Pastor Mark Holman, Marcia Holman, Pastor Alan Field, and I are coordinating with Elias Tours to plan this unique and meaningful pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Our tour will include visits to Biblical and historical sites, worship opportunities, learning about our relationships with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and Holy Land (ELCJHL) and connections with Lutheran World Federation through Augusta Victoria Hospital, as well as hearing first hand the stories of the living stones, the people of the land. 

Our tour group will meet monthly starting in the summer of 2022 (via Zoom) so we can begin to become acquainted with each other and prepare ourselves for this rich experience. We hope you can join us for this unique travel experience.

May God’s grace and peace be yours in abundance, 

Bishop Deborah Hutterer


  • This Trip is Fully Booked. Please let us know if you would like to be on the waiting list. 


  • $3,290 per person based on double occupancy - space is limited
  • Land arrangements only:  $2,100 (if you wish to book your own flight)
  • Single room supplement: $690
  • Jordan Excursion: January 11-14: $690
  • Deposit: $300 per person with registration to secure space
  • An additional $1,000 payment is due on or before July 20, 2022
  • Balance due on or before October 20, 2022 
  • Register by mail? please enclose a copy of the passport and a deposit of $300.00 per person made payable to Elias Tours and mail to: Elias Tours  4941 Chalden Ln NE, Marietta, GA 30066
  • Download the Registration Form

  • Contact Elias Nawawieh if you have any questions at 406-261-7791 - info@eliastours.com



AA 2434  02JAN  PHX - JFK  110P    757P
AA 146    02JAN  JFK - TLV   1135P  515P* (*arrives 03JAN)

Return (12JAN from TLV):

AA 145    12JAN  TLV - JFK   1245A  620A
AA 2829  12JAN  JFK - PHX  125P    513P

Return (14JAN from AMM):

BA 313   14JAN   AMM - LHR  835A  1210P
BA 289   14JAN   LHR - PHX   215P   620P


* Flight times, flight numbers, equipment, gates, and seats are subject to change. For the most current information check the airline website.

January 2 - 11, 2023 02 Jan Holy Land

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare from Phoenix, AZ - Other cities available
  • 8 nights in 4-star hotels (double occupancy)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily 
  • Entrance fee to all sites
  • All ground transportation in a private tour bus

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Gratuities for guide and driver
  • Personal expenses
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is required and not included in the purchase price. For your convenience, we offer travel insurance through *Travelex Insurance Services. For questions, quotes, or to purchase travel insurance, visit Travelex Insurance or call (800) 228-9792 and use the code 26-0057 for Elias Tours.
What makes this tour special

"Not only will be visiting the biblical sites, but we will meet and connect with the locals, the Living Stones"




                                 DAILY ITINERARY
                 The Grand Canyon Synod - ELCA

                             January 2 – 11, 2023


Day 1 Jan 2 (MON):  Departure from Phoenix, AZ
• Depart on your overnight flight - meals are served on board

Day 2 Jan 3 (TUE):  Arrival, Tiberias
• Arrive in Tel Aviv, meet your guide, drive to Tiberias via coastal plains
• Dinner and overnight at hotel in Tiberias 

Day 3 Jan 4 (WED): Carmel, Tabor, Nazareth, Cana
• Mount Carmel
• Mount Tabor – the Transfiguration
• Nazareth, Basilica of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Church, Mary’s Well
• Cana of Galilee
• Dinner and overnight at hotel in Tiberias

Day 4 Jan 5 (THU): Golan Heights, Sea of Galilee
• Tabgha, site of the multiplication of the loaves and fish
• The Mount of Beatitudes - Sermon on the Mount ( Communion Service)
• Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
• St. Peter’s Primacy
• Capernaum
• Magdala
• Dinner and overnight at hotel in Tiberias 

Day 5 Jan 6 (FRI): (Epiphany) Jericho - Jordan River - Bethlehem 
• View mount of Temptation
• Jordan River - Remembering our baptism
• Church of the Nativity
• Shepherd’s Field in Beit Sahour
• Dinner at a local restaurant at Beit Sahour
• Overnight in Bethlehem

Day 6 Jan 7 (SAT): Jordan Valley - Jacob's Well - Dead Sea
• Jacob's Well
• St. George Monastery
• Float on the Dead Sea
• Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem

Day 7 Jan 8 (SUN): Old City of Jerusalem - Christmas Lutheran Church
• Sunday worship at the Christmas Lutheran Church, Bethlehem
• Meet Bishop Azar (ELCJHL)
• St. Anne’s Church, Pools of Bethesda, Walk the Palm Sunday Path
• The Western Wall and Temple Mount, visit of the Dome of the Rock
• Church of the Holy Sepulcher, free time
• Overnight in Bethlehem

Day 8 Jan 9 (MON): Bethlehem: The Living Stones
• Visit Dar Al Kalima College and the Culture Center
• Meet with Rev. Mitri Raheb - learn about the Palestinian Christians
• Visit the Lutheran School in Beit Sahour - Dinner with Local families
• Free time in Bethlehem

Day 9 Jan 10 (TUE): Mt. of Olives -  Augusta Victoria Hospital, LWF - Caiaphas House
• Augusta Victoria to witness the work of the Lutheran World Federation in health and education
• Panoramic view from the top of Mount of Olives
• Ascension Hill on the Mount of Olives, The Church of Pater Noster
• Dominus Flevit
• The Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, Mt. Zion
• Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu
• Farewell dinner and overnight in Bethlehem

Day 10 Jan 11 (WED): Departure Tel Aviv to the US. Or take the post-tour extension to Jordan.

*Optional Post Tour extension to Jordan:

Day 10 Jan 11:  Jordan –  Mt. Nebo - Petra
After breakfast, we will depart to cross the border to Jordan. We visit Mt. Nebo, the place where prophet Mousa (Moses) gazed over the Promised Land before he died. We will visit an old monastery, overlook the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and parts of the Holy Land. Then we continue to drive towards Petra for a traditional Bedouin Dinner & overnight.

Day 11 Jan 12: Full day Petra – Amman
After breakfast, we will visit the Site of Petra, a 2000-year-old Nabatean city that was highlighted in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. We will walk through the narrow passageway up to the Treasury, a massive royal tomb carved out of the solid rock. If time permits we will visit the Traditional Tomb of Aaron (Moses' brother). Afternoon we have a transfer to Amman for dinner and overnight.

Day 12 Jan 13:  Amman – Jarash
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit Jarash, north of the capital Amman. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it’s known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa (one of the cities of Decapolis). These include the 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch, the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis, and the huge Forum’s oval colonnade. We then proceed to Amman to meet with and pray with, the local ministry leaders. We will check into our hotel, have dinner, and overnight in Amman.

Day 13 Jan 14: Arrive USA
This morning will have breakfast then transfer to the airport for your flight back to The USA.


NOTE: The schedule is subject to change due to various factors and your tour Leader and guide’s discretion.