9 Day Tour to the Holy Land with Mike and Maggie Alexander

February 22nd – March 1st, 2020

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DAY 1 – Depart the US (Houston) to Tel Aviv, Israel

Overnight flight to Israel. Meals and Drinks served on flight.

DAY 2 – Tel Aviv

Arrive at Tel-Aviv Airport. Meet our tour guide who will accompany us throughout our journey. Board coach bus to Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth or Tiberias.

DAY 3 – Sea of Galilee

After breakfast start our day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Then visit Capernaum and the House of Peter, Magdala, the “Jesus Boat” at Nof Ginosar, the church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, and St. Peter church on the sea. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth or Tiberias.

DAY 4 – Nazareth

After breakfast drive to Cana of Galilee, the place commemorates the first miracle of Jesus. After that we drive to view Mt. Carmel and then continue to Nazareth to visit Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s well, St. Joseph church and the old Synagogue. Dinner and in Nazareth or Tiberias.

DAY 5 – Jerusalem

After breakfast, drive to the Mount of Olives to enjoy a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Visit the Chapel of Ascension and the Pater Noster Church. Continue walking to Dominus Flevit, the Garden and the Church of Gethsemane, David’s Tomb, and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Complimentary Dinner, overnight in Bethlehem.

DAY 6 – Bethlehem

After breakfast, tour Bethlehem. Visit the Nativity Church, Milk Grotto, the Shepherd’s Fields, and the old city of Bethlehem. There will be leisure time and including shopping activities in the afternoon.  Traditional BBQ dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

DAY 7 – Jordan River/Jericho

After breakfast, travel to the real site of Jesus’ Baptism by the Jordan River. Visit Bethany and the Tomb of Lazarus. Drive on to Jericho via the Judean desert and visit the oldest city in the world. See the Mount of Temptation, Tel Sultan, and the sycamore tree of Zacchaeus. Later visit the Dead Sea and caves at Qumran where Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Perhaps even swim in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

[Option: at no extra charge and for a richer cultural experience you have an option to stay overnight with local Christian family instead of staying at hotel on this night]

DAY 8 – Bethlehem

This is a relaxing and leisure day.  It is optional to visit Bethlehem University to meet some of the business school students to learn about some of the challenges and opportunities facing graduates in the middle east.  Enjoy a cultural dinner and folk dancing with some of the students. Overnight in Bethlehem.

[Option: at no extra charge and for a richer cultural experience you have an option to stay overnight with local Christian family instead of staying at hotel on this night]

DAY 9 –  Depart to Holy Land to the US

This day schedule depends on the flight time, Drive to Airport for Departure back to the USA.

Explore Amazing Cities and Culture of the Holy Land

This program will take us deep into the land called Holy, where Jesus was born, lived his life, died and resurrected.  We will walk and follow his steps; we will also meet the Living Stones of the Holy Land — the local Christian church and community – descendants of the church from 2000 years ago.

With the help of our expert guides, we will have an experience like no other, as you tour through the heart of the Holy Land. Secure, scenic, cultural, and transformative, this tour will stay with you for life. 

Price Includes:

  • Round trip airfare
  • Superior Accommodation
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Transportation in a Modern (air conditioned) Coach
  • English speaking Tour Guide
  • Entrance fees to all sights and portage at Hotels

Price does not include:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch on the road
  • Beverages & drinks
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Tips

Michael Alexander
Group Leader

Michael Alexander serves Mays Business School as the Director of the Professional MBA Program.  He oversees Mays’ CityCentre facility in Houston and is a Lecturer, teaching teamwork and leadership in the Professional MBA Program and Business Communications and Professional Presence in the Mays Master of Science in Business program.  Michael has also become a sought-after facilitator, helping organizations with team function and strategic planning.

Michael holds a B.A. and B.S. from Abilene Christian University and an M.B.A. from the Texas A&M Executive MBA program, class of 2010.

Michael is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bryan and serves in several leadership and development roles. Originally from Longview, Texas, Mike has a wife, Maggie, a daughter, Savannah, a son-in-law, Sergio, and an amazing grandson, Noah.

Terms & Conditions

Price Includes

  • FLIGHT- Economy class Round-trip from US to Israel.
  • LODGING – Double-occupancy rooms with private bathroom facilities. A limited number of single-occupancy rooms are available at additional fee.
  • MEALS – Two meals per day consists of breakfast and dinner.
  • TOURING – per itinerary, (subject to adjustment) with licensed Tour Guide in private air-conditioned tour bus with driver.
  • Airport Taxes, Fuel surcharges and security fees.

