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14 days for $2809*
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Israel Study Tour

November 16–29, 2007
Hosted by Dr. Don Reed & Rev. Rick Moe

Includes airfare, taxes, tips, hotels, most meals, inspired touring & more!


We invite you to join us on a unique, spiritually-focused, study tour of the land of Israel. Our Israeli tour guide has written, “You can honestly tell people how unique this tour will be. This is the first tour I know of that has all these elements: Gamla AND Shiloh AND Herodion AND a Biblical landscape hike AND walking the Masada ramp AND the amazing recently opened Beersheba water system AND the Biblical altar at Arad AND a Shabbat synagogue experience." In addition to these unique sites and events, we will also visit many of the traditional tour sites such as Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth, Capernaum, Dan, En Gedi, and of course, Jerusalem.

Map of Israel Our goals are to provide you with a deeper understanding of how God has worked in history, and how the geography and places of Israel are intertwined with the message of the Bible. Israel’s history, people, geography, and archaeology will come alive as you walk where Abraham, Ruth, David, Mary, Jesus, Paul, and so many others walked.

Your tour co-hosts will be Dr. Don Reed and Rev. Rick Moe. Don is Executive Minister of the Northern California Baptist Conference (NCBC) headquartered in Tracy, California, and Rick is Pastor of Seniors and Adult Ministries at Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood, California. We especially invite senior adults to join us on this trip as we have given special consideration to your needs in the planning and pacing of the tour. In addition, we have selected some of the finest hotels in Israel for our meals and overnight accommodations.


Detailed Itinerary

Friday, Nov. 16: 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!

Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel   © IMOT
Saturday, Nov. 17: Tel Aviv. We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where we are met by our guide for assistance through customs. Board our touring coach and drive to Jaffa (Joppa), the historic start of pilgrimages, for a tour of this ancient seaport, then transfer to our hotel on the Mediterranean Sea. Sheraton Moriah Hotel. Dinner provided.

Sunday, Nov. 18: Caesarea, Mount Carmel & Tiberias. Board our touring coach and 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), and then continue to Muhraka on Mt Carmel, where Elijah defeated the priests of Ba’al. Continue to Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle, then Nazareth, His boyhood home, where we’ll visit Nazareth Village. Here we'll have an opportunity to take a tour and experience life as it must have been during the time of Jesus. We continue to Tiberias and our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. Gai Beach Hotel. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Ancient Synagogue at Capernaum
Ancient Synagogue at Capernaum   © Doron Horowitz
Monday, Nov. 19: Capernaum, Korazin & Mount of Beatitudes. We set sail on the Sea of Galilee and enjoy time for worship and reflection on the lake. Arrive at Capernaum and visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue, then continue to Korazin, a city condemned by Jesus (together with Bethsaida and Capernaum) for rejecting him. Drive to the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, the site of the miraculous catch of fish and the restoration of Peter as recorded in John 21. Enjoy a lunch of St. Peter’s fish at a lakeside restaurant. Later, we visit an excavated boat dating from the time of Jesus that was found at Kibbutz Ginossar. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Golan Heights, Israel Tuesday, Nov. 20: Bethsaida, Gamla, Tel Dan/Banias & Golan Heights.This morning, drive to Bethsaida, one of the towns Jesus condemned, and then to Gamla, home of the Zealots in Galilee. Then we travel to Tel Dan, an archeological treasure dating from the Canaanite city of Laish captured by the Tribe of Dan during the Judges period. The Dan is one of three important sources of the Jordan River, fed by the snow and rain which fall on Mount Hermon, the tallest mountain in Israel. After a visit including a walk through the magnificent nature center, continue to Banias, ancient Caesarea Philippi. Afterwards, continue to the Golan Heights and the Syrian fortifications there. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Swimming in the Dead Sea Wednesday, Nov. 21: Jordan Valley, Beit She'an, Qumran & Dead Sea. This morning after breakfast, drive south via the Jordan Valley to Beit She’an, an extraordinary excavation of an ancient Roman city, and the overlook above Jericho, the oldest known city in the world, where we can view the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus fasted for 40 days. Continue to Qumran and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, then stop at Ein Gedi, a wonderful nature reserve where those who wish can walk to David's waterfall. Later, drive to our Dead Sea resort hotel where there will be time to enjoy the wonderful facilities, including a complete spa and an opportunity to float in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Daniel Hotel Dead Sea. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Jerusalem Old City & Dome of the Rock Thursday, Nov. 22: Masada, Arad, Beersheba & Jerusalem. After breakfast, ascend to the fortress of Masada, where Jewish defenders made their last stand against Rome (AD 73). After touring the site, take the Roman ramp down and board our touring coach. Continue to Arad where there is an Old Testament era temple similar to, but smaller than, the one built in Jerusalem. After a visit to the Tel, which offers insight into both the lower and upper cities of Arad, we drive to ancient Beersheba, where Abraham once lived. Finally, we continue our drive to Jerusalem, approaching from the Elah Valley where David fought Goliath, enjoying our first, thrilling view of Jerusalem along the Haas promenade. This spectacular panoramic view is roughly that which Abraham would have seen. Tonight we share Thanksgiving dinner together, including turkey and all the trimmings, at our Jerusalem hotel.Dan Panorama Hotel Breakfast & dinner provided.

