9-day Family Israel Trip June 21-30, 2025.
Designed specifically for Modoc Vineyard Families. Registration now open.
Cost: $3590 each, land only
Downpayment is $600 each.
double occupancy, 3rd in room is $300 off.
FLIGHT: will be priced separately at whatever cost we are able to arrange with the airline with the best itinerary for cost. Down payment on flight will run $200 each, and balance due 90 days before travel.
Mail your down payment to:
Ruth Israel Initiative
9 B Chatham Court
Pelham, AL 35124
OR PAY ONLINE (adds 3% to cost).
$600 Down payment
pay $600 + 18.00 (3%) fee for downpayment on Birmingham Vineyards trip to Israel. Please also complete and sign the Jotforms registration details.
Families Exploration Trip Features include:
1. Fewer hotel transfers when everyone needs to be on the bus all day.
2. Coastal, Galilee, Jerusalem and Desert exploration time.
3. Development of your friendship with Jesus and each other through spiritual formation exercises on site. (Can be age adapted.)
4. Small-ish group traveling with people you know.
5. NO vaccination or Covid testing required.
There is a ton to learn and catch up on, even if you know your Biblical history. This will be like a college-level course, so we require some pre-req. reading so we all have an equal grid of understanding when arriving in Israel. This easy-to-read book, Israel Basics, is included in your price for one per family, and has been used as a high school Bible curriculum in the past, so it is an easy on-ramp for everyone over 12. But you don't need to bring this one with you.
You will need to purchase trip insurance to ensure your travel, trip interruption, lost luggage, or emergency medical treatment or evacuation insurance. Contact your personal insurance specialist or try our favorite here: Insurance. You will need to provide Kim with electronic proof of insurance within 30 days of booking your trip. This would also cover your downpayment if you can't travel for a covered reason.
Check out our packing suggestions here! We highly recommend one checked bag and one carry-on sized bag or less per person. Those with younger children may want to bring a stroller or wearable baby wrap for hands free exploring with the team. For your carry-on. We suggest a backpack that rolls for ease of transiting long international terminals. **Your carry on should contain a minimum of 2 days of clothes in case of lost luggage.**
It's going to be very warm! everyone needs a hat, sunglasses, and personal water bottle. No chance of rain.
We will have a team meeting on Zoom before we leave the country to prepare you and get your questions answered.
Once you arrive, all breakfasts and dinners are included and served at the hotels where we will stay. Lunch is usually on your own (plan about $10-12/per person/day), but we have arranged for one picnic lunch (noted in the day-by-day itinerary) and one Biblical meal lunch. All snacks are on your own. We suggest bringing a box of your family's favorite protein bars and other on-the go options in case lunch is delayed by our adventures. We don't want anyone to feel hangry!
Tips: (this is important to budget for)
Gratuities are not included in your price, but are expected. Plan for $5-7/day/person for the driver and $$7-10/day/person for the guide. At the hotels, plan for $1/bag load/unload (3 hotels) and $1/person/meal in the dining room.
Ballpark for a family of 4: $106-$125 per person x 4= $425-500 in cash, US dollars, small denominations.
Our Guide: Eliav Kapusta
I was born and raised on Moshav YadHaShmona in a Messianic
Jewish family where I am living until today, with my wife, three dogs and two cats. Growing up at Yad HaShmona has given me a great appreciation for the Land and people of the Bible. I am happy and excited to be able to be able to share my experiences, faith and love with people from around the world who visit the Land of Israel.