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THE JOY IS IN THE JOURNEY
There are few places on earth that have the capacity to affect a life as does Israel. No where else in the would is there such a unique collision between the ancient and the modern. Whether walking the streets of metropolitan Tel Aviv, or placing your hand in reflective prayer on the iconic Western Wall, the breath of culture and history represented in the land is absolutely staggering.
Considering a pilgrimage to this amazing place evokes serious reflection and consideration. There are costs to consider, time to commit and soul searching to be done. All of these surely work together for the good, for the reward of such travel is a deep stirring of the soul. To a person you will hear the testimony that one returning from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land is forever changed. There is an abiding appreciation and connection to the promises of God, His chosen people, and the life and work of His son Jesus Christ.
Enrich your life. Make the journey. Be forever changed.
Day 1 Mon 8-May
Depart USA on your overnight flight to Tel Aviv
Night on plane
Day 2 Tue 9-May
Morning arrival in Tel Aviv, Joppa, transfer to hotel
Day 3 Wed 10-May
Caesarea, Jezerel Valley, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, drive by Nazareth and Cana
Gai Beach, Tiberias
Day 4 Thu 11-May
Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Gadera, St. Peter’s fish lunch, wooden boat ride
on Sea of Galilee, baptism
Gai Beach, Tiberias
Day 5 Fri 12-May
Golan Heights, drive by Mt Hermon and Nimrod’s Castle, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan/Headwaters of the Jordan River, Kayaking
Gai Beach, Tiberias
Day 6 Sat 13-May
Jordan River Valley, Beit Shean, Gideon’s Spring, Sachne, Qasr El Yahud, Jerusalem
Dan Panorama, Jerusalem
Day 7 Sun 14-May
Mount of Olives, Palm Sunday Road, Garden of Gethsemane, Southern Steps,
City of David (Jeremiah’s Cistern, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam), Western Wall Tunnel, Sound & Light Show
Dan Panorama, Jerusalem
Day 8 Mon 15-May
Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Dead Sea, Jeep rides up to Jerusalem
Dan Panorama, Jerusalem
Day 9 Tue 16-May
Elah Valley, Beth Shemesh, Philistine Country, Shepherds’ Fields, view of Bethlehem, Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum), Israel Museum including Model of Jerusalem
Dan Panorama, Jerusalem
Day 10 Wed 17-May
Mt. Zion, Jewish Quarter, Temple Institute, Herodian Mansion, Western Wall,
Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church, Antonia Fortress, Way of the Cross, Calvary, Garden Tomb
Dan Panorama, Jerusalem
Day 11 Thu 18-May
Morning flight home
Meals: Buffet breakfast and hotel dinner daily in Israel plus four lunches
Estimated price of *$4430 from Los Angeles, per person, double occupancy includes: Round-trip airfare to Tel Aviv on a scheduled carrier, 8 days touring the sites listed in Israel, first class and deluxe hotels with breakfast and dinner daily plus 8 lunches, and all transfers, entrance fees, taxes and tips to hotels, drivers and guides. (Land Only price *$2889 of per person, double occupancy includes: all accommodations except airfare and transfers.)
A deposit of $400 per person is due at registration in order to secure your spot on this tour. All registrations will be processed on a space-available basis. A second deposit of 50% of the tour costs will be due by July 22, 2016. Full payment and a copy of your passport is due by February 22, 2017.
Inspired Travel has included complimentary Emergency Accidental/ Medical/Sickness Coverage up to $50,000 through Travelex Insurance. This insurance DOES NOT cover pre-existing conditions or cancellation insurance. To purchase Trip Cancellation insurance to cover your trip investment please go to our web site at www.inspiredtravel.com and click on the Travelex button, or call Travelex at 1-800-228-9792, reference location number 05-0994. Certain terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions apply. The Travel Protection Plans are underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company a Transamerica company, Columbus, Ohio; NAIC #10952 Coverage for pre-existing conditions must be purchased within 21 days of initial deposit.
ROOMMATES: If you need a roommate, we are usually able to provide one. A fee of *$1055 will be applied if you are among the last to register and we cannot provide a roommate for you, so register early. Hotels will allow up to three people per room, upon request. All beds are twin sized and will be combined for couples.
