Biblical Tour – ISRAEL and TURKEY

Biblical Tour – ISRAEL and TURKEY

Blibical Tour – TURKEY and HOLYLAND

TRAVEL DATES:   OCTOBER 06-22, 2012

$3,650.00/person, minimum of 15 paying pax

ITINERARY

DAY 01:  DEPARTURE MANILA

Depart from Manila to Istanbul. Enjoy meals and entertainment onboard

 DAY 02:  ARRIVAL    ISTANBUL (D)

Arrive in Istanbul airport, meet your driver and private car, will be ready to transfer you to the hotel. A welcome package with your tour vouchers, a tourist map, and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your hotel. There is no plan for this day unless you are interested in experience the traditional Turkish bath nearby your hotel.

 DAY 03:   ISTANBUL  (B/D)

Today you will have a full day tour of visiting St Sophia Museum, Byzantine Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and enjoy shopping in the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops, is known as Grand Bazaar. After lunch, you will visit Topkapi Palace including; Imperial Treasury, gardens, Sultan’s kitchen, Sacred Relics (The Harem section is not included in the tour).

DAY 04:  ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA  (B/D)

In the morning a visit to the Spice Market, where locals still shop for herbs and spices coming from all over the world. Then, embark on a cruise by boat on Bosphorus, the unique winding strait separating two continents. After cruise drop off your hotel. Pick up from your hotel in the afternoon and transfer to the airport with your private car and driver. You will take a direct flight from Istanbul to Capadoccia which is about 1 hour. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Urgup which is a combination of cave rooms and suites. Enjoy your stay in this authentic hotel.

 DAY 05:  CAPPADOCIA  (B/D)

You can book our optional hot air balloon tour for a wonderful experience and to enjoy the magnificent view of the valleys and the region. Otherwise take enjoyable visits to Devrent and Pasabagi valleys, Avanos, Goreme Open Air Museum and Uchisar castle.

 DAY 06: IZMIR – EPHESUS – KUSADASI  (B/D)

Airport transfer with your private car and driver. Take flight from Cappadoccia to Izmir with a stopover in Istanbul. Airport transfer with your private car and driver. Enjoy the tour to Ephesus with your own private car and guide by visiting the world-famous ancient City of, including the Arcadian Way, the Antique Theater, the Roman Baths, and the Celcus Library.

DAY 07:  PAMUKKALE  (B/D)

After taking 2 hours drive you will reach to Hierapolis, the ancient Greco-Roman city on top of hot springs located nearby Denizli. Also amazed by travertines, (the terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water) on which you will take an enjoyable barefooted walk. On your way back from Pamukkale, you may see local farmers working in the cotton fields and how they pick the cotton. Return Kusadasi for stay overnight.

DAY 08:  IZMIR – ISTANBUL  (B/D)

Upon your request, we can also arrange you a private tour of Pergamon. Otherwise, transfer to the airport with your private car and driver. Take a direct flight from İzmir to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 09:  ISTANBUL – TEL AVIV  (B/D)

An early transfer to Izmir airport to take a flight to Jerusalem connected in Istanbul. Upon arrival into Ben Gurion International Airport, you are met and assisted by our airport representative and brought to your guide. Proceed to your hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight.

 DAY 10: CAESAREA – MEGIDDO – HAIFA – ACRE (B/D)

Following a delicious Israeli buffet, depart Tel Aviv. Drive north along the coastal plain to Caesarea (Acts 9.30 Acts 10 24-48), capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of this ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo (1 Kings 4.28, 9, 15, 2 Kings 23, 29 & Revel. 16.16), identified as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations at Megiddo, including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to the beautiful port city of Haifa, nestled on the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the world famous Persian Gardens at the Bahai Temple. From Haifa, drive to Acre (Micah 1.10), capital of the Crusaders for more than a century. Visit the ancient city and harbour before continuing eastwards across the plains of the Galilee to your hotel.

