Overview

"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.

 

PRICING:

  • $3,475 per person based on double occupancy. 
  • Single room supplement - $650
  • Land only - $2,195
  • PAYMENT PLAN: $500 per person with registration to secure space.
  • 50% of the total amount is due on or before May 1, 2021
  • Balance due on or before August 1, 2021

FLIGHT SCHEDULE:

TK   8      FR    22OCT  IAD-IST    2315 1605*

 TK 788   SA    23OCT  IST-TLV   1805 2010 

TK 865    SU    31OCT  TLV-IST    0840 1205 

 TK   7     SU    31OCT  IST-IAD    1530 1945 

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

October 22 - 31, 2021 Available on request Holy Land
Inclusions/Exclusions
Inclusions/Exclusions

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
  • Alcoholic drinks 
  • Personal expenses
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is 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

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.

Itinerary
  • Friday, October 22

     

    Theme / Location

    Notes & References

     

    Depart US

     

    Departure from Washington

     

     

     

     

    Saturday, Oct 23

     

     

     

    Afternoon

    Arrive Tel Aviv

    Shuttles depart at 12:00 and 5:00pm

     

    Evening

    Arrive Hotel

    Tiberias

     

    Evening

    Dinner and Rest

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sunday, Oct 24

     

    Theme: Becoming Like Rabbi Jesus

     

    8:00AM

    Meeting room in Hotel

    Introductions and Overview

     

    8:00AM

    Depart Hotel

     

     

    8:30AM

    Bethsaida

    “Follow me”

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

    9:30AM

    Korazim

     

     

    11:00AM

    Capernaum

    The Center of Rabbinic Life

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

    12:30PM

    Lunch

    Capernaum National Park

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

    2:00PM

    Mount of the Beatitudes

    Sermon on the Mount

    Read Matthew 5 – 7

    3:30PM

    Boat ride on Sea of Galilee

     

     

    7:00PM

    Dinner at Restaurant (Fish)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Monday, Oct 25

     

    Theme: Jesus, Land & Kingdoms

     

    7:30AM

    Depart Hotel

     

     

    8:45AM

    Golan Heights

    Overlook Syria, prayer time

    Golan Volcanic Park - Quneitra

    9:30AM (1 hour)

    Caesarea Philippi

     

    Mt. 16:13, Mark 8:23

    12:00PM

    Meet Elias Chacour

     

     

    1:00PM

    Lunch at Mar Elias

     

     

    2:00PM

    Visit Church at Mar Elias

     

     

    3:30PM

    Mount Carmel

    Story of Elijah

    I Kings 18

    7:00PM

    Dinner

     

     

    8:00PM

    Debrief, Discussion of Itinerary

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tuesday, Oct 26

     

    Theme: Life as “Resident Aliens”

     

    8:00AM

    Check out of hotel

     

     

    9:00AM

    Beit She’an

     

    Roman site

    11:00AM

    Jacob’s Well

     

    John 4 – Samaritan Woman

    1:00PM

    Lunch in Nablus

     

     

    3:00PM

    Meet Artie Geldman

     

    Synagogue at Afrata

    5:00PM

    Check in at Hotel

     

     

    7:00PM

    Dinner at Hotel

     

     

    8:00PM

    Debriefing

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Wednesday, Oct 27

     

    Theme: Honoring Our Histories

     

    9:00AM

    Meet with Imam

     

     

    10:15AM

    Walk through checkpoint

     

     

    11:30AM

    Yad Vashem

     

     

    1:30PM

    Drive to Bethlehem

     

     

    2:30PM

    Lunch at Restaurant

    Bethlehem

     

    4:30PM

    Walled Off Hotel Museum

    Bethlehem

     

    7:00PM

    Dinner at Paradise Hotel

     

     

    8:00PM

    Debrief with Brian and Elias

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thursday, Oct 28

     

    Theme: The Desert Journey

     

    8:00AM

    Depart Hotel

     

     

    8:30AM

    Western Wall, Jerusalem

     

     

    9:30AM

    Judean Wilderness: Wadi Qelt

     

    Matthew 3:1-12

     

    Baptism Site at Jordan River

     

    Matthew 3:13-17

    12:00PM

    Lunch in Qumran

     

     

    1:00PM

    Qumran historical site

     

     

    Afternoon

    Dead Sea

     

     

    7:00PM

    Dinner at Hotel

     

     

    Evening

    Free Evening

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Friday, Oct 29

     

    Theme: Jerusalem, City of Peace?

     

    8:30AM

    Depart Hotel

     

     

     

    Mount Zion

    Start at base, near Upper Room

    Matthew 26:17-30

     

    Walk through Kidron Valley

    This is 5-6-mile walk up & down hill

     

     

    Gethsemene

     

    Matthew 26:36-46

     

    Church of All Nations

     

     

     

    Church of St. Peter at Gallicantu

     

    Matthew 26:47-57

     

    Lunch at restaurant in Jerusalem

     

     

     

    Church of Holy Sepulchre

     

     

     

    Walk via Dolarosa

     

    Matthew 27

     

    Antonio Fortress

     

     

    7:00PM

    Dinner at Hotel

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Saturday, Oct 30

     

    Theme: It Ends with Jesus Too!

     

    9:00AM

    Church of the Nativity

    Bethlehem

    Matthew 1

    10:30AM

    Shepherd’s Field

    Bethlehem

    Matthew 2

     

    Lunch in Bethlehem

     

     

    1:00PM

    Garden Tomb

    Jerusalem

    Matthew 28

    4:00PM

    Debriefing and Closure Time

     

     

    5:00PM

    Dinner at the Grotto Restaurant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sunday, Oct 31

    Depart for Tel Aviv Airport

     

     

Pickup point
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