Biblical Pilrimage

215,000.00

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
(ISRAEL, TURKEY, GREECE, Nazareth, Galilee, Capernaun, Cana, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jaffa, 7 Churches of Revelation, Patmos, Athens and Argolis, Birth Place of Jesus, Monastery of St. John & House of Virgin Mary)

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October 24 – November 9, 2016

OCT 24: Departure Manila
Depart from Manila and enjoy your flight amenities on board.

Day 1 / Oct 25: Arrival Ben Gurion Airport / Mt of Beatitudes / Tabgha /
Capernaum / Sea of Galilee (LD)
Arrival Ben Gurion International Airport. Transfer and proceed for a tour, we
will start to Ascend to the Mount of the Beatitudes. This is the traditional site
where Jesus uttered the immortal words “Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for
theirs is the kingdom of God”. (Matthew 5:3-12). Visit the Church and its
grounds for private reading of the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to nearby
Tabgha, the site where Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of
Loaves and Fish; visit the Church of the Loft and Fish Miracle. On the stone
which serves as the altar, there is mosaic of basket of loaves flanked by two
fish to commemorate this miraculous event. Two hundred yards away is the
Church of Primacy, built in 1934 in basalt over a massive rock called “Mensa
Christi”. Here where the Risen Lord appeared to his disciples, prepared
breakfast for them and gave St. Peter the pastoral commission, Feed my
Sheep (John 21:15-19). Proceed to Capernaum, where Jesus lived after he
left Nazareth; here, Jesus preached to the people and manifested His
goodness and omnipotence by many miracles. Capernaum was the home of
St. Peter. Proceed to the Greek Orthodox Church and the nearby
archaeological excavations of the Synagogue and community. And then
cruise on the Sea of Galilee – along its shores much of Jesus’ public ministry
took place; here Jesus walked on the water (Mark 6:48). A good opportunity
to reflect on the messages of our Lord our saviour; the beauty of nature while
sailing at the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 / Oct 26: Cana / Nazareth / Mt. Tabor / Yardenit (BLD)
Breakfast at the hotel and then drive to Cana for a visit of the Church of the
First Miracle known also as the Marriage Church, here couples will have an
opportunity to renew their marriage vows.Drive further north to Nazareth, the
church of the Annunciation and Mary’s well. Cross the valley to Mt. Tabor and
ascend by taxi to the Church of Transfiguration. In the late afternoon, descend
Mt. Tabor and drive to the River Jordan for Baptismal service at Yardenit.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 03 / Oct 27: Bethlehem / Ein Karem (BLD)
After breakfast, we drive to a morning visit to the Bethlehem to see the
Church of the Nativity, built over the stable where Jesus was born. Visit the
Plains of Boaz and the Shepherd’s fields. View Mt Herodium where Herod’
Palace stood. Then proceed to Ein Karem, visit the Church of the Visitation,
the tradition al home of Elizabeth and the birthplace of John the Baptist.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight

Day 04 / Oct 28: Jerusalem New City / Mt of Olives / Mt Zion (BLD)
Breakfast at the hotel. Start our appreciation of the Holy City of Jerusalem
with a visit to Bethany, the site of the miracle of restoring life to Lazarus,
brother of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42), and a Visit to the Mount Of
Olives, for a panoramic view of the city, Ascension Chapel – traditional place
where Jesus ascended into heaven; then Pater Noster Church traditionally the
site where Jesus taught the disciples how to pray “Our Father”; then Dominus
Flevit Church in memory of Jesus weeping over the fate of Jerusalem. Visit
the Church of Ascension and walk the Palm Sunday route down the hill to the
Garden of Gethsemane for an intercessory prayer; it was here where Jesus
spent His last night before He was arrested; Basilica of Agony, stopping along
the way at the Maria Magdalena Church. Visit the Church of All Nations at the
Garden of Gethsemane. Lunch at local restaurant. Drive to Nearby Mount
Zion and visit the Last Supper’s Room and the Tomb of King David. Visit the
Dormition Abbey – traditionally the site where the Virgin Mary slept last; and
St. Peter’s Church in Gallicantu – traditional site where St. Peter denied Jesus
for 3 times. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 / Oct 29: Jerusalem Old City / Jericho / Qumran / Dead Sea (BLD)
Breakfast at the hotel and Visit Via Dolorosa – an opportunity to carry a crosswhile performing meditations on the 14 Stations of the Cross then visit the
Church of the Holy Sepulchre – the burial place and resurrection of Jesus. It
was built over the site of the place called Golgotha, which means “a place of
skull”. Precede your tour of the Old City, starting from the St. Stephen’s Gate
(the Lion’s Gate), stopping at St. Anne’s Church – regarded as the birthplace
of the Virgin Mary and the home of St. Anne and Joachin, the Pool of
Bethesda, where Jesus told the lame man to take up his bed and walk. Visit
the Cardo and the Jewish Quarter before arriving at the Western (Wailing)
Wall, the last vestige of the second temple, where Jews all over the world
gather to commemorate the destruction of the first and second temple and
pray for Israel’s restoration. Short stop at sea-level and continue to Jerichothe
oldest city in the world. Stop at Zacheus Sycamore, the oldest Sycamore
tree which Zacheus climb in order to see Jesus Christ walking by. We
continue south to the Dead Sea, with a stop in Qumran, the site of the Dead
Sea Scrolls, discovery. Upon arrival at the Dead Sea have a chance to float in
the lowest water level in the world. We return to the hotel for dinner and
overnight.

Day 06 / Oct 30: Jaffa / Emmaus / Departure Tel Aviv /
Arrival Istanbul (BLD)
Breakfast at the hotel and then check-out. We will drive to Emmaus, an old
town on the eastern edge of the Ajalon Valley. Here, the resurrected Jesus
walked, talked and dined with two of his disciples, Cleophas and Simon and
visit nearby Latrun Monastery. And then to the Old Jaffa port and tour the
narrow alleys; visit to the St. Peter’s Church. And then departure transfer to
airport for to catch your onward flight to Istanbul. Arrival Istanbul, meet and
transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight

Day 07 / Oct 31: ISTANBUL (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel and depart for the city tour of Istanbul main highlights. We
visit Blue Mosque This imperial mosque is an example of classical Turkish
architecture, and it is the only mosque that was originally built with six
minarets. Although it is popularly known as the Blue Mosque, its real name is
Sultan Ahmet Mosque.Built between 1609-1616, the mosque used to be part
of a large complex, including a covered bazaar, Turkish baths, public kitchens,
a hospital, schools, a caravanserai, and the mausoleum of Sultan Ahmet.
Continue to Hippodrome Square, was a circus that was the sporting and social
centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Next to St Sophia;
which is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for
Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now
a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been the
precious of its time. Lastly Grand Bazaar – one of the largest covered bazaar
in the world. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 08 / Nov 01: “TRACE” / SEA OF MARMARA / DARDANELLES
STRAIT / CANAKKALE (BLD)
Early morning breakfast and check-out at hotel. Departing Istanbul, we travel
west across “Trace”, the European portion of Turkey. The summer homes
along the Sea of Marmara will provide the scenery as we travel. Views of the
bunkers on the hillside and the ocean going vessels give clear understanding
to the commentary of the British major losses and World War I defeat in
the Dardanelles Strait. Our bus boards a large ferry for the scenic crossing of
the Dardanelles to our lodging this evening in picturesque Canakkale.

DAY 09 / Nov 02: ANCIENT TROY / PERGAMUM (1st Church)
IZMIR (2nd Church) (BLD)
Early breakfast, then check-out at hotel. We travel by the area known
as Troas (Troy), where Paul had vision during his second missionary journey
and was called to Macedonia (Acts 16:6-13). Paul later spent a week in Troas
preaching and it is also here where Eutychus was resurrected (Acts 20:6-
12). Ancient Troy is well known for its 3rd and 4th Century B.C. excavations.
Don’t forget to have your picture taken from the top of the Trojan Horse. Our
next visit of the day is Pergamum. Once a busy trading center and famous as
a “seller of purple”, the most favoured of the Seven Churches, the church Pergamum was praised for its forbearance (Rev. 2:12-17). It was here that the
first Christians were executed by the Romans. We’ll
We’ll visit the fabled Acropolis, pass through the Royal Gates, view the
foundations of the Temple Zeus and visit the ruins of the library, which once
held 200,000 volumes. We continue south to Izmir, the third largest city in
Turkey and a long time center for Jews and Christians. In Paul’s day, Izmir was
known as Smyrna and was another of the Seven Churches (Rev. 2:8-11). Here,
we’ll see Polycarp’s Church and the ancient agora. Our lodging this evening will
be in Izmir.

