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ISRAEL 2019

Join us on a 12 day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land! Scroll down for more information about our tour leaders, prospective itinerary, cost details, FAQs, and more. If you're interested in attending, pease fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we'll contact you as soon as registration and full cost information is available.

Prospective Itinerary

April 29: Depart for Israel

April 30: Arrive in the Holy Land
After arrival, we will take a short stop in the seaside town where Jonah attempted to flee from God’s call to Ninevah. We will then check into our hotel, enjoy dinner and watch the sunset over the Mediterranean sea.

May 1: Caesarea and Mount Arbel
Today we’ll head up the coast to Caesarea where we’ll explore many of the events we read about in Acts. After lunch in Haifa, we’ll visit Baha’i Gardens and ascend the Carmel Mountain Range to the Muhraka Monastery. To finish out our day, we’ll head toward Mount Arbel that overlooks the Sea of Galilee.

May 2: Galilee and Nazareth
We’ll begin this day with a visit to Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, and a trip to Megiddo, exploring vast archeological remains. We’ll taste and smell the spices at Elbabour Galilee Mill before we go to the Church of the Annunciation and admire its beautiful artwork. Ending the day, we’ll head across the valley to Nazareth and stop at the Mount Precipice overlook.

May 3: Galilee and Capernaum
After a morning of solitude along the shores of Galilee, we’ll explore the ancient city of Caesarea Philippi, followed by a visit to the Tel Dan Nature Preserve. After lunch, we’ll explore the traditional site of the Mt. of Beatitudes, followed by the town of Capernaum. We’ll spend our evening on a boat on the Sea of Galilee reflecting on the One who calms the storms and walks on water.

May 4: Galilee and the Dead Sea
On our last day in Galilee, we’ll visit a baptismal site on the Jordan River where you are welcome to declare or renew your faith. We’ll then travel to Bet She’an, among the oldest inhabited cities in Israel. In the afternoon, we’ll visit En Harod (also known as Gideon’s Spring) and the remains of a 6th century synagogue at the foot of Mount Gilboa. Our last stop will be Kalia Beach for some leisurely floating in there Dead Sea.

May 5: Northern Dead Sea and Judean Wilderness
This day begins with a cable car ride to the top of Masada, the winter fortress of Herod the Great, followed by the Win Gedi Nature Reserve, where we will hike up to a magnificent waterfall. The rest of the day will be filled with a trip to Genesis Land in the Judean Wilderness and Qumran, the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

May 6: Jerusalem
Today we will ascend to Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives to take in the panoramic view of the city and valley below. We will then explore the Israel Museum followed by a stop at Yad Yahem, a powerful memorial to the victims of the holocaust.

May 7: The Old City and Temple Mount
On our first day touring the Old City, we’ll visit the Kotel, known as The Wailing Wall, where we’ll spend some time in reflection and prayer. We will then tour the Temple Mount and walk along the Via Deloras before arriving at the Ecco Homo (Flour of Scourging). We’ll then experience the acoustics of the Church of St. Anne and continue our tour with a walk through the rebuilt Jewish Quarter.

May 8: City of David and Bethlehem
This morning we will explore the City of David and along our tour route, descend to the Gihon Spring, visit the Siloam Pool, and hike through Hezekiah’s tunnel. We’ll have lunch in Bethlehem before visiting Shepherd’s Field and Grotto to reflect on the incarnation. We’ll be able to purchase quality olive wood precuts madeby Palestinian artisans at the Best Sahour Souvenir Store before a visit to the Church of Nativity add the Grotto of Jerome.

May 9: Jerusalem
Our last day in the Holy Land begins with a visit to the Jerusalem overlook on the Mt. Of Olives before walking down to the Garden of Gethsemane. We will then visit the Church of Saint Peter and Christ Church before a stop for lunch. We’ll continue to the pilgrimage with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Garden Tomb — the possible site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus — where we will share communion. We will end the night with one last meal together before making our way to the airport to return home.

