Israel & Cairo, Egypt Tour
May 10-23, 2017
(14-day study tour)
Registration deadline: March 10, 2017
We invite you to share the experience of a lifetime—a trip to the land of the Bible—where the Patriarchs of our faith walked. On this 14-day journey, visit Jerusalem with its garden tomb, Mt. of Olives and Garden of Gethsemene, Caesarea by the Sea, visit Megiddo where the Battle of Armegeddon will take place, float in the Dead Sea, view the Mt. of Beatitudes, stand on Mt. Nebo where Moses overlooked the Promised Land, get baptized in the Jordan River, take a Cable Car up to Masada, witness Ein Gedi where David fled from Saul, see the Qumran Caves, kayak in the Sea of Galilee, visit the village of Nazareth where Jesus lived, and visit Cairo, Egypt and see the Pyramids of Giza, the biblical city of Zoan and the Sphinx carved from a single piece of stone and much more!
Our tour has a "Jewish roots" focus with optional Sabbath (Shabbat) worship service.
For those interested in more information and who live in the southern California area, we will be having several Information Receptions. Please email info@SongForIsrael.org for more information.
If you live outside of California and will be joining our tour, please fill out the registration form at the bottom of this page so that you will receive any handouts given out at the meetings.
Printable copies of the itinerary, registration form and colorful flier may be found at the bottom of this page.
ITINERARY (Subject to Change)
Wedneday, May 10, 2017 (USA to Cairo, Egypt)
- West Coast/LAX - Departure via Delta Airlines
- East Coast/JFK - Departure
Our trip begins as we meet in the airport for our departure to Cairo, Egypt. Your spiritual journey begins as you depart on your transatlantic flight.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 (Cairo, Egypt)
We will arrive at the Cairo International Airport and will be met and assisted through the immigration and customs formalities by our representative and transfer to our hotel in Cairo for overnight.
Friday, May 12, 2017 (Cairo, Egypt)
After breakfast our tour will begin with visiting the Pyramids of Giza. Cheops pyramid, the largest of the three, was built in the 3rd dynasty around 2690 BC, and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. In front of the pyramids of Chepren, we find the Sphinx carved from a single piece of stone - it is a lion with a pharaoh's head thought to be a portrait of the pharaoh Chepren. Then, we will continue to visit the Egyptian Museum, famous for its antiquities from Egypt's Pharaonic period, which dates back some 50 centuries and includes the fabulous treasures of King Tutankhamen. We will visit the Cairo Necropolis in south eastern Cairo. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. We will end the day at the Dhan el Khalili bazaar and then return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 (Tanis and Avaris)
After breakfast, start your day tour to tell Basta, Avaris (a lunch box will also be provided). Excavations underway since the 1960’s have confirmed that this is indeed the site of Avaris, the long-vanished Hyksos capital. Then continue your visit to the Delta city Tanis. Modern San El-Hagar, was the late period capital of the 19th lower Egyptian Nome, the city whose ancient name was Djanet (also called Suan- the biblical city of Zoan) and known as Tanis by the Greeks. In the film the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Tanis was said to be the hiding place of the Ark of the Covenant. Return to Cairo for dinner and overnight.
