March 3-10, 2018 | Christian Israel Tour
Join Pastor Tim and Holly Hunter on this extensive itinerary that walks where Jesus walked and gives us an in-depth look at the places of faith from the Old and New Testament scriptures. This 2018 Christian Israel tour includes 11 days together in the Holy Land.
The incredible beauty and experiences of Israel will make our journey a trip you never forget! Spend time in Jerusalem, Galilee, the Judean Wilderness, Shiloh, the City of David and more. Travel to Biblical sites such as Jezreel Valley, Armagedon, Capernaum, En Gedi, Palm Sunday Road, the Via Dolorosa, the Mt. of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and many others!
Book your spot now! Starting at just $2,998 (airfare from Los Angeles included).
|Tour Day||Itinerary at a Glance|
|March 1||Depart the US|
|March 2||Arrive in Israel|
|March 3||Sharon valley, Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo|
|March 4||Around the Sea of Galilee and Upper Galilee|
|March 5||Lower Galilee and the Rift Valley|
|March 6||Masada, The Judean Wilderness Jerusalem|
|March 7||Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Temple Mount, Pool of Bethesda|
|March 8||Jerusalem Old City|
|March 9||Shiloh, Valley of Elah|
|March 10||City of David|
|March 11||Return to the US|
Tim and Holly Hunter Beaverhead Church
Pastor Tim Hunter, graduate from Calvary Chapel School of Ministry (blessed to be in the final class given by Chuck Smith) has been teaching the Bible for 9 years and 5 years as lead pastor of Beaverhead Church in Dillon, Montana, as well as teacher for the community outreach Valley Bible Fellowship in southern Montana. Along with a passion for the inerrant Word, line upon line and one book at a time, “P.T.” loves to include Greek and Hebrew word studies. He strongly believes that the best commentary on the Bible is the Bible, and enjoys connecting the Old Testament pictures with the New Testament principles. As Hebrews 10:7 declares, Jesus Christ comes to us in “the entirety of the Book.” His wife Holl Hunter (3rd time to Israel) and their two sons also pray they can help make this a trip of a lifetime for you! So join with us! And let the Word bless and guide you in both “Spirit and Truth” as we travel through the very land where God Himself walked and gave Himself up for the world. Please feel free to contact us or listen to recent recorded messages on our Facebook page “Beaverhead Church”.
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|Day||Full Christian Israel Tour Itinerary|
|March 1||Depart Los Angeles at 7:15PM, nonstop to Zurich.|
|March 2||After changing planes in Zurich, make your transfer to arrive in Israel. Upon our early morning arrival and after passport control and baggage claim we will meet our guide, board our bus and transfer to Netanya overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Check in at the hotel in Netanya for a short overnight.|
|March 3||Sharon valley, Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo
After some rest, a late wake-up and breakfast, we meet the rest of our group (those not taking the group air from Los Angeles) and start the sightseeing of the Holy Land, by driving north through the Sharon valley to Caesarea Maritima. Begin where the baptism of Gentiles began: at Caesarea Maritima (Focus on Acts 10). You will see the sunken harbor, the hippodrome, the theatre and the Roman aqueduct. Then drive inland heading north east to the Jezreel Valley (Esdraelon). Proceed to Muhraqa on Mt. Carmel (Elijah encounters the prophets of Baal), Stop at Megiddo – Har Megiddo in Hebrew, which gave its name to Armageddon. It is King Solomon’s regional capital (1 Kings 9:15), Megiddo’s fortifications, water system, palaces, stables and dwellings spanning thousands of years and its great biblical significance have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The excavations were those that inspired James Michener’s book “The Source”. We then drive down through the Jezreel valley and up the lower Galilee and end the day at the Arbel Cliff, which affords a view over the Lake of Galilee and the main sites of Jesus’ ministry, the region where most of his healing miracles occurred. BD
|Around the Sea of Galilee and Upper Galilee
After landing, “When he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside, and sat down” (Matt. 5:1). We drive along the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, where we visit the synagogue and the place where early Christians remembered Peter’s house. We continue to Tabgha (short for Heptapegon, “seven springs”) to view the mosaics in the Church of the Loaves and Fishes, we also drive past Chorazin. Ascending the Mt. of Beatitudes, we listen to Jesus’ teachings. On an ancient trade route, we pass Hazor and then go on to Dan. Here we do a nature walk and visit the high place where Jeroboam son of Nebat set up a golden calf. We continue to Caesarea Philippi (Banias), where Peter answered Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” Our route then takes us over the Golan Heights, skirting Mt. Hermon, with a view toward Damascus. We end our day on the lake in a wooden boat trip modeled on one from Jesus’ time. (BD)
|March 5||Lower Galilee and the Rift Valley
This morning, enjoy a peaceful walk along the Galilee. Leave our hotel and stop at Cana for a visit, where Jesus performed the first of His miracles. We drive up to Mt. Precipice (Nazareth) to see the hill where Jesus was threatened to be thrown. We drop into the amazing city of Beth Shean (aka Scythopolis). Here, we will climb the Tel to view the setting of Saul’s death (I Samuel 28 – II Samuel 1). We shall then survey the magnificent Roman and Byzantine ruins: theatre, bathhouses, ancient rest rooms, market areas, colonnaded streets. We drive south through the Jordan Valley to Jericho. At Jericho, we visit the tel of this oldest city and view the traditional mountain of Jesus’ temptation. Drive further south to the Dead Sea and continue along the western shores of the Dead Sea to Ein Bokek and check into your hotel along the shores of the Dead Sea for some free time. Here we will have an opportunity to enjoy the surreal experience of floating in the salt-rich water, 400m (1,312 ft) below sea level! Don’t miss the chance to have a mud bath in the world’s richest source of natural salts. Dinner and overnight there. (BD)
|March 6||Masada, The Judean Wilderness Jerusalem
This morning the first stop will be at Masada. Take the cable-car to the top of Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the great revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the visitor’s center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations. Descend back to the base by cable car and drive, the Nature Reserve of Ein Gedi. Enter the nature reserve of Ein Gedi, rich in flora and fauna, and hike to a lovely waterfall. Here you can also try to imagine a possible cave that brings to mind the biblical reference (1 Samuel 24:1-3), “Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of En Gedi.” Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats. He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave.” After this drive along the western shores of the Dead Sea north where you can see the ancient settlement of Qumran. It is in the caves you can see in the distance, where 900 parchment documents of Biblical and religious significance were discovered – the fabled Dead Sea Scrolls. Connect with the Jerusalem/Jericho highway passing by the Good Samaritan Inn on the way. Ascending the Roman road along Wadi Qelt, stop for a look at picturesque desert monastery of St. George’s built deep in the. Finally atop Mt. Scopus, we behold majestic Jerusalem. Drive down to the city and check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. (BD)
Today we will start on the Mt. of Olives with the Old City tilted toward us. After an orientation, we descend the traditional Palm Sunday road to Dominus Flevit (“The Lord weeps”), remembering Jesus’ entry (Luke 19). We continue down to Gethsemane (Matthew 26) with a visit to the garden and the church where we will have some quiet time. We then drive to the church grounds called Peter in Gallicantu, which affords the best view of early Jerusalem from the west. Here, church fathers propose, was the house where the High Priest Caiaphas interrogated Jesus.
“Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation. For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” (Psalm 48:12-14)
Take the ramparts walk on the Old City Walls from Jaffa Gate to the Western Wall. Descend from the Old City Wall and take the time to examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex, which includes steps where you may be certain that Jesus taught and He and his disciples walked. We then enter the Western Wall Tunnel that enables us to examine the length of the outer Herodian Temple wall -mostly preserved in mint condition – including two stone blocks each weighing about 600 tons. Spend some time walking around the Jewish Quarter. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road and view the Broad Wall. We ascend the Temple Mount (Haram e-Sharif/Mount Moriah) to the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque. We will then transfer to Stephen’s Gate where just inside, we find the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church, which has remarkable acoustics and which has been perfectly preserved from the Crusader period. (BD)
|March 8||Jerusalem Old City
First thing this morning, take the ramparts walk on the Old City Walls from Jaffa Gate to the Western Wall. Descend from the Old City Wall and take the time to examine the ruins near the south side of the Temple complex, which includes steps where you may be certain that Jesus taught and He and his disciples walked. We then enter the Western Wall Tunnel that enables us to examine the length of the outer Herodian Temple wall -mostly preserved in mint condition – including two stone blocks each weighing about 600 tons. Spend some time walking around the Jewish Quarter. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road and view the Broad Wall. We ascend the Temple Mount (Haram e-Sharif/Mount Moriah) to the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque. We will then transfer to Stephen’s Gate where just inside, we find the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church, which has remarkable acoustics and which has been perfectly preserved from the Crusader period. (BD)
|March 9||Shiloh, Valley of Elah
This day begins with travel north through the Biblical heartland to the Old Testament city of Shilo – home for the Tabernacle with the Ark of the Covenant. We may even walk to the likely plateau where it was pitched and picture the cloud pillar of God’s presence rising up above the valley walls. We continue westward to a possible location of Emmaus where Jesus appeared to two disciples. We walk to a scenic view of the Aijalon Valley where Joshua prayed for the sun and moon to remain still. Continue to the tomb of the prophet Samuel and a view of his hometown Ramah and Gibeon, where the Lord appeared to King Solomon before he built the Temple. Then we drive west down the Judean Hills, through the Benjamin Plateau, via the historic Beth-Horon road (Joshua 10:10) and stop in the Valley of Elah, where David encountered Goliath (I Samuel 17). We then return back to Jerusalem for our overnight.
