Bethesda Israel Tour

Experience the Highlights of the Holy Land

Join Reverend Analee Dunn on a 12 day Bethesda Israel Tour. Journey through time and see Israel like never before, including the best Christian sites Israel has to offer. Geared for the Christian enthusiasts, the Bethesda Israel Tour also includes; biblical teachings, communion at the Garden Tomb, a biblical dinner and a visit to Petra, Jordan.

Come join us and see with your eyes, what you’ve always felt in your heart.

 

Hosted by: Rev. Analee Dunn
April 11 – 21, 2018

Bethesda Israel Tour

April 11 – 21, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Analee Dunn

Tour Itinerary:

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Day 1: USA to ISRAEL

We will depart from Detroit on an overnight transatlantic flight to Israel (via Chicago). Meals, in-flight movies and music will be provided on board.

 

Thursday, April 12 – Day 2: Welcome to Israel

Welcome to Israel. We will meet our representative immediately after passport control. After fetching our luggage, we will be escorted outside the terminal to meet our guide, driver and motor coach.

On our way to Tel Aviv, our guide will go over the itinerary with us and explain some procedures. Arrive at our hotel for check-in. Depending on flight times, we will have dinner at our hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Tel Aviv

Bethesda Israel Tour

Friday, April 13 – Day 3: Journey north

Following our first breakfast (at our hotel), we start the day with a short visit at the Old Port City of Jaffa. Just south of Tel Aviv, we will also enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Tel Aviv. Our day begins with a drive north along the Mediterranean coast towards Haifa. On our way, we will stop at the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great. Caesarea is also where Pontius Pilate had his base; where Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10). Paul also embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9:30). View the excavated Roman theater, with its acoustic and theatrical sound.

Upon our arrival in Haifa, we ascend to the top of Mt. Carmel for a panoramic view of the botanical gardens below and Haifa Bay. Here, Elijah fought the 400 false prophets.

Drive inland to Megiddo to see what’s left of one of King Solomon’s fortified walled cities (1st Kings 9:15; 10:26). With the ruins of 20 levels of civilization and identified as the site of Armageddon. From here, the Books of Daniel and Revelation come alive as we read about the final Battle of Armageddon. View the Plains of Jezreel, the archaeological excavations, including the well-preserved water supply system.

Continue to Nazareth, to visit the Church of the Annunciation, where it is believed the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. Also visit the Synagogue of Nazareth, where Jesus preached his first sermon. A short distance away is Nazareth Village, which is a replica of a village 2000 years old, similar to Nazareth at the time of Jesus.

Proceed to Cana, the site where Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding ceremony.

We will drive through the Pastoral Hills of the Galilee to Tiberias and arrive to our hotel for check-in with cold refreshments. After check-in, we will enjoy a relaxing dinner at our hotel.

Overnight in Tiberias

Bethesda Israel Tour - Botanical gardens - Haifa, Israel

Saturday, April 14 – Day 4: Golan and Western Galilee

After breakfast, we will start our day with a drive north to the Golan Heights to visit Banias Springs. Known for its water source of the River Jordan, it is also the site of the ancient Caesarea Philippi. It is where Peter made his confession of faith in Christ (Matt. 16:16).

Drive back south towards Western Galilee to visit Tabgha, the site of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes (John 6:1-14). Also the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered perhaps the most significant sermon ever preached “The Sermon On The Mount” (Matt. 5).

Visit Kibbutz Nof Ginosar or similar restaurant for a St. Peter’s fish lunch. At Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, visit Yigal Alon Museum, where the “Jesus boat” is displayed. The Jesus Boat is an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century found at the bottom of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). It was restored to its original look and displayed in the small museum.

Board a boat (Jesus Boat) for a short cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Journey to Capernaum (Kfar Nachum) to see Jesus’ Galilean ministry. Also known for the site of many miracles. See the remains of Peter’s (Shimon’s) house and the synagogue where Jesus taught and worshiped.

Evening at leisure. Dinner at our hotel.

