Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost for the trip?

There is a price cost difference depending on where you fly from. These prices are based on double occupancy.

  • $3,899*  includes roundtrip airfare from Chicago
  • $4,299*  includes roundtrip airfare from from Des Moines

Note: Full-time pastors are eligible to participate in this tour at no cost (other than insurance, lunches, some gratuities, a single supplement, if applicable, and incidental out-of-pocket expenses) if they bring five full paying passengers with them.

*Those desiring a single occupancy will pay an additional $895.

What does this price include?

Your trip price includes:

  • Round-Trip International Airfare from Chicago or Des Moines*
  • 10 nights’ lodging at 4 star hotels
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner
  • Full-time English speaking professional tour guides
  • Air-conditioned deluxe motor coach
  • All entrances, touring, and transportation as appears on itinerary
  • Tips to guide, driver, and hotel staff
  • Whisper/listening devices (Israel only)

This price does not include 10 lunches, optional travel insurance plans (available for purchase), credit card fees, COVID testing, or entry requirements.

*Additional baggage and optional fees may apply. Please refer to the payment terms in the fine print of the brochure for more information.

How do I reserve my spot?

To reserve your spot on the trip, complete the following:

  1. Register here.
  2. Send in a $300 (per person) deposit by November 1, 2022, to secure your reservation.
  3. Pay the full amount by December 18, 2022. Payments can be made by check or card (Visa, Discover, or Master).

 

What are the entry requirements for Israel and Jordan?

For the current entry requirements for Israel and Jordan, click here.

Any COVID-related tests and vaccination costs are not included in the trip cost, so you will need to pay those additional costs if they are required for entry during the trip.

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellation in writing must be received by Pilgrim Tours prior to departure for appropriate refund on the land tour cost minus the following fees. Airline penalties are not part of the percentages below and vary based on each individual airline policy.

  • July 26, 2022 or before: $100 service fee per person
  • Jul. 27–Aug. 25, 2022: Deposit Amount of $300 per person
  • Aug. 26–Sept. 9, 2022: 40% of tour cost
  • Sept. 10–24, 2022: 65% of tour cost
  • Sept. 25–Oct. 17, 2022: 85% of tour cost
  • October 18, 2022 or after: 100% of tour cost

See the brochure for further details.

Who do I contact with additional questions?

All questions regarding the 2023 Israel Tour can be directed to Bri Harrier at harrierb@faith.edu or 515.964.0601.

Israel Tour Itinerary

 

February 18-19 – USA to Amman

  • Your journey begins as you depart the USA, with dinner and breakfast served en route.
  • Arrive in Amman, meet your tour guide, and transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

February 20 – Mt. Nebo, Madaba, Bethany Beyond Jordan, and the Dead Sea

  • Visit Mount Nebo, where Moses caught a glimpse of the Promised Land (Deut. 34). On a clear day, you can see all the way across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea to the rooftops of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
  • Visit Bethany beyond the Jordan.
  • Enjoy an opportunity to take a dip in the mineral laden waters of the Dead Sea.
  • Check in to your Dead Sea hotel for dinner and overnight.

February 21 – Petra

  • Travel south from Amman for a visit to the city of Petra. Its entrance passes through a long, narrow gorge known as the Siq and can only be accessed by carriage, horseback, or on foot.
  • Once inside the city, marvel at the intricate detail of a city that was cut into the cliff sides of rose-colored rock.
  • Return to Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.

February 22 – Allenby Bridge, Beit Shean, Jordan Valley, Mt. Arbel, Capernaum, and Magdala

  • Cross the Allenby Bridge into Israel.
  • Visit Beit Shean, which has been occupied for over 5,000 years and view the country’s best preserved Roman amphitheatre and other impressive Roman city remains.
  • View the Jordan Valley as you journey to Mount Arbel with its stunning panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee, where most of Jesus’ ministry took place.
  • Explore Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilean region. Visit the synagogue, which stands on the site where Jesus taught.
  • In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue.
  • Check in to your Galilee hotel for dinner and overnight.

February 23 – Chorazin, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Mt. of Beatitudes, and Galilee Boat Ride

  • Visit Chorazin, the town cursed by Jesus because He did mighty works there and they “repented not” (Matt. 11:20-21).
  • Travel to Tel Dan, where you can see the ancient city gates from the time of Abraham.
  • Proceed to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter confessed that Jesus was the Christ (Matt 16). Enjoy a lush stroll through the beautiful nature preserve.
  • On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt. 5-7).
  • Sail across the Sea of Galilee and experience a special onboard worship service.
  • Return to your Galilee hotel for dinner and overnight.

February 24 – Nazareth Village, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, and Caesarea

  • This morning, explore the Nazareth Village, a living presentation of the life, times, and teachings of Jesus.
  • Travel to Megiddo (Biblical Armageddon), where 20 different cities lie superimposed upon each other.
  • Time permitting, visit Mt. Carmel, where Elijah defeated the Baal prophets.
  • Proceed along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, a center of the early Christians, where you will visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre.
  • Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

February 25 – Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, and Mt. Scopus overview

  • Visit Masada, Herod’s mountaintop fortress, which became the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against the Romans. Ride the cable car to the top to explore. Peer down upon the remains of the Roman camps and siege ramp.
  • Journey to the oasis of Ein Gedi, where David and his men sought refuge from Saul (1 Sam. 23).
  • Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, and the area that was inhabited by the mysterious community of the Essenes.
  • Have your first view of the Old City of Jerusalem from Mt. Scopus.
  • Check in to your Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight.

February 26 – Jerusalem

  • Explore Hezekiah’s Tunnel, an amazing feat that was dug from either end and met in the middle! (Note: Those who are claustrophobic may want to meet the group at the other end of the tunnel!)
  • Touch a piece of the Temple when you pray at the Wailing Wall. Visit underground Jerusalem when you walk through the Western Wall Tunnel.
  • Walk the Jewish Quarter and take time to visit the Cardo, a 2,000-year-old market with shops old and new.
  • Time permitting, continue to the Lithostratus to see the remains of the Antonia Fortress where Pilate tried Jesus.
  • Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

February 27 – Bethlehem, Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Caiaphas’ House, and Yad Vashem

  • In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace and see the Church of the Nativity constructed over the site (Matt. 1:18-25).
  • Recount the final hours of Jesus before His crucifixion by walking from the top of the Mt. of Olives down to the Garden of Gethsemane where He prayed and was apprehended.
  • Enter the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus went to pray after the Last Supper and was arrested (Matt. 26:36-56).
  • Visit the Church of St. Peter of Galicantu, the place where the High Priest, Caiaphas, is believed to have held Jesus after his arrest (Matt. 26:57)
  • Explore the poignant exhibits of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial.
  • Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

February 28 – Jerusalem

  • Visit the Temple Mount where the Jewish Temple once stood and the Dome of the Rock now stands.
  • Continue to the Pool of Bethesda, where Christ healed the lame man.
  • Walk the Via Dolorosa, ” The Way of the Cross,” and stand in reverence at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • At Dominus Flevit Church, visit the place where Jesus mourned for Jerusalem.
  • Drive by and view the U.S. Embassy and the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) as you travel in Jerusalem.
  • Finally, visit the Garden Tomb, where Christ was buried and see the empty tomb because He is risen!
  • Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

March 1 – Return Home

Return Home to the U.S.

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