Israel, Palestine and Jordan

with Bishop Richard Condie

Duration
14
Departure
27 June 2020
Price from
4,499

OVERVIEW

An amazing opportunity for Christians to travel together exploring the key sites of the New and Old Testament throughout Israel, Palestine and Jordan.

The tour includes the key ministry sites of Jesus as well as some fun,like floating in the Dead Sea, and epic experiences, including the Masada fortress and Petra,one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

We have included some free time for you to explore on your own and have included as many meals and inclusions as we can to minimise extra costs when you arrive.

 

Richard Condie is Bishop of Tasmania, and is passionate about seeing the scriptures come alive. He taught New Testament at Ridley College for 7 years, and has visited biblical sites in Israel (and Greece and Turkey) several times before, and loves how the experience of these countries bring context and insight into the Bible’s message. This tour will not only introduce you to the biblical and archaeological sites of Israel and Jordan, but as we open the scriptures each day, the truths in them will leap off the page. Be prepared for a spiritually encouraging experience over these days.

Matt works part time at CMS Victoria, studies Industrial Design at RMIT and attends City On A Hill Melbourne East. His claim to fame, however, is being the son of Bishop Richard.

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We now offer our clients access to a 9 months interest-free payment plan.

ITINERARY

Your flight with Cathay Pacific departs from Melbourne at 2.20pm to Hong Kong and on to Tel Aviv.

If you are travelling from Tasmania we recommend you book a domestic flight that arrives no later than 11.00am to ensure you have plenty of time to re-check in for the international flight.

Included Meals: None

If you are flying with Cathay Pacific CX675 departs Hong Kong at 1.10am arrives Tel Aviv at 7.55am.
Upon arrival at Tel Aviv Airport you will be met on arrival and assisted through immigration. We then drive from the airport to Caesarea Maritima (“by the sea”), the scene of significant events for Christians including the headquarters of Pontius Pilate. From here the Roman procurator set out for the Passover festival in Jerusalem, where he sentenced Jesus to death. From here the apostle Paul set off to sail on his missionary journeys. The Roman aqueduct is an impressive site as well at the Crusader city from the 13th century. Enjoy some lunch before travelling to the Sea of Galilee. Check in to the hotel (from 3pm) for dinner and overnight.

HOTEL: Nof Ginosar, Sea of Galilee

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After breakfast we depart for the town of Capernaum (Matt8:5-18; Luke 7:1-10; John 6:52-59) and visit the first century synagogue. Continue to the Tabgha Church of the Multiplication (Mark 8:1-10) and St Peter’s Primacy/Mensa Christi (John 21:1-25). Enjoy a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12). Continue to Magdala, with its recent archaeological discoveries. We end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before returning to Nof Ginosar for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Nof Ginosar, Sea of Galilee

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Today we travel to Tel Megiddo, also known as Armageddon (Rev 16:16) the setting for the future battle between forces of good and evil that has temples, palaces and houses dating date to biblical times. End our day with a visit to Nazareth Village and visit the Church of Annunciation and Mary’s Well. Returning towards the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight at hotel. Remainder of the day is free.

Hotel: Nof Ginosar, Sea of Galilee

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Today we enjoy a wonderful day in the outdoors. Drive up the Golan Heights to the Springs of Banias, also known as Caesarea Philippi where Peter confessed “Thou art the Christ” (Matt 16:13-20). Continue to Tel Dan National Park to see the Canaanite ruins and the altar built by King Jeroboam (1Kings 12:25-30). Returning towards the Sea of Galilee we will visit the town of Kursi and enjoy sunset at Mount Arbel. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

Hotel: Nof Ginosar, Sea of Galilee

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Today we travel through the Judean hills to visit Beat Shean, an impressive Roman city. Continue to the Jordan River baptism site where it is believed that John the Baptist baptised Jesus. You have an opportunity to renew your own baptismal vows. Further south to Qumran where the Jewish Essene community lived and see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden. Drive along the shore of the Dead Sea to Masada, the fortress stronghold of Jewish resistance to the Romans. Take a cable car ride to the summit for sightseeing and a wonderful view of the Dead Sea. Overnight at the Dead Sea.

