Reviews for Friendship Tours

DaveandRachel RoyDaveandRachel Roy

Best Vacation of my life! I have been taught the Bible since I can remember and this tour with Friendship opened my eyes. I was able to experience and visualize all of wonderful Bible stories in a new and fresh way. Our guide Deena was amazing and our bus driver Anatole was a master at navigating the narrow and busy streets. I will never be the same!

Ron MyskaRon Myska

Our trip was well organized and our guide was well informed. Our time was well used and the amount of time spent at each stop was appropriate.

Sonny MisarSonny Misar

Friendship Tours, with a 5-star rating is organizing our Israel tour in May 2020. Check it out: https://journeyministriesllc.com/israel-tour/

Gregory FellGregory Fell

Friendship offers the absolute lowest cost for the highest value. If you have never used other companies, you will not even realize all of the extras that Friendship includes in the tour package.

The hotels, food, guide and bus, sites, everything is top quality. Friendship has agents constantly in contact with the tour leader to make certain everything is right. If it is not, they address it immediately. And, if there is any problem at all, Friendship steps in on your behalf.

Friendship has been in business over 3 decades, surviving in an industry in which other companies have failed. There is a reason for this. You will receive far beyond your money's worth, and Friendship will far exceed your expectations.

I am so thankful to have discovered this company, and look forward to booking more trips through Friendship.

Marcella Ann MillerMarcella Ann Miller

wonderful inspirational tour...loved our guide Bernice..everything first class..nothing lacking .recommend asking for Bernice

April TammadApril Tammad

Our guide Nora was amazing! Her knowledge of all things was incredible! I learned so much!

Tim OndracekTim Ondracek

First our guide Yair Herdan, what a blessing he was. Incredibly knowledgeable on everywhere we stopped. He kept the longer rides interesting by talking about the people and culture of Israel. He has a great sense of humor which kept the group laughing a lot. At no time when we were with him did I feel uncomfortable or unsafe. He was able to get us around "lines" at several sites using his knowledge of the site and persons he knew from the past. Our accommodations were excellent, the equipment was in good shape. i would highly recommend this group and especially Yair Herdan!!

David TompkinsDavid Tompkins

What a great trip we have had with Friendship Tours Israel and our amazing guide Bernice! She brought out so much knowledge that has encouraged our faith and renewed our love for Israel 🇮🇱! She’s also amazingly spunky, quick to get us to each place and had the greatest timing ever at avoiding the massive crowds! I’m going home and recommending that our family and friends book a Pilgrimage to this amazing country and I sure hope they get Bernice as their tour guide! Even our bus driver Shalom was so helpful and kind!

Kristin Van WinkleKristin Van Winkle

Everything was included no hidden costs. Deena our guide brought the bible "Alive". Love love love her. We had the best top notch bus driver. saw active archeological sight. Our Perry Chapel group is changed forever. Kristin

Kyla KentKyla Kent

Loved every part of my trip!! Our tour guide Deena made the trip!! I have no idea how it could be nearly as great without her! she was insanely knowledgeable, and fit in with the group so well! I have to say I am going to miss her! I completely reccomend! I encountered some stress prior to the trip but it all worked out and was a trip of a lifetime!! hopefully I may be able to do it again!!

Hal BargeHal Barge

Friendship Tours gave us a fantastic visit in Israel. Our guide Deena is the best! She is an oral historian. We learned so much that connected the Bible, the land, and the people. From Galilee to Jerusalem to Masada, every day was excellent! Leaving the logistics to a tour company makes your visit efficient and easy. Israel is beautiful, friendly, and safe. Come to Israel!

Shelley CummingsShelley Cummings

Loved the whole experience. Our tour guide Deena was so knowledgeable and a very wonderful person. She was so patient and took the time to answer so many questions of ours. Shalom our bus driver was the best. I don’t no how he drove in some of the areas with so much traffic and all the people. They made us feel very safe and gave us a trip of a lifetime. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Mike and Shelley Cummings. OHIO

Susan White ThomsonSusan White Thomson

We had a fabulous, warm and knowlegable guide & an amazing itinerary. Take your vitamins because you'll be on the go. Awesome way to see so much of the holy land. Highly reccomended!

