Overview

I am so thrilled and thankful to share with you the next trip to the Holy Land which will take place from May 27th through June 6th! What makes this trip so unique is Piedmont’s own Elias Nawawieh of Elias Tours from Bethlehem will be a part of our traveling Team as we head to the Middle East. Matt and Mary Margret Van Zant will provide our worship music as we tour for 10 days all throughout Israel. Abigail and Nick Fusco will help to direct our Holy Land Pilgrimage as we journey to “Walk Where Jesus Walked.” The trip will be educational, informational, but most of all spiritually transformational! I assure you, nothing will do more for your spiritual growth than this time in His Land! The hotels are beautiful, the food is fantastic, and the fellowship will be blessed. Do not miss this “trip of a lifetime.”

Pastor Ike & Robin Reighard

DETAILS:

  • Tour departs on May 27, 2023 and returns on June 6, 2023

  • Departure airport: Atlanta, GA (ATL)

PRICING:

  • $5,495.00 per person based on double occupancy - book now as space is limited!

  • Single room supplement - $2,295.00

  • Land only (if booking your own flights) - $4,445.00 (airfare credit $1,050.00)

PAYMENT PLAN: 

  • $500.00 per person with registration to secure space

  • $1,000.00 of the total amount is due on or before November 30, 2022

  • Balance due on or before February 28, 2023

REGISTRATION:

  • Registering online? Click the "BOOK NOW" button and fill out the online form; you can pay by check or with a credit card (4% platform fee applies)

  • Registering by mail? Please download and complete the registration form (both the personal information page and the terms and conditions page signed at the bottom) with a copy of your passport and a deposit of $500.00 per person made payable to Elias Tours and mail to: 4941 Chalden Ln NE, Marietta, GA 30066

  • Download the Registration Form

FLIGHT SCHEDULE:

Flight information will be available 3 months before the return date. Please continue to check the itinerary on the website for updated flight information.

* Flight times, flight numbers, equipment, gates, and seats are subject to change. For the most current information check the airline website.

For more information, contact us at info@eliastours.com or (406) 261-7791

 

May 27 - June 6, 2023 27 May Israel
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare from Atlanta, GA  (Other Cities Available)
  • 9 nights in hotel (double occupancy) - The hotels are 5-star
  • Breakfast and Dinner Dally 
  • Entrance fees to all places of interest listed in your itinerary, and the services of an English-speaking guide 
  • Transportation by modern coach bus as well as the transport to and from Tel-Aviv airport 

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Gratuities for guide and driver
  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunch
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is required and not included in the purchase price. For your convenience, we offer travel insurance through *Travelex Insurance Services. For questions, quotes, or to purchase travel insurance, visit Travelex Insurance or call (800) 228-9792 and use the code 26-0057 for Elias Tours.
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Be baptized in the Jordan River          Renew your Wedding Vows in Cana
  • Sail on a boat on the Sea of Galilee   • Pray at the Western Wall
  • Float and soak in the Dead Sea          • Walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) 
  • Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane   • Worship at the Garden Tomb

Scholars often describe Israel as the “Fifth Gospel”-- in addition to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the land itself testifies to the life and power of Jesus of Nazareth. Ancient locations such as Capernaum, the Mount of the Beatitudes, Jericho, En Gedi, and the Judean wilderness will spring to life in your mind’s eye and be etched permanently on your heart.

Itinerary

               JOURNEY TO ISRAEL WITH REV. DR. IKE REIGHARD

                                           PIEDMONT CHURCH

 

Day 1, May 27 -: Departure from the USA

Depart from Atlanta, GA (ATL) for your overnight flight to the Holy Land. Meals will be served on board.

Day 2, May 28 - Arrival in Tel Aviv – Transfer to Hotel in Herzliya
We arrive in Tel Aviv, upon arrival we will meet our local guide and driver. The only stop for today will be Jaffa (time permitting).  After our tour in Jaffa, we will transfer to our hotel in Herzliya for dinner and overnight.

Day 3, May 29 - Caesarea Maritima – Megiddo – Mount Carmel
After breakfast, Depart for Caesarea Maritima. Visit Caesarea Maritima, a magnificent city with Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader ruins. Here we will elaborate on the story of the baptism of Cornelius, the first gentile convert into Christianity (Acts 10), and on the travels of Paul — those events that led Caesarea Maritima to become the springboard of Christianity to the West. Visit Tel Megiddo “Armageddon”, Along our visit, we would see the Solomon city gate, stables, and palaces from the times of Ahab, a high place, and the impressive water system dating to the 9th century BC. Then we visit Mount Carmel, Muhraqa – The Place of Fire, and consider the contest between the Prophet Elijah and the false prophets of Baal (I Kings 18), discussing the reasons why the Prophet chose that place for the contest, and the lessons we learn from the story. Then we will return to our hotel in Herzliya for dinner and overnight.

Day 4, May 30 – Nazareth – Cana of Galilee – Magdala – Tiberias
After breakfast, checkout.  Visit the Church of the Annunciation built over the house of Mary where the Angel appeared to Mary seeing the ruins of the 1 st century Nazareth. Visit the Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle changing water into wine. We visit Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene including the 1st-century Synagogue,the oldest Synagogue discovered on the shores of Galilee with a stone carved model of the Temple, including a Menorah carving. Check into our hotel in Tiberias

