11 Days Holy Land Pilgrimage Tour- Israel & Jordan

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In conjunction with the Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Israel, I am organizing a 11 days tour to Israel and Jordan. Tour members will be given the opportunity to join in the opening ceremony of the feast in Ein Gedi as well as a celebration service in Jerusalem.  Come – let us go up to the house of the Lord and worship Him with all the nations of the world!

ITINERARY

Oct  14                        DAY 1             GROUP CHECK –IN AT KLIA

Meet at Kuala Lumpur International Airport for group check-in.  Meals and overnight on board.

Oct  15                        DAY 2             KUL – AMMAN – TEL AVIV

The flight arrives at Queen Alia International Airport, Amman at 0510 hrs and after a short transit, our next flight to Tel Aviv departs at 0700 hrs and arrives at 0745 hrs. After clearing immigration, we will board our tour bus and proceed to Jaffa. Jaffa is one of the oldest functioning harbours in the world. Today it harbours only small fishing boats. This was the port to which Jonah came when fleeing from the Lord to Tarshish (Jonah 1:3). For the construction of Solomon’s Temple, cedars were floated from Phoenicia to Joppa and then transported to Jerusalem (2 Chr 2:16). Jaffa was the main port of entry during the Turkish period and pilgrims and visitors would enter the Holy Land here. This was the main port of the coast before the Israelis constructed the ports of Haifa and Ashdod. The modern city of Tel Aviv was founded on the outskirts of Jaffa in 1909 and today it encompasses the ancient city. Tel Aviv means “the Hill of Spring” and it is the same name as the city of a settlement in Babylon during the Exile (Ezek 3:15). Today the Tel Aviv area is the largest metropolitan area in Israel.

After lunch, we will proceed to Mount of Olives to feast our eyes on the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem. Walk down the Palm Sunday to visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. Visit the beautiful Church of All Nations.

Overnight in Jerusalem (B,L,D)

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Qumran

Oct  16                        DAY 3             MASADA, DEAD SEA, QUMRAN, EIN GEDI

We will drive along roads with remarkable sceneries of the Dead Sea to the fortress of Masada situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. This site has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans.   From Masada, we will visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.  A lot of walking is required in these two places and most of the time under the sun.  After all the walking, it would be very refreshing to have a “float” on the Dead Sea (depending on the weather).  Nearly 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the earth’s surface and contains rich minerals.  Our next destination will be Ein Gedi, the hideout place of David while he was on the run from King Saul. This is also the venue for the celebration opening of the Feast of Tabernacles organised by ICEJ.

Overnight in Jerusalem (B,L,D)

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Garden Tomb

Oct  17                        DAY 4             GARDEN TOMB  ~ OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM

The Garden Tomb is located just north of the Damascus Gate, outside the walls of Jerusalem. This site was discovered by a group of British Christians during the late 1800s. The Tomb looks like what people might typically envision as Christ’s tomb. Also, there is a skull-shaped hill nearby, as indicated in the New Testament as Golgotha. A beautiful park now surrounds the tomb. This site is believed by some Christians to be the site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.  We will partake Communion in this beautiful garden and sing some worship songs. As this beautiful garden is run by volunteers, feel free to give an offering. We will enter the old city of Jerusalem through the Dung Gate to visit the Jew’s most sacred place – the Wailing Wall.  If it is permitted, we will ascend to the Temple Mount where the Dome of the Rock is. Next will be the Pools of Bethsaida, a place where the sick waited for the angel to stir the pool.  Experience the astounding infamous acoustic in Church of St. Anne when we drop by to sing some songs of worship there. You will be surprised to hear how good your voice is!!  Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa to Calvary to the Church of the Holy Sepulchers, which is believed to house both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection.  Just outside the Old City is Mount Zion where we will visit the Upper Room and the tomb of King David.  Our last tourist destination will be the House of the High Priest, Caiaphas where Peter denied Jesus 3 times.

Overnight in Jerusalem (B, L, D)

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Oct  18                        DAY 5             JERUSALEM ~  BETHLEHEM

Get ready to wade through Hezekiah’s Tunnel which is located in the City of David. It connects the Gihon Spring—Jerusalem’s fresh water supply—with the Siloam Pool. According to 2 Chronicles 32:2–4 and 2 Kings 20:20, this tunnel was dug during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah to prepare Jerusalem for the imminent attack of the Assyrian king, Sennacherib. En route to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial of the Jewish victims, we will pass by the Israeli Knesset.  Our next destination will be the picturesque village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist.  If circumstances allow us, we will visit Bethlehem, the House of Bread, where our Saviour was born.

After dinner, proceed to Jerusalem Pais Arena to attend a Feast of Tabernacles celebration service together with the rest of the nations organised by ICEJ.

