Family Israel & World Heritage Petra

Available dates : 1 - 19 January 2018

Have you ever dreamed of travelling to the Holy Lands with your kids or grand-kids? 
This is a wonderful opportunity to travel as a family to Israel. We have tailor-made the itinerary to be fun and interactive for children as well as adults.

Make those Bible teachings come to life for you and your children. Transform your faith as you walk where Jesus walked!

Add historical and World Heritage sites in Jordan to cap off this family trip of a lifetime.

 

 

Planning an Israel family holiday presents an exciting opportunity for your family to learn about faith, culture and history. This tour is a unique opportunity for younger family members that is not only informative, but fun!

Explore a country that takes you on a journey to the Holy Land’s most sacred places. See history unfold before your eyes by visiting the sites from the Bible and enjoy the beautiful winter weather and delicious Israeli cuisine.

World Heritage sites that will be crossed off your bucket list are:
• Old City of Jerusalem
• Walls [Ramparts] of Jerusalem
• Beit She’an
• Tel Megiddo
• Masada
• Wadi Rum
• Petra

Itinerary

Monday 1 January DEPART AUSTRALIA

Happy New Year! Depart from Brisbane bound for Dubai. EK 435 departs Brisbane at 8.45pm arrives Dubai at 5.20am.

Similar flights are also available from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth.

Tuesday 2 January DUBAI - AMMAN

Arrive in Dubai early morning and explore the modern airport before meeting travellers from other states and departing together for a 3 ½ hour flight to Amman, Jordan. EK 901 departs from Dubai at 8am arriving into Amman at 9.40am
After arrival procedures we depart Amman Airport and freshen up at our Jordanian hotel.
Some may choose to rest this afternoon but most will quickly regroup for our tour of Jerash, Roman ruins that give us a great insight into the typical design of Roman cities 2000 years ago. [Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find out why the columns didn’t fall in the earthquake!!]
Enjoy an early night back at the hotel.

HOTEL:  Geneva Hotel or similar, Amman
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Wednesday 3 January AMMAN -TIBERIAS

Welcome to our independent travellers this morning at 8.00am in the hotel lobby. We’re off!
First we’ll visit Madaba to see an amazingly old mosaic map of the Middle East [spot the deliberate mistake!] and a local mosaic factory before donning our gloves, beanies and extra layers for the lookout at Mt Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land. Our trip of a lifetime has begun! Border crossing into Israel at the Northern Border. Lunch will be included today. Continue to the World Heritage Roman city of Beit She’an. The energetic will climb the hilltop lookout and ruins of ancient civilisations above Beit She'an before exploring the typical Roman town. Maybe a family photo in the Roman toilets?!
Next we’ll unpack and settle in for 5 nights in our hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

HOTEL:  Caesar Hotel, Tiberias
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Thursday 4 January CAESAREA PHILIPPI – GOLAN HEIGHTS

Our northerly excursion to the source of the Jordan, Caesarea Philippi [Matt 16:13-23] "Who do you say that I am" and the Golan Heights. Family will enjoy the bush walk and water falls plus an opportunity to canoe or kayak on the Jordan River.
Our hotel will provide us with a snack lunch today.

HOTEL:  Caesar Hotel, Tiberias
MEALS: Breakfast , boxed lunch & Dinner

Friday 5 January MEGIDDO – NAZARETH - CANA

Explore Megiddo including a long underground tunnel and view Armageddon this morning on our way to visit the Church of Annunciation. After this visit an operational re-enactment of life in a Nazareth Village, a depiction of real life in Jesus day. Lunch in Nazareth as well as visit to the scene of the first miracle in Cana [Water into Wine, John 2:1-11] and the precipice where Jesus was threatened by a mob [Luke 4: 16-30] Check out a commercial venue for one of Israel's export industries on the way home. Own time later this afternoon for exploring the tourist town of Tiberias. How about a winter dip in the Sea of Galilee? Check out the natural springs in the Spa below your hotel. Shabbat starts at sunset: take in this cultural experience by observing locals. Kids? How are you going to explain the lifts to your friends at home? 

HOTEL: Caesar Hotel, Tiberias
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Saturday 6 January SEA OF GALILEE

Starting at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar we view the 2000 year old "Jesus boat" and then sail across the Sea of Galilee before stopping at Ein Gev-a Kibbutz restaurant for St Peter's fish lunch then back to the hotel for those who do not want to tour this afternoon.

