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WCNO IS STILL PLANNING TO VISIT ISRAEL IN FEB. 2015.  NO ONE HAS CANCELLED THEIR RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TRIP AND PEOPLE ARE CONTINUING TO REGISTER.  WE ARE CLOSELY WATCHING THE CURRENT EVENTS IN ISRAEL AND WILL AMEND OR CANCEL OUR PLANS IF NECESSARY.   THE FOLLOWING LETTER WAS RECEIVED FROM ED HILL TOURS AND IS POSTED HERE FOR YOUR INFORMATION.  COMPLETE TOUR INFORMATION FOLLOWS THE LETTER.  

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL THE STATION AT 1-888-221-8990.

E D   H I l l   T O U R S

       760 US Highway One   Suite 205    North Palm Beach , FL 33408

     Phone:  561 624 3200   Toll Free:  800 780 7801   Fax:  561 624 3201

Website:  edhilltours.com

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 July 22, 2014

 Dear Tour Host:

 Thank you for your continued support of Israel !  We hare happy to report to you that NONE of our upcoming tour groups or passengers within the groups has cancelled their planned trips to Israel beginning in September and on through the fall of 2015.  We know that it is not easy to promote your tour when the news continually shows us what is happening in the Gaza strip. We also understand that it is difficult to answer prospective passengers when they question you about safety. As of this date, groups are still traveling.  A travel warning is not a travel ban and although several airlines have just today stopped flying in to Tel Aviv we still must take the wait and see attitude not assume that future travel to Israel won’t happen. We understand that a cease fire agreement is presently under discussion and we are hopeful the conflict will end very soon. 

 We don’t take serious issues in Israel lightly. The safety of you and your passengers is our first priority. However, according to our history in the tour business, this situation will be over long before your tour is scheduled to depart. At this point with your tour a few months from departure, we feel we should all simply wait and see how the current situation plays out. We encourage you to keep your tour on schedule and share our message with your passengers.

 We receive updates from the Israeli Ministry of Tourism on a regular basis. This is what we received today:    

 American tourism to Israel is still in full swing despite the current situation in our part of the world. Last month, 16% more Americans visited Israel than in June 2013, and the first six months of 2014 are showing a 15% increase in American tourism to Israel , with 460,000 visitors from the Americas , an all-time record.

Jerusalem was recently named to a list of the "World's Top 10 Destinations on the Rise" 2014 by leading travel website TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor notes that Jerusalem is home to a "profound cultural and historical significance" and eludes to the fact that religious pilgrims have been traveling to Jerusalem for centuries." 

An article published on July 16, 2014 in USA Today reports that "tourists are staying" in Israel despite the current situation in the region. The Jewish Agency for Israel , which currently has 4,200 American Jews age 18 to 30 participating in its short and long-term programs, reported that none of its groups had canceled visits because of the conflict. North America was the number one source of tourism to Israel in 2013 with approximately 623,000 of 3.5 million arrivals.

 

The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine recently voted Jerusalem Best City in the Middle East and Africa as part of its 19th annual World's Best Awards. Tel Aviv scored #3, after Cape Town (#2). 

 

We will keep in touch with you on a regular basis and keep you informed as we are informed.

 

Sincerely,

   

Meredith Hill Page

 

 

ED HILL TOURS, INC     760 US HIGHWAY ONE   Suite 205

North Palm Beach , FL   33408              561 624 3200               800 780 7801

 

DATE:      April 10, 2014

TO:           Mr. Tom Craton

FROM:    Meredith Hill Page/Ed Hill Tours

RE:           Tour Package to Israel  - 12-day / 2 Country Tour Program

 Dear Tom;

 Thank you for contacting ED HILL TOURS for your next tour to Israel.  It is our pleasure to prepare this   quote for you.  We are pleased to present the following for Winter 2015.

Dates:   Confirmed:     February 10-21, 2015. AIR space is confirmed. (35 seats)

Airline:  United Airlines – Round Trip West Palm Beach/TLV/West Palm Beach

Tour Includes: Round trip airfare from West Palm Beach for a comprehensive 12-day tour program

                          Full Israeli Breakfast each day

                          Dinner each evening

                          Farewell dinner before departure

                          Nine full days sightseeing

                          One free day/2 days travel

                          English Speaking Licensed Israeli Guide specializing in the Christian tour

                         9 hotel nights/final night on the flight home to the USA plus 2 days travel = 12 day tour

                          All entrance fees as per our itinerary

                          Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee

                          St. Peter’s Fish Lunch at Seaside restaurant on Galilee

                          Excursion to Masada (cable car up and down)

                          The Western Wall Tunnels  (Rabbi’s Tunnels)

                          Davidson Museum/Southern Steps

                          City of David

                          Nazareth Village

                          Madaba / Amman  Jordan

                          Mt. Nebo / Petra    Jordan

                          All airport transfers in Israel

                          All baggage handling while on tour beginning with arrival in Israel

                          All hotel taxes and service charges

                          Air-conditioned deluxe motor coach

                          Luggage tags, badge, tour packet with travel related material

                          Hat, maps and full color journal upon arrival in Israel

                          Airline fuel surcharge and departure taxes

                          Entry Visa to Jordan                        

Hotels:     CLICK ON THE LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HOTELS FOR THIS TRIP.

