Great Travel News from 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. The only requirement is still a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the flight and a PCR test taken upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. If this test is negative visitors will be free to travel and enjoy Israel. Note: of the hundreds of passengers we have now taken back to Israel since November 2021, no one has ever tested positive upon arrival in Israel. Masks are not required on the touring bus or in most other locations. For information on planning a trip, testing and document requirements and more, click here to go to the Israel Tourism site. Since this great news was announced by Israel on February 19, we have many requests for groups wishing to travel in the fall of 2022 and the spring of 2023. Air and land space for these popular dates is going very quickly. To be assured of their choice of dates is available, we ask that pastors and leaders contact us as soon as possible and let us confirm them for you. Note: Our tours are custom designed for tour leaders on their chosen dates.

More good news! US airplane masking requirements have currently been paused due to a court decision. Most feel that this “pause” will be made permanent due to the greatly reduced number of COVID cases in the US and most other countries.

As Israel is now greeting the world again with open arms, Ed Hill Tours is welcoming all our tour hosts and friends back to Israel. We are ready, willing, and able to serve you and your group with the finest custom tours. Call us soon…the phones are already very busy.

January FAM Tour Report. The Pastors/Leaders Familiarization Tour departed for Israel on January 17, and it was indeed an amazing tour! It was a full 10-day tour, all sites were open, the hotels and food were wonderful, and it was great to be back in Israel with our third group since Israel reopened to tourism. Both the test upon arrival and the test before the flight home (which we arrange to take place at the the hotel) were quick and very easy. Several of the pastors who went are already scheduling to take a group 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

As of early April we will have had 9 groups back to Israel. We are grateful to be seeing an end to the pandemic and a return to much more normal travel.

Israel FAM Tour for Pastors 2023

Jerusalem at Sunset 
ISRAEL FAM TOUR FOR PASTORS & LEADERS – 2023
 

January 2023 – Dates TBA. 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 Newark (EWR), 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 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 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 Newark (EWR) 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. FAM Tour Qualifications & Benefits

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

Our recent FAM tour was one of our largest Pastors Tours 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

First Baptist Church, Pampa, TX –  Pastor Byron Williamson  – November 7-17. Stay in excellent hotels, enjoy great food, tour in deluxe coaches, and enjoy Israel’s finest guides. Visit 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.