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Wilshire Church Interfaith Trip

Oct 29, 2018 - Nov 8, 2018
Wilshire Church Interfaith Trip to Israel 2018
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Departure from the U.S. to Israel
Day 2
Monday, October 29, 2018
Arrival
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport with assistance upon arrival.
  • Meet guide and driver and drive along the Coastal Highway to Haifa.
  • Welcome to Israel overlooking the Mediterranean from atop the Bahai Gardens.
  • Check in to hotel.
  • Free time for rest and relaxation.
  • Festive opening dinner at the hotel.
  • Optional walk along the Louis Promenade along Mont Carmel.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Haifa
Day 3
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
A Multicultural Mosaic
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin the day with a special program at the Beit HaGefen intercultural community center in the Wadi Nisnas area of Haifa, home to the yearly Holiday of Holiday celebrations, which combines Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions, including a guided walk through Wadi Nisnas
  • Continue to Acre for a guided visit through ancient Acre, including the underground Crusader City and the reconstructed Hamam.
  • Drive to the Lower Galilee to Nazareth with an optional visit to the Church of the Annunciation and a visit to the Nazareth Baptist Church.
  • Conclude the day with a visit to Sephoris, known as the ornament of the Galilee and a vibrant multicultural city at the end of the Roman and during the Byzantine Empire. (Time Permitting)
  • Continue to Kibbutz Kfar Giladi.
  • Check in to the Kfar Giladi hotel, followed by dinner.
Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Giladi
Day 4
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The Golan Plateau
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive across the Galilee to the Galilee Panhandle for a walk along the Dan River to the Biblical site of Tel Dan, followed by Caesarea Philipi along the Banyas River where according to some traditions Peter made his confession of Jesus as the Messiah and Abraham crossed in to the Land of Israel.
  • Ascend the Golan Heights for home hospitality lunch at the home of Naseeba Samara in the Druse village of Bukahta.
  • Jeep ride along the Golan Plateau with an off road view of the Syrian-Israeli border.
  • Continue to the Byzantine period Um el Kanatir synagogue, which is being reconstructed from a literal pile of stones, using ground-breaking technology.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at a Galilean Restaurant.
Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Giladi
Day 5
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Along the Shores of the Sea of Galilee
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Drive to the Sea of Galilee, and visit the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount, Capernaum, where Jesus taught and site of a Second Temple Jewish community and Tabkha, site of the multiplication of the Loaves and Fish.
  • Continue to Kibbutz Ginnosar in the Valley of Genezerath and view the Fisherman’s Boat which dates from the time of Jesus and was found on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
  • Visit the newly renovated site of Magdala, where a 1st century synagogue and Jewish town were found.
  • Drive along the Sea of Galilee to Tiberias and the ancient Synagogue of Hamat, which dates to the Byzantine period.
  • Conclude the day at the first Kibbutz Degania, including a special conversation with Muki Tzur, former secretary general of the United Kibbutz Movement.
  • Dinner at Kibbutz Ein Gev or Kibbutz Degania.
  • Return to Kfar Giladi.
Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Giladi
Day 6
Friday, November 2, 2018
Along the Shores of the Sea of Galilee
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive along the Sea of Galilee Beit Shean.
  • Guided visit through Beit Shean, also known as the Byzantine city of Scytopolis and the Biblical city of Beit Shan.
  • Drive through the Jordan Valley and stop at Qaser el Yahud, traditionally see as the site of Jesus’ baptism and also where Joshua crossed the River Jordan in to the Promised Land.
  • Visit Jericho, including a stop at the Zacheus Sycamore and the Hisham Palace.
  • Ascend to Jerusalem.
  • Short stop at Mount Scopus for a festive welcome to Jerusalem.
  • Drive across the city and check in to hotel.
  • Free time for rest and relaxation.
  • Optional visit to the Western Wall complex, both the orthodox wall and the egalitarian wall, as Jerusalemites and guests welcome in the Sabbath.
  • Festive Sabbath dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Saturday, November 3, 2018
A Jerusalem Sabbath
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free morning with optional Sabbath services at the Kol Haneshama Synagogue.
  • Visit the Israel Museum, with its wide array of collections, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Model of Jerusalem from the days of the Second Temple.
  • Continue to the Bible Lands Museum, which is focused on the peoples and stories of Biblical lands.
  • Free time for rest and personal exploration.
  • Free evening in Jerusalem, with dinner on your own.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Sunday, November 4, 2018
The Layers of Jerusalem I
  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Ascend to the Mount of Olives for an overview of Jerusalem and an introduction to the multi-faith mosaic of the city.

