ISRAEL TRIP

Bible lands tour
March 9-21, 2020

Imagine standing on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Imagine travelling through the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed on the night before going to the cross. Now stop imagining and make it a reality. Nothing substitutes the experience of seeing first hand the environment and places that are so significant for our faith. Hope City is planning a tour to Israel and Jordan and it would be great to have you join us for this adventure.

– Pastor Phil Kniesel

TESTIMONIALS

Walking where Jesus walked and getting a better sense of present day and biblical geography was a dream come true, very moving & helpful to this very day.
Making the trip with caring leaders, who had lived in the land & spoke the language added to the fun, security and wonder of it all.
Thank you Edan Tours for your careful planning, great accomodations & biblical education.

Gord & Marj Graham

We had the pleasure of taking part in the tour to the Holy Land and Jordan, with Danny and Edith Hogg in 2017. It was an amazing experience, well organized and very informative. We were so blessed that we were able to walk on the same land where Jesus walked and taught. We felt his presence in a special way. Jordan was also a spectacular country to visit. Danny and Edith had great knowledge of the land and history and the guide they had to accompany us to all the sites was very well learned in the Bible and very informative. We hope that we can this again someday.

Harvey and Eva Geisler

We had the opportunity to undertake the 13 – Day Israel and Jordon tour hosted by Danny and Edith Hogg. Without hesitation, we would say that the tour was well organized and thoughtfully planned with the major focus of providing a genuine biblical experience in a casual and fun-filled manner. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and broadened our spiritual horizons. Given our personal experiences, the sound leadership of the hosts, and the spiritual dimension of the tour, we would recommend this trip to anyone who would like to embrace such an opportunity.

Dennis and Sita

trip itinerary

13-Day Pilgrimage to Israel & Jordan

DAY 01 – MAR 09, 2020: DEPART CANADA / ENROUTE

Dinner and breakfast will be served in flight before arrival.

DAY 02 – MAR 10, 2020: ARRIVAL TEL AVIV

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, our representative will assist with the formalities before heading to our hotel near the Mediterranean.

DAY 03 – MAR 11, 2020: CAESAREA / HAIFA / TIBERIAS

Our first stop is Caesarea. Visit the remains of fortifications, amphitheater and water aqueducts. Continue to Haifa on the slopes of Mt Carmel. It is near here that Elijah challenged the priests of Baal. View of the Bahai Temple and Persian Gardens. Travel to Megiddo and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. Drive through Cana, where the first miracle of Jesus took place. Arrive in Tiberias in time for dinner.

DAY 04 – MAR 12, 2020: SEA OF GALILEE / GOLAN

Our day begins with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, the area where the Sermon on the Mount took place and where the multitudes were fed. A short drive takes you to Capernaum. We board a wooden boat for a cruise across the tranquil sea. After lunch, our motor coach takes us to Banyas on the slopes of Mt Hermon. Return to the hotel. An optional visit to a diamond factory may be arranged after Dinner. Overnight in Tiberias.

DAY 05 – MAR 13, 2020: TIBERIAS / MASADA / JERICHO / JERUSALEM

Driving down the Jordan Valley, descend to the Dead Sea. Continue towards the mountain fortress of Masada. Ascend by cable car and visit the remains of the site of the Jewish resistance against the Romans in 73 AD. Returning past Ein Gedi, we’ll see the caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Visit Jericho, Mount of Temptation, and Elisha’s Fountain before getting to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

DAY 06 – MAR 14, 2020: JERUSALEM OLD CITY

Drive to the Old City through St. Stephen’s Gate. Visit the Pool of Bethesda, the Ecce Homo Arch (Behold the Man) and walk the Via Dolorosa, the last route trodden by Christ when led to his crucifixion. The last Stations of the Cross are located within the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to the Jewish quarter and the Temple Area on Mt. Moriah. We will attempt to visit the Dome of the Rock, erected in 691 AD around the rock upon which Abraham intended to sacrifice his son Isaac. A visit is planned to the Western Wall. Balance of the day at leisure inside the Old City visiting or shopping. Return to the hotel for dinner.

