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11 Day Ancient Biblical Richest of Israel Tour

With Rev. Ernie Metz on his 14th Excursion to the Holy Land

February 20 –Mar 1, 2020

Optional Extension to Turkey Mar 1 – 6, 2020

Pastor Rate $ 2200 CDN                      Single Room Pastor Add $650 CDN

Spouse Rate $ 2700 CDN

Regular Rate $ 4395 CDN                    Single Room Regular Add $ 999 CDN

Optional Turkey Tour $ 1965 CDN

Day 1 Thu 20 Feb                      Depart to the Holy Land

Depart Toronto

Meals will be served on board. Overnight En route

Day 2 Fri 21 Feb                        Joppa, Simon the Tanner’s home, Tel Aviv

Arrive at Ben Gurion airport. On this day we will travel to Jaffa (Joppa) where Peter stayed with Simon the Tanner (Acts 10:13). This is also the place where Jonah sailed from when he went to Tarshish. From here you will have a great view of Tel Aviv. This evening we will share our first Jewish meal together

Dinner and Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 3 Sat 22 Feb                    Biblical Gardens, Caesarea, Aqueduct, Mt. Carmel

We will visit the intriguing Biblical Gardens at Neot Kedumin. Here you will see many different plants and trees mentioned in the Bible, an olive press, and a threshing floor. We will drive along the Mediterranean coastline to Caesarea having the opportunity to see the Archaeological ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre. While at Caesarea, we take a few minutes to look at the ancient aqueduct. From here we will drive north to the top of Mt. Carmel and see the place where Elijah killed the 400 prophets of Baal. From a view point on Mt. Carmel we will look down on the Valley of Jezreel and also see the Israeli Airforce base. Then we will drive by Megiddo, the site of Armageddon. The book of Revelation talks about this final battle (Revelation 16:16).

Dinner and Overnight in the Galilee

Day 4 Sun 23 Feb                  Galilee – Nazareth, Cana of Galilee, Sea of Galilee

Drive through the Galilean landscape to Nazareth where Jesus grew up. We will go to Nazareth Village, which depicts things as they were when Jesus was a boy. We will enjoy a unique lunch while at Nazareth Village. Drive via Cana of Galilee where Jesus had turned the water into wine. Go to the Baptism site which is located on the Jordan River. There will be time for those wishing to be baptized or re-baptized in the Jordan River. We will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, (The Bible is filled with stories of Jesus on this sea). On the boat will be a time celebration and sharing

Dinner and Overnight in the Galilee

Day 5 Mon 24 Feb                 Galilee –Mt. of Beatitudes –Capernaum - Golan Heights

Go to the Mt. Of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the inspiring Sermon on the Mount. We will go down to the shore of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes. From here we will go to Capernaum, the place that Jesus chose to center his ministry. We will see the remains of Peter’s house. Continue to Golan Heights to visit the Banias, site of Caesarea Philippi. There will be briefing on the history and security of the Golan Heights. Enjoy a scenic drive down the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea.

Dinner and Overnight at the Dead Sea

Day 6 Tue 25 Feb                   Fun in the Sun, a day of Relaxation at the Dead Sea

Enjoy a wonderful, day at the Dead Sea which is 417 meters below sea level. You can have a refreshing times for dips in the therapeutic salt mineral water of the Dead Sea, go for a walk or just sit in the sun.

Dinner and Overnight at the Dead Sea

Day 7 Wed 26 Feb                 Massada, Ein Gedi, Qumran

Take the Cable Car to the top of the mountain of Massada, ruins of King Herod’s mountain top fortress and last strong hold stronghold of the Jewish revolt against the Romans in 73 C.E. Then on to Ein Gedi. Take a fun-filled hike up to Ein Gedi Falls, and for the more adventurous we will go to the Upper Falls. This is the desert oasis where David hid from King Saul (1 Samuel 23:29). Stop briefly at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Travel up to Jerusalem through the Judean Wilderness. As we ascend up into the hills of Jerusalem. We will stop at a view point and pray for Jerusalem and the country of Israel (Psalm 122:6).

Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 8 Thu 27 Feb                  Jerusalem

Drive to Mount Olives to enjoy a view of the city of Jerusalem. Walk down the Palm Sunday path to Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over the city. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus spent the night and agonized in prayer for God’s will to be done (We will have some time to mediate in the garden). Visit the Church of All Nations. On to Mount Zion to see King David’s Tomb and the Upper Room (Acts 2). Enjoy seeing Western Wall and some time to pray. Visit the Pool of Bethesada (John 5) and Saint Anne’s Church where we will sing a couple songs and observe the wonderful acoustics of the church  

Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 9 Fri 28 Feb                    Jerusalem

Go to the Garden Tomb and have a relaxing walk around the beautiful garden area and we will have time for communion together. We will view the Hill of Golgotha’s where Jesus died (Matthew 27:33-35). Spend time at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial, visiting the museum. Continue to Ramat Rachel for a view of Bethlehem, the place Jesus was born.

Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 10 Sat 29 Feb                 Jerusalem

In the morning we will have an Israeli soldier share his experiences of what life is like to be a soldier in Israel. The rest of the day is for shopping or free time to do what you want in Jerusalem.  

Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 11 Sun 1 Mar                 Home or continue journey to Turkey

Depart to Canada, with your mind and heart filled with wonderful memories and experiences or transfer to the airport to extend your journey on an optional extension to Turkey.

Optional extension to Turkey

Day 11 Sun 1 Mar                  Turkey

Transfer to the airport to fly to Turkey.

Arrive Izmir

Dinner and Overnight in Izmir

Day 12 Mon 2 Mar                Ephesus - Pamukkale

After breakfast visit the interesting and unforgettable remains of Ephesus, the Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of Saint John. Continue on to Pamukkale once known as the ancient Greco-Roman thermal city of Hierapolis which was originally built around a warm-water spring. This was Philip the Evangelist’s home. Next tour the beautiful snow – white ‘Frozen waterfalls’ and see the Roman thermal baths, theater, main streets, gates and Necropolis.

Dinner and Overnight in Pamukkale

Day 13 Tue 3 Mar                  Philadelphia – Sardes – Pergamon - Kucukkuyu

In the morning be refreshed in the Pamukkale Thermal pools which are a natural formation of mineral springs set on massive travertine terraces built up over millennia by limestone deposits left behind by running water. Visit Philadelphia and Sardes (Rev: 3-1-6) the capital of ancient Lydia. Visit the Temple of Cybele and Diana, which later became a church, then to the famous synagogue. Visit Pergamon, the Acropolis and the Asclepion. Drive to Kucukkuyu for overnight.

Dinner and Overnight in Kucukkuyu

Day 14 Wed 4 Mar                Canakklae – Istanbul

Drive to Troy, the legendary town in the Iliad of Homer, the site of the Trojan Wars. Enjoy a relaxing ferry ride across the Dardanelles.

Dinner and Overnight in Istanbul

Day 15 Thu 5 Mar                  Istanbul, Topkapi Palace Museum, Grand Bazaar

Start the day with a tour at Topkapi Palace Museum, which contains the treasures belonging to the Ottoman Empire. Visit the Hippodrome Square and the Hagia Sophia Church (built in the 6th century, once was the biggest Christian Church in the world. Continue to tour of the interesting city of Istanbul. Istanbul is a major city in Turkey (15 million people) that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. Finish the day by visiting and shopping at the world famous Grand Covered Bazaar.

Dinner and Overnight in Istanbul

Day 16 Fri 6 Mar                   Departure

After breakfast transfer to the airport to fly home

*Itinerary, dates and flight time are subject to change

 

Included:¨ Round trip airfare out of Toronto ¨ Service of Yaffa Tours Sunworld Tour offices overseas ¨ Guided sightseeing tour ¨ 1st Class Hotel accommodations ¨ Breakfast and Dinner daily¨ Transfers & Assistance upon arrival and departure ¨ Admission fee to sights mentioned on the itinerary ¨ Information Kit / Final documents ¨ 1 suitcase per person each 23 Kg (50 lbs)

Not included: ¨ Airline Departure Taxes (Subject to change)¨Travel Insurance ¨Tips to driver, guide & hotel staff $135 USD–Israel $40 USD -Turkey(subject to change) ¨ Single room (if required) add Pastor $650 CDNRegular $999 ¨Meals not mentioned on itinerary¨Transfers and assistance other than with the group ¨Passport and any applicable visa fees ¨ Expenses of a personal nature

For information and registration please contact:

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Please click on the link below for the Tour Registration form:

Ernie Metz Registration Form

To register: Please forward to Sunworld Tours a non-refundable deposit of $200 CDN, Registration form and Photocopy of the picture page of the passport (must be valid for at least 6 months after returning home), and a copy of ordination certificates for pastors.

Final payment is due: Dec 20th, 2019                       Contact Sunworld Tours for payment options

Cancellation Penalties:

The Deposit of $200 is fully non-refundable

If Sunworld Tours or the Group Leader cancels the tour the deposit will be refunded less $100 administration fee

100 % of total tour cost is non-refundable 61-0 Days prior to departure

*** (We recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect the money you paid for your tour. If you do need to cancel after the final payment date you will need to contact your travel insurance company)