ISRAEL 2020

Experience a trip of a lifetime. Join Morning Star Studies for a tour of the Holy Land to walk where Jesus walked. On this 10-day study tour you will experience Israel's top natural, Biblical, historical and cultural treasures. You will encounter God’s Word like never before as the scriptures come alive before your eyes, and your faith will deepen on this life-changing trip that you won’t want to miss!

Travel Dates: Wednesday, April 29 - Sunday, May 10, 2020


2019 Tour Comments

“Thank you for everything that you guys did. It was the best trip of my life and thank you for you (as one of the shop keepers in Israel said to me after buying something). I am trying to put all of my pictures together and understand it all since I felt like my head blew up with info overload. As I read the Bible it opens my eyes and mind to new things- thank you.” - Monica W

“Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for putting together such a wonderful trip. It always amazes us how God works in our lives and if he had not put it in your heart to put this together none of us would have had this wonderful opportunity. We may never have gone if you had not put this trip together, and so for that, we are thankful. This trip has truly brought the bible to life for us and given us a whole new perspective on Israel and its people. What a great trip and lasting memory - even though we were overwhelmed with all the history we just can't stop thinking and talking about it. It has been a wonderful blessing. Thank you” - Tami K

“I again want to thank you for everything that you did for all of us during our trip. It was a beautifully coordinated effort that went off smoothly. You were all there for all of us continuously and you never seemed frazzled and stressed out with all of our demands. Thank you so much for that. The trip was amazing and I will treasure the memories of it forever! Thank you” - Ramona D

“Thanks again for a wonderful trip - we thoroughly enjoyed it & can’t wait to put the pieces together from your book, our notes, our pictures & the Bible.” - Paul P

Bob and I had such a great time. It was a fantastic trip. We wanted to thank you again for all the hard work that you put into this trip to make it such a success. - Shirley J

"From the beginning I was not nervous or apprehensive to go to Israel, then when we arrived in Israel I continued to feel safe throughout our time there.?? Even though we saw armed military at check points, I never felt more safe.

We had a wonderful guide and bus driver who were at all times concerned with our well being and enjoyment of the tour. Our Guide had so much knowledge and personal stories of his time in the Israel army and his life in Israel that it made the tour feel more personal.

As far as the food, we had a wonderful buffet for Breakfast and dinner that featured a Mediterranean diet. We has lots of fish, chicken, vegetables, hummus, and the famous falafel. Everything I tried was delicious and I do suggest being brave a trying the Israel cuisine to get the full effect of being in Israel.

I would suggest that prior to going on the tour that each participant begin a walking program and get used to climbing stairs and hills.?? Jerusalem especially is very hilly and requires a lot of climbing stairs and walking. Even though we did a lot of walking and stair climbing everyday it was well worth all the physical effort to see, stand on and "feel" the places that Jesus was while here on the earth.

I would highly recommend this tour of Israel as it will make your bible reading and studying so much more alive. and have a greater impact on your life.?? Now when I read my bible, I think, I was there and I saw that place and stood on that mountain etc. I can actually see the place I visited when I am reading. It was an amazing amazing time and I am so glad I made the trip.

- Linda D

“Thank you for the tremendous amount of work you put into the planning of our trip. Everything went so smoothly and was wonderful on so many levels.” - Jeff L

“Thank you guys for an AMAZING experience. There is no way we could have done Israel better on our own. The time you guys spent pulling this together must have been exhausting, but so much appreciated by us – who got to enjoy the fruits of your efforts. Yehuda is my new hero! I don’t know how other Israeli guides go about their job, but this man clearly loves what he does and clearly loves his country. You already know my love for Israel. It just increased infinitely after spending time with Yehuda. As good as Yehuda is, you were still the keystone of our trip. Outside of getting baptized in the Jordan (thank you Al), my two favorite parts were…
• Your reading and prayer in Capernaum after Yehuda gave us the visual of how Jesus raised Jarius’ daughter (the missing parts). How great is our God. Your words and our location just filled me. As small as it sounds to say, I felt His presence.
• Your reading and prayer in the cistern Jesus was held in. My heart hurt. It hit me more than ever that he was “just” a man. The fear and anxiety He must have felt. All for us – the ultimate sacrifice. Your words were reverent, appropriate, and solemn.
Thank you again for an amazing experience.
- Bryan H.

