Holy Land Bible Study Tour 2023 Itinerary: April 14 – 23, 2023
Hosted by Pastor Rob and Lisa Carlson
The Holy Land Experience
IMPORTANT NOTE: Our group has reached capacity. Please contact us if you want to join the tour waitlist.
Would you like to have a life-changing and never-to-be-forgotten experience? It is our joy to invite you to join us on a trip to the Bible Lands, where you will find a new dimension in understanding Christian history and the life of our Lord. We will visit places where Jesus walked, lived, taught, and performed miracles and where He was crucified and raised from the dead. We will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, worship in the Garden of Gethsemane, and much more. Please give us the privilege of sharing this experience with you. – Pastor Rob
Highlights of the Tour
- Scheduled international flights
- Top Quality Four-Star Hotels
- Israeli Buffet Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Top Guide with In-depth knowledge of the Old and New Testaments
- Private air-conditioned motorcoach
- Visits to major historical sites
- Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
- Certificate of Your Pilgrimage to Israel
Your Daily Itinerary
Friday, April 14: Seattle | Istanbul | Tel Aviv
Depart from Seattle to Tel Aviv, Israel. Meals and overnight on board. After dinner, relax and enjoy the onboard entertainment.
Saturday, April 15: Tel Aviv Arrival
Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport and meet our guide, who will welcome us to the Land of the Bible and escort us throughout our stay in Israel. Israeli guides are legendary for their knowledge and dedication. Our guide will instruct us on the many sites we will visit and their relationship to Israel’s religion, history, archaeology, culture, and modern life. Visit Old Jaffa, the traditional home of Simon the Tanner, and the port from which Jonah sailed. Proceed to the shores of the Mediterranean in Netanya. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Netanya.
Sunday, April 16: Tiberias
Refreshed from a good night’s sleep, you may wish to stroll the beach before a full Israeli Buffet Breakfast. Today we pass through the fast-growing towns and farms of the Plain of Sharon en route to Caesarea, the site of major events in the lives of Peter and Paul. It’s on to Megiddo, inspiration for James Michener’s “The Source.” Archaeological digs reveal 20 layers of civilization, including King Solomon’s fortifications and King Ahab’s water tunnel. Megiddo provides a magnificent view of the fertile Jezreel Valley, prophesied site of Armageddon, at the crossroads of the ancient Via Maris. Continue through the rolling hills of the Galilee to Nazareth, the site of Mary’s Well, and Cana, the site of His first miracle, before arriving in Tiberias. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
Sea of Galilee
Mount of Beatitudes
Monday, April 17: Tiberias
This day alone is worth the trip! We are now literally walking in the footsteps of Jesus. We will take a memorable boat ride on the Sea of Galilee in a replica of the ancient wooden boat used in Jesus’ day. We will visit an ancient boat believed to be from Jesus’ time found in the Sea of Galilee in 1986. We walk into Old Capernaum with the ancient synagogue; onto the site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Tabgha), the Sermon on the Mount, and the Mount of Beatitudes. You will have an opportunity for a lunch of St. Peter’s fish (optional). Visit Magdala, the latest archeological find. Here you will see the first-century synagogue, possibly where Jesus preached. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
Tuesday, April 18: Tiberias
In the morning, we will journey north to visit Tel Dan, where the headwaters of the Jordan River are located. Caesarea Phillipi (Banias Spring), where Peter confessed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” [Matthew 16:16] The day ends with Baptism at the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
Wednesday, April 19: Tiberias | Jerusalem
Drive along the Jordan Valley to Beit She’an to see the expansive excavations at this ancient Roman Decapolis city. Stop at Gideon’s Spring, where Gideon selected his soldiers to do battle against the Midianites. It’s now time to “go up” to Jerusalem. We will enter the city as pilgrims did since ancient times to fulfill the words of the prophet: “I was glad when they said unto me: ‘Our feet shall stand within thy Gates, O Jerusalem.'” [Psalm 122:1-2]. We will visit Bethlehem and see Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity, and view the Shepherds’ Fields and the Fields of Boaz and Ruth. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Garden of Gethsemane
Thursday, April 20: Jerusalem
