DT2304
New Castle Bible Church
June 19-30, 2023
$TBD

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To register, please download, complete and mail the registration form and a check to the address at the top right of the form. NOTE: All participants must complete a registration form. NOTE: Registration forms are not available until an airline is contracted, which will be sometime in early August 2022. In the meantime, you should register for the email list below.

All communication for this group tour is via email. It is important for all participants to subscribe at the link to the right.

Covid-19 Travel Considerations:

Each participant is solely and personally responsible for compliance or non-compliance with all Covid-19 protocols established by the airlines and/or any relevant governments. Because the Covid-19 protocols are fluid, regularly changing according to current conditions, Discipleship Travel LLC is not responsible for any changes to protocols by any authorities or any losses incurred by a participant as a result of Covid-19 protocols or Covid-19 illness.

As of March 1, 2022, Israel no longer requires visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

 

DAY 1JUNE 19

Departing from PEORIA (PIA), the group will connect with an overnight flight to Tel Aviv.

DAY 2JUNE 20

You are scheduled to arrive in Tel Aviv at 4:20PM. You will transfer to your hotel in Netanya, on the coast of the Mediterranean.

After dinner, you will have a free evening to visit with friends at the hotel or walk along the beach.

Overnight: Netanya

Mediterranean sunset, Netanya, Israel.

DAY 3 – JUNE 21

Today, you will make your way to the Sea of Galilee. Along the way, you will visit Caesarea, where Paul almost persuaded Agrippa to be a Christian; Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged the prophets of Ba’al; Megiddo, which guards over the Valley of Armageddon; Jezreel, the home of Ahab and Jezebel; and, finally the Nazareth Overlook, which provides an amazing look over the valley below, sometimes called the “Grand Central Station of Bible History.”

Overnight: Nazareth

DAY 4JUNE 22

This day’s activities focus on the life and ministry of Jesus, including the Church of Annunciation, Arbel Cliff, the Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Magdala, and sailing on the Sea of Galilee.

After a buffet dinner you will be free to visit the lake shore or hang out around the hotel and talk with others about the day’s activities.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee

A view of the Sea of Galilee and the Plain of Ginnosar from Mt. Arbel.

DAY 5 – JUNE 23

This day will be spent in the north. You will visit Tel Dan and see Jereboam’s altar and a rare mud brick gate from the time of Abraham. Next, you will drive up to Caesarea Philippi (Banias) where Peter made his confession, “Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God.” Returning by way of the Golan Heights you will stop at Hippus.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee

DAY 6 – JUNE 24

Today, you make your way south through the Jordan River Valley. You will begin the day at Bet Shean, the city where Saul’s body was hung on the wall, and Qasr el Yehud, a possible location of Jesus’ baptism. Continuing south, you will visit Jericho, Qumran, hike at En Gedi, and swim in the Dead Sea.

Overnight: Dead Sea

New Testament Bet Shean (foreground); Old Testament Bet Shean (background)

DAY 7 – JUNE 25

You will begin the day ascending Masada. Afterward, you will visit Arad, Beersheba, before making your way to Jerusalem via the western foothill cities of Lachish, Azekah, and Bet Shemesh.

You will end the day with a lecture that provides an overview of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 8 – JUNE 26

An early breakfast will get you ready for a wonderful day in Jerusalem, the Holy City.  You will begin the day at the Citadel of David. Afterward, a visit to the Old Testament Jerusalem Model will help you understand the history and development of Jerusalem during the OT period. You will visit Hezekiah’s Broad Wall, the excavations surrounding the southern portion of the Temple Mount, the City of David, Warren’s Shaft, the the Pool of Siloam.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 9 – JUNE 27 

The first half of this day is focused on the central hill country with visits to Shiloh, where the ark rested for some 300 years, and Mt. Gerizim, home of the Samaritans, which provides an overlook of Shechem.

In the afternoon you will visit Zion Gate, followed by stops at the Upper Room, St. Peter Galicantu, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 10 – JUNE 28

After and early breakfast, you will ascend the Temple Mount, the most sacred area in the world for Jews and the third holiest for Muslims. After coming off the Temple Mount you will visit the Pools of Bethesda and a portion of the traditional Via Dolorosa. Afteward, you will visit the Garden Tomb to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Afterward, you will make your way back to the Jewish Quarter, visiting the Cardo on the way to the Southern Steps Excavations.

