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Bob B.
Bakersfield, CA
No longer will I read biblical accounts without recalling my own footsteps while visiting the Holy Land...
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Perspective! That’s what changed when my wife and I traveled to Israel. Looking at a map vs. actually visiting biblical sights just won’t compare. Seeing the locations firsthand where the Bible describes the events that have changed recorded history is life changing. No longer will I read biblical accounts without recalling my own footsteps while visiting the Holy Land and knowing the exact terrain and proximity to other landmarks allowing me to better understand the Word of God that much clearer. Perspective…mine has changed.
Mary & Jesse Samudio
San Antonio, Texas
I had to share what a great experience I had today dealing with Inspiration Tours and UpWords Ministry. I had a concern about our upcoming trip that was handled quickly, expertly, and with care and concern by everyone involved. Our most sincere thanks to Shellie and Kelly at Inspiration, and to Cheryl at UpWords. We were very blessed by each of you today. Thank you! May God continue to bless each of you, as you have been a blessing to us.
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I had to share what a great experience I had today dealing with Inspiration Tours and UpWords Ministry. I had a concern about our upcoming trip that was handled quickly, expertly, and with care and concern by everyone involved. Our most sincere thanks to Shellie and Kelly at Inspiration, and to Cheryl at Upwords. We were very blessed by each of you today. Thank you! May God continue to bless each of you, as you have been a blessing to us. In His love, Mary and Jesse
Michael Wise
Inver Grove Heights, MN
The sorts of problems we've had in the past with other tour organizers don't happen with Inspiration. Things don't fall through the cracks, plans are complete down to the smallest details, people are available to deal with the little issues like missing luggage and lost passports. The spiritual element is always foremost.
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Once again Inspiration Tours and Dave Peterson provided an excellent travel experience for our group. The sorts of problems we've had in the past with other tour organizers don't happen with Inspiration. Things don't fall through the cracks, plans are complete down to the smallest details, people are available to deal with the little issues like missing luggage and lost passports. The spiritual element is always foremost. The guides are generally the best, and truly enhance the travel experience for pilgrim travelers such as ours. Airport connections, so critical to a good experience, are handled with aplomb. Someone conversant with the airport and its language(s) is on hand to meet and guide the travelers, and to see them to the airport and on to their plane without a hitch on the way home. People don't miss connecting flights because sufficient margins are calculated. Hotels and food are excellent without exception. We will continue to work with Inspiration Tours for as long as we have people who want to travel with us. We've already used them for nearly ten years and as many tours. They are the best we've ever found!
Jesse & Alice Hernandez
San Antonio, Texas
This was our first trip to Israel and we booked the trip just six weeks before. So you can imagine that we were a little nervous about such a huge endeavor, but from beginning to end, it was evident that every detail had been thought out and planned. Our bus tour guide was excellent, we learned a lot from him. The sites were amazing and so well planned that we never had a crowd around us, even though we had eleven buses on this tour, for a count of about 500 people. We went on our own, didn't know anybody, but soon found out that through Christ, we are all family. We would seat with different people at different meals and shared the glory of all that we were experiencing.
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This was our first trip to Israel and we booked the trip just six weeks before. So you can imagine that we were a little nervous about such a huge endeavor, but from beginning to end, it was evident that every detail had been thought out and planned. Our bus tour guide was excellent, we learned a lot from him. The sites were amazing and so well planned that we never had a crowd around us, even though we had eleven buses on this tour, for a count of about 500 people. We went on our own, didn't know anybody, but soon found out that through Christ, we are all family. We would seat with different people at different meals and shared the glory of all that we were experiencing. My husband and I never stopped praising God for causing us to book this tour with such an amazing and professional company as Inspiration Cruises and Tours, honestly. We had friends that had gone to Israel two years before and didn't come back with too many good memories because of the lack of planning, so we so wanted to have a good experience, and we did! The memories we brought back will never diminish, they are implanted in our hearts. We are an older couple so we know full well what a well planned itinerary is and we can recognize the hand of God when we see it. Suffice it to say, that our hearts are fully satisfied with all of it. By the way, the food was excellent, such an array of choices. Inspiration Cruises and Tours actually has several of their personnel at the tour site and they are there to help you, more friendly and helpful people you could not find. As a matter of fact, I asked for information after I came back from the tour, and even that they provided. Where do you find that kind of interest and service? If I could rate with five stars, I would rate them with ten!
