Gateway City: TBA
Basic Tour Dates: July 1 – 12, 2014
Departure City: Norfolk, VA
Hotels: Netanya: 1 Overnight: Seasons hotel or similar
Tiberias: 4 Overnights: Royal Plaza hotel or similar
Jerusalem: 4 Overnights: Olive Tree hotel or similar
Please be advised that all hotels are subject to availability and itinerary days & overnights are
subject to change.
Trip Includes: Hotels / Breakfast and Dinner Daily / JCBS Instructor / Driver / Driver Tips/ Tips
and Taxes /Buses /Round-trip Airfare from Norfolk, VA /Entry Fees /Cable Car
Selling Price:$4098.00 p.p. Round-trip Norfolk based on 15+ passengers per bus
Ground Only Price: $2598.00 p.p. based on 15+ passengers per bus (Ratio 1:7)
Not Included in the cost of the tour are: Lunches, Travel Protection Plan, “Love Offering” for the
Driver and Expenses of Personal Nature.
The selling price is based on double occupancy and a minimum number of passengers as stated
above traveling throughout. Single rooms are available for an additional $700. If the tour totals
are less than the minimum number of passengers, the selling price could increase depending on
the final number of the group, and it will be the responsibility of the host to inform the passengers
about this increase. Also, if the tour totals are less than 15 passengers, JCBS may not be able
to secure group rates from airlines and hotels and will then be forced to cancel or combine the
group with another to operate the tour.
$300.00 deposit is required at the time of registering. No registration will be processed without a
Second deposit of $1500.00 is due at 105 days prior to departure, which is March 18, 2014.
Full and Final payment is due at 60 days prior to departure, which is May 2, 2014.
Please note that the price above reflects a 4% cash discount. Travelers using a credit card for any other
payments than the initial deposit will pay an additional amount equal to 4% of the total tour cost.
Day One (Monday, July 1)
Depart Norfolk, VA for a connection with a non-stop flight to Israel.
Day Two (Tuesday, July 2)
Arrival in Israel. Philistine Plain and Plain of Sharon. Overnight in Netanya.
After arriving in Tel Aviv, the group will travel to the Plain of Sharon to decompress in a
comfortable hotel near the Mediterranean Sea.
Day Three (Wednesday, July 3)
Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Esdraelon and Jezreel Valleys.Overnight in
Spectacular sites frame the beginning of our tour. The first is Caesarea-by-the-Sea, where Herod
the Great built a port that became the seat of Roman power in Palestine. This city is the place
where the apostle Peter realized that the Gospel was also for the Gentiles (Acts 10) and where
the Apostle Paul was imprisoned for two years before embarking to make his appeal to Caesar
(Acts 24-27). After lunch, a brief stop will be made in the Mt. Carmel Range to consider the
confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. In the afternoon we stop at Tel Megiddo,
a site overlooking a great battlefield. We advance to Tiberius, the northern base of our travels.
Day Four (Thursday, July 4)
Nazareth, Nazareth Village, Sepphoris, Cana. Overnight in Tiberius.
This day the party explores Lower Galilee and learns about the first century. We visit Nazareth,
the boyhood home of Jesus, as well as the recreated Nazareth Village, a place to consider ancient
daily life. Contrasting Nazareth is the urban center of nearby Sepphoris, where wewitness a
sophisticated administrative center from the Roman period. Finally, we stop at Cana, the possible
site of Jesus’ first miracle. There we meet with local Christians and learn about contemporary
disciples of Jesus in Galilee. Dinner and lodging in Tiberius.
Day Five (Friday, July 5)
Hazor, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Mt. Hermon/Nimrod Castle, Kursi, Overnight in Tiberius.
