10 days from $2055*

Tanglewood Bible Fellowship Tour to Israel

plus Jordan optional extension
May 12–24, 2006 • Hosted by Dr. Brad McCoy

Includes airfare, great hotels, transfers & more!

Map of Israel Join Dr. Brad McCoy and the Tanglewood Bible Fellowship on an exciting and life-changing tour to Israel. Everywhere you go in this amazing country, you will find yourself walking in the exact places where the events of the Bible unfolded, following in the footsteps of Jesus throughout the Land. This powerful experience will transform your Bible reading from black and white to full color and increase your passion for knowing and serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Take advantage of your already-included airfare and add our extension to Jordan and the amazing Lost City of Petra.

Detailed Itinerary

Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel   © IMOT
Friday, May 12: USA/Israel. 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!

Joppa port, Tel Aviv, Israel
Joppa port, Tel Aviv, Israel   © IMOT
Saturday, May 13: Tel Aviv, Israel. We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where we are met by our guide for assistance through customs. Board our touring coach and drive to Joppa for a brief tour of this ancient seaport then transfer to our hotel in Tel Aviv.

Roman Theater at Caesarea Sunday, May 14: Caesarea, Mount Carmel & Tiberias. After a visit to Independence Hall, where the new State of Israel was declared, 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. We then visit the ancient Canaanite and Phoenician port of Akko, and Sepphoris, capitol of the Galilee in Herod's time and birthplace of Mary. We continue to Tiberias and our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.

Ancient Synagogue at Capernaum
Ancient Synagogue at Capernaum   © Doron Horowitz
Monday, May 15: Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes & Banias. We set sail on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum and visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Continue to Tabgha, site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount, and through the Hula Valley to Banias, ancient Caesarea Philippi at the foot of Mt Hermon. After ascending the Golan Heights, visit the former Syrian fortifications, then drive along the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee to Bethsaida, home of apostles Philip, Simon and Andrew, where Jesus fed the five thousand and healed the blind man, and Kursi, where Jesus cast out the demons from the man of Gedara. Time for a stop at Yardenit, a special site on the Jordan River, for a Baptism Service. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.

Full-scale model of the Galilee Boat
Full-scale model of the Galilee Boat   © HolyLandPhotos.org
Tuesday, May 16: Jordan Valley & Beit She'an. After breakfast we'll visit an excavated boat dating from the time of Jesus that was found at our Kibbutz, then drive to Cana, site of Jesus' first miracle, and Nazareth, His boyhood home. We drive south via the Jordan Valley to Beit She'an, an extraordinary excavation of an ancient Roman city, and Jericho, the oldest known city in the world. From the Tel we can see Elisha's Fountain and the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus fasted for 40 days. Continue our drive up to Jerusalem, highlight of our tour, arriving in time for dinner and overnight.

Olive trees, Garden of Gethsemane
Garden of Gethsemane
Wednesday, May 17: Old City of Jerusalem. A full day of sightseeing in Jerusalem, exploring our Christian heritage and its Jewish roots: Model of the city during the Second Temple period, the Mount of Olives, Mount Scopus, Mount Zion, the site of the Upper Room, and the Kidron Valley. Walk the Palm Sunday path to Dominus Flevit Chapel, visit the ancient olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane, and enter the Old City within the walls.

Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem
Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem   © Willem Proos
Follow the Via Dolorosa, the agonizing route Jesus walked with the cross on the way to Gulgotha. Visit St. Anne's Church, the Pool of Bethesda, Pilate's Judgment Hall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the restored Jewish Quarter, the Western (Wailing) Wall, the Rabbinic Tunnels, the Temple Site on Mount Moriah and the Garden Tomb for a private Communion service.

