• Travel Insurance (+$82 for 1-70 y/o; +$123 for 71-80 y/o)
• Israel and Jordan Visa Fees (If applicable. Not required for Philippine, US, and Canada passport holders)
• Philippine Travel Tax
Air tickets and travel insurance will be purchased through Highlight Tours at a GCCP discounted group rate. Those who wish to upgrade to business class can do so as well. Exceptions may be made for you to book your own air tickets if your home country and dates deviate from the rest of the group.
• $1000 deposit upon registration
• Duly accomplished Registration Form
• Clear copy of Passport Data Page, with Issuance Date and Birth Date (IMPORTANT: Passport should not expire before November 1, 2024)
• Color photo (passport size)
• Must be physically fit and can walk unassisted at least 12,000-14,000 steps a day
• For age 70+, medical clearance is required
• Full Payment by January 7, 2024
DAY 1 (April 27, SAT): ARRIVAL + Amman
Start of Bible Study Tour • Amman • Citadel
Arrive in Amman, Jordan from Home Country. Depending on arrival time, tour of Amman, the ancient capital of the Ammonites and the modern capital of the kingdom of Jordan. Visit the Citadel and see the Roman Temple of Hercules.
(Overnight #1: Amman, Jordan)
DAY 2 (April 28, SUN): Jordan
Mt. Nebo • Madaba • Mujib Valley Overview
Drive to Madaba, the “Mosaic City'' and hometown of Ruth the Moabite. View of Moab from the eastern shores of the Dead Sea. Then we climb Mount Nebo, where Moses saw the Promised Land, and on it he was buried by God. Time permitting, we will use the Kings highway to see the magnificent Mujib Valley, called “the Grand Canyon of the Middle East,” with the Arnon River flowing through it. Drive to Petra.
(Overnight #2: Petra, Jordan)
DAY 3 (April 29, MON): Petra
Petra • Aaron’s Tomb • Zered River • Edom • Desert Highway
We spend the whole morning touring Petra. The stronghold city of the Nabateans, Petra was a spectacular rock-cut ancient city, with beautiful sculptures carved into rose-red rocks—one of the seven wonders of the world. This is the land of the ancient Edomites. In the afternoon on the way to Amman, we cross the River Zered and ancient borders of Moab and Edom, passing through the Biblical cities of Heshbon, Dibon, & Aroer via the Desert Highway.
(Overnight #3: Amman, Jordan)
DAY 4 (April 30, TUE): Jericho
Allenby Border Crossing • Jordan River Crossing • Jericho (Mount of Temptation, Sycamore Tree, Elisha’s Spring) • Beit-Shean • Tiberias
Crossover to Israel using the Allenby crossing, we drive to Jericho, near the Dead Sea. We climb the archaeological site to view the plains of Jericho where the Israelites entered the Promised Land. View the site of Jesus' Temptation. Pass by the traditional sites of Zacchaeus' sycamore tree and Elisha's spring. Follow the River Jordan north to Israel’s largest archaeological site of Beth-Shan (time-permitting), where the Philistines fought King Saul. Drive along the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, to the city of Tiberias.
(Overnight #4: Tiberias, Israel)
DAY 5 (May 1, WED): Sea of Galilee
Galilee Boat Ride • Tabgha • Mount of Beatitudes • Capernaum • Horns of Hittim • Mt. Arbel (panoramic view)
Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Go to Capernaum where you will see an ancient synagogue and Peter's house. By the shore, you will visit Tabgha with the ancient mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes. There Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection (John 21). Enjoy "Peter’s Fish" by Sea of Galilee. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount is remembered. In this region, Jesus spent much of his ministry on earth. Pass by the horns of Hattim, where Saladin defeated the crusaders. Go to the top of Mount Arbel for a magnificent mountaintop panoramic view of the entire Sea of Galilee, and there view the Bible sites of Jesus’ public ministry.
