Israel & Petra, Jordan Tour
April 19 - 30, 2018
(12-day Jewish Roots tour)
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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 12-day journey, visit Jerusalem with its garden tomb; see the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemene, and Caesarea by the Sea; visit Megiddo where the Battle of Armageddon 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, and visit the village of Nazareth where Jesus lived. We will visit Petra, Jordan as well!
Our tour has a "Jewish roots" focus with optional Sabbath (Shabbat) worship services and optional Davidic Dancing opportunities.
For those interested in more information and who live in the southern California area, we will be having several Information Meetings. Our first meeting will be Saturday, August 26th at 12:45 pm at Ben David Messianic Jewish Congregation in the back of the sanctuary. The address is: 651 W. Sunflower, Santa Ana, CA (three blocks east of South Coast Plaza). The meeting will last no more than 45 minutes, depending on the questions asked. 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 a colorful flier are available at the bottom of this page.
ITINERARY (Subject to Change)
(USA to Tel Aviv, Israel)
- West Coast/LAX - Departure via Delta Airlines
- East Coast/JFK - Departure
Thursday, April 19 - Israel's Independence Day
Our trip begins as we meet in the airport for our departure to Tel Aviv, Israel. Your spiritual journey begins as you depart on your transatlantic flight. We must arrive at the airport three hours prior to departure.
Friday, April 20 Tel Aviv
We land at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and upon arrival, we will be met, assisted through visa and passport control and transferred to our Messianic guide who will take us north to the Hotel Gilgal in Tel Aviv for a Shabbat dinner and overnight. Our dreams tonight are about Israel - we are in the land of the Bible. This is where it all began. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob walked here.
Saturday, April 21 Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea
Enjoy an optional Messianic Shabbat service in Tel Aviv, walk on the Boardwalk in the afternoon, and participate in Davidic dancing (also called Round dancing). In the afternoon, we will take a drive to the Dead Sea where we will swim before we overnight at Kibbutz Kalia at the northern end of the Dead Sea.
Optional evening activity: Visit the Museum of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Kibbutz Kalia.
Sunday, April 22 Jericho, Dead Sea, Qumran, Ein Gedi, Masada and Eilat
Drive to Jericho to see the walls that came down during the Battle of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-27). Then travel to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue to the oasis of Ein Gedi where David hid in caves and enjoyed the natural waterfalls. Take a cable car up to the fortress of Masada. Here the Jewish defenders held out for three years against the Roman Army and then committed suicide rather than be taken into slavery. "Masada shall not fall again" is the oath taken by cadets who graduate from Israel's military academy. After your descent, drive to Eilat for dinner and overnight.
Optional evening plans: Israeli Folk Dancing in Eilat, 9 pm (30 shekels)
Monday, April 23 Dead Sea to Petra, Jordan
We will cross over to the Jordanian border in the morning and see Wadi Rum, which is a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan. It features dramatic sandstone mountains like the many-domed Jebel Um Ishrin, and natural arches such as Burdah Rock Bridge. Many prehistoric inscriptions and carvings line rocky caverns and steep chasms, such as Khazali Canyon. The natural watering hole of Lawrence’s Spring is named after British soldier Lawrence of Arabia – "Lawrence of Arabia" was filmed here. Then you will enter the "Red City half as old as time." From Wadi Moussa, travel on foot or horseback through a narrow gorge in the Nubian sandstone and arrive abruptly at the unbelievable Red Rose City with "the treasury" right before your eyes. Visit the Nabateans' Tomb, Temples and dwellings which were hewn from the surrounding rock formations of multicolored stones. Petra was one of the most important caravan centers during Biblical times. It was lost to the world for over 500 years until rediscovered in the year 1812. Dinner and overnight in Petra.
Tuesday, April 24 Petra, Amman, Tiberias
We will see a breathtaking view of the Jordan Valley from Mt. Nebo, the same view that Moses saw. We will make a quick stop in Medaba to see a mosaic map of the Holy land, created for St. George during the reign of the Emperor Justinian (527-565). We will cross the Jordanian/Israeli border in Tiberias on our way to Beit Shean (an ancient Philistine city in the decapolis) Near the end of our day, you will have an opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River. Historians believe Moses' tomb lies in this region. We will stay overnight in Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) at Kibbutz Nof Ginnasour.
