10-day Holy Land Tour
with Dr. Russ Quinn
and Enon Baptist Church
December 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019
DAY 1, FRI, DEC 28 — USA/TEL AVIV
Departure from U.S. gateway city on our jet to the Holy Land. (meals aloft)
DAY 2, SAT, DEC 29 — TEL AVIV/HERZLIYA
We arrive today in Tel Aviv, which was founded on the outskirts of Jaffa (biblical Joppa) in 1909 and today encompasses the ancient port city. Upon arrival we transfer to Herzliya, a few miles north of Tel Aviv, for check-in and overnight at the Daniel Hotel. (meals aloft)
DAY 3, SUN, DEC 30 — CAESAREA/MOUNT CARMEL/AKKO/TIBERIAS
We drive north along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, constructed by Herod the Great several years before the birth of Jesus. The massive harbor could accommodate 300 ships, and the hippodrome could seat over 20,000 people at chariot races. It was in Caesarea that Peter baptized Cornelius the centurion and his household, the first known baptism of a gentile convert to Christianity. Paul visited here between his second and third missionary journeys and was later imprisoned here before being sent to Rome. Then we drive inland, past the ruins of Megiddo, the Biblical Armageddon. We proceed to Mount Carmel where we visit the traditional site of Elijah’s dramatic confrontation with the prophets of Baal. From the summit we take in the sweeping panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley. We continue to the coastal city of Akko, known in New Testament times as Ptolemais, which was one of the stops on Paul’s final return to Jerusalem. Sometimes called the “Gateway to the Holy Land,” its location put it at the crossroads of major sea and land routes in ancient times, and its natural harbor served as the main port of the region until Caesarea was built. From there we drive east to Tiberias for dinner and overnight at the Gai Beach Hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. (B,D)
DAY 4, MON, DEC 31 — MAGDALA/MOUNT OF BEATITUDES/CAESAREA PHILIPPI/SEA OF GALILEE/CAPERNAUM/TABGHA/MOUNT ARBEL/TIBERIAS
We begin our day at Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. When excavating the synagogue, archaeologists found a coin minted in Tiberias in 29 A.D., indicating that the synagogue dates back to the time of Jesus’ ministry here in the Galilee. Then we go a short distance to the Mount of Beatitudes. Somewhere on this green hillside overlooking the Sea of Galilee, Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. From there we drive north into the foothills of Mount Hermon to Banias (Caesarea Philippi) near the headwaters of the Jordan River. In this area, Peter memorably proclaimed Jesus to be “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” and Jesus affirmed this by declaring “…on this rock I will build my church…” From there we drive through the Golan Heights and pass by Kursi, where a herd of demon-possessed pigs rushed into the Sea of Galilee and drowned after Jesus cast the demons out of a man. We continue along the eastern shore of the sea to Ein Gev, where we enjoy a traditional lunch of St. Peter’s fish. After a memorable boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, we visit the ruins of ancient Capernaum. Jesus came here after being rejected by his hometown of Nazareth and adopted Capernaum as “his own town.” Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew all lived here, and this area became the center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee. We also visit Tabgha, the traditional site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and also see the nearby Church of the Primacy of St. Peter. We conclude our afternoon atop Mount Arbel, taking in the breathtaking view of the Galilee, and then we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
DAY 5, TUE, JAN 1 — NAZARETH/MOUNT PRECIPICE/JORDAN RIVER/BEIT SHE’AN/JERUSALEM
We begin today at Nazareth, boyhood home of Jesus. There we visit Mary’s Well at St. Gabriel’s Church, the traditional site where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear the Son of God. We visit Nazareth Village, the only enterprise of its kind dedicated to illuminating the life of Jesus through an authentically constructed, first-century town and restored ancient farm. It is in this venue that the stories of Jesus’ childhood, ministry, and teaching are retold with elements of everyday life re-enacted.Following our time here, we drive to the top of Mount Precipice, traditional site where an angry mob tried to throw Jesus off a cliff following his Messianic proclamation in Luke 4. From this windswept hilltop, we take in the spectacular views of Mount Tabor and the Jezreel Valley, and then we proceed to a baptismal site on the River Jordan located near the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee. From there, we travel south to Beit She’an, perhaps best known as the site where King Saul and his sons were hung from the city walls by the triumphant Philistines. During the Roman era, it was renamed Scythopolis and became the capital city of the Decapolis – the only one of the 10 cities on the west side of the Jordan River. The site offers some of the best-preserved ruins in the Middle East, including the second-century Roman theater. Later this afternoon we continue to the “Holy City” of Jerusalem. There we check into the Dan Jerusalem Hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 6, WED, JAN 2 — ISRAEL MUSEUM/YAD VASHEM/CAIAPHAS’ HOUSE/CITY OF DAVID/MT. ZION/WESTERN WALL