(Overnight #5: in Tiberias, Israel)
DAY 6 (May 2, THU): Northern Galilee
Tel Dan • Hazor • Caesarea Philippi (Banias) • Golan Heights • Mt. Bental • Mt. Hermon • Baptism/Rededication at the Jordan River (Yardenit)
Drive up north to the northernmost city of Israel in the Old Testament—and see the ruins of Dan. View the high place where wicked King Jeroboam set up a golden calf, and drive by Hazor, the ancient capital of the Canaanites. Drive to Caesarea Philippi (Banias), near where the Jordan River starts, where Peter acknowledged Jesus as “the Christ.” Visit Mt. Bental which overlooks the Golan and the valley where one of the largest tank battles in history took place in 1973 where 160 Israeli tanks withstood an onslaught of 2,500 Syrian Tanks and Artillery Pieces. Ride the Sky-life on the slopes of Mt. Hermon. Drive to Degania for Baptism-Rededication in the Jordan River.
(Overnight #6: Tiberias, Israel)
DAY 7 (May 3, FRI): Nazareth + Jezreel Valley
Church of the Annunciation • Nazareth Village • Megiddo • Solomon’s Tunnel • Jezreel Valley • Mt. Carmel • Cana
Enter Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, and see the largest church in Israel: Church of the Annunciation. VIsit the Nazareth Village and see how Jesus lived in Nazareth for 30 “silent years” in a first-century recreation of village life in Nazareth. Proceed to Megiddo, the future site of the Battle of Armageddon. Drive up beautiful Mt. Carmel for a spectacular view of Israel’s northern region and the Jezreel Valley. Visit Mukhraka, where Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal. Drive by Cana where Jesus performed His first miracle.
(Overnight #7: Tiberias, Israel)
DAY 8 (May 4, SAT): Sea Coast
Caesarea Maritima • Joppa • Tel Aviv • Emmaus
Drive to Caesarea, the capital of Rome in Palestine. See Roman and Crusader remains (i.e. aqueduct) and the harbor from where Paul was taken prisoner to Rome. Visit Joppa, from where Jonah sailed for Tarshish. Nearby is Tel Aviv, the business center of Israel. Drive along the Valley of Aijalon, where the sun and moon stood still, and the Elah Valley, where David fought Goliath. Time-permitting visit the village of Emmaus, where Jesus walked with two disciples. Drive to Jerusalem.
(Overnight #8: Jerusalem, Israel)
DAY 9 (May 5, SUN): Jerusalem (Old City) + Bethlehem
Temple Mount • Western Wall • Ancient Temple (Southern) Steps • Western Wall Underground Tunnel • Cardo • Golden Menorah • Bethlehem • Church of the Nativity • Shepherds Field • Herodium
Enter the Old City of Jerusalem and visit the Temple Area with the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Visit the Western “Wailing” Wall and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Visit the archaeological digs beside the western wall, and walk up the ancient Temple (Southern) Steps. We will take the Western Wall Tunnel Tour, this is the newly excavated 1,000-feet long underground portion of the Western Wall. Walk the streets of Old Jerusalem of King Herod’s time. See Temple’s largest building stone (500 tons)! Enter into Bethlehem and see the Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in the Holy Land. Visit the cave-stable of Jesus' birth, and the Shepherds Fields. We will also see the Herodium, the fortress and grave of Herod the Great, who slew the Bethlehem infants.
(Overnight #9: Jerusalem, Israel)
DAY 10 (May 6, MON): Mount of Olives + Jerusalem (Old City)
Mount of Olives • Church of the Ascension • Church of Pater Noster • Palm Sunday Road • Dominus Flevit • Gethsemane • Church of All Nations • Garden Tomb • Pool of Bethesda • St. Anne’s Church • Via Dolorosa • Church of the Holy Sepulchre • Jaffa Gate Shopping
Drive to the Mount of Olives for a wonderful panoramic view of Jerusalem. See the Ascension Chapel, the Pater Noster Church (Lord's Prayer), walk down the “Palm Sunday'' road, see Dominus Flevit. Pray inside the Garden of Gethsemane, with its ancient olive trees and the serene Church of All Nations. Have Communion at the Garden Tomb, where Christians remember Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. See the Pool of Bethesda, where tradition says an angel ruffled the water, and St. Anne's Church, traditional birthplace of Jesus' mother with its beautiful acoustics. Take the Via Dolorosa Road, from Pilate's judgment hall to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Time-permitting, shop at Jaffa Gate.
