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Join Pastor Dave & Jerri McGarrah on a Reunion Tour to Israel, 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. This off-the-beaten-path tour of Israel is especially designed for return visitors to Israel. However, we welcome first-timers as well! 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.
Monday, February 22: 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!
Tuesday, February 23: Tel Aviv. After arrival and assistance through customs, we're off to our hotel for a much needed rest. Enjoy the Mediterranean Sea during dinner and overnight at our hotel. Dan Panorama Hotel Tel Aviv Dinner provided.
We continue north along the Mediterranean coastline to Acre, a city through which Romans, Crusaders and Napoleon all passed. We'll learn more about the city's diverse past on our tour of the Old City.
Later, we drive to the mystical city of Zefat, also known as Safed. Set high in the hills, Safed is the birthplace of kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) and host to a large artist's colony. The combination of galleries and ancient synagogues is truly an aesthetic and spiritual treat. Our day comes to an end as we proceed to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. Scots Hotel Tiberias Breakfast & dinner provided.
Afterward, we'll continue to the fishing village of Bethsaida. According to the Gospel of John, the disciples Peter, Phillip and Andrew made their home here. Some of the events linked to Jesus and the Bethsaida area include: Jesus' famous walk on water (Mark 6:45-51); Jesus' healing of a blind man (Mark 8:22-25); and the feeding of five thousand (Luke 9:12-17). It is within the Evangelical Triangle formed by the three ancient cities of Bethsaida, Chorazin and Capernaum that most of Jesus' teachings were said to have taken place.
Our journey continues at the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located at the foot of Mt. Hermon and the Golan Heights. Here, we'll view the partially restored remains of an ancient Israelite city. Both the city and the rushing river that flows through the nature reserve are named for the tribe of Dan.
Our touring ends this afternoon at the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee, where the land rises in a conical shape to form a natural amphitheater. This place, known as the Mount of Beatitudes, is traditionally identified as the hillside where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Return to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Friday, February 26: Beit Alpha, Mt. Gilboa & Jerusalem. We'll start our sightseeing today with a visit to Beit Alpha, located in the Beit She'an Valley. As you enter the synagogue at Beit Alpha, be sure to notice the beautiful mosaic on the floor. This impressive work of art is full of pictures and scenes from the Bible as well as a large zodiac wheel with the names and pictures of the familiar twelve signs.
Afterward, depart for Mt. Gilboa. A place of tragedy and triumph, Mt. Gilboa is the place where Saul, the first King of Israel, and his sons died fighting the Philistines: "And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in Mount Gilboa." (Samuel I 38:8)
From Mt. Gilboa you'll be able to see the hill of Moreh where the Philistines assembled to fight Saul; Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus; and the mountains of the Jordan Valley. We'll continue south towards Jerusalem stopping en route at the desert overlook to enjoy the view. Upon arrival in Jerusalem, proceed to our hotel in the Holy City for dinner and overnight. Prima Royale Jerusalem Breakfast & dinner provided.
Sunday, February 28: Jerusalem. Sightseeing today will begin at the Western (Wailing) Wall, the most sacred spot in Jewish religious and national life.
Monday, March 1: Elah Valley, Beit Guvrin, Biblical Beit Shemesh & Sataf. After breakfast, set out for a fascinating day of visits to several important excavations near Jerusalem. First, we'll visit the Valley of Elah, the site of the battle of David and Goliath. Continue to Beit Guvrin, famous for its massive 'Bell Caves.' The next stop is Beit Shemesh, whose history can be traced back over three thousand years to the time of Yehoshua and was part of the area inhabited by the tribe of Yehuda.
En route to our hotel, we'll stop at Sataf, a corner of hidden beauty in the Judean Hills and only a few minutes drive from Ein Kerem. Time permitting, and for those who are able, there are easy hiking trails between olive plantations and vineyards. The area offers a fantastic overlook of the surrounding scenery. We'll also visit the Sataf pool, which was the old village's main water supply. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Tuesday, March 2: Jerusalem. Our journey continues today with a visit to the Temple Mount, also known as Mount Moriah. The Bible records that it was here that God chose to rest His Name and Divine Presence. As a result, two Jewish Temples were built at the site. According to Jewish and Christian tradition, the third and final Temple will also be located here.
We'll then drive to the Mount 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. Scripture indicates that its eastern slope, near Bethany, is the site where Jesus ascended to heaven. We'll continue with a walk to the Garden of Gethsemane.
Continue to the Cenacle, also known as the Upper Room, the term used for the site of The Last Supper. In Christian tradition, the Upper Room was not only the site of the Last Supper, but the usual place where the Apostles stayed. Thus, it is considered the site where many other events described in the Bible took place: the Washing of the Feet (John 13:4-11), the gathering of the disciples after the Ascension of Jesus (Acts 1:13), the election of Saint Matthias as apostle (Acts 1:15), the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).
Wednesday, March 3: Jerusalem. Enjoy your final day in the Holy City at leisure for last-minute sightseeing, shopping, and photo opportunities. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at the hotel. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Thursday, March 4: Depart Israel. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport to board our return non-stop flight to the USA. Breakfast provided.
|Per person (double occupancy)||$2975|
|Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee||$130|
|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.
Pastor Dave & Jerri McGarrah
1970 Harritt Dr NW
Salem, OR 97304
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