2019 Florida College Hutchinson Bell Bible Study Tour of Israel

 Craig Bean, Class of 1980

Craig Bean, Class of 1980

Dear Hutchinson Bell Members and all Florida College Enthusiasts,

Come with us on a once in a lifetime tour of the Bible lands. Join us July 1-12, 2019 for the first Hutchinson Bell Bible Lands Tour. You have experienced the Bible through personal study and classes for years. Why not experience the land of the Bible with fellow believers and alumni and friends? Bring the Scriptures to life in the land of the Bible.

Barry Britnell (class of '88), of Exploring Bible Lands, LLC, is an experienced Bible lands guide and brother in Christ. We have asked him to organize and lead the way as we spend twelve unforgettable days in the Land exploring actual locations and authentic sites. You will see and experience first-hand where the stories you know and love actually happened.

 Barry Britnell, Class of 1988

Barry Britnell, Class of 1988

Imagine walking where Jesus walked and standing where David fought. The Biblical text will “come alive” in a way like no other.

Our trip will depart from and return to New York City. Every detail of the trip has been thought through and planned in advance to make the best experience possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barry Britnell (barry.britnell@exploringbiblelands.com). 

Come and “see the good land” (Deuteronomy 3:25), July 2019!

Craig Bean (class of ’80) - Chairman, The Hutchinson Bell



You will rendezvous with your tour group at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport and board an overnight flight to Israel.






Our luxury touring coach will be waiting for us at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport. After boarding, we will visit Tel Aviv, the largest city in Israel. Tel Aviv is a very modern city and is quickly becoming one of the technological capitals of the world. Our hotel is in the coastal resort city of Netanya, and sits on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea.





Our first destination of the day will be the coastal city of Caesarea Maritima on the coast of the “Great Sea”, the home of Cornelius and the city where Paul was imprisoned for two years awaiting trial. From there we will arrive at the top of Mount Carmel where the prophet Elijah competed with the prophets of Baal. This will also offer us our first view of the expansive Jezreel Valley. A visit to Megiddo will highlight its strategic importance. On the northern side of the valley, our tour of Nazareth will include a visit to a reconstructed first century village. This village is always a highlight for Bible class teachers as it offers tremendous opportunities to better understand the customs of the Bible. Our day will end with our arrival at the Sea of Galilee.



Since there are so many things to see in the region of Galilee, we are going to take two full days. On one day, we will travel to the Upper Galilee region and visit the cities of Hazor, Dan, and Caesarea Philippi. This area usually provides some beautiful views of Mount Hermon. On our return back to the Sea, we will travel through the Golan Heights, which will include a view of the Syrian plains in the direction of Damascus, where Paul received his vision. Our second day will be spent entirely around the Sea itself, beginning with a boat ride across the Sea. You will be able to understand the way that the narratives are written when you can see the locations for yourself. Our time on the sea will be followed by visits to Capernaum, Tiberias, Magdala, the Mount of Beatitudes, Chorazin, Bethsaida, the Cove of the Sower, and an actual boat from the first century.


Today, we will go to the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea. As we travel along the way, we will visit Beth-shean, the Spring of Harod, and Jezreel. We will be able to see the Hill of Moreh where Gideon attacked the Midianites, Mount Tabor where Deborah and Barak fought against Sisera, and Mount Gilboa where Saul died. After lunch in Jericho, we will travel to our overnight destination on the shores of the Dead Sea. That evening, you will have the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea.



In the morning, we will provide an opportunity for worship before we leave the hotel. Then, we will travel along the western short of the Dead Sea. We will start off at the site of King Herod's summer palace at Masada. Then we will visit En Gedi where David hid from Saul and Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Finally, we will arrive at the one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Jerusalem.



We will start our day with a visit to the Mount of Olives. You will never forget this traditional view of Jerusalem. Walking through the Garden of Gethsemane and to the Kidron Valley will bring us to the City of David. Here, we will see the foundations of the ancient city, the Gihon Spring, and see Hezekiah’s tunnel. On the southern end of the hill, excavations are underway around the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus told the blind man to wash to receive his sight. After lunch, it is on to Bethlehem, and a visit to the Church of the Nativity.



