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Join us for a Tour of the Land of the Bible:      March 3-15, 2020

Tour of the Land of the Bible: March 3-15, 2020 (click this link for itinerary)

We are pleased to announce that we have a tour of Israel planned for March 3-15, 2020. Partnering with Dr. Dwain Camp of Bethel Church of Houston, Pastor Wayne Cone of Cypress Bible Church, and I will, will be offering a 11-night tour of Israel whereby we explore the biblical, geographical, historical, and religious sites of Israel. Offering a dynamic one bus tour, we will not only see places people always love to see (e.g., Jerusalem; Western Wall; boat ride of on Sea of Galilee; Mt. Arbel; Dead Sea; Garden Tomb; Masada; En Gedi; Carmel; Capernaum; Dan Nature Reserve; Mt. of Olives; Garden of Gethsemane; Yad ), but we will also be going to places not normally seen on a tour. For example, we will also visit places not normally seen on a first-time tour:

Akko & Rosh HaNikra

Arad & Be'er Sheva

Belvoir Fortress (Crusader Fortress overlooking Jordan Valley)

Gamla National Park

Hazor

Lachish 

Magdala

Shiloh

Arad & Be'er Sheva

We will also join a Reform Jewish congregation, Kehillat Bavat Ayin, in welcoming the Sabbath with dinner following in various homes of the members of this synagogue.

Here's where we will be staying:

March 4-8: We will stay at Ein Gev Holiday Village (4 nights)

March 8-9: Inbar Hotel, Arad (1 night)

March 9-13, 2020 (Mt. Zion JLM (4 nights)

March 13-15, 2020 (Dan Panorama TLV (2 nights)

Cost per participant (two to a room) is $ 2,670.00 (excluding airfare; too early to arrange airfare)

The cost includes accommodations, breakfast and dinnner, entrance fees, porterage, and transportation. What's not included are lunches, personal expenses, and tips (which will be collected just prior to tour: TBD: $150.00-200.00). 

If interested in signing up, please contact me at paul.shockley@cbshouston.edu. We are limiting our tour to 45 people (one bus). We already have a growing number of people who have asked to sign up for tour. So, if you want to join us, let me know as soon as possible. When website is ready, Isram Israel, our Israeli tour company, I will let you know. 

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