Israel Holy Land Tour
Pastor John Michael Villarreal.
A Spiritual & Educational Journey
that will change your life!
April 1, 2024
Day 1 –
Today, we board our flight for the land of the Bible, Israel and Jordan!
Day 2 –
After deplaning, all passengers will follow instructions to proceed to Immigration. Then, they will proceed to the Baggage Claim beltway to retrieve luggage, double checking that all luggage is in their possession. Continue to the Exit and the Epic Tours staff will greet you and lead the group to the coach. This process could take an hour or more, depending on long/short lines. The interesting journey to the hotel through Tel Aviv takes about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.
Arriving the hotel in Netanya early afternoon, the group will be checked in by the Epic Tours staff. Passengers will be given stickers with their name and room number. Place it on your checked bag that the porters have unloaded from the coach and lined up on the sidewalk.
Go to your assigned room and relax! Your bag will be delivered to your door shortly. Unpack for two nights in the hotel. Get some rest from your journey and prepare for dinner around 6:30-7 p.m. Tables are reserved with the Epic Tours cards in full view. You are on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea! Walk to the beach. Open your Bible and let your mind drink in the Biblical history you are about to personally experience. You are in the Holy Land! We rest from the long journey to prepare for your first day of touring.
Dinner and overnight
Day 3 -
We awake in the Holy Land to a sumptuous Israeli breakfast buffet, then board the deluxe motor coach and journey to Jaffa. Jaffa, a municipality in the south of Tel Aviv, Israel, has one of the world’s oldest ports. Once known as the “Bride of the Sea” because of its location along the Mediterranean, it’s been in constant use for several thousand years.
Jaffa is a natural harbor that has held great military and monetary significance since its inception, with a broad view of the coastline that allowed for easy departure and defense. The Egyptians even controlled the area for quite some time.
The Bible speaks of Jaffa many times, first in Joshua 19:46. It was the port used by Solomon to build the Temple (2 Chronicles 2:16) and where Jonah left for Tarshish (Jonah 1:3). In the New Testament, Tabitha (Dorcas) was brought back to life by Peter in Joppa (Acts 9:36). Soon after, God gave Peter the vision of the unclean animals and commanded him to preach the Gospel to Gentiles and Jews alike (Acts 11:4-17).
After lunch on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, we return to the hotel to continue to recover from jet lag and enjoy the incredible Israeli dinner buffet. If time and traffic allow, the guide will choose another site in the Tel Aviv area before returning to the hotel. There will be an opportunity to meet, get acquainted, pray, reflect and anticipate the next day. Details about the next day will be provided at dinner, i.e., wake-up call, breakfast time and coach departure time.
Dinner and Overnight
Day 4 - Caesarea/Mt. Carmel/Tel-Megido/Nazareth Village/Mt. Precipice/Tiberias
We awake in the Holy Land to a sumptuous Israeli breakfast buffet, then transfer by deluxe motor coach to head north on the Coastal road to view the stately, ancient ruins of Caesarea, visiting the Roman amphitheater where Paul stood trial. It was here that the Holy Spirit first fell on the Gentiles as Cornelius, the first Gentile of the Church-age, met Peter. Next, we drive up the Mediterranean Coast to Mount Carmel, Elijah’s Cave, the place where the Prophet Elijah defeated the false prophets of Ba’al and where God answered by fire. We continue today by driving through the Valley of Jezreel - the prophetic future site of the battle of Armageddon. The archaeological site of Megiddo is one of Solomon’s chariot cities where twenty civilizations can be observed stacked up in the ruins. Driving toward Nazareth, we stop to visit an extraordinary site called Nazareth Village, where we step back in time to see a day in the life of the first century Jews who lived in Nazareth as in the days of Jesus. We will visit Mt. Precipice.(Luke 4:29-30) which is located south of Nazareth, on the cliffs of Mt Kedumim (397M), overlooking the Yizrael Valley and Mount Tabor. (Optional Taxi to Mount Tabor: no cost/included.) This is considered by some to be the place where angry Jewish worshippers drove Jesus away from the Synagogue and attempted to throw him off the cliff. He disappeared before their eyes "in the midst of them”. Descending from the Nazareth hill country, arrive the Galilee. Check in to the hotel and prepare for dinner.