(Overnight #10: Jerusalem, Israel)
DAY 11 (May 7, TUE): City of David + Jerusalem (New City)
Hezekiah’s Tunnel • Mt. Zion • Gallicantu (Caiaphas’ House) • Upper Room • David’s Tomb • Yad Vashem (Holocaust Memorial) • Israel Museum (Jerusalem Model) • Shrine of Book Museum (Dead Sea Scrolls) • Knesset Building
We begin the day by walking in King Hezekiah’s underground tunnel ending at the Pool of Siloam. This engineering feat of 1,500-foot-long-tunnel was cut under the bedrock of the City of David in 701 BC. Drive along the Kidron Valley to the palace of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Peter denied his Lord. On Mount Zion, visit an Upper Room, and see the tomb of David. See the “new city” portion of Jerusalem and visit Yad Vashem, the moving and powerful WWII Holocaust Memorial. Visit the Israel Museum to tour the model of Jerusalem (during Christ’s time). Visit the shrine of the Book Museum which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. See the Knesset parliament building.
(Overnight #11: Jerusalem, Israel)
DAY 12 (May 8, WED): Dead Sea Area
Jerusalem-Jericho Road • Qumran • Masada • Ein Gedi • Dead Sea Swim
Use the Jerusalem-Jericho road down to the Dead Sea. Visit Qumran, the site of the Essene community where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Visit Ein Gedi, where David hid from Saul. Then take a cable car up to Masada, scene of the last stand of the Jewish resistance to the Romans. Enjoy a late afternoon swim in the Dead Sea.
(Overnight #12: Dead Sea region, Israel)
DAY 13 (May 9, THU): Red Sea Area + DEPARTURE / Egypt Ext.
Lot’s Wife • Timna Park (Tabernacle Model & Solomon’s Copper Mines) • Eilat • Gulf of Aqaba
We head south and visit Timna Park and see the Tabernacle Model (actual-size) in the wilderness and point out Solomon’s copper mines. Nearby is the Gulf of Aqaba, the border between Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. Cross the border into Egypt and drive to the Sinai area. Those who do not avail of the Egypt Extension will return to Jerusalem for their flight out.
Early morning wake-up to summit the 2,285-meter Mt. Sinai for a spectacular sunrise view. This is the traditional location where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Visit St. Catherine’s Monastery, the world's oldest continuously inhabited Christian monastery, built on the traditional site where Moses saw the “burning bush” at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Travel from the Sinai Peninsula to Cairo crossing over the famous Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea through the Isthmus of Suez and dividing Africa and Asia.
(Overnight #14: Cairo, Egypt)
DAY 15 (May 11, SAT): Cairo + Giza
Cairo • Pyramids of Giza • Sphinx • Egyptian Museum • Royal Grand Citadel & Mosque • Jesus’ Childhood Coptic Churches
Drive to Giza to see the famous pyramids of Cheops, Chephran & Mycerinus. See the Sphinx, which combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion's body. Visit one of Cairo’s Egyptian Museums, which contains 5,000 years of Egyptian history. Visit the traditional site of the Holy Family's residence in Egypt and the Citadel of Cairo built by Saladin
(Overnight #15: Cairo, Egypt)
DAY 16 (May 12, SUN): Saqqara + Memphis + DEPARTURE
Saqqara (Pyramid of Djoser) • Memphis • Colossus of Ramses II
We drive to Saqqara to see the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser, considered to be the first pyramid built in Egypt (completed around 2648 BC). Drive to the first capital of ancient Egypt, the capital city of Memphis. Memphis was the seat of power for the pharaohs for over eight dynasties. There we will see the famous Colossus of Ramses II, probably the most famous Egyptian Pharaoh. Return to Cairo to fly back to home countries with memories and inspiration to last a lifetime.
BIBLE TEACHER & TRIP HOST
ABOUT THE BIBLE TEACHER AND TRIP HOST
Dr. Stephen G. Tan is the Senior Pastor of Grace Christian Church of the Philippines. He graduated summa cum laude from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology and was given the J. Dwight Pentecost Award in Bible Exposition. He also has a Doctorate from the same school.
Dr. Tan has spoken at conferences and churches throughout North America, Europe, and Asia and has served as guest lecturer at several seminaries and Bible colleges. He also serves on several boards of Christian organizations and NGOs.
Pastor Stephen has led many Bible Study Tours serving as a Bible Teacher in places such as Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. He was ordained into the Gospel ministry in 2005 and is a licensed minister.