We will start our day on the Temple Mount, where Solomon built his temple and Peter preached to the crowd on the Day of Pentecost. We will walk through the Old City of Jerusalem on our way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional location of Golgotha. You will never forget your walk through this ancient city. The Western Wall of the Temple Mount is the holiest site in Jewish religion. We will end our day sitting on the southern steps of the Temple Mount, the same steps that Jesus walked up when he visited the temple as a child.



We will spend the day with a tour of the Shephelah. We will visit the Sorek Valley where Samson lived, and the Valley of Elah to see the site where David defeated Goliath. Following lunch, Lachish, Gath and many other sites in the area are on our route. We will end our day with a trip to the Garden Tomb, north of the Old City.




On our final day in Israel, we will start at the Israel Museum. From there, you will be able to view the original Dead Sea Scrolls and several artifacts that relate directly to many places we have visited. The large scale model of Jerusalem in the first century will “pull it all together” for you. Our day ends by touring ancient Joppa and enjoying our last meal together while overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. After dinner, we will head to the airport to prepare for our overnight flight home.



We will arrive back in the United States remembering all of the things that we have learned and ready to share them to others.






The cost of your tour includes:
•  Roundtrip airline travel from New York City to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.
•  Accommodations in first-class hotels (based on two persons sharing in twin-bedded rooms with private bath).
•  All breakfasts and dinners served at the hotels.
•  All transfers to/from airport and daily transportation provided by private motorcoach.
•  Excellent and extremely knowledgeable English-speaking guides.
•  All admission fees, porterage, hotel taxes and services charges.
•  All tips for tour guide, bus driver, hotel staff, porterage and dining hall staff.
•  $700.00 in government taxes and airline fuel surcharges.
•  Automatic $100,000 Flight Insurance for Nawas-ticketed passengers (subject to policy terms and limitations)

The total cost for this tour is only $4,599 (per person, based on double occupancy). This is a custom tour built at the request of Barry Britnell for the travelers on this tour. And, as stated above, this tour includes many extras already built in including all tips and most meals.

It will be a tour that you will always remember. Israeli tourism is at an all time high. If you are interested at all, contact me as soon as possible.

Sign me up! What do I need to do?
•  Download the full brochure from Nawas International Travel to get even more information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
•  Read the General Terms and Conditions in the brochure.
•  Complete the Registration Form in the brochure.
•  Mail the Registration Form, a copy of your Passport and your $500 deposit to the address listed on the form. (Full payment is due by March 23, 2019.)
•  Sit back, relax and count the days until we leave.


There is something special about standing in the valley of Elah within yards of where David bravely defeated Goliath as opposed to simply reading about it in the Bible. In fact, my entire perspective of the Biblical writings of events that took place in Israel have changed after having traveled on the ‘Exploring Bible Lands’ tour with Barry. The trip was what I expected: organized, safe, inspiring and informative. What I was not prepared for was the fun, the brotherhood and friendships that were formed while exploring the Bible lands with fellow students of the Bible. There is no doubt that I will make this trip again since there was far too much information to gather in one trip. But Barry does as good as possible to make every hour informative and fun. Cannot wait for the next journey.
— Craig Fielder, Alabama
I toured Israel with Barry’s group in July 2017, and the tour far exceeded my expectations. Barry’s scope of knowledge about the country and its history, his relationships with the local tour guide and driver, and the immaculate planning of each day’s itinerary ensured that we had a spectacular trip. I would encourage anyone with a desire to learn more about the places, cities and sites in the Bible to consider a trip with Barry, it was an experience of a lifetime!
— Daniel Stouss, Washington
Every aspect of the trip was incredible. It is impossible to describe standing in places we read about in the Bible. Dipping your feet in Galilee, feeling the hot air of the wilderness, walking across the ruins of ancient cities - these experiences bring the Scriptures to life. What can be described is the first rate accommodations and the joy of traveling with fantastic people. Knowing that each day you will have good food, a comfortable bed, and enjoyable company makes each day a gift in itself. Combine all this with a fantastic tour guide and you have an unbeatable experience! I am excited for anyone who is able to travel with Barry and Tabatha to the Bible Lands!
— Bryan Moody, Alabama