The Itinerary for the 11 Day Biblical FAM/Clergy Israel Tour (with a 5 Day Egypt option)
February 15-24, 2021
All Inclusive Price: $1,875 ($2,175 for spouses) from JFK, NY. $1,295 (& $1,495 for spouses) for “land only” travelers. The optional Egypt (Cairo & Luxor) extension is $2,192 (no FAM pricing for this optional trip) based on a minimum of 15 passengers. We only have 8 rooms available for this FAM/Clergy tour.
Registration Details for this Israel Tour
On-Line Registration Form
(This link will take you directly to the web site of our Israel travel agent, imagine Tours & Travel. This is a safe & secure way to place your $500 deposit instantly with your credit card and reserve your spot on this tour. Please enter the tour code – DeLanceyFAM21 – to register for this trip). Registration is open through December 17, 2020
Price of this Holyland FAM Tour for Clergy includes: Airfare & US & Int’l Departure-fuel taxes ($590), gratuities ($160), hotels, 2 meals daily on land, and all entry fees. $1,875 from JFK, NY (2,175 for spouses). The land only price of $1,295 ($1,495 for spouses) includes all the above except the airfare. Sign-up deadline: December 17, 2020. Only 8 rooms are available for this FAM tour.
FAM/CLERGY TOUR UNDERSTAND: The Israeli Dept. of Tourism and imagine Tours & Travel partner together to greatly discount this trip for pastors. Requirements for pastors include: 1. You have to be an active and ordain pastor, and 2. Have a desire to gather a group from your church for an Israel tour in the future. Dr. John will help “familiarize” you with how a trip is led and will be happy to coach you how to organize your own tour in the future. Please note: This is not just a “cheap/discounted trip” for pastors. We hope you understand. 🙂
This Israel tour features about 45 sites! First, we head north through the Coastal and Sharon Plains, Mt. Carmel, and the Jezreel Valley to the Galilee. Here we spend 2 nights in this northern region of Israel. This was the area for the home ministry base of Jesus. We then drive through the Samaritan Hill Country to the Dead Sea and spend one night there. We end in Jerusalem, saving the best to last. We also visit the “Shephelah” where David fought Goliath, and other OT stories! The option includes an amazing trip to Egypt. This includes Luxor (Valley of the Kings, Temple of Luxor and Karnak), the area of Goshen, and Cairo (Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, etc…). The whole trip will connect you with the Bible in many ways!
The Israel Tour Itinerary:
Day 1 – Monday, February 15: Depart U.S.A.
Tour members meet for our evening flight. After dinner is served,sit back and relax, enjoying the on-board entertainment as youprepare for this exciting adventure of a lifetime.
Day 2 – Tuesday, February 16: Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Netanya
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, we meet our local Israeli representative who assists us with baggage and transfers us to our motor coach. We take a short drive to our hotel in Netanya for dinner and overnight beside the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. On the way, we make a brief stop in Jaffa (time permitting), the home of the Jonah and Peter’s stories (Jonah 1, Acts 9 & 10).
Day 3 – Wednesday, February 17: Caesarea, Carmel, Megiddo, Precipice of Nazareth, Tiberias
After an abundant breakfast buffet, we journey north along the coast to Caesarea, built 2000 years ago by King Herod. Wewalk through the ancient theater, the Crusader city and see thefantastic aqueduct that served as a backdrop for the book of Acts. From here we depart to Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18), site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal. Then we proceed to Megiddo (Armageddon; 1 Kings 9:15; Rev. 16:16). Across the Jezreel Valley is the precipice of Nazareth (Luke 1 and 4). We end our day here as we are introduced to the life and ministry of Jesus in this area. Driving through Cana (John 2), we finally arrive at the outskirts of Tiberias (John 6:23). We arrive at our “kibbutz-hotel” located right on the Sea of Galilee shoreline. After dinner, we enjoy gathering together for a time of fellowship and worship.
