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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. 

Destinations Include:

  • Western “Wailing” Wall
  • Sea of Galilee
  • Caesarea
  • Garden of Gethsemane
  • Capernaum
  • 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

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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

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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 
  • Meals
  • All Entrance fees, site fees and admin fees 
  • Whisper listening devices (where available)
  • Personalized Brochure

Itinerary

December 27th & December 28th
USA to the Holy Land
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight. You will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel to enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.
December 27th & December 28th
December 29th
The Galilee
Worship as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (Matt.4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt. 5-7). Explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves at Tabgha, traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10). See the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed his devotion three times to the risen Christ (John 21). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue. Recall Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan River.
December 29th
December 30th
Cana, Nazareth, Megiddo & Caesarea
Visit the Franciscan Wedding Chapel in Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle, before continuing on to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Look out over Tel Megiddo (Armageddon) to view one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel. Today’s last stop is Caesarea, a center of the early Christians where an angel visited Cornelius, the first Gentile believer (Acts 10), and where Paul was imprisoned for two years before appealing to Caesar.
December 30th
December 31st
Jericho, Qumran, & Mount of Olives
As you stop in Jericho to view the ruins of the city conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6: 1, 2, 20), in the distance you can also see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matt. 4:1- 11).Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. End your day with a group picture taken from the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1: 9-12).
December 31st
January 1st
Jerusalem & Bethlehem
In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace and see the Church of the Nativity constructed over the site (Matt. 1: 18-25). Gaze out over Shepherds Field before you return to Jerusalem. Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and envision the scenes of the night before Jesus’ crucifixion (Matt. 26: 36 – 44). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal (Matt. 26: 57). Meditate on the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room (Mark 14: 12).
January 1st
January 2nd
Jerusalem & the Old City
Walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City. Explore ancient Jerusalem at the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. view the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle (John 5: 1-31). Sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne and experience its rich acoustics. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1), and follow in Christ’s steps on the Via Dolorosa (“the Way of the Cross”). At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, take time to reflect on His sacrificial love.
January 2nd
January 3rd
Masada & Dead Sea
Today you will visit Masada and the Dead Sea. Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod’s legendary mountaintop fortress which became the last desperate stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. You can still look down on the remains of the Roman camps and the siege ramp below. End your day with a dip in the salt and mineral laden waters of the Dead Sea.
January 3rd
January 4th
Jerusalem
Travel to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist and where Mary visited Elisabeth (Luke 1: 26-40). Explore the poignant exhibits of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial. Visit the Garden Tomb for a time of reflection and communion.
January 4th
January 5th
Return Home to the USA
January 5th

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

 

Training Dates:

  • 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.

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  • The ice cream and cone are the Temple Mount and the City of David.
  • The two buns represent the Western Hill and the Mount of Olives.
  • The three major valleys of Jerusalem lie in between the cone and the 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.

PACKING LIST

Modest Clothing

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.

Day Pack

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.

Avoid Slogans

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.

Swimwear

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.

Walking Shoes

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.

Sun Protection

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.

Reachargers

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.

Bible

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.

  • Get a smaller Bible you can easily carry. In years past, I bought a smaller Bible that allows me to conveniently read on site.
  • For future trips, I plan to use my iPad mini. Not only does it have my whole Bible on it as well as my teaching notes, it also allows me to journal in the mornings, take pictures, and Skype with family back home. If you do take a digital tablet, you might consider applying a matte film to the screen. It’s great not only for protection, but it cuts down on the glare from the bright sunlight.

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:

Pray

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. 

Here’s how:

  • Look over the sites for each day, and make a list of them. Get a good devotional book with a site index and read a devotional about each site. Jot notes and Scriptures down on the list you’re making.
  • Make this list and its devotions your quiet times before your trip—and each day on the trip. Live in expectation of the truths you will re-experience each day.

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.


https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/israel 

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.

https://passportstatus.state.gov/

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