DTI Bible Lands 2017 Pricing & Fine Print

Trip of a lifetime to Egypt, Israel, Jordan plus bonus day in Turkey (17 day trip)


Trip Dates: Feb. 26 - March 14, 2017


Bible Content & Timeline: Old Testament (including Abraham and Israel in Egypt plus the Exodus to Mt. Nebo in Jordan); New Testament (Jesus in Egypt, at Galilee, and Jerusalem, including the crucifixion and resurrection); Dead Sea Scrolls (finds supporting the Old Testament text of our Bible); the lands and the peoples of Bible times (including the Edomites, Moabites, Nabateans and more).


Hotels: We use only 4 and 5 star hotels or resorts and one Kibbutz (a Jewish experience!). In fact, our 4 star stays are typically what are classed 4+, or the best in the area.


Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (Supper) included. All meals are typically amazing buffets. Excludes beverages.


Sites: Includes governmental or private entrance fees to all specified sites.


Learning: Bible teacher and long time Bible lands explorer Brent MacDonald provides Biblical insight, instruction, and materials throughout.  Additionally we have top-notch professional local guides who will provide insight into the local customs, cultures, geography and history (all in English, of course).


Transportation: Includes all airfares (trans-Atlantic to and from JFK, plus Turkey to Egypt and Israel to Turkey, all on Turkish Airlines) plus in-country tour bus transportation and boating on the Sea of Galilee. Does not include donkeys, horses, camels, or other four-footed transportation – such experiences are optional and highly encouraged.  Brent will negotiate great pricing at key locations for those interested.


Pricing: We did it again!  This 17 day trip has a per day price under our 2015 trip. Our trip of a lifetime is far under equivalent excursions, if you can find one. (We've found shorter and less detailed trips costing well over $1500 more!).  We are a non-profit focused on making this trip affordable Christian education for everyone.  


Tour cost: $3450 (2)

Booking Deposit is $550 (3)


Fine Print:


1. The itinerary is subject to change either prior to departure, or on location, due to site conditions, weather, or otherwise.  We will always do as much as we can to make your trip safe and incredible!


Trip requires 16 people minimum, with 24 seats pre-reserved. Small groups are much more mobile!


2. Tour Cost Details.


Includes:  


All airfares from JFK in New York until your return to New York (4 international flights)


All hotels, resorts and Kibbutz, including all hotel taxes and service charges, plus porterage of 1 large bag per person at all hotels.


All modern air-conditioned motor coaches


All site fees and admission fees


Licensed English guides in Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey


Includes all buffet breakfasts and dinners (suppers).


Does not include:


Personal spending money for souvenirs, airport departure/government taxes and fuel surcharges (est. total $525), visa to Turkey ($20 for Americans / $60 for Canadians), Egyptian visa ($25), Egypt Border Tax ($30), Israeli Border tax ($30), Jordan Border tax ($15), tips to guides, drivers, agents, and hotel restaurant staff (combined $14/day total), optional camel/donkey/cart rides, optional lunches, snacks and bottled water, and travel from your home to and from NY.


Rate is based on double occupancy (two persons per room).


3. Your deposit is refundable up to 120 days before departure excluding a $150 administrative fee. This administrative fee goes to our travel company whom we work very hard to make our unique trips and pricing possible! Full non-refundable payment of the balance is required 75 days before departure (December 13, 2016).

Perspective and Commentary

On each section

(From Brent)


Trip Dates: February and March are beautiful months in the Bible Lands – spring temps range from 60s F (16 C) to 78 F (26 C) average in the daytime. Everything is in springtime bloom! (Okay, the Egyptian desert doesn’t bloom but it’s far nicer than cooking in the desert a couple months later)


Bible Content & Timeline: You will not find another trip that features such a comprehensive itinerary (we’ve looked!).


Hotels: Not only will these be beautiful hotels and locations, they provide excellent and safe foods.  We have an unprecedented 4 nights at Dead Sea resorts in Jordan and Israel on this trip.


Meals: Bring your appetite. The buffet breakfasts and dinners (suppers) are amazing.


Sites: Ask anyone who has ever traveled with us about the uniqueness of the sites you get to see on our trips! Other trips just don’t get to go where we go – connections pay off!


Learning: We also have periodic times of worship and singing, plus celebrate the Lord’s supper in Jerusalem. We prepare printed materials that give you insight into each site, plus pertinent Bible passages, maps and more.  If you study the bible or teach the Bible, these are highly useful – international guides use our materials!


Transportation: Turkish Airlines gets rave reviews from our previous travelers, including for food and friendliness. Our buses are top-notch with very professional drivers.


Pricing: We work to get you unprecedented non-profit pricing, that no one can match.  When doesn’t travel pricing go up and typically a lot? Not ours.  It doesn’t get better than this. Even fuel surcharges are lower this year! (And we even lowered the price after we first posted this due to an extra deal!)


Requirements and Space:  Help us get the word out and get the trip filled in quickly. Every trip we have someone who says “I wish I had known” or “I should have gone.”


Fine Print:


1. We have never had to cancel a trip, since we make changes, as necessary, due to circumstances on the ground (before or during the trip).  I’ll say it again, safety is a big deal to us.  No one on our trips has ever felt or been unsafe.


2.  Since we do this trip as a non-profit, with direct cost recovery, all taxes and fuel charges are subject to change. If any government/authority raises them we have to pass it on to you. That being said, it’s quite rare for increases (the last two trips had none).  Theoretically, if they went down, we’d pass this on to you too (but when has government ever lowered taxes?)  


To make things easier for you, we normally collect the tip money, on-site visa fees, and departure taxes, in advance and disburse it on your behalf throughout the trip (...and if you are feeling blessed/grateful/generous at any time throughout the trip you can always tip more if you wish).  Tips will be $14 x 17 days (about the same as you pay on a cruise ship but with far less service – we have top notch guides!).


You will eat so well at breakfast and dinner, you will rarely want lunch.  Snacking works well at lunch, we will occasionally stop at places were an optional lunch may be purchased (perhaps for a Saint Peter’s fish at Galilee).


Single supplement is available at extra charge ($900), where a traveler can have a room to themselves, but we will do our best to pair you with another traveler to save this cost, if you wish. We already have a male and female single travelers needing roommates.


3. While not required, we suggest, and many people use, travel medical and trip cancellation insurance:


See InsureMyTrip.com for lots of options.




IF YOU DON’T COME

YOU’LL REGRET IT!

A longer trip and a lower cost than our 2015 trip!