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With Isaac Karasenti : Tour-Guide, Bible expert and expert in Christianity the Bible will come alive ! You will get connected to the scriptures and to the sites. 
Personal customization of Bible experience, Pilgrimages , Tours  for groups or individuals.

About Isaac Karasenti

My name is Isaac Karasenti and i”am Tour-Guide , Bible expert and expert in Christianity.
I was born and raised in Haifa Israel in Dec. 1968. I”m married with 3 children.
 My Tour-Guide license : Haifa University. Bible expert and expert in Christianity : Yad Yitzchak Ben-Tzvi academy Jerusalem.
 
I have a great passion for learning the Bible so i can serve my clients better . I believe in the Bible. My compass is the Bible. I live, think, dream,  eat and drink – only the Bible.
Therefore , 30 years ago , I decided  to become a Tour-Guide, Bible expert and expert in Christianity  in order to share my knowledge and passion of the Bible and the Biblical sites with others.  

I have 30 years of experience guiding mainly here in Israel and also in Egypt & Sinai,Jordan, Turkey, Cyprus,Greece, Malta and Italy.

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See Bible events and stories come alive.

With us you will go back to Biblical times, learn about Biblical events and stories, and get connected to Biblical roots.
We take care of all planning, arrangements and details for a perfect experience for you, your group , and your family.

Our Services

Whether you are a tourist, tour leader, pastor or potential visitor, we can serve your group in different ways during your next journey, making your visit changeable and memorable.

Israel Tours

We will visit the places where he was born, grew up, was baptized and started his ministry.

Turkey Tours

In the footsteps of the apostle Paul in Turkey (first 3 journeys) and the 7 Churches of Asia Minor

Greece Tours

An amazing journey in the footsteps of the apostle Paul (Saul) in Greece – second and third journey: 9 days.

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Testimonials from some of our dear clients.

Teresa Stauring@TripAdvisor review: 8 Days Footsteps of Christ Holy Land Tour to Israel
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This was an absolutely amazing, trip-of-a-lifetime tour. Every day had a very full itinerary, but the pace was nonetheless manageable. It was incredible to experience first-hand the places I had read about in the Bible all my life, and to mentally picture the events unfolding right there. Some parts were deeply moving and personal. To stand where Jesus was beaten and condemned, and to walk up the road to the cross; I have no words. What really made the trip for us, was Isaac our guide. He was outstanding. His knowledge and understanding of both the Word of God, and the history and geography of its setting, were peerless. We are so grateful to and for him. He and our driver took exceptional care of us all, and we felt safe and comfortable throughout our trip. In our opinion, the trip could not have been better, and we would do it again in a heartbeat.
Shoshana J. Cote@Shoshana J.Cote
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This was a wonderful experience. I appreciated that we were taken to various places in chronological order from the Annunciation and Visitation through Jesus' birth, life and ministry, to the upper room, his arrest, death and resurrection and the road to Emmaus. This is a nice, ordered way to perceive and take in what we are seeing. I also greatly appreciated that Isaac, our guide, told us of places relating to the Law and the Prophets. Isaac's memory, expertise and ability to communicate is one of the strongest advantages that every pilgrim or visitor can have, in my opinion. Thank you so much for this opportunity! With gratitude for a special pilgrimage,
Rev. Robert Johnson @Rev.Robert Johnson
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Hello Isaac! Greetings from Pella, Iowa! I've been thinking about you a lot lately! I'm teaching from the book of Amos every Tuesday morning and everyone has their maps in front of them and "more or less" I am taking them on a tour every week of Israel through the reading of Scripture! I'm not near the teacher you are. Certainly I am not as good looking and I don't even come close in the good joke department. So, all I am left to say is, "you inspire me!" Just wanted to reach out and say HI! You are always an inspiration when I think of you!
Sharron Holesh@Sharron Holesh
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Dear Isaac, I know how much you hate emails but one more.....I had to.... because I want you to know what a wonderful tour you planned for us and how much I enjoyed every moment. Thank you for everything- your superb guidance and the absolute perfect execution of all the many, many bookings and little details. Your energy, enthusiasm and love of Israel was infectious and I am still thinking over much of what I learned in those 10 days. Lehitraot and looking forward to touring with you again in the not too distant future ( and I know I speak for Norman as well). Lots of love, Sharron
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How does it work?

*If you are a Pastor, Revd., Father, Church, Leader, organization, Tour company and you wish to book a Bible experience or a Pilgrimage to your congregation, group with me to one of the above destinations – please contact me.

I will give you all the information that you need (full program, hotels, sites etc.) and answer all your questions.

Then we will agree about the final program (of course that I can modify according to your requests) and dates.

In Israel, Egypt and Sinai, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, and Italy i cooperate, for many years, with some of the best, most professional, reliable Tour companies. I apply them with the final program and the dates, and they give me the price and terms of payment. Then I inform you about the price. After that you have to inform your people about the program, dates, price, and terms of payment. Then people start to sign up for this tour and I write all the details (name of passenger, surname, passport information with whom they want to share room etc.)  When you have 15 pax (this is min number for a group)- I address the people directly (by email) to the local Tour Company that I work with so they can pay. The people pay directly to the Tour company -and the Tour company that I work with will issue the invoice. Then I book through this Tour company all services:  hotels, bus, local guides at the sites, entrance fees and also flights (if you desire, I can book). All of this is my responsibility and under my supervision will be conducted through this company. If we have more people (on top of the 15) -of course that we can book them and add them to the group.

