10 days from $2380*
from Chicago (ORD)
I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked Tour to Israel & Jordan
March 16–25, 2009 • Hosted by Hinsdale Fil-Am Seventh Day Adventist Church
Includes airfare, fuel surcharges, great hotels, transfers, many meals, touring and more!
To say that "I walked today where Jesus walked" is a song to sing but an experience that every Christian can never forget. Join us as we walk the road where Christianity was born, where Jesus spread the Good News together with His disciples. It will be an awesome adventure and, to many, if not all, it will be a lifetime experience.
To see and step afoot to places like Galillee, Jerusalem, Mt. Carmel and many other places that we only read and learn from Sabbath School will surely be a dream come true.
Day 1, Monday, March 16: Depart USA. Depart USA for your overnight flight via Royal Jordan Airlines. Aloft, we will have dinner, a little sleep time, breakfast, and the opportunity to praise the Lord for His great creation from the vantage point of 35,000 feet!
Day 2, Tuesday, March 17: Arrive Jordan. Upon arrival at Amman Airport, we will be welcomed by our representative and assisted with arrival formalities. Transfer to our hotel for a welcome dinner and overnight. Geneva Hotel Dinner provided..
Day 3, Wednesday, March 18: Madaba & Jerusalem. Begin the day with a drive to Madaba, where the 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land is found, and then to Mt. Nebo, where Moses viewed the Promised Land. Proceed to the Allenby Bridge for crossing into Israel. After completing border formalities, travel by bus to the Israeli side of the bridge where we will be met, assisted and transferred to our hotel in Jerusalem. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Grand Court Jerusalem Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 4, Thursday, March 19: Bethlehem & Jerusalem.
The Shrine of the Book (interior) © IMOT
Visit the city of Bethlehem, site of the birth of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity. Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping. Walk through the picturesque neighborhood of Ein Kerem, the site of the Churches of the Visitation and John the Baptist and art galleries. On your way back to Jerusalem, pass by Rachel's tomb and Oscar Schindler's grave. Proceed to the Israel Museum, one of the most creative and innovative museums in the world, to view the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Shrine of the Book, and the newly restored model of Jerusalem from the Second Temple Period. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 5, Friday, March 20: Jerusalem.
After breakfast this morning, take in stunning views of the Old City from the Mt. of Olives. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus spent his last hours, and the Church of All Nations. Enter the Old City of Jerusalem via the Dung Gate and walk to the Western Wall, the holiest Jewish site. Stroll along the Byzantine Cardo, Jerusalem's main street from the 2nd century AD, and walk along the Via Dolorosa to St. Anne's Church, the Crypt of Mary, the Ecco Homo Arch and the Pools of Bethesda.
Enjoy lunch in the Old City on your own and some free time to roam in the Arab bazaar. Later today, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of the last Stations of the Cross, Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Continue on a guided visit to Mt. Zion, including the traditional burial site of King David, the Room of the Last Supper, and Dormition Abbey. End the day with at the Garden Tomb, traditional Protestant site of Calvary. Return to the hotel for dinner. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 6, Saturday, March 21: Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Bethany & Jerusalem. This morning, we'll attend church services at the 7th Day Adventist Church in Jerusalem. After the service, drive to the Dead Sea region. Ascend Masada by cable car to visit Herod's mountain palace and site of the Jewish Zealot's last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Explore the many archaeological remains from the Roman and Byzantine eras.
Swimming in the Dead Sea
It's a short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a lush oasis in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. Enjoy lunch on your own and time to relax in healthy sulphur springs at the Mineral Beach and float in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Afterward, visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Return to Jerusalem via the old Roman road along Wadi Kelt and see St. George's monastery in the distance. Stop in Bethany for a visit to the church, and return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B, D).
Day 7, Sunday, March 22: Jerusalem at leisure. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Jerusalem on your own. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 8, Monday, March 23: Tel Aviv, Caesarea & Galilee.
Tel Aviv, Israel © IMOT
After breakfast this morning, drive to Tel Aviv and stop at the Jaffa Overlook, the place where it all began and where Peter stayed with Simon the Tanner. Visit the Church of St. Peter where he raised Tabatha from the dead.
Friendly Planet travelers in Caeserea
Continue to the coastal road to visit Caesarea, one of Israel's most important cities during the Roman period and the site of the imprisonment of Paul before his trial in Rome. Walk through the Herodian Theater and new excavations along the Mediterranean shore. Conclude with a visit to the 900-year-old city built on the same site.
View over Sea of Galilee from Capernaum
After lunch on your own, we'll head to Mukhracha and walk in the footsteps of Elijah the Prophet. Our touring continues at the Church of the Annunciation of Christ and Joseph's Well in Nazareth. At the end of the day, drive to the Sea of Galilee and check in to your hotel. Nof Ginosar Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 9, Tuesday, March 24: Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, Ein Gev, Kursi & Golan Heights.
Boat ride on the Galilee
Today's touring begins at the ancient "Jesus boat," a fisherman's boat from the beginning of the millennium, much like that used by Jesus and his disciples. Take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy a visit to the beautiful church at the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
Ancient Synagogue at Capernaum ©Doron Horowitz
Continue to the ancient synagogue at Capernaum, a remnant of the once thriving Jewish community from the second century, followed by a visit to the Heptagon Church at Tabgha, where Jesus performed the miracle of Loaves and Fish. After lunch on your own at Ein Gev, visit Kursi, where Jesus drove the swine into the Sea. Our full day of touring concludes with a visit to Golan Heights, where we'll be able to take in the immense natural beauty of its volcanic mountains and deep gorges. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 10, Wednesday, March 25: Depart Israel/Arrive USA. After an early breakfast, transfer to the Sheik Hussein Bridge, the northern border between Israel and Jordan. After completing border crossing formalities, take a short bus ride to the Jordanian side of the bridge, where we will be met, assisted and transferred to Amman Airport. Our flight arrives to the USA later today. Breakfast provided.
- Round trip flights from Chicago (ORD) via Royal Jordanian Airlines or other scheduled carriers including fuel surcharges
- All transfers and ground transportation
- Superior hotel accommodations
- Lavish buffet breakfast and dinner daily
- Comprehensive guided touring program including all entrance fees to places visited as outlined in the itinerary
- Opportunities for teaching, worship and sharing throughout the tour
|Per person, double occupancy, from Chicago (ORD)
|Additional Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11 Security Fee
|Single Room Supplement
|Optional Travel Insurance (Recommended)
Please download the reservation application and fax or mail to the tour leader, together with your $300 per person deposit. Fax to: 847-455-0534. Mail to Emmanuel Lacson,
Hinsdale Fil-Am Seventh Day Adventist Church
Hinsdale, Il 60521.
Reservation application PDF
For additional information, please contact:
Hinsdale Fil-Am Seventh Day Adventist Church
Hinsdale, Il 60521