ISRAEL: May 17-29, 2019 "The Land of the Bible" with GCBI and Dayspring Christian Academy (Program # 190502)

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ITINERARY FOR GCBI / DAYSPRING

ISRAEL – May 17-29, 2019

Day One – May 17, Friday:  Departure from US

Depart east coast on group flight; arrive Israel the next day. Meals and overnight: In flight.

Day Two – May 18, Saturday:  Arrival Day

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. Transfer to our hotel and enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean beach. Dinner and overnight: Tel Aviv. (1 night) D

Day Three – May 19, Sunday:  Conflicts in the Background of the Gospels

Today’s study focuses on the key conflicts in the background of Jesus' public ministry. Sites: Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Valley of Armageddon, Zippori. Overnight: Nazareth (1 night). B,D

Day Four – May 20, Monday:  Characteristics of the Disciples

Visit Nazareth (including cave homes). Using the gospel accounts, we will look at the background, education and theology of the Disciples. Sites: Nazareth, Mt. Arbel, Capernaum, Mt. Beatitudes, Magdala, ancient boat, boatride on the Sea. Overnight: Sea of Galilee area. B,D

Day Five – May 21, Tuesday:  Private Teaching to the Disciples

Our focus will be on the common teaching styles of Jesus and the ancient rabbis. Sites: Dan Nature Reserve hike with Tel Dan and the Canaanite (Abrahamic) gate, Caesarea Philippi, Har Bental (overlook into Syria), reconstructed Talmudic Village at Katzrin (including Achnei’s Oven video) view of Gamla. Overnight: Sea of Galilee area. B,D

Day Six – May 22, Wednesday:  The Perean Ministry

Our first stop is the massive excavations at Bet Shean, one of the cities of the Decapolis. Luke’s “Special Section” (chapters 10-19) includes a longer narrative of Jesus’ walk through Perea. This is discussed as we journey down the Jordan Valley, through the wilderness of Samaria to the ancient city of Jericho, and then on to Qumran (where the Dead Sea scrolls were found). After a hike to the waterfall in the Ein Gedi gorge, we will arrive at our hotel on the Dead Sea. Sites include: Beth Shean, Jericho, Qumran, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Spa. Overnight: Dead Sea area (1 night). B,D

Day Seven – May 23, Thursday:  The Wilderness Places

The morning is free to enjoy the Dead Sea and the facilities at the spa.  At noon we’ll leave for Masada, ascending in the cable car. As we drive through the Judean desert, various Biblical wilderness themes will be highlighted. The Bedouin experience at the end of the day will include a camel trek, and learning about Bedouin culture (think: Abraham). Sites include: Masada, HaNokdim Bedouin Camp. Overnight: students in desert huts or tents (with camp-style bathrooms and showers); adults will have private rooms with ensuite bath, unless they specifically request to be with the students. (1 night) B,D

Day Eight – May 24, Friday:  Patriarchs, Judges, Prophets and Kings

Visiting the areas of Tel Sheva (Bersheva), Lachish (Babylonian invasion), Azekah (Assyrian invasion), the Valley of Elah (David and Golith), and Bet Shemesh (Samson) we look at examples of leaders who followed God, and those who didn’t.  And finally it is “up to Jerusalem”, the Holy City. Overnight: Jerusalem (4-5 nights). B,D.

Day Nine – May 25, Saturday:  Temple Troubles and Messianic Expectations  Today’s visits include the Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, and House of Caiaphas on Mt. Zion.

Setting of the Birth of Jesus:  Driving to Bethlehem, we will investigate what the Biblical accounts tell us of the time of Jesus' birth. Sites include: the Herodium, Bethlehem, Shepherd's Field.   Overnight Jerusalem. B,D

Day Ten – May 26, Sunday:  A Living People.  A visit to Yad Vashem (memorial to the holocaust) will make us much more aware of the modern history of the Jewish people. and then on to the Jewish Quarter (with its Cardo and Broad Wall), the Western (Wailing) Wall and the South Wall excavations (Davidson Center) with the steps where Jesus would have entered the temple. Overnight: Jerusalem.  B,D

Day Eleven – May 27, Monday:  Journey to Calvary:  The issues involved in the arrest, trial and conviction of Jesus will be our subject today. Sites: Temple Mount, Pools of Bethesda, Praetorium, Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulchre, and the Garden Tomb with communion.  Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D

Day Twelve – May 28, Tuesday:  Free day

Today is free for exploring, shopping, packing and/or relaxing before our final dinner together. B,D

Day Thirteen – May 29, Wednesday:  Back Home! Flights to the USA arriving the same day.

