12 Days Biblical Turkey and Israel Tour

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12 Days of Biblical Tour Turkey and Israel

Day 1 Wednesday
Overnight Flight to Istanbul

Day 2 Thursday
Istanbul / Canakkale /  Troy / Canakkale

After breakfast we begin our scenic drive to Gallipoli, a pleasant drive that takes us through the European (Thracian) lands of Turkey. Cross over the Dardanes by fery boat. Arrive to the ancient city of Troy (Acts 16:8-11, cp. 2 Cor. 2:12-13, Acts 20:6-12, 2 Tim. 4:13), with its 4,000-year old history which recalls the epic struggle of the Iliad, Overnight in the area of Troy. Dinner and overnight at Tusan Hotel, 4 Star or similar. (L-D)

Day 3 Friday
Canakkale / Pergamon / Izmir
After breakfast we begin our drive towards the Aegean and Izmir. Along the way we will stop at the hauntingly beautiful Pergamum (Rev. 1:11; 2:12) where the first Christian was put to death by the Roman state. Visit the site, ancient ruins of the Asclepion an ancient medical health center, the Red Basilica, which was built for the Egyptian gods and goddess during the Roman era and it was converted into a Christian Basilica and dedicated to St. John during Byzantine era. We will visit the Acropol, the steepest theatre of the ancient world, the Temple of Trojan, and the Library. We continue on to Izmir for dinner and overnight. Dinner and overnight at Ramada Plaza Izmir Hotel, 4 Star or similar. (B-L-D)

Day 4 Saturday
Izmir / Ephesus / Izmir
After breakfast drive to Ephesus, famous for its Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We travel to the nearby town of Selcuk for a visit to the Basilica of St. John, housing an immersion baptismal and believed to be resting place of John. From here we have an excellent overview of the Ephesus harbor and the Temple of Artemis, completed in its most famous phase around 550 BC and listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You will also visit the ruins of Council Church also known as Mary’s Church, within the Ephesus ruins, where 2 very important early Christianity was held. Next, we travel a short distance down the hill to visit the Mosque of Jesus (Jesus is a respected prophet to Muslims). A wealth of artifacts awaits us at the nearby Museum of Ephesus. We spend the remainder of our day in Ephesus (Acts 18:19-24; 19:1-35; 20:16-17; 21:29, I Cor. 15:32; 16:8, I Tim. 1:3 II Tim. 1:18; 4:12, Rev. 1:11, 2:1), the city of the Bible and one of the largest restorations still in progress with miles of ancient treasures. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of 250,000 people. Today you can still see the spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient city where we view the Library, Agora, theatre, colorful mosaics, a panoramic view of the surrounding ancient port area including a wealth of church history and cultural insight. Dinner and overnight at Ramada Plaza Izmir Hotel, 4 Star or similar. (B-L-D)
 

Day 5 Sunday
Izmir / Istanbul / Tel-Aviv 
After breakfast we will drive to the Adnan Menderes Airport to catch our morning flight to Istanbul.  Upon our arrival in Istanbul we will transfer to our connection flight to Ben Gurion Airport where you will be met and assisted by our IBMT - Holyland Tours representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Dinner and overnight in Tel-Aviv. If time permits, stroll and explore the shops and cafes of Tel Aviv, known as "The city that never sleeps" (B-D)

Day 6 Monday
Caesaria / Muhraka / Megiddo / Haifa / Acre
Following a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast (which you will enjoy each morning prior to departing for your day of touring), depart Tel Aviv. Drive north along the coastal plain on your way to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. (In AD 6 Judea became part of a larger Roman province, called Iudaea, which was formed by combining Judea proper (biblical Judah) with Samaria and Idumea, biblical Edom). Visit the excavations of this ancient city, the Roman theater and aqueduct. Proceed to Muhraka, the site of confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal; enjoy the spectacular view of the Jezreel valley and the lower Galilee. Continue to Megiddo (1 Kings 4. 28, 9,15, 2 Kings 23, 29 & Revel.16.16), identified as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations at Megiddo, including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to the beautiful port city of Haifa, nestled on the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the world famous Persian Gardens at the Bahai Temple. From Haifa, drive to Acre (Micah 1.10), capital of the Crusaders for more than a century. Visit the ancient city and harbour before continuing eastwards across the beautiful plains of the Galilee to Kibbutz hotel Lavi, for dinner and overnight. (B-D)

