Readers of Metro Voice will have an opportunity to visit the Promised Land of Israel with hosts Dwight and Anita Widaman. The tour, scheduled for Sept. 14 through 24th, includes both Old and New Testament sites, breathtaking scenery, excellent Bible teaching and great fellowship.
Have you dreamed of walking in the footsteps of Jesus? Did you ever think it possible to visit the site where God’s chosen people entered the Promised Land of Israel? Have you wondered if you could step back in time and wade through Hezekiah’s Tunnel or walk the ancient streets of Jerusalem as they were at the time of Jesus or visit his boyhood home of Nazareth and touch the actual village wine press he would have stomped grapes in as a teenager?
There are truly few places on earth that have the capacity to affect a life as does the Holy Land – Israel. Here you find a unique collision between the ancient and the future. From walking the avenues of modern Tel Aviv, to stepping onto the now uncovered street that Jesus walked upon or touching your hand in contemplative prayer on the Western Wall, the breath of culture and history represented in this land is absolutely staggering. You truly see God’s hand and movement through time.
To a person, you will hear the testimony that one returning from a journey to the Holy Land is forever changed. It is truer than those words can convey. The Bible now comes to life. You see clearly those things that only previously seemed veiled. You see in color what had been only black and white.
There is an abiding appreciation and connection to the promises of God, His chosen people, and the life and work of His Son Jesus Christ.
Join Dwight and Anita Widaman for a spectacular visit to the Holy Land and experience all this and more. We’ll be staying at some of the best 4-star hotels and eating the most exquisite cuisine.
The tour departs Kansas City (or your own city) Sept. 14 with a direct flight from Newark/New York International Airport.
Depart US and fly non-stop on United Airlines on their new 787 Dreamliner to Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv. International flights usually arrive the following day. Your flight will include dinner and breakfast, plus beverages. Bags are checked all the way through to Israel so you don’t have to lug them around the airports.
We will land mid-morning at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv where we will be met and greeted by a representative of Lipkin Tours who will welcome us to Israel and introduce us to our tour guide and coach driver.
We begin our adventure!
Leaving the airport we will experience the rolling hills and the coastal plain with our first stop in Caesarea for orientation and exploration. We’ll enjoy lunch then continue east to the summit of Mt Arbel for a breathtaking view of the entire Sea of Galilee and beyond into the Golan Heights.
Dinner, relaxation and fellowship and overnight in a Galilee Hotel.
Our day begins at Tzippori, a village with rich and diverse historical legacy. We will visit Nazareth Village a reconstructed Jewish village replicating the village that Jesus grew to manhood. Here you’ll see the actual wine press used in Nazareth while having lunch similar to the times of Jesus. We will stop at Mount Precipice where an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off a cliff after his bold proclamation in the Nazareth synagogue. We will continue to Mt. Carmel where the Prophet Elijah defeated the Priests of Baal (1 Kings 18:17-40). The next stop of the day will be to Megiddo, where the Jesus will return to earth and defeat the Antichrist (the “beast”) in the battle of Armageddon. The final stop of the day will be En Harod, Gideon’s Spring in Judges 7.
Overnight in Galilee Hotel
We will begin the day at Migdal, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene and visit the ancient synagogue she and Jesus attended for prayer. We then tour Tabgha, the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the feeding of the 5,000. Next, we visit the Mt of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. From there we will travel to Church of the Primacy, which marks the spot of Jesus’ reinstatement of Peter as chief among the Apostles. Following this we will enjoy lunch (included) at St. Peters Fish Restaurant along the shore of the Sea of Galilee! We continue to Capernaum, which in Jesus’ time was a flourishing border town. We continue to Korazim, a town cursed by Jesus, and view a grand basalt synagogue and the only “Seat of Moses” ever found. From there we will visit Kursi – an archaeological site containing the ruins of a Byzantine monastery and
identified by tradition as the site of Jesus’ “Miracle of the Swine“. We will end the day by enjoying a boat ride from Ein Gev to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee–an experience you will never forget!
Overnight at Galilee hotel
Today we travel to Bet Shean, a biblically significant place in the battle of the Israelites and Philistines and later a Roman Decapolis city–now considered one of the best ancient Roman ruins outside Italy. We will then travel to Argaman and learn about a mysterious Israelite footprint structure that was discovered there. Our next stop will be Jericho, the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city. We will visit Taysir Saada, author of “Once an Arafat Man”, and hear his story from Islam to faith in Jesus and his establishing a Christian Center providing humanitarian aid and schooling for Palestinian children. Nearby is Kaser el Yehud, the very place the Jewish people crossed into the Promised Land of Israel and site of the immersion of Jesus. We will end the day in Genesis Land for a traditional Bedouin dinner and hospitality and be taken back to the Biblical times of Abraham.
