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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
Deepen your faith by visiting Old and New Testament sites on our 14 day tour of Biblical sites in Israel and Jordan. As you visit the places where Jesus, the Apostles, the Prophets and so many others lived, you will gain an understanding of the context of their lives and ministry. Scripture will come alive in a new way as you visit places that you have read about.
St. Jerome (347-420 AD) wrote, “Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and the one you will find in the land they call Holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you.”
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.
Visit our Facebook page for a personal video welcome from Pastor Jason!
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. We will end the day at the Yad Vashem museum. (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 where we will be able to enjoy floating 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. We will go to the airport after dinner, as check-in for the group flight is 11:40 PM. (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 16-17, 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.
Flights can be arranged once this tour is a guaranteed departure. We will let you know as soon as we have reached the minimum number of participants.
Group Air: We have reserved seats on Lufthansa. This is a group booking, so we need a minimum of 10 traveling together. Payment of $1,300 is due with the final payment.
|LH 443||March 5/6||Detroit||Frankfurt||4:10 PM||6:10 AM|
|LH 683||March 6||Frankfurt||Tel Aviv||10:10 AM||3:15 PM|
|LH 693||March 18||Amman||Frankfurt||2:40 AM||6:25 AM|
|LH 442||March 18||Frankfurt||Detroit||10:55 AM||3:20 PM|
Individual Air: If you would like assistance with alternative flights, please visit our Book a Flight page. Please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare and send 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.
Arrival: Please arrange to arrive in Tel Aviv no later than 3 pm on Saturday, March 6, 2021.
Departure: You are welcome to depart from Amman at any time on Thursday, March 18, 2021 (or very late on March 17)
Pre- and post-tour nights can be booked through us. You can also choose to depart from Tel Aviv on Sunday, March 14, 2021 if you are not visiting Jordan.
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 (Round-trip group air from Detroit is $1,300)
• Single supplement for those not sharing a room ($850 or $600 for Israel only)
• 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
Please make checks payable to “Reformation Tours” send all payments to Reformation Tours, P.O Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222. If you would like to pay by credit card (3.5% surcharge), click here.
• Deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour.
• 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 are now partnering with an award-winning company called Squaremouth, which helps travelers search, compare, and buy the best travel insurance for the lowest price. They offer excellent customer support and can help you find the best policy for your trip.
We will continue to assist clients who have a current policy with Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. We will make a decision no later than November 25, 2020 (100 days before departure) if the tour will operate. If the Coronavirus is still an issue, we will cancel and all tour participants will receive a full refund for land and group air payments. If we decide that the tour can proceed, then the following fees will apply, so we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance:
From time of deposit to 100 days before departure (unless tour is cancelled by us): $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. Click on the image to download a copy of the brochure.
You can fill out your reservations online by clicking the “Book Now” tab (under the images).
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 will continue to assist clients who have previously purchased Roam Right Insurance policies, which can be transferred to tours in 2021 and 2022. If you don’t have insurance, we are now offering clients the opportunity to compare and buy insurance directly:
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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