Price Does Not Include
Lunches, beverages (other than coffee and tea), personal expenses (snacks, phone, laundry, internet), travel/trip insurance, or Tips.

Payment Schedules

You will be required to select a payment plan upon registration for the trip. Besides the initial deposit of $250 for all payment plans, you may choose between:

  • Payment in-full, immediately. If selected, you will be able to receive a refund, minus deposit, up to 90 days before trip departure.
  • 2 Payments, first payment of $1,299 by October 22nd, 2019. Second payment will be required November 22nd, 2019 for the remaining balance (90 days before departure). 

Booking Conditions

A non-refundable deposit of $250.00 per person is required at time of booking. No reservation will be processed without a deposit and the completed registration form. Final payment is due 90 days prior to your departure date. Registrations received late (within 60 days of departure date) will require Payment in Full. No deposits will be accepted at this time.

We accept cash, checks, money orders, and major credit cards.

There will be an extra 3% charge for credit card payments on the balance.

Refunds/Cancellations

  • YOUR CANCELLATION NOTICE SHOULD BE IN WRITING AND SUBMITTED TO OUR OFFICE AT support@iHolyLandTours.com
  • NO REFUNDS – UNLESS YOU PURCHASED A TRIP CANCELLATION PLAN.
  • iHOLYLAND TOURS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR REFUNDING MONEY FOR ANY REASON
  • If iHolyLand Tours cancels the scheduled tour for any reason other than safety, security, natural disaster, acts of terrorism, acts of God, or any other circumstances beyond iHolyLand Tours’ control, iHolyLand Tours will refund the entire amount paid minus any non-refundable deposits paid to third-party vendors. iHolyLand Tours bears no further responsibility beyond the refund

Payments should be made on the payment schedule for this tour. Failure to make payments on the payment schedule, may result in your loss of place on the tour with cancellation fees.

If you want to pay by check, please call the iHolyLand Tours office at 407-967-7474 for instructions. (Check payments are welcome, but do not send check payment without talking to our office for instructions regarding this process.)

Deviations and Changes
Requests for deviation from the itinerary are subject to additional fee, plus any applicable airfare or ground transportation surcharges. Itinerary changes cannot be accepted 3 months before departure date.

Air Transportation

All group airline tickets are round-trip, economy class tickets and are non-refundable from the time of ticketing. Participants on a group flight cannot use frequent file miles to purchase their tickets, although they can add their frequent flyer number to their paid ticket when they arrive at the airport. Any cancellations, alterations, or failure to use confirmed space will be subject to the penalties and fees given by the airline. Please note that airfares, airline carriers, and schedules are always subject to change without notice. While iHolyLand Tours attempts to accurately anticipate required airline taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges, any excess fees levied by the airlines beyond the original total price at time of booking will be the responsibility of the individual participant. iHolyLand Tours retains the right to pass these excess charges on to the individual even if the actual cost is higher than the expected cost advertised. iHolyLand Tours is not responsible for any transportation expenses that are incurred due to missed flight, change of itinerary, illness, etc. Deviations from the group flight are not possible, and seating preferences can be requested directly to the airlines upon check-in. iHolyLand Tours cannot guarantee any seating arrangements or requests.

Passport
You are responsible for the accuracy of your Passport information.
Be sure to enter your Passport name EXACTLY (first, middle, last) as it appears on your Passport. Your tickets will be purchased using the Passport Name you supply. If your name is not exactly the same on your ticket and your Passport, your ticket for this tour will be invalid and may have a substantial cost to re-ticket in the correct name.

You must have a valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months PRIOR to RETURNING to the U.S. If you need a new or renewed passport, it takes several weeks to secure one, so don’t delay applying/updating. Non-U.S. Passport holders, please contact iHolyLand Tours office for further instructions.

Inoculations & Visas
No inoculations or visas (for U.S. Citizens) are required for Israel or Jordan

Physical Requirements & Responsibility

This tour is not a looking-out-the-bus-window-experience. Our tours are a feet-on-the-ground adventure that requires travelers to be in generally good health and are responsible to have independent mobility and strength. There is a significant amount of walking over uneven archaeological terrain and nature pathways as well as up hills and ancient stairs. To participate in this tour successfully, you should be able to climb two flights of stairs without assistance and walk at a modest pace for a mile, as well as be able to stand in possibly hot weather.

