12 Days from $2775*
from Portland (PDX)

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.

Detailed Itinerary

Map of Israel 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..

Roman Theater at Caesarea 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.

Baptism at Yardenit
Baptism at Yardenit   © www.yardenit.com
After a visit including a walk through the magnificent nature center, continue to Banias, ancient Caesarea Philippi. Later this afternoon we'll drive to Yardenit, a special site on the Jordan River, for a Baptism service for those who wish. Continue to Tiberias and our guest house on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Nof Ginosar (B, D).

Swimming in the Dead Sea 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).

Mt. Gerizim & Shechem  © BiblePlaces.com
Mt. Gerizim & Shechem   © BiblePlaces.com
Day 6: Saturday, February 23: Shechem and Mt. Gerizim. After a leisurely breakfast, we head to Shechem, located between Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal. Shechem is preeminent in the biblical record, beginning with God's promise of the land to Abraham. Later Jacob would return here with his family and settle shortly. During the Conquest, the twelve tribes gathered on these hills to recite God's Law and the blessings and curses that accompanied obedience and disobedience. 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.

Mount of Olives & Kidron Valley, Jerusalem 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.

Church of St. Anne, Jerusalem  © IMOT
Church of St. Anne, Jerusalem   © IMOT
Inside the walls of the Old City lie 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.

Jerusalem Old City & Dome of the Rock 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.

Southern wall excavations, Jerusalem  © FreeStockPhotos.com
Southern wall excavations, Jerusalem   © FreeStockPhotos.com
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. Walk through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City which occupies about 15 acres and has been inhabited by Jews for centuries.

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).

Jewish Quarter, Old City
Jewish Quarter, Old City   © IMOT
Day 11: Thursday, February 28: Jerusalem/Depart Israel/Overnight in Frankfurt. After breakfast this morning, we'll take our final walking tour of Jerusalem. This afternoon, we say a reluctant goodbye to Israel as we transfer to the Ben Gurion Airport to check in for the first leg of our return trip to the USA. In-flight dinner. Upon arrival in Frankfurt, Germany, transfer to our hotel for overnight. Hotel TBA. Breakfast & dinner provided..

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

Included Features

• 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).

Double occupancy: $2775
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.

Acrobat PDF fileReservation application PDF

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