Holy Land Tour Trips to Israel
May 1~15, 2021
The Holy Land Experience Trip of a Lifetime!
Would you like to have a life-changing and never-to-be-forgotten experience? If so, it is our joy to invite you to join us on a trip of a lifetime to the Bible Lands where you will find a new dimension in understanding Christian history and the life of our Lord. We will visit places where Jesus walked, lived, taught, performed miracles, where He was crucified, and raised from the dead. We will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and immerse ourselves in what the disciples experienced as Jesus walked on the water and calmed the sea.
If it's Bible you want, then this trip is for you. Dr. Fink will give biblical and historical teachings at each place we visit in the Holy Land. Therefore, this trip is designed to provide an in-depth study and perspective from the Scriptures of the events and places of the Bible.
"An absolutely amazing trip with a guy who knows his Bible and can relate it to you in-country. I've gone with this dear friend of mine to Israel twice. It's an 11 out of 10 trip!"
The Holy Land Experience!
COST OF TRIP (Approximate) – $3,450
Holy Land Site Trip Fee - $1,300 Per Person
Transportation in Israel Via a Deluxe A/C Motorcoach
All Park & Entrance Passes
Holy Land Site Tour Guide and Bible Teacher (Todd Mike Fink)
Wireless Headsets for a Better Listening Experience
Individual Costs – $2,150 Per Person
Items to be covered by each participant:
The costs below are close estimates. If you want to stay in dorm facilities at the hotels, eat more inexpensively or cook your own meals at the hotels, and get a great deal on airfare, you could do this trip for even less.
Meals in Israel (sack lunch and dinner) .... $350 per person
Lodging in Israel (found on itinerary) ........ $800 per person (Based on private, double occupancy rooms.)
Airfare ........................................................ $1,000 per person
Travel from Ben Gurion Airport to Abraham Hotel/Hostel, 21 Levontin Street, Tel Aviv, and from Abraham Hotel/Hostel, 67 Haneviim Street, Davidka Square, Jerusalem to Ben Gurion Airport. A taxi can be taken from the airport to Abraham Hotel/Hostel, Tel Aviv ($12.00 per person, four per taxi), and a light-rail train or shuttle can be taken from Jerusalem to the airport ($7.00 light-rail, $20.00 shuttle). Due to multiple arrivals and departures from passengers, it is not possible for us to attend everyone’s various time schedules. However, we are happy to help in any way possible with these arrangements.
THIS IS A PRIVATE, CUSTOM-DESIGNED TRIP
If you want to spend more time in Israel and see more holy sites, then this trip is designed for you. Most trips to the Holy Land allow only around 7-8 full days in Israel. This severely limits what can be seen. Therefore, most who go to the Holy Land miss out on many significant holy sites as a result. This trip will have you in Israel for 11-12 full days. You will, therefore, see about everything significant there is to see in Israel.
A 15-day trip like this normally is quite expensive (if you can find one). Why can we do it so inexpensively? Because we are eliminating tour companies, tour guides, etc., and are providing these services instead. We are also allowing you to book your own airfare, lodging, and some of your meals. And lastly, we are staying in nice, clean hotels/hostels instead of expensive hotels. It is our pleasure to serve you and our Lord Jesus Christ in offering you this special and affordable trip of a lifetime.
Because this is a custom trip, each participant will be required to book their own airfare, lodging, and purchase some of their own meals.
This trip is not for the weak and faint of heart! There will a fair amount of walking, some hiking, times when it could be warm (Dead Sea area), etc. Those considering this trip need to be in pretty good shape and able to withstand some discomfort at times due to heat, walking, hiking, etc.
GROUP SIZE LIMIT
We are limiting the group size to around 40 or so people. This will allow us to be more efficient and see more places in Israel. Larger teams bring a different dynamic that slows things down and makes travel more difficult.
Each person will be responsible for booking their own air travel to Israel (to and from Ben Gurion Airport). Please make plans to arrive with plenty of time to attend our mandatory orientation and get-acquainted meeting at 7:00 pm at the community meeting place at our Tel Aviv Abraham Hotel? Due to customs and obtaining visas, please allow approximately 2 hours from airport arrival to hotel arrival. The hotel is just 15 minutes from the airport.
TRANSPORTATION IN ISRAEL
We will be transported around in a large air-conditioned motorcoach while in all areas of Israel except Jerusalem. When in Jerusalem, we will be walking and using other services.
