October 8-26, 2018 (Israel Portion October 14-23)

Including Optional Greece and Petra Extensions 

Come Celebrate 70 Years Back in the Land! (1948–2018)

Who Should Go On This Trip

  • Adults and children 7 and above are welcome, and we ask that all keep in mind that this tour includes long air travel, moderate to heavy walking and long tour days when considering joining with us.
  • This tour is built for those who would like to take a Christian tour, but through Jewish eyes.

About This Tour

The 70th anniversary of the modern nation of Israel makes this tour a unique time to make a pilgrimage to Israel. Whether this is your first time or you consider Israel a second home, this is a special time to visit!

Zola Tours trips are unique for many reasons, however the ability to enhance your trip within the trip to include extensions to Greece and Petra makes this tour truly distinct and remarkable!


Tour Highlights:

  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
  • Opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River
  • Visit to Shiloh, the resting place of the Ark for nearly 400 years.
  • Walking in Jesus’ footsteps at his birthplace in Bethlehem, a visit to an ancient synagogue in Magdala where Jesus may have taught, Palm Sunday Road, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden Tomb and many others.
  • See the included daily itinerary for these and many more tour destinations!
  •  Ephesus, Mykonos, and Corinth (Greece Extension Only)
  • Petra (Jordan Extension Only)

Point of Departure

Zola Tours depart from JFK International Airport in New York, New York.

About This Group

Zola Levitt has worked with Immanuel Tours for over 20 years, conducting comprehensive tours to the Holy Land in a way that is pleasing to the Lord, enabling pilgrims to see the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in comfort and safety. We are fully dedicated to serving our passengers and making their trip a life-changing, never-to-be-forgotten experience.


The Itinerary 

Monday, October 8

Grand Athens and Ultra Grand depart JFK for Greece.

Tuesday, October 9

Arrive in Athens and have a short orientation drive through tour before hotel check-in.

Wednesday, October 10

Athens, the Acropolis and the Agora. Lunch in Athens.

Thursday, October 11th

Corinth and Kechries. Lunch in Corinth.

Friday, October 12

Check out of hotel.
Included in this packet are our five shore excursions. Timing of each excursion will be announced on board.
Embark at Piraeus Port and set sail for the Greek Island of Mykonos.

Saturday, October 13

Kusadasi (Turkey), Ephesus, Patmos

Sunday, October 14

Crete, Santorini

Sunday, October 14

Deluxe and Grand Petra Airport meeting and departure from JFK for Israel.

Monday, October 15

Ship arrives back at Piraeus Port.
Head to the airport for the flight to Tel Aviv.

Monday, October 15

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. Drive through tour of Jaffa and Tel Aviv. Optional walk to Simon the Tanner’s House, St. Peter’s Church.  Check in to hotel (Ramada Suites, Netanya).
Dinner, Orientation Meeting and overnight stay.

Tuesday, October 16

Check out of hotel.
Caesarea by the Sea, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo-Armageddon, Mt. of Precipice (overlook of Nazareth). Check in to hotel (Leonardo, Tiberias).  Moderate-Heavy Walking.

Wednesday, October 17

Sea of Galilee Boat Ride, Ginosar, Jesus’ Boat, Mt. of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Magdala, Jordan River (Baptism).
Light walking.

Thursday, October 18

Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Mt. Bental, Kfar Haruv — Peace Vista.
Moderate-Heavy Walking.

Friday, October 19

Check out of hotel.
Ancient Shiloh, up to Jerusalem, Mt. Zion – Upper Room, King David’s Tomb, Jewish Quarter, Gallicantu – house of Caiaphas, Mt. Scopus overlook. Check in to hotel (Dan Jerusalem), Shabbat Dinner.  Moderate-Heavy Walking.

Saturday, October 20

SHABBAT – Mt. of Olives, Palm Sunday Road, Garden of Gethsemane, Bethlehem, Israel Museum (Jerusalem Model from 70 AD and Shrine of the Book).  Moderate-Heavy Walking.

Sunday, October 21

Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea.
Moderate-Heavy Walking.  Farewell Dinner.

Monday, October 22

Yad Vashem, City of David, Western Wall, South Wall Archaeological Park, Pools of Bethesda (St Anne’s Church), Old City, Fortress of Antonio, Via Dolorosa, Calvary Garden Tomb.
Moderate-Heavy Walking.
Non-Petra Groups: Transfer to airport for departure after dinner (7–7:15 PM).

Tuesday, October 23

Deluxe and Grand Athens groups arrive back at JFK.

Tuesday, October 23

Check out of hotel.
Depart from Jerusalem to Eilat. En Gedi Falls, Timnah Park (Tabernacle in the Wilderness model), Eilat Stone Factory.
Check in to hotel (Leonardo Plaza, Eilat).
Light walking.

Wednesday, October 24

Cross Aqaba Border into Jordan.  Day trip to Petra.  Extremely heavy walking. (Horses, donkeys, camels, and carriages available for an extra fee.)  Lunch included, but drinks are extra.
Return to Eilat for dinner and overnight.

Thursday, October 25

Check out of hotel.
Avdat Museum, Mitzpe Ramon Crater, Tel Be’er Sheva.  Light Walking.  Showers and dinner in Tel Aviv.
Transfer to the airport for departure.

Friday, October 26

Grand Petra and Ultra Grand groups arrive back at JFK.


Deluxe Holy Land Tour (Israel Only)


Grand Petra Tour (Israel & Petra)


Grand Athens Tour (Greece & Israel)


Ultra Grand Tour (Greece, Israel, Petra)


Included in the Tour Price:

  • Round-trip international flights from the departure airport (usually JFK in New York), along with all taxes and fuel surcharges (subject to change).
  • A double or triple occupancy room (additional charge for single occupancy).
  • All sightseeing, admissions and motor-coach transportation on the tour itinerary, including a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, baptism in the Jordan River, and floating in the Dead Sea.
  • A licensed, English-speaking guide and driver.
  • Buffet breakfasts and dinners throughout the Israel tour, with table water and possibly coffee or tea. The Petra extension includes lunch, but not drinks, for the one day we visit Petra. The Greece extension includes lunch with coffee, tea, or water each day.
  • An all-inclusive tip fund for the guides and drivers, hotel staff, and included meals.
  • In Israel only, our land agent will provide a full-size backpack to carry your daily items, a baseball-style cap, and a map of Israel.

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