Day 7 Tuesday
Tiberias / Capernaum / Banias

After a short tour of the Kibbutz grounds you will enjoy a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, (Matthew 4:13, Matthew 13:54, Matthew 17:24, Luke 7, Mark 1:2, John 4:46 John 4:54) where it is believed to have been Jesus' home. Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha, the traditional site of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) in Christianity. Visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5,6,7,8), where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Banias Spring and Waterfall (Matt.16.13 and Mark 8.27), where Jesus was recognized as The Messiah by His Disciples. Tour the Golan Heights, with its beautiful valleys, captivating grazing land and snow capped mountains. Return to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.(B-D)


Day 8 Wednesday
Cana / Nazareth / Beit Shean
Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine (John 2:1 John 2:11).. Continue to Nazareth (Luke 1:26, Luke 4:16 Luke 4:29, Matthew 2:23) Visit the Church of Annunciation, St. Joseph's workshop and Mary's well ("The spring of the Virgin Mary" is reputed to be located at the site where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear the Son of God). Continue on to Yardenit, the baptismal site along the Jordan river; You will Visit Beit She'an, a newly excavated city, and visit the Roman theater. Ancient Beit She'an is one of the most impressive Roman and Byzantine sites in Israel. Enjoy an evening ride along the beautiful Jordan river, passing Jericho as well on our way to the golden city Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.(B-D)

Day 9 Thursday
Jerusalem: Old City

Today we visit the Old City of Jerusalem. Our appreciation of this Golden City begins with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives, overlooking the walls of the old city and the ancient Jewish cemetery. Enter the Old City to begin exploring the wonders of Jerusalem. Visit the Church of all Nations, which is also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony, a Roman Catholic church located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane. It enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. (Mark 14:32-42). Walk through the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. View the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Take a spiritual walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried His Cross. Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Matt. 27. 33-57, 28.10). No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a exploring the colorful Arab bazaar (a chance to test your negotiating skills). Visit the Garden Tomb that is considered by some Christians to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.(B-D)

Day 10 Friday 
Jerusalem: Ein Karem / New City of Bethlehem
Today you will get an appreciation of the new city of Jerusalem and its beautiful sites... Visit the model of ancient Jerusalem. Proceed to Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953. Enter the site by walking along the Street of the Righteous Gentiles, dedicated to the non-Jews that risked their lives in order to save their Jewish neighbors. Continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptists (Luke 1.39-80). This Spanish style church and Mary's well is where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth. Visit the city of Bethlehem to view the Church of the Nativity. The church was originally commissioned in 327 AD by Constantine and his mother Helena over the site that is still traditionally considered to be located over the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. Conclude the day with dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.(B-D)

Day 11 Saturday
Qumeran / Dead Sea / Masada
Morning departure to Qumran, the location where the Dead Sea scrolls where found in 1947 by a Bedouin boy. Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to your next destination Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the second temple in 70 A.D. Ascend 1500 feet to Masada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod's palace. Descend by cable car. If Time and weather permits, you will have the opportunity to Float in the Dead Sea. Its surface and shores are 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land.Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B-D)

Day 12 Sunday
Depart Tel Aviv
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before check out and transfer to the airport for your departure back home.
Aboard the transatlantic flight, with time to think about your exciting visit and memories for lifetime, you can start planning your next visit to Israel! Arrive back home the same day.(B)

 