On day 1 of the Tour – I will meet the group at the Airport of the country where we start the Tour and from then on until the last day of the Tour, I will be with your group 24/7.

 

*For the general public: If you wish to join me to one of my Bible experience or Pilgrimage to one of the above destinations –  please contact me.

You can also book to one of my next planned tours.

Here are my next planned tours for the next 8 months:

The apostle Paul (Saul) is one of the most influential figures in the formation of bringing the word of GOD and the good news to the Jews and Gentiles after Jesus himself.  Asia Minor, today’s Turkey, is where many of the events associated with Paul’s life and ministry took place. During his three journeys Paul spent most of his time – around 60%- in Turkey.  Paul was a native of Tarsus in the south of Turkey. 

In this amazing Bible experience, we will:

  1. Follow in his footsteps (three journeys) in Turkey from Antioch to Troas. Apart from the sites that Paul visited, we will also see some of the original Roman roads upon which he walked. In the museums that we will visit, we will encounter the artefacts that the apostle Paul saw and touched. 
  2. We will visit the Seven Churches of Asia Minor according to the book of Revelation: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.  We will learn about the message of Jesus had for each church.  I promise you that in this experience, the Bible will come alive!
  3. Isaac Karasenti, Tour Guide, Biblical expert in Christianity will guide you and be with you from the beginning until the end of the tour in Turkey. Isaac is cooperating with one of the best, most professional, reliable Turkish Tour All services:  hotels, bus, local guides at the sites, entrance fees and also flights (if you desire Isaac to book) will be conducted through this company.  “I am looking forward to seeing you in Turkey soon my dear friends!”  – Isaac 

The Missionary Journeys of Paul – 11 Nights/13 Days

Sunday, November 28 – Friday, December 10, 2021

 

 

Nov 28 Sun          Depart USA (Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago) 

                             Fly to Istanbul

 

Nov 29  Mon         Arrive at Istanbul Airport – Fly to Hatay 

  • Upon arrival to Istanbul, you will take a connecting flight to Hatay. Your tour guide Isaac Karasentiwill meet you after the baggage claim at Hatay Airport.
  • Meet and transfer to the Grand Bogazici Hotel Antioch (36 Km = 40 min drive) for dinner and overnight. (D)

Nov 30 Tue         Antioch – Pozanti

  • Depart from Grand Bogazici Hotel and drive to Seleucia Pieria(35 Km) and visit Seleucia Pieria, port city of Antioch. See ancient harbor and Titus Tunnel.
  • Drive to Antioch to Church of St. Peter(35 Km) a grotto discovered by the Crusaders and reputed to be the cave church where early Christians met in secret. Visit St. Peter’s Church and learn about the Biblical importance of Antioch. 
  • Drive to Tarsus(240 Km including 1 hrs lunch break).  Visit Tarsus, the city where the Apostle Paul was born. You will visit the Church of St. Paul as well as the recently excavated remains of the Roman Tarsus in the town center.  You will take a short walk to the site known as the Well of St. Paul.
  • Drive to Pozanti (80 Km). Dinner and overnight at Pozanti, a beautiful city in the mountains. (B,D)

Dec 01 Wed           Derbe – Lystra – Iconium (Konya)

  • Depart from our hotel in Pozanti. Drive to Derbe (including 30 min w/c break). Visit Derbewhere Paul visited twice. The Bible states that Paul and Barnabas spoke in Derbe and won many converts.  You will then visit the area of ancient Lystra also twice visited by Paul.  It was here Paul healed a lame man and later was raised after being battered with stones.  Here also Paul met Timothy who later accompanied him on some of his travels. 
  • Drive to Karaman for Lunch break.
  • Drive from Karaman toIconium where Paul and Barnabas used the synagogue as their forum to address the local people. They angered the authorities there and were warned in time to escape being attacked. 
  • Drive to Konya. Visit the ancient Iconium. Arrive at your hotel in Konya. Dinner and overnight at Anemon Hotel in Konya. (B,D)

 Dec 02  Thur             Konya – Psidian Antioch – Antalya

  • After breakfast you will depart and drive to Yalvac, ancient Antioch of Pisidia. Paul visited this town on his first missionary journey and it is here that he addressed the congregation in the synagogue on the Sabbath with his first recorded sermon. You will visit the excavations here and then continue to Antalya with a very scenic drive through the lakes and the rocky mountains.  Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel in Antalya. (B,D)

 

Dec 03 Fri          Perga – Aspendos – Antalya

  • After breakfast you will begin with a visit to Perga, an ancient city even when Paul visited there. He and Barnabas went through Perga on their way from and to Antioch on their first journey. You will visit the Perga Theater, the Agora Stadium, and the columned streets .
  • You will also visit Aspendos, one of the best preserved theaters in the world. In the late afternoon we will visit a local church St Paul Cultural center in Old City Antalya. Dinner and overnight stay will be in the port city of Antalya.   (B,D)

 