The rest of us will walk through historical Capernaum, the main base of Jesus when in Galilee and we will visit St Peter's church on the beach where Jesus stood in Luke 5 & John 21, “cast your net on the right side...153 fish...” Stand where the multiplication of loaves and fishes occurred at Tabgha before a quiet reflection opportunity at the Mount of Beatitudes, [Sermon on the Mount  Matt 5: 1-8] 

HOTEL: Caesar Hotel, Tiberias
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sunday 7 January SNOW FUN AT MT HERMON

An early start today to drive to the Golan Heights where Israel has recently built a brand new snow resort. Very few know of this today although the area is cited in the scriptures! Lucky you have your winter clothing and jackets with you as average temperatures are -2 to +3 deg in January! Mount Hermon is similar height and similar latitude to Mt. Kosciusko. We will throw snow balls, build snowmen and try tobogganing. Experienced snow boarders and skiers might hire their own gear and buy their own lift tickets but MUST be back at our bus on time!

HOTEL:  Caesar Hotel, Tiberias
MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

Monday 8 January MT CARMEL – CAESAREA – JERUSALEM

Appreciate the roof top panoramic views of the Jezreel valley from Mt Carmel where Elijah had a showdown with the prophets of Baal before exploring King Herrod's Roman Theatre, Hippodrome and more at the old Roman port of Caesarea. Paddle in the Mediterranean Sea near where King Herod lived! 
Drive on to an exhilarating introduction to the history of Jerusalem at The Time Elevator.
Once again, unpack your bags and settle into your new hotel for the next 5 nights.

HOTEL: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem
MEALS: Breakfast , Dinner

Tuesday 9 January JERUSALEM - BETHLEHEM

Orient yourself at the superb scale model of the World Heritage listed Old City of Jerusalem at the Israel Museum before moving into the Palestinian controlled Bethlehem.  Visit Shepherd's Fields and Church of Nativity followed by a Bedouin style Lunch at the "Panoramic Tent". For the afternoon you can choose to return for free time at the hotel or visit Yad Veshem, the Holocaust Museum.

HOTEL: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wednesday 10 January WORLD HERITAGE OLD CITY of JERUSALEM

An action packed today in Jerusalem!
Early start to explore deep underground and touch the foundations of the Western Wall, as well as the healing pool of Bethesda [John 5: 2-9]. Visit Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations, Mount of Olives, Palm Sunday Route, Tear Church, Southern Steps, Mount Zion and the dungeons at St Peter's Church of Gallicantu where prisoners were held in Jesus' time. For the energetic explorers walk the full length of Hezekiah's Tunnel in the flowing water, [2 KINGS 20:20] emerging IN the pool of Siloam! You’ll need a compulsory torch or head light and suitable shoes.
[Thongs don’t work in water!]

HOTEL: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Thursday 11 January QUMRAN – JERICHO - JERUSALEM

Watch the movie at Qumran, hiding place of the Dead Sea scrolls, then into Palestinian controlled areas for a cable car ride to the Mount of Temptations.
Check out Jericho, the lowest and oldest continually inhabited city in the World, before a lunch stop. On return to Jerusalem we can all be archaeologists for 2 hours on the "Temple Mount Sifting Project".

HOTEL: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Friday 12 January JERUSALEM

Our exploration of the Old City of Jerusalem continues today with a walk along the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus took to the cross. Beneath the Church of the Redeemer on Muristan Street in the Christian Quarter of the Old City Jerusalem, enjoy this newly discovered archaeological site. Climb the church tower for skyline panoramic views. Walk the World Heritage listed Ramparts of Jerusalem from Jaffa Gate to New Gate. End your stay in Jerusalem with Communion at a rich man’s garden tomb. Tonight we will enjoy the cultural experience of a Friday Shabbat meal.

HOTEL:  Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem
MEALS: Breakfast & Shabbat of a Lifetime Dinner

Saturday 13 January EIN GEDI SPRINGS – MASADA – DEAD SEA

Drive down to the Dead Sea this morning and walk to the falls at Ein Gedi [“Spring of the goat”] where David hid from Saul [1 Sam 24] [Maybe swim?] After that, most will take the Cable car to King Herod's mountain fort of Masada but energetic ones can take advantage of our winter timing to climb the famous "Snake Path" [1000 steps!] On top of Masada we will explain its deep historical and symbolic significance based on the writings of Josephus.
From there you can stand at the lowest point on Earth! The shop at Masada is great for cosmetics and skin product made from the salt and mud of the Dead Sea. Enjoy the DEAD SEA at sunset – are you brave enough to take a float? Enjoy your hotel stay here at the absolute lowest point on Earth!

