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 Tel Dan/ Galilee/ Boatride/ Magdala
After breakfast, we travel to Tel Dan, one of the most Northern cities in Israel. The tour continues 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. This is a meal you will never forget. We return to our hotel on the lovely shore of the Sea of Galilee for dinner and another overnight stay.
Day 4 Megiddo/ Nazareth/ Jordan River
This morning our tour continues to Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon. There will be time to visit the historical military fortress that controlled the highway between Egypt and Mesopotamia. We will see the excavation and museum showing how this famous hill served such an important function in the wars of antiquity. Our day will end with a Baptism service on the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight in Tiberius.
Day 5 Beit Shean/ Dead Sea
The morning will start with a trip to the Jordan Valley where you will visit Beit Shean, one of the Decapolis cities and largest remains of a complete ancient Roman city. The tour will continue through the valley and on to lunch around the Dead Sea. Afterwards you will check-in to your hotel early; you will have time to relax and enjoy the spa and go for a swim in the Dead Sea.
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 are more than 2000 years old. Next we visit the House of Caiaphas, where Jesus was held the night before his crucifixion. 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
Day 7 Jerusalem Old City/ Garden Tomb/ Yad Vashem Museum
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. Ann, 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 “Wailing 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. Enjoy a visit to the Garden Tomb. This will truly be a memorable day! Dinner will be served at your hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 8 Dead Sea/ Masada/ Qumran/ Ein Gedi
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. Swim in the Dead Sea and enjoy the rejuvenating minerals. See Ein Gedi, a natural oasis in the desert. Dinner will be served at your hotel in Eilat.
Day 9 Petra
Cross into Jordan via Arava border. Visit Petra, the ancient hidden city. Petra is the place where
many Bible prophecy scholars believe God will prepare to house all of the people of Israel that flee the Anti-Christ (Rev. 12:6). Petra is also one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. After this we travel to our hotel in Eilat, Israel for overnight and dinner.
Day 10 Ein Karem/ Emmaus
Today we begin with a visit to the Tabernacle Replica in Timna Park. Afterwards, travel to the Ramon Crater, a natural crater with unique formations not found anywhere else in the world. Travel to Beer-Shiva, the largest city of the Negev desert. Here, Abraham dug his well and established his peace treaty with Abimelech. Transfer to Tel Aviv for a Farewell Dinner and flight home.
Day 11 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! ❤️