with Lead Teaching Pastor, Destin Garner

JUNE 3-13, 2023

A note from Lead Teaching Pastor, Destin Garner:

I’m thrilled you are considering joining RockPointe Church’s “In His Steps” Israel Tour, June 3-13, 2023. There is no other place on earth like the Holy Land. After this trip, you will never read the Bible the same again. This profound, life-changing experience will bring color, clarity and confidence to the scriptures. To walk where Jesus walked and relive the events of God’s Word will enliven and strengthen your faith.

On this trip, I’ll be providing devotional content at sites to enrich your experience, stir your soul and draw you into a deeper relationship with God. In addition, we’ll have a RockPointe Worship Pastor leading us in songs at these spiritually significant sites. Can you imagine singing “Oceans” in a fishing boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee?

To handle trip logistics and historical content, I reached out to best. I am pleased to tell you RockPointe is partnering with Mike Fanning and his company, MBF Enterprises. Mike lived in Israel for several years while studying biblical archaeology, then earned a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Baylor University. He has led over 150 tours to Israel and takes numerous groups to the Holy Land every year. Mike knows the culture and the sites, and will take us to the most significant and memorable places in Israel.

The itinerary below gives you an overview of the trip, but please click the “Full Details & Registration” button to go to MBF Enterprises for pricing info and answers to your other questions. Mike or I would love to answer any questions or discuss the details of the trip with you by phone or email. This trip is for anyone 17+, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

I’ve been to Israel twice, and each time I return home God continually places a passion in my heart to bring back to the Holy Land as many people as I can. I hope you will be one of those, because I know how powerful, impactful and transformational this will be for you and your faith. I pray you can join me on this trip.


Day One: Saturday June 3, 2023

Depart USA
  • Depart the USA on a flight to Tel Aviv.
  • Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Sunday June 4, 2023

Arrive Tel Aviv-Jerusalem
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our hosts and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your Israeli tour guide and driver at the airport and depart for Jerusalem.
  • Check into the Leonardo Plaza Hotel with time to rest and freshen up before dinner.
  • Welcome dinner at the hotel and orientation to the program.
  • Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem Hotel, located close to the Old City.

Day Three: Monday June 5, 2023

The Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin the day with a spectacular view of the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.
  • Walk down the Mt. of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane and spend time for prayer and worship in the olive grove where Jesus prayed prior to his arrest and crucifixion.
  • Enter the Old City of Jerusalem through St. Stephen’s gate and visit the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus told the lame man to “take up his mat and walk.”
  • Visit Antonia Fortress, the traditional site of Jesus’ trial by Pontius Pilate.
  • Continue along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
  • Travel to Bethlehem where we will have lunch (on your own).
  • Visit the city of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Free evening to explore the Old City at night, the Mamilla Pedestrian Mall or outdoor cafes on Ben-Yehuda Street.
  • Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem

Day Four: Tuesday June 6, 2023

Old City of Jerusalem, New City of Jerusalem and Garden Tomb
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin the day by visiting the holiest site in Judaism – the Western Wall.
  • Walk under the walls of the Old City through the recently opened Western Wall Tunnels.
  • Visit to the Southern Wall Excavations, including the southern steps, where Jewish pilgrims would have entered the Temple Mount and the stores and stalls where Jesus and the other Jews would have bought their food, drink and sacrifices for the Temple.
  • Lunch on your own in the Jewish Quarter and continue on a walking tour, including King Hezekiah’s First Temple period Broad Wall, and the ancient Roman Cardo.
  • Visit the area of Mt. Zion, including the traditional burial site of King David, and the Room of the Last Supper.
  • Travel to the New City of Jerusalem and see the Knesset, Israel Museum, Shrine of the Book (home of the Dead Sea Scrolls) and the hustle and bustle of the open-air Machaneh Yehuda market.
  • We will end the day with one of the highlights of the trip – a worship and communion service at the Garden Tomb, where Jesus was crucified, buried, and rose from the grave!
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Free evening to stroll along the Ben-Yehuda and Rivlin streets, joining the many Israelis out on the town.
  • Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem

Day Five: Wednesday June 7, 2023

Masada and the Dead Sea Region
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Jerusalem and travel through the wilderness of Judea, the place where Jesus was tempted.
  • Ascend by cable car to visit Masada, Herod’s mountain palace and site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Roman legionnaires in 70 AD.
  • Lunch on your own at the base of Masada.
  • Stop for an overview of Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul.
  • Visit Qumran, a settlement of the first century Jewish sect known as the Essenes and site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem

Day Six: Thursday June 8, 2023

Free Day in Jerusalem
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free Day
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem

