Israel Tour with Pastor Randy Butler - March 2025

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“Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem
Psalm 122:2

We want to invite you on an unforgettable journey into the Holy Land, filled with ancient biblical history, culture, and spiritual blessings. We’ll visit places that witnessed events of decisive and enduring importance in the history of humanity.

This journey will provide you a deeper understanding of the scriptures as you travel through the lands of the Bible. You’ll get a closer look at the life of Jesus Christ and His mission of redemption. When you make this journey in the company of friends and others of like mind, you can look forward to an unforgettable experience.

Picture yourself sailing in a boat like the disciples on the Sea of Galilee (“And Jesus said to them, follow me and I will make you become fishers of men” Mark 1:17), floating in the Dead Sea, seeing our Lord Jesus’ birth place in Bethlehem, walking the streets of Jerusalem, and having communion at the empty tomb where Jesus rose from the dead (“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay” Matthew 26:6).

At the end of this tour, two things will most certainly be changed: you, and your understanding of the Bible.

Pastor Randy Butler

What's Included

Our tours are all-inclusive. Always.

All-Inclusive Pricing
Handpicked Hotels
Entrance Fees
Guided Tours
Gratuities & Tips
Deluxe A/C Buses
Portable Listening Devices
Fuel Surcharges
Buffet Breakfasts & Dinners
International Airfare


Day by Day

  • 1
    Portland / Tel Aviv

    Today we will meet at Portland International Airport for our connecting flights to Tel Aviv via wide-body aircraft arriving the next day. Meals served on board.

  • 2
    Tel Aviv
    Tel Aviv / Netanya

    Upon arrival in Tel Aviv we are met by our guide who will be with us for the time we are in the Holy Land. Board our bus and proceed to the city of Netanya, on the Mediterranean to our hotel where we will check in overnight.

    Hotel: Leonardo Plaza Netanya

  • 3
    Caesarea Maritima
    Netanya / Caesarea / Megiddo / Nazareth / Tiberias

    This morning we proceed to Caesarea, capital of the Roman procurators of Judea. Visit the Roman port, Crusader’s Moat, Roman theater and aqueduct. Continue to Muhraka on Mount Carmel where Elijah challenged Baal’s priests.

    This afternoon, after a Middle Eastern lunch at a Druse restaurant (optional), we proceed to Megiddo to visit the excavations that unearthed 20 different civilizations. This is Michener’s “The Source”. Continue down the road to Nazareth, boyhood home of Jesus where we will go to the look out and view the entire valley. Then, it’s on to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight at our hotel. On the way, if there is time we will stop at Harod, the spring of Gideon.

    Hotel: Leonardo Plaza Tiberias

  • 4
    Dan / Chorazin / Caesarea Philippi / Magdala

    “The Head of all those Kingdoms” (Joshua 11:10) The Sources of the Jordan.

    This morning our drive takes us to the northern limits of Jesus’ travel as we cross the River Hatzbani to Dan. Here we combine a nature walk beside the Upper Jordan with views of the ancient ruins, topped by the Israelite high place that supported a golden calf (I Kings 12). Then a short drive to Banias (Caesarea Philippi), dedicated to Pan the Greek god of pastures, flocks and shepherds; here Peter made his great profession of faith, recognition of Christ Jesus (Matthew 16). Driving along the foot of Mount Hermon, we ascend onto the Golan Plateau for a magnificent view of upper Israel. On our return we will stop at Chorazin and then on to Magdala, one of the oldest synagogues dating back to the first century AD. Home of Mary Magdalena and was the fishing center where Peter would have brought his catch to be sold or processed. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Hotel: Leonardo Plaza Tiberias

  • 5
    Sea of Galilee
    Sea of Galilee / Capernaum / Mt. Arbel / Kursi / Jordan River

    This morning we enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, landing at Nof Ginosar where we will see the New Testament boat found below the sea and watch a video. Continue our morning tour with a visit to Capernaum, Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes.

    After lunch we will climb to the top of Mt. Arbel for the most fantastic view of the Sea of Galilee and Tiberias you could ever imagine. Continue on to Kursi, the traditional location of Jesus miracle at Gadarenes/Gergesa – healing the madman, driving out his devils into a herd of pigs who then drown in the lake. Our last stop today will be at the Jordan River where we will have the opportunity to be baptized, and then transfer to the hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

    Hotel: Leonardo Plaza Tiberias

  • 6
    Beit She'an
    Tiberias / Bet Shean / Jacob’s Well / Bethel / Shilo / Jerusalem

    This morning we follow the Rift Valley running parallel to the Jordan, along the route Jesus most frequently traveled to Jerusalem. We visit Bet Shean at the foot of Mt. Gilboa, where King Saul was slain, see the evidences of Egyptian, Roman and Byzantine occupations, and view the ancient tel, Roman Theater and church mosaics. We head to Jacob’s Well, the place Jesus met the lady to draw water. She said the Well was deep. Drop a pebble and wait!!!

