HOLY LAND TOUR 2022

(Israel and Jordan)

March 21-31, 2022

Travel with us to where it all began: The House will be hosting a trip to Israel. This is a life changing trip that makes the Bible come to life. In this land, some of the oldest civilizations on Earth arose. See the land that God described in Exodus as “flowing with milk and honey.” You’ll experience history as you view key landmarks from Scripture including Jerusalem, Megiddo, Gethsemane, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and more. This is more than just a sightseeing expedition. You’ll learn and grow each day as we provide the biblical background for each and every stop along the way. This is an opportunity to grow in your knowledge and gain first-hand experience of the very land that Christ walked upon. We warmly invite you to join us on this remarkable tour!

Pastors Glen and Deborah Berteau

itinerary

Today we embark on our Journey to the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on your overnight flight to Tel Aviv.

We arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport where we will be met by our representative. After boarding our bus we will transfer to the hotel for overnight.

& Nazareth After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre, hippodrome, a film on the history and remains of this famous port city, and aqueduct, and then journey on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Next we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. We drive through the area of Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we visit the Nazareth Village—a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides.

Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of alternative sacrifice and Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s confession and pagan worship. We pass the possible site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes in Bethsaida and the Mount of the Beatitudes. Returning to Tiberias for a St. Peter’s Fish Lunch (other selections available), we then visit the ancient Fisherman Boat followed by a relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee. A brief scripture reading and devotional on board brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples. In Capernaum we view the excavations of the seaside village and Peter’s home, followed by a visit to Magdala, home town of Mary Magdalene. The recent excavation of the First Century Synagogue and well preserved village makes Magdala one of the most interesting Biblical sites in Israel.

We begin our day with the opportunity to be baptized at the Jordan River Baptismal site. Next we travel southward to Beit Shean/Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Gilboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit Shean. We will cross the border to Jordan and turn southward toward the amazing mountain fortress of Petra, known to be inhabited by the Edomites—the descendants of Esau.

This morning begin the tour with a walk through the “Siq,” an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone, to the city of Petra carved out of the rose red rock. The Treasury, El Khazneh, is one of the most elegant remains of antiquity. Beyond El Khazneh we are surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra’s carved and built structures. Departing Petra, we travel northward on the King’s Highway where to the west we view the hills bordering the Dead Sea. Enjoy our stop at Mt. Nebo, believed to be the site of the tomb of Moses, which commands spectacular views across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. We will drive down the mountains to the Dead Sea—the lowest place on earth. Spend time in the special spa and enjoy a dip in the Dead Sea for a relaxing float before dinner.

After breakfast this morning we will cross the border to return to Israel. We stop in the ancient city of Jericho famed as the oldest in the world. Our tour of Masada begins with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress. Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand. Afterwards we proceed to Ein Gedi, “Spring of the Goat,” an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. Next, we visit the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We head up to the city of Jerusalem for overnight.

We begin our morning with a visit to the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. We move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen’s Gate and St. Ann’s Church. This afternoon we visit the Southern Wall Excavations. This southern side of The Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is the place that Peter stood and preached and where thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost. A visit to Bethlehem and those sites surrounding the birth of Christ including the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherd’s Field is not to be missed.

Today we walk where Jesus walked; beginning the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and then the Garden of Gethsemane. Passing by the Protestant Cemetery, we visit the “Upper Room” just outside the Zion Gate where the disciple whom Jesus loved laid his head on His breast and where later Thomas cried, “my Lord & my God.” Next we visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was beaten and spit upon. See a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned. The climax of the day is the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise.

We visit Gihon Springs, the original water source for Jerusalem, view new excavations including a typical Israelite four-room house, and the lower city wall. A highlight today will be a water walk through the incredible Hezekiah’s Tunnel to the pool of Siloam, the place of Jesus’ miracle in John 9. Ascending up to the Jewish Quarter we see the gold Menorah built for the next Temple, the Temple Institute, the Burnt House, a wall built by King Hezekiah, and the Roman Cardo. The rest of our day is at Mt. Zion to see David’s Tomb, and the first Church Grotto. We will have a farewell dinner before heading to the airport for our midnight flight back to the USA.

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$4795

Price Per Person | Based on Double Occupancy

Single Occupancy (one per room) additional $1025

Prices above are based on min. group size, costs, charges, taxes and exchange rates at the time of booking. Should any of these costs change, a surcharge may be added to the cost of your tour. You would be notified prior to travel.

Included in the Tour Cost:

Payments

$500 Non-refundable deposit, registration and passport info page for each traveler due by September 6, 2021.

$1000—2nd payment due October 20, 2021 and final payment due by December 15, 2021.

Note: Passport must not expire before September 31, 2022.

Cancellations

All cancellation notices must be received in writing. Tours are non-transferable.

Special Note: Should Israel require Covid vaccinations for entry by December 15, 2021 and the traveler wishes to cancel for that reason alone—all monies paid will be refunded.

NOT Included In the Tour Cost:

Travel Insurance: Covers emergency dental and medical, lost or delayed baggage, delayed or cancelled flight. Travel Insurance (through Sterling Travel) provides option to cancel for any reason and receive 80% of money back or 100% of money back for any covered reason (based on policy purchased).

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