Experience Jerusalem, Israel and Palestine!
This experience is designed to provide an opportunity for Latter-day Saint youth to become acquainted with their spiritual roots by retracing the Life of Christ from pre-mortality, birth, youth, ministry, death, crucifixion, resurrection ending with the ascension.
We will have hands-on experience with the major religions of Judaism, Islam, & Christianity, as well as providing an understanding of current affairs in the Middle East including issues involving Israel, Palestinians, the West Bank, Syria, Isis, Jordan, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, and Egypt. Youth will interact with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian youth their age and enjoy some special cultural evenings with them. This experience is a multi-cultural, multi-country, multi-religious, historical and scriptural journey that spans a myriad of subjects, cultures, and experiences. It will also provide an up-close and personal look at the Life of Jesus Christ by visiting the significant sites in chronological order and exploring His teachings and interactions. Participants will gain a detailed view of His life as well as build a foundation of understanding of the Old Testament, Abrahamic Covenant, Tribes of Israel, Book of Mormon, Zion, the Temple, Armageddon, Second Coming, the Gathering, and most importantly a focus on the Life, Ministry, & Atonement of Jesus Christ!
It will uniquely prepare youth to serve full-time missions, enter the temple for the first time, and enhance their personal religious activities for the rest of their lives. Virtually every day has activities which will engage participants not only in educational forums but in fun and interactive ways applicable to their age. This is an active and interactive experience! Each day has adventure, activities, insight, perspective, Spirit, edification, application, and insight. Be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime!
Tour Dates: July 22-31, 2021
Tour includes Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine with extension options thru July 17th to Jordan & Egypt
Our Tour Directors
Meet Dr. Clark D. Anderson
Clark was born to a remarkable family of 9 children and raised in Orem, Utah. His father Gary was a gifted religious educator at BYU and served as director of the BYU Study Abroad Program to the Middle East. Clark accompanied his father to the Holy Land on both semesters and was a student at the BYU Jerusalem Center in 1986. Clark received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from BYU and a Doctorate Degree from the University of Wyoming. His professional career includes 20 years as a Religious Educator and 12 years as an EFY (Especially for Youth) Speaker & Session Director. Clark started the family business of Anderson Tours 22 years ago. Clark is married to the impressive Heather Ballard and together they have ten children and six grandchildren.
Clark has over 40 years of travel experience and expertise. Over the past 25 years he has organized and directed over 70 educational tours around the world, including a group of the BYU-Idaho Religion Faculty. He also pioneered the youth group program in partnership with HEFY (Humanitarian Especially for Youth) for the creation of Youth Summit Jerusalem (YSJ) taking youth to Israel. Clark spent the summer of 2000 in Israel as a student at an Ulpan learning Hebrew. He also enjoys learning Arabic. With so many visits, he now claims the Middle East as his second home.
More than anything Clark enjoys being a husband, father, and grandpa to his grandchildren. Clark is a very optimistic person and enjoys good humor and adventure and also appreciates and utilized music in all that he does. Clark is enthusiastic about learning and improving humanity and good will around the world.
Meet Jeff Jensen
Mr. Jensen is a beloved mentor for youth and has taught online history, geography, and government and economics courses for over eight years. He is a popular speaker and has logged over 3000 public speaking hours, most in classroom settings across the state as a guest lecturer on the Titanic and U.S. history. He was recognized by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library as a noteworthy Reagan historian and invited to address them in September 2018. He is currently working towards publication of his first book, a history book called “The President’s Pages.” He has published articles in peer reviewed history and academic journals on the RMS Titanic and served as an assistant editor and historical consultant on three BYU publications in the “Saints at War” program. He enjoyed serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Korea and has participated in humanitarian endeavors in Hong Kong and as a service volunteer in two orphanages in Thailand. He stays politically active and has taken leadership roles in local politics.
Driven by a deep passion and love for teaching, Jeff feels most at home when surrounded by youth. His first job was teaching Seminary only 3 weeks after he got home from his mission. He remains a substitute Seminary teacher and loves every opportunity to teach. For 20 years, he has been active in the Sunday School organization, serving as a teacher multiple times and as Sunday School president on both the Ward and Stake level on multiple occasions. Harmonizing his faith with his teaching talents is one of his greatest joys, and one he feels blessed to share with you as we together walk in the footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land.
