Destination: IsraelMISSIONS & TRAVEL, Short-Term Missions Friday, August 1st, 2014
By Noam Matas
The most frequently asked questions travelers have — and their answers.
A journey to the Holy Land is an experience of a lifetime. To walk where Jesus walked and to hear, see and smell this beautiful land of our Lord is something that changes lives forever.
We deliver our famous Holy Land Israel tours in intimate groups that enable our travelers to explore the depths of the areas they travel to while enjoying superior accommodations at outstanding values. Each tour is specially tailored by our company and operates completely in-house — not purchased from another company — ensuring outstanding quality at every turn.
Our tour guides are professional, government-certified, and ready to help travelers every step of the way.
All-inclusive tour packages include: air transport, accommodations, ground transportation, meals, sightseeing, Government-licensed, bible oriented, professional tour guides, coordination of events and special activities. We take care of all the details so that you can fully focus your attention on shepherding your group.
What type of Christian tours to Israel are offered?
We offer tours for private church groups, as well as escorted Christian tours which are open to the public.
Why should a pastor lead his or her church group to Israel?
A trip to the Holy Land is one of the greatest supplements to the study of God’s Word. It will change the way you and your congregants read the Bible for the rest of your lives. As all our tour leaders will tell you, in Israel, the bible comes alive as you lead your group through their spiritual heritage.
What’s your most popular Israel Christian Tour open to the public?
Our most popular, award-winning Israel Christian Journey is the “Roots of Your Faith” Tour. For the last seven years, it has been one of the most popular holy land tours in Israel, with more than 1,200 travelers taking this tour with us every year.
Bringing biblical stories to life, this tour guides travelers through the Holy Land using the bible as a road map to spiritual discovery. We incorporate modern Israel with some of the most moving and prominent historical and biblical sites, offering a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
From Caesarea, to Nazareth, to the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem, we’ll lead you on an enlightening, tantalizing and biblical journey through Israel, breathing life into some of the most meaningful locations and stories in the Christian faith.
What’s your most popular biblical journey?
Our unique and famous 15-day, fully escorted tour to Egypt, Jordan and Israel.
This tour is a once-in-a-lifetime journey along the route of the biblical Exodus, exploring the most popular biblical and historical sites in the world. Travelers will experience the wonders of ancient Egypt — the Sphinx, Giza Pyramids, Old Cairo, the Nile, the Sinai desert, Mt. Sinai and the St. Katrina monastery. Then, in Jordan, we visit Aqaba, Petra, Mt. Nebo Amman and Madaba, continuing on to continue to Israel to visit all the spiritual landmarks of the Christian faith in Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, Nazareth, Bethlehem
and much more.
Can travelers combine Egypt and / or Jordan tours as extensions to the Israel Christian tour?
Of course; it’s safe, easy and ecumenical to do so.
Egypt and Jordan are very popular destinations for travelers who are participating in our Israel Holy Land tours. Because of the geographical proximity of these three countries, combined our Israel tours with extension tours to Jordan and / or Egypt is highly advantageous.
A flight to Israel is a long journey. Since the average travel time from the U.S. to Israel takes 10 to 15 hours, it’s desirable for travelers to request our combination tours to visit Egypt and / or Jordan after our Israel tours.
Our “Into the Promised Land” tour offers just that — it’s a 15-day journey to Egypt, Jordan and Israel.
One more tour that lets travelers add another destination after our Israel tour is our “Both sides of the River Jordan,” a 12-day journey to Israel and Jordan.
Noam Matas is general manager at America Israel Travel in Calabasas, CA.