Includes airfare, great hotels, transfers & more!
Join Greg Hall and the Salem Evangelical Church family 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.
Tuesday, February 20: 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!
Wednesday, February 21: Jerusalem. We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where we are met by our guide. We'll pass through customs and then board our touring coach and head south to Jerusalem. Check in at our hotel, enjoy our first dinner in Israel and settle in for a well-deserved night's sleep after our long journey. Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem Dinner provided.
Thursday, February 22: Jerusalem. After breakfast we'll begin our exploration of Jerusalem at the Mt. 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, and it is on its eastern slope, near Bethany, where Scripture indicates Jesus ascended to heaven.
Friday, February 23: Shrine of the Book, Old City Model & Herodium. After breakfast we'll drive to the New City of Jerusalem where we'll visit the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum. Here, the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and exhibited in a special museum built to represent the clay jars in which the scrolls were discovered. We will also view an amazing model (scale 1:50) of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period, before its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE.
Saturday, February 24: Shiloh, Mt. Gerizim, Mt. Ebal & Shechem. This morning we'll drive north to Shiloh, where the Ark of the Covenant was placed after Joshua conquered the Land of Israel. Located in the area settled by the tribes of Benjamin and Ephraim, Shiloh became known as the "place of the Lord's Tabernacle " and where the Tabernacle stayed for 369 years. It was to Shiloh that the Israelites brought their sacrifices. It was at Shiloh that the priest Eli promised that Hannah would bear a son. That son, Samuel, became a prophet who dedicated himself to the Lord and served the Tabernacle in Shiloh.
Tuesday, February 27: Masada, Ein Gedi Overlook, Beit She'an & Tiberias. This morning we'll ascend Masada via cable car and view the place where the Zealots made their last stand against Rome. Continue to Ein Gedi for a view of the beautiful oasis and David's Waterfall.
Then drive north to Beit She'an, where we'll discover some of Israel's most spectacular archaeological finds. The site features a large amphitheater (with a capacity of about 7,000), a Byzantine era colonnaded street, ritual baths, a pottery workshop, a basilica, a Roman temple and much more. It was on the walls of Beit She'an that the Philistines hanged the bodies of King Saul and his sons after the crushing defeat on Mt. Gilboa. Continue to Tiberias and our Kibbutz guest house on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. Nof Ginossar Guest House Breakfast & dinner provided.
Thursday, March 1: Ancient Boat Museum, Nazareth Village, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea & Tel Aviv. This morning we'll see the first century "Jesus Boat", found by members of Kibbutz Nof Ginossar after a drought in 1985 caused the water level in the Sea of Galilee to fall lower than usual, exposing this ancient boat.
Continue to Nazareth, boyhood home of Jesus. Modern Nazareth is a busy city with a population of approximately 70,000 people. For nearly 2,000 years hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have found their way to the setting which shaped the Man who changed the course of history. Nazareth Village is located on the last remaining tract of virgin farmland, just 500 meters away from where he grew up. Here we'll have an opportunity to take a tour of the village and experience life as it must have been during the time of Jesus.
Next, we'll continue to Mukhraka on Mt. Carmel, where Elijah defeated the priests of Ba'al. Then drive south, via Megiddo, site of Biblical Armageddon, where 20 layers of civilization have been discovered. Continue to Caesarea, the magnificent harbor built by Herod the Great, where we'll tour the excavations of the harbor, theater and, aqueduct. Drive to Tel Aviv, modern center of Israel, on the Mediterranean Sea. Tonight we'll enjoy our final dinner in Israel. Breakfast & dinner provided.
• Flights from Portland via Lufthansa/United Airlines
• Accommodations in First Class & Superior Hotels, in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
• Lavish buffet breakfast and table d'hote dinner daily plus lunch at Nazareth Village
• Transfers and touring are provided by modern, air-conditioned touring coaches, including all entrance fees to places visited in the itinerary
|Single Occupancy:||+ $410|
|Personal tips (not included):||+ $72|
|Airline departure taxes, fuel surcharges & airport fees (not included):||+ $420|
|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.
Tel: 503-580-2410 (voice mail)
Greg is a business owner, Salem Evangelical Church Sunday School teacher, and part-time seminary student at Faith Seminary in Salem, OR. He loves Israel.
I've talked to hundreds people about Israel since my first trip to the Holy Land. I can usually tell who has already been there. They have a certain goofy smile about them. It's a smile that quietly says, "I'm sorry, but you'll never really know what a trip to Israel is like until you go there yourself." We've planned this trip for those who wonder what that smile is all about. I suppose we'll also get some repeat visitors too. You are welcome to tag along, but don't sign up unless you want to come back with that same goofy smirk. It's likely going to happen to you too! A trip like this could change your life forever.
No where else in the world has as much historical depth and modern significance. I invite you to join us and experience a trip to the Biblical locations you've read about for years. Come walk the land and experience the stories in their own context. Next February will be a time to break away from the everyday and experience God in a whole new way. I invite you to prayerfully consider this opportunity. Space is limited...so pray quickly!