Israel Trip

A Message from Pastor Jack Graham

After much prayer and thought, I have decided to postpone our Dec. 26–Jan. 4 trip until 2022. I believe the situation is too volatile in Israel right now regarding vaccinations, closures, and masks, making this decision necessary.

I certainly hope we can make this trip in 2022. It will be worth the wait!

For information regarding refunds, please contact Discovery Tours.

Dec. 26, 2022-Jan. 4, 2023

Israel returns to normal!
Tourists of all ages (including unvaccinated) are welcome back to the Holy Land beginning March 1. Now is a great time to finalize your plans to join Senior Pastor Jack and Deb Graham for this trip of a lifetime!

Registration is now open. For more information, select a package below for details. Differences in package levels are determined by hotels included in that package.

Diamond Package

  • Netanya – Vert Lagoon Resort
  • Tiberias – Scots
  • Jerusalem – David Citadel

Platinum Package

  • Netanya – Island Suites
  • Tiberias – Leonardo Plaza
  • Jerusalem – Leonardo Plaza

Israel Trip Informational Meeting
Sunday, May 1 • 12:30 p.m.
Student Ministry Building, Plano Campus 

We’re thrilled that Israel is once again open for all tourists (vaccinated or unvaccinated)! Learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Holy Land (Dec. 26, 2022–Jan. 4, 2023) at this important meeting. Whether you’ve already registered or are considering it, we encourage you to attend; we will explain trip details and answer all of your questions.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – DECEMBER 26: DEPARTURE

Depart DFW to Tel Aviv.

DAY 2 – DECEMBER 27: TEL AVIV / NETANYA

Shalom! We arrive in HIS LAND. Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, we will be met and assisted to our motor coach. We depart the airport and travel north to our hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean.

DAY 3 – DECEMBER 28: CAESAREA / MEGIDDO / MT. CARMEL / TIBERIAS

Today’s sites include the ancient seaport and Roman theater at Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon. We arrive in Tiberias at our hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee.

DAY 4 – DECEMBER 29: SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / CAESAREA PHILIPPI

Today we cross the Sea of Galilee by boat landing at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar where we view the ancient Jesus Boat. We continue to the site of Peter’s restoration and the Mt. of the Beatitudes before arriving at Kibbutz En Gev for a lunch of St. Peter’s fish. Later we visit Capernaum, Jesus’ ministry base with its ancient synagogue. Time permitting, we will travel north to Caesarea Philippi and the mouth of the Jordan River. We end our day at the baptismal site on the Jordan River. If you desire to be baptized please bring a swimsuit.

DAY 5 – DECEMBER 30: GIDEON’S SPRING / JERUSALEM

This morning we travel south to Gideon’s Spring at En Harod. We then go up to the Holy City of Jerusalem! Enter HIS gates with gladness! Time permitting, we will overview Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives before arriving at our hotel.

DAY 6 – DECEMBER 31: JERUSALEM / MOUNT OF OLIVES / GETHSEMANE / OLD CITY

We begin our day on the top of the Mt. of Olives before taking the Palm Sunday path to the Garden of Gethsemane. We have a very special prayer service in a private garden next to Gethsemane. Later we enter the Old City through the Lion’s Gate and visit the famous Church of St. Anne with its rich, deep acoustics and the Pool of Bethesda. We continue to the Sisters of Zion Convent to visit the site of Pilate’s Judgment Hall/Antonio Fortress. We continue to the house of Caiaphas.

DAY 7 – JANUARY 1: OLD CITY / SOUTHERN WALL EXCAVATIONS

Today we visit the Jewish Quarter, Wailing (Western) Wall and Temple Mount where we view the Dome of the Rock, the Al Aksa Mosque and the site where The Temple once stood. We also visit The City of David and view a special movie before ending our day at the Western Wall Tunnel.

DAY 8 – MASADA / QUMRAN / DEAD SEA

We depart Jerusalem and proceed through the Judean Wilderness to Qumran, the site where a Bedouin shepherd found the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. We travel south along the shore of the Dead Sea on the lowest road in the world to Masada, truly a remarkable piece of history. En Gedi, a beautiful oasis on the shores of the Dead Sea is our last stop before returning to Jerusalem.

DAY 9 – JANUARY 3: GARDEN TOMB

Today we visit the Garden Tomb for an exciting time of praise and worship. We will view Golgotha and then tour the Garden Tomb itself with a visit to the empty tomb. After lunch we visit the Valley of Elah, the site where David fought Goliath. We stop and pick-up stones in the same riverbed where David found his five smooth stones. We then return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 10 – JANUARY 4:  HOME

We will return with memories and new friends to last a lifetime and beyond!

Israel Informational Meeting

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