12 days for $3058*
from Portland

Liberty Bible Church of the Nazarene Tour to Israel & Jordan

February 4–15, 2008 • Hosted by Pastor Larry Rounsley

Includes airfare, fuel surcharges, great hotels, transfers, most meals, guided touring and more!

Detailed Itinerary

Map of Israel Day 1: Monday, February 4: Depart USA. Departure on the first leg of our overnight trip to Israel. Aloft, we will have dinner, a little sleep time, breakfast, and the opportunity to praise the Lord for His great creation from the vantage point of 35,000 feet!

Day 2: Tuesday, February 5: Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel. We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, modern center of Israel, on the Mediterranean Sea. After meeting our guide, we'll pass through customs and then board our touring coach to head to our hotel. Check in at our hotel, enjoy our first dinner in Israel and settle in for a well-deserved night's sleep after our long journey. Sheraton Moriah Dinner provided.

Roman Theater at Caesarea Day 3: Wednesday, February 6: Ceaserea, Mt.Carmel, Megiddo. Our amazing tour of Israel begins after breakfast this morning as we drive north along the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, Roman capital of Judea. Here we view the beautifully restored theater, and the ruins of the ancient town, its harbor and aqueduct. We travel inland to Megiddo (Biblical Armageddon), then continue to Muhraka on Mt. Carmel, where Elijah defeated the priests of Ba'al. On to Nazareth, boyhood home of Jesus. Modern Nazareth is a busy city with a population of approximately 70,000 people. For nearly 2,000 years hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have found their way to the setting which shaped the Man who changed the course of history. Gai Beach Hotel Breakfast & dinner provided..

Mt. of Beatitudes
Mt. of Beatitudes© my-holyland.com
Day 4: Thursday, February 7: Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum & Yardenit Baptism. After breakfast, we set sail on the Sea of Galilee, arriving at the first century "Jesus Boat", found by members of Kibbutz Nof Ginossar after a drought in 1985 caused the water level in the Sea of Galilee to fall lower than usual, exposing this ancient boat. We continue to the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee, to the place where the land rises from 700 feet below sea level to more than 200 feet above sea level in a conical shape that forms a natural amphitheater. This place, known as the Mt. of Beatitudes, has traditionally been identified as the hillside where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount and it's here where we'll spend time to pray and reflect. Later, we'll walk down to Capernaum, one of the three cities cursed by Jesus for its lack of faith.

Baptism at Yardenit
Baptism at Yardenit   © www.yardenit.com
Though Jesus grew up in Nazareth, he chose to move His teaching and healing ministry to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, primarily in the village of Capernaum on the shores of the Sea. In this village, Jesus attended synagogue and performed many miracles such as the cure of the man possessed by an evil spirit (Mark 1:23-26); the cure of Peter's mother in law, (Mark 1:29-31); and taking the money for taxes from the mouth of a fish (Matthew 17:24). Jesus frequented the village so much that Matthew 9:1 calls it His "own town". Later this afternoon we'll drive to Yardenit, a special site on the Jordan River, for a Baptism service for those who wish. This evening, enjoy time at leisure for shopping or strolling. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Pastor Larry Rounsley and travelers Day 5: Friday, February 8: Jordan Valley, Beit She'an, Jerusalem. This morning drive south via the Jordan Valley to Beit She'an, where we'll discover some of Israel's most spectacular archaeological finds. The site features an extraordinary excavation of an ancient Roman city, and Jericho, the oldest known city in the world. Continue to Jerusalem, where we begin our exploration at the Mt. of Olives which has always been an important feature in Jerusalem's landscape. From before the time of Jesus until today, it has served as one of the main burial grounds for the city, and it is on its eastern slope, near Bethany, where Scripture indicates Jesus ascended to heaven.

We'll walk down into the Kidron Valley past Dominus Flevit (where Jesus wept over Jerusalem) where we enjoy a beautiful view of the city through its distinct chapel window, to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane, whose ancient olive trees have been estimated by some scholars to be two thousand years old. Dan Panorama Hotel Breakfast & dinner provided.

Posing with a guard Day 6: Saturday, February 9: Shiloh, Bet Guvrin, David's City. This morning we'll drive to Herodion, one of the most fascinating structures from the ancient world, where Herod built a great fortress and palace between 22 and 15 B.C.E. We continue to Shiloh, where the Ark of the Covenant was placed after Joshua conquered the Land of Israel. Located in the area settled by the tribes of Benjamin and Ephraim, Shiloh became known as the "place of the Lord's Tabernacle " and where the Tabernacle stayed for 369 years. It was to Shiloh that the Israelites brought their sacrifices. It was at Shiloh that the priest Eli promised that Hannah would bear a son. That son, Samuel, became a prophet who dedicated himself to the Lord and served the Tabernacle in Shiloh.

Our day continues with a special opportunity to participate in an archeological dig at Ben Guvrin, ancestral home of King Herod. We'll sift through the sand, examine the pottery, tour the National Park, and crawl through unexcavated cave systems at this fascinating site. Later we'll visit the City of David excavations, including Hezekiah's Tunnel. Built under the reign of Hezekiah to bring transport water across the city, this tunnel is often considered one of the greatest feats of water-engineering from the pre-Classical period. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Jerusalem Old City & Dome of the Rock Day 7: Sunday, February 10: Jerusalem. Today our sightseeing in the Old City of Jerusalem begins, as we explore further our Christian heritage and its Jewish roots. We begin at the Davidson Center, where we'll enjoy a rare opportunity to explore and study the most significant archaeological site in Israel by means of exhibitions and illustrations describing Jerusalem's main episodes. We continue to the Western (Wailing) Wall, the most sacred spot in Jewish religious and national life. We'll explore the area around the Wall including the Western Wall Tunnels and the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque.