Every effort will be made to complete the full itinerary.  Yet, because conditions are often unpredictable in travel, we reserve the right to make changes during the tour.

Tour Conditions

MAY 17-29, 2019 TOUR PRICE of $4399 INCLUDES air from eastcoast group gateway, group transfers, hotels, Israeli buffet breakfast and dinner daily, tips for group services, full sightseeing, the services of English-speaking lecturers, resource notebook, local guide (where required) and all entrance fees to sites as listed in the program. All taxes and surchcarges in effect as of August 1, 2018 are included. If additional surcharges or taxes are imposed by the airlines or governments, any additional amounts will be the responsibility of the passenger.

LAND ONLY PRICE is $3299 and INCLUDES all of the above except air and transfers.

NOT INCLUDED  are personal items such as laundry; drinks and coffee during or after meals; lunches, tips for personal favors; excess baggage and forwarding of baggage; transfers other than with the group; optional travel insurance.

YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS are based on double occupancy in a 4* twin bedded room with private bath. (except for the bedouin camp) There is a supplemental charge of $860 if you prefer a single room. Individuals enrolling without a roommate may request to be matched with a roommate. In the event that a roommate is not available, individuals will be subject to the single supplement charge. All single rooms are subject to availability and may be smaller than normal twin rooms.  

PAYMENT: A nonrefundable deposit of $300 per person, is required to secure your place on the program. (Deposit may be refunded only if CTSP withdraws the offer of the program.) A second payment of $1500 is due December 2, 2018. Final payment is due in CTSP’s office by February 15, 2019. Thereafter, a late payment fee of $100 per person per month will be assessed.

CANCELLATION FEES:

90+ days prior                                        non-refundable deposit

66-90 days prior                     50% plus non-refundable deposit

0-65 days prior                                                           No refund

*If your cancellation results in a roommate needing a single supplement, that amount will be charged to you in addition to the above fees.

*All refund claims must be in writing to CTSP. There is no refund for any services not used

TRIP INSURANCE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Insurance purchased within two weeks of CTSP receiving original deposit provides the best value, and can cover pre-existing conditions.  

ITINERARY LENGTH: Flight times are subject to change without advance notice. CTSP is not responsible for changes and delays in airline schedules and does not reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from delays. Because airlines often change flight times and dates at the last minute, if you purchase connecting tickets, CTSP strongly recommends they be ones which can be changed without heavy fees and penalties. If airline(s) change flight schedules, CTSP reserves the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary accordingly, and whenever possible, you will be notified in writing. If changes necessitate extra overnights, you will be charged (per person, per night) US$110 double occupancy, or US$200 for single rooms (includes single supplement).

AIRLINE ARRANGEMENTS from the eastcoast gateway are included in the full tour price. (Other departure cities may be available.) Air Transportation will be economy class aboard regularly scheduled carriers utilizing non-refundable, non-amendable tickets. Once your ticket has been written, it cannot be rewritten or refunded.

YOUR LUGGAGE is restricted in size and shape by the airline, and is limited to one checked piece, plus carryon. You should contact the airline for the specific restrictions.

STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY

CTSP agrees to provide the itinerary described in this brochure, and this represents the entire agreement between the passenger and CTSP No changes or deviations are effective unless approved in writing and signed by an authorized officer of CTSP Except as stated herein, no person is authorized to cancel, modify, or vary the study program arrangements (during the course) or to make any representation of warranty concerning the program.

All prices, itineraries, and schedules are subject to regulations and changes thereof by acts of Government, International Agreement and Airline tariff adjustments, rules and regulations.