Sunday, May 14, 2017 (Cairo to Tel Aviv, Israel)
Transfer this morning to the airport and board Air Sinai to Israel. We will land at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv where we will be met and assisted through customs. Our waiting coach will drive along the Sharon Valley to Caesarea to visit the Roman theatre and Crusader castle. Caesarea was the resort of Roman officials, such as Pontius Pilate, and was also the place of the prison of the Apostle Paul. Continue to Megiddo (Armageddon of Revelation). See the excavation, King Ahab's Water Tunnel, and King Solomon's Stables. Go north to Haifa, one of Israel's major port cities. Arrive at our hotel in Haifa for dinner and overnight
Monday, May 15, 2017 (Mt. Carmel, Acre, Nazareth - Israel)
Climb to the top of Mt. Carmel to visit the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery where the Prophet Elijah hid. Drive north to Acre for a walking tour of this Crusader fortress. Acre is a historic walled port-city with continuous settlement from the Phoenician period. The present city is characteristic of a fortified town dating from the Ottoman 18th and 19th centuries, with typical urban components such as the citadel, mosques, khans and baths. See the Rosh HaNikra grottos which are cavernous tunnels formed by sea action on the soft chalk rock. Continue to Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (Tzipori, Nazareth, Cana, Galilee, Israel)
VisitTzippori which once served as a center of Jewish religious and spiritual life in the Galilee. See the remains of the settlement including a 6th century synagogue which was uncovered in the lower section of the site. Return to visit Nazareth village which features houses, terraced fields, wine and olive presses all built to resemble those that would have been in a Galilee village in the 1st century. Guides dress in period costume and show visitors how farm, domestic, and craft work was performed two thousand years ago
Enjoy a typical dairy lunch. Pass Mr. Precipice (Mt. Kedumim) when you leave Nazareth and cross the lower Gallilean Mountains onyour way to Cana and the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (Golan Heights, Casearea Phillipi, Capernaum, Galilee)
Begin the day by traveling to Banias (Caesarea Philippi) and see the source of the Jordan River. Visit the Old Testament ruins of biblical Dan, time permitting. Climb the Golan Heights to Mt. Bental to see the Syrian fortifications to understand Israel’s strategic necessity for retaining the Golan Heights, and view the magnificent Hula Valley. Next, on to Capernaum where Jesus ministered, Mt. Beautitudes and Tabha. End the day with a boat-ride across the Sea of Galilee, where we will have a worship service in the middle of the Sea. Arrive back at our hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 (Jerusalem, Samaria, Mt. Grezim, Mt. Ebal)
We’ll visit the mountain where Abraham built his first altar (Elon Moreh, the oak of the teacher) after entering the promise land. (Note: So many events occurred here. Remember that the sons of Jacob killed the inhabitants of Shechem here, Joshua located the Ark here and it is where Samuel built an altar for the Israelites. The three Feasts of the Jews were held here annually for the first 450 years that the Israelites lived in the land and before the ark was taken to Jerusalem.) Continue to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Optional Evening Plans: Take a Swing Dance Class in Jerusalem (additional 18-20 shekels).
Friday, May 19, 2017 (Jericho, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Dead Sea, Jerusalem)
Drive down to the Jordan river with an opportunity to for a BAPTISM on the Jordan Riverat Qasr El Yahud and the place where Joshua led the Israelites’ across the Jordan as they returned from bondage in Egypt. From there we will go to Jericho, the site of Joshua’s conquest. Continue to see Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Then to the oasis of Ein Gedi and visit Masada where you will take a cable car up to the fortress. Optional swim at the Dead Sea. Back to Jerusalem for dinner and over night.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 (Jerusalem, Bethlehem)
We leave the hotel after a delicious Israeli breakfast to attend Sabbath services at King of Kings Messianic Congregation (optional).
Drive to the top of the Mt. Of Olives and see the panoramic view over the city and Temple area. Walk through the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane and enjoy a visit to the Church of All Nations. Proceed to Mt. Zion to visit the traditional place of the Last Supper, and King David’s Tomb. King’s Highway. Options for the afternoon: Visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Also, see Shepherds’ Field. Tour the olivewood factory before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Kayak on the Sea of Galilee, or visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum.
Sunday, May 21, 2017 (Old City of Jerusalem)
See Pool of Bethesda and St. Ann’s Church with some of the most amazing acoustics in the world. Then proceed to Pilate’s Judgment Hall and pavement area, where the cross was placed on Jesus’ back. Then walk along the Via Dolorosa. Continue on the Cardo to the Herodian Villa, Temple area and the Wailing Wall. Descend and walk to see the other side of the old city – the underground tunnels. Walk through the old tunnel underneath the Temple Mount – just one of the many ancient tunnels said to lie underneath the city. Visit the Temple Institute to see the vestments and artifacts of the Temple period.
Monday, May 22 (Old City of Jerusalem)
Early morning visit to the Garden Tomb. Then to the City of David - the ancient nucleus of Jerusalem, located on a narrow spur south of the Temple Mount, near the Gihon Spring that was its liquid lifeline Hezekiah’s tunnel. See the remnants of the Pool of Siloam from the Second Temple time. Southern steps. We will have the afternoon available for ½ optional day (Holocaust Museum, or David’s Museum (south section of the Temple area), Farewell dinner – Abu Ghosh. Transfer to the airport in the late evening .
Tuesday, May 23 (Arrive back in the USA)
Depart Israel just after midnight with memories of your many experiences in the Lands of the Bible.