Suzana HernandezSuzana Hernandez

Wonderful time with great guide Danny my life is forever changed since my trip. My greatest moment was the entrance of Jerusalem, Glory to God . Everything in the Bible has become more alive since my trip

Fanny MatterFanny Matter

Awesome tour of Israel.
I can’t wait to return.
Our driver, Motti was amazing with patience not only for traffic but for the needs of of us as passengers.
Deena is a great guide with patience of Job! Able to understand what is important for us to see and understand and help in biblical life!!
So glad to have this opportunity and look forward to a return trip soon.
Thank you Motti & Deena,
Love you, Fanny Matter

Kathy Dennison WelkerKathy Dennison Welker

Just heading back to the USA, many thanks to Deena, Motti & Friendship Tours for a wonderful Israel experience. My husband & I were truly blessed!!We would highly recommend this tour group to anyone!! Nice accommodations & a reasonable price! God Bless You!!

Kathy & Erhard Welker
Jamestown, NY
USA

Kathy CobertKathy Cobert

Had a wonderful trip in Israel. Our guide was fabulous, knowledgeable and really had a passion and love for her native country. We arrived on 3/12 and stayed through 3/21. We enjoyed very nice accommodations and only stayed in 2 different hotels - no packing up every day and going to a different hotel. They also made recommendations regarding which vendors had good reputations for purchases. Overall, a wonderful experience!

Steven McDanielSteven McDaniel

This was our first time to Israel and Deena Clayman our super terrific guide and Mordecai the best driver ever made our trip great. The information Deena knows about the bible both Hebrew and the Canon was truely amazing. She made the text come alive in history and in each of our many stops along the way. Would highly reccomend Friendship Tours to anyone going to Isreal. This was our most memorbale trip ever there were so many little great things - impossible to list them all- that Deena shared along the way. זמן נהדר

Chris LloydChris Lloyd

I just got back from an incredible trip to Israel with my church! The whole trip was so well organized and planned, and that is thanks to Deena and Friendship Tours. Deena was a fantastic guide, she really made all the sights come alive! I am so thankful for Deena's knowledge and love for Israel. She was our personal time machine and every day was like going back in history! And every time I stepped onto the bus it was a joy to see Ovad there ready to greet us and take us to the various locations. Never once did I question our safety. I have many fond memories of this trip and look forward to one day going back!

Patsy Walker Jones AldridgePatsy Walker Jones Aldridge

What a blessing to see the Holy Land with such a wonderful guide and tour group. I would recommend Friendship Tours to ANYONE!

Testimonials

WHAT OUR ESTEEMED CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US

We build lasting relations. One Client at a time!

I just returned from Israel with a group of 48. This was the second group I took to Israel and this time I decided to use Friendship Tours. They exceeded my expectations on every level, resulting in positive feedback from every member of the group.
They were easy to work with, and after listening to my objectives, designed a customized experience that delivered what I had in mind. They indeed are a true partner, as we worked out all the details. To add to the value proposition, after a thorough price comparison, Friendship Tours provided the best value by far.

It is obvious that Friendship Tours takes care in selecting their team. From our arrival to our departure from Israel, their team on the ground provided an amazing experience. The guide was very personable, extremely knowledgeable, and knew how to get things done. Every member of the group gave her an A+ rating, as well as the driver Mier. Since the team took such good care of all the details, I was able to focus on ministering to the group. By God’s grace, almost everyone indicated that this was a life changing experience for them.
I highly recommend Friendship Tours and look forward to future opportunities to work with them.

Brian H. Grant, Pastor
Germantown Christian Assembly
Philadelphia, PA. 

Friendship Tours delivers a most amazing program. The attention to detail in the upfront planning is second to none, and execution of that plan (from hotels, busses, and guides) made for the best tour we have have ever implemented. We shopped several companies and discovered Friendship to be the best value for money by a few hundred dollars. They know their product and their suggestioons were great.  I have just confirmed our next program with Friendship Tours and confident in delivering another exceptional tour that will go well beyond anyone’s expectations!

Dan Anderson
North Coast Calvary Chapel
San Diego, California

Years ago when I first put together a trip to go to Israel, I contacted five different companies.  The best response was from Friendship Tours, California.  I had prayed about it and believed that God was showing me by it the best way to go.  It proved to be a right and wise decision. God makes no mistakes.  I’ve gone with Friendship tours four times in a row.

I also do not make any money off these trips.  It is arranged for me to get one free trip for every five paying customers.  After my wife and I, I have given those other trips away to people I know it would greatly benefit, but could not afford to go.  The president of the company telephones the tour guide every day to make sure your trip is going alright.  Friendship Tours has built a reputation of integrity.  If he can’t do something, they will tell you.  But they will go the extra mile to help you.  I will probably go again in a year or so.  I will not think of turning to anyone else.  One of my travelers on the trip this past week said, “I went nine years ago with another church.  It was nothing as this.  I want to come back as soon as I can.”

On a trip as this, communication is important.  The hotels, guides and all know the owners of Friendship Tours. They respect them for their sound business ethics. They know this company is a well run Christian company

If you are asking a recommendation, I highly recommend him.  By the way, I receive no financial compensation from Nasser or Friendship tours. I am a fundamental Independent Baptist, and we have a tendency to be demanding and particular, some people say.

In Christ,
Bro Andy Bloom, Psalm 119:105
Central Baptist Church
Ocala, FL

Years ago when I first put together a trip to go to Israel, I contacted five different companies.  The best response was from Friendship Tours, California.  I had prayed about it and believed that God was showing me by it the best way to go.  It proved to be a right and wise decision. God makes no mistakes.  I’ve gone with Friendship tours four times in a row.

I also do not make any money off these trips.  It is arranged for me to get one free trip for every five paying customers.  After my wife and I, I have given those other trips away to people I know it would greatly benefit, but could not afford to go.  The president of the company telephones the tour guide every day to make sure your trip is going alright.  Friendship Tours has built a reputation of integrity.  If he can’t do something, they will tell you.  But they will go the extra mile to help you.  I will probably go again in a year or so.  I will not think of turning to anyone else.  One of my travelers on the trip this past week said, “I went nine years ago with another church.  It was nothing as this.  I want to come back as soon as I can.”

On a trip as this, communication is important.  The hotels, guides and all know the owners of Friendship Tours. They respect them for their sound business ethics. They know this company is a well run Christian company

If you are asking a recommendation, I highly recommend him.  By the way, I receive no financial compensation from Nasser or Friendship tours. I am a fundamental Independent Baptist, and we have a tendency to be demanding and particular, some people say.

In Christ,
Bro Andy Bloom, Psalm 119:105
Central Baptist Church
Ocala, FL

“I have led tours to Israel for many years and have utilized the services of a number of fine tour companies. Last year I was planning to lead a group of experienced travelers on a “Footsteps of Paul and John” tour/cruise to Greece/Turkey. After several conversations with Nasser, I decided to try Friendship Tours. During the months of preparation I was impressed by the level of personal interest in the development of itinerary, the selection of the guides, finding the right hotel for our group, the cabins selected for the cruise, and the detailed amount of information provided for each traveler prior to leaving on the tour. The was no stress or discomfort and the tour members raved about every aspect of trip. Friendship Tours made me look good. I am planning to utilize the services of Friendships Tours for a long time.”

Joel A. Freeman, Ph.D., CEO, The Freeman Institute®

Friendship Tours takes the “foreign” out of overseas travel.  Whenever we travel with Friendship Tours we feel right at home because where ever we go their staff has taken care of every detail to ensure our needs are met.  The guides possess superior knowledge of the holy sites; hotels are very comfortable; the food is delicious, and the bus drivers are fun and always helpful!  Friendship Tours takes all the worry out of travel, so the people on the trip can focus on learning about the places they’re seeing and have the spiritual experience they hoped for when they signed up to go.  I highly recommend Friendship Tours. We really have become friends!

Pastor Scott Peterson
The Hill, California

I just wanted to thank you for once again providing our group with what was truly the trip of a lifetime! We just returned from our ten day Greece trip, In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul, with such a sense of joy and fulfillment. All of our expectations were exceeded as I received a constant flow of thanks and words of appreciation from our team. I must admit that I felt that I was getting credit that was more deserving of you (Friendship Tours) than me but who’s counting right!

Every detail was well planned and executed, and as always the tour guides were some of the best in the business. It is for this reason that we keep coming back to you to coordinate our spiritual pilgrimages. Thank you to everyone at Friendship Tours for making these adventures so special.

Larry Ali
Executive Pastor, Desert Vineyard Church 

It is always a pleasure working with you and your team. You guys understand the importance of selecting the sites and details including selecting the right Christian guides in order for the Bible to come alive.  You have trained your guides to know exactly how to work in tandem with pastors and allow the time to teach at sites. As far as pricing goes, we feel as though we got a 13 day trip for the price of a 10 day tour. For me the highlight was when you arrived in Jerusalem for our farewell dinner and shook my hand.
That truly made me believe that you really knew what “customer service” meant and went the extra mile to make us feel special. We’re ready to book our next trip!  Next year in Israel!
Tim Adrian
Senior Pastor Westside Baptist Church
Hutchinson, Kansas

Thank you so much for making our trip possible in spite of all of the challenges we faced.   I recall, when the war in Israel started it was three weeks before departure. All our folks thought we would lose all our money because no one would go to Israel with rockets flying.  Insurance companies would not  pay out anything because war is not covered.  Two weeks later you emailed us and changed the dates to three months out at no added cost. Wow! That was the workings of a true Christian!  You could have charged us more to go two months later. But you did not and that’s a God fearing Christian right there. Friendship Tours, your travel ministry,  has my business for as along as I can travel.
Pastor Mike Durham

For the past 20 years I have been leading the members of my parish on religious pilgrimages. These journeys of faith have become a part of the glue that holds our community together and play an important part in the spiritual formation of our people.  We have taken pilgrimages in the Footsteps of Paul, Reformation Tours in the Footsteps Martin Luther and Church History tours from Paris to Rome.
However, nothing compares to the Holy Land Pilgrimage in Israel and Palestine.  After using several different tour operators I now travel exclusively with Friendship Tours.  Your organization has taken care of all of our tour needs since 2005. With Friendship Tours you are much more than a number.  You develop a personal relationship with a man who considers this work their ministry.  Nasser is honest, knowledgeable, flexible and thorough.  He listens to carefully and then takes care of the details, allowing you to have an outstanding pilgrimage.  Nasser has become a friend, a prayer partner and a trusted colleague.
Pastor Jim Lindus
Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland, Washington
Board Chair at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota

Friendship Tours has been my only travel provider for three decades. From the Bible lands to Europe and the Reformation sites, they have always given me excellent service at the right price. I have always felt safe and satisfied. Their on the ground support has always made you know that every need will be covered. They are an industry leader you can trust.
Dr. Pete Deison  Pastor
Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas TX

“I have just returned from a two week trip with Friendship Tours. I unhesitatingly commend them to anyone considering a pilgrimage for the following reasons:
• They are thorough • They have excellent “follow-through” • They are impeccably honest & fair •  They are gracious and professional • They are a delight.
Allow me to summarize it this way: I come from the “old school”. I want to deal with persons who are honest, straightforward, customer conscious and….who desire for BOTH the buyer AND the seller to be happy.
That is precisely what I discovered with Friendship Tours. I will be doing business with them again.” Dr. Jim Garlow  Pastor
Skyline Church, San Diego

“Having the opportunity to travel and study in Israel over the last 20 years with Friendship Tours, has taken what I’ve read in Scripture from black and white to living color. Looking at the past…the present …and the future all at the same time is the most rewarding journey one can experience this side of eternity. For those of you contemplating this trip let me assure you there is no place on earth that God loves more than Zion (Ps. 87:2) and it is the place God’s people and angels call home (Heb 12:22-23).
So, do yourself a favor and take some time to travel to the only city that is called “holy”(Is 52:1); “faithful” (Is.1:26.27); and “truth” (Zech, 8:3) and go to your real home on earth.” Pastor Lance Sparks
Christ Community Church

“We have just completed another successful trip arranged by Friendship Tours. During this customized trip our group traced the lives of John, Calvin and Knox as we visited Germany, France, Switzerland, England & Scotland. Friendship Tours were most professional in all aspects of the trip. We particularly appreciated the excellent tour manager and bus driver who were with us for the duration of the trip. Our people felt that they really received excellent value for their money. I would highly recommend using Friendship Tours.”
Dave & Joyce Eshelman
Christian Radio Station

“As we completed one of several Congregational tours of Israel that you have created for us, I want to thank you on behalf of the tour members. Friendship Tours have always been very attentive to our needs and desires regarding our tours. I especially appreciate the professionalism and personal care that you have brought to the projects. When there were questions, you always responded promptly and with detailed information. Your selection of hotels were excellent, and the guides you have are outstanding. Thank you for all your fine work !”
Rabbi Alan Greenbaum
Temple Adat Elohim

Thank you for your attention to detail concerning every aspect of our tour. I am appreciative of your level of knowledge and expertise concerning travel to Israel which helped as we worked together. I also appreciate your concern that we have a spiritual experience, not just a good travel experience
Bo Williams, Pastor
Trinity Fellowship Church, Amarillo, TX

I want to extend our personal thanks to you for everything you did to arrange for our incredible travels in the Holy Land. You were a dream to work with and the results of all your hard work certainly paid off. There was never a problem; never a glitch; never even a late connection anywhere. We felt so very cared for, well treated, and free of any of the worries that might get in the way of maximizing our pilgrimage.
Paul Strawn, Pastor
North Creek Presbyterian Church