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 Host Becky Clark in
THE HOLY LAND
Where Scripture Comes Alive
- 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/ Capernaum/ Magdala/ Valley of the Doves
The group will start early in the morning with a view from the breathtaking shore of the Sea of Galilee following breakfast. After that, a motor launch will take us all on a short cruise across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. You will see the ruins of the third-century synagogue before reaching Tabgha, place of multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. That brings us to lunch, where we will enjoy a delicious St. Peter’s fish luncheon at a famous resort on the Galilean seashore. After our meal we will see Magdala and the Valley of the Doves. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 4 Mt. of Beatitudes/ Nazareth/ Cana/ Mt. Carmel
You will see the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Following, there will be a visit to Mt. Carmel. From there, we will go to Nazareth and visit the Nazareth Village. We will then go to Cana of Galilee, finally arriving at Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee where the group will spend the night.
Day 5 Tel Dan/ Caesarea Philippi/ Bethsaida/ Jordan River
See Tel Dan in the Golan Heights. Continue on to Caesarea Philippi, an ancient pagan city. Following this you will see Bethsaida where some believe Peter lived. End the day with a baptismal service on the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 6 Jacob’s Well/ Jericho/ Bethany/ Qumran/ Dead Sea
Begin your journey to the south by visiting Jacob’s Well. See the oldest inhabited city in the world, Jericho. Visit Bethany, the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Visit the site of the Dead Sea scroll discovery, Qumran by the Dead Sea. Head back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Emmaus/ Yad Vashem/ Israel Museum/ Bethlehem
Today you will begin by traveling the road to Emmaus where Jesus appeared after his resurrection. See the Holocaust museum of Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book. The afternoon will bring a visit to Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherd’s field. The group will also tour the Fields of Boaz and Ruth before dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8 Old City/ Western Wall/ Dome of the Rock/ St. Anne/ Via Dolorosa/ Teaching Steps
Tour the Old City of Jerusalem where it all began. We will start at the Lions’ Gate to see the old Crusader’s Church of St. Anne, the pool of Bethesda and the remains of Antonia Fortress, which is believed to be the site of the trial of Jesus. Next will be a walk of the Via Dolorosa and visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and visit the Jewish Quarter and the “Wailing Wall”, followed by Mt. Moriah, also called Temple Mount. It is here at Solomon’s Temple where the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque stand. Mt. Moriah was where Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice, and is the perfect end to a truly memorable day. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Day 9 Mt. of Olives/ House of Caiaphas/ Upper Room
First, a tour at the Mt. Of Olives and journey to the Garden of Gethsemane on foot where you will see ancient olive trees, some of which have been there for 2,000 years. That is followed by a visit to the house of Caiaphas, where Jesus was held the night before his crucifixion. The next stop will be Mt. Zion and the Upper Room for a time of devotion and worship. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 Free Morning/ Garden Tomb
You have the morning to yourself in Jerusalem. The Garden Tomb service will be a truly memorable time on the tour. The group will celebrate Communion in the Garden before a farewell dinner, and travel back to Tel Aviv.
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! ❤️