12 Days from $2959*
from Portland

Salem Evangelical Church
Tour to Israel

February 18–29, 2008 • Hosted by Greg Hall

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

Map of Israel 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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Monday, February 18: 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
Day 2: Tuesday, February 19: Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel. We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, modern center of Israel, on the Mediterranean Sea. After meeting our guide, we'll pass through customs and then board our touring coach to head to our hotel. 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. Sheraton Moria Tel Aviv Breakfast & dinner provided.

Aqueduct at Caesarea, Israel Day 3: Wednesday, February 20: Ceaserea, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth Village. Our amazing tour of Israel begins after breakfast this morning as we 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), then continue to Muhraka on Mt. Carmel, where Elijah defeated the priests of Ba'al.

Nazareth, Israel On 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. Nof Ginossar Hotel Breakfast & dinner provided..

Mt. of Beatitudes
Mt. of Beatitudes© my-holyland.com
Day 4: Thursday, February 21: Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum & Yardenit Baptism. After breakfast, we set sail on the Sea of Galilee, arriving at 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. We continue to the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee, to the place where the land rises from 700 feet below sea level to more than 200 feet above sea level in a conical shape that forms a natural amphitheater. This place, known as the Mt. of Beatitudes, has traditionally been identified as the hillside where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount and it's here where we'll spend time to pray and reflect.

Ancient Synagogue at Capernaum
Ancient Synagogue at Capernaum © Doron Horowitz
Later, we'll walk down to Capernaum, one of the three cities cursed by Jesus for its lack of faith. Though Jesus grew up in Nazareth, he chose to move His teaching and healing ministry to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, primarily in the village of Capernaum on the shores of the Sea. In this village, Jesus attended synagogue and performed many miracles such as the cure of the man possessed by an evil spirit (Mark 1:23-26); the cure of Peter's mother in law, (Mark 1:29-31); and taking the money for taxes from the mouth of a fish (Matthew 17:24). Jesus frequented the village so much that Matthew 9:1 calls it His "own town". Later this afternoon, we'll drive to Yardenit, a special site on the Jordan River, for a Baptism service for those who wish. This evening, enjoy time at leisure for shopping or strolling. Nof Ginosasar Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 5: Friday, February 22: Jordan Valley, Beit She'an, Jerusalem. This morning we drive south via the Jordan Valley to Beit She'an, where we'll discover some of Israel's most spectacular archaeological finds. The site features an extraordinary excavation of an ancient Roman city. On our way to Jerusalem, we'll pass by Jericho, the oldest known city in the world.

Olive trees, Garden of Gethsemane
Garden of Gethsemane
In Jerusalem, we begin our exploration at 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, and on its eastern slope, near Bethany, is where Scripture indicates Jesus ascended to heaven. We'll walk down into the Kidron Valley past Dominus Flevit (where Jesus wept over Jerusalem) where we enjoy a beautiful view of the city through its distinct chapel window, to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane, whose ancient olive trees have been estimated by some scholars to be two thousand years old. Grand Court Hotel Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 6: Saturday, February 23: Shiloh, Bet Guvrin, David’s City. 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.

Our day continues with a special opportunity to participate in an archeological dig at Ben Guvrin, ancestral home of King Herod. We’ll sift through the sand, examine the pottery, tour the National Park, and crawl through unexcavated cave systems at this fascinating site. Later we’ll visit the City of David excavations, including Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Built under the reign of Hezekiah to bring transport water across the city, this tunnel is often considered one of the greatest feats of water-engineering from the pre-Classical period. Grand Court Hotel Breakfast & dinner provided.

Jerusalem Old City & Dome of the Rock Day 7: Sunday, February 24: Jerusalem. Today our sightseeing in the Old City of Jerusalem begins, as we explore further our Christian heritage and its Jewish roots. We begin at the Davidson Center, where we’ll enjoy a rare opportunity to explore and study the most significant archaeological site in Israel by means of exhibitions and illustrations describing Jerusalem's main episodes.

Jerusalem's Western Wall  © FreeStockPhotos.com
Jerusalem's Western Wall   © FreeStockPhotos.com
We continue to the Western (Wailing) Wall, the most sacred spot in Jewish religious and national life. We'll explore the area around the Wall including the Western Wall Tunnels. We'll also explore the Southern Wall excavations including the western flight of stairs leading to the main entrances of the Temple Mount. Excavators uncovered the easternmost part of this staircase with its alternating long and short steps. Some suggest that the fifteen long steps may have been one of the locations where pilgrims sang the fifteen Psalms of Ascent (120-34) as they went up to worship.