Day 5, May 31 – Sea of Galilee – Capernaum – Mount of Beatitudes –  Yardenit Baptismal Site
After breakfast. We begin our day with a sail on the Sea of Galilee on a replica of a boat from Jesus’ time. We will dock in Ginnosar where we will visit the ancient boat museum, containing a 2000-year- the old fishing boat which is a good example of how the boats looked in Jesus’ time. After the boat ride, we drive to Capernaum.  We will visit Capernaum, the hometown of Jesus as described by the Gospel, and also Jesus’ Galilean ministry base. There we will see the house of Peter’s mother-in-law and the ancient synagogue where many of Jesus’ teachings took place. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes where we enjoy its enchanting gardens and reflect on Jesus’ teachings of the Sermon on the Mount. Passing through Tabgha, visit the Church of St Peter’s Primacy, where Jesus appeared to his disciples for the third time after the Resurrection. During the lunch break, you will have the opportunity to try St. Peter’s fish, commonly eaten by people in Jesus’ day. Visit Yardenit Baptismal Site where you will get a chance to renew baptismal vows. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 6, June 1 – Beit Shean – Bet Arabah – Jericho – Jerusalem
After breakfast and check-out. We will leave the Galilee area and travel south through the Jordan River Valley. Visit Beit Shean, the capital of Decapolis. There we will see the ruins of the Roman and Byzantine cities. We will also discuss the demise of King Saul and his sons, whose bodies were hanged on the walls of Beit Shean. Depart for Jericho.  Visit Bet Arabah “Qasr el Yahud” known also as Gilgal, where the Israelites crossed into the promised land, from where Elijah was taken to heaven and at where Our Lord was baptized. Return to Jericho and visit Tel Jericho where we will see the location of the city from the town of Joshua, and view the Mount of Temptation. Then, enjoy a panoramic tour of Jericho, seeing the Sycamore Tree reminding us of the encounter between Jesus and Zacchaeus. We proceed to Jerusalem Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.

Day 7, June 2 - Masada – Qumran – Dead Sea Swim - Jerusalem
After breakfast. Depart for Masada. We begin our day visiting Masada the fortress built by King Herod the Great and made famous by the Zealots in 73/74 AD with the standoff against the Romans. We visit the fortress and see the ruins that are considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We take a cable car onto the mountain. We leave Masada and continue to visit Qumran, the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered, and the buildings that formed the Essenes public center. End the day on the shores of the Dead Sea for a dip in its unique waters Drive towards Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8, June 3 – Pools of Bethesda - Mt. Olives - Herodium – Bethlehem - Shepherd field
After breakfast. Leave the hotel and drive towards the Old City Visit Church of St. Anne’s, a perfectly intact Crusader church. It is a wonderful place to gather and sing a song (sometimes with fellow Christians from all over the world). There, we will also visit the Pools of Bethesda where the healing at pool took place (John 5).  Drive to Mount of Olives.  Visit the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of Jerusalem and a panoramic photo. Our guide will point out the most important sites in Jerusalem, then we will walk the Palm Sunday Road. Visit Herodium where King Herod challenged the forces of nature and created one of the most daring structures of the ancient world. This afternoon we visit the Shepherd field and the church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9, June 4 –  Wailing Wall – Western Wall Tunnels – Mt. Zion –  Yad Vashem
After breakfast. Leave the hotel and drive towards the Old City to visit Temple Mount. Visit Temple Mount where the Jewish temple stood until its destruction in 70 A.D. Here we reflect on Jesus’ ministry at the Temple of Jerusalem, seeing the Dome of the Rock, a possible location of the Holy of Holies. Exit the Temple Mt through the Chain gate Visit the Western Wall, called the Wailing Wall, a section of the Western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, and Judaism’s holiest site. We enter the Western Wall Tunnels, reflecting on the massive stones which once formed the western exterior retaining wall of the Temple, and reach Warren’s Gate which is symbolic for Jews as it’s the closest point to the Holy of Holies that they can reach. Depart for Mount Zion. Visit the Cenacle, which commemorates the Upper Room in which Jesus shared the Last Supper with the disciples. Then, visit also King David’s tomb, a site which is considered to be the place of burial of a biblical king. Then tour the Jewish Quarter, one of the Old City’s quarters, where we can see Roman Cardo, King Hezekiah's broad wall, Hurva Synagogue, and the Golden Menorah. Visit the Southern Wall excavation site. Here we will walk on the very stones where Jesus trod to Herod’s “second temple”, and see the place where our Savior taught the Scriptures. Visit Yad Vashem; the Holocaust Museum Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 10, June 5 - Gethsemane – Kidron Valley – Pool of Siloam – House of Caiaphas  – Garden Tomb
After breakfast. Start our day by visiting the Garden of Gethsemane where amid the 2000 years old olive trees we see
the Rock of Agony on which Jesus prayed and the nearby Gethsemane cave where Jesus often spent the nights and where he was arrested at the hands of the High Priest guards. Later on, we will walk along the Kidron Valley following the footsteps of Our Lord, seeing Absalom Tomb, Gihon Spring, and Water Gate. We reach the remains of the Pool of Siloam, accidentally discovered about ten years ago, which is the place where Jesus instructed the blind man to wash the mud off his eyes. We proceed to visit the House of Caiaphas, the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where we can
see parts of the streets that Our Lord was dragged on by his capturers. We will have a chance to visit and pray at the dungeon where He was kept overnight. On to the Old City, where we reach Ecce Homo, the site named for Pontius Pilate “Behold the man”, where Jesus was beaten, crowned with thorns, and clothed in a purple robe. We see the Stone Pavement called Lithos-Stratos and have some time for prayers and meditations. We walk the Via Dolorosa following Christ's passion toward the church of the Holy Sepulcher.  In the afternoon, we visit Garden Tomb, a peaceful spot where we can remember Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. We see the Calvary and the empty Tomb. Celebrate communion service. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 11, June 6 – Departure
 Drive to the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport and board your flight back to the US.

 

NOTE: The schedule is subject to change due to various factors and at your Tour Leaders’ and Guide’s discretion.