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Bible Study Tour: Israel (2023)

Feb 6-14, 2023 WALKING WHERE JESUS WALKED

Walking where Jesus walked

We hear a good deal of talk about doing what Jesus would do (WWJD?), but how about walking where Jesus walked? We would like to invite you to join the 2023 annual tour—as we return to Israel.

Benefits of joining the tour

  • Your faith will be strengthened. You'll no longer have to imagine what the biblical world looks like. Now you can remember!
  • The fellowship is invigorating. Make new friends from around the globe. Since the Biblical Study Tours began, over 1000 persons have taken part!
  • The Bible comes to life, revealing new dimensions—as you better your grasp of history, geography, biblical characters, and the flow of the biblical story. With a more solid understanding of scripture, your confidence in talking to others will grow.
  • Your heart will fill with memories to last the rest of your life. You've thought about these locations for years; now's your chance to experience them—or experience them anew, if this will be a return visit.

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Dr. Douglas JacobyLincoln Christian University, IL
Itinerary Details Hosts & Guide Policies Contact

Feb 6 Mon       Arrive Tel Aviv
Group Transfer to the hotel - Orientation & welcome dinner at 7pm at out Tel Aviv hotel

Feb 7 Tue         Caesarea Maritima - Mt. Carmel Nazareth - 1st Century Boat - Ginosar
Breakfast and departure from the hotel. Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth Village and Lunch. First Century Boat Museum / coffee & ice cream break. Devotional on Sea of Galilee. Dinner at hotel.

Feb 8 Wed       Dan - Caesarea Philippi - Capernaum 
Breakfast and departure from the hotel. Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Lunch, Capernaum. Dinner at hotel

Feb 9 Thu        Sebastia - Jacob Well - Mt. Gerizim - Samaria
Breakfast and departure from the hotel for Sebastia. Lunch. Jacob’s well, Mt.Gerizim. Dinner at hotel in Samaria 

Feb 10 Fri     Shiloh - Bethel - Jericho - Jerusalem
Breakfast and departure from the hotel. Shiloh https://www.a-shiloh.co.il/en, Bethel. Lunch, Jericho. Drive to Jerusalem. Dinner at hotel

Feb 11 Sat       Israel Museum - Caiaphas’ House - Mt Zion
Breakfast and departure from the hotel. Israel Museum, lunch on own (at Museum). House and dungeon of Caiaphas. Mt Zion, Cardo, Nehemiah’s Wall, David’s Tomb, Cenacle. Dinner at hotel

Feb 12  Sun    City of David - Hezekiah's Tunnel Gethsemane
Breakfast and departure from the hotel. City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel / Canaanite Tunnel. Davidson Center / Temple Mount. Lunch in Old City. Communion service in the Garden of Gethsemane. Free Time in Old City. Dinner at Hotel

Feb 13 Mon  Bethlehem - Church of Nativity - Shepherds' Fields
Breakfast and departure from the hotel. Church of the Nativity (Bethlehem), Shepherds' Fields. Lunch and shopping. Back to hotel and Dinner

Feb 14 Tue     Transfer to the airport
Fly home or join post tour

POST TOUR

14 Feb Tue
Drive to Dead Sea, Scenic overlook: Wadi Kelt (on the way down from Jerusalem, just off the Jerusalem-Jericho Road, a short stop). Qumran, Ein Gedi (walk and picnic lunch). Masada. Check into Dead Sea hotel and swimming in the Dead Sea.

15 Feb Wed
Morning at Dead Sea Hotel. Arad (ancient Canaanite city), Beersheva and lunch. Drive to Tel Aviv hotel

16 Feb Thu     Transfer to the airport
Fly home

Including
  • 1 night at Crowne Plaza Beach, Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights at Magdala Hotel, Sea of Galilee
  • 1 night at Taybeh Golden Hotel in Samaria  https://taybehgoldenhotel.com/#/home 
  • 4 nights at Grand Court Jerusalem 
  • 8 breakfasts & dinners at hotels
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary 
  • Private English-speaking guide throughout the itinerary, 
  • 7 days of touring in a deluxe airconditioned bus 
  • One Bus transfer from the airport to the Hotel
  • One Bus transfer from the hotel to the airport 
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary, including unlimited access to all national parks
  • Service charges and local taxes
  • Personal headsets (whispers)      
  • Tips to tour guide, driver, and porters
Excluding
  • Lunches, and drinks
  • Travel and Health insurances, all kind of insurance
  • Visa fees, other expenses of personal nature 

OPENING DINNER AND ORIENTATION
At the orientation meeting (1900) on the 1st (right before dinner), you’ll receive written materials, including your BST name badge, to be worn at all times during the tour. Questions will be answered, gifts distributed, and the group will get to know one another.

