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!
- 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. Afterwards, we board our motor coach and go to our hotel on the beautiful Sea of Galilee. After we have checked into our hotel, we enjoy a dinner together and time to relax.
Day 3 Sea of Galilee/ Boat Ride/ Capernaum/ Caesarea Philippi/ Kursi
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) Visit Caesarea Philippi. Travel to Kursi, the setting of the demon-possessed man.
Day 4 Caesarea/ Megiddo/ Mt. Carmel/ Mt. Precipice/ Cana/ Tiberias
Visit Caesarea where Paul was imprisoned. (Acts 10, 23) Travel to Megiddo also known as Armageddon. (Rev. 16) Read scripture on Mt. Carmel, the place where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal. Visit Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home and visit Mt. Precipice. (Matt. 2:23) Read scripture in Cana, the site of Christ’s first miracle. (John 2) Spend the night in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. (John 6:1)
Day 5 Baptismal/ Jericho/ Qumran/ Jerusalem
Be baptized in the same water that Jesus was. Travel to Jericho and see the site of the temptation of Jesus. (Josh. 6; Matt. 4) Travel to Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery, then travel to Jerusalem
Day 6 Jerusalem & Bethlehem/ Shepherd’s Fields
Walk around the Shepherd’s Fields. Stand atop the Mt. of Olives. (Acts 1:9-12) Visit the Garden of Gethsemane. (Matt. 26: 36-44) Visit Mt. Zion and the House of Caiaphas. (Matt. 26: 57-65) Read the Last Supper in the Upper Room. (Matt 14: 12-26) Visit Bethlehem, and see the Church of the Nativity. (Matt. 1:8-25, Luke 2:1-7)
Day 7 Masada/ Dead Sea/ Ein Gedi
Visit Masada before experiencing the Dead Sea. You will have a chance to float if you wish! Afterward, we will explore Ein Gedi.
Day 8 Old City of Jerusalem
Visit the Second Temple of Jerusalem. Pray at the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. Tour the Old City of Jerusalem and walk the Cardo. View the Pool of Bethesda. (John 5:1-31) Visit the Church of St. Anne. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress. (Luke 23: 1-11) Walk the Via Dolorosa, “the Way of the Cross.” Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. End the day at the Garden Tomb before going to your farewell dinner.
Day 9 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! ❤️