Holy Land trip (2023)

Have you ever wanted to see the Holy Land first-hand?

Have you ever desired to walk where Jesus walked?

Do you want to have God's Word opened up in ways it never has?  Then this trip is for you!

To register, click this link:

www.eo.travel/mytrip

Tour: HL23

Date: 022123

Code: B

ID: 61032

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  • What are the dates you will be gone? 

    • February 21st, 2023 to March 3, 2023.

  • Who can go?

    • Anyone, however, due to the physically demanding nature of the trip (long hours of travel, LOTS of walking on uneven terrain, etc) it is recommended that you go only if you are physically up for this type of travel.  

  • Do I need a passport to travel to Israel?

    • YES!  And if you don't have yours yet, you better start the application process immediately.​

    • Click HERE for information about how to get a passport.

      • If you already have a passport, be sure to check the expiration date.  As a general rule, passports must be valid for six months beyond the date the traveler will exit the United States.  If your passport expires within this window, you will need to renew your passport or get a new one.  

  • What is the cost per person?  $4,100.

    • Price includes:

      • Airfare from CLT to NYC to Tel Aviv (and back!)

      • In-country transportation (deluxe A/C motor coaches)

      • Breakfast & dinner daily

      • First class hotels

      • Guided tours

      • Study guide

      • Gratuities

      • Trip Insurance (Travel Protection Plan)

      • Fuel surcharges & government taxes

 

  • What is the daily incidental amount that's not included in the $4,100 price tag?  What are the hidden costs like (lunch, gratuities, taxes, etc)

    • Lunch is generally $15 per person per day.  A suggested $10 per person per day “Love Offering” is encouraged for our guide ($6 per person per day) and Driver ($3 per person per day).  Bottled water is sold on the bus for $1 per bottle.  Other than lunch, the love offering and souvenirs everything else is covered.

  • I thought the original cost was $3,700.  Why is it now $4,100?

    • The cost of the trip is still $3,700 however Israel requires that every person carries trip insurance.  The insurance cost is $400.  ​Unfortunately there is no way to experience Israel without this additional, mandatory expense.

  • How do we pay?

    • All monies are sent directly to EO as they are the ones who are handling the purchasing of tickets, hotels, meals, etc.

    • If you pay with a credit card (for points), there is an additional 3% charge.

    • ACH and debit card payments are without charge.

 

ITINERARY BELOW (some of these details can change):

  • DAY 1 (Tuesday, February 21st) - Flight from Charlotte (CLT) to New York City (NYC).  Then overnight flight arriving Wednesday afternoon at Tel Aviv-Yafo Ben Gurion International Airport. 

  •  DAY 2 (Wednesday, February 22nd) - Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.

  • DAY 3 (Thursday, February 23rd) - Visit the baptismal site of Qasr el Yahud, where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Travel to Jericho (the oldest city in the world) and visit the ruins of the ancient city conquered by Joshua (Joshua 6:1, 2 & 20). In the distance, you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11). Continue to Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery. End your day with the opportunity to take a dip in the mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea.

  • DAY 4 (Friday, February 24th) - Explore one of the most exciting archaeological digs in Israel, the Herodion, the palace-fortress and final resting place of Herod the Great. In Bethlehem, visit the cave where Jesus was born (Luke 2:1-7) and the Church of the Nativity. Gaze out over the Shepherds’ Field, where angels first proclaimed the Good News.

  • DAY 5 (Saturday, February 25th) - Visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity and where Paul was imprisoned for two years (Acts 10). View Mount Carmel, site of Elijah’s victory over the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Travel the ancient caravan route through the Jezreel Valley to Tel Megiddo, an exciting archaeological dig with its layers of twenty different cities built on top of each other.

  • DAY 6 (Sunday, February 26th) - Enjoy a scenic drive to Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee (Matt. 4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the text of the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus preached there (Matt. 5-7). Experience a special onboard worship service as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Church of the Fish and the Loaves in Tabgha, the traditional location of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17). As you pray in the Chapel of the Primacy, remember how Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ three times (John 21). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue.

