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Christian Israel Tour 2017 | Holy Land Tour with Pastor Paul Van Noy

March 23 – April 3, 2017 | Christian Israel Tour

Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.

Acts 7:33

A Christian Israel tour is planned for Candlelight Fellowship that will bless you with fresh insight as you study the Word together in the place that God has set apart for Himself. You will be comfortable but moved! You will be awestruck and filled! Join us, as we fellowship together on our trip to the Holy Land. This in-depth journey takes us to the amazing sites of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and to the Old Testament sites that are used in God’s teachings throughout His Word. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us! The tour is only $3,999 per person including airfare from Spokane (and a few other cities). What a great opportunity for us to fellowship together! Join us this April for an unforgettable Christian Israel tour!

 Israel Tour Day Adventures, Locations and Tours
March 23
Begin Christian Israel Tour
Depart the US
March 24
Christian Israel Tour
Tel Aviv, Caesarea

Tel Aviv, Mediterranean Sea, welcome dinner

March 25
Israel Christian Tour
Megiddo, Nazareth, Mt. Carmel, Cana, Sea of Galilee
March 26
Israel Christian Tour
Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Chorazin, Kursi (Gadarenes)
March 27
Christian Israel Tour
Galilee Cruise, Fish Lunch, Jesus Boat, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan
March 28
Israel Christian Tour
Beth Shean, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Dead Sea, Masada
March 29
Israel Christian Tour
Free day on Dead Sea
March 30
Israel Christian Tour
Masada, Bethlehem, Jerusalem
March 31 City of David, Pools of Siloam, Southern Steps
April 1
Israel Christian Tour
Western Wall, Temple Mount, Mt. of Olives
April 2
Israel Christian Tour
Pools of Bethesda, Garden Tomb, Jaffa, farewell Dinner
April 3
Christian Israel Tour
Return to the US

Your Tour Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Spokane, Seattle, Portland or Los Angeles, all taxes, current fuel surcharges and fees.
  • All accommodations
  • Fully escorted by a professional Israeli tour guide and hosted by Pastor Van Noy throughout
  • Private bus with WIFI
  • All transportation
  • Meals as outlined on “Full Christian Israel tour Itinerary” (next tab)

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Day Full Christian Israel Tour Itinerary
March 23 Depart Spokane at 7:00AM, changing in Los Angeles.
March 24 Tel Aviv, Caesarea

Arrive in Tel Aviv at 5:20PM. We will be met by our guide at the airport. We arrive at our seaside hotel where we begin our Christian Israel tour with a welcome dinner and overnight at the Ramada Inn and Suites, Netanya Beach, D

March 25 Megiddo, Nazareth, Mt. Carmel, Sea of Galilee, overnight Leonardo Plaza Tiberias (3 nights)

After a sumptuous breakfast, we drive to Caesarea this morning to see the sunken harbor where Paul was sent off to Rome.  We see the hippodrome and Roman Aqueduct then on to Muhraka (“burnt offering”) on Mt. Carmel, with a panorama of the Plain of Jezreel (Esdraelon). We continue to Megiddo for the background to Armageddon (Revelation 16). After surveying the Plain of Jezreel, we proceed to Nazareth, visiting part of the ancient village and enjoying a view of Mt. Tabor. We go on to Cana, commemorating Jesus’ transformation of water into wine. We end the day at the Arbel cliff, which affords a view over the Lake of Galilee and the main sites of Jesus’ ministry, and then drive down to the Sea of Galilee. BD

March 26

 

Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Chorazin, Kursi (Gadarenes), Baptism

Today we drive up to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7), hike down the hill to the lake and go to Tabgha. Here Christians have long remembered the first feeding of the multitude (Mark 6) and nearby, the breakfast of John 21. We continue walking to nearby Capernaum, where Franciscan archaeologists believe they have uncovered the house of Peter (Mark 1 and 2). Then we drive toward the northern end of the Sea of Galilee, heading east and stop at Beth Saida, which is the fishing village of the Gospels. This village was the hometown of Peter, Andrew, and Philip (John 1:44). Here, as well as Capernaum and Chorazin, Jesus performed most of his miracles, healed a blind man, and cursed all three towns for their failure to repent. In Luke’s account, the feeding of the 5,000 occurred in the area of Beth Saida. We continue driving around the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, heading south to Ein Gev, where you can stop for a St. Peter’s Fish lunch. After lunch, we drive further south to Kursi, in the “Gergesa” of Matthew’s Gospel, where the evangelists located a slab that documents the location of the miracle of the swine. Most likely, that is what early Christians were commemorating. We then complete our full-circle drive around the lake and stop at a location where the Jordan River exits south from the Sea of Galilee and heads down the Jordan Valley. We end our day at the modern Baptismal site of the Yardenit, where you have the opportunity to renew your Baptismal vows before heading back to the hotel for dinner and overnight. BD

