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March 10 to 18, 2022
About Michael Giroux

As a leader, Michael has a passion to equip the everyday influential person to encounter the grace, forgiveness and hope found in the finished work of Jesus. As a pastor, He believes God is calling the modern-day Joseph, Daniel and Esther to influence their cities, and nations, as kingdom ambassadors.

Michael is known for preaching faith, hope and love with an energetic, humorous and inspirational style. His preaching helps challenge presuppositions and mindsets, unlocking potential through God’s word and practical application.

Pastor Michael, a former lawyer and prosecutor, earned his Bachelor of Theology from Portland Bible College, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Regent University School of Law. As Assistant District Attorney, New York State, he oversaw and prosecuted offenses in 12 city courts and in the New York Supreme Court. He was an advocate and council member for CASA, an organization dedicated to serving battered women through the criminal process.

Michael & Heather have been married for 26 years and have four amazing sons. They love family time and enjoying all the sights, sounds and tastes Washington, D.C. offers. They are also seriously big fans of all the Washington sports teams and hope you’ll join them cheering for the home teams!

Tour Details

What would it be like to walk in Galilee 2000 years ago?

Well, there is a journey you can take that’s pretty much that – waling a 60km trail between Nazareth to Capernaum takes you through land mostly untouched, as it was when Jesus walked those hills.

Arrival & Departure Location

Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport

Travel Date

March 10 to 18, 2022

Price Includes

  • Onsite teachings by Pastor Michael Giroux
  • Worship event with a local worship singer
  • Sailing on the Sea of Galilee
  • Accommodation in middle and upper-class hotels including porterage
  • Daily buffet style breakfast and dinner at the hotels
  • Daily lunches on route (excl. arrival and departure day)
  • All entrance fees, gratuities, and taxes
  • Professionally guided sightseeing
  • Air conditioned transportation by deluxe coach
  • Transfers to the group hotel upon arrival on the official arrival day (March 10)
  • Hiking backpack
  • Access to all relevant tour information on custom-made travel app

Price Excludes

  • Roundtrip Airfare to and from Ben Gurion Airport
  • Transfer to the airport on departure day
  • Beverages during the meals
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Costs
  • An optional "Love Offering" to the guide and driver
  • Personal Expenses
Itinerary
(Subject to changes)
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
  • Arrivals on Ben Gurion Aiport
  • Individual Transfers to the hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Check-In and dinner at the hotel
  • Jonah’s journey, Tabitha’s restoration to life and Peter’s conversion of the gentiles all began in Jaffa.
  • Optional evening tour to the Old Center of Jaffa with its harbour.
  • Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv
  • Drive over the Via Maris, “the Way of the Sea” (Matthew 4:15)
  • Visit historic Caesarea Maritima, the Roman Capital of Judea, where Peter followed God’s leading to visit Cornelius (Acts 10) and where he proclaimed the gospel to the Romans (Acts 24-26)
  • “So King Ahab sent all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto Mount Carmel. And Elijah came to unto the people.” (1 Kings 18:20-21) Visit Mount Carmel, where the Prophet Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. A view over the valley of Jizreel.
  • Visit to Nazareth Village, a hands-on experience that transports guests to life on a Jewish village in the Galilee two thousand years ago.
  • Check-In
  • Dinner and overnight in Nazareth

Jesus Trek Day 1 – 18 KM

(Nazareth to Beit Keshet Forest)

  • Our jumping-off point is Mount Precipice, also known as Mount of Precipitation or Mount of the Leap of the Lord. This mountain was identified as the place where irate townspeople attempted to throw Jesus off the cliff, “but He walked right through the crowd and went on his way.” (Luke 4:29-30). The mountain provides a breathtaking panoramic vantage point of Nazareth, the home of Joseph and Mary; here the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her of her future pregnancy and Son (Luke 1:26-27); Nazareth is as well the childhood home of Jesus. The Jezreel Valley appears immediately below: a strikingly flat landscape with immense natural beauty and historic importance. It is named for an ancient city which stood here and means “God sows” perhaps alluding to the fertile land in the valley. The Bible recounts several battles that took place here, the most well-known being the Battle of Meggido. The Bible names the valley as the location where the “final battle” or Armageddon will take place. The Samaritan mountains appears further south, and the Carmel Ridge to the west. Mount Carmel is the place where the Prophet Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Mount Carmel has always been a symbol of beauty, and whilst it is not especially high, with a peak of just 550m above sea level, the change in scenery from the flat Coastal Plain makes it a striking landform (it can be seen from Mount Precipice). Today’s hike ends at the area of Mount Tabor – the mountains’ beauty inspired the Psalmist to exclaim enthusiastically: “You created the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name” (Psalms 89:12. Tabor is identified as the place of the “Transfiguration” of Jesus, where “after six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone.” (Mark 9:2-9). Elijah and Moses appeared before them, who were talking with Jesus.
  • Biblical style-open fire dinner and overnight at the Beit Keshet Outdoor Camping

Jesus Trek Day 2 – 16 KM

(Beit Keshet Forest to Kibbutz Lavi)

