Israel Study Tour

for Pastors and Christian Educators

January 2 – 13, 2019

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All Inclusive

With the exception of your daily lunch, everything is included in the price below—from international airfare to guide/driver tips!

Biblically Focused

This study tour will open your eyes to the color and depth of Scripture in a way that will change how you read your Bible and never ever fade!

In Depth Study

Our pre-trip curriculum, printed study guide, and passionate leaders get the most from the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of the Holy Land.

Study tours are a great option for your sabatical, continuing education, or for helping you rediscover your passion for Scripture.

On a GTI Study Tour you’re not a tourist—you’re a ministry investment.

To learn more and register over the phone 800-829-8234 or 616-396-1234.
Your travel coordinator for this trip is Amy Holstege.

Your Study Tour Leaders

Randy Alonso

Randy Alonso has been a pastor for over 30 years and has been married to his wife D’anae for 37 years. Randy first traveled to Israel in 2001 and became an advocate of the land of Israel and the Jewish people. He works for Bridges for Peace, a Jerusalem-based Christian ministry that builds relationships with Jews in Israel and around the globe. He also serves as President of the International Ministerial Fellowship which serves over 1,300 Christian leaders worldwide. He holds a Doctorate of Divinity from Masters International University of Divinity and is a graduate of Bridges for Peace Institute of Israel. Randy is also a Certified teacher, coach and speaker for the John Maxwell Team.

Rich Ferreira

After graduating with his Masters in Theology from Talbot Seminary, Rich and his wife Becky began working full-time for Hume Ministries in 2001. Rich’s passions are discipleship and teaching God’s word in a way that brings it alive in today’s world. In his spare time, Rich enjoys leading Israel Study Tours (32 trips and counting), motorcycle riding, off-roading and spending time with his wife, daughters Ellie and Carmel as well as his two sons Jaron and Ronen. In 2016 Rich and his family moved to Michigan to join the GTI staff where he serves as General Manager.

Ronen Ben Moshe

Once in Israel, Ronen will be your encyclopedia, companion, servant, guide, and friend. Take advantage of his knowledge and generosity as your own curiosity and desire for information inevitably kicks in!

Joey Webb

Joey Webb is a people person, logistics guy, medic and mentor. Over the past 8 years, he’s been on 12 GTI Israel Study Tours helping leaders in just about every capacity.

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.

— STEVE

 

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

Preparation Guide

 

Once you arrive in the Holy Land you’ll have a lot of ground to cover, so to ensure that you’re prepared, comfortable, and informed we’ve put together a series of videos as well as a comprehensive online preparation guide that contains everything you need to know in order to have an educational, memorable, and hopefully life-changing trip.

Table of Contents

  • Overview & Packing List
  • Clothing & Footwear
  • Snacks, Health, and Hygiene
  • Travel Tips & Money
  • Photos, Phones & WiFi
  • Physical & Spiritual Preparation

Your Study Tour Itinerary

Itinerary subject to change.

 

Wednesday January 2, 2019

LAX to IST on TK10
Depart Los Angeles on Turkish flight 10 at 6:45pm
**Flight for group out of Los Angeles**
ORD to IST on TK6
Depart O'Hare on Turkish flight 6 at 8:20pm
**Flight for group out of Chicago**
TK6-ORD-IST

TK6-ORD-IST

Thursday January 3, 2019

Arrive Istanbul at 6:55pm (Duration 13 hours 10 minutes)
**Flight for group out of Los Angeles**
Arrive Istanbul at 4:45pm (Duration 11 hours 25 minutes)
**Flight for group out of Chicago**
IST to TLV on TK864
Depart Istanbul on Turkish flight 864 at 8:25pm
Arrive Tel Aviv at 9:35pm (Duration 2 hours 10 minutes)
Lodging: Neve Ilan, Jerusalem
Neve Ilan

Neve Ilan

Friday January 4, 2019

Shephelah
Sites: Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Azekah, Beth Guvrin (Maresha), Shabbat Dinner
Lodging: Isrotel Ganim Hotel, Dead Sea
Yad Hashmonah

Yad Hashmonah

Saturday January 5, 2019

Negev
Sites: Masada, Bedouin Hospitality, Tel Arad, Dead Sea
Lodging: Isrotel Ganim Hotel, Dead Sea
Masada

Masada

Sunday January 6, 2019

Negev
Sites: Ein Gedi, Qumran, Lower Jordan
Lodging: Ein Gev Kibbutz, Galilee
Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi

Monday January 7, 2019

Galilee
Sites: Mount Arbel, Tabgha, Capernaum, Chorazin, Mount of Beatitudes, Ancient Boat (Ginosar)
Lodging: Ein Gev Kibbutz, Galilee
Mount Arbel

Mount Arbel

Tuesday January 8, 2019

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

Galilee Boat Ride

Wednesday January 9, 2019

Galilee - Jerusalem
Sites: Beth Shean, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea Maritima
Lodging: Dan Hotel, Jerusalem
Beth Shean

Beth Shean

Thursday January 10, 2019

Jerusalem
Sites: Temple Mount, Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels, Herodium, Bethlehem
Lodging: Dan Hotel, Jerusalem
Temple Mount

Temple Mount

Friday January 11, 2019

Jerusalem
Sites: City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Southern Steps, Yad Vashem
Lodging: Dan Hotel, Jerusalem
City of David

City of David

Saturday January 12, 2019

Jerusalem
Sites: Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Saint Anne's, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Ramparts, Israel Museum, Bridges for Peace, Farewell Dinner at Dolphin Yam Restaurant
Lodging: Dan Hotel, Jerusalem
Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

Sunday January 13, 2019

TLV to IST on TK865
Depart Tel Aviv on Turkish flight 865 at 8:50am
Arrive Istanbul at 12:20pm (Duration 2 hours 30 minutes)
** Group leaves Israel together**
IST to LAX on TK009
Depart Istanbul on Turkish flight 009 at 1:55pm
Arrive Los Angeles at 4:45pm (Duration 13 hours 50 minutes)
**LA Group**
IST to ORD on TK5
Depart Istanbul on Turkish flight 5 at 4:00pm
Arrive O'Hare at 6:50pm (Duration 11 hours 50 minutes)
**Chicago Group**

Payment Schedule & Other Details

Payment schedule:

  • $500.00 per person deposit on confirmation
  • $1,100 due June 2, 2017
  • Total balance due November 23, 2017

Refund Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refund less $200 fee for cancellations after deposit.
  • Full refund less $800 fee for cancellations after June 1, 2017
  • Full refund less $2000 fee for cancellations after October 3, 2017
  • No refunds for cancellations after November 22, 2017

This is an all-inclusive trip which includes:

  • R/T economy class air from/to Los Angeles and Chicago
  • Deluxe Hotels – Buffet dinner and breakfast daily
  • Lunches served on site
  • Deluxe motor coach touring
  • Hydration backpack with bottled water on tour
  • All transfers, porterage, entrance fees and taxes
  • Guide and driver tips
  • Study guides, journals
  • GTI Blog
  • Pre trip curriculum

Insurance:

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.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Janie Sportel, your travel coordinator at GTI Tours, with any questions you may have at  800-829-8234 or 616-396-1234 or janie@gtitours.org