The Wonders of Ancient Israel: Christian Heritage

10 days Religious Heritage
Follow in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth and his Apostles as you explore the Christian heritage of Israel. From Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem to his crucifixion and resurrection in the Holy City of Jerusalem, explore the stories and scenes that set the foundation for an entire faith.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 4 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets and dirt paths, with some steep hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Tour of Christian Israel

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Tel Aviv today.

Tel Aviv 1 night Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Tel Aviv

  Included meals: Dinner

Get to know Tel Aviv on your own before meeting your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Haifa 1 night Hotel info

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Tel Aviv & transfer to Haifa

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Tel Aviv on a guided tour.

• Walk through the Old Town of Jaffa, an ancient port city

• Pay a visit to St. Peter’s Church, dedicated to the Apostle Peter’s resurrection of the disciple Tabitha

• Take in Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus architecture, including Rabin Square, Independence Hall and Rothschild Boulevard

• View the White City, named for its 4,000 buildings built in the Bauhaus and International styles

• Enjoy free time to explore Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market

Later, on your way to Haifa, discover some of Israel’s most legendary sites, including the ancient theater and hippodrome of Caesarea and the Knights Halls in the Crusaders fortress of Acre.

Lake Tiberias 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Travel to Lake Tiberias

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get to know Haifa on a guided tour. Then, delve into Israel’s spiritual history and spectacular scenery as you make your way to the Lake Tiberias region.

• Admire views of Haifa Bay and Stella Maris Monastery from Mount Carmel

• Wander through the hanging Bahá’í Gardens

• Discover Megiddo, the site of the final battle between good and evil

• Journey to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of the Transfiguration 

• Enter the Wedding Church, where Jesus turned water into wine

Upon arrival at Lake Tiberias, enjoy an included group dinner.

Day 5: Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum & Tabgha

  Included meals: Breakfast

Stroll, cruise, and climb through the backdrops of biblical stories.

• Climb the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount

• Step inside Tabgha and the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

• Cruise the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on water

• See the home thought to have belonged to St. Peter in Capernaum

• Visit Yardenit, where Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan

Later, enjoy a free evening in Lake Tiberius region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Galilean Evening & Dinner $89pp* Details

Step back into Biblical times on this excursion to the Galilean village of Kfar Kedem. You'll learn about Abraham and then have the opportunity to see how Galileans press olive oil, shear sheep and bake bread.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Jerusalem 4 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Jerusalem via Jericho

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Soak in the spirit that pulses through the region as you travel to Jerusalem.

• Ride a cable car to the Quarantal Monastery and snap a photo of the Old Sycamore Tree

• Drive past Jerusalem’s most famous sites, including Temple Mount, Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane

• Enter the Church of the Pater Noster, commemorating where Jesus first taught the Lord’s Prayer

After an included dinner, enjoy a free evening in Jerusalem or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Jerusalem by Night $75pp* Details

Witness Jerusalem lit up by night and gain a unique view of this historic city. Your tour departs after dinner, making its first stop in Mea Shearim, one of Jerusalem’s oldest neighborhoods. Your motor coach will bring you past illuminated walls and churches before arriving at the ruins of the Tower of David, where you'll enjoy a spectacular sound-and-light show.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 7: Free day in Jerusalem

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Jerusalem on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Masada, the Dead Sea & Kfar Hanokdom Bedouin Camp $169pp* Details

Journey by cable car up to the desert fortress of Masada, a fortification high atop a plateau that served as the last stronghold of the First Jewish-Roman War. Though its history remains controversial for many Jews, this memorable site is well worth the trip. You'll then venture to the Dead Sea where you might have time to float in the famously salty waters before enjoying lunch. Later, you’ll visit the village of Kfar Hanokdim for a traditional Bedouin dinner and an evening of music and hospitality.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $179)

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Jerusalem & Mount Zion

  Included meals: Breakfast

Delve deeper into Jerusalem’s holy landmarks and cultural quarters.

• At the summit of Mount Zion, discover King David’s Tomb and the Upper Room, site of the Last Supper

• Walk through the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall and place a written prayer in the wall

• Follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

• Venture into the Muslim and Christian quarters of Jerusalem

• Indulge in the wonders of the Oriental Bazaar

• See the Church of St. Peter, where Peter repented after denying Jesus three times

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Bethlehem

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Delve deeper into Bethlehem’s holy landmarks and cultural quarters.

• Visit the Church of the Nativity, built on the spot where Jesus was born

• Explore the Milk Grotto, where the Holy Family sought refuge 

• Uncover Ein Karem, the home of John the Baptist and the site of the Visitation of Mary

Later, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your tour in Jordan.

Add Jordan Starting from $899 pp

Since July 1994, when Jordan's King Hussein and the Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin signed a declaration ending the animosity between their two countries, Jordan has opened its doors to the west. Encompassing sweeping verdant and arid landscapes and relics of some of the world's oldest civilizations, Jordan is one of the most warm and welcoming countries on earth. Not to be missed are Petra, the River Jordan and the Greco-Roman city of Jerash.

