Join Acadia Divinity College
for a

Journey of Discovery
in Israel and Palestine

with

Dr. Gardner, Dr. Robbins, and Dr. Wooden

June 8-19, 2019

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YOUR GUIDES

Dr. Harry Gardner

Dr. Harry Gardner

President and Dean of Theology
Abner J. Langley and Harold L. Mitton Professor of Church Leadership
Anna-Robbins-Promotional-Picture

Dr. Anna Robbins

Vice-President
Dr. Millard R. Cherry Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture
Glenn Wooden

Dr. Glenn Wooden

Payzant Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies

TOUR ITINERARY

Click the titles to read a detailed itinerary of that day. Note: Itinerary is subject to change per guide do to locale conditions

Day 1 - Saturday, June 8: Travel

Depart Canada.

Day 2 – Sunday, June 9: Arrival and Casearea Maritima

Arrive Israel. We begin our tour at Caesarea Maritima, where Herod built his capital to honour Caesar Augustus, Peter baptized the first Gentile convert, and Paul awaited his trial in Rome. Ruins include an amphitheater, a hippodrome, and an aqueduct. In the evening, after a time of worship together, walk the shore of the Mediterranean, swim in the pool, watch the sun set. Overnight at Leonardo Plaza hotel in Natanya.

Day 3 – Monday, June 10: Armageddon, Sepphoris, and Jesus’ home town; Peacemaking

We begin in the Jezreel Valley at Armageddon, “the hill of Megiddo”. This strategic city where Kings Ahaziah and Josiah died has over 20 layers of inhabitation, Canaanite sacrificial altar, an in-ground grain store, and in-ground water tunnel. Sepphoris contains impressive ruins of a city that was expanded in the time of Jesus, and is close to our next site, Nazareth, where we will visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary’s house. Then travel back to Nazareth Village to see re-creations of homes, a synagogue, and carpenter’s shop. Today we will also meet with the 2001 Israeli of the year, the Arab-Christian-Israeli Elias Chachour, to learn about peacemaking in Israel-Palestine. We will begin three nights at the Caesar Premier Hotel in Tiberias, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Day 4 – Tuesday, June 11: Hazor, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, and Masada of the North

Hazor is the ancient Canaanite city that became one of Solomon’s defensive cities on the northern border of his kingdom. We will enjoy a nature trail along the Dan spring a source of the Jordan River. At Dan view a gate from the time of Abraham and the site of one of Jeroboam’s altar worship centers. At Caesarea Philippi, see another headwater of the Jordan where Peter confessed “You are the Christ, the son of the living God!” Gamla, the “Masada of the North” has a gorgeous nature reserve for birds of prey.

Day 5 – Wednesday, June 12: On the shores of the Sea of Galilee

We will begin outside our hotel, with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Ginnosar, where we will view a recovered first-century fishing boat. Tabga is the traditional location for the feeding of the 5000, and where Jesus told Peter “feed my sheep”. At the Church of Beatitudes overlooking the traditional location of the Sermon on the Mount, we will worship in the beautiful gardens. At the fishing village Capernaum we will see what is probably the house of Simon (Peter), and the foundation of the synagogue where Jesus preached. Bethsaida, formerly on the lake shore, is the ancient capital of Geshur, home of Absalom’s mother, and home to the apostle Philip. Magdala was the prosperous hometown of Mary Magdalene, the first witness to the risen Jesus and it is the location of a synagogue from the time of Jesus, one of the earliest known synagogues.

Day 6 – Thursday, June 13: Saul, the Samaritan woman, and David

Travelling south to the Dead Sea, we visit Bet Shean, a hill-top city strategic to Egyptians and Canaanites, where the bodies of Saul and his sons were hung; with an impressive Roman city at the base of the mound. Travelling through the hills of Samaria, we will visit the ancient city of Samaria and Jacob’s well, where Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman. We will begin two nights on the shore of the Dead Sea, at Kibbutz En Gedi, where David hid from Saul. It boasts one of the best botanical gardens in the world.

