14 days for $3250*
from Austin, TX

Central Baptist Church Tour to Israel: History, Holiness & Hope

October 26 – November 8, 2007 • Hosted by Linda Smith

Includes airfare, taxes, tips, hotels, most meals, inspired touring & more!

Linda Smith, Tour Host at the Armenian Convent, Jerusalem WE STAND WITH ISRAEL!

Join us as we explore ancient and modern history of God's Covenant Land. We begin with His promise to Abraham, and build on this foundation. Meet the Children of Promise as they live in uncertain times with unfaltering hope in the One who defines the times. Not only do we visit traditional Bible sites, walk in Messiah's footprints, but share the heart of the country by joining Sondra Baras in the Communities of Judea and Samaria. We will visit ancient Samaritans who continue their unique rites of worship even today.

Linda Smith has made more than 20 trips to the Holy Land and shares love and enthusiasm for Israel and its people. You will be blessed by joining the group and will return home with an enriched understanding of The Land's history, of God's Holy Word, and Hope in the eternal Covenant.

Detailed Itinerary

Map of Israel Day 1, Friday, October 26: Depart USA. Depart USA for an overnight flight to Israel. Travel comfortably. While we fly, use the time to eat, rest, and dream. Your greatest adventure has just begun.

Day 2, Saturday, October 27: Arrive Israel. Welcome to the "new" Ben Gurion Airport. After arrival and assistance through customs, we're off to our hotel for much needed rest! Enjoy the Mediterranean Sea with dinner and overnight at the Sheraton Moriah Tel Aviv. Dinner provided.

Roman Theater at Caesarea Day 3, Sunday, October 28: Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Meggido & Muhraka. After your first Israeli breakfast, visit Independence Hall and witness THE historical vote. We proceed north to Caesarea, Roman capital of Judea. Herod's determination first appears as we see a beautifully restored theater, harbor, water system and ruins of the ancient city. We travel inward to Meggido, with its past and prophetic history. Then, up to Muhraka on Mt Carmel where Elijah defeated the priests of Ba'al. The day culminates with an opportunity for baptism (mikveh) in the Jordan River before reaching our kibbutz on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and Overnight at Nof Ginosar. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Golan Heights, Israel Day 4, Monday, October 29: Galilee & Golan Heights. We set sail on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. We'll visit traditional churches marking Yeshua's miracles, including Capernaum, Tagbha, and Mount of Beatitudes. Drive to Caesarea Phillipi and headwaters of the Jordan. Understand the Golan's critical importance as you view the area from Mt. Bental. Overnight at Nof Ginosar. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Swimming in the Dead Sea Day 5, Tuesday, October 30: Beit She'an, Qumron, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea. Walk through ruins at Bet She'an, an extraordinary excavation of an ancient Roman city. We continue southward to Qumron to explore the mystery of the Essenes and the Scrolls. Ein Gedi is today's final visit. We end the day at our hotel, where there are swimming and spa opportunities. Dinner and overnight. Accommodations: Daniel Hotel. Breakfast & dinner provided.

View from Masada Day 6, Wednesday, October 31: Masada to Jerusalem. Today we visit Masada, where Jewish defenders made their final stand against Rome. (73 A.D.) After descent, we drive through the desert to a Bedoin oasis for lunch. An optional camel ride is available. Before arrival in Jerusalem, we'll visit the Valley of David and Goliath. We will stop first at an overlook for an amazing panoramic view of this marvelous city. As we take in the beauty of the city, we will ask blessings for the trip and for Jerusalem. Dan Panorama.(B, L, D).

Mount of Olives Gethsemane Day 7, Thursday, November 1: Mount of Olives. Today, embark on a Mount of Olives walk, following the traditional Triumphant Entrance on Palm Sunday. View desecrated Jewish cemeteries. Enter the Teardrop Church. Continue on to the Grotto, Church of all Nations, and Gethsemene. Afterwards, we travel to Gallicantu (House of Caiphas) and descend the ancient steps to Kidron Valley. Accommodations: Dan Panorama. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem Day 8, Friday, November 2: New City. Yad Vashem, Israeli Museum with Model of Jerusalem and Dead Sea Scrolls. Latrun. Shabbat. Dan Panorama. (B, D).

Day 9, Saturday, November 3: Old City. Today, we explore the wonders of Jerusalem's Old City with a walking tour of the Christian Quarter. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchur and the Citadel Museum. We'll also tour Via Dolorosa, St. Anne's and Bethesda Pools, and Lithrostrotos at Ecce Homo Convent. Communion at the Garden Tomb. Dan Panorama. (B, D)

Jewish quarter Day 10, Sunday, November 4: Jewish Quarter. Today, our walking tour of the Jewish Quarter wil introduce us to the Western Wall. We'll see the Southern Excavations and the bulge in the wall. We'll continue to the Herodian mansions, the City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel and the Temple Mount (if available). Dan Panorama. (B,D)

Day 11, Monday, November 5: Judea/Ariel. After breakfast, we begin our protected bus tour of Judea, which includes Herodian, Hebron, and Gush Etzion communities. Later, we will have a special opportunity to plant trees in Samaria. Overnight in Ariel. Eshel Hashomron. (B, D).

Day 12, Tuesday, November 6: Samaria. Today we will have a unique opportunity to see Shilo, place of the Tabernacle, historical Bet El and current home of Arutz Sheva, and discover the ancient Samaritans. We will visit an outpost and meet Sondra Baras, Director of Christian Friends of Israeli Communities. We'll return to Jerusalem for our final overnight. Dan Panorama. (B, D).

Day 13, Wednesday, November 7: Day at Leisure/Depart Israel. Enjoy your final day in Israel at leisure - with freedom and opportunity to sleep late, re-explore, and return to an individual special interest. There is time to shop and pack at leisure. Prepare for our farewell dinner and late evening departure for Ben Gurion Airport to check in for our return flight to the USA. Breakfast provided..

Day 14, Thursday, November 8: Arrive USA. Our overnight flight arrives in Austin, via Atlanta, later this morning.

Included Features

• Flights from Austin via Delta Airlines including all taxes & fuel surcharges (flight schedule)

• Accommodations in First Class & Superior Hotels, in twin-bedded rooms with private bath

• Israeli buffet breakfast and dinner daily plus a Bedouin lunch

• Transfers and touring are provided by modern, air-conditioned touring coaches, including all entrance fees to places visited in the itinerary, escorted throughout by licensed, English-speaking guide

• Special opportunity to visit sites in Judea & Samaria

Tour prices

Per person, double occupancy, from Austin, Texas: $3250
Single Room Supplement: $600
Tips & taxes: included in tour price
Travel insurance (optional, recommended): $129


Please download the reservation application and fax or mail it to us, together with your $300 per person deposit. Fax to: 215-572-9803. Mail to 500 Old York Road, Suite 200, Jenkintown, PA 19046.

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For additional information, please contact:

Linda and Ed Smith at the Sea of Galilee Linda Smith
3607 Palomar Lane
Austin, TX 78727