GPC 2021

Who Should Go on this Trip?

This is an amazing trip to the land of the Bible. This trip will turn your Bible reading from two dimensional to three dimensional! Our trip is geared to the Christian, but all are welcomed. You will learn and grow with an amazing group of people. We ask that everyone be of physical ability to participate in a moderately demanding tour—long flights, long tour days, and lots of walking. We don’t walk great distances all at once, but we average about 5 miles a day.

Group Holy Land Tour

About This Tour

This tour is led by Pastor Gunnar Hanson and guided by Guy Lebovitz.  It is a comprehensive tour that not only visits and teaches about the most visited parts of the Holy Land but also lesser seen aspects as well that give you a holistic experience of the land, people, history and culture. Touring in Israel is like nothing else! The complexity of issues here, like the history of this land, its holiness to the three monotheistic religions, today’s politics & the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, the variety of wildlife, landscape and nature, cultural life, archaeology, and much more.  All of this makes a visit to Israel a very powerful one—both on the outside (knowledge, beauty, fun, etc.) and on the inside (spiritually, emotionally, etc.).

Grace Point 2021

Tour highlights include: 

Megiddo (Armageddon)
Sea of Galilee
Mt. of Beatitudes
Jordan River Baptisms
Tel Dan
Sea Of Galilee Boat Ride
Beit She’an
Mt. of Olives
Garden of Gethsemane
Yad Vashem

Experience Israel during their Independence Day and Memorial Day.

About This Group

Pastor Gunnar Hanson is the lead pastor of Grace Point Church is located in Valley Center, California in rural San Diego county. He is married to his lovely wife Anna and they have four children. He has earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies, a Master of Divinity, and is All But Dissertation with his Doctor of Ministry. Prior to the ministry, he served as a Navy SEAL for 12 years. His unique background brings a unique perspective to the Middle East. Gunnar combines his international experience with his love of God to create a truly unique tour full of meaningful teaching, fun adventure and lifelong memories!

Guy Lebovitz and Gunnar have led multiple tours together as they share similar backgrounds in their respective military.   Guy has been a licensed tour guide in the land of Israel since the year 2000 with a special emphasis in archeology. Guy is married and has two beautiful kids. They live in Kibbutz Harel, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, not far from the place where David killed Goliath. There are few tour guides as passionate as Guy!

Gunnar Hanson

Pastor Gunnar Hanson

Guy Leibovitz

Guy Leibovitz

The Itinerary 

April 5, Monday, Day 1

Group departs for Israel.

April 6, Tuesday, Day 2

Arrive Israel, overnight the Sharon Hotel in Hertzlia.

April 7, Wednesday, Day 3

We check out this morning and begin the day in Old Jaffa (New Testament Joppa) for a short visit. Head up the Mediterranean coast today to Caesarea Maritima which was built by King Herod and later became the seat of government of the Roman governors including Pontius Pilate who sat in judgment on Jesus Christ and sentenced him to be crucified. We continue and drive by Mt. Carmel, where the Prophet Elijah challenged the Priest of Baal (1 Kings 18:17-40). Our next stop is Megiddo, the Armageddon of the Book of Revelation. Continue our drive to the Sea of Galilee and check into our hotel.

Dinner and overnight: Nof Ginnosar.

April 8, Thursday, Day 4

Today we drive up to the Golan Heights and visit Korazim which was a small Jewish town, which Jesus used to visit and to preach its inhabitants, who refused to listen (Mat. 11,21). Then we shall visit Tel Dan, which was the north most city town in biblical Israel, hence the saying “from Dan to Beer Sheba”. Continue to Banias the location of Caesarea Philippi where the Apostle Peter made his great confession of faith in Jesus as the Christ. End the day with sunset at Gerasene. Dinner and overnight: Nof Ginnosar.

April 9, Friday, Day 5

The Sea of Galilee is rich in memories of the 3 years of Jesus’ Ministry around its shores. We begin this day at the 2000 years old fishing boat known as “Jesus Boat” followed by a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We then visit Capernaum, the House of Peter and the Ancient Synagogue. Continue to Tabgha with the Church of Multiplication of the Loaves and the Church of Primacy. Visit Magdala. We end the day at the Mount of Beatitudes the scene of the sermon on the Mount. Return to Dinner and overnight: Nof Ginnosar.

April 10, Saturday, Day 6

This morning we shall drive to Nazareth, a town in the hill country of Galilee where Jesus grew to manhood, where we will visit the “Mount of the Leap” so-called because it was from the brow of a steep hill that inhabitants of Nazareth wanted to cast him. Then we visit Nazareth Village, a first-century village, presenting the life during Jesus time. Continue and drive to Gideon Spring’s at Ein Harod, where Gideon tested his soldiers. Conclude the day at the ancient Israelite city of Beit Shean, in New Testament times it became one of the 10 cities of the Decapolis. Drive back to Nof Ginosar for dinner and overnight.

