DISCIPLER'S JOURNEY | ISRAEL AND GREECE

Israel/Greece October 02 - October 15, 2018


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Join Assemblies of God (USA) churches, groups, and families from all across the country for a 14-day tour and biblical journey through the lands of Israel and Greece. The trip will be led and hosted by Ryan Horn, Director of Discipleship for the Assemblies of God (USA), and Wes Bartel, Director of Senior Adult Ministries for the Assemblies of God (USA).

The Discipler's Journey tour is designed for adults, families, and church groups who are passionate about discipleship in the home and in the church. You will have the life-changing opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and the early church as you explore the origins of biblical discipleship. Throughout the journey, you will observe how Jesus' early followers took his message "to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). You will return home with new insights on how to be a disciple as well as make disciples--learning to follow Jesus in the context of your own life and intentionally investing in others through mentoring, teaching, and modeling your faith by example. 

Experiences include:
Tour of the historical/biblical sites, on-site teaching, Mount of Beatitudes, Nazareth, Jordan River baptism, Chorazin, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee boat ride, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Israel Museum, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Dead Sea swim, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Southern Steps of the Temple, Western Wall, Caesarea, Mediterranean dining, shopping, and much more!

Greece extension includes:
Corinth, Temple of Apollo, Athens, Acropolis Museum, Parthenon, Mars Hill, and Agora as well as a Greek islands cruise to Mykonos, Ephesus (Turkey), Patmos, Crete, and Santorini. Tour and experience these places and much more!


Meet your hosts for the tour:

Host-Ryan-Horn

Ryan Horn
Director of Discipleship
Assemblies of God (USA)


Host-Wes-Bartel

Wes Bartel
Director of Senior Adult Ministries
Assemblies of God (USA)


Day 1 - Tuesday, October 2
Depart from the U.S.

Day 2 - Wednesday, October 3
Arrive in Israel. Overnight Sea of Galilee

Day 3 - Thursday, October 4
Mt. of Beatitudes, Kefar Kedem, Nazareth, Arbel Synagogue.  Overnight Sea of Galilee.

Day 4 - Friday, October 5
(Baptismal), Katzrin, Korazin, Capernaum, Migdal, Nof Ginnosar ("Jesus Boat"), and a nighttime boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Overnight Sea of Galilee.

Day 5 - Saturday, October 6
Israel Museum (Shrine of the Book and Second Temple Model), Shiloh, and Free time in the Old City.  Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6 - Sunday, October 7
En Gedi, Dead Sea and Lunch, Wadi Qilt, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7 - Monday, October 8

Jaffa Gate, Tower of David, Cardo, Gennath Gate, Whol Museusm (High Priestly Mansions and Jewish Quarter), Church of the Resurrection, and Davidson Center (Southern Wall Excavations) and communion, Western Wall (on own). Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8 - Tuesday, October 9
Caesarea.  Afternoon flight to Thessaloniki.  Overnight Thessaloniki.

Day 9 - Wednesday, October 10

Today we will visit Philippi (1 Thessalonians 2:2) where Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized the first Christians on European soil. We will see what is thought to have served as a prison for Paul, the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, Basilica, and the Theatre. We will then see the spring where Lydia was baptized (Acts 16:14-15), which is also where the first European Christians came to Christ and were baptized. Next, we will visit Kavala or Ancient Neapolis (Acts 16:10), Greece's most beautiful mainland port. Paul landed here with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. Luke, the Evangelist  also came here from Troas (Troy). This ancient city of Neapolis was later renamed Hristopoulos, because it was the first European city to accept Christianity. We will then enjoy some free time in this beautiful city before returning to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10 - Thursday, October 11
We will visit St. Demetrius' Church with its early Byzantine mosaics. At Thessaloniki (Acts 17:1) Paul went immediately to the synagogue where, for three Saturdays, he explained the prophecies of the Old Testament to Jews and Greeks. According to the Book of the Acts, many Greeks believed and even many chief women (Acts 17:1-4). Paul wrote two epistles to the Thessalonians, both in the canon of the New Testament.  We will then head to Berea (Acts 17:10-14), where Paul and Silas were sent after being accused of treason in Thessaloniki. Here we will view the Bema surrounded by newly placed mosaics of Paul and the plaque of scripture regarding the "more noble" church. It is said that Paul stood and preached to the local community from here. We will then continue to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11 - Friday, October 12
Enjoy a spectacular drive up to visit two of the Meteora Monasteries, famous for their ageless Byzantine museums perched precariously on huge finger-like rocks, exhibiting superb icons, old manuscripts and unique mosaics and frescoes. Drive to Athens (5 hours) and check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 12 - Saturday, October 13
This morning we head to Corinth.  First to view the historic Corinthian Canal (short photo stop). We will then arrive at ancient Corinth (Acts 18:1-18). It was to this megalopolis where the Apostle Paul came and worked, established a thriving church, and subsequently sent two of his epistles now part of the New Testament. Here, we see all of the sites associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema, and Gallio's Seat. The small archaeological museum here is an absolute must. We then return to Athens (Acts 17:15) for free time, dinner, and overnight stay.

