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11 days
Availability : Feb 13 - Feb 23
Toronto
Israel
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Flights schedule for 2019EL AL AIRLINES

LY # 30 — February 13, 2020 — YYZTLV (Toronto – Tel Aviv)  13:00 – 06:35 + 1

LY # 29 — February 23, 2020 — TLVYYZ  (Tel Aviv – Toronto)  00:55 – 06:00 — same day

If the flights dates will change we will adjust the itinerary accordingly

 
Cost Per Person

$3,750 (Double occupancy) – Including all taxes

 

Single Supplement

$995.00

 
Tour Prices

The above package price is based on a minimum 90 paying participants traveling together and on tariffs and exchange rates at time of printing. In the event of marked fluctuation or less participants than 90 participants will join the tour, the Tour cost will be adjusted accordingly.

The above package price includes: Airport departure taxes, Fuel surcharge & Security fees (approx. $700.00 per person).

The above package price includes 4 free packages sharing a double room including all taxes.

The above package price is based on EL AL only overnights flights to and from Israel.

The above package price is guaranteed for 2020.

 
Deposit

A deposit of $500.00 per person must be submitted with your Registration Form to secure your space on the tour, after which an invoice will be mailed to you from AMIRON TRAVEL.

Deposit due on or before April 12, 2019.

 

Touring sequence may be changed to comply with domestic requirements or per Guide or Tour Leader discretion.

 
 
Cancellation

100 to 60 days prior to departure – loss of deposit. – 59 – 35 days prior to departure – loss of 50% of tour price. – 35 days to departure – loss of 100% tour price

 
Insurance

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED A special group insurance package, which includes trip cancellation, medical coverage, accident and luggage is available.

 

Price Includes

  • Buffet Breakfast & Dinners
  • Deluxe A/C Buses
  • Return air transportation Toronto – Tel Aviv – Toronto via El Al Israel Airlines
  • Escorted by an expert Government licensed guide in Israel
  • Airport/hotel return transfers in Israel
  • Accommodation at first class hotels:Feb 07 – 10 — Tiberias — Caesar hotel or similar standard room — 3 nights
    Feb 10 – 11 — Dead Sea – The David Hotel or similar standard room — 1 night
    Feb 11 – 15 — Jerusalem — The Grand court hotel or similar standard room — 4 nights
  • Porterage at the hotels
  • Sightseeing by private air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees to all sites included in the itinerary.
  • Pilgrimage certificate
  • Tree planting
  • Airport departure taxes, fuel surcharge & security fees (approx. $ 700.00 per person)

Price Excludes

  • Tips to driver, guide and hotel staff
  • Passports; Lunches; any beverages; Personal expenses; Insurance.
General Information

Passport:

In order to travel each tour participant must be in possession of a Passport valid for at least six months after day of return back to Canada. If not, you must apply for a new Passport.

Vaccinations:

not required.

Visa:

is not required for passengers travelling with Canadian/USA/EU Passports.

For all other passport holders please contact Amiron Travel.

Please note:

The government of Canada requires that you be advised of the following:

  • Entry to another country may be refused even if the required travel documents are in order.
  • Living standards and practices at the destination and the standards and conditions there with respect to utilities & services, may differ from those found in Canada.

Tour Documents:

15 days prior to departure, each tour member will receive documents consisting of final itinerary, flight and hotel schedules, and other important informative material regarding the tour.

 
Responsibility

Amiron Travel and its staff purchases transportation, hotel rooms, restaurant & other services from various suppliers who are not affiliated with Amiron Travel or its staff  in any way. All vouchers, coupons or receipts issued by Amiron Travel or its staff and The Rhema Foundation Canada and its staff are issued subject to all tariffs, terms & conditions under which all transportation, including airlines, coach, limousine companies, hotels, tour and cruise operators restaurants & other service are contracted. Participants agree not to hold Amiron Travel and its staff or The Rhema Foundation Canada and its staff  responsible for any loss, injury or damage to any person, property or otherwise in connection with any accommodation, transportation or resulting from any Acts of God, dangers, incident at sea fire, breakdowns in machinery or equipment, act of governments or authorities, de jure or de facto, wars declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, medical or customs regulations, defaults, delays, cancellations or any causes beyond  Amiron Travel and its staff and The Rhema Foundation Canada and its staff control for any loss or damage resulting from improperly issued visas or other documents, and that Amiron Travel and its staff and The Rhema Foundation Canada and its staff will not be responsible for any additional expenses or liability sustained for or incurred by the mission participant as a result of any of the forgoing clauses. The payment for a reservation on a customized itinerary shall constitute consent to all provisions in the terms & conditions published herein.

