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Israel Uncovered

Dates:

October 7 – 19, 2021

COST:

$4,700 (based on double occupancy)
**Single Supplement is available for an additional $1,100

Your package pricing includes:

  • Round-trip, nonstop airfare
  • Deluxe tour bus
  • Israeli 5-star hotels
  • Highly acclaimed Israeli tour guide
  • Bible studies at all main sites
  • Incredible breakfasts and dinners daily
  • Entrance fees to all sites
  • Tips for hotels, restaurants, guides & drivers

 

*All adults are invited who are able and willing to do a significant amount of walking around ancient sites with uneven terrain, slippery surfaces, and many staircases.

*Calvary Chapel Central Bucks church family is given first priority to register before other guests.

Preparation

Leading up to our departure, we’ll schedule two or three meetings to familiarize tour members with one another and to learn more about ancient & modern Israeli history, culture, food, currency, and important logistical details that will make your trip more comfortable.

Our goal is to prepare you for the Bible Study Tour, share valuable information from past tours, and answer all your questions. Travelers from previous trips have found these meetings to be of great value, noting that they really understood so much more because of the pre-trip education that was offered.? We’ll announce these meeting dates soon and highly recommend that you plan to attend.

Additionally, during the months leading up to our departure, we will send you articles, streaming audio, and video links that will prepare you well to understand this amazing and inspirational land, its history, its people, and its world-riveting politics.

Our Tentative Schedule

Our tentative schedule will help you get an idea of the many things you will experience on our tour to Israel. The items and locations listed are estimates and are subject to additions, subtractions, and order changes.

Day 1

Thursday, October 7 2021

  • Leave from Calvary Chapel by bus for Newark Airport (EWR)
  • Depart from EWR on United Airlines for overnight flight to Israel

Day 2

Friday October 8, 2021

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv (TLV) at approximately 10:15AM
  • Mount Carmel
  • Caesarea Maritime

Days 3-5

Saturday – Monday, October 9-11, 2021

  • Travel through the Valley of Megiddo
  • Visit Mt Arbel
  • Visit a 1stCentury Synagogue at Magdala (active archeological dig)
  • Travel through the Golan Heights to visit:
    • Caesarea Philippi
    • Tel Dan
    • Mt Bental
    • Syrian and Lebanese border views
    • Significant sites from the battles for independence, ’67 War, etc.
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on The Sea of Galilee
  • Visit Ein Gev and enjoy St. Peter’s Fish (fish-free alternatives available)
  • Experience “The Jesus Boat”
  • Visit the Mt of Beatitudes
  • Baptism in the Jordan River
  • Visit ruins of Beit Shean
  • Visit Tabgha
  • View The Hills of Gadera
  • Visit Capernaum

Day 6

Tuesday October 12, 2021

  • Travel from Galilee region toward the South
  • Travel through the Jordan Valley
  • Visit Ein Gedi
  • Float on the Dead Sea

Days 7-12

Wednesday – Monday October 13-18, 2021

  • Visit Masada
  • Visit Qumran
  • Mt Of Olives overlook of Jerusalem
  • Visit Model of ancient Jerusalem
  • Visit the Shrine Of The Book (Dead Sea Scrolls Museum)
  • Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
  • Tour The Ancient City of David
  • Visit the Pools of Siloam
  • Walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • Visit all the gates of Jerusalem
  • Visit the Pools of Bethesda
  • Visit St Anne’s Church
  • Bethlehem Shepherd Fields Overlook
  • Visit the Western Wall
  • Visit the Jewish Temple Mount & the Muslim Dome of the Rock
  • Visit the Temple Institute
  • Visit Herodian Jewish Quarter
  • Visit the Southern Steps of the Temple
  • Tour King Herod’s Western Wall Tunnel
  • Visit The Burnt House
  • Experience the Palm Sunday Walk
  • Visit The Garden of Gethsemane
  • Visit the Praetorium & site of Jesus’ scourging
  • Walk the Via Dolorosa
  • Visit Golgotha
  • Worship and communion at The Garden Tomb
  • Free time in Jerusalem

Day 12

Monday October 18, 2021

  • Depart Jerusalem at the end of the afternoon
  • Enjoy a Farewell Dinner on the way to the Airport
  • Depart from Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) on United Airlines

Day 13

Tuesday October 19, 2021

  • Arrive in Newark (EWR) around 4:30AM
  • Travel by Bus to Calvary Chapel
  • Arrive at Calvary Chapel at approximately 7:30AM

Tour Leaders & Guide

It’s our great privilege to guide you through the Holy Land.

