2020 Israel, Athens and Corinth Tour With a 3-Day Greek Island Cruise
March 17 - 31, 2020 (15-day Jewish Roots tour)
We invite you to share the experience of a lifetime—a trip to the land of the Bible. On this 15-day journey, we will actually study the Bible on-site, in the places where the patriarchs, our Savior, and His disciples lived! We will visit Jerusalem with its garden tomb; see the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane, 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; 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. Following our tour in Israel, we will fly to Athens, visit the Acropolis and Mars Hill where Paul preached. We will then take a 3-day Greek Island tour to see Ephesus, one of the the seven churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation, visit the Isle of Patmos and Santorini, then return to Athens and visit Corinth.
Our tour has a "Jewish roots" focus with optional Sabbath (Shabbat) worship services and optional Davidic Dancing opportunities.
You may register interest by using the form near the bottom of this page.
For those interested in more information and who live in the southern California area, we will have Information Meetings where Deby will teach how to count Israeli shekels, distribute a booklet called "Getting Prepared Spiritually" (for the tour), discuss what to pack, and discuss evening options. Each meeting will offer something different and will help us prepare for our trip. Please email info@SongForIsrael.org for more information.
Prices will not be available until after May 15, 2019. We can book your flight coming from any state in the USA (or world, for that matter).
Below is our itinerary for the 2020 tour:
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 Air Canada (Voted #1 airline)
East Coast/JFK - Departure
We can arrange your departure from anywhere in the world.
TUESDAY - MARCH 17
Our trip begins as we meet in the Los Angeles airport (LAX) for our departure to Israel. We must be at the airport three hours before the flight departs to check in and board our flight for the land where Yeshua walked as a Man. Shalom!
WEDNEsday - MARCH 18: Tel Aviv
We land at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv around 1 pm. Upon arrival, we will be met, assisted through Visa and Passport Control and transferred to our Messianic guide who will take us to our first sight which is Independence Hall in Tel Aviv. This is where Israel’s 1948 Declaration of Independence was signed. We will stop at Jaffa, an ancient port city, where Jonah fled from the Lord. After this, we will go to our hotel to rest up and then dinner. Optional: after dinner we will take a stroll on the boardwalk at the beach for a look at the Mediterranean Sea and then overnight at the Hotel Gilgal.
THURSday - MARCH 19: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea, Qumran
We will depart from Tel Aviv and drive south to Masada. We will take a cable car up to the fortress of Masada. Here the 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 that, we will continue to the oasis of Ein Gedi and walk where David hid in caves from Saul. Then we will drive to the north shore of the Dead Sea for a dip in the water and float. Then visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We will end the day with a stay in a Dead Sea hotel.
FRIday - MARCH 20: DEAD SEA, JERUSALEM: City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel
Our breakfast will be enjoyed at the Dead Sea and then we will make our ascent to Jerusalem. We will begin the day at the City of David and walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel; see a new and very exciting dig in process (known as the Gavati excavation); visit the Temple Institute to see the vestments and artifacts being prepared for the future Third Temple. We will go to Mt. Zion and the Upper Room. We will shop in the Old City and then enjoy a Shabbat dinner at the Prima Kings Hotel 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. 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).
Saturday - MARCH 21: JERUSALEM: Mt. of olives, garden of gethsemene, garden tomb, house of caiaphas
Our day will begin with a visit to the Mt. of Olives which overlooks the Kidron Valley and the Temple Mount. This is a walking afternoon where we literally walk where Yeshua walked through parts of the Old City. Down the Palm Sunday Path to the Tear Drop Church to Gethsemane, a private garden for worship, to the House of Caiaphas. and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel.
Optional Evening Plans: We can walk to either the Jaffa Gate in the Old City or stroll through the Mahane Yehuda Market for shopping.
Sunday - MARCH 22: JERUSALEM, YAD VASHEM, Western wall tunnel
We leave the hotel after a delicious Israeli breakfast. Visit Yad Vashem, Hertzel Museum, Ein Karem, Hadassah Hospital. Tour of the Western Wall Tunnel. Walk through the old tunnel underneath the Temple Mount. Here at a certain spot in the tunnel you will be as close as one can get to the Holy of Holies from the Temple in the day of Yeshua. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel.
MONDAY - MARCH 23: jerusalem, galilee, mt. carmel, nazareth, zippori, cana
After our last breakfast at the Prima Kings Hotel, we will head for Caesarea, stopping at the Roman theater, the aqueduct and wading in the Mediterranean. We will visit Megiddo and take pictures of the valley of Armageddon. We will continue to Mt. Carmel, Muhraka, and the place of Elijah’s battle with the prophets of Ba’al. On the way to Nazareth, - the boyhood home of Yeshua, visiting 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. Then to Zippori and Cana. We will experience a Shabbat dinner and overnight at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar in the Galilee.
