A JOURNEY TO THE HOLY LAND
for Cornerstone Church (Bluffton, SC) and their guests
registration code required
October 18-29, 2023
Have you always wanted to make a pilgrimage of faith to the homeland of Jesus and the biblical patriarchs?
Do you want to see the pages of Scripture come to life before your eyes?
Are you ready to dig into the Jewish soil of Christian history?
Join us on 12-day journey to the Holy Land that you will treasure for years to come.
My wife and I went to Israel with Justin. We not only got to see and walk in places where key events in the Bible took place, but there was a spiritual dimension that Justin brought to our trip that allowed us to connect with the story of the Bible in a way that made it even more real and alive.
BASED ON DOUBLE OR TRIPLE OCCUPANCY
AIRFARE ON YOUR OWN
Cost Package Overview
all hotel stays (double or triple occupancy)
all tips at hotels for bellmen and dining room staff
all transportation to/from tour sites on motor coach bus w/driver
all breakfasts and dinners
a couple of lunches
entrance fees for all destinations
licensed tour guide
Does Not Include:
air transportation (a flight itinerary will be recommended to you)
transportation from Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv hotel (instructions on getting a taxi will be provided)
transportation from Jerusalem hotel to Ben Gurion Airport (assistance in arranging a taxi will be provided)
tips to guide and driver ($125-150 total)
travel insurance (recommended, but not required)
single occupancy (+$1025)
Registration & Payment
To secure your spot on the trip, please submit the registration form BY MAY 1st and send a $250 deposit (per participant) via check or money order to the address below. You can also use Zelle (use email@example.com to find our account). This deposit will go towards your total cost and is refundable up through JULY 15th. Registrations after JULY 15th are subject to availability and must submit their payments based on the deadlines below.
At least 50% of tour package ($1700) is due by JULY 15th
Final payment ($1700) for your tour package is due by AUGUST 15th
Cancellations after this date are subject to full-penalty
The Kesher Project
1532 Grove Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Is This Trip Only for Those Who Attend Cornerstone Church?
Regular attenders of Cornerstone Church and those in their relational network will be given first priority to register between November 1, 2022 and May 1, 2023. If there are additional spots available, those will be opened up those who are on the Kesher Project mailing list. If you're not already on that list, please sign up below.
What are the COVID restrictions?
There are none.
When should I book my flight to arrive/depart?
It is recommended that you not book your flight until approximately 3 months prior to our departure in case there is an unexpected event and the tour is cancelled. Your tour leader will inform you which flight he is taking prior to that time in case you are interested in flying with him. It will likely be a direct flight from a city on the east coast. You will want to schedule your flight to depart no later than 10/18/23 (so that you will arrive into TLV no later 10/19/23) and your return flight on 10/29/23. Extra nights at our first and/or last hotels listed in our itinerary can be arranged for an extra cost if you'd like to arrive into Tel Aviv a day or two early or return a day or two later. Many people prefer the comfort of arriving a day early and using that time to see Tel Aviv-Jaffa or staying a day later in Jerusalem to take in more of what the city has to offer.
Is There a Minimum (or Maximum) Age to Participate?
No, but we recommend this trip for those no younger than middle school and for those who can easily handle walking approximately 1-2 miles a day, some of which is on unpaved paths and up and down centuries old streets in the Old City of Jerusalem. Please note that children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
How Is Lodging Determined?
Registration pricing is based on double occupancy. You can add a third person to your room (you will each have your own bed), but the cost of the trip will remain the same for each participant. Unfortunately 4 people in a room cannot be accommodated. If you're traveling alone and interested in rooming with another single traveler, please let us know and we will do our best to try to pair you up with someone. Single occupancy is available for an upcharge of $1025.
What Documentation Is Necessary for Travel to Israel?
A valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months after the return date of the trip is required. There are no exceptions to this policy. A travel visa is not required.
Am I Required to Join for the Entire Trip?
No, but the best experience will be to stay the whole time. There is no cost adjustment if you arrive late or leave early.
What Kind of Weather Should I Expect?
Average high temperatures in October range from the mid-70s to mid-80s, with little precipitation.
How Safe Is Traveling to Israel?
In 2019, approximately 4.5 million people visited Israel. To our knowledge, they all returned home safely. While we can't guarantee that the same will happen for you, your chances very likely that they will be. For more perspective on this, read Is It Safe To Go To Israel?
Should I Purchase Travel Insurance?
For your peace of mind in the event of an emergency, you may want to consider some type of coverage. Here are a couple of providers you can get a quote from:
Will I Get Any Pre-Trip Preparation Info and Recommended Reading Materials?
Yes. You'll be provided a list of packing recommendations. We also suggest that you consider reading any one of the following books. If you're interested in getting excited about the trip, read Finding Jesus in Israel by Buck Storm. If you're interested in digging into the Jewish/Old Testament foundations of the Christian faith, read The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi by Robby Gallaty. And if you're interested in better understanding the complexities and challenges of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, read Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi. It is also highly recommended that you watch HOPE IN THE HOLY LAND: Delving Beneath the Surface of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, an award-winning documentary co-created & produced by Justin that released in May 2021.
Who Do I Contact If I Have Questions or Special Requests?
Contact Justin Kron at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will get back to you at his earliest convenience. If it requires something that only our tour provider (Trans-Global Travel) can answer, Justin will interact directly with them on your behalf.
Walk about Zion, go around her,
count her towers,
consider well her ramparts,
view her citadels,
that you may tell of them
to the next generation.
For this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide even to the end.