14 days from $2800*
from Austin, TX

Springtime in Israel

March 6–19, 2005 • Hosted by Linda Smith

Includes airfare, great hotels, transfers & more!

Map of Israel Sunday, March 6: USA/Israel. Depart from USA on the first leg of overnight flight to Israel. Travel comfortably. Aloft, we have dinner, a little sleep, breakfast and time to contemplate the great adventure ahead of you.

Monday, March 7: Tel Aviv. Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, after meeting and assistance through customs, we're off to ancient Jaffa, home of Simon the Tanner, and where Jonah began his maritime adventure. After our tour, we'll continue to our hotel in Herzlia on the Mediterranean Sea for dinner and overnight. Daniel Tower Hotel Breakfast provided.

Roman Theater at Caesarea Tuesday, March 8: Herzlia, Mount Carmel & Tiberias. After breakfast, we drive north along the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, Roman capital of Judea. Here we view the beautifully restored theater and the ruins of the ancient town, its harbor and aqueduct. We travel inland to Megiddo (Biblical Armageddon), then continue to Muhraka on Mt. Carmel where Elijah defeated the priests of Ba'al. We continue to Tiberias and our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. Kibbutz En Gev Breakfast & dinner provided.

Ancient Synogogue, Capernaum © Doron Horowitz Wednesday, March 9: Around the Sea of Galilee. We set sail on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum and visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue and Peter's House. Continue to Tabgha, site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, and the Mt. of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. Drive through the Hula Valley to Banias, (Caesarea Phillipi) at the foot of Mt. Hermon. After ascending the Golan Heights, visit the former Syrian fortifications, then drive along eastern side of sea to Kursi where Jesus drove the demons from the man of Gadara. Stop at Yardenit for Jordan baptism, mikvah style. Dinner and overnight at Tiberias. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Swimming in the Dead Sea Thursday, March 10: Nazareth Village/Beit Shean/Dead Sea. Visit Kibbutz Ginnosar to see excavated boat, dating from the time of Jesus. Then, to Nazareth where we visit a unique new site, Nazareth Village. We'll tour a farm and Galilean village built to represent Nazareth as it was 2,000 years ago. After a tour and lunch, we'll drive south via the Jordan valley to Beit She'an, an extraordinary excavation of an ancient Roman city. Continue to our hotel at the Dead Sea for swimming and spa opportunity. Dinner and overnight at Royal Hotel. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Qumran, site of Dead Sea Scrolls Friday, March 11: Masada/Ein Gedi/Qumran. Today we visit the fortress of Masada, where Jewish defenders made their last stand against Rome (AD 73). Continue along the shore of the Dead Sea to Ein Gedi with an optional hike to David's waterfall. Lunch today at Genesis Land, where we'll find a recreation of a Biblical farmstead complete with Abraham's tent. Later we'll visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Back to our Dead Sea spa hotel for some well-earned R & R. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Jerusalem   © IMOT
Saturday, March 12: Dead Sea/Jerusalem. Continue our drive up to Jerusalem, highlight of our tour. We stop at the top of Mount of Olives and walk down the road which traditionally follows Jesus' triumphant entrance on palm Sunday. View the descecrated Jewish cemeteries. Enter the Teardrop church, Church of Mary's Dormition with Grotto cave, and the Church of All Nations. On to the Gallicantu with ancient steps to Kidron Valley. See Schindler's Grave. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. Jerusalem Pearl Hotel

Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem
Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem   © Willem Proos
Sunday, March 13: Old City of Jerusalem. After devotions, walking Tour of Jewish Quarter. Visit the Wohl Museum and Burnt House. See the Southern Excavations and bulge in the wall. Visit the Western Wall and tour the Rabbinic Tunnel under the Wall. Exit to the Via Dolorosa, seeing the famous Holy Sepulchur. Dinner and overnight at our Jerusalem hotel.

Monday, March 14: Outreach in Jerusalem/Army Base Visit. Meet BFP volunteers at Outreach Center. Trip to Tank Base to hear army spokesman and see life in Israeli Army firsthand. Lunch and tour at Biblical Resources center. Optional walk with Linda through Old City to see St. Anne's and Ecce Homo Convent and shopping. Garden Tomb visit with Communion service. Dinner and overnight at our Jerusalem hotel.

Tuesday, March 15: Shiloh/Samaria/Ariel. Travel north to Shiloh, where the Tabernacle stood for 369 years. Enjoy the mountains of Benjamin and visit in a local community. Continue to northern Samaria and visit additional communities. Drive to Ariel, the largest and best known of the communities in Samaria. In Ariel, we will experience planting in the vineyard, fulfilling a prophetic verse in Jeremiah 31:5. Dinner and overnight at Ariel. Eshel Ha Shomron Ariel

Wednesday, March 16: Gush Etzion/Hebron/Jerusalem. Visit Kfar Etzion and learn about the special history of this area. Enjoy lunch and a fascinating Sound and Light Show in Kfar Etzion. Explore the path of the Patriarchs, including ancient ritual paths and strategic lookout toward Jerusalem. Visit local community and have lunch in the Judaica Center with community leaders. Travel south to Hebron, city of the Patriarchs and the first capital of King David. Tour the ancient Jewish neighborhoods, the Bet Hadassah museum and the Machpela cave, Tomb of the Patriarchs of Israel. Meet with local residents and learn about this unique city in Israel. Later this afternoon we'll drive up to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. Jerusalem Pearl Hotel

Zion Square, Jerusalem
Zion Square, Jerusalem   © IMOT
Thursday, March 17: Jerusalem at leisure. Enjoy a day to relax and explore Jerusalem on your own. There are so many ways to explore this fascinating city. Shop in the Old City "shouk". Take a walk along the Old City ramparts, singing Psalms of praise as Jeremiah did. Explore Hezekiah's Tunnel. Shop on Ben Yehuda Street. We'll have many suggestions for you and a few personal adventures organized by Linda Smith for those wanting to explore the city with a veteran Jerusalem insider.

Shrine of the Book, Jerusalem Friday, March 18: New City of Jerusalem/Yad Vashem. After breakfast we'll drive to the Israel Museum to visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and exhibited. Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel's extensive and moving monument to the Holocaust, and Mt. Herzl cemetery, where we'll spend time among the pioneers of the Jewish state who are buried here in honor and in fulfillment of their Zionist dream. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the pre-Shabbat energy of Jerusalem. Time for a stroll to the Western Wall before dinner, to watch as the religions welcome the Shabbat in prayer. Shabbat dinner. Jerusalem Pearl Hotel

Saturday, March 19: Israel/USA. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and board your return flight to the USA, arriving later this afternoon.

Destination FAQs

Included Features

• Flights from Austin via Lufthansa/United Airlines

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

• Israeli buffet breakfast and table d'hôte dinner daily plus 3 lunches

• Transfers and touring are provided by modern, air-conditioned touring coaches, including all entrance fees to places visited in the itinerary

Tour Prices

Per person all-inclusive tour prices from Austin, Texas, including all departure taxes and tips.

Double occupancy: $2800
Single occupancy: + $569


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 Smith, Tour Host
Linda Smith, Tour Host, at the Armenian Convent, Jerusalem
Linda Smith
3607 Palomar Lane
Austin, TX 78727