Holy Land Travel Blog

The Western Wall Tunnels: The Rest of the Wall

While the Western Wall is known for being the focal point of prayer in Judaism as the only remainder of the Second Temple destroyed in 70 AD, there is actually an area closer to the Holy of Holies than many people realize. The Western Wall Tunnels. The Western Wall Tunnels are the continuation of the Western Wall, which was actually about 1500 feet long, though the wall we know think of is only a small portion of about 150 feet of the wall. The rest of the wall is now covered by the Muslim Quarter. In its time, during the Second Temple Period, this underground area would have largely been open air, and was the civic center of life in Jerusalem. Jesus would have walked in this very area! The Western Wall Tunnels Discovery and Exploration The tunnel takes you north under what is [...]

Beer Sheba Israel: History, Highlights, & Meaning

Beer Sheba: Everything You Need to Know About this Historical City Tourists to Israel often make cultural sites like Jerusalem and Haifa their first stops. However, there’s an alternative city that you might have overlooked: Beer Sheba. If you haven’t heard of this city, you’re not alone. Even Israelis don’t visit this city much, which is a shame. This biblical and Ottoman city is a cultural destination in its own right, offering a unique cultural and historical charm.  To discover more about Beer Sheba, read on as we highlight why this city should be on your Israeli itinerary.  Where is Beersheba Located? Beersheba (also spelled Beer Sheba or Beer Sheva and referred to depending on who you are talking to) is a city in the southern region of Israel. It’s located in the northern tip of the Negev desert, roughly 115 km from Tel [...]

A Message from Our CEO, Phillip Meyers

Greetings to all our friends and clients in the United States and throughout the world, A few days ago we joined with our Japanese friends in a day of prayer for the "Peace of Jerusalem". The event took place on Sunday, October 4, 2020, in Tokyo, and we were really moved by their love and devotion for the people and the Land of Israel. The particular group from a Church in Tokyo has sent a large group to Israel every year for the past 28 years, and this year they were to have arrived on the last day of October,  but they held on for as long as possible before cancelling,  believing that God was able to deal with the corona virus. We also believe that God is able to do so but it will be in His time, not in ours. Already eight [...]

The Israel Museum: Five Interesting Things to See

The history of the land of Israel is carefully curated and cataloged at the Israel Museum, located in Jerusalem. The museum is a point of national pride, residing adjacent to the Israeli house of government, the Knesset, the Hebrew University, the Supreme Court and the Bible Lands Museum. The museum began in 1965 and has since grown to include 500,000 objects and 50,000 square feet. It welcomes 800,000 plus visitors ever year. What Exhibits are at the Israel Museum? With 500,000 items cataloged, there is plenty to see! Here are ten interesting things to see and include in your itinerary. Second Temple Period Jerusalem Model This impressive model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period brings the entire tour and bits and pieces of the ancient world into perspective for participants. You may walk in the City of David, but seeing a model of [...]

Sukkot: The Festival of Tabernacles

What is Sukkot? The festival of Sukkot, lso known as “The Feast of Tabernacles” or the “Festival of Shelters, is the final of the feasts called upon by God in the book of Leviticus to be celebrated by His people. It is a very exciting and meaningful celebration that actually lasts a full seven days. When is Sukkot? Itt’s celebration timing is dictated, like all of the feasts and observances, by the Hebrew Calendar. Sukkot takes place on the fifteenth day of Tishrei, the seventh month. In 2020, it will be celebrated from October 2-October 9. What Does the Bible Say about Sukkot? The Bible speaks of Sukkot in Leviticus 23:33-44: 33 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. 35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall [...]

Day of Atonement: Yom Kippur

Just 10 days after the festive Rosh Hashanah welcomes the new year on the Hebrew calendar, the holiest day of the Hebrew calendar comes, in the middle of what is called the High Holy Days. The High Holy Days are a series of holidays celebrated on the Hebrew calendar in the the month of Tishrei. The reason for the day is to make an atonement or penance for sins. This would have been one of the main holidays that people would travel to Jerusalem for, to the Temple when they stood and now to the Western Wall. The book of Leviticus mandates the observance of this day of atonement in Leviticus 16:29 and Leviticus 23:27 to have a day of ceasing all activities to make an atonement for sins against the Lord. It is a very solemn day that including putting yourself in a [...]

