Our past and present travelers know the quality of tours we deliver. Friendship Tours is America’s leading Christian tour company since 1981. We believe every Christian must be given the opportunity to visit the land of our Lord and experience the Bible come alive!
We are offering this “high quality & all inclusive” trip at extremely low rates. There are no additional expenses other than your lunches and any gifts you buy. Rates include airfare, 8 nights hotels, gratuities and much more.
We will print your custom brochures in color. With your name and your church name.
Pick a date, any date from below, and plan your own group for your church. Get your own private bus with 30 or more paid passengers. Pastors & spouse always travel free. Please call us for more details.
Learning the Bible in the Land of the Bible
Galilee • Masada • Qumran • Bethlehem • Jerusalem
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TOUR
- Roundtrip airfare from New York or a city of your choice from the list below
- First Class Hotels, Full Israeli Buffet Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe, air-conditioned Motor coaches
- Visits to Sites as mentioned below
- Comprehensive Sightseeing per the Itinerary
- Professional Tour Manager
- Gratuities to Guide, Driver and Restaurant staff
- Airport taxes & airline fuel surcharges
YOUR DAILY ITINERARY
DAY 1 — USA• TEL AVIV
Depart from USA on our flight to Tel Aviv, Israel Meals and overnight on board. After dinner relax and enjoy the on-board entertainment.
DAY 2 — TEL AVIV
Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport and meet our guide who will welcome us to the Land of the Bible and escort us throughout our stay in Israel. Israeli guides are legendary for their knowledge and dedication. Ours will instruct us on the many sites we will visit and their relationship to the religion, history, archaeology, culture, and modern life in Israel. Time permitting, visit Old Jaffa, the traditional home of Simon the Tanner and the port from which Jonah sailed. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
DAY 3 — TIBERIAS
Refreshed from a good night’s sleep you may wish to stroll the beach before a full Israeli Buffet Breakfast. Today we pass through the fast growing towns and farms of the Plain of Sharon enroute to Caesarea, site of major events in the lives of Peter and Paul. It’s on to Megiddo, inspiration for James Michener’s “The Source”. Archaeological digs reveal 20 layers of civilization, including fortifications of King Solomon and the water tunnel of King Ahab. Megiddo provides a magnificent view of the fertile Jezreel Valley, prophesied site of Armageddon, at the crossroads of the ancient Via Maris. Continue through the rolling hills of the Galilee to Nazareth, site of Mary’s Well, and Cana, site of His first miracle, before arriving in Tiberias. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
DAY 4 — TIBERIAS
This day alone is worth the trip! We are now literally walking in the footsteps of Jesus. We will take a most memorable boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, in a replica of the ancient wooden boat used in Jesus’ day. We will visit an ancient boat believed to be from Jesus’ time found in the Sea of Galilee in 1986. We walk into old Capernaum with the ancient synagogue; on to the site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Tabgha), the Sermon on the Mount and the Mount of Beatitudes. You will have an opportunity for a lunch of St. Peter’s fish (optional.) In the afternoon we will journey north to Caesarea Phillipi (Banias Spring) where Peter confessed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16.) Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
DAY 5 — TIBERIAS • JERUSALEM
This morning we will visit the Jordan River and have the opportunity for a baptismal service. Drive along the Jordan Valley to Beit She’an to see the expansive excavations taking place at this ancient Roman Decapolis city. Stop at Gideon’s Spring where Gideon selected his soldiers to do battle against the Midianites. It’s now time to “go up” to Jerusalem. We will enter the city as pilgrims did since ancient times to fulfill the words of the prophet “I was glad when they said unto me: ‘Our feet shall stand within thy Gates, O Jerusalem’ ” (Psalms 122:1-2.) Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 6 — JERUSALEM
Start the day with a magnificent view of the Old City from the top of the Mt. of Olives. Take the “Palm Sunday Walk” to the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations and drive across the Kidron Valley. Enter the Old City through St. Stephen’s Gate (Lions’ Gate) to the Muslim Quarter, visit the beautiful Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda, Pilate’s Judgment Hall, and the Ecce Homo Arch. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, into the Christian Quarter, and see the Stations of the Cross. Drive to Mt. Zion to see the House of Caiaphas and the Upper Room of the Last Supper. We will visit Bethlehem and see Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity, and view Shepherds’ Fields and the Fields of Boaz and Ruth. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 7 — MASADA • DEAD SEA • QUMRAN
