Travel with the Lakeland Chamber: The Israel Adventure

When:
May 24, 2019 – June 4, 2019 all-day
2019-05-24T00:00:00-04:00
2019-06-05T00:00:00-04:00

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EXPERIENCE THE ISRAEL ADVENTURE

Are you ready for the trip of a lifetime? Imagine waking up and looking out from the balcony of your bedroom to see the sun gently touch the Sea of Galilee. Then indulge in a day spa at one of the world famous Dead Sea spa hotels. Finally, get ready to embark upon some of the most intriguing archeological and spiritually impactful sites in the entire world. Take in the Mediterranean Sea, Ein Gedi, Masada, Qumran, the Valley of Elah, Bethlehem, the Wailing Wall, Yad Vashem, the Garden of Gethsemane, Tel Dan, Nazareth, Capernaum, and more!

Now imagine doing all of this while being guided by fellow Lakelander and owner of The Israel Adventure, Dr. Joe Davis, who is also a theology professor from Southeastern University and a former pastor. He has a Ph.D. and extensive knowledge of Israel and its culture.

WHAT IS THE COST?

The cost is $3,550 for 10 days. This includes air to and from Israel, all tips, breakfasts and dinners, accommodations, tour guide, private bus, admission to all parks, camel rides, boat ride on Sea of Galilee, and interaction with some of the leading voices in the Palestine/Israel area. Deposit of $350 is due by January 2, 2019; $1,775 is due by February 1, 2019; and full payment is due by March 1, 2019. Insurance is optional (around $50 per person; more for trip cancellation insurance); visas are not required with U.S. passport. Single supplement available for $450 extra.

DATES

Dates are May 24, 2019 to June 2, 2019. We purposely bookend weekends and incorporate Memorial Day as part of our trip so there is only one week loss of work time. This is the perfect trip for the businessperson who has always wanted to go to Israel. Everyone who goes will never be the same.

HOTELS

We will stay in some of the best hotels in Israel, including a spa hotel on the Dead Sea and other top-rated hotels in Jerusalem. Also, we will spend two nights in a kibbutz on the Sea of Galilee.

EXTENSION TO PETRA

There is a 2-day, $500 extension to Petra in Jordan. More information to come!

DAY
DATE
*ITINERARY
*HOTEL

1
Friday

5/24/19
Depart U.S. out of Tampa or Orlando.
Flight

2
Saturday

5/25/19
Arrive in Tel Aviv. Transport to hotel, take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea, and visit Jaffa (Joppa) (depending on flight arrival).
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv

3
Sunday

5/26/19
Ein Gedi in the morning (leave hotel by 7:30 a.m.), Masada, Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls), float in the Dead Sea, and enjoy some spa time in the afternoon.
Dead Sea Spa Hotel

4
Monday

5/27/19
Camel rides, Valley of Elah (David and Goliath), potential meeting with Imam and tour of mosque, enjoy Middle Eastern cuisine at restaurant in Bethlehem, experts weigh in on Middle East conflict, birthplace of Jesus, and shopping or opportunity to hear from local business leaders.
Crowne Plaza

Jerusalem

5
Tuesday

5/28/19
Temple Mount (leave hotel by 7:30 a.m.), Wailing Wall, Southern Steps, Hezekiah’s tunnel, and Yad Vashem for the afternoon.
Crowne Plaza

Jerusalem

6
Wednesday 5/29/19
Mount of Olives, Palm Sunday path, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu (where Jesus was imprisoned), Ecce Homo, Via Dolorosa (including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Garden Tomb), shopping or opportunity to hear from local business leaders.
Crowne Plaza

Jerusalem

7
Thursday

5/30/19
Tel Dan (site of rival temple and Abraham’s Gate), the Gates of Hell and Caesarea Philippi, and Beit She’an.
Kibbutz on Sea of Galilee

8
Friday

5/31/19
Morning boat ride on Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Jesus Boat Museum, and Migdal.
Kibbutz on Sea of Galilee

9
Saturday

6/1/19
Caesarea Maritima (Paul’s imprisonment), Megiddo (Valley of Armageddon), Mount Carmel (where Elijah called down fire from heaven), Nazareth, Mount Precipice, Farewell Dinner in Tel Aviv or travel to Jordan for hotel and Petra extension.
Depart Israel at night time or early morning on Tuesday

10
Sunday

6/2/19
Return to Tampa or Orlando. Or Petra add on (departure on Tuesday 6/4/19).
Flight and arrive in U.S.

*Itinerary is subject to change.

*If referenced hotel is unavailable, accommodations will be booked in a similarly rated hotel.