Overview

Dear Partners,

Opportunity Palestine invites you to come journey with us to Palestine and experience the Holy sites of our faith and visit the education ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, 13 – 23 February 2023.

 Former ELCA missionaries to the ELCJHL and Opportunity Palestine board members, Deacon Adrainne Gray and her husband Ben will host a group of 30 to see firsthand the work of the ELCJHL school ministries and the people who work tirelessly to ensure quality education for the future leaders of Palestine. Every step of the way, Deacon Adrainne and Ben will accompany the group sharing their insights and knowledge gleaned from their four years living and working with the ELCJHL. 

See the impact of the schools on the lives of current and former students, worship with the ELCJHL congregations, and meet the living stones of the Holy Land. 

Contact: Deacon Adrainne Gray +1 404 663 4172 / adrainne.gray@elca.org 

 

PRICING:

  • $3,490 per person based on double occupancy - space is limited
  • Land arrangements only:  $2,200 (if you wish to book your own flight)
  • Single room supplement: $790
  • 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 
  • Registering by mail? Please enclose a copy of the photo page of your 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

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.

February 13 - 23 , 2023 13 Feb HOLY LAND
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare from Chicago, IL, And Atlanta, GA - Other cities available
  • 9 nights in 4-star hotels (double occupancy)
  • Breakfast 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
  • Lunch
  • 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

This trip differs from any other Holy Land tour because it focuses on the ELCJHL education ministries that  Opportunity Palestine supports through donations. While visiting the students, faculty, and leaders of the church and schools, travelers will hear and see firsthand the phenomenal work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land's education ministries. Join us and learn about the good work the schools are doing and the work that is still necessary for the future all while immersed in the context of our biblical stories.  Join us for a unique visit to the Holy Land. 

 

Itinerary

                                         

                                           DAILY ITINERARY
                            Educational Tour of the Holy Land

                                           February  13- 23, 2023

Day 1 MONDAY (Feb 13) Depart the US

Day 2 TUESDAY (Feb 14)

Arrive Tel Aviv

Travel to Beit Jala

Meet Head of ELCJHL Schools, Dr. Charlie Haddad, and Bishop Ibrahim (Barhoum) Azar for dinner at the lodging

Lodging: Either Beit Ibrahim or Talitha Kumi Guesthouse

Day 3 WEDNESDAY (Feb 15)

ELCJHL Beit Sahour School

New ELCJHL Diaconal Center on the campus of Church of the Resurrection Beit and Beit Ibrahim Guesthouse, Beit Jala

Environmental Education Center on the campus of Talitha Kumi School

Shepherd’s Field

Lodging: Beit Ibrahim or Talitha Kumi Guesthouse

Day 4 THURSDAY (Feb 16) Bethlehem

ELCJHL Dar al Kalima School visit

Church of the Nativity

Tentative visit to Christmas Lutheran Church, short tour, history

Free time for shopping

Travel to Galilee

Lodging: in Tiberius

Day 5 FRIDAY (Feb 17) Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee and Tiberius sites (Boat Ride, Capernaum, Magdala)

Lodging: In Tiberius

Day 6 SATURDAY (Feb 18)

Travel to Ramallah

ELCJHL School of Hope visit

Possible invitation from Palestine Ministry of Education or other governmental official

Travel to Jerusalem

Lodging: in Jerusalem

Day 7 SUNDAY (Feb 19)

Church at English Speaking Church in Jerusalem or Arabic Speaking

Photo opportunity with Bishop Azar if he is in the Church of the Redeemer

Church of the Holy Sepulcher see the tomb

St. Anne’s, Ecce Homo

Western Wall

Lodging: In Jerusalem

Day 8 MONDAY (Feb 20)

Mount of Olives, (Pater Noster, Ascension Chapel)

ELCJHL’s Al-Mahaba nursery school

Augusta Victoria Tour (shortened version)

Yad Vashem

Lodging: Jerusalem

Day 9 TUESDAY (Feb 21)

Travel to the Jordan border

ELCJHL Baptism Site on the Jordan River

Do walking trail at Baptismal Site

Refreshments/Lunch there at the baptismal site  

Travel to Petra.

Lodging: In Petra

Day 10 WEDNESDAY (Feb 22)

Full day tour of Petra

Travel to Amman

Lodging: Amman

Day 11 THURSDAY (Feb 23)

Depart Amman, Jordan to the U.S

Tour Location
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