Petra 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Petra via Jerash

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue along the Jordan Valley, crossing into the Kingdom of Jordan.  Stop to visit Jerash, one of the world’s largest and best-preserved Roman ruins before continuing on to Petra.

Day 11: Petra

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Petra, a city lost to the outside world for centuries. Carved into the red rocks of Mount Hor, Petra has fascinated visitors since its rediscovery in 1812.

Amman 1 night Hotel info

Day 12: Amman via Wadi Rum

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, and marvel at the region’s landscapes and petroglyphs on a desert safari. Later, arrive in Amman.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Amman & late-night departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Explore Madaba, the city of mosaics, and St. George’s Church. Next, head to Mount Nebo, Moses’ burial place. Return to Amman in the afternoon for a guided tour of the old city featuring the citadel and Roman theater. Later tonight, board your flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 14: Travel day

Arrive home after your overnight flight.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Israel (and Jordan on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter Israel.
  • On the tour extension, a group visa for entry into Jordan will be provided for all travelers whose flights have been arranged through Go Ahead.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.   

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 4 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets and dirt paths, with some steep hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team. 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Tel Aviv (or from Amman on tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.   

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag. 

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered, as well as a light jacket or rainwear. Please note that temperatures will dip with changes in elevation throughout your tour. 
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • A sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended for outdoor activities. 
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches, temples or other religious sites with bare legs or shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).   

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Israel.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be sure to take proper care with sun exposure, the sun can be especially strong in some of the areas you are visiting. 
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team. 

Cuisine

  • Israeli food is invariably fresh and very carefully prepared. A typical breakfast may consist of sourdough bread with sheep’s-milk cheese and olives, as well as jam or honey. You’ll find everything from Kosher meals to dishes with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences, as well as the international choices available in any major city. On the coast, fish is an excellent choice.
  • On the tour extension, Jordanian cuisine resembles that of the rest of the Middle East. Olives, hummus, sesame seeds and herbs are typical in many meals. Falafel is the main street food and many meals are served with rice. Hummus and salad are also popular and available at many restaurants.You'll find plenty of opportunities to sip mint tea or Turkish coffee.    

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Israel (and Jordan on the tour extension) operates on 220 volts and historically uses a Type H plug, with three flat pins. As the Type H plug is being phased out, you will mostly encounter a new socket that fits both a newer, round-pinned version of the Type H plug as well as the European standard Type C plug with two round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in Middle Eastern hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what one might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.  

Time zones

  • Israel (and Jordan on the tour extension) is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. 
  • When it's noon in New York City, it's 7pm in Israel. 

Currency

  • You will use the Israeli new shekel in Israel (and the Jordanian dinar on the tour extension). 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Christian Heritage tour

Collette, our local guide, was very personable and knowledgable. She shared many of her experiences living in Israel as an Arab Christian. The tour was jam packed and very moving. It was somewhat strenuous to the dismay of some of our fellow travelers - a lot of walking and stairs, Travelers should be advised. We never felt unsafe or ill at ease while traveling in the Middle East as many of our friends and neighbors feared. As a Christian, it is a trip we all should take some time in our life. It was eye opening and awe inspiring. We extended our tour to Jordan and were extremely pleased we did. We were shocked at the amazingly preserved Roman ruins at Jerash. This part of the tour should be more emphasized. Petra was as beautiful as we imagined. Mohammed, our tour guide, was exceptional.

 

Hi Jim! We’re so glad you enjoyed your Tour Director and found her to be personable and knowledgeable. You’re right that this itinerary covers a lot of ground. We’re happy to hear you felt safe at all times, as safety is our number one priority. It’s wonderful to know that you were pleased with the extension to Jordan. Petra is truly an amazing and remarkably well-preserved site. Thank you for your great feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 03, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

I had a fabulous time on my christian heritage tour of Israel. Raed is the best tour director you could ask for. He knew so much about the Bible and was so nice to us and went out of his way to accomodate our needs. We had a GREAT group of people and I became friends with all of them. We all got along well and, to me, it was the trip of a lifetime. I would definitely recommend this tour to friends and would definitely recommend Raed. He was so knowledgeable and had such a sweet spirit. You could definitely tell he was a man of faith.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Life-Changing Tour Ever

Having just returned from a trip to Israel I am still processing my steps through the Holy Land. However, I cannot let another day pass without showering praise on our tour guide, Raed. Without him, I am sure this tour would not have been the same. His knowledge of the country geographically and historically was only surpassed by his extreme knowledge, respect and love of the spiritual significance of Israel. Raed's sincere love for his country, his religion and our God shone through at every location. His expertise in the scriptures, commentaries, historians and theologians was deep and reiterated to us in a way that ensured us he believed and understood everything he was explaining to and sharing with us. I cannot give high enough remarks for this Christian Heritage Tour and for Raed. Grace and Peace, Eva G. Nashville, TN

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 10

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Another Bucket List Tour

With the Holy Land having such a wonderful history for Christians, Israel was over-crowded in the cities. Plus, it appeared the country had no uniform method to dispose of its trash. The redeeming areas were outlying and away from the cities. The highlights for me were the Mount of Beatitudes, Masada plus the Dead Sea, Caesarea, and Petra (extension).