Jeff’s greatest passion is for his faith and family. His wife first realized she loved him while listening to a lecture he was giving on the Titanic. Since then, they have welcomed 3 enthusiastic and passionate boys into their family who always keep them entertained and on their toes. Hiking by day and stargazing by night, being outdoors surrounded by nature is Jeff’s happy place. He also loves relaxing to movie scores, occasionally escaping to Middle-earth, and striking up conversations with complete strangers and talking with them like a dear friend.
Day 1-2 (Thurs & Fri July 22—23rd): FLY FROM USA to TEL AVIV
Today we fly from the USA to Tel Aviv. When we arrive we will go directly to the Mount of Olives for orientation and a view of ‘the Golden City’. We overnight in Jerusalem where our hotel is only steps away from the Old City.
Image: Sunset aerial photograph of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem Andrew Shiva CC BY-SA 4.0
Day 3 (Sat July 24th): JERUSALEM CENTER / MT OF OLIVES (BETHESDA)
This morning we enjoy Church Services at the remarkable BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. The view of Jerusalem during our Service is inspiring. On our way to lunch we will wander down the Mt. of Olives and pass thousands of Jewish graves, including those of the Biblical Prophets; Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi. We make a brief stop at the “Teardrop Church” and then enjoy lunch in a unique local place near the Old City. We will next visit St. Anne’s which is the ancient site for the Pool of Bethesda. As we make our way back to the hotel we will be introduced to the shopkeeper that makes Latter-day Saint scripture covers, necklaces, etc. and after dinner those interested can peruse olive wood carvings from the shopkeepers who have been making Latter-day Saint themed olive wood pieces for over 40 years. We enjoy a relaxed evening and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 4 (Sun July 25th): BEGINNINGS: BETHLEHEM / (TEMPLE MOUNT / MUSEUMS)
What a fantastic day to celebrate our Independence Day with a visit to the place where Jews believe is the Center of the Universe and where the Spirit of the Lord resides. We explore this site beginning with a visit to the Tunnels at the Western Wall and then conclude with an actual visit on top of the Temple Mount. We view the Dome of the Rock, the Wailing Wall, etc. and discuss the past, present and future of that significant site for all three major religions: Jews, Muslims, & Christians. Next we will visit the unique historical museums in Jerusalem. The Israeli Museum displays the Dead Sea Scrolls and also features the very impressive miniature model of the city of Jerusalem in Christ’s day; The Model City. We conclude our museum visits with the sobering Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem. Time permitting we will enjoy the sights and sounds of Jerusalem by walking on the Old City Walls of Jerusalem on the Rampart. This afternoon we will cross through “The Wall” (20’ cement wall that separates Israel and Palestinian controlled land) and visit the traditional birthplace of the Savior in Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity). We conclude our day by visiting a local Shepherds’ Field near Bethlehem where we will review the account of the humble beginnings of the Saviors Life. In this setting we will review the Saviors Birth as well as consider Jesus as the “Good Shepherd”. We again overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 5 (Mon July 26th): JESUS/MARY AS A TEENAGERS: NAZARETH (CAESAREA)
Today we consider Jesus and Mary during their teenage years as we visit Nazareth and the surrounding areas. We will drive up north and our first stop features the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and represents the spot where the first Gentile convert joined the Church and the Gospel spread to the world. Paul was imprisoned for 2 years here and also departed for his 4 historic missionary journeys. We will view the ancient theater and aqueducts before making our way north to Mount Carmel. On Mt. Carmel is a great view of the Jezreel Valley (Valley of Armageddon). From this vantage point we will discuss Armageddon, the 2nd Coming, and the future of this Holy Land as well as reenact the remarkable story of Elijah and the Priests of Baal. Following lunch, near Carmel, we travel to Nazareth and from Mount Precipice we will have an amazing view of Nazareth, Mt Tabor and the surrounding area. We conclude our day with a visit to the Nazareth Village which will give a glimpse into 1st century life. We will overnight in the Nazareth area.
Day 6 (Tues July 27th): BEATITUDES / PETER’S PRIMACY / MAGDALA / YARDENIT
Today we spend our day seeing the sights and sounds surrounding the Sea of Galilee. We begin with a visit to a beautiful overlook of the Sea of Galilee on Mount Arbel. Next we visit the Mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was delivered. Lunch is a unique experience where those interested can enjoy St. Peter’s Fish. Next we visit Peter’s Primacy where we will discuss John 21. This afternoon we will visit Magdala (birthplace of Mary Magdalene) followed by Yardenit at the Jordan River (Jesus’ traditional baptismal site). We then drive around the Sea of Galilee to our Hotel. Checking into our Hotel this evening is a joy. Every room is only steps away from the shore of the Sea of Galilee. This evening you can enjoy a quiet, relaxing evening strolling on the Sea shores, or taking a dip in the Sea, etc.