Our Bible Study Tour is hosted and taught by our Lead Pastor, John Hessler.

John W. Hessler, Jill Petrie & Renee Hessler serve as the tour leaders, taking care of all logistics and tour coordination leading up to and during our time in Israel.

We are thrilled to announce that we will be lead through Israel by our loved friend and Israeli guide, Jane.

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I plan to dress while on the tour?

Since our tour will be in October, you can expect a mix of warm & cool weather with minimal potential for some rain. That said, temperatures can vary greatly due to Israel’s unique geography and drastically changing elevations throughout the country. The best advice we can give it to travel in layers and carry a day pack with you each day. You may experience cool mornings and evenings and hot afternoons. Some areas of the country are very arid while others are wet or humid. Be prepared for everything!

Casual attire is acceptable throughout the whole tour. A few sites require modest dress (no exposed shoulders or legs) but most sites allow shorts.

Bring comfortable footwear that will support your ankles and provide enough comfort for long walks on hard pavement and uneven surfaces.

 

How can I stay in contact with my friends and family while I travel in Israel?

We suggest that you talk to your cellphone service provider to determine what fees you may charged while using call, text and cell data while in Israel.

Some people prefer to use their cell phones in Israel and pay for international coverage with their service provider.

If you would like to use your phone lightly and avoid fees, you can put your device on “Airplane Mode” for the entire trip and only turn on your WiFi, allowing you to send email and use messaging apps and social media without using standard text or call features. If you want to do this, we suggest coordinating in advance your plan and apps with the friends/family you intend to communicate with while in Israel.

Each of our hotels will provide free WiFi internet service in your room.? Our tour bus also has WiFi service (but it is very slow).

Can I bring a camera?

Yes! Please do!!

Some sites might ask for no photos to be taken but almost all sites allow you to take all the pictures you want.

Please keep in mind that we are on a tight schedule and it is important to move quickly and pay attention to the prompting of our guide and tour leaders.

 

Can I plug in my electronics?

In the USA, we use a 120v electrical service. In Israel, they use 230v.

Typically, your electric shavers, hairdryers/straighteners, etc. will not work in Israel. Some devices are able to switch voltage but most aren’t. We recommend leaving those things at home or buying special ones that will take 230v. Each hotel will provide a hairdryer in your room.

Your phones, tablets, and laptops will likely work in Israel. We recommend checking your power adaptors to make sure they can work with 230v (most do).

In most cases, people do not need power converters (converting 230v to 120v). Everyone will need power adaptors. These are very inexpensive adaptors that change your USA plug end shape into the plug shape in Israel.

 

What should I do about my spending money?

Feel free to bring cash or use your debit card to take out Israeli currency (shekels) once you’re in Israel. Credit cards are also able to be used at most stores when shopping in Israel. In a few spots, we will suggest that you use only cash.

If you bring dollars in cash, we will help you find places to exchange your dollars for shekels while on tour.

Breakfasts and dinners are provided by the tour but we recommend bringing money to buy your own lunch, snacks, bottles of water, extra tips, and any mementos from the trip.

 

What about Jet Lag?

Israel is 7 hours ahead of us. Most people will feel weary from all the travel (busses and plane) to get to Israel. Expect to feel tired at first but keep moving! We will fly overnight, so take advantage of the long flight and try to sleep as much as possible. Once we land in the morning, do your best to eat healthily and stay hydrated while you keep yourself awake all day and get a good night’s rest our first night in Israel.

Some people handle travel and time changes better than others. Do you best to stay healthy, positive and rest on schedule with Israel’s time zone so you adjust quickly to the time difference.

 

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