Join Jim Denison and The Denison Forum on Truth and Culture on
“In His Steps” Tour of Israel

April 15-24, 2013




MESSAGE FROM JIM DENISON

I am pleased that you are considering our "In His Steps" pilgrimage to Israel, April 15-24, 2013.  There is no other place in the world quite like the Holy Land.  You will be profoundly impacted by this experience.  To walk where Jesus walked and relive the events of God's word will enliven your faith and deepen your relationship with our Lord and King. 

I do not know anyone better suited or more able to organize this trip than Mike Fanning.  I have traveled with him to Israel many times over the past 12 years—he is hands-down the best.  He lived in Israel for several years while studying biblical archaeology, then earned a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Baylor University.  He leads groups to the Holy Land every year.  Mike knows the culture and the sites, and will take us to the most significant and memorable places in Israel.  I have utmost confidence in him. 

This brochure will give you information you'll need in considering the trip.  You'll find our day-to-day itinerary, pricing package, and answers to your other questions.  Mike is also available to discuss the details of the trip with you by phone or email. The net proceeds of our trip will benefit the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture as we engage contemporary issues with biblical truth. 

It is our privilege to lead this study tour as a spiritual pilgrimage.  Our prayer is that the Holy Spirit will draw us closer to God, encouraging and equipping us to make Christ our King. 

I hope you'll join us! 

Jim Denison


Tentative Itinerary

(Note:  For a printable tour itinerary (without the photos) and registration form, please click on the following link - Jim Denison Israel Trip 2013.


Monday April 15: Dallas-Israel.
The group
will depart Dallas in the afternoon on our flight to Tel Aviv.


   

Tuesday April 16: Tel Aviv.
Upon arrival in Israel, we will be met by our hosts, who will assist and escort us through customs and transfer us by private motorcoach to the deluxe Renaissance Hotel, located directly on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
http://marriott.com/hotels/travel/tlvbr-renaissance-tel-aviv-hotel/


  

Wednesday April 17:  Tel Aviv-Caesarea-Mt. Carmel-Muchraka-Daleat el Carmel-Tzippori (Sepphoris)-Tiberias.
Our day will begin with a tour of the city of Tel Aviv, including a stop at the impressive memorial to Prime Minister Rabin.  We will continue up the coastal road to the spectacular ruins of the port city of Caesarea.  While in the hometown of Cornelius, we will visit the Roman theatre, aqueducts, the Crusader city, and the new excavations in the city.  We will then drive to the top of Mt. Carmel to the Carmelite monastery of Muchraka, where we will recount the story of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal.  Our last stop will be at the incredible Roman city of Sepphoris, where we will view the magnificent mosaics and learn about the possible connection between this city and Jesus.  We will then head toward Tiberias and the Leonardo Plaza Hotel Tiberias, located directly on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
http://www.leonardo-hotels.com/Leonardo_Plaza_Hotel_Tiberias



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Thursday April 18: Sea of Galilee-”Jesus Boat”-Capernaum-Bethsaida-Caesarea Philippi-Jordan River.
We will spend this entire day visiting sites in the Sea of Galilee area.  We begin with a boat trip across the Sea of Galilee in one of the new wooden “replica” boats.  We will then see the incredible “Jesus Boat”, an ancient fishing boat that dates back to the time of Jesus!  Our next stop will be at Capernaum, the city where Jesus performed many of his miracles.  While along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, we will also visit the recently excavated city of Bethsaida.  We will then drive north to the ancient city of Caesarea Philippi, where the Great Confession of Peter took place.  On the way back to Tiberius, we will stop at the Jordan River, where we will have an inspirational service.


