A dream journey that took almost a year to fulfill.
It was October 2021 when I came across an online post promoting an all-inclusive package trip to the Holyland. The tour is set as a non-sectarian pilgrimage; A ten-days excursion curated to follow the Biblical stories that happened in Jordan, Israel and Egypt. I did some research and comparisons, and found the offered package practical, since it would be impossible for me to travel to these countries DIY, given the pandemic set up.
The packaged tour is operated by Online Travel Express, a Manila-based travel company. Departure date was set at summer of 2022, since we had to wait for the travel restrictions to ease out. This also gave me more time to prepare. After a series of rescheduling due to travel rules, we finally departed July 2022; and as I was told, we were the first batch of Filipinos to depart for the Holyland, post-pandemic (or something like that). We were 26 pax in the group; the brave few per se, to travel despite the situation.
It was my first time to join packaged tour, where everything was pre-arranged; Visas, Airfares, tours, hotels and meals, land transfers and guides. The agency also assisted on all the entry documentations for each country, as well as the Ph requirements upon return. Overall, I felt that getting an all-inclusive travel package is the better option when visiting the Holyland. Everything was hassle-free from my end. The experience was worth the cost.
The curated tri-country tour covered 10 days. Sharing here some highlights.
Detailed itinerary for each country shall be posted on a series of blogs to follow.