The Adventure of a
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From your home city, you are responsible for arranging your own air transportation to meet your group in Israel. If you are departing from North America, you should plan to leave one day ahead of your INITIAL DATE, which is the date (always a Sunday) when you will meet the larger group in Israel.
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV), Tel Aviv, Israel to meet up with your group by mid day.
Today you will be immersed in the desert lands, the culture of the Bedouin people, the shepherds and their sheep. You will also visit the remarkable Tel and Temple of upper and lower Arad. Time permitting, you will descend the Zohar Wadi to the Dead Sea on our return to the hotel for the evening. Dinner and Overnight at the Dead Sea.
Enjoy the never to be forgotten canyons of Ein Avdat where the Israelites would have passed on their desert journey from Egypt. You will study some aspects of Moses’ life and relate that to present day Biblical leadership. We take lunch near Ben Gurion's tomb and stroll in the cool of its beautiful oasis, which overlooks the canyon. The amazing history and one of the fortresses built by Herod the Great is our focus for the afternoon, as we visit Masada. Dinner and Overnight at the Dead Sea.
Our hike into the springs of Ein Gedi furthers our understanding of how the Israelites viewed God as the source of living water, not to mention life itself. The morning will be dedicated to the study of some of the stories of King David. You will be awed by where he led both his sheep and his “mighty men”. During the afternoon, at Qumran, you will be intrigued by a glimpse into the beliefs of the Essenes, to whom we are indebted for the copying and protection of the Scriptures (Dead Sea Scrolls). Dinner and Overnight at the Dead Sea.
Israel's conflict with her neighbours, as well as her internal tribal conflict, is the focus of today. On this day, we complete our journey in the Negev Desert and move north to the area of the Galilee. You will study the relationships between Biblical sites and the lives of such historical figures as Rehobaom and King Hezekiah (Tel Lakhish), the cellars of Beth Guvrin, David and Goliath (Tel Azekah) and Sampson (Beth Shemesh). You will see where God challenged and delivered His people in unexpected ways. Be prepared for some "aha!" moments. Dinner and Overnight at a kibbutz in the Galilee.
On your first day in the northern Galilee, you will see several important historical sites such as Gamla and learn of the devoted lives of the Zealots, who resisted the Romans as they waited for a Messiah who would save them from their political enemy. Sit around the steps of an ancient synagogue where Jesus was almost certain to have visited and learn how the Israelites worshiped in Jesus’ day. Look into the paganism of ancient Pan worship at Caesarea Philippi. How does that relate to Jesus’ call for us to take our place in His triumphant Church? Experience the crystal headwaters of the Jordan River as they gush from the foot of Mount Hermon. Visit the relocation site of the tribe of Dan. Later in the evening you will experience the start of a joyful Jewish Sabbath with a synagogue service followed by a Shabbat supper at the Kibbutz. Dinner and Overnight at a kibbutz in the Galilee,
Sabbath is a day of rest and relaxation. Be prepared for reflection, fun and some wonderful surprises. Dinner and Overnight at a kibbutz in the Galilee.
Trace the life of Jesus the Messiah around the north end of the Sea of Galilee, where He carried out most of His ministry. Explore some key cities (Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum) where He spoke and called out his disciples. Learn how He discipled His followers and taught the Scriptures. Teachings and possible baptisms at the Jordan River. Dinner and Overnight at a kibbutz in the Galilee.
Mount Arbel is memorable in the morning air. Could this be the mountain where Jesus went up to pray? A surprise at lunch prepares us for the afternoon. As we approach Beth Shean from a different direction, the focus of the day is the clash of Hellenism (Greek/western thought) with Judaism. At Susita, one of the sites of His ministry, we will discuss Jesus’ teachings and in particular one interesting story where His words to a man with an unclean spirit directly impacted church beliefs in later centuries, even to this day. Dinner and Overnight at a kibbutz in the Galilee.
Today you walk where Jesus walked as a boy in the fields and quarries of Nazareth and you study the ancient city of Sepphoris which Herod paid for but Jesus may have helped build! You will visit the ancient city (Tel Megiddo) that guarded a key trade route along the Coastal Plain. Elijah’s life and passion is revealed at Mount Carmel. You will be challenged with how you might live in your world as Elijah lived in His. On your way to Jerusalem you will walk the length of Caesarea, another of Herod’s astonishing projects, which was also the launch area for Paul’s missionary journeys. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem: is the confluence of the world’s three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This great city is the backdrop in which to further experience the life and times of King David’s reign, the Roman era, the teachings of Jesus and the modern day Jewish folks who live here. Visit many sites: the City of David, the Spring of Gihon, the Pool of Siloam, the Southern Steps, the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, and the Shrine of the Book. Finally, experience a stark reminder of the holocaust at Yad Vashem. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem deserves another day - at least! Visit multiple sites including the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, St. Anne's Church, the Pool of Bethesda, the Antonia Fortress, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Garden Tomb. There is time for one final night in Jerusalem. Take time for closure and farewells before you leave your fellow pilgrims to return home. Farewell Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem.