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Our Tour Guide was spectacular! Truly amazing!

Our Tour Guide was spectacular and knows the Word of God! I got more than I bargained for with this tour! Truly amazing!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Experience the Bible Firsthand!

What a fabulous trip this was! Raed was an incredible guide. His knowledge goes beyond the pale. I feel I have a much better understanding of both the old and new testaments. Seeing the sites of the Bible firsthand was very moving. I feel that the tour director went above and beyond what was required of him and feel that I really got my money's worth. This was my second trip to the Holy Land and I can honestly say that I learned so much more. I highly recommend this tour which was my 5th Go Ahead Tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

WONDERS OF ANCIENT ISRAEL: AN AMAZING EXPIERENCE

My husband and I just returned from Israel on the Wonders of Ancient Israel Tour: A Christian Heritage and I must say that I am once again please with Go Ahead and it's tours. This was an amazing trip, a once in a lifetime must for all Christians or anyone of any religion. We got to see soo many historical and biblical sites, float in the Dead Sea, eat at a Bedouin camp, ride camels, pray at the cave where Jesus hid and gave his disciples the Lord's Prayer, go for a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, take a cable car to the top of Mount of Temptations, drive thru the desert, wonder thru ancient streets of the Old City in Jerusalem, visit the Western Wall and more. Each place was a special and spiritual experience. We were lucky to have such a great tour director, Roy, who made our tour such a wonderful trip. His knowledge of historical sites and biblical references plus his spiritually was amazing and truly added an extra touch to our tour. He was soo nice, courteous and always went out of his way for us. My husband and I got to renew our vows at the Wedding Church in Cana, a memory that will be imbedded in us for a lifetime. We feel soo blessed to have had this opportunity plus to know that we visited the places where Jesus walked, lived, and preached is unsurpassed. Last but not least, the food was AMAZING!! Wow, my palate was submerged with such wonderful and diverse culinary sensations. I recommend this tour to everyone!!!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Great Experience

It was a great experience. I'm so glad that I went on this tour. The bus driver and the tour guide were excellent. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and courteous. We enjoyed our time in Israel. The hotels were okay. The last hotel we stayed in was nice. My only complaint was the flight itinerary. Going back to the states, we had to catch a connecting flight from Frankfurt, Germany to San Francisco and we did not have enough time to get from where we landed to the next gate to catch our flight out. We had to run from one gate to the other gate which was on the other end of the terminal which was difficult when you have three senior citizens who could not run. We almost missed our flight but thank goodness they waited over half and hour for us to get to the gate. It was very stressful.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

AMAZING !

Thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this tour. Our tour director Marina was fantastic. Very knowledgable and super attentive to our needs. However, this is an extremely active tour with a lot of walking particularly up and down stairs and on many uneven surfaces. If you are looking for a leisurely tour of Israel this is not for you. If you are up for the challenge, it's very worthwhile and an experience not to be missed.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/23/2012

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: SC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Embrace your soul while experiencing history

This trip would have not been nearly as enjoyable without our tour guide. Salah was well versed in scripture as well as being knowledgeable of cultural and archealogical research. More importantly, he was a fair and consistent presence who complemented our wonderful tour group without being obtrusive, judgemental, or having any preconceived agenda. I can't say enough good things about this trip. Instead I will quote a sign from a church in Bethlehem that I saw during my tour. "If you come as a tourist, we hope you leave as a pilgrim. If you come as a pilgrim, we hope that you leave as a holier one."

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 3/23/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Ancient Israel: Christian Heritage Tour

Green, James and Keith, They had a wonderful time on their tour and have recommended this tour to other friends and family members!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/23/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

An inspiring adventure!

This tour was thorougly enjoyable. The Tour Guide was excellent; very informative, fun, and enjoyable. It was a nice balance of thoughtful learning, pleasure, inspiration and adventure. All of the details with connections, transfers, hotels, food, etc were handled professionally and with graciousness.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/23/2012

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: AK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Life Changing tour

After studying the Bible every year almost all of my life and loving the stories and Jesus, it was so moving and significant for me to go to so many of the places in Israel where they took place. Our tour guide was excellent from reading the bible passages to being so informative about everything. I learned so much more. I could feel his love for God and Jesus too and Israel. Many of us felt he was a "holy" man. Very moving experience for me was when the singers in our group sang favorite hymns like "Amazing Grace" for us. Our tour guide encouraged them to sing at some of the churches and roman ruins we visited and I'm so glad he did! Another experience that was interesting for me was the Day at Masada, the Dead Sea Scrolls area, floating in the Dead Sea and ending at the Bedouin camp for an awesome presentation from a Bedouin about their life. Also we had a camel ride which was so much fun!!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/23/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A truly inspiring and faith building trip!

We covered a lot of important ground with this trip. Our tour guide and motor coach driver instilled so much confidence. The hotels were excellent.