Dec 04 Sat          Antalya – Colossae – Laodicea – Hierapolis – Pamukkale

  • After breakfast you will drive to the excavated site Colosse (Paul’s letter to the Colossians) on the foothills of Mount Honaz.
  • You will continue to Laodicea,one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, and Hierapolis where you will visit the Tomb of St Philip. 
  • Dinner and overnight stay will be in Pamukkale.  (B,D)

 

Dec 05 Sun          Philadelphia – Sardis – Izmir

  • After breakfast you will travel to Philadelphia, now called Alasehir. We’ll see remains of a Byzantine Basilica as well as some eleventh century frescoes. Philadelphia and Smyrna were the only two churches among the Seven about which nothing bad was said by John.
  • From there we’ll travel to Sardis, one of the most picturesque areas of any of the Seven Churches. You’ll see the remains of the Temple of Artemis as well as a small Byzantine church.
  • Finally, you will proceed to Izmir (ancient Smyrna ), one of the Seven Churches and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)

 Dec 06 Mon           Ephesus – Izmir

  • After breakfast you will leave Izmir and drive to Ephesus, the first of the Seven Churches, for a visit. You will see the amazing ruins of this great city: the theater, the library, the Temple of Hadrian and the newly excavated Roman Terrace Houses. You will also visit the Crisler Library. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Izmir.(B,D)

 

Dec 07 Tue         Pergamum – Assos – Alexander Troas – Canakkale

  • After breakfast today you will leave for Bergama which is the site of ancient Pergamos, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. You will visit the acropolis there and see the impressive theater, the Temple of Athena, and other ruins of former civilizations. 
  • You will continue to Odun Iskelesi to visit the site and the port of Alexandria-Troas where Paul raised the boy, Eutychus. Paul visited area at least twice.
  • You will then go to Canakkale for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

 

Dec 08 Wed          Troy – Ferry to Dardanelles – Istanbul  

  • Morning visit to the legendary city of Troy and see the wooden horse. Cross the Dardanelles Strait by car ferry.
  • Drive to the hotel in Istanbul for check-in. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Dec 09 Thur             Istanbul

  • First, visit Hippodrome Square,then walk to Hagia Sophia that, for 1000 years, was the largest church in Christendom. Built by Justinian (532-537 AD), the church has 107 columns, fossil embedded white marble floors and beautiful glass mosaics. Today, it was recently converted into a mosque. Then visit  Irene Church, location of the 2nd Ecumenical Council. Catch a whiff of cinnamon, cloves, thyme and other exotic spices as you explore the Grand Bazaar. Over 4000 shops sell everything from herbs to gold. Overnight in Istanbul. (B,D)

 

Dec 10 Fri           Transfer to Istanbul Airport for flight back home (Houston, New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago).

 

RATES   Per Person in Double Occupancy

 LAND & AIR                        LAND ONLY

Houston                                  $4,240                                 $3,240

New York                                $4,240                                 $3,240

Los Angeles                           $4,340                                 $3,240

Chicago                                  $4,240                                  $3,240

Single Supplement            $1000                                   $1000

INCLUDING

Isaac Karasenti as your Tour-Guide and Tour-Leader from the beginning until the end of the tour in Turkey  

  • All transportation by private AC Bus (one group transfer on arrival and departure)
  • English Speaking, Government Licensed, local guide in Turkey
  • All Entry fees to the sites and museums
  • Travel Bag, T-shirt, Archaeology Map of Turkey
  • All Service charges and local taxes.
  • Tips to local Turkish guide, bus driver and the hotels

EXCLUDING

  • Turkish Visa Fee to be paid online prior to arrival evisa.gov.tr
  • Lunches  and Drinks
  • Travel & Health Insurances, all kind of insurances (insurance can be given at extra cost upon request)
  • Personal Expenses (Laundry, phone calls, all kind of insurances, etc)

The exodus: Egypt-Red-Sea-Sinai and Mt Sinai- Jordan-River Jordan- The promised Land: 10 days

Jan 16-25, 2022

In this amazing experience we will follow in the footsteps of Moses, Joshua and the children of Israel in their exodus journey from Egypt to the Red Sea and from the Red Sea through the desert of Sinai to GOD”S promised land.

This great exodus experience goes in Biblical, geographical, and chronological order 

Sun Jan 16, 2022: Arrival in Cairo

Arrive at Cairo Airport. Continue to Cairo for a short city tour and orientation.

Overnight: Cairo at 5-star hotel

Mon Jan 17, 2022: Cairo– River Nile

 This morning, start your tour at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, housing the gold treasures of King Tutankhamen. See a wonder of the ancient world, the Pyramids of Giza and the nearby Sphinx. Continue to Hanging Church dating to the late part 4th and early 5th Century. This Basilica was built on the top of the south gate of the Fortress of Babylon. Then visit Church of Abu Sergah, built on the cave in which the Holy Family stayed and is regarded by visitors as a source of blessing. At the end of this day, we will return to our hotel for short rest. This evening we will go out for Dinner Cruise and Show on the Nile River.

