" The Trip is Full "
You are invited to join Pastor Tim Nybroten and Pastor Erin Morris on the trip of a lifetime that will transform how you understand the geography of our scriptures, deepen your relationship with Jesus, connect you to other Christians from around the world and awaken your heart to the Holy Spirit!
In April of 2023, we will travel together on a 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Our journey will begin with the Galilee region to the places where much of Jesus’ ministry took place and will continue to Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. We will end our journey in Jerusalem where Jesus was arrested, crucified, and resurrected. Along the way, we will see many Old Testament sites as well. There will be an optional extended trip to travel to Jordan and witness one of the seven wonders of the world in Petra.
Come and grow closer to your faith, your Pastors, and your church community – local and global.
Trip departs on April 13, 2023 and returns on April 22, 2023 (Jordan Excursion April 22-26)
Departure Airport: Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
$3,990.00 per person based on double occupancy - book now as space is limited!
Single room supplement - $890.00
Land only (if booking your own flights) - $2,840.00 (airfare credit $1,150.00)
Optional post-trip extension to Jordan (April 23-26, 2023) - $790.00
$300.00 deposit per person with registration to secure space
$1,000.00 of the total amount is due on or before October 20, 2022
Balance due on or before January 30, 2023
Registering online? Click the "BOOK NOW" button and fill out the online form; you can pay by check or with a credit card (a 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
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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
- All Personal Expenses
- Passport fees
- Transportation to and from US airports
- Gratuities for guide and driver
- 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.
Day 1: Departure from the USA
Depart from Phoenix, AZ for your overnight flight to the Holy Land. Meals will be served on board.
Day 2: Arrival – Tiberias
We arrive at Ben Gurion airport and go northward to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Caesarea – Mt. Carmel – Nazareth – Tiberias
After breakfast, we travel 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, site of the contest between Prophet Elijah and the false prophets of Baal, and then travel to Nazareth where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. We return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Caesarea Philippi – Golan Heights – Mt. Arbel – Valley of Doves – Sea of Galilee
We start our day with a visit to Caesarea Philippi, at the source of the river Jordan, where Peter confessed that Jesus is the Messiah. Then we return to the Sea of Galilee via the Golan Heights with a stop overlooking the Road to Damascus. On to Mount Arbel, where we overlook the ancient road from Nazareth to Galilee with a possible hike on part of the Jesus Trail. We then carry on to the Valley of the Doves and travel along the ancient road that leads from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee along the Via Maris. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 5: 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 6: Jordan Valley – Shepherd's Field – Bethlehem (ELCJHL)
After breakfast, we drive south through the Jordan Valley to Bethlehem. We visit Shepherd's Field, where the angels appeared to the shepherds announcing the birth of Our Lord. These fields are also the setting of the Book of Ruth. After lunch, we travel to the Church of the Nativity and view the place where Our Lord was born. We check in at our hotel, and enjoy dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 7: Temple Mount – Mt. of Olives – Mt. Zion
We start our day with a visit to Temple Mount to see the Dome of the Rock, a possible location of the Holy of Holies. Later, after a panoramic view from the top of Mount of Olives, we visit the Church of the Ascension, the Church of the Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, St. Mary Magdalene Church, and the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. In the afternoon, we visit several sites on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. Back to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Wadi Qelt – St. George Monastery – Baptismal Site – Jericho – Qumran – the Dead Sea
This morning we depart Bethlehem, traveling through the Judean wilderness where Jesus fasted for 40 days, and along the ancient road passing the good Samaritan inn. Upon reaching Wadi Qelt, we enjoy a view of St. George’s Monastery nestled in the wilderness. We carry on along the ancient road toward Jericho, passing by Herod’s Winter Palace, where the infamous King died in the year 4 BC, and which was likely the background setting for the parable of the prodigal son. On the way to Jericho, we head to Bet Arabah where John baptized Jesus. The site is also known as the “Place of Crossing” of the Israelites. From Bet Arabah, we drive to the city of Jericho. We see Tel Jericho, the old town of Joshua, to see the excavations of the ancient city and the Mount of Temptation. We then drive to Qumran and visit the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were accidentally found, and the buildings that formed the public center of the Essenes. Then we proceed to the Dead Sea where we can enjoy a dip in the relaxing and healing waters. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 9: Augusta Victoria Hospital – LWF – Via Dolorosa – Garden Tomb
After breakfast, we visit Augusta Victoria Hospital to witness the work of the Lutheran World Federation. Later, we walk the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked from the Antonia Fortress to Golgotha, now housed in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We then visit St Anne’s church and the nearby Pools of Bethesda. We end the day at the Garden Tomb with a Communion service. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 10: Departure from Tel Aviv to the US
Check-out and departure from our hotel for the return home. We arrive on the same day.
OPTIONAL POST-TOUR EXCURSION TO JORDAN
Day 10: Jordan – Mt. Nebo – Petra
After breakfast, we 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 visit an old monastery and enjoy a view of 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: Full day Petra – Amman
After breakfast, we visit the Site of Petra, the 2,000-year-old Nabatean city featured in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. We walk through the narrow passageway up to the treasury, a massive royal tomb carved out of solid rock. In the afternoon we transfer to Amman for dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Amman – Jerash
After breakfast at the hotel, we visit Jerash, 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 return to Amman for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Arrive USA
We enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then check out and transfer to the airport for our flight back to the USA.
NOTE: The schedule is subject to change due to various factors and at your Tour Leaders’ and Guide’s discretion.