                    Leonardo Plaza Hotel          3 nights- 5 star hotel                 Tiberias     

               http://www.fattal-hotels.com/tiberias-hotels/leonardo-plaza-tiberias

                  The Cham Palace                    1 night-  5 star hotel                  Amman, Jordan  

              http://ammanchamhotel.com/index.php

                 The Petra Panorama                     1 niight Superior 4 star              Petra, Jordan  

              http://www.petrapanorama.com/

                 The Dan Panorama Hotel             4 nights/5 days 5 star  hotel      Jerusalem         

             http://www.danhotels.com/JerusalemHotels/DanPanoramaJerusalemHotel/

                 All Hotels are Confirmed!

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COST:   The cost is based on a per/person rate with 2 persons sharing a twin room. (Double occupancy)  Those passengers requesting a single room (no roommate) or those passengers unable to be paired with a roommate are subject to the single supplement. We are not able to supply roommates for tour members.

Based on a group of 20-29 passengers:  $3995.00 p/p   Single Supplement:  $895.00

Based on a group of 30-40 passengers:  $3895.00 p/p   Single Supplement:  $895.00

Land Only Rate:  $2895.00  

If the group is only 15-19 passengers there will be a supplement of $150.00 per person added to the 20 passenger rate. Please see below for any extra costs not included in price.

This is a 12-DAY tour with nine hotel nights, nine full days of sightseeing, and all entrance fees. Land Rates quoted are valid for travel through March 31, 2015.  The airfare is based on current Christian Pilgrim rates from the airline and is guaranteed in this quote if we state that your seats and land are confirmed.  New booking requests for dates other than the ones given to you in this quote may be at a higher fare.  Fares cannot be guaranteed until space is actually confirmed due to the fact that during peak travel periods the airline may confirm seats at a higher fare level when Pilgrim rates/group space may not be available.

Not Included: Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, room service, beverages (other than those served with meals) additional meals, the cost of renting a robe and towel at the Jordan River Baptism site, passport fees, transportation to the departure airport in the USA, travel insurance. Gratuities: Minimum $175.00 on a group of 20-25.   No solicitation will be made at any time during the tour to collect additional funds for the gratuity.  The amount we collect prior to ticketing your group will pay all tips to all persons during your tour including the guide and driver. Please note:  the tax/fuel surcharge is included in the tour price and is included in the “free” tour. The amount may change slightly until tickets are written.  All traveling passengers must pay the gratuity fees. Please be sure to alert your free passengers of the fees that are over and above the tour cost.

Payment Schedule: 

 * A deposit of $500.00 p/p is required with each name & application submitted.

 * September 1:  a 2nd payment of $1400.00 p/p is due at this time.

 * January 2:  Final Payment is due and required to ticket the group.

Every effort will be made to accept late joining passengers.   A supplemental charge may be added to accommodate these passengers because the group rates may not be available.  Shipping charges will be passed on to late passengers as well. 

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AIRLINE SCHEDULE:  

Feb. 10   UA 1627         PBI/EWR                      10:05am- 12:55pm

               UA    84           EWR/TLV                          3:55pm-  9:20am (2/11)

Feb. 20   UA    91           TLV/EWR                   11:10pm-  4:19am (2/21)

Feb. 21   UA  3450         EWR/PBI                                   6:30am-  9:10am

WE WILL ADVISE YOU OF ANY CHANGES IN THE AIRLINE SCHEDULE SHOULD WE RECEIVE NOTIFICATION.

 

OUR DAILY HOLY LAND ITINERARY FOR

FEBRUARY 2014 TRIP

Day 1 - Depart USA

Today tour members meet at their departure airport for check-in formalities and a get-acquainted time. Dinner and breakfast are served during the flight and we have time to rest.

 Day 2 -- Caesarea / Mount Carmel / Megiddo / Nazareth / Cana / Tiberias

We arrive in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv.  After brief airport formalities and baggage claim, we meet our guide and are escorted to our waiting motor coach.  We begin the first full day of our spiritual journey in the Holy Land by traveling north along the Mediterranean Sea to visit Caesarea , the ancient seaport built by Herod the Great. Paul was imprisoned here and this was the site of Peter's first Gentile convert. Then we ascend to Mount Carmel , the site of Elijah and the prophets of Baal.  From Mt. Carmel we make our way to  Nazareth and take in a breathtaking view of the area.  We drive to Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed His first miracle, then on to Tiberias where we have our first view of the beautiful Sea of Galilee . Dinner and overnight at our hotel located on the sea. 

 Day 3 - Megiddo / Nazareth Village / Jesus Boat / Galilee Boat Ride

This morning you may view the sunrise over the tranquil Sea of Galilee . We will visit Megiddo with its 24 layers of civilizations.  This was Ahab’s chariot city and one of the most strategic crossroads of the world in Old Testament times.  We move on to Nazareth Village , a live recreation of a Galilean village as it was 2000 years ago.  We will visit the kibbutz of Nof Ginossar to see the recently discovered ancient boat from the time of Jesus and end our day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee , stopping on the Sea for a brief service. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.

