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Caesarea Maritima Nazareth Galilee Jerusalem Masada
You are invited on a 10-day trip of a lifetime to Israel. During our time in Israel, we will see many of the places where Jesus and his disciples lived and ministered, as well as key Old Testament sites. This trip will enable you to understand Jesus and the scriptures in a deeper way as we experience this historic region.
Our tour hosts, Rev. Jason and Sandra Steele, have served in ministry for over 20 years. They enjoy the blessing of traveling and exploring historic locations. Sandra is a dedicated pastor’s wife who homeschooled their two daughters. Pastor Jason is an Evangelical Presbyterian Church minister serving a congregation in Owosso, MI. He teaches his congregation about ancient cultures and church history and is known to preach first-person sermons. The Steeles have hosted several Reformation Tours and they are excited to lead, learn and laugh together with you on this Biblical adventure.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Sunday, March 9, 2025: Departure
We will depart on our international overnight flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. (IF)
Day 2: Monday, March 10, 2025: Tel Aviv
On arrival in Tel Aviv Airport, we will meet our tour director and transfer to our hotel in Tel Aviv, where we will meet up with the travelers who have been touring Egypt and Jordan. (IF/D)
Day 3: Tuesday, March 11, 2025: Caesarea Maritima, Mount Carmel, Nazareth
After our first Israeli breakfast, we will board our coach and drive north up the coast to Caesarea Maritima, built by King Herod the Great in 22 B.C. It was here that Pontius Pilate lived and where the Gospel was first brought to the Gentiles. While here, we will visit the Roman Theater, the Roman Aqueduct, and the Herodian Port. We will drive by Mount Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal and stop at Mount Precipice where the Nazarenes wanted to throw Jesus off the cliff (Lk. 4:16-30). In Nazareth, we will visit the Church of the Annunciation, see Mary’s Well and walk through Nazareth Village. (B/D)
Day 4: Wednesday, March 12, 2025: Caesarea Philippi, Magdala, Capernaum, Tabgha
This morning we will drive to Caesarea Philippi (Banias), one of the sources of the Jordan River. It was here that Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” and began to explain to them that he must go to Jerusalem (Mt. 16:13-23) and be crucified. We will visit Herod Agrippa’s Palace, then continue on to the Nimrod Fortress. We will drive around the Sea of Galilee, passing by Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. We will enter the 2,000-year-old remains of Capernaum (Lk. 4:31-37) and stand in what is left of the synagogue in which our Lord ministered. We will also see Peter’s house. We will visit Tabgha, commemorating the feeding of the 5,000 (Lk. 9); Mensa Christi, where the Lord appeared to the disciples after the resurrection (Jn. 21); and the Church of Peter’s Primacy. We will stop at the Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount. (B/D)
Day 5: Thursday, March 13, 2025: Yardenit, Jerusalem
We will start our day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and stop to see the 2000-year-old Jesus boat. We will visit Yardenit, the famous baptismal site at the headwaters of the Jordan River and touch the water. Then we will travel south to the top of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem where we will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Old City and the Kidron Valley. From here it is a short walk down along the Palm Sunday Way to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed while the disciples slept. We will stop at Dominus Flevit, the Tear Drop Church, which commemorates Jesus’ tears as he looked over Jerusalem. (B/D)
Day 6: Friday, March 14, 2025: Jerusalem
Our morning will begin at the Western (Wailing) Wall, Judaism’s most holy site, and the Western Wall tunnels. We will then drive to Mt. Zion, where we will sing praises in the Upper Room (Lk. 22:7-38), view the traditional tomb of King David, and proceed to the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu and Caiaphas, the High Priest’s house (Jn. 18). Here we will walk through some of the ancient rooms. A walk is also planned through the colorful Arab Bazaar where the sounds and smells of the Middle East will come alive. In the Israel Museum, we will see the Temple Model and the Shrine of the Book. This evening will include an unforgettable Shabbat dinner. (B/D)
Day 7: Saturday, March 15, 2025: Masada, Qumran, En Gedi, Jerusalem
After breakfast we will take an excursion south of Jerusalem to key Jewish heritage sites. Our first stop will be Masada, the famous stronghold where the Jewish people held out while under attack from the Roman Army. We will rise to the top by cable car and see remnants of the city on the top. We will have a brief stop at Qumran to view Cave # 4, which contained the greatest quantity of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then we will continue to En Gedi and relive one of David’s historic encounters with King Saul and relate the topography and David’s life to the Psalms. (B/D)
Day 8: Sunday, March 16, 2025: Jerusalem
Today will include a visit to the South Steps where the Rabbis taught, as well as the Pools of Siloam, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Warren’s Shaft, and David’s Palace. Entering the Old City through the Lion’s Gate, we will walk along parts of the Via Dolorosa past Zion Monastery. We will continue to Ecce Homo (site of Jesus’ scourging) and see an authentic Roman pavement at the Antonia Fortification. Following visits to Saint Anne’s Church, the Pool of Bethesda, we will continue our walk to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. (B/D)
Day 9: Monday, March 17, 2025: Bethlehem, Jerusalem
We will begin our day with a tour of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. We will visit the Shepherd’s Fields and the Church of the Nativity, before returning to Jerusalem. On our way back, we will stop at Herodium where we will view the tomb of Herod the Great, as well as Calvary and the Garden Tomb. This evening will include a very special communion service and a closing session. We will enjoy our farewell dinner in a restaurant. (B/D)
Day 10: Tuesday, March 18, 2025: Return
We will board our plane for our very early morning flight home. (IF)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
Tel Aviv, Israel
March 10-11, 2025
Grand Beach Hotel
250 Hayarkon St.
Tel Aviv 5313
March 11-13, 2025
Ron Beach Hotel
Gdud Barak St.
March 13-18, 2025
Grand Court Hotel
15 Saint George St.
Transfers are automatically included if we have booked your flights.
If you have booked your own flights, we can still provide transfers, as long as we have your flight details on file and a phone number to give to the driver. We will include your transfer information in your final packet. Transfers will be arranged for each arrival, so that you won’t have to wait for other tour members if their flight is delayed. Transfers can be arranged for the day of your choosing, but we can’t arrange transfers if you arrive or depart by train.
Please note that individual transfers are booked through a third-party and you will be responsible to communicate with the company in case of delays.
Price is based on a minimum of 20 full-paying travelers.
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and moderate 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• Arrival and departure transfers on group flights
• Entry visa fees
• Baggage handling
• All taxes and tips
• Round-trip air transportation and related taxes and fees
• Single supplement
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Transfer at a different time to the group
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Passenger trip cancellation insurance (see below)
• Initial deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour and you can pay online as you register through direct debit. Online payments incur a 3% credit card fee. Checks can be mailed to “Reformation Tours”, 12316 244th St, Chisago City, MN 55013-9688.
• Final payment is due by January 13, 2025
• Reservations will be accepted after February 13, 2025, subject to availability
There are two levels of insurance offered. Click here to compare. When you fill out the registration form, you will be given quotes for both.
Standard is 4.55% of the trip cost and can be purchased up until 2 days prior to departure, although we recommend purchasing it before.
Enhanced is 7.6% of the trip cost and includes cancel for any reason benefits. It has to be purchased within 14 days of registration.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly, so we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance:
From time of deposit to until 100 days before departure (if not canceled by us): $100
From 99-15 days prior to departure: $350 cancellation penalty plus any non refundable deposits
14 days or less prior to departure: No refund– Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodation reserved prior to and after the tour.
– Cancellations must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. central time on the last business day of the applicable time period.
– For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply.
– Roommates canceling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found.
– Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
Reformation Tours cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through Reformation Tours.
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