Every effort will be made to accommodate the health needs of each participant. Please be advised that most foreign countries do not conform to the same standards as found in the USA Disabilities Act. iHolyLand Tours cannot provide individual assistance to travelers for walking, eating, or getting on and off modes of transportation. Participants who need this type of assistance are welcome to provide their own travel companion at their own expense. Or you can contact us for these arrangements if available. Please be advised that iHolyLand Tours cannot guarantee access to all pilgrimage activities, tours, or sites, especially if a participant’s mobility is severely restricted. iHolyLand Tours accepts no responsibility for a participant’s inability to fully participate in any or all portions of the tour, nor can iHolyLand Tours provide any refund for non-participation in any part of the Tour.

Luggage
One piece of checked luggage, maximum 50 pounds.  Plus, one small personal bag (small enough to comfortably fit on your lap on the tour bus, e.g. a back-pack). Luggage is limited due to the tour bus luggage bay capacity.

Photography

Please be advised that iHolyLand Tours reserves the right to take photographs and video during the tour activities and to use captured media for promotional use. Any individual that prefers their image not be used for promotional purposes is kindly asked to notify us via letter or email before departure.

Trip/Travel Insurance 
iHolyLand Tours STRONGLY recommends Trip Insurance. iHolyLand Tours urges you to procure Travel/Trip Insurance immediately after registering for a tour. This type of insurance will cover the cost of your trip should you need to cancel because of an emergency prior to departure or return mid-trip to the States because of an emergency, illness or injury.

Liability
iHolyLand Tours acts only as agent for the various companies whose accommodations and conveyances are utilized for the tour.  It assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with the services of any train, carriage, automobile, airplane, camel or other conveyance which will be used either wholly or in part.  Neither will iHolyLand Tours be responsible for any error, omission, act or any injury, loss, accident or any delay which may be occasioned by reason of defect in any vehicle through neglect or default of any company or person engaged in the conveying of passengers or their luggage.  The tour directors accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or changes in motor coach, train, airplane services, or that of any other conveyance, sickness, accident, weather, strikes, war, violence, quarantine, or other causes, and all such losses or expenses must be borne by the individual.

Flight times are subject to change by the airline without advance notice.  iHolyLand Tours is not responsible for airline flight cancellations, schedule changes and delays, and cannot reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from such delays or cancellations, concerning group flights arranged by iHolyLand Tours or connecting flights made by individuals.  iHolyLand Tours strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance to cover any losses that may be incurred.  In the highly unlikely event the airline(s) changes flight schedules, iHolyLand Tours reserves the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary as necessary. A corresponding cost increase may occur if additional nights/meals are necessary.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Questions about the Terms of Service should be sent to us at support@iHolyLandTours.com or call +1 407-967-7474

DAY 1 – Depart the US (Houston) to Tel Aviv, Israel

Overnight flight to Israel. Meals and Drinks served on flight.

DAY 2 – Tel Aviv

Arrive at Tel-Aviv Airport. Meet our tour guide who will accompany us throughout our journey. Board coach bus to Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth or Tiberias.

DAY 3 – Sea of Galilee

After breakfast start our day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Then visit Capernaum and the House of Peter, Magdala, the “Jesus Boat” at Nof Ginosar, the church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, and St. Peter church on the sea. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth or Tiberias.

DAY 4 – Nazareth

After breakfast drive to Cana of Galilee, the place commemorates the first miracle of Jesus. After that we drive to view Mt. Carmel and then continue to Nazareth to visit Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s well, St. Joseph church and the old Synagogue. Dinner and in Nazareth or Tiberias.

DAY 5 – Jerusalem

After breakfast, drive to the Mount of Olives to enjoy a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Visit the Chapel of Ascension and the Pater Noster Church. Continue walking to Dominus Flevit, the Garden and the Church of Gethsemane, David’s Tomb, and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Complimentary Dinner, overnight in Bethlehem.

DAY 6 – Bethlehem

After breakfast, tour Bethlehem. Visit the Nativity Church, Milk Grotto, the Shepherd’s Fields, and the old city of Bethlehem. There will be leisure time and including shopping activities in the afternoon.  Traditional BBQ dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

DAY 7 – Jordan River/Jericho

After breakfast, travel to the real site of Jesus’ Baptism by the Jordan River. Visit Bethany and the Tomb of Lazarus. Drive on to Jericho via the Judean desert and visit the oldest city in the world. See the Mount of Temptation, Tel Sultan, and the sycamore tree of Zacchaeus. Later visit the Dead Sea and caves at Qumran where Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Perhaps even swim in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

[Option: at no extra charge and for a richer cultural experience you have an option to stay overnight with local Christian family instead of staying at hotel on this night]

DAY 8 – Bethlehem

This is a relaxing and leisure day.  It is optional to visit Bethlehem University to meet some of the business school students to learn about some of the challenges and opportunities facing graduates in the middle east.  Enjoy a cultural dinner and folk dancing with some of the students. Overnight in Bethlehem.

