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Fellowship United Methodist Church
Holy Land 2013

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Land only
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Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary


Tour Includes


  • Flights Dallas - Tel Aviv - Dallas as shown in the itinerary
  • 7 nights' accommodation using selected hotels
  • 6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast & 7 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

DAY ONE: Saturday, October 5, 2013

  • Depart Dallas-Ft Worth International Airport  at 10:45am on Delta flight #3324.
  • Arrive at JFK International Airport at 3:17pm
  • Depart JFK at 11:40pm on Delta flight #268.

Overnight: Flight

DAY TWO: Sunday, October 6, 2013
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport at 4:10pm.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to the hotel in Tel Aviv and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY THREE: Monday, October 7, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart north along the coastal plain.
  • Guided visit to the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caeasar and considered the traditional site of Paul's imprisonment before his trial in Rome and the home of the first gentile believer, Cornelius and of Philip the evangelist; the theatre, aqueducts and Hippodrome serve as a backdrop for the events chronicled in the Book of Acts.
  • Visit Megiddo, one of Israel's most famous biblical sites and the traditional site of Armageddon, and walk through the archaeological park and biblical period waterways.
  • Continue north to Haifa.
  • View the Ba'hai Gardens and Shrine, one of the holiest sites of the Ba'hai religion, located on Mount Carmel in Haifa while standing atop Mount Carmel.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Visit Acre (Akko), a UNESCO Heritage Site, for a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
    • The newly renovated Crusaders' City
    • The Jezzar Pasha Mosque, one of the most important mosques to Israel's Muslim citizens
    • The Ottoman Fortifications around the city
    • The famous Acre Shuk (Market).
  • Drive to the Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz hotel.

Overnight: Galilee

DAY FOUR: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive through Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and embarkon a Boat Ride on the Lake.
  • Guided visit to some Christian Holy Sites around the Sea of Galilee, including:
    • A visit to Capernaum, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the site of Jesus' teachings and the remains of a 2nd century synagogue.
    • A visit to Tabgha, traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, and the site of a modern church built on the remains of a Fourth Century church.
    • A visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of Jesus' ‘Sermon on the Mount', overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Short hike along the Banias River at the base of the Golan Heights, also known as Caesarea Philippi, the site where Jesus revealed Peter's leadership role among the disciples.
  •  Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Galilee

DAY FIVE: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit the Church of the Annunciation of Christ and Mary's Well in Nazareth.
  • Drive to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan River.
  • Visit the Beit Shean National Park, one of Israel's largest archaeological sites with its biblical period archaeological mound and on-going excavations exposing the vast Roman-Byzantine City.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Continue along the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colourful 3,000 year old city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY SIX: Thursday, October 10, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Start the day with a drive to the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the breath-taking panorama of the Holy City.
  • Descend to Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed prior to his arrest and crucifixion.
  • Visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion where Jesus spent his last hours with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion; it was also here that the Holy Spirit came upon the 120 on the Day of Pentecost. Directly under the Upper Room, is the traditional site of the Tomb of King David.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Guided visit through the Old City of Jerusalem, including sites holy to Jews, Moslems and Christians: the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Visit the Garden Tomb, traditional Protestant site of Calvary.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY SEVEN: Friday, October 11, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk through the picturesque neighbourhood of Ein Karem, site of the Churches of the Visitation and John the Baptist and art galleries.
  • Guided visit through the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The new Historical Museum
    • A concluding Memorial Service
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Visit the Israel Museum, one of the most creative and innovative museums in the world to visit the Second Temple Model of Jerusalem, the Dead Sea Scrolls. 
  • Visit the city of Bethlehem, site of the birth of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY EIGHT: Saturday, October 12, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend towards the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Visit Qumran and explore the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Arrive at Masada and ascend this wilderness mountain fortress in a cable car; walk through the remains of the palace, water cisterns and fortifications built by King Herod, and hear about the Zealots who lived here until the bitter end.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY NINE: Sunday, October 13, 2013
  • Early transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Depart Ben Gurion International Airport for Amsterdam on KLM flight #$462 at 4:30am.
  • Arrive at Schipold International Airport at 9:25am.
  • Depart from Amsterdam at 10:45am on KLM flight #669.
  • Arrive at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport at 1:55pm.

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
    Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
  • Air and land packages are open for registration until June 15,2013 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after June 15, 2013 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.


Not Included


  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • 10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
    • 20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day


Additional Information


  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.


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Important to Know
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  • By paying a deposit upon registration, you are agreeing to ARZA World terms.
  • We highly recommend carefully reviewing those terms for full details about conditions and penalties.
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