Overnight in Tiberias

Bethesda Israel Tour - Boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee

Sunday, April 15 – Day 5: Journey to the Dead Sea

Our last breakfast in the Galilee, followed by a drive south towards the Dead Sea. Witness the drive through the lush Jordan Valley, as the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation… (Isaiah 35:1-2).

View the breathtaking St. George’s Greek Monastery from a distance.

Stop at Qasr el Yahud, believed to be the original Baptismal site of where John Baptized Jesus.

As we get closer to the shores of the shores of the Dead Sea, we will start to descend to the lowest point on earth. It is 1305 feet (or 398 meter) below sea level.

Stop at Qumran, where a young shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is also believed, John the Baptist visited in many occasions.

Proceed south to the legendary mountaintop plateau of Masada. Ascend to the top, where the last Jewish Zealots stronghold struggle against the legions of Flavius Silva.

Conclude the day with a drive to the Dead Sea resort hotel in Ein Bokek. The remainder of the day will be at leisure for a chance to float on the Dead Sea.

In the evening, we will enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Overnight in Ein Bokek

Bethesda Israel Tour - Dead Sea - Israel - woman walking on salt

Monday, April 16 – Day 6: Journey to Eilat and the Red Sea

Breakfast at leisure. Take advantage of our hotel and its facilities. An optional excursion to Ein Gedi at 08:45 AM. Ein Gedi reserve is an Oasis in the desert, with several waterfalls, including David’s Falls and beautiful garden surroundings. Ein Gedi is mentioned several times in the bible, including the book of Samuel, where David hid from King Saul. It is believed this was the site David wrote most of the book of Psalms.

Journey south to Eilat and our hotel for check-in.

Enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Overnight in Eilat

Bethesda Israel Tour - Eilat and the Red Sea

Tuesday, April 17 – Day 7: Petra

Early breakfast at our hotel. We will drive to the Israel/Jordanian border. After visa proceedings, we will drive straight to Petra through desert highways. Our ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra, built by the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe).

Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the South of Jordan more than 2000 years ago.

The visit begins with a short horse or donkey back ride from the Welcome Center, 2296 feet (700m) until the entrance of the Siq. Petra is famous for its huge monuments, including the Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman Theater, Qassier Rl-Bint and many other. The city itself is almost 45 Square Km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world.

Enjoy lunch in Petra (own expense). We will return back to the border with a stop at Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum is a protected desert wilderness, featuring dramatic sandstone mountains and other natural surroundings.

We will cross back to Eilat (Israel) and to our hotel for a relaxing dinner.

Overnight in Eilat

Bethesda Israel Tour - Petra - Jordan

Wednesday, April 18 – Day 8: Journey to Jerusalem

Enjoy breakfast at leisure at our hotel.

For those who wish to go to visit the underwater observatory, a 09:00 complimentary round-trip transfer will be available for us (entry to site is not included). See the the incredible marine life of the Red Sea. Return to our hotel and check-out around noon.

Depart Eilat and the Red Sea and travel north to visit Timna Park, with Solomon’s Pillars. Here, we will see the Tabernacle in the desert and the natural pillar structures, which were formed by centuries of water erosion.

Proceed north and stop at Beer Sheva, to see an ancient well believed to be the original well of Abraham.

Prior to our arrival in Jerusalem, we will stop at Eretz Bereshit (Land of Genesis) for a camel safari adventure in the Judean Wilderness. After safari, Abraham will invite us to join him in his tent for a biblical dinner.

Arrive to our hotel in Jerusalem for check-in with welcome refreshments.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Bethesda Israel Tour - Jerusalem - Old City

Thursday, April 19 – Day 9: Jerusalem and its Old City

Following breakfast, we enter through the Dung Gate into the Old City of Jerusalem.

Our first stop will be the Southern Wall excavations. Here, we will see the beauty of the ruins, including the famous Robinson Arch, which used to lead the high priests into the Temple.