Day 7 (Wed July 28th): JESUS’ MINISTRY: SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / DAN
Today we explore more of the Galilee area where Jesus spent the majority of His ministry as well as some other significant scriptural sites. Our first adventure of the day is boarding a small fishing boat and crossing the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. On our way we cut the engines & have a short discussion. On shore we’ll visit the ancient site of Capernaum. Next we will drive to the very north border of Israel where we will look over into Lebanon and Syria. We will enjoy a short nature hike to view the ancient city and alter at Tel Dan. Our next stop is at Banias, the ancient site of Caesarea Philippi, where Peter was promised to receive the Keys of the Kingdom and is declares as ‘the Rock’. As we bus our way home we will travel on the Golan Heights where we can look over into Syria.
Day 8 (Thurs July 29th): JESUS’ FINAL DAYS: BETHANY (LAZARU’S TOMB / DEAD SEA)
Today we visit and consider the events leading up to the death of the Savior and the final days of His mortal ministry. As we make our way back to Jerusalem we pass through the Green Line and parts of the West Bank and will take this opportunity to discuss the current political situation, borders, and history. As we pass Bet She’an we will consider the “Fall of Saul”. We drive by Jericho and then make a stop at the Jordan River (Children of Israel River Crossing and Jesus’ baptismal site). Following lunch we will enjoy a quick visit to Qumran (discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls) and also have the unique experience of taking a float in the Dead Sea. (You cannot sink!) From here we make our way up to Jerusalem. We will visit Bethany and Lazarus’ Tomb and conclude our day with a unique walk through the flowing waters in Hezekiah’s Tunnel. We overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9 (Fri July 30th): JESUS’ FINAL HOURS: (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST!)
Today is one of our most significant as we venture through the wonders of the “Eternal City” and retrace the events and sites of the final moments of the Saviors Life! We begin in the Upper Room where the Savior held the Last Supper. From here we trace His steps to the Garden of Gethsemane (Church of all Nations). We next visit Caiaphas’ Palace (St. Peter of Gallicantu) where Jesus went before the Sanhedrin and where Peter allegedly denied Christ thrice. Following lunch we enjoy a stop at the Antonio Fortress (Jesus before Pilate) and from here we will follow the Via Dolorosa (or Path of Suffering), the path Jesus carried His cross to Golgotha. Next we will reflect on the burial & resurrection of the Savior as we visit the two possible sites for Golgotha & Calvary. First we visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher [believed site for many Christians] and then the Garden Tomb [where others feel is the true site]. We will discuss the crucifixion and resurrection of the Savior and the majesty of the final moments of His mortal ministry! This evening those interested will view how the orthodox Jews bring in the Sabbath at the Western Wall. We overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 (Sat July 31st): MT OF OLIVES (ASCENSION)
Today we conclude our tour with one final visit to the Mount of Olives. On the Mt of Olives Jesus officially concluded His mortal ministry on that continent (Acts 1 – Christ’s Ascension) and fittingly we will also complete our visits here as well. Following our discussion the group will divide; those continuing on will head southward and cross the border into Jordan (see below). Those returning home will make their way to the airport in Tel Aviv and begin their journey home.
Day 10 (Sat July 31st): BOOK OF MORMON BEGINNINGS: WILDERNESS (TIMNAH / PETRA)
Following our Mt of Olives visit those continuing on will depart Jerusalem and go “down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea” (1 Nephi 2:5) just as Lehi and his family. As we do so we will be traveling on the road from “Jerusalem to Jericho” and will reflect on a certain parable (Luke 10). On the way we pass Qumran (discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls) and stop for a picture of the natural spring and waterfall at Ein-Gedi (where David hid from King Saul) and where we most always see ibex. We visit the majestic Masada and gondola to the top and reflect on its remarkable story. If possible we will enjoy a brief stop at Timnah where we will view a replica of the ancient Tabernacle built by Moses in the wilderness. We will also discuss Sodom & Gomorrah as we drive through that remains of those ancient cities. We cross the border and make our way up to the fascinating city of Petra, Jordan where we will overnight.