In the afternoon, you will be visiting the archaeological wing of the Israel Museum, the Jerusalem Model and the Dead Sea Scroll exhibit at the Shrine of the Book.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem image

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

DAY 11JUNE 29 

 An early start to the day will have you ready to visit the Mount of Olives, the descend to the Garden of Gethsemane. Afterward, you will head south to visit the Herodium, another of Herod’s desert fortresses and his burial place, and Bethlehem. You will have a shopping stop in Bethlehem, then pass the US Embassy on your way back to the hotel.

The late afternoon and evening will be free.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Jerusalem's Eastern Gate from the Mount of Olives

Jerusalem’s Eastern Gate from the Mount of Olives

DAY 12 – JUNE 30

You are scheduled for a morning return flight, bringing you back with memories that you will cherish forever.

** The above itinerary is subject to change based on local conditions, which may include, but is not limited to weather, crowds, and security matters.

Covid-19 Travel Considerations:

Each participant is responsible to comply with all Covid-19 protocols published by the airlines and any relevant governments. Because the Covid-19 protocols are fluid, regularly changing according to current conditions, Discipleship Travel LLC is not responsible for any changes to protocols by any authorities or any losses incurred by a participant as a result of Covid-19 protocols or Covid-19 illness.

TOUR PRICE: 

$TBD* – Full Package (Cash/Check Payment)
$TBD* – Ground-Only Package (Cash/Check Payment)

Credit card payments are NOT accepted for this tour.

The Full Package originates and ends in Peoria, IL (PIA).

The Ground-Only package includes everything the full-package includes except airfare. Ground-Only participants must provide their own transportation, and it must be coordinated with the group’s Tel Aviv arrival and departure.

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE: coach airfare◇, double-occupancy† accommodations in superior to deluxe hotels, entry fees, guides, drivers, breakfast and dinner^ at the hotels, climate controlled buses, porterage, taxes and tips (hotel staff, drivers, and guides).

◇ Seat upgrades may be available at an extra-charge.

† A single room requires a supplement of $TBD. Discipleship Travel LLC is not responsible to provide a roommate. Each participant is responsible to provide their own roommates.

^ All meals are prepared in industry regulated kitchens that are licensed by the appropriate health boards, but Discipleship Travel LLC neither gurantees nor represents that in-flight and/or hotel meals will meet specific allergy or dietary restrictions of any participant.

NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COST: Lunches, a la carte beverages at buffets (e.g., soft drinks and alcohol), daily water or snacks, souvenirs or personal expenses, any expenses resulting from illness or accident, passport costs, or any other expenses not specifically mentioned as included in the tour brochure or web page, or any other services not specifically mentioned as included in the tour brochure or web page.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: A deposit of $300 must be submitted by September 30, 2022. Fifty percent (50%) of the tour price must be paid by February 9, 2023, 130 days prior to departure. The final balance must be paid by March 31, 2023, 80 days prior to departure. Late payments will incur a $25 non-refundable late fee and may cause forfeiture of reservation.

AIRLINE VOUCHERS: Airline travel vouchers will be applied as the final payment.

LIMITED SPACE: Space is limited for this study tour, so register now!
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Discipleship Travel LLC recommends that each traveler purchase a travel insurance policy that will sufficiently cover any medical emergencies that may arise. Participants may purchase at additional cost a variety of travel insurance policies that cover trip interruption, lost luggage, and medical emergencies. Depending on the specific policy, participants who purchase insurance within 15-21 days of tour registration will receive additional benefits.

To compare policy benefits or to purchase insurance click on the Travel Guard banner below.

Covid-19 Travel Considerations:

Each participant is responsible to comply with all Covid-19 protocols published by the airlines and any relevant governments. Because the Covid-19 protocols are fluid, regularly changing according to current conditions, Discipleship Travel LLC is not responsible for any changes to protocols by any authorities or any losses incurred by a participant as a result of Covid-19 protocols or Covid-19 illness.

TOUR PRICE: 

$TBD – Full Package (Cash/Check Payment)
$TBD – Ground-Only Package (Cash/Check Payment)

Credit card payments are NOT accepted for this tour.

The Full Package originates and ends in Houston, TX (IAH).

The Ground-Only package includes everything the full-package includes except airfare. Ground-Only participants must provide their own transportation, and it must be coordinated with the group’s Tel Aviv arrival and departure.

