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How to Register

All communication is through email. If you'd like to join the tour, please email me. I'll add you to the interest list, and then contact you personally. Once you're in the system, updates are sent periodically. If your email address changes, be sure to let us know!

You're registered only once your deposit (or full payment) has been received. 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.

Deposit
$250 saves you a place on the tour.

DEPOSIT DUE DATE: Immediately
FULL PAYMENT DUE DATE: 1 November 2018 

Information required
Everyone on the BST should send in the following details:

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

Price

The price for the Winter 2019 Israel Tour is $1800. The prince includes 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. $10-15/meal) and gifts. Payment in full is due 1 Nov. (Price after 1 November is $1850.)

Price based on double-occupancy in hotel rooms. If you're coming alone, or would prefer a single room, there is a $600 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.

Payment

Payment is most easily made by check (US and UK citizens), credit or debit card, PayPal, money order, bank wire, or Western Union.

Checks: make out to T&R and mail to 2256 Rushmore Dr., Marietta GA 30062. (Britons: use exchange rate for day you post check, for example at xe.com.) Or pay with any major credit or debit card (+2.5%), or by PayPal (+4.5% processing). Debit & credit: send your details (no., exp., amount) in two separate emails (for security). For international bank wire (there is a $35 bank charge), contact us. Or pay by Western Union (no extra charge). Choose the method best for you, and email your choice.

The deposit of $250 is required at registration. If you are paying in full, of course, the deposit is included in your total.

Cancelation policy
  • By 15 Nov—90% of balance will be refunded. (Deposit is non-refundable.)
  • By 25 Nov—80% of balance...
  • By 5 Dec—70%
  • By 15 Dec—60%
  • By 25 Dec—50%
  • By 5 Jan—40%
  • By 15 Jan—25%
  • After 15 Jan—no refunds

Travel Insurance (US members only)
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.
Prime Travel’s Phone number:  1-201-825-1600. Contact Person:  Mrs. Armagan Ayata or Mr. Sal Kesedar.

Photo below: the 2018 Biblical Study Tour, before Communion Service in Garden of Gethsemane.

 our itinerary (provisional)

Feb 4 Mon        Arrive Tel Aviv
1900                 Welcome dinner at Grand Beach Hotel

Feb 5 Tue         Caesarea Maritima – Mt. Carmel – 1st Century Boat – Sea of Galilee
0630                 Wakeup call
0700                 Breakfast at hotel
0800                 Depart hotel
0900                 Caesarea Maritima
1145                 Mt. Carmel
1230                 Lunch in Druze village
1400                 First Century Boat Museum
1500                 Devotional on Sea of Galilee
1700                 Check in, Leonardo Hotel
1900                 Dinner at hotel

Feb 6 Wed        Caesarea Philippi – Dan – Capernaum
0700                  Wakeup call
0730                  Breakfast at hotel
0815                  Depart hotel
0945                  Caesarea Philippi
1115                  Tel Dan
1315                  Lunch
1445                  Capernaum
1615                  Yardenith (mouth of Jordan)
1730                  Return to hotel
1900                  Dinner at hotel

Feb 7 Thu         Nazareth – Megiddo – Beth Shean – Jericho – Mount Scopus – Recap session
0730                 Wakeup call
0800                 Breakfast at hotel
0845                 Depart hotel
0930                 Nazareth Village
1130                 Lunch at Megiddo
1330                 Beth Shean
1530                 Drive to Jerusalem via Jericho
1730                 Mount Scopus—sunset 1718
1830                 Check in, Prima Royale
1900                 Dinner at hotel
2020                 Recap of 1st 3 days (optional class / Q&A)

Feb 8 Fri           Western Wall Tunnel – Pools of Bethesda – Gallicantu
0730                  Wakeup call
0800                  Breakfast at hotel
0845                  Depart Hotel
0930                  Western Wall Tunnel
1100                  Pool of Bethesda / singing
1215                  Lunch
1330                 Gallicantu
1515                 To hotel / free time
1900                 Dinner at hotel

Feb 9 Sat         Masada – Qumran – Dead Sea – Citadel Sound & Light
0630                 Wakeup call
0700                 Breakfast at hotel
0745                 Depart hotel
0915                 Masada
1115                 Qumran
1215                 Lunch at Qumran
1345                 Kalia Beach & Dead Sea
1515                 Drive to Jerusalem
1700                 Return to hotel
1830                 Dinner at hotel
1930                 To Citadel (Tower of David): Sound & light (2000-2045)

