Your Guide – Pastor Paul Brunton

Paul Brunton is a Christian historian and author. His deep knowledge of the scripture and extra biblical writings and the history of the land and people of Israel from both an Israel and other-nation perspective, makes him a rare wealth of knowledge. He has climbed into forbidden caves, found the doves of the River Jordan, discovered the real Mt Sinai and if asked will tell you the real identity of the widely disputed Kings of the Persian empire.

He is a family man, with a love of God, the Bible, the land and a lot of fun to be with and a board member of Good News for Israel. Paul is our recommendation for The Historical Tour.

“At each location whilst examining the archaeological evidence that supports the truth of the Bible, we will look at their historical significance, recognise God’s provision and God’s plan from reading the relevant Scripture as we travel through the land of Israel.” – Pastor Paul

10 Day Historical Tour Itinerary

Tuesday 29 October 2019
Tel Aviv – Old Jaffa – Caesarea – Haifa

Arrive at 6.40 am at Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel.

Our pick-up is at 8 am where we will commence our journey to Tel Aviv to the Old City of Jaffa to see the sea port, Simon the Tanner’s [Peter’s] House, the Egyptian Gate and the specially commissioned Commemorative Sculpture.

Lunch and Afternoon
From there we will travel north along the Mediterranean to Caesarea [Ancient Dor] where you will see King Herod’s Coral Palace, Pontius Pilate’s Dedication Stone, the Hippodrome, the Amphitheatre, the Roman bathhouse and stables and the aqua-duct.

Dinner & Evening
We will be settling down for the evening beside the Mediterranean at Haifa located at the base of Mount Carmel.

Wednesday 30 October 2019
Mt Carmel – Megiddo – Tiberius (Sea of Galilee)

Start your day with breakfast and a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean before we ascend Mount Carmel to Stella Maris Monastery to see Elijah’s Cave before traveling east across the summit to Daliyat el-Karmel [El-Muhraqa], a Carmelite Monastery where Elijah fought the false prophets. Whilst there we
ascend the monastery rooftop to view Jezreel Valley and learn about many of Israel’s northern locations.

Lunch and Afternoon
Next we descend to ancient Megiddo on the southern edge of the Jezreel Valley filled with Canaanite, Egyptian and Israelite ruins. You will see gates and stables built during King Solomon’s reign, and view the prophesied location for the final battle of Armageddon.

Dinner & Evening
Then we will  travel further east to Tiberius on the edge of the Sea of Galilee. Here we will enjoy an evening cruise and dinner on the Sea of Galilee.

Thursday 31 October 2019
Tiberius – Dan – Kinneret – Tiberius

After watching the sun rise over the Sea of Galilee and enjoying a hearty breakfast we travel north through the Hulah Valley to the ancient city of Dan on the northernmost boundary of ancient Israel. Here we will encounter the  still-intact gate and fortress walls of an ancient Canaanite city. See
immense Israelite fortress walls, dwellings and gates built during the era of King Solomon, and walk around the altar and high place of King Jeroboam. It is here at Tel Dan that you will see the largest spring in the Middle East that provides water that flows down to the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River.

Lunch and Afternoon
We will then return south to Kinneret on the Sea of Galilee to enjoy a Peter’s fish lunch at St. Peter’s Restaurant before visiting Capernaum to see the synagogue and the house of Peter, the home of the first church. We will then take a leisurely walk along the Jesus Trail, the same path Jesus walked, along the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee to find a spot to put your feet in the water and spend time with the Lord.

Dinner and Evening
Dinner in our hotel in Tiberius looking over the Sea of Galilee

Friday 1 November 2019
Tiberius – Nazareth – Mount of Beatitudes – Tiberius

After a hearty Galilean breakfast, we will head west to the city of Nazareth where we will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation which houses Mary’s Grotto. Nazareth Village is next … a place where you will experience what it was like to live in the time of Jesus.

Lunch and Afternoon
After our Nazareth Village tour  we will enjoy a traditional meal  – like the one that Jesus would have eaten for lunch.
Returning to the Sea of Galilee we will visit the Mount of Beatitudes near Capernaum before visiting Kibbutz Museum to see an ancient Jesus Boat. Here you will also have the opportunity to do some tourist shopping.

Dinner and Evening
Our last evening in Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee

Saturday 2 November 2019
Tiberius – BeitShean – Qum’ran – DeadSea

After breakfast in Tiberius, we say farewell to the Sea of Galilee and head south to Beit She’an [Roman Decapolis] near the Jordan River. This significant location was the ancient crossroad for many trade routes, especially between Egypt and northern Mesopotamia. Here we will visit ruins from the Canaanites, Israelites, Egyptians, Romans and Byzantines. There is an Egyptian governor’s house on top of the ancient ‘tel’, Roman bathhouses, colonnades and amphitheatre, a Byzantine Christian ‘baptistry’ and much more.

