Biblical Journeys by Friendly Planet

Create your own Biblical Journey

Since 1981, we've specialized in designing private group travel to the Holy Land for pastors, churches, religious groups and organizations. For those with a desire in their hearts to personally know the land that Jesus walked and ministered, there is no other path than to walk in His footsteps, in His land. And we can help you make it happen!

Whether you want to follow an itinerary that we recommend or design your own—if you can imagine it, we can probably create it. If you're thinking about organizing a group tour to Israel and the Bible Lands, it all starts by just filling out our proposal request form below.

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Why plan your Holy Land trip with us?

Travel with your church family, bible study group & friends. We'll help you bring everyone together (even if they need to depart from different cities).
Personalized itineraries with your choice of hotels, optional private touring, even meals and special activities, on dates that suit your schedule, not ours.
Dedicated, knowledgeable guides: An experienced, personable guide will greet you upon arrival, handle all the logistics, and share a wealth of information and insight as you travel.
Everything's included: Flights, hotels, transfers, guided touring, 2 meals daily, most tips, taxes, fuel surcharges and fees. If you want it, we can include it!
Pricing for all budgets: Whether your group is large or small, very price sensitive or more amenities driven, you'll benefit from our sharp, competitive pricing.
Generous Tour Host Benefits: Customize your tour host benefits according to your needs. Just give our Groups team a call for more information.
Personal Biblical Journeys tour coordinator We'll work with you to you create and operate your tour. Our 24/7 emergency contact line will be there to smooth over unexpected wrinkles.
Online reservations & payments: Our booking engine makes it easy for everyone to book and pay for the trip so you don't have to deal with payment logistics.
Custom webpage: If you'd like, we can build a complete webpage with your photo and a personal invitation from you, to help share your tour, at no extra cost.

Sample Itineraries

With more than 30 years of experience operating pilgrimage programs, we've helped thousands of people fulfill their dreams of visiting the Holy Land. Below are a few samples of the expertly-crafted itineraries we've put together for churches, faith groups, and congregations. Our dedicated Custom Groups team can help you arrange these trips as they are, tweak them to suit your group or put together a trip that is all your own!

Sample Itinerary Israel

A life-changing Christian Holy Land Pilgrimage through the pages of the Bible: Jaffa, Caesarea, Galilee, the Dead Sea & Jerusalem

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Sample Itinerary Israel & Jordan

Experience the Christian Holy Land from its modern cities to its ancient history and holy sites, plus visit the Rose City of Petra and and explore the stunning red rock ruins

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Sample Itinerary Greece & the Journeys of Paul

Retrace the journeys of the Apostle Paul in Greece and Turkey, as you experience the places where he lived and wrote, making the New Testament come alive

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Points of Interest

Check out a few of the amazing cities, religious and historic sites, unique experiences, and breathtaking natural wonders that you can include on your custom Biblical Journeys itinerary. This list is by no means exhaustive! Our destination experts will have many more suggestions and ideas to tailor your trip for your group!

Caesarea

CaesareaTravel along the Mediterranean Coast and visit one of Israel's major tourist attractions—the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great more than 2,000 years ago. Formerly a crusader fortification, Caesarea is home to ancient harbor ruins, beautiful sun-soaked beaches, and the Roman hippodrome and amphitheater, this well-preserved city allows travelers to take a step back in time and experience the life of Phoenicians, and later on, the Greeks.

Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee

Boat ride on Sea of GalileeMany stunning natural sites within Israel hold religious significance, one being the Sea of Galilee, known in Hebrew as the Kinneret. This freshwater lake and its surroundings are best known for the locations of Jesus' ministry and many of His miracles. Cross the calm waters of the lake in a boat similar to one in which He would have traveled, to Capernaum, where Jesus began His public ministry, recruited four fishermen as His first disciples, and delivered the Sermon on the Mount.

Qumran

QumranSettled upon an barren plateau overlooking the Dead Sea, Qumran is a fascinating historic site that is most famously known for housing a series of mysterious caves in which scriptures -including the oldest known existing copy of the Old Testament- were stored. These ancient scriptures are now well known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The discovery of these caves and the Dead Sea Scrolls was one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in history. Qumran tells an interesting historic story, and offers some amazing exploration opportunities for travelers alike.

Ein Gedi

Ein GediHike through one of the most popular nature sites in the country, Ein Gedi. This natural reserve in Israel is truly an oasis, full of natural springs, flourishing blossoms, and vibrant balsam and fertility. With the abundance of natural life and being one of only two fresh water springs located on the western shore of the Dead Sea, it is believed that En Gedi supported a significant settlement at that time. The area was allotted to the tribe of Judah, and was famous in the time of Solomon. Additionally, Ein Gedi served as one of the main places of refuge for David as he fled from Saul.

The Garden Tomb

Garden TombDiscover the Garden Tomb, the site of Christian worship located in the heart of historic Jerusalem. Stroll along this peaceful and reflective garden and take in several historical interests, including an ancient Jewish tomb which many believe is the site of Jesus of Nazareth's burial and resurrection as well as where Jesus was crucified at "the Skull". While you walk through this historic garden, explore the opportunity to experience an encounter with the living Messiah today.