Zion Square, Jerusalem
Zion Square, Jerusalem   © IMOT
Thursday, May 18: At leisure in Jerusalem. Enjoy a full day to explore Jerusalem on your own. Walk the ramparts of the city, as Nehemiah did, singing songs of praise. Explore other sites such as Hezekiah's Water Tunnel or simply enjoy strolling the busy streets. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Shrine of the Book, Jerusalem Friday, May 19: New City of Jerusalem & Bethlehem. Today, we visit the new city outside the walls, the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, and the Memorial to the Holocaust at Yad Vashem. We continue to Ein Kerem to visit the fascinating Biblical Resources Scripture Garden then drive south to Bethlehem to see Shepherd's Field and the Church of the Nativity. We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Qumran, site of Dead Sea Scrolls Saturday, May 20: Qumran, Masada & Dead Sea. Today we visit Qumran to see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend to the fortress of Masada, where Jewish defenders made their last stand against Rome (AD 73) then continue along the shore of the Dead Sea to Ein Gedi, David's waterfall and a wonderful nature center. After a dip in the mineral-filled waters of the Dead Sea, we return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Swimming in the Dead Sea
Swimming in the Dead Sea   © Itamar Grinberg
Sunday, May 21: Israel/USA or Jordan Extension. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and board your return flight to the USA, arriving later this afternoon. Or continue with us to Jordan.

Jordan Optional Extension

Lost City of Petra, Jordan Sunday, May 21: Israel/Jordan. Transfer to the Allenby Bridge and cross into Jordan. Drive south via the Kings Highway and arrive in Petra for dinner and overnight.

Monday, May 22: Petra & Amman, Jordan. Enjoy a day of touring at Petra, including a portion on horseback. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Petra is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites. Late this afternoon drive north to Amman for dinner and overnight.

Ruins at Jerash, Jordan Tuesday, May 23: Amman & Jerusalem. This morning visit the fascinating site at Jerash, then drive via Madaba and Mount Nebo back to the Allenby Bridge and cross back into Israel. Continue to Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight.

Wednesday, May 24: Israel/USA. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and board your return flight to the USA, arriving later this afternoon.

Destination FAQs

Included Features

• Flights from Dallas or Atlanta via Lufthansa/United Airlines

• Accommodations in First Class Hotels, in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities

• Lavish buffet breakfast and dinner daily

• Transfers and touring are provided by modern, air-conditioned touring coaches, including all entrance fees to places visited in the itinerary

• Guiding throughout by a talented, licensed, English-speaking teacher/guide who knows and loves the land

Tour Prices

From Dallas: $2195
From Atlanta: $2055
Single Occupancy: add $290
Personal Tips: $60 (not included)
Airline departure taxes, fuel surcharges & airport fees: $295* (not included)

Jordan Extension Prices

Extension: $450
Single Occupancy: add $90
Border Fees & Tips: $74* (not included)


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.

Acrobat PDF fileReservation application PDF

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Brad McCoy
Tanglewood Bible Fellowship
2509 Virginia Street
Duncan, OK 73533
Tel: 580-252-3365 or 580-255-7115

About your tour host, Dr. Brad McCoy

Pastor Brad McCoy at the Jordan Valley Dr. Brad McCoy has been the pastor at Tanglewood Bible Fellowship since 1988. He has a B.S. in Biology, a Th.M. in Theology and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies. He is an adjunct professor at Cameron University, Messiah Evangelical Seminary and Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary. He has toured and taught in the Middle East (Israel and Jordan) on four separate occasions (in 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005).

A Message from Dr. McCoy:

I was 46 years old BEFORE I visited the land of Israel for the first time. Frankly, until that point, it had never been a major priority for me. Writing this now, having toured Israel twice and having been to the Middle East four times since 1999, I actively challenge ALL American believers to make it a major personal goal to visit the land at least once in their lifetime! There is NOTHING like walking the streets of Jerusalem, standing upon the Mount of Olives and sailing across the Sea of Galilee!

The tour of Israel (with an optional Jordan extension) that Friendly Planet and I are planning for May of 2006 will be an incredible experience. I urge you to prayerfully consider coming along with us! It will transform your Bible reading from black and white to full color and increase your passion for knowing and serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about this trip.