Linda G.
Secor, Illinois
From the very beginning of our trip Inspiration Cruises exceeded all our expectations on a daily basis.
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My husband and I went on this tour in 2014. I remember scouring the internet for any information I could get my hands on about traveling not only out of the country, but Israel? My husband booked this trip as a surprise for me and boy, was I surprised! Never had I ever wanted to travel to Israel but I smiled graciously and packed every known remedy I could think of, just in case. Turns out there were around 850 people on this tour with us. We flew out of New York, can't remember what airplane it was but it was a massive jumbo jet. As we sat in the belly of this airplane surrounded by our fellow travelers, strangers, the only people we knew was each other. When we arrived in Tel Aviv we were met by representatives from Inspiration Cruises who shuttled us by bus to our hotel and a late night supper. From the very beginning of our trip Inspiration Cruises exceeded all our expectations on a daily basis. We did a lot of walking every day but I still managed to gain 5 pounds while we were there. The food was great and abundant. We chose the 3 star hotel instead of 4 or 5 stars. Our rooms were clean and neat. The only problem we had on this trip was electrical outlets in our hotel rooms. Each time we could only get our adaptors to work in one of the outlets so we could not charge our phone and use the hair dryer at the same time. The people we got to know best were the 48 we traveled with on bus 8 every day. Our tour guide, Jeremy was the BEST!! Not only did he know the history, he is a wonderful Christian man who read the Word, prayed and sang with us at many of the sites. On the airplane on the way home we were sitting next to the same people we sat with on the way over but they were no longer strangers, they were our good friends from bus 8!! Great job Jerry!
Tammy Kjormoe
Ackley, IA
I admire your patience and ability to answer the same question 15 times. Summed up.......you are great at what you do.
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I suppose there is an outside chance that you have already forgotten those you have most recently traveled with but even if that is the case with me I still want to let you know that I think you do your job well. You keep the groups organized and make it look like your job is effortless tho it is a talent to make it appear as such when it is quite the contrary. I admire your patience and ability to answer the same question 15 times. Summed up.......you are great at what you do.
Ronna R.
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We just returned from Israel on the Joshua Fund Israel Tour. I just wanted to compliment Dave Peterson on an outstanding job of organizing this trip for our group. I am a basic Type A personality who organizes and coordinates the details of the trips we take. At the outset of the tour Dave invited all of us "Type A" tourists to leave the details to him, to relax, and to enjoy the tour ahead of us. I can tell you that I was able to do that and that every detail was carefully, thoughtfully, and efficiently carried out. We enjoyed our trip immensely!!
David
Alexandria, VA
Looking forward to helping many more people experience the Holy Land with you.
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Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for helping us to have an amazing first "DC Metro" Israel trip. I knew the Lord had great purpose in our meeting last year. Looking forward to helping many more people experience the Holy Land with you.
Bob R.
Gayle and I will never forget the awesome experiences of this tour. In addition to the hospitality of Inspiration and Turning Point staffs, our tour was made so much more enjoyable and educational by being on Bus #2 with Amit as our tour guide. His wealth of knowledge of the Holy Land and the Jewish people was just incredible.
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Just wanted to write a quick note to thank you for making it possible for Gordon, Kimberly, Gayle and I to make our first trip to The Holy Land. The Inspiration Staff per usual were the greatest! I don't know how you do it with some of the very difficult logistics but you always come through. Gayle and I will never forget the awesome experiences of this tour. In addition to the hospitality of Inspiration and Turning Point staffs, our tour was made so much more enjoyable and educational by being on Bus #2 with Amit as our tour guide. His wealth of knowledge of the Holy Land and the Jewish people was just incredible. All that and a wonderful sense of humor! We hope when we go again, we find Amit will be our guide! Thanks again for everything.
Johnette L.
I loved everything about this trip and the life changing experience that is so hard to explain. I think one of the things that changed me was being baptized in the Jordan by Tobin. Whenever I read scripture of John baptizing Jesus, I think "wow" I was baptized there too. Changes the heart.
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Everyone has asked me what place I loved best. I always answer it depends where I was at the time. I loved everything about this trip and the life changing experience that is so hard to explain. I think one of the things that changed me was being baptized in the Jordan by Tobin. Whenever I read scripture of John baptizing Jesus, I think "wow" I was baptized there too. Changes the heart.
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