Israel Study Tour

GTI Signature Study Tour

Sep 25 - Oct 7, 2021

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A GTI Signature Tour

What to Expect

A GTI Signature Tour creates a unique context in which you can see Scripture in a new light while enjoying the rich joys of international travel with like-minded community.

Aside from going with your own church, a GTI Signature Tour is the best way to experience the land and lessons of the Bible!

Done right, a study tour can be relaxing and fun! Together with Randy Alonso, we'll explore the past and present of Israel. Each day we'll unpack what we've learned in the context of biblical history as well as our daily faith.

In addition to visiting the ancient sites where Jesus lived and taught, we'll have the opportunity to dip our toes into the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea and the Jordan River, not to mention the unique cultural experiences and conversation and fellowship over delicious meals.

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Led by Randy Alonso

Pastor, teacher, study tour leader

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 with Bridges for Peace, a Jerusalem-based Christian ministry that builds relationships with Jews in Israel and around the globe by serving them unconditionally. He currently is the Executive Pastor of Central Life Church, Melbourne Florida. 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.

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  • $4790 base cost
  • Minus $100 for Chicago O'Hare
  • $1150.00 single-occupancy supplement available

Optional payment schedule available:

  • $500.00 per-person deposit upon registration
  • $2145.00 per-person due by May 7, 2021
  • Remaining balance due by Aug 6, 2021
  • 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
  • Jordanian Visa (currently $57)
  • Drinks at 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.

Itinerary

Sat Sep 25 • LAX

Los Angeles to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #10 departing 6:30pm
Sun Sep 26 • LAX

Welcome to Israel

Welcome to the Israel. After we arrive at the Ben Gurion airport and our luggage is collected we will be met by our Israeli hosts who will take us directly to our hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Istanbul to Tel Aviv on Turkish Flight #790 departing 8:50pm

Herods Tel Aviv
Mon Sep 27 • LAX

Mediterranean

We will wake up our first day in Israel on the Mediterranean Coast. Today we will explore the ancient and modern sites of Tel Aviv. Tel in Hebrew means Old, and Aviv means Spring or New. We will experience the modern narrative of the state of Israel as well as its ancient past in Jaffa. The day will finish off with some time to relax on the beach and enjoy the local cafes and shops in the area.

Rothschild Boulevard, Ayalon Institute, Jaffa
Tue Sep 28 • LAX

Shephelah

Today we journey back in time to many familiar Old Testament stories as we spend time in the Shephelah (low hills). We will study in context at Beth Shemesh, where Samson was born, and stand in the Valley of Elah where David fought Goliath. Finishing the day, we will arrive at the lowest place on earth in the Dead Sea region.

Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Elah Valley, Beth Guvrin (Maresha)
Wed Sep 29 • LAX

God Among Us

Understanding the desert is a vital part of the Biblical narrative. Today we start with King Herod's palace at Massada, which has a fantastic view of the rift valley and the surrounding area. Next, we will learn about bedouins like Abraham and experience what it would have been like to ride a camel in the desert. Finally, we finish the day with an unforgettable experience of floating in the Dead Sea.

Masada, Bedouin Hospitality, Camel Ride, Tel Arad, Dead Sea Swim
Thu Sep 30 • LAX

Lessons from the Desert

Today is spent in the Negev where we'll visit Ein Gedi, where David hid from Saul and penned many of the Psalms. Continuing to Qumran, we'll see where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and explore the area on the Jordan that John baptized Jesus. With a quick stop in Jericho, we will finish our day by arriving at Ein Gev Hotel, which will be our home for the next three days. Fellowship, reflection, and relaxation will come easy over dinner and a beautiful sunset next to the Sea of Galilee.

Ein Gedi, Qumran, Lower Jordan, Jericho
Fri Oct 1 • LAX

“Who Do You Say that I Am”

Today we follow Jesus to Caesarea Philippi where he asked the disciples the essential question “who do you say that I am”. Enjoy the views from the Golan Heights as we make our way to the Hula valley and then down to the Jordan River. We finish our day with a visit to the 3 Vines Winery to watch the sunset and enjoy some Israeli hospitality and culture.