Wednesday, April 25 Sea of Galilee
We begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and then we're off to the sites where Yeshua spent 75 percent of His early ministry - Tabgha, Mensa Peter's Primacy (where Yeshua cooked a fish breakfast for his disciples), Capernaum to see where Peter lived and the synagogue in which Yeshua taught. Then, we head north to the Golan Heights to Tel Dan to view the altar of Jeroboam and the Canaanite gate. Then we are on to Banias and Caesarea Philippi where Yeshua told His disciples why He had come. Next comes Mt. Bental where we will see the bunkers and fortifications and stand just 60 miles from Damascus. Isaiah 17: Damascus will cease from being a city and shall become a ruinous heap. We stand at the border of Syria and Lebanon. Return to our kibbutz for dinner and overnight.
Thursday, April 26 Sea of Gailiee
Today you will have two options: 1) Kayaking on the Sea of Galilee and then visiting surrounding sites or 2) Visiting Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus taught on the hillside and then exploring the Jesus Boat museum. Upon regathering, we'll visit Capernaum and Tabha, returning to the Kibbutz Nof Ginasaur for dinner and overnight.
Friday, April 27 Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Caesarea, Jerusalem
Pass Cana on the way to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Yeshua. Visit Nazareth Village which features houses, terraced fields, wine and olive presses - all built to resemble those that would have been in a Galilean 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. Continue to Muhraka on Mt. Carmel - the place of Elijah’s battle with the prophets of Ba’al. Then we're off to Megiddo to take pictures of the valley of Armageddon before going on to Caesarea, stopping at the Roman theater, the aqueduct and wading in the Mediterranean before going up to Jerusalem for a Shabbat dinner and overnight.
Optional Evening Plans: Take a guided short walk to visit the famous King David Hotel and stroll through the lobby; walk through the luxurious Mamilla Mall; stop for photos and a breathtaking view of the city; then enter the Old City at the Jaffa Gate.
Saturday, April 28 Jerusalem
We leave the kibbutz after a delicious Israeli breakfast and have the option to visit a Messianic Jewish congregation for Shabbat worship service or take a swim in the pool. Then drive to the Mt. of Olives which overlooks the Kidron Valley and the Temple Mount. This will be a walking day where we literally walk where Yeshua walked through parts of the Old City, down the path to the Tear Drop Church; visit the Garden of Gethsemane where we will visit a private garden for prayer; visit the House of Caiaphas, Mt. Zion, Pool of Bethesda; enjoy group singing in St. Anne's Church, and then visit the Upper Room. We return to our Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight.
Optional Evening Plans: Participate in Israeli Folk dancing at 9:15 pm (30 shekels) or do some shopping a few blocks away in the Ben Yehuda area. Visit the YMCA on King David Street and take the elevator to the top floor to the observation lookout for an amazing view of Jerusalem (12 shekels).
Sunday, April 29 Jerusalem
After a free morning in the Old City, we will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, the Garden Tomb, the Pool of Bethesda, the Temple Institute, and then enjoy a late afternoon farewell dinner and depart for the airport.
Monday, April 30
Depart Israel just after midnight with memories of your many experiences in the Lands of the Bible. We will arrive at LAX in the morning.
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 of approximately $900. 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, and foreign port taxes.
COSTS: The cost of the Song For Israel 2018 Tour is approximately $4,100 per person (price subject to change). Cost is based on a double occupancy of hotel rooms. Single occupancy is an added cost of approximately $900. Price includes air and 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 - Include a copy of your Passport information that is valid for at least 6 months after the completion 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 February 15, 2018).
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:
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 mere agents for SUPPLIERS (identified on the accompanying documents) in selling travel-related 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. 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
Bound to Travel, Inc.
711 South Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821
COST: will be determined based on the city of departure and which Option chosen. Costs of the Tours are approximately $4,300 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. In addition a copy of your passport (valid up to 6 Months after your travel ends). Included in the deposit are Administrative Costs of $225.00, which are non-refundable. Because this will be a busy time of the year for tourism, we will need deposits ASAP to hold the airline seats reserved. Should the tour cancel for any reason, you will receive 100% of your deposit refunded to you. 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, Yorba Linda, California, and Director of Women's Ministries of Calvary Church, Santa Ana, California. She is author of Understanding God's Eternal Plan for Israel (available on Amazon later in 2017).
For more information, email info@SongForIsrael.org
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