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Have you always wanted to see the Holy Land?
Would you like to walk where Jesus walked?
Do you have a thirst to learn more about the Bible?

February 3-February 15, 2025

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To see the optional insurance policy, click Travel Insurance Info 

Join Eric Johnson and others as we go on a trip that will forever change the way you read your Bible. 

 

Trip is limited to just one bus and 45 travelers only! 

Scheduled events include:

  • Sea of Galilee boat ride

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the Western Wall

  • Going back 2,000 years and visiting the town of Nazareth

  • Walking on archaeological sites such as Bet Shean, Gezer, and Jericho

  • Nature hike at Ein Gedi

  • Exploring Herod the Great's Herodium, Caesarea, and Masada

  • Making your way through 1750 feet of 2700-year-old Hezekiah’s Tunnel

  • Swimming (rather, floating) in the Dead Sea

  • Riding a camel in the desert

  • Touching the Western Wall and climbing on top of Temple Mount

  • Daily devotional messages

  • And so much more!

​Itinerary

(Click on boldfaced words for videos)

Pre-Tour Day 1 (Optional): Leaving on Sunday, February 2, 2025
For those who want to spend an extra free day on the seaside of the Mediterranean, we leave today. You can either go on the group flight (see below) or you can fly yourself. You are NOT required to do the pre- or post-tour days.

We arrive in Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon, February 3rd. We will be bussed from the airport to the hotel and will arrive before dinner (included). The next day (Tuesday, February 4th) is free to sample the local cuisine, shop, and walk on the Mediterranean Sea beach (our hotel is just a block away). It's a wonderful way to rest up for the rest of the trip. Breakfast and dinner included.

See below for the pricing.