  • Today’s section of the trail offers a lot of natural beauty. In spring, the hillsides of Galilee are a riot of color as wildflowers (the “lilies” of the field referred to in Matthew 6:28; Luke 12:27) burst into bloom: irises, anemones, rockrose, larkspur, thorny broom, narcissus and wild mustard (referred to by Jesus as a metaphor for faith: Matthew 13:31). And of course, the herald of spring, the wild almonds, are in blossom. (Curiously, the crocus [possibly the “rose of Sharon” mentioned in Song of Songs 2:1], which in most of the world is the first flower of spring, here blooms in November, after the first rains.) Fruit trees include the carob with its edible seed pods (Luke 15:16); the olive; and the fig (Mark 13:28). The trail passes the Mount Keshet Oak Tree Preserve. Covering some 6,000 acres, it protects one of the remaining stands of Mt. Tabor oak, a species that once covered vast areas of the north and coastal plain. The route crosses as well an ancient Roman road which might have been used by Jesus. During His lifetime it was a major thoroughfare running east to west.
  • Dinner and overnight at a hotel in the Galilee

Jesus Trek Day 3 – 16 KM

(Kibbutz Lavi via the Valley of the Doves to Migdal)

  • Today’s section of the trail passes expanses of cultivated crops and to wheat fields associated with the New Testament stories of the grain picked by Jesus and his disciples on the Sabbath (Mark 23:2). On the plateau to the northeast is the extinct volcano “Horns of Hattin”, where the Muslim forces of Salah-a-Din (Saladin) defeated the Crusader armies in 1187. Along the way, you’ll come across astounding views in nearly every direction: Mount Arbel with its dramatic cliffs to the east, the valley of Nahal Arbel below – extending eastward to the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The trail winds down steeply from the Horns of Hattin following the Nahal N’merim streambed, passing ancient olive groves, until it joins Nahal Arbel, which flows east towards the Sea of Galilee. The trail then follows the access road that leads toward the fields of the town of Migdal. A short side-trip leads to the site of ancient Migdal – the “Magdala” of the New Testament, and by tradition the home of Mary Magdalene. In 2009, archaeologists uncovered a unique first-century synagogue there.
  • Dinner and overnight at a hotel in the Galilee.

Jesus Trek Day 4 – 15 KM
(From Migdal via Genesaret and Tabgha to Capernaum)

  • A side trip to the “Jesus Boat” Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar is recommended. The first-century fishing craft exhibited here was discovered in the lakebed in 1986. The main trail then heads north eventually following the turn-off into the Tabgha Valley and the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes with its impressive ancient mosaics. This is the place where Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection. A path leads up through open fields to the Mount of the Beatitudes, an enchanting place that invites feelings of quiet and contemplation in the spirit of the great Sermon on the Mount: “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: Blessed are the poor in spirit…’” (Matthew 5-7). The trail then continues north along a paved promenade overlooking the shore. Many believe this to be the area where Jesus taught a crowd on the beach from aboard a boat (Luke 5:3) – “The Bay of Parables”. The trail leads to our final destination: Capernaum, Jesus’ “own city” according to the Gospel account (Matthew 9:1). This rich historical site, often mentioned in the New Testament and considered the “Jerusalem of the Galilee,” is the peak of the Jesus Trek experience. In Capernaum Jesus frequented the synagogue (John 6), went into people’s homes (Matthew 8:14-15), received supplicants from afar (Mark 2:1), and performed many of His miracles in that very vicinity. The land portion of the Jesus Trek ends here, but you we will continue by going out on the Sea of Galilee in a boat. The Sea of Galilee is Israel’s largest fresh water lake and also the site of many Biblical events. It was here that Jesus walked on water and calmed the storm. And on the shores of the Sea, He called his disciples unto Him.
  • Dinner and overnight at a hotel in the Galilee.
  • Drive through the Jordan Valley
  • “Then Jesus came from Galilee down to the Jordan to be baptized” (Matthew 3:13). Visit to Qasr el Yahud/Betharaba, the traditional site where John the Baptist baptized and where Joshua entered the Promised Land with the Jewish people
  • Swim and float in the Dead Sea, bathing yourself in the mineral rich water and mud
  • Check-in
  • Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
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  • Visit the Garden Tomb (Gordon’s Calvary). This ancient cemetery is a moving site in which to recall the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. Spend time in these peaceful garden surroundings in prayer, song and fellowship.
  • “And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city” (Ezekiel 11:23). Drive to the tip of the Mount of Olives, known as the site from where Jesus ascended to heaven after His resurrection. Panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem from Mount of Olives and descend the “Palm Sunday Road” to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed on the night of His betrayal
  • Visit the scenes of Jesus’ prayer to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Walk the Via Dolorosa, the way that Jesus went before he was crucified, ending in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where the crucifixion of Jesus on Golgotha is marked.
  • Walk through the atmospheric Jewish Quarter and see the Western Wall, where people gather to pray.
  • Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Individual transfers to the airport
  • Departures
Prices
(per Person in US-Dollars)

Double room Package

Land only
$4288/Person

Single room package

Land only
$5808/Person
Hotels
(Subject to changes)
FAQ
Tour Operation
Registration
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General Israel

WHO IS KESHET JOURNEYS?

