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Where We’ve Been: September 2020

See where other planners have taken their groups in the September 2020 issue of Where We’ve Been.


Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

Lakeland, Florida

trip: Israel

tour operator: The Israel Adventure

date: May and June 2019

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce took 43 travelers to see the highlights of Israel. The group explored historic and religious sites in Jerusalem, Nazareth, Galilee and Bethlehem.

“The group especially enjoyed their boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, seeing an ancient gate in Tel Dan and visiting the most historical sites in Jerusalem, such as the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. They also loved learning from The Israel Adventure’s Dr. Joe Davis, a professor of theology in the College of Christian Ministries and Religion at Southeastern University. His knowledge of the land made the stories come to life.”

— Sarah Breed,  Chief Operating Officer

Gail’s Globetrotters

Denton, Texas

Trip: Northern Lights of Finland

Tour Operator: Collette

Date: December 2018

For eight days, the group journeyed across Finland with stops at Helsinki, Ivalo and the Lapland region. The trip was a small group tour restricted to no more than 24 passengers.

“The adventure was amazing with so many highlights, but our biggest thrill was seeing the northern lights on several occasions, as well as spending three nights in a glass igloo cabin at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Each cabin came with its own sauna. What I heard most was how much they enjoyed the pristine beauty of the area. The reindeer sled ride in search of the northern lights was a once-in-a-lifetime experience we will never forget.”

— Gail Martinez, Owner