LODGING IN ISRAEL
We will be staying at hotels with private rooms and bathrooms during our time in Israel. Many hotels in Israel are also called hostels. These hotels/hostels provide the best of both worlds. They have private rooms and bathrooms but also offer dorm-style lodging. Additionally, they have group kitchens for any meal prep if desired, community gathering areas, washing machines, etc. Our itinerary shows the hotels/hostels where we will stay (a total of three: Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Jerusalem). Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for hotel reservation links.
You will be allowed one carry-on piece of luggage and one suitcase. Because each person will be responsible to transport their luggage from the motorcoach to the hotels, it is highly recommended to keep your suitcase under 40 pounds. This will also prevent you from an extra charge by airlines for heavy luggage.
MEALS IN ISRAEL
Each person will be responsible for paying for their own lunches and dinners.
Breakfast - The hotels will provide breakfast and a group kitchen for meal preparation if desired. The hotel in Tiberias provides breakfast for 12.00 per person additional cost unless you include it when booking your room.
Lunch - Because eating out is quite expensive in Israel, and eating with a large group can occupy one or more hours of the day, plus, we will be on the go and not always close to a restaurant, each trip participant will prepare themself a daily sack lunch. Each day at noon we will take a break, eat, and then carry on. Lunch items can be purchased at local grocery stores, and the hotels will have refrigerators in the rooms.
Dinner – On your own. Enjoy the local culture as you eat at local restaurants, etc. Dinners can also be prepared at the hotels/hostels if desired.
PARK & ENTRANCE PASSES
Holy Land Site Ministries will pay for all park and entrance fees to all sites. You will be responsible to pay for any entrance fees you want to see during your free time.
WHAT WILL OUR VISITS TO EACH HOLY SITE BE LIKE?
Our visits will normally last around two hours. We will begin with a Bible teaching by Dr. Fink to help us understand the historical background, points of interest, Bible events that took place there, and a faith lesson. After understanding the context of the site, we will then do a walking tour to see all the points of interest. Some of the Bible teachings might be filmed for publishing on our HolyLandSite.com website.
A valid U.S. Passport is required. Passports must not expire until 6 months after trip dates in Israel.
Please utilize the videos and info on our website that provide help and orientation to better understand many of the biblical sites we will be visiting, the history of Israel, and other helpful info. In addition, we will provide helpful info leading up to our trip that will help prepare you to get the most out of your holy land experience.
TIME OF YEAR WE’RE PLANNING THIS TRIP
We’ve chosen the dates in May to visit Israel because the weather is stable, the days are longer, and there are no Jewish Holidays that will interfere with our travels.
Please take into consideration there might be slight adjustments to the schedule depending on things out of our control. Additionally, if the team would like some flexibility in seeing sights, we are happy to make adjustments as desired.
MONEY IN ISRAEL
Credit cards and Dollars are readily accepted, Shekels can be drawn from ATM’s.
INTERNET IN ISRAEL
All the hotels we will be staying at will provide free Internet. Phone sim cards can be purchased for around $39.99 if you want Internet service at all times while in Israel.
We will leave our place of lodging each day at 7:30 am and return around 5:00–5:30 pm. From this time on, you will have free time to eat, relax, see the local sites and culture, etc. There will be restaurants close-by to our hostels where you can eat by yourself or with others in the group as desired.
The minimum age for trip participants is 15 years old.
Please see our detailed itinerary below.
Please see all the details below.
May 1~15, 2021
The Holy Land Experience Trip of a Lifetime!
The majority of those attending this trip will be from Canby Christian Church of Canby, Oregon. This church has asked us to lead a team from their church and we are happy to do so. However, we will have room for others to join in on this trip of a lifetime as well. The following are the registration process and details.
You might be wondering how the Covid-19 situation might affect our trip. We are moving forward with everything and planning on going. We believe everything will be open by May of next year. In the event Israel is not open, we will plan our trip for October 2–16, 2021.
A registration deposit of $500.00 USD is required to register and secure your spot on the Holy Land Experience Team. Before paying your deposit, please fill out the online registration form. We will then notify you of your acceptance into the trip team, and payment of your deposit can then be made.
FIRST- COME- FIRST- SERVE
After being notified of your acceptance on the team, you can pay your deposit at your earliest convenience. This will ensure your spot in the group.
