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TIPS

When you are traveling to a foreign land, the quality of your experience can significantly depend on how prepared you are, and you definitely don’t want any problems in your Christian travel that you can avoid. 

Use our comprehensive practical traveling tips to the Holy land to avoid mistakes and enjoy your experience fully.

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TOURS TIPS

If you are getting ready for your first tour to the Holy Land, it will be a foreign land with a different climate and needs. Use our Christian travel tips to fully prepare yourself for the journey and benefits from the knowledge and experience we share with you.

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Plan Early

Make sure you start planning your trip at least several months in advance,and starting a year in hand is best.

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Set up dates

Plan your tour away from major Jewish or Christian holidays, so you can enjoy your Christian tour with convenience and peace.

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Don’t forget your Bible

You really want to bring your Bible on the tour. These journeys bring every Bible reading you had come to life. So make sure you have your Bible with you

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USE STURDY FOOTWEAR

Remember you will be walking a lot during your journey through the Holy Land, oftentimes on rocky terrain. So make sure you pack comfortable walking shoes.

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STAY HYDRATED

We will do our part in providing you as much drinking water as you need to stay healthy and hydrated on the tour, but you will need to remember to drink it.

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ALLOW FOR SOME QUIET TIME

Don’t try to fill up any tour day with too many sites. Leave some time in your daily plan for absorbing the holiness of these sites and reflection

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REVIEW NEXT DAY’S ITINERARY

During the tour, review the next day’s plan with your group and your guide so you are all on the same page and get the most out of every day.

WEATHER

There is no bad season to visit the Holy Land, the weather is good almost all year round! 

During Spring (March, April and May) temperatures are on average in the low 20’s and in Autumn (September, October and November) temperatures are in the high 20’s in the center of the country. Temperatures are generally higher in the South of the country and the Galilee area. The Winter months are still mild although there are often storms in the coastal areas in December and January, and sometimes even snow in Jerusalem and the Galilee!

The Holy Land is Hot in the Summer with average temperatures in the center of the country over 30C and closer to 40C in the South and Galilee.

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You can contact us also by:

Overseas Travel Beureu (O.T.B)

Your partner in the Holy land

Phone: +972 (0) 2 6287090 |  [email protected]
44 Raghed Nashashibi St.-P.O.Box 51013  Jerusalem, Israel 

MASADA

Aerial photo of the Masada fortification in the southern district of Israel

One of the most thrilling and frequently-toured places in the Holy Land, Masada is situated on the top of a mountain with steep sides and a flat top like a parapet overlooking the desert panorama to the west and the Dead Sea to the east. The thrilling story of the site reveals the courage of the defenders of Masada and their battle against the conquering Romans. The most impressive structure on Masada is King Herod’s northern palace. Masada is located at a high altitude and can be ascended on foot by the winding “snake path” or by a cable car that runs from the tourist center at the feet of Masada to the top. The tourist center also features a movie about the story of Masada, a model of the site, and an exhibit of the archeological findings.

JERUSALEM

Jerusalem is a city of overwhelming emotions, a city that promises a religious and spiritual experience, excitement and pleasure, interesting tours, and entertaining adventures. At Jerusalem’s heart is the Old City, which is surrounded by a wall and divided into four quarters – Jewish, Armenian, Christian, and Muslim. Inside the walls are the important holy sites of the three major religions: the Western Wall, which is holy to the Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is holy to the Christians, and the Dome of the Rock which is holy to the Muslims.

BETHLEHEM

Bethlehem is a Palestinian city approximately 8 kilometers south of Jerusalem. The city is a hub of Palestinian culture and tourism in the country. Bethlehem is known around the world as the birthplace of Jesus Christ. It is inhabited by one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. The city has been a major destination for Christian pilgrimage and travel since the construction of the Church of the Nativity in 4th century AD. However, spending time in Bethlehem does not only mean a visit to the Church of the Nativity. The city has a great number of interesting attractions and landmarks; you can admire the beauty of many significant monasteries and their natural surroundings. You can spend some of your time shopping in the finest gift shops for items made of gold, silver, olive wood, or mother of pearl as well as handmade soap, traditional embroidery, and so much more!