[Option: at no extra charge and for a richer cultural experience you have an option to stay overnight with local Christian family instead of staying at hotel on this night]

DAY 9 –  Depart to Holy Land to the US

This day schedule depends on the flight time, Drive to Airport for Departure back to the USA.

Explore Amazing Cities and Culture of the Holy Land

This program will take us deep into the land called Holy, where Jesus was born, lived his life, died and resurrected.  We will walk and follow his steps; we will also meet the Living Stones of the Holy Land — the local Christian church and community – descendants of the church from 2000 years ago.

With the help of our expert guides, we will have an experience like no other, as you tour through the heart of the Holy Land. Secure, scenic, cultural, and transformative, this tour will stay with you for life. 

Price Includes:

  • Round trip airfare
  • Superior Accommodation
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Transportation in a Modern (air conditioned) Coach
  • English speaking Tour Guide
  • Entrance fees to all sights and portage at Hotels

Price does not include:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch on the road
  • Beverages & drinks
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Tips

Michael Alexander
Group Leader

Michael Alexander serves Mays Business School as the Director of the Professional MBA Program.  He oversees Mays’ CityCentre facility in Houston and is a Lecturer, teaching teamwork and leadership in the Professional MBA Program and Business Communications and Professional Presence in the Mays Master of Science in Business program.  Michael has also become a sought-after facilitator, helping organizations with team function and strategic planning.

Michael holds a B.A. and B.S. from Abilene Christian University and an M.B.A. from the Texas A&M Executive MBA program, class of 2010.

Michael is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bryan and serves in several leadership and development roles. Originally from Longview, Texas, Mike has a wife, Maggie, a daughter, Savannah, a son-in-law, Sergio, and an amazing grandson, Noah.

Terms & Conditions

Price Includes

  • FLIGHT- Economy class Round-trip from US to Israel.
  • LODGING – Double-occupancy rooms with private bathroom facilities. A limited number of single-occupancy rooms are available at additional fee.
  • MEALS – Two meals per day consists of breakfast and dinner.
  • TOURING – per itinerary, (subject to adjustment) with licensed Tour Guide in private air-conditioned tour bus with driver.
  • Airport Taxes, Fuel surcharges and security fees.

Price Does Not Include
Lunches, beverages (other than coffee and tea), personal expenses (snacks, phone, laundry, internet), travel/trip insurance, or Tips.

Booking Conditions

A non-refundable deposit of $250.00 per person is required at time of booking. No reservation will be processed without a deposit and the completed registration form. Final payment is due 90 days prior to your departure date. Registrations received late (within 60 days of departure date) will require Payment in Full. No deposits will be accepted at this time.

We accept cash, checks, money orders, and major credit cards.

There will be an extra 3% charge for credit card payments on the balance.

Refunds/Cancellations

  • YOUR CANCELLATION NOTICE SHOULD BE IN WRITING AND SUBMITTED TO OUR OFFICE AT support@iHolyLandTours.com
  • NO REFUNDS – UNLESS YOU PURCHASED A TRIP CANCELLATION PLAN.
  • iHOLYLAND TOURS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR REFUNDING MONEY FOR ANY REASON
  • If iHolyLand Tours cancels the scheduled tour for any reason other than safety, security, natural disaster, acts of terrorism, acts of God, or any other circumstances beyond iHolyLand Tours’ control, iHolyLand Tours will refund the entire amount paid minus any non-refundable deposits paid to third-party vendors. iHolyLand Tours bears no further responsibility beyond the refund

Payments should be made on the payment schedule for this tour. Failure to make payments on the payment schedule, may result in your loss of place on the tour with cancellation fees.

If you want to pay by check, please call the iHolyLand Tours office at 407-967-7474 for instructions. (Check payments are welcome, but do not send check payment without talking to our office for instructions regarding this process.)

Deviations and Changes
Requests for deviation from the itinerary are subject to additional fee, plus any applicable airfare or ground transportation surcharges. Itinerary changes cannot be accepted 3 months before departure date.