Overnight: Cairo at 5-star hotel

Tue Jan 18, 2022: Land of Goshen- Rameses- Succoth- Red Sea- Marah and Elim

Our Exodus experience starts today! From Cairo we will drive north to the delta of the river Nile to the Land of Goshen to visit the land where ” the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years ” Gen 12: 40. We will see the remains of Pithom and Rameses: Ex 1: 11:” so they put slaves masters over them to oppress them with forced labor. And they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh”. Nearby we will see the area where Moses was born and learn about his Birth, the papyrus basket, the reeds, Pharaoh’s daughter and why the name that was given to him was Moses (Moshe in Hebrew) : Ex 2. Continue to Succoth which is north- west of the Red sea: Ex 12: 37:” The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth ” and then: Ex 13 : 20:” After leaving Succoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert”. Continue to the Red Sea: View the Red Sea and the area of crossing the sea and learn about the great miracle that GOD made – Ex 14. Continue to the Suez Canal just north of the red sea and cross into the peninsula of Sinai. Continue south into the desert of Shur : Ex 15:22- via Marah where ” They could not drink the water because it was bitter ( That is why the place is called Marah) ” : Ex 15: 23 to Elim ( Moses springs) and see the 12 beautiful springs and the palm trees : Ex 15: 27:” Then they came to Elim where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees , and they camped there near the water”.

Overnight: Elim at 4-star hotel

Wed Jan 19, 2022: Desert of Sin (Manna and Quail)- Rephidim (Amalekites)- Mt Sinai

This morning we will follow ” The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai ” Ex 16: 1. See the area where GOD provided the people of Israel the Manna and Quail: Ex 16. Continue in the footsteps of: ” The whole Israelite community set out from the desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim “: Ex 17: 1. Visit the desert where they had no water to drink, where Moses stroke the rock and water came out and the place where the Amalekites were defeated: Ex 17. Continue to Mt Sinai: Ex 19: 1-2:” In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt-on the very day-they came to the desert of Sinai. After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain” to St. Catherine village.

Overnight: St Catherine village at 4-star hotel

Thur Jan 20, 2022: Mt Sinai-St Catherine monastery- Taba

This day, very early in the morning, we will climb up by foot to the top of Mt Sinai. See the sunrise from the top of the Mt, and see the place where GOD gave Moses the Ten Commandments: Ex 19-20. Walk dawn to the foot of the Mt .and see the place where the Israelite built and worshiped the golden calf, and where Moses broke the tablets: Ex 32. Drive back to our hotel for shower, breakfast, and check-out. Drive back to the foot of Mt.Sinai and visit the St. Catherine monastery. See the traditional burning bush: Ex 3. Drive to Taba and check in in your hotel by the Red Sea. Rest of the day is free for leisure.

Overnight: Taba at 5-star hotel

Fri Jan 21, 2022:  Desert of Paran- Desert of Zin- Mt Hor ( death of Aaron)- Arad

This morning we will drive to Taba border crossing point and cross the border into Israel. Drive North in the footsteps of the people of Israel:” And encamped in the desert of Paran“: Numbers 12:16. Visit Paran : see the place from where Moses sent the 12 Tour-Guides to explore Canaan- the promised land and what happened when :”They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the desert of Paran”: Numbers 13. Continue in the footsteps of:” whole Israelite community arrived at the desert of Zin“: Numbers 20:1. Visit Ein Avdat and see the area where they had no water, Moses: “raised his arm and struck the rock twice with hid staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank”: Numbers 20. Continue with:” The whole Israelite community …and came to Mount Hor“: Numbers 20:22. View Mt Hor : Learn about the death of Aaron : Numbers 20: 22-29 and see the place where Aaron was buried. Continue to the city of Arad.

Overnight: Arad at 4-star hotel

Sat Jan 22, 2022: Arad- ” To the Red-Sea to go around Edom”: Numbers 21:4- Aqaba

This morning we will visit Tel-Arad. see the ruins of the ancient biblical Canaanite’s city of Arad including the walls, King’s palace, temples, market, and the water reservoir. Learn about the cruel king of Arad who did not allow the Israelites to cross his territory and about the destruction of Arad: Numbers 21: 1-3.  Drive south via oboth: Numbers 21:10- YotvetaAbronah- Ezion Gaver (Numbers 33:33-35:”…And camped at Jotbathah. They left Jotbathah and camped at Abronnah. They left Abronah and camped at Ezion Gaver”) which is Eilat to a short city tour. Drive to Arava border crossing point and cross the border into Jordan. Drive to the city of Aqaba. Short city tour of Aqaba.

Overnight: Aqaba at 5-star hotel

Sun Jan 23, 2022: Petra- Zered Valley-Karach

This morning we will drive north to Petra that was the capital city of the Nabatians. We will learn about the Nabatians spices and perfume route from Yamen via Saudi Arabia- Petra-The desert of the Negev- port of Gaza to Rome. Visit the beautiful city and see the ancient temples, palaces, theatre, cardo and more that were carved into the red sandstone. Continue to Zered Valley: Numbers 21: 10-12:” The Israelites moved on and camped at Oboth. Then they set out from Oboth and camped in Iye Abarim , in the desert faces Moab towards the sunrise. From there they moved on and camped in the Zered valley”. View the valley including the springs. Continue to the city of Karach.

