Experience the land and lessons of the Bible!

Israel Study Tour

with First Baptist Church Porter

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12 days including travel
February 11-22, 2018
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First Baptist Church Porter and Rob Ray

You’re invited you to join us on a 12 day, all-inclusive Israel Study Tour.

You will be immersed in the land and lessons of the Bible as you’re led on a journey through Scripture while your local guide and driver will bring the past and present culture of Israel alive to all your senses.

Unlike other Holy Land tours, this tour is solely focused on bringing Scripture to life through first-hand experiences in the places the stories actually happened. An all-inclusive trip you’ll be free to focus on each moment without worrying about lodging, tips, transportation, entrance fees, food or water.

What is a GTI Study Tour?

We’ve built into our study tours everything you need for an enjoyable and educational trip. We want you to be fully focused on the lessons and experiences you’ll encounter, and not be distracted by local tipping practices, transportation arrangements, or meal planning.

We believe that as a Study Tour participant you’re not a mere tourist—you’re an investment! This is evident from the moment you book your trip, through to the time you return home to share what you’ve learned with your friends and family.

Our seasoned guides and ministry partners do so much more than handle the details and keep things on schedule. Our local guides have personal experience and intimate knowledge of the places and events you’ll examine, and our ministry partner’s teachers have a shepherd’s heart and a passion for God’s word.

The guides have been so personable and so knowledgeable and so friendly. There’s just never a bad day for these guys. They make you very comfortable throughout the trip.


We got to walk the land and it made our bibles come alive, and my son being 17, he needed it to come alive. It solidified his foundation in his faith.

— Joey

GTI has done such a great job of taking care of everything… allowing us to feel at home and really focus on the things we needed to from the very beginning.

— Jordan

Your Study Tour Leader

Rob Ray

Rob Ray

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. Philippians 3:10

Senior Pastor, Rob Ray, lives by this verse in his life and in his ministry. At the young age of 11 he gave his heart and life to Jesus Christ at a revival service in Memphis, Tennessee. At 16 years old, while attending church camp, Rob sensed God calling him to preach the gospel. He soon surrendered to the ministry and has served on staff at churches since he was 19. First Baptist Porter is fortunate to have Rob as Senior Pastor since 2011.

Sports were a big part of Rob’s younger life. He grew up playing baseball, basketball and football and went on to play baseball at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The Tennessee Skyhawk earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Accounting in 1981. He continued his education at Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary, receiving a Masters in Divinity in 1985.

During his freshman year at college, Rob met Ann Alexander. It wasn’t until the following year that they began dating. During their four years of dating, Rob popped the question…twice. Ann said no…twice. Eventually, Ann was the one wanting to get married and they finally tied the knot and have been happily married since 1982.

Ann graduated from the University of Memphis with a Vocational Home Economics degree with an Education endorsement. After staying home for more than 20 years to care for their four children, Ann began teaching. Four years later she decided to go to nursing school and is currently working as an acute care pediatric home health care nurse.

The Rays have been blessed with four children, Christinann Ray Gardner, Christopher Ray, Joshua Ray and Hunter Ray. Rob and Ann feel even more blessed to be the grandparents of Christinann and husband Shawn’s children, Kate, Reese, Corrie Ann, and Caleb, and the grandparents of Christopher and wife Holly’s children, Elias, Judah, Noah and Eliana! Even though Rob and Ann are happy to call Texas their home, Rob claims that if you cut him, he still bleeds Tennessee orange.

Study Tour Details

This is an all-inclusive trip which includes:

  • R/T economy class air from/to Houston
  • Deluxe Hotels - Buffet dinner and breakfast daily
  • Lunches served on site
  • Deluxe motor coach touring
  • GTI backpack and journal
  • All transfers, porterage, entrance fees and taxes
  • Guide and driver tips
  • Bottled water on tour bus
  • Study guides
  • Pre trip curriculum
  • GTI Blog

Your Study Tour Itinerary

Itinerary subject to change.


Sunday February 11, 2018

IAH to IST on TK34
Depart Houston on Turkish flight 34 at 9:00pm

Monday February 12, 2018

Arrive Istanbul at 5:45pm (Duration 11 hours 45 minutes)
IST to TLV on TK864
Depart Istanbul on Turkish flight 864 at 8:25pm
Arrive Tel Aviv at 9:35pm (Duration 2 hours 10 minutes)
Lodging: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
Tal Hotel

Tal Hotel

Tuesday February 13, 2018

Coast - Galilee
Sites: Jaffa, Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel
Lodging: Leonardo Tiberias Hotel, Galilee
Caesarea Maritima

Caesarea Maritima

Wednesday February 14, 2018

Sites: Drive through Cana, Nazareth Village, Mt. Precipice, Megiddo, Ein Harod
Lodging: Leonardo Tiberias Hotel, Galilee
Nazareth Village

Nazareth Village

Thursday February 15, 2018

Golan Heights - Galilee
Sites: Hazor, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Kursi
Lodging: Leonardo Tiberias Hotel, Galilee


Friday February 16, 2018

Sites: Galilee Boat Ride, Ancient Boat (Ginosar), Mount Arbel, Magdala, Mount of Beatitudes, Chorazin, Bethsaida, Capernaum, Tabgha, Yardinet Baptismal Site
Lodging: Leonardo Tiberias Hotel, Galilee

St. Peter’s Lunch
* Galilee boat from
* Ancient boat

Galilee Boat Ride

Galilee Boat Ride

Saturday February 17, 2018

Galilee to Jerusalem
Sites: Beth Shean, Israel Museum, Model of Jerusalem, Shrine of the Book, Mount of Olives
Lodging: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem

Evening Option: Walk to the Western Wall and Austrian Hostel

Beth Shean

Beth Shean

Sunday February 18, 2018

Judean Wilderness
Sites: Wilderness Overlook, Ein Gedi, Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea Swim
Lodging: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem
Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi

Monday February 19, 2018

Sites: Temple Mount, Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne's Church, City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Sewer System, Davidson Center
Lodging: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem
Temple Mount

Temple Mount

Tuesday February 20, 2018

Walls and Holy Sepulchre
Sites: Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Bethlehem, Johnny's (shopping), Shroud of Turin Exhibit
Lodging: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem

Evening Option: American Colony and Jerusalem Prayer Center

Western Wall

Western Wall

Wednesday February 21, 2018

Sites: Jewish Quarter, Cardo, Herodian Quarter, Burnt House, Gethsemane, Church of Peter in Gallicantu, Mt. Zion, Upper Room, David's Tomb, Garden Tomb, Farewell Dinner
Lodging: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem
Jewish Quarter

Jewish Quarter

Thursday February 22, 2018

TLV to IST on TK785
Depart Tel Aviv on Turkish flight 785 at 8:50am
Arrive Istanbul at 12:20pm (Duration 2 hours 30 minutes)
IST to IAH on TK33
Depart Istanbul on Turkish flight 33 at 2:45pm
Arrive Houston at 7:20pm (Duration 13 hours 35 minutes)