ISRAEL: May 27 - June 9, 2019 "Journey through the Bible" with WCS (Program # 190503)

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Day One – May 27, Mon:  Departure from US                                                                   

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

Day Two – May 28, Tue:  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 Tel Aviv. (1 night) D

Day Three – May 29, Wed:  Four Conflicts in the Background of the Gospels

Sites: 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 30, Thu:  Characteristics of the Disciples

We 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 31, Fri:  Private Teaching to the Disciples

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 – June 1, Sat:  Jesus and the Samaritans

Our first stop is the massive excavations at Bet Shean, one of the cities of the Decapolis. Driving down the spine of the country known as “the mountains of Israel”, we visit Shechem, Sebaste/Samaria and Gerizim. We’ll stop for a swim in the Dead Sea before arriving at our accommodations near the north end of the Dead Sea. Overnight: kibbutz guest house. (1 night) B,D

Day Seven – June 2, Sun:  Lessons from the Wilderness

Our day starts in the Judean Wilderness at Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continuing further south we come to the Ein Gedi gorge where we learn more about David and Saul, and then hike up to a waterfall. Masada is our next stop, ascending in the cable car. On the drive through the Judean desert various biblical wilderness themes will be discussed. The Bedouin experience at the end of the day includes a camel trek, learning about Bedouin culture (think: Abraham), and dinner. Overnight: HaNokdim Bedouin camp with students in group desert huts or a large tent (modern restrooms with showers nearby); adults have a choice of being in a hut/tent or a double private room. (1 night) B,D

Day Eight – June 3 Mon:  The Patriarchal and Matriarchal Story

We will use the areas of Tel Arad, a hike in Wadi Zin, Ein Avdat and Tel Sheva to illustrate the story. Overnight in a kibbutz guest house near Beersheva. (1 night) B,D

Day Nine – June 4, Tue: Conquests and Kingdoms

Lachish (Assyrian siege), Bet Guvrin (Bell Caves), Eleutheropolis, Maresha, Valley of Elah (David and Goliath), Tel Gezer and Bet Shemesh (Samson).  Overnight: Jerusalem (3 nights). B,D.

Day Ten – June 5, Wed: Jesus in Jerusalem

Mt. of Olives overview of Jerusalem. Israel Museum plus the Model of the City, brief time for shopping, Holy Sepulchre; finish the day at the Garden Tomb with communion.  Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D

Day Eleven – June 6, Thu:  Messiah and the Temple

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, City of David excavations, and Pool of Siloam. Hezekiah’s tunnel is available for the adventurous who still have energy and want that experience. Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D

Day Twelve – June 7, Fri: 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 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 surcharges 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.

Price of $4775 is based on a minimum of 20 passengers; Price of $4645 is based on a minimum of 30 passengers; Price of $4565 is based on a minimum of 40 passengers.

LAND ONLY: PRICE is REDUCED by $1500 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 twin bedded room with private bath (except for the bedouin camp). Hotels are 4*; guest houses are not rated. There is a supplemental charge of $915 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. Rooms in the group hotel are available prior to May 28 at a rate of $200 per room ($100 per person) BB per night.

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 $2000 is due December 1, 2018, and Final payment is due in CTSP’s office by March 7, 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 is the most economical, and can cover pre-existing conditions.  For travel insurance available through CTSP:

 

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-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

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