  

Friday April 19: Nazareth-Megiddo-Beth Shan-Harod-Jericho-Jerusalem.
Today we leave the Sea of Galilee region and travel toward the Holy City of Jerusalem.  After driving through the city of Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle, our first stop of the day will be at the hometown of Jesus—Nazareth.  We will then drive across the Valley of Armageddon to visit the fortress city of Megiddo.  We will then travel to view the newly uncovered ruins of the city of Beth Shan, stopping on the way at the Springs of Harod, where Gideon chose his 300 fighting men.  Excitement will then build as we travel up the Judean hills and enter the city of Jerusalem.  We will travel through the city on the way to our spectacular hotel - the David Citadel Jerusalem Hotel. 
http://www.thedavidcitadel.com


  

Saturday April 20: Old City of Jerusalem.
We will begin the day on top of the Mount of Olives for a dramatic overview of the city of Jerusalem and proceed to visit some of the most famous sites in the Holy Land—the Garden of Gethsemane, Western Wall, Western Wall Tunnels, Temple Mount, Southern Wall Steps (walk where one famous archaeologist said “This is the only site in Israel where I can definitely say that Jesus walked here!”), Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Damascus Gate, and many, many more attractions.


  

Sunday April 21: Garden Tomb-New City of Jerusalem-Bethlehem.
Today we will begin with a worship and communion service at the Garden Tomb, where Jesus was crucified, buried, and rose from the grave!  After this inspirational service, we will visit some of the sites in West Jerusalem, including the Shrine of the Book (home of the Dead Sea Scrolls), the Holocaust Museum, and the miniature model of the city of Jerusalem as it appeared during the time of Jesus.  In the afternoon, we will visit the city of Bethlehem, Manger Square, and the Church of the Nativity.


   

Monday April 22: Dead Sea-Masada-Qumran-Jericho.
Today we will drive through the wilderness of Judea, on the ancient Roman road, down to the city of Jericho, the oldest city in the world.  After viewing the 12,000 year-old ruins, we will travel down the shores of the Dead Sea to visit the inspiring fortress—Masada.  Built by Herod the Great as a winter palace, Masada was the site of the final stand of some 900 Jewish rebels as they fought against the Roman troops in 70 AD.  After a swim in the Dead Sea, we will visit the ancient city of Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.


 

Tuesday April 23: Free Morning -Elah Valley-Azekah-Maresha-Beit Guvrin-Joppa-Depart.
We will have the entire morning free for you to do as you please…shop in the Old City, revisit one of sites, etc.  In the afternoon, we will explore the southern part of Israel, beginning with a visit to the birth place of John the Baptist – Ein Karem.  We will proceed to the Elah Valley and the city of Azekah—the site of the famous David and Goliath battle.  We will then proceed to visit the underground burial caves at Maresha and the bell caves at Beit Guvrin.  We will then visit the ancient city of Joppa, the city where Jonah attempted to flee from God.  We will then go to dinner at a restaurant in Tel Aviv before proceeding to the airport for our flight back to the US.

Wednesday April 24:  USA.
Arrive back in Dallas in the early afternoon.

Cost of Tour:  $4695.00 per person

Included in Tour Cost:

**  TRANSPORTATION:
  Round trip airfare from Dallas to Israel.
**  HOTELS:
  Seven (7) nights accommodations at Deluxe First Class hotels in Israel, as listed in itinerary, or similar, based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room with private bath throughout.  A few single rooms are available at an additional cost of $1050.00. If a passenger cannot supply a roommate and MBF Enterprises, Inc. is unable to do so, the passenger will have to pay the supplemental charge.
**  MEALS:
  Two meals daily in Israel consisting of buffet Israeli breakfast and dinner are included throughout the tour.
**  SIGHTSEEING:
  Sightseeing by private motorcoach, as shown in itinerary, including all entrance fees, with private English-speaking guide.
**  TRANSFERS:
  All transfers between airports and hotels.
**  PORTERAGE:
  Porterage and handling of one (1) bag per person.
**  TAXES:
  All taxes on the hotels, meals and other tour services.

Not included in tour price:
**  Airline taxes and fuel surcharges (This cost changes every day, but has been running between $100-$150 per person)
**  Tips for the local Israeli guide and driver.
**  Trip cancellation insurance (strongly recommended).
**  Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, etc.).
**  Excessive baggage charges, such as overweight charges or the porterage of more than (1) suitcase.
**  Individual services apart from group.
**  Expenses due to flight delays, strikes, bad weather or other irregularities.
**  Cost of passport.

