Experience the Lands of the Bible Tour 2014


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INNER FAITH TRAVEL is a non-denominational Christian travel company, established to serve the travel needs of the Church. Departure from Australia to Dubai and on to Amman. On arrival in Amman we transfer to our hotel where there is an opportunity to rest before commencing our Holy Land tour.

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Experience the Lands of the Bible Tour 2014

  1. 1. ift.net.au Ph: (61) 07 5530 2900 Experience the Lands of the Bible Tour 2014 27th April - 16th May, 2014 ift.net.au
  2. 2. Hosted By: Grant & Helen Spangenberg & Trevor & Sue Barnett TOUR LINK Tour price: $6985 Twin share per person Business Class upgrade is available upon request
  4. 4. SUNDAY 27th April 2014 TOUR LINK Departure from Australia to Dubai and on to Amman. (Meals in flight). MONDAY 28th April On arrival in Amman we transfer to our hotel where there is an opportunity to rest before commencing our Holy Land tour. Dinner at the Tawaheem Al Hawa traditional Bedouin Restaurant. Overnight Amman (D)
  5. 5. TUESDAY 29th April TOUR LINK This morning we follow Moses’ steps along the Desert Highway to MADABA. See the historically significant Byzantine mosaics at St George’s Church. We visit MT NEBO, where God showed the PROMISED LAND to Moses. We continue on to PETRA, visiting Kerak Castle en route. Once an important city in the biblical kingdom of Moab, Kerak was also home to the Nabateans, Romans (from 105 AD), and the Byzantines, before the Crusaders built a castle here. Overnight Petra. (B- D)
  6. 6. WEDNESDAY 30th April TOUR LINK Visit The Rose City of Petra. Ride on horseback with Nabatean guides. Choose to explore the Treasury, Monastery, Roman Theatre, Royal Tombs or the High Place of Sacrifice. Overnight Petra. (B- D) THURSDAY 1st May 2014 Making our crossing this morning via the Arava Border into Israel, we visit Timna and the recreated Wilderness Tabernacle. Continuing north to our hotel on the Dead Sea. Once you have settled in you are free to enjoy a ‘float’ in the medicinal waters of the Dead Sea. Bookings for the mineral rich spa treatments must be made in advance with your tour guide. Overnight Dead Sea. (B-D)
  7. 7. FRIDAY 2nd May TOUR LINK This morning we ascend to the mighty fortress of MASADA, the site of the last heroic 3-year stand of 960 Jewish defenders against the Roman Empire. From its heights (by cable car) we enjoy tremendous views of Jordan and the Dead Sea. Overnight Beer Sheva. (B-D)
  8. 8. SATURDAY 3rd May TOUR LINK We visit the Park of the Australian Soldier, the British Cemetery where Australian, New Zealand and British soldiers lay at rest together and Tel es Saba where the NZ Mounted Rifles and some Australians took the high place. We also visit Chauvel’s Hill from where we can view the plain where the 800 Australian Light horsemen rode into history with their famous charge and the Biblical site of Abraham’s well. Overnight Beer Sheva (B-D) SUNDAY 4th May After a hearty breakfast we visit ancient JOPPA, Simon the Tanner’s home. Then we travel north along the Mediterranean coast to CAESAREA, (Acts 23:31- 26:32) site of Herod’s Palace, home of Cornelius and where Paul was brought to trial. We visit MT CARMEL and Muhraqa, where Elijah called down fire from Heaven to defeat the prophets of Baal. Pass through the MEGGIDO VALLEY, the large plain where the final battle of Armageddon is prophesied to take place. Overnight Galilee. (B-D)
  9. 9. MONDAY 5th May TOUR LINK Examine the historical area of GALILEE. Today we visit YARDENIT, where those who wish can experience a symbolic re-baptism in the waters of the Jordan River. Sail and remember Jesus on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35-41). Rejoice! Enjoy a traditional St. Peters fish lunch before a visit to NOF GINOSAR Kibbutz, CAPERNAUM and the ruins of the synagogue where Jesus performed many miracles (Luke 4:31-37), St. Peter’s House (Luke 4:38-41) and TABGHA (John 6:1-14). We will ascend The MOUNT OF BEATITUDES (Matthew 5:1-12). Return through Migdal, Mt Arbel and the Horns of Hittim. Overnight at Sea of Galilee. (B-L-D)
  10. 10. TUESDAY 6th May TOUR LINK Today we visit Safed, the beautiful mountain top town that is the home of Jewish mysticism, visiting Jewish synagogues and wandering through a feast of delightful Art and Craft. From here we journey on to Banias to visit Caesarea Philippi where Peter made his confession (Mark 8:27-30) and where we share Communion. Overnight at Sea of Galilee. (B- D) WEDNESDAY 7th May Pass through Cana to visit the town of Nazareth (Luke 1:26-38) where we encounter NAZARETH VILLAGE. From there we make a stop to tour Beit Shean (1 Samuel 31:1-13). Next we begin our memorable ascent through the Judean Desert, stopping on our way to look over the ancient road through Wadi Kelt. From Mount Scopus we will have our first view of the City of God spread out before us on the Mt of Olives with the view of the old city in the background. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B-D)
  11. 11. THURSDAY 8th May TOUR LINK Awake in JERUSALEM. This morning we visit the TEMPLE MOUNT (Mosque with the golden dome) and the WESTERN WALL (Luke 2:21-24), the most sacred site for the Jewish people. We will explore the HERODIAN TUNNEL, and a scale model of the Temple Mount during the time of Herod is the highlight of our underground visit. We may be blessed to see young Israelis celebrating their BARMITZVAH. We will walk the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount before enjoying lunch in The Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon we will visit the Temple Institute and the Burnt House, followed by a wander through the Jewish Quarter via the Cardo to Mount Zion (Psalm 48). We finish our day with a visit to the Australian War Cemetery on Mount Scopus. Overnight Jerusalem (B-D)
