Homesick for Israel

Returning to the Land and the Text!

Sep 3-14, 2023

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A GTI Signature Tour

What to Expect

Is it possible to be homesick for a place you have never called home? Many people who have been to Israel would say that it is.

For the first time GTI Tours' history, we have hand-crafted a study tour designed specifically for those who have been to Israel before. This tour is created to give the Homesick a chance to return Home, to revisit the Land and to learn new Lessons from her, to bring new chapters of the Bible to Life!

Not only will this itinerary include new sites but also new experiences: getting your hands dirty on an archaeological dig, shopping at the Mahane Yehuda Market, taking in the vivid colors of the Baha'i Gardens. Spiritual moments will abound at significant cities such as Bethel, Shiloh, and Mount Gerizim and at a traditional Shabbat dinner. Get reacquainted with the Old City of Jerusalem and the quiet waves of the Sea of Galilee.

As important as a great itinerary is to a great tour, even more crucial is a great Israeli guide! And that is why the Homesick for Israel Tour has none other than the famous Ronen Ben Moshe as Guide! Ronen has been guiding in Israel since 1994 and has lead hundreds of tours throughout the land. He holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern history from the Hebrew University as well as vast knowledge of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. On this tour, Ronen will be your encyclopedia, companion, servant, and friend.

Register today for this amazing tour, "Homesick for Israel: Returning to the Land and the Text"!

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Led by Rich Ferreira

GTI Tours General Manager

After graduating with his Masters from Talbot Theological 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 Biblical Study Tours (50 trips and counting), motorcycle riding, snowboarding, and spending time with his wife, daughters Ellie and Carmel, and his two sons Jaron and Ronen. In 2016 Rich and his family moved from California to Michigan to join the GTI Tours staff full-time, where he serves as General Manager.

and Ronen Ben Moshe

Israeli Guide

Ronen Ben Moshe has been guiding in Israel since 1994 and has lead hundreds of tours throughout the land. He holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern history from the Hebrew University as well as vast knowledge of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 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!

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  • $4990 base cost
  • Minus $100 for Chicago O'Hare
  • $1290.00 single-occupancy supplement available

Optional payment schedule available:

  • $500.00 per-person deposit upon registration
  • $2245.00 per-person due by Apr 14, 2023
  • $2245.00 per-person due by Apr 14, 2023
  • Remaining balance due by Jul 14, 2023
  • Roundtrip air from Los Angeles or Chicago
  • Hotel accommodations as indicated
  • Daily breakfast and dinner buffet
  • Lunches on site
  • GTI Osprey hydration packs with bottled water on tour
  • Deluxe touring motor coach
  • All entrance fees
  • Guide/Driver Tips
  • Porterage fees and taxes
  • GTI Study Guide, journals
  • Pre trip curriculum
  • GTI Blog

Cost from LAX $4990 Cost from Chicago $4890

  • Drinks with meals

“GTI Tours has been serving, listening to, and learning from their network of leaders and ministries for years—which is why their study tours are exceptional!“

Dr. Mark Strauss
Bethel Seminary Professor

GTI Tours specializes in biblical study tours that bring the land and lessons of the Bible to life for churches, universities, ministries, and teams.


Sun Sep 3 • default

Los Angeles to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #180 departing 1:45pm
O'Hare to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #6 departing 9:40pm
Mon Sep 4 • default

Istanbul to Tel Aviv on Turkish Flight #788 departing 6:20pm

Dan Hotel
Tue Sep 5 • default

Temple Mount, Hebron, Shepherds Field, Wood Carving Artist
Wed Sep 6 • default

Neot Kedumim, Beth Guvrin (Maresha), Archaeological Dig
Thu Sep 7 • default

Bethel, Shiloh, Mount Gerizim
Fri Sep 8 • default

Mount of Olives, Mt. Zion, Jewish Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mahane Yehuda Market, Shabbat of a Lifetime
Sat Sep 9 • default

Good Samaritan Inn, Kibbutz Almog, Tel Jericho, Lower Jordan, Jericho
Sun Sep 10 • default

Church of Annunciation, Katzrin (cultural experience), Magdala, Ancient Boat (Ginosar), Galilee Boat Ride
Mon Sep 11 • default

Zefat, Acco, Rosh Hanikra
Tue Sep 12 • default

Mt. Precipice, Sepphoris, Kefar Kedem, Tel Aviv
Wed Sep 13 • default

Ayalon Institute, Jaffa, Farewell Dinner - Old Man and the Sea
Thu Sep 14 • default

Tel Aviv to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #791 departing 12:50am
Istanbul to O'Hare on Turkish Flight #185 departing 6:35am
Istanbul to Los Angeles on Turkish Flight #179 departing 8:25am

Flight Details

Sun, Sep 3 2023
Depart Los Angeles at 1:45pm
LAX to IST on tk180
Arrive Istanbul at 12:55pm
Duration: 13 hours 10 minutes
Sun, Sep 3 2023
Depart O'Hare at 9:40pm
ORD to IST on tk6
Arrive Istanbul at 4:10pm
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
Mon, Sep 4 2023
Depart Istanbul at 6:20pm
IST to TLV on tk788
Arrive Tel Aviv at 8:20pm
Duration: 02 hours 00 minutes
Thu, Sep 14 2023
Depart Tel Aviv at 12:50am
TLV to IST on tk791
Arrive Istanbul at 3:10am
Duration: 02 hours 20 minutes
Thu, Sep 14 2023
Depart Istanbul at 6:35am
IST to ORD on tk185
Arrive O'Hare at 9:50am
Duration: 11 hours 15 minutes
Thu, Sep 14 2023
Depart Istanbul at 8:25am
IST to LAX on tk179
Arrive Los Angeles at 12:05pm
Duration: 13 hours 40 minutes

Why GTI Tours?

All Inclusive

More than simply a statement about pricing, “All Inclusive” describes GTI’s holistic approach to facilitating purposeful travel and experiential learning in cooperation with our Ministry Partners.

Biblically Focused

Your tour leader, study materials, and even itinerary are biblically focused, creating a journey that will draw you more deeply into God’s Word with each step you take.

Experiential Itinerary

Each stop on your itinerary is selected because it provides an experience than brings meaning and emotional significance to the information you will be learning.

All Expenses Covered

There’s no need to worry about wasting time and money haggling or being surprised by hidden costs. Except for souvenirs and optional upgrades, every part of your trip is covered.

Online Registration

Our secure online payment and registration system allows for payment plans and reminders, easy passport and document uploads, and confidence that your money and information is safe.

Online Tour Journal

Friends and family can receive daily updates of text, photos, audio, and video from you and other participants to keep up with where you are and what you’re learning via the GTI Online Tour Journal.

Backpacks and Gear

We take care of everything so you can stay focused during your Study Tour, including providing you with a hydration backpack, study guide, passport/ticket carrier, and even a flashlight (when the trip calls for it).

Local Guides & Drivers

We have spent years developing relationships with experienced guides and drivers because they are an integral part of a study tour. And if you already have a trusted guide/driver you prefer that’s ok too!