Rev. Ernie Metz’s “Grand Finale Tour to Israel” February 20-March 02, 2022 *Optional Egypt Extension*

Rev. Ernie Metz’s

“Grand Finale Tour to Israel”

February 20-March 02, 2022

*Optional Egypt Extension*

 

Day 1: Sun February 20, 2022    Depart to the Holy Land

Depart from Toronto for Israel. Overnight flight.

Day 2: Mon February 21, 2022 Joppa, Simon the Tanner’s home, Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel!  Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, you will be met by SMILE, with a warm welcome by your local Sunworld representative.  Begin the tour by traveling to Jaffa (Joppa) where Peter stayed with Simon the Tanner (Acts 10:13). This is also the location where Jonah sailed from when he went to Tarshish.   From Joppa we will have a great view of seaport city of Tel Aviv.  This evening we will share our first Jewish meal together. Dinner and Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 3: Tue February 22, 2022     Biblical Gardens, Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Galilee

We will have the joy and delight to visit the  Biblical Gardens at Neot Kedumin.   In the gardens we will see many different plants and trees mentioned in the Bible, an olive press, and a threshing floor.  After the gardens we will drive along the inspiring Mediterranean coastline to Caesarea and have the opportunity to see the Archaeological ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre and ancient history.   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.  We will go to a Druze Village and have tea in one of their homes.   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: Wed February 23, 2022   Mt. Beatitudes – Upper Galilee - Golan Heights – Jordan River

Go to the Mt. Of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the inspiring Sermon on the Mount.  Continue to Golan Heights to visit the site of Caesarea Phillipi.  Magic Centre in the Golan Heights - A beautiful complex, one of a kind in Israel, combines new and exciting attractions: an exceptional movie which depicts the Golan Heights in a spectacular multi-sensual display spread on Israel's only 180 degrees screen.  We will go to the Baptism site which is located on the Jordan River.  There will be time alloted for those wishing to be baptized or re-baptized in the Jordan River. Dinner and Overnight in the Galilee

Day 5:  Thu February 24, 2022   Sea of Galilee – Capernaum - Nazareth, Cana of Galilee, Dead Sea

We will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.  On the boat will be time of celebration and sharing.   We will go to the shore of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes (Tabgha).  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.  Drive through the Galilean landscape to Nazareth where Jesus grew up. We will go to Nazareth Village, an amazing place which depicts things as they were when Jesus was a boy.  While at Nazareth Village, we will enjoy a unique lunch. Drive via Cana of Galilee where Jesus had turned the water into wine.  Enjoy a scenic and most interesting drive down the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea.  Dinner and Overnight at the Dead Sea

Day 6: Fri February 25, 2022       Fun in the Sun, a day of Relaxation at the Dead Sea

Enjoy a wonderful fun filled day at the Dead Sea which is 417 meters below sea level.  You can have 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: Sat February 26, 2022      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 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: Sun February 27, 2022    Jerusalem

Drive to Mount Olives to enjoy a view of the city of Jerusalem.   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.   The Citadel, known as the Tower of David.  It was erected by King Herod to protect the palace he built in approximately 24 BC.  His original citadel had three towers.  Be inspired by going to the Western Wall and have 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: Mon February 28, 2022  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).  Visit the Israel Museum with its special ambience.  Filled with archaeology, Art, Jewish Art and Life, Dead Sea Scrolls, Art Garden.  The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens is a gem in the heart of Jerusalem.  The 500-meter long “Bible Path” is planted with over 6,000 species and varieties of plants from around the world – Israel’s largest collection of live plants.  View the Knesset (Parliament buildings) from the exterior and have our guide share some facts and history with us. Continue to Ramat Rachel for a view of Bethlehem, the place Jesus was born.  Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem 

Day 10: Tue March 1, 2022          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: Wed March 2, 2022        Homeward to Canada or continue to Egypt.

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or Egypt extension.

 

* Itinerary, flight schedule and rates are subject to change *

EGYPT EXTENSION

 

Day 11: Wed March 2, 2022        Taba Border Crossing – Saint Catherine

Transfer by minibus (no guide) to the Taba border.  Meet and assist at Taba border, met by Sunworld Tours Representative and transfer to Saint Catherine. Dinner and Overnight in Saint Catherine 

Day 12: Thu March 3, 2022         Saint Catherine – Mt. Sinai - Cairo

Early hours of the morning at 01:00 am, those who are physically fit, climb the Mt. Sinai to see the sun rise, where Moses received the 10 commandments of God, upon descending, breakfast at hotel, visit the monastery of Saint Catherine, Moses well and the burning bush, transfer by a/c bus to Cairo. Dinner and Overnight in Cairo

Day 13: Fri March 4, 2022             Cairo

After breakfast at the hotel full day tour in Cairo visiting the old necropolis of Egypt, Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt. Visit an open-air Museum in the small village of Memphis from 3100 BC. Travelling down the Streets of Suburbs of Cairo.  See the first pyramid ever built in Egypt called the Stepped Pyramid at Sakkara. Visit the Great Pyramids of Egypt in Giza which have stood for the last 5000 years and the famous Sphinx.  Enjoy a unique experience of a camel ride in the desert. Visit a Papyrus Museum and see how the inside pulp of papyrus plants is flattened, latticed, and pressed for 5 days. (In the Bible, Moses’ mother put him in a papyrus basket into the Nile River). In the evening we enjoy the great light show on the great pyramids. Dinner and Overnight in Cairo

Day 14: Sat March 5, 2022           Cairo

After breakfast at the hotel drive to visit the great Egyptian Museum with its large collection of King Tut Ankh Amun. Visit Cairo Citadel on the Mokattam hill,  which was once the Citadel of the ruler of Egypt. Drive to the Old city of Cairo (Coptic Cairo) where early Judaism and Christianity flourished in Egypt. In Old Cairo you will find The Ben Ezra Synagogue, which is situated in the Fustat part of Old Cairo, Egypt. According to local folklore, it is located on the site where baby Moses was found. Dinner and Overnight in Cairo

Day 15: Sun March 6, 2022         Cairo - Canada

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Cairo international airport for final departure.

 

* Itinerary, flight schedule and rates are subject to change *

 

For full details and registration form click here