Join this Unforgettable Christian Tour to Israel with Riverpark Bible Church & Pastor George Posthumus
One of the highlights of my years as a pastor is visiting Israel and leading groups to the land of the Bible. Lord willing, February 26–March 9, 2020 will be my 8th time in Israel and my 7th time leading and teaching there. What's also exciting about this trip is the addition of an excursion to Petra in Jordan. This will be a first for Linda and I.
This is the trip of a lifetime. Your Bible will come alive. You will see places you have read about many times and then find them mentioned again and again in Scripture for years to come. Your soul will be refreshed and your life will be enriched by time in the Holy Land.
This is designed for Riverpark and friends and family of Riverpark. One of the additional highlights is the rich time of fellowship. Add to this a time of instruction from the Word and you’ve got what has blessed so many before you.
It would be Linda's and my joy to have you along.
Because of Jesus,
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (Depart for Israel)
Arrive Tel Aviv
The modern metropolis of Tel Aviv overlooks the breathtaking Mediterranean coastline. After passing through Ben Gurion Airport (voted one of the best in the world), you will meet your group, share your first meal and spend time getting to know one another. Built on the ancient port of Jaffa, where Peter had his rooftop vision, Tel Aviv is home to one of the oldest harbors in the world.
Central Coast & Jezreel Valley
Worship and bond with your group as you get to know this lush valley, which produces much of the fresh fruit and vegetables you’ll enjoy every day of your tour. Visit Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth. Encounter God on Mount Carmel, where Elijah called down fire from heaven. And look out over the Valley of Armageddon (Megiddo), as you gain new insights into biblical prophecy.
Sites you'll see include:
- Mount Precipice / Nazareth Overlook
- Nazareth Village
- Caesarea by the Sea
- Mount Carmel
February 29 - March 1
The Galilee, Golan Heights & Northern Boundary
Wake up to a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on water and calmed the storm. Then sail these same waters in a first century replica boat. Gather on the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount millennia ago. And rededicate your faith while being baptized in the waters of the Jordan as your entire group worships and praises God.
Sites you'll see include:
- Mount of Beatitudes
- Nof Ginosar (Jesus Boat Museum)
- Tel Dan
- Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee
- Baptism in the waters of the Jordan
- Caesarea Phillipi
- Mount Bental
Lower Jordan River Valley
Tour the ancient Roman ruins of this desert oasis as you learn little-known facts about its fortresses and walled cities, like Bet She’an. Then, laugh, share and enjoy fellowship in unique settings like Jericho, the world’s oldest city. After your group shares this pinnacle experience, wrap up your evening with heartfelt worship and a timely message.
Sites you'll see include:
- Qasr al-Yahud - Jesus Baptismal Site
- Bet She'an (Roman decapolis city of Scythopolis)
- Jericho Tel
- Ein Gedi
Dead Sea Region
Explore Masada, the rugged fortress built by Herod the Great on top of a rock plateau, which includes a stunning view of the Dead Sea. Then travel through the Negev Desert, the backdrop for many of the journeys the Hebrew people embarked on. In Timna Park, a horseshoe-shaped valley surrounded by steep cliffs, view Mount Timna, the world’ first copper mine and Solomon’s Pillars, a striking formation created by centuries of water erosion.
Petra (Selah) Excursion
Cross the Eliat/Aqaba Border and drive through the expansive Wadi Rum Desert. This protected desert reserve, often called The Valley of the Moon, has red-pink sands and stunning natural arches and mountains. Set foot in Petra, mentioned throughout the Old Testament, and behold the towering rose-red city carved out of rock. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is revered as one of the most impressive accomplishments of the ancient world.
Eilat To Jerusalem
You’ll never forget the moment you enter Jerusalem and its iconic skyline comes into view. Experience the historic site Abraham’s Well (Be’er Sheva) as you reflect on Abraham’s obedience to follow God into the unknown. Large and shady terebinth trees are scattered throughout the Valley of Elah, where David fought Goliath. Then spend time in the Israel Museum with it’s Second Temple Jerusalem Model and Shrine of the Book, whose unique white dome represents the lids of the jars in which the first scrolls were found.
Jerusalem & The Old City
Walk the gold stone streets of Old City Jerusalem and meet Israelis shopping with you in the marketplace. Leave your own prayer at the Western Wall as you stand beside God’s chosen people at the holiest site in Judaism. Behold the famous Temple Mount; pray in the Garden of Gethsemane; sing in the Upper Room. Stand on the Mount of Olives and gaze at the gate Jesus will walk through when He returns. Enjoy another delicious Mediterranean dinner recounting the day’s adventures with new friends.
Sites you'll see include:
- Southern Steps
- Davidson Center
- Western Wall & Plaza
- Jewish Quarter & Cardo
- Arab Quarter
- Christian Quarter
- Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Via Dolorosa
- Sisters of Zion
- Saint Anne's Church
- Pool of Bethesda
- Armenian Quarter
- Mount Zion
- Upper Room
- Saint Peter's in Gallicantu
- City of David
- Mount of Olives
- View Temple Mount
- Palm Sunday Road
- Dominus Flevit
- Garden of Gethsemane & Church of All Nations
- Garden Tomb
- Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum)
- Friends of Zion Heritage Center
Friday, March 9, 2020 (Arrive Home)
Home of the Bible
Israel is a place where hidden oases are tucked away amid windswept deserts, where rocky cliffs are carved by ancient rivers and where historical ruins lie within sight of modern architecture. A melting pot of religion, culture and spiritual depth, a Christian tour to Israel is far more than a typical vacation. It is a journey into the origins of belief—one that will connect your faith today with the depth and power of the Christian story. For followers of Christ, a trip to the Holy Land is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in a place that doesn’t just bring the Bible to life but adds a visual dimension to the beliefs you’ve staked your life upon.
Visit the places of the Bible to see where Jesus lived, walked and where His disciples began sharing the Gospel of His love.
Middle Eastern Culture
Soak in the sights, sounds and life of a culture from across the globe.
Come see the variegated deserts, gardens, oases and seas of the Middle East.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR:
- Teaching from Pastor George Posthumus at significant biblical sites
- Study materials for your pre-tour preparation
- International round-trip group air transportation (not included in Tour Only option) and transfers to the group hotel
- Outstanding accommodations
- Breakfast and dinner provided daily during the tour, with six special lunch stops including the St. Peter’s Fish Lunch
- Israel’s best tour-operators and licensed, hand-picked tour guides
- Travel by private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach
- All porterage, taxes and gratuities; Entrance fees to all sites
San Francisco (SFO)
MON - FRI 8:30AM - 5:00PM (PACIFIC TIME)BE SURE TO BOOK THROUGH INSPIRATION:
This event is exclusive to those who book in advance through Inspiration Cruises & Tours. Booking through a secondary travel agent at the same hotels will not allow you to participate in any event programming.