This morning we drive past the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament building, and visit the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, which houses the original Dead Sea Scrolls. We also take some time to view the scale model of Jerusalem in the 1st century. Then we pay a sobering visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, which preserves the memory of the dead and honors those who worked selflessly to help Jews in need. From there we go to Caiaphas’ palace, where Jesus was first brought before the high priest. We then visit the City of David, the original core of the ancient city where Jerusalem was born. Here we explore ancient shafts, view walls and fortresses that protected ancient Israelites, and see the Gihon Spring, a vitally important water source that fed the Pool of Siloam. Then we go to Mount Zion, where we see the traditional Room of the Last Supper. We conclude our day with a visit to the Western Wall, the most holy place accessible to the Jewish people; and Jerusalem Archaeological Park, where we climb the “Southern Steps” leading to the original main entrance of the Temple Mount in the Second Temple period – stairs that Jesus would have climbed when he visited the temple in Jerusalem. From there we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 7, THU, JAN 3 — MASADA/QUMRAN/JERICHO/QASR EL YEHUD/DEAD SEA/JERUSALEM
Today we go first to the majestic fortress of Masada, constructed by Herod the Great on top of a rocky plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. We ride the cable car to the top to explore the ruins and learn about the huge storerooms and cisterns that enabled Jewish defenders to stay well-provisioned for several years while under siege by the Romans following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD. After riding the cable car back down the mountain, we drive to Qumran to view caves where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Then we go to the oasis of Jericho, the world’s oldest continually inhabited city. Jesus restored sight to blind Bartemaeus here, and the tax collector Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus in Jericho. We view the traditional Mount of Temptation, and then we proceed to a site on the Jordan River known as Qasr El Yehud, believed to be in the area where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. It is also traditionally considered to be the place where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land. We conclude our day (time permitting) with the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea. On our way back to Jerusalem, we pause at a viewpoint overlooking the Wadi Qelt, the traditional “valley of the shadow of death,” to see the spectacular Monastery of St. George, which was constructed by carving into sheer rock wall. Dinner is included at our hotel this evening. (B,D)
DAY 8, FRI, JAN 4 — HERODION/BETHLEHEM
This morning we take an excursion south from Jerusalem to Herodion, a cone-shaped hill near Bethlehem where Herod the Great built a fortress and palace, and where he was buried. At the base of the hill, Herod built a kind of royal “country club,” including a large pool, a bathhouse, and a roofed pool, surrounded by magnificent gardens. From here we go to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus. First we drive along the wall that separates the West Bank from Israel and see some of the poignant artwork that sheds light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Then we go to a wood-carving workshop to watch craftsmen fashion beautiful nativity scenes, figurines, and pieces of jewelry from olive wood. From there we continue to the Church of the Nativity, built over the traditional site of the birth of Christ and recently renovated to highlight the vibrant mosaics on its interior walls. Before departing Bethlehem, we drive by the traditional Field of Shepherds, where the angel announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds. Then we return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 9, SAT, JAN 5 — MOUNT OF OLIVES/GETHSEMANE/VIA DOLOROSA/GARDEN TOMB/JERUSALEM
