Dates: January 4th – 16th, 2023
Cost: $3,350 (airfare to and back from Israel NOT included)
Registration: Register through Emmaus Journeys under the E4F Tour!
Join Michael Lane and Archeologist Dr. Steven Notley for a journey through Biblical History!
For the past several years Michael & Dr. Steven have partnered with the help of Emmaus Journeys to help believers understand how historical and archeological evidence align with the Biblical record. The itinerary will cover Old Testament and New Testament sites and help you gain a greater understanding of the cultural, geographical and historical context of Biblical events.
Itinerary for the 2023 Trip
|Wednesday, January 4||Depart USA|
|Thursday, January 5||Arrive in Tel Aviv, meet at Hotel|
|Friday, January 6||Ashkelon, Beersheva, Bet Gurvin/Mareshah,|
Valley of Elah, Beit Shemesh, Gezer
|Saturday, January 7||Caesarea, Megiddo, Sepphoris, Nazareth|
|Sunday, January 8||Hazor, Dan, Banyas, Golan heights|
|Monday, January 9||Bethsaida, Chorazin, Mt of Beatitudes, Capernaum,|
Magdala, Sea of Galilee, Ginosar-Ein Gev
|Tuesday, January 10||Masada, Ein Geidi, Qumran, Dead Sea (bring a swimsuit!)|
|Wednesday, January 11||Jerusalem/Temple Mount, Free Afternoon|
|Thursday, January 12||Wohl Museum, Western Wall, Southern Steps, Temple Mount,|
Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam
|Friday, January 13||Mount of Olives, Dominus Flavit, Gethsemane,|
Pools of Bethesda, Holy Sepulcher
|Saturday, January 14||Free day to shop and wander|
|Sunday, January 15||Shiloh, Mt Gerizim, Shechem, Jacob’s Well, Samaria,|
Evening departure from Israel
|Monday, January 16||Arrive USA|
Most questions can be answered by viewing our trip page at Emmaus Journeys (TBD). You will also use their application to register for the trip.
How do I register?
Emmaus Journeys is handling the administration, registration and payment arrangements for the trip. You will be using their application to register. It is recommended you read through the tour information first so you understand how to plan for this trip and how to budget for it.
In order to travel internationally your will need a passport. If you do not have a passport, start your application NOW. Most countries also require that your passport be valid for another six months after your travel return date. Get more information and helpful links at Emmaus Journeys.
What is included in the trip cost?
The trip cost covers all hotel, transportation, service fees and daily breakfast & dinners. Airfare to and from Israel is not included. COVID-10 tests required for international flights are not included. Taxi service between the hotel and airport on your day of arrival and your day of departure are not included. Lunches are not included. Read more at Emmaus Journeys.
How should I buy my tickets and meet up with the group?
You will be able to purchase the airfare of your choice to and from Tel Aviv airport. Plan to fly out on January 4th so that you can arrive on January 5th. From the airport you will take a taxi and meet the group at the first hotel. Check-in begins at 3:00 pm on January 5th and dinner will be provided. Please follow the instructions on the Emmaus website to navigate the airport and use authorized taxi services.
For your return flight, you will need to take a taxi from the hotel to the airport. Taxi service can be arranged through the front desk. Checkout is typically at 5:00 pm. The trip fee covers accommodation through the night of January 14th. You can schedule your return flight as soon as the evening of January 15th after 10 PM. If you plan to stay an extra night in Israel, you can make arrangements with the hotel and cover the fee at your expense. Please read the full Arrival/Departure information on Emmaus Journeys carefully before booking your flights.
Will I need to get the COVID-19 vaccine to travel / Will I need to quarantine?
Current Notice from Emmaus Journeys: Israel no longer requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for foreigners to enter the country. However, a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure is required. Once your arrive, an additional COVID-19 PCR test will occur at the Ben Gurion Airport. Please note that Israel may change entry protocols, as determined by the Ministry of Health. [Updated 3-25-2022]
What sites will we visit?
Please check the itinerary section for planned site visits. These plans may change or be modified due to weather or other extenuating circumstances.
Can I bring my children?
Some families may want to experience this trip together. We will be hiking and walking in warm weather everyday. With this in mind we recommend you only bring minors 10 or older that are able to keep up and enjoy the trip. Parents and/or legal guardians are responsible for their children for the duration of the trip. There is no separate children’s program or childcare provided.
Will I need a passport?
Yes. You will need a passport for international travel. It can take several months to obtain a passport. If you have not done so, begin your passport application as soon as possible. Find out more about passports at Emmaus Journeys.
Should I order currency ahead of the trip?
We recommend that you exchange currency upon arrival in Israel at the airport. Emmaus recommends you budget $25/day to cover lunches and any extra tourist activities you wish to do outside of the trip itinerary. Some locations we will visit may not have Credit Card machines and ATMs are few & far between. Learn more about how to budget for you trip at Emmaus Journeys.
What should I pack?
Luggage is limited to one suitcase and one day backpack per person. You will also want to consider leaving space for any purchases you wish to bring back. There are some holy sites that will also require modest dress (covering knees and shoulders). Please visit the Emmaus Journeys website for a detailed list on what to pack. You can also view the typical weather for the period we will be visiting. We will be in Israel during the cooler season but it will still be warmer than Midwest USA!
How do I promote this trip at my church/school/club/group?
If you would like to promote this trip you can download the following assets as needed: