Tour Highlights

    RCA Church presents 10 Day Holy Land Tour with Optional Jordan Extension

    Early Booking Discount:

    $100 discount on all deposits received anytime before February 12, 2019.
    If that date is missed deposits received before May 12, 2019 will receive a $50 discount.

    Includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Raleigh, NC (including fuel surcharge & taxes)
  • 8 nights in fi rst class hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Airport-hotel transfers
  • Hotel taxes
  • Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach
  • Services of a Professional Tour Escort
  • Tips
  • Not Included:

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Single Supplement: $600 Base Tour $230 Jordan Extension
  • Contact:

    Pastor Kevin Whidden • RCA Church • 923 N. Salisbury Ave. GQ • Salisbury, NC 28146
    Tel: 704-279-6676 • Email: kwhidden@rcachurch.org • Website: www.rcachurch.org

    Itinerary

    Extensions

    Day 01. Depart USA

    Depart on your international overnight fl ight.

    Day 02. Arrive in the Holy Land

    “"After Jesus had fi nished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor “”(Luke 11:1 - 5)
    After clearing customs, we will be met by your representative who will assist you with your luggage and direct you to your bus and meet you guide. Start your tour of the Holy land by driving directly north on Highway six to the Jezreel Valley and then cut across the country to the Arbel Cliff, which affords a view over the Lake of Galilee and the main sites of Jesus' ministry and most of his healing miracles occurred in that region. Drive down to the city of Tiberias and check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Day 03. The Galilee

    “Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. (Matthew 5:1-3)
    Drive up to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7) and hike down the hill to the lake and go to Tabgha where Christians have long remembered the fi rst feeding of the multitude (Mark 6) and nearby, the breakfast of John 21. Continue walking to nearby Capernaum where Franciscan archaeologists believe they have uncovered the house of Peter (Mark 1 and 2). Here he also healed Peter's Mother-in-law. The Gospels record twelve healing miracles in Capernaum, more than anywhere else in the Holy land. We then drive the northern end of the Sea of Galilee heading east and stop at Bethsaida, which is the fi shing village of the Gospels. This village was the home town of Peter, Andrew, and Philip (John 1:44). Here, as well as Capernaum and Chorazim, Jesus performed most of his miracles, healed a blind man, and cursed all three towns for their failure to repent. In Luke's account, the feeding of the 5000 occurred in the area of Bethsaida. Mark alone records Jesus' miracle of healing the blind man from Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-26). Continue driving around the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee heading south to Ein Gev where you can stop for a St. Peter's Fish lunch. After lunch drive further south to Kursi in the “Gergesa” of Matthew's Gospel where the evangelist locates the miracle of the swine. Most likely, that is what early Christians were commemorating. Then drive full circle around the lake and stop at a location where the Jordan River exits south from the Sea of Galilee and heads down the Jordan Valley. We end our day at the modern Baptismal site of the Yardenit where you have the possibility of renewing the Baptismal vows before heading back to their hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Day 04. Northern Israel

    “When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:13-16)
    Ascend the Golan Heights today, the biblical Bashan and ancestral home of the half-tribe of Manassah and in Jesus' day, part of the territory of Herod Philip. Stop for an overview of Gamla, also known as “Masada of the north” where you'll hear a heroic story of the few against the many, as the raptors that are protected here soar overhead in these magnifi - cent natural surroundings. Drive along Israel's border with Syria and stop at the Kuneitra overlook. Visit Tel Dan, one of the most important biblical mounds in the country. Here archaeologists discovered an inscription with the words “House of David,” and you can see a gateway from the time of Abraham, as well as the High Place of Jeroboam and the Israelite gate. Continue to Caesarea Philippi, now known as Banias. Open your Bible among the ruins of pagan temples to consider the words Jesus spoke here: “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (Matt. 16:13). At Dan you'll enjoy the natural beauty of Banias nestled on the fl ourishing banks of one the Jordan's main tributaries. We end our day with an hour on the lake in a wooden boat modeled on one from Jesus' time. (Matthew 14)