DAY 1 Wednesday

Overnight Flight to Istanbul


DAY 2 Thursday

ISTANBUL / CANAKKALE / TROY / CANAKKALE

After breakfast we begin our scenic drive to Gallipoli, a pleasant drive that takes us through the European (Thracian) lands of Turkey. Cross over the Dardanes by fery boat. Arrive to the ancient city of Troy (Acts 16:8-11, cp. 2 Cor. 2:12-13, Acts 20:6-12, 2 Tim. 4:13), with its 4,000-year old history which recalls the epic struggle of the Iliad, Overnight in the area of Troy. Dinner and overnight at Tusan Hotel, 4 Star or similar. (L-D)


DAY 3 Friday

CANAKKALE / PERGAMON / IZMIR

After breakfast we begin our drive towards the Aegean and Izmir. Along the way we will stop at the hauntingly beautiful Pergamum (Rev. 1:11; 2:12) where the first Christian was put to death by the Roman state. Visit the site, ancient ruins of the Asclepion an ancient medical health center, the Red Basilica, which was built for the Egyptian gods and goddess during the Roman era and it was converted into a Christian Basilica and dedicated to St. John during Byzantine era. We will visit the Acropol, the steepest theatre of the ancient world, the Temple of Trojan, and the Library. We continue on to Izmir for dinner and overnight. Dinner and overnight at Ramada Plaza Izmir Hotel, 4 Star or similar. (B-L-D)


DAY 4 Saturday

DAY 4 Saturday

IZMIR / EPHESUS / IZMIR

After breakfast drive to Ephesus, famous for its Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We travel to the nearby town of Selcuk for a visit to the Basilica of St. John, housing an immersion baptismal and believed to be resting place of John. From here we have an excellent overview of the Ephesus harbor and the Temple of Artemis, completed in its most famous phase around 550 BC and listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You will also visit the ruins of Council Church also known as Mary’s Church, within the Ephesus ruins, where 2 very important early Christianity was held. Next, we travel a short distance down the hill to visit the Mosque of Jesus (Jesus is a respected prophet to Muslims). A wealth of artifacts awaits us at the nearby Museum of Ephesus. We spend the remainder of our day in Ephesus (Acts 18:19-24; 19:1-35; 20:16-17; 21:29, I Cor. 15:32; 16:8, I Tim. 1:3 II Tim. 1:18; 4:12, Rev. 1:11, 2:1), the city of the Bible and one of the largest restorations still in progress with miles of ancient treasures. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of 250,000 people. Today you can still see the spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient city where we view the Library, Agora, theatre, colorful mosaics, a panoramic view of the surrounding ancient port area including a wealth of church history and cultural insight. Dinner and overnight at Ramada Plaza Izmir Hotel, 4 Star or similar. (B-L-D)


DAY 5 Sunday

IZMIR / ISTANBUL / TEL AVIV

After breakfast we will drive to the Adnan Menderes Airport to catch our morning flight to Istanbul.  Upon our arrival in Istanbul we will transfer to our connection flight to Ben Gurion Airport where you will be met and assisted by our IBMT - Holyland Tours representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Dinner and overnight in Tel-Aviv. If time permits, stroll and explore the shops and cafes of Tel Aviv, known as "The city that never sleeps" (B-D)


DAY 6 Monday

CAESARIA / MUHRAKA / MEGIDDO / HAIFA / ACRE

Following a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast (which you will enjoy each morning prior to departing for your day of touring), depart Tel Aviv. Drive north along the coastal plain on your way to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. (In AD 6 Judea became part of a larger Roman province, called Iudaea, which was formed by combining Judea proper (biblical Judah) with Samaria and Idumea, biblical Edom). Visit the excavations of this ancient city, the Roman theater and aqueduct. Proceed to Muhraka, the site of confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal; enjoy the spectacular view of the Jezreel valley and the lower Galilee. Continue to Megiddo (1 Kings 4. 28, 9,15, 2 Kings 23, 29 & Revel.16.16), identified as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations at Megiddo, including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to the beautiful port city of Haifa, nestled on the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the world famous Persian Gardens at the Bahai Temple. From Haifa, drive to Acre (Micah 1.10), capital of the Crusaders for more than a century. Visit the ancient city and harbour before continuing eastwards across the beautiful plains of the Galilee to Kibbutz hotel Lavi, for dinner and overnight. (B-D)


