Jerusalem at sunset

Biblical Encounters
Study Tour to Israel

Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea, & Jerusalem


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Itinerary at a Glance
Day Destination
1 Depart USA
2 Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel
3 Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Mt. Carmel,
Tel Megiddo, Nazareth, Tiberias
4 Around the Sea of Galilee
5 Mt. Hermon, Dan, Banias &
Golan Heights
6 Beit She’an, Qumran, &
Ein Gedi
7 Dead Sea, Masada &
8 Old City of Jerusalem
9 Jerusalem
10 Jerusalem
Style Biblical Journeys
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates
Price Includes
  • Round-trip airfare from San Francisco or Minneapolis via Continental Airlines, United Airlines or Lufthansa Airlines
  • All airline fees including fuel surcharges and airport taxes
  • All transfers in Israel with meeting, assistance & porterage assistance at airport and hotels
  • English speaking tour director throughout
  • Accommodations including private bathroom facilities at all hotels quoted
  • Buffet breakfast & dinners daily.
  • Touring program including entrance fees listed per your itinerary
  • Tips for your tour director, drivers, guides & hotel staff.
Highlights Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Tel Aviv. Shrine of the Book, Masada & Sea of Galilee.
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted tour involves a fair amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, requiring a good level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations.

Prepare for your trip Already booked? Find everything you need to know before you go, including information about passport & visa requirements, flights, luggage, and more.

Biblical Encounters and Friendly Planet Travel have a long established relationship. Over the past 25 years we have led a number of fascinating tours with real on site "biblical encounters". This is not a tourist trap tour. This is the real deal. You'll see the Bible come alive in ways you never imagined. It will turn from black and white to HD living color, and from flat to living 3-D. Check our web site at for testimonials from past participants. One of the things that makes this tour particularly special is the team of hosting pastors who are sharing in leadership and ministry during this tour. We all bring the same passion - to take you into the Biblical world in such a way you will be forever transformed. Do feel free to contact us or any of the co-hosts if you have any questions. We so look forward to seeing you in this journey of a lifetime.

Dr. Dale and Tara Pederson-McDonnell

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Detailed Itinerary

Tel Aviv Friday, Feb 15 - Day 1: 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!

Saturday, Feb 16 - Day 2: Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel. After arriving at Ben Gurion airport, we begin our Biblical journey in the Hall of Independence in Tel Aviv, where Israel declared its rebirth as nation in 1948. Then to the Dan Panorama hotel in Tel Aviv for some time to relax and enjoy our first Israeli dinner. Dinner provided.

Roman Theater, Caesarea Sunday, Feb 17 - Day 3: Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Tel Megiddo, Nazareth, Tiberias. This is a huge day in our tour, beginning with the journey north along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, signiicant in numerous accounts in the book of Acts. We then travel to Mt.Carmel, the site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal, and tel Megiddo, overlooking the Valley of Armageddon, and as our day closes we drive through Nazareth and Tiberias, arriving at our Kibbutz hotel, Nof Ginosar, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, for dinner and overnight. There will be a brief time of reflection and worship after dinner. Accommodations: Nof Ginosar. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee Monday, Feb 18 - Day 4: Around the Sea of Galilee. This day we enjoy numerous sites along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, including the villages of Capernaum, Korazin, and Bethsaida, as well as the locations of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the feeding of the 5000, and the restoration of Peter as recorded in John 21. We’ll also enjoy a very special celebration where those who wish to be baptized in the Jordan River will have that opportunity. A highlight of the day will be a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and a visit to the “Jesus Boat”, an authentic first century fishing boat. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. Dinner provided.

Golan Heights Tuesday, Feb 19 - Day 5: Mt. Hermon, Dan, Banias & Golan Heights. Today we journey north to the beautiful, forested, and often snow covered Mount Hermon and the fascinating ancient sites of Dan and Caesarea Philippi (Banyas). We return south through the Golan Heights and the ancient Israelite city of Hazor. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. Dinner provided.

Wednesday, Feb 20 - Day 6: Beit She’an, Qumran, & Ein Gedi. Today we head south to Beit She’an, Qumran, and Ein Gedi, arriving early at our hotel on the Dead Sea in time for some relaxation in the spas, leisure, dinner, and overnight.

Old City of Jerusalem Thursday, Feb 21 - Day 7: Dead Sea, Masada & 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 Arad and Beer Sheva en route to Jerusalem. Overnight at our Jerusalem hotel, where we will stay for the remainder of our time in Israel.

Friday, Feb 22 - Day 8: Old City of Jerusalem. Today we focus on sites in the Old City of Jerusalem, including the southern Temple steps in the archaeological park and the hidden rabbinic tunnels behind the Western Wall. End the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight in our hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner provided.

Israeli man Saturday, Feb 23 - Day 9: Jerusalem. In the morning 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. The afternoon is free to enjoy shopping, relaxing, or personal sightseeing in and around Jerusalem. Dinner provided.

Sunday, Feb 24 - Day 10: 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. We return to Old City Christian quarter for lunch, a walk through the Via Dolorosa and a number of other significant Biblical Jerusalem sites. This evening we’ll enjoy a special farewell dinner at our hotel. For those who are so inclined, this will be a delightful evening to enjoy a stroll through festive Ben Yahuda street after dinner. Late evening transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your overnight flight to the U.S.A. Dinner provided.

Contact Information

Dr. Dale & Tara Pederson-McDonnell Tour Directors

Dr. Dale & Tara Pederson-McDonnell
Tel: 209-404-1106 or 209-846-9585

Tour Hosts

Pastor Mark Whitehead

Pastor Joe Halloway

Pastor Mark Hovestol

Pastor Paul Knight
701-722-1884 or 218-779-1379

Pastor Kendall Carlson
605-582-7420 or 605-321-3559