Day Seven: Friday June 9, 2023

From Jerusalem to the Sea of Galilee
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Jordan River at Kasser Al Yahud and stand at the spot traditionally believed to be the place where Jesus was baptized and close to the place where the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River entering Israel.
  • Drive past Jericho, one of the world’s oldest cities, where Jesus healed blind Bartimaeus and had dinner with Zacchaeus.
  • Drive north via the Jordan Valley, stopping for lunch (on your own) along the way.
  • Stop at the newly uncovered ruins of the city of Beth Shan, stopping on the way at the Spring of Harod, where Gideon chose his 300 fighting men
  • Visit the fortress city of Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley, one of Israel’s most famous Biblical sites, with its incredible archaeological remains, ancient water system and its traditional identification as Armageddon
  • Drive to Nazareth, site of Jesus’ childhood, and stop at Mt. Precipice for a spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley and of Jesus’ own home town.
  • Travel through one of the possible locations of Cana, the site of the first miracle of Jesus.
  • Conclude the day at the indescribable cliffs of Arbel overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
  • Continue to the Leonardo Plaza Hotel and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Tiberias Hotel, located directly on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Day Eight: Saturday June 10, 2023

The Sea of Galilee Region
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee in a replica of an ancient fishing vessel, much like those used in the time of Jesus.
  • View the incredible “Jesus Boat”, an ancient fishing boat that dates back to the time of Jesus.
  • Visit Capernaum, the city on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus performed many of his miracles, where Simon Peter had a home and where Jesus based his ministry in Galilee.
  • Travel past Bethsaida, the hometown of Simon Peter, his brother Andrew and Philip and the possible site of the feeding of the 5000 and Korazim, the remains of a 2,000-year-old Jewish community, overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
  • Visit the site of Caesarea Philippi at one of the headwaters of the Jordan River, where the great confession of Simon Peter took place.
  • Lunch (on your own) en route.
  • Visit the Hill of Beatitudes, traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount, overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
  • Drive to the Sea of Galilee and explore the new findings in the ancient town of Magdala.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Tiberias.

Day Nine: Sunday June 11, 2023

From Sea of Galilee to Tel Aviv
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore the incredible Roman city of Sepphoris, where we will view the magnificent mosaics and learn about the possible connection between this city and Jesus.
  • Travel to the top of Mt. Carmel and visit the Carmelite monastery of Muchraka, the traditional site of the battle between Elijah and the prophets of Baal.
  • Visit the Druze village of Daliyat al-Carmel and have lunch (on your own) in the home of a local Druze family.
  • Drive through the Sharon Plain to the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar. While in the hometown of Cornelius (the first gentile believer) and the traditional site of Paul’s imprisonment before his trial in Rome, we will visit the Roman theatre, aqueducts, hippodrome, Crusader city and the new excavations in the city.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Enjoy a free evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to walk down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade, explore Rothschild Boulevard, with its many outdoor cafés, or check out the Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants, sidewalk cafés and clubs.
  • Overnight: Renaissance Hotel, located directly on the Mediterranean Sea.

Day Ten: Monday June 12, 2023

Tel Aviv-Emmaus-Elah Valley-Joppa-Depart
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The morning will be spent visiting sites in the modern city of Tel Aviv.
  • After lunch at the Carmel Market, we will drive to the city of Emmaus.
  • Visit the Elah Valley and Azekah, the site of the famous David and Goliath battle.
  • Visit the ancient city of Joppa, where Jonah tried to flee from God and the hometown of Simon the Tanner.
  • Farewell dinner in Joppa at a seafood restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
  • Transfer after dinner to the airport.
  • Depart for the USA

Day Eleven: Tuesday June 13, 2023

Arrive USA
  • Arrive back in the USA


Visiting Israel, walking in His steps, seeing with my own eyes the many places familiar to me in the scriptures, added historical context, geographical insight, and literally drew all of my senses into the Biblical stories! I can honestly say the very atmosphere felt differently! Truly! I have a contextual foundation that I didn’t have prior to being in the Holy Land. I dare say one can not possibly read the scriptures the same after having been to Israel!!

Karen McDonald

I loved all of it. Every single second!! The new and the old converging. My view of the Bible exploding into a rich, 3D display. Seeing regular, daily life occurring on and around the very places where Jesus…and John…and Paul…and David actually lived!

Alison Holton

As I mentioned to many before, after going on the trip scripture became 3D for me as I could place people in places that I have never been able to do before.

Paul McDonald

It would be my hope that every believer has at least one chance to walk where Jesus walked and see what Jesus would have been looking at when he taught his followers.

Ron Holton