ISRAEL AND JORDAN, December 3-14, 2013
Southwest Radio Ministries invites you to a tour of Israel and Jordan with Rev. Noah Hutchings. Join Rev. Hutchings on his 57th tour of Israel - don't miss it!
We depart from Newark, New Jersey on United Airlines with special domestic add-on prices. For more information, call 1-800-652-1144 and ask for Bob Glaze.
Our tours are educational in scope. Although there will be chances to shop along the way, shopping trips and free time will be limited. We know that this may be the only tour to Israel you ever take so we want you to be able to make the most of it.
Points of interest on the tour are:
- Ein Gedi
- Sea of Galilee
- Tel Dan
- Dead Sea
- Beit She'an
- Jordan River
- And much, much more!
Meals Included: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Noon meals are normally eaten at a local restaurant during the day's tour so they cannot be included in the meals package.
December 3-4 (Tuesday & Wednesday) - Newark en route (D): We depart from Newark, New Jersey on United flight #90 at 10:55 p.m. and fly overnight directly to Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, arriving at 3:20 p.m. the next day. Flight is approximately eleven hours. Meals served according to airline schedule. After passing through immigration and baggage we will immediately meet our guide and drive to our home for the next three days, the Mt. Zion Boutique Hotel in Jerusalem, for dinner and overnight.
December 5-6 (Thursday & Friday) - Jerusalem (B/D): After a good night's rest, we will rise early for our first typical Israeli buffet breakfast and then board our bus and begin the tour of a lifetime. Each day we begin our journey with prayer, Bible reading, and devotions. With each site we will study the related Scriptures with explanations by the tour host and guide of its biblical and historical significance. For the next two and a half days, we will visit the following sites in the Jerusalem area: the Western Wall; Temple Mount; Pool of Bethsaida; Church of St. Anne; Temple Institute; Garden Tomb with service; Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum), if possible; Mount of Olives; Upper Room; Garden of Gethsemane, and Bethlehem as political and time constraints permit.
December 7 (Saturday) - Eilat (B/D): After breakfast, we will say goodbye to Jerusalem and head south to spend the night in Eilat in preparation to enter Jordan. Dinner and overnight at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel.
December 8 (Sunday) - Petra (B/D): This morning after breakfast, we will leave our hotel early to prepare to cross into Jordan to visit Petra on a scheduled day trip. Petra is the largest "ghost town" in the world. We will enter by the Ciq, a cleft in the rock that is just over a mile long with its sides towering 250 feet above the passage floor. For those that cannot walk this distance, carts and horses will be available for a fee. At the entrance, we will immediately be greeted by one of the most photographed architectural sites in the world, the Treasury Building. It is widely known for its appearance in the Indiana Jones movie, The Last Crusade. Here we also find Mt. Seir (Genesis 36:8), whose highest point is Mt. Hor, the burial place of Aaron, the brother of Moses (Numbers 20:28). Petra may be the safe place that will host Israel during the last half of the Tribulation period. We will stop for lunch somewhere along the way. After the visit we will return to Eilat. We will not check out of our hotel in Eilat because we will return there for dinner and overnight. You will not have to pack but do not fail to take your passport. Take only essentials such as money, cameras, umbrella, sun screen, snacks, and any medicine you might need before returning to the hotel in Eilat. Upon arriving back in Eilat, we will have dinner and overnight at our hotel.
December 9 (Monday) - Masada/Ein Gedi/Qumran/Dead Sea (B/D): After breakfast, we will leave Eilat and head north to the Dead Sea that is 1,400 feet below sea level, the lowest place on Earth. Towering above the Dead Sea is Masada, one of the last Jewish stronghold to fall to the Romans in 72 A.D. after the fall of Jerusalem. Here we will ferry to the top of the mount where more than 1,000 Jews took their own lives rather than fall into the hands of the Romans. Continuing north, we will next visit Ein Gedi, complete with a beautiful spring, waterfall, and biblical wildlife such as the ibex and coney. It was here that David cut off the hem of Saul's garment as he slept in a cave (I Samuel 23). Next, we will visit Qumrun, the cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We will then drive to the Daniel Hotel on the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight. Those who would like to swim in the Dead Sea will have time this evening.
December 10 (Tuesday) - Tiberius, Beit She'an (B/D): After breakfast, we will leave the Dead Sea area and head north to make our way to the city of Tiberius. On the way we will stop for a short visit at Beit She'an, the ancient city where Saul's body was nailed to the walled city's gate (I Samuel 31). We will check in to the Leonardo Plaza Hotel on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. We will remain at the hotel for the next three nights.
