Historical/Geographical Study Tour

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You are invited to visit the geographic center of the spiritual world: The holy land of Israel. Join the Messianic Jewish ministry of First Fruits of Zion for fourteen days exploring the land of the Bible. Travel the land from Dan to Beersheba (north to south) and from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea (east to west).

Unlike an ordinary tourist trip to Israel, this unique study tour focuses on placing the biblical text onto the land, emphasizing biblical geography, history, and archaeology. This is the trip for serious students of the Bible. Imagine walking the ancient paths of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Imagine visiting the synagogues of the Galilee where Yeshua taught. Imagine praying in the holy city of Jerusalem.

With First Fruits of Zion, every day in Israel is full of adventure and the thrill of discovery. Connect with the land, the people, and the Scriptures of Israel. Celebrate the Sabbath—the LORD’s holy day—with other Messianic Jewish and Gentile believers. Learn about Israel’s past through the lenses of archaeology and look toward Zion’s future through prophetic promises of the kingdom.

Come up to Zion! Every believer should visit Israel at least once. It’s not just a vacation, it’s a spiritual pilgrimage. Come discover your biblical heritage in the land where it all began.

Immerse Yourself in the Land—Past and Present

Hike, explore, study, and feel the land of Israel! The First Fruits of Zion study tour is not just sightseeing and tourism. We have our own tour guides: Biblical geographer Steven Lancaster (a professional educator and writer in biblical geography and seasoned Israel tour leader) puts the Bible on the land with a crash course in history, geography, and archaeology that spans thousands of years and volumes of scholarship; and D. Thomas Lancaster (First Fruits of Zion Torah Club author), who brings a Messianic Jewish perspective to the trip, opening the world of Yeshua and apostolic history. Your teachers have a love and passion for the physical land of Israel, which you can share by joining them for hikes, climbs, explorations, and adventures. The intensive full-immersion into the world of the Bible dramatically brings the Scriptures to life on the stage of the Bible, with on-site lectures, stories, in-depth teaching, maps and study materials. No other trip to Israel offers an experience with such depth of scholarship in the land of Israel.

  • Fourteen days in the land
  • Four- to five-star hotels and accommodations
  • Shabbats in Jerusalem and the Galilee
  • Includes all meals (kosher)
  • Maps and study materials

Rates Include

Includes airfare from Newark, NJ, 4-star hotels, all food, transportation within Israel, and all tips and fees. A $500 deposit is due upon tour application; the remaining balance is due December 17, 2018.


$4,965 per person*
* Also available: Special "Land Only" pricing for Internationals, $3,575

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Sunday, 8:00 AM

17 Mar — 1 Apr

Additional Event Details

2019 Tour Dates

17 March — 1 April, 2019
Departure from Newark, NJ, USA

14 full days of touring throughout the land of Israel. Download the brochure for tentative itenarary.


To register, download the Registration form and upload the completed form, together with your $500 deposit payment at the registration site.

Want to Host a Seminar?

First Fruits of Zion can present a variety of teaching seminars designed to educate and build up the body of Messiah, and are offering to hold seminars in your community. Contact our Event Coordinator if you would like to host one of our teaching seminars.

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