CANBY CHRISTIAN CHURCH REGISTRATION
Holy Land Trip Registration Form (required for each person)
Deposit ~ $500.00 USD
Please make payment arrangements with Brandon Chase
Final Payment ~ $800.00 USD Due by December. 31, 2020
Holy Land Trip Registration Form (required for each person)
Deposit Due ~ $500.00 USD
Final Payment Due ~ $800.00 USD Due by December 31, 2020
REGISTRATION DEADLINE DATE
Your trip registration, deposit, and final payment deadline is December 31, 2020. Tourism is growing quite rapidly in Israel and things need to be done earlier than in previous years. Therefore, booking lodging, bus transportation in Israel, etc. needs to be done no later than 4 months before trip departure to ensure availability (booking lodging is even recommended 6 months in advance for best availability). For these reasons, we have set December 31, 2020, as the deadline for trip registration for everyone. For those who desire to attend this trip after December 31, 2020, we will handle each person on a space availability case basis. Thanks for your understanding.
CANCELATIONS & REFUNDS
Deposit Refund Paid to Holy Land Site Ministries
In the unfortunate case you may need to cancel your trip due to personal reasons on or before the December 31, 2020 deadline, Holy Land Site Ministries will happily refund one-half ($250.00) of your $500.00 deposit.
If you would like to transfer your deposit to another person you can do so. Just kindly have this person pay you and let us know.
Refunds of All Funds Paid to Holy Land Site Ministries
In the unfortunate case you may need to cancel your trip due to personal reasons before January 31, 2021, Holy Land Site Ministries will happily refund all of your $800.00 final payment.
If you must cancel your trip due to personal reasons after January 31, 2021, Holy Land Site Ministries will be unable to refund any of your final payment of $800.00 due to expenses we will have already incurred and cannot recuperate.
Full Payments Transfer
If you would like to transfer your full payment of $1,300.00 to another person you can do so. Just kindly have this person pay you and let us know.
Refunds from Personal Purchases of Airline Tickets, Lodging, etc.
Because these purchases will be the responsibility of each person, Holy Land Site Ministries will be unable to refund any of these funds because they were not paid to Holy Land Site Ministries.
Refunds if Trip is Canceled Due to Events Out of Our Control, i.e., Covid-19, Other Viruses, etc.
Refunds from flights and lodging will be the responsibility of each person as these were booked personally. Funds paid to Holy Land Site Ministries ($1,300) will be cheerfully refunded in the event that Holy Land Site Ministries is able to recuperate funds they have incurred. Holy Land Site Ministries estimates that around $1,000-$1,100 should be refundable.
We suggest that you get trip insurance so you are protected for all your expenses, i.e., flights, lodging, Holy Land Site Ministries fees, etc.
TRIP PROTECTION INSURANCE
If you would like trip protection insurance to protect you, or if the trip is canceled for any reason, many third-party insurance agencies provide travel protection insurance in the case of cancelations due to unforeseen reasons.
Travel Protection Agencies (Rated the Highest by Forbes.com)
Allianz Travel Insurance: allianztravelinsurance.com
Travel Guard (AIG): travelguard.com/travel-insurance/plans
Seven Corners: sevencorners.com
WHEN TO BOOK AIRFARE & LODGING
Please do not book any flights or lodging until you receive tour trip confirmation by Holy Land Site Ministries that there are enough people in the group to be able to go.
HOTEL RESERVATION LINKS
Abraham Hotel/Hostel, Tel Aviv: 21 Levontin Street, Tel Aviv
Check-in: May 2, Check-out: May 3, One night
Hotel Reservation Link: Abraham Hotel/Hostel Tel Aviv
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Optional Hotel Reservation Link: Bookings.com
Aviv Holiday Flat Hotel: 2 Hanotar Street, Tiberias
Check-in: May 3, Check-out: May 7, Four nights
Hotel Reservation Link: Aviv Holiday Flat Hotel Tiberias
Abraham Hotel/Hostel: 67 Haneviim Street, Davidka Square, Jerusalem
Check-in: May 7, Check-out: May 14, Seven nights
Hotel Reservation Link: Abraham Hotel/Hostel Jerusalem
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Optional Hotel Reservation Link: Bookings.com
Pastor Todd (Mike) Fink
Phone: (541) 603-0881
Websites: HolyLandSite.com GoMissionsToMexico.com
OUR DAILY ITINERARY
SAT, MAY 1 DEPART FOR THE HOLY LAND
Please make plans to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, on May 2, 2021.
SUN, MAY 2 TEL AVIV
After arriving in at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, you will proceed and go through customs. Please don’t lose your small tourist visa provided to you. Afterward, you can take a taxi to Abraham Hotel in Tel Aviv. Please make plans to arrive with plenty of time to attend our mandatory orientation and get-acquainted meeting at 7:00 pm at the community meeting place at our Tel Aviv Abraham Hotel? Due to customs and obtaining visas, please allow approximately 2 hours from airport arrival to hotel arrival. The hotel is just 15 min. from the airport.
