2019 Israel Trip Information

Dates of Trip
June 3-13, 2019

Travel Dates
We will depart from New York together on Monday, June 3, and arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Tuesday, June 4. We will depart Tel Aviv on Wednesday, June 12,  and arrive back in New York on Thursday, June 13. The airport we will be using has not been determined yet.

How to Apply
We ask that only people who seriously intend to participate in this trip register. Please do not register in order to get more information. If you have questions about the trip or your ability to participate, please feel free to email the trip coordinators (erik.jones@cogwa.org or david.johnson@cogwa.org).

Before you register, please be sure you can answer yes to both of these questions:

1. Am I physically able to participate in a rigorous and physically challenging eight-day tour of Israel?
2. Can I afford the cost of the trip?

Online application will open on Monday, May 21, 2018, at 10 a.m. Central time and run through May 31 at midnight. After May 31, we will notify you of your acceptance with details on how to make the $300 deposit. You will not officially secure your place on the trip until we receive that deposit.

Because of space limitations, participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to members who did not participate in the 2016 Israel trip.

Total Cost
The total price will vary based on airline prices and the final number of participants we have on the trip. The prices are expected to be within the following range:

Shared hotel accommodations: $3,200-3,400 per person.
(We will assist singles in finding a roommate for the trip.)

Single hotel accommodation: $3,900-4,100 per person.

Payment Options
Since we are planning this trip almost a year in advance, we are able to offer a payment plan for our participants. We will announce a payment schedule that will allow participants to pay for the trip throughout the year. Participants will also be free to pay in one lump sum as well.  

What Is Included

  • Round-trip airfare from New York City (participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from New York City).
  • Land arrangements throughout Israel (including hotels).
  • Guided tours of sites by a licensed Israeli tour guide.
  • Breakfast and dinner daily.
  • Bottled water.

Health Considerations
An educational tour of this nature is physically demanding. It requires the health and stamina to walk (and sometimes climb) on rugged, rocky terrain for multiple hours each day in hot weather conditions. Each person should consider whether or not he or she is physically fit enough to participate. We recommend that individuals with serious health conditions, pregnant women and children under 13 not participate in this trip. Participants should also understand that the flight to Israel is approximately 10½ hours.

Trip Description
The itinerary will be rigorous. Since this will be the only trip some will ever make to Israel, we want to expose participants to as much as we can. In order to visit all of these sites, we have to pack our days full with travel and touring. A detailed itinerary will be released to participants when it is finalized. Here are some of the locations we plan to visit:

  • Northern Israel: Joppa, Lachish, Caesarea Maritima, Megiddo and Mount Carmel, Tel Dan, Sea of Galilee and Nazareth.
  • Jordan Valley: Beth Shean, Qumran, Masada and the Dead Sea.
  • Jerusalem: Temple Mount, City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Western Wall, the Garden Tomb, Mount of Olives and Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.

Sabbath and Pentecost
We will observe the Sabbath and Pentecost in the city of Jerusalem. On Sabbath morning we will visit the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane and the Garden Tomb. We will probably have a short Bible study at one or two of these sites and then share lunch together. Services will be in the afternoon.

On Pentecost, we will hold a normal double service at our Jerusalem hotel.

 

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