Join Joel Richardson and Pastor Wes Martin of Grace Church-St. Louis on a Biblical tour of Israel with an option to include Jordan. If doing the entire trip, we begin our trip at the site of King Herod’s summer palace in Jordan, which sits in the midst of a circle of waterfalls. From there we will visit Mt. Nebo, King’s Highway and then on to the stunning gem of Petra. We will walk amongst ancient tombs that will be future hiding places of the people of The Land. You will see fallen altars and broken stairways to the sky. After Petra, we relax on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea. Once in Israel, we will visit the site of Shiloh, Shechem, Jerusalem, Galilee, Nazareth, Megiddo and the spectacular Golan with time for teachings and special moments that only Joel and Pastor Wes can deliver.
If taking the Israel only portion of the tour, the dates are April 12 to 18, 2019. The cost per person (sharing a double room) is $3,799 from New York, or you may begin your tour in St. Louis with an optional add-on. If taking the Jordan pre-trip, your entire tour dates will be April 9 to 18, 2019. The add-on for joining us for the Jordan portion is $1,295 per person (sharing a double room). If you are traveling alone on either part of the tours, note we match room-mates! Feel free to contact our office for more information. Tips are included free for bookings received by May 15, 2018!
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Is 2019 your year to reach a new plateau of understanding the New and Old Testaments? If so, this is the trip for you! Its sights and hotels have been selected especially for just the right time on God’s prophetic calendar. This price includes round-trip airfare from New York, tours, all meals as noted—transportation and teachings. An air add-on from St. Louis for just $399 for bookings made prior to May 15, 2018. Tips also are included FREE for all bookings under deposit by May 15, 2018. The St. Louis air add-on is subject to increase on May 15, 2018, so reserve your space at your earliest convenience.
|Day||Pre-trip Jordan extension itinerary at a glance:|
|April 9||Depart JFK or St. Louis|
|April 11||Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Madaba|
|April 12||King’s Highway|
|April 13||Petra, Dead Sea|
|April 14||Dead Sea to Israel|
|Day||Core Israel tour at a glance:|
|April 12||Depart JFK or St. Louis|
|April 13||Tel Aviv, Jerusalem|
|April 14||Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, City of David, Pool of Siloam, Hezekiah’s Tunnel|
|April 15||Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Fields, Temple Mount, Garden Tomb|
|April 16||Emmaus, Mt. Gerazim, Shiloh, Shechem, Nazareth overlook, Galilee|
|April 17||Mt. of Beatitudes, Magdala, Capernaum, Golan, Kunitra|
|April 18||Flights home|
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*B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
|Day||Jordan: Nebo, Petra, Bethany Beyond the Jordan & the Dead Sea|
|Apr 9||Our flights depart New York this evening (JFK).|
|Apr 10||Arrive in Amman this evening on Turkish Air (United Star Alliance partner). Meet our Jordanian friends and transfer to Ma’in, arriving at the hotel after dinner. This resort was originally King Herod’s own summer palace in a magnificent setting but it now a small, luxury hotel. (No meal tonight as it is served on the airplane).|
|Apr 11||Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast when you awaken. We have a free morning to enjoy the natural waterfalls that are all around you. Lunch at the resort is included. After lunch, we drive to Baptism and Elijah site, called Bethany Beyond the Jordan and then on to the village of Madaba. Afterward, we visit Mt. Nebo and stand at the site where Moses was shown the Promised Land. From this spot, we will be able to see as far as the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, Masada and the Mediterranean. Before returning to Ma’in, we will be spending time with local friends. We return to Ma’in for dinner and overnight. BLD|
|Apr 12||We will enjoy the resort again this morning and you’ll have the opportunity to visit with our new-found friends. We will then drive through the desert and into Petra. There is much to discuss along the way as we are on the ancient King’s Highway. We will stop midway for lunch and some unique shopping. We will arrive at the Petra hotel and relax for the evening. BLD|
|Apr 13||Early this morning, while it is still cool, we begin our walk into one of the most prophetic and amazing places on earth. You will be able to ride a camel, a horse, a buggy or walk into the colorful canyon that is lined with tombs, temples and ornate edifices. We will partake in a full lunch at the end of the canyon. Enjoy your last few moments standing upon a high point and gazing upon the land, where time seems to have stood still. We will then drive to another amazing place – the Dead Sea, where we’ll check into our sea-front, resort hotel. We will have a fun night floating and soaking in the mineral waters. You may opt to cover yourself in mud and let it all “soak in”! Dinner together. BLD|
|Apr 14||“And the border shall go down to the Jordan and its termination shall be at the Salt Sea. This shall be your land according to its borders all around.” (Numbers 34:12)
Rise early this morning with a spectacular breakfast facing the Dead Sea. We will then leave the hotel, passing over the border by crossing the famous Allenby Bridge. We come into Jerusalem this morning and are joined by those who arrived from New York the day prior. We will be together as a group as we step, as one, onto the Mt. of Olives.
