What is the process of planning a tour, and how long will it take?
The first step in planning a tour is deciding on the itinerary and picking up travel dates. Then it’s time to book hotels and flights and start promoting. Hotels can be booked about a year ahead of time. Flights can be booked 11 months prior to departure. At this point a brochure is printed and promotion and registration begins (first deposit is usually due at this point). About 3 months prior to arrival an initial rooming list is due, to be finalized one month prior to arrival (final payment is usually due at this point). The whole process takes one year, to 18 months, but can be done on a shorter notice as well.
What is a good group size?
We handle both small and large groups. However, in order to enjoy group rates you need a minimum of 15 traveling passengers. Our busses hold up to 50 passengers each. In a group of more then one bus, each bus will have their own guide. In some sites one guide will talk to the entire group, while in others each guide will lead his people. We handle groups of 15-250 people and more, and provide personal service and a familiar feeling to each tourist.
How much influence will I have over the itinerary and schedule?
We highly believe in being flexible. When using our services you, as the group leader, are a vital part of the decision making process. Seeing this is your tour, and you know best the needs of your people, we will ask for your input on such items as the length of the trip, airlines to fly with, hotels to stay in, places to visit and other details which will make your tour special and unique. Should you wish, the guide will sit with you every day and plan how much time will be spent at each site, and which sites should be skipped or added to the itinerary.
Will I be able to share with my people and where?
Yes, of course. Determent to making the tour a continuation of your ministry we do encourage that you (and/or others) will share during the tour. You may do so almost anywhere you wish and talk for as long as you wish. Some of the places we recommend for sharing are: Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Megiddo, Caesarea Philippi, Dan, Damascus Road, Mt. of Beatitudes, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Beth Shean, Ein Gedi, Ellah Valley, Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, the Upper Room, Antonia Fortress, Pool of Bethesda, Pool of Siloam, Calvary. (see Holy Land in scripture)
Who will be our guide?
All of our guides are hand picked by us. We only work with the most knowledgeable, well experienced and reliable guides. Not only are they experienced in guiding, but they all have lots of experience in working with us. Meaning, they are very familiar with our itineraries and how we like things done. They are flexible to the group’s needs, know the Bible and use it a lot, do not drag the group into tourist traps and are always willing to go the extra mile.
What time of the year is best for traveling to the Bible Lands?
The best time to come is either the fall (end of September – November) or the spring (Mid March – June). The winter is not too cold, but some rain may fall, usually followed by a few most beautiful sunny days. The summer is very hot, but to family oriented groups we recommend to come in the beginning of July, when the weather is not too bad yet.
Is there a difference in price when coming on different dates?
The Jewish Holidays (in September and around April) are peak season and we usually do not sell them. November 20th – February 28th is low season, March 1st – November 19th is regular season and July and August are high season. The difference between low and regular season is around $150-$180, depending on the hotels one uses and the length of the tour. It is more difficult to estimate the difference between this and the high season, because different hotels have different policies regarding the increase in summer time. There is no difference in the price of guides, busses, entrance fees etc. but there is a difference in flight prices.