    Day 05. Cana, Nazareth, Mount Carmel, Haifa, Caesarea Maritima, and Megiddo

    “He will be called a Nazarene.” (Matthew 2: 23)
    Early this morning we drive to Nazareth. On the way we stop at Cana of Galilee the site that witnessed Christ's fi rst miracle of changing water into wine at the wedding feast. We then proceed to Nazareth and visit Saint Joseph's workshop and the Cave of the Annunciation. There will be ample time to walk the streets of our Lord's boyhood town. We then board our bus and head to Mount Carmel. Ascend Mount Carmel, home of the prophets Elijah and Elisha. Afterwards, we drive through the sparkling city of Haifa stopping at Stella Maris. Continue along the Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea. Here, the Apostle Peter preached and the Apostle Paul was imprisoned for two years. At Caesarea Maritima, begin where the baptism of Gentiles began (Focus on Acts 10). You will see the sunken harbor, the hippodrome, the theatre and the Roman aqueduct. We then drive through the famed Jezreel Valley west to Megiddo for the background to Armageddon. In one fell swoop, from the heights of Tel Megiddo, you take in thousands of years of biblical history. You are surrounded by dramatic remnants of the more than two dozen civilizations that rose and fell here, which created the very mound on which you stand. The Canaanites knew it, and so did Solomon and the kings of Israel who built a major city here. We will explore Ahab's amazing water system, and pay tribute to the ancient ingenuity that has brought worldwide acclaim to this site. From the fi rst recorded battle in history, in 1468 BC, every army that crossed this land fought in Megiddo's shadow. We remind ourselves the lesson we heard on this spot, about history's last recorded battle: “They gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon” (Rev. 16:16). After surveying the layered city we return back to the Sea of Galilee to our base for dinner and overnight.

    Day 6. Beit Shean and the Dead Sea

    You will visit three major sites: Beth Shean, Ein Harod and Jericho. Drive down into the Jordan Valley to the strategic crossing point between the Jordan Valley and the Jezreel which is located in the city of Beth Shean (aka Scythopolis). Here, you can climb the Tel to view the setting of Saul's death (I Samuel 28 - II Samuel 1). You shall then survey the magnifi cent Roman and Byzantine ruins: theatre, bathhouses, ancient rest rooms, market areas, colonnaded streets. Drive through the Jezreel Valley west to Ein Harod (Judges 7), which describes Gideon's actions in thinning out his army. This is where he brought the men to the spring and sorted them on the basis of how they drank from the water. You will then drive east into Harod's Valley with a fantastic view fi lled with biblical history. From this location on Tel Jezreel looking east, one can yet imagine the crowned Jehu “driving like a madman,” on his way to killing the kings of Israel and Judah. Probably somewhere in this valley, Jesus healed the ten lepers 900 years later. We continue east back to the Jordan Valley and then south to Jericho. At Jericho, you will visit the Tel of this oldest city and view the traditional mountain of Jesus' temptation. Also, as Jesus was leaving Jericho he healed the blind Bartimeus (Mark 10:46-52). Continue south to the Dead Sea at stop at Qumran. Here you can view Cave #4, which contained the greatest quantity of Dead Sea scrolls. We end the day by taking a dip into the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea before we drive up to Jerusalem passing by the Good Samaritan Inn. Finally atop Mt. Scopus, we behold majestic Jerusalem. Check into your Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Day 07. Bethlehem

    “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)
    This morning drive south to the region of Bethlehem passing by Rachel's Tomb at the outskirts of the city. Drive to a hilltop for a view of Bethlehem, noting its relation to the rest of the central mountain range, including Jerusalem, as well as to the desert and the area of ancient Moab. Driving south, we visit Solomon's Pools, Jerusalem's main source of water for almost 2000 years. Passing the monastery of Hortus Conclusus (“the sealed garden”) in Artas, we go to Herodion, the palace set in a conical mountain built by Herod to mark his tomb which was in the news lately with the recent discovery of Herod's Tomb. We then drive to one of the possible sites for Shepherds' Fields. Continue into Bethlehem itself, walking through the restored old town to the Church of the Nativity and visiting the manger and see the cave of St. Jerome. Drive back to Jerusalem and check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Day 08. Jerusalem

    “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace” (Luke 19:42) .
    Start the day on the Mt. of Olives for an orientation to the city. Visit the church of Pater Noster to see the church dedicated to the Lord's Prayer depicting several languages of the world done in ceramic covering the walls of the Church. Have an opportunity to read the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic in the language that Christ taught his disciples. Then descend the traditional Palm Sunday Road stopping at the church of Dominus Flevit - The Lord Weeps. We continue down to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26) with a visit to the garden and the church where you can have some quiet time. Then walk down along the new path into the Kidron Valley and down the part of the Kidron called the Valley of Jehoshaphat, where God will judge the nations of the world (Joel 3:12). Another name for the valley is the Vale of the King; it was once intensely cultivated and the revenues went to the king. Zechariah's Tomb, named after a First Temple priest, the Tomb of the Sons of Hezir, a Second Temple-era priestly family, and Absalom's Tomb. The conical- roofed Absalom's Tomb received its name because the Bible says this rebellious son of David built a monument here so he would be remembered. Absalom was eventually killed by his father's men; Jerusalemites of old would bring their sons to pelt the tomb with stones and recall the fate of rebellious offspring. Continue and walk on the Old City Ramparts towards he Damascus Gate and the Kidron Valley. When we get off the wall at Steven's Gate or the Sheep's Gate enter the City. Here we will fi nd the pool Of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne's Church with remarkable acoustics and has been perfectly Preserved from the Crusader period. Then follow the way of the Cross known as the Via Dolorosa. Back as far as the Holy Sepulcher. From there walk through the Arab Souks to Damascus Gate and then walk to the Garden Tomb for a special visit. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Day 09. Jerusalem

