Holy Land Tour Trip to Israel
The Holy Land Experience Trip of a Lifetime
October 20~November 5, 2023
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 Land of the Bible, where you will find a new dimension in understanding the Bible and the life of Jesus. We will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, visit places where Jesus walked, lived, taught, performed miracles, walked on the water, calmed the sea, and where He was crucified and raised from the dead. We will immerse ourselves in the Land of the Bible and experience it to the depths of our souls. You will never be the same or read your Bible the same after a trip like this.
If it's Bible you want, then this trip is for you. At each site, we will give biblical and historical teaching along with a faith lesson. Therefore, this trip is designed to provide an in-depth study and perspective from the Scriptures of the events and places of the Bible.
We are delighted to share that Israel has removed every Covid vaccination mandate plus every other restriction, so visiting Israel is normal with no burdens whatsoever. As a result, we are rejoicing and really excited about our upcoming trips to Israel.
"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!"
Holy Land Trip Registration Form (Required for each person)
Deposit Payment ~ $500.00 USD
Final Payment ~ $1,350 USD
The Holy Land Experience!
Holy Land Site Fee ~ $1,850.00 USD
Items covered by Holy Land Site Ministries:
Transportation in Israel Via a Deluxe A/C Motorcoach
All Park & Entrance Passes
Holy Land Site Tour Guide and Bible Teacher, Dr. Fink
Wireless Headsets for a Better Listening Experience
Individual Costs ~ $2,750.00 USD (This cost can change depending on individual preferences and location)
To keep our trips as affordable as possible, we allow individuals to book their own lodging and airfare. Also, to see as many sites as possible, and again, keep costs down, we have folks pack a sack lunch. The hotels will provide breakfast. For dinner, folks can enjoy the culture by eating out at the local restaurants of their choice.
Items to be covered by each individual:
The costs below are close estimates. Your price may vary depending on airfare from your location, room selections, and how expensive you want to eat.
Sack Lunch & Dinner Meals in Israel ........ $450 per person
(Breakfast included in Hotel cost)
Lodging in Israel (found on itinerary) .... $1,200 per person (Based on private, double occupancy rooms.)
Airfare ........................................................ $1,100 per person
Travel from Ben Gurion Airport to Kfar Maccabiah Hotel & Suites in Tel Aviv, and from Prima Park Hotel in Jerusalem to Ben Gurion Airport. A taxi can be taken from the airport to our hotel in Tel Aviv for about $12.00 per person, and a light-rail train or shuttle can be taken from Jerusalem to the airport for about $7.00 on the light-rail train, or $25.00 on a shuttle bus. 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.
Total Cost of Trip
Holy Land Site Fee $1,850.00
Individual Costs $2,750.00
Total $4,500.00 USD
THIS IS A 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 14 days. You will, therefore, see everything significant there is to see in Israel.
A 17-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, travel agencies, 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 be 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. Our estimated walking distance will be about 1-2 miles a day.
GROUP SIZE LIMIT
We are limiting the group size to 30 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 our Kfar Maccabiah Hotel & Suites in Tel Aviv. Due to customs and obtaining visas, please allow 3 hours from airport arrival to hotel arrival. The hotel is about 15 minutes from the airport depending on traffic.
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 transported to and from our hotel to the Old City (Jaffa Gate) via light rail. We will then be walking in and around the Old City from there.
LODGING IN ISRAEL
We will be staying at hotels with private rooms and bathrooms during our time in Israel. Our itinerary shows the hotels where we will stay (a total of three: Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Jerusalem). Click here 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 if desired. Some will provide dinners as well. These can be paid for when you book your lodging or at the hotels.
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.
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 SITE BE LIKE?
Our visits will normally last around two hours. We will begin with some orientation of the site. Then we'll do a walking tour to see the site and its points of interest. Afterward, we'll find a quiet spot to reflect on the main events from the Bible that happened at the site and close with a faith lesson to learn the key truths God would desire to teach us. Some of the Bible teachings might be filmed for publishing on our website. We'll then end our visit with some free time.
A valid U.S. Passport is required. Passports must have at least six months left before they expire for travel to 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.
We also ask that you acquaint yourself with our Travel Orientation Material found on our website. You will find it extremely helpful.
TIME OF YEAR FOR THIS TRIP
We’ve chosen these dates 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 that 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 do this if possible.
MONEY IN ISRAEL
Credit cards and Dollars are readily accepted, Shekels can be drawn from ATMs.
