"The bible will "come alive" as you see and touch the places of which you read in the bible every day." - Noam, Owner
America Israel Travel Questions and Answers
Is it safe to travel to Israel?
Yes, it is! You may be surprised to learn that statistic records show that Israel is one of the safest countries in the world for tourists to visit. Every year around 3 million travelers are visiting the land of Israel, from which half million visitors are form North America, and the numbers are keep growing. It will be very hard to find travelers who experienced any kind of difficulty on their Israel tour.
So why do we hear that traveling to Israel is not necessarily safe?
There is a huge gap between what people perceived Israel to be like and what Israel really is. Today's media rarely portray the reality in Israel. What is the reality? First, that millions of people in Israel live perfectly normal lives: they send their children to school, go to work, eat in restaurants, go to movies, meet with friends - in short, they live lives just like yours. You will discover that visiting Israel is in fact a safe, enjoyable and uplifting experience. Just ask someone who has been to Israel recently - and then come and see for yourself. Over the years we have noticed that after a first visit one can realize that Israel is more than safe to tour. Therefore, after a first visit we will never be asked about security issues any more.
How many people from the U.S. and Canada are visiting Israel on average every year?
With more than half millions tourists landing in Israel yearly from North America, the U.S. and Canada market is one of the fast growing and most dedicated markets Israel has.
What is the first reaction you hear when travelers are returning from their first tour to Israel?
Although we provide tour services for churches and individuals who have been on tours to Israel dozens of times; it is by far the greatest joy to hear people coming back form their first tour declaring that "this was a journey of a lifetime". Very often we hear from people who just came back that "we could never imagine Israel is so safe and friendly" and "this is the greatest spiritually journey we have ever taken".
How is your company different from other tour companies in the market?
First of all we operate tours to biblical destinations and biblical destinations only. This allows us to specialize in the special needs required to operate a successful biblical tour. Our top priority is to provide the finest tour services through the ultimate learning and educational experience. America Israel Travel is the only tour operation that offers bible and archeology study seminars as an integral part of our group tours. Our optional 12-hour study seminar series is specifically tailored to match the interests of each group and are conducted and supervised by Israel top bible and archeology scholars. We also offer special tours with guest scholars. One of our leading scholars is Dr. Dan Bahat who used to serve as the chief archeologist for the city of Jerusalem and today is the supervising archeologist of the Western Wall and the Western Wall Tunnels. And lastly, our Los Angeles based team, our Israel based team and our experienced tour guides and bus drivers are the best the travel industry has to offer.
What can I expect from a Holy Land Tour?
Barely 21,000 square kilometers (Equivalent to the size of New Jersey) - Israel, the land of Milk and Honey, is a travel destination like no other. Not like any other destination a tour to Israel is a life changing experience. Visiting the Holy Land is more than a vacation; it's a spiritual and emotional journey one will never forget. While visiting Israel's biblical sites, from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north, you can walk the same land where most of the major biblical events took place. The bible will "come alive" as you see and touch the places of which you read in the bible every day. As a Christian, visiting Israel is literally tracing the footsteps of Jesus. In Israel you can walk where Jesus walked and visit the sites where He was born, lived, healed, ministered, died and resurrected. As a Jew a trip to Israel is a powerful and meaningful experience that can personalize and deepen one's connection to the Jewish state, Judaism and Jewish life. Where else could you pray at the Western Wall on Friday night, then eat a festive Shabbat meal overlooking Jerusalem's old city.
Which biblical sites one can visit on a standard Holy Land Tour?
You will be amazed to discover that in just 7 touring days one can see most of the biblical sites in Israel. The land is so small and accessible that during a week visit one can see the following biblical sites (just to mention few): Old city Jerusalem, Temple Mt., Mt. of Olives, the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Garden Tomb, City of David, the Room of the Last Supper, Via Dolorosa, Bethlehem, Mt. Carmel, Mt. Tabor, Masada, Dead Sea, Qumran caves, Megiddo and the valley of Armageddon, Sea of Galilee, Tabja, Mt. of Beatitude, Capernaum, Caesarea, Golan Heights, etc, etc.
Is it popular to travel to Israel with a group organized by a church or synagogue?
Very much so. We work closely with hundreds of tour leaders (Pastors, Rabbis, head of Christian and Jewish organization) from all over the United States and Canada, delivering complete tour packages that include: air transport, accommodations, ground transport, meals, sightseeing, top professional tour guides, coordination of events and special activities, coordination of conferences and conventions as well as educational packages. Our tour programs for groups last anywhere from 7 to 21 days to any single or multiple destinations that we cover. On site bible history studies and archeology seminars are an integral part of our group tours. Our optional study seminar series is specifically tailored to match the interests of each group and are conducted and supervised by bible and archeology scholars.
And what should I do if I don't belong to a church or synagogue organizing a tour to Israel?
We offer many tour options for the individual travelers. The most affordable way to discover Israel is our weekly escorted tours. These fully guided tours are the perfect solution for those who are coming alone but still want to be part of a guided group. We operate 7 different tours in Israel that depart regularly every week. These are small groups (usually 10-20 people on each tour) and very friendly. Our weekly escorted tours start from $795 (land package) and depart guaranteed every week.
What are the costs?
You will be amazed that a standard 10 day tour is more than affordable. Our 10 day group tour packages start as low as $1,795 (air and land package) from New York and as low as $1,995 from other U.S. cities. Our weekly escorted tours for individuals start from $795 (land package) and depart guaranteed every week.
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