All rates published in this brochure are based on tariffs and exchange rates in force at the time of printing, on a minimum of 90 paying participants.

In the event of marked fluctuation or less participants than 90 will join the tour, and increased of taxes and fuel surcharge the tour cost will be adjusted accordingly.

 
Tour Plan

Day 1Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 -- TORONTO - TEL AVIV

Prepare for a life-changing experience as you board your El Al Airlines non-stop overnight flight to Tel Aviv. Dinner will be served as you fly over the Atlantic Ocean. Relax and sit back.

Day 2Friday, Feb 14, 2020 --TEL AVIV - TIBERIAS

On arrival you will be met by our representative after Passport Control who will assist you to your luxury motorcoach for the drive north along the Mediterranean coast to the seaport of Caesarea Maritima, where the Apostle Peter baptized Cornelius, a centurion in the Roman army. King Herod was a magnificent builder and Caesarea bears witness to his incredible ability. After Jerusalem was destroyed, Caesarea became the center of Christianity in Palestine. Here you will find the vast hippodrome seating more than 20,000 spectators at chariot races. Today’s visitors can see a restored Roman theater, the remains of a Crusader walled city and a cathedral never completed. Continue traveling east along the southern end of the fertile Jezreel Valley to Megiddo named in the Book of Revelation, synonymous with the end of the world.

Excavation has revealed the remains of at least 20 cities built one on top of the other. The 6-hectare site has yielded temples, lavish palaces, massive fortifications, private houses, a grain silo and an elaborately-engineered water system. As you read about the final Battle of Armageddon, the Books of Daniel and the Revelation will come to life.
Continue to Tiberias for dinner and overnight

Overnight accommodation at the CAESAR HOTEL or similar.

Day 3Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 -- TIBERIAS - SEA OF GALILEE -- GOLAN

After breakfast our day begins with a short boat ride on the tranquil waters of the Sea of Galilee. In the Yigal Alon Museum at the Kibbutz Ginosar we find the Jesus Boat discovered by fishermen brothers Moshe and Yugi Lufan in 1985 mired in mud on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The boat is believed to resemble the type of boats referred to in the Gospels as used by Jesus’ Disciples. Afterwards we come to Capernaum where Jesus began His ministry in the Galilee. You will see the synagogue where He taught and the church built over the site of Peter’s home. Tabgha site of the Multiplication of Fish and Loaves where Jesus fed the multitudes is next. The Mount of Beatitudes is where Jesus met His Apostles and His Resurrection and commissioned them to “make Disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-20). Not far away is Peter’s Primary, the site where Jesus met with His Disciples and told Peter to “feed my lambs, feed my sheep. (John 21:9) after His Resurrection. Driving north of the Golan Heights we stop to visit Banias, the largest waterfall in Israel, a beautiful and tranquil spot. Banias also known as Caesarea Philippi was an impressive Greco Roman sight situated 25 miles north of the Sea of Galilee. Caesarea Philippi is the location of one of the largest springs feeding the Jordan.

There is no record of Jesus entering the city, but the great confession and the transfiguration both occurred in the vicinity of the city (Matt 16:13) then known as Caesarea Philippi. Return to your hotel for dinner.

Overnight accommodation at the CAESAR HOTEL or similar.

Day 4Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 -- ZIPPORI - NAZARETH -- CANA and Mt. TABOR

This day’s journeying brings us, first, to Sepphoris or Zippori, described by Flavius Josephus as “the greatest city in all of Galilee” (Life 45) and its capital prior to Tiberias being founded c18CE by Herod Antipas. Excavations have uncovered beautiful mosaics, especially attractive is the head of smiling woman dubbed “the Mona Lisa of Galilee.” The cisterns of the city’s water supply are most impressive. It became, after the failed Br Kokhba revolt in 135CE, the home of the Sanhedrin, the judicial/religious high court of Israel. Then it will be Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown, nestled in a bowl and surrounded by the hills of upper Nazareth. We will visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Gabriel with its spring, alleged site of annunciation according the Protoevangelium of James: “Mary took the pitcher and went forth to draw water.” We visit the ornate Catholic Basilica of the Annunciation, completed in 1965 and consecrated by Pope Paul. Constructed over a cave grotto, the alleged home of the holy family, the basilica contains splendid art works from around the world in honour of the Madonna and Child (Lk. 1:26ff). As a counter balance to ornate basilica, we will visit the unadorned Melkite Church of the Synagogue in which Jesus preached his “liberation theology” sermon (Lk 4:16-30). These visits will take us through the Arab souk. Leaving Nazareth, on our way back to Tiberias, we will stop at Cana of Galilee where Jesus “turned water into wine” at a wedding feast. (John 2) (B.D) and Mt. Tabor, associated with the Older Testament judge, Deborah (Judges 4), and site of the transfiguration (Mk. 9:2-8). We than continue to Deganya, site of Israel’s first kibbutz, where the Sea of Galilee empties into the Jordan River. We stop at the Baptismal site at Yardenit where we will renew our baptismal vows. Overnight Tiberias.