May 10: Return Home

GET TO KNOW OUR TOUR LEADERS

Justin Kron
Justin is a frequent speaker at churches and campus ministry gatherings on topics related to the Jewish heritage of the Christian faith, the history of Christian anti-Semitism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and building bridges within the Jewish community. He is the founder of the Kesher Forum, an inter-denominational monthly gathering for those who are interested in learning more about Jewish culture and building bridges with their Jewish friends and neighbors. Justin is also the founding director of eXperience Israel, a short term ministry and spiritual pilgrimage program for young adults, and frequently leads tours to the Holy Land for groups of all ages. Justin and his wife, Judy, have three children, and are participating members of the North Shore campus of Willow Creek Community Church in Glenview, Illinois where Justin serves on the Leadership Advisory Council.

Pete Kelley | Lead Pastor
Pete is Lead Pastor at Antioch. He equips the members of Antioch to live out the gospel through various expressions in Bend and around the world. Pete grew up and lived in Corvallis, Oregon before moving to Bend with his wife, Jenn and their children Emma, Moses and Myla. Pete studied Bible and theology at Western Seminary and has a MA in Applied Theology in Missional Leadership from Multnomah Seminary. In his freetime, Pete likes to spend time with family, enjoys good food and drink, music, and building stuff. His favorite things include: Deschutes Brewery, author Eugene Peterson, and Oregon State sports.

COST PACKAGES

Land-Only Package:
Estimated Cost: $2800 per person, shared room
   *cost will change depending on the number of people on the trip, this is an estimate
   **for single rooms, cost will be an additional $789
This Price Includes: all hotel stays, all transportation (if arriving on group flights), all breakfasts and dinners, some lunches, licensed tour guide and coach bus with driver, and entrance fees for all destinations.
This Price Does Not Include: flights, several lunches, or travel insurance.

Land and Flight Package:
We will be offering a land and air package with group flights to and from PDX. Flight information will be available in June. An estimated cost for this package is around $4100.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

Once registration is open, full payment can be made at any time to Antioch Church using our online payment portal. Registration will be open in late summer/early fall.
A $250 deposit (refundable up to February 1st) will be required to reserve your seat on this trip.
50% of the trip cost will be due by February 1st, with the remaining amount of trip cost due by March 1st.
Cancellations from February 1 - March 1 will incur a $250 fee.
50% of the tour cost will apply for cancellations after March 1 and 100% after April 1.

FAQs

IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE?
We would recommend that children younger than middle school age do not attend. Please also note that children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

HOW DO I REGISTER?
All registrations will be made online. Registration will open late summer/early fall. Please fill out the “I’m Interested” form on this page to be contacted when Registration opens.

HOW IS LODGING DETERMINED?
Registration pricing is based on 2 people per room, or double occupancy. If you are traveling alone, you will be assigned to your own room and your package price will be higher.

HOW WILL TRANSPORTATION WORK?
Air-conditioned transportation will be available by bus to and from the airport, hotels, and sites. You will have access to free Wi-Fi on most buses.

AM I REQUIRED TO PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Travel insurance is not required but is strongly recommended. We can recommend some options.

WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS NECESSARY FOR TRAVEL TO ISRAEL?
A valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months after the return date of the trip is required. There are no exceptions to this policy. A travel visa is not required.

AM I REQUIRED TO JOIN FOR THE ENTIRE TRIP?
The Holy Land Tour is designed as a journey so the best experience for you will be to stay for the whole time. Please note that if you arrive late or leave early, we will not be able to assist with ground transportation to and from the airport.

HOW MUCH WALKING DO I NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR?
Most activities will include walking so participants will be walking approximately 1-2 miles per day. We would recommend wearing comfortable shoes or sneakers each day.

HOW SAFE IS TRAVELING TO ISRAEL?
While Israel is a very safe country to visit and tour, your safety is a top priority. We use various measures to ensure the safety of participants, but we also encourage participants to take precautions they normally would when traveling to another city or country. Justin shares more information on this here on his blog.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
If you have questions about payment or registration, please contact Katie Albritton. If you have questions pertaining to our time in Israel, feel free to contact Justin Kron.

I'M INTERESTED!

Fill out this form to indicate your interest in this trip. You will be notified when registration becomes available.

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