|March 10||City of David
We have a late start this morning so that you can get some rest. We venture down to the City of David, where we will see a movie of its archeology deep inside its rooms. It gives a visual timeline of the geography of the City of David from the original settlement to present day. Then descend into the ground to Hezekiah’s tunnel built somewhere near 700 B.C. when it was needed to bring fresh water from outside the fortified City of David (from the Gihon Spring) to the inside (deposited into the Pool of Siloam) so that the city would have drinking water during any siege (the tunnel’s construction is referred to in Isaiah 22:9). As part of the tour you can do the 40-minute walk in knee-high water from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam. John 9 records the healing of the blind man by putting mud on his eyes and asking him to wash them away. “He has risen!” (Mark 16:6). From there we take the bus to the Garden Tomb where we end our tour with a special visit and the possibility of having a private communion on its grounds. After, we continue west to Joppa, as it was called in the Bible. It is now known as Jaffa. Joppa was the home of Tabitha, also known as Dorcas, a Christian lady known for her goodness and generosity. It was also at Joppa, while in the home of Simon the Tanner, that Peter had the vision that showed him that the Gospel was to go out to the Gentiles as well as the Jews (Acts. 10: 9-16; 36-43). We have a farewell dinner this evening and drive to the airport, preparing for our departure home. We transfer again at Zurich.
|March 11||Arrive Los Angeles at 5:20PM.|
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It’s been about a month since I returned from Israel, so it is way past time to thank you for putting together a true trip of a lifetime! It was all and more than I expected … and I have about 500 photos to prove it. And Roman was a fantastic guide! He was a wealth of knowledge — biblical, messianic, archaeological, historical, cultural…he gave us all some new and exciting perspectives!
— Monica H.
This trip was exciting! We visited many important Biblical sights that will enlighten our Bible reading forever. We got a lifetime of memories!
— Loyd and Joanie O.
I just received word from Florine about the refund of the insurance cost for those of us who had to cancel. It really means a lot to me that you went the extra mile and accomplished this feat in today’s cold and cutthroat business world. My thanks to you and your organization for caring.
May God’s richest blessings be yours,
I love to travel but this tour was the adventure of a lifetime. Everything was first class: the hotels, the ship, the food, the guides and the teaching.
Everything ran smoothly. What a lot of logistical planning went into this trip. Greatly appreciated! We will see you again!
— Bob and Ginny S.
I enjoyed this tour so much, that I’d like to do it again sometime, maybe in the Spring season. PS…our grp enjoyed each others’ company so much that we are having a reunion party coming up on Monday the 21st!
— Monica H.
Very personal service whenever I had questions!
I learned a lot, experienced a lot, and created great memories. Great overall experience. Local guides were mostly excellent….knowledgeable and friendly. Rhonda is very helpful and professionally competent in all she does.
— Richard and Bobby
As it was the first tour I have ever taken, I am very pleased with the trip. It was a wonderful experience, great people and most interesting places, I’d go again in a heartbeat! Thank you!
— Louise M.
I also want to thank you for the prayer time we had together. That was very special for me and I have no doubt God heard our prayers.
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