AIR TRANSPORTATION/RULES: Round trip economy class jet airfare with El Al Airlines.
LUGGAGE: Allowed free of charge to your first overseas destination and from most points of return to the U.S.A., 1 bag per person plus a carry on – This may change by departure time.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotels featured in this tour are first class, kibbutz and semi-deluxe and deluxe. All rooms are twin bedded with private bath and the tour price is based on two people sharing one room. Anyone occupying a room as a single will be charged a single supplement. The judgment pertaining to the classification of hotels reflects only the opinion of the tour operator as to comparative desirability.
TRANSFERS: Transportation of passengers and luggage is provided on arrival and departure from airports to and from hotels and is included in the tour cost when traveling with the main tour party.
SIGHTSEEING: As described in this brochure, via air-conditioned motor coach with English speaking, government-licensed guides. Entrance fees per the itinerary are included.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner daily.
DOCUMENTS: Each passenger must possess a valid passport. Some passengers may require VISAS. All passengers are responsible to obtain the correct travel documentation (passport, visa, identification) for the destination(s) to be visited.
INCLUDED: - Hotel service charges and taxes levied by hotels and governments, tips for baggage porters at hotels and airports for the group as a whole.
NOT INCLUDED: Tips to drivers and guides, border tolls, visas, passport fees, and items of a personal nature, such as laundry, mineral water, beverages, food other than the main meal menu, passport and visa fees, insurance and foreign port taxes.
COSTS: The cost of the Song For Israel Study Tour is approximately $4,596 per person (price subject to change). Cost is based on double occupancy of hotel rooms. Single occupancy is an added cost of approximately $900. Price includes air & land transportation, twin bed hotel room, entrance fees, and daily breakfast and dinner. This price does not include lunches, airport taxes, visa taxes, personal expenses, or tips that will be collected prior to departure.
DEPOSIT: A deposit of $450.00 per person is due immediately, to confirm your reservation plus - A Copy of Your Passport Information that is valid up to 6 Months after your travel. Included in the deposit are Administrative Costs of $225.00, which are non-refundable.
FULL PAYMENT: Due 60 days before departure (due on March 10, 2017).
CREDIT CARDS: The tour price reflects a 4% discount for purchases made by checks or cash. We do accept major credit cards, Visa, Master Card, and American Express, for all services. Credit card charges will only be processed upon submission of a completed Bound to Travel Credit Card Authorization form.
CANCELLATIONS AND CANCELLATION FEES:
The tour price reflects a 4% discount for purchases made by checks or cash. We do accept major credit cards, Visa, Master Card, and American Express, for all services. Credit card charges will only be processed upon submission of a completed Bound to Travel Credit Card Authorization form.
CANCELLATIONS AND CANCELLATION FEES:
120-90 days prior to departure $100.00
90 – 45 days prior to departure $250.00
45 - 30 days prior to departure 30% of tour cost
29 -15 days prior to departure 50% of tour cost
14 days or less 100% of tour cost
Plus all penalties and cancellation fees for the airfare as imposed by the carrier.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: We highly advise you to OBTAIN APPROPRIATE TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE against any type of incident that can cause you to cancel your tour. Please let us know if you need any insurance recommendations.
RATES: All tour prices are quoted based on tariffs, rules and currency exchange rates effective as of February 21, 2017 and are subject to change.