Church of St. Anne, Jerusalem  © IMOT
Church of St. Anne, Jerusalem   © IMOT
Then we continue to the Old City inside the walls, to St. Anne's, and the Pool of Bethesda. The pools at one time appeared to have been almost 30 feet deep and are sites of healing described by John in the New Testament. St. Anne's is the best preserved Crusader built church in all of Israel, with perfect acoustics, making it a favorite stop for singing a hymn before setting off on the Via Dolorosa, the "Sorrowful Road" which traces Christ's path through the streets of Jerusalem to the basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, built over the Rock of Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified. Stroll through the colorful bazaars of the Old City, where sunlight is often obscured by a vast array of clothing, food, spices and other tempting treasures. Our day in Jerusalem ends at the beautiful Garden Tomb. Grand Court Hotel. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Qumran  © FreeStockPhotos.com
Qumran   © FreeStockPhotos.com
Day 8: Monday, February 25: Jerusalem, Qumran & Dead Sea. After breakfast, we’ll visit continue our sightseeing in Jerusalem with a visit to the Temple Mount and the Jerusalem Model. We then say goodbye to Jerusalem as we drive south to Qumran, the famous caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

Swimming in the Dead Sea After a tour of the site, including remains of the palace, the lavish bathhouse and synagogue, we'll continue our drive to Ein Gedi for a view of the beautiful oasis and David's Waterfall before arriving at our hotel at the Dead Sea. Arrive in time for a float in the mineral-filled water before dinner or take advantage of the first-class spa facilities at our Dead Sea hotel. Daniel Hotel Dead Sea Breakfast & dinner provided.

Cable car to Masada Day 9: Tuesday, February 26: Masada, Timna Valley National Park, Red Sea. Drive south then along the shore of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, water cisterns and mosaic floors. Descend by cable car and continue to nearby Timna Valley National Park. Located in the Negev Desert, this national park offers both natural beauty and archaeological sites, including 6,000-year-old copper mines, prehistoric rock drawings, the ancient Temple of Hathor, and King Solomon's Pillars (red rock pillars).

Eilat, Red Sea
Eilat, Red Sea   © IMOT
From here we proceed to the southern tip of Israel to Eilat, where we'll enjoy the warm, calm waters of Israel's most popular vacation destination. One of the world's best coral reefs is located here, and you can scuba dive, snorkel, and dive with dolphins. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Eilat, swim in the Red Sea, visit the Underwater Observatory and see the extensive and magnificent corals and sea life of the Red Sea, or simply relax and enjoy the pool at your hotel. Meridien Hotel Breakfast & dinner provided..

The Treasury, Petra Day 10: Wednesday, February 27: Petra, Jordan.Early this morning we'll cross into Jordan at the Arava border and drive to the Nabatean capital of Petra, a secret and mystical city carved more than 2,000 years ago in pink sandstone. After a tour of the ancient city, including a portion on horseback, we board our bus and return to Israel, arriving in Eilat for overnight. Tonight we'll enjoy our final dinner in Israel. Meridien Hotel Breakfast & dinner provided. .

Day 11: Thursday, February 28: Depart Israel/Overnight in Frankfurt. After breakfast this morning, we’ll depart Eilat for Tel Aviv. Time permitting, we'll visit 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. This afternoon, we say a reluctant goodbye to Israel as we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the USA. In-flight dinner. Upon arrival in Frankfurt, Germany, transfer to our hotel for overnight. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 12: Friday, February 29: Arrive USA. We’ll depart Frankfurt this morning, arriving in Portland later today. Breakfast provided.

Destination FAQs

Included Features

• Flights from Portland via Lufthansa/United Airlines (flight schedule)

• All transfers with meeting, assistance, and porterage

• Accommodations in First Class & Superior Hotels, in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities

• Lavish buffet breakfast and table d'hote dinner daily

• Transfers and touring are provided by modern, air-conditioned touring coaches,

• Touring program including all entrance fees, per itinerary

• Professional English-speaking tour director

• Taxes and personal tips

Salem Evangelical Church Tour to Israel Prices

Per person prices from Portland (PDX), including taxes and tips.

Double occupancy $2959
Single occupancy: + $520
Petra border fee (collected locally) + $35
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.

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For additional information, please contact:

Greg Hall
Tel: 503-580-2410 (voice mail)

About your tour host, Greg Hall

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.

A message from you tour host, Greg Hall

Greg Hall at Tel Dan, 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!