Overnight: Karach at 4-star hotel

Mon Jan 24,2022: Armon River- Moab and Amorites ( Sihon and Og)-Plains of Moab- Jerash-Madaba-Amman

This morning we will drive to Armon River: “They set out from there and camped along-side the Armon, which is in the desert extending into Amorite territory. The Armon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Ammonites”: Numbers 21: 11-13. Visit the Armon nature reserve and learn about the defeat of Sihon and Og : Numbers 21:21-35. Continue in the footsteps of ” The Israelites traveled to the plains of Moab and camped along the Jordan across from Jericho”: Numbers 22:1. View the mountains of Moab, the plains and the region of Jericho. Drive up to Jerash: Visit the ancient roman city. Continue to Madaba: visit the byzantine church and see the 5th century famous map of Madaba mosaic floor that shows how Israel and Jerusalem were looked like 1500 years ago. Continue to Amman for a short city tour and see the highlights of the city.

Overnight: Amman at 5 star-hotel

Tue Jan 25, 2022:  Mt Nebo (Death of Moses)- Shittim-  the River Jordan-Gilgal- Jericho!

This morning we will follow the footsteps of Moses: “Than Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho”: Deuteronomy 34:1 – drive up to the top Mt. Nebo. From top of the Mt, we will see and view the promised land -as Moses saw, and the place where Moses died:” And Moses servant of the lord died there in Moab as the LORD had said”: Deuteronomy 34:5. Continue to Shittim and see the place from where Joshua sent the 2 spies to Jericho to Rahab: Joshua 2. Continue to Allenby bridge border crossing point and cross by bus the river Jordan the border into Israel. Drive to the River Jordan- Qasar el Yahud : See the River Jordan where Joshua and The Israelites crossed the river : Joshua 3-4. Learn about the great miracle that GOD made. Deep your feet at the river Jordan. View Gilgal: Joshua 5 and then Jericho. View Tel-Jericho. Learn about Rahab, Joshua, Israelites and the most famous story about the fall of Jericho: Joshua 5. See the ruins of Ancient biblical Jericho including: The ancient walls, remains of fire and more.

This evening we will drive back to Aman for farewell dinner and then we will continue to the airport to take the flight back home.

Isaac Karasenti as your Tour-Guide and Tour-Leader from the beginning -in Cairo Egypt until the end of the tour in  Aman Jordan 

For more information, prices and booking- please contact me. >>  +97252-375-1156

 In this amazing, unforgettable experience we will follow in the footsteps of the apostle Paul (Saul) in all his journeys in Asia Minor – Turkey & Greece! This journey will take us from Antioch to Troas (part of first and second and third journey), and then- from Philippi to Corinth (second and third journey) . We will visit all the cities that he visited, learn about the letters written by him to these cities, see the places where he used to talk to the people (first to the Jews and then to the gentiles), taught them about the word of GOD and about the good news about Jesus the Messiah. We will see some of the original 2000 years old Roman roads upon which he walked and visit the ruins of some of the synagogues where he taught and where sometimes the local communities wanted to kill him.

In the museums we will encounter the artefacts that he saw and touched.

I promise you that in this amazing experience you will have a much better understanding of his missionary journeys and his messages to the people!

Feb 14, 2022 Mon      Leave U.S.A (Houston, New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago) – Fly to Istanbul

 

Feb 15,2022 Tue       Arrive at Istanbul Airport – Fly Hatay 

Upon arrival to Istanbul, you will take a connecting flight to Hatay. Your tour guide will meet you after the baggage claim at Hatay Airport. Meet and transfer to the Grand Bogazici hotel Antioch ( 36 Km= 40 min drive) for dinner and overnight. (D)

 

Feb 16, 2022 Wed               Antioch – Pozanti

07:30 am Depart from Grand Bogazici hotel. Drive to Seleucia Pieria (35 Km) visit Seleucia Pieria. Drive to Church of St. Peter (35 Km) a grotto discovered by the Crusaders and reputed to be the cave church where early Christians met in secret. Visit St. Peter”s Church and learn about the Biblical importance of Antioch.  Drive to Tarsus (240 Km including 1 hrs  lunch break). Visit Tarsus  the city where the Apostle Paul was born. You will visit the Church of St. Paul as well as the recently excavated remains of the Roman Tarsus in the town center.  You will take a short walk to the site known as the Well of St. Paul. Drive to Pozanti (80 Km)

Dinner and overnight at Pozanti, a beautiful city in the mountains. (B,D)

 

Feb 17,2022 Thu Derbe – Listra – Iconium (Konya)

08:00am Depart from our hotel in Pozanti. Drive to Derbe (including 30 min w/c break). Visit Derbe. Drive to Karaman for Lunch break. Drive from Karaman to Lystra. Visit Lystra. Drive to Konya. Visit ancient Iconium. Arrive your hotel in Konya

Dinner and overnight at Anemon Hotel in Konya. (B,D)

 

Feb 18, 2022 Fri         Psidian Antioch – Perga – Old Antalya – Fly Izmir

After breakfast you will depart and drive to Yalvac, ancient Antioch of Pisidia. Paul visited this town on his first missionary journey, and it is here that he addressed the congregation in the synagogue on the Sabbath with his first recorded sermon. You will visit the excavations here and then continue to Antalya with a very scenic drive through the lakes and the Rocky Mountains.  Visit Perga, an ancient city even when Paul visited there. He and Barnabas went through Perga on their way from and to Antioch on their first journey. You will visit the Perga Theater, the Agora Stadium, and the columned streets.  Evening flight to Izmir. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel in Izmir. (B,D)

 

