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Christians consider the Land of Israel holy because of its association with the ministry, birth, death, and resurrection of Christ. For many Christians, a journey to Jerusalem is a way to develop spiritually and boost their relationship with God. For instance, they believe it can bring them closer to Jesus’ experiences as he approached his death. 

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Christians consider the Land of Israel holy because of its association with the ministry, birth, death, and resurrection of Christ. For many Christians, a journey to Jerusalem is a way to develop spiritually and boost their relationship with God. For instance, they believe it can bring them closer to Jesus’ experiences as he approached his death. 

Christians consider the Land of Israel holy because of its association with the ministry, birth, death, and resurrection of Christ. For many Christians, a journey to Jerusalem is a way to develop spiritually and boost their relationship with God. For instance, they believe it can bring them closer to Jesus’ experiences as he approached his death. 

Moreover, the Holy Land connects the present with history. Pilgrims get to seek God and experience His presence through each location they visit, and the stories told about those places. You also get to admire the legal architectural landscapes surrounding you.  

Besides being considered Christianity’s place of birth, it helps Christians visualize and reimagine biblical stories. The journey revolves around visiting the significant site in the Bible, especially those concerning the life of Christ. 

How Do You Prepare for the Holy Land Tour? 

 
You’re probably going to invest a lot of money in this trip. The only way to make the most of your Holy Land tour is to prepare for it.  

  1. Mental Preparation 

 

It’s essential to learn some basic geography. Knowing where you are will help you better appreciate the sites and the biblical significance of Christian tours. In addition, the Bible will make more sense to you. 

For basic Isreal geography, buy a good Bible atlas and use it to learn names of Isreal’s geographical areas and their locations, such as: 

  • Samaria 
  • Galilee 
  • Negev and wilderness 
  • Judea 

For basic Jeruslam geography. Learn about essential landmarks in Jerusalem, such as: 

  • Western Hill and the Mount of Olives 
  • Temple Mount and the City of David
     

A road map of Isreal can help you keep track of your journey. You can even highlight the roads you take during your tour. If your bus has Wi-fi, you can use Google Maps on your smartphone to find your location. 

Additional information: Sea of Galilee Boat ride Service

2. Practical Preparation 

In addition to mental preparation, there are several aspects to consider when packing your luggage. Here are some things to consider when preparing for a trip to the Holy Land: 

3. A Small Bible or Physical Tablet 

 

You probably don’t want to take your four-pound study bible on a tour of Israel. Besides being too heavy for the suitcase and your daily journey, it might suffer damage from travel. Buy a portable bible you can easily carry and can allow you to read conveniently on-site. 

You can download the Bible on a physical tablet and use it t take notes and pictures and make video calls with your loved ones back home. However, applying a matte film to the screen is advisable to protect and reduce the glare from the bright sunlight.

4. Pack Lightly 

 

You’ll most likely travel from location to location as you visit many daily sites. As such, you will carry your bag for several hours daily. It’s, therefore, advisable to pack as lightly as possible.  

Christianity is a historical religion. It all started with the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, when you go on a Christian tour, you discover historical sites related to Christianity. It will help you understand faith more. You might even get inspired by the stories of great Christians who sacrificed their lives for the Gospel. For instance, Patmos is an island in Greece where Saint John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelation.
 

Some historical sites you can visit include the Mount of Olives, where Christ prayed before His arrest, the Sea of Galilee, where He did most of His miracles, and Nazareth, His childhood home. Visiting such places will help you feel closer to Christ and understand His story more. It is also a great way of bonding with other Christians as you share your faith journey. 

Additional information: Golan Heights Jeep tour

5. Comfortable Dressing 

The Holy Land has its rules for visiting holy places and religious sites. They won’t let pilgrimages in with certain types of clothing. This is because Israel is more strict than other countries about this. It’s best to wear modest and neutral-colored clothes instead of bright and fancy dresses. You should blend in by avoiding revealing clothes such as miniskirts, sleeveless t-shirts, and shorts. Any clothing that reveals the knees and gender should be avoided, no matter your gender. In addition, the distance between sites you’ll visit can be lengthy. So ensure you pack comfortable shoes.

6. Cash and Credit Cards 

Prepare to use Israel’s currency which is the shekel. You can check the exchange rate before and during your Holy Land tour. Besides, the US dollar and Euro are valid everywhere, and all types of credit card work, especially Visa and MasterCard. However, notify your credit card company, bank, or other financial institutions that you’re traveling overseas. It’s also essential to break up your money into many USD denominations. This will come in handy when shopping throughout the local markets. It will also be helpful for donations to local churches and paying for taxis. Take note not to carry large amounts of cash, and consider using a traveler’s check instead. Do not flash large amounts of cash when paying for something.  

7. Warm Clothing 

Israel’s climate is hot almost all year round. It reaches 30-35 Celsius and 5-10 Celsius during the wintertime. The weather is normally dry, with a few rainy days. However, while the weather is fairly warm during the day, it might get very cold at night. As such, it’s advisable to bring a few warm clothes. If you want to visit Israel’s many lakes and watery hikes, don’t forget to bring a bathing suit.   

8. Protection from Sunlight and Rain 

Depending on when you visit, Israel and the Holy Sites have various weather conditions. You can protect yourself from the sunlight and rain, dress in layers to quickly put on, and take off clothes as the weather changes. You would also need an umbrella from the sun or rain. You can also consider a hat and sunscreen of at least 35 SPF. And though scarfs are not mandatory for the Holy Sites, they can serve other purposes, such as a pillow to cover your head for protection.  

In Conclusion 

 

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a unique spiritual journey for Christians. It may provide an opportunity to dedicate time for prayer, accompany the poor and refugees, visit local holy sites, and engage in other faith-building exercises. For many Christians, going on pilgrimage to the Holy Land where Jesus was born and where he preached the gospel, suffered, died, and rose again. The suggestions in this guide will help deepen the spiritual experience of a pilgrimage.  

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