Can we participate in an excavation?

All Discipleship Travel LLC travelers can participate in an archaeological excavation. We highly recommend that each group take part in the Temple Mount Sifting Project, which gives participants the opportunity to sift through debris illegally removed from the Temple Mount by the Muslim authorities.

After a brief explanation of the history of the Temple Mount, groups get a short course on how to sift debris and find important artifacts. No previous experience is required.

Almost all participants describe this as a highlight of their tour, especially those who found ancient artifacts. There really is something special about getting your hands dirty handling ancient debris, particularly debris from such an important historical and biblical location!

For those interested in extending their stay to participate in a field excavation, Discipleship Travel LLC can help arrange the details.

Good News for Israel Travelers?

We think so. The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Israel’s Ministry of Tourism wants to implement a national hotel rating system.

Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov, Israel’s Minister of Tourism says the intention is to “bring transparency back to the hotel industry ” by putting all participating hotels on a level playing field of rating. He also suggests the move will promote competition.

Discipleship Travel LLC believes this is a win for the consumer because the new rating system will compare all hotels according to the same criteria, and hotels will not be able to rate themselves. This will not only help the consumer make a more educated choice, but should prevent hotels from falsely elevating their ratings, and thus create honest competition. Honest competition in the marketplace usually means better service and lower prices for the consumer, which means we can provide tours at even better prices.

Now, we wait to see if the legislation is passed and implemented.

HT: TB @

UPDATE: Another, more detailed article about Israel’s hotel industry is here.

This could be your view!

Sign up for an Israel Tour with Discipleship Travel LLC, and this could be your view* as you depart DFW.


*Depending on your seat and/or departure city, your view may differ.

Do I need travel insurance or can I use my US-based health insurance?

Discipleship Travel LLC acts only as an agent for suppliers and is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of luggage and/or personal belongings, or for personal injury, accident and/or illness. For your own protection it is important that you have sufficient insurance to cover these possibilities.

Be aware that travel insurance benefits are not limited to health related incidents. After determining your coverage needs, check with your insurance agent to determine whether your insurance plan meets your needs in Israel (or wherever you are traveling), including personal health/injury, loss/damage to belongings, and trip interruption. Note: Many US-based insurance plans do not cover you outside the United States, so get confirmation of coverage in writing! You should carry proof of insurance in case you need medical attention while abroad.

Because of the risk of misunderstanding insurance benefits and the complications that often occur when using non-Israeli insurance policies in Israel, Discipleship Travel LLC recommends purchasing travel insurance. You can choose from among the different policies we sell by clicking the Travel Guard banner below.

NOTE: Insurance is optional, but STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!


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