Overnight accommodation at the CAESAR HOTEL or similar.

Day 5Monday, Feb 17, 2020 -- TIBERIAS -- DEAD SEA

We can also travel direct to Jerusalem and do the Dead Sea and Masada tour from Jerusalem, By overnight at the Dead Sea it gives them a feeling also of Vacation time if the weather is OK

After breakfast and check out we will make our way to Beth Shean/Scythopolis, and archaeological tell composed of 18 layers of civilization destroyed and rebuilt from the Calcolithic period (400s BCE) on. It’s the only site in Israel that was part of the Roman Decapolis. Its excavated and restored Hellenistic, Byzantine and Arab levels of occupancy are impressive, but the Roman level even more so. It was at Beth Shean that the Philistines pinned to the city will the bodies of King Saul and his sons (1 Sam. 31). As we drive further south along the Jordan River valley, we will note rather quickly the countryside becoming more desert-like all the way to the Dead Sea.

Optional stop in Jericho

(Mk 19:46-52; Lk 19:1-10), a spring-fed citrus-producing town vying with Damascus as he oldest city in the world from c.8000 BCE. Here we will find a sycamore tree to recall pee-wee Zacchaeus (Lk 19:1-10). and the ruins of the old wall surrounding the Lunch and shopping at the Mt of Temptation restaurant. Continue to the Dead Sea for overnight and time a float (not swim) in the Dead Sea, at En Bokek Hotel.

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Continue to the Dead Sea for overnight and time a float (not swim) in the Dead Sea, at En Bokek Hotel.

Overnight accommodation at the David HOTEL or similar.

Day 6Tueday, Feb 18, 2020 -- DEAD SEA - MASADA - QUMRAN - JERUSALEM

Breakfast then we drive to to Masada, the isolated mountain top fortress of King Herod where you take a cable car up to the last stronghold of the Zicari rebels. These brave soldiers held out for three years before taking their own lives to avoid being enslaved by the advancing Romans. Moving on we come On the way back stop at the Ein Gedi Oasis where King David hid from King Saul. continue to Qumran on the northern shore of the Dead Sea, the place where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd in the nearby caves. The caves were once used for storage by the Essenes, the sect that transcribed the scrolls. Fragments of the scrolls were hidden for centuries in airtight jars that were later discovered and now are on exhibit in the Israel Museum.

We will turn off the main highway to take a short drive for an overlook of another spectacular monastery of the Judean wilderness, St. George of Koziba, pinned to the steep wall of Wadi Kelt like a barn swallow’s nest.

Then its “up to Jerusalem” (note the Pilgrim Psalms of Ascent, 120-134), the goal of all pilgrims. In that 23 mile drive we ascend from Dead Sea level of 1287’ below sea level to Jerusalem, 2525’ above sea level. On the brow of the Mount of Olives, with he walled city of Jerusalem below us, we will share bread and wine in a rite as ancient as Kin Melchizedek’s welcome of Abraham (Gen 14:18ff). The recitation of Psalm 122 will place us in the company of pilgrims immemorial. Overnight Jerusalem.

Overnight accommodation at the Grand court Hotel or Similar.

Day 7Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020 -- JERUSALEM

After breakfast drive to the historic Mount of Olives where we can enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Take a walk down Palm Sunday Road stopping at the little teardrop Church of Dominus Flevit ”The Lord Wept” halfway down the western slope of the Mount of Olives. It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem foreseeing the destruction of the Temple (Luke 19:41). Stop at the Garden of Gethsemane known for its ancient olive grove going back 2000 years. Continue to the Church of All nations also known as the Basilica of the Agony that was built over a section of bedrock which according to history is the place where Jesus prayed alone on the night of His arrest.

An atmosphere of reverence pervades the Church which many nations contributed to the cost of its construction. See the Church of Peter in Gallicantu commemorating the Apostle Peter’s triple denial of His Master, his immediate repentance and his reconciliation with Christ after the Resurrection. Standing on the eastern slope of Mount Zion, on its roof rises a golden rooster atop a black cross. Several important events took place on Mount Zion. Our first visit will be at the Tomb of King David, one of the holiest sites for Jews celebrating King David. Men and women enter separate areas. Men must have their heads covered. On the second floor you find the Room of the Last Supper of Jesus and His Disciples. It is also where Jesus appeared to His Disciples after His Resurrection. Walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of Grief) lined with 8 Stations of the Cross to the sprawling Church of the Holy Sepulchre containing the last 5 Stations of the Cross. Its ancient stones steeped in prayer and liturgies is considered by Christians as the holiest place on earth attracting pilgrims from around the world. See the ancient colonnaded street known as the Caro and walk through the Shuk. The tour concludes with a visit to Garden Tomb, a tranquil setting for prayer and reflection. This rock cut tomb unearthed in 1867 is considered by some to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus.

