CONNECTING ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH

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Connecting Israel and The Church

Feast of Tabernacles Tour
October 9-21with optional extension to Eilat & Petra

13 days $2850 
Per person double occupancy
(if 20 or more register for the tour there will be a refund of excess revenue)

Eilat/Petra  extension 3-days $950

Included: Air from Newark, NJ  English speaking licensed guide, entrance fees into all sites, luxury air-conditioned bus, great Isreali breakfast, dinners and lunches on the itineray only.

Not included: Tips to tour guides and river of $85.00, lunches excet\pt on the itinerary, beverages at dinner, any fees for ICEJ Feast of Tabernacles. ($250 per person to register in advance), $50 visa and border taxes for Petra extension.
Required: Deposit of $300 Payable to Unitours, full amount to be paid by no later then 45 days before departure.

Call 1-800-728-1779 and we will send or fax you a registration form for the tour and the Feast of Tabernacles.


Itinerary:

Day 1- Newark / Tel Aviv  (inquire about flights from your area to Germany)

Day 2- Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport - Tel Aviv- Jaffa- Jerusalem - Dead Sea
Drive through Tel Aviv with a short tour of Old Jaffa before we 'go up' to Jerusalem to visit the Western Wall to give thanks for our safe flight. We will then travel to our hotel on the  Dead Sea for a Shabbat meal and some rest.

Day 3- Shabbat at the Dead Sea
Day of leisure at the Dead Sea, swimming, sunning and sleeping.  Late afternoon we will head for Ein Gedi (at the Dead Sea) for the Feast of Tabernacles Desert Celebration with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.  Overnight again at the Dead Sea.

Day 4- Massada- Qumran- Jerusalem
Our day will begin with a cable car trip  to Massada, then up to Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.  On to the Wilderness Tabernacle, a replica of the Tabernacle of Moses in the desert near Jericho.  On the way up to Jerusalem we will visit Abraham for a late lunch in 'Genesis Land'.  Abraham is waiting for you in his tent at Eretz Breishit - Here you can ride a camel, write in ancient Hebrew script, bake pita.  We then return to our  Jerusalem hotel for dinner and prepare for the opening night of the Feast of Tabernacles.  Overnight in Jerusalem 

Day 5- Jerusalem
Full day of sightseeing and prayer in Jerusalem, exploring our Christian Heritage and it’s Jewish roots. Mount of Olives, Kidron Valley, Garden of Gethsemene.   Continue to the Old City, within the wall, the Via Delorosa, Pools of Bethesda, Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Next to the Temple Mount and the Southern Temple staircase. We will visit the Western Wall, a sacred site for the Jewish people, and view the Mosque of Omar. Proceeding on to the reconstructed Jewish Quarter we will visit  the Ancient Cardo Maximo, the Temple Institute where the articles of the temple are being recreated for use in the third Temple when restored. Western Wall tunnels (Hasmonean).  Lunch will be on your own. We will have time to shop in the Cardo as well as the Arab Shuk before we head back to our hotelfor dinner and  to prepare for the Feast Celebration.  Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6- Samaria
Our first stop is Shiloh, the capital of ancient Israel for 369 years and the place where the Ark of the Covenant rested.  We will proceed to Mount Gerezim and Mount Ebal, the mountains of blessing and cursing and then on up to Elon Moreh where Abraham first stopped when he entered the Land. We may even  meet some of the residents of these historic settlements.  Return to Jerusalem for dinner and evening Feast Celebration.

Day 7-Jerusalem
Start the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum.  Down to Ein Kerem where John the Baptist was born for a visit to the Biblical Resource Garden and a Biblical meal.  The Jerusalem March will  be in the afternoon.  Back to the hotel for dinner and Feast Celebration. 

Day 8- Hebron - Jerusalem    
Today we will head south into Judea.  The Kfar Etzion sound and light show will give you a picture of the price the Jews have paid to hold on to their land.  Driving past Bethelem, down the path taken by Abraham to the burial place of the patriarchs in Hebron and the Cave of Machpelah as well as the first capital of King David.  We will meet some residents of the old city of  Hebron and walk to the ancient neighborhoods and museum.  Return to Jerusalem for dinner and the Feast Celebration.

Day 9- Jerusalem    
Today is Hosanna Rabba, at the Western wall.We will do additional touring in the Old City ending our day with a Shabbat Meal and final evening of the Feast, a Sukkah party at Ramat Rachel overlooking Bethlehem.

Day 10- Shabbat - Jerusalem
No touring today.  We can walk to the Western Wall. Today is Simchat Torah, the Joy of the Torah and we will enjoy experiencing this wonderful Biblical celebration in the Old City.

Day 11 - to Galilee 
Head east to the Jordan Valley and Beit She’an, one of the earliest and most important cities in Israel from the time of the Canaanites.  and visit the baptismal site of Yardinit. (All who want to be baptized in the Jordan need to be prepared with a change of clothes). After a boat ride across the Galilee we look back in time to Jesus, as He walked and taught in the Galilee. We will visit Safed, Capernaum, and spend time on the Mount of Beatitudes. we will have a lunch of  St. Peter’s fish n and enjoy the multi-media presentation as well as shopping at "The Galilee Experience". Overnight in the Galilee

Day 12-Tel Aviv (or Eilat) 
Today we will see  Nazareth, Cana, and the Jezreel Valley on the way to Mt. Carmel where Elijah met with the prophets of Ba'al. We will enjoy Caesarea and the lovely Mediterranean Sea on the way to Tel Aviv to visit the Diaspora Museum and on to our farewell dinner.  Some will stay on in Tel Aviv to depart for the US in the morning, others will depart by air to Eilat for a sun, sea, and Petra visit.  Eilat is the favorite of vacationers from all over the European continent and is well known for it's great scuba diving and colorful fish and coral.

