Israel Plus Highlights of Turkey, Patmos & Athens Tour in 2014


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INNER FAITH TRAVEL is a non-denominational Christian travel company, established to serve the travel needs of the Church. SATURDAY 12th April 2014
Depart from Sydney with Emirates Airlines via Dubai to Athens, Greece.

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Israel Plus Highlights of Turkey, Patmos & Athens Tour in 2014

  1. 1. Ph: (61) 07 5530 2900 Israel Plus Highlights of Turkey, Patmos & Athens 12th April - 01st May, 2014
  2. 2. TOUR LINK AUSTRALIAN DEPARTURE TWIN SHARE $6985.00 Tour is subject to a minimum of 20 passengers Featuring visits to: ISRAEL: Tel Aviv, Joppa, Caesarea, Mt Carmel, Megiddo, Sea of Galilee, Mt of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Jordan River, Jerusalem, Dead Sea & Masada, Qumran, Ein Gedi TURKEY: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troas, Kusadasi GREECE: Patmos, Athens & Corinth
  3. 3. SATURDAY 12th April 2014 TOUR LINK Depart from Sydney with Emirates Airlines via Dubai to Athens, Greece. (Meals in Flight) SUNDAY 13th April Arrive into Athens where we will be met and transferred to our hotel. Overnight in Athens. (B-D) MONDAY 14th April After breakfast, we will meet the local guide and board the bus to start the city tour. We climb up to the marble-capped Acropolis and visit the famous Parthenon and the Erechtheion. We will then walk to nearby Mars’ Hill(Areopagus) (Acts 17:22) where the Apostle Paul delivered his well-known sermon. Our tour continues with the highlights of modern Athens: we pass by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Presidential Palace, Panathenian Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Free time for shopping in the Plaka. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Parthenon in Athens. (BD)
  4. 4. TUESDAY 15th April TOUR LINK The route out of Athens takes us by the Saronic Gulf via the historic Corinthian Canal (quick stop for photos) to ancient Corinth (Acts 18:1-18). It was to this megalopolis where the apostle Paul came and worked, established a thriving church, subsequently sending two of his epistles now part of the New Testament. Here, see all of the sites associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallio’s Seat. The small archaeological museum here is an absolute must! We continue to visit to Lechaion and also see the ruins of early Christian 5th century basilica at the ancient port of Cenchreae before returning to Athens for Overnight. (B-D) WEDESDAY 16th April – (PASSOVER HOLIDAY) Morning flight from Athens to TelAviv. On arrival we will visit the ancient port of Joppa where Jonah embarked on his eventful voyage. The remainder of the day will be for rest and relaxation. Overnight in Tel Aviv. (B-D)
  5. 5. THURSDAY 17th April TOUR LINK After breakfast we will be taking the coastal road via Maris route north from Tel Aviv we visit the Mediterranean sea port of CAESAREA, site of Herod’s Palace, home of Cornelius and where Paul was brought to trial. Continue to MT. CARMEL where Elijah challenged Israel to trust in their God, defeating the prophets of Baal. Enjoy spectacular views of the Jezreel Valley as we visit the plains of Meggido where it is prophesied the battle of ARMAGEDDON will take place. Overnight Galilee. (BD)
  6. 6. FRIDAY 18th April – (PASSOVER BEGINS IN ISRAEL) A traditional sailing vessel will take us across the Sea of Galilee, with a time of reflection and praise on the Sea of Galilee. We disembark at Nof Ginosar, a kibbutz located on the shores of the Kinneret where we will see the remains of a boat from the time of Jesus. In CAPERNAUM, the city of Jesus, we visit the ruins of the synagogue where He performed many miracles. View the excavations of ST PETER’S house and visit TABGHA, where Jesus performed the miracle of multiplication with five loaves and two fishes to feed the multitudes. Ascend the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where we will read the Sermon on the Mount. We finish our day at the Yardenit Baptismal site on the JORDAN RIVER. Opportunity will be given for those wishing to be baptised for the first time or rededication. Overnight Galilee. (BD)
  7. 7. SATURDAY 19th April TOUR LINK Travel via the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean and Judean wilderness ascending the Mountains of Israel, to JERUSALEM, CITY OF GOD. Option to traverse the ancient Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Evening Sound & Light Show at David’s Citadel Museum. Overnight Jerusalem. (BD) SUNDAY 20th April Easter Sunrise Service at the Garden Tomb. He has risen. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Remainder of the day free. Walk the ancient ramparts, go shopping for “ancient treasures” the time is yours to reflect and enjoy. Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)
  8. 8. MONDAY 21st April TOUR LINK This morning we visit 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 have tremendous views of Jordan and the Dead Sea. We visit Ein Gedi Spring, David’s refuge from Saul. We then make our memorial ascent through the Judean Wilderness, up to the City of God, Jerusalem. Overnight Jerusalem. (BD) TUESDAY 22nd April From the Church of Ascension we follow the footsteps of our Lord. Pondering the agony on the MOUNT OF OLIVES and the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, through St Stephens Gate into the OLD CITY. Walk the Via Dolorosa visiting the Church of St Ann, POOL OF BETHESDA and the PRAETORIUM, said to be the location of the trial and condemnation of Jesus. We tour the newly excavated Herodian Tunnel and view the ancient paved streets of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus 2,000 years ago. Passing through the colourful bazaar streets of the OLD CITY we arrive at the JAFFA GATE. Overnight Jerusalem. (BD)