Day 11 (Sun Aug 1st): 7 WONDER OF THE WORLD: PETRA, JORDAN / SINAI
This morning we explore Petra, one of the newly voted “7 Wonders of the World.” We will walk down the narrow canyon to the breathtaking view of the Treasury (Petra’s most famous landmark). You will have time to visit this fascinating city carved from the cliffs of the canyon and experience some of the best ruins found anywhere in the world. Petra was once a great commercial empire with a long history, it is best known today as the lost city in the Indiana Jones Movie, The Last Crusade.
Following lunch those continuing on will cross 2 borders and make their way down to St. Catherine’s in Egypt’s Sinai. We will orient ourselves to our current surroundings (Red Sea) and review the account of the Exodus as we bus our way through the Sinai to our Hotel (Morganland Village) which is near the base of “Mt. Moses”. We will enjoy a relaxing evening reviewing the scriptural account of Moses and the Children of Israel in preparation for our climb up the ancient temple….Mt Sinai.
[Those NOT participating in the Egypt Option will take a shuttle up to the airport in Amman!]
Day 12 (Mon Aug 2nd): LIVING THE OLD TESTAMENT: (MT. SINAI / RED SEA)
We arise very early and enjoy a moonlight hike up Mount Sinai (Camels are available for those interested in the adventure). On top we will enjoy the sunrise and a very special meeting before making our descent. Once off the mountain we will bus our way to one of the very best locations for snorkeling and deep sea diving in the world…Sharm El Sheikh (Ras Mohammed). Arriving at this luxurious resort is a very welcomed experience following our early morning hike. We will enjoy all the amenities and comfort of this 5-star resort for the next day and a half. There will time for deep sea diving, snorkeling, swimming, reading, spa treatments, relaxing, etc. We overnight in Sharm.
Day 13 (Tues Aug 3rd): RED SEA
This morning we will continue to enjoy the Red Sea. Those who desire can enjoy some of the world’s best snorkeling & deep sea diving and those who are not interested in getting in the sea can relax at the resort hotel which has several beautiful pools, a lazy river, spa options, para-sailing, boat adventures, 4-wheelers in the desert, etc. Other options include a visit to Naama Bay for some shopping and night life, or one can enjoy retiring early and other various options at the resort. We once again overnight in Sharm.
Day 14 (Wed Aug 4th): LUXOR, EGYPT: TEMPLES (LUXOR & KARNAK)
This morning we take a short flight from Sharm to Luxor. We will first enjoy lunch and then begin our exploration of Luxor where over 60% of the world’s ancient ruins are located. Today we will explore the sites on the East Bank of the river Nile. Our first site is one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World and is also one of the largest temple structures in the world; the Karnak Temple. You will truly be amazed at this 64 acre temple. Following dinner we will enjoy an evening visit to the impressive Luxor Temple. These structures are amazing and must be seen to be believed. You might even enjoy these experiences more than the Pyramids in Cairo! We overnight in Luxor.
Day 15 (Thurs Aug 5th): PEARL OF GREAT PRICE: (VALLEY OF KINGS / TEMPLES)
This morning we explore the sites on the West Bank of the Nile where we will visit one of the most intriguing spots in the world; the “Valley of the Kings” (burial spot for the Egyptian Pharaohs & Queens). You will marvel at the similarities in Egyptian beliefs and rituals and those of the Church of Jesus Christ! We will next take pictures of the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Collosi of Memnon & Nobels as well as Pit Tomb #33 where the Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price was discovered. We will next explore the Temple of Ramses III and be amazed at the very unique scenes displayed on the Temple walls. Alabaster is mined near Luxor and we will visit a shop that specializes in hand carving alabaster items. This evening we will take a short flight to Cairo and overnight.
Day 16 (Fri Aug 6th): 7 WONDER OF THE WORLD: (PYRAMIDS & SPHINX)
Today we enjoy a full day touring the sites in Cairo! We begin with the splendor of the famous Pyramids & Sphinx. Those interested can go inside the Pyramid as well as take a camel ride (these have a small additional cost). From here we will make a visit to the Egyptian Museum and explore all the unique items there: a Rosetta Stone replica, thousands of ancient Egyptian artifacts & statues, King Tut burial items, and for a small cost you can view real Egyptian mummies of many of the Pharaoh’s. This afternoon we will visit one of the largest mosques in the world; the Mohamed Ali Mosque. This evening we will enjoy our ‘last supper’ together with a short program followed by a rest in our hotel rooms before making our way to the airport to begin our journey home.