Day 7 – Friday, June 14: Dead Sea Scrolls and the lowest city on earth; Sabbath

Qumran is the location of a community of the Essenes, and is one of the sources of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Jericho is famous as the oldest and lowest city in the world, and was home to Rahab, blind Bartimaeus, and Zacchaeus. Returning to En Gedi early, relax, swim in the Dead Sea, hike in the mountains; then join in Sabbath preparations with the En Gedi community.

Day 8 – Saturday, June 15: Masada, Herod, and invasions by Assyria and Babylon

We will ascend to Masada, overlooking the Dead Sea valley; a fortress for Herod the Great, where Zealots made a tragic stand against the Romans. Lacish was famous as the second, most fortified city in Judah; see the siege ramp used by Assyrians and Babylonians. At the Bethlehem Bible College hear from a professor about being an Arab Christians in Palestine. Begin two nights at the Angel Hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 9 – Sunday, June 16: Shepherds, the birth of Jesus

After worshipping with a congregation in Bethlehem, we will visit an olive wood store. The Shepherds’ Field is where the birth of Jesus was announced. The Basilica of the Nativity is revered as the birth place of Jesus. In the evening, we will be hosted for dinner by Christian families in Bethlehem; a memorable time to learn about the everyday life of Arab Christians.

Day 10 – Monday, June 17: The Temple, City of David, and Hezekiah’s Tunnel

The Temple Mount and the Western (“Wailing”) Wall are revered in both Judaism and Islam. At the Davidson Center Archaeological museum we will tour sites visited by Jesus and the apostles. In the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem we will see remains of Hezekiah’s Wall and of the Roman Cardo (main street). At the “City of David” we will see an early water tower, structures from the time of David and Solomon, and will walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel (or a dry, Canaanite tunnel) to the Pool of Siloam. Today we will also meet with an Orthodox Jew and an Islamic scholar. This will begin our last two nights, at the Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem.

Day 11 – Tuesday, June 18: Trimphal entry and Gethsemane; the Holocaust and Israel Museums

An early morning visit to the Church of the Holy Sepluchre, the traditional location of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus; then beginning at Bethphage, follow Jesus down the Mount of Olives on his walk to Jerusalem, stop at the Church of Pater Noster, dedicated to the Lord’s Prayer, the Church of Dominus Flevit, commemorating where Jesus wept over Jerusalem; the traditional Gethsemane. The Shrine of the Book displays Dead Sea Scrolls, and Yad Vashem is a solemn reminder of the Holocaust. At Gordon’s Golgotha and tomb, we will worship together. After dinner, we will visit the Israel Museum and see important artifacts from Biblical times.

Day 12 – Wednesday, June 19: Travel

Return to Canada

Optional Extension – Exploring Egypt & Route of the Exodus
June 19-24, 2019

Day 1 – Wed, June 19: Depart by bus from Israel to St. Catherine, Egypt. Overnight at St. Catherine.
Day 2 – Thursday, June 20: Mt Sinai climb (optional), St. Catherine Sightseeing, Travel to Cairo
Day 3 – Friday, June 21: Visit Fayum (farm lands; the Pyramid of Amenemhet III at Hawara), Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 4 – Saturday, June 22: Egypt museum; Coptic hanging church; Ben Ezra synagogue; Mohammed Ali Mosque. Flight to Luxor. Overnight in Luxor.
Day 5 – Sunday, June 23: Luxor, Valley of Kings and Queens, Karnak and Luxor Temple. Flight to Cairo. Overnight in Cairo
Day 6 – Monday, June 24: Return to Canada

Note: All Itinerary is subject to change per guide do to locale conditions

TOUR COST

Starting At

$3,468USD

from Halifax, Canada
YOUR ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICE INCLUDES
  • Basic Tour and Guided Sightseeing
  • Roundtrip International Airfare (Additional baggage and optional fees may apply; see brochure for details),
  • Fuel Surcharges and Government Taxes (Subject to Change),
  • Administration Fees,
  • Entrance Fees,
  • Hotel Gratuities and Program Fees,
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast and DInner,
  • Deluxe Motorcoaches and Driver Gratuities,
  • First Class Hotels, and much more!
* Additional Pricing Information
  • The initial deposit at time of registration, up to $600, may be paid by credit card, and the purchase of the travel insurance may be paid by credit card.
  • The advertised price contains the 4% discount on the price of the tour, and to qualify for the discount, all other payments must be in US dollars, whether by cheque, echeque, or money order.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION ADDITIONAL COST