  9. 9. WEDNESDAY 23rd April TOUR LINK Our sojourn today takes us to visit the City Gates of Jerusalem. We will discuss the significance of each gate “on site” The remainder of the day is yours to wander the ancient history filled cobblestone streets of Jerusalem. Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D) THURSDAY 24th April Morning flight to Istanbul. In the afternoon we will have a half day relaxing cruise along the European and Asiatic shores of the Bosphorus and a visit to the famous Egyptian Spice Bazaar. Overnight Istanbul. (B-D)
  10. 10. FRIDAY 25th April TOUR LINK After breakfast we will commence with a city tour of Istanbul visiting the Byzantine Hippodrome, Sultanahmet’s majestic Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace including the special places of the Harem, Treasury Emeralds, Spoonmaker’s Diamond and the holy relics of the Sacred Safekeeping Rooms. We visit the facinating Old City’s underground Basilica cisterns where you can have a period costume Sultan and Sultana photograph taken, Saint Sophia Basilica and Museum are next on our itinerary. We will make a refreshment stop at a tea house with a spectacular view over Istanbul and have free time in the Grand Bazaar. Overnight Istanbul. (B-D)
  11. 11. SATURDAY 26th April TOUR LINK From Istanbul we travel south west to the GALLIPOLI PENINSULA and ANZAC COVE. Visit the Lone Pine cemeteries, see the old trenches and view the monument to Kernal Ataturk (1881-1938) the founder of the Turkish Republic before crossing the DARDANELLES by ferry to the coastal city of CANAKKALE. Continue south arriving at ASSOS, the Hellenistic city where St. Paul rejoined his companions. Acts 16:8-11; 20:5, 6, II Tim. 4:13 II Cor. 2:12. Overnight Assos. (B-D) SUNDAY 27th April We travel to Troy to see the legendary city and the replica of the Wooden Horse and recall the great works of Homer. We drive to Alexandria Troas founded by Alexander the Great. St Paul visited here at least twice and it is where Paul raised the young Eutychus from the dead and had a vision calling him to preach the Gospel in Macedonia. We drive through beautiful mountains and olive groves to the port city of Izmir, known in the New Testament as SMYRNA (Rev. 2:12-17) We visit the Velvet Castle built by one of Alexander the Great¹s generals, the Agora, Roman Aqueduct and the Loin statue that reminds of the Roman persecution of the followers of Christ. Overnight Izmir. (BD)
  12. 12. MONDAY 28th April TOUR LINK After breakfast, we will drive to Ephesus and we visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the grave of St John the Apostle and archaelogical museum at Selcuk. In the centre of Selcuk we will see a huge statue of the Goddess Artemis who Paul spoke against in Ephesus. We tour the ruins of EPHESUS (Rev. 2:1) once the Roman capital of Asia of which Paul asked “is there a greater city”? We will walk the ancient marble streets past the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Basilica of St. John the Apostle. Overnight in the vibrant port city of Kusadasi. (BD) TUESDAY 29th April Morning ferry to Patmos, the mysterious rocky island where the exiled St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. At around noon arrive in Patmos. Meet your guide and transfer to a local restaurant for lunch. (luggage will be stored at a nearby hotel). After lunch we meet our guide and board the bus to drive up to the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, where we have a wonderful view of the island. We then visit the Grotto of the Revelation where the heavenly voice of God revealed to St. John the future of humanity. Dinner at local restaurant in Patmos. Free time until embarkation on the night ferry to Piraeus port of Athens, departing at 11.55 pm. Overnight on board. (BD)
  13. 13. WEDNESDAY 30th April TOUR LINK Arrival into Athens at 805am. (Sightseeing to be advised) In the afternoon, we will transfer to the Athens Airport for your return flight via Dubai home. (B-Meals in Flight) THURSDAY 1st May 2014 Arrival into Athens at 805am. (Sightseeing to be advised) In the afternoon, we will transfer to the Athens Airport for your return flight via Dubai home. (B-Meals in Flight)
  14. 14. SUMMARY OF TOUR Price include: Round trip airfare Australia / Israel. Flights to Turkey & Europe as per chosen options. Airport assistance, touring expenses in all countries visited, with an English speaking tour guide in modern air-conditioned coaches, overnight accommodations in 3-4 star hotels, with meals (Breakfast – Dinners) where indicated. All entrance fees, Sea of Galilee boat expenses & majority of hotel and airport baggage handling. Price does not include: Drinks with meals, visa costs, Travel Insurance, airline departure & ticket taxes and tipping expenses. Single room supplement cost available on request. Additional trips must be booked and paid for 60 days before departure. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTURE TWIN SHARE $6985.00 (Tour is subject to a minimum of 20 passengers) This tour is being made possible through Inner Faith Travel. Prices are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Inner Faith Travel due to currency fluctuations, airfare increases, fuel surcharges etc. from time of publication 01/08/13
  15. 15. Inner Faith Travel 20 Grandview Terrace, Tallai, QLD 4213, Australia (61) 07 5530 2900 Fax to (61) 07 5530 3911