2021 Israel Trip Information

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Registration will open on this page on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 10:00 U.S. Central Standard Time.

Dates of Trip
June 1-8, 2021

Travel Dates
We plan to arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel on the morning of June 1, 2021. We will depart Tel Aviv on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (arriving back home on Wednesday, June 9, 2021).

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:

For double occupancy, we expect the prices to be in this range:

  • Including airfare: $3,100-$3,200 (61,000 MXN; 24,500 GTQ; 2,340,000 CLP)
  • Ground tour only (excluding airfare): $1,800-$2,000 (37,500 MXN; 14,400 GTQ; 1,500,000 CLP)

For single occupancy, we expect the prices to be in this range:

  • Including airfare: $3,800-$4,000 (75,000 MXN; 30,800 GTQ; 2,900,000 CLP)
  • Ground tour only (excluding airfare): $2,500-$2,800 (52,500 MXN; 20,100 GTQ; 2,050,000 CLP)

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.

Payment Options   
Since we are planning this trip more than 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 if they prefer.  

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 New York-Israel flight 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.

The Sabbath
We will observe the Sabbath 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. We plan to conduct services in Spanish (with simultaneous translation for English-speaking participants through the trip headsets).

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; Spanish speakers may contact ralph.levy@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 this page on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at 10 a.m. Central time and run through Monday, February 24, at midnight. Participants will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis. We plan to inform everyone if they are accepted by Monday, March 2.  We will then communicate to all accepted when the deposit will be due.

 

In Accord Recap of 2019 Trip

 

In Accord Recap of 2016 Trip