  • DAY 7 (Monday, February 27th) - At the ruins of Tel Dan, see the altar built by King Jeroboam I (I Kings 12:25-30) and learn about where the "House of David" fragment from the First Temple Period was discovered. Continue on to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter told the Lord, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!" (Matt.16:16). A scenic drive along the Golan Heights will give you some beautiful views of Syria and Jordan, as well as Israel. Stop at Bethsaida, where Jesus chose five of His disciples, before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

  • DAY 8 (Tuesday, February 28th) - Begin your day with a visit to Cana, the site of Christ’s first miracle (John 2) before stopping in Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Continue past Tel Dothan, thought to be the place where Joseph found his brothers with their flocks (Genesis 37). Visit Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom and home to Ahab and Jezebel. See Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim where the Israelites recited the blessings and curses of the Law. In modern day Nablus (ancient Shechem), see where the Samaritan woman encountered Christ (John 4) at Jacob’s Well.

  • DAY 9 (Wednesday, March 1st) - Stand on the Mount of Olives and enjoy a remarkable view of the Golden City of Jerusalem. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from this place (Acts 1:9-12). Walk to the Garden of Gethsemane and pray beneath the ancient olive trees (Matthew 26:36-44). On Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room, revered as the site of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26) and St. Peter in Gallicantu, the home of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was held after His arrest (Matthew 26:57).

  • DAY 10 (Thursday, March 2nd) - This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem along the Cardo, once the main street of the city. Explore the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations, including the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. Remember how Jesus healed on the Sabbath when you visit the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1-18). At Herod’s Antonia Fortress (Luke 23:1), see where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate. Walk the Via Dolorosa ("the Way of the Cross") and remember the Lord’s sacrificial love at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Share communion together at the Garden Tomb in celebration of His Resurrection.

  • DAY 11 (Friday, March 3rd) - Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension.​​​

  • What are the extension options and costs?

    • The primary extension some may choose to do is listed below.  This is separate from the Holy Land Trip and includes an extra cost per person.

 

EXTENSION OPTION:

Wonders of Petra & the Dead Sea (extra $900 per person)

  • DAY 11 (Friday, March 3rd) - Jerash.
    This morning you will journey across the Allenby Bridge on your way to Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the world. Stroll through the oval piazza and wander along colonnaded streets etched by the wheels of ancient chariots. Stand in the grand theatre where an onstage whisper can be heard in the top row. Continue to your hotel to check in for dinner and overnight.

  • DAY 12 (Saturday, March 4th) - Madaba & Mt. Nebo.  Travel to Madaba, the City of Mosaics, to visit the Church of Saint George with its sixth-century, Byzantine, mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. Continue to Mount Nebo, where Moses caught a glimpse of the Promised Land (Deut. 34). On a clear day, you can see all the way across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, to the rooftops of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

  • DAY 13 (Sunday, March 5th) - Petra.  Explore the city of Petra. Its entrance passes through a long, narrow gorge known as the Siq and can only be accessed by carriage, horseback or on foot. Once inside the city, marvel at the intricate detail of a city that was cut into the cliff sides of rose-colored rock. Return to your hotel at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.

  • DAY 14 (Monday, March 6th) - Free Morning at the Dead Sea.  Enjoy a free morning at your hotel. Cross the border back into Israel and enjoy dinner in Jerusalem. Afterwards, you will travel to the airport in Tel Aviv to begin your journey home.

  • DAY 15 (Tuesday, March 7th) - Return to USA

 

  • Which airline will we be using?

    • We won’t know this until we are closer to our travel dates. 

 

  • If I have frequent flier miles from a different airline, can I use them to get over there? 

    • You can.  You will need to register as “Ground Only”.  You will be responsible for your own airline arrangements and arriving on time to meet the group in Israel.

 

  • What does the Trip Insurance (Travel Protection Plan) Cover?  

    • Trip cancellation, trip interruption, accident & sickness medical expenses, emergency evacuations, missing baggage and baggage delays and a $25,000 accidental death policy.  For more information about this coverage, please visit www.tripmate.com/wpF427E.

 

  •  Are vaccines required?

    • No, since mid-March 2022, vaccines are not required.

 

  • Do you have a “things to bring” list we can see?

    • We will provide one closer to time of travel.

  • Do you have any recommended reading prior to the trip?

 

  • What are the payment amounts & due dates?

    • The firm due dates are below.

      • $300 registration deposit.

      • $1800 in your account by November 8th in order to be ticketed.

      • Full payment by December 8th. 

    • Statements will be sent out from the EO office to keep you informed of what you owe and when.  

    • If you need to pay for your trip in smaller increments, a suggested payment schedule is below:

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Holy Land payment schedule