FPCM Israel Tour

Come join Reverend Roy Backus and Reverend Jeri Baker of of First Presbyterian Church – Morris, IL (FPCM) on a Christian journey of a lifetime to Israel. Visit the best Israel Christian site, biblical teachings, communion at the Garden Tomb and much more. FPCM Israel Tour also includes fun, adventure, and good food in the land of Israel.

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

FPCM Israel Tour

February 15-23, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Roy Backus and Reverend Jeri Baker of

First Presbyterian Church of Morris, IL (FPCM Israel Tour)

9 DAY ITINERARY:

 

Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Day 1: USA-ISRAEL

We will depart from Chicago on an overnight transatlantic flight to Israel. Meals and in-flight movies and music will be served on board.

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Friday, February 16 – Day 2: Welcome to Israel

We will land at Ben Gurion Airport and are met by a Trips Israel representative immediately after passport control. After fetching our luggage, we will be escorted outside the terminal to meet our guide and driver and motor couch. We will have a short drive to the beautiful Mediterranean coast of Tel Aviv. Prior to our arrival at our hotel, we will drive to the Old Port City of Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv for a quick tour and a beautiful panoramic view of Tel Aviv. We will arrive at our hotel for check-in, with welcome refreshments. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to wander the seaside promenade of Tel Aviv. In the evening, enjoy a relaxing (Shabbat) dinner at our hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Tel Aviv

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Saturday, February 17 – Day 3: Journey north

After breakfast (at our hotel), We will leave Tel Aviv and drive north along the coastal Plain of Sharon, the old coastal road – the Via Maris, which linked Egypt and Babylon, as we journey towards Haifa. Our first stop will be the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once occupied by Roman rule. Caesarea is also where Pontius Pilate had his base; where Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10); where Paul embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9:30) and where Philip preached (Acts 8:40). We will view the excavated Roman theatre, with its acoustic and theatrical sound. It was used for many performances throughout the centuries. We will continue with our day towards Haifa. Upon our arrival, we will ascend to the top of Mt. Carmel, which is also where Elijah fought the 400 false profits. We will view the botanical gardens below and a view from a distance of Haifa Bay. We turn inland and proceed to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s walled, fortified 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 will come alive as we read about the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the Plains of Jezreel. Visit the archaeological excavations at Megiddo, including the well-preserved water supply system. We will continue with our drive to Nazareth, to visit the Church of the Annunciation, where it is believed the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. We will also visit the site of the Synagogue of Nazareth, where Jesus preached his first sermon. Nazareth is where Jesus grew up in His youth years, working with His father as a carpenter in their family shop. 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. We will witness the locals tending their chores. We will visit 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 at our hotel for check-in with cold refreshments. After check-in, we will enjoy a relaxing dinner at our hotel.

Overnight in Tiberias

 

Sunday, February 18 – Day 4: Golan Heights and Western Galilee

breakfast, we will start our day with a drive to visit Banias, one of the sources of the River Jordan and the site of ancient Caesaria Philippi, where Peter made his confession of faith in Christ (Matt. 16:16). We will visit the grotto of the Greco Roman god Pan. We will drive back south towards Western Galilee to visit Tabgha, the site of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes (John 6:1-14) and the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered perhaps the most significant sermon ever preached – “The Sermon On The Mount” (Matt. 5). We will continue to Kibbutz Nof Ginosar for a St. Peter’s fish lunch. After lunch, we will board a boat for a short cruise on the Sea of Galilee.

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We will cruise to Capernaum (Kfar Nachum), the center of Jesus’ Galilean ministry and the site of many of His miracles (Mark 2:4; Matt. 8:5; 14-17; 9:1-7; 17:18). We will see the remains of Peter’s (Shimon’s) house and the synagogue site where Jesus taught and worshiped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). We will return back to our hotel. In the evening, we will enjoy a relaxing dinner at our hotel. After dinner, you may stroll the city of Tiberias.

