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Expedition ID: 22-04.2


23 April - 3 May, 2022


Do you ever feel confused when you read the Bible?  Do you feel like you are missing things the author intended for you to understand? Would you like to gain clarity and confidence reading the Bible? Would you like to encounter God in the lands of the Bible?


Accompany Larry and Tami Balthis and Westfair Ministries on this exciting eleven day expedition of Israel as we Journey through the Bible. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus as you explore the lands where He and the disciples walked. Explore sites familiar from the Scriptures, such as Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, and many more. 

Join us as we use the world of the Bible to help you understand the words of the Bible.



Expedition ID: 22-04.2





  • Hotels (+ breakfast and dinner)

  • All entrances per itinerary

  • Local English speaking guide

  • Biblical Expeditions Expert Instructor

  • AC Luxury Tour Bus

  • Hotel City Taxes

  • All tips (guides, hotels, and drivers)

  • Biblical Expeditions trip devotional and learning resources

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All expeditions include our industry-first unique concierge service. This service ensures your expedition operates at the highest level of service throughout the trip. Forgot something? Have a craving for something sweet? Looking to go into town after a day of touring? Have dietary restrictions? Our concierge is on hand throughout your entire trip ensuring your needs are met every step of the way. Our concierge's work directly for us and are there to serve you throughout your expedition.

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Expedition Host


I was saved at Bangor Baptist Church in Bangor ME where I grew up working on my grandparents strawberry farm.  I attended Bangor Christian Schools and after high school attended Bible college in Springfield, MO.  While at college I met my wonderful wife and partner in ministry.  We were married in 1986 and have three adult sons.  Tami and I served as youth pastors and have been pastoring since 1997.  We served Manchester Baptist Church for a little over 18 years and now serve as lead pastor at Westfair Ministries.  I went to Israel in 1987 with college professors and fellow students.  After that trip I have always wanted to take Tami.  The Lord opened the opportunity for us to go in 2019.  We had a wonderful time and made so many friends on that trip.  Being in the holy land opens your eyes to so many things and brings your bible to life.  We decided after that trip that we would like to return yet again, but also give others the opportunity to see what we saw.   We are looking forward to going and are inviting friends and church family to make the trip with us.  We are excited and looking forward to experiencing the places where so much we read about in our Bibles actually happened.

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Larry Balthis


Expedition Instructor


Tracy Paino

Dr. Tracy Paino is filled with passion, humor, and a sense of adventure which bring life to his speaking and teaching.  Dr. Paino strived to be intentional, relational, and missional in his years as a youth pastor, church planter, pastor, college professor, dean, and motivational speaker.  He has traveled the world inspiring students, teachers, congregations, pastors, schools, and leaders in well-known companies such as 3M, General Mills, IKEA, and Jenny-O.  Fifteen years in pastoral ministry, over twenty years in higher education, a two year stint as a national ministry representative for a missions organization that helps meet the physical and spiritual needs of children in poverty-stricken areas of the world. 


One of his many passions is to challenge people to go deeper in their faith, to make the Bible come alive, and to serve as a teaching guide for trips to the land of the Bible. He enjoys opening up new paths of insight into the Bible and the Christian faith using the context of biblical history, language, culture, and spirituality. High School students, College students, pastors, church leaders, and people from all walks of life benefit from his unique style of combining these elements with a pastoral approach while using the geographical and archeological realities of the biblical setting. 


His educational background includes a B.A. from Evangel University (Springfield, MO) in Biblical Studies, a Masters of Divinity from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Bethel University (St. Paul, MN), and post-doctoral work in Biblical Languages, Biblical Geography, and Ancient Judaism.  Along with his wife, Debbie, he resides in Apple Valley, MN. They have two daughters, one son, and their families which include seven gorgeous granddaughters.   As a self-diagnosed adrenaline “junkie” he participates in many different outdoor activities like biking, climbing, hiking, skiing, and camping.  He enjoys traveling and continues to be a contributing professor and teacher on trips to Israel, Jordan, and other biblical locations. This unique combination of pastoral, biblical, and recreational acumen gives a sense of adventure to all of his teaching, guiding, and leadership. 


Expedition Itinerary - March 12th-22nd, 2023


March 12

  • Depart USA

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•  Arrival Tel Aviv
•  Travel to Hotel By Bus
•  Dinner and Overnight in Nazareth


March 13


March 14

•  Nazareth

•  Church of the Annunciation

•  Nazareth Ridge

•  Beth Netofa Valley

•  Sepphoris

•  Yodfat

•  Khirbet Cana (Cana)

•  Rumah

•  Kefar Kedem


March 15


•  Sea of Galilee

•  Horns of Hattin
•  Wadi Hamam

•  Mount Arbel

•  Magdala


March 16


• The Shephelah
• The Elah Valley 
• Azekah
• Tel Goded
• Bus to the Negev 

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March 17


•  Nahal Hava
•  The Zin Valley System



March 18


•  The Israel Trail
•  Maktesh Ramon
•  Overnight at Mount Ardon

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March 19

  • Visit the Shephelah hill country

  • Ancient city of Lachish

  • Ancient site of Beth Shemesh

  • Nebi Samwil (overlook of biblical Gibeon)

  • Elah Valley


•  Yad Vashem - Holocaust Memorial
•  Mahaneh Yehudah market
•  Free time to shop the Old City and explore       Jerusalem



March 20

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March 21

  • Mount of Olives
  • Garden of Gethsemane
  • St. Anne’s Church
  • Jaffa Gate
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Temple Mount
  • Western Wall
  • Farewell Dinner 
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight home


March 22

  • Arrive in USA

***Please note Visits, excursions, mentioned in the program are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances