March 6-17, 2020
Inspiration in the Holy Land, 2020
Led by Dr. Cornelius Tilton
$4195 pp from New Orleans and other airports
Day 1, Friday, March 6: depart on your one-stop connecting flight to Israel. Anyone wishing to fly from an airport other than New Orleans should contact the tour organizers.
Day 2, Saturday, March 7: after morning arrival in Israel at the Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, meet our English-speaking guide and straightaway tour ancient Joppa from where Jonah tried to escape the Word of the Lord and where Peter had the vision that opened the Church to (us) Gentiles. After lunch on your own in the colorful modern artists’ quarter of Joppa check into your deluxe hotel about a block from the Mediterranean seashore for a restful afternoon and evening. Breakfast and dinner are included daily in hotels.
Day 3, Sunday, March 8: head up the coast to Caesarea Maritime, the artificial harbor and city built by Herod the Great. A restored Roman theater where proof of the historical existence of Pontius Pilate was found is a highlight at Caesarea, along with a Crusader fortress built during their time in Israel and an aqueduct built by Herod the Great. Continue north to Mt Carmel for a breathtaking view of the Jezreel Valley from the spot where Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal. Drive through the lush valley to Megiddo, the always strategic city in biblical history and biblical Armageddon (Rev. 16:16). Drive into the Galilee and stop at a dramatic precipice overlooking Jesus’ boyhood city of Nazareth. Check into our brand-new (opened January 2019) Galilee hotel for a three-night stay within in steps of the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4, Monday, March 9: sail on the Sea of Galilee in an enlarged version of the boats used by Jesus and his fishermen disciples. Actually study an ancient boat from the time of Jesus as discovered by marine archaeologists on the floor of the Sea of Galilee. Re-experience the challenging and comforting words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount at a natural hillside amphitheater overlooking the Sea of Galilee. At Capernaum, where Jesus based his 18-month Galilean ministry, stand within the foundations of the synagogue where He preached and healed and see the house of Peter’s family where He stayed. Be inspired once again by The Sermon on the Mt at the Mt of Beatitudes chapel. At Tabgha, worship at the traditional site of the Loaves and Fishes and of the miraculous catch of fish after the resurrection, where Jesus told Peter to “feed my sheep.” For lunch (on your own), you will have the opportunity to try St Peter’s Fish, the same variety netted by the apostles. Explore Chorazin’s ruins, destroyed as prophesied by Jesus because the villagers refused to believe in Him, even in face of His mighty works there.
Day 5, Tuesday, March 10: traverse northern Israel today, including Caesarea Philippi, center of Roman might and pagan worship in Jesus’ time, where He challenged His disciples then and now, “Who do men--and you--say that I am?” Explore one example of that Roman might in the recently-excavated Palace of Agrippa. Continue to the northernmost city of biblical Israel, Dan (“from Dan to Beersheba”), and see the excavated gates that Abraham entered as he first journeyed through the Promised Land. In the beautiful and strategically-vital Golan Heights, an off-road 4-wheel drive vehicle tour will cross fields and streams, vineyards and groves to an overlook where the guide will discuss current geopolitical situation.
Day 6, Wednesday, March 11: head south in the Jordan Valley, stopping first at Bet Shean, where the bodies of King Saul and his sons were hung by the Philistines. A Decapolis city in Jesus’ day, Bet Shean was both destroyed and saved by an earthquake—and archaeologists have now done a fantastic job restoring the ruins. Drive into lunar landscape of the Judean desert to En Gedi, where, time permitting, those who wish will hike where Saul hunted David in hillside caves or view a beautiful waterfall in what is otherwise desert wilderness. Visit the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found at Qumran. Bethabara “on the other side of the Jordan” may be the actual site where Joshua and the children of Israel crossed over into the Promised Land and where John the Baptist immersed Jesus as the Holy Spirit declared His divine nature, pleasing to the Father. During this stop, those who wish to will have the opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River. Our deluxe resort spa hotel for two evenings is on the Dead Sea shore with both private pool and beach access to experience the saltiest water in the world (no one can sink, just bob like a cork).
Day 7, Thursday, March 12: ascend by cable car to Masada for a full tour of the fortress-palace built by Herod the Great, where zealous Jews resisted the might of Rome after the destruction of the Temple. Back to our Dead Sea spa hotel to enjoy the facilities (both indoor and outdoor pools) and beautiful weather.
Day 8, Friday, March 13: travel through the Shepherds’ Fields to Bethlehem, where a silver star marks the traditional spot of Jesus’ birth in a grotto at the Church of the Nativity (the oldest continually-worshiping church in the world, where Jerome first translated the Bible into a modern language). Then it’s “Up to Jerusalem” with Psalm of Ascent 122. Stop outside the Holy City at a panoramic overlook into both modern and the old walled city and Temple Mount. From the top of the Mt of Olives walk down the Palm Sunday Path to the Garden of Gethsemane, where olive trees still live from roots from the time of Jesus.
Day 9, Saturday, March 14: Continue your exploration of Jerusalem with a special worship service on the very Southern Steps to the Temple that Jesus taught on during the last days before His Passion. Also see the remains of the Pinnacle of the Temple, to which Jesus was taken during His temptations. Pray at the Western (or Wailing) Wall. Explore Temple Mount, where the temples of Solomon and Herod were located, now dominated by a gold-domed Muslim mosque. Outside the city at the Israel Museum, get an orientation to the city as it was in Jesus’ day at a huge and amazingly-detailed outdoor scale model, then study the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book before checking in to your hotel for the rest of the tour.