Katzrin, Mount Bental, Caesarea Philippi, 3 Vines Winery
Sat Oct 2 • LAX

Jesus the Master Teacher

Start the morning with breakfast overlooking Sea of Galilee as we continue our Journey. Today we’ll explore the region where Jesus did over 90% of his miracles and teaching. Visit Capernaum (Jesus’ hometown) as well as the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave the famous Sermon on the Mount. Finish the day enjoying an evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Chorazin, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha, Mount Arbel, Ancient Boat (Ginosar), Galilee Boat Ride
Sun Oct 3 • LAX

Gods Plan at Work

Today we begin in the ancient Roman Decapolis city of Beth Sean as we learn about first century Roman culture. This is also the region where Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle and Gideon picked his men to fight the Midianites. From here we visit Megiddo (the Biblical location of the battle of Armageddon) and Mount Carmel where Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal. We will journey to Caesarea Maritima, former Roman capital of Judea, where the centurion Cornelius heard the Gospel preaching of Peter (Acts 10) and later Paul was imprisoned (Acts 25.26). Our day concludes as we check into our hotel in Jerusalem.

Beth Shean, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea Maritima
Mon Oct 4 • LAX

A Holy City

Welcome to the Holy City of Jerusalem. For the next three days we will walk the ancient alleyways and visit its numerous Biblical sites. Be ready to step back into the first century as we explore our Bible and experience all that Jerusalem and Bethlehem has to offer.

Temple Mount, Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels, Herodium, Shepherds Field, Bethlehem, Johnny's (shopping)
Tue Oct 5 • LAX

City Of David

No trip to Israel would be complete without experiencing some of the famous archeological sites like the City of David and the Israeli Museum. Experience the tunnel that Hezekiah built to bring water into the city as well as the famous Pool of Siloam. We will conclude our day with some shopping and a visit to the Holocaust museum Yad Vashem.

City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem
Wed Oct 6 • LAX

God’s Plan Revealed

On our last day we will continue to enjoy the amazing sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Old City of Jerusalem and areas near by as we walk from the Mount of Olives to the place of crucifixion. The evening will conclude with a farewell dinner as we recount our amazing journey and get to say goodbye to our Israeli friends before heading back to the hotel to pack for the flight home.

Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Pool of Bethesda, Saint Anne's, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Southern Steps, Farewell Dinner
Thu Oct 7 • LAX

Tel Aviv to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #791 departing 8:30am
Istanbul to Los Angeles on Turkish Flight #009 departing 1:10pm
Sat Sep 25 • ORD

O'Hare to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #6 departing 9:30pm
Sun Sep 26 • ORD

Welcome to Israel

Welcome to the Israel. After we arrive at the Ben Gurion airport and our luggage is collected we will be met by our Israeli hosts who will take us directly to our hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Istanbul to Tel Aviv on Turkish Flight #790 departing 8:50pm

Herods Tel Aviv
Mon Sep 27 • ORD

Mediterranean

We will wake up our first day in Israel on the Mediterranean Coast. Today we will explore the ancient and modern sites of Tel Aviv. Tel in Hebrew means Old, and Aviv means Spring or New. We will experience the modern narrative of the state of Israel as well as its ancient past in Jaffa. The day will finish off with some time to relax on the beach and enjoy the local cafes and shops in the area.

Rothschild Boulevard, Ayalon Institute, Jaffa
Tue Sep 28 • ORD

Shephelah

Today we journey back in time to many familiar Old Testament stories as we spend time in the Shephelah (low hills). We will study in context at Beth Shemesh, where Samson was born, and stand in the Valley of Elah where David fought Goliath. Finishing the day, we will arrive at the lowest place on earth in the Dead Sea region.

Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Elah Valley, Beth Guvrin (Maresha)
Wed Sep 29 • ORD

God Among Us

Understanding the desert is a vital part of the Biblical narrative. Today we start with King Herod's palace at Massada, which has a fantastic view of the rift valley and the surrounding area. Next, we will learn about bedouins like Abraham and experience what it would have been like to ride a camel in the desert. Finally, we finish the day with an unforgettable experience of floating in the Dead Sea.

Masada, Bedouin Hospitality, Camel Ride, Tel Arad, Dead Sea Swim
Thu Sep 30 • ORD

Lessons from the Desert

Today is spent in the Negev where we'll visit Ein Gedi, where David hid from Saul and penned many of the Psalms. Continuing to Qumran, we'll see where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and explore the area on the Jordan that John baptized Jesus. With a quick stop in Jericho, we will finish our day by arriving at Ein Gev Hotel, which will be our home for the next three days. Fellowship, reflection, and relaxation will come easy over dinner and a beautiful sunset next to the Sea of Galilee.

