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Israel & Jordan Tour 2019 | Redeemer Riverview & Pastor Craig Swartz

With Pastor Craig Swartz

From $4,849 per person

October 21 – Nov. 1, 2019

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Tour Leaders:

Pastor Craig Swartz

Location:

Israel, Jordan

TOUR OVERVIEW:

This all-encompassing Bible study tour incorporates all the newest archaeological sites, truly enhancing this trip of a lifetime! We visit both Israel and Jordan on this tour, while staying at some of the most unique, beautiful and comfortable hotels and resorts that The Holy Land offers with teacher and Pastor Craig Swartz from Redeemer Riverview, a Presbyterian church in Riverview, Florida.

A few of the hotels include:

Ma’in, Jordan; Movenpick, Petra; JW Marriott, Dead Sea, Jordan; Herbert Samuel, Jerusalem; & Nof Ginosar Deluxe, Sea of Galilee

Not only have we incorporated these amazing sites and stunning hotels, we have also included most meals (except a few lunches), air from Orlando or other major cities, all the hotels, entrance fees, taxes, transportation, preparatory information, all airport fees and most tips. You will be on a private bus for just your group with your own guide.

The inclusive tour price is only $4,849 per person, sharing a double room. If you want to travel alone, without paying for a single or private room, we match roommates!

TOUR MAP:

Israel and Jordan Tour Map

INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:

  • Round trip airfare from Orlando or other major city

  • All hotels

  • Transportation on a private bus

  • Entrance fees

  • Most meals

  • Teachings and private guide

  • Fuel surcharges

  • Most tips

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MAIN ITINERARY

flight on airplane
  • October 21, 2019
  • Departure
  • Depart home airport or Orlando at 9:30 AM, change in London or Frankfurt.

  • October 22, 2019
  • Arrive in Jodan
  • Arrive Jordan, transfer to our small luxury boutique hotel. It is located under a semi-circle of natural waterfalls. This amazing place is called Ma’in. It was the site of King Herod’s summer palace. We will have dinner under the waterfalls and rest.

  • Dinner

  • October 23, 2019
  • Bethany and Beyond the Jordan
  • After a morning swim in the thermal pools or a hike behind the falls, we will depart for Bethany Beyond the Jordan. This is the place where the dove descended on Jesus and John the Baptist baptized our Savior. Afterwards, we stand in a mysterious place where Elijah most likely was swept up to heaven and where Joshua crossed over the Jordan River. From this site, we will be able to see Mount Nebo and Jericho simultaneously. Late in the day, we arrive at the newly excavated site of Sodom and Gomorrah, called Tall el-Hammam. You will most likely see a current sifting and excavation project in process. Overnight in our little oasis again at Ma’in.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Petra Monastery
  • October 24, 2019
  • Drive to Mt. Nebo and Petra
  • After a large breakfast, we drive up to Mt. Nebo, where Moses saw into the Promised Land. You will see Aaron’s Tomb in the distance today as well. Below us is the historic King’s Highway. We will take that Highway to the entrance of Petra today. We will have time for a Turkish sauna or relax. Petra, Movenpick.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dead Sea
  • October 25, 2018
  • Petra and the Dead Sea
  • Walk or take a horse and buggy through the amazing rock formations that lead to Petra. After a full day to enjoy the teachings, overlooks, altars and tombs, we will end at a 5-star buffet lunch. We will drive on to the Dead Sea for the night, where you can float and enjoy the pools or healing waters that are at various temperatures. Dinner tonight over the unique lake.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Qumran site of where Dead Sea Scrolls found
  • October 26, 2019
  • Jericho and Qumran
  • We cross the Allenby Bridge into Israel and make the short drive to Jericho. We will visit the tell of the oldest city and have a perfect view of the mountain of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. Then, we will drive south to Qumran. It is here where the greatest find, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We will have an opportunity to look into Cave 4, which is where the greatest number of Biblical texts were found. We continue south to Masada where 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). We ascend the Roman road along Wadi Qilt, where we stop for a look at St. George’s Monastery. Finally, atop Mt. Scopus, we behold majestic Jerusalem. We arrive at our hotel for dinner and overnight.