Dinner and overnight
Day 5 – Explore the Galilee- Lake Kinerret/ Mr. Arbel/Magdala/Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee/St. Peter’s Fish Lunch/Capernaum/Mount of the Beatitudes/Tabgha/Bethseda/Kurazim/Kursi (Pig Jump)
After another great Israeli breakfast, we start our day with a service on the Galilee. Stepping aboard a Galilee boat for a calm cruise on the sea, we enjoy an incredible worship service, which will be life changing. For many pilgrims to the Holy Land, this is one of the most memorable. Later, we disembark at Ginosar for a short trip to Capernaum, where we visit the home of the Apostle Peter where Jesus healed his mother-in-law. Visit Tabgha where Jesus multiplied the fishes and loaves. We lunch on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and enjoy a special feast of St. Peter’s Fish. We will visit the recently discovered archaeological site of Magdala. A short bus ride takes us to the Mount of Beatitudes where we hear the words of Jesus on the mount where the greatest sermon ever was preached. At the end of our touring day, we proceed to our baptismal site located on the Jordan River, Yardenit, for those who wish to be baptized. After baptism, we return to the hotel where another Israeli buffet presents an amazing variety of food for our dinner.
Dinner and overnight
Day 6 – The Jordan Valley
After breakfast, we travel to Beit Shean to visit one of the best-preserved Roman Amphitheaters in Israel. Extensive excavations have uncovered eighteen layers of civilizations. Ancient Beit Shean is also where King Saul’s body was retrieved by the brave men of Jabesh Gilead. We travel south toward Jericho, the “City of Palms” spreading out on the west side of the Jordan River at 825 feet below sea level. The Bible site of Tell es-Sultan is in the distance and is the city Joshua destroyed. In Jesus’ day a new center had been constructed on the wadi banks by the Hasmonean rulers and Herod the Great. Continuing south, we see Qumran, where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a little shepherd boy and Ein Gedi where David fled from Saul. Continuing south through the wilderness of Judea, we will ascend by cable car to Masada, the fortress built by King Herod the Great. Step back in time to 66 CE when a group of Jewish rebels overcame the Roman garrison of Masada and settled on the top of Masada until 73 CE when the Roman governor laid siege. The view of the Roman camps can still be seen from atop Masada, as well as a spectacular view of the country of Jordan and the Dead Sea. Visit the remains of Herod’s Palace, the Apartments, Baths, Storehouses and Cisterns. It was here the Jewish Zealots made their last stand against the Roman Legions from 70-73 AD. Descend from Masada with a stunning view of the Dead Sea. Then, we leave the lowest point on earth which is 1360 feet below sea level. Ending our day, journey up the wilderness of Judea where Jesus spent 40 days after his baptism by John, near Jericho, to arrive in Jerusalem, hopefully before sunset, and to feast our souls and eyes on the most sacred place on earth. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, lift your voice and sing, Hosanna to our King!
Dinner and Overnight
Day 7 –
Jerusalem/Temple Mount/Mt Olives/Garden of Gethsemene/Hulda Gates/Southern Steps excavations
First thing in the morning, we arrive on the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the Temple Mount (Mt. Moriah Genesis 22:2) is seen. The Mount of Olives is where Jesus will return, and the Temple Mount is where the 3rd Temple will be rebuilt prior to His appearing. After enjoying the view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, we visit the Church of All Nations and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane with a grand view of the Eastern Gate and the Kidron Valley. Here, we read the Scriptures of Jesus’ prayer and take time for personal reflection where we literally walk where Jesus walked. Crossing the Kidron Valley, we begin a tour of the old city of Jerusalem. As we begin the tour of old Jerusalem, we visit St. Ann’s Church and hear the marvelous acoustics as we sing. Visit the Pool of Bethesda where the angel stirred the waters for healing. Following the path from Pilate’s Judgement Hall through the old city, we experience the sights and sounds of old Jerusalem as we journey toward the Western Wall. We walk the Via Dolorosa, the route that Jesus took between his condemnation by Pilate and his crucifixion and burial. Just below the Temple Mount, on the western side we will pray at the Western Wall (Kotel) which is the closest wall to where the Holy of Holies was located when the Temple was in use during the 1st Century. Visit the Western Wall Tunnel which will take you underground. A large portion of the Western Wall is inaccessible, otherwise. You will see stones, models and actual structures which provide clues as to how the Second Temple was constructed. In addition, these artifacts help explain the history of this area through the eyes of all the great empires that once ruled Jerusalem. In the afternoon, journey to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherd’s Fields. Before returning to the hotel, enjoy a great shopping opportunity in Bethlehem.
