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!
Join Dr. Mike & Betsty Alexander to See
THE BEST OF THE HOLY LAND
At Friends Tours and Travel, we believe that a country can be discovered through flavors, tastes and dishes. One bite may reveal the history of the country’s mainland, an aroma may evoke the stories of the seas. It is a country’s dishes that can reveal its whole history, culture and character.
- Airfare from group departure city
- All Transfers
- Baggage Handling
- 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 Arrival - Caesarea and Akko
Arrive at Tel Aviv Airport. Travel to Caesarea by the Mediterranean Sea for a wine and cheese reception hosted by experts. Continue to Akko for overnight and special seafood dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3 Akko and Western Galilee
We will start the day with a walking tour of the Old Akko, visiting all the Old Crusader parts of Akko. Visit the Tunisian Synagogue where we will be tasting some of the local specialties as we walk throughout the old market. We will then enjoy a spectacular lunch with an expert chef. In the afternoon we will travel to the grotto of Rosh Hanikra and then we will visit Haifa. See the Baha’i Gardens they are Hanging Gardens of Haifa, are garden terraces around the Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. Special; Dinner and overnight
Day 4 Galilee
We will travel to the Mount of Beatitudes for an amazing view of the Sea of Galilee and have an orientation about the biblical sites around the Sea of Galilee. Visit Tabgha, the place where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish, and then we will take a boat-ride across the Sea of Galilee. Then we eat the famous St. Peters Fish for lunch. In the afternoon we will take a tour through the city of Safed. We will learn about Jewish mysticism and get to meet a local artist as they discuss there art of glass blowing and the connection of the craft to the Talmud. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.
Day 5 Golan heights
In the morning, travel up north to the Golan Heights and visit the beautiful nature reserve of Banias (Caesarea Philippi) where we will take a walk along the new footbridge overlooking the waterfalls. We will then continue to the Druze village of Majdel Shams, where we will be met by a local guide and be introduced to the Druze community. We will take a walk through the market, rich with with locally grown fruits and vegetables, and enjoy the hospitality and a light lunch as we watch the Druze women in the village bake the flat-bread which is served with za'atar and labaneh. Continuing south in the Golan Heights, we will take a jeep ride along the border and learn a bit about geopolitical issues of the region. You will have an opportunity to "pick your own" at the local orchards (and eat) the seasonal fruits of the area. We will end or day touring and tasting exquisite wines produced by a local winery. Dinner this evening will be at a restaurant in the Galilean mountains. Overnight in the Galilee.
Day 6 Samaria and Nablus
Today we travel to Jerusalem through Samaria and the Palestinian territories. We will spend much of the morning in the Old City of Nablus, learning about the ancient soap production, famous Nablus sweets, and other items within the ancient market. We will dine midday with a local women’s group learning about the Palestinian slow food movement and local culture. After a brief visit to Jacobs well, we’ll meet with the Samaritans on Mt. Gerazim and learn about their culture and traditions. We will arrive in Jerusalem and enjoy a panoramic view of the Old city from the rooftop of the Notre Dame Center where we will enjoy a light wine and cheese dinner from the rooftop terrace. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7 The Old City of Jerusalem
One of the thrills of our visit to the Holy Land is the view of the Old City of Jerusalem from the top of the Mount of Olives, especially in the morning sun. We will see the Western Wall and visit the Temple Mount (Haram al-Shareef.) We will tour other ancient sites within the Old City of Jerusalem including Mount Zion, the Via Dolorosa, and enjoy a lite lunch at the most famous Hummus and Jerusalem food place in the Holy Sepulcher, we will join the expert chefs from the acclaimed group, Chefs for Peace, for yet another unique tour, now through the bustling souq, with its rows of spice shops and meat markets and everything in between. This will culminate in a wonderful festive workshop and dinner. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8 Jerusalem and Bethlehem
This morning we will visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Remembrance Museum. We will then visit a Hasidic family's home as our small group, which will shed some light onto Jewish life and tradition in this holy city . And since the Jewish culture is so steeped in food we will add to the fun by making our very own loaves of braided challah bread to celebrate the uniqueness and cultural depth of the Holy Land. We will then travel a short distance to the home of an Arab family, where they will treat us to a homemade lunch and conversations about their customs.
Day 9 The Desert
We will start out morning at the Garden Tomb. Then we are off to see Abraham’s Tent in the Judean Desert. Continue to Jericho where we will see the oldest city on Earth. Lunch will be in Jericho and then we will travel to Bethany beyond the Jordan (Baptismal site). We will conclude our day with a swim in the Dead sea. Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 10 Return to USA
After breakfast transfer to Tel Aviv for your flight home.
Host: B. Mike Alexander, Jr.
Phone Number: 843.997.4143
Account Manager: Mitchell Jensen
Phone Number: 501.379.9226
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! ❤️