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Jordan, Israel Study Tour with Sun River Church

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When?

13 days including travel
Feb 10-22, 2024

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How Much?

$4890.00 USD
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Led By

Sun River Church and Andy Matzke

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You’re invited to join us on a 13 day, all-inclusive Jordan, 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 Jordan and 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.

— 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

Andy Matzke

Lead Pastor, Sun River Church

Andy Matzke is the lead pastor, teacher, and visionary leader at Sun River Church. He has a real passion to pursue God and help others pursue God as we follow Jesus Christ. Andy and his wife Heidi have been serving together here at Sun River for more than 20 years. They have two kids, Sidney and Zac.

Study Tour Details

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  • $4890.00 USD base cost
  • $1100.00 single-occupancy supplement available
  • $100.00 discount if booking prior to Aug 18, 2023

Optional payment schedule available:

  • $500.00 per-person deposit upon registration
  • $2195.00 per-person due by Sep 22, 2023
  • Remaining balance due by Dec 22, 2023
  • Roundtrip air from SFO
  • 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
  • Drinks with meals
  • Jordanian Visa (currently $57)
  • Business class upgrade $3340 per person.
  • Full refund less $200 for cancellations after deposit.
  • Full refund less $500 for cancellations after August 18, 2023
  • Full refund less $2000 for cancellations after September 22, 2023
  • No refunds for cancellations after December 22, 2023

Itinerary

Sat Feb 10

San Francisco to Istanbul ( Depart tk80 at 6:25pm )
Sun Feb 11

Welcome to Jordan

Welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. After we arrive at the Amman airport and our luggage is collected we will be met by our Jordanian hosts who will take us directly to our hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Istanbul to Queen Alia, Amman ( Depart tk812 at 9:40pm )

Days Inn Hotel Amman
Mon Feb 12

Plains of Moab

The enchanting rose-red façades of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, beckon, but not before we visit Mount Nebo, the place where God brought Moses to look into the Promised Land. You'll see the Madaba Mosaic Map that covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George and have the opportunity to watch local artists create beautiful mosaics. We arrive in Petra later that evening for a fantastic dinner at our hotel where we'll spend the night before exploring this amazing site in the morning.

Mount Nebo, Madaba, Mosaic Shop

Mount Nebo
Tue Feb 13

Into the Wilderness

Today we venture into the amazing Nabataean city of Petra with breathtaking canyons and rock-cut architecture. Enjoy a memorable donkey ride as we finish up our time in this picturesque landscape.  After lunch we will head south to the spectacular Wadi Rum. Once we check into our tents we will head out for a jeep ride as we explore the sites and watch an amazing sunset. Our Bedouin friends will have a traditional supper for us called Zarb, (a roasted lamb and/or chicken feast) waiting for us when we return. We’ll say goodnight and make our way to our personal tents where we’ll spend the evening “glamping” at Sun City Camp.

Petra, Wadi Rum

Petra
Wed Feb 14

God Among Us

After a great night of star gazing and enjoying the amazing sunrise we’ll make our way by motor coach from Jordan into Israel via the Arava border crossing. Once in Israel we will be greeted by our Israeli hosts and make a stop to see the Tabernacle replica in the Negev Wilderness before heading to our hotel for a float in the Dead Sea.

Arava border crossing, Tabernacle replica, Dead Sea Swim

Tabernacle replica
Thu Feb 15

Lessons from the Desert

Today is spent in the Negev where we’ll take a cable car to the top of Masada, the fortress where Jewish defenders made their last stand against the Romans in 73 AD. Next we’ll visit Ein Gedi where David hid from Saul and penned many of the Psalms. Continuing on to Qumran we’ll explore the area where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and then finish our day by arriving at Ein Gev, 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.

Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran

Masada
Fri Feb 16

“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.

Katzrin, Mount Bental, Caesarea Philippi

Katzrin
Sat Feb 17

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

Chorazin
Sun Feb 18

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

Beth Shean
Mon Feb 19

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)

Temple Mount
Tue Feb 20

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

City of David
Wed Feb 21

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

Mount of Olives
Thu Feb 22

Tel Aviv to Istanbul ( Depart tk793 at 7:20am )
Istanbul to San Francisco ( Depart tk79 at 1:50pm )