May 7-14, 2018

We invite you to share your musical traditions by bringing your choir to Israel to perform your own repertoire and join voices to perform Rutter's Gloria and Mendelssohn's Psalm 42 with orchestra. Together we will celebrate the beauty of song while overlooking the magnificent Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee, where Jesus taught his disciples. In the words of David Loden, Artistic Director, "We believe this to be a most fitting venue for singing praises to our God in His land."

The municipality of Tiberias, Israel is pleased to share their International Choir Festival on the Sea with a limited number of invited guest ensembles from around the world. The event takes place in the newly constructed Berko Archaeological Park amphitheater enclosed by gates and walls of the Roman city. In addition to this festival program of devotion, song, and praise, we are offering the following itinerary of thrilling sites in the Holy Land.

ITINERARY

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018 | DEPART FROM NORTH AMERICA

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018 | DEPART FROM NORTH AMERICA

Depart North America on a flight bound for Israel. Meals, snacks and refreshments will be served on board.
MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018 | WELCOME TO ISRAEL!

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018 | WELCOME TO ISRAEL!

Arrive in Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion International Airport. Your Music Contact International tour leader will greet your choir at the airport. Together, transfer to the hotel in Tel Aviv to check in and enjoy a welcome dinner.
TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018 | TOURING EN ROUTE TO TIBERIAS | OPENING CEREMONY

TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018 | TOURING EN ROUTE TO TIBERIAS | OPENING CEREMONY

Enjoy a famous Israeli buffet breakfast before visiting the ancient seaport of Jaffa, from which the Prophet Jonah fled from God, where Peter stayed with Simon the Tanner and restored Tabitha to life, and where King Solomon built his port. Then, head north along the beautiful Mediterranean shoreline to Caesarea with its Roman and Crusader ruins, where Paul was held prisoner. See the aqueduct and the theater before driving on to Haifa to visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery which houses the Madonna of Mount Carmel. There will be an opportunity to celebrate Mass at the sacred monastery. Continue on to Tiberias, arriving in time to check into the hotel and refresh before dinner.

After dinner, attend the Opening Ceremony of The International Choir Festival on the Sea of Galilee in Berko Archaeological Park. Enjoy a musical welcome by an Israeli host choir followed by choral concerts from festival guest ensembles. At the end of a thrilling first day of festivities, return to the hotel in Tiberias and settle in for the night.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018 | SIGHTSEEING IN NAZARETH | CONCERTS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018 | SIGHTSEEING IN NAZARETH | CONCERTS

The day begins with a drive to Cana on the outskirts of Nazareth, where Jesus performed the first miracle, changing water into wine. Visit the Wedding Church and Church of Nathanael. Continue to Nazareth, Jesus' boyhood home, resplendent with places of worship. Visit some of the most magnificent churches, including an opportunity to celebrate Mass. Travel on to Mount Tabor, believed to be the site of the Transfiguration and biblical story of Deborah and Barak. Enjoy striking views the Jezreel Valley below.

Arrive back in Tiberias with time to relax before dinner. Afterwards, return to Berko Archaeological Park to participate in the second night of The Festival on the Sea. The series of choral concerts continues this evening with additional performances by international choirs. Return to the hotel at the end of evening.
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 | SIGHTSEEING & BOAT RIDE ON SEA OF GALILEE | CLOSING CEREMONY

THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 | SIGHTSEEING & BOAT RIDE ON SEA OF GALILEE | CLOSING CEREMONY

This morning, focus on the Ministry of Christ during his time in Galilee. Enjoy a peaceful boat ride across the Sea of Galilee where Christ walked on water. Next, visit Capernaum to see the ancient synagogue and St. Peter's House, where Jesus would have stayed while ministering in the area. Continue to Tabgha and view the mosaic that depicts the miracle of the loaves and fish, and the nearby Church of Peter's Primacy where Peter was told, "Feed my lambs, feed my sheep." Visit Mount of Beatitudes, the location of the Sermon on the Mount, and attend an unforgettable Mass near the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the Primacy of Mt. Beatitudes. This afternoon, visit a 2,000-year-old ancient boat before returning to Tiberias with time to refresh in the hotel before a group dinner. This evening marks the completion of The International Choir Festival with the Closing Ceremony where choirs combine musical talents and perform Gloria and Psalm 42 accompanied by wind, percussion and symphony orchestra. Return to the hotel after a most celebratory evening!
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018 | JORDAN VALLEY TO JERUSALEM

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018 | JORDAN VALLEY TO JERUSALEM

Check out of the hotel in Tiberias and journey south to visit Beit She'an-Scythopolis. See the Roman Theater and Paladius Street. Continue along the Jordan Valley and stop for a viewpoint of Jericho, believed to be the oldest known inhabited city in the world, and on to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin shepherd in 1948. See the Essene Farm and Qumran Caves, the actual location where the scrolls were discovered. Enjoy a swim and "float" in the Dead Sea before heading to Jerusalem, stopping to view St. George's Monastery in a beautiful canyon in the heart of the Judean wilderness. Upon entering Jerusalem, stop for a magnificent view from Mount Scopus, overlooking the Holy City and the Temple Mount. Check into the Jerusalem hotel, enjoy a group dinner and settle in for the night.
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018 | JERUSALEM AND BETHLEHEM