TUESDAY - MARCH 24: Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Taghba, Capernaum, Magdala, Bible Boat, Museum/ Beit She’an
We begin today with a Jesus Boat on the Sea of Galilee. Then we will visit the sites where Yeshua spent 75 percent of His early ministry –Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus taught on the hillside. Then we will descend to Taghba (Peter’s Primacy), site of the miracle of the Loaves and Fish, and also where Jesus fed His disciples a meal on the beach of the Sea of Galilee after His resurrection. Then, on to Capernaum and the house of Simon Peter and the synagogue where Jesus preached. We will visit the Ancient Galilee Boat museum, to see the Jesus Boat, an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century AD, discovered in 1986 on the north-west shore of the Sea of Galilee. See the Magdala archaeological site to see the remains of a first century synagogue. Continue to Beit She’an, one of the largest archaeological sites in Israel with Egyptian, Philistine and Roman ruins. This is where the bodies of King Saul and Jonathan were hung after their defeat at Mount Gilboa. See this amazing archaeological discovery containing 18 levels of civilization. Return to your kibbutz for dinner and overnight at Nof Ginosaur.
WEDNESDAY - MARCH 25: GALILEE, Rafting, Golan, (Tel Dan, Banias, Mt Bental, Nimrod), Baptism
Today we will head north to the Golan Heights and begin the day with a short, easy white-water rafting ride down the Jordan River starting in Kfar Blum. Then we will visit Tel Dan to view the altar of Jeroboam and the Canaanite gate. On to Banias, Caesarea Philippi, where Yeshua told His disciples why He had come. Then, to Mt. Bental to see the bunkers and fortifications and stand just 60 miles from Damascus. Isaiah 17:1 Damascus will cease from being a city and shall become a ruinous heap. If we have time we will visit Nimrod’s Fortress. Lastly, we will have the option to be baptized in the Jordan River. Then return to our kibbutz for dinner and overnight.
THURSDAY - MARCH 26: GALILEE, ATHENS, MARS HILL, ACROPOLIS (Greece)
We will leave the Galilee by 8 am for Tel Aviv to take a flight to Athens leaving at 10:20 am. We will have the day to visit the Acropolis and Mars Hill, where Paul preached his famous message about the “unknown God.” Then we will rreturn to our hotel in Athens overnight.
FRIDay - march 27: athens, mykonos (greece CRUISE)
We will wake early to board the cruise ship in Piraeus for our 3-day Greek island cruise and sail the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. In the evening, you will arrive at the world-famous Greek Island of Mykonos, where gleaming white-washed buildings seem to climb atop each other to reach the azure sky.
saturday - march 28: Kusadasi, ephesus, island of patmos
This morning, you arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey, and journey to Ephesus, where the apostle Paul spent three years of his ministry (Acts 19). He planted a church here and later wrote to them in his Epistle to the Ephesians. Many of the ruins of Ephesus (known as “the marble city”) have been restored to show the city as it was in the apostle Paul’s time. Stroll through the great theater where Paul witnessed faithfully for Christ. Set sail for the Island of Patmos to visit the Monastery of St. John, high on the mountain overlooking the entire island. Walk down to the Grotto of the Apocalypse and the caves where it is believed that the exiled Apostle John lived and was inspired by God to write the Book of Revelation.
Sunday - MARCH 29: crete, santorini, athens
Dock this morning in Crete’s port of Heraklion, just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Optional tour to the palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. Disembark at Santorini, one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands where picturesque whitewashed villages topped with brilliant blue domes stand in stark contrast to the sheer drop cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. Enjoy a walking tour with your guide. At 9 pm sail back to Piraeus port of Athens. Dinner and overnight on board.
MONDAY - MARCH 30: athens, corinth
At 6 am dock at Piraeus port. Disembark at 8 am after breakfast on board. We will load up the bus and drive to the city of Corinth, where the apostle Paul met fellow tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla and received a vision from the Lord saying, "I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city" (Acts 18: 10). Discover the Archaeological Museum, Market Place and Temples. As you walk among the ruins, stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him. Stop briefly at the port town of Cenchreae from which Paul later departed for Syria (Acts 18: 12-18). Return to Athens for dinner and overnight. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight in Athens. We will dock back in Piraeus around 7 am and depart the boat by 8 am. On our last tour day, we will visit the city of Corinth. Our Farewell Dinner will be in Athens. We will board the plane to the USA for our return home.
Tuesday - march 31
We will arrive home with special memories.
AIR TRANSPORTATION/RULES: Round trip economy class jet airfare. Upgraded seats are available at additional costs.
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 $950. 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 2020 Tour is $5,550 per person (price subject to change). Cost is based on a double occupancy hotel room. Single occupancy is an added cost of approximately $950. 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). A limited number of seats have been reserved on the airlines. Trip cost may increase if you register after we have exceeded this limited number.
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 of your travel. Included in the deposit are administrative costs of $225.00, which are non-refundable.
FULL PAYMENT: Full payment is due January 15, 2020. $250 in tips is due by March 1, 2020. The tip fee covers tips for the Israeli tour guide, bus driver, Hotel consierge & porter.
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:
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 - No refund (but if you have trip insurance and cancel due to illness, your insurance covers. We will discuss trip insurance at one of our meetings.)
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 May 2019 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
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TOUR 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).
For more information, email info@SongForIsrael.org
Graduated from the University of Haifa with a diploma as a certified Tour Guide by the Ministry of Tourism. He has been guiding tours in Israel since 2006. Ron served in the Israeli Air Force Intelligence Branch from 1996-1999. He speaks fluent English, Hebrew and French.
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Our 2021 tour will be a 12-day tour that includes Israel and Petra, Jordan. Stay tuned for more information.