Two groups of American travelers, traveling through Educational Opportunities Tours, arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel to start long-awaited Holy Land journeys. The groups arrived on June 4 and June 6 and will visit biblical, historic, and contemporary sites around the Holy Land. The groups are from a Christian school in Cincinnati, OH and a United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, OK. They are among a very limited number of groups being allowed into Israel during a pilot period as the country prepares to fully open to all visitors later this summer. At the same time, another group traveling with EO, landed in Thessaloniki to start a journey through Greece.
EO has had groups traveling to countries around the world throughout the spring. Since April, two groups have traveled through Turkey, another discovered Dubai, and two additional groups experienced Egypt by land and on a Nile River cruise. The EO Missions department has also assisted short term teams traveling to countries in Central America in recent months.
International travel now means following the health and safety protocols set by each country. While adding some steps to the travel process, travelers have not been deterred and are eager to travel the world to enrich their faith, experience different cultures, and engage people in other countries.
“We are excited to be traveling again and serving our guests on their journeys. I am looking forward to seeing friends and partners around the world. Our staff is poised to assist more groups as the world opens to travel again.” James Ridgway, CEO of Educational Opportunities Tours.
EO looks forward to serving thousands of registered travelers on Christian journeys planned for the remainder of 2021. A full schedule of journeys for 2022, including itineraries with the Oberammergau Passion Play, are available today at www.eo.travel.