Upcoming Israel Tour
Start saving your shekels today for a fantastic trip that will enhance your study of the Bible in ways you can’t imagine.
- April 25–May 7. Please view/download the 2020 Israel Tour brochure to get a concise idea of the sites you will see plus find general tour information. Also, check out 10 Reasons Why You Should go to Israel.
A trip to Israel is a phenomenal experience. First, it is a continuous Bible study. You will never, ever read your Bible the same way again. Second, it will open your eyes to current events. You will never, ever read or hear the news about the Middle East from the same perspective.
We will spend 9-½ days in Israel, and visit major biblical sites. We will walk where Old Testament prophets, the disciples, and Jesus walked (we will also float where Jesus walked!). And we will gain a deeper understanding of the Scriptures.
This is a partial study tour to help us better understand the biblical and historical roots of Christianity and the Hebrew Scriptures, which find their full meaning in Jesus the Messiah. We will tour archaeological remains, biblical settings, geography, culture, traditions, and other activities. This will be a life-changing experience—in addition to being a fun and enjoyable trip.
The weather will be warm, but should not be hot, though there are always exceptions. Though the political situation may sometimes flare up, we are always very cautious and keep in contact with authorities about what is happening. Sometimes there are conflicts, but usually not where we go. I have been to Israel many times and have never encountered any difficulty or seen anything remotely hostile. Since tourism is Israel’s #1 industry, they protect and watch out for their guests.
The trip will include a fair amount of walking, but usually in short amounts and on smooth pavements. Jerusalem, though, will involve more walking. We have had people from ages 12–78 fully enjoy these trips. We always travel at a pace everyone can handle. I have a tour trip guide I send to everyone who registers which explains more about the trip and what you can expect.
Together we will discover the modern miracle of Israel and learn about the wonders of the State of Israel today. It will be a trip of a lifetime and one you will never forget.
Saturday, April 25 – DEPARTURE FLIGHT FROM HOUSTON, TX
Our flight to Israel will leave Houston George Bush Airport on Saturday, arriving in Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday.
Sunday, April 26 – ARRIVE IN TEL AVIV – CAESAREA MARITIMA
Acts 26:28, “Then Agrippa said to Paul, ‘You almost persuaded me to become a Christian’.”
Since we arrive in the morning, we will make a few stops, including lunch, on the way to Caesarea Maritima—Herod’s display city built to appeal to the Gentiles. Philip and his daughters lived here, Peter gave the gospel to Cornelius, the gospel went to the Gentiles, King Agrippa I died after his presumptuous performance on stage in the theater here, and Paul was imprisoned here before being sent to Rome.
We will take a brief tour of the site in the afternoon. We will then check in to our hotel, the Ramada Hadera—a new hotel on the beach.
Monday, April 27 – MOUNT CARMEL – TEL MEGIDDO (ARMAGEDDON) – NAZARETH – SEA OF GALILEE
1 Kings 18:21, “And Elijah came to all the people, and said, ‘How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him’.”
After leaving Caesarea we will drive through the Mount Carmel range to visit the site of Elijah’s confrontation with the priests of Ba’al and King Ahab. From there we will visit Tel Megiddo (“Har Megiddo,” “the mount of Megiddo,” “Armageddon”). There we will look over the Jezreel Valley and recount numerous biblical events that transpired there. Next we will go to the village of Nazareth and come to rest for the night near Tiberias (on the Sea of Galilee) at Sea of Galilee Hotel.
Tuesday, April 28 – CAPERNAUM – CAESAREA PHILIPPI/BANIAS – TEL DAN – MT. ARBEL
Matt. 4:13, “And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali.”
From here we will tour Ginosar where we will see the “Jesus boat,” then on to Capernaum, where Jesus, Peter, James, and John lived. Next we head north to Caesarea Philippi and Banias. Our drive north will give us a sighting of the way of the Road to Damascus.
Against the background of the rock escarpment at Banias and the remains of the temples to the god Pan, Peter expressed his understanding of who Jesus was and Jesus announced the foundation of His Church on a rock. From there we go to Tel Dan and walk alongside the rushing stream as we go to the ancient Israelite altar and high place (made for the golden calf). We will also see an early arched entrance gate to the Canaanite city from the time of Abraham.
