Overview

Many people describe a trip to the Holy Land as transformative and even life changing. When I visited Israel in 2019, the Bible came alive to me in new and unexpected ways, as we stood on the same ground where Jesus walked. The trip was enjoyable because everything was taken care of for us by Elias Tours, including flights, lodging, bus transportation, attraction admission, breakfast, dinner, and much more! I want to personally invite you to join us on our 2023 tour of Israel, which I believe is truly the best way to see the Holy Land! You'll be amazed at how it will expand your understanding of God's Word and God's great love for you.

DETAILS:

  • Tour departs on November 8, 2023 and returns on November 18, 2023

  • Departure airport: Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)

PRICING:

  • $4,490.00 per person based on double occupancy - book now as space is limited!

  • Single room supplement - $990.00

  • Land only (if booking your own flights) - $2,540.00 (airfare credit $1,150.00)

PAYMENT PLAN: 

  • $300.00 per person with registration to secure space

  • $1,000.00 of the total amount is due on or before May 1, 2023

  • Balance due on or before August 1, 2023

REGISTRATION:

  • Registering online? Click the "BOOK NOW" button and fill out the online form; you can pay by check or with a credit card (4% platform fee applies)

  • Registering by mail? Please download and complete the registration form (both the personal information page and the terms and conditions page signed at the bottom) with a copy of your passport and a deposit of $300.00 per person made payable to Elias Tours and mail to: 4941 Chalden Ln NE, Marietta, GA 30066

  • Download the Registration Form

FLIGHT SCHEDULE:

Flight information will be available 3 months before the return date. Please continue to check the itinerary on the website for updated flight information.

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

For more information, contact us at info@eliastours.com or (406) 261-7791

 

November 8 - 18, 2023 08 Nov Israel
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare from Grand Rapids, MI (Other Cities Available) 
  • 9 nights in hotel (Double Occupancy) - The hotels are 4-star
  • Breakfast, and Dinner Dally 
  • Entrance fees to all places of interest listed in your itinerary, and the services of an English-speaking guide 
  • Transportation by modern coach bus as well as the transport to and from Tel-Aviv airport 

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Gratuities, For Guide and Driver
  • Lunch
  • 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.
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Golgotha
  • The Garden Tomb
  • The Jordan River
  • The Sea of Galilee 
  • Bethlehem
  • Nazareth
  • The Wailing Wall 
  • The Upper Room 
  • The Garden of Gethsemane
  • And many more...
Itinerary

Day 1 (WED – Nov 08): Departure from the USA
Depart from US for your overnight flight to the Holy Land. Meals will be served on board.

Day 2 (THU - Nov 09): Arrival in Tel Aviv – Transfer to hotel in Tiberias
Meet your guide at the airport, and drive to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 (FRI - Nov 10): Caesarea – Mt. Carmel – Nazareth – Mt Precipice – Tiberias
After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach to Sea to Caesarea, where the Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We see the Roman Amphitheatre and aqueduct. We visit Mount Carmel, Muhraqa (the Place of Fire) and consider the contest between the Prophet Elijah and the false prophets of Baal (I Kings 18), discussing the reasons why the Prophet chose that place for the contest, and the lessons we learn from the story. Afterward, we go to Nazareth where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph. Later in the day we will visit the Mount of Precipice, also known as the Mount of Precipitation, the brow of the hill on which the ancient city of Nazareth stood (Luke 4). There we will enjoy the panoramic view of Jezreel Valley and reflect on the rejection of Jesus by His family and friends in Nazareth. Drive to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 (SAT - Nov 11): Sea of Galilee – Magdala – Capernaum – Mount of Beatitudes
We start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, followed by a visit to the Ancient Boat Museum that houses a 2,000-year-old fishing boat found buried in mud on the shores of Galilee. The boat provides a good example of what fishing boats looked like during the time of Jesus. Then we visit Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, and see the 1st-century synagogue, the oldest synagogue discovered on the shores of Galilee, with a stone-carved replica of the Temple and Menorah. We then take a short drive to Capernaum, the biblical village and hometown of Jesus. Capernaum is closely associated with Jesus and His ministry as described in the Synoptic Gospels. There we see the house of the mother-in-law of Peter and an ancient synagogue that dates back to the time of Jesus and where much of His teaching took place. After a lunch of St. Peter’s fish, we drive to Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000. We then visit the site known as “Peter’s Primacy” where Jesus appeared to His disciples for the third time after His Resurrection. Later we continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount. We enjoy the view of the enchanting gardens and reflect on Jesus’ sermon. We also have time for prayer and reflection. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.                                                                                                                 

