For those who love the Scriptures, the Biblical Study Tour opens a panorama of history and imagination. The BST takes us to numerous places of biblical significance (for both testaments), and can literally change the way we read God's Word. Tour leaders: Drs. Douglas Jacoby (Atlanta) & Steve Kinnard (New York).

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There's a lot of talk about doing what Jesus would do (WWJD?), but how about walking where Jesus walked? We would like to invite you to join our 2017 annual tour -- as we return to Israel.

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Tour leaders Steve Kinnard
& Douglas Jacoby

Benefits of joining the tour

  • Your faith will be strengthened. You will 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.
  • The Bible will come to life, revealing a new dimension, as you better your grasp of history, geography, archaeology, and the movement of the biblical story.
  • Equipped with a more solid understanding of scripture, your confidence in talking to others will grow.
  • Your heart will fill with memories to last you 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.

Includes most or all of the following: prayer in Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Western Wall Tunnel, Temple Mount, Holy Sepulchre, City of David, Beth Shean/Scythopolis, Armageddon, Dan, Maritime Caesarea, Qumran/Dead Sea Caves, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Masada, the underground tunnels of Jerusalem, and more! Here's the provisional itinerary.


The tour is 24-31 July. We begin with dinner in Tel Aviv on the evening of 24 July, and the closing banquet is in Jerusalem on the 30th -- you'll stay that night and fly out sometime on the 31st.

If you're flying through the night, you will leave home on the 23rd to land on the 24th. Breakfast on the 31st is included; return home anytime that day -- unless you're joining us for the post-tour.

Post-tour: Bethlehem - Jerusalem - Ashqelon - Tel Aviv
There is also an option to extend 3 days, in order to experience several sites we are unable to make the main (7-day) itinerary, including Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity), the Herodion, the Citadel (Tower of David), Yad Vashem (holocaust memorial), Burnt House, Jerusalem Model, Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls), Israel Museum, Ashqelon (Philistine city).  We will be staying in the Prima Royale Jerusalem for the first two nights, and at one of the Leonardo hotels in Tel Aviv for the final night. Price $840. (If you're in a single room, $1050.) 25 are planning on the post tour to Bethlehem, Yad Vashem, Ashqelon, etc. If you're interested, just send me an email.

Who may come?
The tour is open to everybody, believers and seekers alike. Children age 12 and above are also welcome, provided they are mature enough to appreciate the sights. College students, check with your university to see if this trip can count for course credit. There is a fair amount of walking around the various sites, including hilly terrain, so fitness is desirable, and good walking shoes are a must.

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The fellowship is incredible!

The price for the BST is $1750. Late registration (after 1 March) is $1799Includes hotel, all breakfasts and dinners, admission fees to sites, tips, porters' fees, transportation by private coach, and airport transfers. All you need to bring with you is money for lunches (approx. $10-12/meal) and gifts. Payment in full is due 1 March. If you have not paid in full by 1 March, the deposit will be forfeited (even if you have paid in part) and your space will be given to someone on the waiting list. (Sorry, no exceptions.)

Price based on double-occupancy in hotel rooms. If you're coming alone, or would prefer a single room, there is a $530 single room supplement. If you prefer a roommate, we will do what we can to connect you with another tour member coming alone -- but we cannot promise. After the final payment deadline, room changes cannot be guaranteed.

Full payment for the post-tour is due 1 April.

Our hotels are in Tel Aviv (first night only), Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee, and Jerusalem. Category: European 4-star. Price based on double-occupancy. Electrical (voltage & plugs).

What better (advance) family Christmas present than a trip to the Holy Land?

2017 Biblical Study Tour
The Sea of Galilee

Early arrivals
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 room may not be available for early arrivals. (Then again, it just might be.) Tutku Tours will be happy to extend your reservation so that your room will definitely be ready when you arrive. Email them at info@tutkutours.com.

Payment is most easily made by check (U.S. and U.K. citizens, but can also be made by credit or debit card, PayPal, money order, or bank wire. You can send a check made out to T&R to 2256 Rushmore Dr, Marietta GA 30062. (For Britons, use the exchange rate for the day you post the check, which you can easily calculate at xe.com.) Pay with any major credit card (+2.5% processing) or debit card (+2.5%) or by PayPal (+2.5%). Debit and credit card: send your details (no., exp., and amount) in two separate emails (for security). To make an international bank wire (including $15 bank charge), contact us. You can also pay by Western Union (no extra charge). Decide which payment method is best for you.

$200 saves you a place on the tour. The deposit due date is 15 January 2017. After that date, we will have to check for availability, person by person.

Cancellation policy
You can view the cancellation policy here.

Total registered for 2017 tour
Registration = deposit paid. As of 18 July, 85 have registered, with 25 staying on for the post-tour.

Information required
Everyone on the BST will need to send the following details:

  • Full legal name (as it appears on your passport)
  • The (first) name you would like to appear on your name badge.
  • Your citizenship
  • Passport number
  • Passport expiration date.  Note: most countries will not let you enter if your passport doesn't have at least 6 months remaining.
  • Your birth day, month, and year
  • Please also send the city and nation where you reside.

Getting there
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 24th and take you to our hotel. They will also drive you from Jerusalem back to the airport at the end of the tour (31st).

Extra days
If you want to arrive early (on the 23rd or before) or leave later (1 August 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 24th and 31st, although the agents will be happy to work something out (extra cost).

Airfare is not included -- mainly because participants draw from so many different countries. (The 2016 tour drew from 21 nations.) If you are coming from North America, flights are usually in the $1000-$1700 range. One participant purchased her tickets for $832 (Los Angeles - Istanbul - Tel Aviv)! Update: on 10 June, Atlanta - Tel Aviv is available for $1238.

All communication will be made through email. If you would like to join the tour, please send an email. Let me know how you will pay your deposit (see above). I will then contact you personally. Once you're in the system, updates are sent periodically.

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The Citadel (where final
BST evening takes place)


Emergency contact
For tour members, here are the contact numbers in the event you need to be reached urgently:

TUTKU ISRAEL OFFICE:  Mr. Ofek Lapid (Amsalem Tours) – Mobile Ph: +972-54-670-3625
OPERATIONS:  Ms. Sema Ankarali – Mobile Phone: +90-532-296-9396
PRESIDENT:  Levent Oral  -  Mobile Phone: +90-532-296-6921
PRINCIPAL GUIDE:  Isaac Karasenti - 052-3751156

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Jerusalem Temple Model (1:50 scale)

Responses to the 2016 Tour:  Click here (from Atlanta participants).

The 2016 BST. Shot taken on Mount of Olives, with Temple Mount in background.

Previous BST and ITS locations (number of visits):
Athens (3), Berlin (2), Chicago, Colossae, Corinth (3), Delphi, Egypt, Ephesus (2), Geneva, Herculaneum, Hierapolis (2), Israel (7), Jordan (2), Laodicea (2), London (4), Oxford, Paris, Patmos (2), Pergamum, Pompeii (3), Rome (3), Sardis, Washington DC, Wittenberg (2), Zürich (1).

2018 BST: Israel, 22-29 October. Post-tour 29 Oct-1 Nov.

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