Overview

Welcome to the Biblical Education Tour homepage. This page provides information about the annual Biblical Education Tour offered by The Salvation Army Central Territory to active officers, retired officers, soldiers and employees. Officers are notified of their eligibility status in May of the year prior to the tour. Soldiers, retired officers and employees of the Central Territory are also invited to participate in this exciting experience as space becomes available. For more information about the tour, navigate through this site using the menu at the bottom of the page.

The Salvation Army began offering a Biblical Education Tour in 1989. A group of Pilgrims has traveled each year since to either Israel or  Greece and Turkey. Each group has returned home recounting the many blessings they experienced on this tour.

Registration Information

Registration Dates
Officers- June 17 through Sept 30, 2020Click here to Register

Retired officers, employees & soldiers Aug 1 through Sept 30, 2020Click here to Register

NOTICE: Soldiership BET Scholarship Decisions are pending and should be announced shortly. Soldiers waiting on a decision concerning the Soldiership BET Scholarship should wait until notification of selection has been received before registering. Those anticipating a scholarship should place an asterisk (*) by their last name when registering, for example, John Smith*

Fit to Travel Requirement: By applying for the tour, you are accepting the responsibility for being in good physical health.  The tour includes walking an average of seven to eight miles daily, sometimes at a brisk pace!   Many ancient sites are not accessible to physically challenged individuals.  Ancient sites include rough and steep terrain, ancient uneven stairways, and wet and slippery surfaces.  Some parts of the tour are also underground, walking through caves with tight passageways as well as a cable car over extreme heights.  Temperatures in Israel during the trip are in the 60º – 90º F range and may exceed 100º F at times. Those requiring assistance in walking, or who cannot navigate difficult terrain and conditions will find the tour extremely limiting, and should not participate.

If you have any questions concerning the tour, please contact Rob DeGeorge.

Passport Update:
If you were not able to enter your passport information at registration, please enter it here.

Costs

Standard Tour Package
$3100
Land Only Costs
$1800
Flight deviation (for furlough or extension at end of tour)
$300
Extended tour to Rome
$898
Optional single room charge (additional $198 for Rome extension)
$695
Tip money- (additional $50 for Rome extension)
$98
all fees are per person . . .  FINAL PAYMENTS are due by NOV 22, 2019

The tour package includes:
All air travel from Chicago to destination and return to Chicago O’Hare
Meals include Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner while in Israel
Fees are based on double occupancy accommodations
Airport tax and entrance fees
No VISA is necessary for those holding a U.S. Passport.

Examples of additional expenses include:
Batteries
Phone calls
Internet connections
Gifts
Free-time expenses
Snacks
Drinks with meals (i.e.; soft drinks, bottled water, etc)

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

The tour package includes:
All air travel from Chicago to destination and return to Chicago O’Hare
Meals include Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner while in Israel
Fees are based on double occupancy accommodations
Airport tax and entrance fees
No VISA is necessary for those holding a U.S. Passport.

Examples of additional expenses include:
Batteries
Phone calls
Internet connections
Gifts
Free-time expenses
Snacks
Drinks with meals (i.e.; soft drinks, bottled water, etc)

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

Eligibility

Officers

  • The Biblical Educational tour may be taken the year following the successful completion of the five-year review
  • Five years following the first tour a second tour may be taken
  • Beginning with the 25th year of service, a third tour may be taken
  • In addition to the years of service requirements, there is to be a minimum time span of five years between the first and second tours.  the third tour may be taken anytime after the completion of 25 years of service
  • Husbands and wives may take the tour together or separately; however, both must qualify in years of service
  • The tour counts as one conference for the year
  • The tour counts as one week of vacation for the year
  • Officers should consult the Territorial Minute concerning financial assistance to attend the tour

Others

  • Retired Officers, Soldiers and Employees may participate in the tours if there is room. The cost of the tour is 100% personal expense.
  • Officers who have already gone on three Biblical Education Tours may participate in the tour if room is available. Of course, the tour would count as furlough and would be entirely at personal expense.