Day 5 (SUN - Nov 12): Sea of Galilee – Mount Gerizim & Mt Ebal – Jacob’s Well – Shiloh – Jerusalem
Check out of our hotel in Galilee and head south towards Jerusalem. This day we will make an exciting excursion to Samaria. We will first drive up Mount Gerizim and see the Samaritan Temple and Samaritan village, which is still active until today. The climax of the day will be a visit to Jacob’s Well, which was dug by Jacob himself and where Jesus  encountered the Samaritan women. Continue on to Shiloh which preceded Jerusalem as a worship site for the Israelites before Jerusalem, then see Wadi Luban where we will recall the Women of Shiloh dancing at the time of the harvest. Check into your hotel for Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem

Day 6 (MON - Nov 13): Mt of Temptation – Jericho – baptismal site – Qumran – Bethlehem – Shepherd field
First thing today we will visit Jericho where we stop at Tel Jericho, location of ancient Jericho at the time of Joshua, from where we will also have a view over the Judean wilderness and the Mt of Temptation. Continue on to visit the baptismal site on the Jordan River at Bet Arabah also known as Qasr el Yahud which means the crossing place of the Jews; It was here where the Israelites crossed the river Jordan at the very same spot where the prophet Elijah was taken into heaven and where our Lord Jesus was baptized. Then we continue to visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. This afternoon we visit the Shepherd field where the Angels appeared announcing the good news about the birth of our Saviour followed by the visit to the Church of the Nativity marking the birthplace of Christ. Back to your hotel in Bethlehem 

Day 7 (TUE - Nov 14): Masada – Ein Gedi – Dead Sea
Full-Day Tour in the Dead Sea area – we will visit Masada, the fortress built by King Herod the Great and made famous by the Zealots in 73/74 AD with the stand-off against the Romans. From Masada, we will move on to Ein Gedi, an oasis in the desert where the meeting between David and King Saul took place and where David wrote some of the psalms . Some free time will be given to swim in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem 

Day 8 (WED - Nov 15): Davidson Centre – Mt Zion – Jewish quarter – Wailing Wall 
Start the day at the Davidson centre, walking where Jesus walked on streets that are dating to the time of Christ, standing on the southern steps of the Temple where Peter preached and the first Christians were baptized. On Mt Zion visiting the upper room, then we precede through Zion gate to the Jewish quarter seeing the Roman-Byzantine Cardo, King Hezekiah broad wall, Hurva Synagogue, Golden Temple Menorah. This afternoon we visit the Wailing Wall Judaism Holiest place that will take us along the western wall of the temple seeing Herodian temple's magnificent architecture. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9 (THU - Nov 16): Temple Mt – Pools of Bethesda – Mt. of Olives – Israeli Museum 
Start the day with a visit to Temple Mt, recalling Abraham brought his son Isaac as an offering to the Lord, it where King Solomon Temple stood later to be rebuilt by Ezra and Nehemiah, seeing the esplanade added by King Herod the Great. We will learn about jess teachings at the Temple which in a way formed the center for Jesus & ministry in Jerusalem. On we visit the nearby pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the Paralytic and the nearby church of St Anne’s , known for its acoustics to sing a hymn of praise. We precede to the Mt of Olives for a panoramic view over the city of Jerusalem, then we walk Palm Sunday road stopping at Dominus Flevit where Jesus wept the city from. On we carry on to visit the Israeli Museum, including the model city of Jerusalem as it looked in the 1st century AD and the Shrine of Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 10 (FRI - Nov 17): Garden of Gethsemane – Caiaphas House – Ecce Homo – Garden Tomb – Valley of Elah
Start the day with a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane with some time for private prayer at Gethsemane private Garden. On across the Kidron to Caiaphas Palace, where Peter denied Jesus three times, continue to visit Ecce Homo, biblical Gabbatha. Follow Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, walk through different quarters of Jerusalem, and then end the day at the Garden Tomb, for a visit and communion service. Our last visit of the day will be visit to Valley of Elah where David defeated Goliath. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 11 (SAT - Nov 18): Departure from Tel Aviv to the US