I am truly overwhelmed by the experience that Cher and I had during this trip. Thank you so much for making this happen for us. Last year Cher and I attended a one night showing of th movie "In Our Hands" about the six day war. I’m going to watch it again now that I have been schooled by Yehuda. Again we cannot say it enough how thankful and blessed we are to have been a part of this trip. - Tim U


ISRAEL 2020 TRIP INFO

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday: 
Leave USA

Day 2 - Thursday:
Land in Israel. Transfer to Netanya. (D)

Day 3 - Friday:
Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth, overnight around the Sea of Galilee. (B, D)

Day 4 - Saturday:
Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee and boat ride, include baptismal on the Jordan River. (B, D)

Day 5 - Sunday:
Sources of the Jordan River, Dan, Banias Spring, Northern Golan Heights. Overview of Gamala. (B, D)

Day 6 - Monday:
Along the Jordan Valley to hotel on the Dead Sea. (B, D)

Day 7 - Tuesday:
Masada, drive to Jerusalem via Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane. Overnight hotel in Jerusalem. (B, D)

Day 8 - Wednesday:
Temple Mount, King David City, St. Peter in Galicantum. Western Wall, Southern Wall diggings and Jewish Quarter. (B, D)

Day 9 - Thursday:
St. Anna Church, Antonia, Via Dolorosa, Afternoon Garden Tomb. (B, D)

Day 10 - Friday:
Yad Vashem, Dead Sea Scroll and Second Temple Period Miniature Model of Jerusalem at the Israel Museum, Ellah Valley where David slew Goliath. (B, D)

Day 11 - Saturday:
Herodion, Shepherds Fields and Bethlehem. (B, D)

Day 12 - Sunday:
Transfer to airport for departure.

(B = Breakfast, D = Dinner)

Please Note - If A Passenger Is Unable To Get On And Off The Bus And Walk Without The Assistance Of Another Individual, The Passenger Must Bring Someone With Them To Assist Them. We will be walking approximately 2 miles per day.

NOTE: The actual daily itinerary is subject to adjustment at the discretion of the tour operator.


About our host and guide

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YEHUDA HECHT - Although a Jew, Yehuda majored in New Testament studies at the Hebrew University, and minored in the Crusades. His family has lived in Jerusalem since the Twelfth Century AD. He has fought in three wars, and is considered a war hero in Israel. His unique Jewish perspective, deep knowledge of the language and land, and experiences relating to his native Jerusalem all bring a unique perspective to our tour. His firsthand knowledge of the conflicts between Israel and her Arab neighbors has given every tour an insightful “behind the curtain” view of the Middle East.


Financial

- $500 per person deposit (checks only).
- Cost (not including trip insurance) is $5280 per person (based upon sharing a room). Add $1160 for single room supplement. LAND ONLY is $3780 per person.
- Balance of Trip Fee due January 20, 2020 (checks only- no credit cards).

**Make all checks payable to Morning Star Studies.

Optional Group Travel Protection Plan.
Travel Protection is available to purchase up until time of final payment, but coverage does not begin until payment for insurance is received by carrier. Checks are payable directly to insurance carrier.


Tour Conditions

Included in Tour Price:

PRICE: Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars and are based on fares and costs in effect at the time of publication. Whenever possible, Morning Star Studies obtains price guarantees from suppliers. However, depending upon the strength of the US dollar and the fluctuating nature of oil, gas and other costs, published rates are subject to change without notice. All payments must be made by personal check, cashiers check, money order or cash. 

TRANSPORTATION: Round trip airfare from D/FW Airport. Tickets cannot be changed once issued.

DEVIATIONS/STOPOVERS: An individual change in the return date that is a deviation from the basic group itinerary will NOT be allowed.

HOTELS: Prices are based on two persons sharing a double occupancy room with private bath. Single occupancy rooms for the entire trip are subject to availability for an additional cost of $1160. If a passenger cannot supply a roommate and Morning Star Studies is unable to do so, or your roommate cancels before departure, the remaining traveling passenger will have to pay the supplemental charge. (The remaining traveling passenger will be billed for the single room accommodation and this must be paid on or before 100 days from the tour’s departure date.)

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner are included, typically large buffets.

SIGHTSEEING: Local transportation is by air-conditioned motor coach. The services of an English-speaking Israeli guide and entrance fees to places described in this itinerary are included in the tour price.

AIRPORT TAXES/FUEL: Taxes/Fuel Surcharges may change without notice. Any increase will be billed to the passenger and must be paid prior to departure.

AUDIO: Rental and handling of audio headsets. Each person is provided a personal audio ear phone that allows them to hear our guide, from a distance of 200 feet.

Not included:

  • Passport costs

  • Optional Travel Insurance: This is encouraged and is the responsibility of each traveler. Details will follow your registration.

  • Transporting and handling excess luggage. Each traveler will be responsible for any additional baggage fees imposed by the airline as a result of the traveler exceeding the airline’s stated limits. 

