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Grace Fellowship Israel Tour 2018

With Grace Fellowship

10 Days from $4,369 per person

Nov 1-12, 2018

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Grace Fellowship

Location:

Israel

OVERVIEW
ITINERARY
TOUR SCHOLAR(S)
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OVERVIEW

TOUR OVERVIEW:

This private small group tour incorporates the best opportunity to contextualize the places and events recorded in the Bible. We will travel from Dan to Beersheba and cover both Old and New Testament sights. The unique visits on this tour include the mounts of blessings and curses of Gerizim and Ebal. You will stand at Shiloh where the Ark was kept, you will visit the replica of the Tabernacle in the Desert, you will see both Masada and Gamla – mountain top fortresses and travel through the Valley of Armageddon.

We will have a sweet visit to the Mount of Beatitudes and see the sights where Jesus walked through the hills and villages of the Galilee. We will have a private time of worship on the Sea of Galilee in our own boat and stay in a lovely guest house with panoramic views of the Galilee. You will be able to imagine the apostles struggling in the storm when Jesus watched them and finally walked to them.

Most of our hotels are small, intimate properties where you will feel the uniqueness of your stays. Each is located in a place where you can have amazing private times with the Lord. We have included breakfast and dinner each day with a couple lunches. Tour starts at $4,369 including round-trip air on Delta from Atlanta.

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INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:

  • Round-trip air on Delta from Atlanta

  • Most Meals (excludes some lunches)

  • Hotels for the duration of your tour

  • All transportation

  • Teachings

  • Fuel surcharges

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ITINERARY

MAIN ITINERARY

Negev desert
  • Nov 2
  • Arrive in Israel, Beersheba
  • Arrival in Israel this afternoon – After passport control and baggage claim we will meet our guide. We begin our adventure by driving through the Philistine country with a pass through Jaffa along the way. We travel down into the Negev via Beersheba to the area of Mitzpe Ramon and check into our hotel