Visit the scale Model of Jerusalem as it was during the days of our Lord. Start the day with a magnificent view of the Old City from the top of the Mount of Olives. Take the “Palm Sunday Walk” to the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, and drive across the Kidron Valley. Enter the Old City through St. Stephen’s Gate (Lions’ Gate) to the Muslim Quarter, visit the beautiful Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda, Pilate’s Judgment Hall, and the Ecce Homo Arch. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, into the Christian Quarter, and see the Stations of the Cross. Drive to Mt. Zion to see the House of Caiaphas and the Upper Room of the Last Supper. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Friday, April 21: Masada | Dead Sea | Qumran
Depart to Masada, overlooking the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on Earth; we ascend by cable car to visit the remnants of Herod’s Palace and the location where in 73 AD, the Zealots made their last stand against the might of Rome. Visit Ein Gedi, the fabled Spring of David, and proceed to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. Time permitting, we will go for a swim, rather a “float,” in the salted waters of the Dead Sea. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Western Wall Tunnels
Dome of the Rock
Saturday, April 22: Jerusalem
We will begin the day with a visit to the reconstructed Jewish Quarter, walk through the Cardo, the original Roman street and see the amazing remains of the massive wall built by King Hezekiah. See the important excavations at the Western Wall and the Southern Temple Staircase. On to the Temple Mount, where Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac. See the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque that now stand there. This evening we will share in a Farewell Dinner and the presentation of a Certificate of Pilgrimmage to each tour participant. Late this evening and after dinner, we will transfer to the airport. Our guide will assist us with check-in procedures.
Sunday, April 23: Israel | Seattle
Depart Tel Aviv for Seattle. We arrive home today with wonderful memories of a visit to the Land of the Bible.
The Great Sphinx
Sunday, April 23: Israel | Cairo
Fly to Cairo. Visit Giza, Pyramids, and Sphinx overnight near the pyramids.
Monday, April 24: Cairo | Luxor
Start the day with a visit to the temples of Karnak. Later visit the Hatshepsut Temple.
Valley of the Kings
Tomb of King Tutankhamun
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25 and 26: Luxor
Today we visit the Valley of the Kings (entrance to 3 tombs). Visit the Tomb of Tut Ankh Amun. End the day at Colossi of Memnon.
Thursday, April 27: Luxor | Cairo | Seattle
Morning flight to Cairo. Visit Egypt Museum and Khan Bazaar. Overnight in Cairo City. Not at pyramids.
Friday, April 28: Cairo | Seattle
Early morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Seattle.
Important Note: Tour operator reserves the right to alter any part of this itinerary.
Price Per Person from Seattle: $3895 Check ($4071 Credit Card)
Price Per Person for Optional Egypt Extension: $1905 Check ($1991 Credit Card)
Note: This is a custom tour, and the cost quoted above is based on a minimum of twenty adult participants. Should tour membership fall below this number, the tour operator reserves the right to re-cost the program.
- Round trip jet economy class
- First Class Hotels. Accommodations are based on two persons sharing a room.
- Full Buffet-Breakfast and dinner daily
- Transfers by private motorcoach including a qualified, licensed English-speaking guide
- Porterage for one suitcase per person not to exceed 50 pounds
- Airport taxes and airline fuel surcharges of $650 per person, subject to change
- Love offering for guides, drivers, restaurant staff, and housekeeping staff
- In Egypt: Airfare Tel Aviv/Cairo and Cairo/Luxor/Cairo. Breakfast and dinner daily
- All sightseeing in Egypt, as mentioned in the itinerary
The cost of obtaining a US passport, meals or beverages other than specified, insurance, items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, etc.
A valid US passport is required.
Note: The group is now at capacity. Contact us if you want to join the waitlist. For confirmed travelers: A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person is required to make a reservation. Balance is due on January 10, 2023. Download a reservation form for each traveler and send it to Bethany Christian Assembly, 2715 Everett Ave., Everett, WA, 98201, or book your trip online through Friendship Tours.
All cancellations must be in writing. Any cancellations received under 91 days or earlier before departure will incur an additional $100 cancellation charge over and above the charges stipulated for this tour’s normal cancellations. For individual cancellations received up to 91 days before departure, an administrative fee of $200 will be charged; 90-60 days before departure, a $450 fee will be charged; 59-46 days before departure, an $850 fee will be charged; 45-31 days before departure are subject to a charge of 40% of the total tour cost; 30-0 days before departure are subject to a charge of 100% of the total tour cost.
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