Feb 19, 2022 Sat       Ephesus – Izmir

After breakfast you will leave Izmir and drive to Ephesus , the first of the Seven Churches, for a visit. You will see the amazing ruins of this great city: the theater, the library, the Temple of Hadrian and the newly excavated Roman Terrace Houses. You will also visit the Crisler Library. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)

 

Feb 20, 2022 Sun       Pergamon-Assos-Alexander Troas- Overnight: Canakkale

After breakfast today you will leave for Bergama which is the site of ancient Pergamos, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. You will visit the acropolis there and see the impressive theater, the Temple of Athena, and other ruins of former civilizations.  You will continue to Odun Iskelesi to visit the site and the port of Alexandria-Troas where Paul raised the boy, Eutychus. Paul visited this area at least twice. You will then go to Canakkale for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

 

Feb 21, 2022 Mon      Greece border at 10:00 am – Philippi – Overnight Kavala

Drive to the Turkey-Greece border.  Pick up by Greek bus and guide at 10:00 am from Greek side of the Greece border (Kippoi). Drive to Kavala – Philippi. Here Paul had the first convert, Baptism of Lydia and establish the first church in Europe. We’ll visit the forum, ancient market, basilica, theater and the cistern where Paul was imprisoned. Continue to Kavala, Neapolis where Paul, Timothy and Silas stepped first time to Europe. We’ll see the Roman aqueduct and the ruins of Acropolis.Check in the hotel. Dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

 

Feb 22,2022 Tue       Lydia-Thessaloniki

 After breakfast we’ll visit the Baptistery of Lydia and the cistern where Paul was imprisoned. Drive to Thessalonikii where Paul came with Silas and founded a church and he wrote 2 “epistoles” (letters). Guided city tour. Agia Sofia and Ag Dimitrios, White Tower region, Rotunda, Galerius’ Arch and Kastra. Hotel check in. In the evening short walk to Ladadika and dinner at a local tavern. Optional with Greek bouzouki music. (B,D)

 

Feb 23, 2022 Wed      Thessaloniki-Veria-Vergina-Kalambaka

After breakfast drive tto Veria – see the church of the Apostle Paul and the “Vima of the apostle Paul”. Continue to Vergina and visit the king Phillip II tomb, father of Alexander the Great and the tomp of Persephone with the incoparable fresco of the abduction of Persephone by Hades. Long drive to Kalambaka. Dinner at a local tavern with monasteries view. (B,D)

 

Feb 24,2022 Thu      Meteora monasteries-Delphi

Short drive to Meteora and guided visit to monasteries standing between earth and sky at top of huge gray colored rocks, containing priceless historical and religious treasures We’ll visit 2 monasteries – Varlaam second biggest monastery of Meteora (14th century) and monastery of St. Stephen (16th-century). Then drive to Delphi / Arachova. Overnight at Arachova traditional village. Dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

 

Feb 25,2022 Fri        Delphi-Athens: Acropolis museum

After breakfast, short drive to Delphi overlooking Pleistos River gorge. Delphi city considered by the ancients Greeks to be the center (omphalos= navel) of the world and a religious center. Guided visit to Delphi archeological site and museum. We’ll see the treasuries, bouleterion, Tripod of Plataea, the Temple of Apollo, theater, agora and the famous Omphalos (navel of the earth) and the Delphi museum with the fascinating sculptures. Then drive to Athens to Faliro where Apostle Paul arrived by ship when he visitef Athens. Continue with a visit to Acropolis museum. Hotel Check-in. In the evening enjoy dinner at a local tavern at Plaka, including live bozouki music and Greek cultural life. (B,D)

 

Feb 26,2022 Sat       Athens : Acropolis +Ariopagus-Corinth canal-Ancient Corinth-Athens

Morning guided visit to Acropolis – Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, and finally Parthenon. Walk to Areopagus hill where Apostle Paul stood and preached to the Athenians. Then drive towards Peloponnese to Ancient Corinth. On the way to Corinth we have a photostop at Corinth canal. In Corinth Paul stayed and worked for two years. We’ll follow his steps, at. Paul’s BEMA, wander the nearby market and walk on the same paths that the apostle to the gentiles once walked, preaching the gospel nearly two thousand years ago. On the way out of Corinth we make a short stop is the orthodox church of the Assumption of Mary to see the letters to the Corinthians translated in four languages on an obelisk and a colorful Byzantine mosaic showing the mission of Apostle Paul in Corinth. Return to Athens. In the evening short walk to Plaka, Athens old town and have dinner at a local tavern with shish kebab and souvlaki dishes. (B,D)

 

Mar 6 Sun      Transfer to Athens Airport and fly back home.