Feb 10 Sun     City of David – Hezekiah’s Tunnel – Siloam – Gethsemane – Holy Sepulchre
0700                Wakeup call
0730                Breakfast at hotel
0815                Depart hotel
0900                City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel / Canaanite Tunnel, Pool of Siloam
1230                Gethsemane Communion
1400                Holy Sepulchre
1500                Free time. Suggestions:
                       Old City on foot. Ramparts Walk. Walk around city wallsBurnt House. Shop.
1730               Return to hotel (at the latest)
1900               Dinner at Prim Royale

Feb 11 Mon    Tel Aviv – Ben Gurion Airport
Wakeup calls as requested. Transfer to TLV Airport for flight back to your country.
Note: those returning after 11th should arrange their own transfers, through Tutku or privately.

Hotels

Our hotels are in Tel Aviv (first night only), Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee (the next two nights), and Jerusalem (the next four nights). Category: European 3-star. Price based on double-occupancy.

1 Night in Tel Aviv—Grand Beach, tel. 855-516-1090, https://www.grandhotels-israel.com/grand-beach-hotel-tel-aviv

2 Nights in Tiberias—Leonardo Hotel, tel. 888-217-5507, https://www.fattal-hotels.com/hotels_in_israel/tiberias_hotels/leonardo_tiberias

4 Nights in Jerusalem—Prima Royale Hotel, tel. 855-516-1090, https://www.prima-hotels-israel.com/prima-royal-jerusalem-hotel

 

Electrical

For info on Israeli voltage and electrical plugs, click HERE.

Dress

During winter it can rain (or even snow, especially in Jerusalem), so pack some warm clothing. (By the Dead Sea the temperature may even reach 30 degrees.) Dress is casual.

Average February temperatures:

  • Tel Aviv – 12 degrees (where we begin our trip). It will get warmer than this – this is just an average.
  • Jericho – 26. Around the Dead Sea area, where Jericho is, it will be a lot warmer.
  • Jerusalem – 8.  The city has considerable elevation. This is the average temp. Evenings may be a little cooler, days warmer.
  • Nazareth – 12 -- is very pleasant for walking!

When we visit synagogues, church buildings, and other holy sites, shoulders and knees must be covered.

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 4th and take you to our hotel. They will also drive you from Jerusalem back to the airport at the end of the tour (the 11th) These airport transfers are included in the price of the tour.

Arrive no later than 1700 on 4 Feb, as we need all participants to join the opening dinner. The welcome dinner in Tel Aviv is on the evening of 4 Feb, and the closing dinner is in Jerusalem on 10 Feb -- you'll stay that night and fly out sometime on the 11th. Breakfast on the 11th is included; return home anytime that day.

Opening dinner / orientation

At the opening dinner on the 4th, you will receive written materials, including your name badge, to be worn at all times during the tour. We will answer any further questions at this time.

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 4 pm (1700) on 4 Feb. You will miss the opening dinner and orientation.

Flights

Airfare is not included in the tour price -- mainly because participants are coming from multiple countries.

Jet lag

If you don't do a lot of international travel, you may appreciate these suggestions for overcoming jet lag.

Extra days

If you want to arrive early (on the 3rd or before) or leave later (the 12th or later), 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 4th and 11th -- 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.

Changing money (buying shekels)

Of all the countries I've visited, Israel has the fairest money exchange. (There is negligible different between the buying rate and the selling rate.) You can change your money at the airport, while you're waiting for your luggage to arrive, or at any bank or exchange bureau. (Hotels also change money, but the rate is not quite as favorable.)

Security

Some people are uneasy about international travel, and especially about travel to the Middle East. Of course security is a priority -- and Israel is by far the safest country in the Middle East. In fact, to be honest, in recent years there has been far more violence in Germany, France, Belgium, and the United States than in Israel.

In leading tours to Israel for nearly 20 years, we’ve never had an incident. The Israeli government backs the tourist agencies, so that if there is a legitimate need to cancel an entire tour, full refunds are available

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.

If anything is not clear or you do not find the shuttle, you may call Mr. Joel Sagi  (Polaris) -  Mobile Phone: +972-505-333-483  (Israeli number).

