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Bible Lands Tours – Israel + Turkey | 16 Day Tour
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  • November 26 - December 11, 2019
    In conjunction with the Melbourne International Convention. 2019 Prices are NOT firm and may change.
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  • July 9-24, 2019
    After Athens International Convention! 2019 Prices are NOT firm and may change.
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The Overview

<h4>Israel Overview</h4> “See the Good Land” is the theme of this tour, which is undoubtedly the most comprehensive theocratic Biblical tour of Israel available. We secured the services of a local Israeli Tour Guide considered by past BCT travelers and current
<h4>Israel Overview</h4>

“See the Good Land” is the theme of this tour, which is undoubtedly the most comprehensive theocratic Biblical tour of Israel available.



We secured the services of a local Israeli Tour Guide considered by past BCT travelers and current BCT Tour Guides alike to be the best, with over 40 years experience of guiding and archaeology in Israel. In addition, our highly experienced theocratic guide will be Tim Martin from Brooklyn who will also present several re-enactments and readings from the Scriptures in what is thought to be the authentic sites. You can volunteer to take part in those exciting dramas!



Also included is the BCT unique theocratic tour of the Israel Museum, with some amazing and faith-building artifacts. This museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. The Shrine of the Book is the home of several exceptional archaeological finds including the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

<h4>Turkey Overview</h4>

The theme of the trip through Turkey will be: “How Did They Maintain Their Heart Devotion?” Despite Satan’s all-out efforts to attack and destroy the faith of first-century Christians they maintained their integrity. How? And what lessons can we learn from them? You will learn the answers to these questions and more as you visit the cities of Ephesus, Pergamum and others.”



There is so much to see in Turkey that it is often referred to as the Other Holy Land. Ephesus: a visit to this city is a must see for any Bible student. The apostle Paul visited Ephesus on his second and third missionary tours. Paul accomplished much in Ephesus and many became worshipers of Jehovah as a result! (Acts 18:19-21; Acts 19:10-17) Pergamum: Is where pagan religion was greatly stressed including the worship of political rulers. In addition, you see other ancient cities and sites in Turkey.
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Suggested Itinerary

<strong>Day 1 - Tuesday July 9 / Nov 26: Tel Aviv</strong>

Tel Aviv arrivals from all around the globe. Free time all day in Tel Aviv. Dinner at Tel Aviv hotel included.



<strong>Day 2 - Wednesday July 10 / Nov 27: Tel Aviv</strong>

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.



<strong>Day 3 - Thursday July 11 / Nov 28: Tel Aviv/Tiberias </strong>

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.



<strong>Day 4 - Friday July 12 / Nov 29: Tiberias/Jerusalem </strong>

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.



<strong>Day 5 - Saturday July 13 / Nov 30: Tiberias/Jerusalem</strong>

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.



<strong>Day 6 - Sunday July 14 / Dec 1: Jerusalem</strong>

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.



<strong>Day 7 - Monday July 15 / Dec 2: Jerusalem</strong>

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.



<strong>Day 8 - Tuesday July 16 / Dec 3: Jerusalem</strong>

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.



<strong>Day 9 - Wednesday July 17 / Dec 4: Izmir Turkey</strong>

Breakfast in Jerusalem Hotel.

Depart Tel Aviv / Arrive Izmir.  Free time in Izmir. Group dinner included at hotel.



<strong>Day 10 - Thursday July 18 / Dec 5: Izmir Turkey</strong>

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.



<strong>Day 11 - Friday July 19 / Dec 6: Izmir Turkey</strong>

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.



<strong>Day 12 - Saturday July 20 / Dec 7: Izmir Turkey/Pamukkale </strong>

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.



<strong>Day 13 - Sunday July 21 / Dec 8: Pamukkale/Izmir Turkey </strong>

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.



<strong>Day 14 - Monday July 22 / Dec 9: Izmir/Istanbul Turkey </strong>

Breakfast and check out of Izmir hotel.  Flight to Istanbul.

Visit Grand Bazaar & Egyptian Spice Market. Group dinner included, overnight in Istanbul Hotel.



