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Journey Through the Holy Land
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Tour Dates October 26th - November 5th, 2017 (11 days)
Included meals 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 9 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rev Bob & Judi Wilson
Pricing from $5,095 CAD
Rostad Tours invites you to "walk in the footsteps of history" as you travel through the Holy Land. This unforgettable journey is one that every Christian should experience at least once in their lifetime. Not just an incredible educational experience, but an opportunity for you to deepen your knowledge of the Bible and revitalize your spirit. Come join us on roads well-travelled to trace the footsteps of the prophets, Jesus, crusaders and pilgrims as we explore the rich theological and archaeological history of the Holy Land.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart to Holy Land

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Today we meet at the airport to begin a wonderful journey. Our experiences in the Holy Land will educate and enrich our lives as we watch the stories in the Bible come to life.

Day 2 - Arrive Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Friday, October 27th, 2017

White CityAn overnight flight brings us to Ben Gurion Airport where we meet our guide and driver. They take us for a short tour of Jaffa - one of the oldest towns in the world and mentioned in both the Old and New Testament. Then we travel north through the modern city of Tel Aviv - a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) to our hotel. Before dinner we may want to take a stroll along the beach and dip our toes in the Mediterranean.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Caesarea - Megiddo - Mt Carmel - Akko

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

AqueductOur morning departure takes us north to Caesarea, the former Roman capital founded by King Herod to honour Caesar Augustus. This is where Peter baptized the first Gentile convert and where Paul was held awaiting his trial in Rome. Excavated ruins of this sea-side town include an amphitheatre, a hippodrome and an aqueduct. Then we proceed to Megiddo, where some believe the last battle, or Armageddon, will be fought. We'll see the ruins of Solomon's chariot stables, a Canaanite temple, and a water storage tunnel. Then we travel to Mount Carmel, where Elijah challenged and defeated the prophets of Baal. After a view of the picturesque city of Haifa, we continue to Akko - the Crusader capital - then turn inland and proceed to our hotel in Tiberius.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Galilee - Caesarea Philippi - Capernaum

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Mount of BeatitudesThis morning we visit the museum that houses the 2000 year old "Jesus Boat". Then we travel north to Upper Galilee and visit Dan, the largest of four sources of the Jordan River and the city that used to define the northern border of Israel. Next we visit Banias, previously known as Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus told Simon, "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church." This afternoon we will enjoy an inspirational boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. On board we have time for a short service as we contemplate stories from the Bible that relate to this area. Afterwards we'll visit Capernaum, where Jesus spent several years preaching. Next is Tabgha, where He performed the miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. Then we visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Sepphoris - Nazareth - Mt Tabor

Monday, October 30th, 2017

View From Mount TaborOur day starts with the impressive ruins at Sepphoris, formerly a city of great wealth and beauty, and believed to be the birthplace of Mary. Next is Nazareth, Jesus’ childhood home, to see the Church of the Annunciation and the beautiful mosaics of the "Madonna and Child", created by artists from around the world. Then we visit Nazareth Village, a recreation of what a Galilean farm and village would have been like 2000 years ago. Our visit here will include a Biblical meal as served in the first century for lunch. Our final stop is Mount Tabor, believed to be the site of Christ’s Transfiguration. After an exciting taxi ride to the summit, we can enjoy the commanding view across the Jezreel Valley before returning to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Belvoir - Beth Shean - Jericho

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Roman TheatreOur first stop today is the baptismal site on the Jordan River. Next is Belvoir Castle, a former crusader fortress. We continue to Beth Shean (ancient Scythopolis), a city that belonged to a group of ten Greco-Roman centres called the Decapolis. It was destroyed by an earthquake and recent excavations show us how marvellous the city would have been during its glory days. Then, we drive through the Jordan Valley to the lowest city on earth, Jericho - the "City of Palms" where civilization dates back over 10,000 years.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Qumran - Masada - Dead Sea

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

View of MasadaThis morning we'll visit the Dead Sea region – the lowest spot on earth, dropping over 300 metres below sea level. First we stop to see the ruins at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls - the oldest biblical documents ever found - were discovered hidden in the caves in clay jars. Then we arrive at Masada (WHS) and take a cable-car to the top of the mountain to see the remarkable fortress built by Herod the Great. Afterwards we have a chance to cure our ails in the restorative mud and water at the Ein Gedi Spa, next to the Dead Sea. The sensation of floating in the salt water here is a unique experience not to be missed. Finally, we visit the ruins at ancient Jericho before returning to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Jerusalem - Mount of Olives - New City

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Church of All NationsThis morning our coach climbs the Judean hills and brings us to Jerusalem. We visit the Mount of Olives, associated with several very important events in the life of Jesus, and where we enjoy an incredible view of Jerusalem. We walk down the hill, stopping at Dominus Flevit Church ("The Lord Wept") then pass through the Garden of Gethsemane to the Church of All Nations. In the afternoon we visit the impressive model of ancient Jerusalem, which gives us insight into what the city was like in the first century CE. If time permits we stop at Yad Vashem, a museum dedicated to the memory of Holocaust victims. Later, we check-in to our hotel in Jerusalem.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Old City of Jerusalem

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Dome of the RockOur tour of the Old City of Jerusalem (WHS) starts at the Western Wall, where Jews come to pray. This is part of the original retaining wall of the Second Temple, built by Herod the Great in 20BC, and is the most holy of all Jewish sites. On the Temple Mount we see the beautiful golden domed architectural treasure - the Dome of the Rock. We stop at St. Anne's Church, (listen to the beautiful acoustics), and see the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the lame man. Then we travel the "Way of the Cross" on the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After lunch and some time for shopping, a walk through the Jewish Quarter brings us to the Cardo, a reconstructed Roman main street, and finally to the Zion Gate where our bus is waiting. Our final stop today is just outside the Old City walls at the peaceful Garden Tomb, where we have the opportunity to take part in a private Communion service.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Bethlehem

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Church of the NativityThis morning we enjoy free time in Jerusalem to relax, shop or explore this ancient city. After lunch we travel to Bethlehem to visit one of Christianity’s most sacred sites, the Church of the Nativity and the nearby Shepherd's Fields. Later we celebrate the success of our trip with a farewell dinner. We then drive back to Jerusalem and our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Return Home

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

This morning we are taken to the airport for our return trip home where family and friends are eager to hear about our experiences.

Meals: Breakfast

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Special Inclusions

  • Taxi ride up Mount Tabor
  • Boat ride on Sea of Galilee
  • Cable-car ride to Masada

Prices per person (CAD)

Toronto$5,095
Ottawa$5,195
Calgary$5,295
Single supplement$840

Included

  • Return economy class airfare
  • Current airline taxes, fuel surcharges and airport fees
  • Superior Tourist class and First class hotels
  • First class motorcoach
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional tour guide
  • Sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Tipping for all included services
  • One bottle of water daily
  • Rostad Tours travel gift
  • Comprehensive and personalized tour documentation

Not included

  • Meals not shown on the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any airline luggage fees
  • Increases to surcharges, taxes or fees
  • Insurance
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