Regardless of how tired you may feel — esp. for those who have traveled 10 or 20 hours to Israel — make yourself stay awake so that there’s no chance you’ll miss the welcome dinner. If you end up taking a nap, we suggest you keep it short (2-3 hours) — otherwise you’ll make it difficult for yourself to get onto Israel time. (Scroll down for suggestions on overcoming jet lag.)

Please do not arrive to Tel Aviv any later than 5 pm (1700) on 6 Feb. You will miss the opening dinner and orientation.

GETTING TO ISRAEL
Fly into Tel Aviv (airport code TLV). While you are responsible for getting yourself to Israel, our agents will meet you at the airport on the 1st and take you to our hotel. These airport transfers are included in the price of the tour.

Since the tour is 6-14 Feb, arrive no later than 1600 on 6 Feb, as we need all participants to join the opening dinner. Transfer from airport to hotel on 1st is included in the price, for all arrivals up till 1600. If you arrive after 1700, please arrange a taxi.

(If you're flying through the night, you'd leave home on 5th, to land on the 6th.) The welcome dinner / orientation in Tel Aviv is on the evening of 6 Feb, and the closing dinner is in Jerusalem on 13 Feb—you'll stay that night and fly out sometime on the 14th. Breakfast on the 14th is included; return home anytime that day.

FLIGHTS
Airfare is not included in the tour price—as participants are coming from multiple countries. If you’re flying from North America, flights usually run in the $900-$1500 range. Suggestions:

  • As for airlines, if you are frequent flyers, stay within your system.
  • Shop around. I like www.kayak.com.
  • Sometimes you save by creating two itineraries. For a recent Israel trip, I booked one round trip Atlanta-Amsterdam-Atlanta, and another Amsterdam-Tel Aviv-Amsterdam.
  • And ask your friends who fly….

EXTRA DAYS
If you want to arrive early (on the 5th or before) or leave later (15 Feb onward), that is fine. Our agents can help you, or you can book your own hotel for those extra days. Sorry, airport runs are included only for the 6th and 14th, although the agents will be happy to work something out (extra cost).

Note: If you are arriving early (middle of the night or early morning) you may want to contact our agents and pay for an extra night, as a rooms are not guaranteed before early afternoon. (More often than not, they are ready, but we cannot promise this.) Tutku Tours will be happy to extend your reservation so that your room will definitely be ready when you arrive.

Tutku are available at info@tutkutours.com.


 Locations on the map may include pre program or extension locations with main program.
Including
  • 1 night at Crowne Plaza Beach, Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights at Magdala Hotel, Sea of Galilee
  • 1 night at Taybeh Golden Hotel in Samaria  https://taybehgoldenhotel.com/#/home 
  • 4 nights at Grand Court Jerusalem 
  • 8 breakfasts & dinners at hotels
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary 
  • Private English-speaking guide throughout the itinerary, 
  • 7 days of touring in a deluxe airconditioned bus 
  • One Bus transfer from the airport to the Hotel
  • One Bus transfer from the hotel to the airport 
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary, including unlimited access to all national parks
  • Service charges and local taxes
  • Personal headsets (whispers)      
  • Tips to tour guide, driver, and porters
Excluding
  • Lunches, and drinks
  • Travel and Health insurances, all kind of insurance
  • Visa fees, other expenses of personal nature 

OPENING DINNER AND ORIENTATION
At the orientation meeting (1900) on the 1st (right before dinner), you’ll receive written materials, including your BST name badge, to be worn at all times during the tour. Questions will be answered, gifts distributed, and the group will get to know one another.

Regardless of how tired you may feel — esp. for those who have traveled 10 or 20 hours to Israel — make yourself stay awake so that there’s no chance you’ll miss the welcome dinner. If you end up taking a nap, we suggest you keep it short (2-3 hours) — otherwise you’ll make it difficult for yourself to get onto Israel time. (Scroll down for suggestions on overcoming jet lag.)

Please do not arrive to Tel Aviv any later than 5 pm (1700) on 6 Feb. You will miss the opening dinner and orientation.

GETTING TO ISRAEL
Fly into Tel Aviv (airport code TLV). While you are responsible for getting yourself to Israel, our agents will meet you at the airport on the 1st and take you to our hotel. These airport transfers are included in the price of the tour.

Since the tour is 6-14 Feb, arrive no later than 1600 on 6 Feb, as we need all participants to join the opening dinner. Transfer from airport to hotel on 1st is included in the price, for all arrivals up till 1600. If you arrive after 1700, please arrange a taxi.

(If you're flying through the night, you'd leave home on 5th, to land on the 6th.) The welcome dinner / orientation in Tel Aviv is on the evening of 6 Feb, and the closing dinner is in Jerusalem on 13 Feb—you'll stay that night and fly out sometime on the 14th. Breakfast on the 14th is included; return home anytime that day.

FLIGHTS
Airfare is not included in the tour price—as participants are coming from multiple countries. If you’re flying from North America, flights usually run in the $900-$1500 range. Suggestions:

  • As for airlines, if you are frequent flyers, stay within your system.
  • Shop around. I like www.kayak.com.
  • Sometimes you save by creating two itineraries. For a recent Israel trip, I booked one round trip Atlanta-Amsterdam-Atlanta, and another Amsterdam-Tel Aviv-Amsterdam.
  • And ask your friends who fly….

EXTRA DAYS
If you want to arrive early (on the 5th or before) or leave later (15 Feb onward), that is fine. Our agents can help you, or you can book your own hotel for those extra days. Sorry, airport runs are included only for the 6th and 14th, although the agents will be happy to work something out (extra cost).

Note: If you are arriving early (middle of the night or early morning) you may want to contact our agents and pay for an extra night, as a rooms are not guaranteed before early afternoon. (More often than not, they are ready, but we cannot promise this.) Tutku Tours will be happy to extend your reservation so that your room will definitely be ready when you arrive.

Tutku are available at info@tutkutours.com.


Hosts
Dr. Douglas Jacoby

Douglas Jacoby is a Bible teacher who has served as a minister on church staff for 20 years, in London, Birmingham, Sydney, Stockholm, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Washington DC, Douglas. Since 2003 he has worked as a freelance teacher and consultant.

Douglas has engaged in a number of public debates (Islam, atheism, theology, Judaism). He also serves an adjunct professor of theology at Lincoln Christian University and professor of theology in the Rocky Mountain School of Theology and Ministry. With degrees from Drew, Harvard, and Duke, Douglas has written 35 books, recorded nearly 900 podcasts, and spoken in over 100 universities, and in over 500 cities, in 126 nations around the world. Douglas has led 25 tours to the biblical world. The Jacobys have three adult children. Douglas and his wife, Vicki, reside in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Guide
Isaac Karasenti

My name is Isaac Karasenti and I am Tour-Guide , Bible expert and expert in Christianity. I was born and raised in Haifa Israel in Dec. 1968. I'm married and have 3 children.

My Tour-Guide license : Haifa University
Bible expert and expert in Christianity : Yad Yitzchak Ben-Tzvi academy Jerusalem

I have a great passion for learning the Bible so I can serve my clients better . I believe in the Bible. My compass is the Bible. I live, think, dream,  eat and drink – only the Bible. Therefore, 30 years ago, I decided  to become a Tour-Guide, Bible expert and expert in Christianity  in order to share my knowledge and passion of the Bible and the Biblical sites with others.  

I have 30 years of experience guiding mainly here in Israel and also in Egypt & Sinai, Jordan, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Malta and Italy.  

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancel by 1 Jul 2021—receive back 100% of deposit and 100% of balance.
  • Cancel by 1 Aug—receive back 50% of deposit and 100% of balance.
  • Cancel by 1 Sep—90% of balance only.
  • Cancel by 1 Oct—80% of balance.
  • Cancel by 1 Nov—50% of balance.
  • Cancel by 1 Dec—25% of balance.
  • Cancellation after 1 Jan—no refund.

In the interests of consistency and fairness to all, please do not request refunds greater than the amount indicated on the chart. Thank you for understanding.

Note: in the event of political unrest, and only if the BST cancels the tour, you can expect a 100% refund of both deposit and balance.

Refund Policy
After 30 June 2022, deposits are non-refundable.

The portion of the balance refundable is:
- Before 1 August, 90%
- Before 1 September, 80%
- Before 1 October, 70%
- Before 1 November, 60%
- Before 1 December, 50%
- Before 1 January, 40%
- Before 15 January, 33%
- After 15 January, no refund

Travel Insurance (US members)
Travel insurance is available as a separate package at an extra cost. The cost of travel insurance is approximately $210 to $350, depending on length of tour, tour inclusions, etc. Tour participants may call our agents' associate office in New Jersey, Prime Travel, to purchase travel insurance and obtain the exact rate for your tour. The travel insurance policy is a contract between traveler and Insurance Company (Travel Guard, Allianz etc). Tutku Tours has no role in booking or in the payment of the travel insurance. When you call to inquire about travel insurance, please mention your group name (Tutku—BST Jacoby).

Prime Travel’s phone number: 1-201-825-1600. Contact: Mrs. Armagan Ayata or Mr. Sal Kesedar.

How to Register
All communication is through email. To join the tour, please email to Douglas Jacoby. He'll add you to the interest list, and then contact you personally. Once you're in the system, you will receive periodic updates.

You're registered only once your deposit (or full payment) has been received, or sponsorship has been verified. Also send in your personal details (scroll down). If you're applying for a new passport, register now and send passport when you have it.

Emergency contact
Here the contact numbers in the event you need to be reached urgently while in Israel, or if there is an issue and you need to talk to someone after you have arrived.

OPERATIONS:  Ms. Sema Ankarali – Mobile Phone: +90-532-296-9396
PRESIDENT:  Levent Oral  -  Mobile Phone: +90-532-296-6921
DIRECTOR:  Douglas Jacoby - +1 678-231-8881

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