Keshet Journeys LTD. is the travel agency and local tour operator in Israel coordinating the booking process and the land operation for the Jesus Trek Tour with Ps Michael Giroux. Keshet can provide assistance for all questions regarding registration, payments, lodging, and flights. You can contact Keshet’s representative Asya Tokman.
E-Mail: asya@keshetjourneys.com

WHO IS WORLDWIDE VILLAGE LTD?

Worldwide Village LTD (WWV) is the travel agency, based in Switzerland, coordinating the booking process and collecting the payments for the this tour, on behalf of Keshet Journeys.

HOW DO I JOIN THE JESUS TREK TOUR?

You can reserve your place on the Jesus Trek Tour with Ps Michael Giroux by registering via the website.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS?

The minimum number of participants for this tour is 15 people.

WHEN IS THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE?

All registrations must be made by February 17, 2022. Registrations beyond this date will only be accommodated based on availability.

WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS NECESSARY FOR TOUR REGISTRATION AND TRAVEL TO ISRAEL?

A current passport, valid for at least six months beyond the tour, is required. There are no exceptions to this policy. A travel visa is required for some countries. Please find out more about Israel’s visa policies regarding your country here: Israel’s Visa Policy.

HOW IS THE LODGING DETERMINED?

The registration pricing per tour participant is equal for double occupancy (two people sharing a room), or single occupancy. If you want to share a room with a specific roommate, you must register together as a two guest registration. Different bedding arrangements can be requested. If you wish to add a roommate to your registration later on, please contact Keshet directly to do so.

WHAT IS THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE?

The full price of the land package is: based on double occupancy US$ 4288. A non-refundable deposit of USD 100 per person is due at the time of registration. Full payment is due 120 days before the start of the tour.

AM I REQUIRED TO PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?

We urge you to purchase cancellation insurance and supplemental medical coverage (which covers preexisting conditions).

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO CANCEL MY PARTICIPATION?

In addition to the Contractual Conditions of WorldWide Village Travel Ltd. the following cancellation policy is valid for your trip:

Cancellation charges:

In case of cancellations by client, the following percentage of the total price will be charged:
Until 121 days prior the scheduled departure date: non refundable down payment
120 – 91 days prior the scheduled departure date: 50% of total amount
90 – 61 days prior the scheduled departure date: 75% of total amount
60 – 0 days prior the scheduled departure date: 100% of total amount

Cancellation of additional services:

Unless otherwise stated, all by the client pre-booked additional services related are non-refundable after booking. In case of full cancellation of the tour by Keshet Journeys / WorldWide Village the down payment as well as pre-booked pre-/ and post-nights will be refunded.

WHAT MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED BEFORE TRAVELLING TO ISRAEL?

There are no specific immunizations or medications that are recommended or required for travel to Israel, but we advise you to connect with your primary care physician regarding his/her recommendations for you specifically. Please keep in mind that you can purchase the equivalent of most standard over-the-counter medicines in Israel. We would also encourage you to inform your health insurance provider that you will be traveling out of the country to determine your coverage and medical care options while in Israel.

HOW SAFE IS TRAVELING TO ISRAEL?

Your safety is our top priority. Israel is a very safe country to visit and tour, and we use a variety of measures to ensure the safety of all the participants on the Tour. We also encourage you to take all the normal precautions as you would when traveling to any other city or country.

WHAT IS THE TIMEZONE IN ISRAEL?

Israel Standard Time (IST), is the standard time zone in Israel. It is two hours ahead of UTC.

CAN I DRINK TAP WATER IN ISRAEL?

Tap water is safe to drink in Israel, but bottled water will also be available.

WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO WIFI?

Most hotels in Israel have WiFi available for hotel guests at standard rates. Many cafes and restaurants also offer complimentary WiFi services. Since September 2013, Tel Aviv offers a citywide free WiFi network which provides 80 free internet “hot spots”across the city. Most of the touring buses also have complimentary WIFI available.

WILL I BE ABLE TO USE MY CELL PHONE WHILE IN ISRAEL?

Please check with your mobile phone service provider to determine if you will need to purchase an International plan to use your phone in Israel. Local Israeli SIM cards with phone/data plans can be purchased during the registration process and will be delivered upon arrival in Israel. To make use of this service, your phone has to be “unlocked”.

ARE CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED IN ISRAEL?

You can use your credit/debit card to obtain NIS (New Israeli Shekels) at ATMs throughout Israel. Most Israeli hotels, restaurants and stores accept American Express, MasterCard and Visa cards as well. American dollars are accepted in many places in Israel; however, in most cases, change will be given in NIS.

WILL I NEED TO BRING A POWER ADAPTER?

Almost all hotel rooms are equipped with hairdryers, and all have shaver sockets. For other appliances, Israel’s electricity is 220V A/C, single phase 50-cycles; 110V-220V transformers can be used. Israeli outlets have three prongs, but European two-prong adapters usually work.

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