Upon our return, if time permits, we will drive to the top of Mt. Arbel for a view of the Galilee. If anyone wishes to be baptized, we may do that here at Ginosar. We will again stay at the Sea of Galilee Hotel.
Wednesday, April 29 – MT. GILBOA – HAROD SPRING – BETH SHEAN – JERICHO – JERUSALEM
Josh. 6:2, “And the LORD said to Joshua: ‘See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor’.”
Today we will drive south to briefly visit Mt. Gilboa and Harod Spring where Gideon thinned out the Israelite army and where King Saul took his own life. Next we will visit the remarkably extensive ruins at Beth Shean, then on to Jericho before arriving at Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives. Our “home” for the next seven nights will be the Leonardo Plaza Hotel.
Thursday, April 30 – JERUSALEM – ISRAEL MUSEUM, MUSEUM OF THE SCROLL – FRIENDS OF ZION MUSEUM
We will visit the Israel Museum, the Museum of the Scroll, the Friends of Zion Museum, and see some other sites in Jerusalem.
Friday, May 1 – MASADA – EN GEDI – DEAD SEA – QUMRAN
Today is Shabbat. We will rise early to depart for Masada before the heat sets in. Masada, the majestic desert fortress built by Herod, and used by the Zealots after AD 73, in defiance of Rome. From there we will travel to En Gedi, where David hid from Saul. As we walk the trail to the waterfall, some may wish to swim in the pools along the way to stay cool. After lunch we will investigate Qumran, the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and conclude our day with a float on the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem.
Saturday, May 2 through Thursday, May 7 – JERUSALEM – VALLEY OF ELAH – HEBRON
There is so much to see in Jerusalem that it is almost impossible to determine which day we will see which places, or when we will have tickets scheduled for some sites. In Jerusalem we will see: the Temple Mount, the City of David, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Bethesda, the Jewish Quarter in the Old City, the Garden Tomb, the Temple Institute Museum, and much more.
During one of these days we will also go south of Jerusalem to the Valley of Elah where David fought Goliath, and Hebron to the Tomb of the Patriarchs.
May 6 we will have a farewell dinner and then be whisked off to the airport at Tel Aviv for our flight back home, arriving in the USA on May 7.
Each day we will have short Bible studies on the respective sites, making the Bible come alive right before your eyes.
Israel Tour Pricing:
|Based on 20 passengers||$5,040|
|Based on 25 passengers||$4,859|
|Based on 30 passengers||$4,740|
|Based on 35 passengers||$4,650|
|Based on 40 passengers||$4,575|
|Single supplement (additional)||$1,284|
Prices are per person, double occupancy.
*Reserve your place now for the Israel tour with a $500 deposit.
The Israel tour price includes:
- Lodging in very nice, comfortable hotels
- Breakfast and dinner buffets at the hotels.
- 9-1/2 days of sightseeing in Israel
- Modern, deluxe air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi® and the services of an English-speaking tour guide
- Full entrance fees included in Israel
- Porterage of one suitcase per person at the airport and hotels
- Guaranteed round-trip airfare, economy class, on KLM and Air France from/to Houston
- Does NOT include lunches, expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, Magnum bars, snacks, shopping, Magnum bars, telephone calls, extra events, Magnum bars, etc. as well as passport/visa costs where applicable
- Airport taxes and fuel surcharge - subject to change
- Cancellation fees will apply within 60 days of departure
- Tips to driver, guide, and hotel staff
*Make Your Reservation Today
Checks can be mailed to:
Israel Tour 2020
Dean Bible Ministries
1500 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N, Suite 104
Houston, TX 77043
Please indicate which trip you would like on your check:
Israel – $500 deposit
Anyone wishing to pay for their trip costs via wire transfer will be responsible for any and all financial fees associated with these transactions. Funds should be wired as U.S.A. funds, made payable to Dean Bible Ministries with memo designation “Israel 2020” and the amount of all fees required by both your originating financial institution AND the receiving bank of Dean Bible Ministries must be determined and added to the amount of your wire transfer/s. Anyone needing to pay for their trip by this method should contact Dean Bible Ministries for bank wiring and routing information.