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The Holy Land Experience
October 7–25, 2019
Would you like to have a life-changing and never-to-be-forgotten experience? It is our joy to invite you to join us on a trip of a lifetime to the Bible Lands where you will find a new dimension in understanding Christian history and the life of our Lord. We will visit places where Jesus walked, lived, taught, performed miracles, where He was crucified, and raised from the dead. We will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, and observe the Lord’s Supper at the Garden Tomb. Dr. Pastor Fink will give a Bible and historical teaching at each place in the Holy Land. Please join us! This is a private, customized trip with a limit of 14 people.
COST OF TRIP
The costs below are estimates (figuring a little extra just in case). If you wanted to stay in dorm facilities at the hostels, eat more inexpensively or cook at the hostels, and get a great deal on airfare, you could do this trip for around $2,500.
Transportation in Israel …...........................$700 per person
Meals in Israel (lunch and dinner) ……….. $400 per person
Lodging in Israel ………………………………. $900 per person (private, double occupancy rooms)
Park & Entrance Passes …………………….. $150 per person
Airfare ...................................................... $1,100 per person
Total $3,250 per person
THIS IS A PRIVATE, CUSTOM-DESIGNED TRIP
If you want to spend more time in Israel and see more holy sites, then this trip is designed for you. Most trips to the Holy Land allow only 7-9 days in Israel. This severely limits what can be seen. Therefore, most who go to the Holy Land miss out on many significant holy sites as a result. This trip will have you in Israel for 15 full days. You will, therefore, see about everything significant there is to see in Israel. We will traverse from the uttermost northern part of Israel to the uttermost southern part, or as the Bible would say, “From Dan to Beersheba.”
A 19-day trip like this normally is quite expensive (if you can find one). Why can we do it so inexpensively? Because we are eliminating a tour company, bus drivers, tour buses, tour guides, etc., and are providing these services instead. Additionally, we are staying in nice hostels instead of 4-Star hotels. And lastly, Letsy and I are covering the majority of our own expenses for this trip and are adding no charge for our leadership and hosting. It is our pleasure to serve you and our Lord Jesus Christ in offering you this special trip of a lifetime.
Because this is a custom trip, each participant will be required to book their own airfare, lodging, purchase their own meals, and pay for their own entrance passes to the parks and holy sites while in Israel. Ground transportation in Israel will be provided by Todd (Mike) Fink with funds from each person’s deposit of $700. All other expenses (meals, lodging, park entrance passes, and airfare) are estimates that each person will be responsible to pay. Please refer to the following “Our Daily Itinerary” for airport and hostels info.
This trip is not for the weak and faint of heart! There will be a lot of walking, some climbing, times when it will be very warm (Dead Sea area), etc. Those considering this trip need to be in pretty good shape and able to withstand some discomfort at times due to heat, walking, hiking, etc.
GROUP SIZE LIMIT
We are limiting the group size to 14 people. This will allow us to be more efficient and see more places in Israel. Larger teams bring a different dynamic that slow things down and makes travel more difficult.
Each person will be responsible for booking their own air travel to Israel (Ben Gurion Airport). The above cost uses an estimate of $1,100. This might change depending on your location, etc. Please make plans to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, no later than 6:00pm, Oct. 8, 2019. For returning to Ben Gurion Airport from our hostel in Jerusalem on Thursday, Oct. 24, a shuttle bus runs every couple hours or so that we will take.
TRANSPORTATION IN ISRAEL
We will rent two 9 passenger vehicles (15 passenger vehicles aren’t available). Todd Mike Fink will make rental arrangements and pay all transportation costs while in Israel utilizing each person’s $700 deposit.
LODGING IN ISRAEL
We will be staying at nice hostels with private rooms during our time in Israel. They will have group kitchens for any meal prep if desired, community gathering areas, wash machines, etc. Our itinerary shows the hostels where we will stay (a total of four). Todd Mike Fink will book the lodging, but each person is responsible to pay for their own lodging up front upon confirmation of lodging, or at the hostels and hotels upon arrival?
MEALS IN ISRAEL
Each person will be responsible for paying for their own meals.
Breakfast - The hostels will provide most of the breakfasts and a group kitchen for meal preparation if desired.
Lunch - Because we will be on the go and not always around a restaurant, plus, eating lunch with a large group can occupy one or more hours of the day, each trip participant will prepare themself a daily sack lunch. Each day at noon we will take a break, eat, and then carry on. Letsy and I purchase items at a local grocery store for our lunches. You can purchase these on your own, or we can plan as a group for purchasing lunch items as needed.
Dinner – On your own, can be eaten at a local restaurant, etc.
