Tom and Roz Short and the TSCM Team will lead you as we study the life of 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.
Dates: Tuesday-Friday, February 11-21, 2020
Tuesday, February 11
For those coming from the United States, flights will depart on this evening, to arrive in Israel on February 12.
Wednesday, February 12
Group shuttle to our Jerusalem hotel, dinner together and our first group meeting. Fellowship with tour members from across the U.S. and Canada.
Thursday, February 13 — Tuesday, February 19
We have six wonderful nights in Jerusalem, and will explore the area including even the Judean wilderness. We will visits these and dozens of other stops of interest:
Bethlehem — Do we need to say more about where we’ll tour at this ancient village?
Elisha's Spring — Rhe biblical miracle that made a modern desert oasis possible!
Masada — An incredible mountain fortress, site of one of Israel’s greatest stands against their oppressors
Qumran National Park — Where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, verifying the incredible accuracy of the Bible
The Cenacle — See the Last Supper room and the ancient City of David
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The Dead Sea — It borders the scenic Judean Desert and ancient Sodom and Gomorrah, a unique swimming experience — you can’t sink but you will surely float!
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 Temple Institute
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
Wednesday, February 19 — Thursday, February 20
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 include:
Caesarea Maritima — Whether The Mediterranean is warm or chilly when we arrive, you may want to take a dip where Paul sailed the ocean to bring the gospel to the world — see an incredible Roman aqueduct/amphitheater, and thrill to be where the gospel first went to the Gentiles
Capernaum — Peter’s hometown, with its synagogue where Jesus preached and did stunning miracles
Nazareth — Jesus’ boyhood home
The Mount of Beatitudes — Where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, The Great Commission and The Parable of The Sower
The Sea of Galilee — Jesus feeds multitudes and appears to His closest disciples after His glorious resurrection
Friday, February 21
We will sightsee in Northern Israel on Thursday, February 20 and then return to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport late, after dinner. Tour guests will fly home, therefore, after 12:01 AM on Friday the 21st, and not on Thursday (most flights to the U.S. and Canada are red eye flights regardless).
Please Note: This is not our full schedule—just a taste—we have much more in store for you!
Our itinerary is subject to change due to weather, travel advisories, etc.
Cost: $2895 (based on double occupancy)
What’s 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, all tips and taxes, expert guide commentary on site from TSCM and Israeli Guides.
Not Included: Airfare**, gratuities and lunches are not included. See the FAQ for details.
* Additional pricing information:
Cost is for double occupancy
Single room occupancy is an additional $500, if you travel by yourself but want to share a room with another tour participant, we will do our best to find someone for you
Register now, and make sure to get your $500 nonrefundable deposit in by the above dates to secure discounts
Final payment is due by December 1, 2019
Prices quoted are for payment by check (credit card payments/PayPal payments incur a 3% surcharge)
** We assume you will want to make your own flight arrangements, perhaps even cash in some airline miles, but our TSCM team will gladly work with you to find the best airfares and assure that you arrive and return at the proper times. The sooner you decide to go, the sooner you and our TSCM team can begin looking for convenient flights to Israel. 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 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. And besides visiting dozens of Bible locations in person, TSCM will point out additional Bible locations daily as we travel the land. TSCM Tours also provide 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 sites that are rarely visited by other Israel tour groups.
Why tour with TSCM instead of make my own tour?
Group touring provides great amenities, and at a discount. Consider what is provided by TSCM:
Help in country, where local signs, meals 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 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
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 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
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 in 2017, 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, February 12, and to depart in a timely manner following our group’s return to Ben Gurion Airport, flying after 12:01 AM on Friday, February 21. Remember, this might be a great trip for cashing in those airline miles!
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 of February 12, your U.S. passport must be valid through August 12, 2020 to be admitted into Israel.
Is your passport invalid before August 12, 2020? 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.
What does the tour pricing include?
All included are: first-class hotels nightly, including dinner on arrival day in Israel, and breakfast and dinner on tour days and departure day. Our deluxe air-conditioned motor coach and the services of the TSCM team, our Israeli Guide(s) 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 will 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 (although change provided may be returned as Israeli shekels, not 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 $99 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 in many places, including at our lodging and on our tour bus (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, February 11 and departs after Midnight on Friday, February 21, 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.
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 the 2020 February Tour 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 “2020 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 today, with balance of payment due by December 1, 2019. We will accept deposits until the tour sells out.
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.
Is this a physically demanding trip? How much walking will we do?
We anticipate hosting mature young people up to seniors and want to accomodate 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 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 email@example.com