We'll also explore the Southern Wall excavations including the western flight of stairs leading to the main entrances of the Temple Mount. Excavators uncovered the easternmost part of this staircase with its alternating long and short steps. Some suggest that the fifteen long steps may have been one of the locations where pilgrims sang the fifteen Psalms of Ascent (120-34) as they went up to worship.

Fruit stall vendor  © Albatross/IMOT
Fruit stall vendor   © Albatross/IMOT
Then we continue to the Old City inside the walls, to St. Anne's, and the Pool of Bethesda. The pools at one time appeared to have been almost 30 feet deep and are sites of healing described by John in the New Testament. St. Anne's is the best preserved Crusader built church in all of Israel, with perfect acoustics, making it a favorite stop for singing a hymn before setting off on the Via Dolorosa, the "Sorrowful Road" which traces Christ's path through the streets of Jerusalem to the basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, built over the Rock of Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified. Stroll through the colorful bazaars of the Old City, where sunlight is often obscured by a vast array of clothing, food, spices and other tempting treasures. Our day in Jerusalem ends at the beautiful Garden Tomb. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Swimming in the Dead Sea Day 8: Monday, February 11: Jerusalem, Qumran & Dead Sea. After breakfast, we'll continue our sightseeing in Jerusalem with a visit to the Temple Mount and the Jerusalem Model. We then say goodbye to Jerusalem as we drive south to Qumran, the famous caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. After a tour of the site, including remains of the palace, the lavish bathhouse and synagogue, we'll continue our drive to Ein Gedi for a view of the beautiful oasis and David's Waterfall before arriving at our hotel at the Dead Sea. Arrive in time for a float in the mineral-filled water before dinner or take advantage of the first-class spa facilities at our Dead Sea hotel. Daniel Hotel Dead Sea Breakfast & dinner provided.

View from Masada, Israel Day 9: Tuesday, February 12: Masada, Timna Valley National Park, Red Sea. Drive south then along the shore of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, water cisterns and mosaic floors. Descend by cable car and continue to nearby Timna Valley National Park, located in the Negev Desert, this national park both natural beauty and archaeological sites, including 6,000-year-old copper mines, prehistoric rock drawings, the ancient Temple of Hathor, and King Solomon's Pillars (red rock pillars).

Eilat, Red Sea
Eilat, Red Sea   © IMOT
From here we proceed to the southern tip of Israel to Eilat, where we'll enjoy the warm, calm waters of Israel's most popular vacation destination. One of the world's best coral reefs is located here, and you can scuba dive, snorkel, and dive with dolphins. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Eilat, swim in the Red Sea, visit the Underwater Observatory and see the extensive and magnificent corals and sea life of the Red Sea, or simply relax and enjoy the pool at your hotel. Meridien Hotel (B,D).

Lost City of Petra, Jordan Day 10: Wednesday, February 13: Petra, Jordan. Early this morning we'll cross into Jordan at the Arava border and drive to the Nabatean capital of Petra, a secret and mystical city carved more than 2,000 years ago in pink sandstone. After a tour of the ancient city, including a portion on horseback, we board our bus and return to Israel, arriving in Eilat for overnight. Tonight we'll enjoy our final dinner in Israel. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 11: Thursday, February 14: Depart Israel/Overnight in Frankfurt. After breakfast this morning, we'll depart Eilat for Tel Aviv. This afternoon, we say a reluctant goodbye to Israel as we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the USA, stopping first for a bonus night in Frankfurt, Germany. In-flight dinner. Breakfast & dinner provided..

Day 12: Friday, February 15: Arrive USA. We'll depart Frankfurt this morning, arriving in Portland later today. Breakfast provided..

Included Features

• Round trip flights from Portland via scheduled United/Lufthansa flights (flight schedule)

• Airport Departure Taxes & Fuel Surcharges

• Suggested Personal Tips

• All transfers with meeting, assistance and porterage (one checked suitcase per person)

• Accommodations in Superior and Deluxe hotels with private bath

• Buffet breakfast and table d'hote dinner daily;

• Sightseeing program with English-speaking tour director, including entrance fees to all places mentioned in touring itinerary

• Hotel taxes and service charges

Single Occupancy Rooms: add $580.

Travel Insurance: add $129 (details)

Additional costs: $35 Jordan Border Fee (paid locally)

Tour Prices

From Portland: $3058*
Single Occupancy: add $580
Jordan Border Fees: $35 (collected locally):
Travel Insurance: $129 (optional)
* Airline departure taxes, fuel surcharges & airport fees.


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.

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For additional information, please contact:

Liberty Bible Church of the Nazarene
12401 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98686
(360) 574 9302

About your tour host Pastor Larry Rounsley

Pastor Larry Rounsley Pastor Larry is the senior pastor at Liberty Bible Church of the Nazarene, where he has served for the last 12 years. He is married to Michelle and has four children. This will be pastor's third time to Israel. His last tour was in 2006 and included over 20 people. Everyone had a great time. It is likely that this year's tour will include some new faces along with some repeats from previous years. Being able to go to Israel is a gift. Without question, it takes some sacrifice and some planning to meet the cost of the trip, but it is well worth the effort. Not only is this trip fun, but it is even more so because it is life-affecting. If I can help answer any questions, don't hesitate to contact me. I would count it a great joy to be able to be at your side as you see the land where Jesus lived, ministered, gave up himself, and rose victoriously. Words cannot express all that you will see and experience.