The Israel Experience!
November 2-12, 2020
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 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, worship in the Garden of Gethsemane, and much more. Please give us the privilege of sharing this experience with you.
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TOUR
- Round-trip airfare from New York
- First class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily
- Deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoaches
- Visits to major Biblical sites
- Comprehensive sightseeing per the itinerary
- Professional, Bible-trained guides
- Ride in a replica of ancient wooden boats on the Sea of Galilee
DAY 1 — USA to Tel Aviv
Depart from Oklahoma City on our flight to Tel Aviv. Meals and overnight on board. After dinner, relax and enjoy the on-board entertainment.
DAY 2 — TEL AVIV
Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport and meet our guide who will welcome us to the Land of the Bible and escort us throughout our stay in Israel. Israeli guides are legendary for their knowledge and dedication. Ours will instruct us on the many sites we will visit and their relationship to the religion, history, archaeology, culture, and modern life in Israel. Time permitting, we will visit Old Jaffa, the traditional home of Simon the Tanner and the port from which Jonah sailed. Dinner and overnight at our hotel on the coast.
DAY 3 — CAESAREA • MT CARMEL • MEGIDDO • TIBERIAS
Refreshed from a good night’s sleep you may wish to stroll the beach before a full Israeli buffet breakfast. Today, we pass through the fast-growing towns and farms of the Plain of Sharon enroute to Caesarea, site of major events in the lives of Peter and Paul. Proceed to Acco (Acre) and visit the Crusader fortress. It’s on to Megiddo, the spiration for James Michener’s “The Source”, and prophesied site of Armageddon. 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, at the crossroads of the ancient Via Maris. We drive through the Jezreel Valley and visit Mt. Carmel and the place where Eijah slew the prophets of Baal. On to Sepphoris, the former Roman capital of the Galilee and the famous seat of the Sanhedrin, the ancient Jewish ruling council, in the second century C.E. Sepphoris is comprised of a Crusader fortress, a Roman amphitheater, and numerous impressive mosaics. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
DAY 4 — SEA OF GALILEE • GOLAN HEIGHTS
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 will visit an ancient boat believed to be from Jesus’ time found in the Sea of Galilee in 1986. We walk into old Capernaum with the ancient synagogue; on to the site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Tabgha), the Sermon on the Mount and the Mount of Beatitudes. You will have an opportunity for a lunch of St. Peter’s fish (optional.) In the afternoon we will journey north to Caesarea Phillipi (Banias Spring) where Peter confessed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16.) Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
DAY 5 — NORTHERN GALILEE
Today we will journey to Hazor originally conquered by Joshua in the 13th C.B.C. King Solomon began reconstruction here and King Ahab erected a magnificent palace here as well. Proceed to the mystical city of Safed, high up overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Walk the quaint cobblestone streets and visit the famous artists quarter. Continue through the rolling hills of the Galilee to Nazareth, site of Mary’s Well, and Cana, site of His first miracle. Also visit the Nazareth Village, an accurate, full-scale recreation of first-century Nazareth, including homes, storage caves and a synagogue, set on the last remaining field that was farmed by Nazareth villagers at the time of Jesus. Restoration of farm site and construction of village were done with first-century building techniques. Return to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6 – JORDAN VALLEY • DEAD SEA
Drive along the Jordan Valley to Beit She’an to see the expansive excavations taking place at this ancient Roman Decapolis city. Stop at Gideon’s Spring where Gideon selected his soldiers to do battle against the Midianites. Continue driving south to Jericho, oldest known walled city, for a view of Mt. Temptation and Mt. Nebo, from where Moses looked upon the Holyland. Proceed to the Dead Sea. Go for a swim, rather a “float”, in the salted waters of the Dead Sea. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment at Europe’s favorite spa’s here at the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea.