HOTEL:  Daniel Dead Sea
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Sunday 14 January EILAT – TIMNA NATIONAL PARK and DOLPHIN REEF

You’ve been to the highest, coldest and most Northerly part of Israel. Sleep in today at the lowest. Drive into the hottest [Negev desert] this morning and swim with dolphins later at the most southerly part of Israel, the duty free resort town of Eilat. At Dolphin Reef the dolphins have free access to the Red Sea but will swim in the wild with you!  Picnic lunch today at the Timna National Park where we will see a life size model of Moses’ Tabernacle which will enlighten your insight into the Old Testament.  

HOTEL:  Caesar Hotel, Eilat
MEALS: Breakfast, picnic lunch & Dinner

Monday 15 January WORLD HERITAGE LISTED WADI RUM

Farewell Israel as we go through the southern border crossing into Jordan. Continue to the desert region of Wadi Rum, famous for its location for the Lawrence of Arabia movie. 4WD vehicles will take us on a desert tour across the sand dunes. More tobogganing, this time on sand dunes! Once again, lunch will be provided! After a great day in the desert we drive to Petra.

HOTEL:  Petra Guest House, Petra
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tuesday 16 January WORLD HERITAGE LISTED PETRA

Our guesthouse is located perfectly for a full day exploring yet another World Heritage site, including the "Siq", El Khazneh, The Treasury, Kings Tombs & more. Share the excitement and sense of achievement of Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt who executed an adventurous, dangerous but inspiring project which resulted in the rediscovery of this lost city in 1812.  Perhaps you can negotiate optional camel rides for your family this afternoon in genuine Camel Terrain! This afternoon you can walk back to the guesthouse and have free time or climb to the more remote high parts of Petra such as the Monastery [Ad Deir] or High Places which most tour groups do not allow time for! Some will enjoy bargaining with the Bedouin vendors or maybe prefer the shops! Return using a horse and buggy [not incl].
Buy your own snack lunch today and then an early dinner at a local restaurant for our farewell celebration.

HOTEL:  Petra Guest House, Petra
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Wednesday 17 January PETRA – AMMAN - DUBAI

After breakfast check out of our Petra hotel for the drive 3 hours north to Amman airport where our holiday of a lifetime comes to a close and we farewell our independent travellers.
Our Emirates flight will include dinner. It departs at 4.55 pm and arrives into Dubai at 9.45pm. 

MEALS:  Dinner in Flight

Thursday 18 January DUBAI - HOME

EK432 departs Dubai at 2.35am arrives into Brisbane at 12.50am on 19 January 2018.

How much of your bucket list have you crossed off with one trip?

MEALS:  Breakfast and meals in flight

Friday 19 January ARRIVE HOME

EK432 arrives into Brisbane at 12.50am.

Tour Guides and Companions

John Rutherford

 John has planned and co-lead or lead nine tours, this will be his fifth to Israel and Jordan.

“Tina and I have travelled privately but sometimes a well planned tour gives much better value for money. Designing and optimizing this new trip for kids as well as parents and grandparents to provide lifetime memories with fun activities, unpacked bags for 5 nights in a row [twice!], food, culture, history, archaeology, adventure and religion has used my analytical strengths [I am an Engineer] and travel experience. All my trips have had repeat customers! We will not overdo “Cathedrals”, nor teach and preach but simply experience cultural, biblical, historical, architectural, technical and at least five World Heritage places in their Christian context PLUS Mount Hermon snowfields, tunnels, 4WDs and fun things. I think Aussies love to know everything is included like tipping, most meals, all entry fees, etc. and doing it off peak works well - no queues [Time is money!]

I’m excited! Come and join me with your family and “welcome” if you are joining me for a second or third time as is Judy who will be helping me to lead. [Tina is staying home this time with brand new grand mothering duties!]”

John, who lives on the Gold Coast has suggested that he calls you if you want to touch base with any niggling questions before booking or departing. Ask Mission Travel to arrange.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are currently being scheduled. Watch this space!