Depart to Masada, overlooking the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on Earth, where we ascend by cable car to visit the remnants of Herod’s Palace and where in 73 A.D. the Zealots made their last stand against the might of Rome. Visit Ein Gedi, fabled Spring of David, and proceed to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. Time permitting, we will go for a swim, rather a “float”, in the salted waters of the Dead Sea. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
DAY 8 — JERUSALEM
We will begin the day with a visit to the reconstructed Jewish Quarter, walk through the Cardo, the original Roman street and see the amazing remains of the massive wall built by King Hezekiah. See the important excavations taking place at the Western Wall and the Southern Temple Staircase. On to the Temple Mount, where Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac. See the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque that now stands there. End the afternoon at Golgotha (Gordon’s Calvary) and the empty Garden Tomb. Special time is planned for worship, communion, meditation and inspiration
DAY 9 — JERUSALEM
Today is a day at leisure for you to relax and enjoy the Old city on your own. . This evening we will share in a Farewell Dinner and the presentation of a Certificate of Pilgrimage to each tour participant. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 10 — ISRAEL • USA
Today we transfer to the airport. Our guide will assist us with check-in procedures. Depart on our flight home. We arrive home today with wonderful memories of a visit to the Land of the Bible!
CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR FROM YOUR GATEWAY CITY
If you have a group of 20 or more we will create a custom tour for you with an itinerary of your choosing including your own private motor coach. We will price your tour from your gateway city. Then we will print a custom brochure personalized to your group. We will offer our suggestions to complement your ideas in order to achieve the best possible program for your group. We are happy to design any program you like. Flexibility is part of our service to you.
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Questions to consider when selecting your Tour Company
RESEARCH IS KEY TO SELECTING THE RIGHT COMPANY
Please read this carefully before you sign up with any tour company
What is the Tour Company’s main focus?
Several vacation tour companies have attempted to make inroads into the Christian
Pilgrimage market. Friendship Tours only specializes in Christian pilgrimages. We do not sell vacation packages to other countries. Christian Pilgrimages is all we do and we do it well!
What knowledge does the company have about their guides?
The owners of Friendship Tours personally screen and select all of our guides. We choose guides who are flexible and responsive to the needs of our group leaders. Our guides are well informed with a broad base of knowledge in both the Old and New Testament. Our guides make us successful and this is why our group leaders re-book year after year with us.
How long has the company been around?
After 9/11 several companies avoided refunding churches the tour payments and closed shop only to re-open under a different name. Friendship Tours has been in business since 1982 and has refunded all travelers their money. Every client was cared for after 9/11. This level of service and trust is important in the ever-changing world we live in.
Are the company owners Christian?
Friendship Tours is a Christian Company. We consider our work to be the work of God on behalf of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We understand Christian Pilgrimage and we make every effort to help you in planning a meaningful, memorable and faithful experience.
What financial protection does the company offer?
Friendship Tours carries high limits of liability insurance that protects the churches that work with us. We adhere to all US government over sight with regard to Financial regulations. We have strict company policies prohibiting the commingling of client deposits. This is a critical component of our integrity. During difficult times some companies will use customer deposits to survive and run out of funds to service their group commitments. Friendship Tours is a member of the Better Business Bureau with an “A” rating. Friendship Tours has the best buying power due to our long-standing professional relations with all international airlines offering us the lowest airfares with the best connections. Our buying power for ground services is reflected in the prices we are able to offer. Very few
Companies are able to do what we do. How do we do it? Very simple. As a wholesale Tour Operator we work on large volume of passengers and pass the savings on to our clients. This is our mission. This is a ministry entrusted to us by God. At every turn we will seek to be faithful to you and our mission. Our
tag line says it all. “We build lasting relations. One client at a time.”