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- 

NOTICE: Due to travel restrictions all registrations received beginning August 1 will be subject to being moved to an active waiting list while final confirmation with the tour company concerning capacity is verified. This should be confirmed no later than mid-September.

Active Officers: May 28 – Sept 30, 2021 REGISTER HERE

Retired Officers, Soldiers, Employees: August 1 -Sept 30, 2021 REGISTER HERE

Covid Travel Issues (updated- 8-1-21): For the safety of its participants and for necessary logistics, The Salvation Army Central Territory is requiring all participants of the tour to be vaccinated for Covid-19. Travelers will show proof of vaccination during the registration process to leave the US. Other testing is still likely possible as we travel and will be administered through our tour group. We will keep all travelers updated here with any pertinent items.

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/Greece/Turkey 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~ Greece & Turkey
$3598
Land Only Costs
$2698
Flight deviation (for furlough or extension at end of tour)
$300
Extended tour to Rome
$1098
Optional single room charge (additional $298 for Rome extension)
$695
Tip money- (additional $60 for Rome extension)
$108 all fees are per person . . .  FINAL PAYMENTS are due by NOV 19, 2021

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/Greece/Turkey
Fees are based on double occupancy accommodations
Airport tax and entrance fees
VISA for Turkey is necessary and is secured on your own (est. $50 ~ www.evisa.gov.tr/en/)

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/Greece/Turkey
Fees are based on double occupancy accommodations
Airport tax and entrance fees
No VISA is necessary for those holding a U.S. Passport for Israel, Greece, or Rome.

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.