Tom and Roz Short and the TSCM Ministry Team will lead you as we tour through the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, including preaching and music devotions on location, and learning together about the incredible impact of Israel’s legacy, beauty and geography on the Bible, world culture and history.
Our next Israel Tour: Tuesday-Friday, February 9-19 (Depart USA/Canada Tuesday, Return Friday)
Our 2020 Tour was a huge success! TSCM is accepting deposits for 2021 now!
Day 1: Tuesday
For those coming from the United States, flights will depart on this evening, to arrive in Israel on Wednesday.
Day 2: Wednesday
Group shuttle to our Jerusalem hotel, dinner together and our first group meeting. Fellowship with tour members from across the U.S. and Canada.
Days 3-7: Thursday — Monday
We have five wonderful days and nights exploring Jerusalem, especially the historic Old City, Mount Zion, David's empire and even the surrounding Judean wilderness. We will visits these and dozens of other stops of interest on our tour visiting more than 70 Bible sites, exhibits and museums:
Bethlehem — Do we need to say more about our tour of Bethlehem's ancient shepherd fields and caves?
Elisha's Spring — A biblical miracle that made a modern desert oasis possible, eight centuries before Christ!
Qumran National Park — Where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, verifying the perfect accuracy of the Bible!
The Cenacle — Including visits to the Last Supper Room and King David's Tomb!
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The Dead Sea — Swim with us in the Judean Desert—we can’t sink but we will surely float!
The Friends of Zion Museum
The Garden Tomb
The Israel Museum
The Mount of Olives and Garden of Gethsemane — Thrill to incredible views of Jerusalem, where Jesus prayed, agonized
The Old City of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and The Western Wall
The Via Dolorosa — Walk some of Jesus’s horrific yet anointed path from His many false trials to His crucifixion for the sin of the world
The Wilderness of Temptation — Where Jesus faced down our Enemy
Yad Vashem — Israel’s world-famous remembrance of the Holocaust
Days 8-10: Tuesday — Thursday
Visit the scenic Galilee and its environs with us, up to the northernmost border of the Holy Land! Some highlights of our days in Northern Israel:
Caesarea Maritima — Splash in the Mediterranean Ocean where it meets the Holy Land, and where Paul was tested and imprisoned before he sailed to bring the gospel to the world—see Herod's incredible Roman aqueduct and amphitheater, and thrill to stand where the gospel first went in power to the Gentiles
Capernaum — Peter’s hometown, with its synagogue where Jesus preached and did astonishing miracles
The Basalt Synagogue — Jesus preaches His Kingdom and heals a demoniac
The Mount of Precipice — overlooking Jesus’s boyhood home of Nazareth, Mount Tabor and the Valley of Jezreel
The Mount of Beatitudes — Where Jesus gave The Sermon on the Mount and The Parable of The Sower
The Sea of Galilee — Where Jesus fed multitudes and appeared to His closest disciples after His glorious resurrection
Day 11: Friday
We tour more sights across Northern Israel on Thursday (Mount Carmel! Nazareth Village! Cana! and more) then return to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport late, after dinner. Tour guests fly home on Friday.
Please Note: The above is not our full schedule—just a taste—we have much more in store for you!
Itinerary is subject to change due to weather, travel advisories, etc.
Additional pricing information:
All costs are for double occupancy, single room occupancy is an additional $500, ask about our roommate matching service!
Register today by choosing the "LEARN MORE" button above, and get your $500 nonrefundable deposit in by the above dates to secure discounts
Final balance payment is due by December 1, payment plans are available
Prices quoted are for payment by check or money order (credit card/PayPal payments incur a 3% surcharge)
Included: 9 days and 8 nights of first-class hotel accommodations, a huge daily breakfast and dinner buffet, transportation in a deluxe air-conditioned motor coach, all museum and sightseeing entrance fees, most tips, luggage porters and taxes, ministry and discipleship from the TSCM team, expert guide commentary on site from specialized Israeli Guides.
Not Included: Airfare**, some gratuities and lunches are not included. See the FAQ for details.
** We assume you will want to make your own flight arrangements, and perhaps cash in airline miles, and our TSCM team will gladly work with you to find the best airfares and assure you arrive and return on time. Groups of 10 or more will receive assistance with group airfares.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why travel with TSCM?
TSCM Tours provides numerous tour benefits. Guests will enjoy teaching and encouragement for months prior to the tour and on site from Tom Short and TSCM helpers, and also the hospitality and education services of several Israeli guides, all in country (knowledgeable guides can make the difference between a mediocre or great trip). And our group's luxury motor coach saves guests from spending hundreds of dollars per day per person in car services and/or many hours on local public transportation, as we travel the length and breadth of Israel, in comfort.
