Q. Do I need a passport?
Yes. Absolutely. You cannot leave the country without a passport.
Q. What about safety?
When talking about traveling to the Holy Land, the question of safety always comes up particularly with friends and family of the person or persons wanting to go. I always tell people the most dangerous part of the trip to Israel will be your time spent in New York! Seriously, everytime something happens in Israel it makes international news. Can you imagine if everytime there was a violent crime committed in Atlanta or Dallas it made international news? No one would ever want to visit those cities if we applied the same logic as some Americans do to visiting the Holy Land.
Q. Will we have a opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River?
Yes, for all those who wish to. Others can watch on as well as join us in song and prayer.
Q. What about clothing?
You will be required to wear clothes on our tour. I have always made that mandatory. But what kind of clothes is up to the individual. Casual attire is best with comfortable walking shoes. Jeans, windsuits, etc. Also, you will need to bring your bathing suit as we will have an opportunity to swim in the Dead Sea which is a very unique experience.
Q. What about weather?
Normal mid-March temperatures are in the low 70s during the day and mid 50s in the evening.
Q. Where do we fly out of from the U.S.?
We gather at New York airport, three hours before our flight leaves, taking us to Israel. Everyone makes their own travel arrangements to New York where I will be meeting group 3 hours before departure.
Q.How will we get around the Holy Land?
We will be on a very comfortable motorcoach. We will also have our own bus driver assigned to us the entire trip as well as a professional tour guide who is an Israeli citizen. I always use Christian tour guides.
Q.How many people do you take on the tour?
We typically have between 100 and 150. However we will have a bus and individual tour guide for each 40/50 with ear pieces for each person. So it “feels” like you are tour with 40/50 folks. In addition, Tim and his wife Alison – along with their sons Wesley and Walker – will be hosting. The ear piece allows the guide to speak to you in a normal voice and really enhances the experience.
Q.What hotels will we be staying in?
For the March 2020 tour we will be at the Grand Court in Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee hotel near Tiberius.