Day 13 - Sunday, October 14
Our day begins with a visit to the Acropolis Museum, the architectural jewel of the city, which houses more than 3,000 famous artifacts from the Acropolis and narrates the story from prehistoric times until the end of antiquity. Continue with a walk up to visit the marble-capped Acropolis and visit the famous Parthenon and the Erechtheion. Then we will proceed to nearby Mars Hill (or Areopagus) (Acts 17:22), where the Apostle Paul delivered his well-known sermon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 - Monday, October 15
Return to the U.S.

Please Note: the itinerary is subject to local conditions at the time of the tour and may change at the discretion of the tour director(s) or land operators.

ISRAEL 

October 3 - 6
Tiberias, Israel: Leonardo Club

October 6 - 9
Jerusalem, Israel: Prima Kings Hotel


GREECE 

October 9 - 11
Thessaloniki, Greece: Hotel Capsis

October 11 - 12
Kalambaka, Greece: Hotel Meteora

October 12 - 15
Athens, Greece: Divani Palace Acropolis

Registration Options 
Cost with Airfare - Israel and Greece: Available December 2017
Cost with Airfare - Israel Only: Available December 2017
Cost without Airfare - Israel and Greece: $3,560.00
Cost without Airfare - Israel Only: $2,510.00
Single Room Supplement Fee - Israel and Greece: $1,000.00
Single Room Supplement Fee - Israel Only: $525.00

Please Note: Cost with airfare options will be available approximately 10 months prior to the scheduled date of departure. If you would like airfare to be included in your registration, please feel free to register with the current option, and we will contact you when the airfare cost becomes available. A $400 deposit is due at the time of registration and will secure your place on the trip. Participants desiring to reserve specific seat assignments, "extra leg room", premium economy, or business class tickets should choose the cost without airfare option and secure their own flights in keeping with the scheduled group flight itinerary. Otherwise, seat assignments will be made at check-in for all group ticketing. Moreover, any registrants selecting the cost without airfare option and securing their own airfare must coordinate flight details with Trina Russell (trussell@ag.org).  

Cost Includes:
-  All scheduled program activities
-  Accommodations
-  All hotel and program-related tips
-  All in-land transportation
-  Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner)
-  Pre-trip packet

Deadlines
Registration/$400 Deposit: Mar. 5, 2018
Travel Forms/Full Balance: Jun. 25, 2018

Please Note: Registration is available after the deposit due date; however, the full balance must be submitted by the final deadline. All cancellations forfeit the deposit fee; however, registrants may apply their deposit to another tour within twelve months of their initial registration date. If you choose to pay the required initial deposit only, subsequent payments can be made by calling 1-855-700-CHLS (2457).

ONLINE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Click on the register button at the top of this page
  2. Complete the online registration form
  3. Submit your deposit or full payment
  4. Receive your email confirmation
  5. Submit all necessary travel forms and documentation


Please Note: All cancellations forfeit the deposit fee; however, registrants may apply their deposit to another tour within twelve months of their initial registration date. If you choose to pay the required initial deposit only, subsequent payments can be made by calling 1-855-700-CHLS (2457). The full balance must be submitted by the specified deadline for this program.


TRAVEL FORMS AND DOCUMENTS
Once you have completed the registration process, please complete the following forms included in the Travel Forms Packet [preview]:

  • Emergency Contact Form
  • Medical Form
  • Terms and Conditions Form
  • Conduct Agreement Form (for study abroad and youth programs only)


Also, please submit the following documentation:

  • Passport photocopy* (click here to obtain or renew your passport)


*A photocopy of the picture and personal information page(s) of your passport is required. Be sure the photocopy is of sufficient quality to serve as a secondary photo ID. 


REGARDING GROUP REGISTRATIONS

If you are planning to register anyone in addition to yourself, please be aware of the following:

  1. We strongly recommend that you do not register other people apart from your spouse or children to whom you are a parent or legal guardian.
  2. However, if you do decide to register additional persons who are not a part of your immediate family, you must have each person's permission before registering him or her. Furthermore, you will be held responsible for the non-refundable deposit and all other fees associated with the additional person(s) you have registered.
  3. The first person registered will serve as the primary contact person for the group, and an email address will be required. Registration confirmation and payment receipts will be sent to this email address. Please be sure that the first person you enter is the desired primary contact person for the group.
  4. Finally, if no other email addresses or contact information is provided for the additional registrants, you will then be solely responsible for all program correspondence. This includes but is not limited to email communications, pre-trip mailing(s), and especially making sure that our office has all of the necessary documentation required for each individual registrant by the specified due date.


REGARDING MINORS
All participants under the age of 18 must have the Parental Consent Form [preview] completed on their behalf by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and submitted to our office no later than the final balance due date.