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Bible Lands Tours – Israel + Turkey + Greece | 22 Days
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Suggested Itinerary

Your Israel + Turkey + Greece itinerary will include the following. A detailed itinerary will be posted approximately 30 days from departure.

Day 1 - Tuesday: Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv arrivals from all around the globe. Free time all day in Tel Aviv. Dinner at Tel Aviv hotel included.

Day 2 - Wednesday: Tel Aviv
Breakfast in hotel. Tour Tel Aviv Bethel. Tour Joppa; Visit Simon the Tanner’s “house” and walk down to Joppa’s ancient Port. Local cuisine for lunch, not included; after lunch tour Biblical Landscape Museum. Group dinner at Tel Aviv hotel included.

Day 3 - Thursday: Tel Aviv/Tiberias 
Breakfast in hotel. Check out of Tel Aviv hotel. Visit beautiful Caesarea.  Visit to Megiddo (lunch at Megiddo, not included). Guided tour of Nazareth Village – experience a memorable re-creation of Nazareth of 2000 years ago.  Check into Tiberias hotel.  Group dinner at Tiberias hotel included.

Day 4 - Friday: Tiberias/Jerusalem 
Breakfast in hotel, Tour the Sea of Galilee area: First a wonderful boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes for a reading of the Sermon on the Mount. Visit Capernaum. Enjoy Galilee Fish lunch, not included. Visit ruins of the Synagogue of Magdala. Group dinner at Tiberias hotel included.

Day 5 - Saturday: Tiberias/Jerusalem
Breakfast in hotel. Check out of Tiberias hotel. Visit Jordan River site; Visit to Jericho. Lunch at Jericho site, not included. Take coach to Jerusalem to the Mt. of Olives, walk down to Garden of Gethsemane. Group dinner at Jerusalem hotel included.

Day 6 - Sunday: Jerusalem
Breakfast in hotel. Early morning visit to Temple Mount. Visit Pools of Bethesda. Tour the Western Wall Tunnel. Local cuisine Lunch not included. Guided Bible tour of Israel Museum (we have our own theocratic guide), Shrine of the Book and the huge outdoor model of ancient Jerusalem. Group dinner at Jerusalem hotel included.

Day 7 - Monday: Jerusalem
Breakfast in hotel. Enjoy city walk, Visit Wohl Museum & Burnt House, continue to the City of David (enjoy excellent film of Jerusalem’s history). Visit to Gihon spring, Warren’s Shaft, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam. Guided tour of Garden Tomb site. Group dinner at Jerusalem hotel included.

Day 8 - Tuesday: Jerusalem
Breakfast in hotel. Visit Masada, using the cable car. Enjoy floating in the Dead Sea. Conclude by visiting with old “Abraham” in his tent in the Judean Desert, including Camel ride and Biblical dinner.

Day 9 - Wednesday: Izmir Turkey
Breakfast in Jerusalem Hotel.
Depart Tel Aviv / Arrive Izmir.  Free time in Izmir. Group dinner included at hotel.

Day 10 - Thursday: Izmir Turkey
Breakfast at the hotel and continue to Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) First visit Asclepion (medical center of the ancient world). Then visit the Acropolis, Temple of Athena, library, Royal Palace, Temple of Trajan, the steepest theater of the ancient world, Altar of Zeus. Continue to Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) which was a commercial center, visit remains of a church and then return to Izmir. Group dinner included at hotel.

Day 11 - Friday: Izmir Turkey
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit ancient Agora of Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) Depart from Izmir to Ephesus, a cradle of early Christianity (Revelation 1:1; 2:1-7). Proceed to spectacular ruins from the period of Paul; see Odeon, Fountains, Temples; Library, Great theater and stadium. Temple of Artemis (one of the seventh wonders of the ancient world.) Group dinner included at hotel.