 Day 4 -  Mt of Beatitudes / Tabgha / Capernaum / Jordan River

 After breakfast we proceed to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount.   We drive a short distance and visit Tabgha, site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes.  A very short drive brings us to Capernaum , the center of Jesus’ ministry where we view the House of St. Peter and visit the ruins of a 2nd century synagogue.  A delicious St. Peter’s fish lunch awaits us at a famous Kibbutz beside the sea, then we drive up the Golan Heights to an overlook with spectacular vistas of the entire Sea of Galilee region.  Our day ends at the Jordan River with an opportunity for baptism.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel  in Tiberias.

 Day 5 – Jordan / Petra

This morning we journey through the Jordan Valley to our northern crossing point to Jordan , the region of the Decapolis . We will sightsee In Jordan as we make our way south to the capital city of Amman where we will stop for lunch.  This afternoon we will do a tour of the city before checking into our hotel.  Dinner & overnight at our hotel in Amman .

 Day 6- Petra

This morning we will drive south to the ancient Rose-Red City of Petra, the ultimate Jordan destination; once the legacy of the Nabateans who settled the South of Jordan over 2000 years ago, Petra was renowned for its massive architecture and the ingenuity of its pools, dams, and water channels. By the 16th century Petra was completely lost to the West and remained lost for over 300 years.  In 1812 a Swiss traveler named Johann Burckhardt discovered the ancient Petra .  Petra 's appeal comes from the spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge. The famous monument, the Treasury, was used in the final sequence of the film Indiana Jones and the last Crusade. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Petra

 Day 7 -Jordan / Israel / Qumran / Dead Sea

This morning we leave Petra , travelling to the Jordan/Israel border to re-cross into Israel .   We will make our way south, stopping to visit Qumran , the discovery site of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  We will also stop at the Dead Sea -the lowest point on earth where  we can swim and enjoy the therapeutic properties of the water without the possibility of sinking. Then we begin our ascent of nearly 4000 feet to Jerusalem .  Our first view of the Holy City will be from Mt. Scopus where we will have time to reflect on our entry.   Dinner and overnight at our beautiful hotel in Jerusalem .

 Day 8-  Masada / Ein Gedi / Jerusalem

Today we travel along the Dead Sea to Masada and ascend by state-of-the-art cable cars to visit the mountaintop palace of Herod the Great and the famous fortress, where from A.D. 70-73, the Jewish defenders made their last stand Rome.  We will view the fascinating remains of Herod’s palace, storehouses, cisterns, and an ancient synagogue. This afternoon we will stop to visit Ein Gedi before driving back to Jerusalem .  Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Jerusalem .

 Day 9 - Jerusalem / Bethlehem

We begin our first day in Jerusalem at the Mount of Olives, with an outstanding view of the Old City walls and the Eastern (Golden) Gate.  From there we descend by foot on the “Palm Sunday Road” to the Garden of Gethsemane for a service in the Garden with time to reflect in this lovely setting . . . olive trees, perhaps 2000 years old, still stand today.  We travel around the Old City walls, viewing the tombs of Absalom and Zachariah and continue to the House of Caiphas, where Jesus was held the night before his crucifixion… there we will view the same stone steps Jesus would have walked up Mount Zion .  We then go to visit The Upper Room (Last Supper Room) and have a brief service.  After lunch, we travel the short distance to Bethlehem .  There we will view the Shepherd's Fields and tour the Shepherd's Caves and the 1600 year-old Church of the Nativity.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Jerusalem .  

 Day 10 - Jerusalem

We will motor through modern Jerusalem , viewing the Knesset, seat of the Israeli Parliament, then go to the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed and visit the amazing scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ.  We proceed to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust.  After lunch, we visit the Western (Wailing) Wall where we may write prayers on paper and place them in the niches of the wall.   We proceed to the Pool of Bethesda and the Church of St. Anne , where we can sing in a church with a 10-second echo!  We leave the Old City through the Lion’s Gate.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Jerusalem.

 Day 11- Jerusalem

We enter the Old City of Jerusalem viewing of the Southern Steps to the Temple Mount .  We will enjoy an amazing visit of the Temple Institute where preparations are being made for the 3rd Temple .  We go to the Lithostratos, where we view the actual streets of Jerusalem Jesus would have walked, the remains of Pilate’s Judgment Hall and the Ecce Homo Arch.  We then walk the Via Dolorosa, passing through intriguing markets and bazaars.  This afternoon we visit the Garden Tomb, which is considered the highlight of our tour!  There we will worship and celebrate communion beside the empty tomb.  "He is risen; He is not here!"  This evening, we enjoy a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant before our late evening departure back to the U.S.

 Day 12 - Tel Aviv / USA

Today we arrive back in New York/Newark and connect to our flight back to West Palm Beach .  We return to the USA with many fond memories of our fantastic journey -probably already making plans for the next one!

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  Although every effort is made to include all sites, some may be added or deleted and the sightseeing sequence may change due to exact arrival times or local conditions.  T

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