Christmas in Israel with Charles Billingsley, 10-Day Journey to the Holy Land, November 30 – December 9, 2020
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A Special Invite!
Join me on a special 10-day Christmas journey to Israel. Your tour includes extended stops at the major Holy Sites in Israel including Galilee, Jerusalem, and the Judean Desert/Dead Sea area. The culmination of this incredible tour will be a special invitation to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Imagine standing in Nativity Square and celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while singing with the choir and listening to a powerful Christmas message of hope for a world in great need.
This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience as there is simply no substitute for celebrating Christmas than where the birth of Jesus took place so long ago. This tour will sell out quickly, so book now to reserve your spot today.
– Charles Billingsley
November 30 – December 9, 2020
DAY 01: BEGINNING OF OUR TOUR – Depart USA for Tel Aviv, Israel.
DAY 02: INTO THE LAND OF THE BIBLE – Arrive in Tel Aviv where you will be met at the airport for transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Netanya.
DAY 03: CAESAREA/MEGIDDO/TIBERIAS – A drive north along the Mediterranean coast will take you to Caesarea built by Herod the Great. See the Roman theater and its ruins. Continue to Mt. Carmel for a visit to Elijah’s cave. Proceed to Megiddo “Armageddon”, a very important strategic point on the Via Maris connecting Egypt and Damascus. Next, you will stop at Mt. Precipice for a panoramic view of Nazareth, Cana, and the Jezreel Valley. You will also visit the ruins of Magdala, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene. Proceed to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
DAY 04: GALILEE & UPPER GALILEE – This morning board a boat on the calm surface of the Sea of Galilee, cruising toward Capernaum. Upon landing, visit the site where Jesus started His ministry, the house of Peter and the synagogue where Jesus taught. Continue to Tabgha, the site of Peter’s restoration and the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish with its beautiful fourth-century mosaics. Drive to the top of the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee and surrounding areas. In the afternoon, drive to the Golan Heights in Upper Galilee. Visit the sources of the Jordan River at Caesarea Philippi. Return to the exit of the Jordan River from the Sea of Galilee where a baptismal service will take place. Return to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
DAY 05: SAMARIA/JACOB’S WELL/JERUSALEM – Leave Tiberias and travel south along the Jordan River. Visit Beit She’an, the leading city in the Decapolis and place where the Philistines hung the bodies of King Saul and his sons on the city walls. Take a beautiful drive through the heart of Samaria to the city of Nablus. Here you will see Jacob’s Well, where Jesus asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. You will then enjoy a traditional Palestinian lunch. Continue to ancient Shiloh, the first capital of the Israelite Kingdom and site of the tabernacle. Before entering the Holy City, you will stop at Mount Scopus for a beautiful view of Jerusalem. Proceed to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
DAY 06: JERUSALEM, THE HOLY CITY – Step into history as you enter the Old City of Jerusalem. Stroll through the colorful bazaars, picturesque neighborhoods, and narrow streets as you make your way to the temple area, where Solomon’s Temple was built on Mount Moriah. Visit the Dome of the Rock enclosing the Rock of Sacrifice, the Mosque of Al Aksa, and the Pinnacle of the Temple. Enjoy lunch in the old city and take some time to shop for souvenirs, jewelry, and ancient coins. In the afternoon, you will visit the Church of Saint Anne, the Pool of Bethesda, the Lithostrotos, Pilate’s Judgment Hall, Antonia Fortress, and walk on the Via Dolorosa leading you to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After dinner, you will visit the Western Wall (the Wailing Wall), then go under the old city to visit the Western Wall Tunnels to see remnants from the days of the Second Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Return to the hotel in Jerusalem for overnight.