Hotel: Daniel Hotel, Dead Sea

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Enjoy some time this morning for a float in the Dead Sea. We then travel to Hebron and the Caves of Macpeleh. Continue to Bethlehem and visit the Bethlehem Bible College and enjoy a lecture on the Christian perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After lunch we drive to Beit Sahour. Here you will meet your Palestinian family with whom you will stay in their home for the night. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about their lives and culture. You will experience Middle Eastern hospitality at its best! For many, this is the highlight of the tour.

Hotel: Homestay, Bethlehem area

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Today we farewell our host family and visit the key Christian sites in Bethlehem, including the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Fields. In the afternoon we will visit Herodium, Herod’s dramatic and glorious Palace fortress with views of Jerusalem and of the Judean Wilderness. Transfer to Jerusalem and check in to our hotel for a 5-night stay.

Hotel: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem

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Today we will travel to what is referred to as the New Jerusalem and visit both the Holocaust Museum (Yad Vashem) and the Israel Museum that houses the Dead Sea scrolls and exhibits an amazing model of the city of Jerusalem. Return to your hotel in the afternoon or extend your time at the museum.

Hotel: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem

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Today is a great day! We start at the Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. We then walk down Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. Continue to the Via Dolorosa, Passing the Stations of the Cross, we visit St Anne church and the pools of Bethesda. Come to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site where Jesus was crucified and buried, and rose again. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Hotel: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem

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Enjoy a free day in the Old city of Jerusalem. In the afternoon, visit the Garden Tomb for a Communion Service.

Hotel: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem

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Today we visit the tomb of David at Mount Zion, and the Church of the Dormition and the Upper Room, traditional scene of Jesus’ last Passover feast. Visit St Peter In Gallicantu. Continue to the City of David. Pass through the underground tunnels, walls and fortresses, where Jerusalem was born. Later in the day we visit the Davidson Centre: a modern underground museum, just south of the Temple Mount. The centre offers an in-depth archaeological and historical introduction to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park by means of an exhibition of archaeological objects, augmented by visual, textual and audio information. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Hotel: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem

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Today we leave Jerusalem and cross into Jordan via the Allenby Bridge border crossing. Continue to Mt Nebo, the site where Moses first saw the Promised Land. Continue to the nearby town of Madaba to see an ancient mosaic map of Jerusalem. We then travel 3 hours south to Petra. Check in to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Hotel: Old Village, Petra

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Today we visit Petra, called the “eighth wonder of the world.” This entire city of rose-coloured temples and amphitheatres are carved from the multi-hued rock cliffs which surround its hidden valley. From this city came the family of Herod the Great who slaughtered the infants of Bethlehem. You enter the city through a narrow passage, surrounded by colourful and beautiful 300 ft cliffs, and at the end of the Siq, you will see the impressive Treasury, hewn out of the solid rock from the side of the mountain, and it is about 140 feet high and 90 feet wide. See the Amphitheatre, city centre, and the Monastery. Dinner and overnight is in Petra.

Hotel: Old Village, Petra

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This morning we check out from our Petra hotel and cross back into Israel at the Arava border. Travel to the Timna National Park to see an impressive to scale replica of the Tabernacle. We continue to Tel Aviv for our last night together.

Hotel: Grand Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

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A leisurely morning at the hotel before we transfer (around 11am) to Ben Gurion airport at Tel Aviv for our Cathay Pacific flight home.
CX676 deaprts Tel aviv at 2.40pm arrives Hong Kong 5.30am 13 July.

Included Meals: None

CX163 departs Hong Kong at 11.05am and arrives into Melbourne at 10.05pm.

For travellers from Tasmania we are holding 10 rooms at the Ibis Budget Hotel ($125/room) which is a short walk from the airport terminal.

Included Meals: None

Highlights

  • Sea of Galilee
  • Nazareth
  • Jericho
  • Qumran
  • Masada
  • Dead Sea
  • Bethlehem
  • Palestinian home stay
  • Jerusalem
  • Petra
  • Tel Aviv

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OUR PRICING

Pricing

Category Description Twin PP Single
Tour only (no airfares) $4,499.00 $6,180.00
Full package including airfares Flying Cathay Pacific ex Melbourne $6,799.00 $8,690.00

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