Dr. William Watley, 11-Day Christmas Spectacular to Israel & Turkey, November 28 – December 8, 2021
- Duration: 11 Days
- Location: Jerusalem
- Product code: Watley2021
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A Special Invite from Dr. William Watley
Join Dr. William Watley and the Saint Philip's AME Choir during a special 11-day Christmas journey to Israel and Turkey. Your tour includes extended stops at the major Holy Sites in Israel including, Galilee, Jerusalem, and the Judean Desert/Dead Sea area. The culmination of this incredible tour will be a special invitation to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Imagine standing in Nativity Square and celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while singing with the choir and listening to a powerful Christmas message of hope from Dr. Watley. You will also visit Constantinople, the heart of the ancient Ottoman Empire. Here you will see ancient palaces, enjoy the Turkish delight, and do some Christmas shopping in the massive Grand Bazaar.
This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience as there is simply no substitute for celebrating Christmas other than where the birth of Jesus took place so long ago. This tour will sell out quickly, so book now to reserve your spot today.
11-Day Christmas Spectacular to Israel & Turkey
November 28 – December 8, 2021
DAY 01: BEGINNING OF OUR TOUR – Depart USA for Tel Aviv, Israel.
DAY 02: INTO THE LAND OF THE BIBLE – Arrive in Tel Aviv where you will be met at the airport for transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Netanya.
DAY 03: CAESAREA/MEGIDDO/TIBERIAS – A drive north along the Mediterranean coast will take you to Caesarea built by Herod the Great. See the Roman theater and its ruins. Continue to Mt. Carmel for a visit to Elijah’s cave. Proceed to Megiddo “Armageddon”, a very important strategic point on the Via Maris connecting Egypt and Damascus. Next, you will stop at Mt. Precipice for a panoramic view of Nazareth, Cana, and the Jezreel Valley. You will also visit the ruins of Magdala, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene. Proceed to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight. Lunch Provided.
DAY 04: GALILEE & UPPER GALILEE – This morning board a boat on the calm surface of the Sea of Galilee, cruising toward Capernaum. Upon landing, visit the site where Jesus started His ministry, the house of Peter, and the synagogue where Jesus taught. Continue to Tabgha, the site of Peter’s restoration, and the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish with its beautiful fourth-century mosaics. Drive to the top of the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee and surrounding areas. In the afternoon, drive to the Golan Heights in Upper Galilee. Visit the sources of the Jordan River at Caesarea Philippi. Return to the exit of the Jordan River from the Sea of Galilee where a baptismal service will take place. Return to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight. Lunch Provided
DAY 05: SAMARIA/JACOB’S WELL/JERUSALEM – Leave Tiberias and travel south along the Jordan River. Visit Beit She’an, the leading city in the Decapolis and place where the Philistines hung the bodies of King Saul and his sons on the city walls. Take a beautiful drive through the heart of Samaria to the city of Nablus. Here you will see Jacob’s Well, where Jesus asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. You will then enjoy a traditional Palestinian lunch. Continue to ancient Shiloh, the first capital of the Israelite Kingdom and site of the tabernacle. Before entering the Holy City, you will stop at Mount Scopus for a beautiful view of Jerusalem. Proceed to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. Lunch Provided.
DAY 06: MASADA/JERICHO/DEAD SEA – This morning you will drive into the wilderness of the Judean Desert. Visit Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a shepherd boy. Then to Masada, a desert fortress built by Herod the Great which was used as a stronghold by Jewish zealots who committed suicide rather than surrender to the Romans. Enjoy lunch in Jericho and see the ruins and excavations of the ancient city. See the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by Satan. Visit En Gedi before continuing on a beautiful drive that takes you along the shores of the Dead Sea. Stop at the lowest point on earth and float in the healing, mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Visit the Tomb of Lazarus in Bethany before returning to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. Lunch Provided.
DAY 07: JERUSALEM, THE HOLY CITY – Step into history as you enter the Old City of Jerusalem. Stroll through the colorful bazaars, picturesque neighborhoods, and narrow streets as you make your way to the temple area, where Solomon's Temple was built on Mount Moriah. Visit the Dome of the Rock enclosing the Rock of Sacrifice, the Mosque of Al Aksa, and the Pinnacle of the Temple. Enjoy lunch in the old city and take some time to shop for souvenirs, jewelry, and ancient coins. In the afternoon, you will visit the Church of Saint Anne, the Pool of Bethesda, the Lithostrotos, Pilate's Judgment Hall, Antonia Fortress, and walk on the Via Dolorosa leading you to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In the afternoon, at Mount Zion where we will visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper as well as the Tomb of King David and the House of Caiaphas. You will visit the Garden Tomb and Gordon's Calvary. A communion service will be held at the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.
