
This morning, everyone will have an opportunity to swim or put his/her feet in the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth. After a late breakfast, we will continue south, for our first stop is Masada, where we will ascend high upon the wilderness mountain by way of cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. Here we survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples and palaces. We will again have some time to just reflect and enjoy the views. Our next stop will be Qumran and the possible settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Following the road south along the western shore of the Dead Sea, we drive to Ein Gedi, where we relive the story of David hiding in a cave from King Saul. We then make our way up to Jerusalem in time for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Wednesday, June 30
Southern Steps, City of David, Pools of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church, Antonio Fortress, Way of the Cross, Jewish Cardo
Our day begins at the Temple Mount (conditions permitting) and then the Southern Steps. Then it is on to the City of David (Jeremiah’s Cistern, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pools of Siloam). If you want to walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel (conditions permitting), be sure to bring a flashlight and good water shoes with you. For those who do not wish to get wet, the walk through the shaft is available. We will visit the holiest site in the whole Jewish world, the Western Wall. Beyond the wall likes the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David (2Sam. 24:18-25). On this site now stands the Dome of the Rock (the third holiest shrine in all Islam) and the El Aksa Mosque (visit depends on political situation and time permitting). Then we will walk through the Rabbi’s Tunnel of the Pools of Bethesda and to St. Anne’s Church. Etched in the stone floor of the Antonia Fortress is the game the soldiers played before Christ’s death. Exiting the city, we follow the Way of the Cross to Calvary. Then we visit the Jewish Quarter (Temple Institute, Herodian Mansion, and, time permitting, the Burnt House and Cardo). Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem.
Day 9: Thursday, July 1
Israel Museum, Shrine of the Book, Model of Jerusalem, Yad Vashem, Garden Tomb
We will go to the Israel Museum, including the Bronfman Archaeological Museum and the Shrine of the Book Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. We will visit the new Model of Jerusalem (1 to 50 scale model of Herodian Jerusalem as it would have appeared in Jesus’ time). We will visit Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Children’s Memorial. Then, we prepare to ‘get dirty’ as we participate in an archaeological dig and get an appreciation for the tedious work of archaeologists! We conclude our day with a special visit to the Garden Tomb for praise, worship and communion. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem.
Day 10: Friday, July 2
Mt. of Olives, Church of Ascension, Gethsemane, Church of Agony, Upper Room, Bethlehem, Church of Nativity, Elah Valley
We begin our explorations with a drive to the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage will proceed to the Church of Ascension, descend to Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, and there visit the Church of Agony, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed. Then we will visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion where the disciples met. This afternoon we will pass by Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem and view the Shepherd’s Fields. For those interested, you can visit the Church of the Nativity. We end the day at Valley of Elah where David fought Goliath (time permitting). Dinner and overnight are back in our Jerusalem hotel.
Day 11: Saturday, July 3
Arrive in U.S.A.
We have a morning transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our return flight back to the U.S.A. At the close of an unforgettable tour, we take home wonderful memories of the Old and New Testament, a renewal of our faith, and a greater understanding of the life of our Lord.
YOUR TOUR HOSTS
Pastor Jeff Hamilton
Pastor Jeff is the Lead Pastor at Hills Church in Laguna Hills CA. Jeff’s commitment is to bring historical context and practical application to the Scripture that will produce life change.
Pastor Alex Michel
Pastor Alex is the Lead Pastor at New Hope Town, in Honolulu HI. He offers a unique perspective of God’s place and people being half-Jewish. Alex is a great Bible teacher and you will enjoy the insights he’ll provide while we are on-site at the various locations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Is visiting Israel safe?
Millions of people visit Israel every year and return safe, fulfilled, inspired, and happy. In spite of what you’ve read in the papers or seen on TV, Israel is a very safe place to visit. You are far more likely to run into trouble in any major U.S. city than anywhere in Israel. Behave in Israel the way you would in those cities. Be careful where you go at night and travel in groups when possible.
Do I need a passport to visit Israel?
You’ll need a passport valid for at least six months from the date you enter Israel. United States citizens will be issued tourist visas free of charge at every port entrance terminal to Israel.
What type of clothing should I pack?
In summer, lightweight T-shirts, sleeveless shirts, shorts, and a bathing suit jacket for nights in the mountains or the desert. Some religious sites require pants for men and clothing that covers the shoulders and knees for women. If you’re traveling with a companion, pack one or two outfits in each other’s luggage, so if one bag is lost or delayed, you won’t need to hold up your trip. Bring comfortable shoes. Tours involve a lot of walking, and surfaces are not always even. You may want to bring a backpack for day trips and hikes. Also, don’t forget a canteen or water bottle and sun protection, including sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
Will my cell phone work in Israel?
If you have an international usage plan with your carrier, it will work. Please contact your carrier to set up and ensure you have coverage before your arrival.
Can I be baptized in the Jordan River?
One of the spiritual highlights when visiting the Holy Land is visiting the baptismal site of Yardenit in the Jordan River. On this tour we will have a baptismal service. For those who wish to participate, all that is required is to rent a locker for your things and white robe paid directly to the site custodian, the Kibbutz Kenneret.
What extra money will I need to take with me?
Money for lunches on all days (all other meals are covered), and any extra money you want for souvenirs. You may want to be prepared for gratuities above and beyond what has all ready been included.