10 Days from $1800*
from Portland, OR

Clergy Tour to Israel

January 29 – February 7, 2009
Hosted by Pastor Dave & Jerri McGarrah

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

Map of Israel Join Pastor Dave & Jerri McGarrah on a journey to the Land of the Bible, to see, touch, feel and really experience the land of Jesus, as it was in His time, and as it is today! Our itinerary is exciting and comprehensive, featuring the most important Biblical sites plus some special places not usually visited by Christian tour groups. If you have dreamed of understanding and experiencing more about the origins of our faith and want to visit the land where Jesus walked and ministered, we invite you to join us on this journey of Biblical discovery and spiritual renewal in Israel, Land of the Bible.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday, January 29: USA/Israel. Departure on the first leg of your overnight flight to Israel via scheduled jet service.

Jaffa port, Tel Aviv, Israel
Jaffa port, Tel Aviv   © IMOT
Day 2: Friday, January 30: Tel Aviv, Israel. Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. Meet your guide who will assist you with customs formalities and escort you to your waiting touring coach. En route to your Tel Aviv hotel, visit Jaffa, ancient seaport and home of Simon the Tanner. Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Aqueduct at Caesarea, Israel Day 3: Saturday, January 31: Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Megiddo & Tiberias. After breakfast, drive north along the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea, which King Herod built into the grandest city in Palestine, second only to Jerusalem. View the beautifully restored theater and extensive and ongoing excavations of the ruins of the ancient town, its harbor and aqueduct.

Aerial view of the excavations at Megiddo  Photo by The Megiddo Expedition
Aerial view of the excavations at Megiddo   Photo by The Megiddo Expedition
Next, travel inland to Megiddo, Biblical Armageddon, and the inspiration for James Michener's great novel, The Source. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Megiddo's twenty major strata contain the remains of around 30 different cities and holds a central place in the biblical narrative. Continue to Muhraka on Mt Carmel, where Elijah defeated the priests of Ba'al then on to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. Kibbutz Nof Ginossar Guest House Breakfast & dinner provided.

Capernaum, view over Sea of Galilee Day 4: Sunday, Febuary 1: Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes & Banias. Set sail on the Sea of Galilee aboard a wooden fishing boat built to represent vessels used during Bible times. Arrive at Capernaum, once a simple fishing village, where Jesus was often a guest of his disciple Peter, and where it is said He performed many miracles. Visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue and house of Peter.

Mt. of Beatitudes
Mt. of Beatitudes   © my-holyland.com
Continue to Tabgha, site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. Drive through the Hula Valley to Banias, ancient Caesarea Philippi, at the foot of Mount Hermon. After ascending the Golan Heights, visit the former Syrian fortifications, and then drive along the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee to Kursi, where Christian tradition relates that Jesus cast out the demons from the man of Gedara. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Ruins at Beit She'an, Israel Day 5: Monday, Febuary 2: Jordan Valley, Beit She'an, Jerusalem. Drive south via the Jordan Valley to Beit She'an, an extraordinary excavation of an ancient Greco-Roman city. Located some 30 km. south of the Sea of Galilee, Beit She'an was one of the major cities in the land of Israel, due primarily to its location at the intersection of the road to Jerusalem and the road to Transjordan. Continue to Jerusalem, the highlight of our journey.

Mount of Olives & Kidron Valley, Jerusalem Our touring in Jerusalem begins at the Mount of Olives, one of the most 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 to Dominit Flevit Church and Garden of Gethsemane, and end our day at the Garden Tomb. Dan Panorama Hotel Breakfast & dinner provided.

Tower of David, Old City, Jerusalem Day 6: Tuesday, February 3: Jerusalem. Start the day with a visit to the City of David, and then on to the Southern Wall steps, the Western Wall, and the Jewish Quarter, with a visit to the Shorashim Biblical shop where you will see a wide range of gifts and art pieces inspired by the timeless verses of the Bible.

Janusz Korczak & the Ghetto's Children memorial, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
Janusz Korczak memorial, Yad Vashem
In the afternoon we will visit Yad Vashem, a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust; the Israel Museum; and Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea scrolls are displayed. We will also see the model of Jerusalem as it was in 66 AD, before Jerusalem was ransacked by the Romans. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Cable car to Masada Day 7: Wednesday, February 4: Dead Sea, Masada & Ein Gedi. Ascend by cable car this morning to experience the historic fortress of Masada where, after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 C.E., Jewish resistance continued against Rome. When the Romans completed an assault ramp to the top of Masada and stormed the fortress, they found only dead bodies. Rather than fall into the hands of the Romans and live as slaves, the Zealots died by their own means. After a tour of the extensive excavations at Masada, continue to Ein Gedi, David's waterfall and a wonderful nature center. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Jerusalem Old City & Dome of the Rock Day 8: Thursday, February 5: Jerusalem. This is a day to get intimate with Jerusalem. You will have an opportunity to touch, taste and smell the Old City and its many treasures as you take your final walking tour with Pastor Dave and Jerri McGarrah. Experience the world's most magical city on your last day in the Holy Land. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Jewish Quarter, Old City
Jewish Quarter, Old City   © IMOT
Day 9: Friday, February 6: Depart Israel. Enjoy the morning at leisure for packing and last minute shopping. This afternoon, we say a reluctant goodbye to Israel as we transfer to the Ben Gurion Airport to check in for the first leg of our return trip to the USA. Upon arrival in Frankfurt, Germany, transfer to our hotel for overnight. Hotel TBA. Breakfast provided.

Day 10: Saturday, February 7: Arrive USA. We'll depart Frankfurt this morning, arriving in Portland later today Breakfast provided..

Included Features

  • Roundtrip flights from Portland including fuel surcharges via scheduled Lufthansa flights
  • All transfers with meeting assistance and porterage
  • Accommodations in Superior and Deluxe hotels with private bath
  • Buffet breakfast and dinner daily
  • Comprehensive sightseeing touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional English speaking tour director on touring days
  • One overnight at Frankfurt airport hotel with transfers & assistance

Tour Prices

Per person, Clergy (double occupancy) $1800
Per person, Invited guest (double occupancy) $1900
Single Supplement: $280
Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee $124
Tips to guide, driver & hotel dining staff: $76
Travel Insurance (optional, recommended) $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.

Acrobat PDF fileReservation application PDF

For additional information, please contact:

Pastor Dave & Jerri McGarrah
Salem First Church of the Nazarene
1550 Market St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Tel: 503-581-3680 or Fax: 503-375-2621