March 27 Galilee Cruise, Fish Lunch, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” The site at Caesarea Philippi is sure to be a favorite. Next, we will also visit Tel Dan, one of the most important biblical mounds in the country. Here archaeologists discovered an inscription with the words “House of David,” and you can see a gateway from the time of Abraham, as well as the High Place of Jeroboam and the Israelite gate. At Dan, you’ll also enjoy the natural beauty of Banias, nestled on the flourishing banks of one the Jordan’s main tributaries. We end this portion of the Christian Israel tour with an hour on the lake in a wooden boat, modeled on one from Jesus’ time, plus a visit to the Jesus boat, found under the mud at the Sea of Galilee. BD

March 28 Overnight on Dead Sea, David Hotel (2 nights)

Drive to Dead Sea area and we stop to see the spectacular site of Beth Shean, then we drive about an hour and arrive at  the base of Masada.  We will take the cable-car up the majestic mountain side to the top of Masada.  You will enjoy a spectacular view from Edom to Mt. Nebo and to the Mediterranean and Dead Seas.  Masada is the scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels, at the end of the great revolt against Rome, nearly 2,000 years ago. Next, we  stop at Ein Gedi and where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found: Qumran. This afternoon we will arrive in Ein Bokek, where you will check into your hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea. The hotel is in the village area of the Dead Sea with shops and great walking areas. You will have time to enjoy the salty waters of the Dead Sea before we will have our dinner and overnight at the David Hotel. BD

March 29 Free day at the Dead Sea resort

Day to sleep in!  Enjoy the facilities, the muds, spa and spectacular views. Tonight we will have dinner together at our lovely hotel.  BD

March 30 Bethlehem, to Jerusalem (3 nights)

 “We are going up to Jerusalem.” (Matthew 20:18).
We drive along the Roman road along Wadi Qelt, where we will stop for a look at the picturesque desert monastery of St. George’s, built deep in the gorge of Wadi Qelt. Finally, atop Mt. Scopus, we behold majestic Jerusalem. “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace” (Luke 19:42). We enter at the Mt. of Olives for a visual orientation of the city. We will walk through the church of Pater Noster, which is dedicated to the Lord’s Prayer, depicting it in several languages of the world, done in ceramic tiles covering the walls of the Church. You will have an opportunity to read the Lord’s prayer in Aramaic, the language that Christ taught his disciples. Then we descend the traditional Palm Sunday Road stopping at the church of Dominus Flevit – The Lord Weeps. We continue down to the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26) with a visit to the garden and the church where you can have some quiet time. We then drive down in the Kidron Valley and up Mt. Zion to the church grounds called Peter in Gallicantu,  which affords the best view of early Jerusalem from the west. Here, the Assumptionist Fathers propose, was the house where the High Priest Caiaphas interrogated Jesus. Driving south to the Bethlehem region passing Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem, we go to Shepherds’ Fields. We then visit Bethlehem and start our tour of Bethlehem city with a visit to the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem to view a natural cave that best depicts the Nativity scene. We will walk through its alleys and markets to the Church of the Nativity. From there we drive back to Jerusalem to check in at the Dan Hotel Jerusalem, our hotel for the next three nights of our Christian Israel tour. BD

March 31 Jerusalem

Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation. For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. (Psalm 48:12-14)

First thing this morning, take the ramparts walk on the Old City Walls from Jaffa Gate to the Western Wall.  Descend from the Old City Wall and take time to examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple Complex, which includes steps where you may be certain that Jesus taught and He and his disciples walked. Then, walk up to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. Walk up to the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site of Islam, located on the traditional site of the ancient Temple Mount. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road; view the Broad Wall. The rest of the Day is free to walk about in the Jewish Quarter. While in the Jewish Quarter, take the opportunity to visit the Temple Institute, the Herodion Mansion. BD

