Holy Land Travel Blog

The Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives is one of the most recognizable names in the Bible. It holds major  significance for the Jewish and Christian faiths. Here is why Mount of Olives has always been and continues to be so important to believers around the world. Location of Mount of Olives The Mount of Olives is located just outside of the eastern gates of the Old City of Jerusalem. To its north is Mount Scopus and to its south is Mount of Corruption. It is about 2600 feet at its peak. The Mount of Olives in the Old Testament The Mount of Olives is first described when David was fleeing from his son Absalom. It says in 2 Samuel 15:30: “But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads [...]

Beit She’an: The City of Ruins

Many of peoples favorite moments of their Christian Holy Land tour comes from moments where they feel that they are able to really absorb and put themselves into ancient Israel. There are few places that allow for this to happen as much as Beit She'an. Beit She'an National Park is located in northern Israel. It offers some of the most intact ancient ruins of anywhere in the world. When you look out onto the park, you will be astonished at the amazing views of Roman columns, roads and structures. Here are some of the things that makes this place so special! History at Beit She'an A large tel overlooking the ruins had extensive excavations in it and within this slice that was taken from the hill, an astonishing history revealed itself. This city has a history that goes back to prehistoric eras. It was [...]

What are the Eras of Israel’s History?

When you visit the Holy Land you are confronted with many amazing ancient sites and relics and often times you hear them described as from particular eras of Israel's history. For example, something from being from the Roman era or the Byzantine era. At certain parks, such as Meggido, you will see different layers that depict different eras of Israel's history. But what are these eras of Israel's history? Today we will break them down for you, era-by-era! The Canaanite Era (3300-1000 BC) The Canaanites ruled the land from 3300-1000 BC. During this time there was also some ruling of the Egyptians in the area. This period of time would have been when the patriarchs of the faith lived, such as Abraham and Jacob. This is also the time that Moses led his people into the Promised Land of Israel. Other names this is [...]

Eilat: City on the Red Sea

Eilat is a city in Southern Israel that lies on the famed Red Sea. It is a town with a population of about 51,000 people, however it’s population and economy are heavily dependent on tourism to the area. It is the southernmost city in Israel, and is a well-known resort area frequented by Europeans. Many of our Christian Holy Land Tours visit this town if they will be crossing over into Jordan or Egypt, both of who closely border the town. Geography of Eliat Eliat is located in the Negev Desert, and is on the coastline of the Red Sea, a seawater inlet that is the northernmost tropical body of water in the world. It is known for being where Moses led the Israelites across from enslavement in Egypt. It has a very hot and dry climate, ranging from and average of the 70’s [...]

Coronavirus Safety Tips: How to Stay Safe on a Holy Land Tour

Coronavirus Safety Tips for Holy Land Travel While the country of Israel is still closed to incoming travelers, many people are starting to think about future travel to Israel but realize that Coronavirus is going to be around for quite some time. Many are looking  for coronavirus safety tips for having a safe and enjoyable time in Israel!  When that happens, it will be be important to know how to stay safe while you are traveling, both to Israel and while traveling about the country. What travel precautions should you take when traveling when Israel reopens? What is Immanuel Tours doing to make sure you will be safe? We will explore some potent coronavirus safety tips to keep you and your family safe while traveling. Protecting You and Your Tour Members Are you wondering how to have a safe tour in the wake of [...]

Jerusalem, The Center of the World

Jerusalem: The Center of the World Jerusalem is a city steeped in importance for many reasons for many people from many backgrounds. It is arguably the “center of world” with an importance so great that people have been fighting over this city for thousands of years. What is it about Jerusalem that has made it such an important city? Location of Jerusalem Jerusalem is located in the Judean hills with the Old City at approximately 2490 feet of elevation. It is about halfway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea, about 37 miles from Tel Aviv. It is made of many hills and valleys, including well-known locations such as the Kidron Valley, Mt of Olives and Mt. Scopus. It has a naturally defensible location that made it very attractive for conquering. It has very hot and dry summers and cool, wet winters. A [...]