RATES 

Per Person in Double Occupancy – *1 Free for every 15 people departing from the same city

 

            LAND & AIR             LAND ONLY

Houston         $4,740             $3,740

New York       $4,740             $3,740

Los Angeles $4,840             $3,840

Chicago          $4,740             $3,740

Single Supplement      $1030               $1030

 

INCLUDING:

  • Roundtrip international air between USA (Houston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles) – Istanbul
  • Istanbul – Adana domestic flight
  • 1 Night at 5 star Grand Bogazici Hotel in Antioch or similar
  • 1 Night at 4 star Hotel in Pozanti
  • 1 Night at 5 star Anemon Hotel in Konya or similar anemonhotels.com
  • 2 Nights at 5 star Moevenpick Hotel in Izmir or similar
  • 1 Night at 5 star Kolin Hotel in Canakkale or similar https://www.kolinhotel.com/en
  • 1 Night at Lucy Hotel Kavala or similar
  • 1 Night at Electra Palace Hotel Thessaloniki or similar
  • 1 Night at Divani Meteora Hotel or similar  
  • 1 Night at Anemolia Domotel Arachova (near Delphi) or similar
  • 2 Nights at Divani Acropolis Hotel in Athens or similar  
  • Daily breakfast and 12 dinners at the hotels
  • Bottled water included at all meals (drinks are extra)
  • All transportation by private AC Bus (one group transfer on arrival and departure)
  • English Speaking, Government Licensed, Bible Oriented guides in Turkey and Greece
  • All Entry fees to the sites and museums
  • Travel Bag, T-shirt, Archaeology Map of Turkey
  • All Service charges and lcoal taxes
  • Tips to the hotels, bus drivers and local guides.

 

EXCLUDING:

  • Turkish Visa Fee to be paid online prior to arrival evisa.gov.tr
  • Lunches and Drinks
  • Travel & Health Insurances, all kind of insurances (insurance can be given at extra cost upon request)
  • Personal Expenses (Laundry, phone calls, all kind of insurances, etc)

 

Isaac Karasenti as your Tour-Guide and Tour-Leader from the beginning In Hatay Turkey until the end of the tour in Athens Greece  

 

For more information and booking -please contact me

In this life changing journey, we will follow in the footsteps of Jesus in GOD”S land in: Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, Sea of Galilee, River Jordan, Jericho and Jerusalem. We will visit the places where he was born, grew up, was baptized and started his ministry. we will visit all the places where he used to teach, preach and preformed great miracles. We will follow in his footsteps from Galilee via Jericho to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem we will visit the most important sites like: Mt of Olives, Gethsemane, Mt Zion and Mt Calvary where he was crucified, suffered on the cross, died, buried and resurrected!

We will also :follow in the footsteps of prophet Elijah on Mt Carmel, have a full day  in the region of Samaria where we will visit: ancient Shiloh ( see the place where the Holy-Ark of the covenant stood for 369 years) , Mt Gerizim ( learn about the Samaritans in the time of Jesus and see the remains of their temple and city), ancient Samaria that was the capital of the kingdom of Israel for 157 years and ancient Beit-El.

We will also visit some of the most important heritage sites in Israel like: Caesarea Maritime, Masada, Qumran and Dead Sea, the holocaust museum, City of David and more.

April 27, 2022, Wed: Fly from U.S.A /Canada to Israel

April 28,2022, Thur: Ben-Gurion Airport- Old Jaffa- Tel Aviv-Natanya

Arrive Ben-Gurion Airport. Meet your Guide: Isaac Karasenti. Drive to Jaffa. Visit Old Jaffa: see the ancient port and learn about Jonah, see the ruins of the city, and learn about Dorcas and see the area where 2000 years ago stood the house of Simon the tanner: learn about Peter’s vision and its meaning. drive through modern Tel-Aviv to Netanya.

Dinner and overnight: Netanya at 5-star hotel.

April 29, 2022, Fri: Caesarea Maritime- Mt Carmel-Nazareth-Cana- Sea of Galilee

Drive to Caesarea Maritime and visit the ancient Roman city built by king Herod 2000 years ago. See the Roman Theater, King Herod’s Palace, Hippodrome, Ancient Port, Crusader’s city walls and the Roman aqueduct. Learn about the Biblical importance of the city: Phillip in Caesarea (Acts 8), Peter and Cornelius (Acts 10), Herod’s death (Acts 12) and the apostle Paul. continue to the top of Mt Carmel to Muhraka. Visit the place where 2900 years ago prophet Elijah preformed his test against Baal and Asherah. Continue north to the region of Galilee to Nazareth. Stop at the top of Mt precipice and view Nazareth and all the surrounding area. Learn about Nazareth at the time of Jesus ( Yeshua)  and about its Biblical importance. Visit the place of the Annunciation of the angel Gabriel to virgin Mary. Drive north to Cana of Galilee. Visit the wedding church which is built on top of an ancient 2000-year-old synagogue. Learn about the great miracle of changing water to vine. Continue to the region of the Sea of Galilee to your hotel.

Dinner and overnight: Sea of Galilee at 4-star hotel.

April 30, 2022, Sat: Jesus’ ministry around the Sea of Galilee

This day we will start at Capernaum: His own town. We will learn about the Biblical importance of the town. We will see the ruins of the Domus Ecclesia which is built on top ot the house of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law, the ancient synagogue, and the olive press. Continue to Bethsaida: Learn about the Biblical importance of the town and see the ruins of the ancient main street, houses, and city-gate. Continue to Kursi-visit the place where Jesus healed the demon possessed man.  After lunch break, we will drive to the northern part of the lake to Mt of Beatitudes: visit the place from where he delivered the ceremony on the mt. Continue to Tabqa: See the place where he feed the 5000 and the place where he said to Peter ” Feed my sheep” John 21. Continue to Magdala. Visit one of the new sites – Mary Magdalene’s hometown. Learn about the Biblical importance of the town and see the ancient 2000 years old synagogue, fish market, streets, port, Mikvehs and more.