DAY 10 / Nov 03: THYATIRA (3rd Church) / SARDIS (4th Church) /
PHILADELPHIA (5th Church) / PAMUKKALE (BLD)
After breakfast and check-out, we start our touring day and a stop will be made
in Thyatira to view the ancient roadway and period columns en-route to Sardis.
Sardis was berated by John for its façade of strength when in reality it was
weak (Rev. 3:1-6). Here, coins were minted and the dyeing of wood originated.
visit the gymnasium and synagogue. Our next stop is
nearby Philadelphia which was referred to as the “New Jerusalem” (Rev. 3:7-
13) in the Book of Revelation. Not much is left of the city except for the ancient
wall and the remains of a Byzantine basilica in the modern city of Alasehir. Our
lodging this evening will be in a lovely spa hotel in Pamukkale.

DAY 11 / Nov 04: HIERAPOLIS / LAODICEA (6th Church) / COLOSSAE (BLD)
Breakfast and check-out at hotel. Hierapolis, meaning “Sacred City”, was an
ancient center for pagan cults until it was transformed into a Christian center in
the first century. According to tradition, the Apostle Philip lived and was
martyred in Hierapolis. It was likely the hot springs of Hierapolis in contrast to
the cold mountain springs near Colossae that combined to bring application to
the “luke warm” Laodeceans (Rev. 3:14-22). This connection between the cities
lies behind Paul’s reference to Hierapolis and Laodicea in his epistle to the
Colossians (Col 4:13). Laodicea contains many acres of ruins to visit including
a stadium and remnants of a sophisticated water system. Nearby Colossae is
well-known throughout Christian circles as the receiver of Paul’s letter to the
Colossians. Today, the town has fallen into obscurity and nothing remains. We
spend the remainder of the day traveling through the Turkish countryside
arriving in the port city of Kusadasi where we spend two nights. The day will not
be complete without a visit to a local Turkish Rug cooperative.

DAY 12 / Nov 05: EPHESUS (7th Church) / KUSADASI (BLD)
Have breakfast at hotel. We travel to the nearby town of Selcuk for a visit to
the House of the Virgin Mary on top of Mt. Coressos. Then visit the Basilica of
St. John, housing an immersion baptismal and believed to be resting place of
John. From here, we have an excellent overview of the Ephesus Harbour and
the Temple of Artemis, completed in its most famous phase around 550 B.C.
and listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Next, we travel a
short distance down the hill to visit the Mosque of Jesus (Jesus is a respected
prophet of Muslims). A wealth of artifacts awaits us at the nearby Museum of
Ephesus. We spend the remainder of our day in Ephesus, the city of the Bible
and one of the largest restorations still in progress with miles of ancient
treasures. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of 250,000 people. Today,
you can still see the spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient
city where we view the Library, Agora, Temple of Artemis, theatre, colorful
mosaics, a panoramic view of the surrounding ancient port area including a
wealth of church history and cultural insight. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.