PARK & ENTRANCE PASSES
There will be entrance costs for most of the national parks and holy sites we’ll see in the Holy Land. Israel offers a one-time purchase pass that lasts for two weeks for visiting many of these holy sites (this pass costs $42). Some sites are private and are paid separately, and other sites do not charge. A total of $150 is the estimated cost for visiting all the places we’ll see while in Israel.
BIBLE TEACHINGS AT THE HOLY SITES
We will provide Bible & historical teachings throughout our time in the Holy Land. These Bible teachings will be recorded. We will then edit and published them on our HolyLandSite.com website at a later date.
A valid U.S. passport is required. No visas are required for U.S. and Canadian citizens.
Please take a look at our website, HolyLandSite.com that has a lot of info about many of the biblical sites we will be visiting, the history of Israel, and other helpful info. Please use it to better prepare yourself. In addition, we will provide helpful info to help prepare you to get the most out of your holy land experience.
There will be three days where we will be traveling with our luggage in our rental vans. Because we will be a bit cozy, we suggest you avoid large suitcases and travel on the lighter side. Soft bags would be best for travel as they are more accommodating and easier to put under seats, etc.
TIME OF YEAR WE’RE PLANNING THIS TRIP
We’ve chosen this time of the year to visit Israel because the weather is stable (although a little warm), there are no Jewish Holidays that will interfere, and there are fewer people.
Please take into consideration there might be slight adjustments to the schedule depending on things out of our control. Additionally, if the team would like some flexibility in seeing sights, we are happy to make adjustments as desired. Because this is a customized trip, we can decide as a team what changes, if any, we’d like to make.
MONEY IN ISRAEL
Credit cards and Dollars are readily accepted, Shekels can be drawn from ATM’s.
INTERNET IN ISRAEL
Most, if not all, of the hostels we will be staying at will have free Internet. Also, I will have a mobile hotspot at all times with me that will provide Internet for others in case of urgent needs.
We will leave our place of lodging each day at 7:30am and return around 5:00pm. From 5:00pm on will be free time for you to eat, relax, etc. There will be restaurants close-by to our hostels where you can eat by yourself or with others in the group as desired.
Pastor Todd (Mike) Fink
Phone: (541) 603-0881
Websites: HolyLandSite.com GoMissionsToMexico.com
OUR DAILY ITINERARY
MON, OCT 7 DEPART FOR THE HOLY LAND
Each person is responsible for booking their own airfare. Please book your flight so you arrive in Tel-Aviv (Ben Gurion Airport) by 6:00pm, Oct. 8th. Lodging on-board airplane.
TUES, OCT 8 TEL AVIV
Please arrive in Tel Aviv by 6:00pm. We will meet at Ben Gurion Airport, pick up our rental vans, eat dinner, and go to our hostel. Lodging at Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv, 21 Levontin Street, Tel Aviv, Israel. Check-in Tues., Oct. 8. Checkout Wed., Oct. 9. One night total.
WED, OCT 9 TEL AVIV – SEA OF GALILEE AREA
Refreshed from a good night's sleep, we’ll visit Old Jaffa, the traditional home of Simon the Tanner, the port from which Jonah sailed, and the logs arrived for construction of the Temple in Jerusalem. We’ll then pass through the fast-growing towns and farms of the Plain of Sharon in route to Caesarea, site of major events in the lives of Peter and Paul. We’ll Visit Mt. Carmel, where Elijah the Prophet had his great showdown with the false prophets of Baal. Then it's on to Megiddo (Armageddon), where part of the last battle will be fought upon Christ’s return, and where archaeological digs reveal 20 layers of civilization, including fortifications of King Solomon and the water tunnel of King Ahab. Megiddo provides a magnificent view of the fertile, Jezreel Valley, prophesied site of Armageddon, at the crossroads of the ancient Via Maris. Then it’s on to Tiberius and the Sea of Galilee, which will be our base for the next 5 nights. Lodging at Tiberius Hostel, Rabin Square, Tiberius, Israel. Check-in Wed., Oct. 9. Checkout Mon., Oct. 14. Five nights total.
THURS, OCT 10 SEA OF GALILEE AREA
This day alone is worth the trip! We are now literally walking in the footsteps of Jesus. We will take a most memorable boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, in a replica of the ancient wooden boat used in Jesus’ day. We’ll visit the beautiful Sermon on the Mount where Christ preached his longest and most famous sermon. Then on to old Capernaum, where Jesus set up His home ministry base and preached often in the ancient synagogue. Next, we’ll see Bethsaida, which is known as the birthplace of three of the Apostles – Peter, Andrew, and Philip. Jesus himself visited Bethsaida and performed several miracles there. We will continue our drive around the Sea of Galilee to Kursi, the place where Christ cast out a legion of demons out of a demon-possessed man. We’ll then drive up the Golan Heights to a spectacular viewing place of the Sea of Galilee from which we’ll ponder the view and discuss the Feeding of the 5,000.
