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Joppa and Tel Aviv
The Sea of Galilee
Church of the
The Garden Tomb
Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
Bethany Beyond the Jordan
Our tour hosts, Rev. Jason and Sandra Steele, have served in ministry for over 20 years. Sandra is an inactive attorney who home-schooled their two daughters. Pastor Jason is an Evangelical Presbyterian Church minister with a congregation in Owosso, MI. He often teaches classes to his congregation on church history and is known to preach first person sermons as various church reformers. The Steeles enjoyed hosting our Reformation Jubilee Tour in May 2017, and are hosting the Splendors of Italy and Oberammergau tour in June 2020. They are excited to host, learn and laugh together with you on this Biblical journey.
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
IF = In-flight meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, March 5, 2021 • Depart
We will depart on our international overnight flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. (IF)
Day 2: Saturday, March 6, 2021 • Arrival in Tel Aviv
Upon arrival at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport our Israeli host will assist us with the transfer of our luggage. We will then board the motor coach, meet our guide, and drive along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to our Tel Aviv hotel. We will dine in our hotel. (IF/D)
Day 3: Sunday, March 7, 2021 • 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: Monday, March 8, 2021 • 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: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 • 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: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 • Masada, En Gedi, Qumran, 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. 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. We will also have a brief stop at Qumran to view Cave #4, which contained the greatest quantity of the Dead Sea Scrolls. (B/D)
Day 7: Thursday, March 11, 2021 • 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. (B/D)
Day 8: Friday, March 12, 2021 • 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. This evening will include an unforgettable Shabbat dinner hosted by a local family. (B/D)
Day 9: Saturday, March 13, 2021 • Bethlehem, Jerusalem (Return)
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 with those who are flying home late tonight. (B/D)
Day 10: Sunday, March 14, 2021 • Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Petra
Today we will cross the border via the Allenby Bridge into Jordan and proceed to Bethany Beyond the Jordan and the area where John the Baptist ministered. The overwhelming Biblical, archeological and historical evidence has led many religious leaders throughout the world to recognize this site as the authentic site of Jesus’ baptism. We will continue on to Petra and relax at the pool. (B/D)
Day 11: Monday, March 15, 2021 • Wadi Rum, Petra
After breakfast, we will drive to Wadi Rum, a moonscape terrain of ancient riverbeds, wind-sculpted mountains, vast desert vistas, and smooth, pastel-colored sands. We will enjoy a jeep ride tour through this oasis home to the film “Lawrence of Arabia.” We will also have tea with the Bedouins before we return to our hotel in Petra. This evening we will have the option to see Petra by night. (B/D)
Day 12: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 • Petra, Dead Sea
Today we will explore the jewel of the Nabataean Kingdom, Petra. Our guide will escort us on a walking tour through the Siq, a narrow canyon that is the main entrance to the city. At the end of the passage is Petra’s most beautiful monument, the Treasury, carved out of the solid rock from the side of the mountain. After our tour, we will travel up to our luxury resort hotel on the Dead Sea. (B/D)
Day 13: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 • Mount Nebo, Madaba, Amman
We will stop on Mount Nebo, believed to be the burial place of Moses. We will enjoy the panoramic view of the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and the Jordan River, and see the Memorial Church of Moses on top of the mountain with its well-preserved mosaics dating back to the Byzantine era. We will also visit Madaba to see the historic mosaic map of the Holy Land, which dates back to the 6th century. (B/D)
Day 14: Thursday, March 18, 2021 • Return
We will board our plane for our very early morning flight home. (IF)
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 6-8, 2021
11 Trumpeldor St
Tel Aviv 63893
March 8-9, 2021
Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel
Kibbutz Ginosar 14890
March 9-14, 2021
9 Saint George Street
March 14-16, 2021
Petra Moon Hotel
Petra Visitor Center Street
71882 Wadi Musa
March 16-18, 2021
Movenpick Resort & Spa
Dead Sea Road
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.
When this tour is a guaranteed departure, we will be able to start making air reservations. Various flight booking options will be available at that time. Please read our printable guide to booking your flight to better understand these options.
Option 1: For 10+ traveling together, we can provide a group air booking. Payment is due with final payment in November 2020.
Option 2: You may request a flight quote from us by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking.
Option 3: You may book your own flights, making sure you land on the morning of March 6, 2021 no later than 10:00 AM. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Tel Aviv. You are welcome to depart at any time on March 18. Those departing on March 13 will want to leave in the evening in order to participate in the day’s activities. Please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare, and send us a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Please note that if you would like to use air miles you will need to book directly with the airline.
Land price for Israel only is $2,599.
Price based on a minimum of 20 participants, double occupancy.
• Ground transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in 3-star and 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
• Entrance fees included as per itinerary
• Guides will use Whisper Headsets throughout the tour
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Insurance during the tour (pre-tour coverage upgrade available)
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips, except as indicated below
• Air transportation (can be arranged by Reformation Tours in 2020)
• Single supplement for those not sharing a room ($850/$600)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for months beyond return date.
• Upgraded insurance (Post-departure coverage included)
• Tips for tour director and driver
• Deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. Please send all payments to Reformation Tours, P.O Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Final invoices will be sent in October 2020
• Final payment is due by November 30, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after November 30, 2020, subject to availability
We offer the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We offer all of our travelers post-departure insurance coverage (up to $500 of coverage.) If you would like to have pre-tour cancellation and trip interruption coverage, the upgrade cost depends on the tour price. It’s approximately the tour cost (minus the $500 that we cover) x 6.14%. To insure your land costs, the price is $3,599 – $500 x 6.14% = $191. A quote will automatically be added to your invoice and updated once the air cost is available.
|BENEFITS||TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE
|Trip Cancellation||Up to 100% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption||Up to 150% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption (Return Air Only)||$750|
|Missed Connection||$500, after a 3+ hour delay|
|Trip Delay||$200 a day, after a 6+ hour delay, up to $1,000 total maximum|
|Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains||$500,000|
|Emergency Accident and Sickness||$50,000 max/$750 max for dental/ No deductible|
|Security Assistance Services||$100,000|
|Baggage / Personal Effects - Lost, Stolen or Damaged||No deductible, $250 per article limit, combined limit of $500 for valuables, $1,000 total limit.|
|Baggage Delay||$300, after a 12+ hour delay|
|Accidental Death or Dismemberment 24 Hours||$10,000|
|Worldwide Travel Assistance, Business and Concierge Assistance||Included|
|Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Waiver (Must insure full, non-refundable cost of Trip)||Must be purchased within 21 days after your initial trip deposit.|
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any non-recoverable expenses to our suppliers:
From time of deposit to 100 days before departure: $100 cancellation penalty
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.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
You can fill out your reservations online by clicking the “Book Now” tab (under the images) or click here to download the form.
You can either send a check made payable to “Reformation Tours” to P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222 or click here to pay by credit card (additional 3.5% fee).
We offer the Professional Plan by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. A quote will be automatically added to your invoice.
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P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222
Tel: (618) 222-9914
Fax: (618) 222-9917
Toll Free: (800) 303-5534
CST # 2093421-30