CTSP reserves the right to change or withdraw the program, in whole or in part, at any time. In the event of a change, the sole exclusive obligation of CTSP will be to refund pro rata any recoverable payment received. In the event of rescheduling of the program due to unforeseen circumstances, the cancellation and refund clause will apply. CTSP reserves the right to refuse or revoke travel to anyone who is, in the sole judgment of CTSP, incapable of or detrimental to group travel.

Except for the willful negligence of its direct employees, CTSP assumes no liability or responsibility for any injuries, inconveniences, illness, irregularity or incidental damages occasioned by circumstances beyond the control of CTSP, or by any person or reason whatsoever, including, but not limited to events such as strikes, revolts, wars, natural disaster, closures of airports or hotels, default or omission of any common or private carrier or the default, negligence, or omission of any by any third party providing services or facilities related to or included in this program. 

The commercial carriers are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board commercial carriers. The passenger contracts, in use by all commercial carriers involved, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the commercial carriers and the passenger or purchaser of this program and/or passage and program operator assumes no liability or responsibility in connection therewith.

ENROLLMENT  in and payment of the deposit for the tour constitutes your acceptance of the Program Conditions and Statement of Responsibility

You’ve Read the Book … Now Experience the Land !!!

with Dr. Randall D. Smith*

May 17-29, 2019

  • Understand the scriptures through the eyes of Biblical culture.
  • Connect with the Land as you walk the Biblical geography.
  • Hike through the beautiful nature reserve at Tel Dan, with its rushing waters flowing out of Mt. Hermon … and then see a nearby mud-brick gate from the time of Abraham!
  • Walk on the Mt. of Olives and into the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed.
  • Explore the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Western (Wailing) Wall, and the steps where Jesus would have entered the Temple.
  • Experience all the sights, sounds and smells of different cultures, both Jewish and Arab.
  • Learn to view today’s news as “God’s hand at work in the affairs of men”.
  • Sense a greater awareness of God’s Presence in your life.

You’ve read about so many of the places you would visit.  Think of what a thrill it would be to experience them for yourself!  Every step you take would expand your understanding of the scriptures.  Names like Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, and Capernaum would no longer be vague spots on a Biblical map, but would trigger vivid memories.  Seeing the Golan Heights, and the Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian borders, would make you much more aware of daily issues.  And then there are the people, being gathered from nations all over the world … searching for Something that will bring them peace, but looking in all the wrong places.  You’ll laugh and you’ll cry; you’ll play and you’ll pray.  Most of all, you’ll worship the One who is the Prince of Peace.

What’s keeping you from enjoying these unique experiences?

The #1 reason mentioned is safety.  Distorted information presented by the media makes it sound like Israel is a very dangerous place.  However, if you talk to people who have visited there recently, the most frequent comment is, “I never felt so safe!”  Although Israel is smaller than New Jersey, they have over three million tourists every year! (And the 2018 tourism rate is exceeding the records!) The hyped news stories come and go, but tourists are flocking to Israel!

The #2 reason is cost.  People spend money on what’s important to them.  A trip to Israel is a life-changing experience with lasting value.  It is a spiritual investment.  If a trip to Israel is something you’re interested in, we encourage you to prayerfully consider this opportunity.

The #3 reason is a desire to visit Israel, but thinking in terms of doing it “later”.  Many older visitors have said, “This trip was wonderful, but I wish I had done it years ago.  I’ve learned so much that would have been useful in my spiritual development … and there is so much I could have shared with others.”         

Christian Travel Study Programs offers trips that are not available anywhere else.  This is a unique study program taught by Dr. Randall Smith.  Having lived in Israel for many years, his expertise in Biblical culture will open your understanding of the Scriptures … plus you’ll have fun!  With a strong focus on the Bible, this itinerary includes a blend of the old and the new, from Biblical history to current events. The Israeli guide will provide “local color” to complement Dr. Smith’s teaching.  All of this will provide you with an enriching experience and expand your understanding of the Land, the People, and the Book.

*Conditions permitting.