Journeys of Faith: Holy Land
In last week’s blog, I wrote an overview of faith travel and listed a few of the popular places associated with it. Today, I thought it might be interesting to share more about selecting a trip to the most popular destination for Christian travel: Israel.
Spiritual travel allows you to explore your faith more deeply and to really experience the locations and stories from the Bible. For most people, the faith and experiential components make it a more meaningful experience than a traditional tour because they bring your faith to life. Israel has been at the heart of the Christian religion, and the opportunity to visit traditional sites is often an unforgettable, life-changing experience.
Typical Holy Land itineraries include two major areas of Israel: around the Sea of Galilee and in Jerusalem. In the Galilee area, you’ll visit towns and sites related to Bible stories, including Cana Nazareth, Capernaum, and the Mt. of Beatitudes. One of the highlights in the Galilee area is a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, sailing the same waters that Jesus would have sailed. Some itineraries also include a baptism in the Sea of Galilee area.
In Jerusalem, visitors typically go to sites associated with Jesus’ life and death, such as the Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden Tomb, Via Dolorosa, and the Mt. of Olives. A highlight of Jerusalem is the old city and walking the streets to get a feel for what Jerusalem might have been like in the time that the Bible was written.
Holy Land itineraries always include these two locations, but there are other locations in the country and vicinity that visitors often go to as well. Some other options, that might be part of your tour or could be places you add on, are the desert and Dead Sea area, Bethlehem, and the nearby country of Jordan.
We always advise travelers to the Holy Land to pack plenty of clothing options that cover shoulders and knees. This is often a requirement at holy sites, so having plenty of clothing that meets these criteria is important for any trip to the Holy Land. Another uniqueness about traveling to the Holy Land is that many sites are not accessible to those with mobility difficulties. You will often find steps and cobblestones that can be limiting for some travelers.
You will never read your Bible the same after visiting the sites of the stories, walking the streets that Jesus walked, and praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. If you’re interested in growing your faith through a life-changing experience in the Holy Land, give us a call to discuss the many options available to you. You also might want to consider putting together a church group to travel with you, because sharing the experience with others makes it even richer.
Details and Recommendations
Getting there: Most travelers to Israel fly in and out of Tel Aviv. It is a convenient international airport for all destinations in the country, and known as one of the world’s most secure airports.
Staying there: You will likely have a hotel in the Galilee region and another in Jerusalem. Most destinations can be accessed from these two places. There are a number of excellent hotels that cater to American expectations.
How long: We recommend at least a week in Israel. If you want to add other destinations to your Holy Land tour, such as Jordan, Egypt, and/or an Israel beach resort, plan on a few extra days before or after your Holy Land trip.
Don’t miss: Wandering the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem and recognizing the important role this holy city plays in 3 religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
Contact: Globe Travel at 434-390-8233 or firstname.lastname@example.org to help you plan your faith journey of a lifetime!