Dinner and overnight
Day 8 – Jerusalem, Old City
We will arise early to visit one of the most incredible sites in all of Judaism: the Temple Mount, assuming entrance is permitted. It is here where the Temple era came to an abrupt halt as it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Leaving the Temple Mount, we drive to the City of David, at the Gihon Spring, where we learn of how the original city of Jerusalem was established by King David, overtaking from the Jebusites. We will visit Hezekiah’s Tunnel: A 1750-foot tunnel carved during the reign of Hezekiah to bring water from one side of the city to the other, Hezekiah’s Tunnel together with the 6th century tunnel of Euphalios in Greece is considered the greatest works of water engineering technology in the pre-Classical period. The Pool of Siloam is a rock-cut pool on the southern slope of the City of David, the original site of Jerusalem, located outside the walls of the Old City to the southeast. The pool was fed by the waters of the Gihon Spring, carried there by two aqueducts. An ancient 2000-year-old road leading from the City of David to the Temple Mount has recently been excavated. In the afternoon, we arrive at the Clal Building, at the Epic Tours office for an afternoon service in the International Biblical College of Jerusalem overlooking the city of Jerusalem - a spectacular view and an awesome spiritual experience as we contemplate our journey thus far. After service, stroll through the fruit and vegetable market near the College. Mahane Yehuda Market known as the Jerusalem’s Shuk. Leaving the Yehuda Market, we ride the light-rail train to Ben Yehuda Street to enjoy the sights and sounds of Jerusalem. Great shopping opportunities are on this pedestrian mall. Return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight
Day 9 – Jerusalem
Begin the day at the Garden Tomb where we view the Hill of the Skull and walk into the empty tomb. A communion service provides an opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and His victory over death. Ministers from our group will lead the service. After visiting the room of the Last Supper, also known as the site of the Upper Room, and the traditional site of the Tomb of King David, we take a short walk through the Jewish Quarter to visit the Temple Institute. The Temple Institute's ultimate goal is to see Israel rebuild the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, in accord with the Biblical commandments.
Recently the Temple Institute has greatly expanded its efforts to raise a red heifer in Israel whose ashes can be used to achieve the highest level of biblical purity which will enable kohanim and ordinary Jews to enter into the areas on the Temple Mount where the inner Temple courtyards and the Temple Sanctuary are located, a prerequisite for the renewal of the Divine service in the Holy Temple.
More details cannot currently be disclosed for operational reasons. Suffice it to say that the current efforts are international in scope. They hope to be able to share more information in the near future as progress is made. Judith Abrahams is a master weaver who was commissioned by the Temple Institute to weave the me'il techelet - all blue tunic of the Kohen Gadol (High Priest), which can be seen at the Institute's Jerusalem exhibition. Judith now sets her sights on weaving the Parochet, the massive curtain which separated the Temple Sanctuary (Kodesh) from the Kodesh HaKodeshim (the Holy of Holies) "And all the skilled (chochmat lev) women spun with their own hands, and brought what they had spun, in blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and in fine linen. And all the women who excelled in that skill spun the goats’ hair." Exodus 35:25-26)
The Temple Institute's Holy Temple Museum includes a highly advanced, state-of-the-art presentation of the Temple-ready sacred vessels created by the Institute, garments of the High Priest, oil-paintings depicting aspects of the Divine service of the Holy Temple and a model of the Holy Temple Complex. Visitors will also be able to see a scaled-down stone altar, made in accordance with Torah law, transportable and completely ready for use on the Temple Mount. (https://templeinstitute.org/holy-temple-museum)
Finally, a short walk through the Roman Cardo. Visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus spent the night after his arrest in Gethsemane. Traveling to the Israeli Museum we will visit the 2nd Temple model of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea scrolls (discovered in the caves of Qumran) among other antiquities. We’ll view the Knesset Menorah which is a bronze Menorah weighing 4 tons. It is located opposite the Knesset. It was presented to the Knesset as a gift from the Parliament of the United Kingdom on April 15, 1956, in honor of the eighth anniversary of Israeli independence. Return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight
Day 10 - Arrive USA
Process into America at Immigration, claim baggage and process out of Customs. Immediately after exiting Customs, re-check your bag to continue to your final destination.
When making your return reservations to your destination, allow a minimum of 1-2 hours to process into the country. Then, allow sufficient time to ride the Air train to your departure terminal and arrive minimum of two hours before departure. More time allowed is better than running to make your flight! Just say’n.
NOTE: Sequence of sites visited may be adjusted to accommodate local openings and/or closing time limitations, and the experienced wisdom of our guide. Epic Tours reserves the right to change the Itinerary or hotels and/or omit sites based on schedule requirements or local conditions.
