Israel General Program Information
Below you will find some general program information related to our Israel Expedition Tours. More detailed information will be provided to travelers upon registration or upon request.
A Four-dimensional Approach:
While many endeavor to help people read and study the Bible, few take seriously a four dimensional approach necessary to understand God’s revelation in time and space. These four aspects must be synthesized together to answer the question, “What did the Bible mean?” These four aspects function like lenses of a camera when pointed and focused upon an object are adjusted until the picture comes into focus. These four lenses provide windows into the world of the Bible. By looking through these windows, we can step back into the world of the Bible, as best as we are able, and can hear it and its message as its authors intended. We find ourselves once again at the feet of Jesus hearing him as his original audience did. And once we enter into the world of the Bible, we can reenter our world and answer the question, “What does the Bible mean for us today?”
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The hotels and lodgings that you will be staying in are comfortable and provide a relaxing environment after a full day of sightseeing and learning. Breakfast and dinner are included in the overall program price. All rooms are double occupancy unless you pay for the single room option in your registration.
Clothing and Footwear:
Multiple lightweight layers most easily accommodate weather, modesty requirements, and personal comfort preferences. A cool morning often turns into a blistering day which can give way to a dry and chilling evening breeze, so plan to dress in layers and keep a light weight wind breaker handy to shield you from the elements—hot or cold. Each evening your Tour Leader will alert you to any clothing requirements for the next day, so you’ll have an opportunity to plan ahead, wash, or layout the clothes you’ll need.
More details will be provided in your program information guide you receive after registration
The daily schedule is pre-established but remains flexible. When circumstances permit, additional sites will be added to the program schedule. When necessary the daily itinerary will be adjusted to take advantage of changing circumstances. Sites may be visited in an order other than what was previously published. Participants should be prepared for flexibility regarding the daily activities.
Physical Demands and Preparation:
Biblical Expeditions endeavors to maximize the participants’ time in the land providing them with a most unique and rewarding journey. At times, the pace is demanding and daily activities often go for a full 8-10 hours and walking 2-4 miles a day. Most Biblical Expeditions travel locations are not flat, nor are they smooth under foot; therefore, Biblical Expeditions strongly recommends that participants begin preparing for the physical demands of the program long before their departure date.
If participants are physically prepared, the program will be far more enjoyable, educational, and meaningful. Participants should consult their physician concerning these requirements and any medications or conditions that may have an impact on their ability to participate fully. If participants plan to use prescription drugs during the program, they should be packed in both their suitcase as well as their carry on luggage. Participants should bring along a written prescription as well, so that it can be filled if needed.
Traveling on Biblical Expeditions programs requires no immunizations; however, participants should check to be sure that their tetanus shot is current. While a treadmill can supplement your exercise habits, remember that uneven and rocky paths require much more ankle strength, balance and stamina.
So in your physical preparation for your program, get outside and walk trails and paths that provide an uneven surface to prepare you for the walking you will do in the lands of the Bible.
Biblical Expeditions has an excellent safety record.
Biblical Expeditions constantly monitors the safety and security issues of the Middle East. Biblical Expeditions intends for every participant to enjoy a wonderful time of learning, fellowship, and spiritual development in a safe environment. Biblical Expeditions makes every effort to ensure the safety of its participants.
The personnel affiliated with Biblical Expeditions are trained to assist and instruct participants in matters of personal and group safety. While in the land, Biblical Expeditions monitor the situation each day and avoids any sites that may not be safe to visit on that particular day. Lodgings are located in safe, gated areas, with security staff. If there is ever a hint of potential danger, Biblical Expeditions does not travel into those areas. We DO NOT does not take chances! Most participants upon returning from their program remark, “I never once felt unsafe.”
Like any form of travel, though, there can never be a 100% guarantee of safety. There is a difference between being a tourist on vacation and a traveler on a journey. Be mindful of your surroundings and respectful of the culture and people around you.
Most days begin with breakfast followed by a departure between 7:30 and 8:00am. The group will travel to sites by bus, where participants will begin their hikes and visits to the sites.
