ISRAEL: November 11-20, 2018 "The Land of the Messiah" with Winn Crenshaw (Program # 181101)


Day 1: Sunday, Nov 11, 2018

The group flight departs from Raleigh-Durham, NC on United Airlines at 10:45am. It connects in Newark, NJ to the United afternoon flight, nonstop to Israel. Meals and overnight are in flight.

Day 2: Monday, Nov 12, 2018

As we arrive at Ben Gurion Airport (located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem) we get a wonderful aerial view of the country. We begin to connect with the Land on the drive from the airport. In the afternoon Winn will take us to visit with his friends at the Israel College of the Bible in Netanya. After dinner in our hotel in Netanya you may choose to attend a brief orientation about biblical culture. (1 night) D

Day 3: Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018

Traveling north along the ancient coastal Via Maris, we visit the massive excavations at Caesarea and learn of the Roman governate that ruled during the time of Yeshua (Hebrew name for Jesus). On Mt. Carmel we think about the conflicts faced by Elijah, and how they apply to our daily lives. Visiting Nazareth with its cave homes from the time of Yeshua gives us special insights to apply when we visit Bethlehem. Walking on top of the tel of Megiddo and overlooking the Jezreel Valley (Armageddon) will put a vivid picture to the scriptures. Crossing lower Galilee, we arrive at our hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. (2 nights) B,D

Day 4: Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

Our day starts with a visit to the town of Capernaum (home base for Yeshua and His disciples). The Mt. of Beatitudes and other sites around the Sea focus our thoughts on the time Yeshua spent here. The Yigal Alon Museum displays a boat from the time of Yeshua, and then we board a larger replica for our sail on the Sea of Galilee. From the top of Mt. Arbel we can see the “gospel triangle” of Capernaum, Chorazin and Bethsaida. The story of Arbel also recounts the struggles of the zealots. The new excavations at Migdal allow us to see an actual synagogue that Yeshua probably visited. B,D

Day 5: Thursday, Nov 15, 2018

Leaving Galilee we tour the impressive Roman ruins at Beth Shean (biblical Scythopolis). We will be driving south through the Jordan valley while viewing the hills of Samaria on our right and the country of Jordan just across the river on our left. After lunch we visit Qumran and learn about the importance of the Dead Sea scrolls which were found there. Driving through the Judean wilderness helps us understand the story of David hiding from Saul in the caves at Ein Gedi. Our overnight will be at a spa hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea. (1 night) B,D

Day 6: Friday, Nov 16, 2018

We will have a free morning to enjoy a swim in the unique waters of the Dead Sea and make use of the facilities of the spa hotel. At noon we head for Masada and lunch in their food court. Then a cable car will take us to the top, as we visit the site of one of Herod’s fortress-palaces, and the last holdout of the zealots after the fall of Jerusalem. And then it’s “up to Jerusalem”. What a thrilling time to finally enter the Holy City … the one place that God claims as His own! A brief stop on Mt. Scopus gives us a visual orientation to the city. Driving to our hotel in Jerusalem, we notice streets becoming quiet as the Jews prepare to welcome the sabbath. (3+ nights) B,D

Day 7: Saturday, Nov 17, 2018

Our first stop in the morning will be the House of Caiaphas with its dungeon where it is believed Yeshua was held prior to his trial. (The archaeological discovery of a set of weights and measures that would have been typical for the High Priest makes this a good candidate for authenticity.) Then we go to Talpiot and shabbat worship with the messianic congregation at the Jerusalem Assembly - House of Redemption. The service will be in both Hebrew and English. We continue on to Bethlehem (see Micah 5:2) for lunch, a brief stop at the Church of the Nativity (conditions permitting), and a stop overlooking the Shepherds’ Fields. The story of Ruth and Naomi and Boaz would have also taken place in this area. B,D

Day 8: Sunday Nov 18, 2018

Our visit to Yad Vashem, the Memorial to the Holocaust, will be very moving and help us to understand the pain the Jews have experienced. From Jaffa Gate we walk through the Christian Quarter to the Jewish Quarter. It encompasses many historical eras: the Broad Wall of Nehemiah; the Cardo from the time of Yeshua … and the time of the Byzantines … and the time of the Crusaders; the modern-day Hurvah Synagogue, destroyed in 1948 and rebuilt in 2010; and modern residences. Descending a large staircase we stand in front of the Western Wall (kotel), and the huge stones from King Herod’s construction. Around the corner at the South Wall excavations (Davidson Center) we walk on ancient steps that led into the Temple during the time of Yeshua. B,D

Day 9: Monday, Nov 19, 2018

A panoramic view of the city of Jerusalem from the top of the Mt. of Olives is a magnificent site first thing in the morning! Then we take a walk among the ancient olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane. Entering the Old City we see the excavations at the Pools of Bethesda. The pavement stones located in the Praetorium are from the time of Yeshua, and depict games of chance that would have been played by the Roman soldiers. Walking through the city, we follow the Via Dolorosa (traditional Way of Sorrow), to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This location was outside the ancient city walls, and the presence of cohim-style tombs makes it a good candidate to be the site of the death and burial of Yeshua. After an extended time for lunch (some people will want to shop, and others will want to sit and people-watch), we walk to the Garden Tomb. There, in a beautiful garden, we commemorate and reflect on the resurrection, and enjoy communion together. We return to our hotel with some time for last-minute packing, and preparations for our flight late that evening. Our program concludes with a final dinner, and the transfer to the airport for our flight headed for the USA. B,D

Day 10: Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018

The group will be enroute from Tel Aviv to Newark, NJ, arriving early in the morning. After clearing passport control, baggage claim and customs, your luggage can be re-checked on to RDU, arriving later the same morning.

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.

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

with Winn Crenshaw

November 11-20, 2018

  •  Understand the scriptures through the eyes of Biblical culture.
  • Connect with the Land as you live the Biblical geography.
  • Learn to love the Galilee, where Jesus spent so much of his earthly ministry time.
  • Stand on the Mt. of Olives and go 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.
  • Visit Israel College of the Bible in Netanya, and worship with Israeli believers in Jerusalem.
  • 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 will visit. Think of what a thrill it would be to experience them for yourself! Every step you take will expand your understanding of the scriptures. Names like Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, and Capernaum will no longer be vague spots on a Biblical map, but will trigger vivid memories. Seeing the Golan Heights, and the proximity of the Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian borders, will 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! The hyped news stories come and go, but tourists are flocking to Israel!

The #2 reason is cost. But it’s all a matter of values. People spend money on what’s important to them. That could be bigger/fancier cars; or the latest in electronics; or exotic vacations. A trip to Israel has much more lasting value than any of these. It is a spiritual investment. And since air and land prices increase about 5% per year, the best time to go is this year!

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.” Do it now if at all possible!

Christian Travel Study Programs offers trips that are not available anywhere else. This unique itinerary has been designed to include the Biblical sites, as well as special opportunities chosen by Winn Crenshaw. With a strong focus on the Bible, this itinerary includes a blend of the old and the new, from Biblical history to current events. You will enjoy an enriching experience and expand your understanding of the Land, the People, and the Book.


Tour Conditions

FULL TOUR PRICE OF $3600 INCLUDES air from Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU), group transfers, hotels, 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 January 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. This price is based on a minimum of 20 passengers.

LAND ONLY PRICE OF $2500 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.. There is a supplemental charge of $660 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, and should be submitted as soon as possible. (Deposit may be refunded only if CTSP withdraws the offer of the program.) A second payment of $1000 per person is due May 11, 2018. Final payment is due to CTSP by August 11, 2018. Thereafter, a late payment fee of $100 per person per month will be assessed.


90+ days prior                               non-refundable deposit

60-89 days prior        40% plus non-refundable deposit

31-59 days prior        60% plus non-refundable deposit

0-30 days prior                                                       No refund

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 original deposit is the most economical, and may 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, CTSP strongly recommends that if passengers are purchasing any connecting tickets they should be able to be changed without heavy fees or 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 Raleigh-Durham (RDU) are included in the full tour price. (Other departure cities are 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.


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 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.