LMA Israel Tour

Reverend Alexander Collins of the Liberian Ministers Association (LMA Israel Tour), invite you to join them on their annual biblical tour of a lifetime. This unique tour includes the best Christian visits Israel has to offer, as well as; biblical teachings and a communion at the Garden Tomb. The tour further 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.

LMA Israel Tour – Itinerary

November 7-15, 2017

Hosted by: Reverend Alexander Collins

9 DAY ITINERARY:

 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – Day 1: USA-ISRAEL

We will depart Atlanta on an overnight trans-Atlantic flight to Israel. Meals and movies will be served on board.

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Wednesday, November 8 – Day 2: Arrive Israel

We will land at Ben Gurion Airport, just outside Tel-Aviv. We will be met by a trips Israel representative immediately after passport control. 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.Check-in to our hotel in Tel Aviv. Enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Tel Aviv (Mediterranean Sea)

 

Thursday, November 9 – Day 3: Journey north

After our first breakfast, we will meet our guide at 08:30 AM at the lobby of our hotel. We will journey north along the coastal Plain of Sharon, to 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). See the Roman theater, with its acoustic and theatrical sound. 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. View the botanical gardens below and Haifa bay from a distance. We turn inland to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s walled, fortified cities (1st Kings 9:15; 10:26), with ruins of 20 levels of civilization and identified as the site of Armageddon. We will continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation, believed to be where Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. Also visit the site of the Synagogue, where Jesus preached his first sermon. A short distance away, we visit Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding ceremony. Drive through the pastoral Hills of the Galilee to our hotel in Tiberias for check-in. After check-in, we will enjoy a relaxing dinner at our hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Tiberias

 

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Friday, November 10 – Day 4: Golan & Tiberias

After breakfast, we will drive to visit Banias, one of the sources of the River Jordan. It is also the site of ancient Caesaria Philippi, where Peter made his confession of faith in Christ (Matt. 16:16). We will drive back south to Kibbutz Nof Ginosar for a St. Peter’s fish lunch. After lunch, we will board the Jesus boat for a short cruise on the Sea of Galilee. We will dock at 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). 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 continue to 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 return back to our hotel, via Yardenit, where we will have a chance to be baptized. In the evening, we will enjoy another relaxing dinner at our hotel. After dinner, stroll the city of Tiberias from our hotel at leisure.

Overnight in Tiberias

 

Saturday, November 11 – Day 5: Journey to Jerusalem

After breakfast, we will leave Tiberias and drive south to visit the city of Beit Shean. Here, we will tour the colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics, the Cardo and the Roman bathhouses (1st Samuel 31:10). We will continue south through the lush Jordan Valley where the dessert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2) to the Judean Wilderness. We will stop for a breathtaking view of St. George’s Greek Monastery. Upon our arrival in Jerusalem, we will recite a Jewish Sheyechyanu blessing, while overlooking the old City of Jerusalem from a distance. We will continue our tour day and stop at Caiaphas House, the high priest who interrogated Jesus the night of His betrayal (Mark 14:53- 65). We will arrive to our hotel for check-in and some rest. In the evening, we will enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Overnight in Jerusalem

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Sunday, November 12 – Day 6: 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 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). We pass through the colorful bazaars and alleyways 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 in the restored Jewish Quarter 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 leave the Old cist and 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 conclude our day and drive to our hotel for an early dinner. After dinner, we will drive to Tower David to see a spectacular sound and light show.

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Monday, November 13 – Day 7: Jerusalem and Bethlehem

After breakfast, we will start the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb. It is believed by many, this was the site of Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Continue with our day 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 by foot down or drive down the mount to the bottom to visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed in many occasions and where Jesus was arrested. 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 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. Here, 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 drive towards Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, believed to be the site of Jesus’ birth. We return to Jerusalem. Enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Tuesday, November 14 – Day 8: Dead Sea

After an early breakfast, we will drive towards the Dead Sea area. 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 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 drive to a Dead Sea swim facility for a float on the unsinkable waters of the Dead Sea. We will return north and prepare for a safari in the Judean Wilderness (optional). After Safari, Abraham and his family will invite you into their tent for a biblical feast with some entertainment. We will return to our hotel.

Overnight in Jerusalem

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Wednesday, November 15 – Day 9: Departure and arrival

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 with everlasting memories of Israel.

Shalom!

LMA Israel Tour – Itinerary

November 7-15, 2017

Hosted by: Reverend Alexander Collins

Airfare:

  • Round-trip air from Minneapolis to Tel Aviv with Air Canada or similar airline (TBA)
  • Air departure taxes and fuel surcharges

8 days / 7 nights hotel accommodations (Tourist to moderate):

  • November 8 – 9, 2017 – 1 night accommodations in Tel Aviv
  • November 9 – 11, 2017 – 2 nights accommodations in Tiberias
  • November 11 – 15, 2017 – 4 nights accommodations 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

Meals

  • Israeli buffet breakfast daily at hotels
  • Israeli buffet dinners daily at hotels
  • St. Peter’s fish lunch (Sea of Galilee)

Meet and assist with transfers

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

Other services and highlights included

  • Boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Western Wall
  • Sound and light show
  • Porterage at airport
  • Packet with travel documents
  • And much more

LMA Israel Tour – Highlights

November 7-15, 2017

Hosted by: Reverend Alexander Collins

Region Highlights:

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

Tour Highlights:

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

LMA Israel Tour – Costs

November 7-15, 2017

Hosted by: Reverend Alexander Collins

Per person in double room (share) from Minneapolis: $2,790
Per person in single room (not share) from Minneapolis: $3,270

LMA Israel Tour – Not Included

November 7-15, 2017

Hosted by: Reverend Alexander Collins

Not included in the Land arrangements:

  • Gratuity to guide and hotel staff
  • Daily lunch, except for those already mentioned as included
  • Travel Insurance
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+
$2,790 (total coverage in double room): $113 $150 $170 $230 $312 $366 $461 $578
$3,270 (total coverage in single room: $129 $169 $193 $266 $358 $420 $541 $663

If you wish to purchase travel insurance, please circle your age bracket and send additional payment. You are not insured until payment is received. For faster approach, please contact Mila at: 888 300 3038 at the office for more details.

LMA Israel Tour – E-Brochure

November 7-15, 2017

Hosted by: Reverend Alexander Collins

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