Besides touring over 70 Bible locations and museums in person, TSCM will point out additional Bible locations daily as we travel the length and breadth of the Holy Land. TSCM Tours also provides outstanding quality lodging, including delicious, abundant meals, with both Western and Mediterranean specialties available at every meal. Tour guests also save hundreds of dollars per person in admissions fees and taxes, while enjoying expert commentary on site, signature gifts, and private escorted visits to special locations, including unique, fascinating tour sites that are rarely visited by other Israel tour groups.
Why tour with TSCM instead of make my own tour?
Group touring with Tom Short Campus Ministries provides great amenities, and at a discount. Consider what is provided:
Study Guides for each Tour Day and monthly videoconferencing from June through January, leading to the tour with fellowship and study in Israel
Expert help in Israel, where signs, menus and healthcare products are often labeled in Hebrew or Arabic only
Our group's luxury motor coach saves guests hundreds of dollars a day in rentals or rides, relieving the stress of getting around in a foreign country, and the hassle of finding parking at each stop—TSCM further offers a number of private reservations on site—imagine busing with us to a private appointment—now imagine getting there on your own to find you must wait behind tourists on 20 buses with 1,000 tourists ahead of you!
When you take the trip of a lifetime, you don’t want to waste time between locations—and there are TSCM tour days where we visit over a dozen stops in a single day—going on your own, you might reach one-third as many locations by yourself—TSCM and our guides and driver work together throughout the tour to update routes and itineraries based on traffic conditions and our timed group reservations
Totaling lodging, transportation, guides, meals, admission fees and taxes, our tours would cost individuals more than joining our tour groups
We research to assure that you receive the best tours possible—TSCM doesn't tour much church architecture (although we sing in some magnificent facilities together)—rather, we walk, pray and learn where Jesus Christ walked, taught and ministered, including some unique, out-of-the way places that aren't included on most Israel tours
Tour members whether introverted or outgoing make friendships on tour lasting a lifetime—guests tour from across the USA and Canada and everyone will meet and fellowship with new people
Is it safe to travel in Israel?
For years, our own Roz Short and others were afraid to visit Israel because of news reports of terrorism and political unrest. When we went, however, we were pleasantly surprised with how safe we actually felt. Our feelings, of course, are grounded in the reality of the great safety in Israel, provided by Israel's government, military, police and security forces. And every place our tours visit or drive through is vetted for safety.
Although there’s risk involved in any travel, the TSCM team, including our experienced Israeli Guides who help Tom on site, along with our motor coach driver and our support staff monitoring from the U.S., always have your safety as our number one priority. Tourism in Israel is strongly on the rise, and the record number of tourists this past year, over 3.6 million of them, all enjoyed safe visits to Israel!
How do I purchase the right airline tickets?
Our TSCM team is here to help you find and book travel. We will help you find convenient flights to meet our Tel Aviv group shuttle on arrival day at 5:30 PM on Wednesday and to depart in a timely manner following our group’s return to Ben Gurion Airport on Friday. Remember, this might be a great trip for cashing in those airline miles!
Our TSCM Tour Director is happy to advise you on breaking your flights into shorter segments as well, as some tour members choose to visit cities in Europe, Africa or Asia on their way to or return from Israel. Popular stops include Madrid, Rome, Istanbul, Petra, Cairo and more.
Do I need a passport and visa?
No visa is required to travel from the United States (for U.S. Citizens) to Israel. Your passport must be valid for six months after entry into Israel in order to be admitted, so with an arrival date in February, your U.S. passport must be valid through August, for you to be admitted into Israel.
Is your passport invalid before August after your tour ends? Or perhaps you’ve never acquired a U.S. (or country of origin) passport before? Our TSCM Tour Director will help with the details and make acquiring or renewing your passport simple.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Daily breakfasts and dinners include ample buffets, with a wide variety of food to choose from. And the chefs at each city can accommodate dietary restrictions. (Our own Roz Short is gluten-intolerant and we’ve experienced exceptional Israeli hospitality to accommodate her needs.) Please inform the TSCM team in advance of your tour of any health or dietary concerns. Our chefs will gladly take you through our menus and there are many options without gluten, dairy or etc.
What does the tour pricing include?
All included are: study, fellowship and instruction from June through January to prepare for the tour, first-class hotels nightly, including dinner on arrival day in Israel, and breakfast and dinner on tour days including our special farewell dinner following our last sightseeing day. Our deluxe air-conditioned motor coach and the services of the TSCM team, our Israeli Guides and Motor Coach Driver are included, along with 100% of museum admissions, taxes and gratuities. Our boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, visit to Masada Fortress, our swim at the Dead Sea, and most everything else is included in one tour price, except round trip airfare to Tel Aviv and lunches (and our tours take daily breaks at convenient lunch stops).
Do I need cash on tour?
We suggest about $20 per day, for lunch or a midday snack, plus incidentals. Obviously, you’ll need to pay for any souvenirs you want to bring home. Most places we visit accept U.S. credit cards and/or U.S. dollars.