Participant Guidelines:  International travel, while rewarding, can be physically difficult. The itinerary may require early departures and late arrivals, occasionally resulting in a "long day". We plan the tour itinerary to maximize the study experience, balanced with appropriate safety and physical comfort.  The following information will help you understand the nature of this Bible study tour and the level of physical activity you can expect.  Participants should be able to:

-  Walk at least 1 mile on paved roads, both up and down hills.
-  Walk for ½ mile on cobblestone or uneven surfaces, and uphill for ¼ mile on gravel roads
-  Walk up and down stairs (both even and uneven) without assistance, often without railings
-  Stand for 20 minutes in an outdoor location (to listen to lectures and Bible studies)
-  Travel via airplane for 10 to 12 hours
-  Travel via bus for up to two hours at a time.  We will load/unload from a bus at least 4 times a day
-  Personally carry all luggage through airport terminals without assistance (porters will be available at all hotels)
-  Go through international passport control and customs without assistance

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the level of physical activity, please do not hesitate to contact Mike Fanning (mike@mikefanning.com) or Jeff Byrd (jeff.byrd@denisonforum.org).

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Registration and deposits:  An initial deposit of $300 per person is required to secure definite reservations.  We regret that no space may be reserved without a deposit.

Final payment:
  Balance of payment is due on February 1, 2013.

Cancellations and refunds:  If the trip is cancelled 120 days or more prior to departure, there is no penalty and a full refund will be issued.  If the trip is cancelled between 119-90 days prior to departure, there will be a $100 per person cancellation charge.  If the trip is cancelled between 90-61 days prior to departure, there will be an additional $200 per person cancellation charge.  If a trip is cancelled within 60 days of departure, there will be no refund.  The cancellation penalties may be less if there is a person on a waiting list or if the trip can be sold to another individual.  Cancellations must be made in writing; verbal cancellations, whether in person or by phone, are not valid.  A special optional trip cancellation insurance policy is available.

Travel and Health Documents:  A valid passport is required for all tours.  No special inoculations are required unless specifically notified.

Tour price:  The price of the tour is based on a minimum of 25 passengers.  Should the final membership fall below this number, MBF Enterprises, Inc. reserves the right to increase the tour price.

Responsibility:  
This tour is planned and operated by MBF Enterprises, Inc. by contracting for services from other suppliers.  MBF Enterprises, Inc. and/or its agents, acting as agents for the tour members, shall be responsible to tour members for supplying services and accommodations as set forth in this brochure, except to the extent such services and accommodations cannot be supplied due to force of nature, delays, or other causes beyond the control of MBF Enterprises, Inc.  If the service and accommodations set forth in this brochure cannot be supplied due to delays or other causes beyond the control of MBF Enterprises, Inc., best efforts will be made to supply comparable services and accommodations.  If such services and accommodation cannot be provided due to the above reasons, or if the services are not used due to voluntary omission by the tour member, refunds will not be granted.
            By becoming a member of the tour, a participant waives any claim against MBF Enterprises, Inc. for any damages to or loss of property, or any injury to or death of persons due to any act of negligence of any hotels or any other persons rendering any of the services and accommodations included in the ground portion of the itinerary.  MBF Enterprises, Inc. shall not be responsible for any delays, substitutions of equipment, or any act or omission whatsoever by any air or surface carrier, its agents, servants and employees; and a participant, by becoming a member of the tour, waives any claim arising there from.   MBF Enterprises, Inc. and/or its agents is not responsible for loss or damage to participants baggage (baggage insurance highly recommended).  The liability of the Airlines for the loss or damage to the baggage of the participant shall be limited in accordance with the carrier's liability insurance coverage, unless a higher value has been declared with respect hereto and additional payment made to the airline. 
            MBF Enterprises, Inc. reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any participant as a member of this tour at any time.  If a participant is removed from the tour, a proportionate refund will be made.  MBF Enterprises, Inc. reserves the right to cancel the tour prior to departure and if the tour is canceled, MBF Enterprises, Inc. shall have no responsibility beyond the refund of monies paid by the participant to MBF Enterprises, Inc.  NOTE:  If, because of war, or an act of God, or any reasonably unavoidable catastrophic circumstances, MBF Enterprises, Inc. and/or the tour hosts are forced to cancel the tour after funds are advanced to the airlines, ground service agents or other such vendors, MBF Enterprises, Inc. and/or the tour hosts are only obligated to return moneys advanced by the passengers in this tour which MBF Enterprises, Inc. and/or the tour hosts are successful in recovering from those vendors.