DAY 07: BETHLEHEM/CHURCH OF NATIVITY/TREE LIGHTING – Today is the most special day for your tour. You start the day at the sacred Mount of Olives with its outstanding views of the Holy City of Jerusalem. You will visit the Chapel of Ascension, Church of Pater Noster, Church of Dominus Flavit, and the Church of All Nations as well as spend time in quiet reflection and prayer as you visit the Garden of Gethsemane. From there, you will drive the short distance south to the little town of Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of the Savoir with a visit to the Shepherd’s Fields, and the Fields of Boaz and Ruth. The day’s events will end at The Church of the Nativity with a special Christmas Tree Lighting Performance in Manger Square with special music and a powerful Christmas message. After the service, you will return to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
DAY 08: MASADA/JERICHO/DEAD SEA – This morning you will drive into the wilderness of the Judean Desert. Visit Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a shepherd boy. Then to Masada, a desert fortress built by Herod the Great which was used as a stronghold by Jewish zealots who committed suicide rather than surrender to the Romans. Enjoy lunch in Jericho and see the ruins and excavations of the ancient city. See the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by Satan. Visit En Gedi before continuing on a beautiful drive that takes you along the shores of the Dead Sea. Stop at the lowest point on earth and float in the healing, mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Visit the Tomb of Lazarus in Bethany before returning to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
DAY 09: NEW JERUSALEM – You will begin at Mount Zion where we will visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper as well as the Tomb of King David and the House of Caiaphas. Visit the Shrine of the Book, home of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. You will also visit a model of Jerusalem depicting the city as it was laid out during the time of Christ. In the afternoon, you will visit the Garden Tomb and Gordon’s Calvary, the site where Jesus was cruciﬁed, buried, and resurrected. A communion service will be held at the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.
DAY 10: TEL AVIV/USA – Transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for your return flight home with luggage packed with keepsakes and your heart full of memories!
NOTE: Schedule is subject to change due to various factors and tour guide’s discretion.
* Flight times, flight numbers, equipment, gates, and seats are subject to change. For the most current information check the airline website.
AIR: Includes roundtrip from departure city in the USA and return. Flights are subject to airline schedules and may change without notice.
GROUND/TRANSFERS: Transfers and ground transportation to\from airport/hotel by Deluxe Air-conditioned motor coaches. Land Only passengers responsible for transportation to and from the airport/hotel.
HOTELS: Superior First Class hotels throughout. Priced on the basis of two persons sharing a room with a private bath and shower. A limited number of single rooms are available at regular supplement prices.
MEALS: Breakfast & dinner daily. Individuals will be responsible for purchasing lunch each day. The cost is typically between $10 and $20 per lunch.
SIGHTSEEING: As and wherever indicated on the itinerary, including the services of English speaking guides as well as entrance fees to all places of interest listed in your itinerary.
PORTERAGE: Fees and charges for the porterage of one piece of baggage per person not to exceed 50lbs, in connection with all transfers and at airports throughout the entire itinerary are included. An overnight bag may also be carried, provided it remains in the possession of the passenger at all times. This bag, although carried personally, is considered part of your total luggage allowance.
SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: Service charges as required by hotel management and taxes as imposed by national and/or local governments and/or governments and/or administrations (wherever these are normally added to the bill.) on the date of this brochure are included.
OTHER: Tips, taxes, and airport taxes ARE INCLUDED in the selling price.
NOT INCLUDED: Excess baggage fees, passport fees, visa fees if applicable, lunches, items of a personal nature such as in-room service, laundry, etc., soft drinks, beverages that are not on the regular table menu. Any service whatsoever not indicated in the itinerary and/or the above list of included features.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is not included in the purchase price. For questions, quotes or to purchase travel insurance, please visit Travelex Insurance or call (800) 228-9792 and use the code 10-0384 for Signature Tours Inc.
PAYMENT: For payments online there will be a 2.9% credit card surcharge. To avoid surcharge please mail a check or money order to Signature Tours – PO Box 956817 Duluth, GA 30095 or call (800) 915-3527.
CANCELLATION POLICY: The $500 per person deposit is nonrefundable. Deposits and other payments exceeding the $500 per person are refundable in full up to sixty days prior to departure. After this date, refunds for unused accommodations and services will be limited to the amount received from and/or credited by all carriers, sightseeing operators and hotels.
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