FRI, OCT 11 SEA OF GALILEE AREA
We’ll journey north to Caesarea Philippi where Peter confessed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16). Visit Tel Dan, where the biggest source of the Jordan River and the site of ancient Dan, where Jeroboam built his altar are located. Walk by the 4,000-year-old gate dating back to Abraham's time. We’ll behold the beautiful Jordan River and contemplate the many things that happened in and around it. We’ll visit Chorazin, one of the three towns Christ cursed. From there we’ll walk along the Sea of Galilee, where Christ called many of His disciples, and then on to Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, from whom Christ cast out seven demons.
SAT, OCT 12 SEA OF GALILEE AREA
We’ll drive through the rolling hills of Galilee to the Wedding Church of Cana, site of Christ’s first miracle. Then on to Nazareth, site of Mary's Well, the Church of the Annunciation, and Mt. Precipice. We’ll then head to Mt. Tabor, the traditional site of the transfiguration of Christ. We’ll return to the Sea of Galilee and finish the day on top of Mt. Arbel, the believed place where Christ gave the Great Commission, and which provides a breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee.
SUN, OCT 13 SEA OF GALILEE AREA
We’ll drive along the Jordan Valley to Beth Shean, a stunning Roman Decapolis city and the place where Saul and his son’s bodies were hanged after defeat in battle. We’ll visit Gideon’s Spring, where Gideon selected his soldiers to do battle against the Midianites. Next, we’ll stop at a baptismal site along the Jordan River and allow any who would like to be baptized in the Jordan River to do so. We’ll wind up our last evening with a special visit to a selected site around the Sea of Galilee for reflection and saying goodbye to this special place where Christ spent around 60–70 percent of His ministry time.
MON, OCT 14 SEA OF GALILEE – DEAD SEA
We’ll drive south along the Jordan Valley following the footsteps that Jesus and His disciples would have walked, arriving at Gilgal, the place the Israelites camped after crossing the Jordan River and place they erected twelve stones from the Jordan River as a monument to their children for all God had done. Then to Jericho, oldest known walled city and first place Joshua and the Israelites conquered upon entering the Promised Land, from Jericho we’ll view the Mt. Temptation, thebelieved place where Satan tempted Christ. Then to the Baptismal Site of John the Baptist and site where Jesus was baptized by John. We’ll end the day with a visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. Lodging at Kibbutz Almog, Almog, 90665, Northern Dead Sea. Check-in Mon. Oct. 14, check out Wed. Oct 16, two nights total.
TUES, OCT 15 DEAD SEA AREA
We’ll begin the day visiting the amazing St. George’s Monastery where the great Prophet Elijah’s cave is located and where it’s believed God supernaturally fed Elijah. Then on to visit the Inn of the Good Samaritan, commemorating Christ’s famous story about the man who fell into the hands of robbers while traveling this route. We’ll then visit a special viewing place of Jericho, the Jordan Valley, and Mt. Nebo (where Moses looked upon the Holy Land). While here, we’ll reflect upon the many events that took place in this area.
WED, OCT 16 DEAD SEA AREA
We’ll begin the day with a short drive to Masada, overlooking the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on Earth, where we ascend by cable car to visit the remnants of Herod's Palace, and where in 73 A.D. the Zealots made their last stand against the might of Rome. We’ll visit Sodom and Gomorrah, the cities God destroyed by fire and brimstone due to their wickedness. Then on to Ein Gedi, fabled Spring of David. Then we’ll take a swim (float) in the Dead Sea, the richest body of water in mineral contents. Lodging at Beersheba, one night (to be determined).
THUR, OCT 17 DEAD SEA – JERUSALEM
We’ll drive to Tel Beersheba, home of the Patriarchs. We’ll continue traveling north and visit the Valley of Elah, the place where David slew Goliath. We’ll see David’s palace he built later in life, located above the Valley of Elah, commemoration his victory over Goliath and rise to fame. Then on to Beth Shemesh, place where key events in the life of Samson took place and where the Ark of the Covenant miraculously was returned to the Israelites by the Philistines, and the stomping grounds of Samson. Then, we'll enter Jerusalem as pilgrims did since ancient times to fulfill the words of the prophet "I was glad when they said unto me: 'Our feet shall stand within thy Gates, O Jerusalem' " (Psalms 122:1-2.) Lodging at Abraham Hostel, 67 Haneviim Street, Davidka Square, Jerusalem. Check-in Thur., Oct. 17. Check out Thur., Oct. 24. Seven nights total.