INTERNET IN ISRAEL
All the hotels we will be staying at will provide free Internet. Phone SIM cards can be purchased for around $49.99 if you want Internet service at all times while in Israel. You can also activate your phone for international service.
We will leave our place of lodging each day at 8:00 am and return around 4:00 - 5:00 pm. From this time on, you will have free time to eat, relax, see the local sites and culture, etc.
PERSONAL TRAVEL IN ISRAEL
You can take a taxi, walk, or use the bus or rail system. The best option is to make sure you have Internet in Israel (you can activate your phone or get an Israeli SIM card) and use Google Maps. It will tell you exactly which bus rail, walking, etc. to use. It also works in real-time so you can see exactly when buses etc. are arriving and departing.
The minimum age for trip participants is 12 years old unless other arrangements have been made with tour hosts.
Please see our detailed itinerary below.
FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE BASIS
If you are serious about going on this trip to Israel, you will want to register at your earliest convenience. Our trips fill up fast and some are already getting close to full.
TRIP REGISTRATION INFO
HOLY LAND TRIP NEWS
Israel is open for tourism and has no vaccination mandates or restrictions at this time.
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. 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.
REGISTRATION, DEPOSIT, AND FINAL PAYMENT LINKS
Holy Land Trip Registration Form (Required for each person)
Deposit Payment ~ $500.00 USD
Final Payment ~ $1,350 USD
REGISTRATION DEADLINE DATE
Your trip registration, deposit, and final payment deadline is August 1, 2023. 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 2 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 August 1, 2023, as the deadline for trip registration for everyone. For those who desire to attend this trip after August 1, 2023, 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 August 1, 2023, deadline, Holy Land Site Ministries will only be able to 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 August 1, 2023, Holy Land Site Ministries will only be able to refund one-half of your final payment.
If you must cancel your trip due to personal reasons after August 1, 2023, Holy Land Site Ministries will be unable to refund any of your final payment due to expenses we will have already incurred and cannot recuperate.
Full Payments Transfer
If you would like to transfer your $500.00 deposit or final payment 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 will be cheerfully refunded if Holy Land Site Ministries can recuperate expenses we have incurred.
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)
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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 from Holy Land Site Ministries.
HOTEL RESERVATION BOOKING LINKS
Kfar Maccabiah Hotel & Suites, 7 Peretz Berenstein Street, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv
Check-in: October 21, Check-out: October 22, One night
Hotel Reservation Link: Bookings.com
Prima Galil Tiberias Hotel, El Hadif Street 1, Tiberias
Check-in: October 22, Check-out: October 26, Four nights
Hotel Reservation Link: Bookings.com
Prima Park Hotel Jerusalem: 2 Vilnay Street, Jerusalem
Check-in: October 26, Check-out: November 4, Nine nights
Hotel Reservation Link: Bookings.com
If, for some reason, the hotels are full, just book a hotel of your choice nearby and meet us at the check-in lobby of the main hotel by 7:45 am. Bus departure is scheduled daily at 8:00 am from each hotel.
Phone: (541) 603-0881
Websites: HolyLandSite.com GoMissionsToMexico.com
FRI, OCT 20 DEPART FOR THE HOLY LAND
Please make plans to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, on April 29, 2023. Please arrive by 3:00 pm. This will give you plenty of time to attend our orientation and get-acquainted meeting at 7:00 pm. We'll meet at the main check-in lobby of the Kfar Maccabiah & Suites Hotel and then find a meeting place.
SAT, OCT 21 TEL AVIV
After arriving 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 Kfar Maccabiah Hotel & Suites, 7 Peretz Berenstein Street, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv. Due to customs and obtaining visas, please allow approximately 3 hours from airport arrival to hotel arrival. The hotel is about 15 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic. Orientation and get acquainted meeting 7:00 pm. Please meet in the main hotel lobby.
Lodging at Kfar Maccabiah Hotel & Suites, 7 Peretz Berenstein Street, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv. One night total.
SUN, OCT 22 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 the construction of the Temple in Jerusalem. We’ll then pass through the fast-growing towns and farms of the Plain of Sharon en route to Caesarea Maritima, the site of major events in the lives of Peter and Paul. We’ll drive through the rolling hills of Galilee to Nazareth, the Church of the Annunciation, and Mt. Precipice. Time permitting, we’ll visit the Wedding Church in Cana, where Christ performed His first public miracle. Then it’s on to Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, which will be our base for the next 4 nights.
Lodging at Prima Galil Tiberias Hotel, El Hadif Street 1, Tiberias. Four nights total.