Return to your hotel for dinner.

Overnight accommodation at the Grand court Hotel or Similar.

Day 8Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 -- JERUSALEM

Today we begin at Yad Vashem, the official monument dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust on Mount Remembrance. A tree studded walkway leads you through a sprawling complex of museums and outdoor monuments. See the dedication plaques for Raoul Wallenberg, Oskar Schindler and Irina Sendler amongst others who are honored as the “Righteous Among the Nations”. See the Holocaust History Museum, the Hall of Remembrance where an eternal flame burns and the Children’s Memorial commemorating the one and a half million Jewish children who perished. There are a number of chilling memorials you can visit. Our next stop is the Israel Museum. Stop at the Shrine of the Book housed in a white tiled dome-shaped like the lid of the first jar in which the scrolls were found at Qumran. Fragments of the priceless scrolls are on display. **For those that are hungry there is cafeteria at the Israel Museum.

Our next stop is the Model of Ancient Jerusalem at the peak of its power. The model covers nearly 4000 square meters on a scale of 1:50. Painstakingly recreated, the model identifies many of the ancient buildings. Entering the Old City see the sparkling golden Dome of the Rock and the Al Asqa Mosque built on the Temple Mount. See the South Western Wall of the Temple Mount and the Davidson Centre.

The Temple Mount featured prominently in the life of Jesus. He prayed and taught here and overturned the money changers’ tables and foretold the destruction of the Temple. The Temple Jesus knew was rebuilt by Herod the Great. We now head for the Western Wall also known as the Wailing Wall and the Kotel, the holiest place in Judaism. Part of the retaining wall erected by Herod the Great in 20 BC was to support the vast plaza on which he rebuilt the temple. One half of the wall is dedicated to women and the other to men. The sections are separated by a wall. All men and married women who approach the wall are expected to have their heads covered. A kippah (skullcap) is provided free of charge. Cameras and electronic devices are forbidden on Saturdays. After visiting the wall please remember to back away to the entrance – do not show your back to the wall. Dinner and overnight.

Overnight accommodation at the Grand court Hotel or Similar.

Day 9Friday, Feb 21, 2020 -- JERUSALEM

After breakfast we will make our way to Bethlehem on the West Bank about 9 kms. south of Jerusalem. Celebrated by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus. The cave where the birth took place and the manger once stood can be visited underneath the huge Basilica of the Nativity. Entering the church means having to stoop low. The only doorway in the fortress like front wall is just 1.2 metres high to stop looters from driving their carts in. Some feel it is appropriate to bow low before entering the place. Today’s Basilica, the oldest complete church in the Christian world was built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Before leaving a stop will be made at Shepherd’s Field where shepherds kept watch over their flocks and the Angel announced the impending birth of Jesus.

return to Jerusalem to stop at the Machane Yehuda market ,the central market of Jerusalem for a visit and see the preparation for Sabbath.

Just before Sabbath travel to the western wall to watch the thousand of young Yeshiva Jewish students welcoming the Sabbath at the Kotel.

Overnight accommodation at the Grand court Hotel or Similar.

Day 10Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 -- JERUSALEM - TEL AVIV

Morning at leisure. Perhaps to revisit some of the sights you have seen, shop in the bazaars or visit one of the many museums.

Afternoon we will check out of our hotel and make our way to Tel Aviv – UNESCO’s “White

City” with its amazing collection of some 4,000 Bauhaus or International style buildings built in the 1930s by German Jewish architects who immigrated there after the rise of the Nazis. Tel Aviv has the largest number of buildings in this style of any city in the world. We continue to the south end of the city to visit the ancient port of Jaffa (biblical Joppa of the reluctant prophet Jonah); home of Tabitha/Dorcas whom Peter raised from the dead; and a traditional house of Simon the Tanner with whom Peter stayed as he spread the gospel in Joppa and nearby Lydda and Sharon. (Acts 9: 31 – 43). than we will make our way to a Typical Middle Eastern restaurant for a farewell dinner reflecting on our journey. Since our flight departs 55 minutes after midnight after our farewell dinner we will transfer to the airport.

Day 11Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 -- TEL AVIV - TORONTO

00:55am — Departure by El Al Airlines day jet service for Toronto. Sit back and relax ad you remember and celebrate the past days in the Holyland. Arrival the same. Day. Welcome home.

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