    This afternoon continue through the hill country with great stops such as the Good Samaritan Village, Bethel and Shilo. Continue to The Holy City for a panoramic view before we head to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Hotel: Olive Tree Jerusalem

  • 7
    Jerusalem Free Day
    Mt. Zion / Walk Jerusalem Walls / Hezekiah’s Tunnels / Free Time

    This morning we begin our day with a visit to Mt Zion where we visit the grounds of a church called Peter in Gallicantu, which affords the best view of early Jerusalem from the west. (Here, the Assumptions Fathers suggest, was the house where the High Priest Caiaphas interrogated Jesus). Continue on to visit the Upper Room and King David’s Tomb. Next we make our way to Zion’s Gate to walk on the walls of Jerusalem—what a great way to be introduced to this ancient city! From here, we’ll enter the City of David to walk though Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Bring water shoes and a flashlight and be prepared to get wet – at least a little. We’ll actually trek through the 2,700 year old water tunnel in an adventure that can’t be missed. We’ll finish up at the Pool of Siloam. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the old city on our own. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Hotel: Olive Tree Jerusalem

  • 8
    Dead Sea
    Masada / Qumran / Ein Gedi / Dead Sea Float / Jericho

    Today we drive to Masada and ascend by cable car to the magnificent ruins of the fortress where, from 70 to 73 AD, Jewish defenders made their last stand in the Judean revolt against Rome. We see the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a sixth-century Byzantine church. Continuing alongside the Dead Sea, 1300 ft. below sea level -- the lowest spot on earth -- we proceed to Ein Gedi where time permitting we will walk the path to see the waterfall in the desert.

    This afternoon we continue to Qumran and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We will have a stop for lunch and time for those that want to swim in the Dead Sea. We travel to Jericho, the world’s oldest city. From the excavated tel atop the ruins of ancient Jericho we view the lush green Jordan Valley, Elisha’s spring and Qarantal, the Mount of Temptation. We will head up to Jerusalem and return to the hotel for dinner.

    Hotel: Olive Tree Jerusalem

  • 9
    Mount of Olives Group Photo
    Mt. of Olives / Garden of Gethsemane / Herodium / Shepherd’s Fields / Bethlehem

    “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace” (Luke 19:42)

    We start the day via the Chapel of Ascension and Paternoster to the Mt. of Olives for an orientation view of Jerusalem and the opportunity of a group photograph overlooking Jerusalem. We then walk the traditional Passion walk. We descend to the church known as Dominus Flevit (“Our Lord weeps”). After viewing the Golden Gate, we walk downhill to Gethsemane, where we take time to meditate on the Gospel text in the private garden then view the Church of All Nations.

    I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11). We drive south to the region of Bethlehem passing Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem. We drive to a hilltop for a view of Bethlehem, noting its relation to the rest of the central mountain range, including Jerusalem, as well as to the desert and the area of ancient Moab. This is Herodium, the palace set in a conical mountain built by Herod to mark his tomb. Note the juxtaposition of the two Kings of the Jews. The King Herod buried in great opulence and the King of the Jews born in a humble manger in Bethlehem sitting in the background of the Herodium. We then drive to one of the possible sites for Shepherds’ Fields. We continue into Bethlehem itself, walking through the restored old town to the Church of the Nativity and visiting the manger and see the cave of St. Jerome. We drive back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

    Hotel: Olive Tree Jerusalem

  • 10
    Western Wall
    Western Wall Tunnel / Temple Institute / Yad Vashem / Shrine of the Book

    This morning we will board our bus for our exciting tour to the famous Rabbi Tunnel also known as the Western Wall tunnel. Here we will enter by the Western Wall Plaza and go down to the foundation of the Second Temple. We will see a model that will demonstrate where we are in location to the Temple in the time of Christ. Continue along the tunnel as we proceed to the Gateway of the Priests entry to the Holy of Holies. We will continue to the Temple Institute where we will see the making of the instruments for the new temple. We will see how they are following the Bible for exact instructions. We will see a film explaining where the Rabbi believes the Temple and courts could be located.

    This afternoon we will head to Yad Vashem and see the Museum of the Holocaust. Continue to Shrine of the Book and the model city of Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Hotel: Olive Tree Jerusalem

  • 11
    Garden Tomb
    Old City / Via Dolorosa / Garden Tomb

    “He has risen!” (Mark 16:6) After breakfast we transfer to the Dung Gate, where we ascend to the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque, considered the third holiest site of Islam, located on the site of the ancient Temple Mount. Here the first and second Temples once stood. Just to the north we find the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church. The church is perfectly preserved from the Crusader period – with remarkable acoustics. Continuing on we see Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of Flagellation, Lithostrotos, and the Arch of Ecce Homo (Behold the Man). We then follow the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) through the bazaars as far as the Holy Sepulcher. From there we walk from the Christian Quarter along the Arab Souks through the Cardo Maximo and past the Armenian Quarter. Continuing on to Mount Zion we visit the Upper Room and the Tomb of King David, and then to the grounds of a church called Peter in Gallicantu, which affords the best view of early Jerusalem from the west. (Here, the Assumptions Fathers suggest, was the house where the High Priest Caiaphas interrogated Jesus). We board our bus to the Garden Tomb where we will end our day with a special visit and the possibility of having a private communion on the grounds outside the city walls. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Hotel: Olive Tree Jerusalem

  • 12
    Jerusalem Free Day
    Jerusalem / Free Day

    This day is full of endless opportunities! We are free to shop, dine, take on private sightseeing excursions, or just relax. Jerusalem dates back 6,000 years and is a holy city for Christianity, Judaism, and Islam alike. This full free day is a gift to ourselves like none other.

    Hotel: Olive Tree Jerusalem

  • 13
    Flight from New York
    Jerusalem / Home

    We transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always. Knowing we have walked in the footsteps of Jesus and the early Christians on such a memorable tour will bring new meaning to our Bible reading.

Departure Date
Mar 21 - Apr 02, 2025
Price / Person
Tour Number: 250335

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