HAIFA

Aerial view of Haifa city from the famous gardens of the Baha’i World Centre down to the Haifa coast of the Mediterranean Sea

Haifa is a multi-faceted city with several unique characteristics that make it an attractive place to visit. Its proximity to the sea and its active port contribute to its importance. With residents from the three largest monotheistic religions, as well as from various minority faiths, Haifa is also a symbol of exceptional co-existence and tolerance. Haifa’s reputation for tolerance extends to the Baha’i faith whose World Center is located in the city. The Baha’i World Center, an expansive and well-designed complex on the slope of the Carmel, is famous for its magnificent gardens. It includes the exquisitely landscaped “Hanging Gardens,” which run about a kilometer along the Louis Promenade all the way to Ha-Gefen Street. At the center is the impressive, gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, the burial place of the Bab, the founder of the faith.

TEL AVIV

Photo of the setting sun across Tel Aviv beach with the silhouette of St. Peter’s Church of Jaffa to the right

Often called “the city that never sleeps,” Tel Aviv was the first modern Jewish city built in the Holy Land and is the country’s economic and cultural center. It is a lively, active city that abounds with entertainment, culture and art, festivals, and rich nightlife. Situated on a 14-kilometer-long strip on the Mediterranean seacoast, Tel Aviv stretches beyond the Yarkon River to the north and the Ayalon River to the east. Hundreds of thousands of workers, visitors, tourists, and partygoers move about the city each day to the early hours of the morning, looking for the city’s nightclubs, restaurants, and centers of entertainment.

NAZARETH

View of the courtyard in the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth, Israel

Nazareth is a northern city in Israel. It is best known as the place where Jesus may have grown up, studied and lived most of his life, Nazareth has for two thousand years been closely identified with Christianity and has drawn hundreds of millions of devoted Christians from around the world over the years. A number of Christian holy places in Nazareth are associated with the Annunciation, the childhood, and the early ministry of Jesus. In addition to the imposing Basilica of the Annunciation, these sites include the Greek Orthodox Church of the Archangel Gabriel (constructed the freshwater spring known as “Mary’s Well”), the Greek Catholic “Synagogue Church” (assumed site of the synagogue where the young Jesus was taught, and where he later read from the book of Isaiah), and the Franciscan Church of St. Joseph (built over a cave identified since the 17th century as the “workshop” of Joseph).

THE SEA OF GALILEE

A boat tied to the pier on the coast of the Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee played an important role in the early years of Christianity and has now become a pilgrimage site for many Christians. Here Jesus lived, preached, and performed miracles, such as his walking on water, calming the storm, and feeding the multitude. Several tour companies offer Christian-themed boat rides along the coast.

 

THE DEAD SEA

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. It is called the Dead Sea because its salinity prevents the existence of any life forms in the lake. That same salt, on the other hand, provides tremendous relief to the many ailing visitors who come here on a regular basis to benefit from its remedial properties. All these and more make the Dead Sea so fascinating, different, and interesting.

CAESAREA

Restored columns in the Roman ruins in Caesarea

Caesarea’s antiquities park is one of the Holy Land’s most impressive parks. Caesarea was given to King Herod as a present by Augustus Caesar and is named after him. King Herod built a massive port there alongside entertainment facilities, bathhouses, and temples. In the Byzantine period, Caesarea was an important Christian center. The early fathers of Christianity (Origen and Eusebius) lived there and, according to Christian tradition, it was here that the first idol worshiper was converted – the Roman centurion Cornelius. In the Crusader period, the city was fortified with walls and gates, which were eventually destroyed by the Mamluk Conquest in the 13th century.