 DAY 11: TIBERIAS – CAPERNAUM – BANIAS  (B/D)

Morning boat ride at Sea of Galilee. Proceed to Tabgha (Matt. 13, Mark .33-45, & John 21), the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5, 6, 7, 8), where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Banias Spring and Waterfall (Matt. 16.13 and Mark 8.27), where Jesus was recognized as The Messiah by His Disciples. Tour the Golan Heights, with its valleys, grazing land and snow capped mountains. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

 DAY 12:  NAZARETH – BEIT SHEAN  (B /D)

Begin the day with a drive to Nazareth (Luke 1.26, 4.16-29, Matthew 2.23) via Cana of Galilee (John 2.1-11). In Nazareth, we shall visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s Well. Next on our program are the Jordan River and the Baptismal site. Continue to Beit Shean, one of the ancient Decapolis cities (Mark 5.20, 7.31), and visit the Roman theatre. This is the city where Saul and his son Jonathan were nailed to the walls (1st Samuel 31.10). Judges 1.27 also mentions Beit Shean. Continue south along the shores of the River of Jordan. Passing Jericho, we proceed westward and climb to the Golden City of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

 

DAY 13:  JERUSALEM – OLD CITY  (B/D)

Today we visit the Old City of Jerusalem. Our appreciation of this Golden City begins with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives, overlooking the walls of the old city and the ancient Jewish cemetery. Enter the Old City to begin exploring the wonders of Jerusalem. Visit the Church of All Nations. Proceed to Mount Zion to see the tomb of King David and the nearby Room of the Last Supper (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt 26 17-29, Acts 1.13 and Acts 2 The Pentecost). Walk through the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. View the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried His Cross. Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Matt. 27. 33-57, 28.10). No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a walk through the colorful Arab bazaar (a chance to test your negotiating skills). Visit the garden tomb. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

 DAY 14:   JERUSALEM – NEW CITY OF BETHLEHEM   (B/D)

Today’s program is dedicated to the new city of Jerusalem. Visit the model of ancient Jerusalem .Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Enter the site by walking along the Street of the Righteous Gentiles, dedicated to the non-Jews that risked their lives in order to save their Jewish neighbors. Continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptists (Luke 1.39-80). This Spanish style church and Mary’s well is where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth. Proceed to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

 DAY 15:  DEAD SEA – MASSADA  (B/D)

Drive through the Judean Desert to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found in 1947 by a Bedouin boy. Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. Ascend Massada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod’s Palace. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

 

 DAY 16:  DEPARTURE  (B)

Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight back home.

END OF OUR SERVICES

FLIGHT DETAILS via TURKISH AIRLINE:

PR310   

MNL HKG

1840 2050

TK071  

 HKG IST   

 2305 0525

(TURKEY TOUR)

TK786   

 IST TLV    

1240 1445

  (ISRAEL TOUR)

TK789   

TLV IST      

2120 2335

TK070   

 IST HKG    

0055 1620

PR311 

 HKG MNL 

2150 2350

 

INCLUSIONS:

  • Round trip International Airfare on economy class
  • Hotel Accommodation in half twin
  • Applicable entrance fees to sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • All transfers
  • 2 Domestic flight in Turkey
  • All Parkings / Hotel Porterage
  • Hats, Maps, and Pilgrimage Certificates
  • A/C Bus with licensed professional tour guide
  • Services of Local travel assistant from Manila
  • Souvenir Kit

EXCLUSIONS:

  • USD 455.00  Airline Taxes including fuel surcharges (subj. to change)
  • PHP 1620.00 (PH Travel Tax)
  • PHP 750.00 (Airport Terminal Fee)
  • PHP 4,000.00 Turkish Visa Fee
  • USD150.00 Tips to guide & Driver
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Beverages during meals
  • Any personal extras and expenses

 BOOKING CONDITIONS:

  • A NON REFUNDABLE deposit of USD 500 PER PERSON.
  • Minimum of 15 passengers traveling together. Should you fall below 15, your Travel Agent has the right to cancel or reschedule the tour; otherwise supplement may apply.
  • Full cancellation charges will be applied to any cancellation made 2 weeks before departure.

 

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