RESERVATION FORM - CENTER FOR INFORMED FAITH
“In His Steps” Israel Tour

April 15-24, 2013

(Note:  For a printable tour itinerary (without the photos) and registration form, please click on the following link - Jim Denison Israel Trip 2013.


Name:
                                                                                                               

Address:  
                                                                                                           

City/State/Zip:
                                                                                                   

Telephone (Home):                                            (Office):
                                        

Email:  
                                                                                                               

Email:  
                                                                                                               

Name by which you like to be called:  
                                                                 

_____I am willing to share a room with another tour member.

          _____Please find me a roommate

          _____I have a roommate:
                                                                           

_____I will travel on a single room basis at an additional supplemental cost.


Please answer the following questions.  This information will help us with hotel registration, airline reservations, and any visa requirements.

Participant #1:

Name as it appears on your passport_____________________                     ___ 
Passport #____________________            Date of Issue___________________   
Your Birth date_________________            Date of Expiration________________ 
Birthplace____________________               Your Profession__________________ 

Participant #2:

Name as it appears on your passport_______________________                     __
Passport #____________________            Date of Issue___________________   
Your Birth date_________________            Date of Expiration_________________
Birthplace____________________               Your Profession__________________

Name to contact in case of emergency: 
_______________________                     

Relationship to you: ____________________      Telephone_____________________ 

Any special requests, dietary and/or medical requirements of which we should be aware?



I am enclosing (or have already sent) a check for the amount of $__________, payable to MBF Enterprises, Inc., as my initial deposit.

RESPONSIBILITY:  This tour is planned and operated by MBF Enterprises, Inc. by contracting for services from other suppliers.  MBF Enterprises, Inc. and/or its agents, acting as agents for the tour members, shall be responsible to tour members for supplying services and accommodations as set forth in this brochure, except to the extent such services and accommodations cannot be supplied due to force of nature, delays, or other causes beyond the control of MBF Enterprises, Inc.  If the service and accommodations set forth in this brochure cannot be supplied due to delays or other causes beyond the control of MBF Enterprises, Inc., best efforts will be made to supply comparable services and accommodations.  If such services and accommodation cannot be provided due to the above reasons, or if the services are not used due to voluntary omission by the tour member, refunds will not be granted. 
            By becoming a member of the tour, a participant waives any claim against MBF Enterprises, Inc. for any damages to or loss of property, or any injury to or death of persons due to any act of negligence of any hotels or any other persons rendering any of the services and accommodations included in the ground portion of the itinerary.  MBF Enterprises, Inc. shall not be responsible for any delays, substitutions of equipment, or any act or omission whatsoever by any air or surface carrier, its agents, servants and employees; and a participant, by becoming a member of the tour, waives any claim arising therefrom.   MBF Enterprises, Inc. and/or its agents is not responsible for loss or damage to participants baggage (baggage insurance highly recommended).  The liability of the Airlines for the loss or damage to the baggage of the participant shall be limited in accordance with the carrier’s liability insurance coverage, unless a higher value has been declared with respect hereto and additional payment made to the airline. 
            MBF Enterprises, Inc. reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any participant as a member of this tour at any time.  If a participant is removed from the tour, a proportionate refund will be made.  MBF Enterprises, Inc. reserves the right to cancel the tour prior to departure and if the tour is canceled, MBF Enterprises, Inc. shall have no responsibility beyond the refund of monies paid by the participant to MBF Enterprises, Inc.  NOTE:  If, because of war, or an act of God, or any reasonably unavoidable catastrophic circumstances, MBF Enterprises, Inc. and/or the tour hosts are forced to cancel the tour after funds are advanced to the airlines, ground service agents or other such vendors, MBF Enterprises, Inc. and/or the tour hosts are only obligated to return moneys advanced by the passengers in this tour which MBF Enterprises, Inc. and/or the tour hosts are successful in recovering from those vendors.