RESPONSIBILITY: Song For Israel (SFI) and Bound To Travel, Inc. (herein "Travel Agency") is acting as a mere agent for SUPPLIERS (identified on the accompanying documents) in selling travel-related accepting services, or in accepting reservations or bookings for services that are not directly supplied by this Travel Agency (such as air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, cruises, etc.). Travel Agency, therefore, shall not be responsible for breach of contract, failure to comply with any laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or any intentional or negligent actions or omissions on the part of such suppliers, which result in any loss, damage, delay, inconvenience or injury to travelers or travelers' companions or group members. Unless the term "guaranteed" is specifically stated in writing on your tickets, invoice, or reservation itinerary, Travel Agency does not guarantee any of such supplier's rates, bookings, reservations, connections, scheduling, or handling of baggage or other personal effects. Travel Agency shall not be responsible for any injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveler in connection with terrorist activities, social or labor unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside the travel agent's control. Traveler assumes complete and full responsibility for, and hereby releases the agent from, any duty of checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry requirements of each destination, and all safety and security conditions of such destinations, during the length of the proposed travel. However, we specifically recommend that U. S. Citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean, do so with a valid U. S. Passport. For information concerning possible dangers at international destinations, contact the Travel Advisory Section of the U. S. State Department, (202) 647-5225, or access the State-Department's on-line travel advisory service (www.state.gov/travel information/travel warnings). For medical information, call the U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), (404) 332-4559 or log on to www.cdc.gov./travel. By embarking upon his/her travel, the traveler voluntarily assumes all risks involved in such travel, whether expected or unexpected. Traveler is hereby warned of the above risks as well as possible travel industry bankruptcies and medical and climatic disruptions, and the possibility traveler may be unable to travel as scheduled because of personal emergency. Traveler is advised to obtain appropriate insurance coverage against these risks; information is available through this Travel Agency regarding travel insurance. Traveler's retention of tickets, reservations, or bookings after issuance shall constitute consent to the above and an agreement on his/her part to convey the contents hereto to his/her travel companions or group members. The Travel Agent is not responsible for disruptions of any kind stemming from Year 2000-related problems, weather, or carrier or supplier logistical problems.
Song For Israel
18340 Yorba Linda Blvd. #107-153
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
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COST: will be determined based on the city of departure and which Option chosen. Costs of the Study Tours are approximately $4,596 per person . Cost is based on double occupancy (single occupancy, added cost of approximately $926). Includes round trip airfare, land transportation, entrance fees, hotel stay, and two meals a day. Does not include airport taxes, visa costs, or tips. DEPOSIT: A deposit of $450.00 per person is due within 7 days of registration to confirm your reservation plus - A Copy of Your Passport Information that is valid up to 6 Months after your travel. Included in the deposit are Administrative Costs of $225.00, which are non-refundable. All deposits and registration forms are due by March 10, 2017. Registration forms are available by clicking here.
CO-LEADERS & INSTRUCTORS
Deby Brown is Director of Song For Israel. Previously she was a commissioned Pastor at Friends Church Yorba Linda and Director of Women's Ministries of Calvary Church, Santa Ana, California.
Pastor Dennis Sherman
Pastor Dennis Sherman was born in Ottawa, Kansas to Christian parents. From the time he was born, his parents communicated the Gospel to him. By the time he was six, Dennis knew that he was a sinner and that Jesus paid the price for his salvation.
At that young age he trusted Christ as his savior and by the time he graduated from high school, he knew God was directing him to serve either as a missionary or a pastor. Dennis then entered Biola University and majored in Bible.
During his college years, God provided him with various leadership opportunities at Camp Wynola, Carson Bible Church and Imperial Community Church. As he was preparing to begin his senior year, he was asked to fill in as pastor at Irvine Community Church until a permanent pastor could be found. He remained Pastor there for 46 years.
Dennis began this ministry on September 1, 1968 and it expanded to a permanent full-time ministry when he graduated from Biola in 1969. Dennis and his wife Terry have two sons; Steve is pastor of Christian Fellowship Church in North Brunswick, New Jersey and Mark is preparing to be a missionary pilot with African Inland Mission.
Ed began serving the Lord in 1972 as volunteer youth director for a small church in rural Southern California. In 1978 he graduated from Point Loma Nazarene College and began working fulltime as associate pastor in Fallbrook, CA.
He joined InFaith (an American Mission) in 1982, and has served in several ministry capacities with InFaith over the subsequent years: Church Missionary (pastor), Area Missionary in Southern California, Southern Regional Director and, ultimately,. Chief Development Officer, Director of Ministry Resources, and Manager of Recruiting, Training, and Deputation. In these roles, Ed was involved in camping, VBS, church planting/growth, ministry development, and recruiting and caring for missionaries in fourteen states. Along the way, Ed earned a MBA from Azusa Pacific University.
In 2009, he became the National Director of PIR Ministries. Ed passed the leadership baton in 2016, and is enjoying his new role with PIR Ministries as he transitions into a new season of life.
Ed has both personal and ministry experience that qualifies him to work with those who have been exited from the pastorate or a ministry responsibility. He knows firsthand the pain and emotional trauma that goes with such a life changing event.
Ed and his wife, Penni, are avid hikers, kayakers and enjoy their children and grandchildren.
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