April 11, Sunday, Day 7

Today after breakfast we check out from our hotel and drive south through the Jordan Valley toward the Dead Sea to the Baptismal site on Jordan River (Qasr el Yahud) with an opportunity for baptism. We will visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were written over 2000 years ago. We arrive at the Dead Sea the lowest spot on the face of Earth and drive along its shores to visit Ein Gedi which was one of the cities of Judah where David found shelter from Saul the King. Then we shall drive to our hotel in the Dead Sea. Enjoy a relaxing float in the healthful waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest, saltiest body of water on earth. Dinner and overnight: Daniel Hotel Dead Sea.

April 12, Monday, Day 8

After an early breakfast we check out form our hotel and drive to visit the Mountain Fortress of Masada, the site of the last Jewish resistance against the Romans in 73 AD. Ascend and descend by cable car. Next we continue driving south to visit Tel Arad National Park where we can see the remains of a fortified Canaanite city and fortresses from Kingdom of Judah’s period. Continue to Tel Beer Sheva where Abraham lived and worked (Genesis 22:12). We then drive through the Valley of Elah where David defeated Goliath, the giant, in a single combat. Finally today we shall drive through the Judean hills into Jerusalem, the City of God. We then check into our hotel. Dinner & overnight: Prima Kings Jerusalem.

April 13, Tuesday, Day 9

Start out the day by visiting Tower of David History of Jerusalem Museum, followed by the Western Wall, the most holy place to the Jewish people and the Western Wall Tunnels where we will walk through ancient spaces from the Second Temple period. We will enjoy lunch in the Jewish quarter followed by a visit to the Davidson Center and the Southern Steps. We will continue to the City of David, where Jerusalem started, we shall explore Warren’s Shaft, the Water Fortress, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, through which water has flowed since the days of King Hezekiah some 2,700 years ago, and the Pool of Siloam. Dinner & overnight: Prima Kings Jerusalem.

April 14, Wednesday, Day 10

Early morning today we shall visit the Temple Mount. Next we shall enter within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, walking from the Pools of Bethesda and St. Anne along the Via Dolorosa. On to Genesis Land for a camel ride where we are invited to Abraham’s Feast and enjoy an ancient hospitality and lunch. Return to our hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner & overnight: Prima Kings Jerusalem.

April 15, Thursday, Day 11

We will begin with a drive to the top of the Mount of Olives, for a majestic view over all ancient and modern Jerusalem, the center of the biblical world. We shall visit the Chapel of Dominus Flevit before walking down the “Palm Sunday Road” the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed on the night of his betrayal (Lk. 22:40-46). To the Caiphas House, then to The Garden Tomb followed by a visit to the Jerusalem Prayer Center.

April 16, Friday, Day 12

Today we shall drive through the New City of Jerusalem to visit the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book and see the 1:50 scale Model of Jerusalem from Second Temple times followed by Yad Vashem. Lunch and shopping in Bethlehem. Return to our hotel in Jerusalem for a farewell dinner & overnight.

April 17, Saturday, Day 13

We set off from our hotel and drive to Ben Gurion Airport for homebound.

Point of Departure

Airfare TBD.


Tour Cost

$2500*Based on Double Occupancy
  • Single occupancy supplement applies. Land only, please inquire for more information.

*$250 non-refundable deposit required to hold your spot.  3% surcharge to pay by credit card.

Included in the Tour Price:

A double or triple occupancy room (additional charge for single occupancy).
All sightseeing and admissions, including a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, baptism in the Jordan
River, and floating in the Dead Sea.
A licensed, English-speaking driver and tour guide.
Buffet breakfasts and dinners throughout the tour, with table water and coffee or tea.
Our land agent will provide a full-size backpack to carry your daily items, a baseball-style cap,
and a map of Israel.

Not Included in the Tour Price:

Tips – Suggested amount per person for the duration of the trip is $140-210 (this is for the driver, guide, and hotel staff).

Transportation to and from Ben Gurion Airport will run between $50-$150 depending on how many people arrive with you. Immanuel Tours, through Pastor Gunnar, will make these arrangements for you.

Lunches, snacks and other foods not included in buffets provided at hotels.

All personal expenses (souvenirs, etc).

Airfare – We have learned over the years that it’s more affordable to book your own tickets directly online.   If you need any help making your arrangements, Pastor Gunnar is more than happy to help you book good tickets.


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