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

The southern portion of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret).

The southern portion of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret).

 

$3999.00 (Full Tour) or

$2599.00 (without airfare)

Day 1:  Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020

The group flight departs from Raleigh-Durham, NC, connecting to the flight to Israel. Meals and overnight are in flight.

Day 2:  Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020

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 Hadera (just up the coast from Netanya), you may choose to attend a brief orientation about biblical culture. (1 night) D

Day 3:  Thursday, Nov 12, 2020

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. Viewing the tel of Megiddo and driving through 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:  Friday, Nov 13, 2020

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. From the top of Mt. Arbel we can see the “gospel triangle” of Capernaum, Chorazin and Bethsaida. The story of Arbel also ties that region to the struggles of the zealots. The new excavations at Migdal allow us to see an ancient synagogue that Yeshua probably visited. We finish our day visiting the Yigal Alon Museum which displays a boat from the time of Yeshua, and then we board a larger replica for our sail on the Sea of Galilee.  B,D

Day 5:  Saturday, Nov 14, 2020

Leaving Galilee we tour the impressive Roman excavations 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. We visit Qumran and learn about the importance of the Dead Sea scrolls which were found there…and then have lunch. 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:  Sunday, Nov 15, 2020

We will have some time to enjoy a swim in the unique waters of the Dead Sea and make use of the facilities of the spa hotel. Then we head for Masada where we can get lunch in their food court. 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 before going to our hotel. (4 nights) B,D

Day 7:  Monday, Nov 16, 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. 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 8:  Tuesday Nov 17, 2020

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 Hezekiah; the Cardo from the time of Yeshua … and the time of the Byzantines … and the time of the Crusaders; view 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:  Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020

Walking in the Old City we visit 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, burial and resurrection of Yeshua. Then we walk to the Garden Tomb. There, in a beautiful garden, we commemorate and reflect on the resurrection, and enjoy communion together. Some people will want to remain in the Old City for lunch and shopping; others will want to go to the nearby Jewish pedestrian mall at Ben Yehuda; others will want to return to our hotel to relax and/or pack for the return flight tomorrow. Our final dinner together will have us reminiscing about many shared experiences. B,D

Day 10:  Thursday, Nov 19, 2020

The group will transfer to the airport for security and the flight headed for the USA. After arrival there and clearing passport control, baggage claim and customs, your luggage can be re-checked on to RDU, arriving home later 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. 

 

FULL TOUR PRICE OF $3999.00 for this 10-day trip to Israel November 10-19, 2020

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 an 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 July 1, 2020 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 $2599.00 INCLUDES all of the above except air and transfers.

NOT INCLUDED  are personal items such as laundry, tips for personal favors, excess baggage and forwarding of baggage; drinks and coffee during or after dinners; lunches, 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 $800 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 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 10, 2020. Final payment is due in CTSP’s office by August 10, 2020. 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.

NOTE: 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$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-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. 

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 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.