We begin this morning atop the Mount of Olives, offering iconic views of the Old City. Then we begin the “Palm Sunday Walk,” tracing the traditional route Christ took on his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Partway down the hill we pause at the Dominus Flevit chapel which commemorates the Lord’s weeping over Jerusalem. We continue on to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed while his disciples slept on the night of his arrest. A garden-like courtyard full of ancient olive trees has been preserved next to the Church of All Nations, also known as the Church of the Agony. After this time of reflection, we return to the Old City and enter through the Lion’s Gate to visit St. Anne’s Church and the Pools of Bethesda. Then we follow the traditional path of the Via Dolorosa, commemorating the route Jesus took between his condemnation by Pilate and his crucifixion and burial. The route concludes at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We end our day at Gordon’s Calvary and the Garden Tomb, where in an inspiring service we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. From there we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 10, SUN, JAN 6 — TEL AVIV/USA
We transfer to the airport early this morning, arriving back in the USA later today. (meals aloft)
**All sites listed in the itinerary will be covered but the sequence and days may be altered to adjust to religious holidays, special closings of sites, air schedules, etc. Hotels listed are subject to re-confirmation. This tour is not recommended for those who have mobility limitations since it includes significant amounts of rigorous walking on uneven terrain. If a passenger is unable to get on and off the bus and walk without the assistance of another individual, the passenger must bring someone with them to assist them. Please note that the Americans With Disabilities Act is not applicable outside the USA and facilities in other countries may be sharply limited.
PRICE OF 10-DAY TOUR FROM ATLANTA: $4,499 per person (double occupancy)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: To help ensure smooth operation of this program, we are pleased to offer a $100 discount on the trip cost for your $500 deposit received by June 29, 2018.
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE: Supplement for departure from cities other than Atlanta. Most lunches; passport fees; single room supplement ($790); excess baggage and forwarding of baggage; personal items such as laundry or tips for personal favors; travel protection plan; any costs resulting from absence or deviation from the itinerary; and any items not shown herein as being included.
TOUR DOCUMENTS: The name on your air ticket must exactly match your name as it appears on your passport. You must forward a copy of the photo/informational page of your passport within two weeks of enrollment on the tour. If applying for a new or renewed passport, send the copy as soon as you receive your new passport. US citizens do not need a visa for travel to Israel. If traveling on a passport from a country that requires a visa to enter Israel, obtaining your visa and paying any additional fees are your responsibility.
DEVIATION ITINERARY: Any adjustment in standardized air or land itinerary will carry a $100 fee (for each change) in addition to any additional expense required. This fee is applicable for research projected and/or accepted. To ensure efficient handling of these requests, Dehoney Travel, Inc. will require that a tour deposit be received before a deviation request can be processed. If deviating from the group tour program, there will be no refund for any service not used.
AIR TRANSPORTATION: IATA Economy class, applicable on Delta Airlines, Air France, or other IATA carrier. Supplement will apply for departure from cities other than Atlanta. Current U.S. securities, customs and departure tax, fuel surcharge and foreign departure taxes of approximately $677 are included in the tour rate and are subject to change prior to departure. Please note that specific air seat requests will be forwarded to the airline on your behalf but are subject to final approval/confirmation by the airline.
HOTELS: First-class, four-star. Price is based on double occupancy. While Dehoney Travel, Inc. will try to match roommates, we cannot guarantee that a roommate will be available. In this case the payment of a single supplement will be required. When available, single rooms are often smaller than doubles. Single supplement, $790.
MEALS, SIGHTSEEING, & GRATUITIES: Breakfast and dinner daily; lunches as listed in day by day itinerary. Full sightseeing with luxury buses, English-speaking guides, and entrance fees to places visited on sightseeing described in the itinerary are included in the tour. Gratuities to guide, bus driver, hotel personnel, etc. ($140) are included in the tour rate.