  • Breakfast, Dinner

The Jerusalem Golden Gate at mid-day
  • October 27, 2019
  • Gate Beautiful and Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • This morning we will stand on the Mt. of Olives together and see the spectacular view of the Golden, or Gate Beautiful. Those of you with good walking shoes can walk down Palm Sunday Road. We will enter into the Garden of Gethsemane for a time of worship together. Afterward, we will have some free time for lunch in the Old City. We will arrive at the adjacent City of David. We will tour the new findings of Area G and come into the tunnel area where you can choose to walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel (standing water and is dark), or through the regular tunnels. After we come out, we will sit together at the site where Jesus healed the blind man, the recently discovered: Pool of Siloam. What can be better after this, than to walk the very Southern Steps that Jesus would have taken as he entered the Temple grounds. We will enjoy the Biblical archaeology on the steps. Time permitting, we will walk through one of the key gates, and into the Old City where you can finish the day with some light shopping time. Return to our small boutique hotel, the Herbert Samuel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner

Pools of Bethesda
  • October 28, 2019
  • Temple Mount, Pools of Bethesda and back to Jerusalem
  • This morning we visit Temple Mount together. When we exit this prophetic plateau, we will be steps away from the Pools of Bethesda. We will have an opportunity to worship together at Saint Anne’s church. You will be able to spend some time for lunch outside of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as well as purchase local items from the shopkeepers. After lunch, our bus will take us to a viewpoint, so you can see the Shepherd’s Field of Bethlehem – still in use today by local shepherds. You will also be visiting a cave, which is a natural setting, similar to Jesus’ birth environment. Return to Jerusalem for communion at a garden tomb as we celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection. Dinner at the hotel.

  • October 29, 2019
  • Stay at the Sea of Galilee
  • Discover great Old Testament truths in archaeology as we visit Mt. Gerizim, adjacent to Mt. Ebal (the mountains of blessing and cursing), Shiloh, Jericho, Nazareth. We will stop at the new Jesus boyhood courtyard home and finally we arrive to the Sea of Galilee at our lakeside Galilee Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Magdala Synagogue Excavation
  • October 30, 219
  • Visiting the sites and a Sea of Galilee Cruise
  • Mt. of Beatitudes, Chorazin, the newly opened synagogue of Magdala, Capernaum, Bethsaida. Take a private Sea of Galilee worship cruise, see the authentic Jesus boat, fish, and have lunch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • October 31, 2019
  • Exciting biblical sites and shopping
  • Tel Dan, Banias, Caesarea Philippi, Golan, see the mini Masada and synagogue of Gamla, the synagogue of Katzrin, see an authentic village and end with a lively modern-day olive oil shop with unique goods. Free time at hotel. Dinner in our lake-front home.

  • Breakfast, Dinner

flight on airplane
  • November 1, 2019
  • Flights home
  • Breakfast, board flights for the USA.

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Reedemer Riverview Pastor Craig Swartz

Craig Swartz

Pastor, Redeemer Riverview
Riverview, Florida


Craig A. Swartz is the Senior Pastor at Redeemer Church. He was born and raised in Wheaton, Illinois. Craig and his wife Frances have been married for 35 years and have four children: John, Will (Shauna), Laura (Austin), and Andrew.

Pastor Swartz attended Wheaton College for his undergraduate work and majored in both Bible and Economics. Upon graduation he worked for several years with ServiceMaster Industries in corporate management. During this time, he married his wife Frances, who was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. Responding to God’s call in his life to the Gospel ministry, he left ServiceMaster Industries and moved to South Carolina, where he received a Masters of Divinity at The Columbia Biblical Seminary of Columbia International University.

In 1988, Pastor Swartz accepted a call to be the Director of Student Ministries at Seminole Presbyterian Church, in Tampa, Florida, where he served for 5 years. While there, he became an Associate Pastor, ordained and installed in the Presbyterian Church of America. In 1993, he accepted a call to become Associate Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Easley, South Carolina. After four years as Associate Pastor, Pastor Swartz became the Interim Senior Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church for one year.
In September of 1998, Pastor Swartz was called to Redeemer Church as its founding Pastor. The ministry began as a parachute church plant and is now a multi-campus staffed church meeting in Riverview, Florida.

One of Pastor Swartz’ passions is missions. He has led people on numerous short-term missions trips, including Jamaica, Romania and Afghanistan. His life-long goal in ministry is to see people develop a passion for Jesus above anything else in life.

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