2019 Holy Land Encounter

​​​Experience the Holy Land, See Young Life in Action 
Friday, February 15 - Saturday, February 23, 2019
​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 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 20-35 people through this trip of a lifetime. Trip hosts include 
Hunter Lambeth, Young Life Middle East director; Jonathan Schultz, Young Life Alumni & Friends Director; Michele Sbrana, director of Young Life Expeditions, her husband, Tony Sbrana, a Young Life veteran and worship pastor, and Andre Moubarak, Holy Land Scholar and owner of Twins Tours. We will travel on a Wi-Fi connected coach and stay at high-rated hotels on this eight-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.


Register today spots go fast!

In Country DatesFebruary 15 - 23 2019
Cost: $3,950* (per person, double occupancy; additional $590 for single-occupancy rooms. International flights additional)
This cost does not include flights from U.S. to Tel Aviv, hotels or local transportation pre or post trip, cancellation insurance and some lunches.


Questions?  Contact Michele Sbrana - msbranayl@gmail.com or call directly at 925.270.7185


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 3 p.m. on February 15 2019 and depart after 10PM evening on February 23 or just after midnight. Delta, United and US Air’s daily flights follow this schedule.

(Schedule subject to change.)
Friday, February 15
  • Arrive in Tel Aviv, meet hosts and tour guides
  • Drive by coach to Tiberius, learn its culture and history
  • Check in at The Scots Hotel (three night stay)
  • Enjoy delicious welcome dinner
Saturday, February 16
  • Vist Caesari Philipi
  • Tour Nazareth Village with traditional lunch
  • Visit Mount Precipice for special teaching
  • See other historical Nazareth sites
  • Visit Nazareth Young Life club at the YL Center
  • Meet Young Life leaders and kids
  • Enjoy dinner and fellowship at The Scots Hotel
Sunday, February 17
  • Visit Mount of Beatitudes
  • Visit the Peter Primacy church where Jesus restored Peter
  • Visit Jesus’ home base of Capernaum
  • Visit Magdala - a unique First century village and synagogue
  • 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 Scots Hotel and hear from one of several local ministries
Monday, February 18
  • Check out of The Scots Hotel
  • Travel to Zababdeh village in the West Bank and meet with our local Young Life leaders 
  • Engage in a short time of serving Young Life kids or leaders and tour the Palestine village (if time allows)
  • 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
  • Check into Mount Zion Hotel in Jerusalem with dinner and a relaxing evening (three nights)
Tuesday, February 19
  • Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, experience the Garden Tomb with communion and worship
  • Travel to Jerusalem and visit Mount of Olives to behold the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City
  • 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, February 20
  • Travel to Bethlehem to experience the Shepherd's Field and Church of the Nativity
  • Attend a Young Life Capernam club and enjoy lunch at the Murad resort in Bet Sahur where Young Life camps take place every summer
  • 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, February 21
  • Check out of Mount Zion Hotel Hotel and visit the Garden Tomb in the early morning for worship and communion
  • Depart Jerusalem, travel the Good Samaritan route into Judean Wilderness
  • 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 (two night stay)
Friday, February 22
  • Enjoy exploration options, including the oasis of En Gedi and hikes to the waterfall
  • Visit a Bedoin viallage, enjoy a traditional camed ride and have a traditional Bedoin lunch at Kfar Hanokdim 
  • 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, February 23
  • Check out of Hod Hotel
  • 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 Jaffa,  seaside district of Tel Aviv late afternoon to explore markets, lighthouse, museums, and other great sights
  • Enjoy delicious seafood dinner at one of Jaa’s wonderful restaurants for our final evening together
  • Travel to Tel Aviv airport for after 10PM flights back to the US or where ever your travels may take you!

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