Previously, Stephen worked as a management consultant for Deloitte and Touche, consistently ranked as a top analyst. He graduated cum laude from SMU in Dallas, with Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. He received the “M” Award, the highest award and honor given by the university. He is happily married to his wife Cindy, and they have 3 children: Andrew, Nathan, and Janelle.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Submission of registration form constitutes agreement to the following Terms and Conditions. Please read carefully before signing up.
Registration and Payment
Full payment must be made by January 7, 2024. Otherwise, registration is considered canceled.
All rates and costs are estimated based on prices from the previous tour and per bus load of 40 registrants and are subject to change without prior notice. At least 40 registrants are required for this trip to push through.
Rates per person are based on twin-sharing hotel pricing. No triple room reduction.
GCCP and its co-sponsor(s), with their officers and staff, act only as agents for the various companies and service providers whose services are used, and assume no responsibility nor liability for any act/omission of trip.
The GCCP planning committee reserves the right to refuse individuals from joining this Bible Study tour.
Registration is generally on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to active members of Grace Christian Church of the Philippines.
Cancellation and Refund
Registration Deposit is nonrefundable.
Any cancellation must be initiated by the participant(s) personally or by phone. We will acknowledge your cancellation by email.
In certain cases you may be eligible to receive a full or partial refund depending upon: (1) the reason for your cancellation; (2) the number of days prior to the start of the tour that your cancellation request is received; or (3) the amount expended in preparation for your participation to the tour.
Standard Cancellation Fee
120 days - 100% deposit amount + 10% balance 90 days - 100% deposit amount + 20% balance 60 days - 100% deposit amount + 30% balance 30 days - 100% deposit amount + 40% balance 15 days - 100% deposit amount + 50% balance Less than 15 days - No Refund
GCCP and its co-sponsor(s) with their officers and staff are not responsible for any incidental expenses you may have personally incurred as a result of the purchase of your tour, such as visas, medical check-ups, nonrefundable flights, etc.
For inquiries and concerns about our cancellation policy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
General Guidelines and Policies for GCCP Events and Activities
Anyone who wishes to go on a Bible study trip to the Holy Lands can join, but please note that priority is given to members and regular attendees of GCCP.
Is the tour senior or child-friendly?
We will be walking at least 12,000-14,000 steps daily, and so it is not advisable for children below 13 years old. Seniors need to be physically fit and able walk unassisted.
Are participants required to join the Egypt Extension Tour?
No. You can choose whether you wish to join the optional Egypt Extension Tour or not.
How do I register?
Fill out and submit the Online Registration Form. You will be asked to upload a digital copy of you passport data page and recent color photo.
Pay the Registration Deposit via bank transfer.
Email proof of payment to email@example.com
Can I register and pay at the church?
GCCP prefers paperless and cashless transactions. However, you can also submit hardcopies of your documents and pay in cash at the church office. Office hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Tue-Sat) or 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Sun).
A PDF copy of the form is available for you to download and print.
Do I need to purchase my own air tickets and travel insurance?
Airfare and travel insurance are offered as optional add-ons in this tour and will be purchased through Highlight Tours at a GCCP discounted group rate. You can include them in your total tour cost when you register. Please note that GCCP policy requires travel insurance for participants of church offsite events and activities.
Do I need to pay for Israel, Jordan, and Egypt visa fees?
If you have a Philippines, US, or Canada passport, you do not need to pay for Jordan and Israel visas. If you have a passport from another country, we will notify you of your visa fee amount through email.
The Egypt visa fee is already included in the Egypt Extention Tour cost.
Do I need to depart on the same flight as the group? / Can I book a different flight and meet the group at the airport?
If your home country and dates deviate from the rest of the tour, you can book your own flight and meet us at the airport in Amman, but you may have to pay some extra travel fees going to/from the hotel unless you have the same flight times with the group.
Do I have to be vaccinated to join?
Vaccination is not required to be able to join. However, if you are sick or showing Covid-like symptoms on the day(s) of the event, you may not be allowed to participate in the activities.
HOW TO REGISTER
INSTRUCTIONS FOR REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT
Step 1: Submit required documents
• Registration Form
• Copy of Passport Data Page
• Recent color photo (passport size)
Step 2: Pay registration fee
$1,000 - Registration Deposit
Nonrefundable. Deductible from the total Tour Cost
Balance must be paid by January 7, 2024
Payment Method: Bank Transfer (details to be sent upon submission of form)
Step 3: Email proof of payment
Please email proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org