Footsteps of Jesus and the Apostles

Official Announcement of our Tour of the Footsteps of Jesus and the Apostles.

The big picture: we will fly into Instanbul (Constantinople), tour some of the cities of Peter and Paul and John in Asia Minor, fly to Tel Aviv, get a bus to Nazareth, Jesus’ home town, and then the unique part of this trip is that we will go on a four-day hike from Nazareth to Capernaum. Then we will bus down to Jerusalem to spend a day in Jerusalem.

Please think of joining Kris and me on this life-time of memories tour. Our intent is to join other Christians in reflecting on our faith as we experience the holy land and sacred spaces that were significant in the lives of Jesus and the apostles.

Yes, of course, daily meditations and Bible studies and excursions into history and archaeology in order to illuminate the Bible and our faith.

We are happy to announce the original expected cost for the tour has dropped 10%!

To download the following announcement as a brochure, go here.

Estimated price of $4495 from Chicago, per person, double occupancy includes: Round-trip airfare to Istanbul Turkey and Tel Aviv, Israel on a scheduled carrier, 9+ days touring the sites listed in Israel and Turkey, first class hotels (and for the Jesus Trail portion of the tour) with guest house (shared bathroom)/bed & breakfast type accommodations. Also, breakfast and dinner daily and all transfers, entrance fees, taxes and tips to hotels, drivers and guides. Air-conditioned coaches for travel and touring in Turkey and in Israel; the first four-days of touring in Israel is by foot on the Jesus Trail.

DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS

Send payments (by check payable to Inspired Travel) and a registration form to:

INSPIRED TRAVEL 3000 W. MacArthur Blvd. #450 Santa Ana, CA 92704

Please include IT 2482-TD on all checks and correspondence. A deposit of $400 per person is due September 28, 2012. All registrations will be processed on a space-available basis. With your deposit receipt we will send a color brochure with tour conditions and general travel information. Full payment and a copy of your passport is due by February 27, 2013.

Your final payment will include Foreign Accidental Medical and Sickness Coverage up to $50,000 and Medical Evacuation coverage with Travelex. The Foreign Accidental Medical and Sickness Coverage DOES NOT cover pre- existing conditions or cancellation insurance.

ROOMMATES: If you need a roommate, we are usually able to provide one. A fee of $520 will be applied if you are among the last to register and we cannot provide a roommate for you, so register early. Hotels will allow up to three people per room, upon request. All beds are twin sized and will be combined for couples.

PRICING: Prices are subject to change due to new airline fuel surcharges and/or tax increase that may be changed up to the date the non-refundable airline tickets are written.

REFUNDS AND PENALTIES: If you need to cancel, you must notify Inspired Travel in writing. All cancellations will be charged a $150 processing fee per person. Cancellations after December 28, 2012 are charged a $400 penalty. Cancellations after February 27, 2013 are subject to additional airline, hotel, and tour penalties that may exceed 75% of the tour cost. Cancellations within two weeks of departure date will be charged 100% penalty. CST 2057980-10

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • http://karenzach.com karenzach

    This is going to be an amazing trip!

  • RJS

    Unfortunately we expect to be attending a college commencement on May 25th, with a number of festivities leading up to it. … Well that doesn’t sound right, let me try again… We look forward with great anticipation to attending a college commencement on May 25th 2013.

    The trip looks great though – I wish it could be a possibility.

    (Of course, having just paid for four years of college with another four to start in a year might also raise a caution flag.)

  • lesa Engelthaler

    wow Scot, this looks so good. will spread the word, would love to join ya’ll. love love love the four day hike! :o)

  • Dan

    What would the tour coast if we joined it in Turkey from elsewhere, without the flights?

  • scotmcknight

    Dan, we’re looking into that.

  • bruce

    Scot,

    What possibilities is there for other options for a spouse that wouldn’t be able to do the hiking portion of the trip? I like the idea of the walking part, sounds like one would gain a better immersion into the experience of life back in the time of Christ.

  • http://LostCodex.com DRT

    I hope the trajectories of having enough money and time and health and motivation all lead to doing something like this before I die. Congrats to all who are doing it!

  • scotmcknight

    Bruce at #6,
    The highlight, or perhaps focus, of this Israel trip is the tactile experience of walking where Jesus walked; so the tour is not really for those who can’t walk the Jesus Trail. There are, of course, other tours that do not require the same amount of walking. At present we don’t have any tour like that planned.

  • Terry

    Dan at #4, perhaps I can help related to your question on ‘land-based’ touring for this trip: The short answer is ‘yes,’ it can be done. However, it’s not recommended because of the level of complication involved. On this trip there are twice as many International flights as usual — US-Turkey, Turkey-Israel, Israel-Turkey and Turkey-US — all of those flights have to be purchased or forfeited as a package. What that means in the end is that someone purchasing just a land-based tour would be trying to mirror the flights the group has in those four instances. It is possible, but it is not easy. In addition to the mirroring of flights, transfers and shuttles are geared for the entire group. Thus, if an air-miles flight arrives after a group flight, passengers would be responsible for their own transfers to lodging, etc. (in the case of the Turkey to Israel flight, there would be the need to rent a shuttle/service for the two-hour trip to Nazareth, running up to $150 USD per person.) It is for these kinds of reasons that the tour company, Inspired Travel, does not recommend those kinds of changes, as they cannot guarantee arrivals, etc., and they’re not fans about leaving people on their own at airports and the rest.

    If someone should want to pursue this option nonetheless, there’s a check box for it on the brochure; Inspired Travel would address the cost issue with interested parties once those intentions were made known.

  • julie frye

    John and I walked this same tour in 2005 with Ray and it was AWESOME. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and will enrich your love of the great Story of Jesus and his disciples/apostles. It was a gift to us otherwise we would not have been able to go.

  • julie frye

    Bruce,
    It is intensive hiking and I had to sit out a couple of the hikes due to a foot issue. It’s not fun to sit out when everyone’s on the hike.

  • ReJoyce

    Any chance you will do another tour the following year (or the year after)? We’d love to go but aren’t sure if we can manage it this year.


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