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Israeli Invites American Christian Tourists to New Archeology Program


Archeology digging thru time in Korazim Credit: Zemach Cohen

Israel is now offering a new program that invites American Christian tourists to participate in archaeological excavations throughout Israel. The Israel Ministry of Tourism, working with EO Tours and Sar-El Tours, is promoting the new tourism package in partnership with the Museum of the Bible and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

Coming out of a two year period where tourism was non-existent because of the Covid crisis, it certainly makes sense that Israel is doing whatever it can to increase tourism.

And American Christians are a major component of Israel’s annual tourism trade. Their tour groups can be seen getting on and off tour buses all over the country, all year round. They are most noticeable around the Christian sites in Jerusalem, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

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Set to begin in April, 20223, the trip will be a 10-day tour of archaeological digs, heritage and nature sites of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority to be called “Unearth the Land of the Bible.” Through archaeologist-led excavations, tours, and expert lectures, Bible enthusiasts will have the opportunity to take an active part in the historical story of the Jewish people and the conservation of their material culture in the land of Israel.

The tour will launch ahead of the 75th anniversary of the State of Israel, so participants will also enjoy participation in Israel’s Independence Day celebrations. Participants will receive virtual instruction on the critical work of uncovering and conserving significant historical findings ahead of their arrival in Israel.

Space is limited to just 30 people per tour. Participants will visit Caesarea Maritima, volunteer at Mount Carmel, discover and help conserve the ancient capital of Galilee at the ruins of Tzipori, help excavate Kursi, explore Susita, and much more.

Isare’l Minister of Tourism Yoel Razvozov said, “Our wonderful history in this land attracts many tourists, people who love Israel, who want to discover with their own hands the hidden treasures we have here. In addition, a visit of Christians that combines archeology, conservation and assistance in uncovering findings related to the biblical legacy of the State of Israel will improve Israel’s image overseas and spread the legacy of the People of the Book to the Christian world. Strengthening the relationship between Christians who love Israel through incoming tourism also helps support Israel’s economy.”



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