ISRAEL: February 13-23, 2020 with Southview GBC with Pastor Mark Abel (Program #200204)

jerusalem from south.jpg

Full Package: $4299.00

(including RT air from CLE-TLV)

LAND ONLY: $2999.00

Day One: Thursday, Feb 13, 2020

Depart Cleveland, Ohio for Tel Aviv, Israel. Meals and overnight: In flight. 

Day Two: Friday, Feb 14, 2020

As we arrive at Ben Gurion Airport (located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem) we get a wonderful aerial view of Israel. We begin to connect with the Land on the drive from the airport to the hotel, across from the Mediterranean beach. After dinner together everyone will be ready for a good night’s rest!  Overnight: Mediterranean coastal area.  B,D

Day Three: Saturday, Feb 15, 2020

Four Conflicts in the Background of the Gospels: Highlighting four example sites, this study focuses on four key conflicts in the background of Jesus' public ministry. Traveling north along the ancient coastal Via Maris, we visit the massive excavations at Caesarea and learn of the Roman governate that ruled during the time of Jesus. On Mt. Carmel we discuss the story of Elijah, and how his choices apply to our daily lives. Driving through the Valley of Armageddon brings us to Zippori, with connections to Jesus’ childhood, as well as Roman imageries found in Paul’s writings. In Nazareth we visit the cave homes from the time of Jesus, which gives us special insights to apply when we visit Bethlehem. Crossing lower Galilee we arrive at Tiberias. Overnight: By the Sea of Galilee (3 nights). B,D

Day Four: Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

Characteristics of the Disciples: We will investigate the background, education and theology of the disciples. The new excavations at Migdal allow us to see an actual synagogue that Jesus probably taught in, and to consider the influence of women in the background of Jesus’ ministry. Weather permitting, we drive to the top of the cliffs of Arbel where we can view the “gospel triangle” of Capernaum, Chorazin and Bethsaida. The excavations at Capernaum show us the home base for Jesus and His disciples. On the Mt. of Beatitudes we focus our thoughts on the cultural implications of Jesus’ teachings there. At the Yigal Alon Museum we see the display of a boat from the time of Jesus, and then we board a larger replica for our sail on the Sea of Galilee. Overnight: By the Sea of Galilee  B,D

Day Five: Monday, Feb 17, 2020

Private Teachings for the Disciples: Our focus will be on the common teaching style of the ancient rabbis. Today we visit the Golan Heights which is biblical Bashan. The melting snows of Mt. Hermon rush through the Dan Nature Reserve to form the Jordan River. Walking on paths beside those headwaters brings us to Tel Dan, and the remains of Jeroboam’s pagan altar. As we exit the tel we see a complete, huge mud-brick Canaanite city gate from the time of Abraham. What a journey through history! Then we stop at Caesarea Philippi, the region of Peter’s confession in Mark 8. Driving through the Golan and stopping at the overlook into Syria will make modern issues much more understandable. The reconstructed Talmudic Village at Katzrin brings awareness of life during the century that followed Jesus’ death. Overnight: By the Sea of Galilee.  B,D

Day Six: Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020

The Perean Ministry of Jesus: We will address the issues of the Perean Ministry, with particular examination of Luke 10-19, the "special section" of this account. Leaving Galilee we tour the impressive Roman ruins at Beth Shean (ancient Scythopolis). Then we drive south through the Jordan Valley while viewing the hills of Samaria on our right and the country of Jordon (Perea) just across the river on our left. After lunch we visit Qumran and discuss the significance of the Dead Sea scrolls and their confirmation of the accuracy of our scriptures.  We are scheduled to arrive at our spa hotel about 3:00 so you have time to enjoy the unique waters of the Dead Sea (or just relax and make use of the warm indoor pools of Dead Sea water). Overnight: Dead Sea spa hotel.  B,D

Day Seven: Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020

Hebrew Themes of the Wilderness: From the desert storm of Habakkuk, to the salt covenant of David, various Biblical wilderness themes will be highlighted. A cable car will take us to the top of Masada as we visit the site of one of Herod’s fortress-palaces, and the last holdout of the zealots after the fall of Jerusalem. Then driving through the Judean wilderness helps us understand the story of David hiding from Saul in the caves of Ein Gedi. Overlooking the oasis of Jericho we learn to answer scoffers who don’t believe the biblical accounts. Then it’s “up to Jerusalem”. What a thrilling time to finally enter the Holy City … the one place that God claims as His own! Overnight: Jerusalem (4 nights).  B,D

Day Eight: Thursday, Feb 20, 2020

A Living People: Our morning begins with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Memorial to the Holocaust. It will be very moving and help us to understand the pain the Jews have experienced throughout history. The Jewish Quarter with the Cardo, the Broad Wall of Nehemiah, and the Herodian Mansions … and on down to visit the Western (Wailing) Wall plaza will focus on the revival of the people out of the ashes of the holocaust. Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D

Day Nine: Friday, Feb 21, 2020

Messianic Expectations and Disappointments: With a specific view of the history of "other Messiahs" we will discuss the expectations for the Messiah, and their relationship to the record of the preaching of Jesus. Our day starts with a panoramic overview of the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. At the bottom of the slope we will see the ancient olive trees and walk in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed.

