The Sanchez Family Holy Land Tour

Our March 6-15, 2020 tour is sold out.

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Join Sanchez Family members Dr. Gary & Carol Crossland

We specialize in only one thing - Holy Land Tours, and we do it very well.  The price includes all expenses including airfare, hotel, guides, and all meals, except daily lunches.  If you have questions, check out our Q&A section below.  Or contact us here.

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Check out Gary's Linkedin page here

  • Co-Founder of the OVRtour App

  • Founder of The Octagon Project

  • Co-producer of the virtual reality exhibit at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC.

  • Author of The Merged Gospels

  • Professor of History, Archeology and Linguistics

  • Veteran Holy Land Tour Guide

  Meet Your Guide -

  Dr. Gary Crossland

Our Typical Itinerary

  • The actual site of the Sermon on the Mount (MT 5:1, 5:2-12, LK 6:17-26)

  • The cave where Jesus prayed all night (MT 5:1b, MK 3:13, LK 6:12)

  • Where Jesus appointed His Apostles (MT 5:1b, 10:2-4, MK 3:13-19, LK 6:12-16)

  • The mountain of the miracle of the swine (MT 8:28-34, MK 5:1-21, LK 8:26-40)

  • The site of the feeding of the 5000 (MT 14:13-21, MK 6:32-44, LK 9:11-17, JN 6:1-14)

  • The site of the great catch of fish (MT 4:18-22, MK 1:16-20, LK 5:1-11)

  • Peter’s home (MT 8:14-15, MK 1:29-31, LK 4:38-39)

  • The Capernaum synagogue (MK 1:23-28, LK 4:33-37)

  • Chorazim, the town that Jesus cursed (MT 11:21, LK 10:13)

  • Herod’s palace in Tiberias (MT 14:6-12, MK 6:21-29)

  • The home of Mary Magdalene (MK 16:9)

  • A praise boat ride across Galilee (MT 14:22-33, MK 6:45-52, JN 6:15-21)

  • The ancient Galilee boat museum (MT 14:34-36, MK 6:53-56)

  • Jacob's Well, the site of the woman at the well (JN 4:4-42 )

  • Jesus' boat dock at Gennesaret (MT 14:34, MK 6:53)

  • The Mountain of Temptation (MT 4:1-11, MK 1:12-13, LK 4:1-13)

  • Herod’s Jericho palace (MT 2:20)

  • Jesus’ baptism site (MT 3:13-17, MK 1:9-11, LK 3:21-23)

  • The birthplace of Jesus (LK 2:1-7)

  • The infant home of Jesus (MT 2:9, MT 2:11)

  • The shepherds’ field (LK 2:8)

  • The shepherds’ caves (LK 2:20)

  • The home of Mary (LK 1:30-38)

  • The wedding chapel at Cana (JN 2:1-11)

  • The Nazareth synagogue of Jesus (MT 13:54-58, MK 6:1-6, LK 4:16-30, JN 4:44)

  • Ancient Nazareth (MT 2:23)

  • Where John spent his life in the desert (LK 1:80)

  • The Upper Room (MK 14:15, LK 22:12)

  • The Via Dolorosa, and the stations of the cross (MT 27:31, MK 15:20b, JN 19:17)

  • Mount Calvary (MT 27:33, MK 15:22, LK 23:33, JN 19:17)

  • Jesus’ Tomb (JN 19:41)

  • The Western Wall of the Temple (MT 24:1, MK 13:1, LK 21:5)

  • The Temple Mount (LK 1:9)

  • The Pool of Bethesda (JN 5:1-47)

  • The Tomb of Lazarus (JN 11:38)

  • The site of Jesus’ ascension (MK 16:19-20, LK 24:44-53, AC 1:4-12 )

  • The road where Jesus rode the donkey (MT 21:8-9, MK 11:8-10, LK 19:36-40, JN 12:12-13, 17-19)

  • Where Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer (LK 11:1-4)

  • The place where Jesus met Nicodemus (JN 3:1-21)

  • The gate through which Jesus carried the cross (MT 27:31b, MK 15:20b, JN 19:17)

  • The Pool of Siloam (JN 9:7)

  • The synagogue, from which the man born blind was cast (JN 9:13)

  • The palace of Caiaphas (MT 26:57, JN 18:24 )

  • The Garden of Gethsemane (MT 26:36-46, MK 14:32-42, LK 22:39-46, JN 18:1)

  • The Cave of the Ten Lepers (LK 17:12)

  • The final path of Jesus after Gethsemane (MK 14:53, LK 22:54, JN 18:13)

  • The stairs that Jesus ascended before His trial (MK 14:53, LK 22:54, JN 18:13)

  • The rock of Christ’s agony in Gethsemane (MT 26:39, MK 14:35, LK 22:41)

  • Sebastia, the burial site of John the Baptist (MT 14:12, MK 6:29)

  • Bethphage, from which Jesus took the donkey (MT 21:2, MK 11:2, LK 19:30)

  • Gabbatha, where Jesus was tried by Pilate (JN 19:13)