  • Continue in to the Old City through St. Steven Gate and visit the Church of St. Anne and the Bethesda Pools, continuing along the Crusader Via Delarosa, concluding at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

  • Exit the Old City via the New Gate for a visit to the Garden Tomb.

  • Return to the hotel for free time.

  • Dinner on your own at the Mamilla Mall, followed by a visit to David’s Citadel and Jerusalem Night Spectacular Sound and Light Show.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Jerusalem
Day 9
Monday, November 5, 2018
The Dead Sea Basin
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Drive around the Dead Sea to Masada.
  • Ascend Masada via Cable Car for a guided visit through the Herodian Fortress later used by Jewish Zealots in their last stand against the Romans and explore how the story of Masada plays a role in contemporary Israeli society.
  • Stop at a Dead Sea Beach for an opportunity to float in the Sea, followed by lunch.
  • Visit Qumeran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Ascend to Bethlehem and meet with Mitiri Raheb.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner at the hotel, followed by a free evening.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem ​
Day 10
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
The Layers of Jerusalem II
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Early morning visit to the Temple Mount – Harem eh Sharif.
  • Descend to the City of David, where the city of Jerusalem began and walk through the excavated drainage tunnel, under the walls of the Old City to the Davidson Archaeological Park and the Southern Wall Excavations.
  • Continue to the Western Wall.
  • Guided visit through the Jewish Quarter exploring remains from 2,000 years ago through today.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own followed by a possible text study program at the Shalom Hartman Institute.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 11
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
The Layers of Jerusalem III
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive North of Jerusalem to the new Palestinian city of Rawabi, a private initiative by Palestinian developer Bashar el Masri, including a possible meeting with Mr. Masri.
  • Continue to the Coastal Plain and the ancient city of Caesarea Maratima, with a guided visit through the Roman and Crusader ruins, concluding in the re-constructed Crusader city, with its cafes and galleries.
  • Drive to Jaffa on the southern side of Tel Aviv for a guided walk through the alleyways, with stories from the days of the Bible and modern Arab-Jewish life.
  • Final group dinner in Tel Aviv.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Those going to Petra – Overnight in Jerusalem

Those returning to the United States, depart for the Ben Gurion Airport

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Jordan Extension - day 1
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
  • Final group dinner in Tel Aviv.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Jordan Extension - day 2
Thursday, November 8, 2018
The Arava Desert
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Jerusalem for Sdom, for an on-site Bible Study at the Mountain of Salt, followed by a drive through the Arava Desert to the Arava Desert Research Center.
  • Drive to the Arava Desert Research Center for a glimpse at some of the agri-tech innovations in arid conditions.
  • Visit Kibbutz Ketura and the Arava Institute, an environmental study center for Israelis, Egyptians, Jordanians and Palestinians.
  • Drive to the Arava Border Crossing and cross in to Jordan.
  • Drive through the Jordanian Araba to Wadi Rum.
  • Check in to Wadi Rum – “Full Star Hotel.”
  • Bedouin dinner in Wadi Rum.
Overnight: Wadi Rum
Jordan Extension - day 3
Friday, November 9, 2018
Jordan: Wadi Rum
  • Breakfast at Wadi Rum.
  • Explore the vast expanse of Wadi Rum, where the movie Lawrence of Arabia was filmed, with jeep rides, camel rides and Bedouin Hospitality.
  • Drive north to Petra.
  • Check in to Petra hotel.
  • Festive Friday night dinner in Petra.
Overnight: Petra
Jordan Extension - day 4
Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Full day touring in Petra, walking through the Siq to the Treasury and on to the Petra Basin, with optional donkey rides and lunch in the Petra Basin.
  • Drive to Amman airport for return flight to the United States.
Overnight: Flight /Amman
$2,490
Price per person (in double-occupancy)
$925
Single Supplement
$1,095
Jordan Extension. Price per person (based on 15 participants, double-occupancy)
$245
Jordan Extension. Single Supplement

(Prices do not include flights)