PRICING: Prices are based on estimated rates for May 2017 and may increase. Prices are subject to change if airline fuel surcharges or taxes are increased, which could happen up to the date the non-refundable airline tickets are written.
REFUNDS AND PENALTIES: If you need to cancel, you must notify Inspired Travel in writing. All cancellations will be charged a $150 processing fee per person. Cancellations after July 22, 2016 are charged a $400 penalty. Cancellations after February 22, 2017 are subject to additional airline, hotel, and tour penalties that may exceed 75% of the tour cost. Cancellations within two weeks of departure date will be charged 100% penalty.
*Price displayed is for cash/check payments only at a discounted rate. Any form of electronic payment (i.e. debit/credit cards) will void this discount.
GENERAL INFORMATION DEPOSIT RECEIPT:
As your deposit receipt, you will receive a letter welcoming you to the tour. A FINAL PAYMENT LETTER will be mailed/emailed, approximately twelve weeks prior to departure, indicating your balance due and the date and location of your group orientation meeting if one is to be held.
If your Church has an Orientation Meeting, which usually takes place about one month prior to your tour, you will receive your luggage tag, flight schedule, hotel telephone numbers, and other material at this meeting. If you cannot attend this meeting or one is not scheduled, this material will be sent to you about 30 days prior to departure.
You must verify that all documents from Inspired Travel EXACTLY match your passport name prior to airline tickets being written. You are responsible for all fees incurred for correcting/changing name on airline tickets.
Your tickets are “paperless” which means you only need your passport and flight information to check in at the airport. Group seating is done alphabetically and you may have to change seats with another tour member if you are separated from your traveling companion.
Registrations and payment for this tour constitutes your acceptance of the following Tour Conditions and Responsibility statements.
We endeavor to provide the ultimate experience at the lowest possible cost. All prices are per person based on two persons sharing a room with private bath. Single rooms are subject to availability and may be smaller than twin rooms. Hotels may allow a maximum of three people to a room. The tour price is based on air, hotel and exchange rates in effect the date the tour was booked and on a specific number of tour members traveling together. In case of fewer participants, or a fluctuation in the value of the US dollar, prices may increase. Any subsequent increase in fuel surcharges and/or airline taxes will be borne by the passenger.
INCLUDED in Israel:
Buffet breakfast and hotel dinner daily while in Israel, entrance fees, airport and departure taxes, group visas for U.S. Citizens, transfers, porterage, tips to hotels, drivers, and guides (unless stated otherwise on your group’s flyer/registration form).
Passports, individual visas, accident and cancellation insurance, porterage at all airports, any expenses incurred resulting from injury or accident, loss of, damage to, or theft of luggage or contents, and items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, sodas, bottled water and food or beverages not on the regular menu of the included meals. If in doubt whether a food or beverage is included, please ask the guide or the tour leader.
REGISTRATION FOR THE TOUR:
A deposit is required to secure air and hotel reservations. Deposits received after the deposit deadline will be processed on a space available basis. No registration will be processed without a deposit and a completed registration form.
The final payment date is printed on your flyer. Failure to send in your final amount by the deadline will result in forfeiture of your space on the tour and your deposits.
The tour price is based on two people in a twin-bedded room. If you do not have a roommate, we can usually arrange one for you, unless you are among the last to register. If we are unable to do so, you must pay the single occupancy rate. If this occurs, you will be informed within three weeks after final payments are received.
Subject to local conditions at the time of the tour. Adjustments in the sightseeing program may be made as the tour leader or guide deem necessary.
In an honest effort to ensure congenial fellowship on the tour, the organizer reserves the right to refuse the application of anyone considered incompatible with the interests of the party as a whole. Applying for membership in this tour constitutes consent to abide by the discretion of the organizer and to absorb any expenses resulting from dismissal from the tour.
All passengers are required to have a valid passport to depart or re-enter the USA. A copy of your passport will be required at time of final payment. Your passport must not expire for at least six months after the date you will return from Israel. To find the nearest office, look in the U. S. Government Offices listings of your telephone book under “Postal Services – Passport Information”. This should be done immediately. An embossed birth certificate (one with a raised seal) is required to obtain a passport. To obtain a birth certificate, contact the Hall of Records in the county in which you were born.