Lodging at Abraham Hotel/Hostel Tel Aviv, 21 Levontin Street, Tel Aviv. One night total.
MON, MAY 3 TEL AVIV – SEA OF GALILEE AREA
Refreshed from a good night's sleep, we’ll visit Old Jaffa (Joppa), the traditional home of Simon the Tanner, the port from which Jonah sailed, and the logs arrived for construction of the Temple in Jerusalem. We’ll then pass through the fast-growing towns and farms of the Plain of Sharon in route to Caesarea Maritima, site of major events in the lives of Peter and Paul. We’ll Visit Mt. Carmel, where Elijah the Prophet had his great showdown with the false prophets of Baal. From Mt. Carmel, we’ll look upon Megiddo (Armageddon) and the Jezreel Valley, where part of the last battle will be fought upon Christ’s return, and where archaeological digs reveal 20 layers of civilization, including fortifications of King Solomon and the water tunnel of King Ahab. Megiddo is in the fertile, Jezreel Valley, prophesied site of Armageddon, at the crossroads of the ancient Via Maris. We’ll drive through the rolling hills of Galilee to Nazareth, site of the Church of the Annunciation, and Mt. Precipice. Then it’s on to Tiberius and the Sea of Galilee, which will be our base for the next 4 nights.
Lodging at Aviv Holiday Flat Hotel, 2 Hanotar Street, Tiberias. Four nights total.
TUES, MAY 4 SEA OF GALILEE AREA
This day alone is worth the trip! We are now literally walking in the footsteps of Jesus. We will take a most memorable boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, in a replica of the ancient wooden boat used in Jesus’ day. We’ll visit Mount of Beatitudes, location of the beautiful Sermon on the Mount where Christ preached his longest and most famous sermon. Then on to Capernaum, where Jesus set up His home ministry base and preached often in the ancient synagogue. We will continue our drive around the Sea of Galilee to Kursi, the place where Christ cast out a legion of demons out of a demon-possessed man. We’ll hike up to the caves at Kursi where we’ll view the site of the feeding of the 5,000 and the mountain from where Jesus prayed afterward. Time permitting, we’ll then visit the excavations at the newly discovered site of biblical Bethsaida.
WED, MAY 5 SEA OF GALILEE AREA
We’ll journey north to Caesarea Philippi where Peter confessed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16). We’ll visit Tel Dan, the place that became the downfall of Israel. Then it’s on Tabgha, the place Peter was restored to ministry, and the location where Christ likely called some of His disciples. We’ll end the day visiting Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, from whom Christ cast out seven demons.
THUR, MAY 6 SEA OF GALILEE AREA
We’ll drive along the Jordan Valley to Beth Shean, a stunning Roman Decapolis city and the place where Saul and his son’s bodies were hanged after defeat in battle. We’ll visit Gideon’s Spring, where Gideon selected his soldiers to do battle against the Midianites. We’ll return to the Sea of Galilee and finish the day on top of Mt. Arbel, the believed place where Christ gave the Great Commission, and which provides a breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee.
FRI, MAY 7 JORDAN VALLEY AREA
We’ll drive south along the Jordan Valley following the footsteps that Jesus and His disciples would have walked arriving at the Baptismal Site of Jesus where Jesus was baptized by John. Then to Jericho, oldest known walled city and first place Joshua and the Israelites conquered upon entering the Promised Land. We’ll then visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. Then, we'll ascend and enter Jerusalem as pilgrims did since ancient times to fulfill the words of the prophet "I was glad when they said unto me: 'Our feet shall stand within thy Gates, O Jerusalem'" (Psalms 122:1–2.)
Lodging at Abraham Hotel/Hostel, 67 Haneviim Street, Davidka Square, Jerusalem. Seven nights total.
SAT, MAY 8 DEAD SEA AREA
We’ll begin the day with a drive to Masada, overlooking the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on Earth, where we ascend by cable car to visit the remnants of Herod's Palace, and where in 73 A.D. the Zealots made their last stand against the might of Rome. We’ll visit Sodom and Gomorrah, the cities God destroyed by fire and brimstone due to their wickedness. Then, what would a visit to Israel be without taking a dip, or rather a float, in the Dead Sea. We’ll finish the day at Ein Gedi, a gorgeous oasis spring with waterfalls where David hid from King Saul.