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018 | JERUSALEM AND BETHLEHEM

Visit the Mount of Olives to walk the Palm Sunday route. Next, go to the Garden of Gethsemane to see the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed his last prayer before being arrested. Continue on to the Cave of Betrayal and the Cave of Assumption of Mary to Heaven. Visit Pater Noster Shrine, where Jesus taught his disciples the Lord's Prayer and the Chapel of the Ascension, from where Jesus ascended to Heaven. Spend the afternoon in Bethlehem, site of the birth of Jesus, and see Shepherd's Field and the Church of the Nativity. Return to the hotel in Jerusalem in time for dinner.
SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018 | STATIONS OF THE CROSS TO LAST SUPPER

SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018 | STATIONS OF THE CROSS TO LAST SUPPER

The day begins early for one of the highlights of the trip. As the sun rises, retrace the last steps of Jesus as he took them on Good Friday. Walk along Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrow, through the Old City and pray along the Stations of the Cross, taking the same path as Jesus. Visit St. Anne's Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents. See Ecce Homo where Pilate proclaimed, "Behold the man..." Reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice as we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass. View the Western Wall, the most holy place for Jews and exit at Mt. Zion Gate to visit the Upper Room, the location of King David's Tomb and the Last Supper, and Dormition Abbey, where the blessed Mary is believed to have died. End the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied Christ three times. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration of Jerusalem. On your final night in Israel, enjoy a traditional celebratory farewell dinner with opportunity for singing and prayer.
MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018 | DEPART ISRAEL

MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018 | DEPART ISRAEL

Early transfer back to Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion International Airport to fly home.

PACKAGE

  • Accommodations
    7 nights in Israel in choice of 3- or 4-star hotels, double occupancy:
    1 night in Tel Aviv
    3 nights in Tiberius
    3 nights in Jerusalem
    Porterage at airports & hotels is included

    Transportation
    A private, modern, air conditioned motor coach with a professional driver is provided for all transportation as described in the itinerary, including guided escorted round-trip airport transfers

    Meals
    Breakfast each morning at the hotel
    Dinner served nightly

    Tour Manager
    Full-time Music Contact International Tour Manager to accompany your group during their entire stay, from arrival to departure

    Performance Opportunities
    • Opening Ceremony with performances by international choirs (30 minutes, own repertoire)
    • Performances by international choirs continue second night of festival
    • Closing Ceremony with Concert of Combined Voices:
    • Combined Choir with Wind Ensemble & Percussion: Gloria, John Rutter
    • Combined Choir with Symphony Orchestra: Psalm 42, Mendelssohn

    Guided Tours & Special Events
    • 6 full days of sightseeing with licensed tour guide:
    • Visit to Jaffa & Caesarea
    • Stella Maris in Haifa with opportunity to celebrate Mass
    • Cana and Nazareth with opportunity to celebrate Mass
    • Mount Tabor and Jezreel Valley
    • Boat ride on Sea of Galilee
    • Capernaum Synagogue, Tabgha mosaic viewing and Church of St. Peter's Primacy
    • Celebrate Mass at the Primacy of Mt. Beatitudes
    • Beit She'an-Scythopolis with Roman Theater and Paladius Street
    • Qumran, Essene Farm and Caves to see where Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
    • Swim and float in Dead Sea
    • Viewpoints over Jericho, St. George's Monastery, the Holy City and Temple Mount
    • Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane & Rock of Agony, Caves of Betrayal and Assumption of Mary to Heaven
    • Visit Pater Noster Shrine and Chapel of the Ascension
    • Excursion to Bethlehem to see Shepherd's Field and the Church of the Nativity
    • Old City Jerusalem to pray along Stations of the Cross
    • Western Wall & Mt. Zion site of King David's Tomb, Last Supper, Dormition Abbey, and St. Peter in Gallicantu

    Complimentary Places
    Two complimentary land packages for every 30 paying travelers (31st & 32nd travelers are complimentary), based on single occupancy accommodations
  • If your choir is interested in staying in Israel for additional days, please let us know. We will be glad to offer an extension tour, with singing or without, according to your choir’s interests.

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES

Traveler's Resource Website

Traveler's Resource Website
The site is customized exclusively for your group, and is full of exciting and interactive features that you will find informative and helpful before, during, and after the tour.

•Current tour itinerary with full descriptions of each day
•Detailed maps of the places you will visit
•Blog platform to communicate with group members
•Recommended books, movies, websites, and videos

Online Payment System

Online Payment System
Group leaders have the option to use our Online Payment System, which enables you to effortlessly collect payments for your trip. Group leaders receive weekly automated reports with traveler balances and due dates.

Travelers can log in to our secure website to review the cost of their trip and all payment deadlines, register for the trip, and make credit card payments. All travelers receive automated reminders when payments are coming due.

Additional Materials

Additional Materials
•Customized handbook for each person traveling with your choir, including a detailed program and travel information.
•Electrical adapters*
•Luggage tags
•Passport holder*

*for international travelers