or San Francisco (SFO)
Study Tour to Israel
February 5–15, 2010
Hosted by Dr. Dale & Tara Pederson-McDonnell & Dr. Mark Hovestol
Includes airfare, great hotels, transfers and more!
We happily invite you to consider joining us on this wonderful journey. We'll experience with great pleasure many of the delights of the fascinating lands of Israel and Jordan. In addition, we'll encounter numerous ancient Biblical sites in ways that will make the Bible come alive like never before.
The educational and spiritual components of this tour will be exceptional. In addition to the insights from our licensed Israeli and Jordanian guides, we will personally be providing resources, teaching, and spiritual insights to make this an outstanding experience for all. As educators, we know that people learn the most when they are enjoying the experience, so you can rest assured that we are going to have a blast! And while the value of experiencing the Bible lands is considered priceless, when you examine all that is included in our tour, you'll easily see that the price you pay represents very high value for money, even in these days of a weak U.S dollar.
Please accept this as your personal invitation to be a part of this awesome experience. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dr. Dale & Tara Pederson-McDonnell
and Dr. Mark Hovestol
Day 1, Friday, Feb 5: Depart USA. Depart on our overnight flight to Israel. Aloft, we will have dinner, time to sleep, breakfast, and the opportunity to praise the Lord for His beautiful creation from the vantage point of 35,000 feet!
Nof Ginosar Breakfast & dinner provided.
We return south through the Golan Heights, back to the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus caused the miraculous catch of fish and restored Peter as recorded in John 21. We visit the sites at the ruins of Capernaum, and then take a boat ride on Sea of Galilee back to Nof Ginosar, where we'll see an authentic Sea of Galilee first century fishing boat. End the day at the Jordan River where members of our group have the opportunity to be baptized. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 5, Tuesday, Feb 9: Sheik Hussein Bridge, Jerash, Amman. Our day starts as we proceed to the Sheik Hussein Bridge for crossing into Jordan. Upon arrival on the Jordanian side of the border we will be met by our guide and drive to Jerash, one of the best preserved cities of the Roman Empire. Proceed to Amman for a panoramic city tour and then on to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Le Meridien Breakfast & dinner provided.
Dan Panorama Hotel Breakfast & dinner provided.
In the afternoon we'll visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and the Shepherds' fields in nearby Beit Sahour. Here we'll visit a wonderful olive wood and gift store, operated by a co-op of Palestinian Christian families. Members of the tour who would like to, may be able to join our guide for a Shabbat service at his local synagogue and even join Israeli families from the synagogue for Shabbat dinner in their homes. Dinner will be served in our hotel as well. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 9, Saturday, Feb 13: Masada, Dead Sea, Jerusalem. Our day begins on top of the fortress of Masada, where Jewish zealots made their last stand against Rome in A.D. 73. We continue along the shore of the Dead Sea to Ein Gedi, where those who wish may hike through a beautiful nature reserve to David's waterfall.
Day 10, Sunday, Feb 14: Jerusalem. Our morning will take us to the Holocaust Memorial Museum at Yad Vashem, the Israel Museum, and other sites in Jerusalem's new city.
Astonishingly beautiful...spiritually rich. Having traveled the world, this by far is the best trip I have ever taken. There is nothing to compare to the magnificence of Israel, I came back a changed person.
This trip to Israel was the best thing that ever happened to me apart from my relationship with the Lord and being a mother.
Our trip to Israel was the trip of a lifetime and we received much more in Spiritual blessings than any cost of the trip. Our group was wonderful and we have even more friends than when we started.
Don and Anneliese Miller
Study Tour to Israel Included Features
- Flights from Minneapolis or San Francisco via scheduled Lufthansa (LH) flights
- Accommodations in superior hotels with private bath
- Lavish buffet breakfast and table d'hote dinner daily
- Transfers with meeting, assistance, and porterage
- Touring by modern, air-conditioned touring coaches, including all entrance fees to places visited in the itinerary
- Professional, English-speaking tour director
Study Tour to Israel Prices from Minneapolis (MSP) or San Francisco (SFO)
|Per person, double occupancy||$3065|
|Single room supplement:||add $620|
|U.S. departure taxes :||$160|
|Travel Insurance:||$129 (optional)|
Please download the reservation application and fax or mail it to us, together with your $300 per person deposit. Fax to: 215-572-9803. Mail to 500 Old York Road, Suite 200, Jenkintown, PA 19046.
For more information, please contact:
PO Box 296
Hughson, CA 95326
Tel: 209.883.1728, 209.404.1106, or 209.404.9527
About your tour hosts, Dr. Dale & Tara Pederson-McDonnell
Dr. Pederson-McDonnell has been in pastoral ministry for 33 years. For ten years he also served on the faculty at Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, Minnesota. He serves as pastor of First Baptist Church in Hughson, California and is founder and president of Biblical Encounters Foundation, a non-profit ministry designed to lead people into authentic encounters with the lands, the words, and the God of the Bible. In partnership with Friendly Planet Travel, he has led numerous study tours to the Bible lands over the past 20 years. His life and ministry partner, Tara, a telecommunications broker, is fully engaged with him in teaching, counseling, and pastoral ministries. Together they love to see the Bible come alive for people and look forward with great anticipation to this incredible Biblical encounter in the land of Israel.
About your tour host, Dr. Mark Hovestol
Dr. Hovestol has served as lead pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Bemidji, Minnesota for the past 11 years. Previously he served for 18 years as Academic Dean and then President of Oak Hills Christian College, also in Bemidji. He is a warm and insightful Bible teacher and a veteran Bible lands tour leader, having co-hosted several study tours with Dr. Pederson-McDonnell in Israel and Greece.