Not just a tour....but a life changing experience!

Walking the Bible - A Journey in Israel May 24 to June 3, 2013
Sponsored By Alabama Christian Academy

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One you register, GTI travel will get you prepared by sending you a a thorough packing-preparation list including preparatory readings to make the most of this

Walk The Bible at Engedi

awesome learning opportunity.

Tentative Itinerary 

The group will depart from Birmingham, Alabama for Tel Aviv, Israel on May 24 and return June 3th of 2013. We will spend nine days walking in the footsteps of Jesus, the disciples, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon, Paul and many others mentioned in the Bible. The tour will take us from the Negev desert in the South to the springs Galilee in the North.  The tour will cover many major sites and integrate rabbinic teaching methodology that will make the trip unique and life changing experience.
This is Not a Typical Travel Tour

Participants will spend nine days (plus a day each way to travel) in Israel and will tentatively cover the following sites: Gezer (Shephelah), Beth Shemesh, Azekah, Casaerea Maritima, Gath, Lachish, Maresha, Arad, Dead Sea, Ein Avdat, Engedi, Qumran, Sea of Galilee, Chorzain, Bethsaida, Capernaum, Mt. Arbel, Mt. Carmel, Tabgha, Masada, Beth Shean, Susita, Jordan River, Jerusalem, Western Wall, Temple Mount, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Southern Steps, Bethlehem, Herodian. Other sites may be added depending on time and other variables. 

If you are interested in viewing a tour journal with photos from a trip very similar to this one, you can find one here.

GTI makes it possible to experience some out of the way places where typical tour groups do not go. For example, instead of going into the city of Nazareth and visiting holy sites that are often commercialized, we will walk 4 miles from Nazareth to Sepphoris/Zippouri. On this journey, we will travel through an ancient quarry where Jesus most likely quarried stone, farm fields like those where Jesus taught the Parable of the Sower, and the City of Sepphoris where Herod Antipas (Jesus’ nemesis) had his administrative capital. The tour participants will experience firsthand the rabbinic teaching style that Jesus himself used to train his disciples and change the world. 

Participants will walk away from this experience with an extraordinary amount of information and having been personally challenged to make their faith come alive in new ways.
Participants should be able to climb six flights of stairs without being unreasonably out of breath or extended. The travel and learning experience can be intense and involves being out in the field by 7 a.m. and back at the hotel by 7 p.m. While leaders will customize the trip to the degree possible based upon the capability of the group as a whole, there is a relatively high amount of walking and some climbing that is part of the experience. On a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being an easy walk and 10 being a very difficult hike that presses the limit of a typical healthy 60-70 year old, this experience will rate approximately a 5 to 6. Most in average physical condition should not find the expectations unreasonable. I have been personally on this experience with several who were age 80 but who were also in relatively good shape.  Contact Joe McClary for more information about the physical requirements. 
Free Preparatory Classes 

Five, one hour classes will be held weekly in the evening prior to the trip and will serve to prepare each participant for the trip to Israel. Classes will be free to the public and are highly recommended for trip attendees but not required. The classes will cover useful and interesting information that will provide a base of knowledge for participants. An overview of biblical history and geography will be covered along with additional information about Israel’s history and modern day place in geopolitics. When participants arrive at a location in Israel, they should immediately be able to attach new knowledge they learn onsite to the information they have already learned in the preparatory classes. 
The tour will include a local Israeli guide who has resources connected to the Israeli government to ensure the safety of the group. Travel insurance is also available at a reasonable cost to protect participants from unexpected events that may affect travel. 

YouTube Video

Tour Leader
Teacher and education consultant Joe McClary has been studying biblical history, culture and geography for years and is a well known Bible teacher in the Montgomery, Alabama community.  He has experience studying in Israel and Turkey on separate experiences with Ray Vander Laan, of That The World May Know Ministries (TTWMT), Marty O'Connor - Former Executive Director of TTWMK, and Kent Dobson.  Joe specializes in the teaching techniques used by Jesus that changed the world and that we can employ today. Joe holds a BBA and teaching degree from Harding University, a Master of Arts in Education from the George Washington University, and undertaking doctoral studies at Liberty University. This trip will incorporate intense learning opportunities to better understand the history, land and culture in which the Bible was written. 

GTI travel has also arranged for an Israeli guide to accompany us into some of the more busy places we'll venture.  These guides are some of the best in the world and look forward to sharing their extensive knowledge of Israel.
All Inclusive Cost
$3,995 per person double occupancy and is all inclusive
Notes: includes economy airfare, breakfast and dinner buffets, lunch served in the field, first class lodging, tips, site entry fees, our study book, waist pack, water bottles, deluxe motor coach touring, and travel Bible. Single occupancy is available upon request and for $680.00 additional. Air fare is subject to additional fuel surcharges as may be assessed by US Airways prior to ticketing.

Payment Schedule: 

  • $400.00 per person deposit on confirmation 
  • $1,200.00 due February 24, 2013 
  • $1,200.00 due March 23, 2013 
Total balance due April 24, 2013 

Refund Cancellation Policy: 
  • Full refund less $200.00 administrative fee for written cancellations received on or before February 24,2013. 
  • Full refund less $800.00 for written cancellations received on or before March 23, 2013. 
  • Full refund less $2,000.00 for written cancellations received on or before April 24, 2013. 
No refund for cancellations received after April 24, 2013. 
Need More Information or Want to Signup? 
Contact Joe McClary with questions by emailing or calling 334-669-0177 for more information. Space is limited and slots are filled on a first come basis. 

The second video above is produced by GTI Travel, the same company we will be using for the Walking the Bible tour.  Thanks to GTI for the video that provides an excellent preview of our upcoming experience in Israel.
The land of Israel connects you with the Bible in ways you have yet to imagine.

Walking The Bible

Ray Vanderlaan Israel Tour 2013