Israel Study Trip 2024


Bethel University with Tutku Educational Travel

Trip Overview

This 13-day trip will take us from the hill country and the Judean desert, up to the lush region surrounding the Sea of Galilee, and back to the majestic city of Jerusalem. Walk where Jesus walked and experience the text of scripture in the places that inspired its words and images. This is an opportunity for your Bible reading to come to life, where the stories, psalms and prophetic oracles will burst into vivid color as the ancient geography intersects with your modern context. Come and see the place where your faith was born, and experience the beautiful history where your faith will deepen and grow.

Visa and MasterCard only

Full cancellation and registration details below.

photo by Jacob Brubaker
photo by Jacob Brubaker

What’s Included:

  • Roundtrip airfare between Chicago and Tel Aviv
  • 1 night at Yad Hashmona (or similar)
  • 2 nights at David Dead Sea (or similar)
  • 4 Nights at Degania Country Lodging hotels on the Sea of Galilee (or similar)
  • 4 Nights at the New Capitol Jerusalem (or similar)
  • Daily open buffet breakfasts at the hotels
  • 11 dinners at the hotels
  • Entry fees to the sites and museums as per the itinerary
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Service charges and local taxes


  • Transportation by deluxe AC motor coach as per itinerary
  • Boat tour at Sea of Galilee
  • Beduin lunch & camel ride on May 21
  • Packed lunch on May 20, 23 and 25
  • Falafel snack on May 24
  • Water bottles – 2 bottles of 1.5 liter per person per day on touring days
  • Farewell dinner on the roof top of the Notre Dam (subject to availability)
  • Tips to guide and driver tips to hotel staff
  • English-speaking licensed tour guide during all tours & transfers
  • Personal headsets (whispers)

What’s Not Included:

  • Extras of personal nature
  • Beverages with dinners or lunches
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Lunches on May 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 (Budget for lunches on these days.)

Tour Details

Travel Itinerary

May 18, 2024: Depart for FRA and TLV

Flight Date Departure Departure Time Arrival Arrival Time
LH433 May 18 ORD 2230 FRA 1410
LH 690 May 19 FRA 1800 TLV 2305
LX 257 May 30 TLV 0450 ZRH 0810
LX 006 May 30 ZRH 0950 ORD 1235

Cost & Fees

Land & Air Fees

$4,990 Per Person in Double Room

$1,280 Single Room Supplement

Payment Schedule:

  • $200 per person deposit for the airline: November 1, 2023
  • $800 2nd payment: December 15, 2023
  • Full Payment : February 18, 2024
Cancellation Penalty
120-90 days prior to departure No Penalty
89-60 days prior to departure 10% Penalty
59-45 days prior to departure 25% Penalty
44-30 days prior to departure 50% Penalty
29-15 days prior to departure 75% Penalty
14 days & after No Refund

Tour Itinerary

Date Events
Sat May 18 – Travel Depart from Chicago O’Hare
Sun May 19 – Travel Arrive Tel Aviv. Meet and transfer to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight. (D)
Mon May 20 – Shephelah Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Azekah, Caves of Adullam, Beth Guvrin (Maresha), travel to hotel by Dead Sea. (B,L,D)
Tues May 21 – Negev Masada, Bedouin Hospitality (camel ride), Tel Arad, Wadi Zohar, return to Dead Sea hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Wed May 22 – Negev / Galilee Ein Gedi, Qumran, Lower Jordan
Dinner and overnight Sea of Galilee. (B,D)
Thur May 23 – Galilee Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippe, Mt Bental, Katzrin
Dinner and overnight at Sea of Galilee. (B,L,D)
Fri May 24 – Galilee Mt Arbel, Magdala, Capernaum, Sepphoris, Chorazin, Mt of Beatitudes
Optional hike up Mt. Arbel. Falafel lunch in Tiberias
Dinner and overnight at Sea of Galilee. (B,L,D)
Sat May 25 – Galilee Galilee Boat ride, Beit She’an/Scythopolis, Gan HaShlosha, Susita
Dinner and overnight Sea of Galilee. (B,L,D)
Sun May 26 – Galilee / Jerusalem Nazareth precipice, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea Maritima
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Mon May 27 – Jerusalem / West Bank Temple Mount, Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels, Herodium and Bethlehem Church of the Nativity.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Tues May 28 – Jerusalem City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Southern Steps, Israeli Museum, Yad Vashem
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Wed May 29 – Jerusalem Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Saint Anne’s, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Garden Tomb, Ramparts,
Farewell Dinner. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Thur May 30 – Travel Depart for Tel Aviv airport for flight home to U.S.(B)
photo by Jacob Brubaker
photo by Jacob Brubaker
photo by Jacob Brubaker
photo by Jacob Brubaker

Meet the Tour Hosts

Learn More

For questions about registration, academics, admissions, cost and more, contact Tyler Grant, Director of Global and Community Engagement via email at or by calling 574.807.7124.