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 land of Israel. 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 guide, 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.
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. Gale Struthers
Day 1, Thursday, Dec. 30: 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!
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 the Sea of Galilee back to Nof Ginosar, where we'll see an authentic Sea of Galilee first century fishing boat before enjoying dinner and a night of rest. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 5, Monday, Jan. 3: Jordan River, Beit She'an, Qumran, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea. Our day opens on the Jordan River where members of our group have the opportunity to be baptized. We drive via the Jordan Valley to Beit She'an, an amazing excavation of an ancient Roman city.
Daniel Hotel Dead Sea Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 6, Tuesday, Jan. 4: Masada, Arad, Beer Sheva, Jerusalem. Our day begins on top of the fortress of Masada, where Jewish zealots made their last stand against Rome in A.D. 73. Travel to Tel Arad where the region's ancient capital is now preserved at the National Park, which encompasses the remains of a huge Canaanite city (Numbers 21:1) and an impressive fortress from First Temple times.
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. Dinner and overnight in our hotel in Jerusalem. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 11, Sunday, Jan. 9: Israel/USA. Early departure flight from Israel, arriving in the USA later this morning.
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
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
|From Minneapolis (MSP):||$2800|
|From San Francisco (SFO):||$2970|
|Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee:||$120|
|Tips to driver, guide & restaurant staff:||$114|
|Travel Insurance (optional):||$129|
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.
Dr. Pederson-McDonnell has been in pastoral ministry for 35 years. For ten years he also served on the faculty at Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, Minnesota. He 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, writing, 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.
Dr. Gale Struthers is the Chair of Biblical Studies at Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, Minnesota. She is an instructor in Biblical Studies and Hebrew at Oak Hills. She studied in Israel for a year at the Jerusalem University College and was involved in a summer archeological dig at Tel Dor, an ancient city along the Mediterranean coast.