  • Dinner
Foam and Salt on the Shore of the Dead Sea
  • Nov 3
  • Mitzpe Ramon, Negev, Timna, Eilat, Wilderness of Zin, Dead Sea
  • We start our sightseeing of the Negev with the Mitzpe Ramon observatory to view the eerie lunar landscape of the crater and learn of the geology of the area and the path of the Nabatean Spice Route. We continue south through the Negev and dwell some time on the desert experience as we drive to the copper mines at Timna. Here we view the scale model of the tabernacle in the desert. After a quick lunch on your own, we drive further north to view the stupendous wilderness of Zin, a geographic area mentioned by the Torah as containing Kadesh Barnea within it and it is therefore also referred to as the “Wilderness of Kadesh.” We drive to the Dead Sea in time to float and enjoy the spas and mineral rich water.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Nov 4
  • Masada, Qumran, Jericho, Tiberias
  • Beginning this morning, we drive north to impressive Masada. At Masada, we take the cable car to the top, visiting Herod’s mountain bunker and the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome (66-73 AD). This is where the Jewish zealots resisted the Romans for three years after the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed. We drive by the entrance to Ein Gedi and try to imagine a possible cave that brings to mind the biblical reference (1 Samuel 24:1-3), “Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Ein Gedi.” Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats. He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave.” We proceed to drive along the Eastern shores of the Dead Sea, as we visit the caves of Qumran where we will enjoy lunch. This is also the settlement of the first century sect, known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. We take the time to visit the Copper Scroll Cave. Next, we drive to Jericho. At Jericho, we visit the tel of this oldest city and view the traditional mountain of Jesus’ temptation driving through the Jordan Valley north. Travel north to Tiberias and spend the night at the Poriya Youth Hostel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Nov 5
  • Golan Heights, Gamla, Katzrin, Quneitra, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi
  • We ascend the Golan Heights today, the biblical Bashan and ancestral home of the half-tribe of Manasseh and in Jesus’ day, part of the territory of Herod Philip. We stop for an overview of Gamla, also known as “Masada of the north,” where you’ll hear a heroic story of the few against the many, as the raptors that are protected here soar overhead in these magnificent natural surroundings. We continue to Katzrin and visit its ancient Talmudic Village to understand aspects of daily life at the time of Jesus, as they are reflected in Gospel stories. Next, we drive along Israel’s border with Syria and stop at the Quneitra overlook. Then we 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. Then on to Caesarea Philippi, now known as Banias. Open your Bible among the ruins of pagan temples to consider the words Jesus spoke here: “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13). As at Dan, you’ll also enjoy the natural beauty of Banias, nestled on the flourishing banks of one the Jordan’s main tributaries. Overnight HI Poriya Hostel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Mount of Beatitudes
  • Nov 6
  • Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Ein Gev, Kursi, Sea of Galilee, Magdala
  • This morning we drive up to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7) and hike down the hill to the lake. We go to Tabgha, where Christians have long remembered the first feeding of the multitude (Mark 6) and nearby, the breakfast of John. Continue our walk to nearby Capernaum, where Franciscan archaeologists believe they have uncovered the house of Peter (Mark 1 and 2). Then we drive the northern end of the Sea of Galilee heading east and stop at Bethsaida, which is the fishing village of the Gospels. This village was the home town 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 5000 occurred in the area of Bethsaida. We continue driving around the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee heading south to Ein Gev where you will stop for lunch of St Peter’s fish. After lunch, drive further south to Kursi in the “Gergesa” of Matthew’s Gospel, where the evangelist locates the miracle of the swine. From Ein Gev we take a boat ride on Sea of Galilee Worship Boats LTD to Ginosar pier, at the newly discovered and exciting archaeological site of the fishing village of Magdala. Here we can see a first century synagogue, typical of the various synagogues that dotted the Galilee region and where Christ would have first preached the gospel. We end our day on the lake in a wooden boat modeled on one from Jesus’ time. (Mathew 14). Overnight HI Poriya Hostel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Nov 7
  • Nazareth, Caesarea Maritima, Tel Aviv, Valley of Armageddon, Jerusalem
  • For those of you who want to stretch your legs early, 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 at Dung Gate and continue walking along the path to the City of David. Those who prefer not to do this walk, will join us at the gates of the City of David via bus. Our Jerusalem day, begins with 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. This tunnel was built somewhere near 700 B.C. and 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). John 9 records the healing of the blind man at the Pool of Siloam by putting mud on his eyes and asking him to wash them away.
    We will then walk up to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. We continue walking 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. Just to the north we find the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church, perfectly preserved from the Crusader period with remarkable acoustics. After this exciting day, we transfer back up to the Dung Gate. Just inside the gate we take the 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. We visit the Antonia Fortress under the Sisters of Zion Convent and then the Western Wall Tour. We then follow the traditional Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) to the Christian Quarter and end up back at our hotel near Jaffa Gate. Enjoy the remainder of the day for shopping and the “suks” near our hotel. After dinner we can have a short night tour of the city of Jerusalem. (B,D)

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Nov 8
  • City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, al-Aqsa Mosque, Pools of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church, Antoniah Fortress, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa
  • For those of you who want to stretch your legs early, 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 at Dung Gate and continue walking along the path to the City of David. Those who prefer not to do this walk, will join us at the gates of the City of David via bus. Our Jerusalem day, begins with 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. This tunnel was built somewhere near 700 B.C. and 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). John 9 records the healing of the blind man at the Pool of Siloam by putting mud on his eyes and asking him to wash them away.
    We will then walk up to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. We continue walking 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. Just to the north we find the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church, perfectly preserved from the Crusader period with remarkable acoustics. After this exciting day, we transfer back up to the Dung Gate. Just inside the gate we take the 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. We visit the Antonia Fortress under the Sisters of Zion Convent and then the Western Wall Tour. We then follow the traditional Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) to the Christian Quarter and end up back at our hotel near Jaffa Gate. Enjoy the remainder of the day for shopping and the “suks” near our hotel. After dinner we can have a short night tour of the city of Jerusalem. (B,D)

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Nov 9
  • Free day, but transfer to Israel Museum is provided.
  • Free day in the Old City of Jerusalem today. You have so many options. Visit the new Zion Museum, the Israeli Museum with the Shrine of the Book, quiet time at the Wall, visit the David Citadel Museum around the corner from our hotel or shop and enjoy a day of fabulous sights and sounds!

