Latest Travel News for Israel

  • On March 1, 2022, the State of Israel began welcoming all foreign visitors of all ages regardless of their vaccination status. This allows 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. (This applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers.) Since testing is also 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 terminal masking requirements have now been eliminated. Masks have never been required on motor coaches or outdoor areas in Israel, and even most indoor areas no longer require them. Note: It is still not a bad idea to have a few masks available on tour as it is possible to be in a location that still requires wearing one.
  • The antigen test which had been required by the USA for re-entry has been eliminated. As of June 12 travelers no longer need to be tested before leaving Israel or most other countries on their return flight.
  • Saving money! Not only is travel easier with the elimination of vaccination, testing and masking requirements, but this also means passengers are no longer required to spend up to several hundred dollars to cover the costs of these former protocols.
  • Through May 2022 EHT has already had a total of 9 groups travel to Israel.

We are thankful these concerns are now behind us, and that travel to Israel and many other destinations has generally returned to normal. Due to this, we are now experiencing a flood of requests for groups wishing to travel in the spring of 2023 and beyond. We cannot emphasize strongly enough the need to contact us right away since air and land space for many popular dates is rapidly filling up. Note: Our tours are custom designed for tour leaders on their selected dates.

Israel, Greece, Italy and most other top destinations are now greeting the world again with open arms and Ed Hill Tours is welcoming all our tour hosts and friends back. We are ready, willing, and able to serve you and your group with the finest in custom tours.

Israel Pastors FAM Tour Report 2022. Our latest Pastors/Leaders Familiarization Tour departed for Israel on January 17, and it was indeed an amazing tour! A full 10-day tour with all sites open, wonderful hotels and food, and great to be back in Israel with first Pastors FAM tour of Israel in two years. Several of the participating pastors are already scheduling to take groups from their congregations. Below is a report on the 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 
ISRAEL FAM TOUR FOR PASTORS & LEADERS 2023
 

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 will be similar to the 2022 rate of $1699 including international airfare on ELAL Israel Airlines. This is well 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 will be similar to the 2022 rate of $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 in no way 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, fax to 561-624-3201, or by regular mail. Contact us at 800-780-7801 or by email: tours@edhilltours.com.

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

Berlin Brethren Church – Berlin, PA – Pastor Tom Sprowls Jr. – November 11-21

Avon Park Lakes Baptist – Avon Park, FL – Pastor George Hall – November 11-21

Both tours staying in excellent hotels, great food, deluxe coaches, and Israel’s finest guides. Visiting over 40 important biblical and historical sites from the Mediterranean to the Galilee to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Visit 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 (holiest site of Judaism), visit the place of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, and rejoice beside the empty Garden Tomb.

New passengers are still being accepted. To join this trip of a lifetime, or for more information, please contact Ed Hill Tours now! Email tours@edhilltours.com or call toll-free at 800-780-7801.