Below is a list of teaching trips on the near horizon. These travel experiences are arranged in conjunction with trip leaders from local churches, schools, or universities. If you would like participate in one of them but are not within their immediate circle of contacts, please send me a note (markziese@gmail.com) and I will help you explore possibilities. If you are a group leader/teacher who would like to customize a program of your own, let me hear from you. Naturally, all announcements here are subject to revision and adjustment.

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July 9-19, 2017

Mt Kilimanjaro. Tanzania (engagement level: extreme adventure) 

We aim to climb this iconic African peak in the summer of 2017. Ringing in at 19,341 feet, Kili stands in the elite group of the "seven summits" of the world. Kandoo Adventures will be handling our group arrangements. An African safari will follow the climb.

Kili towers above the African plain. Image from here.

Kili towers above the African plain. Image from here.


October 30- November 9, 2017

Journey Christian Church, Apopka, FL, with First Christian Church, Springfield, OH

This pilgrimage tour to Israel-Palestine is a cooperative ministry venture of two veteran pastors, Anita Burns and Craig Grammer. For brochure, itinerary, and registration form, click on the photograph below. 

The Church of the Beatitudes is a beautiful 20th century structure overlooking the Sea of Galilee. From this vantage point, one can see many of the places visited by Jesus during his Galilean ministry.

The Church of the Beatitudes is a beautiful 20th century structure overlooking the Sea of Galilee. From this vantage point, one can see many of the places visited by Jesus during his Galilean ministry.


JANUARY 3-10, 2018

FAM TRIP FOR JERUSALEM CENTER for BIBLICAL STUDIES (ENGAGEMENT LEVEL: STUDY-TOUR)

This 8-day familiarization trip is designed for professors, pastors, and their spouses who wish to explore the possibility of leading a trip of their own. Priced at a deep-discount level, the trip prioritizes not only engagement with the land of Israel-Palestine in an intense 8 day format, it also introduces leaders to the process, potential, and pitfalls of organizing a bible lands trip. For brochure, itinerary, and registration form, click on the photograph below. 

The Jordan River flows out of the Hula Basin into the Galilee Basin.

The Jordan River flows out of the Hula Basin into the Galilee Basin.


JANUARY 8-16, 2018

JESUS TRAIL Trek (ENGAGEMENT LEVEL: EXTREME ADVENTURE)

This 8-day journey in Israel-Palestine features a hike across Lower Galilee. It is designed for intrepid travelers who desire a more intimate and focused view to the land featured in the gospel narrative. Travelers must able to walk for distances up to 10 miles per day carrying a small pack. Vehicle support is provided and will return the group each night to a hotel. For brochure, itinerary, and registration form, click on the photograph below. 

The Jesus Trail is a 40 mile trek across Galilee.

The Jesus Trail is a 40 mile trek across Galilee.


March 13 - 24, 2018 

JOHNSON UNIVERSITY (ENGAGEMENT LEVEL: STUDY TOUR)

This study tour to Israel-Palestine will be conducted in conjunction with a program of ministry developed for students in a residency program developed in Indianapolis, IN and Louisville, KY. Graduate or undergraduate credit available through Johnson University. Departures from Knoxville, Chicago, and Orlando are planned. Details will be available here when released.

Students horsing around at Tell Megiddo.

Students horsing around at Tell Megiddo.


MAY 6-19, 2018

High Point University, High Point, North Carolina (Engagement Level: Study Tour)

In this for-credit educational experience, we partner with Dr Robert Moses, Assistant Professor of Religion at High Point University. Dr Moses brings experience in dealing with New Testament texts and ethics to the table. We look forward to working with him and with students from High Point University in this private tour.

We look forward to working with Dr. Robert Moses and the students of High Point University.

We look forward to working with Dr. Robert Moses and the students of High Point University.


May 18-30, 2018

Cumberland Community Church, Smyrna, GA (Engagement level: study tour)

This study-tour to Israel-Palestine, originating in Atlanta, GA, is in the planning stages. Susan Humbert, Life Groups Director at Cumberland Community will be leading. Travelers must able to walk unassisted over uneven terrain. Brochure, itinerary, and registration forms are available by clicking the photograph below.

Susan is an inspiring leader and veteran of travel in the Bible Lands.

Susan is an inspiring leader and veteran of travel in the Bible Lands.


