Pastors Troy and Steph invite you to join them as they travel to the Holy Land on the trip of a lifetime!
DECEMBER 27, 2022 - JANUARY 5, 2023
Imagine yourself in the sights, culture, and breathtaking landscapes of the land of the Bible. This life-transforming journey will help you explore the roots of your faith, walk in the footsteps of Jesus, and stand in the very places where events from Scripture have actually occurred.
- Western “Wailing” Wall
- Sea of Galilee
- Garden of Gethsemane
- Mount of Olives
- And much more!
We invite you to join us as we experience everything from the Sea of Galilee to the Mount of Olives.
The opportunity to experience the Bible come alive is open till…
Saturday, May 29, 2022
Trip Investment & Details
December 27th, 2022 – January 5, 2023
Double Occupancy: $4,206.00 per person
Single Occupancy: $4,904.00 per person
Deposit: $300.00 per person
Deposit Due By: Saturday, April 30, 2022
Final Payment Due: Monday, August 15th, 2022
Lodging: Jerusalem I Olive Tree or Similar 5 Star Hotel
Departs: Fort Lauderdale International Airport
Trip Investment Includes:
- 1:10 All Inclusive TCs
- International Airfare
- First Class Hotels
- Airport Transfers with air booked through ETS
- Deluxe Motor coach transportation with air conditioning and WiFi
- Local ETS Guide & Driver
- All Entrance fees, site fees and admin fees
- Whisper listening devices (where available)
- Personalized Brochure
USA to the Holy Land
Cana, Nazareth, Megiddo & Caesarea
Jericho, Qumran, & Mount of Olives
Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Jerusalem & the Old City
Masada & Dead Sea
Return Home to the USA
Mandatory Training Dates
Each person joining us on this Mission Trip must attend one of these mandatory training dates. Failure to attend a training will result in cancellation of the individual’s trip.
Venue: Cooper City Campus, Room 126
Thursday – August 11th, 2022 @ 7pm
Thursday – September 15th, 2022 @ 7pm
Thursday – October 13th, 2022 @ 7pm
Tuesday – November 17th, 2022 @ 7pm
How to Prepare for the Trip
Here are some ways that will help you maximize your trip—by preparing mentally, practically, physically, and spiritually.
MENTAL PREPARATION FOR A HOLY LAND TOUR: LEARN SOME BASIC GEOGRAPHY
This may seem academic and even unnecessary, but believe me; it will make a huge difference.
If you are determined to know where you are, you will better appreciate (and remember) the sites and their biblical significance.
Not only that, but your Bible reading will make more sense for the rest of your life.
Basic Israel Geography. If you don’t have one already, buy a good Bible atlas. Before your trip, use your atlas and learn the names of Israel’s geographic areas as well as their locations:
- Galilee (including the Golan Heights)
- Samaria (Including the Jezreel Valley)
- Judea (including the Shephelah)
- Negev and Wilderness
Basic Jerusalem Geography
You can learn the basic geography of Jerusalem in about 5 minutes. Dr. Charlie Dyer taught me to visualize Jerusalem as an ice cream cone inside two hamburger buns.
(Visualize Jerusalem as an ice cream cone inside two hamburger buns.)
Get a road map of Israel and follow along your journey. Highlighting the roads you take. If your bus has Wi-Fi, and you have a Smartphone, you can use the Google Maps app to find your location. Just make sure you’re only accessing the Web via Wi-Fi and not over an expensive overseas network.
Almost all travelers to Israel will visit some religious sites – whether it is a synagogue, church or mosque. For this reason you will need to pack modest clothing. Women should pack a shawl, wrap or scarf that they can put over their heads and shoulders. Men should have pants that go below their knees and a T-shirt or shirt that covers their shoulders rather than a tank top or vest. Women should pack a skirt or dress that goes below their knees and a top or dress that covers their shoulders and does not have a plunging neckline.
Clothing in General
The general dress-code in Israel is casual and comfortable. Men should stick to T-shirts, jeans, knee-length shorts and a button-up shirt or polo shirt and khakis or smart jeans for going out. Women can also stick to casual pants, T-shirts and pack a light-weight dress and nice blouse for going out. Leggings are a comfortable option for female travelers. Clothes to leave behind include heavy coats, suites and evening dresses.
Include a small backpack that you can take with you on day trips. It should be large enough for snacks, a light jacket, camera, phone and souvenirs but small enough to be comfortable to carry all day.
Don’t pack clothing or other items that announce your political or religious views. Israel is a multicultural country with many sensitive political, social and religious issues. If your T-shirt shouts out racial or radical views you might find yourself getting into some awkward conversations.
Pack a swimsuit even if you are traveling to Israel in the winter. No matter the season you will probably find yourself taking a dip in the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee or your hotel pool.
Many of the tours in Israel involve walking. There are stone streets and cobbled lanes in the old cities of Israel and you will need sturdy walking shoes to tour the sites comfortably. It is best to pack two pairs of comfortable walking shoes (sport shoes, hiking shoes etc.) as they may get wet or very dirty after a day of touring.
Sandals or Flip-Flops
Whether it is for sightseeing, wearing in the shower or at the beach when the sand is hot you will need a pair of flip-flops or sandals. At the Dead Sea the beach and seabed are rough pebbles and it is best to keep your sandals or flip-flops on.
Throughout the year it is essential to have sun screen, sun glasses and a sun hat in Israel. The sun is strong in the Middle East, especially in the summer but also at other times of the year.
