THE DOWAGERS CYNTHIA SCHROCK + SHARON SMITH
ISRAEL + JORDAN EXPEDITION
Expedition ID: 23-12.2
Do you ever feel confused when you read the Bible? Do you feel like you are missing things the author intended for you to understand? Would you like to gain clarity and confidence reading the Bible? Would you like to encounter God in the lands of the Bible?
Accompany Cynthia Schrock on this exciting thirteen day expedition of Israel and Jordan. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus as you explore the lands where he and the disciples walked. Explore sites familiar from the Scriptures, such as Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, and many more.
Join us as we use the world of the Bible to help you understand the words of the Bible.
Expedition ID: 23-12.2
Breakfast and Dinner at Israel Hotels (as indicated on itinerary)
All site entrances per itinerary
Local English speaking guide
Biblical Expeditions Expert Instructor
AC Luxury Tour Bus
Biblical Expeditions Private Concierge
Hotel City Taxes
All tips (guides, hotels, and drivers)
Biblical Expeditions trip devotional and learning resources
Farwell Dinner in Jerusalem
Land Only Starting at
All expeditions include our industry-first unique concierge service. This service ensures your expedition operates at the highest level of service throughout the trip. Forgot something? Have a craving for something sweet? Looking to go into town after a day of touring? Have dietary restrictions? Our concierge is on hand throughout your entire trip ensuring your needs are met every step of the way. Our concierge's work directly for us and are there to serve you throughout your expedition.
Cynthia Schrock is a housewife, mother, author, speaker, Grammy, and most recently a Dowager. She has always described herself as a "Domestic engineer in charge of housing, transportation, education. Spiritual edification and some finance." She was born in Ohio but grew up on the mission field with her parents in Quito, Ecuador. She holds this part of her heritage very close to her heart. Cynthia is a kidney transplant recipient who spent two years on dialysis in her late 20's before receiving her miracle transplant. She lost her dear husband Eric of 31 1/2 years suddenly in September of 2021. She is walking a road of the deepest grief she has ever felt, and wants others to know that only God can help them through loss. She wants each widow to see themselves as Dowagers (Widows of the King) that still have purpose while keeping their husbands memory alive. Cynthia has a passion to celebrate others, help them realize their identity in Christ and the life He came to give them. She loves God's Word and wants other's to discover the treasures on each page. His Word is life giving truth to each of us personally!!!
Sharon Smith is a Mother of 2 amazing Sons, Mother in Law of 2 beautiful Daughters in Law, Proud Grandma of 4 grandchildren that are the light of her life. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to a career in the beauty industry as a hair stylist for 38 years and owning her own salon for 20+ years, after retiring from the beauty industry she was led to help people improve their health as a health and wellness coach and consultant working with healthcare providers. She lived in Wisconsin for 54 years before her husband and Sons headed to a warmer climate in Florida. On August 11th 2021 her life changed drastically when her husband Jeff of 42 years suddenly died. She was left to pick up the pieces, not knowing how she would or could ever go on with her life now that she found herself as a widow. She leaned into her faith and used God as her lifeline. He has carried her through the hardest and darkest days of her life, and now has shown her that there can be Joy in the Journey. Sharon wants to share her Journey with other women so they also can find that Joy in their Journey. God’s not done with you yet!
Marc Turnage holds an MA in Ancient Judaism and the Origins of Christianity from Jerusalem University College. He is currently finishing his PhD in the Land of Israel Studies Department at Bar Ilan University located in Ramat Gan, Israel, under the supervision of Professor Esther Eshel. Marc has taught graduate and undergraduate students at several universities in the United States and abroad.
Marc moved to Israel to study because he felt that the issues of spatial, historical, cultural, and spiritual settings played a vital role in how we read the Bible. While studying in Israel, he fell in love with the lands of the Bible. He has been guiding groups through Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy for over twenty years. Marc is a highly sought-after guide and teacher and routinely trains and lectures local tour guides about guiding Christian groups. He is passionate about leading biblical tours that deliver the very finest experience and helping people understand how to read the Bible.
Marc has published widely for both academic and popular audiences. His most recent book, Windows Into the Bible, was named by Outreach Magazine one of its top 100 Christian living resources. Marc is a widely sought-after speaker, and a gifted teacher. He resides in Springfield, MO with his family.
Expedition Itinerary - December 6 - 18, 2023
• En Avdat
• Wilderness of Zin
• Aravah Border
• Wadi Rum
• Arrival Tel Aviv
• Travel to Hotel By Bus
• Dinner and Overnight in the Negev
Petra - Nabatean City
• Allenby Border Crossing
• Jordan Valley
• Sea of Galilee
• Banias (ancient Caesarea Philippi)
• Mount Hermon
• Overlook of Israel-Syrian border in
the Golan Heights
• Beitsaida Valley
• Baptism In The Jordan River
• Museum at Kibbutz Ginnosar
• Evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
• Port-city of Caesarea
• Mount Caramel
• Jezreel Valley
• Church of the Annunciation
• Elah Valley
• Israel Museum
• Church of the Nativity
City of David
Southern Wall of Temple Mount
Mahaneh Yehudah Market
Free time to explore the Old City shops and markets
Mount of Olives
Garden of Gethsemane
St. Anne’s Church
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight home
Arrive in USA