HOTELS

1 night Dan Panorama Hotel, Haifa

3 nights Kfar Giladi Guesthouse, Upper Galilee

6 nights Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Land Price Includes:  

o   Assistance upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport for ONE group flight.

o   One Transfer from and one transfer to Ben Gurion Airport

o   Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator  – 10  days

o   9 Days on a Luxury Coach

o   Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation

o   Site Admissions and program coordination as below:

–  Rachel Korazim

–  Hartman Institute

–  Kibbutz Tour

–  Tower of David Sound and Light Show

–  Ancient Acco and Underground Crusader City

–  Entrance fees to all National Parks and

–  Christian Sites throughout

–  Israel Museum

–  Bible Lands Museum

–  City of David and Southern Wall Excavations

– Western Wall Tunnels

o   Meals

–  Breakfast daily

–  Lunch in Madjal Shams

–  Dinner throughout at the hotel

o   Source Materials, Hat, Bag, Map

o   Water  available during touring

o   Porterage

 

Not Included

o   Flights

o   Tips for Guide and Driver

o   Meals on Own and out of pocket expenses

o   Travel and medical insurance

o   Petra extension

TRAVEL INSURANCE​

We urge you to purchase cancellation insurance & supplemental medical coverage (which covers pre existing conditions). This is a smart way to safeguard against life’s surprises.
We have made arrangements with SMS-Travel Insurance Center (Israel) of Omaha, Nebraska. SMS has over 25 years of experience as worldwide insurance brokers and can help you choose the policy that best meets your needs. Yonah Engel is our contact person.

Please note:

  • most insurance policies require purchase within 21 days of your first payment in order to receive maximum coverage (pre-existing conditions, bankruptcy insurance, etc).
  • even if you do not yet know the final trip cost (e.g. flights), write down the amount you do know – and then at a later date we can amend the insurance premium.
  • trip dates are for the entire period away from home
  • trip costs are all pre-paid expenses (e.g. airfare + land costs)

 

JORDAN EXTENSION

Price does not include flights

Hotels

1 night Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

1 night Wadi Rum Night Camp

1 night, Moevenpick Resort, Petra

Land Price Includes:

  • Meet & assistance at the border
  • All group Transportation in Israel on private luxury bus – 3 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** pending availability
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 1 lunch
    • 2 dinners
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary.
  • English speaking Jordanian Guide throughout
  • Makor Guide throughout
  • Water available throughout day
  • Credit Card fee

Not Included

  • Tips for Guide and Driver
  • Porterage
  • Personal expenses
  • $125 Border and VISA tax
Phone number: 1-402-404-5205
Mention promo code: IGT-MAKOR

Group Flights

Flight to Israel
Flight to USA

Depart Dallas/Forth Worth Airport on 28th October at 5:05 pm on flight LH 439 to Frankfurt. Arrive in Frankfurt at 8:50 am on 29th October.

Depart Frankfurt on 29th October at 10:05 am on flight LH 686 to Ben Gurion Airport.

Arrive in Ben Gurion Airport on 29th October at 3:15 pm.

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on 8th November at 5:20 am on flight LH 691 to Frankfurt.

Depart Frankfurt on 8th November at 10:00 am on flight LH 438 to Dallas/Forth Worth Airport.

Arrive in Dallas/Forth Worth Airport on 8th November at 2:15 pm.

Flight to USA

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on 8th November at 5:20 am on flight LH 691 to Frankfurt.

Depart Frankfurt on 8th November at 10:00 am on flight LH 438 to Dallas/Forth Worth Airport.

Arrive in Dallas/Forth Worth Airport on 8th November at 2:15 pm.

Jordan Extension return flight:

Jordan Extension return flight:

Depart Amman Airport on 11th November at 2:15 am on flight LH 693 to Frankfurt.
Depart Frankfurt on 11th November at 10:00 am on flight LH 438 to Dallas/Forth Worth Airport.
Arrive in Dallas/Forth Worth Airport on 11th November at 2:15 pm.

$1,545 per person
*Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes
Cancellation between July 20th and September 10th will incur a $200 cancellation fee
Cancellation after September 11th will not be refunded

$1,545 per person
*Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes
Cancellation between July 20th and September 10th will incur a $200 cancellation fee
Cancellation after September 11th will not be refunded