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE: coach airfare◇, double-occupancy† accommodations in superior to deluxe hotels, entry fees, guides, drivers, breakfast and dinner^ at the hotels, climate controlled buses, porterage, taxes and tips (hotel staff, drivers, and guides).

◇ Seat upgrades may be available at an extra-charge.

† A single room requires a supplement of $TBD. Discipleship Travel LLC is not responsible to provide a roommate. Each participant is responsible to provide their own roommates.

^ All meals are prepared in industry regulated kitchens that are licensed by the appropriate health boards, but Discipleship Travel LLC neither gurantees nor represents that in-flight and/or hotel meals will meet specific allergy or dietary restrictions of any participant.

NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COST: Lunches, a la carte beverages at buffets (e.g., soft drinks and alcohol), daily water or snacks, souvenirs or personal expenses, any expenses resulting from illness or accident, passport costs, or any other expenses not specifically mentioned as included in the tour brochure or web page, or any other services not specifically mentioned as included in the tour brochure or web page.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: A deposit of $300 must be submitted by September 30, 2022. Fifty percent (50%) of the tour price must be paid by February 9, 2023, 130 days prior to departure. The final balance must be paid by March 31, 2023, 80 days prior to departure. Late payments will incur a $25 non-refundable late fee and may cause forfeiture of reservation.

MINIMUM PARTICIPANTS: The minimum number of participants for this tour is twenty (20). In the case that twenty (20) participants fail to register and/or make final payment, the group may be canceled by Discipleship Travel LLC and all payments, less a $150/per person handling fee, will be returned. Alternatively, Discipleship Travel LLC and the group leader may agree on a supplement to be paid by each participant to continue with the tour even though there are less than ten (10) participants. If the group fails to be viable, Discipleship Travel LLC is not responsible for, nor will Discipleship Travel LLC reimburse any expenses incurred by participants in preparation for the tour.

ITINERARY CHANGES: The related itinerary is subject to change according to local conditions, which may include, among other things, weather, security and crowd considerations. If an itinerary change necessitates extra overnights, each participant will be responsible for any additional costs.

INSURANCE: Discipleship Travel LLC recommends that each traveler purchase a travel insurance policy that will sufficiently cover any medical emergencies that may arise. If a traveler does not have sufficient insurance coverage, that traveler will be personally responsible for his/her own medical expenses and Discipleship Travel LLC assumes no liability for any such expenses.

To compare Travel Guard policy benefits or to purchase insurance click here or on the Travel Guard banner below.

CANCELLATIONS: All cancellation notices must be received in writing at:

809 E. Roubidioux St.
Nixa, MO 65714

Discipleship Travel LLC is not responsible for cancellation notifications that are not delivered, delayed, or otherwise mishandled by the US Postal Service or any other courier service.

Date of Cancellation Refund Policy
Up to 131 days prior to departure $0 cancellation fee
130-91 days prior to departure $500 cancellation fee and
any airline penalties
90-75 days prior to departure $1500 cancellation fee and
any airline penalties
Less than 75 days prior to departure No refund

NOTE: Tours are non-transferable.

PASSPORTS: All participants must have a valid passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date. Any participant that intends to travel on a non-USA passport, should contact Discipleship Travel LLC to determine if an entry visa is required prior to arrival in Israel. The Government of Israel provides visa information here.

It is the responsibility of each participant to obtain and maintain a valid USA passport. Discipleship Travel LLC is not responsible to secure a passport for participants, nor for the validity of currently held passports.

Participants that do not have a valid USA passport, should apply for one immediately. It generally takes 8-12 weeks to receive/renew a passport.

Information about passports is available at http://www.travel.state.gov.

PHOTOGRAPHY: By registering for this tour, participants give Discipleship Travel LLC permission to use and publish photographs in which they may be included for the use of promotion, print, editorial, advertising or other related purposes. Additionally, by registering for this tour, participants specifically release Discipleship Travel LLC from all claims and liability relating to said photographs.

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE: Due to airline contracts, bus size, and included porterage, are allowed one checked bag, not to exceed 62 inches (length plus width plus depth) and 50 lbs. Participants may also bring one small carry-on item. Participants should consult the airline’s international baggage regulations as restrictions frequently vary by airline and may change without notice.

LEGAL JURISDICTION: The participant agrees that Christian County Circuit Court (110 W Elm St #202, Ozark, MO 65721) will serve as the legal jurisdiction for any disputes between participant and Discipleship Travel LLC.