May 31-June 11, 2018

North danvers mennonite church, danvers, IL (engagement level: study tour)

This study-tour to Israel-Palestine, originating in Chicago, IL, is in the planning stages. Travelers must able to walk unassisted over uneven terrain. Brochure, itinerary, and registration forms are available by clicking the image below.

Fine dining and good company follows Brian and Josanne Johnson wherever they go!

Fine dining and good company follows Brian and Josanne Johnson wherever they go!


JUNE 12-25, 2018

Mountainview christian church, greshem, Oregon (ENGAGEMENT LEVEL: PILGRIMAGE TOUR)

This pilgrimage tour to Israel-Palestine originates in Portland (PDX). Travelers must able to walk unassisted over uneven terrain and be ready to engage the Biblical world in a fresh way. For brochure, itinerary, and registration form, click on the photograph below.

A Mountainview crew from June, 2011. Look out Jerusalem, they're coming back!

A Mountainview crew from June, 2011. Look out Jerusalem, they're coming back!


OCTOBER 11-22, 2018

MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE (ENGAGEMENT LEVEL: STUDY TOUR)

Join Mark and Vicki Ziese for a luxury excursion originating in Civitavecchia, Italy. From this port of Rome we travel on the Celebrity Reflection to the islands of Sicily (Messina), Malta (Valletta), and Greece (Mykonos). Be ready to venture into Athens (Greece) and Naples (Italy) before returning by sea to Civitavecchia. Onboard lectures pull these sites into context as the Mediterranean arena and the biblical text are explored. Click on the picture below for details. When you register, be sure write my name (Mark Ziese) in the host line. Thanks!

The Celebrity Reflection offers a host of contemporary and exciting features.

The Celebrity Reflection offers a host of contemporary and exciting features.


November 15-25, 2018

New Life Christian Church, Chantilly, Virginia (engagement level: Pilgrimage tour)

Plans are now in the works for a late-fall Pilgrimage Tour to Israel-Palestine with New Life Christian Church. Temperatures will be cooler this time of year. Details are forthcoming. Stay tuned! 

Bethlehem rides high above the wilderness.

Bethlehem rides high above the wilderness.


Jan 2-9, 2019

Fam Trip for the Jerusalem center for Biblical Studies (engagement level: study tour)

This 8-day familiarization trip is designed for professors, pastors, and their spouses who wish to explore the possibility of bringing their own church or school for a Holy Land experience. Priced at a deep-discount level, the trip prioritizes not only engagement with the geography/culture/history of Israel-Palestine in an intense 8 day format, it also introduces leaders to the process, potential, and pitfalls of organizing a trip.

Our 2017 Fam Trip stretches out after the exercise of the Israel Museum.

Our 2017 Fam Trip stretches out after the exercise of the Israel Museum.


January 7-15, 2019

Jesus Trail (engagement level: extreme adventure)

This 8-day journey in Israel-Palestine features a hike across Lower Galilee. It is designed for intrepid travelers who desire a more intimate and focused view to the land featured in the gospel narrative. Travelers must able to walk for distances up to 10 miles per day carrying a small pack. Vehicle support is provided and will return the group each night to a hotel. For brochure, itinerary, and registration form, click on the photograph below. 

A crisp winter morning in Galilee is the perfect time to walk.

A crisp winter morning in Galilee is the perfect time to walk.


june 4-15, 2019

Whitewater crossing, Cleves, Ohio (engagement level: pilgrimage tour)

The Whitewater crowd is making preparations for their third visit to Israel/Palestine. Led by James Hansee, Minister of Spiritual Formation and Missions, a focused experience can be expected. Stay tuned for further developments as this 2019 trip gathers steam.

James Hansee (right) and Senior Minister David Vaughan (left) offer a healthy balance of seriousness and fun. 


June 16-26, 2019

FIRST CHURCH, BURLINGTON, KENTUCKY (ENGAGEMENT LEVEL: PILGRIMAGE TOUR)

This pilgrimage tour to Israel-Palestine has Cincinnati (CVG) as its point of origin. Travelers must able to walk unassisted over uneven terrain, ride a camel (?), and be ready engage the biblical world in a fresh way. Brochure, itinerary, and registration form will be posted here when available.

Camel riding in the Negev!

Camel riding in the Negev!


May 22 - June 2, 2020

Mosaic christian church, elkridge maryland (ENGAGEMENT LEVEL: PILGRIMAGE TOUR)

This pilgrimage tour with Carl Kuhl and the Mosaic family is in the works Brochure, itinerary, and registration form will be posted here when available.

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