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Expedition ID: 23-08.1


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 Troy and Jessica Martin of Venture Church and special co-hosts Paul and Ann Martin on this exciting ten 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.

**Please note that this trip is for attendees of Venture Church 


Expedition ID: 23-08.1





  • Hotels (+ breakfast and dinner)

  • All entrances per itinerary

  • Local English speaking guide

  • Biblical Expeditions Expert Instructor

  • AC Luxury Tour Bus

  • Biblical Expeditions Private Concierge

  • Hotel City Taxes

  • All tips (guides, hotels, and drivers)

  • Biblical Expeditions trip devotional and learning resources

Land Only Starting at:
Land + Group Airfare Starting at:

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 Hosts

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Troy and Jessica Martin 

Pastor Troy and Jessica Martin moved to Encinitas, CA in December 2012 with a calling to plant a life giving church. Venture Church held it’s first weekly gathering on September 22nd, 2013 and since then hundreds of people have found Jesus through the mission and ministry of Venture.


Troy and Jessica are passionate about helping people find and follow Jesus and feel blessed to be used by God.  They have three young adult children and one grandson.

For over 50 years, Ann (Niles) and Paul have faithfully pursued the fulfillment of God’s calling on their lives. This legacy includes missionary assignments in Latin America and West Africa, with Global University, Denominational leadership and a breadth of local church Pastoral ministry.

In their Florida retirement, they continue to be available to the Lord of the Harvest to serve as needed.

As a blended family, they have 6 children, 17 grandchildren and their first great grandchild.

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Paul and Ann Martin


Expedition Instructor

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Marc Turnage

Marc Turnage holds an MA in Ancient Judaism and the Origins of Christianity from Jerusalem University College. He is currently finishing his PhD in the Land of Israel Studies Department at Bar Ilan University located in Ramat Gan, Israel, under the supervision of Professor Esther Eshel. Marc has taught graduate and undergraduate students at several universities in the United States and abroad.

Marc moved to Israel to study because he felt that the issues of spatial, historical, cultural, and spiritual settings played a vital role in how we read the Bible. While studying in Israel, he fell in love with the lands of the Bible. He has been guiding groups through Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy for over twenty years. Marc is a highly sought-after guide and teacher and routinely trains and lectures local tour guides about guiding Christian groups. He is passionate about leading biblical tours that deliver the very finest experience and helping people understand how to read the Bible.

Marc has published widely for both academic and popular audiences. His most recent book, Windows Into the Bible, was named by Outreach Magazine one of its top 100 Christian living resources. Marc is a widely sought-after speaker, and a gifted teacher. He resides in Springfield, MO with his family.


Expedition Itinerary - August 30  - September 8, 2023


August 30

  • Depart USA

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•  Arrival Tel Aviv
•  Travel to Hotel By Bus
•  Dinner and Overnight on the Mediterranean Coast


August 31


September 1


•  Port-city of Caesarea
•  Mount Caramel

•  Valley of Jezreel

•  Nazareth

•  Church of the Annunciation

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September 2


•  Dan nature reserve
•  Banias (ancient Caesarea Philippi)

•  Mount Hermon

•  Israel-Syrian border overlook


September 3


•  Almagor
•  Beitsaida Valley
•  Chorazin
•  Baptism In The Jordan River
•  Capernaum
•  Magdala
•  Museum at Kibbutz Ginnosar

•  Evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee


September 4


•  Masada
•  Qumran
•  Visit and swim in the Dead Sea
•  Wadi Qilt Overlook


September 5


•  Israel Museum
•  City of David
•  Bethlehem
•  Church of the Nativity

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September 6

  • Visit the Shephelah hill country

  • Ancient city of Lachish

  • Ancient site of Beth Shemesh

  • Nebi Samwil (overlook of biblical Gibeon)

  • Elah Valley


September 7

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  • 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


September 8

  • Arrive in USA

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