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
Tour departs on May 27, 2023 and returns on June 6, 2023
Departure airport: Atlanta, GA (ATL)
$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)
$500.00 per person with registration to secure space
$1,000.00 of the total amount is due on or before Jan 1, 2023
Balance due on or before February 28, 2023
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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
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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
- 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.
- 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.
JOURNEY TO ISRAEL WITH REV. DR. IKE REIGHARD
Day 1 – SAT, MAY 27 Departure from the USA
Depart from Atlanta, GA (ATL) for our overnight flight to Israel. Meals are served on board.
Day 2 – SUN, MAY 28 Arrival in Tel Aviv – Transfer to Hotel in Herzliya
We arrive in Tel Aviv, and upon arrival meet our local guide and driver. The only stop for today is Jaffa (time permitting). After our tour in Jaffa, we transfer to our hotel in Herzliya for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – MON, MAY 29 Caesarea Maritima – Megiddo – Mount Carmel
After breakfast, we depart for Caesarea Maritima, a magnificent city with Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader ruins. Here we elaborate on the story of the baptism of Cornelius, the first gentile convert into Christianity (Acts 10), and on the travels of Paul: the events that led Caesarea Maritima to become the springboard of Christianity to the West. We then visit Tel Megiddo (Armageddon) and see the Solomon city gate, stables, and palaces from the times of Ahab, the “high place”, and the impressive water system dating to the 9th century BC. Later, 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. We return to our hotel in Herzliya for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – TUE, MAY 30 Nazareth – Cana of Galilee – Magdala – Tiberias
After breakfast, we check out from our hotel in Herzliya and travel north to Nazareth. We visit the Church of the Annunciation, built over the 1st century ruins of the house where the Angel appeared to Mary. We then visit Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed his first miracle of changing water into wine. We visit Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, where we see a 1st century Synagogue, the oldest Synagogue discovered on the shores of Galilee. We marvel at the Synagogue’s beautiful stone-carved model of the Temple, which includes a Menorah. In the afternoon, we check into our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – WED, MAY 31 Sea of Galilee – Capernaum – Mt. of Beatitudes – Yardenit
After breakfast, we begin our day with a sail on the Sea of Galilee in a replica of a boat from Jesus’ time. We dock in Ginosar and visit the ancient boat museum, where we see a remarkably well-preserved 2,000-year-old wooden fishing boat. After the boat ride, we drive to Capernaum, the hometown of Jesus as described by the Gospel and Jesus’ Galilean ministry base. There, we see the house of Peter’s mother-in-law and the ancient synagogue where many of Jesus’ teachings took place. We visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where we enjoy the enchanting gardens and reflect on Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount. Passing through Tabgha, we 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, we have the opportunity to try St. Peter’s fish, commonly eaten by people in Jesus’ day. In the afternoon, we visit the Yardenit Baptismal Site, where we have the opportunity to renew our baptismal vows. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 6 – THU, JUNE 1 Beit Shean – Bet Arabah – Jericho – Jerusalem
After breakfast and check-out, we leave the Galilee area and travel south through the Jordan River Valley. We visit Beit Shean, the capital of Decapolis, where we see the ruins of the Roman and Byzantine cities. We also discuss the demise of King Saul and his sons, whose bodies were hanged on the walls of Beit Shean. We then depart toward Jericho. On the way, we visit Bet Arabah (“Qasr el Yahud”), also known as Gilgal, where the Israelites crossed into the promised land, where Elijah was taken into heaven, and where Our Lord was baptized. In Jericho itself, we visit Tel Jericho to see the location of the city from the time of Joshua, and view the Mount of Temptation. We then enjoy a panoramic tour of Jericho including the Sycamore Tree, which reminds us of the encounter between Jesus and Zacchaeus. We proceed to Jerusalem and check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – FRI, JUNE 2 Masada – Qumran – Dead Sea Swim – Jerusalem
After breakfast, we depart for 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 take a cable car to the top of the mountain to visit the fortress and see the ruins that are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After descending again via cable car, we leave Masada and drive to Qumran, where we visit the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered and the buildings that formed the Essenes’ public center. We end the day on the shores of the Dead Sea for a dip in its unique waters. We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 – SAT, JUNE 3 Bethesda – Mt. Olives – Herodium – Bethlehem – Shepherd’s Field
After breakfast, we leave the hotel and drive towards the Old City to visit the Church of St. Anne, 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 also visit the Pools of Bethesda, where the healing at pool took place (John 5). We then drive to Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of Jerusalem and a panoramic photo. Our guide points out the most important sites in Jerusalem, and then we walk the Palm Sunday Road. We drive south to visit Herodium, where King Herod challenged the forces of nature and created one of the most daring structures of the ancient world. The rest of the afternoon is spent visiting the Shepherd’s Field and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9 – SUN, JUNE 4 Wailing Wall – Western Wall Tunnels – Mt. Zion – Yad Vashem
After breakfast, we leave the hotel and return to the Old City to visit Temple Mount, where the Jewish temple stood until its destruction in 70 AD. Here, we reflect on Jesus’ ministry at the Temple of Jerusalem, and see the Dome of the Rock, a possible location of the Holy of Holies. We exit Temple Mount through the Chain gate and visit the Western Wall, also 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, and reach Warren’s Gate, symbolic for Jews as it’s the closest point to the Holy of Holies that they can reach. We then depart for Mount Zion, where we visit the Cenacle, commemorating the Upper Room where Jesus shared the Last Supper with the disciples. We also visit King David’s tomb, a site considered to be the place of burial of the biblical king. We then tour the Jewish Quarter, one of the Old City’s quarters, where we can see the Roman Cardo, King Hezekiah's broad wall, Hurva Synagogue, and the Golden Menorah. We then visit the Southern Wall excavation site and walk on the very stones Jesus trod to Herod’s “second temple”, to see where our Savior taught the Scriptures. In the afternoon, we visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 – MON, JUNE 5 Gethsemane – Kidron Valley – House of Caiaphas – Garden Tomb
After breakfast, we start our day by visiting the Garden of Gethsemane. Amid the 2,000-year-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, we walk along the Kidron Valley, following the footsteps of Our Lord and seeing Absalom’s 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, over which the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu was built, where we can see parts of the stone pavement where Our Lord was dragged by his captors. We have a chance to visit and pray at the dungeon where He was kept overnight. We return to the Old City, where we reach Ecce Homo, the site named for Pontius Pilate’s announcement, “Behold the man” – here, 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 the Garden Tomb, a peaceful spot where we can remember Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. We see Calvary and the empty Tomb and celebrate communion service. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 11 – TUE, JUNE 6 Departure
After breakfast, we drive to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport and board our 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.