Day 4 – Thursday, February 18: Arbel, Yardenit, Jordan River Baptism, Magdala, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee Boat Ride, Mt. of Beatitudes
We begin the day by visiting Arbel, a mountain on the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee. We will have the option to hike to the top of this 800-foot cliff (the bus will take others to the top from the other side). The view from the top is the best there is
of the whole Sea of Galilee below! Driving south to the southern end of the Sea of Galilee, we arrive at Yardenit. You will have the opportunity to reaffirm your baptism in the waters of the Jordan River. From here we drive to back to the NW corner of the lake to Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene. Here we will see another 1st century synagogue. Jesus must have taught from here! Among the other ruins are ritual baths. After lunch we see Capernaum, the home center of ministry for Jesus here in Galilee. Here, we read about the many stories related to the ministry of Jesus in the 4th-5th century synagogue. We also spend some reflection time on the shoreline. It was in this area where Jesus called His first disciples. Close by we enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee with a quiet and peaceful worship service. Upon landing, we also see the “Jesus boat” from the first century, a vessel found here along the shores of Galilee in 1986. We end the day by reading from Matthew 5 on the Mount of Beatitudes. We return to our hotel for dinner and an optional gathering once again by the water.
Day 5 – Friday, February 19: Hippos, Beth Shean, Jericho, Dead Sea, Almog
We begin the day by driving to the southeast corner of the Sea of Galilee to Hippos/Sussita. Located in the southern end of the Golan Heights today, this was one of the Decapolis cities mentioned in Gospels. Among the impressive Roman ruins, thepanoramic view of the Sea of Galilee from here will be stunning!From here ,we drive south to the Jordan Valley to the site of Beth Shean (1 Sam. 31), a massive Roman city of the Decapolis. Next, we drive south along the Jordan Valley to Jericho. We climb the tel (ancient mound) to see portions of the fortification wall that supported the mud-brick walls that “came tumblin’ down” (Joshua 6). From here, we drive to the Dead Sea for a unique “float.” Closeby is our kibbutz-hotel at Almog where we check into our hotel,followed by dinner.
Day 6 – Saturday, February 20: Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Wilderness of Judah, Jerusalem
This morning we begin our drive northward along the westerncoastline of the Dead Sea to Masada. Here, we ascend highupon the wilderness mountain by way of cable car to the fortressbuilt by King Herod. We survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples and palaces. An optional walk down the Snake Path will be offered. Our next stop is Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul, and we enjoy a walk to some of the waterfalls in the canyon. Finally, we visit Qumran and the settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Over the lunch hour, (weather permitting) you will have the opportunity to hike up to the cliffs of the Judean Desert. This is where the Essenes; authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls, lived. The scrolls were first discovered in Cave 1 in 1947. En route to Jerusalem, we end the day with a brief stop at Wadi Qelt. Here, we hear the words of Isaiah 40 and Psalm 23 in the context of the Judea Desert. From here, we drive the rest of the way to Jerusalem for overnight. After checking in our hotel and dinner, an optional walk to the Western Wall will take place.
Day 7 – Sunday, February 21: Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Pool of Bethesda, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem
We get our first glimpse of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives, beholding a breath-taking panorama of the Holy City. We walk down the “Palm Sunday” route to the Garden of Gethsemane. Next, we enter the Old City of Jerusalem through the Lion’s
Gate (St. Stephens) and visit the Pools of Bethesda (John 5). We also enjoy some marvelous singing in St. Anne’s church from the Crusader period. Our walk through the Old City will take us to the Christian Quarter and to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In the afternoon after lunch, we see the fascinating Israel Museum and the model of Jerusalem (1:50 scale model of Herodian Jerusalem as it would have appeared in Jesus’ time). Here, we also explore some of the artifacts in the archaeological museum. We end the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. We see the Children’s Memorial and walk through the museum on our own. We return to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and a free evening to allow you to explore or relax.
Day 8 – Monday, February 22: Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Fields, Some of the Select Cities of the “Shephelah” – Lowlands of Judah: Lachish, Beit Guvrin, Azekah & Elah Valley, Beth Shemesh & Sorek Valley
We begin the day in Bethlehem. We first go to the Shepherd’s Fields for a quiet time of reflecting upon God’s redemptive history. We also visit an olive wood factory and store. From here, we drive west to the Shephelah (lowlands) of Judah. We begin by driving to various biblical sites in this region (note: the specific sites we end up going to will be determined by time and weather). Lachish, a city that was conquered by the Assyrians (2 Chronicles 32). Here, we see where the famous “Lachish Letters” were discovered. Close by is Beit Guvrin (Mareshah). We will see the famous bell cave here. Next, we travel to Azekah and the Elah Valley where David fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17). As we listen to the story we see how this famous battle took place! Lastly, we drive to Beth Shemesh and the Sorek Valley. It was here where the Ark of the Covenant was returned by the Philistines (1 Samuel 6). We drive back to Jerusalem for dinner and another optional walk.
