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 Carson-Newman University & Dr. David Crutchley in Israel
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS
- 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
Depart USA on your overnight trans-Atlantic flight to Tel Aviv.
Day 2 Arrive in Tel Aviv
Arrive this morning at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Sea of Galilee/ Boat Ride/ Capernaum/ Jordan River
We rise early this morning to view the beautiful shore of the Sea of Galilee. After breakfast, we travel to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. We will cruise across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. After our visit to the ruins of the 3rd century synagogue, we will proceed to Tabgha, the place of multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. A delicious St. Peter’s fish luncheon will be waiting for us at a famous resort along the Galilean seashore. Immediately following this meal we proceed to the Jordan River where we will experience a time of spiritual blessing. We return to our hotel for dinner and another overnight stay.
Day 4 Caesarea/ Megiddo/ Nazareth/ Cana
This morning we begin our day along the coastal plain and the Meditteranean Sea to Caesarea. This ancient port was built by Herod the Great. We will tour the fortress used by the Crusaders. It was here that the first Gentile, Cornelius the Centurion, and his household were baptized. Our tour continues to Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon. This will be a highlight of our journey since a worship service will be held in this prophetic spot. We will then visit the historical military fortress that controlled the highway between Egypt and Mesopotamia, and learn how this famous hill was used in the wars of antiquity. We continue on to Nazareth where you will see Cana of Galilee. Our day will end in Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee where we will spend our last night before traveling to Jerusalem.
Day 5 Beit Shean/ Jericho/ Jerusalem
This morning our journey takes us to the Jordan Valley to visit Beit Shean, one of the Decapolis cities and the biggest remains of a complete Roman city. We continue through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest known inhabited city in the world; there you will see the ancient Tell of Jericho and Mount of Temptation before traveling to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Our first sight of the Golden City will be from the Mt. Of Olives. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Day 6 Jerusalem/ Bethlehem
Today we will begin our day of touring at the Mount of Olives and descend on foot to the Garden of Gethsemane. Ancient olive trees stand there, some for more than 2000 years old.
Next we visit the House of Caiaphas, where Jesus was held the night before his crucifixion. Afterwards, we travel on to Mount Zion and the Upper Room where we will have time for devotion and worship.
This afternoon we will visit Bethlehem, where you will see the Church of the Nativity, the Shepherd’s Field, and the fields of Boaz and Ruth.
We travel back to our hotel for dinner and another overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Day 7 Old City of Jerusalem
Today we will travel back 2000 years as we take a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. We begin at the Lions Gate where we will see the old Crusader’s Church of St. Anne, the pool of Bethesda and the remains of Antonia Fortress, the site of the trial of Jesus. We will walk the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After lunch, we visit the Jewish Quarter; then on to the Western Wall and Mount Moriah which is called Temple Mount. Here on the site of Solomon’s Temple stands the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Mt. Moriah was the site of Abraham’s offering of Isaac as a sacrifice. This will truly be a memorable day! Dinner will be served at your hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 8 Dead Sea/ Masada/ Qumran
This morning we travel to Herod’s ancient fortress of Masada, which was built high atop a mountain on the edge of the Dead Sea. This afternoon we visit Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Today’s journey will end with time and relaxation on the shore of the Dead Sea. Dinner will be served at your hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 9 Jerusalem/ Garden Tomb
Enjoy a free morning exploring the magnificence of this historic city. In the afternoon we will visit Bethany, the town of Mary, Martha, and Larazus. Afterwards we will travel to the Garden Tomb where you will have a worship service and communion. A farewell dinner will be served; then we travel to Tel Aviv to board the overnight flight to the U.S.A.
Day 10 Return to USA
Relax and reflect on your flight home.
Dr. David Crutchley
Phone: (865) 621-7665
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! ❤️