Latest Israel Travel News


  • Israel COVID Restrictions? There are none except that travelers have health insurance which covers COVID. Travel in Israel is safe, and we plan every step of the journey. If you’re thinking of traveling to the Holy Land in 2023 or 2024, it’s a fantastic time to go!
  • Israel now welcomes all travelers regardless of vaccine status and with no testing requirements. On March 1, 2022, Israel began welcoming all foreign travelers of any age regardless of their vaccination status, allowing both vaccinated and non-vaccinated visitors to enter.
  • No more testing requirements. As of May 20, 2022, a negative COVID test is no longer required before a flight to Israel or upon arrival in Israel. (This applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers.) Since testing is no longer required in Israel, there is no need to quarantine for up to 24 hours or until test results came back.
  • Masks are no longer required nearly anywhere. U.S. airline and airport masking requirements have now been eliminated. Masks are not required on motor coaches or outdoor areas in Israel, but may still be required in some indoor locations such as a medical facilities or an auditorium. Some individuals may still wish to wear a mask for personal reasons, and it is a good idea for all passengers to have a few available just in case.
  • The COVID test which had been required by the U.S. for re-entry has been eliminated. As of June 12, 2022 travelers no longer need to be tested before leaving Israel or most other countries for their return flight to the U.S.
  • Saving money! Not only is travel much simpler with the elimination of vaccination, testing and masking requirements, but it is no longer necessary for travelers to spend up to several hundred dollars to cover the costs of these former protocols.
  • Protocols can change at any time. However we will keep this page updated and email current travelers up-to-date information before their departure.
  • We’ve had 22 groups back to Israel since fall 2021 when Israel reopened to tourism. At present we have at least 40 groups  scheduled to travel to Israel in 2023 and winter and spring of 2024.

Israel’s archaeologists were busy during COVID and have made incredible progress on some of the country’s most exciting excavations. Our Vice President, Richard Page, has been to Israel over 100 times, and he says that he has seen more progress than ever before at several sites where biblical history is being uncovered. Three examples: The entire Pool of Siloam is being excavated…this is where Jesus healed the blind man. A small Roman Theater which archaeologists had sought for more than a century, has been discovered near the Western Wall and is now part of the Rabbi’s/Kotel Tunnels tour. Caesarea Philippi in the north of Israel has seen the uncovering of a Byzantine church built over a temple to the Greek god Pan. These are just three examples of many new sites and areas to visit.    

Travel to Israel and most other destinations has generally returned to normal and we have experienced a flood of requests from groups wishing to travel in 2023 and beyond. So we must emphasize that pastors and group leaders contact us right away since air and land space for many popular dates is rapidly filling up or already full. Note: We do not offer weekly “cookie cutter” tours. Our tours are custom-designed for pastors and leaders based on their selected dates, budget, requested itinerary, and other considerations.

Our top destinations such as Israel, Jordan, Greece, and Italy are now welcoming the world again with open arms and Ed Hill Tours is welcoming all our tour hosts back. We are ready, willing, and able to serve our former and new tour hosts and their groups with the finest in custom tours.

Our next Israel Pastors FAM Tour. Our next Pastors/Leaders Familiarization Tour departs for Israel on January 22. It is a full 10-day tour, and we look forward to immersing over 25 pastors and spouses in the biblical wonder and grandeur that is Israel. We will enjoy excellent hotels, wonderful food, great guides and be treated as VIP guests of Israel. In January 2022 we conducted our first Pastors FAM tour in two years. Several participating pastors have are already scheduled to return with groups from their congregations. Below is a report on that FAM tour by one of the pastors.

“I would like to share that Ed Hill Tours did a fantastic job of hosting the pastors’ tour to Israel that I just returned from this week. We had a great experience that went very smoothly. Everything was arranged and taken care of, with an amazing guide, WiFi equipped bus, great food and hotels. Taxes, gratuities and site entrance fees were included in the price, so all you needed to pay for while in Israel are lunches and gifts. Ed Hill was a minister at Zion (Northpoint) Bible College and now his daughter and son in law continue the company. Highly recommend!” Rev. Sharon Frankel






Pastors/Ministry Leaders Israel FAM Tour 2023

Jerusalem at Sunset 

January 22-31, 2023. There is no way to adequately explain the significance of experiencing the Holy Land in person. This deluxe 10-day tour includes round-trip air nonstop from Boston Logan Airport (BOS), outstanding hotels, breakfast & dinner daily, over 40 biblical & historical sites, St. Peter’s lunch by the Sea of Galilee, special farewell dinner, latest deluxe motor coach, and top hand-picked guides. During the entire tour you’ll be treated as a VIP guest of Israel and Ed Hill Tours. The Pastor’s rate is $1699 including international airfare on ELAL Israel Airlines. This is much less than half the price of comparable tours.

