“Israel Educational & Worship Tour 2020” with Pastor Abri Brancken & Team
Tour Itinerary 20 April – 02 May 2020
This program is subject to change to accommodate what God wants to do in the group as well as due to other possible unforeseen or practical and/or security arrangements in Israel.
Tour price includes:
- Return airfare (AKL-TLV-AKL)
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Entrance fees
- Daily teachings
- Tour materials
Tour price excludes:
- Transport to and from Auckland Airport
- Any passport and visa costs & travel insurance
- Boat trip on the sea of Galilee (it depends on the weather, about $30)
- Baptism in the Jordan river (about $15 p/p)
- Cable car up Masada mountain (about $30 p/p)
Monday, 20 April
We will be flying with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong. Our flight number is CX198 and we will depart from Auckland Airport around 13:35. We will meet one another at the check-in counter of Cathay Pacific at 10:00 am. Please ensure that you are on time. Remember your:
2. Important or chronic Medication
4. Flight Ticket
5. Tour money in US$
We will arrive in Hong Kong around 21:30 and depart 01:10 for Tel Aviv, Israel. (We will inform you if flight times change. The given information is correct at time of publishing on, 8 June 2019).
Tuesday, 21 April
Arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel @ 7:55am. After we have collected our luggage, we will travel north to the Galilee area. Visit the aqueduct of Caesarea. The Judaean port of Caesarea had no reliable source of freshwater when construction on the city began around 22 BC. King Herod had a raised aqueduct built to deliver fresh water from the springs near Shuni, around 16 kilometres north-east of Caesarea Maritima. Continue to Mount Carmel where Elijah challenged 450 prophets of Baal to a contest at the altar to determine whose deity was genuinely in control of the Kingdom of Israel. We travel to Nazareth Village where you will be able to immerse yourself in the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth. Nazareth Village is staffed by costumed natives of the city who guide you through a Parable Walk inspired by Jesus’ teachings. Along the way, sights and sounds include donkeys and goats roaming the hillside, women drawing water and baking bread, and men working the soil and shepherding. The sensory tour is woven around Biblical passages and is designed to make scriptures come to life. After a full day of sightseeing, we will check into our hotel in Tiberias. We will be staying at the King Solomon hotel. The King Solomon Hotel provides air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi access in the foyer. The view from our hotel over the Sea of Galilee is absolutely breathtaking! Dinner and overnight.
Wednesday, 22 April
After breakfast we will visit various sites around the Sea of Galilee. The Sea of Galilee is rich in memories of the three years of Jesus' ministry around its shores. Visit the ruins of Capernaum which in Jesus' time was a flourishing border town and was called "his own city" because of the frequency with which Jesus visited it and the mighty works he performed there. Visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish and the Chapel of the Primacy at Tabgha. We stop for a while on the Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5). Visit a 2000-year old fisherman's boat which was discovered not too long ago. The evening, we will experience the tranquillity of a sunset cruise on the Sea of Galilee. (Note: Cruise depends on the weather and therefore we do not include it in the tour price. Budget about US$25 p/p for the boat trip). Dinner and overnight.
Thursday, 23 April
After breakfast we make our way north towards Caesarea Philippi, one of the sources of the Jordan River. The original name for Caesarea Philippi was Panias. In 2 B.C. Herod the Great's son, Philip, named it Caesarea in honour of Augustus. Later it became known as Caesarea Philippi and it was probably destroyed by an earthquake in 363 A.D. In Matthew’s Gospel chapter 16 we are told about a very important teaching of Jesus Christ, how He would build His Church. Caesarea Philippi is in the northeast section of Israel called the Golan Heights and was near the ancient city of Dan. After lunch we travel back to Tiberias. For those who would like to be baptised in the Jordan River, this is your day! Please note that there is an additional $10 charge to be baptized. It is payable directly to the Yardenit Baptism site. The $15 is for the entrance fee, the renting of your baptismal clothes and towel. Dinner and overnight.
Friday, 24 April
Travel south towards Masada, an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau. It is located on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Herod the Great built palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. According to Josephus, the siege of Masada by troops of the Roman Empire at the end of the First Jewish–Roman War ended in the mass suicide of 960 people, the Sicarii rebels and their families hiding there. We will be going up the mountain with a cable car (price not included in the tour price as it is dependent on the weather. Budget around $30 p/p.) Travel to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on the face of the earth, over 400m below sea level. After our swim we will make our way towards beautiful Jerusalem. Upon arrival in Jerusalem, we will check-in at the Seven Arches Hotel. Set on top of the Mount of Olives, Seven Arches Hotel offers a stunning panoramic view of Jerusalem's Old City. Dinner and overnight.
Saturday, 25 April
Today is the Jewish Shabbat. Visit the Pools of Bethesda. The Gospel of John describes such a pool in Jerusalem, near the Sheep Gate, which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. It is associated with healing in Jesus’ day. The name of the pool is said to be derived from the Hebrew language and/or Aramaic language. Beth-hesda meaning either house of mercyor house of grace. Visit Notre Dame, a possible place where Jesus was flogged prior to His crucifixion and walk along the Via Dolorosa. Continue to the Garden Tomb. The Garden Tomb is a rock-cut tomb in Jerusalem which was unearthed in 1867 and is considered by many Scholars and Christians alike to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. Dinner and overnight.
Sunday, 26 April
Get up early to visit Temple Mount (depending on the security situation). This is where the Temple once stood. Enjoy a time of prayer at the Western wall after which we will continue to visit the ancient City of David, the place where King David lived and follow in the footsteps of the Kings and Prophets. Explore the subterranean passageways that aided the city’s conquerors. Descend to the hidden spring where kings were crowned and take a flashlight tour following the water flowing from Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Join this captivating and mysterious trek among the ancient shafts, walls and fortifications in the City of David, where Jerusalem was born. The tour includes entrance to the innovative three-dimensional movie at the City of David! Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations where Christ prayed on the night of his betrayal.
Monday, 27 April
Today we take a trip outside of Jerusalem. Today we visit Shiloh. Shiloh was an ancient city in Samaria. When the Israelites arrived in the land, they set up there the Tent of Meeting and the Ark stood there for 369 years. There Joshua and Eleazar divided the land among the tribes who had not yet received their allocation (Joshua 18:1–10) and dealt with the allocation of cities to the Levites (Joshua 21:1–8). According to 1 Samuel 1–3, Eli was the High Priest and his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas resided there. The young Samuel was dedicated by his mother Hannah there, to be raised by the high priest, and his own prophetic ministry is presented as having begun there. Samuel later anointed the beloved David as king. Late afternoon we return to Jerusalem, dinner and overnight.
Tuesday, 28 April
Visit Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust during the second world war. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of those who died; honouring Jews who fought against their Nazi oppressors and Gentiles who selflessly aided Jews in need. Dinner and overnight.
Wednesday, 29 April
Day off. This is our last full day in the land. Engage in the final day for shopping and walking around in the Old City of Jerusalem. The evening we will enjoy our last praise & worship session together, with communion. It’s now time to start packing for your return flight home.
Dinner and overnight.
Thursday, 30 April
After breakfast, we will make our way to the airport. Our tour is now over. A final time of prayer for the Land of Israel and its people. With thankful hearts we now rejoice with the Psalmist who wrote, "They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed but abideth forever". Psalm 125:1. Our flight departs 1:50 pm and will fly via Hong Kong to Auckland, New Zealand.
Friday, 1 May
Flight and transit in Hong Kong.
Saturday, 2 May
Arrive in Auckland.