**MUST HAVE A VALID PASSPORT (WITH AT LEAST 6 MONTHS OF VALIDITY AFTER JULY 2019)
The Fabulous Equinox Holy Land Experience July 9-18, 2019Your two new best friends, Jeremy and Clay, are inviting you to join them and the rest of the band for their first ever Holy Land Tour! After years of praying, planning and Providence, everything is ready for this epic adventure to begin. A Holy Land tour like no other, this unique opportunity will have three main objectives -- 1) touring several of the most meaningful and pivotal locations in the Bible, 2) joining the Equinox Orchestra for some truly special performances throughout the tour, and 3) doing good deeds to bless the people in Israel through small music and service projects. If you share Jeremy and Clay's passion for the Bible, their love of great entertainment, and their heart for loving the "least of these," then this is a trip you do not want to miss! Guiding the group through the entire experience will be pastor and bible teacher David Cleland, son-in-law and protégé of renowned Holy Land theologian Doug Bookman of Shepherds Theological Seminary. David writes,
"The Bible tells the stories of real people who lived in real time in real places. Israel is the stage on which the Biblical drama was played out, and we live in a time when we can walk around on that stage. Those people and places will come alive as we travel the Land of the Book. This will be a chance to do real study at these biblical sites. Be prepared to walk, sometimes 7-8 miles a day. We will visit the sites and open the scriptures so that we can understand the biblical accounts in the sort where they took place. Geographical characteristics like routes, regions and topography will prove to be very significant in understanding the text. There are lots of ways to see Israel. But the best way is to see it with a bible in mind. In the end we’ll be able to pray with the Psalmist, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from your law.” (Psalm 119:18)."A few trip highlights include:Arrival - Tel AvivTel Aviv is a modern city located on the shore of the Mediterranean. Our hotel is located just a couple of blocks from the beach. While in Tel Aviv you can make the short trip south on foot to Joppa (aka Jaffa). Joppa was an important Israelite seaport in the days of Jonah (2 Chron. 2:16; Jonah 1:3). Peter was staying with Simon the Tanner in Joppa when he received the vision of sheet with all kinds of food ( Acts 10). From there we’ll have opportunity to visit: Caesarea Maritima, the Coastal Plain and the Jezreel ValleyJust north of Tel Aviv on the coast of the Mediterranean we’ll visit Caesarea Maritima. Here we’ll consider Peter, Cornelius, Paul, Pilate and King Herod. Mt. Carmel where Elijah battled the prophets of Baal overlooks the Jezreel Valley which is one of the most strategic locations in all of Israel. Across the valley from Mt. Carmel sits the city of Nazareth where Jesus grew up. At the foot of Mt. Carmel sits Tel Megiddo, an ancient city fortified by Solomon. It is here, according to John's vision in Rev. 16:12-16, that the armies gather for the battle of Armageddon. The Sea of GalileeThe Sea of Galilee (aka the Sea of Kinnerret in the Old Testament) is known as the place where Jesus lived during his public ministry. We’ll take a boat ride on the Sea where Jesus calmed the storm. We’ll visit Capernaum, Jesus’ home and the base of His operations. We’ll visit Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene, and the Church of the Beatitudes which remembers the location of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Judea and JerusalemJerusalem is a one of a kind city filled with ancient sites and modern amenities. Our hotel sits within the Old City walls built by Sultan Suleiman I in the 1500’s AD. Within walking distance of the hotel lobby sits the Western Wall, The Temple Mount, and The Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We’ll spend a day walking the Jerusalem of the Old Testament: the City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, and the Pool of Siloam. We’ll spend another day walking the Jerusalem of the New Testament thinking about Jesus’ final hours in the upper room, the Garden of Gethsemane and the site of the crucifixion.TOTAL PACKAGE PRICE $4,000 - Includes land fee, entry fees, nine (9) nights of hotel rooms, breakfast and dinner at the hotels, Equinox performances, all in-country group travel and scheduled tours with David Cleland as tour guide. Cost DOES NOT include air travel, individual ground transportation or midday meals. Travelers should budget an additional $200+ for lunches, ground transportation to and from the airport, and select Tel Aviv activities/meals. Rooms are double occupancy and will be at the following three hotels: Hotel Gilgal (Tel Aviv), En Gev Resort (Sea of Galilee), and Gloria Hotel (Jerusalem).
This experience will begin promptly at 6:00 PM local time in the lobby of Hotel Gilgal in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, July 9th. Schedule your arrival flights accordingly. It will end early after- noon on Thursday, July 18. Schedule your return flight to depart close to midnight that night arriving back in the U.S. on July 19.
Restrictions and Requirements: This experience will demand more of the traveler than the ordinary tourist trip, both in terms of daily schedule and physical exertion. Our days will begin early and involve several hours of study and hiking. It is important that each traveler be capable of walking 3 to 6 miles a day, often up and down steep hills, and possibly in rainy weather. However, for this time of year, be prepared for lots of sun and heat. Participants must also be in possession of a valid and unexpired passport (i.e., must not expire within six months of the departure date).
Reservations: Space is extremely limited as there will only be room for 30 travelers besides the musicians, so book your trip today!
Deadline to sign-up is May 8, 2019.
Gilgal Hotel Address: Ness Tsiyona St 7, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 63904, Israel *** Phone +972 3-372-6257