Journey to Israel


Join me on a life-changing journey to Israel.

Visiting Bible lands is far more significant than a vacation - it is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of God's Word. Experience the historical roots of our faith as we follow the footsteps of Jesus. Visit the places from the Gospels, see the sites of the prophets, take boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, and walk the cobblestone streets of Jerusalem. We will enjoy some amazing times of worship and prayer throughout our time together. To see the Bible come alive is more than words can express. Do not miss this opportunity for a spiritual journey of a lifetime! 

                                                                Shalom!  - Dr. Marty Baker

What others are saying....

"I waited 20 years to go to Israel so it would be an experience and not just a trip,

with Pastor Marty's knowledge of Israel, Hebrew, Greek, and the Bible,

it was the experience I dreamed of."  - Lee Kind

"To walk where Jesus walked and experience the Holy Lands with Pastor Marty as our guide has changed the way I experience life.  No matter what challenge or celebration I now face, the lens through which I process it includes picturing myself at the Mount of Olives or in the Galilee." - Mark Randolph

"Go with Marty to Israel in 2020 because you will encounter your faith and the history

of this land in a way you will remember and treasure forever.  You will bond closely

with those in your group and be immensely blessed!   AND best of all you can tell Jesus

that you went when you see Him in eternity." - Chris & Dolores Terry

"The Bible went from being a book about other people, to being a history of my family (the ones who love God) and my heritage and inheritance, in Christ. It became my story, words passed down to me, by my Father." - Anthony Galassi

Israel Tour Burke Community Church:  February 11-24, 2020

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1:  feb 11, tues

    • Depart Dulles (IAD) - evening
  • day 2:  feb 12, wed

    • Transfer via Istanbul (IST)
    • Arrive in Tel Aviv (TLV)
  • day 3:  feb 13, thurs

    • Caesarea Maritima - site of major events in the lives of Peter and Paul.  Ruins of Crusader fortifications, Roman theaters, hippodrome, aqueduct, and temples. 
    • Mt. Carmel - where Elijiah the Prophet "faced off" with the prophets of Baal.
    • Megiddo - fortifications of King Solomon, water tunnel of King Ahab, and prophesied site of Armageddon.
  • day 4:  feb 14, fri

    • Sepphoris - includes former Roman capital of the Galilee, famous seat of the Sanhedrin, crusader fortress, roman amphitheater and impressive mosaics.
    • Nazareth - Jesus' hometown
    • Church of Annunciation
    • Church of Mary's Well
    • Nazareth Ancient Synagogue
    • Ancient "Jesus" Boat
    • Boat Ride on Sea of Galilee
    • Capernaum - where Jesus performed many of his miracles and teachings. 
  • day 5:  feb 15, sat

    • Mt. Arbel - cave/hideouts for the Jews who fought against the Greeks and Romans.
    • Mount of Beatitudes - where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.
    • Korazim - Ruins of Roman/Byzantine town.  Referred in Matthew 11:21-22.
    • Tel Dan - location of King Solomon's main fortress cities.
    • Caesarea Philippi - where Peter confessed "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God" (Matthew 16:16).
    • Mt. Bental - volcano in the northern part of the Golan Heights. 
  • day 6:  feb 16, sun

    • Yardenit Baptismal Site - opportunity for baptisms in the Jordon River.
    • Beit Shean - ancient Roman Decapolis city.
    • Gideon Springs - where Gideon selected his soldiers to do battle against the Midianites.
    • Qumran - Dead Sea Scrolls were found at this location in 1947.
  • day 7:  feb 17, mon

    • Masada - lowest spot on Earth, overlooking the Dead Sea and site of an amazing fortress and ruins of King Herod's Palace.
    • Ein Gedi - desert oasis where David hides after fleeing King Saul.
    • Afternoon Free Time
  • day 8:  feb 18, tues

    • Beit Guvrin, Tel Maresha - city fortified by King Rehoboam.  Large city in Hellenistic and Roman times. 
    • Elah Valley - location where David slew Goliath.
    • Israel Museum - view the Model of Jerusalem. Museum highlights include Pilate Stone, "House of David" inscription, Heliodorus Stele, and Herodian bathhouse.
    • Shrine of the Book - houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • day 9:  feb 19, wed

    • Mount of Olives - view of the Old City
    • Palm Sunday Road
    • Gethsemane - garden where Jesus prayed before his arrest.
    • Church of All Nations - Church on bedrock where Jesus is believe to have prayed.
    • Lion's Gate - one of seven open gates in the Old City (Eastern Wall).
    • Pools of Bethesda - where Jesus heals the paralytic (John 5).
    • Church of St. Anne's - 12th century church.
    • Pilate's Judgment Hall
    • Ecce Homo Arch - beginning of Via Dolorosa (John 19:5).
    • Via Dolorosa
    • Stations of the Cross - series of images depicting Jesus on the day of his crucifixion.
    • Church of Holy Sepulcher - church identified as place of both the crucifixion and tomb of Jesus.
  • day 10:  feb 20, thurs

    • Temple Mount - where Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac, Solomon built the first Temple.  See where the Dome of the Rock now stands.
    • Western Wall - holiest place connected to the Temple Mount where Jews are permitted to pray.
    • Western Wall Tunnel Tour - Rabbinical tunnel with excavations taking place under the Temple complex.
    • Southern Steps - main entrance to enter the Temple.
    • City of David - excavations
    • Hezekiah's Tunnel - 2 Kings 20:20.
    • Pools of Siloam - site where Jesus heals the blind man.

  • day 11:  feb 21, fri

    • House of Caiaphas- Jewish high priest who presided over the Sanhedrin trial of Jesus.
    • Joppa Gate - one of seven open gates in the Old City.
    • Jewish Quarter
    • Hezekiah's Wall
    • Roman Cardo  - roman street running from Damascus Gate to Zion Gate.
    • Free Time
    • Ein Kareen - birthplace and home of John the Baptist.
    • Cave of John the Baptist - considered possible cave used by John to baptize people.
    • Church of Visitation - church honors the visit of Mary, mother of Jesus, to Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist.
  • day 12: feb 22, sat

    • Drive by Knesset - House of Representatives of the State of Israel.
    • Menorah - massive Menorah structure.
    • Bethlehem - birthplace of Jesus. Visit Manger Square and Church of the Nativity.
    • Garden Tomb - Golgotha and the empty garden tomb.
    • Dinner in Abu Gosh
  • day 13:  feb 23, sun

    • Yah La-Shiryon - Israel's official memorial site for fallen soldiers from the armored corps.
    • Armored Corps Memorial - largest tank museum in the world.
    • Ben Yehuda Street - pedestrian mall, free time for shopping.
  • day 14:  feb 24, mon

    • Depart Tel Aviv (TLV) - morning
    • Arrive in Dulles (IAD) - evening