Day 17 (Sat Aug 7th): FLY HOME
Today we arrive at our homes and will be reunited with our loved ones!
TUITION AND DETAILS
TOUR TUITION (does not include flight)
This tour is geared for youth and adults and is open to the public. High school students may attend this tour without a parent or guardian. Middle school students may only attend this tour with a parent or guardian. You do not need to be a student of Ensign Peak Academy to attend.
Hold Your Seat by clicking this button which will direct you to fill out and submit the registration form and pay a *non-refundable $150 fee to hold your seat:
Holy Land Tour: $150 *non-refundable “hold my seat” fee + $2,300 lump sum tuition = $2,450, or $150 “hold my seat” fee + 3 monthly payments of $800 = $2,550.
Jordan Extension: $750 lump sum or 3 monthly payments of $265.
Egypt Extension: $1,985 lump sum or 3 monthly payments of $685. (Yes, it’s expensive but it includes in-country flights and the very best hotels due to the quality of food. We don’t want anyone getting sick.)
Lump Sum Payment Methods:
- Mail check to: Ensign Peak Academy, 10965 E 19000 N, Mount Pleasant, UT 84647
- Venmo to ensignpeakacademy
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Price include all visas, fuel surcharges, 2 meals daily, entrance fees and transportation, service materials and tools. Not included would be lunches and airfare to and from Tel Aviv.
Contact us to customize monthly payment to include the Jordan and Egypt Extensions.
All tour participants are required to carry traveler’s insurance, purchased by each individual, from Traverse Travel. Minimum required coverage is titled “Trip Protector Lite.” This minimum required policy covers medical expenses and lost baggage. It doesn’t cover the cost of the trip. If preferred, participants are welcome to purchase additional coverage. When booking your fight, please ask to speak to Winifred to assist you with the purchase of this insurance.
Travelers’ Insurance Premium Costs by Age:
- 75 and up -$53
- 17 and under $11
Adult Chaperones: Are you interested in serving as an Adult Chaperone? You would be in charge of a group of approx. 10 students, and assist them with the schedule, safety and communication. Chaperones receive a discount of $400. We need one woman and one man. Please contact Diann Jeppson to discuss.
ROOMMATES: Those traveling without an adult or youth companion will be assigned roommates as circumstances permit. If a roommate is unavailable, the participant will be notified of the adjusted price for single supplement prior to departure.
CANCELLATION FEES: The $150 hold your seat fee is non-refundable. In addition, all cancellation charges imposed by airlines, hotels, vendors, operators, etc., will be passed on to the participant. (This applies to cancellation requests made by the attendee and not imposed by other entities because of travel restrictions due to health concerns or political unrest.)
TOUR INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
- First-class, top quality Tour with experienced Tour Directors
- All airline travel mentioned in the program. If you would like us to help you arrange your international flights to Tel Aviv which is a free service we provide and also includes Travel Insurance in the price of the airline ticket. We can add the international flight to your total amount due.
- Private, deluxe Air-Conditioned Motor Coach
- Hotel Accommodations
- Cold Bottled Water will be available for purchase on board bus
- Two Meals Daily (breakfast and lunch or dinner) as indicated in the detailed itinerary
- All Admission and Entrance Fees to sites specified in the itinerary
- Country Visas, Airport as well as other Departure Taxes
GOOD HEALTH ENCOURAGED
Good health is encouraged for our Holy Land Tour! Eat your veggies and engage in regular physical activity for several weeks prior to the tour.
ITEMS NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
- Items of a personal nature, such as souvenirs
- Excess baggage or portage charges
- Personal, trip, or baggage insurance
- Room service; laundry; phone charges
- Food or beverages not part of the group menu (most lunches)
- Gratuities for special services
- Expenses incurred on personal activities not included where group participation is not specified in the itinerary
- International flight to Tel Aviv is not included but we are more than able to assist in arranging flights.
All participants are encouraged to book their flight through Traverse Tours and Travel. This agency will assist our group with connecting in major airports, arriving at the same or similar times in Tel Aviv, and handle all issues that may arise during travel.
Most of our international flights route through JFK in New York but sometimes we can get better flights through Paris or Amsterdam. We hope to have small groups who will be departing from the same departure city. Travel can and will be coordinated as much as possible.
We plan on everyone meeting in Tel Aviv at the airport by 5:00 pm on July 2nd where our tour will officially begin. We will make arrangements for those arriving before or after that time to ensure you meet up with the group.
Let Traverse Tours and Travel know that you are booking a flight with the Ensign Peak Academy group, through Anderson Tours, for the Holy Land Tour, July 22-31, 2021
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Note: Traverse Travel may be able to assist you with applying your travel miles for an airfare discount. Flights to Tel Aviv are typically on Delta or American Airlines.
We highly recommend that you purchase flight cancellation insurance to protect yourself against the possibility of travel restrictions due to health concerns or political unrest that is beyond our control
CURRENT PASSPORT REQUIRED FOR THIS TOUR
Indicate on the tour registration or let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org when you have secured your passport.
PRE-TOUR STUDY PREPARATION
If you would like to do some preparation for this tour, there is an excellent book that came out in the year 2000 in relation to the beginning of the new millennium. It is written by 3 Latter-day Saint scholars who have spent their life living in and studying the Holy Land. The book is, “Jerusalem the Eternal City” by David Galbraith, Kelly Odgen, & Andrew Skinner.
TOUR PARTICIPANT INFORMATION PACKET
Participants should carefully review the Holy Land Participant Information Packet.
Is it safe? Safety is our number one objective. We have locals on the ground who keep us informed and up to date on any safety concerns in country that would affect our safety both while we are there and leading up to the tour. We will not go if it is unsafe and we will avoid any areas of concern or question. The Church and BYU have students living and studying in the Jerusalem Center and they feel comfortable having them there. They are very conservative and as long as they are there we feel confident being there as well.
Do I need any vaccines? At this time, no specific vaccines are required for visiting Israel. (This may be subject to change. We will post updates here.)
What if I get sick or hurt? We have adult chaperones who can assist if anyone becomes ill on the trip. We will have access to hospitals and doctors if anything serious is needed. We can also arrange to have you transported home if needed.
Will I be able to use my cell phone? What do I need to do? Cell phone use will be limited during the touring day at the directors request but available in the evenings. Cell coverage and availability varies depending on your cell phone provider. T-Mobile customers are allowed free texting and 2G of data. Most other providers have a charge per text. Those with iphones will be able to utilize Facetime and other communications means while connected to wifi at the hotels. If you need to use your cell phone during the tour you will need to contact your cell phone provider and inquire about international use with your individual plans. In some cases you can purchase an international plan for the time you will be in country.
Will I have access to wifi? Virtually every hotel we stay in will have wifi. It doesn’t always work efficiently or effectively, but it is available.
What will the lodging be like? Most of our hotels are 4 and 5 star hotels. Sometimes we use high quality hostels which can accommodate several in a room which is ideal for our youth groups.
What is the food like? The food is Middle Eastern and they use a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. The eat a lot of chickpeas in their food; humus, falafel, etc. You can eat a cucumber or tomato at every meal if you so desire. Their dairy products are really great and their bread as well. (The ice cream is amazing as well!)
Will I be able to speak English? Virtually everyone we interact with will speak English. Language will not be an issue where we will be traveling.
Does the passport stamp provide a 90-day tourist visa? Israel is very unique in this regard as they do not provide a passport stamp upon entry into their country. Instead they provide a small piece of paper that serves as your visa and you are required to keep with you at all times while traveling in Israel.
What luggage can be taken? Airlines typically allow one 50 lb suitcase, one carry-on and a personal item per person. This should be sufficient for your needs.
Packing list? We will send out a packing list a few weeks before departure.
What laundry facilities will be available? Washer and dryers are available to us while in the Galilee area, but not while in Jerusalem. Considering bringing a laundry soap bar, such as Fels-Naptha, in a small ziplock freezer bag.
What will the weather be like? We will be visiting in July and it will be hot! (Probably in the 90’s). We will need to hydrate and cold water will be available for purchase on the bus to help with this.
What is the dress code? All tour participants are required to adhere to the dress standards in For the Strength of Youth, which is part of the Ensign Peak Academy Honor Code. On the day we visit the Temple Mount we will need to be extremely modest with virtually no skin showing on the chest, arms, and legs. Scarfs for the ladies can be a helpful item to drape over your shoulders.
Is there a code of conduct? Yes, all participants are required to adhere to the Ensign Peak Academy Honor Code throughout the tour.