Be'it Shean

Be'it SheanDiscover one of the oldest excavated cities in Israel, Beit She'an. This ancient city, among the best examples of Greco-Roman architecture in the Middle East, is best known as the site where King Saul and his sons were hung from the city walls. Immerse yourself in the history of Israel through the archaeological remains from each historic period at the main attraction in Beit Shean - the Archaeological National Park where the remains of the Canaanite and Egyptian cities are also found. Travelers truly take a step back in time as the excavations and reconstructions offer a clear picture of how the city looked and how people lived thousands of years ago.

Massada

MasadaEmbark on your journey to Israel's national treasure - Masada. Overlooking the Dead Sea, Masada is a natural fortress built upon a barren mountainous plateau and is an exceptional archaeological site to explore. Discover the site where Herod the Great built Masada as a castle complex, and later became a fortress for the Jewish people. Now an Israeli national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the majestically beautiful complex holds well-preserved ruins that illustrate the history of the ancient kingdom of Israel and the incredible courage of its people. Come upon this journey to see how this historic place that was once filled with despair, has since become a beacon of freedom.

The Western Wall

Western WallJourney to the Old City of Jerusalem and listen closely to the soft chanting of Hebrew prayers at the Western Wall. Discover why thousands visit this sacred and holy wall every year to speak or write down a prayer of their own. Once enclosing and supporting the Second Temple, this last remnant of the wall has also been called the "Wailing Wall" due to Jews having gathered here to lament the loss of their temple. See for yourself why the Western Wall is a sight and experience that cannot be missed.

Nazareth

Nazareth Located in Israel's Galilee region on the steep slope of a hill, Nazareth is home to fascinating cultural sites as well as experiences to cherish. Most famously known for being the area where Mary and Joseph settled and the childhood home of Jesus, you'll be immersed in history as you come along and explore the largest Arab city in the country, which today serves as a regional market and trade center for the Arabs of Galilee.

Old City Jerusalem

Old CityAt the heart of the Jewish, Islamic and Christian religions, Old City is a must-see destination for travelers alike. From the Western Wall to the Church of the Sepulcher, Old City is full of biblical history that is divided into four quarters; The Jewish Quarter, The Armenian Quarter, The Christian Quarter, and The Muslim Quarter. Each quarter holding its own significance, you'll be taking a step back in time as you discover pieces of ancient history in each area of this incredible place.

Hotels

See below for a sampling of the hotel selections that can be included in your custom Biblical Journeys itinerary. We can select from these hotels or offer additional suggestions to meet your groups' needs, price point, and location.

Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

First Class

The Dan Panorama Hotel Tel Aviv offers easy access to everywhere you want to be. The soft sands of the Mediterranean beaches are just across the road. Stroll along the coastal promenade to the flea market and scenic harbor of ancient Jaffa or to the outdoor cafes of Tel Aviv. A fascinating walk through the adjoining historic neighborhood leads to Israel's major corporate and financial headquarters.

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Dan Panorama Jerusalem

Dan Panorama Jerusalem

First Class

The Dan Panorama Hotel is located in the heart of Jerusalem surrounded by the magic of Jerusalem. The hotel provides everything you could hope for, the Old City is a stroll away, the fabled King David Hotel is around the corner and across the road are gardens and fascinating places of interest. With its dignified Jerusalem-stone exterior, welcoming ambience, and excellent service, the Dan Panorama promises you the visit of a lifetime.

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Nof Ginosar

Nof Ginosar

First Class

With an outstanding location on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and at the foot of Mount Arbel, the Nof Ginosar Hotel offers the ideal base for exploring Upper Galilee, Jordan Valley and Golan Heights. Situated 10 kilometers north of Tiberias, the Nof Ginosar provides a relaxing and quiet retreat away from the noise and busyness of the city.

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Daniel Dead Sea

Daniel Dead Sea

First Class

When was the last time you read a newspaper or your favorite book while floating leisurely on the sea? Each year, visitors flock to the Dead Sea to do just that–and much more. The lowest place on earth and a natural mineral deposit, the Dead Sea is an international health paradise offering some of the world's most relaxing vacations.

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Herods Tel Aviv

Herods Tel Aviv

DELUXE

Located on the waterfront promenade in the heart of Tel Aviv, within walking distance from the beach, and decorated in a 1930s theme that recreates the atmosphere of Tel Aviv's White City during that period, the Herods Tel Aviv is the perfect choice for experiencing authentic Tel Aviv.

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Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem

Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem

DELUXE

The Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem is centrally located in the heart of Jerusalem. The Independence Park is directly across from the hotel and the Old City and Western Wall are only 15 minutes away. This hotel is the perfect starting point if you wish to visit other popular sites such as the Tower of David Museum, Yad Vashem Holcaust Memorial, Israel Museum and Dead Sea Scrolls, Via Delarosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, City of David, and Biblical Zoo.

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Dan Boutique Jerusalem

Dan Boutique Jerusalem

Superior First Class

Located just a 20-minute walk from the Old City, the Dan Boutique Jerusalem offers easy access to many of the attractions in Jerusalem. The First Station entertainment area, a hub of activity with many shops, restaurants and boutiques on the site of the old railway station, is located within walking distance from the hotel.

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Tal by the Beach Tel Aviv

Tal By the Beach Tel Aviv

First Class

Just a minute's walk from Tel Aviv's Metzizim Beach, the exquisitely renovated Tal by the Beach is the ultimate location for those seeking the most fun from this beautiful city. The hotel resides at the epicenter of all things Tel Aviv, including trendy restaurants, bars, nightclubs, the port, the designer boutiques of Dizengoff Street and the sprawling beaches.

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