DAY 1 – Monday, February 3, 2025: Flight to Israel (for those not going on the preextension)
If you are not going on the preextension, today you begin your travel out of your favorite city to Tel Aviv via wide-body aircraft arriving the next day. You will book your own air or have the agency do it.
DAY 2 – Tuesday,  February 4, 2025:  Arrival in Tel Aviv / Netanya
For those not on the extension, you will arrive in Tel Aviv and make your way to the city of Netanya on the Mediterranean to join the preextension travelers at our hotel on the Mediterranean Sea.
HOTEL: Leonardo Plaza in Netanya
DAY 3 – Wednesday, February 5, 2025: CAESAREA /  Mt. CARMEL / MEGIDDO / NAZARETH /  TIBERIAS
The group begins its first full day together. We begin with Caesarea, a port on the Mediterranean Sea that was built by Herod the Great and dedicated to Augustus Caesar, the Roman emperor. Here you will have a chance to sit in the Roman theater, walk along the hippodrome, and check out a Crusader fort. You can also see where Herod’s palace once stood, as 2,000-year-old floor mosaics can still be seen on the shore. Paul was under arrest and certainly was here! This is considered one of Israel’s major archaeological sites, and the sea makes it one of the most beautiful places in the country. From here, we head to Mt. Carmel where Elijah took on the priests of Baal. The lookout from this site is simply amazing. Next we head to Megiddo to see the excavations that unearthed 20 different civilizations. It is better known as “Armageddon” according to the book of Revelation. Finally, we head to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, and visit Nazareth Village. This has been constructed to look like a 1st century village just like Jesus would have known. You will have a chance to talk to a shepherd, carpenter, and others who will converse in their first century way. It is quite an experience! Our final stop is our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for the first night of our three-night stay.
Hotel: Leonardo Club Tiberias 1 of 3 
DAY 4 – Thursday, February 6, 2025:  HAZOR / DAN / CAESAREA PHILIPPI / GOLAN HEIGHTS / MAGDALA / TIBERIAS
Today we go to the northern part of Israel (Galilee), driving through the Hula Valley to Hazor, where we will see ruins of the powerful Canaanite city destroyed by Joshua and rebuilt by King Jabin and then by Solomon as a chariot city to command upper Galilee. We continue to the northern limits to Dan where we combine a nature walk beside the Upper Jordan with views of the ancient ruins, topped by the Israelite high place that supported a golden calf (I Kings 12). We will also take in "Abraham's Gate," which is 4,000 years old--yes, Abraham could have been at this gate! Next we’ll take a short drive to Banias (Caesarea Philippi), dedicated to Pan the Greek god of pastures, flocks and shepherds, where Peter made his great profession of faith. Driving along the base of Mount Hermon, we ascend onto the Golan Plateau for a magnificent view of upper Israel. On our way back, let’s stop by Magdala along the Sea of Galilee and visit Mary Magdalene’s hometown. There is a first century synagogue here, the first to be found in the Galilee region. Return to the hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
See videos on Magdala  
Hotel: Leonardo Club Tiberias 2 of 3 
DAY 5 –Friday, February 7, 2023:  BAPTISMS / BET SHE'AN / CAPERNAUM / INCLUDED ST. PETER’S FISH LUNCH / MOUNT OF BEATITUDES / BOAT RIDE / TIBERIAS
We begin the day at the Jordan River. Anyone who has never been baptized will have a chance to be immersed by Eric or a pastor on the trip. Next, we travel west to the ancient city of Bet She'an, a site where Saul’s body was hung from the city wall after he was killed. It is a wonderful archaeological site that gives us an idea of what an ancient city looked like, with a theater, baths, and a large “tell” which we can climb up. This site comprises more than a dozen civilizations and is an awesome place to explore! We head back the way we came and go to Capernaum where the home of Peter and the town’s synagogue are located. After this, let’s have lunch at a restaurant for a St. Peter’s fish (or, if you wish, chicken) meal. After lunch, we visit the Mount of Beatitudes—a place where we can read from the Sermon on the Mount. You will have never heard these words as personally as you will today. Our final activity is taking a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee…how exciting! We will have a chance to hear Christian worship music, dance to Jewish songs, and celebrate our time in the Holy Land. We will also see a New Testament boat found two decades ago during a drought dating to the time of the apostles. We will spend the night at the Sea of Galilee for a third night and prepare for our drive south in the morning.
Hotel: Leonardo Club Tiberias 3 of 3 
DAY 6 – Saturday, February 8, 2025:  QUMRAN / MASADA / CAMEL RIDE / DEAD SEA
We start the day by taking an extended bus ride down to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on the earth (1300 feet below sea level). After a couple of hours of driving (our longest drive of the trip), we will stop by Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in 1947. Ancient Jews called the Essenes copied several hundred manuscripts, including the earliest copies we have of the Old Testament and the whole book of Isaiah. We can look around the village where these Jews lived 2,000 years ago. From the village we can see Cave 4, where more than half of the 900+ scrolls were discovered in the 1950s. Next we travel to Masada and ascend by cable car to the magnificent ruins of the fortress where, from AD 70-73, Jewish defenders made their historic stand in the Judean revolt against Rome. We will have a chance to explore as we walk through the storehouses, cisterns, and palaces built by Herod the Great. We climb down Masada on the ramp and head over to a Bedouin camp to ride camels in the desert—how many of your friends have done that? Finally, let's go the Dead Sea where we have planned a special retreat at a resort hotel. This is a place where you can enter the waters of the Dead Sea for a swim and mud yourself. Or, if you’d like, utilize the basement spa area of the hotel—just sit back and let the bubbles relax you.
HotelLeonardo Plaza Dead Sea
DAY 7 –Sunday, February 9, 2025: EIN GEDI / HERODIUM / BETHLEHEM / JERUSALEM
Let’s start the day right by heading 20 minutes north to Ein Gedi, the place where David found King Saul in a cave. This place is a nature preserve today, giving us a chance to take a hike to the Lower Falls. For those with balance and stamina, we can hike up to the Upper Falls and enjoy God's beauty. Next we'll continue north to the Herodium, the palace set in a conical mountain that was built by Herod the Great and where his tomb was uncovered in 2007. Remember, it was Herod who was visited by the Wise Men. He did what he could to prevent the “King of Kings” from being born, including the “Massacre of the Innocents.” From here, we head to Bethlehem for lunch and stop in the Shepherd's Fields overlooking the city of Bethlehem. Perhaps we could celebrate Christmas a bit early by singing “Silent Night” and hearing a devotional about the importance of Bethlehem, the place where Jesus was born, a direct fulfillment of Micah 5:2. We will also go to Manger Square and visit the Church of the Nativity where Jesus was born in a cave. Finally, we will stop at an Olive Wood shop run by Christians who live in Bethlehem. At last, we head to Jerusalem, the center place for so much that took place in the Bible. This will be our final hotel of the trip, so stretch out and make yourself feel comfortable.
Hotel: Ambassador Hotel
DAY 8 –Monday, February 10, 2025:  WESTERN WALL / RABBI TUNNEL / TEMPLE MOUNT / POOL OF BETHESDA / SOUTHERN STEPS / ISRAEL MUSEUM / JERUSALEM
We begin in the heart of Jerusalem in the Jewish Quarter as we visit  the Western Wall, the holiest place for Jews today. You'll have a chance to touch the wall and see the activity in this special place, We will have a special tour of the "Rabbi's" tunnel that gets as close to the Holy of Holies as anywhere we're permitted to go. Next, we will go up to see Temple Mount, which is where the Dome of the Rock is located and where the temple once stood. From here, we will stop by the Pool of Bethesda (John 5). Our next site is the Southern (Teaching) Steps—Jesus was certainly here, right outside the temple itself. Our final stop of the day is the Israel Museum to see three things: 1) The Holy Land scale model map from 2,000 years ago; 2) The Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept; and 3) the archaeological museum where biblical artifacts, such as the Pontius Pilate stone, Caiaphas's ossuary, and the Tel Dan stone (first archaeological evidence of David), among many others. can be seen. Those of us who are nerds will love this museum!
Hotel: Ambassador Hotel
 