Birthdays in Israel

While birthdays are special occasions in cultures around the world, birthdays in Israel can be particularly meaningful. As with many cultures, there are milestone birthdays that take on a particular importance and ritual, and all of them include much enjoyment! Day of Birth While many think of when a child turns one as their first birthday, this is actually the 1st anniversary of their birthday. Your first birthday is the day of your birth. In Israel the thing that immediately makes birthdays unique is that you actually have TWO birthdays. Due to a following of the Hebrew calendar and a civil Gregorian calendar that don’t often line up, Israeli’s technically can celebrate on either day, or in some cases both days. However, every 19 years you will be listed to one when the two calendars coincide. Curious of when your Hebrew calendar birthday would [...]

Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse in Israel

The sun shines more often than it doesn’t in Israel, but once in a while something comes up that darkens the entire nation… a solar eclipse in Israel. The eclipse blocked out large parts of the sun throughout Africa and Asia on the longest day of the year, June 21st, the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere. A solar eclipse in Israel is a sight to behold. In fact, this type of eclipse happens only every year or two on earth, and when it does happen it only is visible to about 5% of the earth’s surface. It can be years before a total solar eclipse in Israel can be seen. Different types of eclipses happen at different intervals and even in a small country like Israel that is less than 300 miles from north to south, can affect the north differently [...]

Caesarea Maritima: Where Christianity Grew

A frequent exciting first stop on many of the HOLY LAND TOURS we operate is Caesarea Maritima, along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. This ancient port city continues to give revelations about ancient Israel for both visitors and researchers. For many people, it becomes one of the highlights of their trip. What makes these ancient ruins so special? How Long Has Caesarea Maritima Been There? The earliest known inhabitation of the area was by Straton I, King of Sidon around 360 B.C. as a Phoenician colony and trading center. It was captured by Jewish ruler Alexander Jannaeus in 90 B.C. The Romans took over the area in 63BC. In 30BC Rome awarded the area to Herod the Great. Caesarea Maritima under Herod the Great Herod was known as “The Great” because he was a great builder. Caesarea Maritima was no exception. The area [...]

Adding Archeological Adventure to Your Christian Tour

When you think of Israel and the Middle East, a frequent desire is to make it as much of an adventure as possible. There are many visions of famed movie archaeologist, Indiana Jones having an amazing archeological adventure through the deserts and making amazing discoveries, like the  Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail. While we can’t promise suspense-filled tours of unknown excitement and dangers (in fact, we can tell you you will be quite safe and comfortable), there are amazing ways to incorporate a bit of archeological adventure into your tour and create those movie moments, so get your fedora on and let’s plan your Christian Holy Land Tour adventure! Visit Active Archeological Sites There are many wonderful ancient sites to see in Israel, and some of them are still being actively discovered. From Spring to Fall every year universities, researchers and [...]

Summer in Israel

As we enter June, summer vacations start moving into people’s minds. While the summer travel season will be quiet due to Covid-19 this year, there is no better time to start preparing for summer vacation in 2021. The question we often get is from people wondering if summer in Israel a good idea… The short answer is: yes! But there are things you should consider to make sure your trip is a wonderful success. It will be Hot. It should be no surprise that summer in Israel will be hot. It is the Middle East, after all! There are several microclimates within Israel, but overall the summer weather is very warm. You should expect average temperatures in the 80’s for Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, 90’s for the Galilee, and upper 90s for the deserts. If you are very sensitive to the heat or have [...]

Things You See at the Western Wall

The holiest accessible site of all of Judaism is without question the Western Wall. Also known as the Wailing Wall or Ha-Kotel Ha-Maʿarav (Kotel, Kosel) the wall is the only part of the Temple that remains and therefore the closest to the Holy of Holies that modern Jews can get to pray. The Western Wall  is constructed of limestone, also known as “Jerusalem stone” and was constructed during the time of Herod the Great (called the Great due to his building prowess). The entire length of the wall is over 1600 ft long, though only a smaller portion is used from prayer. During the Roman rule between the 4th and 7th centuries, Jews were not permitted in Jerusalem except for Tisha B’av, a holiday reserved for the mourning Jewish tragedies, most importantly the loss of the Temples. Therefore they would go to the wall [...]

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