Lunch and Afternoon
After a lunch at Beit She’an we will travel south down the Jordan River
to visit Qum’ran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and see the site where the Essenes lived, learn about their many ritual baths [Mikvaot] and how John the Baptist resided there for two years.

Dinner and Evening
We will settle down at our Dead Sea accommodation for dinner and the evening.

Sunday 3 November 2019
Dead Sea – Bethany Beyond Jordan – Jericho

After a delicious Dead Sea breakfast we will visit Bethany Beyond Jordan where Jesus was baptised and should you choose, you too can be baptised in the Jordan River. From here we will travel to the ancient city of Jericho to explore.

Lunch and Afternoon
After lunch we will ride the cable car up to the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by the Devil and then visit Elisha’s Spring.

Dinner and Evening
We will once again return to our accommodation by the Dead Sea for a scrumptious well deserved dinner and sleep.

Monday 4 November 2019
Dead Sea – Masada – Ein Gedi Arad – Be’er Sheva

See the sunrise over the Dead Sea and enjoy breakfast followed by an opportunity to float on the Dead Sea. Then we’ll visit ancient Masada for an incredible cable car ride to the summit to take in the breathtaking view and scenery where the Jewish people took their last stand against the might of the Roman Empire. You will see their synagogue, view Roman baths, cisterns, Herod’s palace perched on three levels of cliffs and residences of later Byzantine Christianity.

Lunch and Afternoon
We’ll enjoy lunch a short distance from Masada at David’s Waterfall in the Wadi David Gorge at Ein Gedi before traveling through the ancient city of Arad in the Negev to Be’er Sheva.

Dinner and Evening
We will enjoy our Negev desert meal and evening at Be’er Sheva.

Tuesday 5 November 2019
Be’er Sheva – Bethlehem – Jerusalem

After a hearty breakfast at our hotel, our first visit will be to the ancient city (Tel) of Be’er Sheva, followed by Abraham’s Well and the Australian Soldiers Park.

Lunch and Afternoon
After lunch we will visit Bethlehem where King David and Jesus were born.  From Bethlehem we will travel the short distance to Jerusalem.

Dinner and Evening
We will have a quiet afternoon and dinner in Jerusalem before an experience not to be missed – visiting  the old city and the Western Wailing Wall at night-time.

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Waking up in Jerusalem and enjoying the tastes of a Jerusalem breakfast, our first destination will be David’s City, the original city of Jerusalem closely followed by a walk through King Hezekiah’s Tunnel and a visit to the Siloam Pool.

Lunch and Afternoon
It’s all yours! Free time to explore Jerusalem

In the evening we will enjoy a spectacular Light Show projected onto the ancient walls of the Tower of David next to the Jaffa Gate that depicts the full history of Jerusalem!

Thursday 7 November 2019
Jerusalem – Depart Tel Aviv

Well it’s the last day in Israel, and what better place to wake up than in Jerusalem! After our last Jerusalem breakfast, we will re-visit the old city and the Western Wailing Wall to further explore before heading out the Dung Gate to cross the Kidron Valley to the garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives. Visiting the traditional site, I will also take you to an alternate location opposite the Golden Gate and explain the reason why.

We will then return to the Archaeological Park and Museum around the base of the Temple Mount after which you will have some free time to explore.

Finally, we will depart to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for our evening flight out of Israel, destination home …

Olive Tree Travel

Payment Details:
BSB 063116  A/C 101856291
or you can pay by credit card (fees apply)

$6695 AUD per Person Twin Share

Single Room Supplement – Additional $1295 AUD
*Price subject to a minimum of 20 full paying adults, currency fluctuation, or increase – conditions apply.


  • Return economy airfares Australia/Tel Aviv/ Australia
  • Accommodation 3-4 star hotels with meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as indicated BLD)
  • Tipping and Gratuities for arrangements included in the tour itinerary
  • Transportation – bus and driver for touring and group transfers to and from airport.
  • Entrance fees – Historical sites, Museums, Parks etc
  • Guide – English speaking licensed, Christian/Messianic where available.


  • Travel insurance – Mandatory if you are not choosing the option offered by Olive Tree Travel. A copy of your policy is required.
  • Drinks with meals.
  • Individual activities on free days
  • Individual airport Transfers apart from the group.
  • Single room supplement (AUD $1295 additional to your tour cost)
  • Wheelchairs
  • Visas (granted free of charge on arrival to Israel for Australian and New Zealand passport holders).


  1. Obtain a booking form from Trish Cortizo
    0421 638 453/ 1300 550 830
  2. To secure your place a deposit of $400 is required.
  3. Final balance will be due by 20 August 2019. Flight costs may need to be paid earlier.