L’Shanah Tov! (For a Good Year!)- Rosh Hashanah

It's Rosh Hashanah! This marks a new year on the Jewish calendar.  Most people are ready to see the start of a new year, as this has certainly been a difficult year, but we look into the next year with anticipation and trust the Lord for better days to come! So if you wish we could fast forward to the new year in January, why not celebrate the Jewish new year and turn a page early! As you may have heard, Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated differently this year, as the Israeli government has decided to lockdown the country again for the next three weeks in response to rapidly growing Covid-19 cases. This means many families will not be able to be together as they normally are, or go to worship and pray the same way. We ask for your continued prayers as we [...]

2021 Tours to Israel

While travel to Israel and many countries in the world continues to be difficult or even prohibited, many have a deep desire to travel, especially for 2021 tours to Israel! People are longing to connect with their faith in a deeper way and also to support Israel, which we so appreciate! The question that we often get is, “Can I plan a 2021 tour to Israel?”. The answer is: Yes! We are actively planning 2021 tours to Israel, and beyond. We are still figuring out what that may look like when the time comes and there are many questions we are hoping for answers to soon as the government sets up guidelines and offers guidance on how to safely open. However, until that information becomes available, we are continuing to plan tours and prepare for their arrivals and while we may not be able [...]

The Red Sea

The water is just as important to Israel as the land, holding much of their ability to survive as well as ties to the culture and faith. The Jordan River, Mediterranean Sea, Sea of Galilee and Dead Sea all have deep history, meaning and importance in to the people of Israel. There is another body of water that helped lead the Israelites into the promised land, the Red Sea. The Red Sea is a large inlet of the Indian Ocean that is about 170,000 square miles. It has an average depth of 1600 ft but reaches depths of 10,000 feet deep. It’s the worlds northernmost tropical sea. It is bordered not only by Israel in the Gulf of Eilat or Aqaba, but also include Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Djibouti, and Eritrea. History of the Red Sea The Red Sea has a long [...]

Discoveries Made By Kids In Israel

It’s back to school time, even if remotely, around the world! With all the uncertainty and frustrations surrounding school right now (and just about everything else!), one benefit has presented itself… parents are able to be more involved in the what their children are learning! What better time to spur an interest in kids in Israel and its history? We think this is an excellent time to teach your kids to love Israel, and highly encourage you to do so! One way to do this is to get them excited about the adventure that waits for all who visit, even adventure for kids in Israel! One thing that is unique about Israel is the exciting discoveries made every day. Just below the surface, and sometimes above it, ancient discoveries are made by ordinary people. Sometimes even kids in Israel make these discoveries. Here are [...]

Tel Dan: Connect to Ancient History

One of the most desired aspects of visiting Israel on a Holy Land Tour is to encounter the ancient and connect with the hero’s of the Old Testament who lived thousands of years before. Tel Dan is one of the best places to do this. Tel Dan is located in the very north of Israel. In fact, the saying was “from Dan to Beersheba” and was used nine times to describe the size of Israel. Today it is a nature preserve that is the site of the headwaters of the Jordan River, ancient ruins, and a close view of Lebanon. Tel Dan was one of the longest running archeological dig sites, with digs happening from 1966 until the very end of the 1990s. Massive amounts of finds were located here that cemented this as the location of Dan. History of Tel Dan Dan was [...]

Popular Places to Visit in Israel

While there so many places to visit in Israel that many people struggle to visit them all in several trips, there are a some popular places to visit in Israel that are considered “must visits”. While this list will be rather small in comparison to what a full list would be, here are five popular places to visit in Israel to include on your Christian Holy Land tour. Five Popular Places to Visit in Israel The Western Wall One of the most popular places to visit in Israel is the Western Wall, also known as the Kotel or “Waling Wall” (though that is actually a derogatory term meant to mock Jews who went to mourn the loss of the Temple). Being the closest place that Jewish people can get to the Holy of Holies to pray, this site is flocked to by visitors from [...]

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