If you are coming from the USA or South America you will need an adapter for Israel’s plugs. European and most Asian plugs work in Israeli sockets except some of the older ones. Check online to see if your country uses the same electrical system and plug system as Israel. Israel uses 220V at 50Hz. The standard plug in Israel is Type H which can accommodate Type C as well.
Take a Small Bible or a Digital Tablet. You probably don’t want to take your three-pound study Bible to Israel. For one thing, it’s too heavy for the suitcase and for your daily journey. But you also don’t want it to suffer any damage from travel.
PHYSICAL PREPARATION FOR A HOLY LAND TOUR
Get in Shape
Every tour has stragglers. Some lag behind because they’re physically unable to climb stairs, walk briskly, or navigate uneven terrain. You’ll enjoy the trip much better if you get used to walking a lot before you go.
Prepare for Jet Lag
It will take your body a couple of days to adjust to the new time zone. You can really help yourself if you follow the advice in Overcoming Jet Lag, by Charles F. Ehret and Lynne Waller Scanlon. You can probably also find some good advice on the Internet. Staying hydrated on the flight over will help as well.
SPIRITUAL PREPARATION FOR A HOLY LAND TOUR
A tour to Israel is far more than a vacation. It’s a spiritual journey. Here are a couple of ways to prepare for your trip spiritually:
Ask God to make you sensitive to what He will teach you and to help you retain it. Pray for your guide, driver, and Bible teacher. Pray for your group to be free of injury, to have no lost luggage, and to have a spirit of unity. Also for good weather.
Use Your Itinerary as Your Quiet Time
Before your trip, devote some weeks to connecting the sites you’ll visit with their biblical significance.
FAQs & Other Information
CDC Requirements for traveling to Israel – Visit this site to ensure that you are up to date on all of your vaccines.
Travel Protection Plan is automatically added for all passengers unless declined on the registration form. Travel Protection premium payments may be made at any time (unless declined) beginning with initial deposit up to 105 days prior. Travel Protection can be declined up to 135 days prior to departure; however, it cannot be added after the 135-day final payment deadline. Travel Protection is not effective until the premium is paid to ETS. Travel Protection will only cover the amount paid to ETS. If an additional markup is included by the agent, the agent is responsible to cover the additional amount.
The following cancellation penalties will apply:
$100 Cancellation Penalty from Day of Registration to 135 days prior to departure
104 – 90 days prior – $400
89 – 75 days prior = $600
74 – 60 days prior – 40% of total cost
59 days prior- 100% of total cost
Any airline penalties will be charged in addition to the penalties above.
Final Payment is due 135 days prior to departure. Unpaid accounts will be canceled and cancellation fees will be applied. Travel Agent (Arlene Hagley) must submit a rooming list. Passengers without a roommate will be assessed for the single room supplement.
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the return date. Passports must be submitted by the final payment date.
People registering for the tour accept the responsibility for being in good health and able to walk and travel on the tour. Because many of the sites are not accessible to the physically challenged, those needing wheelchairs, oxygen, or other ambulatory assistance will find the tour extremely limiting in their experiences. If you have questions, please contact EO for more details.
ETS does not allow children younger than 13 on tour. For children aged 10 – 13 must be traveling with a private group and receive approval from the group leader. Anyone under the age of 18 must be traveling with their parent or legal guardian.
Part I: Group Space
- Group Block: ETS blocks group space for most departures as soon as it becomes available (typically 11 months prior to departure). As the final payment date approaches, ETS looks at the groups that have developed and matches them to the space being held.
- Pricing: Although pricing is “Based on New York Prices”, ETS will look for the best routing for the group from the city(s) the group is coming from.
- Deviations: Passengers who choose to depart from a different city than the group, deviate from the group or travel on a pre or post tour will be on a different flight(s) from the group. For full information on deviations see Part II: Upgrades and Deviations Below.
- Late Changes: At final payment, ETS begins cutting back group space (releasing unsold space). Any changes after the final payment date (name changes, flight changes, late additions, cancellations etc.) will incur fees.
- Passports: Passport copies should be submitted online via Agents Corner prior to final payment. This helps prevent passengers from being ticketed with the wrong passport name. Name change fees will be a minimum of $200 and as high as full ticket replacement.
- Seat selection: Special seating requests can be requested but is not guaranteed and often not accommodated for group allotment. Many group contracts do not give seat assignments until 24 hours prior to departure and are at the discretion of the airline. Airlines reserve the right to switch seats up until boarding. ETS is not responsible for seat assignments and changes.
Part II: Upgrades & Deviations
- Pricing: The cost of upgrading international flights start at:
- Economy Plus / Premium Economy: $2000+ o Business Class: $4000+ Costs can be much higher depending on the airline and/or routing
- Procedures: Any passenger choosing to upgrade or deviate from the group:
- Will not fly with the group
- Will have requests answered on a first come – first served basis (the earlier you get requests in, the better)
- Must submit a passport copy before the request can be quoted
- Once quoted, seats can only be held for a certain period of time (typically by 1 p.m. the following day). Once quoted, guests must pay immediately upon accepting the terms of the upgrade or deviation. If the payment is not made within the specified time period it will have to be re-quoted.
- Most deviations require separate transfers to and from the group hotel. ETS can arrange these transfers ahead of time for an additional cost.
- Travel Protection costs may increase as a result of upgrades or deviations. Increases must be paid with upgrade/deviation payment.
- Submitting Requests: All requests must be submitted with passport via the Request Air Upgrade link: www.etstours.com/airupgrade-request
- Ground Only Passengers: Ground only passengers will be responsible for their own transfers. Transfers for ground only passengers booked through ETS typically run around $500. Ground only passengers should fill out the Ground only letter: http://www.etstours.com/ground-only-letter