Tours

Journey through the Bible 2022 with Rev. Whitney Peper and St. Peters UMC

11 days
The Holy Land
Starting from $3998* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join Rev. Whitney Peper and St. Peters UMC on an 11 day Journey through the Bible, starting at $3,998* from Houston, TX departing on October 18, 2022. Visit places such as Cana, Jerusalem Jericho, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jacob's Well, Mount of Olives, and much more!

 

*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Domestic Airfare
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • Overseas Transfers
  • Study Guide
  • Visas (U.S. Citizens)
  • International Airfare

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 October 18 ‒ Depart USA

Your journey begins as you depart the USA.

Day 2 October 19 ‒ Arrive in the Holy Land

Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 October 20 ‒ Jericho and Qumran

Visit the baptismal site of Qasr el Yehud, where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Travel to Jericho (the oldest city in the world) and visit the ruins of the ancient city conquered by Joshua (Joshua 6:1, 2 & 20). In the distance, you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1 -11). Continue to Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery. End your day with the opportunity to take a dip in the mineral laden waters of the Dead Sea.

Day 4 October 21 ‒ Herodion and Bethlehem

Explore one of the most exciting archeological digs in Israel the Herodion, the palace fortress and final resting place of Herod the Great. In Bethlehem, visit the cave where Jesus was born (Luke 2:1 -7) and the Church of the Nativity. Gaze out over the Shepherds’ Field, where angels first proclaimed the Good News.

Day 5 October 22 ‒ Caesarea, Mount Carmel and Tel Megiddo

Visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity and where Paul was imprisoned for two years (Acts 10). View Mount Carmel, site of Elijah’s victory over the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Travel the ancient caravan route through the Jezreel Valley to Tel Megiddo, an exciting archeological dig with its layers of twenty different cities built on top of each other.

Day 6 October 23 ‒ The Galilee

Enjoy a scenic drive to Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee (Matt. 4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the text of the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus preached there (Matt. 5-7). Experience a special onboard worship service as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Church of the Fish and the Loaves in Tabgha, the traditional location of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10 -17). As you pray in the Chapel of the Primacy, remember how Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ three times (John 21). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue.

Day 7 October 24 ‒ Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights & Bethsaida

At the ruins of Tel Dan, see the altar built by King Jeroboam I (I Kings 12:25 -30) and learn about where the “House of David” fragment from the First Temple Period was discovered. Continue on to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter told the Lord, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!” (Matt. 16: 16). A scenic drive along the Golan Heights will give you some beautiful views of Syria and Jordan, as well as, Israel.

Day 8 October 25 ‒ Cana, Nazareth, Samaria and Jacob’s Well

Begin your day with a visit to Cana, the site of Christ’s first miracle (John 2) before stopping in Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Continue past Tel Dothan, thought to be the place where Joseph found his brothers with their flocks (Genesis 37). Visit Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom and home to Ahab and Jezebel. See Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim where the Israelites recited the blessings and curses of the Law. In modern day Nablus (ancient Shechem), see where the Samaritan woman encountered Christ (John 4) at Jacob’s Well.

Day 9 October 26 ‒ Jerusalem

Stand on the Mount of Olives and enjoy a remarkable view of the Golden City of Jerusalem. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from this place (Acts 1:9 -12). Walk to the Garden of Gethsemane and pray beneath the ancient olive trees (Matthew 26:36 -44). Learn about the Jerusalem of Jesus’ day with a look at the First Century Model of the City of Jerusalem, now housed at the Israel Museum. The museum itself contains 10,000 years of archeological artifacts, as well as the Shrine of the Book exhibit that displays the Dead Sea Scroll containing the book of Isaiah. Walk the museum and grounds of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, with its poignant exhibits honoring the millions of lives lost during the Holocaust. On Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room, revered as the site of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12 -26) and St. Peter in Gallicantu, the home of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was held after His arrest (Matthew 26:57)

Day 10 October 27 ‒ Jerusalem

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem along the Cardo, once the main street of the city. Explore the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations, including the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. Remember how Jesus healed on the Sabbath when you visit the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1 -18). At Herod’s Antonia Fortress (Luke 23:1), see where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate. Walk the Via Dolorosa (“the Way of the Cross”) and remember the Lord’s sacrificial love at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Share communion together at the Garden Tomb in celebration of His Resurrection.

Day 11 Oct 28 ‒ Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension

Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension.

