2020 Israel, Athens and Corinth Tour
With a 3-Day Greek Island Cruise
March 17 - 31, 2020 (15-day Jewish Roots tour)
We invite you to share the experience of a lifetime—a trip to the land of the Bible. On this 15-day journey, we will actually study the Bible on-site, in the places where the patriarchs, our Savior, and His disciples lived! We will visit Jerusalem with its garden tomb; see the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane, and Caesarea by the Sea; visit Megiddo where the Battle of Armageddon will take place, float in the Dead Sea, view the Mt. of Beatitudes; get baptized in the Jordan River, take a Cable Car up to Masada, witness Ein Gedi where David fled from Saul; see the Qumran Caves, kayak in the Sea of Galilee, and visit the village of Nazareth where Jesus lived. Following our tour in Israel, we will fly to Athens, visit the Acropolis and Mars Hill where Paul preached. We will then take a 3-day Greek Island tour to see Ephesus, one of the seven churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation, visit the Isle of Patmos and Santorini, then return to Athens and visit Corinth.
Our tour has a "Jewish roots" focus with optional Sabbath (Shabbat) worship services and optional Davidic Dancing opportunities.
You may register interest by using the form near the bottom of this page.
For those interested in more information and who live in the southern California area, we will have Information Meetings where Deby will teach how to count Israeli shekels, distribute a booklet called "Getting Prepared Spiritually" (for the tour), discuss what to pack, and discuss evening options. Each meeting will offer something different and will help us prepare for our trip. Please email info@SongForIsrael.org for more information.
We can book your flight coming from any state in the USA (or world, for that matter).
Below is our itinerary for the 2020 tour:
Please click here for the registration form.
Click here for a printable brochure.
ITINERARY (Subject to Change)
(USA to Tel Aviv, Israel)
West Coast/LAX - Departure via Turkish Airlines at 7:25 PM
East Coast/JFK - Departure (rates may differ)
We can arrange your departure from anywhere in the world.
TUESDAY - MARCH 17
Our trip begins as we meet in the Los Angeles airport (LAX) for our departure to Israel. We must be at the airport three hours before the flight departs to check in and board our flight for the land where Yeshua walked as a Man. Shalom!
WEDNEsday - MARCH 18: Tel Aviv
We land at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv around 6:25 pm. Upon arrival, we will be met, assisted through Visa and Passport Control and transferred to our Messianic guide who will take us to our hotel in Tel Aviv to rest up and then dinner. Optional: after dinner we will take a stroll on the boardwalk at the beach for a look at the Mediterranean Sea.
FRIday - MARCH 19: galilee - boat ride on the sea of galilee, taghba, capernaum, Mount of beatitudes, bible boat museum, Baptism in the jordan river
We begin today with a ride on the Jesus Boat on the Sea of Galilee. Then we will visit the sites where Yeshua spent 75 percent of His early ministry –Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus taught on the hillside. Then we will descend to Taghba (Peter’s Primacy), site of the miracle of the Loaves and Fish, and also where Jesus fed His disciples a meal on the beach of the Sea of Galilee after His resurrection. Then, on to Capernaum and the house of Simon Peter and the synagogue where Jesus preached. We will visit the Ancient Galilee Boat museum, to see the Jesus Boat, an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century AD, discovered in 1986, on the north-west shore of the Sea of Galilee. At the end of the day, you will have an option to be baptized in the Jordan River. Return to your kibbutz for a Shabbat dinner and overnight.
FRIday - MARCH 20: Caesarea, Megiddo, Mount Carmel, Nazareth
After our breakfast at the hotel, we will head for Caesarea, stopping at the Roman theater, the aqueduct and wading in the Mediterranean. We will visit Megiddo and take pictures of the valley of Armageddon. We will continue to Mt. Carmel, Muhraka, and the place of Elijah’s battle with the prophets of Ba’al. On the way to Nazareth, - the boyhood home of Yeshua, visiting Nazareth Village which features houses, terraced fields, wine and olive presses all built to resemble those that would have been in a Galilee village in the 1st century. Guides dress in period costume and show visitors how farm, domestic, and craft work was performed two thousand years ago and overnight our hotel in Tiberias on the Galilee.