CONSUMER DISCLOSURE NOTICE AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY

Discipleship Travel LLC is acting as a mere agent for suppliers in selling travel-related accepting services, or in accepting reservations or bookings for services that are not directly supplied by Discipleship Travel LLC (such as air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, cruises, etc.). Discipleship Travel LLC, therefore, shall not be responsible for breach of contract, failure to comply with any laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or any intentional or negligent actions or omissions on the part of such suppliers, which result in any loss, damage, delay, inconvenience or injury to travelers or travelers’ companions or group members. Unless the term “guaranteed” is specifically stated in writing on your tickets, invoice, or reservation itinerary, Discipleship Travel LLC does not guarantee any of such supplier’s rates, bookings, reservations, connections, scheduling, or handling of baggage or other personal effects. Discipleship Travel LLC shall not be responsible for any injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveler in connection with terrorist activities, social or labor unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside the control of Discipleship Travel LLC. Traveler assumes complete and full responsibility for, and hereby releases the agents of Discipleship Travel LLC, any duty of checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry requirements of each destination, and all safety and security conditions of such destinations, during the length of the proposed travel. By embarking upon his/her travel, the traveler voluntarily assumes all risks involved in such travel, whether expected or unexpected. Traveler is hereby warned of the above risks as well as possible travel industry bankruptcies and medical and climatic disruptions, and the possibility traveler may be unable to travel as scheduled because of personal emergency. Traveler is advised to obtain appropriate insurance coverage against these risks; information is available through Discipleship Travel LLC regarding travel insurance.

In consideration of the inherent risks associated with international travel, and as part payment for the right to participate in such activity or the services arranged for me by Discipleship Travel LLC or their agents, I hereby assume all of the above risks and voluntarily release Discipleship Travel LLC, their agents and assigns, and do hereby discharge, waive and relinquish any and all actions or causes of action for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death occurring to myself arising as a result of participating in such activity or activities incidental thereto, wherever or however the same may occur and for whatever period said activities may continue, and I do for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and assigns hereby release, waive, discharge, and relinquish any action or cases of action, aforesaid, which may arise for myself and for my estate, and voluntarily agree that under no circumstances will I, or my heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, prosecute, present any claim for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death against Discipleship Travel LLC their employees and/or agents (including travel agents) for any of said causes of actions, whether the same shall arise by the negligence of any of said persons or otherwise. IT IS MY INTENTION BY THIS INSTRUMENT TO EXEMPT AND RELIEVE DISCIPLESHIP TRAVEL LLC, THEIR EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS FROM LIABILITY FOR PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR WRONGFUL DEATH CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE.

Payment of deposit or fees, in whole or part, for this tour signifies full understanding and acceptance of the above-mentioned conditions.
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Discipleship Travel LLC recommends that each traveler purchase a travel insurance policy that will sufficiently cover any medical emergencies that may arise. Participants may purchase at additional cost a variety of travel insurance policies that cover trip interruption, lost luggage, and medical emergencies. Depending on the specific policy, participants who purchase insurance within 15-21 days of tour registration will receive additional benefits.

To compare policy benefits or to purchase insurance click on the Travel Guard banner below.

The cancellation policy for the DT2304 New Castle Bible Church is as follows:

CANCELLATIONS: All cancellation notices must be received in writing at:

809 E. Roubidioux St.
Nixa, MO 65714

Date of Cancellation Refund Policy
Up to 131 days prior to departure $0 cancellation fee
130-91 days prior to departure $500 cancellation fee and any
airline penalties
90-75 days prior to departure $1500 cancellation fee and any
airline penalties
Less than 75 days prior to departure No refund

NOTE: Tours are non-transferable.

________________________________________________________

Discipleship Travel LLC recommends that each traveler purchase a travel insurance policy that will sufficiently cover any medical emergencies that may arise. Participants may purchase at additional cost a variety of travel insurance policies that cover trip interruption, lost luggage, and medical emergencies. Depending on the specific policy, participants who purchase insurance within 15-21 days of tour registration will receive additional benefits.

To compare policy benefits or to purchase insurance click on the Travel Guard banner below.

Can I get a single room?

Yes, there are a limited number of single rooms available. However, there is a single supplement fee of $TBD required for a single room.

What is the difference between a full package and a ground-only package?

The only difference between the two is that the full-package provides group airfare while the ground-only package requires the participant to provide his/her own flight arrangements. This difference is reflected in the price.

