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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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|
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.
For additional information, please contact:
Rev. Rick Moe
Dr. Don Reed
About your tour host, Dr. Don Reed
About your tour host, Rev. Rick Moe