Day 12 - Saturday: Izmir Turkey/Pamukkale 
Breakfast and check out of Izmir hotel. Visit Aphrodisias en route to Pamukkale (which was ancient Hierapolis mentioned at Colossians 4:13.) Visit the wonderful formations of stalactites and watch the Cataracts falling into the Basin at the bottom of the Mountain. Continue the tour with the ancient city of Hierapolis. Group dinner included, overnight in Pamukkale Hotel.

Day 13 - Sunday: Pamukkale/Izmir Turkey 
Breakfast and check out of Pamukkale hotel. Early morning start with a visit to the ancient city of Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22). Continue to Philadelphia.  (Revelation 3:7-13) Visit Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia. See the Temple of Diana, the Golden River (Pactalos) and the royal road. Then visit the reconstructed synagogue and continue to Izmir for Group dinner included, overnight in Izmir hotel.

Day 14 - Monday: Izmir/Istanbul Turkey 
Breakfast and check out of Izmir hotel.  Flight to Istanbul.
Visit Grand Bazaar & Egyptian Spice Market. Group dinner included, overnight in Istanbul Hotel.

Day 15 - Tuesday: Istanbul 
Breakfast in Istanbul hotel. Tour Branch Office of Jehovah's Witnesses in Istanbul. Visit Hagia Sophia Museum. Enjoy Bosphorus Cruise. Group Dinner and overnight in Istanbul hotel.

DAY 16 - Wednesday: Thessaloniki
Depart for Thessaloniki, transfer to hotel. Dinner included. Get acquainted. Overnight in Thessaloniki.

DAY 17 - Thursday: Thessaloniki-Philippi-Kavala 
Visit Thessaloniki and Philippi — After breakfast, pick up from hotel to start morning tour of Thessaloniki. Visit to the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Thessaloniki.  Enjoy the sites and the beautiful coastline. Afterwards, we will reach the town of Kavala (Ancient Neapolis) and then Philippi where Paul preached and baptized the first Christians in Europe! Visit the ‘’Baptismal’’ site, where Lydia was baptized and the place where tradition says Paul was imprisoned. Finally, we visit the Acropolis of Philippi, the Ancient Market, Basilica and Theatre. Overnight in Kavala (Ancient Neapolis) Group Dinner in Hotel included.

DAY 18 - Friday: Kavala to Meteora
Kavala to Meteora – We leave Kavala. We arrive at the beautiful town of Veria (Ancient Beroea) at Northwestern Greece. Visit the Jewish synagogue in the area Paul originally preached. We continue to the Ancient town of Vergina. Go to the Royal tombs of Alexander the Great’s father, Phillip of Macedon. We finally arrive at the picturesque town of Kalambaka and go to Meteora to see the breathtaking rock tower monasteries of the 11th Century! Overnight in Kalambaka (Meteora). Group Dinner in Hotel included.

DAY 19 - Saturday: Kalambaka to Athens
Kalambaka to Athens — Early in the morning, we drive a few hours along the mountainous region to Athens. Make short stops at Thermopylae, the statue of Leonidas and the wonderful Tempi valley. Follow the path of the Apostle to the nations by visiting the Areopagus or Mars Hill where he preached to the Athenians (Acts 17). Visit the Acropolis. Overnight in Athens.  Group Dinner in Hotel included.

DAY 20 - Sunday: Corinth-Athens 
Ancient Corinth to Athens – Visit the famous Canal of Corinth, the archaeological site and the museum at Acrocorinth. Visit the biblical site of Cenchreae. Stroll around the ancient citadel while your experienced tour guide relates to you the fascinating history of such monuments as the Temple of Athena Nike, the Theatre of Dionysus. Overnight in Athens. Group Dinner in Hotel included.

DAY 21 - Monday: Athens 
Visit the Greece Bethel Branch Office in Athens. Visit Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Malakasa.  Finally, enjoy the beautiful view from Lycabettus mountain and a final Group dinner overlooking Athens. Overnight in Athens.

DAY 22 - Tuesday: Athens 
Breakfast at Hotel.  Depart Athens.