End the day with a boat ride in the Sea of Galilee.

Dinner and overnight: Sea of Galilee at 4-star hotel.

May 1,2022, Sun: Jordan Valley-River Jordan-Jericho-Qumran-Dead Sea-Jerusalem

Drive south along the Jordan Valley to the southern part of the River JordanQuasar El-Yahud. See the place where Joshua and the Israelites crossed the river 3200 years ago when the entered the promised land. See the original baptismal site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Continue to Jericho. Visit Tel-Jericho. Learn about the battle for Jericho and see the ancient walls from the time of Joshua. Learn about Jericho at the time of second Temple. Learn about Jesus in Jericho (Zacchaeus, blind bagger), view Mt of temptation and learn about the temptation in the desert. After lunch break, we will continue south to the north part of the Dead Sea. Visit Qumran: See the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found, learn about the Essenes of Qumran, see the ruins of their ancient village, and learn about their way of life in the desert 2000 years ago. Continue to the Dead-Sea for a swim. Drive up to GOD”s city- Jerusalem. Stop at the top of Mt Scopus: enjoy the first view of Jerusalem. Welcome to Jerusalem!

Dinner and overnight: Jerusalem at-4-star hotel.

May 2, 2022, Mon: Bethlehem-Ein Haniya- Yad Vashem

Drive to the region of Bethlehem to the Shepherd’s fields. View Bethlehem and learn about the great Biblical importance of the town (Rachel, Neomi, Ruth, Boaz, David, Jesus). see the caves where the shepherds during the time of the nativity. Continue to the town of Bethlehem– allow some time for shopping at one of the local Christian gift shops (Olive wood carvings). Continue to Manger Square: Visit the Basilica of the Nativity -where Jesus was born. After lunch break- continue to Ein Haniya : See the place where Phillip baptized the Ethiopian. Drive back to Jerusalem and visit Yad Vashem holocaust museum.

Dinner and overnight: Jerusalem at-4-star hotel.

May 3, 2022, Tue: Mt Gerizim-Samaria- Ancient Shilo-Beit-El

Drive north into the region of Samaria to Mt Gerizim. Learn about the Samaritans who lived there at the time of the second Temple. See the ruins of the Samaritans Temple and city. View Shechem and learn about the Biblical importance of the city. View Mt Eibal : Learn about the curses and the blessings. Continue to Ancient Samaria. See the ruins of the ancient city that was built by King Omri and served as the capital city of Israel for 157 years. See also the ruins of the Roman city built by king Herod. After lunch break- continue to Ancient Shiloh. Learn about the Biblical importance of the city and see the place where stood the Holy-Ark of the covenant for 369 years! Continue to Beit-El: Learn about Abraham and Lot, and see the place where Jacob had his dream. Drive back to Jerusalem

Dinner and overnight: Jerusalem at-4-star hotel.

May 4, 2022, Wed: City of David- Temple Mt excavations- Western wall- Western wall tunnels- Pools of Bethesda-Via Dolorosa- Church of the Holy-Sepulcher

Start at the city of David – where it all begun. Learn about Jerusalem at Biblical times. See the ruins of King David’s palace, the city of David, Gihon spring, Hezekiah’s tunnel, and pool of Siloam. Continue to Davidson’s center and see the Model of the Temple Mt from the time of King Herod. See the Temple Mt Excavations: Huldah gates, steps, south-west corner, ancient Roman street, and shops. Continue to the Western wall. Visit the most Holy place in the world for the Jews. Continue to the Western Wall tunnels. After lunch break continue to the pools of Bethesda and see the place where Jesus healed a paralytic (38 years). Continue to the remains of Antonia fortress and learn about Jesus’s trail, condemnation, and flagellation. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy-Sepulcher: Visit the place, where according to Catholics and Orthodox, Jesus was crucified, suffered on the cross, died, buried and resurrected. 

Dinner and overnight: Jerusalem at-4-star hotel.

May 5,2022, Thur : Mt of Olives- Gethsemane-Mt Zion- Garden Tomb- Ben-Gurion Airport

Start this day at the top of Mt of Olives. Enjoy the most beautiful panoramic view of Jerusalem. Learn about the Biblical importance of the mt and about the last week of Jesus’s life in Jerusalem. Walk down to Dominus Flevit: See the place from where he saw the city and wept over it. Continue to the foot of Mt of Olives to Gethsemane. See the garden with the original 2000 years old olive trees and learn about the agony. Continue to Mt Zion. Visit the upper room of the last supper, King David Tomb and St Peter InGallicantu which is built on top of the house of the height priest of Jerusalem. See the place where Peter denied Jesus 3 times before the cork crows, and the dungeon of Jesus. Enjoy some free time at the most famous beautiful food market of Jerusalem: Machne Yehuda. Continue to the Garden-Tomb: See the place where according to most Protestants, Jesus was crucified, suffered on the cross, died, buried, and resurrected. 

Enjoy Farwell dinner. Continue to Ben-Gurion Airport and fly back home

May 6,2022, Fri : Arrive home

Isaac Karasenti as your Tour-Guide and Tour-Leader from the beginning -in Ben-Gurion airport Israel till the End at the Ben-Gurion airport 

 

For more information, prices, and booking- please contact me.

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