December 11 (Wednesday) - Sea of Galilee/Capernaum/Chorazin/Bethsaida/Jordan River (B/D): After breakfast, we will begin our tour of northern Israel. To begin the day, we will board a wooden boat similar to those used in Jesus' day and will sail onto the Sea of Galilee for a time of refreshing. We will then drive to Tabgha, the traditional site where Jesus fed the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish (Matthew 6:19). We will then visit the Jesus Boat Museum and view a boat recovered from the Sea of Galilee which was discovered in 1986 that dates back to the time of Jesus. Our next stop will be to visit the site of the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-7:29). Next, we will tour the sites of the three cities that Jesus cursed: Capernaum, Chorazin, and Bethsaida (Matthew 11:20-25). These are the three cities in Israel that have never been rebuilt. To highlight the day, we will hold a baptismal service in the Jordan River for anyone wanting to be baptized. Towels and gowns for baptism are available for a small fee. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
December 12 (Thursday) - Dan/Golan Heights (B/D): After breakfast, we will drive north to the Lebanese/Syrian border where we will visit the Dan River and Forest Reserve, along with the ancient city of Dan. Here we view the Canaanite gate that Abraham passed through in this quest to rescue Lot and his family from Amraphel, king of Syria (Genesis 14) and visit Tel Dan and the high place where Jereboam set up the golden calf and the altar where Israel sacrificed before this idol. Leaving Tel Dan, we then travel to the Golan Heights, the land of Bashan mentioned in Exodus 39:18 where the armies of Gog are destined to be destroyed. Here view the relics of the miraculous victories of Israel in the wars of 1948, 1967, and 1973. Next, we will visit Gamla Bird and Animal Reserve east of the east of the Sea of Galilee where 5,000 Jews plunged to their deaths in 66 A.D. rather that surrender to the Romans. Here under the leadership of the historian Josephus, the Jews held off for two years before being overcome. It is also here that we will see vultures and biblical animal life returning to Israel, a major prophetic sign (Isaiah 34:15). We will then return to our hotel for dinner and pack our luggage in preparation for our return flight to Newark.
December 13 (Friday) - Megiddo/Haifa/Caesarea/Joppa/Tel Aviv (B/D): After breakfast, we will begin our trip back to Tel Aviv to catch our flight home. On the way, we will visit Megiddo to view the future battleground of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). Then we will continue to Haifa to view Mt. Carmel, the area where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Our next site will be Caesarea, a large Roman coastal city where Paul was imprisoned for two years (Acts 23:23-26:32). Next, we will visit Joppa, home of Simon the tanner, near Tel Aviv. In Tel Aviv we will have dinner at a nice local restaurant before making our way to the airport. At the airport we will say goodbye to Israel, our tour guide, and driver before boarding our flight home. The departure time is 11:40 p.m. on CO #91 to Newark.
December 14 (Saturday) - Return to Newark (B/D): We will arrive in Newark at 4:50 a.m. After passing through passport and luggage control, we will pick up our luggage to make our way to our different homes. Be sure to say your goodbyes at the luggage carousal because everyone will be in a hurry to catch their domestic flights home.
Possible itinerary changes due to time constraints and local conditions.
TOUR PAYMENT INFORMATION
Total tour cost is $4,095.00 per person - Please add $100 if paying by credit card. Deposit will be refunded until June 15, 2013.
Land-Only Option is $3,045.00 per person and does not include international flight.
|Type of Payment||Amount||Due Date|
|First Half||$2047.50||June 15, 2013|
|Second Half||$2047.50||August 15, 2013|
Make all checks payable to Southwest Radio Church, P.O. Box 100, Bethany, OK 73008. Make note that your check is for the 2013 Israel tour. Additional information will be sent to those who send their deposit.
International Carrier: United Airlines/Continental Airlines with special domestic add-on prices
Tour costs: Tour costs are based on double occupancy out of Newark, New Jersey and includes international flight, Israeli and Jordanian guides, air-conditioned buses and drivers, hotels, luggage handling (one piece), current fuel surcharges, Jordan visa, taxes, sites, tips, and meals as noted in brochure. Additional fuel charges possible at a later date.
Tour cost does not include: Meals not mentioned in itinerary; beverages not included with meals; bottled water, soft drinks, etc. or domestic flights to/from Newark airport.
Passports: Passports for all tour members must be valid for 6 months after return. A valid passport is required to travel overseas. If you do not have a valid passport, apply IMMEDIATELY! It can take several months to receive your passport after application. The application can be expedited, but it is quite costly.
All tour members must have a passport valid until 90 days after the return from the tour with at least two unused visa pages - Jordan requirement.
PENALTY SCHEDULE FOR CANCELLATION
Deposit will be refunded until June 15, 2013. Penalty for cancellation will begin 110 days from departure date.
- Before August 15: 50% of tour cost per person penalty
- After August 15: 100% penalty - must file to travel insurance for refund
Tour cost does not include domestic airfare from your home city. You may arrange domestic travel at special add-on fares by contacting Southwest Radio Ministries or our travel agent, Eskin Tours, at:
- Eskin Tours International, 425 Huehl Road Unit 16A, Northbrook, IL 60062-2323
- Telephone number: 1-847-291-1510
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, contact Noah Hutchings or Bob Glaze at 1-800-652-1144.
TRAVEL INSURANCE - $299
The premium payment for travel insurance is non-refundable. This policy will cover pre-existing conditions if you paid for insurance at the time of the initial deposit/payment for the tour and you are not disabled from travel at the time you pay your premium.
You must have a valid medical reason for not being able to travel. Failure to meet financial requirements before the deadline or deciding not to go are not valid reasons.
Penalties will be administered according to the tour conditions as noted above. Upon request, a Travel Protection Plan brochure will be forwarded when the premium is received.
If you have any questions about the coverages offered or to report a claim, please contact Trip Guard at 1-800-826-1300. PLEASE NOTE: This policy may not be purchased after you have made your final payment for your trip.
To order a tour brochure, call 1-800-652-1144, or send us an email and request a tour brochure. Please include your mailing address in your email. Please allow 7 business days to receive the brochure by mail.
Read entire brochure concerning tour conditions, tour applications, and travel insurance information. After reading, fill out the application and return one copy. Please keep one copy for your records.
You will not be confirmed for the tour without a signed application in our files. Southwest Radio Ministries reserves the right to accept or decline tour members. Southwest Radio Ministries is not responsible for schedule changes for airlines, tour sites, and other elements of the tour beyond our control.