This day we travel northward following the Jordan up to its sources. In this verdant hill country
we visit capital cities. The first of these is Hazor. This was a Canaanite site that later served
as a Solomonic center. Our second stop is at Dan, a religious shrine during Israel’s Divided
Monarchy. There we see the impressive remains of a mud brick gate from the time of the
Patriarchs, and the temple where Jeroboam erected a golden calf. The third stop is Caesarea
Philippi, the capital city of the Tetrarch Philip and Sanctuary of Pan. From there we will ascend
the flanks of Mt. Hermon and think about Jesus’ transfiguration and see a Crusader era castle.
Returning southward we stop at Kursi, to see a church built to honor Jesus’ exorcism of a
demoniac. Dinner and overnight in Tiberius.
Day Six (Saturday, July 6)
Tabgah, Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Chorazin, Bethsaida, Boat Ride on the Sea of
Galilee, Jordan River Baptismal Site. Overnight in Tiberius.
Today we travel to sites around the Sea of Galilee and reflect on Jesus’ ministry in the region.
At Capernaum, we see the remains of synagogues and a house like that owned by Peter. We visit
Tabgah where the feeding of the 5000 is commemorated and travel on to the Mt of Beatitudes,
associated with Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. From there we will visit the sites of Chorazin and
Bethsaida, cities condemned by Jesus. Two highlights of the trip are experienced this day: a boat
ride across the Sea of Galilee and a visit to the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight in Tiberius.
Day Seven (Sunday, July 7)
Jordan, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Masada. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Today we pack our bags and head south along the Jordan River, sighting the mound of Beth
Shan. Here, the Philistines displayed the body of King Saul. In Jericho, we marvel at fallen
walls and consider how Jesus ate with Zacchaeus. Continuing south, we stop at Qumran, the
site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were created. We follow the shore of the Dead Sea to Masada,
a great desert fortress, and ascend to its summit by cable car. Finally, we climb through the
Wilderness of Judea where Jesus was tempted. As we near our destination, we will make a brief
stop on the top of the Mt. of Olives for our first view of the city of Jerusalem. Here, we establish
a southern hub, eat, and rest. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day Eight (Monday, July 8)
Herodium, Shepherds’ Field, Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity), Elah Valley, Beth
Shemesh, Abu Ghosh. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Jesus was born within sight of Herod’s greatest monument to himself. After experiencing the
grandeur of that monument, we go to Bethlehem to see the traditional site of Jesus’ humble birth.
In the afternoon, we head down from the Hill country of Judea to the Elah Valley where the
shepherd David confronted the giant Goliath. As we make our way back to Jerusalem, we travel
through Beth Shemesh and the possible location of Emmaus. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day Nine (Tuesday, July 9)
Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, St. Anne’s Church, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Church of
Holy Sepulchre, Church of the Redeemer, Damascus Gate, Garden Tomb. Overnight in
Our day’s exploration of Jerusalem begins on the Mount of Olives with the sun illuminating
the waking city. We descend to the area of Gethsemane and pause there to consider the night
of Jesus’ arrest. Our first stop within the walls of the Old City is the Pool of Bethesda and the
Crusader era Church of St. Anne. Continuing down what has been called the Via Dolorosa, we
proceed to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial.
Nearby, from the Church of the Redeemer we will have a bird’s eye view to the city. From there
we will go out the Damascus Gate to the Garden Tomb.Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day Ten (Wednesday, July 10)
Temple Mount, Archaeological Park/Davidson Center, City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel,
Pool of Siloam. Overnight in Jerusalem.
An early start puts us on the Temple Mount. Here we walk through the area of the Temple
courts and see the placewhere the Temple once stood. Leaving the Temple we then walk by the
Western Wall to explore aspects of the first century city, including the stairs leading up to the
Temple. Exiting the Dung Gate we travel by foot to the City of David excavations and explore
aspects of the Old Testament city. The day culminates with a walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel to
the Pool of Siloam. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day Eleven (Thursday, July 11)
Free day in Jerusalem to shop, rest, or visit museums. Transfer to Tel Aviv for late departure.
Day Twelve (Friday, July 12)
Return to Norfolk, VA.