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When you are making your Holy Land travel plans, we recommend that you purchase travel insurance for a number of reasons that center around making sure your trip is safe and comfortable.
Israel is a western country with an advanced level of medical care, but it's likely that your health care coverage will not extend to cover your medical treatment in Israel. For this reason, we recommend that you purchase a travel insurance plan with travel medical coverage to cover costs related to medical emergencies, including illnesses and injuries.
You are coming on a Holy Land tour and really have your heart set on buying an ancient ossuary from the time of Herod or perhaps a 1st century coin from the time of Jesus. How do you know if it is real?
Long time Travelujah client, Al Newberry, from Pennsylvania is a Christian engineer with a penchant for biblical archaeology. He travels to Israel a few times a year to consult for the one of Israel's leading companies.
On his most recent trip to Israel we arranged for a private tour with an archaeological scholar at the the Israel Museum. He had intended to focus on the sarcophogus of Herod, but his tour gave him a lot more insight into antiquities than he had ever anticipated. He wrote to Travelujah about his experience:
"Regarding the (Israel) Museum, I simply can't believe how it has changed!!
As you know, the guide you arranged was Yoav Farhi, a PhD candidate who is a leading coin expert in Israel.
The good news/bad news is that I also met with Shai Bar-Tura, from the Israel Antiquities Authority. This is why:
At Caesarea, I had bought 3 items: a lamp from the days of Herod which both Yoav and Shai believe is 100% genuine, a lamp from the Crusader period and both believe it is genuine. Shai gave me documents to take the lamps out of the country.
The bad news is that I also bought a coin which t
Tourism to Israel has never been more popular. Despite the Arab Spring, the uprising in Syria and all the media speculation regarding a potential attack on Iran, people are continuing to travel to Israel on Holy Land Tours.
During the first three months of the year, 752,000 tourists came to Israel, representing an all time high for the first quarter. The first quarter figures were up 1% over the previous all time high for the same period, reached during the first quarter of 2010. Day tourists were up over 78%, to 41,000 visitors. The large increase in day visitors is widely attributed to the turmoil in Egypt that occurred during the Spring of 2011 which at the time, prompted a significant decline in day tourism. Clearly, travel to Egypt is making a strong comeback so far in 2012, and this is good news for Israels tourism industry.
A native San Diegan, Diana calls herself a ‘cradle Catholic', and has always gravitated toward Catholic places. Over the years she increasingly found herself fascinated by Catholic art, architecture and history. After completing law school and even starting to practice professionally, she realized law simply wasn't what she wanted to do with her life. Deep into planning her own honeymoon, she struck up the idea of a travel show focusing on religious and historic sites and thus, "The Faithful Traveler" was born.
Diana von Glahn, "The Faithful Traveler"
Diana von Glahn, produces and hosts "The Faithful Traveler", a travel show carried regularly on EWTN featuring Catholic shrines and places of pilgrimage all around the world. Recently, Diana made her first pilgrimage to the Holy Land and experienced the holy sites first hand. Travelujah asked her about her recent journey.
Travelujah: What were some highlights of your recent trip to the Holy Land?
Diana - "The Faithful Traveler" - Picking highlights from the most amazing trip ever is hard to do. But I'll try. The thing about going on pilgri