 

Price is based on minimum of 25 passengers

 

 

  Includes:

  • 15 nights’ accommodation in hotels as listed
  • Breakfast and dinner daily per the itinerary
  • Lunches as outlined
  • Air conditioned motor coach
  • Airport transfers  
  • Licenced local guides throughout
  • Sightseeing/entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Tips for the guides and drivers
  • Visa for Jordan *

Group airfare:
Brisbane/Melbourne/Sydney via Dubai to Amman flying Emirates and return
Adelaide/Perth on application
Inclusive of taxes and fuel surcharges
* Visa for Jordan included when purchasing group airfare as a group visa on arrival will be issued.

Must depart 1 January 2018 to qualify for this group fare
Limited seats held - first in first served

Not included:

  • Meals including lunch not listed on the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses – laundry, internet, shopping
  • Additional tips for ports, restaurant staff, etc
  • Extensions of travel
  • Travel insurance (see our website for a 20% discount)

To reserve a place on the tour complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the booking and registration form and send this along with a copy of the photo page of your passport (you can register without your passport)
  2. Pay a $500 per person non-refundable deposit (payment details on the booking form)

Send these details to:

Groups Department
Mission Travel
Suite 6, 670 Canterbury Rd
Surrey Hills VIC 3127

or email groups@missiontravel.com.au or call 1300 554 654.

The tour balance is due no later than Monday 2 October 2017.

Payment can be made by direct deposit into our bank account:

BSB 033 050
Account 325074
Reference: Family Israel + surname

Visa/Mastercard payments attract a 1.2% fee and American Express a 3.2% fee.

FAQs

What next?

To reserve a place on the tour complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the booking and registration form and send this along with a copy of the photo page of your passport (you can register without your passport)
  2. Pay a $500 per person non-refundable deposit (payment details on the booking form)

Send these details to:

Groups Department
Mission Travel
Suite 6, 670 Canterbury Rd
Surrey Hills VIC 3127

or email groups@missiontravel.com.au or call 1300 554 654.
You will receive a confirmation from your consultant acknowledging your place on the tour.

Bookings for the tour will close on Friday 25 August 2017 unless sold out prior.

Flight itinerary

Mission Travel has reserved 20 seats on a group booking with Emirates.  
The seats are allocated for the group airfare option and is on a first come, first serve basis. 
Please book early to avoid disappointment at this very busy time of the year for international travel. 

From  Australia on Monday 1 January 2018
EK 435 depart Brisbane 8.45 pm arrive Dubai 5.20 am

EK 407 depart Melbourne 10.30pm pm arrive Dubai 5.35 am

EK 413 depart Sydney 9.45 pm arrive Dubai 5.15 am

All group members travel from Dubai to Amman on 2 January

EK 901 depart Dubai 8.00 am arrive Amman 9.40am

All group members travel from Amman to Dubai on 17 January

EK904 depart Amman 4.55pm arrive Dubai 9.45pm

Thursday 18 January   Dubai - Australia
EK 432 depart Dubai at 2.35 am arrives Brisbane at 12.50am 19 January

EK 414 depart Dubai at 1.55 am arrives Sydney at 10.30 pm

EK 408 depart Dubai at 3.00 am arrives Melbourne at 11.20pm

Emirates also fly from Adelaide and Perth – please contact us immediately if you prefer to fly from one of these cities. We have a limited number of seats booked from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Flight Extensions/Variations

A requirement of travelling on a group tour airfare is that all passengers must travel together on the outbound international flights. Extensions and deviations can be made to the return flight journey at a cost of $150 per person additional plus any applicable tax variation to depart later or from any Emirates serviced city, or have a Dubai stopover upon approval from Emirates. If you wish to extend onto Europe the extra air cost needs to be assessed & is also subject to availability & approval by the airline. Stopovers in Asia attract an additional $75 stopover fee plus the relevant taxes.

There can only be a maximum of 50% of the group that can apply to extend/vary the flight arrangements. This will be done on a first come first serve basis. All deviations from the group flights need to be finalised no later than Friday 1 September 2017 and are subject to availability.

Please let us know at your earliest convenience if you wish to make any changes to the group flights so we can lock in your alternative arrangements to avoid disappointment.

Mission Travel is a full service travel agency not just a pilgrimage specialist. We can assist you with additional tours, accommodation and flights should you choose to extend your journey. We do not recommend that you finalise additional arrangements until it is GUARANTEED that this tour has met its minimum numbers.

