Join us on a ten-day tour of Israel. From the Sea of Galilee to Mount Carmel, you will see it all on this expertly guided tour.
DOCUMENTS: A valid U.S. passport is required.
RESERVATIONS: A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person is required to make a reservation. Balance due on October 15, 2022.
CANCELLATIONS: All cancellations must be in writing.
Special note for all passengers using our airfare:
* Any cancellations received 91 days or earlier prior to departure will incur an additional $100 cancellation charge over and above the charges stipulated under the normal cancellations for this tour.
For individual cancellations received up to:
INSURANCE NOTE: We strongly recommend that passengers purchase comprehensive insurance that includes coverage for Trip Cancellation or Interruption, Medical Expense and Baggage. An optional travel insurance plan is available to Friendship International Tour Participants. Information about this plan will be sent with your deposit confirmation.
SPECIAL NOTE: Allianz Insurance Plan payment must be received no later than your final tour payment, or it will not be accepted. The Allianz Insurance Plan is not in force until the premium is received.
VALIDITY: Prices are based on airfares, tariffs, and rates of exchange effective 3/21/22
All airfares are subject to change.
RESPONSIBILITY: Friendship Tours and their agents act only in the capacity of agents for the passengers in all matters pertaining to hotel accommodations, sightseeing, tours and transportation, whether by air, railroad, motor coach, steamship, boat or other means and, as such, hold themselves free of responsibility for any damage(s) from any cause(s) whatsoever. The tour operator will not be responsible for any damage, expense or inconvenience caused by late air, rail or boat arrivals or departures or by any change of schedules or other conditions; nor will they be responsible for the loss of, or damage to baggage or any article belonging to the passenger. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person traveling under our auspices. The carriers concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their plane or conveyance. The passenger contract used by the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/or the passengers. “This brochure is issued on the sole responsibility of the Tour Operator. It is not issued on behalf and does not commit the airline mentioned therein or any airline whose services are used in the course of the tour.” The Tour Operator and their agents and suppliers reserve the right to change the sequence of the itinerary to re-route, substitute or change certain site visits according to local conditions at the time of our stay.
Day 1 – TEL AVIV
Depart from Orlando on our flight to Tel Aviv, Israel Meals, and overnight on board. After dinner, relax and enjoy the onboard entertainment.
Day 2 – TEL AVIV • NETANYA
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 the Leonardo Club Hotel, Tiberias.
Day 3 – NETANYA • 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 en route to Caesarea, the site of major events in the lives of Peter and Paul. It’s on to Megiddo, the 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 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 will literally walk 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 professed, 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 at the Ramada Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 6 – ELAH VALLEY • DEAD SEA • EIN GEDI
Motor south and we start with a visit to Elah Valley where David slew Goliath. Visit Tel Lachish. Lachish was an ancient Canaanite and Israelite city in the Shephelah region of Israel, mentioned several times in the Hebrew Bible. On to Beit Shemesh covers about 7 acres of a low hiLL, near the modern town of Beil Shemesh, some 20 km. west of Jerusalem. It overlooks the Sorek Valley, which widens here into a fertile valley. The name Beit Shemesh (House of the Sun) is suggestive of the deity that was worshipped by the Canaanite inhabitants of the ancient city. Identification of the mound with biblical Beil Shemesh is based on its geographical description in the Bible, on the Onomasticon of Eusebius (4th century CE), and on the name of the Arab village Ein Shams, which preserves the ancient name. The Bible mentions Beit Shemesh in the description of the northern border of the Tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:10-l l) and as a Levitical city in the territory of Judah. (Joshua 2 l: 16). Continue on to Ein Gedi, fabled Spring of David. The more adventurous will hike up the falls! We go for a swim, rather a “float”, in the salted waters of the Dead Sea. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – 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 8 – JERUSALEM
We will begin the day with a visit to the City of David. See Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Warren’s Shaft, and the tomb of King David. The City of David was very narrow; about 260-330 feet (80- 100 m) wide. The east side has a steep slope of about 60 degrees. Though smaller, steeper, and more difficult for construction of the Western Hill, the City of David was chosen because of its water source, the Gihon Spring. The Kidron Valley borders the city on its east side. Later visit 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. Late this evening and after dinner we transfer to the airport. Our guide will assist us with check-in procedures.
Day 10 – ISRAEL • USA
Depart Tel Aviv, Israel. We arrive home today with wonderful memories of a visit to the Land of the Bible!
Scheduled International Flights •Top Quality Four Star Hotels • Israeli Buffet Breakfast & Dinner Daily • Top Guide with In-Depth Knowledge of the Old and New Testaments • Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach Visits to the Major Historical Sites • Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee • Certificate of Your Pilgrimage to ISRAEL …and more!