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Derek Cooper - Chen Group

March 28 - April 8, 2024
Dr. Derek CooperManaging DirectorThomas Institutehttps://thomas-institute.com
Thomas Institute
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Day 1, Fri, March 29 - Welcome to Israel!
Arrive at Ben Gurion airport and relax in a group transfer to Tel Aviv. There, visit Joppa, the site of an important story involving the apostle Peter, before checking in to hotel andhaving dinner. Overnight: Tel Aviv (D)

Day 2, Sat, March 30 - Experience Beginning and End
Open the morning with a drive to Caesarea Maritima, the birthplace of the global Church. While there, take in amazing views of the Mediterranean. Then go to Haifa and Mount Carmel, which features a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. This place is home to the prophet fromthe Old Testament Ahab. Overnight: Galilee (B, D)

Day 3: Sun, March 31 - Visit Jesus's Childhood Hometown
Start at Basilica of the Annunciation, the site where theArchangel Gabriel announced to Mary the birth of Jesus. Attend Easter service either there or at Orthodox church nearby. Then head to the Jordan River (Yardenit), where Jesus was baptized by John. Afterward, spend the rest ofthe day at Megiddo, the site of the end of the world, and Bet She'an, an ancient city inhabited during the time of the Bible. Overnight: Galilee (B, L, D)

Day 4: Mon, April 1 - Visit Jesus's Stomping Grounds
Begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before going to Capernaum, Jesus’s base after leaving Nazareth. Then visit Tabgha (Church of the Multiplication and Primacy), the site of Jesus’s miracleof the bread and site of Jesus’s appearance to Peterafter his resurrection. Lunch will be fish at the Sea of Galilee. Then enjoy scenic views from the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus gave his most famous sermon.Travel to Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene. If time allows, visit Mount Tabor or Sussita (Hippos). Overnight: Galilee (B, L, D)

Day 5: Tues, April 2 - Go Deep into the Bible
Start the day in Chorazin, a place Jesus where taughtand performed miracles. Then take a ride to Caesarea Philippi/Tel Dan/Banias, the place where Jesus shared with his disciples who he really was and where inhabitants from the Old Testament lived. End the daywith a visit to Tel Hazor National Park, one of the oldestcities in Israel. Overnight: Galilee (B, D)

Day 6: Wed, April 3 - Head for Jerusalem
Enjoy some downtime on our way south to Jerusalem, stopping at Bet She'an. In Jerusalem, contemplate thestories and sites on the Mount of Olives. This includes Gethsemane, Church of All Nations, and Church of Dominus Flevit, which all contain significant moments inthe life of Jesus. Overnight: Jerusalem (B, D)

Day 7, Thurs, April 4 - Walk Where Jesus Walked
Begin your day in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, stopping first along the Via Dolorosa at the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a sick man. Stop at Terra Sancta Museum, which houses moments from Jesus’s arrest and imprisonment. As you meander down the Via Dolorosa, pause at the Greek Orthodox Praetorium and Prison of Christ. Then, continue downthe Via Dolorosa toward the Western Wall, before ending at Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesuswas crucified, buried, and resurrected. Then, head to Mount Zion, stopping at David's tomb and the place ofthe Last Supper on your way to enter the City of David.Overnight: Jerusalem (B, D)

Day 8: Fri, April 5 - Visit Birth-town of David and Jesusand Meet with Local Christian and Jewish Believers
Start in Bethlehem, the home of David and where Jesuswas born. Visit Church of Nativity, Shepherds Field, and anearby fair-trade shopping center. Then, spend time at Tent of Nations to learn about Palestinian Christianity. End the night at the Western Wall and Shabbat dinnerwith a Jewish family. Overnight: Jerusalem (B, D)

Day 9: Sat, April 6 - Enjoy Free Time (No Bus, No Guide)
After several busy days, take some time for yourself. Apre-breakfast walk through the Stations of the Cross willbe made available for those interested. You will be freeto go where you please, with recommendations including the Holocaust Museum (Yad Vashem), Temple Mount, Western Wall, Ramparts walk, shopping for souvenirs, orrevisiting any sites in the Old City. At a prearranged timein the afternoon, we will have a Communion service atthe Garden Tomb, a recreated site of Jesus’s burial and resurrection which contains an ancient garden and tomb. Overnight: Jerusalem (B, D)