<strong>Day 15 - Tuesday July 23 / Dec 10: Istanbul </strong>

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.



<strong>Day 16 - Wednesday July 24 / Dec 11: Istanbul</strong>

Breakfast in Istanbul Hotel.  Depart Turkey



<strong>Note</strong>: 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:



<strong>ISRAEL</strong>

<ul>

<li class="active">ISRAEL (Ancient Land): si 270-278; it-1 332-336; it-2 469-470</li>

<li>JERUSALEM (Ancient): it-2 40-41, 951</li>

<li>JOPPA: it-2 104</li>

<li class="">CAPERNAUM: it-1 410-412</li>

<li>SEA OF GALILEE: it-1 885</li>

<li>NAZARETH: it-2 476</li>

</ul>

<strong>TURKEY</strong>

<ul>

<li class="active">Ephesus: it-1 734 -735</li>

<li>Smyrna: it-1 982</li>

<li>Pergamum: it-2 607-608</li>

<li class="">Thyatira: it-2 p. 1099</li>

<li>Sardis: it-2 864</li>

<li>Philadelphia: it-2 626</li>

<li>Laodicea: it-2 204</li>

</ul>

<strong>Testimonials</strong>



“We have just returned from Israel; wow, what a trip! I don’t think its possible to have a more comprehensive tour of biblical Israel. We’ll all read the bible a LOT slower in the future!”



“Thanks again for a wonderful week in Israel; we saw so much more than ever before…and the next few years will no doubt see a lot more revealing of really interesting sites, and greater lushness of the scenery. (God willing!) The timing of some of the visits was amazing, almost miraculous, with minimum waiting in line. Your passion in the presentations was inspirational too”

All prices quotes herein are in USD.

<ul> <strong>From NY</strong> <strong>(Includes in-country flights)</strong> <li>3 to a room: $4990 </li> <li>2 to a room: $5530</li> <li>1 to a room: $6030 </li> </ul> <ul> <strong>* Land Package Only:</strong> <strong>(Includes in-country flights)</strong> <li>3 to a room: $4125 </li> <li>2 to a room: $4165 </li> <li>1 to a room: $4665 </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.

<ul>

<strong>What's Included</strong>

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

<li>Airfare between Israel, Turkey and Greece</li>

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

<li>Breakfast and/or Lunch 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 through Israel which is required by the local laws and two Witness guides. Past travelers and current BCT Tour Guides say the current Israel Guide is one of the very best registered Israel Guides available. The Witness guides will be Brother Timothy E. Martin and Brother Elie Orphee . Brother Martin will be volunteering his own time to conduct these tours. Your tour through Israel will be biblically accurate and of the greatest encouragement to you

Tour Watchtower Branch Office in Tel Aviv, Israel.</li>

<li>Airport / Hotel shuttle service for full packages</li>

<li>BCT agents to meet & greet at both airport & hotel</li>

</u>





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



<li>Tips to the hotel, guide and driver.</li>

<strong>Proposed Hotels:</strong>

<li>Grand Beach Tel Aviv</li>

<li>Nof Ginossar (Kibuts)</li>

<li>Crown Plaza Jerusalem</li>

<li>ANEMON HOTEL / IZMIR</li>

<li>PAM THERMAL HOTEL / PAMUKKALE</li>

<li>ANEMON HOTEL / IZMIR</li>

<strong>Not Included:</strong>

<li>Beverages of any type</li>

<li>Gratuities</li>

<li>Personal Expenses</li>

</ul>

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All itineraries are subject to adjustment as required. Confirmed, final and detailed itineraries (and additional important travel details) are posted on your Personal BCT Travel Desktop, approximately one month from departure.

A deposit of $350 per person is required at the time you make your reservation to ensure your space on the tour. Refunds are possible only to those who purchase travel insurance, provided cancellation conditions are met. Payment in full is due 90 days before the trip departure date. Learn more ». Hotel information will be provided 90 days from the trips departure date for those who've confirmed their reservation(s).

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