Jerusalem, Israel 2018

Jerusalem, Israel

Now you can visit the Holy Land to walk where Jesus walked while bringing his love and compassion to people in need in Jerusalem. You'll join author and speaker Susan Lawrence, author of Pure Purpose, on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Well-known stops include the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of the Beatitudes, Nazareth, Cana, Jerusalem, and more, where you'll soak in Bible stories and insightful devotional times.

On this Lifetree Adventure, you'll also spend several days in Jerusalem working alongside a Christian organization that's bridging the gap between Jews and Christians. You may help at a shelter for women and children fleeing domestic abuse or at a school for underprivileged kids. It's amazing to see the very places Jesus lived and walked and then to serve others because of the love he has poured into your life.

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Date Age Availability Register
Oct 30 2018 to Nov 12 2018 All Ages Open

We partner with a phenomenal organization in Israel that seeks to be a ministry of hope and reconciliation. They desire to see Christians and Jews working side by side for better understanding and a more secure Israel. As you serve the Jewish community in Jerusalem, you will have the opportunity to actively express your biblical responsibility before God to be faithful to Israel and the Jewish community.

As you serve, you will be blessing Israel and the Jewish people through practical assistance, volunteer service, and prayer. Your presence will help encourage meaningful and supportive relationships between Christians and Jews in Jerusalem.

There are several ways you might serve. You might serve in the Food Bank, sorting and distributing food gifts to help Israel’s needy. Our ministry partner is currently focusing on assisting Jewish immigrants to Israel and Israel’s elderly and poor from many communities.

You might spend some time in a community assistance center, meeting and welcoming Jewish immigrants to Jerusalem and helping them feel welcome. Or you may do some light repair and painting work around one of the facilities operated by our ministry partners.

Day 1 – Arrive to the Ben Gurion Airport and meet your trip leader. Drive to Tel Aviv, stopping to visit the ancient city of Joppa, where Simon the Tanner lived (Acts 10:9-16) and where Tabitha was miraculously brought back to life (Acts 9:36-43.) Get settled into your hotel in Tel Aviv and enjoy a team dinner.

Day 2 – After breakfast at your hotel, embark on a sightseeing tour of modern Tel Aviv. You’ll visit the Diaspora Museum and the Eretz Israel Museum and end the day at the new port of Tel Aviv for shopping, dinner, and the beautiful beaches.

Day 3 – After breakfast, travel by bus to Caesarea Maritima to see the Roman Theater, Herod’s Palace, the Palace of the Roman Procurator, the Amphitheater and the Crusaders’ City and Harbor. In the afternoon, you’ll head to Haifa for a panoramic view of the city and harbor and the Bahai Gardens. You’ll continue on to Muhraka, where Elijah challenged the 450 false prophets. You’ll finish the day by driving by Zubulun and the Armageddon Valleys to Mt. Tabor and the church of the transfiguration. Enjoy a team dinner and overnight in a hotel in Tiberias.

Day 4 – After breakfast, take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. After the ride, travel by bus through Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene. Stop at the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus gave the sermon on the mount. Continue to Tabgha and visit the traditional site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. You’ll wrap up the day at the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and then travel on to Capernaum to see the ancient synagogue and house of Peter. You will stop in Nazareth to see the Church of the Annunciation and then enjoy a team dinner and overnight at a hotel at the Sea of Galilee.

Day 5 – Following breakfast, travel to Dan, where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship, and Cesarea Philippi, which is the site of Peter’s Confession of Christ. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Tel Hazor in the Upper Galilee. You’ll stop at an olive oil factory and enjoy the Galilee olive oil flavor. You’ll end the day in Cana to visit the church that stands on the spot where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water to wine. You’ll overnight back in a hotel in Tiberias.

Day 6 – After breakfast, walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. You’ll visit the nearby Church of All Nations and pass by the tombs of Absalom, Zechariah, and St. James. You’ll travel by bus to Jerusalem and spend the rest of the day in the Old City. You’ll ascend the Temple Mount and visit the Dome of the Rock Mosque. It is built over the place where Abraham brought Isaac to be sacrificed, where the Jewish Temple once stood, and from which the Muslims believe Mohammed ascended to Heaven. From there, you’ll follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, from the Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the oldest traditional site of Jesus’ death and resurrection. You’ll enjoy a team dinner in Jerusalem and then overnight in a hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 7 – following breakfast in your hotel, you’ll travel by bus to Mt. Zion to visit King David’s tomb. From there, you’ll enter the Old City of Jerusalem via the Zion Gate Experience and enjoy time for prayer and reflection at the Western Wall. You’ll explore the Southern Wall Excavations and take a virtual, computerized “walk” through the ancient Temple Mount. You’ll proceed on to the City of David and discover the secrets of biblical Jerusalem, follow the kings and prophets, walk in underground passages, to go the hidden spring where kings were crowned and walk in the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel. In the afternoon, you’ll participate in a special archaeological dig and end the day walking through the colorful Bazaars of the old city. Return to your hotel in Jerusalem for the night.

Day 8-11 – Serve in Jerusalem through a variety of projects that will encourage strong and supportive relationships between Christians and Jewish people. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 12 – After breakfast, drive through the fertile Jordan Valley via Jericho, the oldest city on earth. Travel to Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in a cave by a shepherd. From there you will visit the spectacular En Gedi Nature Reserve and hike to the lower David Stream (easy hike). The trail passes waterfalls and pools and leads up the beautiful David Waterfall. You will continue on to the mountain fortress of Masada, stronghold of the Jews in the war against the Romans. Ascent to the fortress by cable car to visit the palaces of Herod the Great. If time allows, descend to the Dead Sea for a dip and float in its salty waters. On the way back to Jerusalem, stop by the St. George Monastery view and then overnight in your hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 13 – Today you will visit the New City of Jerusalem. Pass by the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament House, and its giant Menorah. Visit the Holocaust Museum and then continue on to the Israel Museum. In the afternoon, visit Bethlehem and the Basilica of the Nativity, the Shepherds field and the Magi Grotto. Return to Jerusalem and end the day at the Garden Tomb. Enjoy a final team dinner and one last night in Jerusalem.