Epic Tours LLC
Dr. Janet Trout
256 Blue Heron Road
Dover, DE 19904
Tour cost is per person/double occupancy (Single room if requested and available - additional cost of Single Supplement for Israel and Jordan hotels TBA.) Includes round-trip air fare from USA, double occupancy hotels throughout tour, breakfast and dinner after departure from USA and prior to check-out at hotel on the day of return to USA, coach/driver and guide, entrance fees to all attractions listed in Itinerary and all tips throughout - baggage porterage, hotel front desk, dining room service, housekeeping, the bus driver and guide at the end of the tour. Whisper headsets to provide clarity for the lectures by the guide.
TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
LUNCHES, PASSPORTS, VISAS, LAUNDRY, WINES, LIQUORS, MINERAL WATER, AFTER-DINNER COFFEE, SODA, TEA/DRINKS, (some hotels require the purchase of bottled water), OR ITEMS THAT DO NOT APPEAR ON THE MENU. PERSONAL ITEMS, HOTEL SPAS, EXCESSIVE BAGGAGE EXPENSES, OR ANYTHING NOT MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE.
Arrival at airport four hours prior to flight time is required.
NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT TO REGISTER AND SECURE AIRLINE SEAT AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS: $400 per person. Deposit on airline seat and hotel room is NON-REFUNDABLE to Epic Tours LLC, therefore, it is non-refundable to passengers. In the event the tour is canceled for ANY REASON, the deposit is non-refundable. Click here to purchase travel insurance today!
Tour plan includes a limited number of travelers. Additional travelers may be added only if airline and hotel space can be reserved. To be sure your space is reserved, registration and deposit should be made as soon as possible. The deadline to register for this tour is determined by the number of spaces available, up to the registration Deadline: TBA. AFTER the deadline A LATE REGISTRATION FEE WILL BE CHARGED of $100 and registration will be accepted only if space and airline seats are available at that time.
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TOUR PRICE IS PER PERSON AND INCLUDES:
1. Roundtrip economy airfare departing from TBA.
2. Baggage limited to one normal size suitcase which does not exceed airline regulations in weight and size. Personal bags (carry-on and purse or backpack) is allowed.
3. Arrival and departure group transfer escorted by guides and host.
4. Superior First-Class hotel accommodations – Two persons sharing a twin bedroom/bath.
5. Touring Biblical sites via deluxe motor coach, English speaking guide with hostess and Bible teacher, Dr. Janet Trout
6. Israeli and Jordanian buffet breakfast and dinners daily on tour days: **Lunches not included.
7. Entrance Fees per Itinerary
8. Whisper headsets to hear the guide and teacher in Israel only
9. Camel ride in Jordan.
10. Border taxes: Enter and exit Israel, enter and exit Jordan, re-enter Israel, departure Ben Gurion Airport
11. TIPS which include portage at the airport and hotels (gratuities for dining room meals, hotel front desk service), and for guide and bus driver at the end of the tour. As the tour progresses, tipping will be managed by your tour hosts.
RESERVATIONS AND CONDITIONS. A non-refundable deposit of $400 paid immediately upon registration. Final payment of balance due no later than TBA.
CANCELLATIONS. Cancellation must be submitted in writing to Epic Tours LLC. Cancellations received 60 days or less prior to departure will have to pay 80% of the tour cost from USA. Cancellations received 30 days or less prior to departure will have to pay 100% of the tour cost from NYC. If tour is canceled by the passenger, the DEPOSIT remains NON-REFUNDABLE. Under no conditions will EPIC TOURS LLC refund the deposit, even if the letter of cancellation is received more than 60 days prior to the tour.
ACCOMMODATIONS. Price is based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available on a limited basis for an additional fee of $1090.00. Roommates will be assigned if not personally chosen by the passenger. EpicTOURS LLC will give their best effort to match roommates but cannot guarantee that one will be available. Roommates may be assigned as late as 35 days prior from departure, and if one is not available the single charge will apply.
NO SHOW. If medical reasons require cancellation, certification must be presented by a hospital and accepted by the airlines and suppliers. Refunds will only be made as available from suppliers less a $400.00 administrative fee. Cancellation insurance provided by your Travel Insurance is highly recommended. There will be no refund for services or sightseeing rendered and not used by a tour member. In the event a required number of minimum tour members is not reached prior to departure, EpicTOURS LLC RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CANCEL, withdraw or change the tour in part or in whole at any time should EpicTOURS LLC and its Associates deem it to be necessary. Epic Tours LLC declares that its sole obligation is to refund payments made and received guided by the terms as stated in this document and in connection to this tour.
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