In addition, it is customary for tour guests in Israel to tip their bus driver (~$4 per day) and their Israeli guide (~$7 per day) for a tour total of about $95 per person. Of course, as with all gratuities, this amount is voluntary, but when we pass the hat and take a collection at the end of the trip, we think you will believe they earned every penny of it and will want to generously reward them for their fine service to us. Restaurant gratuities and hotel portage, etc., are provided by TSCM, so you need not tip anyone at any time, for any service, besides our trusted driver and guide(s) following the tour.
What about Internet access?
We will have WiFi at most time, at our lodging and on our tour bus (bus satellite service permitting). Some hotels may offer free calls back to the U.S., but we recommend you use free-of-cost smart device apps (WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom, etc.) for toll-free calls or videoconferencing if you need to reach home. You can also leave your devices in Airplane Mode but with WiFi turned on while in Israel, avoiding overseas roaming charges.
What about my electronic appliances?
Some outlets in Israel run on 220 volts, some on 120 volts (as opposed to the typical 120 volts throughout the U.S.). We will guide you in the type of adapters and converters to bring overseas and some hotels will provide shavers and/or hair dryers for guests. Prior to departure, we will advice you on everything you need to bring for a safe and convenient tour.
Can I arrive early or stay late?
Our tour group meets in Israel on Wednesday for dinner and departs the following Friday, but our TSCM Tour Director can assist with early and late flights and lodging.
What kind of preparations should I make before the trip?
Study Guides with tour tips are sent to all tour participants in advance, so you enjoy our tours to the maximum! Our monthly Study Guides detail locations visited along with Bible study, history, maps and local culture, plus everything else you need for a safe and informative tour.
We also strongly recommend reading through the four gospels, a chapter per day, highlighting Bible locations—since our tour features over 95% of the locations in the gospels, along with dozens of other sites from both Bible testaments!
What is the registration process?
If you are interested in learning more about our tours, fill out the online registration form by selecting LEARN MORE above (it takes less than one minute to complete your tour registration). There is no obligation for registering, we will simply touch base for you to learn more.
Please note: We expect our tours to sell out in full! Your place on tour is not guaranteed until you pay the initial deposit of $500 per tour guest.
What are my payment options?
You have the convenience of paying by check or money order, or by credit card (credit card or PayPal payment incur a 3% surcharge to offset fees).
Payment may be mailed to:
Attn. Israel Tour Payment
Tom Short Campus Ministries
PO Box 224
Worthington, OH 43085
Be sure to write “Israel Tour” in the memo section of any check, and e-mail to tell us your deposit has been mailed, to hold your spot before the tour sells out!
When are payments due?
Deposits are welcome as of January 1, with balance of payment due by December 1 before our February tour. We accept deposits until the tour sells out in full.
Do I have other payment options?
There is no penalty or interest charged for paying in installments, as long as the deposit and full balance of payment deadlines are met. Let us know if you'd like to set a payment plan with us.
What is your cancellation policy?
Deposits are nonrefundable, since we must reserve motor coach, museum, hotel and meal space, etc. Final payments, likewise, are nonrefundable, as the above and more all have to be paid for the group in its entirety months before the tour. Should you have an emergency requiring you to cancel, your best option is to find someone to take your place on tour and transfer your spot to them (subject to approval by TSCM).
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Please consider getting your own travel insurance for the tour and your healthcare needs. TSCM does not provide travel insurance, however, a large number of U.S. and other credit cards and health insurance plans fully or partially cover needs of travelers overseas. Check with your credit card and health insurance providers, and if you still need guidance, the TSCM Tour Director can recommend travel insurers (most tour members have adequate coverage and need no special added coverage to travel in Israel).
Is this a physically demanding trip? How much walking will we do?
We anticipate hosting mature young people up to seniors and want to accommodate everyone. Walking on tour is planned to be limited, moderate and broken into segments (bus to a location then walk a bit, then bus ride again to the next location and walk some more, etc.). Bring good walking shoes for the tour daily, however, because even a museum day could keep you on your feet and walking for hours, and the Old City of Jerusalem and other locations have steep stairs without elevators. Please contact us with any special mobility needs.
Is there free time overseas?
Our typical tour days run after breakfast until late afternoon or just before dinner. Some evenings will include a brief meeting or optional local shopping or sightseeing with tour leaders, but usually your evenings will be free for fellowship, stargazing or to stroll the city streets. Our hotels are located in safe quarters, but safety is similar to any larger city, so always walk with a friend and use only well-lighted, busy streets after dark.
What about questions not in this FAQ?
Contact our TSCM Tour Director for any special needs, logistics questions, travel help, or to ask for anything at all. We are delighted to welcome you and to help you. Please e-mail TSCM at firstname.lastname@example.org.