Day 9 Tuesday, February 11, 2025CITY OF DAVID / HEZEKIAH’S TUNNEL / DAVID’S TOMB / AZEKAH (VALLEY OF ELAH) / LACHISH / JERUSALEM
We begin today’s journey at the City of David, as we have a chance to see David's palace. We will then venture down below the ground to see Warren's Shaft, with the chance to hike through Hezekiah's Tunnel that goes back some 2700 years! The water goes up to your knees and is NOT scary...everyone needs to try this as we slosh through 1750 feet from one end to the other. Near the exit of the tunnel is the Pool of Siloam, part of which has been excavated in the last couple of decades--it is currently being excavated and we should see what they have uncovered in the past year. Next, we will walk up the hill to where King David was actually buried in a rock-cut tomb just up the street from the Pool of Siloam. We will return to our bus and head to Azekah, a tell overlooking the Valley of Elah where David fought Goliath. The story will make so much sense as we will be able to overlook where the events described by Samuel actually took place. We'll end our day at Lachish, a place where the Assyrians built a ramp in the early 8th century BC to overtake the last remaining stronghold of Judah--Jerusalem was supposed to be next but God prevented the holy city from ruin. 
Hotel: Ambassador Hotel
Day 10: Wednesday, February 12, 2025: JACOB'S WELL / SHECHEM / SAMARIA / JERICHO / JERUSALEM
Today we travel north to Nablus between Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal where Jesus had a conversation with the Samaritan woman (John 4) at the well built by the Patriarch Jacob. Drink a cup of cold water from this deep well! From here we take a 3-minute drive to Shechem, which is so important to Old Testament history. Next, we head over to Samaria for the most amazing Palestinian lunch (truly the best of the entire trip) as well as visit the Israelite ruins of the capital of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Finally, we head over to Jericho, the place where the walls came tumbling down. You will be able to see the burn layers and get an understanding of what actually took place in 1406 BC.
Hotel: Ambassador Hotel
 