Day 14 – Return to the Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight home.

Price: $2999 per person
Deposit: $30 per person

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Almost everyone! Solo/single travelers, couples, families, students, seniors, and groups! Certain destinations may be more geared toward a particular traveler type, but our international trips accommodate all generations and are family-friendly. In most cases kids as young as 8 can serve along with adults. We’ve also had senior travelers age 80+! Student groups age 13-18 are welcome, but must have one adult (21 or older) for every five students. Contact Robin at 800-747-9118 for more location-specific age requirements.

We believe in authentic relationships, and our Lifetree Adventure trips are designed with small group size in mind. Depending on the location, the size of the group can be as small as 6, or as large as 30. The typical size of a group is usually around 10 people, plus a highly experienced multi lingual trip leader who will be with your group for the entire trip.

Prices include: Lodging, most meals, all activities as shown on itinerary (with the exception of optional excursion choices), planned arrival and departure airport transfers, transportation to all itinerary destinations, and an English-speaking trip leader who will accompany your group from the time of arrival through departure. Prices do not include airfare from North America.

Please see the Pricing tab for full details on what your trip includes, as certain trips require an additional fee for project materials and/or flights within the destination country.

Many of our Lifetree Adventure trips offer optional excursions that we’ve pre-arranged in order to provide an array of cultural experiences that meet the unique needs of our travelers’ desires and budgets. Some of these options will be offered within the trip itinerary, and some might be “add-on” days at the end of the trip. Please see the details of your destination location for more information.

To reserve space on a trip, a nonrefundable $100 per person is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Please [click here] for complete details of our cancellation policy.

Breakfasts, most lunches, and some dinners are covered as part of your registration. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for more details.

You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well. Most meals are provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. Other meals will be enjoyed at our favorite local restaurants.

Lifetree Adventures is designed to be a balanced combination of enjoyable cultural excursions plus meaningful volunteer service on local projects. We select hotels that are comfortable, clean, and safe—with rooms that offer much more privacy and amenities for our travelers than the typical mission trip accommodations. For most trips rooms are based on double occupancy, with private bathrooms for each room. If you are traveling solo you will likely be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender, although you can upgrade your trip with a request for single room arrangements. If you have any specific accommodation needs, contact Robin at 800-747-9118. Please inform us of any accommodation requests before or when you book your trip.

Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.

Airfare from the US to the destination country is not included in the cost. Trips requiring charter flights to or within the destination country will be reflected in the price break-out details. Please review the pricing section of the specific trips for more details.

Your safety is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we explore and serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you’re as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that is safe and reliable. Robin is glad to answer any further safety questions.

While some adventures are more physically strenuous than others, most trips will accommodate a broad range of physical ability. Please contact Robin to discuss any questions about limitations, etc.

All U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter a foreign country and return to the United States. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. A passport is not required for trips to Alaska. Tourist visas are not required for most trips, with the exception of Cuba, which we will arrange for you. For full information, please ask at time of booking.

We strongly recommend that you visit the CDC Travel Health site for the most up-to-date details on what specific vaccines are advised per your destination as well as other important information to stay healthy while you travel internationally.

Four to six weeks before you travel, make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations and schedule an appointment with your health care provider or your local health department’s travel clinic to get the recommended vaccines for the countries you plan to visit. This gives the vaccines enough time to start working and time for any vaccines that might require more than one dose.

All participants need to have sufficient personal medical insurance, but as part of the registration fee for your trip, Lifetree Adventures purchases a group travel insurance policy through ACE’s Europ Assistance USA that acts secondary to your personal insurance policy. It will cover up to $25,000 toward medical assistance as a result of accident or sickness while traveling with Lifetree Adventures, and will provide up to a $10,000 hospital admission deposit advance. For a complete list of benefits, please refer to the Travel Insurance document.

If you do not have an existing personal health insurance policy, we HIGHLY recommend that you purchase Travel Medical Insurance for your trip, since Ace's Travel Insurance does not cover medical treatment costs, only costs that ensure you get to a facility where care can be provided.

Please consider the following in your travel and insurance planning:

All of your Lifetree Adventures’ trip fees are non-refundable once you are within 60 days of the trip, unless Lifetree Adventures cancels the trip. It is highly recommended that you purchase your own trip cancellation insurance. Your personal trip cancellation insurance would cover your expenses if you needed to cancel your trip at any time due to your own emergency or a family member’s emergency or any other unforeseen circumstance. If you do not purchase your own trip cancellation insurance, please note that Lifetree Adventures will not reimburse any of your trip fees.

There are many options for trip cancellation insurance. You may want to start with the website www.insuremytrip.com to compare several different plans at once. Remember, you do have international medical insurance with Lifetree Adventures, so you do not need to purchase additional coverage there.

If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we can probably accommodate you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at ralm@group.com, or call 800-747-9118 for more information.

Yes! Lifetree Adventures is just one arm of Group Mission Trips! Group Mission Trips offers a variety of international and domestic service trip options that focus more time on the service project and more rustic accommodations, as well as week-long service projects for junior high and high school students! Check out other trip types here.

$2999*/person
*Flight not included
Price:
$2999*
Age:
All Ages
Trip Capacity:
30
Shots Required:
Yes
Passport Required:
Yes

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