Saturday - MARCH 21: Golan Heights, Tel Dan, Banias, Mount Bental, Nimrod’s Fortress, Bethsaida
Today we will head north to the Golan Heights and begin the day with a visit to Tel Dan to view the altar of Jeroboam and the Canaanite gate. On to Banias, Caesarea Philippi, where Yeshua told His disciples why He had come. Peter claims Yeshua is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Yeshua says, “Upon this rock, I will build My church.” Learn why this is so very significant! Then, to Mt. Bental to see the bunkers and fortifications and stand just 60 miles from Damascus. Isaiah 17:1 Damascus will cease from being a city and shall become a ruinous heap. Then we will visit Bethsaida, where the feeding of the 5,000 took place. If we have time we will visit Nimrod’s Fortress. Then return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Sunday - MARCH 22: Magdala, Beit She’an, Jericho, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Gethsemene
Our day will begin with a visit to Magdala to view the archaeology remains of a first-century synagogue and where the story of Yeshua and Mary Magdalene took place. Then to Beit She’an, one of the ten cities of the Decapolis. We will pass Jericho and head toward Bethlehem to the “Shepherd’s Field,” the true site of where Yeshua was born. We will make our ascent to Jerusalem and then off to the Mt. of Olives which overlooks the Kidron Valley and the Temple Mount. This is a walking afternoon where we literally walk where Yeshua walked through parts of the Old City. Down the Palm Sunday Path to the Tear Drop Church to Gethsemane, a private garden for worship, to the House of Caiaphas. Then overnight at our hotel in Jerusalem.
MONDAY - MARCH 23: Masada, En Gedi, Dead Sea, qumran, jerusalem
We will drive south and take a cable car up to the fortress of Masada. Here the defenders held out for three years against the Roman Army and then committed suicide rather than be taken into slavery. “Masada shall not fall again” is the oath taken by cadets who graduate from Israel’s military academy. After that, we will continue to the oasis of En Gedi and walk where David hid in caves from Saul. Then we will drive to the north shore of the Dead Sea for a dip in the water and float. Then visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We will end the day with a stay in our Jerusalem hotel.
Optional Evening Plans: Take a guided short walk to visit the famous King David Hotel and stroll through the lobby; walk through the luxurious Mamilla Mall; stop for photos and a breathtaking view of the city; then enter the Old City at the Jaffa Gate. Participate in Israeli Folk dancing at 9:15 pm (30 shekels) or do some shopping a few blocks away in the Ben Yehuda area. Visit the YMCA on King David Street and take the elevator to the top floor to the observation lookout for an amazing view of Jerusalem (12 shekels).
TUESDAY - MARCH 24: Temple Mount, Western WaLL TUNNELS, City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Jerusalem
We will enjoy a breakfast in Jerusalem. We will begin the day at the City of David and walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel; see a new and very exciting dig in process (known as the Gavati excavation); visit the Temple Mount. We will visit the Davidson Archaeological Center, see the Herodian Mansion, visit the Jewish Quarter and see Hezekiah’s wall and the Cardo. After visiting the Western Wall, we will take a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels. Here at a certain spot in the tunnel you will be as close as one can get to the Holy of Holies from the Temple in the day of Yeshua. We will shop in the Old City and then enjoy dinner at our hotel and overnight in Jerusalem.
WEDNESDAY - MARCH 25: Jerusalem (Garden Tomb) and much more!
Early in the morning we will visit the Garden Tomb where we will enjoy a time of communion with the Lord. Then visit the Museum of Israel, Mt. Scopus, Herod’s Palace and the Jaffa Gate.
THURSDAY - MARCH 26: Joppa, ATHENS (Greece)
We will take a last look at Israel with a visit to Joppa, an ancient port city, where Jonah fled from the Lord. In the afternoon, we will take a flight from Tel Aviv to Athens where we will spend the night.