Our Israel Pastors FAM (Familiarization) Tour is an opportunity for pastors and tour leaders to enjoy a 10-day Holy Land tour at a significantly reduced rate. The accompanying spouse or staff member rate is $2499. For our January 2023 tour, we’ve planned an inspiring tour which will acquaint participants with Israel, the land of the Bible. Pastors/leaders will also learn various options for hosting their own tour, and get to know EHT owners Richard Page and Meredith Hill Page, who will accompany the tour.

What Is A Pastors “FAM” Tour? If you have never been to Israel, or haven’t gone recently, we invite you to experience the amazing Land of the Bible for yourself. Stand atop Mount Carmel, visit the Mount of Beatitudes, sail on the Sea of Galilee, and tour Masada via cable car. Enter the empty Garden Tomb, walk the streets of Old Jerusalem, visit the Western Wall, pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, view the Shepherd’s Fields, and much more. Click here for FAM Tour 2023 Itinerary

What makes our FAM Tours different?

  • Our FAM Tours are 10-day tours, not the shorter “Overview Tour” many companies offer.
  • We use only Deluxe and Superior First-Class hotels in excellent locations.
  • Pastors are never asked to sign a contract or any type of agreement, and are not obligated to travel with EHT in the future.
  • We do not conduct nightly meetings…evenings are free!
  • Pastors who return with at least 20 passengers within 18 months (not the typical 12 months) receive a $1000 refund of their FAM tour cost.
  • Pastors returning with a group travel free – typically based on one free tour for each 5 paying passengers.

Included: Round-trip airfare nonstop from Boston with add-on fares available from your hometown airport, Deluxe and Superior First-Class hotels, full Israeli buffet breakfast and dinner daily, all entrance fees per itinerary, deluxe motor coach, group transfers in Israel, St. Peter’s lunch at the Sea of Galilee, baggage handling on tour, farewell dinner at a top local restaurant, and a licensed hand-picked Israeli tour guide.

Not included: Transportation to the international departure airport, travel insurance (strongly recommended), costs to obtain passports or visas, lunches or additional meals and beverages other than those included, laundry, telephone, or extra hotel expenses. Gratuities of $160 p/p for the guide, driver, and hotel staffs will be included on the invoice and collected with final payment. No other tipping is necessary.

To reserve your space, click on FAM Tour Registration Form 2023 and make a copy for an accompanying spouse or staff member. Fill out completely and return to us by email at, fax to 561-624-3201, or by regular mail. To speak with us call 800-780-7801.

Recent Pastors FAM Tour Report

Presbyters and spouses of the Southern New England District

One of our recent Pastors FAM tours was our largest ever! This tour was made up of over 50 pastors and spouses. The “Red” bus was comprised of presbyters of the Southern New England District of the Assemblies of God, led by District Superintendent Bob Wise. The “Blue” bus was comprised of pastors from several denominations. Meredith Hill Page and Richard Page escorted the entire tour. Several pastors have already scheduled to return with groups from their congregations.

“First rate experience. All the accommodations were great, and everything was very well planned. Our Israeli guide and driver obviously had a lot of clout with everyone we met, which says a lot. Richard and Meredith went out of their way to make sure everything was the best it could be. I’ll be sharing my experience with a number of pastors in Louisiana and I’ll have no problem recommending the Pastors FAM trip. My wife and I plan on returning to Israel next year with Ed Hill Tours.” Pastor Ken Sifford

“Just came back from a Pastor’s Familiarization Tour of Israel. What a wonderful company to tour Israel with. Organized, friendly, not a care in the world. Was able to go to Israel and do what I was there to do without worrying about any details. First class people and company with a great heart for God and for pastors.”  Pastor Gary Underwood

Featured Israel Tours

Metro Life Church, Miami, FL – Pastor Steve Alessi – February 20-March 2

Abundant Living Ministries, Davie, FL – Pastor Thad Thomas – February 20-March 2

First Baptist Church, Pampa, TX – Pastor Byron Williamson – March 10-20

Hearts for Israel, Ft. Collins, CO – Teaching Leader Karen Swanson – March 15-26

Connect Church, Royal Palm Beach, FL – Pastor Dale Faircloth – April 24-May 4

All our tour groups enjoy excellent hotels, great food, deluxe coaches, and Israel’s finest guides while visiting over 40 important biblical and historical sites from the Mediterranean to the Galilee to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Caesarea, Nazareth, Megiddo, Mount Carmel, the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Caesarea Philippi, Bet Shean, Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls discovery site), Masada, the Dead Sea, and much more. Experience baptism in the Jordan River, sail on the Sea of Galilee, visit the Western Wall and the place of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, and rejoice beside the empty Garden Tomb.

Some groups are still accepting new passengers. For more information and to join one of these tours, please contact Ed Hill Tours now! Email or call toll-free at 800-780-7801.