DAY 11: Thursday, February 13, 2025: MT. of OLIVES / DOMINUS FLEVIT / GETHSEMANE / BETHANY / WADI QELT / YAD VASHEM /JERUSALEM
We begin the day by heading by going up on the Mt. of Olives where we can see where we had been walking in the Old City. What a view! For those in hiking condition, we will descend the mount, stopping by the Church of Dominus Flevit. It has a great view of Temple Mount from inside the church and also has a real burial site that was uncovered years ago. We then continue down the hill and end at the Garden of Gethsemane. There are olive trees in this garden with root systems going back to the time of Jesus where we can have a devotional! This is where Jesus prayed before getting betrayed and arrested. We then get on our bus and head to the other side of the Mt. of Olives to visit the city of Bethany, where Mary, Martha and Lazarus lived. There is good archaeological evidence for the tomb where Lazarus was laid. You will get to walk into this tomb. After lunch, we will head to Wadi Qelt, an incredible ravine with a Greek Orthodox monastery in the valley. This road went from Jerusalem to Jericho and where the parable of the Good Samaritan took place. What an incredible view. Finally, we will go to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial. It is a somber way to end our day. 
Hotel: Ambassador Hotel
DAY 12 –Friday, February 14, 2025: GARDEN TOMB / PRAETORIUM / CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER / FREE TIME
We start our final day on the trip at the Garden Tomb to see the place where some believe Jesus was buried. We have a chance to take communion in the garden. Next, we walk to the Old City and visit the Praetorium where Pilate judged Jesus. This is just outside Herod's Palace. Then we will walk through the popular Jaffa Gate and make our way down to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher--this is the place where Jesus was crucified and buried. From here, there will be free time to visit in the Old City and to have lunch, shop, and do anything else you'd like to do. We will meet back at the Jaffa Gate and head home to prepare for our flight the next day.
Hotel: Ambassador Hotel
 
DAU 13 - Saturday, February 15, 2025: Return home (for those not on the post-extension day)
You will take an hour-long bus ride to the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv to catch your flight(extra cost).

Post-Tour Extra Day in Jerusalem (Optional) Saturday, February 15, 2025:

For those taking the group flight or who have chosen to come on our extra day excursion, we begin today by taking taxis to the Old City and finding our way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (taxi not included). We have an appointment to visit the basement of the church in the Armenian section and see the Pilgrim Boat, etched on a wall by a pilgrim some 19 centuries ago. This is not something most people ever get to see.

From here, we will take our final walk through the church before setting up for an adventurous hike (optional) in the city of Jerusalem. We begin by going up on the ramparts (the old wall) and hiking to the Muslim Quarter. You can see both the outside and inside of the Old City. We will get out in the Muslim Quarter and then make our way to the Jewish Quarter, taking in the sights, relishing the smells, and enjoying watching people from so many stripes. On our walk we will visit Hezekiah's Broad Wall, which he built to keep the Assyrians out 2700 years ago, and the Cardo from 1500 years ago. We will then stop by the Wohl Museum of Archaeology (extra cost required). This house (now underground) was uncovered in the mid-20th century and was likely the place where a Jewish leader's family lived. 

Next, we will have lunch in the Jewish Quarter and do some quick shopping before going back to the Western Wall one last time to take a final look. Then we will go out the Dung Gate and hike down a hill near the City of David to see the tombs of Absalom, Bene Hezir, and Zechariah. These are located in the Kidron Valley and are great examples of stone-cut tombs, still standing today 2,000 years after they were built.

We then make our way up the hill and now head north to visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, located on an eastern slope of Mt. Zion (extra cost required). It was originally built in the 5th century AD and there is a road that many believe Jesus may have taken to have walked to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Inside the church are prison cells that, if they didn't hold Jesus during His trial, certainly were used to hold prisoners. When we are finished, we will go next door to a graveyard where Oskar Schindler was buried. (Watch the movie Schindler's List, a classic movie, to understand who this is.)

Finally, we walk across the street to visit the traditional place of David's Tomb and the Last Supper. Neither site is authentic, but it will give you an idea of the places people visit when they come to Israel.