DAY 7 – MASADA • DEAD SEA • QUMRAN • JERUSALEM
Depart 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. Visit Ein Gedi, fabled Spring of David, and proceed to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. It’s now time to “go up” to Jerusalem. We will enter the city 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.) Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 8 – JERUSALEM • BETHLEHEM
Start the day with a magnificent view of the Old City from the top of the Mt. of Olives. Take the “Palm Sunday Walk” to the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations and drive across 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. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, into the Christian Quarter, and see the Stations of the Cross. Drive to Mt. Zion to see the House of Caiaphas and the Upper Room of the Last Supper. We will visit Bethlehem and see Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity, and view Shepherds’ Fields and the Fields of Boaz and Ruth. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 9 – JERUSALEM
We will begin the day with a visit to the reconstructed Jewish Quarter, walk through the Cardo, the original Roman street and see the amazing remains of the massive wall built by King Hezekiah. See the important excavations taking place at the Western Wall and the Southern Temple Staircase. Visit the Davidson Center and archaeological park. Also, visit the City of David (or the Ophel) which was the Jebusite city that David had conquered. Since that part of Jerusalem remained in use almost up to current times, it is hard to find much that can be attributed to David. However, some believe that David built a citadel with his palace just to the north outside the walls of the Jebusite city. On to the Temple Mount, where Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac. See the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque that now stands there. Visit the scale model of Jerusalem as it looked in the first century A.D. End the afternoon at Golgotha (Gordon’s Calvary) and the empty Garden Tomb. Special time is planned for worship, communion, meditation, and inspiration. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 10 – JERUSALEM
Today is at leisure for shopping or visiting other sites in Jerusalem. Some may choose to revisit the Western Wall Tunnel. Or Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. You may want to visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed or the recently opened Bible Lands Museum. This evening we will share in a Farewell Dinner and the presentation of a Certificate of Pilgrimage to each tour participant.
DAY 11 – ISRAEL • USA
Early this morning we transfer to the airport. Our guide will assist us with check-in procedures. Depart on our flight to Oklahoma City. We arrive home today with wonderful memories of a visit to the Land of the Bible!
PRICE PER PERSON FROM OKLAHOMA CITY
$4384 Cash Discount ($4582 Credit card)
(Note: This is a custom tour and the cost quoted above is based on a minimum No. of 30 adult
participants. Should tour membership fall below this number, the tour operator reserves the right to re-cost the program.)
All airfares are subject to change.
- Round trip jet economy class.
- First Class Hotels. Accommodations based on two persons sharing a room.
- Full buffet breakfast & dinner daily.
- Transfers by private motor coach including a qualified, licensed English-speaking guide
- Porterage for one suitcase per person not to exceed 50 pounds.
- Airport taxes & airline fuel surcharges of $650 per person, subject to change.
- Love offering for guides, driver, restaurant staff and housekeeping staff.
The cost of obtaining a U.S. passport, meals or beverages other than specified, insurance, items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, etc.
RESERVATIONS: A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person is required by to make a reservation. Balance due on August 1, 2020. No part of the tour payments are transferable to any other passenger.
91 days prior to departure an administrative fee of $200 will be charged; 90-60 days prior to departure a $450 fee will be charged;
59-46 days prior to departure a $850 fee will be charged; 45-31 days before departure are subject to a charge of 40% of the total tour cost; 30-0 days before departure are subject to a charge of 100% of the total tour cost.
SPECIAL NOTE: Allianz Insurance Plan payment must be received no later than your final tour payment, or it will not be accepted. The Allianz Insurance Plan is not in force until the premium is received.
VALIDITY: Prices are based on airfares, tariffs and rates of exchange effective 6/12/19 All airfares are subject to change.
RESPONSIBILITY: Friendship Tours and their agents act only in the capacity of agents for the passengers in all matters pertaining to hotel accommodations, sightseeing, tours and transportation, whether by air, railroad, motorcoach, steamship, boat or other means and, as such, hold themselves free of responsibility for any damage(s) from any cause(s) whatsoever. The tour operator will not be responsible for any damage, expense or inconvenience caused by late air, rail or boat arrivals or departures or by any change of schedules or other conditions; nor will they be responsible for the loss of, or damage to baggage or any article belonging to the passenger. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person traveling under our auspices. The carriers concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their plane or conveyance. The passenger contract used by the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/ or the passengers. "This brochure is issued on the sole responsibility of the Tour Operator. It is not issued on behalf and does not commit the airline mentioned therein or any airline whose services are used in the course of the tour." The Tour Operator and their agents and suppliers reserve the right to change the sequence of the itinerary to re-route, substitute or change certain site visits according to local conditions al the time of our stay. CST# 2069059-40 Printed 6/12/19
SIGN UP FOR THE ISRAEL EXPERIENCE!
Click on this link http://www.friendshiptours.com/book-a-trip/ Be sure to mention “ Bill Williams Group” in the hosted by column. This link will allow you to register for the tour, pay the deposit of $300 and purchase insurance all at once. Friendship Tours will send you a copy of the transactions.
Travelers may also purchase insurance when booking online or using this link https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/ ACCAM # F030632 is our ID number that is required when purchasing insurance. If the insurance is purchased within 14 days of paying your deposit, they receive an additional pre-existing conditions waiver coverage.
There is no extra charge to pay the $300 deposit by credit card. However, if the balance is paid by a credit card, the passengers will pay the higher cost shown on the brochure.
Contact: Jan Cox (405) 833 7513