Overview

I invite you to join me on a journey to the Holy Land, where we will visit ancient sites of the Old and New Testaments—gaining new insights and appreciation for this Holy Land and its people, past, present, and future.  The Bible will come to life in new ways as we walk where Jesus lived and taught.  Crossing the Jordan River into Jordan, we will visit Mount Nebo, where Moses looked into the Holy Land, and visit Petra, one of the world's eight wonders.  Our itinerary includes so much more.  The cost of this incredible journey is all-inclusive, airfare from Columbus, hotel (double occupancy), all entrance fees, ground transportation, and all meals. 

I look forward to our journey together.  

Pastor Jonathan Bull

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PRICING:

  • $3,890 per person based on double occupancy - space is limited
  • Land arrangements only:  $2,790 (if you wish to book your own flight)
  • Single room supplement: $890
  •  Jordan Excursion: Oct 29 - Nov 1: $790
  • Deposit: $300 per person with registration to secure space
  • An additional $1,000 payment is due on or before May 20, 2023
  • Balance due on or before August 20, 2023
  • Register by mail?  Please enclose a copy of your passport and a deposit of $300.00 per person, made payable to: Elias Tours. 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.

October 20 - 29, 2023 20 Oct Holy Land
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare from Columbus, OH. - 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

  • 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.
Itinerary

                                         

                                      DAILY ITINERARY
                  St. Paul Lutheran Church - Westerville
, OH

                                October 20 – 29, 2023

 

Day 1 Depart USA
Depart the USA. Board your international flight to Israel and enjoy dinner and entertainment aboard the airplane.

Day 2 Arrive in Tel Aviv
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, meet and assist through customs by our representative. Transfer to your hotel on the Mediterranean Sea shores. (If our flight will arrive early morning, we will visit Jaffa before getting to our hotel) Dinner & overnight. 

Day 3 Caesarea - Haifa – Nazareth - Tiberias - Meggido
Wake up to the beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. After breakfast, we will drive north to Caesarea (included), and visit the amazing Herodian port city. We will gather for fellowship at the ancient Roman Theatre. View the impressive archeological finds of the Roman Hippodrome, the Crusader fortifications, and the 2000 years old Aqueduct, built by King Herod. Continue along the Mediterranean, on the road known as the Biblical via Maris - Way of the Sea to Mt. Carmel and overlook the Valley of Meggido.Visit Tel Megiddo “Armageddon”,  Along with our visit we would see the Solomon city gate, stables, and palaces from the times of Ahab, a high place, and the impressive water system dating to the 9th century BC. We invite you to your first lunch in Israel. Continue to visit Nazareth - the town where the Angels’ Annunciation to Mary took place. We will also stop at the Cana of Galilee, the traditional site of the miracle at the wedding. Onto our Galilee hotel for dinner & overnight. 

Day 4 Galilee - Tiberias - Golan Heights - Sea of Galilee - Capernaum
Today we explore the surroundings of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus spent 3 years of his ministry. We will start with a visit to Magdala where the new excavation of an Ancient Church and an Old Synagogue, this is the town of Mary Magdalen. Visit Capernaum, the Town of Jesus Walk along with the ruins of the ancient Synagogue and St. Peter's home. On to Tabgha, the traditional site of the miracle of Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves. Drive up to the Mount of Beatitudes for a breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. This is a perfect place to read “The Sermon on the Mount. Drive north and visit the Biblical town of Dan where we can see an altar and the Canaanite gate and walls from Abraham's times. We return to our hotel through the Golan Heights and visit Caesarea Philippi located on the Banias Stream, one of the sources of the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight. 

Day 5 Galilee - Mt. Tabor
After breakfast, we will drive to Mt. Tabor and continue for a short visit to Gideon Springs, where Gideon and the 300 men prepared to fight the Midianites. Back to the Sea of Galilee for a special fellowship on a wooden boat, cruising on the Sea. Enjoy Lunch with the famous St. Peter Fish at a restaurant by the lake. We will end the day at the Baptismal site - Yardenit, at the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6 Jordan Valley Beit Shean - Dead Sea
After breakfast, we will drive to Beit Shean, the largest archeological excavation in Israel. Walk along the reconstructed Cardo, sit on the ancient basalt benches at the Roman theatre and see the remains of the luxurious Spa center Continue south along the Jordan River. View Jericho, the most ancient settlement in the world, and the Mount of Temptations. Continue along the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth, to Qumran, the town where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were written and were found in 1947. Short hike to King David Waterfall at the Ein Gedi Oasis, where King David fled and hide from King Saul in a cave. Continue south to our Spa-hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight. 

