International Retreats with Karin

European Gratitude Tour - Early Summer 2019

Always wanted to see some of the coolest things in Europe, but didn't want to take an impersonal tour?  Come with Karing Journey's Karin Gunderson

*Increase your spiritual connection to the Lord

*Enjoy fun and spiritual moments together in cathedrals to one of nature's finest cathedrals - the Alps!

*Fill your heart with gratitude for all God's good gifts!

*Enjoy fresh, wholesome cuisine

*Glory in the beauty of God's creation!

*Stand in awe before famous sculptures and paintings.

Explore London's British Museum & National Gallery, with an option to watch the changing of the guard & visit the St. Paul's Cathedral. Then feel the awesomeness & closeness of Jesus as you experience Evensong at Westminster Abbey.

After a couple days in London we'll fly to Switzerland where you can appreciate the beauty of the Alps as we ride a train to a visitors center on a mountain pass and then meander through the mountains on a well-traveled trail to our lunch spot.  From there, we'll walk down a little more to catch the train back to the valley below. 

The following day, have a day to sight- see, paraglide in the Alps or take a train to an ice hotel on top of one of the mountains!  The next day, take a day-trip to Lucca, a Baroque Benedictine Abbey unlike the many Gothic, Renaissance, and Classical houses of worship you’ll see on the trip. Majestic and stunning scenery are everywhere.

Next, we'll climb on the train to take us over the Italian Alps and into Florence, Italy where we'll experience some of the finest sculptures, paintings, and Cathedrals in the world. We've got a fabulous native-Italian to take us on a walking tour of Florence including visiting the famous Duomo and Michelangelo's David. The following day we will visit a castle turned art gallery and it's fabulous grounds - the Uffizi gallery. The following morning we hop aboard a high-speed train to Rome. 

In Rome, you'll want to see the Colosseum all lit up in the evening and we'll go to a concert

More detailed info on the entire tour and add-on option coming very soon! 

Hope you'll join us!  

Valley below Murren, Switzerland, where Karin Gunderson paraglided above the mountains!

Valley below Murren, Switzerland, where Karin Gunderson paraglided above the mountains!

Holy Land Tour May 11-23 (before it gets too hot!)

Walk where Jesus, the Disciples & Paul walked

*Feel the closeness of Jesus as you walk where he walked

* Grow in your appreciation of all He did for you

*Bless the country that blessed us with Jesus in a day of volunteerism that fits your abilities

*Grow in faith and love toward all God's people

*Enable the Bible to come alive to you in a whole new way, that draws you into it

*International retreats with other Christians help you grow in faith and make new friends with the similar values to your own

Day One: Departure 

Meet in Newark, NJ to join flight to destination - Tel Aviv  or schedule your own flight to be in Tel Aviv no later than 10:15 a.m. May 12th  


May. 11, 2019, (Sat)

Newark, NJ (EWR) 4:45 PM leave

May. 12, 2019, (Sun) arrive Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV) 10:15 AM

Day Two: Tel Aviv/Jaffa/Netanya -Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport 


Meet your Faith Journeys Tour Manager who will assist the group to the waiting chartered motorcoach for a transfer to Netanya via Joppa for a panoramic orientation to the land

 visit the Church of St. Peter 


Late afternoon hotel check-in 


Evening Welcome Dinner and overnight


Day Three: Netanya/Nazareth


This morning we will follow in the footsteps of Paul and make our way up the Plain of Sharon to Caesarea. We will visit the aqueduct, the ancient Herodian harbor, the remains of the seaside palace of Pontius Pilate, and the theater. Continue to the altar of Elijah at the Muhraka atop Mount Carmel 


Cross the Valley of Jezreel to Nazareth. Visit Nazareth Village, a reconstructed first-century village that tells the story of the hometown of Jesus. Continue to Church of Mary’s Well and end the day with a panoramic view of the area of Jesus’ lakeside ministry from the cliff of Mount Arbel 


Continue to Tiberias for evening dinner and overnight 


Day Four: Sea of Galilee/Capernaum


Begin the day boarding a wooden boat for Ginnosar – sailing in the footsteps of Jesus! Visit an original fishing boat of Jesus’ day recently discovered 


Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes and continue to Tabgha to visit the Church of Loaves and Fishes as well as the Church of Mensa Christi, where after the resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples on the lakeshore 


Continue to Capernaum to see the house of Peter and the synagogue where Jesus preached and cast out demons 