  12. 12. FRIDAY 9th May TOUR LINK This morning we will visit the CITY OF DAVID where we view an excellent film before our tour. In the afternoon we take time to ponder and reflect, at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Examine the Shrine of the Book (The Dead Sea Scrolls) and a model of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Overnight Jerusalem. (B- D) SATURDAY 10th May Our day starts as we follow the Palm Sunday walk down the Mount of Olives, visiting Dominus Flevit and Gethsemane(Matthew 26:36-46), including a visit to Mary’s Tomb. Next we enter the Old City and visit St. Anne’s and the Pools of Bethesda (John 5:1-10). From there we wind our way along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Overnight Jerusalem. (B- D) SUNDAY 11st May FREE DAY IN JERUSALEM to wander the streets and enjoy this fascinating city. For those wanting to join an archaeological dig for the day we will make arrangements. Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)
  13. 13. MONDAY 12nd May TOUR LINK We visit The GARDEN TOMB where we celebrate a Communion Service. The rest of the day is at leisure for last minute souvenir shopping, touring or simply resting. Later, we transfer to the Ben Gurion International Airport for our flight to Rome. We will be met by Inner Faith Travel representatives and transferred to our hotel. Overnight Rome. (B- D) TUESDAY 13rd May See the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navonna with its “Fountain of the Four Rivers” by the sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican, The Roman Forum, the Colosseum and St. Paul’s Basilica. Overnight Rome (B-D)
  14. 14. WEDNESDAY 14th May TOUR LINK Today a chance to see one of the world’s great collections of classical and Renaissance art. The climax of the tour is the Sistine Chapel. Its walls feature paintings by Perugino, Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Signorelli and Michelangelo, and its ceiling was painted by Michelangelo from 1508 to 1512. Among the many ceiling panels tracing the creation of the world and the fall of man is the famous “Creation of Adam.” As you stroll back to the tour bus, our guide will point out the Pope’s apartment building. A special treat tonight as we venture close to our hotel to dine in a typical Italian Restaurant, and walk the piazza after dinner. (B-D).
  15. 15. THURSDAY 15th May TOUR LINK Our morning starts with a visit to the famous catacombs of Rome. The Borghese Museum is our next stop. They include Bernini’s statue of David” confronting the giant Goliath with only a sling. Bernini’s sculpture of “Apollo and Daphne” depicts the nymph Daphne being turned into a laurel tree, pursued in vain by Apollo. After two hours of strolling the museum, take a sitdown break with cappuccinos and a quick lunch in the museum snack bar. Head out the door for a nice long walk through the rest of the green, leafy Villa Borghese Park and down a long flight of stairs to Piazza del Popolo. It leads to several pedestrian-only shopping streets. If you’re feeling energetic, you can stroll all the way down Via del Babuino to Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square), the most famous square in Rome. Overnight Rome (B-D)
  16. 16. FRIDAY 16th May TOUR LINK Travel home via Dubai with a late arrival into Brisbane with memories that will remain with us for a lifetime. (B-meals on plane) Optional Dubai STOPOVER Available. DUBAI STOPOVER – after a busy morning shopping the mysterious desert beckons you for a magical evening out – an adventure you’ll never forget. Leaving behind the bustle of the city in the afternoon, our safari guides will transport you, by fourwheel drive vehicles, for a thrilling journey over rolling dunes through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, deep into the heart of the desert. From the crest of a high dune, watch the sun cast its orange glow over the vast expanse of rippling sand all round you as it sets. Like a shimmering mirage in the distance you will see the flickering lights of your camp where a traditional Arabian welcome awaits you. The encampment conjures up images of the Arabian nights. Relax on comfortable low cushions in Bedouin tents and quench your thirst, have your hands painted with intricate henna designs, experience a short camel ride, or just enjoy the aromatic shisha. A feast of grilled meats, fresh salads and delectable Arab sweets is served and under a galaxy of stars, you will be entertained by the bewitching belly dancer swaying to the haunting strains of Arabian music. You won’t want this enchanting evening to end.
  17. 17. SUMMARY OF TOUR Price includes Round trip airfare Australia to Jordan/Tel Aviv to Rome and return to Australia. Airfare Airline ticket and departure taxes, visas, airport assistance, touring expenses in all countries visited, with an English speaking tour guide in new airconditioned coaches, overnight accommodations in 3/4 star hotels, with meals (Breakfast B– Lunch L-Dinners D ) where indicated. All entrance fees, Sea of Galilee boat expenses, and majority of hotel and airport baggage handling. Price does not include Drinks with meals, tipping & gratuities or Travel Insurance, Single room supplement cost available on request. Additional extra trips must be booked and paid for 60 days before departure. TOUR PRICE $$6985 TWIN SHARE PER PERSON Business Class upgrade is available upon request This tour is being made possible through Grant Spangenberg and Inner Faith Travel. Prices are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Inner Faith Travel due to currency fluctuations, airfare increases, etc from the time of publication 10 December 2012
  18. 18. Inner Faith Travel 20 Grandview Terrace, Tallai, QLD 4213, Australia (61) 07 5530 2900 Fax to (61) 07 5530 3911 ift.net.au