ISRAEL: May 25 - June 5, 2020 "Journey through the Bible" with Worthington Christian (Program # 200503)

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$4699.00 for full program; $3299.00 for land only

Day One – May 25, Monday: Departure from US

Depart Columbus. Arrive Israel the next day. Meals and overnight in flight.

Day Two – May 26, Tuesday: Arrival Day

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. Drive to our hotel in the Tel Aviv area along the coast of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Dinner and overnight along the coast. (1 night) D

Day Three – May 27, Wednesday: Four Conflicts in the Background of the Gospels

Today we will investigate some background conflicts the Gospel writers assumed you understood. Sites Include: Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Valley of Armageddon, Megiddo, Zippori, Nazareth (including cave homes). Overnight: Sea of Galilee area. (3 nights) B,D

Day Four – May 28, Thursday: Characteristics of the Disciples

Traveling near the Sea of Galilee, we will look at the background, education and theology of the Disciples. Sites: Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Yigal Alon Museum (ancient boat museum), Magdala, Mt. Arbel, baptism for those who want it. Overnight: Sea of Galilee area. B,D

Day Five – May 29, Friday: Private Teaching to the Disciples

As we move up into the Golan Heights, we will explore the common teaching methods used by Jesus and the ancient rabbis. Sites: Reconstructed Talmudic Village at Katzrin, Har Bental (overlook into Syria), Caesarea Philippi, and hike the Dan Nature Reserve to see the headwaters of the Jordan River, Tel Dan and the 4000 year-old Canaanite (Abrahamic) mud-brick gate. Overnight: Sea of Galilee area. B,D

Day Six – May 30, Saturday: Jesus among Gentiles and Samaritans

After a stop at the massive excavations at Bet Shean Decapolis we will journey down the spine of the country (“the mountains of Israel”) and visit Shechem (Sychar), Sebaste/Samaria and Mt. Gerizim. Into the Wilderness of Judea, we’ll stop for a swim in the Dead Sea before arriving at our accommodations near the north end of the Dead Sea. Overnight: on a kibbutz near the Dead Sea. (1 night) B,D

Day Seven – May 31, Sunday: The Wilderness As a Place of Refuge

Today we will visit Qumran (where the Dead Sea scrolls were found), as well as nearby Ein Gedi, where we learn more about David and Saul. Journeying south to Masada for a visit, we will drive through the desert noting various biblical wilderness themes. Tonight we will stay at a camp in the desert to learn about the Bedouin experience (with a camel trek). Overnight: HaNokdim Bedouin camp.

(1 night). *Note: students lodge in group huts or a large tent (modern restrooms and showers nearby); adults can select a group hut/tent or a double private room. B,D

Day Eight – June 1, Monday: The Patriarchal and Matriarchal Story

Today we will go back to the earliest narratives of the Bible and follow the stories of Abraham and Sarah, and the family God gave them. Sites include: Tel Arad, hiking in Wadi Zin, Ein Avdat and Tel Sheva. Overnight: kibbutz near Beersheva. (1 night). B,D

Day Nine – June 2, Tuesday: Seeing Faith or Fear

As we heard toward Jerusalem today, we will stop at the massive excavations of Lachish (recalling Assyrian and Babylonian sieges), Maresha and Bet Guvrin (Bell Caves), the gladiatorial arena at Eleutheropolis, Valley of Elah (David and Goliath), Tel Gezer and Bet Shemesh (to recall Samson). Overnight: Jerusalem (3 nights). B,D.

Day Ten – June 3, Wednesday: Jesus in Jerusalem

Today we will explore some highlights of Jesus’ ministry in Jerusalem, beginning on the Mt. of Olives to overlook the city. A visit to Israel Museum (plus the Model of the City from 66 CE) will help us see it as it once was. After a brief time for some shopping we will visit the two places that recall the death and resurrection of Jesus: the Holy Sepulchre and the Garden Tomb. Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D

Day Eleven – June 4, Thursday: The Messiah and His Temple

Today we visit the Temple Mount, the Western (Wailing) Wall and the South Wall excavations (Davidson Center) with the steps where Jesus would have entered the temple. We also want to explore the City of David excavations, with the newly uncovered Pool of Siloam. Hezekiah’s tunnel is available for the adventurous who still have energy and want that experience with your teachers. Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D

Day Twelve – June 5, Friday: Back Home! Time to fly back to the USA, with connections to Columbus 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

TOUR PRICE of $4699.00 for Israel, May 25-June 5, 2020 INCLUDES air from Columbus, OH group transfers, accommodations, Israeli buffet breakfast and dinner daily, tips for group services, full sightseeing, the services of English-speaking lecturers, syllabus, local guide (where required) and all entrance fees to sites as listed in the program. All taxes and surchcarges in effect as of July 1, 2019 are included. If additional surcharges or taxes are imposed by the airlines or governments, any additional amounts will be the responsibility of the passenger. This trip will operate with a minimum of 20 passengers.

LAND ONLY: PRICE is $3299.00 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 4* hotels with double occupancy in a twin bedded room with private bath in Tel Aviv, Galilee and Jerusalem. (The bedouin camp and the kibbutz guest houses at the Dead Sea and Beersheva are not star-rated.) There is a supplemental charge of $900 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.

PAYMENTS: 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 $2200 is due December 1, 2019; Final Payment is due in CTSP’s office by February 24, 2020. Thereafter, a late payment fee of $100 per person per month will be assessed.


90+ days prior to departure                         non-refundable deposit

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

0-65 days prior to departure                                                 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.


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, CTSP strongly recommends the purchase of any connecting tickets 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 Columbus OH (CMH) are included in the full tour price. Air Transportation will be economy class aboard regularly scheduled carriers utilizing non-refundable, non-transferable, 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.


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.

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