Join us on an unforgettable 11-day Journey to the Holy Land in June 2024, led by Pastor Greg Riggen and Israeli tour guide Eran Salamon. Walk in Jesus’ footsteps as you explore iconic biblical sites such as Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Mount of Olives, and the Garden of Gethsemane. Immerse yourself in spiritual growth and renewal while learning about biblical history, archaeology, and Jewish culture. Enjoy authentic Israeli cuisine and create lifelong memories on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure in God’s Country.
I would like to invite you to join me on a trip to the Holy Land in June of 2024, along with Israeli tour guide Eran Salamon. Imagine walking where Jesus walked or riding in a boat across the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus calmed a storm and Peter walked on water. See the Bible come to life as you visit biblical sites such as Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Golgotha, and the Garden Tomb. Spending time in Israel will be a relaxing time of spiritual growth and renewal. On your trip, you will learn about biblical history, archaeology, and Jewish culture and also enjoy Israeli food. Ask anyone who has been to Israel, and they will tell you it is truly the trip of a lifetime. I know firsthand that your life will never be the same once you experience God’s Country.
Pastor Greg Riggen
To secure your spot, a $500 deposit per person is required upon registration. 50% of the total amount must be paid on or before January 23, 2024. Finally, the balance is due on or before April 23, 2024. By meeting these deadlines, you ensure a seamless experience as we embark on this incredible journey together.
We'll begin our journey by exploring Caesarea Maritima National Park's ancient ruins, visiting the worship sites from Acts 10 and 23, and experiencing the divine history of Mt. Carmel where Elijah challenged the Baal Prophets. After lunch, we'll tour Tel Megiddo National Park, taking in the breathtaking views of the Valley of Armageddon, before continuing to Jesus' hometown, Nazareth, where we'll visit the Church of Annunciation and the Synagogue Church. Our day will conclude with a scenic drive through the Galilee landscape, arriving at our hotel overlooking the beautiful Sea of Galilee.June 19, 2024
We'll begin at Tabgha, where Jesus called his first disciples, and walk along the lakeshore where he prepared breakfast. We'll visit Mount Beatitudes, the site of the Sermon on the Mount, explore Capernaum's famous synagogue and Peter's home, and discover the ancient synagogue in Magdala. After a St. Peter's Fish lunch by the lake, we'll take a Sea of Galilee boat ride, witnessing where Jesus walked on water, and participate in a group baptism in the Jordan River. Our day concludes with dinner and a restful stay at the Ron Beach Hotel.
We'll start with a scenic hike at Tel Dan National Park, near the Israeli-Lebanese border, and explore the ancient ruins of Dan, home to King Jeroboam's golden calf. Next, we'll visit Caesarea Philippi National Park, where Jesus questioned his disciples in Luke 9:13, and admire Mount Hermon, the site of Jesus' transfiguration. We'll tour Tel Hazor, a UNESCO World Heritage biblical site, conquered by Joshua and rebuilt by Solomon, and continue to Mount Bental to learn about the Israeli-Arab war. Our day ends with dinner and another overnight stay at Ron Beach Hotel.
After checking out, we'll drive south along the Jordan River, stopping at the remarkable Beit Shean National Park, the Decapolis capital. We'll then visit Beth Abara National Park, the site of Jesus' baptism, the Israelites' Jordan River crossing, and Elijah's ascent to heaven. After lunch, we'll explore Qumran National Park, learning about the Dead Sea Scrolls' discovery, before arriving at our hotel for swimming and relaxation at the Dead Sea, the world's lowest point. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the David Dead Sea Hotel.June 22, 2024
We'll arrive early at Masada National Park, a World Heritage Site, for an unforgettable tour of Herod's fortress, the site of the last battle between Jews and the Roman Empire. Next, we'll explore Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a rich biblical oasis, and visit ancient Shiloh, where the Tabernacle stood and Hannah prayed. We'll continue to Mount Scopus for an overview and prayer over Jerusalem before ending our day with dinner and an overnight stay at the Grand Court Jerusalem Hotel.June 23, 2024
We'll begin atop the Mount of Olives, overlooking Jerusalem, and after taking pictures and worshiping, we'll walk down Palm Sunday Road, stopping at the Church of Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. We'll continue to the Church and Garden of Gethsemane, the site of Jesus' prayers before his arrest. Next, we'll visit the Israel Museum, including the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Second Temple period's Model of Jerusalem. After lunch, we'll explore Bethlehem, visiting the Church of the Nativity and Shepherds' Fields. Our day concludes with dinner and another overnight stay at the Grand Court Jerusalem Hotel.June 24, 2024
We'll start at the City of David National Park, exploring the Kingdom of Judah's capital, including the optional Hezekiah Tunnel and Pool of Siloam. We'll visit the Upper Room, the site of the Last Supper, and enjoy lunch in the old city Jewish Quarter. Afterward, we'll explore the Herodian Mansion's archeological excavations and the Western Wall Tunnels, seeing the wall's foundations and significant remains from Jesus' time. We'll pray at the Western Wall and tour the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, featuring the Southern Stairs and temple entrance gates. Our day ends with dinner and another overnight stay at the Grand Court Jerusalem Hotel.
We'll begin with a visit to the Temple Mount, the focal point of Jesus' activities in Jerusalem, and proceed to the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralyzed man. We'll sing praises at St. Ann's Church and walk the Via Dolorosa, reflecting on Jesus' sufferings. We'll tour the Holy Sepulcher Church, a possible site of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. After lunch, we'll experience a guided tour and communion ceremony at the Garden Tomb, another possible location of Jesus' final events. We'll return to the hotel for dinner before transferring to Tel Aviv Airport for our late-night flight home.June 26, 2024