ISRAEL: November 10-19, 2020 (Israel Personally Yours) “The Land of the Bible” with Richland Creek Church (Program #201101) 

The eastern shore at the Sea of Galilee in March of 2019.

The eastern shore at the Sea of Galilee in March of 2019.

Day 1:  Monday, November 10, 2020

Flights are scheduled to depart from Raleigh-Durham NC, connecting in Newark, NJ with the nonstop flight to Israel. Meals and overnight are in flight.  

Day 2:  Tuesday, November 11, 2020

As we arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in the morning (located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem) we get a wonderful aerial view of the country This afternoon we will visit with Winn’s friends at the Israel College of the Bible in Netanya. It is exciting to see Jews and Arabs learning the scriptures together and loving one another!  After dinner in our hotel overlooking the Mediterranean coast, you may choose to attend a brief get-acquainted orientation. (1 night) D

Day 3:  Wednesday, November 12, 2020

Then traveling north following the ancient coastal Via Maris, we visit the massive excavations at Caesarea and learn of the Roman governate that ruled during the time of Jesus. On Mt. Carmel we think about the conflicts faced by Elijah, and how they apply to our daily lives. A drive through the Jezreel Valley (Armageddon) takes us to Nazareth. The excavated cave homes from the time of Jesus give us special insights to apply when we visit Bethlehem. Overnight Nazareth (1 night) B,D

Day 4:  Thursday, November 13, 2020

Our day starts with crossing lower Galilee, to reach Mt. Arbel where we can see the “gospel triangle” of Capernaum, Chorazin and Bethsaida from the summit. Then we visit the town of Capernaum (home base for Jesus and His disciples). The Mt. of Beatitudes and other sites around the Sea focus our thoughts on the time Jesus spent here. The recent excavations at Magdala make us aware of the women in scripture who supported Jesus. The Yigal Alon Museum displays a boat from the time of Jesus, and then we board a larger replica for our boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We will check into our hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. (2 nights) B,D

Day 5:  Friday, November 14, 2020

Today we visit the Golan Heights which is biblical Bashan. The melting snows of Mt. Hermon rush through the Dan Nature Reserve to form the Jordan River. Walking on paths beside those headwaters brings us to Tel Dan, and the remains of Jeroboam’s pagan altar. As we exit the Tel we see a complete, huge mud-brick Canaanite city gate from the time of Abraham. What a journey through history! Then we stop at Caesarea Philippi where Peter made his confession “Thou art the Christ; the Son of the Living God!” Driving on through the Golan and stopping at the overlook into Syria will make modern issues much more understandable. The reconstructed Talmudic Village at Katzrin brings awareness of life and conflicts during the century that followed Jesus’ death. Time-permitting, we will visit an olive oil production workshop where they product oils and cosmetic creams. B,D. 

Day 6:  Saturday, November 15, 2020

Leaving Galilee we tour the impressive Roman excavations at Beth Shean (biblical Scythopolis). We will be driving south through the Jordan valley while talking about the hills of Samaria on our right and the country of Jordan just across the river to our left. After lunch we visit Qumran and learn about the importance of the Dead Sea scrolls which were found there. Arriving at our spa hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea you can enjoy a swim in the unique waters of the Dead Sea (or the spa’s heated pools) and make use of their wonderful facilities. (1 night) B,D.

Day 7:  Sunday, November 16, 2020

We’ve been very busy and a break at the Dead Sea will allow us to relax and prepare for the time in Jerusalem Later this morning a cable car will take us to the top of Masada, as we visit the site of one of Herod’s fortress-palaces, and the last holdout of the Zealots after the fall of Jerusalem. Then driving north through the Judean wilderness our next stop helps us understand the story of David hiding from Saul in the caves as we visit the area of Ein Gedi. 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! Time-permitting, we’ll make a brief stop at the overlook on Mt. Scopus. Our hotel in Jerusalem will be home to us for the duration of our trip. (5 nights) B,D.

Day 8:  Monday, November 17, 2020

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. A short drive takes us across the Kidron Valley to the House of Caiaphas with its dungeon where it is believed Jesus 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.) 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 area of the Shepherds’ Fields. The story of Ruth and Naomi and Boaz would have also taken place on these hills. We’ll have time to shop in an olive wood store (and jewelry and other souvenirs) owned by an Arab believer. B,D.

Day 9:  Tuesday, November 18, 2020

Driving through the new city (West Jerusalem) we stop at the Israel Museum where we visit the 1:50 scale Model of the ancient city of Jerusalem (replicating the time of Jesus). Next, 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. Then we transition from the heartbreak of death to a demonstration of life. The Jewish Quarter the Old City will be thriving with activity. After lunch we’ll see that it encompasses many historical eras: the Broad Wall of Nehemiah; the Cardo from the time of Jesus … 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 (Wailing) Wall, and the huge stones from King Herod’s construction. Around the corner at the South Wall excavations (and Davidson Center) we see “the place of the trumpeter” and walk on ancient steps that led into the Temple during the time of Jesus. B,D.

Day 10:  Wednesday, November 19, 2020

A visit to the Western Wall tunnel is a unique opportunity to go back many centuries to the time of Herod, and to see the huge single stone which is estimated to weigh over 520 tons! (How did Herod have it lifted up into the wall???) Exiting the tunnel we go to the excavations at the Pools of Bethesda and hear the fantastic acoustics of St. Anne’s Church. 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 Jesus. Then we walk to the beautiful Garden Tomb where we reflect on Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection as we enjoy communion together. B,D.

Day 11:  Thursday, November 20, 2020

A day at leisure allows time to shop, do additional sightseeing, or just relax and take in the local culture. You can walk, or take a short ride on the high speed train to the Ben Yehuda area (pedestrian mall) of the new city or to the Old City. (We will be keeping our hotel rooms throughout the day.) After our final dinner together, the group will be transferring to the airport for a late-night nonstop flight headed back to the USA. Others who have done their own air may stay overnight in the hotel, and transfer to the airport after breakfast. B,D.

Day 12:  Friday, November 21, 2020

The group is en route from Tel Aviv to the USA, and on to Raleigh-Durham, arriving on Friday.

**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

FULL TOUR PRICE OF $4200 for this 12-day tour 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 local guide (where required) and all entrance fees to sites as listed in the program. All taxes and surchcarges in effect as of January 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 price is based on a minimum of 30 passengers.

LAND ONLY PRICE OF $2900 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 $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.

PAYMENT: A nonrefundable deposit of $300 per person, is required to reserve 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 $2000 per person is due May 11, 2019. Final payment is due to CTSP by August 11, 2019. Thereafter, a late payment fee of $100 per person per month will be assessed. 


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


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$120 double occupancy, or US$210 for single rooms (includes single supplement).

AIRLINE ARRANGEMENTS from Raleigh-Durham (RDU) 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.


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.