Shrine of the Book, Jerusalem Friday, Nov. 23: Jerusalem Museums, Bethlehem & Shabbat Service. This morning, drive to Yad Vashem, the Memorial to the Holocaust. Later, visit the Israel Museum, including the model of 1st Century Jerusalem and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited. Drive to Bethlehem and visit Rachel’s Tomb and Shepherd’s Field, then return to Jerusalem to prepare for Sabbath services at a local synagogue. Sabbath (Shabbat) dinner together this evening at our hotel. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Fruit stall vendor © Albatross/IMOT
Fruit stall vendor   © Albatross/IMOT
Saturday, Nov. 24: Sabbath (Shabbat) at Leisure for Independent Activities. Shabbat is the perfect opportunity to have a little extra morning rest. After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy the day to explore the city on your own. We suggest a visit to the bustling Old City market, where you’ll find a huge variety of foods, spices, clothing, souvenirs of all sorts, and lots of opportunities to practice your bargaining skills. You might take a walk along the Jerusalem Ramparts, singing Psalms of praise, as Nehemiah did, or visit the Citadel of David Museum (additional entrance fee), which depicts more than 3000 years of history of Jerusalem in a fascinating, interactive exhibit. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem
Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem   © Willem Proos
Sunday, Nov. 25: Old City of Jerusalem. Today we’ll explore the South Temple Wall archaeological park including a tour of the Rabbinic Tunnels under the Wall and the Western (Wailing) Wall itself. Remember to write a prayer request to tuck in between the huge stones. Ascend the Temple Mount, where the Dome of the Rock, one of Islam’s holiest shrines, is located, then continue through the Jewish Quarter and the City of David excavations. The City of David, founded by King David over 3,000 years ago, established Jerusalem as the unified capital of the tribes of Israel. King Solomon, David’s son, built the First Temple next to the City of David on top of Mount Moriah, the site of the binding of Isaac, and with it, this hilltop became one of the most important sites in the world. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Tower of David, Old City, Jerusalem Monday, Nov. 26: Old City of Jerusalem. Begin our day at the Mount of Olives, where we take in the magnificent panorama of Jerusalem below us. Walk down the hill to Gethesmane, where Jesus spent the night before his arrest, after eating the Last Supper with his disciples. Proceed via the Church of All Nations into the Old City once again, to visit Christ Church, St. Anne’s and other major Christian sites. Walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We’ll end our day at the Garden Tomb with a private communion service. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Hebron Old City & Settlement Tuesday, Nov. 27: Herodion, Hebron & Shiloh. 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. Continue to Hebron and the Cave of Machpelah, the world's most ancient Jewish site and the second holiest place for the Jewish people, after the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The cave and the adjoining field were purchased by Abraham some 3700 years ago and Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah, considered the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish people, are all buried there. Only Rachel, who was buried near Bethlehem where she died in childbirth, is missing from this important tomb. From Hebron we continue to Shiloh, which was apparently captured by the Philistines in 1104 B.C. when Eli was serving as High Priest at the Tabernacle located there. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Wednesday, Nov. 28: Beit Guvrin, Lachish & Beit Shemesh. After breakfast, set out for a fascinating day of visits to several important excavations near Jerusalem. First we visit Beit Guvrin, also famous for its massive "Bell Caves", which were actually man-made quarries dug out in order to extract soft chalk rock for construction. We’ll also visit Lachish, generally regarded as the second most important city in the southern kingdom of Judah, entering the biblical narrative in the battle accounts of Joshua, Sennacherib and Nebuchadnezzar. Continue to Beit Shemesh, whose history can be traced back over three thousand years to the times of Yehoshua and was part of the area inhabited by the tribe of Yehuda. Return to Jerusalem and join fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at our hotel. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Thursday, Nov. 29: Israel/USA. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport a little after midnight to check in for our return flight to San Francisco via Frankfurt, arriving later today. Breakfast provided.

This itinerary is subject to change and modification depending upon the group’s pace and needs at the time of travel.


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Included Features

• Flights from San Francisco via United/Lufthansa Airlines including all taxes & fuel surcharges (flight schedule)

• Accommodations in Superior Hotels, in twin-bedded rooms with private bath

• Israeli buffet breakfast and dinner daily plus a St. Peter's fish lunch in the Galilee

• Transfers and touring are provided by modern, air-conditioned touring coaches, including all entrance fees to places visited in the itinerary, escorted throughout by a licensed, English-speaking guide

• Personal tips to your guide, driver and hotel dining room staff

• Unique itinerary featuring many places not usually visited by other tour groups, such as Gamla, Shiloh, Herodion, Shabbat experience in Jerusalem and much more!


Tour Prices, Fees & Options

Per person prices, from San Franciso (SFO), including taxes, airport fees, and tips.

Double occupancy: $2809
Single occupancy: add $730
Travel Insurance (optional, recommended): $129

Reservations

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:

Rev. Rick Moe
925-516-0653


Dr. Don Reed
209-830-6222


About your tour host, Dr. Don Reed

Dr. Don Reed, Tour Host
Dr. Don Reed, Tour Host
Dr. Don Reed is Executive Minister for the Northern California Baptist Conference (NCBC) District. He lives in Tracy with his wife, Rae, who also works in the District office. His ministry career has included senior and associate pastorates, church planting and district leadership in the Dakotas and California. He gives his ministry energies to the goal of healthy, reproducing churches led by fulfilled and effective pastoral leadership.

About your tour host, Rev. Rick Moe

Rev. Rick Moe, Tour Host
Rev. Rick Moe, Tour Host
Rev. Rick Moe is Pastor of Seniors and Adult Ministries at Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood, California. He is a missionary kid who was born and raised in Japan. After graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary, Rick worked for eight years in the Admissions and Records Office at Biola University before becoming Associate Pastor at Heights Evangelical Free Church in La Habra, California. In March 1993 he became the Senior Pastor of SonRise Family Fellowship (EFCA) in Knightsen, California, and since August 2005 has been at Golden Hills. He is married to Kathie, and has two children—Michelle (19) and David (12).

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