FRIDay - march 27: Tel Aviv, athens, mykonos (greece CRUISE)
In the morning, we will board the cruise ship in Piraeus for our 3-day Greek island cruise and sail the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. In the evening, you will arrive at the world-famous Greek Island of Mykonos, where gleaming white-washed buildings seem to climb atop each other to reach the azure sky.
saturday - march 28: Kusadasi, ephesus, island of patmos
This morning, you arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey, and journey to Ephesus, where the apostle Paul spent three years of his ministry (Acts 19). He planted a church here and later wrote to them in his Epistle to the Ephesians. Many of the ruins of Ephesus (known as “the marble city”) have been restored to show the city as it was in the apostle Paul’s time. Stroll through the great theater where Paul witnessed faithfully for Christ. Set sail for the Island of Patmos to visit the Monastery of St. John, high on the mountain overlooking the entire island. Walk down to the Grotto of the Apocalypse and the caves where it is believed that the exiled Apostle John lived and was inspired by God to write the Book of Revelation.
Sunday - MARCH 29: crete, santorini, athens
Dock this morning in Crete’s port of Heraklion, just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Optional tour to the palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. Disembark at Santorini, one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands where picturesque whitewashed villages topped with brilliant blue domes stand in stark contrast to the sheer drop cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. Enjoy a walking tour with your guide. At 9 pm sail back to Piraeus port of Athens. Dinner and overnight on board.
MONDAY - MARCH 30: athens, Acropolis, Mars Hill, corinth
At 6 am dock at Piraeus port. Disembark at 8 am after breakfast on board. We will load up the bus and drive to the city of Corinth, where the apostle Paul met fellow tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla and received a vision from the Lord saying, "I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city" (Acts 18: 10). Discover the Archaeological Museum, Market Place and Temples. As you walk among the ruins, stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him. Stop briefly at the port town of Cenchreae from which Paul later departed for Syria (Acts 18: 12-18). We will return to visit the Acropolis and Mars Hill, where Paul preached his famous message about the “unknown God.” Our “farewell” dinner will be in Athens and we will spend the night.
Tuesday - march 31
We will depart from Athens at 10:25 am and arrive home at 4:50 PM with special memories.
AIR TRANSPORTATION/RULES: Round trip economy class jet airfare. Upgraded seats are available at additional costs upon request.
LUGGAGE: Allowed free of charge to your first overseas destination and from most points of return to the U.S.A., 1 bag per person plus a carry on – This may change by departure time.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotels featured in this tour are first class, kibbutz and semi-deluxe and deluxe. All rooms are twin bedded with private bath and the tour price is based on two people sharing one room. Anyone occupying a room as a single will be charged a single supplement of approximately $950. The judgment pertaining to the classification of hotels reflects only the opinion of the tour operator as to comparative desirability.
TRANSFERS: Transportation of passengers and luggage is provided on arrival and departure from airports to and from hotels and is included in the tour cost when traveling with the main tour party.
SIGHTSEEING: As described in this brochure, via air-conditioned motor coach with English speaking, government-licensed guides. Entrance fees per the itinerary are included.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner daily while in Israel and Athens. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during the cruise.
DOCUMENTS: Each passenger must possess a valid passport. Some passengers may require VISAS. All passengers are responsible to obtain the correct travel documentation (passport, visa, identification) for the destination(s) to be visited.
INCLUDED: - Hotel service charges and taxes levied by hotels and governments, tips for baggage porters at hotels and airports for the group as a whole.
NOT INCLUDED: Tips to drivers and guides, border tolls, visas, passport fees, and items of a personal nature, such as laundry, mineral water, beverages, food other than the main meal menu, and foreign port taxes.
COSTS: The cost of the Song For Israel 2020 Tour is $5,700 per person (price subject to change). Cost is based on a double occupancy hotel room. There is an added cost of approximately $1,275 for single occupancy. Price includes air and land transportation and cruise, twin bed hotel room, entrance fees, and daily breakfast and dinner. For the cruise portion, rooms are inside cabin rooms. You may upgrade for an additional $200. All meals are included on the cruise. This price does not include lunches (except on the cruise), airport taxes, visa taxes, personal expenses, or tips (that will be collected prior to departure). A limited number of seats have been reserved on the airlines. Trip cost may increase if you register after we have exceeded this limited number. A $100 discount will be given to those who register by July 31, 2019 and a $50 discount will be given to those who register by October 1, 2019.