This is the end of a 7-mile tour. If you make it, congratulations--you did well on your last day. (NOTE: This extra day's hike is not recommended for those with mobility/walking issues.) We will head back to the Jaffa Gate for final shopping before taking taxis back to the hotel. We will be transported as a group the next morning to the Ben Gurion airport (transfer included). Breakfast and dinner included. Admission fees and taxis not included.

Sunday, February 16, 2025: Post tour group flight home

We will catch a chartered bus to Ben Gurion airport (transfer cost included), remembering the wonders of this trip and ready to read the Bible in a whole new way. 

Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.

13-day regular trip cost:

$4495 (all inclusive, air not included )

Single room is $1200 more
Flying with the group
For those who would like to fly with the group, you can order the flight through the agency (by contacting Eric). The flight times are:
Austrian Air (OS)/Lufthansa (LH) –

 

OS 066  February 2  Chicago to Vienna  Leaves 4:20 p.m. arrives February 3 at 8:10 a.m.  

OS 857  February 3 Vienna to Tel Aviv  Leaves 10:20 a.m., arrives 2:45 p.m.

 

LH 691  February 16 Tel Aviv to  Frankfurt Leaves 5:15 a.m. arrives 9 a.m. 

LH 430  February 16 Frankfurt to Chicago Leaves 10:45 a.m. arrives 1:05 p.m.

If you fly with the group (through the agency), then the preexention extra day is included. The final cost for the flight and extension is:

$1550 flight

Free pre-tour extra day in Netanya

$250 (double occupancy) post-tour in Jersusalem

OR

$350 (single room)

Total cost: $1800 (double occupancy) or $1900 (single)

For those coming on their own flights, you are welcome to ride the bus either way with us if you are coming on the extension days. However, you must be at the airport by 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 3rd to catch that bus to Netanya. We will be leaving early a.m. from Tel Aviv on February 16.

The cost for pre-/post-tour days if you are not coming on the group flight is:

$250 double occupancy (for each day)

$350 single occupancy (for each day)

Register today with a $500 deposit by clicking here

What does the land only trip cost include?

  • 13-day trip (no extensions)
  • Full-time guide / bus / driver (Andre Shama and Azam, my favorite guide and bus driver)
  • All 4-star hotels
  • All admission fees
  • 2 meals a day, breakfast and dinner buffets
  • A St. Peter’s fish lunch 
  • Travel Diary of the Holy Land, specifically for your trip (designed and produced by Eric Johnson
  • Email correspondence throughout the months preceding the trip from Eric Johnson, including teaching, tips, video links, etc.
  • A 50-day Devotional Preparation Guide 
Not included: Optional insurance policy, flights, most lunches, snacks/drinks, and souvenirs.

Questions you may have

Who is organizing this trip?

Eric Johnson (bio below) is the organizer. Our professional travel agency working on all the details is Pilgrim Tours, based in Pennsylvania. 

Is there unlimited room for sign ups?

We are limiting this trip to one bus and 45 total passengers (not 55 like I normally bring)

Who will be our guide?

Andre Shama will be our guide, Eric's favorite (and he's had a few). Devotionals throughout the trip will be delivered by Eric and qualified laypeople.

What if I am coming by myself? Could I get a roommate?

The cost of the trip is based on double occupancy. We have a number of single people considering this trip. You have 2 options:

  1. You can request a single room, which will cost $1200 extra

  2. You can tell us who your roommate (also signing up) will be

  3. You can request a roommate. (We will do our best to pair you up with someone of the same gender who is close (as possible) to your age.)

Will there be a lot of walking?

If you go to Disneyland, you know that you will easily put in 5 miles the day you’re there. In Israel, it’s similar. To see the sites, the buses will drop us off and we will need to walk to get to the site(s). On the average day, we will cover between 3 to 6 miles, although not all at once. Generally we will get on and off the bus an average of 5-6 times each day. If you get tired, you are free to stay with the bus, as our driver stays with the bus when we are gone. Our day typically begins at 6 a.m. wake-up call, 6:30 breakfast, and 7:30 drive away from the hotel. We usually try to get back to the hotel by 5:30 p.m. Dinner is usually at 6:30 p.m.