DAY 08: BETHLEHEM/CHURCH OF NATIVITY/TREE LIGHTING – Today is the most special day for your tour. You start the day at the sacred Mount of Olives with its outstanding views of the Holy City of Jerusalem. You will visit the Chapel of Ascension, Church of Pater Noster, Church of Dominus Flavit, and the Church of All Nations as well as spend time in quiet reflection and prayer as you visit the Garden of Gethsemane. From there, you will drive the short distance south to the little town of Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of the Savoir with a visit to the Shepherd's Fields, and the Fields of Boaz and Ruth. The day’s events will end at The Church of the Nativity with a special Christmas Tree Lighting Performance by the Saint Philip AME Choir in Manger Square and a powerful Christmas message from Dr. William Watley. After the service, you will return to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. Lunch Provided.
DAY 09: TEL AVIV/ISTANBUL – Depart Tel Aviv for Istanbul. Upon arrival, visit the historical highlights of Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Stroll through Hippodrome Square, the social and sporting center of Constantinople which hosted chariot races during the Roman period. Witness the incredible majesty and splendor of the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Popularly known as the Blue Mosque, this 17th-century Ottoman sanctuary is adorned with six minarets and more than 20,000 hand-painted Iznik tiles. Experience the Hagia Sophia, a breathtaking architectural masterpiece, designed to be the major basilica of the Byzantine Empire. Next, visit Topkapi Palace, the main residence and headquarters of the Ottoman sultans. Located on the very cape of the peninsula where Constantinople was founded, Topkapi Palace still houses a legion of treasures to be admired, including an extensive collection of royal jewels. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 10: CONSTANTINOPLE – Enjoy a traditional Turkish breakfast followed by a tour of A delight for your senses awaits at Eminönü’s Spice Bazaar. Also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, this exotic covered market was the international trade center of the Ottoman Empire. Cruise on the Bosphorus, a natural waterway that separates the continents of Europe and Asia and serves as the only connection between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. As you float along the strait, savor the picturesque views of old wooden mansions, Ottoman palaces, and ancient fortresses that dot the coast. Visit the Church of Saint Saviour in Chora, which boasts some of the finest 14th-century frescoes in the world. Marvel at the exquisite Byzantine architecture and gilded mosaics. End the day with an evening of shopping at the Grand Bazaar. Meander through the massive labyrinth of streets lined with shops offering jewelry, leather products, and handcrafted souvenirs. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 11: TURKEY/USA – Transfer to Istanbul airport for your return flight to the USA with your heart full of memories from unforgettable experiences.
NOTE: Schedule is subject to change due to various factors and your tour guide’s discretion.
- $4995 per person based on double occupancy.
- Single room supplement - $995
- PAYMENT PLAN: $500 per person with registration to secure space.
- Additional payments can be made at your convenience
- 50% of the total amount is due on or before June 28, 2021
- Balance due on or before September 28, 2021
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AIR: Includes roundtrip from departure city in the USA and return. Flights are subject to airline schedules and may change without notice.
GROUND/TRANSFERS: Transfers and ground transportation to and from airport/hotel by deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches. Land Only passengers are responsible for transportation to and from the airport/hotel.
HOTELS: Superior first-class hotels throughout. Priced on the basis of two persons sharing a room with a private bath and shower. A limited number of single rooms are available at regular supplement prices.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner daily. Lunch is provided most days as noted in the itinerary. Other days, the cost is typically between $15 and $20 per lunch.
SIGHTSEEING: As and wherever indicated on the itinerary, entrance fees to all places of interest listed in your itinerary, and the services of English-speaking guides.
PORTERAGE: Fees and charges for the porterage of one piece of baggage per person not to exceed 50lbs, in connection with all transfers and at airports throughout the entire itinerary are included. An overnight bag may also be carried, provided it remains in the possession of the passenger at all times. This bag, although carried personally, is considered part of your total luggage allowance.
SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: Service charges as required by hotel management and taxes as imposed by national and/or local governments and/or governments and/or administrations (wherever these are normally added to the bill) on the date of this brochure are included.
OTHER: Tips, taxes, and airport taxes ARE INCLUDED in the selling price.
NOT INCLUDED: Excess baggage fees, passport fees, visa fees if applicable, lunches, soft drinks, beverages that are not on the regular table menu, or items of a personal nature such as in-room service, laundry, etc. Any service whatsoever not indicated in the itinerary and/or the above list of included features.
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