Frequent Flyer Program

The Emirates Frequent Flyer program is called Skywards. It is free to join online at www.emirates.com
Emirates also have a frequent flyer program for kids called Skywards Skysurfers! Click HERE for details
Qantas members can also add their membership number however you accrue reduced points.
Once you have joined up or if you are already a member please provide Mission Travel of the number so that you will accrue frequent flyer points for this trip.

Passports and Visas

Australian passport holders DO NOT require a visa for Israel. A visa is required for Jordan and this will be processed as part of the full tour package and the costs are included. If you are purchasing the land only package you can arrange a visa on arrival at Amman airport for USD60 cash.

Please forward a Photocopy of your current passport front photo & information page (as soon as possible) if you have not already done so. Passports must have 6 months validity from the return date of travel and at least 4 blank pages. If you are travelling on any Passport other than an Australian passport please notify us immediately as visa requirements may change.

Health

Each participant must be in good health, capable of caring for themselves and be prepared for large amounts of walking.
Any medical condition, disability or mobility difficulty that may affect the functioning of the group must be advised in writing to Mission Travel and accompany the booking and registration form. This includes any anaphylactic allergies.
Any pre-existing medical condition or illness must be declared the nature of such condition at the time of booking and make arrangements for the provision of any drugs or other cause of treatment that may be required during the tour. Clients with a serious or ongoing medical condition or mobility constraint must bring an accompanying companion / carer. All requests for health / medical clearance submitted by clients are at the sole discretion of the operating carrier / tour operator. Many of the sites visited on our tours require a reasonable amount of walking. We must be advised, at the time of booking, of any physical condition that may affect your mobility. Mission Travel will make reasonable attempts to accommodate any special needs but is not responsible in the event it is not able to do so, nor is it responsible for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants or any independent suppliers.

Rooming

Prices are based on a twin shared room containing two single beds or one double. There are a limited number of family rooms available for families travelling with children aged under 12 years. If family rooms are not available interconnecting rooms will be requested for families.

For single travellers, a request to share is accepted at the time of booking. Clients electing to twin share with an unknown partner of the same gender do so in the full knowledge that Mission Travel cannot guarantee the compatibility or medical fitness of your roommate. A single supplement surcharge will apply at the time of booking. This surcharge will be refunded if Mission Travel is able to provide a suitable partner.

 

Travel Insurance

We offer Travel Insurance & as part of this group you automatically receive 20% discount. For a quote or to purchase travel insurance please contact us or go online.
Travel insurance should be arranged at the time of payment of the deposit to ensure you are insured for unforeseen cancellation.

Booking payment terms

A $500 per person deposit is payable to secure your place on the tour. Bookings for the tour will close on Friday 4 August 2017 unless sold out prior.

The tour balance is due no later than Monday 2 October 2017.

Payment can be made by direct deposit into our bank account:

BSB 033 050
Account 325074
Reference: Family Israel + surname

Visa/Mastercard payments attract a 1.2% fee and American Express a 3.2% fee.

Cancellation penalties

The $500 deposit is non-refundable.
Cancellation 90-45 days prior to departure – 25% cancellation fee of total tour cost
Cancellation less than 45 days prior to departure or once the tour has commenced – NO REFUND
It is vital that you are adequately insured for unforeseen cancellation.

More questions?

Please don’t hesitate to call our office to discuss. Personal appointments can be made to visit our Surrey Hills office (Victoria) between 9am-5.00pm Monday to Friday. Please phone the office to arrange an appointment.

Travelling with children

Many people are nervous about travelling with children. From our experience kids are often more relaxed and laid back than many adults!
Kids are resilient, they sleep just about anywhere and love variety.

Please don't be nervous about taking your kids - this is exactly what we have designed this trip to be. 
A few things to remember:

  1. If your kids are getting tired you are welcome to just take the day off and relax at the hotel
  2. Early nights are key - there are no scheduled evening activities apart from dinner. Try and have the kids in bed to ensure they get 9-10 hours sleep
  3. Bring electronic devices for the bus drives. An iPad is ideal (don't forget the headphones). We have requested wi fi enabled coaches for this very reason!
  4. Our Director Lisa Tarzia has travelled the world with her children from 6 weeks of age. She is available to chat with you if you have any questions or concerns about travelling with your children. LISA-cirlce

 

"I find travelling with my kids so rewarding! To see their faces light up at new things, the way they engage with people, young and old, and what I hope will be lifelong memories, make it so worth it!"

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