MON, OCT 23 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 the Mount of Beatitudes, the 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 often preached 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. Time permitting, we'll visit the likely site where the Feeding of the 5,000 took place.
TUES, OCT 24 SEA OF GALILEE AREA
We’ll journey north to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter confessed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matt. 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.
WED, OCT 25 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.
THURS, OCT 26 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. We'll provide an option for those who would like to get baptized to do so. Then to Jericho, the oldest known walled city and the 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 Prima Park Hotel Jerusalem: 2 Vilnay Street, Jerusalem. Nine nights total.
FRI, OCT 27 DEAD SEA AREA
We’ll begin the day with a drive to Ein Gedi, a gorgeous oasis spring with waterfalls where David hid from King Saul. We'll then visit Masada, which overlooks 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 AD, the Zealots made their last stand against the might of Rome. We’ll visit ancient Gomorrah, one of 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? Free time in Jerusalem afterward.
SAT, OCT 28 BETHLEHEM – JUDAH AREA
We will visit Bethlehem, see Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity, and ascend the magnificent Herodian Fortress to 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. Free time in Jerusalem afterward.
SUN, OCT 29 SAMARIA AREA
Today we’ll travel north to the ancient Samaria region of the Bible. We visit Shechem, the place Abraham first entered 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. We’ll see where Joseph’s bones were buried at the Tomb of Joseph. 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, where Jacob saw a ladder to heaven, where the tabernacle resided, and where Jeroboam erected a Golden Calf. We'll drive by the site of ancient 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. Free time in Jerusalem afterward.
MON, OCT 30 NEGEV AREA
Today, we’ll travel to Hebron, the place where God appeared to Abraham and from where King David reigned over Judah for 7 1/2 years. While in Hebron, we'll visit the place where the patriarchs are buried in the Cave of Machpelah and tour the ruins of ancient Tel Hebron. We’ll then travel to Beersheba, where Abraham lived and made a covenant with Abimelech. We’ll end the day with a visit to Lachish, the last town destroyed during the Assyrian conquest, and we’ll learn about how God miraculously saved Jerusalem from the Assyrians. Free time in Jerusalem afterward.
TUES, OCT 31 JERUSALEM
We’ll start the day with a magnificent view of the Old City from the top of the Mt. of Olives and orient ourselves to the layout and places of Jerusalem (maps of the models of Old City Jerusalem will be utilized). We’ll then visit the Chapel of Ascension, the 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, a 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, the place where Christ wept over Jerusalem. We’ll see Mary’s Tomb and then enjoy free time in Old City Jerusalem.
WED, NOV 1 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 then see the Western Wall, the Jew’s most holy site in Israel. 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 visit the House of Caiaphas, where Christ was tried before Caiaphas and Ananias, the high priests. While at the House of Caiaphas, we'll see a model of Jerusalem from around 135 AD. We’ll then go to Mt. Zion, the location of the Upper Room of the Last Supper and the location of the first church built by early Christians shortly after the time of Christ. Free time afterward.
THURS, NOV 2 JERUSALEM
We’ll begin the day by seeing Pilate’s Palace and the judgment place where Christ was condemned to crucifixion. From there, we'll visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Then we'll see the Church of St. Anne, where the Pool of Bethesda is located. We’ll then walk along the traditional path of the Via Dolorosa and see the Stations of the Cross. Free time afterward.
FRI, NOV 3 JERUSALEM
We'll begin the day at the Garden Tomb, where we'll have a special time of reflection on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
We'll then walk through Old City Jerusalem to the City of David, where everything began in Jerusalem. We'll take a look at Hezekiah's Water Tunnel, which diverts the water from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam and see the Canaanite Dry Tunnel. We'll see King David’s Tomb, then make our way to the Pool of Siloam, where Christ healed a blind man. We’ll then walk up the Kidron Valley (Valley of Jehoshaphat), where God’s winepress of wrath will be poured out on the gathered nations at Christ's 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). Free time afterward.
SAT, NOV 4 ISRAEL - HOME
Today you’ll transfer to the airport and arrive home with wonderful memories of a visit to the Land of the Bible!
You have three options for transport to Ben Gurion Airport: (1) Light Rail (takes about 20 min., cost $7.00), (2) Shuttle service (takes about an hour, cost $25.00), or (3) taxi (takes about an hour, cost $100). Because of Israel’s security measures, you will need to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before boarding time.
SUN, NOV 5 ARRIVE HOME
Return home filled with an overflowing 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.
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