|Day||Israel Biblical and Prophetic Tour April 12 – 18, 2019|
|Apr 12||New York/JFK at 11:15 PM. Please arrive at JFK prior to 8:30 PM. Please check with us prior to booking any connections.|
|Apr 13||We arrive Tel Aviv at 6:30 PM, where we will be met when our plane arrives and transferred to our Jerusalem hotel. Dinner. D|
|Apr 14||We enjoy breakfast this morning and then meet the rest of the group that arrive from Jordan this morning. Together, we have our first amazing sight of Jerusalem! How we love you! We will stand on the Mt. of Olives, where we will have a fantastic view of the walls and ramparts of the Old City. We walk down the stone path where Jesus received shouts of “Hosanna, Hosanna!”. We come into the Garden of Gethsemane for a teaching amongst the ancient olive trees. We then drive through the Kidron—called the Valley of Jehoshaphat—where God will judge the nations of the world (Joel 3:12). Another name for the valley is the Vale of the King; it was once heavily cultivated and the revenues went to the king. After a quick lunch break, we move on to this afternoon’s highlight, the “City of David” to the Gihon spring, and view the knee-high water through Hezekiah’s tunnel, which shunted the water to a pool at a safe distance removed from Assyrian arrows. We then exit the City of David and sit together at the recently-discovered and opened, Pool of Siloam. For those who are not adverse to dark and wet conditions, you may wade through the waters that go through the tunnel. Those of you who prefer dryness and light, you may choose to take the lighted walkway. Later, we arrive at the hotel for dinner and pour ourselves into our Old City home and overnight there. BD|
|Apr 15||Enjoy a coffee overlooking the Old City, or, if you are an early riser, take a walk around on the ramparts as the shop owners prepare for their day. Leaving Jerusalem around 10 a.m., we then drive to Bethlehem. We will visit a cave which is much like the cave in which Jesus was born. We will be able to hear and see the nativity story and learn of the mysteries of our Savior! We will visit the site of the Shepherd’s Field and have time to savor the topography that is so close to Jerusalem and yet a world away. Learn about the flocks that were kept here for Temple sacrifice. We will have lunch together today in Bethlehem and then return to Jerusalem and visit the Temple Mount, Pools of Bethesda and end the day at the precious Garden Tomb. For those of you wishing to visit the Western Wall, you can go this evening after dinner. BLD|
|Apr 16||This day begins with travel to West Jerusalem to the tomb of the prophet Samuel and a view of his hometown Ramah, and Gibeon, where the Lord appeared to King Solomon prior to his building of the Temple. We continue westward to a possible location of Emmaus, where Jesus appeared to the two disciples. We walk to a scenic view of the Aijalon Valley, where Joshua prayed for the sun and moon to remain still. The Old Testament city of Shiloh was home for the Tabernacle with the Ark of the Covenant and you may walk to the likely plateau where it was pitched and envision the cloud pillar of God’s presence rising up above the valley walls.
We then drive north, through the Biblical heartland, to Shechem, where we visit the mound of the ancient city, where Joshua renewed the covenant. We stop at nearby Jacob’s Well, site of Jesus’ conversation with a Samaritan woman. Continuing north, we stop at the city known today as Sebastia, which means ‘Augustus’ in Greek. This name comes from the year 27 B.C., when Augustus bestowed the city to Herod the Great. In Sebaste, he celebrated one of his many marriages and saw the birth of two of his sons. We continue north past Ein Harod. It is here, in Judges 7, that it describes Gideon’s actions in thinning-out his army. As you will recall, he brought the men to the spring and sorted them on the basis of how they drank from the water. We cross the Jezreel Valley heading north and climb up the Lower Galilee Hills above Nazareth. We will drive up to the summit of the Mt. Precipici to have a panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley and the connection with Mt. Tabor, Megiddo and Armageddon in the heart of the Jezreel Valley—with Mt. Carmel range in the west. We end the day at the Arbel cliff, which affords a bird’s-eye-view over the Lake of Galilee and the main sites of Jesus’ ministry including most of his healing miracles in that region. We then check into our hotel in a quiet area on the shores of the Galilee. Time permitting, we may enjoy sharing on the beach before dinner. BD
|Apr 17||Wake this morning and enjoy quiet time before breakfast. Thereafter, we will drive up to the Mt. of Beatitudes. Here we will receive a special teaching and have time to look out onto the sea and our past travels – Mt. Nebo on a clear day. Next, we will visit the newly-discovered synagogue where Jesus taught – Magdala. We will then visit Capernaum, Bethsaida and pass by Chorazin. Stopping for a fish lunch, and then praise and worship on a cruise of the Sea of Galilee. We will have time to see a precious ancient boat, aptly named “the Jesus boat”. We will end our day in the Golan, discovering the bunkers of the Yom Kippur War and having outstanding views into Syria, Mount Hermon and beyond. We will visit the Kunitra overlook and return for a farewell dinner at our lovely hotel on the Sea of Galilee. BLD|
|Apr 18||Drive to the Tel Aviv airport for our 10:00 AM departure back to JFK. We will arrive at 5:30 PM. Plan air connections arrangements for any time after 7:20 PM. (Again, please check with us prior to booking any connecting flights). BLD|
Joel Richardson is a New York Times bestselling author, film-maker, and teacher. Joel lives in the United States with his wife and five children. With a special love for all the peoples of the Middle East, Joel travels globally teaching on the gospel, living with biblical hope, the return of Jesus, and preparing for the great challenges of our time. He is the author, editor, director, or producer of several books and documentaries and has been featured on, or written for numerous radio, television and news outlets across the world. Joel is also the host of The Underground, an online teaching program.
- Covenant and Controversy: The City of the Great King
- The Global Jesus Revolution: Israel, Islam and the Gospel at the End of the Age
- Sheep Among Wolves : Chronicles of the Persecuted Church Part 1
- When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God
- End Times Eyewitness: Israel, Islam, and the Unfolding Signs of Messiah’s Return
- Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist
- Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth About the Real Nature of the Beast
After being in ministry for nearly twenty years, Wes along with his wife and four children, joined the pastoral team of Grace Church in St. Louis in 2015. Wes has been passionate about bringing the Bible to life in his teaching for twenty years and is super excited about partnering with Joel on this epic upcoming trip to the Middle East. His teaching reflects a deep love for God’s Word accompanied by the revelation of the Holy Spirit’s zeal to give everyone a greater understanding of God.