Continue through the broad stone stairway down to the Western Wall, also known as the “Kotel” to see Judaism’s Holiest place. Begin at the passageway and descend through the many layers of Jerusalem’s past through the Western Wall Tunnels. The tunnels is also known as “The Rabbinical Tunnels”. Inside, is the most interesting model shows the different dwelling periods and history of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Stand on the site believed to be the holiest spot for Jews worldwide.

Exiting at the Christian Quarter, we will visit the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a lame man (John 5).

From here we will retrace the steps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa (the way of the cross) and its stations. Wander through the colorful bazaars and marketplace to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Visit the Jewish Quarter, reconstructed after the city was unified at the conclusion of the Six-Day War in 1967. After lunch (own expense), a special point of interest in the Jewish Quarter is the “Cardo”, meaning “The Heart” of this ancient Byzantine City. View the unearthed main Roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace lined with columns.

Wander the old city of Jerusalem at leisure, prior to returning to our hotel.

Early dinner at our hotel. After dinner, we will drive to Tower of David to see a spectacular sound and light show.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Bethesda Israel Tour - Garden of Gethsemane

Friday, April 20 – Day 10: Jerusalem and Bethlehem

After breakfast, start our day with a drive up to the top of the Mount of Olives. See an amazing panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Golden Gates. Optional stroll or drive down the mount of Olives to the bottom to visit the Garden of Gethsemane. Here, Jesus prayed in many occasions and where He was betrayed and arrested. Optional visit to the Church of All Nations.

Visit the House of Caiaphas, the high priest who interrogated Jesus the night of His betrayal (Mark 14:53- 65).

Continue to Mt. Zion to visit David’s Tomb. A flight of stair up, we will visit the Upper Room, the place of the Last Supper (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt 26 17-29).

Drive to Israeli Museum to see a model of the city of Jerusalem as it may have appeared in 66CE. In that fateful year, the Great Revolt against the Romans erupted, resulting in the destruction of the city and the Temple. The ancient city was then at its largest, covering an area of ca. 445 acres (more than twice the size of the Old City today). In the same complex, we will also visit the Shrine of the Book. Here, we will see the original Dead Sea scrolls, which is where they are housed.

In the afternoon, we will leave Jerusalem and drive towards Bethlehem. Arrive at Manger Square and enter into the Church of the Nativity. It is believed by many that this was the site of Jesus’ birth place.

We will return back to Jerusalem for a communion at the Garden Tomb. It is believed by many Christians, this was the site of Golgotha (crucifixion, burial and resurrection).

Return to our hotel for dinner.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Bethesda Israel Tour - Garden Tomb - Jerusalem

Saturday, April 21 – Day 11: Departure & arrival home

Early breakfast at our hotel, followed by a transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our flight back home.

We will arrive back home with everlasting memories of Israel.

Shalom!

Please note: Itinerary is subject to change.

Bethesda Israel Tour

April 11 – 21, 2018
Hosted by: Reverend Analee Dunn

Included in the tour:

Airfare:

  • Round-trip airfare from Chicago to Tel Aviv plus air or ground transportation from Detroit to Chicago
  • Air departure taxes and fuel surcharges

 

10 days/9 nights hotel accommodations (tourist and moderate hotels) – or similar:

  • 1 night hotel in Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights hotel in Tiberias
  • 1 night hotel in Ein Bokek (Dead Sea)
  • 2 nights hotel in Eilat
  • 3 nights hotel in Jerusalem
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

 

Guiding and tours

  • A luxurious motor-coach throughout Israel with driver
  • A government licensed, English speaking guides
  • Guide and driver overnights (where applicable) and expenses
  • All entrances to all sites as per itinerary on the 3rd page

 

Meals

  • Israeli buffet breakfast daily at hotels
  • Israeli buffet dinners daily at hotels
  • Peter’s lunch
  • Biblical dinner in the Judean Wilderness

 

Transfers

  • Meet and Assist at Ben Gurion Airport on arrival and departure
  • Transfer on arrival at Ben Gurion Airport to hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Transfer on departure from hotel in Jerusalem to Ben Gurion Airport

