Israel 2017 Twickenham Church of Christ Tour
March 8 – 17 ( Dates are now firm)
Join us on a spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land next spring. The journey will cover significant locations surrounding the beautiful Sea of Galilee, the area where much of Jesus’ ministry took place. We will also follow the Messiah’s steps in the ancient city of Jerusalem. The cost of the trip covers round-trip airline tickets from Huntsville to Tel Aviv. This 8-day tour will consist of 7 nights stay in some of Israel’s finest hotels and include many historical, archeological, and Biblical sites.
Those planning to go should obtain or renew Passports ASAP
We’ll meet once a month starting in August to prepare for the trip
- Includes 7 nights lodging (5 star hotels) - double occupancy, extra cost for single occupancy
- Includes all ground transportation
- Includes breakfast and dinners
- Includes entrance fees to all sites/venues
- Includes all tips & taxes
- Not included: Lunches (daily), Travel Insurance (optional, but recommended), money for souvenirs
- August 1
- $200 Deposit (flight reservations)
- November 15
- Deadline to refund deposit
- November 4
- $500 Tour Deposit
- January 4
- Final Payment Due
Once a deposit or full payment has been made, cancellations will only be accepted in writing. Cancellation will be applied based on the date the written cancellation is received.
- 120 + days prior to departure – no penalty
- 119 and 90 days prior to departure – cancellation fee of $250 will apply
- 89 and 60 days prior to departure - cancellation fee of $750 will apply
- 59 and 45 days prior to departure - cancellation fee of $1500 will apply
- 44 and 31 days prior to departure - cancellation fee of $2000 will apply
- 30 days to day of departure or non-show - cancellation fee of 100% will apply
Suggested Reading List
- The Land of Many Names- Towards a Christian Understanding of the Middle East Conflict by Steve Maltz
- Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef
- Your People Shall be My People by Don Finto
- The Israeli Solution by Caroline Glick
Tentative Itinerary: March 8-17, 2017
- Wednesday, March 8 - Day 1
- USA Departure
- Thursday, March 9 - Day 2
- Arrival in Israel / Old Jaffa / Tel Aviv overnight
- Friday, March 10 - Day 3
- From Tel Aviv to the Sea of Galilee via the Mediterranean / Caesarea / Mt. Carmel / Megiddo / Nazareth / Cana / Sea of Galilee / Tiberia
- Saturday, March 11 - Day 4
- Sea of Galilee and the Upper Galilee / Sail on the Sea of Galilee / Mount of Beatitudes / Capernaum / Caesarea Philippi / Tel Dan / * if time permits - Nimrod's Fortress
- Sunday, March 12 - Day 5
- Sea of Galilee and Jordan River / Beth Shean /Qasr el Yahud Baptismal Site/ Qumran / Dead Sea / Free time to float & enjoy the resort
- Monday, March 13 - Day 6
- Exploring the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert / Dead Sea / Masada / Ein Gedi / Jerusalem / Mount of Olives / Garden of Gethsemane
- Tuesday, March 14 - Day 7
- Jerusalem Old City / Temple Mount / Western Wall / Southern Wall / Southern Steps / Davidson Center / City of David / Jewish Quarter / Mt. Zion / Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu
- Wednesday, March 15 - Day 8
- Samaria & New City Jerusalem / Shiloh / Bethel / "Yad Vashem" Holocaust Museum /Shrine of the Book / Holy Land Model
- Thursday, March 16 - Day 9
- Jerusalem Old City / Ella Valley / Lions Gate / Via Delarosa / St. Anne Church / Pool of Bethesda / Judgment Hall of Pilate / Church of the Holy Sepulcher / Christian Quarter / Garden Tomb / Ella Valley / Farwell Dinner
- Friday, March 17 - Day 10
- Arrival back in the US
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Is it safe to travel to Israel? Israel is an extremely safe country to visit and to tour. In 2008, three million tourists came to Israel, an all-time record, and all three million went back home safe and sound. No American tourist has ever been killed in Israel. The atmosphere is very relaxed. Violent crime rates, as well as all crime rates, are much lower in Israel than in most metropolitan areas of the U.S.
- Do I need any vaccinations prior to traveling? Israel is a modern, developed country with levels of health and hygiene equal to those of Western countries. Visitors entering Israel are not required to undergo vaccinations prior to their arrival.
- Can I drink the water? You can drink tap water. But, you will also find mineral water everywhere. It is important to make sure you drink a lot, especially when out walking and on hot days. The climate is very arid, and dehydration is more likely than in the southern U.S.
- What about the electricity? The electrical current in Israel is 220 volts AC, single phase, 50 Hertz. Most Israeli sockets are of the three-pronged variety but many can accept some European two-pronged plugs as well. Cell phones, electric shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may require adapters and/or transformers, which can be purchased in the states or Israel.
- What about the language? Children are trained at a young age to speak Hebrew, Arabic, and English. All road signs in Israel are required to be presented in all three languages. Communicating in Israel is not a problem.
- What are the people like? Most Israelis love American tourists. Only the Ultra-Orthodox Jews are unfriendly, but they are not a threat. Arabs, for the most part, are friendly to U.S. visitors, especially in the marketplace. Remember, wherever you are in Israel, you are likely to be around people from all over the world.
- What about cell phones? You can rent a temporary global cell phone or purchase international coverage from your current provider. I will be carrying a cell phone set up for international calling. Additionally, our guide will have a cell phone with all local and national emergency numbers preprogrammed.
- What about computers and internet? I do not recommend bringing a laptop. There are internet cafes in many places in Jerusalem, Tiberius, and Tel Aviv. Wireless internet access for tourists in Israel is very expensive.
- Should I purchase travel insurance? It is highly recommended.