DAY 7 Tuesday

DAY 7 Tuesday

TIBERIA / CAPERNAUM / BANIAS

After a short tour of the Kibbutz grounds you will enjoy a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, (Matthew 4:13, Matthew 13:54, Matthew 17:24, Luke 7, Mark 1:2, John 4:46 John 4:54) where it is believed to have been Jesus' home. Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha, the traditional site of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) in Christianity. Visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5,6,7,8), where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Banias Spring and Waterfall (Matt.16.13 and Mark 8.27), where Jesus was recognized as The Messiah by His Disciples. Tour the Golan Heights, with its beautiful valleys, captivating grazing land and snow capped mountains. Return to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.(B-D)


DAY 8 Wednesday

CANA / NAZARETH / BEIT SHEAN

Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine (John 2:1 John 2:11).. Continue to Nazareth (Luke 1:26, Luke 4:16 Luke 4:29, Matthew 2:23) Visit the Church of Annunciation, St. Joseph's workshop and Mary's well ("The spring of the Virgin Mary" is reputed to be located at the site where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear the Son of God). Continue on to Yardenit, the baptismal site along the Jordan river; You will Visit Beit She'an, a newly excavated city, and visit the Roman theater. Ancient Beit She'an is one of the most impressive Roman and Byzantine sites in Israel. Enjoy an evening ride along the beautiful Jordan river, passing Jericho as well on our way to the golden city Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.(B-D)


DAY 9 Thursday

DAY 9 Thursday

JERUSALEM: OLD CITY

Today we visit the Old City of Jerusalem. Our appreciation of this Golden City begins with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives, overlooking the walls of the old city and the ancient Jewish cemetery. Enter the Old City to begin exploring the wonders of Jerusalem. Visit the Church of all Nations, which is also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony, a Roman Catholic church located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane. It enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. (Mark 14:32-42). Walk through the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. View the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Take a spiritual walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried His Cross. Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Matt. 27. 33-57, 28.10). No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a exploring the colorful Arab bazaar (a chance to test your negotiating skills). Visit the Garden Tomb that is considered by some Christians to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.(B-D)


DAY 10 Friday

DAY 10 Friday

JERUSALEM: EIN KAREM / NEW CITY OF BETHLEHEM

Today you will get an appreciation of the new city of Jerusalem and its beautiful sites... Visit the model of ancient Jerusalem. Proceed to Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953. Enter the site by walking along the Street of the Righteous Gentiles, dedicated to the non-Jews that risked their lives in order to save their Jewish neighbors. Continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptists (Luke 1.39-80). This Spanish style church and Mary's well is where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth. Visit the city of Bethlehem to view the Church of the Nativity. The church was originally commissioned in 327 AD by Constantine and his mother Helena over the site that is still traditionally considered to be located over the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. Conclude the day with dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.(B-D)


DAY 11 Saturday

DAY 11 Saturday

QUMERAN / DEAD SEA / MASADA

Morning departure to Qumran, the location where the Dead Sea scrolls where found in 1947 by a Bedouin boy. Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to your next destination Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the second temple in 70 A.D. Ascend 1500 feet to Masada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod's palace. Descend by cable car. If Time and weather permits, you will have the opportunity to Float in the Dead Sea. Its surface and shores are 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land.Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B-D)


DAY 12 Sunday

DEPART TEL AVIV

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before check out and transfer to the airport for your departure back home. Aboard the transatlantic flight, with time to think about your exciting visit and memories for lifetime, you can start planning your next visit to Israel! Arrive back home the same day.(B)


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•    Hotel accommodation at specified selected hotel or similar 
•    Sightseeing tours as per above itinerary 
•    Entrance fees of the specified museums in the itinerary
•    Specified meals
•    Transportation by A/C deluxe vehicle 
•    English  speaking professional tour guide 
•    Tips to hotels, restaurants 
•    Local Taxes    
•    Sharing Transfers on arrival & departure (from/to Ben Gurion Airport)

