Rediscover Your Faith. Hop On Board The HolyLand Bus.

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For young people planning a voyage of faith and inspiration to Israel, Jordan or Egypt, travel is about to become a whole lot easier, safer – and cheaper.

“It's about the traveller deciding what they want to see in their own time, and not being tied to itineraries or departure schedules.” - Frank Scerri (Holyland Bus's brainchild & international travel entrepreneur)

Sept 14, 2010 - Nashville, Tennessee. For young people planning a voyage of faith and inspiration to Israel, Jordan or Egypt, travel is about to become a whole lot easier, safer – and cheaper.

The Holyland Bus is a unique service for independent travellers seeking to discover more about their Christian heritage. It's the first, and only, hop on-hop off service in the region AND it offers safe transport, reliable accommodation and side trips, accompanied by well-travelled, educated guides.

“The HolyLand Bus is all about flexibility,” said the Bus's brainchild, international travel entrepreneur, Frank Scerri. “It's about the traveller deciding what they want to see in their own time, and not being tied to itineraries or departure schedules. If your fellow travellers are irritating or annoying you, or you want to stay longer, change your travel plans online via the Bus's unique onboard ipad system. Change your mind by the day, or by the hour – whatever suits you.”

But Scerri emphasises it's not a party bus either – it's deliberately pitched at independent Christian travellers wishing to embrace their Christian heritage, make lifetime friendships and deepen their faith. “It's engaging in Christianity on people's own terms, and perhaps giving them the opportunity to expand their faith by exploring the lands and stories of the Bible,” he said.

Every second day a scheduled HolyLand Bus service will stop off at one of 22 hub cities, and provides travellers with guaranteed accommodation options when the day is done.

Scerri is no stranger to the region, visiting the Middle East on average three times a year. After more than 20 years in the travel industry, he was surprised by the lack of safe, independent travel options available. His passion is demystifying travel to the Middle East, so he developed the HolyLand Bus to give independent travellers the chance to interact with the locals, to explore, and to really enjoy the region's hospitality.

“The bus itineraries are along regular routes – the Exodus journey from Egypt to Israel, following in the footsteps of Jesus into Israel, the classic Jordan Crusader routes, the old caravan trail that's been used for thousands of years,” Scerri said. “It's actually the best value for money on the market, even when compared to travellers doing it alone on public transport.”

Scerri's own adventures in the Middle East have definitely broadened his own understanding of faith mentioning there was nothing quite like reading Exodus on top of Mt Sinai. “All the Biblical stories of your childhood... there they are, laid out in front of you, brought to life... this is where it really happened!”

Hop-on, hop-off passes are available for between 15 to 45 days, and include transport, site visits, some meals and accommodation, activities, and a guide fluent in English. Destinations include traditional sites such as Masada, Tel Aviv, Galilee, the Old City of Jerusalem, Eilat, Cairo, Jaffa, the Dead Sea, the Negev Desert, Petra, Amman, Mt Nebo, and Wadi Rum. HolyLand Bus also offers side trips including desert safaris, dive trips and trekking.

The HolyLand Bus will hit the roads of Egypt, Israel and Jordan on a continual loop from January 2011. Check out http://www.holylandbus.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/holylandbus

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