Come Take a Trip to Israel in January 2018!

Every couple of years I lead trips to Israel. I’m going again – this next January/February, and I invite you to go with me. Here is a quick FAQ to get you some information.

When is the trip?

The trip is January 29 – February 8, 2018. If you want to do an optional pre-trip there is a 2-day extension trip to Jordan from January 27-29, 2018. We will meet those only doing the Israel trip on the evening of January 29th.

How much does it cost?

The cost depends on where you are flying from. For example, if you fly from Newark, NJ, the cost is $2999. If flying from Rochester, NY – the cost is $3099. It really depends on where you live. But the tour group that I work with does an amazing job of finding the best rates. In fact, you can call Pilgrim Tours (800-322-0788), and ask for Tim Nyce. Tell him you are interested in the trip with me and want to know how you could get there from your city. They will help you. A $300 deposit is due on October 20th to reserve your spot.

What does the cost include?

The trip includes 4-star hotels, all breakfasts and dinners as well as entrance to all sites that have entrance fees. The only things not covered are your daily lunches as we travel and any souvenirs that you may want to purchase. A lunch typically will cost you $10US per day. Everything else is included.

How much extra does it cost to go to Jordan?

To go early to Jordan will cost $699. It is an extra two days, but well worth seeing these places.

Who is the trip for?

I long for every Christ-follower to get to Israel sometime in their lifetime. To have the opportunity to visit the only places on earth that the only one who died for your sins ever lived – is an opportunity I don’t think you should pass up. I can’t think of a greater honor than to experience a visit to Israel with a group of Christ-followers.

I really want to get pastors to visit Israel. I love to spend time with pastors and talk about how to adjust your preaching based on your visit to Israel – how to make the Bible come alive for people in their preaching. I also love to encourage pastors to return to Israel and film sermons on location. Pastors, if you bring ten from your church, you can come for free!

But beyond pastors, I want all Christ-followers to see my favorite places in the world. So anyone is welcome. We have room for 40 people. I’d love you to join us.

How can I get more information?

The best place to get more information is on THIS website:

At the bottom of the webpage is a reservation form and insurance information if you want to take out insurance for the trip.

I have a few hundred printed brochures. If you want to organize a group to go from your church, let me know. I will send you some packets of information.

And I’m available to talk about the trip. Just email me ([email protected]) and we will find a time to connect to talk about the trip. I’d love to have you join me in Israel.

  1. David, our Feb 2014 trip with you, Scott, Mark, Micky leading is one of my favorite all time life experiences. I’m so glad to see that you are hosting it again, to bless others. Mark

  2. it seems disingenuous for you to have such an affinity for Israel when you worship a false G-D. As you know Israel is the ancestral home for Jews.

    • gen – I do have a love for Israel. As you know, I believe Jesus was and is the Messiah. And he was Jewish and Christianity was birthed from Judaism. And I love Israel because God clearly chose Israel over all the nations on the face of the earth.

  3. David,
    My wife and I desperately want to go on this trip with you! We just had our second child though, so I was wondering how often you will be leading these trips?


    • Hi Ryan –
      I’d love to have you guys on a trip!! About future trips, it is just unclear. It depends on what those at work feel about these trips as well as if I can fill this one. There is a minimum number that I need to reach to make sure the company doesn’t lose money. So the future is unclear. But if this one goes well, I hope to do it again in a year or two.

      Congrats on the new baby!

      • I understand completely, and will pray that this trip fills up and is one of the most successful trips you’ve done yet! I have heard incredible things about these trips and would love for my wife and I to experience one ourselves…I know it would be life changing!
        Thanks Dave, and I look forward to reading about this upcoming trip when you’re back!


  4. Alright friends!!! We only need 2 more people to do the Jordan trip (as of the time of this post). We can do it!!! Really hoping we’re able to go 🙂

  5. Hi Pastor David,
    As a result of my son, William Ruggles, I have decided to take a step in faith to join you on the upcoming Holyland Pilgrimmage Tour you are leading in January/February, 2018. I just spoke with Tim Nyce, paid the deposit, and have received e-mail confirmation that I am in the system. Please note that I will be also joining my son Will on the optional Pre-Tour of Jordan.
    Looking forward to meeting you in-person, experiencing blessings in Jordan/Israel, and sharing those blessings with the other tour-goers!
    God bless you!
    W. Sherm Ruggles

  6. Hi,
    Will you be leading another group to Isreal? I have a group of 4 who would like to go. Please let me know. Thank you.
    Jill McEwen
    Brighton Northridge Church

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