Experience the land and lessons of the Bible!

Israel Study Tour

with Kerrville First United Methodist Church

To learn more and register over the phone call 800-829-8234 or 616-396-1234 or email your travel coordinator Sandee Grasman


11 days including travel
June 6-16, 2018
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Led By

Kerrville First United Methodist Church and Brock Bomkamp, Dr. Rusty Freeman

You’re invited you to join us on a 11 day, all-inclusive Israel Study Tour.

You will be immersed in the land and lessons of the Bible as you’re led on a journey through Scripture while your local guide and driver will bring the past and present culture of Israel alive to all your senses.

Unlike other Holy Land tours, this tour is solely focused on bringing Scripture to life through first-hand experiences in the places the stories actually happened. An all-inclusive trip you’ll be free to focus on each moment without worrying about lodging, tips, transportation, entrance fees, food or water.

What is a GTI Study Tour?

We’ve built into our study tours everything you need for an enjoyable and educational trip. We want you to be fully focused on the lessons and experiences you’ll encounter, and not be distracted by local tipping practices, transportation arrangements, or meal planning.

We believe that as a Study Tour participant you’re not a mere tourist—you’re an investment! This is evident from the moment you book your trip, through to the time you return home to share what you’ve learned with your friends and family.

Our seasoned guides and ministry partners do so much more than handle the details and keep things on schedule. Our local guides have personal experience and intimate knowledge of the places and events you’ll examine, and our ministry partner’s teachers have a shepherd’s heart and a passion for God’s word.

The guides have been so personable and so knowledgeable and so friendly. There’s just never a bad day for these guys. They make you very comfortable throughout the trip.


We got to walk the land and it made our bibles come alive, and my son being 17, he needed it to come alive. It solidified his foundation in his faith.

— Joey

GTI has done such a great job of taking care of everything… allowing us to feel at home and really focus on the things we needed to from the very beginning.

— Jordan

Your Study Tour Leaders

Brock Bomkamp

Brock Bomkamp

Youth Pastor, Kerrville First United Methodist Church

Brock grew up in Dripping Springs Texas where he was a part of Dripping Springs UMC’s youth program. Brock attended Baylor University where he graduated with a degree in Outdoor Recreation in August of 2012. Shortly after graduation he started his first youth ministry job at Lutie Watkins Memorial UMC where he served till may of 2016 when he accepted a position at Kerrville First UMC as their new youth director. Brock has recently started his Master’s Degree at Asbury Seminary.

Dr. Rusty Freeman

Dr. Rusty Freeman

Chief Overseer, Movement Ministries

Rev. Dr. Rusty Freeman, Chief Overseer of Movement Ministries, is a 7th generation United Methodist ordained elder and has expertise in youth and young persons ministries, men's ministries, spiritual formation, retreats and camps. Rusty's gift of empowering leaders and developing systems has resulted in successful ministries and exciting growth. He writes a daily blog and often shares about his daily walk through the Bible and his adventures on mission trips to Kenya, Turkey, Israel, Costa Rica, Honduras and among the nations homeless.

Rusty's is ecumenical in nature with his faith formation coming through Young Life, the United Methodist Church, Campus Crusade, Baylor University, several Baptist Churches and Laity Lodge. He has been a consultant, a senior pastor, an associate pastor, a conference speaker, an event planner and a youth pastor. Rusty has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Religion from Baylor (1991), a Masters of Divinity (1996) and a Doctor of Ministry (2007) from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Rusty lives in beautiful Marble Falls, Texas, with his lovely wife Lane, a dentist and partner in ministry. He has two awesome kids Brian, 21, who attends Baylor University, and Bailey, 14, a budding artist and basketball star. Rusty is an avid runner, writer, coffee drinker, dog-lover and follower of Jesus Christ.

Study Tour Details

This is an all-inclusive trip which includes:

  • Economy class air from/to Houston
  • GTI hydration packs with bottled water on tour
  • Hotel accommodations as per itinerary
  • Daily breakfast and dinner buffet
  • Lunches on site
  • GTI study guide
  • Journals, pens, plug adapter, passport holder, luggage tags
  • Deluxe touring motor coach
  • All entrance fees
  • Guide/Driver Tips
  • Porterage
  • Border crossing and exit fees
  • GTI trip blog

Tour Pricing:

  • $3930.00 per person (double occupancy)
  • $3880.00 per person (triple occupancy)
  • $740.00 single supplement
  • $100.00 early booking discount for registrations prior to December 22, 2017

Payment schedule:

  • $500.00 per person deposit on confirmation
  • $1715.00 due February 21, 2018
  • Total balance due April 25, 2018
Refund Cancellation Policy:
  • Full refund less $200 for cancellations after deposit.
  • Full refund less $500 for cancellations after January 17, 2018
  • Full refund less $2000 for cancellations after February 21, 2018
  • No refunds for cancellations after April 25, 2018

GTI recommends “Travel Guard” trip insurance. Please contact them for
rates and information at www.TravelGuard.com or by calling them toll free at 1-800-826-1300. Please note our agency identification number 23666252 which will link any policy to our agency.

Your Study Tour Itinerary

Itinerary subject to change.


Wednesday June 6, 2018

IAH to IST on TK34
Depart Houston on Turkish flight 34 at 9:05pm

Thursday June 7, 2018

Arrive Istanbul at 4:55pm (Duration 11 hours 50 minutes)
IST to TLV on TK864
Depart Istanbul on Turkish flight 864 at 7:45pm
Arrive Tel Aviv at 9:55pm (Duration 2 hours 10 minutes)
Lodging: Yad Hashmona, Jerusalem
Yad Hashmona

Yad Hashmona

Friday June 8, 2018

Sites: Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Azekah, Beth Guvrin (Maresha)
Lodging: Leonardo Plaza Hotel dead Sea , Dead Sea
Yad Hashmonah

Yad Hashmonah

Saturday June 9, 2018

Sites: Ein Gedi, Qumran, Dead Sea
Lodging: Leonardo Plaza Hotel dead Sea , Dead Sea
Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi

Sunday June 10, 2018

Negev - Galilee
Sites: Masada, Bedouin Hospitality, Lower Jordan
Lodging: Ein Gev Kibbutz, Galilee


Monday June 11, 2018

Sites: Galilee Boat Ride, Mount Arbel, Tabgha, Capernaum, Chorazin, Mount of Beatitudes
Lodging: Ein Gev Kibbutz, Galilee
Galilee Boat Ride

Galilee Boat Ride

Tuesday June 12, 2018

Sites: Katzrin, Mount Bental, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan
Lodging: Ein Gev Kibbutz, Galilee


Wednesday June 13, 2018

Coastal Plain - Jerusalem
Sites: Beth Shean, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Caesarea Maritima
Lodging: Ramat Rachel , Jerusalem
Beth Shean

Beth Shean

Thursday June 14, 2018

Sites: Temple Mount, Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels, Southern Steps, City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Yad Vashem, Bethlehem
Lodging: Ramat Rachel , Jerusalem
Temple Mount

Temple Mount

Friday June 15, 2018

Sites: Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Saint Anne's, Pool of Bethesda, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Israel Museum, Farewell Dinner at Hotel
Lodging: Ramat Rachel , Jerusalem
Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

Saturday June 16, 2018

TLV to IST on TK785
Depart Tel Aviv on Turkish flight 785 at 9:55am
Arrive Istanbul at 12:15pm (Duration 2 hours 20 minutes)
IST to IAH on TK33
Depart Istanbul on Turkish flight 33 at 1:55pm
Arrive Houston at 7:15pm (Duration 13 hours 20 minutes)