FRI, OCT 18 JERUSALEM AREA
We’ll start the day with a magnificent view of the Old City from the top of the Mt. of Olives. We’ll visit the Chapel of Ascension, place where Christ rose back to heaven and where His feet will touch down at His glorious second coming. We’ll see the Tombs of the Prophets. Take the “Palm Sunday Walk” to the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations. Along the way, we’ll visit Dominus Flevit, place where Christ wept over Jerusalem. Then pass through the Kidron Valley. Enter the Old City through St. Stephen's Gate (Lions’ Gate) to the Muslim Quarter, visit the beautiful Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda, Pilate's Judgment Hall, and the Ecce Homo Arch. We’ll walk along the Via Dolorosa, into the Christian Quarter, and see the Stations of the Cross. Then, we’ll visit and pray at the Western Wall, the Jew’s most holy site in Israel.
SAT, OCT 19 JERUSALEM AREA
Today, we’ll visit and walk upon the Temple Mount, the location of where Solomon’s Temple was and the holiest and most battled over piece of land in the world. We’ll visit the Southern Stairs, which was the main entrance to the Temple Mount, a place Christ and His disciples would have often been, and the likely place where Pentecost took place. We’ll take a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels. We’ll walk through the Cardo, the original Roman street and see the amazing remains of the massive wall built by King Hezekiah.
SUN, OCT 20 BETHLEHEM
Today, we’ll visit Bethlehem and see the Church of the Nativity. Visit the Shepherds' Fields, where the angels appeared to the shepherds at Christ’s birth. Visit the massive Herodian that King Herod the Great built. From atop the Herodian, we’ll view the Fields of Boaz and Ruth, and the area where David grew up shepherding his sheep, learning how to use a sling, writing Psalms, and learning to play and sing.
MON, OCT 21 JERUSALEM AREA
We’ll enter through the Jaffa Gate and then on to Mt. Zion. We’ll visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper. See King David’s Tomb. Then on to the House of Caiaphas, where Christ was tried before Caiaphas and Ananias, the high priests. We’ll visit the City of David. Gihon Spring, Jerusalem’s main water supply, Pool of Siloam, where Christ healed a blind man. We’ll see the Hinnom Valley (Gehenna), referencing hell and the lake of fire. We’ll walk up the Kidron Valley (Valley of Jehoshaphat) where God’s winepress of wrath will be poured out on the gathered nations at Christ second coming and from where the blood the height of a horse’s bridle will flow to the Red Sea. While walking up the Kidron Valley we’ll visit Absalom’s Tomb (Monument). Then see the Eastern Gate. We’ll continue on to Mary’s Tomb. Then walk around the Walls of Jerusalem to the Jaffa Gate.
TUES, OCT 22 SAMARIA AREA
Today, we’ll travel north to the Samaria region. We’ll visit Shechem, place where Christ talked with the woman at the well (Jacob’s Well), where the nation of Israel gathered to hear the blessings and cursings for obedience and disobedience, and where Joseph’s Tomb is located. Then onward to Shiloh, where Joshua gathered the tribes to divide the land, where Hannah prayed to have a child (Samuel), and where the Tabernacle resided for 369 years. We’ll visit Bethel. Then on to Ai, the second town Israel conquered, but with trouble because of Achan’s sin. And lastly, we’ll visit the High Place of Gibeon, where the sun stood still, and many other events happened.
WED, OCT 23 JERUSALEM AREA
We start the day with a visit to the Model of Jerusalem. Then see the Shrine of the Book, where the original scroll of the Book of Isaiah is located. Then on to Golgotha (Gordon’s Calvary) and the empty Garden Tomb. Special time is planned for worship, communion, meditation, and inspiration. The remainder of the day is free time to explore Jerusalem on your own.
THUR, OCT 24 ISRAEL - HOME
Today we transfer to the airport and arrive home with wonderful memories of a visit to the Land of the Bible!
Shuttle service from our hostel in Jerusalem is available every couple of hours. It takes about 2 hours to travel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Because of Israel’s security measures, we will need to arrive at the airport 3 hours before boarding time. Depending on each person’s flight departure times, we might take different shuttles to the airport. Lodging on-board airplane.
FRI, OCT 25 ARRIVE HOME
Return home filled with the reality that you walked in the footsteps of Christ and experienced the actual places where the events of the Bible took place.