Air Transportation

All group airline tickets are round-trip, economy class tickets and are non-refundable from the time of ticketing. Participants on a group flight cannot use frequent file miles to purchase their tickets, although they can add their frequent flyer number to their paid ticket when they arrive at the airport. Any cancellations, alterations, or failure to use confirmed space will be subject to the penalties and fees given by the airline. Please note that airfares, airline carriers, and schedules are always subject to change without notice. While iHolyLand Tours attempts to accurately anticipate required airline taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges, any excess fees levied by the airlines beyond the original total price at time of booking will be the responsibility of the individual participant. iHolyLand Tours retains the right to pass these excess charges on to the individual even if the actual cost is higher than the expected cost advertised. iHolyLand Tours is not responsible for any transportation expenses that are incurred due to missed flight, change of itinerary, illness, etc. Deviations from the group flight are not possible, and seating preferences can be requested directly to the airlines upon check-in. iHolyLand Tours cannot guarantee any seating arrangements or requests.

Passport
You are responsible for the accuracy of your Passport information.
Be sure to enter your Passport name EXACTLY (first, middle, last) as it appears on your Passport. Your tickets will be purchased using the Passport Name you supply. If your name is not exactly the same on your ticket and your Passport, your ticket for this tour will be invalid and may have a substantial cost to re-ticket in the correct name.

You must have a valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months PRIOR to RETURNING to the U.S. If you need a new or renewed passport, it takes several weeks to secure one, so don’t delay applying/updating. Non-U.S. Passport holders, please contact iHolyLand Tours office for further instructions.

Inoculations & Visas
No inoculations or visas (for U.S. Citizens) are required for Israel or Jordan

Physical Requirements & Responsibility

This tour is not a looking-out-the-bus-window-experience. Our tours are a feet-on-the-ground adventure that requires travelers to be in generally good health and are responsible to have independent mobility and strength. There is a significant amount of walking over uneven archaeological terrain and nature pathways as well as up hills and ancient stairs. To participate in this tour successfully, you should be able to climb two flights of stairs without assistance and walk at a modest pace for a mile, as well as be able to stand in possibly hot weather.

Every effort will be made to accommodate the health needs of each participant. Please be advised that most foreign countries do not conform to the same standards as found in the USA Disabilities Act. iHolyLand Tours cannot provide individual assistance to travelers for walking, eating, or getting on and off modes of transportation. Participants who need this type of assistance are welcome to provide their own travel companion at their own expense. Or you can contact us for these arrangements if available. Please be advised that iHolyLand Tours cannot guarantee access to all pilgrimage activities, tours, or sites, especially if a participant’s mobility is severely restricted. iHolyLand Tours accepts no responsibility for a participant’s inability to fully participate in any or all portions of the tour, nor can iHolyLand Tours provide any refund for non-participation in any part of the Tour.

Luggage
One piece of checked luggage, maximum 50 pounds.  Plus, one small personal bag (small enough to comfortably fit on your lap on the tour bus, e.g. a back-pack). Luggage is limited due to the tour bus luggage bay capacity.

Photography

Please be advised that iHolyLand Tours reserves the right to take photographs and video during the tour activities and to use captured media for promotional use. Any individual that prefers their image not be used for promotional purposes is kindly asked to notify us via letter or email before departure.

Trip/Travel Insurance 
iHolyLand Tours STRONGLY recommends Trip Insurance. iHolyLand Tours urges you to procure Travel/Trip Insurance immediately after registering for a tour. This type of insurance will cover the cost of your trip should you need to cancel because of an emergency prior to departure or return mid-trip to the States because of an emergency, illness or injury.

Liability
iHolyLand Tours acts only as agent for the various companies whose accommodations and conveyances are utilized for the tour.  It assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with the services of any train, carriage, automobile, airplane, camel or other conveyance which will be used either wholly or in part.  Neither will iHolyLand Tours be responsible for any error, omission, act or any injury, loss, accident or any delay which may be occasioned by reason of defect in any vehicle through neglect or default of any company or person engaged in the conveying of passengers or their luggage.  The tour directors accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or changes in motor coach, train, airplane services, or that of any other conveyance, sickness, accident, weather, strikes, war, violence, quarantine, or other causes, and all such losses or expenses must be borne by the individual.

Flight times are subject to change by the airline without advance notice.  iHolyLand Tours is not responsible for airline flight cancellations, schedule changes and delays, and cannot reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from such delays or cancellations, concerning group flights arranged by iHolyLand Tours or connecting flights made by individuals.  iHolyLand Tours strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance to cover any losses that may be incurred.  In the highly unlikely event the airline(s) changes flight schedules, iHolyLand Tours reserves the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary as necessary. A corresponding cost increase may occur if additional nights/meals are necessary.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Questions about the Terms of Service should be sent to us at support@iHolyLandTours.com or call +1 407-967-7474

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