2017 Holy Land Encounter

​​​Experience the Holy Land, See Young Life in Action 
Friday, March 3 - Saturday, March 11​​
​Friends and Alumni of Young Life are invited to experience the riches of the Holy Land — Israel and Palestine — and see Young Life ministry in action. On this trip, you will encounter the Holy Land with biblical, historical, and cultural insight provided by experienced tour guides and scholars. In addition, your passion for Young Life will be stirred. You will gain unique visibility into a growing Young Life ministry in the Holy Land that is reaching teenagers, and communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ in this special part of the world. The ministry of Young Life thriving in the land of Our Lord — what could be more exciting?

Our experienced team will lead approximately 20-30 people through this experience of a lifetime. Trip hosts include 
Michele Sbrana, director of Young Life Expeditions, her husband, Tony Sbrana, a Young Life veteran and pastor, Hunter and Laurie Lambeth, Young Life Middle East directors, and Holy Land scholars from Twin Tours, Andre and Marie Mubarek. We will travel on a Wi-Fi connected coach and stay at high-rated hotels on this nine-day adventure.​


Trip Highlights:​
  • Follow in the footsteps of JesusPeace copy.jpg
  • Engage with local Young Life staff and ministries
  • Visit key Biblical sites — Galilee, Capernaum, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Dead Sea, Bethlehem and more
  • Enjoy regular Biblical teaching and cultural insights
  • Experience local cuisine and community meals
  • Make new friends and grow in your faith and love of Young Life.


FULL - Register today to get the last two spots!

Dates: March 3-11, 2017
Cost: $3,350* (per person, double occupancy; additional $760 for single-occupancy rooms)
*Includes ground transportation, cultural activities and tour guides, daily breakfast, dinner, some lunches, fine hotel accommodations, travel insurance, all Nps, donation to Young Life Middle East camp scholarships. Does not include flights from U.S. to Tel Aviv, cancellation insurance and some lunches.
Young Life Expeditions can assist with flights via trusted travel agents.


How to Register

Please REGISTER HERE for the trip and select trip code – XIL06 Holy Land Encounter. Deposits of $750 per person are due at time of registration and refundable until Nov. 1, 2016, less processing fees. Send deposit payable to:


Young Life (Attn: XIL06 – Holy Land Encounter)

P.O. Box 1293 Danville, CA  94526

Additional Details

  • ​Group minimum is 15 people. If the minimum isn’t met by Nov. 1, the trip may be canceled (deposits can be refunded if this occurs).
  • Maximum of 30 people so make sure to get your deposits in early.
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance​ is highly recommended and can be purchased here. Our complimentary travel insurance covers trip delays, lost luggage, emergency medical or security evacuations.
  • Questions? Email info@expeditions.younglife.org or call the Expeditions office at 888-963-4443.​ 
  • Note — it will say you're paying for a Latin America/Caribbean camp trip — this is correct. Really!


Use-Holy Land Sea of Gailee midday on boat.jpgNOTE: Young Life Expeditions’ preferred travel agents are available to assist you in your travel or you can make your own arrangements. We request that your flight arrive in Tel Aviv between 1 and 4 p.m. on March 3 and depart late in the evening on March 11 or just after midnight. Delta, United and US Air’s daily flights follow this schedule.

(Schedule subject to change.)
Friday, March 3
  • Arrive in Tel Aviv, meet hosts and tour guides
  • Drive by coach to Tiberius, learn its culture and history
  • Check in at The Rimonim Hotel (three-night stay)
  • Enjoy delicious welcome dinner
Saturday, March 4
  • Tour Nazareth Village with traditional lunch
  • Visit Mount Precipice for special teaching
  • See other historical Nazareth sites
  • Visit Israel Country Directors Hunter and Laurie Lambeth’s home and Young Life club
  • Meet Young Life leaders and kids
  • Enjoy dinner and fellowship at The Rimonim Hotel
Sunday, March 5
  • Visit Mount of Beatitudes
  • Visit the Peter Primacy church where Jesus restored Peter
  • Visit Jesus’ home base of Capernaum
  • Enjoy a traditional local lunch
  • Board wooden boat replica for ride on the Sea of Galilee, proceed to the Ancient Boat Museum
  • Conclude day with baptism at Yardenit (also known as the Jordan River) for anyone who wishes to be baptized
  • Enjoy dinner and fellowship at The Rimonim Hotel and hear from one of several local ministries
Monday, March 6
  • Check out of The Rimonim Hotel
  • Travel to Nablus to hear teachings at Jacob’s Well
  • Travel to Zababdeh village in the West Bank and meet with our local Young Life sta and volunteer leader
  • Enjoy a brief Young Life club and tour the Palestine village (if time allows)
  • Travel to Jerusalem and visit Mount of Olives to behold the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City
  • Walk to the holiest site in the Jewish world, the Western Wall of Herod's temple
  • Tour the Old City and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Commence three-night stay at the Mount Zion Hotel in Jerusalem with dinner and a relaxing evening
Tuesday, March 7
  • Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, experience the Garden Tomb with communion and worship
  • Dine for lunch in the Old City
  • Visit the Israel Museum and the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem
  • Enjoy dinner and time together processing the day at the Mount Zion Hotel
Wednesday, March 8
  • Travel to Bethlehem to experience the Shepherd's Field, Church of the Nativity, and the Bethlehem Bible College
  • Visit Young Life Capernam’s House of Hope
  • Visit Separation Wall and then visit Murad resort in Bet Sahur where Young Life hosts camps
  • Enjoy final dinner at Mount Zion Hotel in Jerusalem
Thursday, March 9
  • Check out of Mount Zion Hotel Hotel, depart Jerusalem, travel the Good Samaritan route into Judean Wilderness
  • Visit Masada, ascending the desert mountains by way of cable car to the fortress built by King Herod
  • Survey ruins, synagogue, temples, and palaces
  • Travel to Qumran and settlement of first century sect known as the Essenes, authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Check into Hod Hotel Resort and Spa at Ein Bokek on the Dead Sea, visit hotel’s spat theorem pools and dip in the Dead Sea at sunset
  • Enjoy dinner and time together of fellowship and worship
Friday, March 10
  • Enjoy exploration options, including the oasis of En Gedi and hikes to the waterfall
  • Eat lunch at Kfar Hanokdim with an optional traditional camel ride
  • Enjoy some down time by the pool and a day of leisure
  • Enjoy dinner, fellowship, and teaching at the Hod Hotel Resort and Spa
Saturday, March 11
  • Depart the Dead Sea after breakfast and visit seaside district of Jaa for a day of exploration of the markets, lighthouse, museums, and other great sights in this seaport village
  • Enjoy delicious seafood dinner at one of Jaa’s wonderful restaurants for our final evening together
  • Travel to Tel Aviv airport for the late evening flights back to the United States

 YLX Travel, LLC & CA registered seller of travel, 212739-50 serves Expeditions participants in their travel needs.​


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