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE: Because of space limitations on buses and new airline regulations, we have included porterage for only one check-on bag (combination width, length and height not to exceed 62 inches and weight limit of 50 pounds) in tour cost. You may also take one carry-on which will fit under your airline seat or in the overhead compartment.
DEPOSIT/PAYMENT: Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card (Discover, MasterCard or Visa). A deposit of $500 per person is required at least 100 days prior to departure in order to confirm tour membership. Within 100 days of departure, space may be limited and/or a supplement in airfare may apply. Tour deposit is non-transferable. Balance of tour price is due upon receipt of final invoice, approximately 10 weeks prior to departure. Enrollment in and payment of deposit constitutes your acceptance of the Tour Conditions described herein.
DELAYS, CANCELLATION AND REFUND: Dehoney Travel, Inc. is not responsible for changes and delays in airline schedules and cannot reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from delays, re-issuance of air tickets, etc. In event of cancellation, there will be a fee of $100 for Dehoney Travel, Inc. to cover administrative costs. In addition, the following scale of charges will apply to each traveler when notice of cancellation is given in writing after the booking is confirmed:
Up to 121 days prior to departure, $100.
120-61 days prior to departure, $500.
60-46 days, 25% of total tour price.
45-31 days, 50% of total tour price.
30-0 days, 100% cancellation penalty.
On or after the date of departure there can be no refund for any service not used.
All cancellations must be made in writing to Dehoney Travel, Inc. Please allow 4 weeks for cancellation refund processing. Traveler deposits and payments are non-transferable; substituting a new traveler will be treated as a cancellation and new enrollment.
After ticketing of international and domestic air, a cancellation penalty of 100% of air fare is in effect. Group tickets are normally issued approximately 30 days prior to departure, but in the event that your ticket is issued earlier, the above schedule of cancellation penalties and refund amounts will be adjusted accordingly.
TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN: Many U.S. health carriers do not provide benefits while outside the country and cancellation penalties can be substantial for many tours. Therefore, Dehoney Travel, Inc. offers a Travel Protection Plan, TripCare, through Allianz Global Assistance. The Option to Waive Pre-existing Condition Exclusion requires purchase of Travel Protection within 14 days of the date on your tour deposit check or your credit card tour deposit being processed at Dehoney Travel. You may decline the Travel Protection Plan, but a signed disclaimer is required and all charges for cancellation or medical treatment/transport while traveling are your responsibility.
RESPONSIBILITY: Dehoney Travel, Inc. (DT), agrees to arrange for the tour described in this brochure, which brochure represents the entire agreement between the passenger and his agent, the Tour Host and DT. Except for the willful negligence of its direct employees, DT assumes no liability or responsibility for any injuries, inconveniences, illness or irregularity or incidental damages occasioned by circumstances beyond the control of DT or any person or reason whatsoever, including, but not limited to, events such as strikes, revolts, wars, travel warnings, terrorist activities, natural disasters, closures of airports or hotels, or omission of any common or private carrier or the default, negligence, or omission of and by any third party providing services or facilities related to or included in this tour or any part thereof, or in arranging for the same, or the acts or omissions of the Tour Host. DT has no special knowledge regarding the financial condition of suppliers, unsafe conditions, health hazards, political conditions, weather hazards, or climate extremes at locations to which you may travel. For information concerning possible dangers at destinations, DT recommends contacting the Travel Warnings Section of the U.S. State Department at (202) 647-5225 or www.travel.state.gov. Also see the following US State Department advisory: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html. For medical information, DT recommends contacting the Centers for Disease Control at (877) FYI-TRIP or www.cdc.gov/travel. You assume full and complete responsibility for checking and verifying all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry requirements of your destination(s), and all conditions regarding health, safety, security, political stability, and labor or civil unrest at such destination(s). You hereby release DT from all claims arising out of any problem covered in this paragraph.
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*Subject to Governmental, IATA, ARC and airlines regulation requirements in effect at the date of and during the tour. Tour price based on group minimum 30 passengers, current air fares and cost of land arrangements as of February 23, 2018 and is subject to any changes that may be imposed prior to departure.