Day 10, Sunday, March 15: pray for the health of loved ones at the healing Pools of Bethesda, then worship in the acoustically-marvelous Crusader Church of St. Anne. Another miracle of healing was at the Pool of Siloam, which you will explore, along with Hezekiah’s Tunnel (in warm months, bring a flashlight and “wet” shoes if you want to explore the tunnel that still carries water into the city), as well as exciting recent discoveries about the origins of Jerusalem when it was The City of David. Time for lunch on your own in the Jewish Quarter, with time to explore the restored Roman shopping street named The Cardo (“The Heart” of Roman Jerusalem) and the narrow twisting lanes of the ancient souk or bazaar. There will be opportunities to purchase Jewish worship items and souvenirs
Day 11, Monday, March 16: worship at the Upper Room, then to the actual steps that Jesus was dragged up from the Garden of Gethsemane to the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Peter denied his Lord thrice before the cock crew. In the narrow, winding streets of the Old City, stand at the Lithostrotos, (the pavement) where Jesus was tormented by the soldiers, then follow traditional sites of His way to the cross. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditional site of Calvary and the Tomb, before ending the day at the hillside where nature has hollowed out caves that remind many of Golgotha and celebrate Holy Communion in a beautiful private garden with a gloriously empty tomb where the stone has been rolled away. Farewell banquet at the hotel, sharing blessed memories with friends old and new
Day 12, Tuesday, March 17: to airport for mid-day flight, arriving back in USA same day.
March weather in Israel will be beautiful spring with wild flowers decorating the green Galilean hillsides. Rain Showers are possible, so a good-quality folding umbrella may come in handy. Daytime highs should be in 70s most places, 80s at Dead Sea.
Important security note: while news media often report troubles in “The Middle East” including Israel, the fact is that not one Christian on an American group tour has ever been harmed by violence in Israel—not one, not ever. People always come back from Israel commenting, “I never felt as safe in any U.S. city as I did in Israel.”
Registration Details Below
Terms and Conditions
U.S. passport valid through October, 2020, is required; anyone with non-U.S. passport, contact tour operator.
Payment schedule: $400 deposit required to guarantee place on tour. Second payment of $1600 is due September 15. Final payment $2195 is due January 15. Credit cards may be used for second and final payments with a non-refundable 5% processing fee from Tilton Travel and Cruises.
Tour price includes:
Air transportation, currently scheduled on United Airlines, can be on any scheduled airline. Cancellations after the air tickets have been issued are subject to a cancellation penalty as imposed by the airline. Current air taxes and fees are included. Frequent flyer miles or credit card points cannot be used to purchase or upgrade air tickets; however, if you arrange your own airfare, deduct $1250 from final payment.
Accommodations in deluxe hotels with private bath. Two persons share each room; if anyone does not have a roommate, tour organizers will do their best to find a suitable roommate but cannot guarantee it. Extra cost for anyone staying in a single room $896.
Meals full daily buffet breakfasts and dinners in hotels or restaurant.
Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees and services of English-speaking guide. Each tour participant will have an individual headset to hear the guide clearly at all sites.
All tips are included for guide, driver, hotels, restaurants, and porters.
Tour price based on minimum 26 total travelers and VAT policy and shekel/dollar exchange rate of May 1, 2019.
One regular-sized suitcase per person, maximum 50 pounds, is currently allowed free of charge plus one airline approved "under seat" bag and one personal item like purse or small backpack.
Tour price does not include lunch, and beverages not part of normal menu; sightseeing or services not specifically mentioned or noted as optional; baggage charges that may be implemented by airlines (none apply at time of printing).
Cancellation policy: No penalty for written cancellations received before August 15, 2019. Written cancellations received August 15-October 15 are subject to a $400 per person cancellation fee. Written cancellations received October 16-November 30 are subject to a 25% cancellation fee of the total tour price. Written cancellations received December 1-January 15 are subject to a 50% cancellation fee of the total tour price. No refund for written cancellations received after January 15. No refund made for missed services while on tour. In addition to the above cancel¬lation fees, airline tickets are not refundable once issued. We recommend the purchase of travel insurance, which covers medical expenses as well as cancellation penalties and other eventualities. Please note: Healthcare and Medical Costs outside the USA are not covered by basic Medicare; information on travel insurance available on written request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responsibility: Cornelius Tilton, dba Tilton Travel and Cruises, Ronald L. Cansler dba Escorted Travel Concepts, LLC, and their agents act only in the capacity of agents in all matters, and as such, are not responsible for any damages, expense, or inconvenience caused by late plane arrival or departure or by any change of schedule or other condition, nor the loss of or damage to any person or property from any cause whatsoever. The sponsoring organization has the right to withdraw the tour at any time, or make changes in the published itinerary whenever in their sole judg¬ment conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the convenience or safety of the tour. Services of any regularly-scheduled jet carrier may be used on this tour.
Payment of deposit by tour participants indicates acceptance of above terms and conditions.
To enroll for the tour . . .
Please make $400 per person check to “Escorted Travel” and mail to
Escorted Travel—Tilton, 1015 W Kensington Rd, Joplin, MO 64801
You will receive confirmation of deposit and travel insurance information.
Please include email address, phone number, and copy of photo page of passport if available (if no passport, apply now at post office).
For further information,
contact Cornelius Tilton, Phone: (504) 273-1108, email: email@example.com or
tour organizer Ron Cansler, Escorted Travel, 417-499-8685, email firstname.lastname@example.org.