Ein Gedi, Qumran, Lower Jordan, Jericho
Fri Oct 1 • ORD

“Who Do You Say that I Am”

Today we follow Jesus to Caesarea Philippi where he asked the disciples the essential question “who do you say that I am”. Enjoy the views from the Golan Heights as we make our way to the Hula valley and then down to the Jordan River. We finish our day with a visit to the 3 Vines Winery to watch the sunset and enjoy some Israeli hospitality and culture.

Katzrin, Mount Bental, Caesarea Philippi, 3 Vines Winery
Sat Oct 2 • ORD

Jesus the Master Teacher

Start the morning with breakfast overlooking Sea of Galilee as we continue our Journey. Today we’ll explore the region where Jesus did over 90% of his miracles and teaching. Visit Capernaum (Jesus’ hometown) as well as the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave the famous Sermon on the Mount. Finish the day enjoying an evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Chorazin, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha, Mount Arbel, Ancient Boat (Ginosar), Galilee Boat Ride
Sun Oct 3 • ORD

Gods Plan at Work

Today we begin in the ancient Roman Decapolis city of Beth Sean as we learn about first century Roman culture. This is also the region where Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle and Gideon picked his men to fight the Midianites. From here we visit Megiddo (the Biblical location of the battle of Armageddon) and Mount Carmel where Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal. We will journey to Caesarea Maritima, former Roman capital of Judea, where the centurion Cornelius heard the Gospel preaching of Peter (Acts 10) and later Paul was imprisoned (Acts 25.26). Our day concludes as we check into our hotel in Jerusalem.

Beth Shean, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea Maritima
Mon Oct 4 • ORD

A Holy City

Welcome to the Holy City of Jerusalem. For the next three days we will walk the ancient alleyways and visit its numerous Biblical sites. Be ready to step back into the first century as we explore our Bible and experience all that Jerusalem and Bethlehem has to offer.

Temple Mount, Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels, Herodium, Shepherds Field, Bethlehem, Johnny's (shopping)
Tue Oct 5 • ORD

City Of David

No trip to Israel would be complete without experiencing some of the famous archeological sites like the City of David and the Israeli Museum. Experience the tunnel that Hezekiah built to bring water into the city as well as the famous Pool of Siloam. We will conclude our day with some shopping and a visit to the Holocaust museum Yad Vashem.

City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem
Wed Oct 6 • ORD

God’s Plan Revealed

On our last day we will continue to enjoy the amazing sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Old City of Jerusalem and areas near by as we walk from the Mount of Olives to the place of crucifixion. The evening will conclude with a farewell dinner as we recount our amazing journey and get to say goodbye to our Israeli friends before heading back to the hotel to pack for the flight home.

Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Pool of Bethesda, Saint Anne's, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Southern Steps, Farewell Dinner
Thu Oct 7 • ORD

Tel Aviv to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #791 departing 8:30am
Istanbul to O'Hare on Turkish Flight #5 departing 2:10pm

Flight Details

Sat, Sep 25 2021
Depart Los Angeles at 6:30pm
LAX to IST on tk10
Arrive Istanbul at 5:40pm
Duration: 13 hours 10 minutes
Sun, Sep 26 2021
Depart Istanbul at 8:50pm
IST to TLV on tk790
Arrive Tel Aviv at 11:00pm
Duration: 02 hours 10 minutes
Thu, Oct 7 2021
Depart Tel Aviv at 8:30am
TLV to IST on tk791
Arrive Istanbul at 10:45am
Duration: 02 hours 15 minutes
Thu, Oct 7 2021
Depart Istanbul at 1:10pm
IST to LAX on tk009
Arrive Los Angeles at 4:50pm
Duration: 13 hours 40 minutes
Sat, Sep 25 2021
Depart O'Hare at 9:30pm
ORD to IST on tk6
Arrive Istanbul at 4:10pm
Duration: 10 hours 40 minutes
Sun, Sep 26 2021
Depart Istanbul at 8:50pm
IST to TLV on tk790
Arrive Tel Aviv at 11:00pm
Duration: 02 hours 10 minutes
Thu, Oct 7 2021
Depart Tel Aviv at 8:30am
TLV to IST on tk791
Arrive Istanbul at 10:45am
Duration: 02 hours 15 minutes
Thu, Oct 7 2021
Depart Istanbul at 2:10pm
IST to ORD on tk5
Arrive O'Hare at 5:35pm
Duration: 11 hours 25 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!