 

Other services and highlights included

  • Boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Sound and light show in Jerusalem
  • Rabbinical tunnels (Temple Mount tunnels)
  • Camel safari in the Judean Wilderness
  • Petra Tour from Eilat
  • Porterage at airport
  • Packet with travel documents

Bethesda Israel Tour

April 11 – 21, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Analee Dunn

Israel site highlights:

Region Highlights:

  • Jerusalem and the Old City
  • The Mediterranean Coast
  • The Galilee and the Sea of Galilee
  • Judea and the Dead Sea
  • Eilat, Petra and the Red Sea

 

Tour Highlights:

  • Jaffa
  • Caesarea
  • Haifa
  • Megiddo, Nazareth and Nazareth Village and Cana
  • Banias and Caesarea Philippi
  • Western Galilee: Beatitudes, Tabgah, Capernaum, including a boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Yigal Alon Museum and cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Beit Shean
  • House of Caiaphas
  • Communion at the Garden Tomb
  • The Old City of Jerusalem; Western Wall and its tunnels (Temple Mount), Southern Wall Excavations, Via Dolorosa, Holy Seplechre (optional), Jewish Quarter
  • Mt. Of Olives and Garden of Gethenamy
  • Mt. Zion: Upper Room (Last Supper) and David’s Tomb
  • Israel Museum
  • Yad Vashem
  • Bethlehem and Shephard’s Fields
  • Qumran,
  • Masada
  • Ein Gedi (optional)
  • Camel safari in the Judean Wilderness
  • Float on the Dead Sea
  • Red Sea, Eilat and Petra

And much more

Bethesda Israel Tour

April 11 – 21, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Analee Dunn

Tour costs:

Per person in double room (share) from Detroit: $3,395

Per person in single room (not share) from Detroit: $4,095

Per person in double room – land arrangements (no air): $2,493

Per person in single room – land arrangements (no air): $3,193

Bethesda Israel Tour

April 11 – 21, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Analee Dunn

Not included in the tour:

  • Gratuity to guide and hotel staff
  • Daily lunch, except for those already mentioned as included
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa and border fees to Petra (approximately $110) – (visas will be prepared by us in advance)
  • Underwater Observatory (Red Sea)

Bethesda Israel Tour

April 11 – 21, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Analee Dunn

Flight information:

1 TK   6 U – 11 APR  Chicago (ORD) to Istanbul (IST) 21:40 16:15

2 TK 788 – 12 APR Istanbul (IST) to Tel Aviv (TLV) 18:05 20:05

3 TK 785 – 21 APR Tel Aviv (TLV) to Istanbul (IST) 10:00 12:15

4 TK   5 – 21 APR Istanbul (IST) to Chicago (ORD) 14:10 17:35

TK=Turkish Airline

 

Hotel information – or similar:

1 night at the Grand Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv – April 12-13, 2018

Grand Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv by FPCM Israel Tour

 

2 nights at the Leonardo Hotel in Tiberias – April 13-15, 2018

FPCM Israel Tour

 

1 night at the David Hotel in Ein Bokek (Dead Sea) – April 15-16, 2018

David Hotel in Ein Bokek - Dead Sea

 

2 nights at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Eilat – April 16-18, 2018

Dan Panorama Hotel in Eilat

 

4 nights at the Grand Court Hotel in Jerusalem – April 18-21, 2018

Grand Court Hotel in Jerusalem

Bethesda Israel Tour

April 11 – 21, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Analee Dunn

Insurance costs and information:

Insurance Costs (double occupancy): Ages Ages Ages Ages Ages Ages Ages Ages
(Total amount Insured) 0-30 31-50 51-60 61-70 71-75 76-80 81-84 85+
$3,390 (total coverage in double room): $129 $169 $193 $266 $358 $420 $541 $664
$3,990 (total coverage in single room: $146 $187 $218 $299 $404 $467 $617 $748

Insurance coverage and brochure

 

 

 

 

Bethesda Israel Tour

April 11 – 21, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Analee Dunn

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