Will there be education in the months before we go?
In the year before you go (starting May 2024), Eric Johnson will send regular emails full of a variety of information to educate the passengers, provide video links, give announcements, travel tips, etc. This will be his 17th organized Israel trip since 2009 and he has a lot of experience getting people prepared–physically, mentally, and spiritually—to go on this trip of a lifetime. 

Do we need passports and visas?
Passports, YES! Your passport (of your national country, including UK, Australia, etc.) is needed. For US passports, yours should not expire before September 2025 or you will need to renew it. You can apply for a passport at your local post office. Do yourself a favor and obtain this well in advance! 

What about the COVID regulations?
No vaccinations are required. Masks are not required as well.

What about safety?
Yes, it's been a tough year in Israel. But in normal times, I feel much more safe in Israel, even in the West Bank, than I do in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC! The entire time we are in Israel, safety will be our highest priority. If anything is ever happens in a particular area during our trip, we will avoid that place–the guide will be in constant communication with the authorities. Also understand that governmental security is all around us, especially in sensitive areas such as Temple Mount and the Western Wall. And security is tighter in the Ben Gurion Airport than anywhere in the world. You will be as safe as possible and much more secure than visiting London, Paris, or Rome. I usually hear people tell me, "I never felt in danger ever during my trip." So, in conclusion, I believe this is a very safe trip, or I would not have brought every member of my family. I have traveled to Israel since 1990. To see a video on the issue of safety, click here.

Videos from the 2022 Israel Tour (click)​

Pastor Bryan Hurlbutt

Beryl Odowd

Kirk and Kristen Pagel

Dr. "Chip" Yates

Videos from the 2023 Israel Tours (click)

Russell Leung

Matt Slick, CARM.org

Al and Carolyn Goetz

Jason Petermann

Chad Barrett

Andrew and Yim Rappaport, Striving for Eternity

Comments from Eric's latest trips

"The trip  I took to Israel with Eric Johnson was an amazing experience! It makes the Bible come alive when you can see where Jesus and his disciples walked. I recommend anybody who is thinking about going on an  Israel trip to do so, It is an experience you will never forget."

--Stacey (March 2022)

"This was far and away the best trip I’ve ever taken! We spent almost two weeks not only seeing most of the significant biblical locations in Israel but also being reminded of the biblical stories and history of why the locations are important by our amazing tour guide. It was like a semester of seminary was packed into ten days. To top it all off we stayed in great hotels and ate wonderful food the whole time."

--Pastor Jason Upchurch (February 2023)

Redeemer Bible Church, Deer Park, WA

"My trip with Eric Johnson was fantastic! As a leader on our trip, I was able to enjoy the sites and the activities without having to worry about overseeing the small details. Eric did a thorough and fantastic job of preparing our trip, organizing the details, and making sure everything went flawlessly. I could not be more pleased with his leadership and his attention to detail!“

--Pastor Jim Osman (February 2023)

  Kootenai Community Church (Idaho) 

"I would highly encourage anyone who is even remotely interested in visiting Israel to go on a trip with Eric . It was obvious from the get-go he goes over and above the basics of a normal trip. He is first rate at what he does, and because of that my experience in Israel was 1000% better than expected. They say you will never read the Bible the same way again, and it's totally true!"

--Niki Maxim (February 2023)

"Eric Johnson put together a state-of-the-art tour that was jam-packed with archeology, old and new testament survey, and current cultural events. Every day of the trip was full enough to make the entire trip worthwhile.  If you are considering a trip to the Holy Land, I would highly recommend going with Eric Johnson. He partners with a great Israeli guide as well as bus driver, which has made all the difference."

--Scott Foster, Tucson, AZ (February 2023)

"As a life-long student of the Bible now in my 70's, my recent trip with Eric to Israel was one of the highlights of my life. Eric did a remarkable job of preparing us in every way, organizing an enthralling and freshly informative itinerary, arranging for safe and comfortable accommodations, and ensuring a well-informed, enthusiastic and skilled support staff. Many gaps in my own understanding of the land were filled in; I will never read the Bible the same way again. In short, I highly recommend Eric's tours; you won't be disappointed."

