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Experience the Holy Land of Israel

Witness the Remarkable Heritage of Your Christian Faith

Let the sacred past strengthen your faith as you relive the stories of the Bible in the very places where they took place. Recall both Old and New Testament teachings while exploring Arad, Ein Gedi, the Garden of Gethsemane, Nazareth and Jerusalem. Wherever you choose to go, the natural and manmade beauty of Israel is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Biblical Sites

Dead Sea
Take a float in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, and one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. With a salinity of 34.2%, it is nearly ten times as salty as the ocean. The Dead Sea is a popular attraction for tourists, pilgrims, and health researchers; the elevation, climate, and mineral composition interact to create a therapeutic environment that has been known to effectively treat a variety of ailments.

Ein Gedi
Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, IsraelThis beautiful oasis is mentioned in the Bible as the place where King David hid from King Saul. Today, it is a nature reserve and national park, home to many different species of plants, birds, and animals.

Garden of Gethsemane
Situated at the foot of the Mount of Olives, this olive garden is most famously known as the place where Jesus retreated to pray before his crucifixion, and where Judas betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin. These ancient olive trees are some of the oldest trees known to science, dating back to more than 900 years ago—and are perhaps even older.

Old City in Jerusalem, IsraelThe heart of the Holy Land and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world and is an important pilgrimage destination for followers of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Perhaps the most significant site in Jerusalem is Temple Mount, where visitors can see the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock—some of city’s most recognizable landmarks. Tour the underground tunnels of the City of David; the birthplace of Jerusalem and the setting for many well-known Bible stories.
Those who seek a meaningful spiritual experience may wish to walk along the Via Dolorosa, also known as “Way of Sorrows”. This is the path that Jesus is believed to have walked as he carried his cross through Jerusalem towards the site of his crucifixion. Christian pilgrims have been retracing his steps through the Old City for centuries, stopping at the fourteen Stations of the Cross to commemorate the events leading up to Christ’s death. The path ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which houses the last sacred stations where Jesus was crucified and buried.

Jordan River
The Jordan River connects the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, with Israel and Palestine to the west, and Jordan to the east. The river carries a great deal of historic and religious importance for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike, but Christians in particular will recall the Jordan as the place where Jesus came to be baptized by John the Baptist.

This excavated settlement, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was named in the Book of Revelation as the future site of Armageddon, where armies will gather for a battle during the end of days. Among the ancient ruins, you can still see the City Gates and the Ivory Palace, or visit the on-site museum to learn more about the city’s impressive past.

Mount Carmel
For centuries, Mount Carmel has been considered a sacred place. According to the Books of Kings, it was here where Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal, and called fire from heaven to consume his sacrificial altar. Step into Elijah’s Cave; believed to be Elijah’s home on the mountain, and allegedly the site where he came to pray before confronting Baal’s prophets.

Mount Zion
Just outside of the Old City walls of Jerusalem lies Mount Zion, where travelers can explore Dormition Abbey, King David’s Tomb, and the Room of the Last Supper. Other places of interest on this hill include the grave of Oskar Schindler, as well as the Chamber of the Holocaust—the predecessor to the Holocaust museum and research institute at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Nazareth is an essential destination for any pilgrimage, with many religious shrines dedicated to key events in Jesus’s life. Visit the Church of the Annunciation to see the place where the Angel Gabriel first told the Virgin Mary that she was carrying the Son of God, or walk next door to the Church of Saint Joseph which was built on the site of Joseph’s carpentry workshop. While strolling through Nazareth’s Old City, be sure to stop by the colorful stalls of the local market to experience the rich displays of beautiful textiles, sample the spices and flavors of local foods, or purchase finely-crafted artwork and souvenirs.

Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee, IsraelDid you know that the Sea of Galilee is actually Israel’s largest freshwater lake? Its beautiful shores served as the backdrop for much of Jesus’s ministries and miracles. According to the gospels, Jesus was walking along these banks when he called out to four fishermen, who immediately dropped their nets and abandoned their boats to become his disciples. The Sea of Galilee is also believed to be where Jesus walked on water, preached the Sermon on the Mount, and fed five thousand people with five loaves and two fish. Don’t miss the “Jesus Boat” at Yigal Allon Museum; an important archeological treasure with particular significance for Christians as a powerful symbol of Jesus’s life and legacy as a fisher of men.

Planning Your Pilgrimage to Israel

It all begins with a DIALOGUE between you and one of our Group Tour Specialists. Together we will narrow down the big decisions on the right cities, time frame and length of your trip to fit your goals and budget. We’ll discuss tour guides and approaches to teachings to ensure this pilgrimage is presented appropriately.

From there, one of our Group Tour Specialists will further the conversation until they present to you a PILGRIMAGE PROPOSAL document, which includes a planned itinerary, details on trip components and inclusions, and pricing and payment options.

Once we are in agreement on the details, you accept our proposal with a set-up deposit, and we get to work booking components and designing your PROMOTIONAL BROCHURE—a custom-designed, full-color registration packet.

Witte Tour Group in IsraelAt this point it’s time to advertise and RECRUIT for your pilgrimage. We are available to help you with promotional materials or even participation in meetings.

Witte can receive all of the passenger REGISTRATIONS and deposits directly or they can route through your organization. From there, we manage each individual account and any special arrangements desired!

We take care of the details and you prepare your group for TRAVEL. We’ll be in steady communication, adjust to any last-minute realities, and have you on your way before you know it!

Why Witte

Since 1975, Witte Travel & Tours has designed and operated exceptional tours for pastors and their congregations, religious organizations, scholars, historians, and family groups who desire to add a spiritual dimension to their travels. Each Witte Spiritual Journey is a made-to-order combination of religious and touristic activities. Our background knowledge of Holy Land destinations as well as personal connections to these people and places will ensure that your pilgrimage is a blessing on every level.

Our services include:

  • Personalized, full-color brochures with registration forms
  • The convenience of online registration
  • All arrangements for flights, land transportation, accommodations, sightseeing and special events
  • Full breakfast daily and other meals according to your specifications
  • Accounting services including individual billing, all major credit cards accepted
  • Arrangements for individuals to extend their stays, visit other destinations, and/or depart from different cities

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what our clients say

CAA / CALL In the Light of Jesus: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – 2017

Bill and Lyn VandenBosch did an excellent job of choosing sites to visit, and the scriptures came alive for us as they presented the Biblical connections to the various locations.

- Jacob W.

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