JERICHO

the Mount of Temptation from a distance

Jericho, the “City of Palms”, is a small city close to the northern end of the Dead Sea and located some 55 km (34 miles) from Jerusalem. A trip to Jericho is a must-do! Jericho is touted as the world’s oldest city. Jericho is believed to be 10,000 years old. Here you can visit The Mount of Temptation, with a gravity-defying monastery clinging to its sheer face, which is traditionally regarded as the mountain on which Christ was tempted by the devil during his 40-day fast. You can also visit the tree of Zacchaeus: a Sycamore tree that is over 2000 years old and is located at Al-Jummezeh Square in the City Center of Jericho. Tradition has it that this is the tree Zacchaeus climbed when Jesus was passing through the town.

ST. CATHERINES MONASTERY, EGYPT

The ancient St. Catherine’s Monastery, located in the middle of Egyptian wilderness, is a wonderful site that brings together spiritual richness for the followers of all three Abrahamic faiths as well as fulfillment for adventurous travelers. Situated in a small valley surrounded by the peaks of Sinai High Mountain Range over 132 kilometers from the closest city – Dahab, the oldest functioning monastery is revered for its location and the novelties it has in store. Being in the foot of Mount Sinai, and having biblical treasures as the Burning Bush within its premises, St. Catherine’s is a must-visit site in your Christian travels. If you love hiking as well, you can climb Mount Sinai once you have seen the historical treasures of the expansive monastery.

PYRAMIDS OF GIZA, EGYPT

Camel riders in the Egyptian desert with Giza’s Pyramids in the background

Being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the great Pyramids of Giza are a sight to behold. No photo or video compares to the experience of standing in front of these gigantic structures, especially when you think about how old they are. Built thousands of years ago, these pyramids make you marvel the architectural excellence of the ancient Egyptian civilization. For the Christian traveler, however, these mammoth structures tell the story of the world where many of the Biblical stories were born. There is much to see on this site if you are a fan of history and particularly Biblical history.

PETRA, JORDAN

Slightly tilted shot of an ancient monastery in the ruins of Petra, Jordan

The ancient city of Petra in the southwestern mountainous parts of the Kingdom of Jordan is a historical marvel. Travelers visiting the site are often mesmerized by the beautiful buildings carved into the vibrantly colored sandstone hills with symmetrical designs, archways, and columns. Many of the buildings are temples of the Nabataean Empire that ruled this region for over 500 years starting around 400 B.C. The lost city was built by the Nabataeans over a long period of time and was a center of a trade and commerce in the region, now possessing numerous secrets of those ancient times. For the spiritual traveler, this site offers the perfect opportunity for reflecting on time and mortality. For the adventurer and archeology lover in you, Petra offers a great deal of satisfaction.

JERASH, JORDAN

Ruins of an ancient circular courtyard in Jerash, Jordan, lined with columns built in the likeness of Roman architecture

The ruins of the ancient city of Jerash are a great site for travelers looking for adventure, history, and places mentioned in the Bible. Jerash was an economic hub that connected modern Israel and Jordan. It prospered in the Roman Empire, which named it one of its outposts. The imperial past of this once great city is connected to the King’s Highway, which is mentioned in the Biblical story of the Israelites journey to the Promised Land. The ruins offer a wonderful opportunity for the Christian traveler to stand in the ancient city that played a key role in Biblical history and read a bit of the Old Testament to relive those crucial events.

BURJ KHALIFA, DUBAI

Panoramic shot with Burj Khalifa of Dubai is in the middle

Burj Khalifa is the tallest manmade structure in the world today. It is a monument of modern architecture and possesses several world records related to buildings. Located in the heart of the Dubai, the gorgeous tower seems to be break through the clouds standing on the ground, from where you really need to crane your neck to see the spire at the top. Open to tourists, the tower is almost a mandatory destination for tourists of all kinds visiting the Middle East region. Here’s a fun fact: when you look at the horizon from the topmost balconies in the tower, you can see the earth’s curvature. If you haven’t been there yet, you really should the next time you’re flying to the United Arab Emirates.

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