Salem First Church of the Nazarene Tour to Israel
February 18 – 29, 2008 • Hosted by Pastor Dave & Gerri McGarrah
Includes airfare, fuel surcharges, great hotels, transfers, most meals, guided touring and more!
Join Pastor Dave & Gerri McGarrah 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.
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! (Flight schedule).
Day 2: Tuesday, February 19: Tel Aviv. We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, modern center of Israel. After arrival and assistance through customs, we're off to our hotel for much needed rest! Enjoy the Mediterranean Sea with dinner and overnight at the Sheraton Moriah Tel Aviv Dinner provided..
Day 3: Wednesday, February 20: Caesarea, Tel Dan, Banias, Jordan River, & Tiberias. After breakfast this morning, drive to Caesarea, the magnificent harbor built by Herod the Great, where we'll tour the excavations of the harbor, theater and, aqueduct. 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.
Nof Ginosar (B, D).
Day 4: Thursday, February 21: Masada, Ein Gedi, & Dead Sea. Today we visit Masada, where Jewish defenders made their final stand against Rome. (73 A.D.) Stop at Ein Gedi, a wonderful nature reserve where we'll walk to David's waterfall. Later, drive to our Dead Sea 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, the lowest point on earth! Daniel Hotel, Dead Sea (B, D).
Day 5: Friday, February 22: Tel Arad, Beit Guvrin, Lachish & Jerusalem. Experience the desert majesty with free-roaming camels and out of the way destinations. 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, see the massive "Bell Caves" of Beit Guvrin in the Shephelah. Time permitting, we'll visit biblical 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. Grand Court (B, D).
Day 7-10: Sunday-Wednesday, February 24-27: Walking Tours of Jerusalem. Over the next five days, Pastor Dave McGarrah will lead leisurely walking tours of Jerusalem's major sites, such as the Garden Tomb, the Temple Mount, Mount of Olives, the Western Wall, and the Old and New City, among others. Along the way, we have some special guest speakers and educational sessions.
The Mount of Olives 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.
Continue sightseeing in the Old City of Jerusalem, as we explore further our Christian heritage and its Jewish roots. Begin at 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 and the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque.
Outside the walls, explore Jerusalem's New City, where the Shrine of the Book, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Memorial to the Holocaust at Yad Vashem are housed. Grand Court (B, D).
Day 12: Friday, February 29: Arrive USA. We'll depart Frankfurt this morning, arriving in Portland later today Breakfast provided..
• Roundtrip flights from Portland on Lufthansa (flight schedule)
• Airport departure taxes, fuel surcharges, and personal tips
• All transfers with meeting assistance and porterage
• Accommodations Superior and Deluxe hotels
• Comprehensive sightseeing touring program including entrance fees
• Professional English speaking tour director on touring days
Tour Prices, Fees & Options
Per person prices from Portland (PDX).
|Single occupancy:||+ $490|
|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:
Pastor Dave & Gerri McGarrah
Salem First Church of the Nazarene
1550 Market St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Tel: 503-581-3680 or Fax: 503-375-2621