    “Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation. For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” (Psalm 48:12-14)
    First thing this morning, take the ramparts walk on the Old City Walls from Jaffa Gate to the Western Wall. Descend from the Old City Wall and take the time to examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex, which includes steps where you may be certain that Jesus taught and He and his disciples walked. Then walk up to the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site. Walk up to the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site of Islam, located on the traditional site of the ancient Temple Mount. You will then return back to the Western Wall and enter the Western Wall Tunnel that enables us to examine the length of the outer Herodian Temple wall -mostly preserved in mint condition - including two stone blocks each weighing about 600 tons. Spend some time walking around the Jewish Quarter. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road; View the Broad Wall. While in the Jewish Quarter take the opportunity to visit the Temple Institute, the Herodion Mansion Walk out through Mt. Zion Gate to visit the King David Tomb and the Upper Room. From there take a short hike to the church grounds called Peter in Gallicantu, which affords the best view of early Jerusalem from the west. Here, the Assumptionist Fathers propose, was the house where the High Priest Caiaphas interrogated Jesus and where Peter denied Jesus three times. Return back to your hotel for the dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

    Day 10. Jerusalem / USA or Optional Jordan Extension

    Return home with memories of the people and places of the Holy Land!

    OPTIONAL 4 DAY JORDAN EXTENSION
    $979.00 for 15 passengers including all Border Taxes

    Day 10. Allenby Bridge, Mt. Nebo, Macharus, Petra

    We begin the day by driving south to the Jordan Valley the Allenby Bridge. Here we make the crossing from Israel to Jordan. After border formalities, we meet our Jordanian guide and bus and drive to Mt.Nebo to stand where Moses stood and viewed the Holy Land (Deut. 34). Here you can take in a breathtaking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. We continue to Macherus, one of Herod's palace-fortresses. It was here where John the Baptist was beheaded (Mark 6). In the late afternoon, we drive south down the Desert Highway to Petra, where we spend the night. We arrive at our hotel and enjoy a late dinner together.

    Day 11. Petra / Dead Sea

    We arrive this morning at the entrance of Petra and spend the entire day within this redrose ancient city. We are in the heart of the Seir Mountains, Land of Edomites, mentioned in the Bible in Genesis. These mountains house the Aaron Peak, the highest in Petra and the burial place of Moses' brother Aaron. A walk through the Siq, the main entrance to Petra, brings us to the fi rst monument “The Treasury” “Al-Khazneh” a dramatic site. This well-preserved monumental tomb appears in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” A walk further down through the outer siq with all of its tombs and burial chamber brings us to one of the largest theaters in Jordan. A 3000-seat theater from the early fi rst century is carved in the Sandstone Mountains at the bottom of the High Place of Sacrifi ce Mountain. Apparently some sacrifi cial rituals had taken place here. From here we walk uphill to the Royal Tombs for a great view of the lower part of Petra with all its Roman remains. There will be the option to walk to the “Monastery” of Petra and/or the High Place. We depart Petra to the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.

    Day 12. Border Crossing Into Israel, Tel Aviv, Night Flight Home

    We start our way back to the USA by crossing the Allenby Bridge and transferring to the Tel Aviv international Airport for our fl ight home, with sightseeing along the way, arriving the home same day.

    Day 13. Arrive Home

    We arrive back in the U.S.A. After going through U.S. Customs, we board our domestic fl ight back to our homes at the end of a life-transforming trip!

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    Pastors Phillips & Whidden - 10 Day Holy Land with Optional Jordan Extension 
    2019 Dates & PricesLand OnlyAir & Land
    Nov 12N/A$3498

    * Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information: Airline taxes and fuel surcharges are included in the package price and are subject to change until time of ticketing.


    Entry Requirements:
    US citizens require a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates.

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