  • Breakfast
  • Nov 10
  • Khirbet Maqatir, Herodium, Valley of Elah, Shiloh, Gerazim, Shechem. Drive past Shepherd’s Field with the busy town of Bethlehem in the distance.
  • We begin our day with a drive to. Khirbet el Maqatir compelling due to a conquest of Joshua. Next, we travel to the Elah Valley where David fought Goliath and reenact the scene in our imaginations as we listen to 1 Samuel 17. From Tel Azekah, we see before our very eyes how this famous battle took place! We then drive towards Samaria and up to Mt. Gerizim to visit with the local Samaritans, still practicing their faith today. We get to meet the Samaritans, the smallest ethnic group in the world. We then drive down to the nearby Jacob’s Well, site of Jesus’ conversation with a Samaritan woman. Driving south we see Shiloh where the Tabernacle was housed for 369 years. The site at Shiloh is home to a large enclave of Jews who immigrated from the USA. Our next visit is the site of Herodium, our time at the Israel museum will have prepped us for this site. We return to Jerusalem by driving past Shepherd’s Fields. This day will be an Old Testament story in itself, many times over!

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Nov 11
  • Mt. of Olives, Dominus Flevit, Gethsemane, Mt. Scopus, Emek Tzurim Valley, Special Archaeological Dig Site, Garden Tomb
  • Today we will start on the Mt. of Olives with the Old City tilted toward us. After an orientation, we descend the traditional Palm Sunday road to Dominus Flevit (“The Lord weeps”), remembering Jesus’ entry (Luke 19). We continue down to Gethsemane (Matthew 26) with a visit to the garden and the church where we will have some quiet time. We then drive to Mt. Scopus and walk down the Emek Tzurim Valley to the site. Afterwards, we visit a unique site where much of the dirt and material from King Solomon’s palace and grounds are being sifted. You will be a part of this amazing project, so be prepared to get your hands dirty! From there we drive to the Garden Tomb where we end our tour with a special visit and private communion and worship together. The balance of the day is free. You have your room until we leave for the airport tonight. We get together for our farewell dinner at our hotel before we transfer to Ben Gurion airport for our late flight back home (at approximately 9:00PM).

  • Breakfast, Dinner
flight on airplane
  • Nov 12
  • Arrive Home Early
  • Arrive to your home airports.

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TOUR SCHOLAR(S)

Christian Tour of Israel with Grace Fellowship Church

Grace Fellowship Leaders

, Grace Fellowship
Atlanta, Georgia


Grace Fellowship has chosen to have a team teach and lead us on this amazing tour. Several speakers will be with us and we look to the leadership team at Grace to come alongside and teach, lead and join in on this adventure. Our itinerary below will be flexible and change based on their guidance.

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TOUR PHOTOS:

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All I can say is AMAZING…FANTASTIC…UNBELIEVABLE and STUNNING! Every family member said it was our best trip yet, and we have had lots and lots of fantastic trips in the past 20 years!

Sunshine & Fred S.

Living Passages also facilitates all Koinonia House’s unique tours. The staff is always friendly and handles the myriad of complex travel details associated with large groups in the most professional manner. I cannot overstate how pleased I am with the service and professionalism of this outstanding organization.

Chuck Missler

Koinonia House

I loved it!  It truly was the adventure of a lifetime.  My son had a wonderful experience, too.  Thank you for making the trip kid-friendly!

Loretta & Jacob S.

Everything was wonderful, and first class. Hotels and ship were top of the line. Our Greek Orthodox guide, Sayat was fantastic. So much knowledge and history and enthusiasm! Pastor Lutzer’s teachings were much enjoyed and enlightening. Rebecca is a sweetheart.

Anonymous

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

Monica H.

To see Biblical sites in which Paul ministered as well as see sites of some of the churches of Revelation was an opportunity of a lifetime. The Bible teaching was absolutely outstanding. Of course, being on a sailing ship was delightful as well. I highly recommend a Footsteps of Paul.

Irma H.

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OUR ASSURANCE:

1. Through the use of The Word, we trust that once…

Through the use of The Word, we trust that once you have returned from our Christian tours, you will have gained a deeper knowledge of the scriptures and the multiple layers of teaching and truths that are inside each.

Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

2. You can be assured an experience like our previous participants…

You can be assured an experience like our previous participants, who have gained an appreciation of how God uses everything for His glory and for the purpose of furthering knowledge and understanding. You will see this as you encounter the geology of the land, the geography where events actually occurred and the archaeology that may (or may not!) still exist. Furthermore, through the remaining people in the land, the practices still in place and demography that have endured.

Colossians 1:20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

3. Further, our assurance is received that through The Word…

Further, our assurance is received that through The Word; the teachings you will be exposed will solidify the truth which you and your family have been taught by seeing, touching and hearing the scriptures each day. We assert and firmly believe Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

4. You and your family will experience…

You and your family will experience the oneness of the body of Christ during our trip.