Enhance Your Journey

Wonders of Petra& the Dead Sea Starting from $898

Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 2022

Oct. 28 – Jerash
This morning, you will journey across the Allenby Bridge on your way to Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the world. Stroll through the oval piazza and wander along colonnaded streets etched by the wheels of ancient chariots. Stand in the grand theatre where an onstage whisper can be heard in the top row. Continue to your hotel to check in for dinner and overnight.
Oct. 29 – Madaba & Mt. Nebo
Travel to Madaba, the City of Mosaics, to visit the Church of Saint George with its sixth-century, Byzantine, mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. Continue to Mount Nebo, where Moses caught a glimpse of the Promised Land (Deut. 34). On a clear day, you can see all the way across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, to the rooftops of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight..
Oct. 30 – Petra
Explore the city of Petra. Its entrance passes through a long, narrow gorge known as the Siq and can only be accessed by carriage, horseback or on foot. Once inside the city, marvel at the intricate detail of a city that was cut into the cliff sides of rose-colored rock. Return to your hotel at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.
Oct. 31 – Free Morning at the Dead Sea
Enjoy a free morning at your hotel. Cross the border back into Israel and enjoy dinner in Jerusalem. Afterwards, you will travel to the airport in Tel Aviv to begin your journey home.

Nov. 1 – Return to USA

 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Cairo & The Route of The Exodus Starting from $998

Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, 2022

Oct. 28 – Jerusalem to Egypt
Caravan Route from Jerusalem through the Sinai; Transfer to hotel for overnight.

Oct. 29 – St. Catherine’s Monastery
View Mt. Sinai; St. Catherine’s Monastery; Sharm el Sheikh overnight.

Oct. 30 – Route of the Exodus
Trace the route of the Exodus along the eastern Sinai coast to Wadi Feiran, Elim & Marah by the Red Sea. Continue to Cairo for dinner and overnight.
Oct. 31 – Memphis, Saqqara, the Great Pyramids & the Sphinx
Joseph’s River and Lake; Tour the rural region of traditional Egyptian farming and stop at an old corn water mill; Memphis (Biblical Noph) and Saqqara; The Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx; Cairo for dinner and overnight.
Nov. 1 - Cairo
Egyptian Museum of Antiquities; Pyramids of Giza; Great Sphinx; Tour the Old City and see the Citadel of Saladin; View the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali; Visit the Abu Serga Church; Prepare for your return flight home.

Nov. 2 - Return to USA

 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Nile Cruise Extension Starting from $2498

Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2022

Oct. 28 – Fly to Cairo
This morning, depart Amman and fly to Egypt. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed to Cairo by your local guide. Enjoy dinner and overnight at your hotel in Cairo.

Oct. 29 – Embark in Luxor
Fly from Cairo to Luxor; Temple of Luxor; Karnak Temple; the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Thutmose III; the temple of Amon; the Granite Scarabeus and the Sacred Lake. Board your Nile cruise ship and enjoy dinner.

Oct. 30 - Valleys of the Kings & Queens & Esna
Valley of the Kings; The Colossi of Memnon; Temple of Queen Hatshepsut; Sail to Esna; the Temple of Khnum. Dinner & overnight on board.

Oct. 31 - Edfu & Kom Ombo
Edfu Temple; Kom Ombo Temple; Nearby, view the three mummified crocodiles in Hathor’s chapel. Dinner & overnight on board.
Nov. 1 - Aswan
Temples at Philae including the Temple of Isis; visit the High Dam of Aswan; The Unfinished Obelisk; After exploring Aswan, fly to Cairo to check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Nov. 2 - Cairo
Egyptian Museum of Antiquities; Pyramids of Giza; Great Sphinx; Tour the Old City and see the Citadel of Saladin; View the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali; Visit the Abu Serga Church; Prepare for your return flight home.

Nov. 3 - Return to USA

 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Hiking in the Holy Land Starting from $998

Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 2022

Oct. 28 - Hike from Nazareth to Sepphoris (5 Miles)
Today, explore the Old City of Nazareth and hike approximately 5 miles to Sepphoris. Travel to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.

Oct. 29 - Hike from Kibbutz Lavi to Moshav Arbel (8-10 miles)
After breakfast, depart Kibbutz Lavi and walk across the expansive fields to the Horns of Hattin; Continue down the ancient volcano to Nebi Shu’eib; Walk through the former Arab village of Hittin; Make your way to Moshav Arbel. After almost 10 miles of hiking, return to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.
Oct. 30 - Hike from Mount Arbel to Capernaum (10 Miles)
Begin your final day of hiking at the summit of Mt. Arbel where you will enjoy the stunning view of the Sea of Galilee. Descend Mt. Arbel into Wadi Hamman and continue to Tabgha and Capernaum as you complete the final section of the Jesus Trail, almost 10 miles. Return to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.
Oct. 31 - Day of Rest
Enjoy a day of rest or join the optional Horseback Riding & Kayak trip. Dinner at Kibbutz Lavi.

Nov. 1 - Return to USA

 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Departure Dates

  1. Tuesday, October 18, 2022
    From $3998* Register Now!
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount