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!
Looking for a longer tour with even more to offer? Explore the Holy Land for an additional full day of touring!
February 17 - 20, 2022
- 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/ Jordan
The group will start early in the morning with a view from the breathtaking shore of the Sea of Galilee following breakfast. You will see the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. 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. Immediately following our meal, the group will travel to the Jordan River for a time of spiritual blessing you will always remember. We will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Caesarea/ Megiddo/ Nazareth/ Cana/ Mt. Carmel
The fourth day will begin along the coastal plain and the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, the ancient port built by Herod the Great. We will then visit the fortress used by the Crusaders where the first Gentile, Cornelius the Centurion, and his household were baptized. Following, there will be a visit to Mt. Carmel. The tour will continue to Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon. We will have time to visit the historic military fortress that controlled the highway between Egypt and Mesopotamia, and we will also tour the excavation and museum to understand how the legendary hill played such an important role during the Wars of antiquity. 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 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 Masada/ Ein Gedi/ Jerusalem
The sixth day of the tour starts with a trip to Herod’s ancient fortress of Masada high atop a mountain on the edge of the Dead Sea. In the afternoon, on the way to Jerusalem, your group will visit Ein Gedi, an oasis in the desert and a green Garden of Eden in the wilderness. It is situated on the shore of the Dead Sea the lowest place on Earth - at the feet of majestic mountains and cliffs. Ein Gedi contains the historical and archaeological remains of its first inhabitants, who discovered the magic of the place more than 5,000 years ago. The day will end with an overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Day 7 Jerusalem/ Bethlehem
First, a tour at 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 since Jesus’ time. 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. 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
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 Bethany/ Qumran/ Jericho
The tour will travel to Bethany which is recorded in the New Testament as the home of the siblings Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, as well as that of Simon the Leper. Jesus is reported to have lodged there after his entry into Jerusalem, and it could be from Bethany that he parted from his disciples at the Ascension. You will also visit The Tomb of Lazarus in Bethany where a very old staircase leads into what is left of the tomb, of which much has been destroyed through history most likely by past earthquakes. In Qumran you will see where the Dead Sea Scrolls were uncovered. You will also travel to Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world. You will travel to the biblical town of Jericho and see the Tel of Jericho, Mount of Temptation, and view the Valley of the Shadow of Death. In the evening you will enjoy dinner at your hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 10 Ein Karem/ Emmaus/ Garden Tomb
You have the morning to yourself in Jerusalem for a time of reflection before an afternoon visit to Ein Karem “ Spring of the Vineyard”, the home of John the Baptist. 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! ❤️