Overnight in Jerusalem ( B, L, D)

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Caesarea

Oct  19                        DAY 6             MEGIDDO, MT CARMEL, NAZARETH, CANA, TIBERIAS

After breakfast, check out of the hotel as we will be leaving Jerusalem to journey towards the Galilee region.  We will travel along the Mediterranean coast to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea which was the site of Herod’s Palace and the place where Paul was brought to trial and imprisoned.  Visit the partially preserved hippodrome and the well-preserved Roman theatre. We will stop at the Carmelite monastery, the site where Elijah called down fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice and defeated the prophets of Baal.  Our journey continues to Megiddo also known as Armageddon, the place where the final battle will take place as mentioned in the Book of Revelations.  Next will be Nazareth, the place where Jesus spent his childhood and to visit the Church of Annunciation which was built on the site where Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary. Have a taste of the wedding wine at Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine.

Overnight in Tiberias (B, L, D)

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Tabgha

Oct  20                        DAY 7             SEA OF  GALILEE

Today we explore this historic Galilee region where our Lord Jesus had lived, sojourned, healed and preached on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We visit Capernaum, the centre of Jesus ministry. Tabgha, just north of Tiberias was the site of Christ’s miracle of feeding the 5,000. At the Church of Multiplication, the mosaic floor depicts a basket with loaves and two fishes. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount”. We will take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and have a special St Peter’s fish meal. Then we visit Yardenit Baptism site where our leading Pastor will baptise members who wish to and are ready for water baptism at the Yardenit (subject to availability of a pastor).

Overnight in Tiberias  (B, L, D)

Oct  21                        DAY 8             AMMAN TO PETRA

After breakfast, proceed to Allenby Bridge for our crossing over to Amman. If time permits, we will visit Shobak Castle on our way to Petra. It is an early 12th century Crusader castle in barren surroundings. It is perched on the side of rocky, conical mountains at 1,300m above sea level.

Overnight in Wadi Musa, Jordan (B, L, D)

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Oct  22                        DAY 9             PETRA

After breakfast, we will visit the amazing rose city of Petra, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Petra is a lost ancient Nabatean city and probably was the site of Sela, the Edomite capital. Be enthralled by the pinkish hue on the rocks and mountains as you walk through the gorge.  Be ready to be awed by the most famous monument in Petra, the tall facade of the Treasury known as the Siq.  You will have ample time to take photographs and visit the Roman Theatre, Royal Tombs, high places of sacrifices, etc. We will spend a full day in Petra so that you can have a full appreciation of this unique place.  Do wear good walking shoes, a hat and a pair of sunglasses.

Overnight in Wadi Musa, Jordan (B, L, D)

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Mt Nebo

Oct  23                        DAY 10           MADABA, MT. NEBO, AMMAN

After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and journey back to Amman.  Our first stop will be Madaba, best renowned for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of the Holy Land preserved on the floor of the Greek Orthodox Basilica of St George.  From there, we will proceed to Mt. Nebo, the place where Moses stood looking at the Promised Land.  A huge replica of the serpent-rod stands proudly on the summit of this mount.

After a driving city tour of Amman, we will visit the Roman Theatre which is a 6,000-seat, 2nd century Roman theatre. This is a famous landmark in Amman and it dates back to the Roman period when the city was known as Philadephia.  After dinner, we will go to the Queen Alia International Airport for our flight back to Kuala Lumpur.

Oct  24                        DAY 11           HOME SWEET HOME

Flight departs from Amman at 0250 hours and scheduled to arrive KLIA at 1655 hours

 

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Person to contact : Ean ( H/P 012-2232963 or email ean@travelwithean.com )

TOUR DATES : 14 October to 24 October 2016

PRICE : From RM 12, 900 (based on twin sharing)

Price Includes:
#  Return Economy Class Airfare
#  3* Hotel Accommodation
#  Meals as specified in the tour itinerary
#  Sightseeing tours as per itinerary

Price Excludes:
#  Travel insurance
#  All personal expenses

 TERMS AND CONDITIONS
#  This tour requires a permit from the Home Ministry of Malaysia and the tour organiser will not be responsible for any costs arising from the cancellation of the tour if a permit is not approved.

#  The tour price is subject to the fluctuation of the currency, fuel surcharges, airport taxes and all other expenses which are out of the control of the travel organiser.

#  The itinerary is subject to change based on the pace of the group, availability and accessibility of sites due to unforeseen circumstances.  Security, time and weather will also determine the coverage and visitation of the sites.

#  For Malaysian passport holders, please submit copies of your passport, Mykad and baptism certificate for the permit application to the Home Ministry of Malaysia.  If you do not have the baptism certificate, please request the church to give you a letter to state that you are a member of the church using the church’s letterhead.

 

 

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