Overnight in Tiberias

 

Monday, February 19 – Day 5: Journey south to Jerusalem

After breakfast, we will leave Tiberias and drive south through the lush Jordan Valley where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2) towards the shores of the Dead Sea and the Mountains of Judea. We will stop at Qusr El Yahud, ​located near Jericho and the Dead Sea on the Jordan River. Qasr Al Yahud is believed to be the true site where John baptized Jesus. En route, we will stop for a breathtaking view of St. George’s Greek Monastery. Upon our arrival in Jerusalem, we will stop at Mt. Scopus for a beautiful panoramic view of Jerusalem and the Old City and a traditional Sheyechyanu blessing for our arrival to this special city. We will continue our day with a visit at the House of Caiaphas – the high priest who interrogated Jesus the night of His betrayal (Mark 14:53- 65). We proceed to Yad Vashem – the Israeli Holocaust memorial, where six million Jews perished in the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. We will walk through the New Historical Museum, the Children’s Hall, and the Memorial Hall and view the recently constructed Memorial to the Deportees. We will arrive at our hotel for check-in. In the evening, we will enjoy a relaxing dinner at our hotel.

Overnight in Jerusalem

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Tuesday, February 20 – Day 6: Jerusalem – Old City

After breakfast, we will drive to the Old City and enter through the Dung Gate. 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. We will proceed through the broad stone stairway down to the Western Wall, also known as the “Kotel” to see Judaism Holiest place. We will begin at the passageways descending through the many layers of Jerusalem’s past through the Western Wall Tunnels. Inside, we will see an interesting model, which shows the different dwelling periods and history of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. We will exit along the Christian Quarter to see 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. We pass through the colorful bazaars, alleyways and marketplaces to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We will proceed to the Jewish Quarter, which was 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 to see is the “Cardo”, meaning the “heart” of this ancient Byzantine City. We will view the unearthed main Roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace lined with columns. We will conclude our day and drive to our hotel for an early dinner. After dinner, we will drive to the Tower of David to see a spectacular sound and light show. Enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Wednesday, February 21 – Day 7: Jerusalem/Bethlehem

After breakfast, we will start the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb. It is believed by many that this was the site of Golgatha, where Jesus was crucified and resurrected. We will drive to the top of the Mount of Olives, for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Here, we will also see the Golden Gates and the ancient Jewish cemetery. We will stroll down the mount by foot to the tear shaped church of Dominus Flevit, which represents where Jesus visualized the destruction of Jerusalem and wept. We will also see the Jerusalem stone ossuaries. As we are walking down the mountain, we get to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed on many occasions and where Jesus was arrested. Here, we will also have the option to visit the Church of All Nations. From here we proceed to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room and David’s Tomb, where the Last Supper was held (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt 26 17-29, Acts 1.13 and Acts 2). We will drive to the Israel Museum to see the model city of Jerusalem as it used to look like in 66 CE. 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 to see the original Dead Sea scrolls and where they are housed. In the afternoon, we will leave Jerusalem and drive towards Bethlehem. We will 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 return to Jerusalem. Enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Overnight in Jerusalem

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Thursday, February 22 – Day 8: Dead Sea area and Masada

After an early breakfast, we will drive towards the Dead Sea area. Our route will take us back down the main highway towards the shores of the Dead Sea. As we get closer to the shores of the Dead Sea, we will start to descend to the lowest point on the surface of the earth at 1305 feet (398m) below sea level. We will turn south and start driving along the shores of the Dead Sea to visit Qumran, where a young shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will continue south to the legendary mountaintop plateau of Masada. We will ascend by cable car to the ancient synagogue and to explore the ancient fortress. This was the story of the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. The Zealots held out for three years against the legions of Flavius Silva and chose to die as free men at their own hands in preference to Roman slavery. From the top of Masada, the outlines of the Roman encampments are still visible below. We will return north to visit Ein Gedi reserve. Here, we will walk through the gardens and into an oasis in the desert. Here David hid from Saul and where David prayed on many occasions. It is also believed David wrote most of the book of Psalms in the caves above. We will stop at a Dead Sea beach facility for a float in the unsinkable Dead Sea. We will return back to our hotel. Enjoy dinner at our hotel in Jerusalem and prepare our luggage for tomorrow’s flight home.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Friday, February 23 – Day 9: Departure and arrival back home

We will enjoy breakfast (depending on our flight times) and check-out from our hotel. We will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport for our flight back home.

We will arrive back home with everlasting memories of Israel.

Shalom!

 

We will arrive back home with everlasting memories of Israel.

 

Shalom!