 Day 13-  -Ben Gurion Airport to depart for USA

Optional Extension:

Day 12 fly to Eilat. for 2 night stay. 

Day 13 - Drive through Aqaba in Jordan to Petra for tour.

Day 14 - Free day to shop or play. Late afternoon flight to return to Tel Aviv for flight in the AM to the US

Day 15 Fly Tel Aviv -USA

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Sample Itinerary 12-Day Tour

Day 1- Newark / Tel Aviv

Day 2- Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport - Jerusalem
Transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem Dinner and overnight

Day 3- Shabbat
Day at Leisure in Jerusalem We can walk to the Old City, pray at the Western Wall and be a part of what the Jews do on the Sabbath. [OPTIONAL SHABBAT HOSPITALITY IN A JEWISH HOME ] Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

  Day 4- Jerusalem
Our Tour Guide will join us today and we will start our touring in the Old City of Jerusalem with the Temple Mount and the Southern Temple staircase. We will visit the Western Wall, a sacred site for the Jewish people, and view the Mosque of Omar. Proceeding on to the reconstructed Jewish Quarter we will see the Ancient Cardo Maximo, visit the Temple Institute where the articles of the temple are being recreated for use in the third Temple when restored. Lunch will be on your own. We will have time to shop in the Cardo as well as the Arab Shuk and end the day with a tour of the Western Wall tunnels (Hasmonean). Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5- Jerusalem- Ariel
Full day of sightseeing and prayer in Jerusalem, exploring our Christian Heritage and it’s Jewish roots. Mount of Olives, Kidron Valley, Garden of Gethsemene, Golgatha and time for prayer, worship and communion at the empty Garden Tomb. Continue to the Old City, within the wall, the Via Delorosa, Pools of Bethesda, Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We will exit through the Arab Shuk and Jaffa Gate. If the timing works out we can enjoy a great falafel before we leave for Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. We will finish the day at the Biblical Scripture Garden in Ein Kerem with a Biblical dinner. Overnight in Ariel

Day 6- Samaria
Our Biblical tour begins today in the region of Ephraim and Benjamin. Our first stop is Samaria / Sebastia, biblical capital of King Omri, King Ahab and Jezebel. Samaria was rebuilt and renamed Sebastia by King Herod. Sebastia was where Philip, Peter and John preached. From Sebastia, we will proceed to Mount Gerzim where we will meet some of the Samaritans and hear about their history and see their altar. Then it’s on to Elon Moreh where Abraham first stopped when he entered the Land. We’ll meet with some of the residents of this historic settlement. Our next stop is Shiloh, the capital of ancient Israel for 369 years. Our tour guide has been the Mayor of Shiloh for many years and will give us his best insight into the place where the Ark of the Covenant rested. Return to our hotel in Ariel for dinner and a meeting with officials and entertainment.

  Day 7- Jordan Valley - Galilee
Head east to the Jordan Valley and Beit She’an, one of the earliest and most important cities in Israel from the time of the Canaanites. Today we will see the well-preserved archeological site of Megiddo (the biblical Armageddon), Nazareth, Cana and visit the baptismal site of Yardinit. (All who want to be baptized in the Jordan need to be prepared with a change of clothes). After a boat ride across the Galilee we will have a dinner of St. Peter’s fish near Capernaum and enjoy the multi-media presentation as well as shopping at "The Galilee Experience". Overnight in a kibbutz.

Day 8- Galilee - Golan
Today we are looking at Israel, past, present and future. Stopping at Gamla Park and the restored ancient village at Katzrin in the Golan we will watch a sound and light show explaining the region. Now we look back in time to Jesus, as He walked and taught in the Galilee. We will visit Capernaum, and spend time on the Mount of Beatitudes. Dinner & overnight in Kibbutz, meeting with Kibbutz members.

Day 9 -Jordan Valley
Abraham is waiting for you in his tent at Eretz Breishit - Here you can ride a camel, write in ancient Hebrew script, bake pita. Jericho is next seeing Zacchaeus' tree, Elisha's spring, and riding the new cable car to the Mount of the Temptation.  Moses Tabernacle  in the Wilderness replica will be a very special experience for all. after  stopping  at Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. (Great shopping here) then on to Kibbutz Ein Gedi to prepare for Shabbat. We will tour the kibbutz. Dinner and overnight in Kibbutz.

Day 10- Dead Sea
Day of leisure at a Kibbutz near Ein Gedi We can walk in the famed Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
Swim/float in the Dead Sea or just rest. Dinner and overnight in Kibbutz.

Day 11- Massada -Hebron-Jaffa -Ben Gurion Airport
Our last day will begin with a cable car ride to Massada. Traversing around through Arad we will stop at the ancient village of Sussyia on our way to Hebron - Cave of the Patriarchs, where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were buried. We will spend some time with residents of the Old City of Hebron. We will then pass by Bethlehem on our way back to Jerusalem for last minute shopping. Early evening we will head west to Jaffa for our farewell dinner and a resting place to prepare for the trip home. We have a late night departure for the states.

Day 12 -Tel Aviv - USA

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