As a pastor taking his first group to the Holy Land, I was so thankful to have the Travel with Friends team helping me every step of the way. They were amazing from the day that we picked the date to the day we returned. We loved the support staff, the guides, the accommodations and the travel arrangements. Highly recommended!
Experience the Holy Land for 8 inspirational days! This is the trip of a lifetime for Christians of all denominations!
- Airfare from group departure city
- All Transfers
- Baggage Handling
- Breakfast & Dinner Daily
- Entrance Fees to all Sites
- Itinerary as per Description
- Premium Accommodations
- Professional Tour Guides
- Transportation by Deluxe Motor Coach
Day 1 Depart USA
Relax and rest on your flight from the USA.
Day 2 Arrive in Israel
You will be landing at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Transfer to Caesarea. After we have checked into our hotel, we enjoy a dinner together and time to relax.
Day 3 Nazareth/ Mount Hermon/ Caesarea Philippi
Visit Caesarea where Paul was imprisoned. (Acts 10, 23) . Visit Mount Hermon, Israel’s highest mountain located in the north. Visit Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home. (Matt. 2:23) Spend the night in Galilee.
Day 4 Sea of Galilee/ Boat Ride/ Capernaum/ Jordan River
Worship as you take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Travel to Capernaum. (Matt. 4: 13,23) Recall the sermon on the Mount of Beatitudes. (Matt. 5-7) Tour Tabgha, Church of the Fish and the Loaves. (Luke 9: 10-17) Visit the Chapel of the Primacy. (John 21) Get baptized in the Jordan River. (Mark 1:5)Dead Sea overnight.
Day 5 Masada/ Qumran/ Jericho/ Jerusalem
Today we will begin our day of touring at Masada, an ancient stone fortress located high above the Dead Sea. This afternoon we visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Next we visit Jericho, the oldest city. Then we travel back to our hotel for dinner and another overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Day 6 Mount of Olives/ Bethlehem/ The Israel Museum
Today we will begin our day of touring at the Mt. Of Olives and descend on foot to the Garden of Gethsemane. Visit Bethlehem where you will see the Church of the Nativity, the Shepherd’s field and the fields of Boaz and Ruth. Then we will visit The Israel Museum, which is Israel’s foremost cultural institution and one of the world’s leading encyclopedic museums.
Day 7 Old City of Jerusalem/ Western Wall/ Garden Tomb
Enjoy a day in the Golden City. Take a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. See the Antonia Fortress, the site of the trial of Jesus. We will walk the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Jewish Quarter, then on to the “Wailing Wall” and Mount Moriah, which is called Temple Mount. We will travel to the Garden Tomb where you will have worship service and communion. A farewell dinner will be served, and then we travel to Tel Aviv to board the overnight flight to the U.S.A.
Day 8 Return to USA
Relax and reflect on your flight home.
I had a most wonderful trip, accompanied by 15 new friends from South Dakota led by Pastor Rooney, 4-13 Feb 20. Because I was a VERY late add-on to their trip, I dealt with 4 people from Friends and each was OUTSTANDING. However, the STAR who deserves special note is Kelsie Vail, the Air Specialist: she was able to save me over $1,700.00 on my upgraded seating [disabled Vet with BAD back]. She was incredibly personable, professional, and simply "down-home" friendly, genuine, and nice!! The trip was a true "bucket-list" adventure, walking where Jesus walked, preached, and performed miracles [I was overwhelmed many times and want to visit Israel again!]. The sights were amazing; the bus was quite comfortable; and our Tour Leader ("Charlie") and bus drivers were extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and Safety-conscious. Truly the VERY BEST overseas tour I have ever taken! Thank you, Friends, and especially VP Mitch Jensen and Kelsie Vail for all the pre-trip information, help overcoming flight delay/change, and post-trip timely assistance. They will NOT let you down! Shalom!
The faces of Friends www.TravelWithFriends.com, BTR (Bill), Claudia and Charlie Dajani. An amazing experience that could only be possible with this team! From the first of booking our trip through to seeing us off at the ticket counter for our return trip back to the states. I absolutely recommend going to Israel and doing it with Friends travel. Charlie, you are amazing. Charlie’s extensive knowledge, humor, care of the group and individuals, mapping and juggling of sites to make it seamless and timely was a true treasure. Outstanding job!!!!! You all helped make this an experience to remember, share and HIGHLY recommend! ❤️