Israel Expedition with Pastor Carey Sumner

January 20 - 29, 2025
January 20 - 29, 2025
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Pastor Carey Sumner

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Included on your tour

What's Included

  • Round trip flights between JAX & TLVOne check-in bag (50 lbs.) & one carry-on
  • 4-star hotel accommodations
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • Breakfast, lunch, & dinner served dailyAs per itinerary
  • Dedicated service from a tour manager
  • Licensed guiding & entrance feesAs per itinerary
  • Luggage assistance at hotels
  • Audio devices with tours
  • Tips for restaurant & hotel staffFor included meals
  • Parking fees where applicable
  • 9am-5pm (EST) Reservation Support
  • 24/7 Travel Emergency Support
  • Name tags & luggage tags

Not Included

  • Tips for your tour director, bus driver, & porterIt is recommended that, so long as travelers are happy with the service they received, they tip their guide $8-10 per person per day, their driver $6-8 per person per day, and their porter $1 each time he or she provides luggage assistance
  • Personal items & expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Cost of COVID-compliance (if any)

Day 1: Monday, January 20, 2025Depart the U.S.

The day has arrived and we depart JAX on an overnight journey to Israel.

Day 2: Tuesday, January 21, 2025Arrive in Israel

Today we arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. Time permitting, we visit the ancient town of Jaffa where Peter had his vision on the roof top of the house of Simon the Tanner.

Overnight Tel Aviv area. Daniel Herzliya or similar. D.

Day 3: Wednesday, January 22, 2025Caesarea Maritima, Mount Carmel, Nazareth, Tiberias

Today we travel towards Caesarea Maritima (entrance included), where we will have a brief visit to the magnificent city with Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader ruins. Here we will elaborate on the story of the baptism of Cornelius, the first gentile convert to Christianity, and on the travels of Paul — those events that led Caesarea Maritima to become the springboard of Christianity to the West. We continue to Mount Carmel (entrance included) and consider the contest between the Prophet Elijah and the false prophets of Baal, discussing the reasons why the Prophet chose that place for the contest, and the lessons we learn from the story. After lunch, we travel to Nazareth where we climb the Mount of Precipice, the brow of the hill on which the city was built. There we will reflect on the rejection of Jesus by his family and friends in Nazareth. While there overlooking the Armageddon Valley, we will also discuss the reasons why we believe this will be the setting for the final battle between good and evil mentioned in Revelation 16:16. We depart for the Sea of Galilee area passing Cana of Galilee where Jesus preformed his first miracle.

Overnight Sea of Galilee area. Caesar or similar. B, L, D.

Day 4: Thursday, January 23, 2025Boat Museum & Ride, Magdala, Mount of Beatitudes, Eremos Cave, Capernaum, Jordan River

This morning we visit the ancient boat museum containing a recently discovered 2000-year-old fishing boat (entrance included). We then sail on the Sea of Galilee on a replica of that boat (included). Afterwards, we will drive to Magdala (entrance included) the hometown of Miriam Magdalena. Then we will visit the Mt. of Beatitudes and discuss the sermon on the Mount. We will visit Eremos Cave, where it is believed Jesus went alone to pray. We visit Capernaum (entrance included), Jesus’ Galilean ministry base. Our last stop of the day will be to the Jordan River where you will get a chance to be baptized.

Overnight Sea of Galilee area. Caesar or similar. B, L, D.

Day 5: Friday, January 24, 2025Beth Shean, Jericho, Qumran

After a buffet breakfast, we leave the area of Galilee, following the Jordan Valley Road to Beth Shean (entrance included), the capital of the Decapolis. There we will see the ruins of the Roman and Byzantine cities. We will also discuss the demise of King Saul and his sons, whose bodies were hanged on the walls of Beth Shean. We will then continue traveling south to Bet Arabah where John the Baptist was baptizing on the Jordan River. We visit the Tel of Jericho (entrance included) with its ancient ruins, pointing out what possibly could be the foundations of the ramparts that Joshua and the Israelites brought down. This afternoon we visit Qumran (entrance included), the location where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin boy in 1947. There we will see the caves and other buildings where the Essenes, the group of Jews who wrote the scrolls, lived.

Overnight Dead Sea area. Daniel or similar. B, L, D.

Day 6: Saturday, January 25, 2025Ein Gedi, Dead Sea

We begin our day visiting En Gedi, the oasis in the desert where the meeting between David and King Saul took place and where many of the psalms were written by David. We will climb up to the waterfall, then we have some time for teaching and worship (entrance included). We will have lunch together and the rest of the day will be at leisure at your Dead Sea resort.

Overnight Dead Sea area. Daniel or similar. B, L, D.

Day 7: Sunday, January 26, 2025St. George's Monastery Lookout, Mount of Olives, Bethlehem, Shepherds' Field

After a buffet breakfast, we will start our journey towards Jerusalem. On the way we will stop by St. George’s Monastery. We will have an orientation to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, pointing out important locations within the Old City, connecting them with biblical stories and prophecies about the return of Jesus. We walk down the Palm Sunday Procession Road to the Garden of Gethsemane, where the passion of Jesus began. We travel to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. We begin with a visit to the Shepherds’ Fields where the angels appeared to the shepherds and announced the birth of Our Lord. These fields are also the setting of some of the events of the Book of Ruth. We will then travel to the Church of the Nativity and view the actual place where Our Lord was born.

Overnight in Jerusalem. Vert or similar. B, L, D.

Day 8: Monday, January 27, 2025Temple Mount, St. Anne & Pools of Bethesda, Southern Wall Excavations, Via Dolorosa, Israel Museum

We begin our day entering the Old City and a visit to the Western Wall, a section of the Western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, and Judaism’s holiest site. We will ascend the Temple Mount, discussing its connection to both the Old and New Testaments. On to visit St Anne’s church (entrance included) and the nearby Pools of Bethesda where the healing at the pool took place. We will visit the Southern Wall excavations (entrance included), where ruins of the retaining walls of the Temple Mount are still visible. We will gather at the teaching steps, the main entrance to the Temple where Rabbis met and taught their disciples. We will then walk the Via Dolorosa, the traditional path that Jesus walked from the Antonia Fortress to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This afternoon we travel to the Israel Museum (entrance included), where we will visit the Second Temple Period Model of Jerusalem, a 1:50 scaled model of the city from the 1 st century AD, followed by a visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on exhibit, in addition to the archaeological section where many artifacts are displayed. We will pay special attention to those items that relate to Bible history.

Overnight in Jerusalem. Vert or similar. B, L, D.


Day 9: Tuesday, January 28, 2025Garden of Gethsemane, Upper Room, Caiaphas' House, Jewish Quarter, Garden Tomb

We begin our day with some time for personal prayer and reflection at the Garden of Gethsemane. Then it’s on to the Upper Room, the traditional place of the Last Supper, followed by a visit to nearby location of the home of the High Priest, Caiaphas (entrance included). We visit the Garden Tomb (entrance included), where we worship together and celebrate communion. The balance of the day will be spent at leisure in Jerusalem.

Your flight home may depart either tonight or the following day. If the following day and an overnight is required, overnight Jerusalem. Vert or similar. B, L, D.

Day 10: Wednesday, January 29, 2025Arrive back home

Your flight home may depart either the previous night or today. If today and time allows, breakfast is included today. Either way, today we arrive back at JAX.

Pricing per person

Double Occupancy Room


Single Occupancy Room


Ground Only

$450 due per person
$200 is nonrefundable
Remaining payment due
100% is nonrefundable

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