April 1 Jerusalem

When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that he intended to make war on Jerusalem, he consulted with his officials and military staff about blocking off the water from the springs outside the city, and they helped him. A large force of men assembled, and they blocked all the springs and the stream that flowed through the land. “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find plenty of water? (2 Chronicles 32:2-4) After breakfast we begin our day with a transfer to Dung Gate and descend the slope of the first Jerusalem (“City of David”) to the Gihon spring and proceed through Hezekiah’s tunnel, which channeled the water to a pool where city dwellers of old were safe from the Assyrian arrows. The tour starts with a 10-minute 3-D movie, which gives a visual timeline of the geography of the City of David, from the original settlement to present day. Then we descend into the ground to Hezekiah’s tunnel, built sometime near 700 B.C. It was needed to bring fresh water from outside the fortified City of David (from the Gihon Spring) to the inside (deposited into the Pool of Siloam), so that the city would have drinking water during any siege (the tunnel’s construction is referred to in Isaiah 22:9). You can opt to do the 40-minute walk in knee-high water, from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam, where in John 9 it records the healing of the blind man, by putting mud on his eyes and asking him to wash it away. For those who are not bothered by tight quarters, you will enter into the new, dry, Temple sewer tunnels that recently opened. After drying ourselves, we regain our bus and drive to the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran, and the Israel Museum, including the outdoor model of Jerusalem depicting how the city may have looked in 66 AD. Later this afternoon, we have a solemn visit to Yad VaShem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, dedicated to the six million Jews who lost their lives before and during World War II.  Also, memorials have been placed to the many Gentiles who helped the Jews during this period, risking their lives to do so.  Return to the Dan Hotel Jerusalem for the night.  BD

April 2 Pools of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church, Via Dolorosa, Garden Tomb with communion, Tel Aviv, Jaffa and Farewell Dinner

You will have a free morning on this portion of our Christian Israel tour.   You can revisit the Old City or take in Vad Yashem on your own time.  We will regroup at the hotel just after lunch. He has risen! (Mark 16:6) Again, we take the walk on the Old City Ramparts, but this time we walk in the opposite direction towards Damascus Gate and the Kidron Valley. When you get off the wall at St. Steven’s Gate, also known as Sheep’s Gate, and enter the city, you will find the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church. This church has remarkable acoustics and has been perfectly preserved from the Crusader period. We then follow the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) back as far as the Holy Sepulcher. From there, we walk through the Arab Souks to Damascus Gate and then walk leisurely to the Garden Tomb for a special visit. We board our bus and drive west down the Judean Hills heading to Tel Aviv and continue along the scenic route, south to Jaffa, the oldest port in the Holy Land. And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.” And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” (Acts 10:13 – 16 )

We will enjoy a farewell dinner before transferring for our very early morning departure.

April 3 Flights Home, via Los Angeles, arriving Spokane at 7:00PM today.

Pastor Paul Van Noy, Candlelight Christian Fellowship

Paul Van Noy Christian Israel tour Speaker 2015

Paul Van Noy is the founding pastor of Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He is an expository style teaching pastor and he teaches the Bible through a clear and understandable dispensational hermeneutic. His weekly verse-by-verse Bible studies are enjoyed by both the members of Candlelight Christian Fellowship as well as by many across the country via DVD, the internet, and radio broadcasting. Paul is President of the Ministerial Association for the City of Coeur d’Alene, community event coordinator, author, conference speaker, and most importantly, a servant of Jesus Christ. Many say Paul is the go to guy for grace-oriented Theology.

Join him in April on this unique Christian Israel tour!

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It’s been about a month since I returned from Israel, so it is way past time to thank you for putting together a true trip of a lifetime! It was all and more than I expected … and I have about 500 photos to prove it. And Roman was a fantastic guide! He was a wealth of knowledge — biblical, messianic, archaeological, historical, cultural…he gave us all some new and exciting perspectives!

This trip was exciting! We visited many important Biblical sights that will enlighten our Bible reading forever. We got a lifetime of memories!

I just received word from Florine about the refund of the insurance cost for those of us who had to cancel.  It really means a lot to me that you went the extra mile and accomplished this feat in today’s cold and cutthroat business world.  My thanks to you and your organization for caring.
May God’s richest blessings be yours,

I love to travel but this tour was the adventure of a lifetime. Everything was first class: the hotels, the ship, the food, the guides and the teaching.

Everything ran smoothly. What a lot of logistical planning went into this trip. Greatly appreciated! We will see you again!

I enjoyed this tour so much, that I’d like to do it again sometime, maybe in the Spring season. PS…our grp enjoyed each others’ company so much that we are having a reunion party coming up on Monday the 21st!

Very personal service whenever I had questions!

I learned a lot, experienced a lot, and created great memories. Great overall experience. Local guides were mostly excellent….knowledgeable and friendly. Rhonda is very helpful and professionally competent in all she does.

As it was the first tour I have ever taken, I am very pleased with the trip.  It was a wonderful experience, great people and most interesting places, I’d go again in a heartbeat!  Thank you!

I also want to thank you for the prayer time we had together.  That was very special for me and I have no doubt God heard our prayers.

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