  • The Potter’s Field (MT 27:7)

  • The Mount of Olives (JN 8:1)

  • The Tower of Siloam (LK 13:4)

  • Gehenna (Hinnom Valley) (MT 5:22)

  • The site where Jesus spent the first 27 years of His life. (LK 2:40)

  • The site of Jesus post-resurrection fish breakfast at Galilee (JN 21:1-23)

  • The un-excavated ruins of Capernaum (JN 2:12)

  • The courtyard of flagellation (JN 19:1)

  • The prison of Jesus and Barabbas (probably also John and Peter) (Acts 5:18-23)

  • The crushed 1st-century street of Jerusalem (MT 24:2, MK 13:2, LK 21:6)

  • The site of Peter's Pentecostal sermon (Acts 2:14-41)

  • The road of escape for the Magi (MT 2:12)

  • The Church of St. Gabriel, with the Spring of Mary (LK 1:26-28)

  • The Chapel of the Holy Innocents (MT 2:16-18)

(It's all about Jesus, and all of the sites in our tours are referred to in the Bible.) . However, current conditions may not allow us to visit all of these places during your particular tour.

Questions and Answers

 

What does the tour price cover?

It covers everything, including airfare from Houston, complete buffet breakfast and dinner (not lunches), hotel, guides, tips, and all entrance fees.

How much is the deposit?  When is it due?  When in the balance due?

The deposit is $300 per person.  It is due three months prior to travel.  However we don't recommend that you wait long to do this, since space on this tour is limited.  You pay all of this to Pilgrim Tours.

I am single.  Is it possible that I can room with another lone traveler to avoid the single supplement?

If this is your desire, we will try to make this arrangement.  However, it is not guaranteed.

Who do I call if I have questions?

Start by calling Octagon Tours at 405-227-8243.  For questions related to billing or flight arrangements, call Pilgrim Tours at 800-322-0788.

Do I need a visa?  What are the rules regarding passports?

You don't need a visa for traveling to Israel.  Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after your return date.

Is it safe in Israel?

It is probably accurate to say that one of the safest places in the world at any particular moment is on a tour bus in Israel.  Everyone who lives in Israel loves tourists, for obvious reasons - Jews, Christians and Arabs alike.  And besides, we never do anything that would be considered unsafe.  Israel is one of the hottest tourist destinations, and the high level of security in every corner of the country means that everyone can relax and enjoy their pilgrimage.

How many bags can I check?

You can only check one bag.  Although the airline will allow you to have more, our bus in Israel cannot handle more than one large suitcase per person.  You can also take a roller-board on the plane, plus a personal item, such as a purse, backpack, satchel, or computer case.

How do I stay in touch with people back home?

Your phone will work anywhere we go.  Check with your mobile provider about charges while traveling.  In addition, we recommend using mobile or computer apps that allow you to communicate for free or cheap.

 

How different is this tour than other Israel tours?

Our travelers who have been to Israel before tell us that it's about 75% different than other tours.  That's because we take you to places that are related to the life of Jesus, and this often takes us away from the typical tourist trail.  Our goal is to put you into Jesus' three-foot circle as many times as possible.

 

How physically fit do I have to be? 

We are very conscious of the fact that our travelers have different levels of mobility.  For this reason, we design our tours with this in mind.  They are not too strenuous, although we do occasionally walk up a small hill here and there.  At most of our stops the bus will take us close to where we want to be.  And, of course, there are many stairs in Israel.  If you can keep up with a group of people who are walking at a casual pace, then you'll be good to go.  There are also many rest stops and places to sit all along the way.   

Can I fly a different airline and just purchase the land portion of the tour?

Yes.  All you would do is pay the land portion of the tour, and arrange your flights separately.  The thing you want to do is to schedule your arrival in Tel Aviv before our group flight arrives, so that we can all leave the airport on a bus together.

 

How long is the flight?

The total travel time is usually about 21 hours.  There will be one layover, and the longest stretch (which is during your sleeping hours) will be about eight hours.  Of course, these times are approximations.

What hotels will we be staying at?

We always stay at 4.5-star hotels, but these change from trip to trip.  When our bookings for this specific tour are finalized, we will post the names of these hotels here.

 

Should I get travel insurance?  What about cancellation fees?

Our registration agreement answers both of these questions.  Please read this.  

What will the weather be like?

At this time of year, the weather is almost always identical to what it is in Dallas, Texas.

Can I come to Israel sooner, stay longer, or extend my trip to some other location?

Yes, and that's another issue that you can discuss directly with Pilgrim Tours.  Call them at 800-322-0788.

Can I upgrade my airfare to first or business class?

Yes.  Pilgrim Tours can make these types of arrangements for you.  Call them at 800-322-0788.

Do you have a recommended packing list?

About two months before we depart we will send each traveler a recommended packing list.

What about taking medical equipment or medical electronics on the plane?

We recommend that you get an official letter from your doctor.  It is best to pack these items into checked luggage, but if you need them handy during travel, then this letter is a good thing to have.

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