FINAL DATE & En Route. Depart from Tel Aviv for your home destination anytime after Thursday midnight or 00:01 (ie. the small hours of the FINAL DATE, which is always a Friday). If you are returning to North America, normally you would arrive home that same day - Friday. Leave for Tel Aviv Airport for your homeward journey.
“After returning from Israel I now get very excited when I read the Bible because for the first time in my life I have a true picture in my mind of where the story takes place!” - Joy Sarju
“A trip to Israel is amazing, but without the teaching you provide, most of what I got out of these trips would not have happened.” - Dr. Per Lidman
“We will never forget the experience of walking through knee-high water, the entire length of Hezekiah’s water tunnel, built more than 2800 years ago. Scripture is coming alive in very exciting ways now!” - Durwin & Angel Gray,
“I love the fact that we hike the land. This makes it more than another trip – it is a pilgrimage.” - Leon Throness
“I was captured by the landscape of the Bible; the dry, emptiness, where God chose to make Himself known. The importance of stripping away everything I thought I knew and re-evaluating how I had always seen scripture and the people of the book.” -Brad Strelau
“Visiting the land of Israel had been a dream that I have entertained since I began studying the Scriptures academically, over twenty five years ago. The more I studied the Bible the more I realized how important the geography of the land was to the story.” - Ivan De Silva
“I was amazed as we journeyed through Israel how beautiful the land was, (even a beauty in the desert!!) and how the topography of the land revealed life lessons that God wanted to teach His people.” - Rhonda Kotchapaw
“I took over 30 pages of notes during my time there and I am still going through it bit my bit so I can process and comprehend what God wants to teach me.” - Chris Throness
“It allowed me to not just see sights, but hear stories, to see people, to drink in the place, so to speak, and experience my spiritual life at a much deeper level than a tourist might have. It challenged my beliefs and encouraged me to look at my faith directly.“ -Ric Cyr
“How do you put into words 4 days in the desert, 4 days by the Sea of Galilee and 3 days in Jerusalem? Try and describe the newly formed life long friendships and the endless memories of laughter, singing, silence, reflections and yes, even tears (mostly of joy)?!!” - Brian Derksen
May 4 to 17, 2019
Cost: US$3,699 Land only - Tel Aviv
Deposit: US$1,000 (Non-Refundable)
Travel Day: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Arrival at Tel Aviv: Before noon, Sunday, May 5
Registration Status: Open Now
Full Payment Deadline: Friday, Feb 1, 2019
October 26 to November 8, 2019
Cost: US$3,699 Land only - Tel Aviv
Deposit: US$1,000 (Non-Refundable)
Travel Day: Saturday, Oct 26, 2019
Arrival at Tel Aviv: Before noon, Sunday, Oct 27
Registration Status: Open Now
Full Payment Deadline: Friday, July 6, 2019
Know Before You Go
Pilgrims are registered on a first come, first served basis. Register early to guarantee your place.
A Registration form must be filled out completely and separately for EACH pilgrim.
The full payment is due 90 days prior to departure and is non-refundable.
Each Pilgrim is responsible for:
A valid passport & Israeli visa (Canadians are exempt from visa requirements)
Your own transportation to and from Tel Aviv (TLV)
Once your Registration & Deposit is received, we will send you the password to access the Pilgrims Travel Area. This part of the website offers helpful tips, what to bring, reading list, your daily pack plus the 2 required documents that must be filled out and returned to us 60 days before your Departure Date.
Making Travel Arrangements
In order to make a trip viable, we require a minimum of 25 Pilgrims to join us.
Therefore, after you have Registered and paid your Deposit, we request that you wait to hear from us before you proceed to book your flight and make other travel arrangements.
When you receive the “go ahead” from us by email, then you may purchase both your airline tickets to Tel Aviv and your travel insurance.
Our Prices Do Not Include
Airfare to and from Tel Aviv, Israel
Traveler’s Insurance (Insuring Agent & Policy Number must be shown on the Waiver, Release and Indemnity agreement 60 days prior to departure date. This form can be downloaded in the Pilgrim Login area after Registration is completed and Deposits are received. If you elect not to purchase Traveler’s Insurance, you must indicate that clearly on the form.
The cost of Single Room Accommodation, if you prefer a single room, is US$1,000.
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Top NINE Reasons To Visit Israel
Because you still can!
Jump start your spiritual journey.
Meet the People and Land of the Book.
Enjoy practical and dynamic Bible teaching.
Experience the Holy Land with family and friends.
See the Bible afresh through Eastern eyes.
Learn how the Greek and Hebrew worlds coincide and clash.
Hike the trails of history.
Experience Jerusalem, focal point for three of the world's major religions.