Join Pastor John Salvesen and the Bear Creek Bible Church for a fabulous trip through the highlights of the Holy Land and Greece!
After a long pause in travel to Israel, travel has now opened up again. No vaccines required, no COVID-19 testing!
Monday, May 1, 2023
We depart from the USA. Most departures are in the afternoon or evening. Airfare is included from your local airport, in most cases. Flights are booked individually to allow for upgrades, early arrivals, and extended European layovers, if desired (additional fees may apply).
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
We arrive in Israel! An agent will meet you at the airport and get you to our hotel in Netanya, about 45 minutes away. Note: if you prefer to arrive a day early to give opportunity to rest after the travel, that option is available. Airfare is often not changed, but an additional night hotel would be required.
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Our first stop is beautiful Caesarea, on the coast of the Mediterranean! This site will bring the “wow” factor you were hoping for! A great theater, hippodrome, Crusader-era fortress, and you will “walk where Paul walked!”
Next, on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah called down fire from heaven in that great Old Testament showdown. The views of the valley of Armageddon are spectacular from this vantage point. Which is exactly why we should go from Mt. Carmel to the ancient city of Megiddo, from which the valley gets its name. Going back to the days of King Solomon, you’ll be fascinated as you learn what a “Tel” is, and see the amazing water system of Megiddo. Before your eyes will be a panorama of the locations of much of the Old Testament era of the Judges.
We will make our way to our beautiful hotel near the Sea of Galilee.
Thursday, May 4, 2023
Let’s begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee! For the first time you will “walk where Jesus walked,” in the ancient ruins of Capernaum and the shores of Galilee. And you are welcome to attempt to walk on the water…just have faith! We will see the beautiful sites of the Sea of Galilee including Capernaum, the “hometown of Jesus,” Magdala (home of Mary Magdalene), the Mount of Beatitudes, and much more, including the beautiful Jordan river.
Friday, May 5, 2023
It’s time to head south! Our first stop will be Gideon’s spring, where you can almost see the men drinking out of the fresh water. After this, the ancient city of the Decapolis, Beit Shean will fascinate the imagination and be a great place for learning first-century Jewish and Roman life.
Then, moving south along the Jordan River, we will come to Qumran, desert home of the Essenes and of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls. The visit is fascinating, and the views are spectacular.
From here, we begin our wilderness journey up to Jerusalem, the Holy City. After an inspiring overlook, we will go to our Jerusalem hotel, where we will spend the rest of our nights in Israel.
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Let’s go back to the days of King David, and possibly to his very Palace! Along the way, we will see the tunnels of Hezekiah (care to walk in the water? It’s optional, but fabulously fun). Whether you take the wet route or the dry route, we will all end up at the Pool of Siloam, famous as the location of a few of Jesus’ miracles. Then we will take a few miles journey to Bethlehem, visiting the caves and the famous Church of the Nativity. If time allows, we will go to the burial site of King Herod.
Sunday, May 7, 2023
Our last day in Jerusalem will begin atop the Mount of Olives, where we will learn about Jesus’ discourse concerning the last days. We will make our way down the mount, by foot, stopping at an ancient prophet’s tomb, learning about the history of burial at this location, and finally ending up in the Garden of Gethsemane. Then we will cross the Kidron brook and make our way both the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Garden Tomb, the two traditional sites for the burial of Jesus. Our time of worship at the Garden Tomb will be memorable, and a great conclusion to our time in Israel.
Monday, May 8, 2023
Today we will take a morning ride to the airport, followed by a mid-day flight to Athens. After arriving in our hotel, you can rest or venture out on your own for shopping. Breakfast and dinner is included in our hotel. but lunch is not included today.
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Travel to Corinth to visit the excavations where Apostle Paul worked for 18 months and where he met his faithful followers Aquila and Priscilla. Learn about this ancient city-state and its early church community, which was the recipient of Paul’s two Corinthians epistles. After an included lunch, drive to Epidaurus to view an ancient theater and the Temple to Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. Overnight in Athens.
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Today we will visit the Acropolis and the Acropolis museum with the Parthenon and Areopagus (Mars Hill), where Paul delivered his famous sermon about the identity of the “Unknown God.” Other activities in Athens as time permits.
In the evening, we join our traveling companions for a final evening of fellowship and celebration at a farewell dinner at our hotel.
Thursday, May 11, 2023
After transport to the airport, we will head home to DFW (or whatever airport you have chosen).
The Costs and Other Details
The trip cost is $4,700, and includes:
- Assistance at the airport for arrival and departure.
- Transfer to and from the airport in Israel and Greece.
- All transportation and guiding services while in Israel and Greece.
- Hotel accommodation for based on double occupancy.
- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner while in Israel and Greece.
- Entrance fees for all sites listed on the itinerary.
- Coach Airfare from your local airport (in most cases).
- Tips for guide, driver, hotel staff, restaurants, etc.
Additional expenses not included above:
- Travel insurance. The State of Israel requires all travelers to have insurance. You may purchase your own, and we will also offer a policy.
- Expenses of a personal nature.
- City-fee taxes in Athens, if applicable (5 euro).
A single supplement is $940. We often have people looking for a roommate, so let us know if this is desired.
How To Register
To register, you will fill out our registration form and then be invoiced for your amount due. There is a down-payment of $1,000 to hold your seat. The balance may be paid over time, with final payment April 10, 2023.
After you register, we will contact you with airline preferences and begin to make arrangements. Once airline reservations are made, they are typically non-refundable, so you will want to secure your travel insurance by that time. We will personally assist with all of this.
If you have questions, call 713-614-4785.