--Ray Warwick (February 2023)

"The trip itself exceeded all expectations.  We saw an incredible amount of Biblical sites and Israel in 12 days.  The tour went so smoothly, with great group dynamics. It is so true that the Bible comes to life after you have been to the Holy Land in person.  I will never read the Bible the same again.  Thank you so much for orchestrating this trip of a lifetime."
--Debby Donnelly (February 2023)

"Wow!  Our trip to Israel with Eric Johnson was by far the best trip we have ever taken.  Our expectations, which were very high, were greatly exceeded.  We will never read our Bible the same again.  Life changing!"

--Ron Maxwell (March 2023)

"Thank you so much for putting together a wonderful trip of Biblical history. We stood in many places where God came down as far back as Abraham’s time recorded in Genesis. Places I never dreamed of being able to see and experience. What a trip of a lifetime."

--Frank Edwards (March 2023)

"Traveling to Israel allowed me to see, touch and feel the land I had dreamed of my entire life.  The Bible came more alive than I could ever imagine. Seeing living history, meeting the peoples, walking the areas, all cemented in my soul the wonders of the Bible. You will never read, hear or see the Bible the same."

--Ruth Knight Pagac (March 2023)

"Only a couple weeks after the trip, I am already reading my Bible like I never have before! I read through Amos this week and actually enjoyed it for the first time ever, since I could visualize what was happening at the time of the Assyrian captivity and now know the history and geography of many of the sites mentioned. I recommend this trip to the utmost--every Christian should experience this at least once. I guarantee that you will never be the same, nor will you ever read the Bible the same! My new saying after this trip is, "If I ever had a reason to doubt the Bible, now I have a million and one reasons to trust it." God's Word is so good, and it is without flaw. Thank you, Eric, for everything that you did to coordinate our trip and for the memories that we now have for the rest of our lives!"

--Rachel Miller (March 2023)

"What an amazing time seeing my Bible come to life with Real People, Real Places and Real Events! Eric planned a full educational tour that kept me wanting more time to soak it in and more details. My mind was stretched but my heart was softened concerning the future of this beautifully historic country. Worth every investment!"

-- Julie (March 2023)

 

Check out these videos from Ritch Sandford and Loren Pankratz

About trip organizer Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson taken more than 650 people, including more than two dozen pastors, to Israel and other biblical lands since 2009! This will be his 17th organized trip since 2009. Those who have come with him have had the chance to learn how the Bible speaks about real people and real places while describing historical events. Eric believes that everyone should come to the Holy Land and experience this incredible place for themselves in order to make the Bible come alive. Reading God’s Word will never be the same!

Eric is married to Terri (35 years) and has three daughters. He is supposed to become a first-time Grandpa in August 2023. After teaching Bible classes in Southern California for 17 years (as  well as more than a decade teaching English as an adjunct professor at Grossmont Community College), he and his wife moved to Utah in order to become a full-time Evangelical Christian missionary to the Mormon people. He received his Master’s of Divinity degree in 1991 and has written several books, including Answering Mormons Questions (with Bill McKeever, Kregel, 2013), Mormonism 101 (with Bill McKeever, Baker Books, 2015), Mormonism 101 for Teens (MRM, 2016) and Sharing the Good News with Mormons (Harvest House, 2018, co-edited with Sean McDowell). His newest book Introducing Christianity to Mormons was published by Harvest House Publishers in September 2022

Register today with a $500 deposit by clicking here

Previous trips to Israel organized by Eric Johnson​

  • 1990 (passenger on a tour led by Dr. Ronald Youngblood, my professor at Bethel Seminary San Diego and a translator of the 1978 New International Version)

  • 2009 (CHS): 47 students, teachers, parents, staff from Christian High School in El Cajon, CA in April

  • 2011 38 students, teachers, parents, staff from three different Christian high schools in March

  • 2012 (CHS): 43 students, teachers, parents, staff from CHS in March

  • 2013 (Adult): 45 adult travelers, including several pastors in February

  • 2015 (Adult): 18 adult travelers in February

  • 2017 (Adult): 55 adult travelers in February, including five pastors (Feb-March 2017)