Note: For reasons beyond our control it may not be possible to visit everything listed above. However every effort will be made to include as much as reasonably possible.

Listed below are most of the locations we will be visiting on our Bible Lands Tour. We have included references to our Christian publications so that you can look up this information in advance. This reference list does not include everything we have published on the locations we will be visiting, but will help get you started on preparing:

ISRAEL

  • ISRAEL (Ancient Land): si 270-278; it-1 332-336; it-2 469-470
  • JERUSALEM (Ancient): it-2 40-41, 951
  • JOPPA: it-2 104
  • CAPERNAUM: it-1 410-412
  • SEA OF GALILEE: it-1 885
  • NAZARETH: it-2 476

TURKEY

  • Ephesus: it-1 734 -735
  • Smyrna: it-1 982
  • Pergamum: it-2 607-608
  • Thyatira: it-2 p. 1099
  • Sardis: it-2 864
  • Philadelphia: it-2 626
  • Laodicea: it-2 204

GREECE

  • Athens: it-1 pp. 209-211
  • Beroea (Veria): it-1 p. 291
  • Corinth: it-1 pp. 508-509
  • Cenchreae: it-1 pp. 424-425
  • Fair Havens (Kaloi Limniones): it-1 pp. 802-803
  • Neapolis (Kavala): it-2 pp. 478-479
  • Philippi: it-2 pp. 629-630
  • Thessalonica: it-2 p. 1092

Proposed Hotels Israel:
3 or 4-star Hotels in Tel Aviv, Galilee and Jerusalem.

Proposed Hotels Turkey:
3 or 4-star Hotels in Izmir, Pamukkale and Istanbul

Proposed Hotels Greece:
3 or 4-star Hotels In Thessaloniki, Kavala, Kalambaka and Athens

All prices quotes herein are in USD.

<ul> <strong>Land Package</strong> <li>3 to a room: $6480</li> <li>2 to a room: $6600</li> <li>1 to a room: $7400</li> </ul> <ul> <strong>From NY</strong> <li>3 to a room: $7780</li> <li>2 to a room: $7900</li> <li>1 to a room: $8700</li> </ul> <ul> <strong>From London</strong> <li>3 to a room: $7180</li> <li>2 to a room: $7300</li> <li>1 to a room: $8100</li> </ul>

All prices herein are per person and are subject to change without notice. "Full Package" prices are especially subject to change due to the fluctuation in airfare. For Instance: Travelers can expect to pay additional airfare for summer tour dates if their tour includes New York. We will notify you three months, or less, before your departure of any additional fees.

Regarding Land Package Pricing:

Land Package prices signify that...

  1. ...BCT will NOT provide your transportation EXCEPT during the tour.
  2. ...you will be required to arrange your own transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour.
  3. ...BCT is not responsible for any cost associated with the cost of your transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour. Including penalties, fees and/or rebooking cost when a trip is cancelled or moved.
  4. ...while your transportation is provided during the tour you will be required to arrange your own transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour.

Click here to read about the advantages of booking a 'full package' trip versus a 'land package' trip.

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<b>What's Included</b>

<li>Transportation each day for touring and sightseeing.</li>

<li>Entrance fees for scheduled touring sites.</li>

<li>Airfare between countries for those traveling to multiple countries.</li>

<li>Breakfast and Dinner as noted on the day-by-day itinerary.</li>

<li>Rooming in a 3 star or higher hotel.</li>

<li>Prices include three tour guides: one Local guide to conduct our tour (which is required by the local laws) and two Jehovah’s Witness guides. The Witness guides will be Appointed Brothers. Your tour will be biblically accurate and of the greatest encouragement to you.</li>

<li>Airport / Hotel shuttle service for those with full packages.</li>

<li>Representatives to meet & greet at both airport & hotel.</li>

<li>Tips for your guides and bus drivers.</li>



<b>What's Not Included</b>

<li>Tips to the hotel staff</li>

<li>Lunch as noted on the day-by-day itinerary.</li>

</ul>

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