Can get their Israeli Visa at passport control when they enter Israel.
You must inform Inspired Travel of citizenship immediately, and you must have a Resident Alien registration card (Green Card) in order to re-enter the U.S. You must call the consulate of each country to be visited and arrange any required visas and find out what inoculations are required. If your travel includes any country besides Israel, a multiple-entry visa may be required for Israel.
There are currently no shots required for Israel for U.S. Citizens. We do recommend that your tetanus shot is current for any travel.
Porterage (tips) for one suitcase per person is included from your arrival until you check-in for departure. You will be responsible at all times for your carry-on, so we suggest you keep it as lightweight as possible. This “one suitcase” rule is due to limited storage space on the bus. Passengers are allowed one checked bag with total dimensions not to exceed 62 linear inches. Most Airlines allow 50 pounds per checked bag. To find the size of your suitcase, measure it once from left to right, once from front to back, and once from bottom to top. A 30-inch suitcase is usually less than 62 linear inches. You are usually allowed a carry-on bag not to exceed 40 linear inches (measured the same way you measure your suitcase) and it usually must weigh less than 15 pounds. Carry-on luggage is supposed to fit in the space under your airline seat.) Baggage restrictions are changing constantly. It is the responsibility of the passenger to verify the current rules of your airline before departure. Excess weight or size of luggage is subject to additional charges by the airlines and are the responsibility of the passenger.
CHANGES OR LATE BOOKINGS:
If you want to deviate from the group itinerary (return home after the group returns), please advise Inspired Travel in writing as soon as possible. Late bookings made after final payment date, changes or deviations will be subject to a $50 per change service fee plus any airline charges.
LAND ONLY PASSENGERS:
If you arrange your own air transportation, the “Land Only” portion of your tour begins at the first hotel and ends on the last tour day. Expenses incurred in getting to and from the airport, or due to schedule changes of the group, are the responsibility of the “land only” passenger.
Cancellation penalties are listed on your group’s flyer. Unless your flyer and/or church states otherwise, a full refund (less $250.00 cancellation fee) will be made in the event a person cancels, in writing, prior to 135 days from departure date. Cancellations received after this deadline are subject to any cancellation requirements of the airlines plus costs paid by tour operators which cannot be recovered from hotels and foreign agencies. If you cancel after the final payment deadline, you are liable for your roommate’s single supplement cost, and total penalties may exceed 75% of the tour cost. Cancellations within 2 weeks of departure date will be charged 100% penalty. All cancellations must be received at the Inspired Travel office by fax or mail. Cancellation may NOT be made by telephone. Refunds are processed on a monthly basis. Cancellation after final payment deadline may require eight to ten weeks processing time to recover funds paid. If the tour is cancelled through no fault of your own, you will be refunded in full less the airline penalties and a $150 processing fee per person.
INSPIRED TRAVEL, in accepting booking for the tour, clearly stipulates that they are not liable for the faults or defaults of other companies and persons that may be used in carrying out the tour services, nor for accidents, baggage damage or loss, strikes, political unrest, riots, acts of war or terrorism, or acts of God. In the event it becomes necessary or advisable for the comfort or well being of the passengers, or due to any reason whatsoever, to alter the itinerary or arrangements, such alterations may be made without penalty to the tour operator. Additional expenses, such as food and lodging costs resulting from such changes, shall be borne by the passengers. The right is also reserved to withdraw this tour and to decline to accept or retain any persons or members of the tour. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any acts, omissions, or events during the time passengers are not on board. The passage contract in use by the companies concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the company and the purchaser of this tour.
While making your journey one thing is for certain… the unique character and historical significance of each and every location is unmistakable. Each will provide wonderful and amazing insight into the life and times of those recorded in the Bible. The locations below are a sample of what’s to come. Refer to the tour brochure for your specific itinerary.
Jerusalem: The Movie is the property of National Geographic. Used with permission. To learn more about this breathtaking IMAX 3D film visit: jerusalemthemovie.com
One of the highlights of any visit to the Holy Land is an afternoon walk through the Old City, a wonderful cultural experience that brings you in touch with the essence of this remarkable country.
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