Check-in and overnight at 4-star Jerusalem Hotel
Today we will tour the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. We start in the City of David excavations. Directly below we enter the astounding Hezekiah’s Tunnel ending 1800 ft. at the newly discovered Pool of Siloam. We will walk “underground” the Herodian canal stairway ascending to the Southern Wall of the outer walls of the Temple. A short walk takes us to the Jewish Quarter to tour the Temple Institute where we will view the temple vessels, furniture, garments & history and learn how preparations have been made for Jesus’ coming in anticipation of
the rebuilding of the Third Temple. We will then visit the Burnt House belonging to Priests that stood in the Temple times with a wonderful media presentation that will take us into the fiery story culminating with the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem. We then make our way to the
Kotel (Western Wall) Tunnels for the unveilings of the underground stones, streets
and storefronts that Jesus walked on and passed from the Temple times. It’s like an underground city!
Overnight at Jerusalem Hotel
We will begin the day at Yad Vashem, the World’s Holocaust Remembrance Center. Next, we will visit the Friends of Zion Museum, which explores the restoration of the Jewish homeland and non-Jews who had a role in its creation. We will visit Machane Yehuda–Jerusalem’s big bustling market where we will see ordinary Israeli Jews and their preparations for Shabbat in full swing. We will then welcome in Shabbat at the Kotel enjoying the atmospheric prayers and song and a Shabbat dinner and service.
Overnight in Jerusalem
We will begin our day on the Mt of Olives visiting the Ascension Chapel, Pater Noster and Dominus Flavit: important sites in the Life of Jesus. Our next stop will be the Garden of Gethsemane which is at the foot of the Mt. of Olives. We will then visit Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu – an ancient church located on the Caiaphas House on the eastern slope of Mount Zion. Following this we will visit Kishle, the newly identified authentic place of the Trial of Jesus. We end the day at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – the traditional site of both the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. We will then visit the Garden Tomb.
Overnight at Jerusalem hotel
Upon arriving in the Dead Sea, we will ride cable cars to the top of Masada, King Herod’s fortress palace in the Judean Desert. We will see with our own eyes the
remnants of the Zealots who stayed the Romans for three years during the Jewish Revolt that resulted in the deaths of over 400,000 and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. We will then hike through the beautiful Ein Gedi nature reserve, where King David hid from King Saul (Samuel 1 23:29) and view the very same landscape and waterfalls (you can even wade in). We will visit Qumran and
our final stop of the day will be to the Dead Sea to enjoy a swim and float in the relaxing waters.
Overnight at Jerusalem hotel
Today we will tour Samaria. Our first stop of the day will be Bethel to visit the site of Jacob’s Dream of The Ladder. From there we will proceed to Ancient Shiloh, the site where the Tabernacle stood for 369 years and what was once the center of Jewish life. We will then make our way to Mount Gerizim to learn about the Mt of Blessing and enjoy the lookout viewing Shechem,
Jacob’s Well and Joseph’s Tomb. We will travel to Ancient Jaffa and visit the ancient port where Jonah set off in the ancient Biblical story and discuss Peter’s vision.
We end the day with Farewell dinner (included) and departure to the US
On your flight home, which again includes dinner and breakfast, you’ll have time to reflect on the wonderful trip and give thanks to the Lord for the opportunity to visit the Holy Land.
Arrival at Newark International and connecting flights to your home city.
Cost and what’s included
Considering a spiritual and educational journey to this amazing place evokes serious reflection and thought. There are costs to consider, time to commit and soul searching to be done. But this is the Holy Land where God walked in the form of the man – Jesus.
All of these surely work together for the good, for the reward of such travel is a deep stirring of the soul – something that is difficult to measure in mere human terms.
It is possible and we want to help make it a reality for our friends, family and readers of Metro Voice.
The land portion of the 11-day trip is just $2595.
Land price includes:
- 9 exciting days of touring
- All entrance fees to sites including churches, national museums and archaeological digs special events and more!
- 8 nights (all lodging) 4-star hotels
- Air-conditioned premium travel coach
- Licensed tour guide
- Licensed coach driver (licensed through the Israeli government)
- All breakfasts
- All dinners
- Special St. Peter’s fish lunch overlooking the Galilee
- Genesis Land Bedouin dinner
- Last night farewell celebration dinner
- Tips for hotel, driver and tour guide
- Lunches (except for St. Peter’s Fish Restaurant)
- Flights. (We have secured a fantastic group rate round-trip from Kansas City reserved at $1495. It is regularly $1923). Flights from other cities may be similar and we can help you make changes. All flights will arrive in Newark/New York International for the direct flight to Israel. International flight is only 10 hours, 20 minutes long.
There is a $900 charge for a single room or you can choose to share a room if another solo traveler participates.
For more information and our special rates with United Airlines, call Dwight and Anita at 816-524-4522 or email dwight @ metrovoicenews.com. The tour of 30 people is currently full but we have started a waiting list for those interested should someone not be able to travel with us. If you would like more info contact us at 816-524-4522 and leave a message.
Prices based on 25 people.