Emergency Numbers:
Israel Emergency Contact—Mr. Joel Sagi  (Polaris) -  Mobile Phone: +972-505-333-483
Tutku President—Levent Oral—Mobile:+90-532-2966921. Email: info@tutkutours.com
Tutku Main Office—Ms. Sema Ankarali - Ph: +90-232-4418676— Mobile: +90-532-2969396
Douglas Jacoby—tel. +1 678-231-8881

Who may come?

The tour is open to everybody, believers and seekers alike. Ideally, children age 12 and above are welcome, provided they are mature enough to appreciate the sights.

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. Due to the amount of walking, and the sometimes uneven terrain, this is not a tour for young children -- or for wheelchairs or baby strollers.

 

Photos: 2016 BST (above, on Mount of Olives)
2018 BST (below, in Garden of Gethsemane)

Advance preparation

Reading

  • You will find lots of ideas at Tripadvisor.
  • If you're looking for a comprehensive guidebook, I like the DK Eyewitness Travel volume.
  • If you want something more historical, Steve and Leigh Kinnard lived in Israel for more than a year and have suggestions. Just shoot him an email.
  • We both like the work of Bargil Pixner (With Jesus Through Galilee, With Jesus in Jerusalem).
  • You might also enjoy Randall Price’s The Stones Cry Out (archaeology).
  • On the formation of modern Israel, read Alison Weir's short book, Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel. 

Listening
Next, take a look at the following list of podcasts (with notes, in most cases), along with one text file, that you might find interesting. Here are the files:

ARCHAEOLOGY

THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

  • Questions about Modern Israel: Is political Israel still the people of God? What is Zionism? What happened in 1948? Is there still a biblical Israel today? Will the Battle of Armageddon take place in Israel? Should we expect a mass conversion of Israel in the last days? Israel or Palestine -- who are the bad guys?
  • Interview with a Jihadist: The story of an evangelical whose entire view of Palestinians has been formed by an unfortunate combination of what he’d heard on the news and in church. His entire mindset changes. After I read his book, I asked him if he’d record a podcast for me. Here it is!
  • The Wolf Will Lie Down with the Lamb: A Palestinian Muslim tells his story of getting to know Israelis as real people. Deeply moving. (This man is now a peace activist!)
  • A Mass Conversion of Israel?: Most evangelicals look to a mass conversion of Israel in the “end times.” Is this even possible?
  • Or check out David Bercot's lessons on Israel in prophecy, or his teaching on Dispensationalism, here.

For further recommendations (from our guides -- I have not read all of these)

  • Startup Nation, Dan Senor & Paul Singer
  • From Beirut to Jerusalem, Thomas Friedman
  • Jerusalem: A Biography, Simon Sehag Montefiore
  • From Time Immemorial, Joan Peters
  • Palestine Inside Out, Saree Makadisi
  • History of Modern Palestine, Ilan Pappe
  • One Palestine Complete, Tom Segev
  • Son of Hamas, Mosab Hassan Yousef
  • Unorthodox, Deborah Feidman
  • Gertruda's Oath, Ram Oren
  • My Promised Land, Ari Shavit
  • The Kingdom, Arabia, and the House of God, Robert Lacey
  • Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Kritzler
  • But He Was Good to His Mother, Robert Rockway
  • Gideon's Spies, Gordon Thomas
  • The Prime Ministers, Yehuda Avner
  • Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life, Sari Nusseibeh
  • Commander of the Exodus, Yoram Kaniuk
  • Fast Facts on the Middle East Conflict, Randall Price
  • Arab & Jew: Broken Spirits in a Promised Land, David Shipler
  • The House on Garibaldi Street (on capture of Adolf Eichmann)
  • Underground Jerusalem, Sir Charles Warren (archaeology [1876] -- pdf).
  • Mossad, Michael Oren & Nissim Mishal
  • Let There be Water, Beth Seigal
  • Confessions of a Good Arab (Jewish-Arab marriage, Yoram Kaniuk)
  • De Niro's Game, Rawi Hage
  • The Blue Mountain, Meir Shalev
  • The Source, James Michener
  • Noddy & Big Ears Go to Town
  • Youtube
    • The Green Prince (about Son of Hamas)
    • Living in the Shadows (Al Jazeera)
    • bridgetgabriel.com (Lebanese refugees in Israel)

Photos

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