DEPOSIT: A non-refundable deposit of $450.00 per person is due immediately to confirm your reservation plus - Include a copy of your Passport information that is valid for at least 6 months after the completion of your travel.
FULL PAYMENT: Full payment is due January 15, 2020. $250 in tips is due by March 1, 2020. The tip fee covers tips for the Israeli tour guide, bus driver, Hotel concierge & porter.
CREDIT CARDS: The tour price reflects a 4% discount for purchases made by checks or cash. We do accept major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, and American Express) for all services. Credit card charges will only be processed upon submission of a completed Bound to Travel Credit Card Authorization form.
CANCELLATIONS AND CANCELLATION FEES:
The cost of this tour is non-refundable. We recommend you purchasing travel insurance so that if you need to cancel your costs will be reimbursed (based on the plan to purchase).
TRAVEL INSURANCE: We highly advise you to OBTAIN APPROPRIATE TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE against any type of incident that can cause you to cancel your tour. Please let us know if you need any insurance recommendations.
RATES: All tour prices are quoted based on tariffs, rules and currency exchange rates effective as of May 2020 and are subject to change.
RESPONSIBILITY: Song For Israel (SFI) and Journeys Unlimited (herein "Travel Agency") is acting as mere agents for SUPPLIERS (identified on the accompanying documents) in selling travel-related services, or in accepting reservations or bookings for services that are not directly supplied by this Travel Agency (such as air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, cruises, etc.). Travel Agency, therefore, shall not be responsible for breach of contract, failure to comply with any laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or any intentional or negligent actions or omissions on the part of such suppliers, which result in any loss, damage, delay, inconvenience or injury to travelers or travelers' companions or group members. Unless the term "guaranteed" is specifically stated in writing on your tickets, invoice, or reservation itinerary, Travel Agency does not guarantee any of such supplier's rates, bookings, reservations, connections, scheduling, or handling of baggage or other personal effects. Travel Agency shall not be responsible for any injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveler in connection with terrorist activities, social or labor unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside the travel agent's control. Traveler assumes complete and full responsibility for, and hereby releases the agent from, any duty of checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry requirements of each destination, and all safety and security conditions of such destinations, during the length of the proposed travel. For information concerning possible dangers at international destinations, contact the Travel Advisory Section of the U. S. State Department, (202) 647-5225, or access the State-Department's on-line travel advisory service (www.state.gov/travel information/travel warnings). For medical information, call the U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), (404) 332-4559 or log on to www.cdc.gov./travel. By embarking upon his/her travel, the traveler voluntarily assumes all risks involved in such travel, whether expected or unexpected. Traveler is hereby warned of the above risks as well as possible travel industry bankruptcies and medical and climatic disruptions, and the possibility traveler may be unable to travel as scheduled because of personal emergency. Traveler is advised to obtain appropriate insurance coverage against these risks; information is available through this Travel Agency regarding travel insurance. Traveler's retention of tickets, reservations, or bookings after issuance shall constitute consent to the above and an agreement on his/her part to convey the contents hereto to his/her travel companions or group members. Song For Israel and the Travel Agent are not responsible for disruptions of any kind stemming from problems due to weather, or carrier or supplier logistical problems.
Song For Israel
18340 Yorba Linda Blvd. #107-153
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
545 Eighth Avenue, Suite 720
New York, NY 10018
TOUR LEADERS & INSTRUCTORS
Deby Brown is Director of Song For Israel. Previously she was a commissioned Pastor at Friends Church Yorba Linda, Yorba Linda, California, and Director of Women's Ministries of Calvary Church, Santa Ana, California. She is author of Understanding God's Eternal Plan for Israel (available on Amazon).
For more information, email info@SongForIsrael.org
Graduated from the University of Haifa with a diploma as a certified Tour Guide by the Ministry of Tourism. He has been guiding tours in Israel since 2006. Ron served in the Israeli Air Force Intelligence Branch from 1990-2000. He speaks fluent English, Hebrew and French. He loves Star Wars!
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Our 2021 tour will be a 12-day tour that includes Israel and Petra, Jordan. Stay tuned for more information.