As a condition to acceptance of any application, each applicant must agree to and sign the statement set forth below:

I have carefully read the itinerary outline for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation and represent that I am physically and mentally fit to be able to participate in it and recognize and accept any risks thereof and the conditions set forth therein, including the refund policy.  I also understand and hereby agree for and on behalf of myself, my dependents, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to abide by the conditions set forth under “Responsibility” (above), and to release, defend and hold harmless MBF Enterprises, Inc. and any of their officers, agents, licensees or representatives from any and all liability for delays, injuries or death, or the loss of or damage to any property, however occurring during any portion of, or in relation to, this trip.

Signature:________________________________       Date:_________________________

Signature:________________________________       Date:_________________________


Tour Members Requesting a Roommate Assigned by MBF Enterprises, Inc.

We will try to arrange roommates for those traveling alone who prefer to share a room with another participant.  If we are unable to find a roommate and a single room must be assigned, or if due to cancellation, illness or any other reason, a single room must be assigned at any time, the single supplement must be paid by the tour member.

Signature:________________________________       Date:_________________________

Signature:________________________________       Date:_________________________ 


Participant Guidelines

International travel, while rewarding, can be physically difficult. The itinerary may require early departures and late arrivals, occasionally resulting in a "long day" with varying meal times. We plan the tour itinerary to maximize the study experience, balanced with appropriate safety and physical comfort. The following information will help you understand the nature of this Bible study tour and the level of physical activity you can expect. Participants should be able to:

- Walk at least 1 mile on paved roads, both up and down hills.
- Walk for ½ mile on cobblestone or uneven surfaces, and uphill for ¼ mile on gravel roads
- Walk up and down stairs (both even and uneven) without assistance, often without railings
- Stand for 20 minutes in an outdoor location (to listen to lectures and Bible studies)
- Travel via airplane for 10 to 12 hours
- Travel via bus for up to two hours at a time. We will load/unload from a bus at least 4 times a day
- Personally carry all luggage through airport terminals without assistance (porters will be available at all hotels)
- Go through international passport control and customs without assistance

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the level of physical activity, please do not hesitate to contact Mike Fanning (Mike@Mikefanning.com) or Jeff Byrd (jeff.byrd@denisonforum.org)

I (we) have read the participant guidelines and understand them in their entirety.

Signature:________________________________  Date:_________________________

Signature:________________________________  Date:_________________________ 


Participant Permission Form

In order to mail you follow up materials after the Bible study tour, we are required to have your preferred mailing address and permission on file. Please complete the following form and return it with your trip application.

_____ Yes _____ No    Would you like a photo CD of the trip?  

_____ Yes  _____ No   May we add your mailing address to our list?  We do not share mailing addresses with any other ministries or businesses.

_____ Yes  _____ No   May we share your email address with the other participants on the trip?  We do not share email addresses with any other ministries or businesses.

Name:    ______________________________________________

Address:  _____________________________________________

City State Zip:  __________________________________________

Email address:  __________________________________________

Email Address:  __________________________________________

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Please return the completed form (with signature) to:

MBF Enterprises, Inc.
1655 Hawks Tree Lane
San Antonio, TX  78248
(210) 710-6234  Office
(480) 247-5895  Fax
mike@mikefanning.com