Day 7 Masada - Jerusalem
Morning is at leisure to enjoy the Spa facilities as well as floating on the Dead Sea, the lowest and saltiest lake in the world. In mid-morning, we will drive to Masada one of the World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO. Ascend by cable car. Visit the Palaces, the storage halls, and the bathhouse, built by King Harrod. See the synagogue built by the Zealots Jews, who rebelled against the Romans. We will walk down on the Roman Ramp, built 2000 years ago. On to a special experience riding Camels and enjoy a Bedouin hospitality called Hafla. We will drive to the Negev. On the way view Tel Arad, one of the ancient cities conquered by Joshua. Continue to the Ella Valley, the site where the Philistine Goliath was defeated by David, the young shepherd. Learn about the unique ancient weapon - the deadly slingshot. On to Jerusalem passing the Biblical town of Beit Shemesh with a special visit! As we enter the city of Jerusalem, we will stop for a vista point overlooking the Old City and make the traditional blessing of arriving at the Holy City. Check in to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 The Old City of Jerusalem - Mount of Olives - Hezekiah Tunnel
Today we will explore the Holy City. Visit Mount of Olives, from here there is a breathtaking view of the Old City. Visit the ancient olive trees at the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was praying, and the Basilica of Agony. Visit the new excavations of the City of David, the Hezekiah Tunnel, and the Pool of Siloam. Enter the Old City on the underground ancient street, running beneath the Old City Wall. Visit Davidson Center, the Wailing Wall, St Ann Church, and the Pool of Bethesda. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. Visit the Jewish Quarter and see the Burnt House – a high priest house from the second Temple era, the Cardo, and the Herodian Quarter excavations. On to Zion Gate and Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room and David Tomb. Visit the prison where Jesus was held, at the foundations and basement of the church of St. Peter Galicantu built on the site of the House of the High Priest Caiaphas. Drive back to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. In the evening, after dinner at the hotel, enjoy the fascinating Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David. 

Day 9 Jerusalem - Bethlehem 
After breakfast drive to Bethlehem, if it is open and it usually is. Otherwise, will visit the Shephard Field. Visit the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited. See the Model of Jerusalem as it was 2000 years ago, in Jesus's time. Continue to Yad Vashem – The Holocaust Memorial. After a complimentary lunch. We will conclude our Pilgrimage by visiting the Garden Tomb, where we will have a memorable service at the empty tomb. In the evening celebrate with a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant with the ELCJHL Bishop Ibrahim Azar.


Day 10 Fly back or optional Jordan extension
Early morning transfer to the airport for our flight back to the USA. Arrive back home.

OPTIONAL POST-TOUR EXCURSION TO JORDAN

Day 10, Oct 29 (SUN): Worship in Jerusalem – Old City, Jordan, Mt. Nebo, Petra                                                  After worship, we will drive to the border of Jordan, Once in Jordan, we will visit Mt. Nebo, where the prophet Mousa (Moses) gazed over the Promised Land before he died with overlook views of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. We continue towards Petra, stopping to experience a traditional Bedouin dinner, and overnight in Petra.

Day 11, Oct 30 (MON): Full day Petra – Amman
After breakfast, we will visit the site of Petra. It is a 2000 year old Nabatean city that was highlighted in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. We will walk through the narrow passageway up to the Treasury, which is a massive Royal Tomb carved out of the solid rock. If time permits, we will visit the Traditional Tomb of Aaron (Moses’ brother). In the afternoon, we continue on to Amman to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 12, Oct 31 (TUE): Amman – Jarash
After breakfast, we will explore Jarash, which is north of the capital city of Amman. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it is known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa, which is one of the cities of Decapolis. These ruins include the 2nd century Hadrian’s Arch, the Corinthian Columns of the Temple of Artemis, and the huge Forum’s Oval Colonnade. We return to Amman to meet with local ELCJHL leaders, and then back to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Amman. 

Day 13, NOV 1 (WED): Arrive USA
After breakfast, we will 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.