Starting At

$1,098USD

YOUR ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICE INCLUDES
  • Basic Tour and Guided Sightseeing
  • International Airfare (Additional baggage and optional fees may apply; see brochure for details),
  • Fuel Surcharges and Government Taxes (Subject to Change),
  • Administration Fees,
  • Entrance Fees,
  • Hotel Gratuities and Program Fees,
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast and DInner,
  • Deluxe Motorcoaches and Driver Gratuities,
  • First Class Hotels, and much more!
* Additional Pricing Information
  • The initial deposit at time of registration, up to $600, may be paid by credit card, and the purchase of the travel insurance may be paid by credit card.
  • The advertised price contains the 4% discount on the price of the tour. To qualify for the discount, all other payments must be in US dollars, whether by cheque, echeque, or money order.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT INFORMATION

All payments are made to the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies. The brochure prices are based on “cash” payments (options are listed below). Credit Card payment will incur a 4% charge.

Registration may be done by:

  1. Mail: the form is on the back page of the brochure, and payment may be made by US$ cheque or US$ money order;
  2. Phone: call Guest Services on the toll-free number (888-431-7902; ext 590) to register and pay with a credit card;
  3. Online: fill in the information and pay the deposit by various means (see below).

 

Notes and advice for registering:

  1. Online registration includes an opportunity to pay the deposit at the end. Online payments are made through PayPal, however, one does not need a PayPal account
  2. The deposit and the travel insurance may be made by credit card without incurring the extra 4% fee, but all other payments must be in “cash” (see below).
  3. Purchase travel insurance. There are many options for this, but the Educational Opportunities Company (the parent company) travel insurance is comprehensive and covers everything—cancellation, medical, other emergencies at home and on tour, etc. It is more comprehensive than most any other such insurance, including coverage for people with pre-existing conditions (the information is online). AND, if you purchase the insurance and the tour is cancelled for some reason, your money is easily refunded (see the brochure for details).
  4. Be sure that your passport will be valid for 6 months from the date of arriving in Israel.
  5. Non-US citizens: the online registration form asks if you are a US citizen. AND, right beside that is a small checkbox often missed by people; you much read what is there and check the box if you are not a US citizen.
  6. If you are not a US or Canadian citizen, determine if you need an entry tourist visa for Israel (or Egypt, if travelling there).

 

When paying the deposit for online registrations, there are two choices:

  1. At the end of registering you will be given an opportunity to make your deposit. You will be directed to PayPal’s website, however, you do not need a Paypal account. Underneath the login to Paypal Account, there is the option to “Pay with Debit or Credit card”, as a guest. It will ask for the credit card info and billing address, and it does ask for a phone number and email, but they will not call the phone number, and the email is just to send the payment confirmation receipt to.
  2. After registering online, you may pay by phone. However, you must wait until the next day, to allow the registration to appear in the company database. Call Guest Services on the toll-free number (888-431-7902; ext 590) and to use your credit card.
    You will receive quicker service if you call right when they open at 9 am (8 am in Florida), or between 8 pm and midnight (7-11pm Eastern).

 

For all other payments, in order to pay the advertised US$ prices, payments must be by one of three methods:

  1. E-cheque: If you have a PayPal account, you can link an online chequing account from your bank OR deposit money to your PayPal balance; then send an e-cheque through PayPal. ($2.99 charge)
    NOTE: This is not the same as using PayPal to securely send money from your credit card, which will add a 2.99% percentage increase.
  2. US$ Cheque: Have a US money chequing account with a bank in the US, or one that has US branches (BMO, Scotia Bank, and others, for example) and send it by mail;
  3. US$ Money order: Go to a bank or post office and get a US money order to send by mail.

Please refer to the tour brochure for further important information.