DAY 07 – MAR 15, 2020: JERUSALEM NEW CITY / BETHLEHEM

Visit Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, then the miniature model of Jerusalem, the Shrine of the Book and then travel south of Jerusalem towards the mountain village of Bethlehem. Visit the Fields of the Shepherds, the Basilica of the Nativity and the chapel of the Holy Innocents located under the church of Saint Catherine. Lunch is included at a Restaurant near the Shepherds fields. Time for shopping in Bethlehem. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

DAY 08 – MAR 16, 2020: MOUNT OF OLIVES / NEW JERUSALEM

Morning Worship Service at the Garden Tomb. We visit the Mt. of Olives located on the eastern side across the Kidron Valley. It offers a magnificent view of the Old City, Temple area and Judean Hills. As you descend the Mount, visit the Church of Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit. At the foot of the mountain is the Garden of Gethsemane and the Rock of the Agony. Here Jesus prayed and was betrayed by Judas. Continue to Mt. Zion where the House of Caiaphas is located. Visit the Church of Saint Peter standing on the site. Here is where Jesus was taken from Gethsemane and held in a cell dungeon before being delivered to Pontius Pilate for Judgement. Return to the hotel for dinner.

DAY 09 – MAR 17, 2020: ALLENBY BRIDGE / WADI RUM / PETRA

Be prepared to start early towards the Jordanian Border and embark on a visit of the colorful hills and canyons of Wadi Rum. Three hours later, we will tour the “Desert Valley of the moon” with its softly colored sands. Join a Bedouin guide for a jeep tour (4 x 4) in the rosy desert of “Lawrence of Arabia”. We continue our drive to the ancient city of the Nabatheans – Petra arriving there in time for dinner.

DAY10–MAR 18, 2020: PETRAVISIT/DEAD SEA

From Wadi Musa, a leisurely walk reveals the Rose-Red City, half as old as time. Those who prefer can ride a horse part way. The city was lost to human knowledge until two centuries ago, and now it is available to explore in all its beauty. Visit the Treasury, street of Columns, and the royal tombs. In mid-afternoon, begin a three-hour drive towards the Dead Sea resort for dinner and overnight.

DAY 11 – MAR 19, 2020: MADABA / MOUNT NEBO / DEAD SEA

After breakfast, we begin with a stop at the Jordan River, at “Bethany Beyond the Jordan”. We then depart towards Madaba and stop to see the 5th-century mosaics at St George’s Church. Just south of Madaba is one of the most inspiring sites of the Holy Land, Machaerus (Makawir), the mountain-top fortress palace of Herod the Great offering a panoramic view over much of the Dead Sea and the Hills of Jerusalem. Here is where Salome danced for Herod and John the Baptist was beheaded. Return to Mount Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land before his death. Return to your Hotel near the Dead Sea in time for dinner and overnight.

DAY 12 – MAR 20, 2020: FREE DAY AT THE DEAD SEA

A day at leisure at your Resort on the shores of the Dead Sea and a chance to wade or swim in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and/or rest and relax before an early dinner at the hotel. We will have a brief group meeting in preparation for an early departure to the airport.

DAY 13 – MAR 21, 2020: DEPARTURE TO CANADA

Early morning departure from Queen Alia International airport in Amman towards Europe, for the return flight to Canada, bringing home memories that will last for a lifetime.

TOUR GUIDES

GERRY & KAREN JOHNSON
The Johnson’s have served in pastoral and parachurch leadership for 43 years. For the last 25 years, they have been engaged in the ministries of Hope City Church. Gerry and Karen have been married for 47 years, have three married daughters and five grandchildren. Sharing in this tour is an opportunity to combine their pastoral experience and desire for people to know Jesus better.

DANNY & EDITH HOGG
The Hogg’s have been part of Hope City church
for more than 10 years. Danny grew up in the little town of Bethlehem and loves to show others the unique beauty and culture of his childhood home. He has hosted 27 tours to date. Danny and Edith have been married for 46 years and one of their passions is to create opportunities for others to have a fun, meaningful experience walking in the land they read about in scripture.

COSTS & DETAILS

TOUR PRICE $5473 CDN
Includes: Airfare from Edmonton, superior first-class hotels (based on double occupancy), two meals daily, transfers, taxes, entrance & visa fees, comprehensive sightseeing.

PAYMENT OPTIONS
Credit Card or Cheque (Please make cheques payable to HOPE CITY CHURCH re: Bible Lands Tour)

FOR FURTHER DETAILS & INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT EDAN TOURS
(Danny & Edith Hogg) Phone: 780.450.2625
Email : dehogg@shaw.ca