Thank you for taking a few moments to allow me to acquaint you with Ed Hill Tours, the nation’s oldest tour company specializing in Christian group travel.
My father, Rev. Edward B. Hill, was a true pioneer of modern-day Holy Land travel. He first traveled to Israel in 1961, and began organizing tours in 1962. Although we offer tours to many other locations, Israel has always been our number-one destination.
I believe we offer the highest level of experience and professional, caring service to be found anywhere. This is reflected in the percentage of our business that comes from client retention and referrals. We work with churches of all denominations and sizes, including some of the largest congregations in America.
Unequaled experience. Ed Hill Tours has been a respected name in Christian group travel for nearly 60 years, and we are a recipient of numerous awards from the Israel government. Our staff has a total of over 200 years experience including hundreds of trips to Israel, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, and various European destinations.
A higher-level travel experience. We focus on providing well-crafted tours, excellent value, and personal service. We design each tour to fit the pastor’s desired travel dates, itinerary, budget, and any other considerations or requests. We specialize in deluxe hotels, use only top-level guides, and beautiful new Wi-Fi equipped coaches. Beyond those important tour components, it is our heart-felt desire that what we do provides the platform for an enriching spiritual experience. One of the great joys of my life is spending time on tour with our groups and being part of their experience of seeing the land and hearing God’s Word where it all happened.
Integrity. 1) EHT does not require a non-refundable deposit, as some companies do, simply to book your tour. Some tour companies do this to “lock in” their groups as no pastor or tour leader wants to forfeit a deposit. 2) During their tour, our groups are never solicited for extra tipping or so-called “optional tours.” We pre-collect gratuities, which allows us to use only top guides and drivers. When tips are pre-collected, the guides and drivers who serve us so well are paid what they deserve…not what is collected by passing the hat at the end of the tour. 3) We state specific hotels and that will not change except to offer an actual upgrade, and then only as approved by the tour leader. Some tour companies will name a hotel where a group will stay, then add “or similar.” This allows the tour company to put groups in any hotel they wish to consider “similar.” This is simply one type of bait & switch. Tour companies may find a hotel with unused space shortly before the tour, receive a lower “last minute” rate than at the original hotel, and arbitrarily move the group. Of course the group never receives a refund. 4) We consider trust to be one of the core foundations of our business, including the protection of information regarding tour leader financials. Our “No Surprises – No Let Downs” policy is a primary reason we have built a loyal client base through the years.
Professional service and buying power. Longstanding associations with our foreign land operators assures seamless tours, a high level of service, and unparalleled buying power. Israel’s largest incoming tour operator, IGT, has been our travel partner for nearly 30 years. We also have long-standing associations with our land operators in Greece, Italy, England, and other European locations.
Please check out our entire website. There are photos of many of our tour hosts, groups, friends and travel colleagues. There’s also lots of information under “Resources” on Organizing a Successful Tour, how we can customize your tour, and even tips for long flights.
It is always exciting to hear from pastors and tour leaders who have never traveled with us before, and assisting them in organizing an outstanding tour. When you are ready to explore the options for taking your Trip of a Lifetime, please give us a call or contact us by email. I look forward to speaking with you personally.
Meredith Hill Page
President & CEO
Ed Hill Tours, Inc.