If I am flying with the group, can I upgrade my ticket or confirm specific seats on my flights?

It is possible to upgrade to extra legroom seats, but only if such seats are available at the time of ticketing. The cost for upgrading a seat depends on the particular seat selected and will be provided at the time of booking.

Can Discipleship Travel LLC help me make my own flight arrangements?

If you want to purchase your own flight Discipleship Travel LLC can certainly help you with those arrangements. Please contact Craig Dunning via email.

If you want to use miles to obtain your own flight, you must deal directly with your airline’s reward department.

When should I purchase airline tickets?

In order to avoid penalties and fees imposed by the airlines should changes occur, Discipleship Travel LLC recommends waiting to purchase  airfare until the minimum number of participants (20) have registered for this tour. Discipleship Travel LLC will notify all ground-only participants when minimum participation has been reached. Participants who do not participate in the group airfare arrangements bear all financial responsibilities related to providing their own airfare, and Discipleship Travel LLC is not responsible, nor will Discipleship Travel LLC reimburse such participants for any losses they incur should the group become unviable for any reason.

What should I keep in mind if I make my own flight arrangements?

The most important consideration is that you must coordinate your arrival and departure with those of the group. You must be at the airport to meet the group at the designated time of arrival. The bus will not wait for you to arrive. This may mean that you have to arrive in Israel a day earlier than the group or arrange your own transportation to meet up with the group. In that case, Discipleship Travel LLC can help you reserve a hotel room, but you will be responsible for the extra costs involved. Likewise, if you do not transfer to the airport with the group for your departure flight, you will be responsible for all extra costs related to staying longer in Israel and/or getting to the airport.

When should I arrive into Tel Aviv?

The group is scheduled to arrive at TBD. Ground-only participants should make arrangeements to meet the group at Ben Gurion Airport at that time. The bus will not wait for late-arrivals. If anyone misses the bus, they will be responsible for any costs related to meeting the group.

When should I depart from Tel Aviv?

This group is scheduled to depart at TBD. Ground-only participants are welcome to ride the bus to the airport or they may make their own transfer arrangements at their own cost. Hotel rooms will be available until 10:00AM on June 30, 2023.

What is the baggage allowance?

Participants are allowed one (1) checked bag and one carry-on at no additional cost. The checked bag may weigh up to 50 pounds and measure 62 inches (L+W+D). The carry-on can measure up to 45 inches (L+W+D). Baggage restrictions can vary by airline. Therefore, it is important to verify the specific airline’s baggage regulations before you get to the airport.

What are our accomodations*?

  • Netanya (1 night)
  • Nazareth (1 night)
  • Sea of Galilee (2 nights)
  • Dead Sea (1 night)
  • Jerusalem (5 nights)
  • *Hotels are subject to change without notice

What is the Cancellation Policy for this tour?

To review the Cancellation Policy for this tour, please go to the cancellations policy tab above. Also, see the terms and conditions tab.

Are tips included?

All tips and taxes are included. A generous tip for drivers, guides, and hotel servers is included in the tour price, but if you appreciate the service provided you are certainly welcome to leave an additional tip on the table or add to the amount provided for the guide and driver at the end of the trip.

What out-of-pocket expenses should I expect?

Lunches will be approximately $20 each day. Soft drinks and ice cream cost about $2-3 each. Bottled water is $1-3, and will be available on the bus each day. You can spend from $1 to thousands on souvenirs and collectibles. If you are interested in visiting the diamond factory, please inform your guide so that he can make arrangements.

How much walking will we be doing?

The average day includes approximately 3-5 miles of walking. This is not done in a single walk; rather it is done in small increments throughout the day, and you will have opportunities to rest along the way. Please begin preparing for this element of the tour now. Start by doing small walks, then slowly build up your distance. Also, include some inclines (hills or stairs) in your routine.

Other Questions?

Please contact Craig Dunning via email or at (682) 227-0175.

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Discipleship Travel LLC recommends that each traveler purchase a travel insurance policy that will sufficiently cover any medical emergencies that may arise. Participants may purchase at additional cost a variety of travel insurance policies that cover trip interruption, lost luggage, and medical emergencies. Depending on the specific policy, participants who purchase insurance within 15-21 days of tour registration will receive additional benefits.

To compare policy benefits or to purchase insurance click on the Travel Guard banner below.

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