Most days involve walking/hiking between 2-4 miles. Lunch usually falls between 12:00 and 1:30pm. It is highly recommended that you carry snacks with you. Eating small snacks throughout the day is best for keeping energy stored up in the body.
At the end of the day, we will arrive at our hotel for dinner and needed sleep.
Biblical Expedition’s programs are designed to eliminate the many incidental financial responsibilities one often encounters on packaged tours.
Tour agencies and their clients often publish a low base price giving the appearance that viewers have discovered a bargain. On such programs, participants are held financially responsible for any number of fees not accounted for in the published program cost. These “hidden” or “unannounced” fees can add to as much as $150-300 by the end of your trip.
In an effort to minimize individual responsibilities for undeclared fees, Biblical Expeditions has calculated these fees and included them into the overall program cost. The program cost covers all such incidental fees and tips. In most cases breakfast and dinners are built into the tours cost (see specific expedition for verification and exceptions. Lunches are generally not included in the cost of tours.)
This allows Biblical Expeditions to provide participants with a realistic cost of the program and eliminate the hassle so often associated with “hidden” fees.
Single Room Supplement Fee:
Biblical Expedition’s programs are priced based on double-room occupancies. If participants desire a single room, an added fee will be applied. Biblical Expeditions will make single room requests on the participant’s behalf. A single room is not guaranteed by Biblical Expeditions since it is up to the various hotels to comply with the request. Historically, though, such requests are faithfully honored by the hotels that Biblical Expeditions works with. Visit specific expedition page at biblical-expeditions.com for a single room supplemental rate.
All participants must have a passport!
Passports must be valid for a full six months after the return date of the program. If a participant’s passport expires before this projected date, he/she will need to renew his/her passport. There are no exceptions to this policy.
If participants do not have a U.S. passport, they must notify Biblical Expeditions since special circumstances may apply to their entry into their program’s countries. If participants have an entry or exit stamps in their passport reflecting previous travels to an Arab or Muslim nation, the participant must notify Biblical Expeditions.
Participants needing to obtain or renew their passports must take steps immediately to go through the process. This is most important. Dozens of administrative documents are dependent upon participants having their passport information.
See the following U.S. State Department website for passport information:
Seven to ten days after submitting an application for a passport, participants may view the delivery status of their passport at the following
U.S. State Department website: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html.
The U.S. Postal Service also has passport applications to secure a new passport or to renew an old one.
Visit https://www.usps.com/. Perform a search for “Passport” and follow the links.
Overseas medical coverage is required by Biblical Expeditions; however, travel insurance is only recommended. Biblical Expeditions does not issue such insurance policies and any need to secure such a policy is the participant’s personal responsibility. Program participants may have to pay for medical services upfront but will be reimbursed by the insurance company. Biblical Expeditions requires documentation of overseas medical coverage. This can provide ongoing care in the event that a participant requires long-term care and services upon returning to the United States or residing country. Biblical Expeditions is not involved in securing the participant’s personal coverage.
Optional Travel Insurance:
If participants wish to protect their travel investment against an unforeseen cancellation or a needed emergency return flight home, it is recommended that they purchase a travel insurance policy. If a participant desires to purchase such a policy, he/she should be aware that most insurance companies will restrict certain coverage unless he/she submits for coverage within 14 days of registration for the program. Consequently, the participant should not delay in purchasing insurance.
If participants need to purchase either medical or travel insurance, they should refer to the list of providers below. Please note Biblical Expeditions is not involved in securing travel insurance or the medical insurance offered by these companies and is not under any contract with the companies listed below. Any questions or concerns related to travel or medical insurance should be directed to Biblical Expeditions.
Brotherhood Mutual—1-800-333-3735 ext. 5680 (http://www.brotherhoodmutual.com/)
Access America—1-866-807-3982 (http://accessamerica.com/)
Insure My Trip—1800-487-4722 (https://www.insuremytrip.com/)
Travel Guard—1-800-826-4919 (http://www.travelguard.com/)