Day 9 – Tuesday, February 23: City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Southern Wall Excavations, Western Wall, Western Wall Tunnels, a Few Free Hours, Garden Tomb
We begin the day by visiting the City of David and the new excavations of David’s palace. Those who want will take an optional adventurous walk through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel (1,720 feet long). We then sit on the steps of the Siloam Pool and listen to the story of John 9. From here, we walk upthrough an exposed Herodian drainage channel that takes us to“Robinson’s Arch” and the southern wall excavations. We walk on a Roman street and ascend the Temple steps. We eat lunch in the Jewish Quarter (not included) and then visit the Western Wall Tunnels. Enjoy a few hours of free time. Our day ends at theGarden Tomb for Communion and we return to our hotel for aFarewell Dinner. Then we transfer to the airport for our return flight home. For those doing the Egypt extension, you will return to the hotel for one more overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 – Wednesday, February 24: Arrive Home
We arrive back in the U.S.A. After going through U.S. Customs, we board our domestic flight back.
Optional Egypt Extension
($2192 per person. Price is based on minimum of 15 travelers for price to be valid. Includes: Visa & Border taxes of $20 & Gratuities of $100)
Day 10 – Wednesday, February 24: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv for Flight to Cairo, Flight to Luxor, Karnak
We depart Jerusalem and continue to Ben Gurion Airport for our short flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, we meet our Egyptian representative and tour guide. We then change planes for a short flight to Luxor, which is often referred to as the “Heart of Egypt.” We arrive mid-afternoon and begin our sightseeing tour of classical Luxor and the East Bank. This includes visiting the Luxor Temple at dusk/early evening. Dinner and overnight are in Luxor.
Day 11 – Thursday, February 25: Luxor, Valley of Kings & Queens, Karnak Temple
After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing of the West Bank to see the Valley of the Kings (we will go into at least three tombs of the Pharaohs), the Valley of the Queens (where we enter more tombs), the Hatshepsut and Medinet Habu Temples, and the large Clossei of Memnon. We cross the Nile River in a fallucca boat and enjoy a late lunch at the Sonesta Luxor Hotel. After lunch we visit the massive Karnak Temple. We return to our hotel in Luxor.
Day 12 – Friday, February 26: Flight Back to Cairo, Sites in the Land of Goshen
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and board our flight back to Cairo. Upon landing, we uniquely plan to drive to the region of Goshen. This is an area not frequented by tourists. Here, we will connect biblical history (e.g. Joseph, the Israelites, Moses) with Egyptian history.
Day 13 – Saturday, February 27: Cairo, Memphis, Sakkara, Pyramids & Sphinx, Egyptian Museum
Following breakfast, we begin our sightseeing with a visit toMemphis, the ancient capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.
Here, we will see an impressive statue of Ramses II. Close by is the Stepped Pyramid of King Zoser in Sakkara. We will also see several mastabas (tombs of nobles, including Ti and Ptah). We will go inside of the smaller pyramids. Next, we drive to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Lastly, we will spend a few hours in the Egyptian Museum where many of the artifacts of ancient Egypt are displayed. This includes the treasures of King Tut. For an extra fee, you will be able to see the mummy room as well. We return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 14 – Sunday, February 28: Depart Cairo, Arrive Back in the U.S.A.
We transfer early in the morning to Cairo International airport for our flight home.
*While we do our very best at making sure all items listed in your itinerary are included, there are times when conditions beyond our control affect your program/itinerary, including but not limited to air carrier changes, delays, weather, political climate, time constraints, or changes by your tour leader and tour guide.
To date, over 120 pyramids have been uncovered in Egypt. This video features the pyramids of Cairo. This includes the stepped pyramid at Sakkara as well as the famous Giza pyramids. These date to the mid 2000s BC, predating even Abraham. The largest pyramid stands nearly 500 feet high.
Ancient Egypt is a marvel to see!