FPCM Israel Tour – Includes

February 15-23, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Roy Backus and Reverend Jeri Baker of

First Presbyterian Church of Morris, IL (FPCM Israel Tour)

Included in the Tour (Israel):

Airfare:

  • Round-trip air from Chicago to Tel Aviv with Turkish Airlines (February 15-23, 2018)
  • Air departure taxes and fuel surcharges

 

Hotel accommodations based on the following or similar:

  • February 16 – 17, 2018 (1 night) at the Grand Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv
  • February 17 – 19, 2018 (2 nights) at the Leonardo Hotel in Tiberias
  • February 19 – 23, 2018 (4 nights) at the Grand Court 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

 

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

  • Sound and light show at Towers of David
  • Nazareth Village
  • Rabbinical Tunnels of the Temple Mount
  • Boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Porterage at airport
  • Packet with travel documents
  • And much more

 

Region Highlights:

  • Jerusalem and the Old City
  • The Mediterranean Coast
  • The Galilee and the Sea of Galilee
  • Judea and the Dead Sea

FPCM Israel Tour – Highlights

February 15-23, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Roy Backus and Reverend Jeri Baker of

First Presbyterian Church of Morris, IL (FPCM Israel Tour)

  • Jaffa
  • Caesarea
  • Haifa
  • Megiddo
  • Nazareth and Nazareth Village and Cana
  • Banias and Caesarea Philippi
  • Beatitudes
  • Tabgah
  • Yigal Alon Museum
  • Cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Capernaum
  • House of Caiaphas
  • The Old City of Jerusalem;
    • Western Wall and its tunnels
    • The Christian Quarter and Via Dolorosa
    • Church of the Holy Sepulcher
    • The Jewish Quarter
    • Southern Wall Excavations and the Robinson Arch
  • Garden Tomb
  • Mt. Of Olives
  • Garden of Gethenamy
  • Upper Room (Last Supper)
  • David’s Tomb
  • Israel Museum
  • Yad Vashem
  • Bethlehem
  • Qumran
  • Masada
  • Ein Gedi
  • Float on the Dead Sea

FPCM Israel Tour – Costs

February 15-23, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Roy Backus and Reverend Jeri Baker of

First Presbyterian Church of Morris, IL (FPCM Israel Tour)

Per person in double room (share) from Chicago: $2,695
Per person in single room (not share) from Chicago: $3,141

FPCM Israel Tour – Not Includes

February 15-23, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Roy Backus and Reverend Jeri Baker of

First Presbyterian Church of Morris, IL (FPCM Israel Tour)

Not included in the Land arrangements:

  • Gratuity to guide and hotel staff
  • Daily lunch, except for those already mentioned as included
  • Travel Insurance

FPCM Israel Tour – Flight and Hotel information

February 15-23, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Roy Backus and Reverend Jeri Baker of

First Presbyterian Church of Morris, IL (FPCM Israel Tour)

Flight information:

TK #6 15 February  Chicago (ORD) to Istanbul (IST)  21:20 16:45

TK #864 16 February Istanbul (IST) to Tel Aviv (TLV) 20:25 21:35

TK #811 23 February Tel Aviv (TLV) to Istanbul (IST) 07:30 10:55

TK #5 23 February Istanbul (IST) to Chicago (ORD) 15:00 17:50

TK=Turkish Airline

 

Hotel information – or similar:

1 night at the Grand Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv – February 16-17, 2018

Grand Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv by FPCM Israel Tour

 

2 nights at the Leonardo Hotel in Tiberias – February 17-19. 2018

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4 nights at the Grand Court Hotel in Jerusalem – February 19-23, 2018

FPCM Israel Tour

FPCM Israel Tour

February 15-23, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Roy Backus and Reverend Jeri Baker of

First Presbyterian Church of Morris, IL (FPCM Israel Tour)

 

Insurance Costs: Ages Ages Ages Ages Ages Ages Ages Ages
0-30 31-50 51-60 61-70 71-75 76-80 81-84 85+
$2,695 (total coverage in double room): $113 $150 $170 $230 $312 $366 $461 $578
$3,141 (total coverage in single room: $129 $169 $193 $266 $358 $420 $541 $663

 

Insurance coverage and brochure

 

 

 

 

FPCM Israel Tour – e-Brochure

February 15-23, 2018

Hosted by: Reverend Roy Backus and Reverend Jeri Baker of

First Presbyterian Church of Morris, IL (FPCM Israel Tour)

e-Brochure