THE HOLY LAND AND BIBLICAL JORDAN With Archbishop Robert and Mrs. Nara Duncan September 12 - 24, 2016 CONNOISSEURS TOURS • 1-800-856-1045 • INFO@CONNOISSEURSTOURS.COM • 1-912-351-9525
THE HOLY LAND AND BIBLICAL JORDAN  With Archbishop Robert and Mrs. Nara Duncan  September 12 - 24, 2016  CONNOISSEURS TOUR...
Dear Friends, December 7, 2015 I am so glad you are considering traveling to the Holy Land with us. Every time I go to Israel and Jordan it is as though I have never been before. And every time I go, I think that it may be a long time, if I am ever able to go again. We live in a rapidly changing world- one that is not very sympathetic to Christians – so I think we should all take every opportunity to see the land of our Lord and every opportunity to show our solidarity with other Christians. Every time you hear a Bible reading after your trip, you will picture the place you are hearing about. You will see the Jordan River in your minds’ eye when reading of the Baptism and you will picture the Sea of Galilee and know what it is like to float thereon, especially after your sail on that Sea. The fun thing about traveling with a group of liked minded, fellow Christians is that there is always someone to ‘ooh’ and ‘aww’ with – someone who also looks at the Holy Land through Reformation eyes! Going to the Mount of Olives and the Temple Mount can truly be a life changing experience and it wonderful to have a faith community with which to talk and share your thoughts. We have a fabulous guide – a wonderful teacher and a man of faith. He will open our eyes to his country and guide us to new and meaningful experiences. We start with Jesus’ boyhood as we begin in the Galilee and relive some of the scenes of His teachings, and then we will cross over the border to Jordan where we go back to the Old Testament and visit Mt. Nebo, where it is quite obvious where the imagery for the “crooked straight and the rough places plain” comes. We then see the ancient Roman ruins – and some of the most complete in the world – of Jerash. For me the best part of the Jordanian visit is the Baptismal Site- archaeologists are 95% sure this is the place, and the excavations which revealed a First Century church appear to support that claim. After a night’s stay at a Dead Sea hotel and a swim in that same Sea, we travel down through the Desert to Petra- one of the amazing wonders of the World. We will then cross the border back to Israel and Jerusalem – which for many is the highlight of their trip. We will walk the Via Dolorosa and visit as many other churches and sites as we can cram into the days! You will fly home with a mind full of the sights and sounds of the last ten days that will stay with you for the rest of your life – and wish you could do it all over again! We look forward to traveling with you! Robert and Nara Dewar Duncan CONNOISSEURS TOURS • 1-800-856-1045 • INFO@CONNOISSEURSTOURS.COM • 1-912-351-9525
Dear Friends,             December 7, 2015  I am so glad you are considering traveling to the Holy Land with us. Every tim...
MON. SEPT. 12: DEPART YOUR HOME CITY This is your departure date from the United States to Tel Aviv. Connoisseurs Tours will assist each traveler with airline tickets from his or her home city to and from Tel Aviv. TUES. SEPT. 13: ARRIVAL Upon arrival at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport you will be met by your local Christian guide. We will then transfer to the Seasons Hotel in Netanya for dinner and overnight. The Seasons Hotel is located on the Mediterranean Sea, with breathtaking views of the coastline. (D) WED. SEPT. 14: CAESAREA MARITIMA/ NAZARETH/ CANA Agrippa. We then drive to Jesus’ home town of Nazareth, where we visit Nazareth Village and the Basilica of the Annunciation, together with other nearby buildings and excavations from the first-century village (Luke 2:39-40, 4:14-34). Then we travel to Galilee via Cana, where we will have an opportunity for a short renewal of marriage vows at the church in Canathe site of our Lord’s changing of water into wine at a wedding (John 2:1-10). This evening we will have dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberius- The Ron Beach Hotel, our home for the next 2 nights. (B, L, D) THURS. SEPT. 15: -LAKESIDE/ CAESAREA PHILIPPI Today we will be visiting several Gospel sites in and around Capernaum (the base for Jesus’ public ministry): Peter’s home, Capernaum’s remark- This morning, we will arise and go to Caesarea Maritima, a completely man made harbor city of Roman times. The city is a beautiful and amazing excavated site where Paul argued his defense against CONNOISSEURS TOURS • 1-800-856-1045 • INFO@CONNOISSEURSTOURS.COM • 1-912-351-9525
MON. SEPT. 12  DEPART YOUR HOME CITY  This is your departure date from the United States to Tel Aviv. Connoisseurs Tours w...
able synagogue; a natural amphitheater, where Jesus taught from a boat (Mark 4:1); the Mount of Beatitudes; and Tabgha (the place of ‘seven springs’), where we remember the feeding of the 5000 and especially Jesus’ Resurrection appearance (John 21). In the afternoon we drive northwards to Caesarea Philippi (or Banias), a source of the Jordan River; near here Peter confessed Jesus as the Messiah (Mark 8:27-29). The day concludes with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. (B,L,D) SAT. SEPT. 17: BETHLEHEM /EIN KAREM Today, as we drive a few miles south, we pause to enjoy the spectacular views of Jerusalem from the Talpiot Promenade and then go into Bethlehem, the city of David. We visit the Shepherds’ Fields and the traditional birthplace of Jesus in the Church of the Nativity (Luke 2:1-20). There are opportuni- FRI. SEPT. 16: JERICHO/JERUSALEM Today, as we leave Galilee and travel southwards past Beth Shean, we follow the route which Jesus took on his final journey up to Jerusalem— along the Jordan Valley, through Jericho and up through the Judean wilderness. In Jericho we visit the ancient city (Joshua 5:13-6:27) and have the option of either going up by cable car to the Mount of Temptation or visiting the Baptism site on the River Jordan. Passing the ruins of Herod’s Palace, we enjoy some peace in the desert, overlooking the Wadi Qelt and the monastery of St. George of Khosiba—before ‘ascending’ to Jerusalem. Our first panoramic views of the city are at sunset from the Mount of Olives. We enjoy dinner and stay for 4 nights at The St. George Landmark Hotel in East Jerusalem. (B,L,D) ties for buying local crafts and for meeting some of the local Christian community (over lunch at Bethlehem Bible College). We then drive northwest to Ein Karem, a charming village in the Judean hills, the birthplace of John the Baptist (Luke 1:39-80). The bus will continue on to our hotel, but for those who wish, we will continue on to the Israel Museum to see the Model of Ancient Jerusalem, and the Shrine of the Book (containing the Dead Sea Scrolls). (B,L,D) SUN. SEPT. 18: MOUNT OF OLIVES We start very early with an optional visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher—the ideal way to appreciate the traditional site of Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection, visited by thousands each day. We then return CONNOISSEURS TOURS • 1-800-856-1045 • INFO@CONNOISSEURSTOURS.COM • 1-912-351-9525
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to the hotel for breakfast. Then we go up to the Mount of Olives where we will see various sites (associated with Palm Sunday, with Jesus’ Apocalyptic Discourse and the Ascension), walking down TUES. SEPT. 20 : ACROSS TO JERASH & JORDAN to the olive groves of Gethsemane (Luke 19:2848; 22:39-53; 24:50-53). We will finish the morning with a highlight: visiting the excavations beneath the Temple, and walking on the very steps which Joseph, Mary, Jesus and his disciples would have regularly used (Luke 2:22-38; Mark 13:1-2). This afternoon you have free time to rest or explore on your own. (B,L,D) MON. SEPT. 19: JERUSALEM-THE OLD CITY Today we explore the Old City in more detail: start- We say farewell to Jerusalem, driving down past Jericho to the Allenby Bridge Crossing, going over into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. We then drive to the impressive remains of Jerash (ancient Gerasa), with its triumphal arch, forum, theater, and impressive main street (Cardo Maximus): founded in 300 BC by the soldiers of Alexander the Great, this is one of the best preserved Greco-Roman cities in the world. We continue to our hotel on the Dead Sea, The Marriott, where we stay for 2 nights. (B,L,D) WED. SEPT. 21: MOUNT NEBO/ TEL AL-KHARRAR ing with the Western Wall and the area below the Temple, we then go up to Haram Esh Sharif (to see the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aksa Mosque) and finally visit St. Anne’s Church and the Pool of Bethesda. After lunch at the Ecce Homo Convent (on the site of the Antonia fortress in Jesus’ day), we walk along the Via Dolorosa towards the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Our final visit is to the Garden Tomb, close to our hotel. (B,L,D) Today we visit Tel Al-Kharrar, a site of natural beauty recently set aside as a National Park, which many believe was ‘Bethany beyond the Jordan,’ where John baptized Jesus (John 1:28; Mark 1:9-11): archeological remains suggest Christians may have come here to worship since the second century, and we too will pray here and CONNOISSEURS TOURS • 1-800-856-1045 • INFO@CONNOISSEURSTOURS.COM • 1-912-351-9525
to the hotel for breakfast. Then we go up to the Mount of Olives where we will see various sites  associated with Palm Sun...
renew our baptismal vows. We then drive up to Mount Nebo, from where Moses looked over the promised land (Deut. 34:1-4): weather permitting, there can be great views in the morning light. After lunch in Madaba we see the famous mosaic map of the Byzantine Holy Land on the floor of the church of St. George. We return in the mid-afternoon to enjoy the facilities of our hotel—or even to float on the Dead Sea! (B,L,D) THURS. SEPT. 22: PETRA We drive several hours south to the unique city of Petra (the ‘rose red city, half as old as time’). Walking through a narrow Wadi we find ourselves in this fascinating rock-hewn Nabatean city (first developed around 300 BC) and facing its awesome Treasury (Al-Khazneh); we then spend the day exploring on visit at the Dead Sea. Then we are entertained to an early evening ‘farewell dinner’ in Bethlehem before we go to Tel Aviv airport for a late evening departure (NB Please coordinate your return flight to depart Tel Aviv after 10:00 p.m.). (B,L,D) SAT. SEPT. 24: ARRIVE HOME We arrive home in USA from our overnight flights. foot the city’s amphitheater, necropolis, court and prison. Our dinner and overnight stay are nearby at the Marriott Hotel, Petra. (B,L,D) FRI. SEPT. 23: RETURN TO THE HOLY LAND/MASADA/DEPARTURE Today we return to the Holy Land, crossing over the River Jordan on the Allenby Bridge. If time permits, we will travel to Masada and a brief GENERAL INFORMATION, TERMS & CONDITIONS AIR TRANSPORTATION The price of the tour is land only. Connoisseurs Tours Travelers come from many different parts of the country. Therefore we have found that most travelers prefer to have flexibility in their air transportation. We will provide a suggested air schedule that includes the group’s international flights coordinated with flights from your home city to suit your particular preference. After you have placed a deposit on this tour we will contact you regarding your air schedule. CONNOISSEURS TOURS • 1-800-856-1045 • INFO@CONNOISSEURSTOURS.COM • 1-912-351-9525
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