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•    International & Domestic flight tickets
•    Drinks and meals which are not listed in the itinerary
•    All personal expenses
•    Tips to the tour guide and driver.
•    Insurance
•    Personal extras on meals not mentioned above

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For years, it had been a deep desire of mine to lead a group of pilgrims to the Holy Land.  I’m not sure how it happened (perhaps the grace of God), but I ended up working with Israel Biblical Mission Tours (IBMT) and specifically Ornan Sharaby.   Because I had never led a group like this before, I needed guidance.  Ornan and his team were wonderfully helpful.  They answered all my questions, and never seemed irritated when I called or emailed with what some might have considered a “Silly question.”  Then, when it was close to departure time, I had some apprehensions.  Ornan assured me that he had taken care of everything.  On the day of our departure, we (a group of 27) had no issues whatsoever.  As predicted, everything was “Taken care of.”  The ...

Pastor Stan Patterson

Dear Brother Ornan and Brother Thomas,

We, KBCUSA had a wonderful time with IBMT Holy Land Tour in November 2014. It was really great joy for our group, the members of Karen Baptist Churches USA. You have fulfilled our great expectation to visit the Holy Land. We all appreciate for your well arrangement for excellent hotels, Tours and the tour guide and the drivers as well. Especially we appreciate for your kind arrangement from Canada even we were on the Tour in Israel and the warmly and kind assists of Mr. Thomas Portmann who taking care of us as his family. We really enjoy the trip with IBMT. And this year, we will be going to Israel with your Tour again. I would like to invite you to visit and present about the upcoming tour at our KBCUSA annual meeting which will be held in Buffalo in July 23...

Pastor Htoo

My trip to the Holy Land Israel

It is a dream trip is a desired journey, but God is the one who knows when your turn is and when is your time. Since I was at a young age I always wanted to know the world. I thought where Jesus was born, my love for God and my faith; it grew and grew inside of me and with it to know the steps of Jesus. I dreamed about knowing of what I have always heard where Jesus was born, where the Angel Gabriel came to the Virgin Mary and to know where Jesus was born and suffered so much on his way with the cross. Well my dream came true and even more because I received a wonderful grace of the Lord that I know that everyone that visit those distant and blessed lands of the lord ...

Yris Jimenez - New Jersey

Dear Thomas:

It was my intention to write to you upon returning from Israel, to tell you how awesome and wonderful the tour turned out to be.

Thomas, I am still in awe of the modernity and beauty of Israel , even though I know that my level of enjoyment and excitement there could have been much less were my cousin and I not fortunate enough to have the intelligence, knowledgeable and dedicated tour guide that Doron Kaufman was / is. I took a total of 1,750 photos; I will be making a photobook from them.

About our guide Doron — He was always pleasant (smiling) and caring, the best tour guide I have ever experienced. His impartation of what he knows about Israel is in its own ilk and he made every trip seem special.

It will interest you to know that I&...

Minnel M Porter

I apologize for not writing to you earlier and letting you know we had a wonderful time in our Holyland Tour to Israel!
Thank you and for IBMT – Holyland Tours for all of your help and patience in helping us plan this amazing trip. We will remember it forever!

Nury

I was very pleased with Ornan arraigning my trip to the Holy Land Upon my arrival in a foreign country, I was greeted by the ist ground contact at the airport with a sign with my name
I was presented with a welcome package with a cap & an itinerary of my tour. A taxi was arranged for drive to my hotel, had a slight concern at the hotel, made a phone call
to our Israel contact, it was corrected immediately.

Our tour guide was English speaking, he was very knowledgeable in all of the sites we visited. At the arrival & departure to every sites we were showed to the washrooms.Before we started the tours to the sites we were first taken aside & given a history of what we were about to explore.Our tour guide Hilik Silfin is an excellent guide ...

Kam Mohammed - Mississauga, Canada

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