Day 10: Sun, April 7 - Discover the Desert Life
Get ready for a fun and full day of desert and sea. You willexperience much of the old world by riding camels where Abraham did (Eretz Bereshit), visiting the place where David hid from King Saul (Ein Gedi), discovering where biblical texts were hidden for thousands of years (Qumran), and floating in the Dead Sea, the lowest placeon earth. Overnight: Jerusalem (B, D)

Day 11: Mon, April 8 - Return Home
After an unforgettable experience in the Holy Land, prepare for home with a group transfer to the airport. (B)

Including
  • 1 night at the Metropolitan hotel ( or Similar )
  • 4 Nights at Ginnosar on the Sea of Galilee  (or similar )
  • 5 Nights at the Ramada Jerusalem (or similar )
  • 1 single room for Derek Mar.26-29.2023 at the Metropolitan hotel
  • Daily open buffet breakfasts at the hotels
  • 10 Dinners at the Hotel 
  • entry fees to the sites and museumsas per the Itinerary
  • St. Peters Fish lunch in the Sea of Galilee
  • Arrival & departure Transfers  
  • transportation by deluxe AC motor coach  as per itinerary
  • Boat Tour at Sea of Galilee
  • Shabbat of a Lifetime dinner at a Jewish Family
  • Biblical Lunch at Nazareth Village
  • English Speaking licensed tour guide during all tours& transfers
  • Personal headsets (whispers)
  • Service charges and local taxes
  • 2 single free on any group size
  • 1 free roundtrip flight (departing 3 days before) for Derek Cooper
  • 1 free land package for Derek Cooper
  • 1 free land package for pastor
  • 3 nights lodging at hotel before group arrives for Derek Cooper
  • $350 per person for Derek Cooper
  • $350 per day for Israeli guide (Alex Stein)
Excluding
  • Extras of personal nature & insurance of any kind
  • Beverages with dinners or lunches
  • Tips to guide & driver
  • Insurance of any kind

 Locations on the map may include pre program or extension locations with main program.
Including
  • 1 night at the Metropolitan hotel ( or Similar )
  • 4 Nights at Ginnosar on the Sea of Galilee  (or similar )
  • 5 Nights at the Ramada Jerusalem (or similar )
  • 1 single room for Derek Mar.26-29.2023 at the Metropolitan hotel
  • Daily open buffet breakfasts at the hotels
  • 10 Dinners at the Hotel 
  • entry fees to the sites and museumsas per the Itinerary
  • St. Peters Fish lunch in the Sea of Galilee
  • Arrival & departure Transfers  
  • transportation by deluxe AC motor coach  as per itinerary
  • Boat Tour at Sea of Galilee
  • Shabbat of a Lifetime dinner at a Jewish Family
  • Biblical Lunch at Nazareth Village
  • English Speaking licensed tour guide during all tours& transfers
  • Personal headsets (whispers)
  • Service charges and local taxes
  • 2 single free on any group size
  • 1 free roundtrip flight (departing 3 days before) for Derek Cooper
  • 1 free land package for Derek Cooper
  • 1 free land package for pastor
  • 3 nights lodging at hotel before group arrives for Derek Cooper
  • $350 per person for Derek Cooper
  • $350 per day for Israeli guide (Alex Stein)
Excluding
  • Extras of personal nature & insurance of any kind
  • Beverages with dinners or lunches
  • Tips to guide & driver
  • Insurance of any kind

Hosts
Dr. Derek Cooper
Managing Director
Thomas Institute

Dr. Derek Cooper has written 15 books and traveled to more than 75 countries. He has led dozens of tours to all lands of the Bible and is an ordained minister. He is the founder and managing director of Thomas Institute and Dodekagram.

Leadership
Derek Cooper is Managing Director of Thomas Institute. He earned an MBA in Business and a PhD in the History of Religion. Dr. Cooper teaches widely in universities, businesses, and churches. He is the author of 15 books and has visited more than 75 countries. 

Travel
Thomas Institute specializes in travel to lands connected to the Bible: Israel, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Egypt, and Jordan. However, it also regularly leads groups to other leading destinations, including Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Education
Thomas Institute offers a variety of professional courses on many topics related to travel, history, culture, religion, and education through Udemy, Thinkific, and Teachable.  It also offers an array of professional booklets through Thomas Institute Press

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