Setting of the Birth Narrative: We will take a short drive south to Bethlehem to visit the area of Jesus’ birth. Our focus is the Church of the Nativity (conditions permitting) and the area of the Shepherds’ Fields. (The story of Ruth and Naomi and Boaz would have also taken place on these hills.) … and finally time for shopping at an olive wood store owned by an Arab believer.  Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D

Day Ten: Saturday, Feb 22, 2020

Jewish Questionings and Roman Trials of Jesus: The arrest, trial and conviction of Jesus will be our subject as we journey through the "salvation geography" of Jerusalem in the Gospel According to John. Walking through the city we follow the Via Dolorosa (traditional Way of Sorrow) from the Pools of Bethesda (where Jesus healed the lame man, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This location was outside the ancient city walls, and the presence of cohim-style tombs makes it a likely candidate for the site of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. After lunch we walk to the Garden Tomb. There, in a beautiful garden, we commemorate and reflect on the resurrection, and enjoy communion together. We’ll have a brief time to finish shopping, or to enjoy the Old City. Overnight: Jerusalem. B,D

Day Eleven: Sunday, Feb 23, 2020

Depart Israel with flights arriving back in the USA and connecting on to Cleveland later the same day.

Every effort will be made to complete the full itinerary. Yet, because conditions are often unpredictable in travel, we reserve the right to make changes during the tour.

Tour Conditions

Feb 13-23, 2020 TOUR PRICE OF $4299 INCLUDES air from Cleveland, OH, group transfers, hotels, Israeli buffet breakfast and dinner daily, tips for group services, full sightseeing, the services of English-speaking lecturers, syllabus, local guide (where required) and all entrance fees to sites as listed in the program. All taxes and surchcarges in effect as of March 1, 2019 are included. If additional surcharges or taxes are imposed by the airlines or governments, any additional amounts will be the responsibility of the passenger. This program will operate with a minimum of 20 passengers.

LAND ONLY PRICE OF $2999 INCLUDES all of the above except air and transfers.

NOT INCLUDED are personal items such as laundry; drinks and coffee during or after meals; lunches, tips for personal favors; excess baggage and forwarding of baggage; transfers other than with the group; optional travel insurance.

YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS are based on double occupancy in a twin bedded room with private bath.. There is a supplemental charge of $765 if you prefer a single room. Individuals enrolling without a roommate may request to be matched with a roommate. In the event that a roommate is not available, individuals will be subject to the single supplement charge. All single rooms are subject to availability and may be smaller than normal twin rooms.

PAYMENT: A nonrefundable deposit of $300 per person, is required to secure your place on the program. (Deposit may be refunded only if CTSP withdraws the offer of the program.) I understand that a second payment of $1700 is due September 1, 2019 and Final payment is due in CTSP’s office by November 13, 2019. Thereafter, a late payment fee of $100 per person per month will be assessed.


90+ days prior non-refundable deposit

66-90 days prior 50% plus non-refundable deposit

0-65 days prior No refund

*Reservations are not transferrable.

*If your cancellation results in a roommate needing a single supplement, that amount will be charged to you in addition to the above fees.

*All refund claims must be in writing to CTSP. There is no refund for any services not used.


Insurance purchased within two weeks of CTSP receiving original deposit is the most economical, and may cover pre-existing conditions. Go to and click on the travel insurance icon.

ITINERARY LENGTH: Flight times are subject to change without advance notice. CTSP is not responsible for changes and delays in airline schedules and does not reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from delays. Because airlines often change flight times and dates at the last minute, CTSP strongly recommends the purchase of any connecting tickets which can be changed without heavy fees and penalties. If airline(s) change flight schedules, CTSP reserves the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary accordingly, and whenever possible, you will be notified in writing. If changes necessitate extra overnights, you will be charged (per person, per night) US$120 double occupancy, or US$220 for single rooms (includes single supplement).

AIRLINE ARRANGEMENTS from Cleveland (CLE) are included in the full tour price. Air Transportation will be economy class aboard regularly scheduled carriers utilizing non-refundable, non-transferrable, non-amendable tickets. Once your ticket has been written, it cannot be rewritten or refunded.

YOUR LUGGAGE is restricted in size and shape by the airline, and is limited to one checked piece, plus carryon. You should contact the airline for the specific restrictions.


CTSP agrees to provide the itinerary described in this brochure, and this represents the entire agreement between the passenger and CTSP No changes or deviations are effective unless approved in writing and signed by an authorized officer of CTSP Except as stated herein, no person is authorized to cancel, modify, or vary the study program arrangements (during the course) or to make any representation of warranty concerning the program.

All prices, itineraries, and schedules are subject to regulations and changes thereof by acts of Government, International Agreement and Airline tariff adjustments, rules and regulations.

CTSP reserves the right to change or withdraw the program, in whole or in part, at any time. In the event of a change, the sole exclusive obligation of CTSP will be to refund pro rata any recoverable payment received. In the event of rescheduling of the program due to unforeseen circumstances, the cancellation and refund clause will apply. CTSP reserves the right to refuse or revoke travel to anyone who is, in the sole judgment of CTSP, incapable of or detrimental to group travel.

Except for the willful negligence of its direct employees, CTSP assumes no liability or responsibility for any injuries, inconveniences, illness, irregularity or incidental damages occasioned by circumstances beyond the control of CTSP, or by any person or reason whatsoever, including, but not limited to events such as strikes, revolts, wars, natural disaster, closures of airports or hotels, default or omission of any common or private carrier or the default, negligence, or omission of any by any third party providing services or facilities related to or included in this program.

The commercial carriers are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board commercial carriers. The passenger

ENROLLMENT in and payment of the deposit for the tour constitutes your acceptance of the Program Conditions and Statement of Responsibility.