"Not Your Grandmother’s Holy Land Tour"

The Holy Land – captivating, perhaps confusing, and central to the Abrahamic faiths. We are drawn to it and want to explore the place where Jesus lived, but we are not sure how.

Not Your Grandmother’s Holy Land Tour is a unique experience that will inspire and challenge you in your faith journey. We interact with Israelis and Palestinians as we visit key sites in the life of Jesus. Our focus is on Jesus and how his ministry shapes our lives and intersects the complexities of the Holy Land.

The tour is led by Brian Newman of Living Word Community Church and Elias Nawawieh.



  • $3,495 per person based on double occupancy. (Space is Limited) 
  • Single room supplement - $790
  • Land only - $2,195
  • PAYMENT PLAN: $300 per person with registration to secure space.
  • $1,000 of the total amount is due on or before May 1, 2022
  • Balance due on or before August 1, 2022


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.

October 28 - November 6, 2022 28 Oct Holy Land

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare to and from Tel Aviv (departing from Washington Dulles Airport) 
  • 9 nights in 4-star hotels (double occupancy)
  • All meals for the entire trip
  • Entrance to 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

Why do you call it “Not Your Grandmother’s Holy Land Tour”?

Well, it’s a catchy title for one thing! The tour is different than other trips to Israel. The group is led by a Palestinian and a Jew – that’s different! We also limit the size of the group, making it a much more personal and flexible trip. We also “go off the beaten path” to view the Holy Land through the lens of Jesus and how various ethnic groups relate to him and to each other. This means that we interact with Israelis, Palestinians, Jews and Christians and Muslims, and others along the way.

  • Friday, October 28


    Theme / Location

    Notes & References


    Depart the US


    Departure from Washington





    Saturday, Oct 29





    Arrive Tel Aviv

    Shuttles depart at 12:00 and 5:00 pm



    Arrive Hotel




    Dinner and Rest







    Sunday, Oct 30


    Theme: Becoming Like Rabbi Jesus



    Meeting room in Hotel

    Introductions and Overview



    Depart Hotel





    “Follow me”

    Mt. 11:21, Mark 6:45, 8:22, Luke 9:10, 10:13, Jn 1:44, 12:21







    The Center of Rabbinic Life

    Mt 4:13, 8:5, 11:23, 17:24



    Capernaum National Park

    Buy food from grocery ahead of time (from Bethlehem?)


    Mount of the Beatitudes

    Sermon on the Mount

    Read Matthew 5 – 7


    Boat ride on Sea of Galilee




    Dinner at Restaurant (Fish)







    Monday, Oct 31


    Theme: Jesus, Land & Kingdoms



    Depart Hotel




    Golan Heights

    Overlook Syria, prayer time

    Golan Volcanic Park - Quneitra


    Caesarea Philippi


    Mt. 16:13, Mark 8:23


    Meet Elias Chacour




    Lunch at Mar Elias




    Visit Church at Mar Elias




    Mount Carmel

    Story of Elijah

    I Kings 18






    Debrief, Discussion of Itinerary







    Tuesday, Nov 1


    Theme: Life as “Resident Aliens”



    Check out of the hotel




    Beit She’an


    Roman site


    Jacob’s Well


    John 4 – Samaritan Woman


    Lunch in Nablus




    Meet Artie Geldman


    Synagogue at Afrata


    Check-in at Hotel




    Dinner at Hotel











    Wednesday, Nov 2


    Theme: Honoring Our Histories



    Meet with Imam




    Walkthrough checkpoint




    Yad Vashem




    Drive to Bethlehem




    Lunch at Restaurant




    Walled Off Hotel Museum




    Dinner at Paradise Hotel




    Debrief with Brian and Elias







    Thursday, Nov 3


    Theme: The Desert Journey



    Depart Hotel




    Western Wall, Jerusalem




    Judean Wilderness: Wadi Qelt


    Matthew 3:1-12


    Baptism Site at Jordan River


    Matthew 3:13-17


    Lunch in Qumran




    Qumran historical site




    Dead Sea




    Dinner at Hotel




    Free Evening







    Friday, Nov 4


    Theme: Jerusalem, City of Peace?



    Depart Hotel




    Mount Zion

    Start at the base, near Upper Room

    Matthew 26:17-30


    Walkthrough Kidron Valley

    This is a 5-6-mile walk up & downhill





    Matthew 26:36-46


    Church of All Nations




    Church of St. Peter at Gallicantu


    Matthew 26:47-57


    Lunch at a restaurant in Jerusalem




    Church of Holy Sepulchre




    Walk via Dolorosa


    Matthew 27


    Antonio Fortress




    Dinner at Hotel











    Saturday, Nov 5


    Theme: It Ends with Jesus Too!



    Church of the Nativity


    Matthew 1


    Shepherd’s Field


    Matthew 2


    Lunch in Bethlehem




    Garden Tomb


    Matthew 28


    Debriefing and Closure Time




    Dinner at the Grotto Restaurant











    Sunday, Nov 6

    Depart for Tel Aviv Airport