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Erika Smith
El Salvador
I’ve never been farther than the states or central America by myself, so Israel was like a big thing for me and [Inspiration] made it really comfortable and it was really easy to get to.
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[Inspiration] managed the whole thing and organized the whole trip was really great because from day one they were really professional and really organized. I received my package like a week after I purchased it. I’ve never been farther than the states or central America by myself, so Israel was like a big thing for me and they made it really comfortable and it was really easy to get to. The hotels were really organized, everything was really great, the tour buses were awesome and the guides. It was a really good experience. Some of the things they did to make it comfortable was explaining every detail, like the instructions on the package were awesome. They also gave us a book to read before going to Israel so they prepared us for the things that we should expect, what to pack, what would be the things that we would be encountering along the way so that was something that was really a big benefit. I made a lot of great friends in Israel that believe the same thing and when we got back and showed them all the pictures and all the places we went and how organized it was and how professional they were they were actually excited for next year. In a way they make you feel like you are in a little bubble. You’re part of a class and you feel comfortable. They actually did a good job making my nametags and also different tags for your bags, so they kept everything really organized with the lists. For me personally what made this trip so special was that it was unplanned—it was spontaneous. I think a lot of people sometimes like to plan everything in their life and live by a schedule or just live by expectations, but this was something that just came up…and I just kinda was brave enough to buy the ticket with the money I had saved. Not knowing where I was going, who I was going with, I wasn’t part of a church or anything—I actually just got myself out there. Just walking where Jesus walked is awesome. It was a great experience that you don’t get to enjoy every day.
Brian & Cheryl J.
Sydney Australia
We were so blessed by you all at Inspiration Cruises and have not stopped sharing our experience and letting people know about you. We would love to travel with you again. We continue to be amazed how smooth everything went and how much we were able to see in such a short time as well as the value for money of the trip.
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We want to say how greatly blessed we were by the tour to Israel with Max Lucado. Thank you for all the work you all did at Inspiration Cruises & Tours to make the trip such a memorable time for us. We were constantly amazed how smoothly the organization of the tour went as there was never crowding at the sites or a “hick up” with the arrangements. Thank you for all the fun, meals and exciting things we were able to see. During the trip Max Lucado gave us some amazing teaching that helped to bring the bible alive. I said to Max that I would love to hear the teachings again and again and you made them available to us. We were so blessed by you all at Inspiration Cruises and have not stopped sharing our experience and letting people know about you. We would love to travel with you again. Please keep us on your mailing list and use us for a reference when you need a satisfied traveller. We continue to be amazed how smooth everything went and how much we were able to see in such a short time as well as the value for money of the trip.
Deborah W.
Converse, Indiana
It doesn't get any better than this
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"Oh how I love this man - Chuck Swindoll and his wife of 63 years, Cynthia! Not only are we getting an Amazing tour and Bible teachers... Our hearts are so full. It doesn't get any better than this, Until Heaven!!"
Tara Roberts
Vancouver, WA
It wasn’t just a tour, it wasn’t a vacation, it was an experience where Jesus loved me so much [that] He wanted to show me where He was born and where He grew up and where He taught and where His friends were and where miracles happened and I got to see all of that and He kept on showing me all these things. I was able to delight in His life in a very intimate way.
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[My husband and I] both wanted to pursue God more than just a nominal Christian life; we wanted more. I knew that I wanted to go to Israel and had been invited by different parties but I was waiting for just the right one and it came along when I decided to go to Philadelphia to see Joel Rosenberg. We had planned [to see Israel] for the next year—bought tickets for myself, my husband Jeff and my daughter Savannah 11 years old—and we went on a trip of a lifetime. It wasn’t just a tour, it wasn’t a vacation, it was an experience where Jesus loved me so much [that] He wanted to show me where He was born and where He grew up and where He taught and where His friends were and where miracles happened and I got to see all of that and He kept on showing me all these things. I was able to delight in His life in a very intimate way. I know there are many vacations people can go on, many places they can visit. Go to Europe and see history there [or] go to Hawaii and go surf—but ultimately if you’re a follower of Jesus Christ and you have the opportunity and the Lord calls you to it to see His intimate life and how He grew up and how He died for you and where He died for you and where He rose for you and where He’s going to come back again for you, [then] I hugely recommend this opportunity. And I hope to see you there because I will return.
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.
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