SUN, MAY 9 BETHLEHEM – JERUSALEM
We will visit Bethlehem and see Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity, and ascend the magnificent Herodian Fortress where we’ll view the Shepherds' Fields, the Fields of Boaz and Ruth, and Bethlehem. We’ll then travel to the Valley of Elah, the place where David slew Goliath. Then on to Beth Shemesh, place where key events in the life of Samson took place and where the Ark of the Covenant miraculously was returned to the Israelites by the Philistines.
MON, MAY 10 SAMARIA AREA
Today we’ll travel north to the ancient Samaria region of the Bible. We visit Shechem, place Abraham first entered into the Promised Land and erected an altar. We’ll see and drink out of Jacob’s Well, the place where Jesus talked with the Samaritan woman. Then we'll visit Joseph's Tomb. We’ll see ancient Shiloh, the place the tabernacle resided for 369 years, and where Hannah prayed for a son (Samuel). Then it’s on to ancient Bethel, the place Jacob saw a ladder to heaven, where the tabernacle resided as well, and where Jeroboam erected a Golden Calf. While at Bethel, we'll see Ai, the second city Joshua and the Israelites destroyed. Time permitting, we’ll finish the day at Gibeon, a famous high place where the tabernacle resided and where Solomon had an encounter with God who promised him wisdom, wealth, and power.
TUES, MAY 11 JERUSALEM AREA
We’ll start the day with a magnificent view of the Old City from the top of the Mt. of Olives. We’ll visit the Chapel of Ascension, place where Christ ascended back to heaven and where His feet will touch down at His glorious second coming. We'll visit Pater Noster Church, place Christ taught His disciples how to pray. We’ll take the Palm Sunday Walk to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations. Along the way, we’ll visit Dominus Flevit, place where Christ wept over Jerusalem. We’ll see Mary’s Tomb and then enjoy free time in Old City Jerusalem.
WED, MAY 12 JERUSALEM
Today, we’ll visit and walk upon the Temple Mount, the location where Solomon’s Temple was and the holiest and most battled over piece of land in the world. We’ll visit the Southern Stairs, which was the main entrance to the Temple Mount, a place Christ and His disciples would have often been, and the likely place where Pentecost took place. We’ll walk through the Cardo, the original Roman street and see the amazing remains of the massive Broad Wall built by King Hezekiah. we’ll go to Mt. Zion, the location of the Upper Room of the Last Supper. We’ll then visit the House of Caiaphas, where Christ was tried before Caiaphas and Ananias, the high priests. Free time afterward.
THUR, MAY 13 JERUSALEM AREA
We’ll see Pilate’s Palace and judgment place where Christ was condemned to crucifixion. We’ll visit the Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. We’ll walk along the Via Dolorosa and see the Stations of the Cross. We’ll visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and then see the Western Wall, the Jew’s most holy site in Israel. The remainder of the day is free time, or you can choose the below option.
Optional: Visit the City of David, which includes the Gihon Spring, Jerusalem’s main water supply, and location of King David’s Tomb. Then we’ll make our way to the Pool of Siloam, where Christ healed a blind man. Then we’ll walk up the Kidron Valley (Valley of Jehoshaphat) where God’s winepress of wrath will be poured out on the gathered nations at Christ second coming and from where the blood (the height of a horse’s bridle) will flow to the Dead Sea and beyond. While walking up the Kidron Valley we’ll visit Absalom’s Tomb (monument). The remainder of the day is free time to explore Jerusalem on your own or see other interesting sites together as desired.
FRI, MAY 14 ISRAEL - HOME
Today you’ll transfer to the airport and arrive home with wonderful memories of a visit to the Land of the Bible!
A shuttle service (which takes about an hour) will transport you to Ben Gurion Airport. Because of Israel’s security measures, you will need to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before boarding time.
SAT MAY 15 ARRIVE HOME
Return home filled with a full heart knowing that you walked in the footsteps of Christ and experienced the actual places where many of the events in the Bible took place.
OPTIONAL - PETRA TOUR ADD-ON
$550.00 per person (Payments made to Abraham Hotel)
This add-on tour will depart and return from Abraham Hotel. This is the hotel you’ll be staying at while in Jerusalem. This add-on will not be hosted or attended by Holy Land Site Ministries (although we will arrange the add-on tour for you). Abraham Hotel will be your tour guide and host.
FRI, MAY 14 PETRA TOUR
SAT, MAY 15 PETRA TOUR
SUN, MAY 16 ISRAEL - HOME
MON, MAY 17 ARRIVE HOME