Evening dinner and overnight

Day Five: Dan/Caesarea Philippi 

Travel north to the Upper Jordan Valley to Dan. We will combine a nature walk with views of the ancient ruins. Continue to the foothills of Mount Hermon Caesarea Philippi, where Peter acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah. Climb to the cave and remains of the pagan temples of Roman times 


Continue to Golan Heights and stop at a former Israeli military outpost to hear about the Yom Kippur War. Descend towards the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee to the remains of the church of Gergesa 


End our day with baptism or the renewal of baptismal vows at the Jordan River 


Evening dinner and overnight 

 Mount of the Beatitudes  


Day Six: Beth Shean/Jericho/Dead Sea

Leave the Sea of Galilee to go to Beth Shean, a magnificent Roman town, with colonnaded streets and bath houses. Pass Mount Gilboa to Jericho, the world’s oldest city, to climb the Tel to view the ancient towers and the Mount of Temptation, marking Jesus’ temptation by Satan in the wilderness 


Continue to the impressive desert fortress of Masada. Ascend by cable car to view the palaces of Herod and the site of the Zealots’ last stand against the Romans and end our day at the Dead Sea 


Evening dinner and overnight 

Day Seven: Jerusalem 

Travel up the Dead Sea coast to visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written and hidden up until 1947. Traverse the Judean Desert to ascend the Mount of Olives for a breath-taking view of the Old City Descend the traditional Palm Sunday Road to the Church of Dominus Flevit 


Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane for reflection and prayer. Drive to Mount Zion to visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Jesus may have been questioned before the High Priest of Caiaphas. Conclude our day at the Upper Room, traditional site of the Last Supper 


This evening we will walk through underground tunnels to see the remnants of the Temple Mount of Jesus’ day including stones weighing over 400 tons 


Evening dinner and overnight 


Day Eight: Jerusalem/Bethlehem  

We begin at the Western (Wailing) Wall, remnant of the Temple in which Jesus preached and sacred place of prayer for Jews all over the world. Continue to Temple Mount to view the Dome of the Rock. We will stop to worship at the Rabbi’s Steps on the Ophel Ridge 


Travel to the Shepherd’s Fields to rejoice over the glad tidings of the birth of Jesus. Return to Bethlehem to visit the 5th-century Church of the Nativity. Possible worship service in the Chapel of the Massacre of the Innocents. Finally, we stop to shop for famous olive wood and mother-of-pearl crafts that have been produced by the Christians of Bethlehem for centuries 


Evening dinner and overnight 

Day Nine: Jerusalem   

Crossing the New City of West Jerusalem, we view a 1:50 scale model of the City of Jerusalem of Jesus’ Day and Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Continue to the Herzl Museum 


Visit Yad Vashem, the museum and memorial of the Holocaust. We will conclude our day at the pastoral village of En Karem, traditional birthplace of John the Baptist 


Hear from an Israeli spokesman on the current situation in the Holy Land and the prospects for Peace in the future 


Evening dinner and overnight 

 Western Wall  


Day Ten: Global Voluntourism Day  

This day will be devoted to global voluntourism in Bethlehem or Jerusalem. We will spend time ministering to orphanages and hospitals, picking fruit, helping students practice their English, or painting and cleaning churches, schools, or community centers 


Evening dinner and overnight 

Day Eleven: Jerusalem 

This morning, we visit the Pools of Bethesda, and sing in the adjoining Crusader Church of St. Anne. Proceed up the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We conclude our voyage with a communion celebration at Golgotha and the Garden Tomb 


Afternoon at leisure for additional sightseeing, shopping, or reflection


Evening Farewell Dinner and overnight 

Day Twelve: Depart for Home 

Morning at leisure to explore the Old City 


Visit Emmaus for a possible worship service attendance at the site of the post-resurrection. 


revelation of Jesus to his disciples 


Transfer to the airport for the late night or early morning return flight home.


This is a flexible itinerary. Except for confirmed appointments, the places of interest and the sequence of sightseeing might be changed if necessary or desirable. 


Tour price with self-arranged airfare to Tel Aviv (Land-Only): $2,463 

Tour price including airfare from Phoenix, AZ: $4,145 

(U.S. government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges up to $700 included  

Payment schedule: $500 downpayment asap

Nov. 12th additional $1500

Balance due Feb 10th

This is one Christian retreat you don't want to miss! Make it a couples retreat or come as a single, either way, your relationship with Jesus will come alive in a whole new way.