  • 2018 (Adult): 27 adult travelers in February, including members from Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church in San Diego

  • 2018 (CHS/CVCS) 57 students and parents from two different Christian schools in March

  • 2019 (Covenant Retirement Communities): 41 adult travelers from the Western U.S. in February and March

  • 2019 (Private group to Turkey, Greece, Italy): 15 adult travelers in March

  • 2020 (Church group): 47 adult travelers from Southern California in February and March

  • 2020 : 22 adult travelers mostly from Southern California and Utah in March

  • 2022: 42 adult travelers mostly from Utah in February/March

  • 2023: 51 adult travelers from the Pacific Northwest in February

  • 2023: 53 adult travelers from all over the U.S in February/March

  • 2023: Scheduled trip in November with 46 passengers from Pennsylvania

  • 2024: Scheduled trip in February/March with 55 passengers from Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist in San Diego

 

Please, I encourage you to talk to anyone who has been on one of my previous trips and they will tell you, “Go!” You will never see more than on my trips. I guarantee it will be something you will never regret.

See the video Welcome to Israel!
Any questions? Write Eric (eric@mrm.org)
Instructions on how to register



1. Reservation Method: We recommend you use a credit card, as your registration is not complete until your payment is registered. The deposit is $500 per person. It will give you this opportunity on the final page.

2. Select # of Passengers: 1, 2, or no more than 3--use a separate form for others in your family who are rooming together

3. Airfare Services. If you want to fly with the group, then say Yes to the first possibility. (You can change your mind later.) I recommend flying with the group for now.

Here are several things to keep in mind if you decide NOT to fly with the group (second choice):

       1) You must arrange your own flights and be sure you get to Ben Gurion airport by the time we leave on the first full day of the tour.
       2) You must arrange your own ground transportation to our hotel in Netanya, about an hour away. This will be an extra cost

For those who fly with the group, you have no transfer fees as this is covered in your airfare price that will be announced next year.

4.  Departure airport
If you want to fly with the group, put SAN FRANCISCO unless you have decided you will get your own flights. If you do, just leave N/A.

5. Did you want insurance? To see more about the insurance possibilities, visit https://www.pilgrimtours.com/company/insurance.htm

The Odyssey plan is 7.95% of your total, both land and air. The "cancel anytime" plan is 10.85%.

If you decide you want the "cancel anytime" plan, you will have to pay $100 more along with the $500 deposit at the end of registration. (The rest of the policy will be paid three months before the trip.)

Generally, the "cancel anytime" plan is overinsurance for most people. However, I do recommend the Odyssey plan because it covers:
* Lost luggage
* Missed connectors
* Emergency health issues, including accidents
* Covid

You will pay for your insurance three months before the trip. The only difference between the Odyssey plan and "cancel anytime" is if you decide to drop out of the trip 30 days or less before without the latter plan, you get 0% back. However, you would get 80% back if you had the "cancel anytime." I have organized about 20 trips and have never had anyone use the "cancel anytime" plan--but I am not telling you what to get. 

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6. Provide your name (and spouse if coming)
7. Attach a scanned passport copy (if you have the passport)
8. Gender
9. Tour Badge Nickname (what you want to be called on the trip)
10. Date of birth
11. Address
12. Email
13. Phone
14. Passport Number/issuing country/issue date/expiration date (if you have it--otherwise, leave blank)
15. Rooming info (note: single bed is an extra cost) 
16. If you want a roommate and are single, go ahead and ask for a roommate (or if you want a single room)
17. Emergency contact name

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Pay the $500 deposit (IMPORTANT)

NOTE: We will find out from you if you want the pre/post extension days, even if you didn't have a chance to indicate your interest on the form.

If you have any questions, please ask (eric@mrm.org)

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Theater at Caesarea

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Bet Shean

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Gate at Dan

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Model, Old City of Jerusalem

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Our guide Andre Sharma

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Cave 4 of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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