Frequently Asked Questions?

We want to listen to your ideas and craft the perfect trip with you. We’ve pulled together and answered some of our travelers’ most popular questions. Here you’ll find answers to some frequently asked questions– Which trip is right for me? What do I do about visas? How much do I tip? Should I have Falafel or Shawerma for lunch? For questions frequent and otherwise, this is the spot. Feel free to contact us if your question is not answered below.

Why should I organize a pilgrimage to the Holy Land?

“To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” (1 Peter 5:1-4).
After a visit to the Holy Land, you and those accompanying you will never be the same. To visit and worship in the places where stories from the Bible took place opens a deeper understanding of Scripture that is transformative.

How far in advance should I begin planning this trip?

We suggest beginning your planning a minimum of six months before your departure; however, if you are new to hosting a travel group, it would be better to take a year to fully prepare, promote, and generate interest. This also allows time for your community, congregation, and friends to plan the necessary vacation time and finances

When is the best time to travel?

This depends on the schedules of your congregation and friends. Most Christian groups prefer not to schedule their trips during busy holiday seasons. One of the most best times to visit the Holy Land is right after Easter. You may also want to consider the weather: November to March has cooler temperatures and some rain, while June to August is very warm. Give us a call, and we can help you decide on the best time for your group.

What itinerary should I choose?

When deciding on an itinerary, it is best to consider a vision for your group journey and what kind of experience you want to have. Do you only want to visit Biblical sites? Do you want to focus on service opportunities? Do you want to stay with a family? Is your group interested in hiking and other adventurous recreational activities? Do you want to extend your travels to Egypt or Jordan? We offer many options, so contact us and we will help you customize a special itinerary just for your group.

What is the best way to travel to the Holy Land?

With most major airlines from the USA and UK have regular flights to Tel Aviv, the majority of people choose to fly into Ben Gurion airport. Another option is to fly into Amman, Jordan and then make your way across the Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Bridge.

Do I need a visa?

Purchasing a visa before entering the Holy Land is NOT required for citizens of the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa. If you fly into Tel Aviv, you will be issued a 3-month tourist visa upon arrival. If you fly into Jordan, you will be issued a visa for Jordan, and then one for the Holy Land after you cross the Allenby Bridge. Visas issued by Israel at the Jordan and Egyptian border crossings are normally only valid for 1 month. If you participate in the options to travel in Jordan or Egypt, you will need a visa for these countries, but it is not difficult to get them while you are here. If you would feel more comfortable, however, you can also get those visas before coming.

How will we get around during our stay?

Peace by Piece Tours will provide a coach to transport you on your scheduled trips.

Is it safe to visit the Holy Land at this time?

Most governments issue travel warnings for the Holy Land and it is important to keep up to date with the advice given by your country. However, most places in the Holy Land are safe and you just need to take the same precautions as you would when visiting any other country. This includes keeping valuables (particularly passports) safe and secure and avoiding walking alone in isolated areas after dark. Otherwise, you are perfectly safe. Previous guests on our pilgrimages have consistently reported feeling safe and comfortable during their trip.

How would I access medical services during my stay?

The medical facilities in the Holy Land are excellent in the unlikely event that you need them.

Are there any health risks in coming to the Holy Land?

There are no extreme health risks as the Holy Land is not a malarial zone and there are no dangerous animals. It is just a matter of taking sensible precautions such as being careful with what you eat and drink, making sure you stay hydrated in hot weather and properly protecting yourself from the sun. In general, the water is safe to drink, but it is probably better to stick to bottled water as much as possible. If you are uncertain about the quality or source of the water, ask for hot tea. The process of boiling the water could save you from an upset stomach. There are no required immunizations for the Holy Land, but it is wise to make sure you are up to date on tetanus, polio, and diphtheria. It is also worth bringing a basic first-aid kit including a fast-drying antiseptic, band-aids, insect repellent, painkillers, anti-diarrhea medication, and hand sanitizer.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. Although your general insurance policy should cover you in the Holy Land, it is wise to double-check that this is the case.

How can I access the Internet?

Internet access is widespread throughout the Holy Land. Hotels, some restaurants, and family homes often offer Wi-Fi access. There are also a number of Internet cafes. Some hotels have computers with Internet access for the use of their guests.

Will my mobile phone work?

With an international plan, you should have no problem with mobile reception during your stay. If you are staying for a longer period, it might be worth getting your phone unlocked and purchasing a local SIM card. Our suggestion would be either Cellcom or Orange because they will cover you in all areas of the Holy Land.

What kind of clothing should I wear?

In most areas of the Holy Land, conservative clothing is advisable. It is recommended that you NEVER wear tank tops or sleeveless shirts. Also, shorts are not common. You should only wear shorts and skirts that go below the knee. In most areas, jeans and t-shirts are acceptable, but the locals tend not to dress so casually. We recommend you dress modestly at all times and try to be culturally sensitive to the community around you.

What currency is used in the Holy Land?

The primary unit of currency is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Notes come in denominations of NIS 200, NIS 100, NIS 50, NIS 20, and NIS 10; coins come in NIS 10, NIS 5, NIS 1, NIS 0.5, 10 agorot, and 5 agorot. There are 100 agorot in a shekel. Although the US dollar and Jordanian dinar (JD) are also accepted in some places, it is better to stick with the NIS.

What kind of adapter do I need?

Most appliances operate on 220 volts AC, 50 Hertz. Most plugs have 2 round prongs (the same as in Europe).

What is the weather like?

The summers are long and hot (particularly in July and August). Winters are short, cold, and wet.

What is it like for disabled travelers?

Unfortunately, in general, scant regard is paid to the needs of disabled travelers in the Middle East. Steps, high curbs, and other assorted obstacles are everywhere. Streets are often badly rutted and uneven, it is difficult to cross roads due to heavy traffic, and many doorways are low and narrow. Ramps and specially equipped lodgings and toilets are extremely rare.