DAY 13 / Nov 06: KUSADASI / chartered boat to PATMOS /
ferry to Athens (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel, check out transfer to port, and proceed for a Chartered boat
to Patmos. Proceed on tour to visit the Monastery of St. John and the Grotto.
Completing the tour, return back to the main town. At own leisure until walking
to the port for ferry boat to Athens.
DAY 14 / Nov 07: ARRIVAL ATHENS SIGHTSEEING (BLD)
Pick up and then proceed for a breakfast, and then continue for your half day
morning tour. See Syntagma Square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial
to the Unknown Soldier, the Athens Academy, the University, the National
Library and the Hadrian’s Arch. Pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus and
visit the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern
era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of
the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the
Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the
Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their
home and admire the wonders of the classical era, the museum of Acropolis.
At the end of the tour, drop off at the hotel or at the city centre. Remainder of
the day at own leisure. Overnight in Athens Hotel.
Day 15 / Nov 08: ONE DAY ARGOLIS TOUR (Corinth Canal, Mycenae,
Nafplion and Epidaurus) DEPARTURE: (BL)
After breakfast, pickup from the hotel for your one day Argolis tour. Depart
Athens by the coastal road and stop to see the Corinth Canal. Drive on to
Mycenae, the Homeric city of Agammemnon (The leader of the Troy War).
Visit the Lion’s Gate, the Cyclopean Walls and the Royal Tomb. Continue to
Nafplion and see this charming town. Drive onto and visit the 4th B.C. theatre
of Epidaurus, famous for its acoustics. Return to Athens to catch flight back
home.

Day 16 / Nov 09: ARRIVAL MANILA
Home Sweet Home!

PACKAGE COST : USD 4458.00 per person
Single Supplement : USD 600.00 (except ferry boat portion)

INCLUSIONS:
• Round Trip International Airfare and taxes in Economy Class
• 14 nights hotel accommodations using 4 star hotels
• 01 night cabin (Ferry boat Service Patmos to Piraeus)
• Kusadasi – Patmos privately chartered boat
• Kusadasi port tax
• Standard local meals specified in the program (B-breakfast, LLunches
and D-dinner)
• Air conditioned coach for transfers and during tour
• English speaking guide (one guide per country)
• Entrance fees of museums and archaeological sites specified in
the tour itinerary
• Road Tolls
• Pre-departure Briefing
• Tipping for Guide, Driver, Restaurant and Hotel

EXCLUSIONS:
Cost of passport and visa documentation, Turkey Visa (Php4000 per
applicant), Schengen Visa (Php5500 per applicant), Any travel
insurance, Other meals not specified, Beverages during meals,
Laundry, Telephone Calls, Cost of Excess Luggage, and all other items
of personal nature

FLIGHT DETAILS
TK 085 24 Oct Manila / Istanbul 2130h – 0445h of Oct 25
TK 784 25 Oct Istanbul / Tel Aviv 0635h – 0840h
TK 787 30 Oct Tel Aviv / Istanbul 1535h – 1805h
TK1844 08 Nov Athens / Istanbul 2205h – 2340h
TK 084 09 Nov Istanbul / Manila 0130h – 1845h

BOOKING CONDITIONS:
 A non-refundable deposit of USD 500.00 per person plus visa fees
is required upon booking and submission of complete documents.
(refundable only if visa is refused)
 CANCELLATION FEE: Full Cancellation will be applied to any
cancellation made 3weeks before departure
 Minimum of 20 full paying adult passengers to run the
program
RATES, TOUR PROGRAMS and SCHEDULES are subject to change
if conditions so demand. We reserve the right to postpone the
departure if participants fall below the required number of persons
or visas are not processed on time. Tour fare is based on group
departure. Air tickets are based on group/ discounted fares, hence,
certain restrictions apply, i.e non- endorsable, non- reroutable, with
refunds, if any, subject to cancellation and other charges.
CONDITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY: We, our employees, sub –agents
shall be responsible only for making arrangements. It shall not be
responsible and liable for any accident, loss, injury, and damage to
property in connection with any accommodation, transportation or
other services resulting directly or indirectly from any occurrence or
defects of vehicles, breakdown of equipment, acts of God, strikes,
civil disturbances, theft, delay or cancellation or change in the
itinerary. Baggage is at owner’s risk throughout the trip. The
company shall not held liable in any form on any health problem/s
that may occur during the trip brought about by pre- existing
illness/es, disclosed or undisclosed by the passenger to us. We
reserves the right to terminate servicing any participant who in its
opinion is prejudicing the harmony of the tour group, a burden to the
group or for any reason by his/ her conduct hinders the successful
operation of the tour. Payment of reservation fee/ total tour cost
shall constitute to all the provisions in the tour booking, payment
and cancellation policies and conditions of responsibilities stated
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