  • Noon meals: Our Israeli breakfast and evening buffets are enormous. For midday meals, we get light lunches in route, between sites (Guide's choice, these average about $10-20 per day).

  • Cool Bottled Water: Available on our bus. Expect about $20-30 per person charge, for the entire tour.

  • Personal Expenses: Souvenirs, laundry, phone calls, special drinks, and any personal room orders.

  • Rental of baptismal robes & towel (about $12), if desired.

  • An Optional "Love Offering" for our guide and driver.

For Your Protection:

INSURANCE: Acting only as agents for suppliers, Morning Star Studies is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of luggage and/or personal belongings, or for personal injury, accident and/or illness.  For your own protection, it is important that you have adequate insurance to cover these possibilities. You should carry proof of insurance in the event you need medical attention while in Israel. We highly recommend the Group Travel Protection Insurance which covers not only trip cancellation, delays, lost baggage, but also emergency medical and medical expenses.

Important Information - Please Read Carefully

PASSPORT: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member. No visas are required for Israel. A valid passport is required to leave the USA. It should be valid for a minimum of SIX MONTHS after your return date (November 10, 2020); you will be denied boarding if your passport is not valid for SIX MONTHS beyond your return date.

REGISTRATION & DEPOSIT: Due to the high demand for hotel rooms in Israel, a deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of registration. The deposit must be made by personal check, cashiers check, money order or cash payable to Morning Star Studies, LLC. This is required to hold your place. Although we have a minimum number of people required for this tour, we also have a limitation on this tour, therefore you are encouraged to register quickly. We limit our tours to about forty-five people (one bus). This provides special time for dialogue throughout the day.

PAYMENTS: Once the minimum number of people have completed and submitted their registrations and made their $500 deposit, you will be notified by Morning Star Studies that your check will be deposited for processing. After processing of your deposit, you will receive an invoice with final payment amount and date due. Final payments should be made payable to MORNING STAR STUDIES and must be received 100 days prior to departure. Final payments received inside 100 days will be assessed a $30 LATE PAYMENT fee. NOTE: ALL invoiced tour fees not fully paid by the 100 day deadline will subject the tour member to cancellation from the tour and forfeiture of all previously paid fees, for which Tour Operator is not to be held responsible.

The tour fee balance (cost of tour less deposit) can be made on a monthly or quarterly basis.  

Cancellations & Refunds:

All cancellation requests must be addressed to Morning Star Studies in writing. Phone calls for cancellations cannot be accepted. 
- Once the $500 deposit is processed, the deposit is non-refundable, if you choose to cancel at any time.
- Up to 100 days before departure: $100 fee to cover administrative costs.
- 99-76 days before departure: 30% of the total cost of the per person tour price cannot be refunded
- 75-0 days before departure: NO REFUND of 100% of total cost of the per person tour price.  
***Optional Trip Insurance is available and is highly recommended.

**Note: A minimum of 30 registrations and commitments must be received by Morning Star Studies prior to May 13, 2019 in order to validate this tour. If this number of reservations and commitments is not received by that date, 100% of your deposit will be refunded.


Tour Operator Responsibility

Morning Star Studies (Tour Operator) agrees to arrange for the tour described in this information. This represents the entire agreement between the passenger and his agent, the Tour Host, the Tour Operator and its agents. Except as stated herein, no person is authorized to cancel, modify, or vary the tour arrangements or to make any representation of warranty concerning the tour. Except for the willful negligence of its direct employees, the Tour Operator assumes no liability or responsibility for any injuries, damages occasioned by circumstances beyond the control of Tour Operator, or by any person for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to default or omission of and by any third party providing services or facilities related to or included in this tour or any part thereof, or in arranging for the same, or the acts or omissions of the Tour Host. Due to circumstances beyond the Tour Operator’s control, the sequence of touring sites may occasionally need to be altered. The airlines are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on-board planes. The passenger contracts, in use by the airlines, and the passenger or purchaser of this tour and/or passage and Tour Operator assumes no liability or responsibility in connection therewith. Also, the Tour Operator WILL NOT BE responsible for: (a) flight schedule changes, delays, mechanical breakdowns, government actions, weather, acts of God, acts of war or aggression, whether declared or undeclared, hijackings, or other circumstances beyond its control, including any connecting flights that may be missed as a result thereof (participants should consider the possibility of delays when arranging connecting flights); (b) the failure to follow instructions, including but not limited to check-in and check-out times and baggage handling; and, (c) charges incurred relating to single room/stateroom requirements either by the passengers themselves or their assigned roommates. Payment of the deposit or any partial or full payment for a reservation constitutes consent to all provisions listed in this information.